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After crossing the Tasman Sniggihdis (Race 3 tonight at Melton) popped up at Yarra Valley for his Australian debut and won like a very nice pacer. Three starts later he seems to have lost form, but don't write him off yet warns trainer/driver Lance Justice. "He's still going okay. He wasn't  given much chance last start. I still think he goes all right," Justice said. >> Check out the fields for tonight's 10-race program at Tabcorp Park Melton WILL ARDEN ROONEY BOUNCE BACK TO WINNING FORM? If Hunter Cup champ and summer star Arden Rooney is to return to New Zealand on a New Zealand Trotting Cup campaign he'd want to improve tonight at Tabcorp Park in the My Lightning Blue Free for All.  Trainer/driver Kerryn Manning says the stayer looks in great order at home on the training track but needs to put it together on race night after two below-par runs this time in.  >> Can Arden Rooney bounce back to winning form in My Lightning Blue FFA? TOP DRIVERS HEAD TO MILDURA FOR ANNUAL C/SHIP MEET The annual Drivers Invitation Championships meeting at Mildura is always an absolute cracker. Nice weather, people looking to party on after watching the AFL grand final in the daytime, great racing with the best reinsmen and reinswomen heading to the track and some wonderful on-course promotions. All roads lead to Mildura tomorrow night. Don't miss it! >> Find out more about Mildura's big meeting tomorrow night   The Tipping for Teal continues at Melton tonight! See our panel's $20 plays of the night below. Follow the leader board each week to see how much money will be donated to the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute after Feb 28, next year.  FLEXI TRIFECTA  RACE 3 4 / 1,8 / 1,3,5,8,12,13 $20 gets you on for 200%   $20 ALL-UP (2 legs) RACE 2 No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 5 No.2 WHEREIBYLONG $20 ALL-UP (4 legs) RACE 1 No.1 DESIRING KATE into RACE 2  No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 5 No.2 WHEREIBYLONG into RACE 6 No.8 PHILADELPHIA MAN $20 ALL-UP (2 legs) RACE 2 No.5 ZHENYA into RACE 4 No.6 SAVESOMTIMETODREAM AFL Grand Final weekend so we're having a bob each-way on Hawks & Eagles with $5 EACH-WAY on horses celebrating the pair. Firstly for the Brown and Golds Race 5 No.6 GLENFERRIE COLLEGE and for the Coasters Race 6 No.2 COPPER COAST The Leader Board image has suffered from a technical glitch this week, hence the poorly put together graphic above. HOWEVER, it tells a story that both Jase ($43.33) and Cody ($70) made profits last week to remain Nos 1 and 2 on the ladder. Dan Mielicki got a small percentage of the quaddie but not enough to profit for the week while Blake and The Omen registered zero collects.   TROTS AUDIO FILES   Follow on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Forward to a friend  

Last summer’s champion Arden Rooney needs to improve Friday night in the My Lightning Blue Free for All at Melton for harness racing  trainer Kerryn Manning to be confident he’d be a good show at cups time in New Zealand. The Hunter Cup winner has not flattered at either run to date this time in, finishing eighth beaten 17.6 metres in the Gammalite first-up over 2760m (off a 40m handicap) and sixth of seven in the Preux Chevalier Free for All over 2240m, beaten 24.5m by Franco Ledger after sitting in the breeze. But 2014 Gordon Rothacker medallist Manning changed Arden Rooney’s training regime following his most recent run. “I put the hopples on him at home because I thought I had to try something,” she said. “His work’s been really good. The horse looks super. “I probably had him 85 per cent before the first-up run, but he had an impossible task from the handicap and the times they ran that night. “Second-up I thought he was more like 95 per cent but he just got tired. He’d had enough by the home bend.” Arden Rooney will start from barrier seven on Friday night over 1720m, a distance range he’s never won at. He’ll face opposition such as Philadelphia Man (1-52.6 best mile rate overall and 1-53.4 best mile rate over trip at Melton) and Franco Ledger (1-53.7 best rate over 1720m). Philadelphia Man is the lone runner off the second row on Friday night, while Franco Ledger will come out of gate six. The battle for early supremacy over the short course looks intriguing with Arber (one), Exciteusinthecity (three) and Major Crocker (four) all likely to be handy and potentially wanting to hold the front if they can find the markers first. So what does Manning hope to do aboard Arden Rooney from her draw out in the cheap seats? “I think most of that front line would let him go if we put enough pressure on,” she said. “He came out pretty good last time.” Arden Rooney won last year's Kakoura Cup and is likely to cross the Tasman in coming weeks to defend the crown before heading to the NZ Trotting Cup in November. by Cody Winnell

The Puppet, Chris Alford, is not in town at the harness racing meeting at Melton tomorrow night but The Puppeteer sure will be. Ellas Puppeteer, who set chins wagging and people scouring the record books with a 1-52.8 win at Charlton last time out, will line up in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Country Series C Final. It is Race 10 at 10.40pm but punters will want to stay up late to see what eventuates. Ellas Puppeteer has had four starts for two wins and two seconds, the four-year-old gelding winning his last two with ease – his most recent win in track record time at Charlton. At his most recent triumph Ellas Puppeteer was parked outside leader Iceobar throughout before pulling clear for a mighty win by 12.4 metres, Stanley expertly pulling the strings. “It’s interesting because everyone has said that to me,” the reinsman said when asked about driving the gelding along coming around the home turn last time out. “On the track though, in the race it always felt like I had the leader covered.” Ellas Puppeteer is superbly bred, by top sire Shadow Play out of Smiley Ella, who the Stanleys raced for two wins from five starts. Smiley Ella won a Vicbred Super Series heat at two defeating Glenferrie Inn by 6.6 metres in 2-01.5 but bowed a tendon and only raced twice more after a lengthy stint on the sidelines. Smiley Ella’s dam, Exotic Strike, was also trained by the Stanley stable and won $171,945 in stakes – including victory in the rich Australian Pacing Gold Final at Moonee Valley in 2000. Ellas Puppeteer is also a half-brother to Arms Of Ink, who won two from two last year before also injuring a leg. His scans are all clear now and he’ll return to the track soon. As for Ellas Puppeteer he’s a C1, but not for long. “We think he can measure up (to the top-class four-year-olds)." :To be honest, the horse has got that much improvement in him,” Stanley said. “Once he develops a bit of gate speed he’ll be a lot better." "He’s learning how to race more every time.” Drawing eight behind likely pacemaker Iceobar from the pole is not ideal, Stanley freely admits. “It’s a hard one,” he said. “Dad and I were talking about it last night and he’s of the view that you take the luck out of it and come off the fence." "I think Iceobar would probably hold the lead." “But at the end of the day the horse (Ellas Puppeteer) has a long future and will win better races than this.” Cody Winnell

The Andy Gath stable has been low flying lately and he heads to the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night with two recent acquisitions to his stable that look like having terrific futures. In Race 2 he has Arts Stride engaged and Gath admitted he hasn’t been particularly happy with his past couple of starts. “His last two runs he probably hasn’t gone quite as well compared to his previous two but in saying that when he got challenged at Cranbourne he really knuckled down. He is inexperienced but definitely on the way up," Gath said. He has won five of his 11 starts overall in what has been an injury interrupted career (he had over a year off the scene with a severe injury) but Gath is hoping he can develop into a nice horse. “I’ve had him a long time as he had to have an operation on a hind leg but he has come back really well." "He isn’t a superstar but he is a really nice horse you would think would get to metro class.” Friday Night he has drawn well in what shapes as a fantastically competitive race and Gath rates the Amanda Turnbull-trained Star Black as the horse to beat. The battle early will play a pivotal role in the race. “He has got pretty natural gate speed, obviously his main danger is Star Black drawn two, who has gate speed, too." "He doesn’t have to lead but it’s quite a competitive race.” Gath’s other runner on the night might be a future trotting star in Glenferrie Typhoon. He has only had the three starts for his stable and Gath has been extremely happy with what he has seen so far but it hasn’t surprised him." “He has performed well in all of his runs so far, we were lucky enough to acquire him when he came on the market and he has always been a quality horse so it’s no surprise to see him doing what he’s doing.” Formerly trained by Craig Demmler he had a taste of the big time last campaign and Gath said that is the level he expects him to get to this time in. “He has had a little taste of open company and he performed well so hopefully this time in he can measure up to the better ones." "He has really high speed for a trotter but in saying plenty others at that level do as well.” It shapes as a wonderful night of racing at Headquarters with the first of 10 at 6pm. Matt Jackson  

The Harness Racing Victoria​ (HRV) Integrity Unit has been proactive in recent weeks taking out-of-competition samples from various stables. HRV Integrity Unit has attended a number of stables over the last fortnight and taken samples from horses that are going to compete that day/evening or later in that week. HRV Integrity Unit devotes resources and funding on out-of-competition testing and a strong emphasis on this type of testing will continue. This strategy is consistent with recent sampling of (15) horses at Melton trials on September 1, and these initiatives help to give harness racing participants, the wagering public and the community confidence that integrity in the industry is paramount. “Out-of-competition testing is a key element of our overall integrity strategy to ensure harness racing participants a level playing field in Victoria,” said HRV Investigations Manager Brent Fisher. Harness Racing Victoria  

Despite the fact he's nine years old, Five Star Anvil has never raced better. It's a sentiment shared by harness racing trainer Adam Kelly, who has the son of McArdle/Alta Vista in winning form ahead of Friday night's Preux Chevalier Free For All at Tabcorp Park Melton.  A brilliant winner last week in The Gammalite, Five Star Anvil returns to the a mobile start but Kelly is adamant he will be ultra competitive. “He is going good. He is probably the best I have had him. He only needs a little bit of luck and he will hit the line pretty strong and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did win," Kelly said. The trainer hasn’t ruled out a trip to Perth for the Inter Dominion later in the year, either. “With the right trip he is not out of that class, his run a fortnight ago if he had any sort of luck he goes very close in a similar field.” My Bella Starr goes around in the opening race Friday night for Kelly, who admits the mare is in the twilight of her career and motherhood awaits. “We are going to get her in foal this year, we will retire her in the next month or so," he said. Kelly is hoping she can win her M0 before that day comes. “She has had a pretty chequered preparation this time, a few things have gone wrong. She has definitely got the ability. She is good enough to win, drawn out wide she will just need some luck but I wouldn’t think she would be too far away.” Also in the first Kelly has The Family Guy resuming but he has drawn badly and had a minor setback about a month ago when a virus hit the stable. “I got a bit of a bug in the stable a good month or so ago and he actually got it. It’s his first run back and he has drawn out the back but as long as he hitting the line nicely that’s all im looking for.”                Outrageous El is the last of the Kelly gang Friday night and he was a terrific winner last week making a mid-race move and winning comfortably. Kelly is happy with where he is at. “He is going good, he is one of those horses in that if he gets the right run and is close enough I think he is quite capable of winning.” Friday Night also honours the memory of Danielle Lewis, who tragically lost her life doing what she loved last year. Her memorial is one of the features along with the Group 3 Maori’s Idol Trotters Free For All on a bumper 10-race card. The first kicks off at 5.30pm with the Danielle Lewis Memorial Race 5 at 8.30pm. by Matt Jackson Harness Racing Victoria

A plan devised more than two months previous came to fruition when Perfectly Written scored a dashing win in the Group 2 $50,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final (1720m) for harness racing three-year-old fillies at Melton last Friday night. Owned by former dashing Sheffield Shield cricketer Paul Nobes and his wife Karen, and trained at Globe Derby Park by Lance Holberton, Perfectly Written started at the big odds of $53.20 and was driven by Jason Lee. The filly scored by three and a half metres from Missing Mary ($70.70) with Dougs Limousine ($35.60) two metres away third. “I was really happy with her going into the final and when she settled on the back of the leader I was confident she would be a key player in the finish,” Holberton said. “It was fantastic to go to Melton and take off a feature event. “Credit goes to Paul, he picked out this race nine weeks ago and that has been her goal, so again, it is great to have a perfect finish to a plan.” Perfectly Written added to her breeding value with the black type win, and also with the news that her dam, Perfechson, passed away earlier this year. The filly’s story started late last year when Nobles and Holberton went to Menangle in New South Wales to watch a Ready to Run sale. “Paul really liked her after watching her work and paid $85,000 to get her,” Holberton said. “He had Mark Dennis going well in Sydney at the time so left the filly there and she won her first two starts, the second being a heat of the Pink Bonnet.” Holberton said the filly had gone poorly in the final and been turned out for a spell. It was at this time the decision was made to bring her to Adelaide. “We took a while to get her right, then Paul said he had seen this race at Melton which was for fillies which had no won in excess of $10,000, and she was at $9000 so it was perfect. “After a trial here we ran her twice at Kilmore and finished fifth each time but really didn’t handle the home turn. “I mucked around with her gear and on Friday night was sure she could be competitive.” Holberton said he had brought Perfectly Written home and would freshen her up before embarking on a program which might lead to the South Australian Oaks early next year during the SA Cup carnival. by Graham Fischer

After bookending the harness racing program at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night with a couple of his stable favourites, South Australian horseman Robert Caruso is confident of further Victorian success this coming weekend. Caruso-trained horses won two heats of the Battle of the Claimers, Paleface Jasper (11G Village Jasper/My Paleface Navajo) taking the first in 1:55.7 and My Man Dan (10G Pacific Rocket/Fullabubbles) heat four in 1:56.9. Both were driven by Chris Alford, who finished with a winning treble for the night. “I brought them over a month ago and thought they’d go well but things just didn’t quite work out,” Caruso said. “Dan didn’t travel for whatever reason last time. I changed up a few things and that seemed to work. And Paleface had to work too hard.” Paleface Jasper ran to the lead after about 500m and dictated terms from there, race favourite Livin It Lovin It (Rodney Petroff) coming around to the breeze through a 30.1secs second quarter. At the home turn both the first and second horses were put to pressure but Paleface Jasper wasn’t going to be denied, fighting on doggedly to score by a half-neck. “I knew if Jasper got to the front he’d be a hard horse to beat,” Caruso said. Ten races later it was Caruso and Alford to the fore again with My Man Dan, who, like his other successful stablemate is a former Queensland pacer. My Man Dan was driven off the pace, one-out and two back, before easing three-wide at the 600m. At the home corner My Man Dan loomed up to hit the front with Ballochbuie (Greg Sugars) and My Elusive Dream (Alison Chisholm) joining in four- and five-wide. The three engaged in a cracking tussle up the stretch but My Man Dan found enough to win, the last quarter run in 28.2secs. “He was just a jump and charge horse up in Queensland but I always thought a horse with that much speed has to be able to come from behind,” Caruso said. “We changed things up a bit and he’s won four of his last six, so he’s got a few extra strings to his bow.” Mighty Mav (5G Town Champion/Shes A Dancer), trained by Matthew Craven and driven by Chris Svanosio, and Inky Cullen (Christian Cullen/Inky Lady), trained by Dean Braun and driven by Alex Ashwood, were the other Battle of the Claimers heat winners on Saturday night. Mighty Mav went 1:56.6 and Inky Cullen posted a rate of 1:55.8. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria >> Video: Paleface Jasper too strong >> Video: My Man Dan overpowers his rivals

Cold Major (7G Art Major/Van Gold) is headed west for the Perth Inter Dominion later this year after his Group 3 Casey Classic win on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. The 21-time winner (64: 21-7-7, $208,494) dashed along the sprint lane to upstage Geoff Webster’s fast-class stable stars Flaming Flutter (1.9m away second) and Franco Ledger (beaten 3.3m in third) over 1720m in a rate of 1:53.2. The time was Cold Major’s best in 10 goes at the trip. Trained by David Aiken at Avenel, Cold Major was steered by regular reinsman Josh Aiken and paid odds of $14.20, knocking those punters who stood out $1.10 shot Philadelphia Man (fifth) in the final leg of the quaddie. Philadelphia Man paced to the front early and reeled off opening splits of 28.3secs and 29.7secs after a 7.4secs lead time. Flaming Flutter (Greg Sugars) put the heat on Philadelphia Man from the chair down the back (28.1secs third quarter) and when Gavin Lang asked the favourite for his effort in the stretch he found little. Flaming Flutter stuck on valiantly for second with stablemate Franco Ledger (Anthony Butt) third after a one-one trip. Five Star Anvil (Chris Alford) got through for fourth ahead of the long odds-on favourite. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities with Philadelphia Man, but stewards tweeted Saturday night they would follow up with the Emma Stewart stable during the week to see how the horse pulled up. >> Cold Major takes out the Group 3 Casey Classic at Melton Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Welcome to an exciting new season of harness racing. Following the success of last weekend's Super Sunday TAB Breeders Crown program at Tabcorp Park Melton, which saw over $1.3 million in stakes awarded to the best horses in Australasia at age two, three and four, the new harness racing year has owners, trainers, breeders and drivers daring to dream as their 2015-16 journey begins. Victoria is proud to lead the way in stakemoney in Australia after our announcement in July that season 2015-16 will see prizemoney exceed $40 million for the first time. The increase means stakemoney in Victoria has climbed 20% over the last three years and importantly the stakes increases are right across the board, from graduation level racing and horses that finish sixth to last in the country up to the Group 1 Hunter Cup, which will be worth half-a-million dollars in 2016. I'd like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations to our Victorian premiership winners for 2014-15: Melton Saddlery State Driver of the Year: Greg Sugars (251 wins) Renown Silverware State Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (170 wins) SBG Accountants Metro Driver of the Year: Chris Alford and Gavin Lang (41 wins) Taylors Metropolitan Trainer of the Year: Emma Stewart (48 wins) Muir Equine Supplies Concession Driver of the Year: Jason Lee (78 wins) As spring also signals the start of the breeding season let's also acknowledge and congratulate last season's leading sires in Victoria: Leading Sire: Art Major (270 wins) Leading 2YO Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven (22 wins) Leading 3YO Sire: Art Major (59 wins) Leading Broodmare Sire: Safely Kept (149 wins) Leading Trotting Sire: Majestic Son (68 wins) Leading Trotting Broodmare Sire: Sundon (132 wins) Leading Juvenile Trotting Sire: Skyvalley (28 wins) I wish all of our participants, owners and punters the very best for season 2015-16. HRV CEO John Anderson  

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

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