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TALENTED Sydney-based reinsman Cameron Hart will head to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night chasing his first Group 1 winner. It is “Ladies night” at the state’s premier track where Hart will have five drives, three of which are in Group 1 races. “I have had some good luck with barrier draws in all three features,” said Hart, who conceded that he would be facing some stiff opposition. “Crunch Time has drawn perfectly in gate one for the $100,000 Schweppes Sprint with star pacer King Of Swing drawn right next to us in barrier two.  “My bloke has brilliant gate speed so I will be able to ensure that I gain the trail behind the favourite, which is our best hope to qualify for the Miracle Mile. “I have the drive on Rocknroll Angel in the Ladyship Mile and if the reserves come out, we will start from barrier four.  “I rate her run to finish second in the Robin Dundee last week as probably the best run of any horse I have ever driven. “She was caught three wide for the first half of the race before facing the breeze, only to be beaten by a half head - and they rated 1.50.3 for the mile. “I should be able to gain a more economical run from the draw and if she can repeat that effort, she will be hard to beat.”  Hart will drive Chrissy Chic in the $200,000 John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks, a filly that won four on the bounce before running second in her qualifier. “This filly has plenty of speed off the arm and we will look to try and pinch the Oaks from the front,” he said. “I am really excited over my drives on Saturday night as feel I am driving horses that can win without surprising.” Hart has five drives at Penrith tonight, his most favoured runner being King Corey in Race 6. “I rate all of the horses that I am driving tonight as each-way hopes but feel that Napoli Nights (Race 1) is my best chance,” he said. “From gate seven he follows out a fast beginner and should run home well while Panacias Seal (Race 2) has drawn wide but is racing well and should also be hard to beat.”   HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY

There was mixed fortunes during Tuesday morning's barrier draws for Victorian-trained hopes chasing Group 1 glory at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The Allied Express Logistics Sprint and Schweppes Sprint are direct qualifiers for the Miracle Mile on March 6, with the first two horses across the line in both races gaining automatic qualification into the $1million feature the following week. Two wildcard horses can then be drawn into the field of eight, which already includes Expensive Ego (Chariots of Fire winner) and The Black Prince (Newcastle Mile winner). The Ladyship Mile and NSW Oaks are the other major highlights on Saturday night's Menangle card, which is also expected to see David Moran-trained star Lochinvar Art trial between races in order to prove his fitness for consideration in the Miracle Mile. ALLIED EXPRESS LOGISTICS SPRINT (GROUP 1) CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB MARKET 1            82677   MACH SHARD NZ Belinda McCarthy 2            33115   TURN IT UP Vicki Rasmussen 3            33s11    MAX DELIGHT David Aiken 4            31341   WOLF STRIDE A M Butt, S L Smith 5            10551   CRUZ NZ Belinda McCarthy 6            29212   ALTA ORLANDO NZ Belinda McCarthy 7            06642   DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (Em 1) Harry Martin 8            12851   BURNHAM BOY NZ Kevin Pizzuto 9            25323   KOWALSKI ANALYSIS Matthew Craven 10          21623   BALRAJ NZ Belinda McCarthy 11          2s127    STAR GALLERIA NZ Belinda McCarthy 12          11756   PITCH PERFECT NZ (Em 2) Roy Roots Jnr   SCHWEPPES SPRINT (GROUP 1) CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB MARKET 1            11s40    CRUNCH TIME Rickie Alchin 2            11113   KING OF SWING NZ Belinda McCarthy 3            51119   ONE CHANGE NZ Vicki Rasmussen 4            06642   DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (Em 1) Harry Martin 5            41562   MACH DA VINCI NZ Peter Hanson 6            11025   OUT TO PLAY Clayton Tonkin 7            93134   MAFUTA VAUTIN Belinda McCarthy 8            11756   PITCH PERFECT NZ (Em 2) Roy Roots Jnr 9            82413   BRIGHT ENERGY Belinda McCarthy 10          33322   WESTERN SONADOR S J O'Donoghue, R K Bartley 11          12413   IGNATIUS Todd Rattray 12          10146   CASH N FLOW NZ Belinda McCarthy   PRYDE'S EASIFEED LADYSHIP MILE (GROUP 1) CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB MARKET 1            25547   CHEVRONS REWARD NZ (Em 2) Clayton Harmey 2            67236   PELOSI Anna Woodmansey 3            74360   JUSTALITTLE TORQUE (Em 1) Wayne Graham 4            11242   NO WIN NO FEED Belinda McCarthy 5            11111   MAAJIDA Emma Stewart 6            8s102    ROCKNROLL ANGEL Jason Grimson 7            11124   BETTOR ENFORCE NZ Belinda McCarthy 8            24543   MISS MCGONAGALL Stephen Clarke 9            23214   STYLISH MEMPHIS NZ Mark Jones 10          21395   MAKE MINE HEAVEN Bernie Hewitt 11          92556   ARMA HOTSHOT David Thorn 12          13284   DRACARYS NZ Belinda McCarthy   JOHN GIBSON MEMORIAL NSW OAKS (GROUP 1) CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB MARKET 1            12s12    ANNTONIA David Thorn 2            11112   CHRISSY CHIC Jason Grimson 3            1s744    SOVIET STUNNER NZ Narelle McCarthy 4            74614   CELESTIALFRAGRANCE (Em 1) Brooke Wilkins 5            3s223    ARMA RENEGADE Brad Hewitt 6            81554   WHOS MY MOTHER NZ (Em 2) Amanda Turnbull 7            34531   BEACH MUSIC Emma Stewart 8            1s143    PRESTIGE STRIDE NZ A M Butt, S L Smith 9            52141   JOANNA Emma Stewart 10          12111   TOUGH TILLY Emma Stewart 11          33323   ROGUE WAVE Emma Stewart 12          92912   PLATINUM SPARKLE Emma Stewart

EXCITING former Kiwi pacer Minstrel has handled a chaotic week superbly and is primed for his next big challenge in Saturday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle. The son of Rocknroll Hanover is coming off a powerhouse win in the Group 1 Golden Nugget last Friday night and then a flight from Perth to Sydney on Monday night. “He couldn’t have come through it all better,” co-trainer Greg Bond said. “I’m looking at him now. He’s a cool dude, he looks right at home here (Luke and Belinda McCarthy’s stables). “I’m not bothered about the quick back-up or the travel or even the quality of horses he’s taking on this week. I know he’s up to it. “My only query is that we’ve trained him to run that strong 2500m of the Nugget last week and now he’s coming back to a mile and a very tempo race where it’ll be on right from the start. “There’s no qualms about his ability. I’ve said I think he’s up with the best we’ve had.” Minstrel raced 10 times for David and Catherine Butt in NZ for four wins, four seconds and a third before being sold to Bond. Many of those runs were in elite company including a third to Copy That and One Change in the Group 2 Flying Stakes and a second to It’s All About Faith at his final NZ start on September 4, last year. Bond said Minstrel’s talent was obvious from the day he arrived, but he had his quirks. “Skye (Bond’s wife) deserves the credit for him. He’s been like a project for her,” he said. “She played around with how we train him, changed his shoeing, changed his bit and it’s all come together,” he said. “He put the writing on the wall with that big run behind Magnificent Storm two runs back then really showed he’d arrived in he Nugget. “That Nugget win was pretty special I thought. He was three-wide in a quick lead time, sat parked and still ran home in 55.7sec. They took a full second off the race record and I think the horse he beat is exceptional (Magnificent Storm).”  Bond is sure Minstrel has plenty of gate speed, but will leave the decision on whether to use it and all tactics to driver Robbie Morris.  “I’m thrilled to have got a top local like Robbie. He knows the form, knows the track and know how to drive them at Menangle,” he said.  "At first you think barrier nine isn’t great, but he’ll come into seven if the emergencies come out and the upside is two of his biggest dangers Expensive Ego (11) and Stylish Memphis (12) have drawn outside him.” Minstrel has been crunched from $7 into $5 on the Aussie TAB since Tuesday’s barrier draw, while Expensive Ego is the easing favourite ($2.50 to $3.10).   by Adam Hamilton

THE announcement of the Horse of the Year awards in New South Wales was met with a great deal of joy from champion horseman, Anthony Butt and his partner Sonya Smith as two of their stable stars were recognised. Now based at Melton in Victoria and currently training around 30 horses, the former New Zealander has won a multitude of feature races in both his home country and here in Australia but having horses he trains recognised as being the best of their year is something he describes as being pretty special. “We feel it is a huge honour for not only Sonya and I, but also for the owners and the horses themselves,” an excited Butt said. New South Wales and Victorian Derby winner Line Up was named Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Pacer Of The Year after gaining 80 per cent of the vote while classy New South Wales Trotters Derby winner Elite Stride polled even higher with 90 per cent of the vote to claim the Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year title. “Line Up has had a good break but unfortunately after a few minor setbacks with leg injures he will miss some of the good races coming up,” said Butt.  “I will now have to set a new path for him, but I’m hoping that he will be back at the track by the middle of the year. “He is only a four-year-old and barring any further bad luck, I feel he can go on to brighter things in the future.” Butt continued his praise of his stable stars by highlighting the efforts of his smart trotter Elite Stride. “Elite had a super season, picking up a number of feature races, he was so dominant,” he said. “In all, he won nine races and almost $119,000, which is quite healthy for a trotter.  “Emilio and Mary Rosati own both these horses and they are a great asset to the sport.  “It is nice to see them rewarded for what they contribute to the industry.”  Butt said that Elite Stride was given a long spell and had come back looking a picture.  “He is probably two months away from a return to racing and I am very excited to see how he will measure up against the top open-class trotters currently racing in Australia,” he said.    HRNSW MEDIA | Michael Dumesny

DESPITE his proven success in harness racing Bathurst horseman Nathan Turnbull would be the first to admit that he has been overshadowed by his younger sister Amanda, who is now recognised as being in the top echelon of trainer-drivers across Australasia. When he left school, the eldest son of champion horseman Steve Turnbull was immediately propelled into the role as stable foreman at Radiant Lodge as the family were riding high on the back of the success of their then star gelding Smooth Satin, who won a plethora of feature races, including the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile at the famed Harold Park. In the years following, Nathan followed a checkered path that saw him take a complete break from the sport and shortly after returning to the fold, he suffered a nasty and debilitating broken leg. Turnbull trains his team out of The Lagoon and has met with good success with his best-performed pacer being metropolitan winner Power Of Red. Tonight, at his home track of Bathurst, Nathan gets his chance to add another feature race win to his record when he drives exciting prospect Allset in the $16,700 Bedwells Feed Barn Star Trek Final.  He is driving the gelding for sister Amanda, who qualified three horses for the final. Amanda will drive race favourite Bundoran while her stable foreman, Isobel Ross takes the drive on Wattlebank Lass. In fact, the Turnbull family appear to have a stranglehold on the Star Trek with Steve qualifying two runners and Josh one. “Amanda asked me if I would drive Allset for her and I never hesitated,” said Nathan. “I went over and had a drive on him in trackwork and he gave me a great feel, I think he is the makings of a very nice horse. “The horse Amanda is driving is going to be very hard to beat but Allset has the better draw so I should be in front of Bundoran from the start and hopefully I can steal a break on them.  “The Star Trek is a race I would love to win. “I have a couple racing later in the night and think that Red Envy is going well enough to win.  “She is having her second run for David and Chrissy Ford from Dubbo and her first-up fourth impressed me.”    HRNSW MEDIA | MICHAEL DUMESNY

When the Changeover gelding Motu Gatecrasher outsprinted his rivals at Menangle on Saturday night (January), he sent his stake earnings to beyond $250,000 and became his sire’s sith richest performer. The gelding clocked 1:51.5 for the mile – a new lifetime mark. Watch the race click here! Changeover was represented by winners in three different countries last week. Promising four-year-old The Mustang posted his 13th success from 36 starts with a career-best 1:55.2 winning effort at Bathurst, while Dragontown won for the eighth time at Mildura. Changeover produced two winners on the grass at Blenheim, New Zealand in Jazelle and Givemewhatineed as well as the 1:57.1 Invercargill victor Deus Ex. In North America, Changeover’s winners included Sudden Change NZ (1:52.6), Risk NZ (1:53) and Glenferrie Bronte NZ (1:55.2). Changeover, the former champion Kiwi pacer, stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s rich Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

Knockawarwon, a younger full brother to the 2019 USA harness racing 'Horse of the Year' and New Zealand's fastest pacer ever Shartin 1:46.8 ($2.5 million), was a very impressive winner at his first public appearance at the Menangle trials on Wednesday (January 13). A member of Tim Butt's Camden South team, the four-year-old gelding, with Jack Trainor at the helm, pinged straight to the front and reeled off sectionals of 29.1, 29.3, 28.1 and 27.8. He covered the 1609 metres in 1:54.9 - the second fastest time of the day. To watch the trial click here. Bred by Cantabrian breeder Grant Crabbe, Knockawarwon is a son of the Breeders Crown champion Tintin In America 1:53.2 ($906,422), who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud in NSW, out of the Live Or Die mare Bagdarin (1:57.7). By Peter Wharton  

One of New Zealand’s best pacing mares is heading off-shore and trainer Mark Jones admits he doesn’t know when to expect her back. Jones is sending Stylish Memphis to Sydney to be trained by former Kiwi horseman Jack Trainor, who trains alongside Jason Grimson at Menangle. The plan was hatched when it became clear the All Stars runners Amazing Dream and Beyond Words were not heading across the Tasman, with trainer Hayden Cullen set to have no Aussie reps for the summer. “With Amazing Dream in particular not going the Sydney races like the Ladyship Mile become very attractive,” says Jones. “Not just because she won’t be there but because it also means she will be here and that makes the Addington mares races here so much harder, especially with Beyond Words also being here. “So Sydney is the best place for her and Jack had been hassling me for a while to send her over and now is the time.” It is not the first time Jones has sent Stylish Memphis to another trainer to maximise her potential, with Mark Purdon himself training the filly to win last season’s NSW Oaks after being a huge second in the Victoria Oaks. “It is about placing them where they are best suited and can make the most money,” explains Jones. “After those two mares races here at Addington she has no real mares opportunities until the Jewels and even that could mean taking on Amazing Dream again. “I don’t think we have enough good mares races here and after the two coming up she has to race the likes of Copy That and Self Assured. “Whereas at Menangle she has two A$50,000 mares races before the A$200,000 Ladyship Mile and then can races in mares races every second week.” While Jones and his owners are leaving the option of Stylish Memphis returning for the Jewels open she could also possibly head to North America. “That is another option for her because of all the mares races and the times she can get for her future broodmare career.” Stylish Memphis won’t be the only former Jones-trained good pacer plying her trade at Menangle soon, with Burnham Boy having already started his career there with a win two weeks ago after a two-third share in him was sold to big-time US owners Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover.   By Michael Guerin

THE resurrection of classy former Kiwi trotter McLovin has created a “good” problem for Kate Gath. With a string of major trotting races looming, most notably the Great Southern Star on February 6, Gath will inevitably have to choose between McLovin, rising star Majestuoso and long-time stable star Tornado Valley as her drive. McLovin showed he was right when he sat parked and scored arguably the best win of his career in the Group 1 Maori Mile at Bendigo on Saturday night. Despite doing all the work outside the leader, McLovin clocked a 1min54.2sec mile – just 0.1sec outside Tornado Valley’s race and track record. McLovin ran past star mare Red Hot Tooth who led and held-off another glamour mare, Dance Craze, along the sprint lane, to win by a head in closing splits of 55.7 and 27.6sec. The win gave Team Gath their third successive win in the Maori Mile with Tornado Valley having won the past two. “It was a huge run, his form over the short trip is super. I won’t say I was confident of winning knowing we’d have to sit parked, but I was confident he’d run a great race,” Kate Gath said. “He’s really in the zone at the moment, his work at home this time in has been fantastic.” Majestuoso was scratched from the race after hanging in trackwork and not pleasing the stable during the week, but he’s got time on his side of the upcoming features. Kate Gath confirmed Tornado Valley was close to a return. “He’s almost ready. He’s getting older and time will tell if he’s still right up with the very best of them,” she said. Asked if she had a preference to drive when they clash, Gath said: “Hopefully they are all going well at the time and then it’ll be a matter of choosing then, but McLovin is right there with them at the moment.” _________________________________________________________________________________________ EMERGING star Wolf Stride bounced-back from a couple of costly defeats to impressively win the Group 2 Bendigo Cup and effectively snare a Hunter Cup berth in the process. And the win in Saturday night’s feature was the first “major” in Victoria for the training partnership of Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith. Butt touted Wolf Stride as a budding Grand Circuit player early last year and it’s all starting to come together. It was a big effort to come from an outside back row draw, three (albeit with cover) for the last 1300m and still power home to win. Wolf Stride enjoyed the genuinely run affair with a mile rate of 1min55.8sec for the long 2650m trip, just 0.9sec outside the record Cody Bailey set in the Cup last year. The rejuvenated Fourbigmen ran a fantastic race for second for Emma Stewart and Kate Gath and his run served to underline the strength of the form around Lochinvar Art. Fourbigmen’s previous run was second to Lochinvar Art – beaten 30.5m – in the Group 1 Vicbred 4YO final on New Year’s Eve. _________________________________________________________________________________________ GIFTED pacer Bletchley Park is starting to emerge in his own right. Long known as the baby brother of superstar performer Bling It On, Bletchley Park blazed his way to a 16th career win, this time at Group 2 level in the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint at Gloucester Park last Friday night. It took his earnings past $310,000 and underlined the training genius of hobbyis Stephen Reed, who took on Bletchley Park from his father Mike at the end of 2019. Stephen Reed is best known for rejuvenating Lovers Delight to run second to Lennytheshark in a Perth Inter Dominion final, but Bletchley Park represents the best opportunity he’s had yet given he is still just a five-year-old. Bletchley Park had to burn through a 26.6sec opening quarter to hold the lead from gate two for Lindsay Harper and a scocrging 54.8sec first half, but kept finding to beat WA Cup hero Vultan Tin by 3.3m in a 1min52.4sec mile rate for 1720m. The 1min52.4sec mile rate was just 0.8sec outside Chicago Bull’s track record. Owner Albert Walmsley praised Reed’s work with Bletchley Park. “All credit to Stephen Reed for improving Bletchley Park with beach work at Bunbury. He has blossomed since we transferred to Stephen las year,” Walmsley told the West Australian newspaper. “He thrives on being kept in a paddock most of the time.” Walmsley ruled-out a Hunter Cup or Miracle Mile tilt in coming weeks,. “We’ll keep him racing in Perth racing even if the border restrictions are lifted. He’s suited at Gloucester Park and can continue winning here.” Bletchley Park’s dam, Alldatglittersisgold, has had eight foals to race, all winners with Bling It On (49 wins and $1.88mil) and Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling (21 wins, $854,490) being star performers. _________________________________________________________________________________________ RECENT Kiwi import The Croupier snared a Group 3 win for Craig Cross, but upstaged one of his stable “glamour boys” in the process. Chariots Of Fire favourite Expensive Ego was $1.25 favourite to make it four wins from as many starts for Cross, but did a power of work from a wide draw and was nosed-out by The Croupier right on the wire. It was an improved effort by the $61 outsider who could only manage fourth in his heat of the Group 3 Agnes Bank Equine series a week earlier. The son of Roll With Joe, who won four of his 25 NZ runs, has raced five times in NSW for Cross for two wins, a second and a third. Expensive Ego lost no admirers after working three-wide from the outside draw then eventually sitting parked and fighting hard late in a slick 1min50.9sec mile.   by Adam Hamilton

Australia's pacing big guns are trading blows from afar at the moment. Just over a week ago, Lochinvar Art blazed his way to a 30-metre win in he Group 1 Vicbred 4YO final at Melton. This week it was King Of Swing’s turn to return from a freshen-up and scorch closing splits of 52.9 and 25.7sec to win as he liked by 9.6m over classy stablemate Alta Orlando at Menangle on Saturday night. King Of Swing, who hadn’t raced since winning the Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on December 12, looks bigger and better than ever. But so does Lochinvar Art. The pair will meet again in the $500,000 Group 1 Hunter Cup at Melton on February 6. King Of Swing holds a 2-1 edge through wins in last year’s Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile, but Lochinvar Art did win their last clash emphatically in the Victoria Cup on October 10. It’s Lochinvar Art’s turn to strut his stuff again next weekend when he heads to his hometown the $70,000 Group 2 Shepparton Gold Cup. “He had a couple of quiet days after the Vicbred, but he’s on target for Shepparton and then it’s on to Ballarat (January 23),” Lochinvar Art’s trainer-driver David Moran said. Luke McCarthy was thrilled with how King Of Swing felt Saturday night and confirmed he would have just one more lead-up run before the Hunter Cup. “He did that so well. I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s as good or maybe even better than we’ve ever had him,” he said. “There’s another Menangle race for him on Saturday week (January 23) and that’ll top him off nicely.” So both King Of Swing and Lochinvar Art will run on January 23, but in different states with Lochinvar Art at the Ballarat Cup. With the Kiwi stars out of the Hunter Cup, it looks a two-horse race with the Aussie TAB having Lochinvar Art a surprisingly short $1.70 favourite and King Of Swing at $3. WA’s best pacer Chicago Bull is $9 third elect, but he’s far from certain to come. “He won’t be going unless these (Covid) travel restrictions are lifted in time,” trainer Gary Hall Sr said.   by Adam Hamilton

Former NZ champion Changeover, who is now standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired multiple harness racing winners on both sides of the Tasman this week. He has sired the winners of $1.84 million in Australia to date this season. Heading the vanguard were the Menangle winners La Bella Vita NZ, who won in 1:53.5 at her first start on Australian soil, and Controversial NZ (1:54.4), who notched win No 32 and advanced his bankroll to $255,000. Changeover was also represented by a winning double at Horsham with Jaccka Ted NZ (1:58.6) and El Banco (1:59.2), while Loch Ness Franco NZ captured the Golden Girls at Launceston, her fourth win from eight starts in Oz. Changeover led in three winners in New Zealand this week in Szybka Lane (1:59.8, Ashburton), Southerly Change (Rangiora) and Jacks N Jazz (Dunedin). Szybka Lane winning at Ashburton   by Peter Wharton

POPULAR former New Zealand reinsman Jack Trainor continues an upward spiral in the leading harness racing driver ranks in Sydney and now boasts 135 winners for the current season. More recently, Trainor has teamed up with Jason Grimson and between them they are kicking plenty of goals. But he is still very much in demand as a freelance driver and averages around 50 drives a month. His most notable recent win was aboard Our Antonia Rose in the Group 2 New South Wales Breeders Challenge True Blue Series 3yo Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle at the end of October. Being based at Menangle gives Trainor the opportunity to regularly drive on the leading track where he has booted home 30 winners this term with a further 50 placings, earning stakes of just over half a million dollars. Another track that Trainor is a regular at and where he drives his fair share of winners is Penrith and he heads there this Thursday to take the reins behind four runners. “I like driving at Penrith; It is obviously somewhat different to Menangle given the vast difference in size,” said Trainor. “Looking through my drives, no doubt Hollywood Rooki appears my best chance of winning.  “He has come up very short in the betting, so the pressure is on me to get him home. “Jason [Grimson] has done a great job with him since buying the gelding from the Riverina.  “He won first-up at Bathurst and rated 1:56.5. “Last start his effort to win at Canberra was massive when he rated 1:57.4 on the half mile track, where he led throughout and scored by about 16 metres. “He is still very well graded on points so Jason should have a lot more fun with him.” Hollywood Rooki has drawn well in barrier two which should enable him to lead and win. Another in-form runner that Trainor will handle on Thursday night is Watching You Dreaming from the Brian Portelli stable. “This horse seems to love racing at Penrith and has won two here recently,” said Trainor. “Brian has his team racing well so this bloke should be hard to beat again from the two barrier. “Navua Star (Race 3) has drawn perfectly in gate one and his form is also very sound.”   HRNSW MEDIA

Club Menangle is pleased to announce that the bread-and-butter prizemoney, so important to keeping our industry going, is heading in the right direction. After receiving an improved funding forecast, the Club Menangle Board has approved significant increases, focussing on prizemoney for week-to-week racing. The most notable changes are: * Midweek prizemoney increases from $8,000 to $9,000 per race; * Minimum Saturday night prizemoney increases from $11,000 to $13,000; * The $16,000 tier of prizemoney increases to $18,000; * The $18,000 tier of prizemoney increases to $20,000; * The $22,000 tier of prizemoney increases to $24,000. There will also be a significant increase in the number of $20,000 races, which were being run at lower prizemoney levels. Club Menangle will also resume responsibility for funding the highly successful Country Series, which has been re-established with a series to be run every month. The increases will commence from 1 January 2021, and in total will result in an additional distribution of $1.6m over the course of a full year. Club Menangle Chief Executive, Bruce Christison, pointed out that the club was forced to make reductions in May, when the industry budget was released showing a reduction of 20 per cent in funding. At that time, the club assured industry participants that increases would be made as soon as more favourable funding information was available. “These projections we have received are based upon a combination of actual revenue and wagering trends, which factor in the easing of the Government’s economic stimulus package,” said Christison. He added that the funding reforecast was still close to $700,000 below the budget for the previous year. The Club has indicated it will continue to closely monitor the projections and where possible increase prizemoney further to take it beyond the pre-COVID-19 levels. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE CHIEF EXECUTIVE BRUCE CHRISTISON ON (02) 4645-2200.   Club Menangle

CROOKWELL trainer Scott Hewitt will head to any track to place his horses in suitable races . . . and lately he has been making regular trips to Bathurst with his handy team of pacers. Scott, his twin brother Sam and older brother Brad are all enjoying good success in the sport, which is no surprise given their upbringing. Their father David has been recognised as one of the best trainer-drivers in the Southern Highlands for more than four decades while their mum Maree is the daughter of the late, great Frank Day, who trained Friendly Footman to win a Miracle Mile. “Life is good for us out at Crookwell,” said Scott. “I have 12 horses in training and when I am not working them, I keep busy on our sheep farm. “The good rain that has fallen in the past few months has been a godsend as we have done it a bit tough through the drought over the last two years.” The current star of Hewitt’s stable is Arma Naughty, a mare by Somebeachsomewhere and out of the good mare, Arma The One. Bred and raced by the Ridley family, Arma Naughty is a sister to six winners, including Arma The Gun and Arma Hotshot, which have both won more than $100,000 in stakes. “The way this mare is racing, she looks set to join them at the top of the tree as she has already won more than $80,000 and 14 races,” said Hewitt. The five-year-old has won four on the bounce since returning from racing in Queensland in October.  Her great run of success kicked off with a win at Canberra on October 19, when she rated 1:57.5 with Scott holding the reins. She followed that with two wins at Bathurst and a win at Wagga with Scott’s cousin Gemma Hewitt in the gig. “She has turned the corner and appears to be much stronger since coming home from Queensland,” he said. “Two starts back she equaled Fouroeight’s track record at Bathurst when she rated 1:52.2. “Gemma is driving her again tonight at Bathurst which will be her last run before we head out for a crack at the Red Ochre at Dubbo.  “I do think she is a Menangle horse in the making.”  Scott will drive recent Canberra winner Shez Grinnin in Race 3 tonight and is also confident the mare is going well enough to win.   HRNSW MEDIA

Mandalong owner-breeder Robyn Greenwood believes the presence of a new mare at home has helped Robbiewillmakeit turn in a harness racing career-best performance at age 10. The entire, trained by Robyn's husband, Neville, ran his fastest winning time - a 1:53:6 mile - to come from second last and claim a four-metre victory at Menangle on Saturday night with Jack Callaghan in the seat. The $5720 first prize was his biggest in 20 wins across 149 career starts and came after the Greenwoods reluctantly took him back to Menangle after being unable to gain a start at Newcastle. Robbiewillmakeit had four trials and swim training in between runs as the Greenwoods weighed up their options. To watch the video replay click here. "I can't get any runs here and someone said to me I would never get another run at Newcastle because he was too highly graded," Robyn said. "He's still racing all right and the only place I could go to is Menangle, but I said I didn't want to go to Menangle. But this last week I just bit the bullet. "I just had a mare come in here to be trained and he got a bit stirred up, so he got a little bit extra work in the paddock, just walking up and down and singing out. It must have helped him because he went so well." Robyn said they kept Robbiewillmakeit an entire after he came in for special attention as a foal when he almost drowned. "He was the first foal out of my mare [Willshemakeit] and he fell into the dam and I saved him," she said. "Because we handled him, he was always all right. Normally we'd geld them straight away but we left him because he was so good. Maybe if we had he wouldn't have been as good as he is now." She said Robbiewillmakeit had been a handful in recent years at the races. "Everyone can't work out how long he's lasted as a stallion," she said. "In the breeding season we've been having trouble at the races, he's just played up so bad. But up until five or six he was good as gold." Half-brother Noworries, also out of Willshemakeit, won his first race at Newcastle on November 6 as a $71 shot for the Greenwoods. At Newcastle on Friday night, visiting driver Josh Gallagher was the standout performer with a winning treble. Gallagher won on Pay Me Overs (trainer KerryAnn Morris), Spunkys Playing Up (Darren Reay) and Dream The Dream (Kevin Pizzuto). Graig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

FORMER Kiwi reinsman Jack Trainor must wish that 2020 never ends. Despite the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Trainor is having the season of his life and continues to rack up the winners with 126 this season to sit in sixth place on the overall premiership. Trainor is the man to follow at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday when he partners three of the seven favourites, as well as two other handy drives at the south-western Sydney circuit. “This season has been extended so I guess my winners have been inflated a bit – “normally we’d be into the next season by now but it has been a terrific run and I’m loving it,” said Trainor. His best drive on Tuesday does appear to be Red Reactor for local Menangle horseman David Thorn in Race 4. “He’s been a great horse since he’s come over although he probably races best when he can be saved up for one run,” said Trainor. “But he does look the one to beat there, for sure. Let’s hope so. “Christmas Toyboy [Race 3] also went well last start. He should be able to lead again and he’ll go well. “Navua Star [Race 6] has plenty of ability and early tactics might be the key in this race. “He does have a mind of his own sometimes, this horse, but he’s still a pretty nice pacer and I reckon he’ll run first or second.” Trainor agreed Red Reactor did shape as the best of a good book of drives. The young trainer-driver branched out on his own recently and now has five in work at the Menangle Training Centre, including Chrissy Chic, who won well at Bathurst last week. “They’re all honest and it’s a nice little team,” he said. “Jason Grimson and I work together, and we have 12 between us and it’s all going well.” Trainor is also good friends with Dexter Dunn who has become the No1 reinsman in the US in the past couple of seasons. “He’s just killing them over there,” said Trainor. “I’d love to go over there for a holiday and follow the boys around for a week or two and see what it’s all about. “But at this stage I am happy with the way things are going here. “Hopefully, this run rolls on into next season.”   HRNSW MEDIA

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