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Australasian harness racing’s premier sprint – Miracle Mile – has a confirmed date for the 2015/16 season. Following Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s announcement that the Inter Dominion will be conducted in November/December as of 2015, the New South Wales Harness Racing Club had to select an alternative for the Miracle Mile. The Grand Circuit event has been a regular fixture during the third weekend of November at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Not only has the premier club moved its flagship feature, it has also shifted the entire Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles. Beginning with the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint on February 13, the carnival concludes with the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile on February 28. As a result of the date change, there will be no Miracle Mile in 2015, with prizemoney predicted to remain at $750,000 despite rumours of a lift to $1million. “The club is excited to be able to use our greatest race, the Miracle Mile to form part of a meeting that has already been described as the best day’s racing on the Australasian calendar,” chairman Ray Sharman said. “By having a race with the prestige and international significance of the Miracle Mile at this time of year, it opens up the opportunity for us to gain the continued support of Destination NSW and the free-to-air coverage generated from Channel Nine.” Originally planning to confirm a date at tomorrow’s director’s meetings, the club released the details early due to the intense interest following the Inter Dominion announcement yesterday. “The club has been pleased with the level of interest in both the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile,” Bruce Christison said. “The cIub has been considering the move but needed to wait for confirmation of the Perth bid before a final decision could be made. “The board had intended to discuss the matter at tomorrow’s (Thursday) meeting and then make an announcement, but due to the level of interest following Perth’s announcement on Tuesday we brought that forward.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing’s pin up pacer Beautide will make his long-awaited return to racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Given a well-earned spell following his Len Smith Mile success at the same venue last April, Beautide faces a tough first-up task for trainer James Rattray. The Inter Dominion winner has drawn the outside of the front line, with noted front runner Suave Stuey Lombo expected to lead from six. Suave Stuey Lombo beat Beautide in a trial around the 1400-metre circuit last week, covering the mile 1:49.2 – the second fastest time recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Recently retired star Smoken Up holds the top mantle with his 1:48.5 registered in the 2011 Len Smith Mile. Pleased with the son of Bettors Delight’s progress, Rattray stated Beautide will be eased back into racing as he works towards his initial main target – Miracle Mile title defence. “I’m very happy with the way he has come back,” Rattray said. “He is in good shape, but race fitness is another thing all together. “He has come through last week’s trial well and is ready to put in a good run. “I won’t be firing him out of the gate or pushing too hard at this stage as all these races are just warm ups to get him ready for the Miracle Mile in November.” Along with his Inter Dominion defence on March 1, Beautide will contest the Ballarat and Victoria Cups. The Ballarat Cup is scheduled for December 13, with the Victoria Cup to be conducted on January 31. Beautide finished fourth behind For A Reason in last season’s Victoria Cup. “The Ballarat Cup is an option with him, but I will decide on that when it gets closer,” Rattray said. “The Victoria Cup is definitely on the agenda as it also fits in well for him being two weeks before the Inter Dominion heats.” PAUL COURTS

A return trip to Queensland for the beginning of harness racing’s Grand Circuit could be on the cards for top pacer Seel N Print. Having made the trek to the Sunshine State last November, where he notched two wins and a second from three starts, Seel N Print shapes as the ideal prospect for the Queensland Pacing Championship on October 25. The $250,000 Group One traditionally kicks off the Grand Circuit, with champions such as Popular Alm, Preux Chevalier, Westburn Grant, Koala King, Paleface Adios and Blacks A Fake gracing the honour roll. As for Seel N Print, he gave notice of he is ready to join the event’s winners’ list with his stylish victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night. Trained and driven by Todd McCarthy, the son of Falcon Seelster was eased to the tail of the field from the outside of the front row as Teo Enteo, Charity King and then The Gold Ace worked to the lead. With the field racing in ‘Indian file’ at bell, Seel N Print trailed Monifieth as he was angled away from the pegs along the back straight. Three-wide on the final bend, Seel N Print unleashed a solid sprint to score by a metre-and-a-half from Teo Enteo, with The Gold Ace a head away third. Rating 1:58 for the 2300 metres, the seven-year-old covered the last half in a slick 55.1 seconds. Boasting four wins and a second from his last five appearances, Seel N Print extended his overall record to 25 wins and 27 placings from 110 starts for earnings of $602,128. PAUL COURTS

Onlookers had to check and double check their stop watches as two harness racing speedsters trialled at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. After galloping at the start of last Saturday night’s free-for-all at the same venue - therefore missing a much-needed run - Suave Stuey Lombo was taken to the trials by trainer Shane Tritton “to get the blow out he had to have”. The trial also doubled as Beautide’s third public hit out since his Len Smith Mile triumph for trainer James Rattray last April. Showing his customary gate speed to lead from barrier six, Suave Stuey Lombo was allowed to roll along by premier reinswoman Lauren Panella as Beautide was driven quietly. The top pacers then broke clear of the field during the latter stages as Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in a breathtaking 1:49.2! Suave Stuey Lombo’s time is the second fastest recorded in Australasia and the second occasion the son of Bettors Delight has broken the magical 1:50 mark. Last weekend’s retiree, Smoken Up, became the first standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to better 1:50 when he captured the 2011 Len Smith Mile at Menangle. The son of Tinted Cloud set the benchmark with a brilliant 1:48.5. Comeback pacer For A Reason stopped the clock at 1:49.4 last November, before Smoken Up did it again with his 1:49.9 three weeks later. Suave Stuey Lombo’s 1:49.6 was registered last June. Leaving no doubt which track is the premier track on this side of the equator, all five sub 1:50 times have been run around Menangle’s world class 1400-metre circuit. “That’s the time he should have run last Saturday night,” Tritton said. “He’d worked the best he had ever gone leading into the race, but on the night he was just too full of himself and that cost him. “Given he wasn’t going to race for another couple of weeks, I wanted him to have a real good blow out at the trials to keep him at his peak. “These times can be a regular occurrence at Menangle…it’s just a matter of the drivers letting them run along, especially in that second quarter.” Earmarking the time-honoured Miracle Mile as the gelding’s primary target, Tritton stated Suave Stuey Lombo will be restricted to short distance racing until the November 29 showdown. The seven-year-old first step towards a berth in the premier sprint will be the Newcastle Mile on November 8. “He loves mile and speed racing, so that’s what I will try and stick to with him,” Tritton declared. “That said, there is a possibility of the Queensland Pacing Championship, but it’s not confirmed yet, whereas the Miracle Mile is a definite target. “I’d like to think he can break Smoken Up’s record and I won’t be surprised if this year’s Miracle Mile winner does just that.” PAUL COURTS

Astute harness racing trainer Darren Hancock admits he may have to change his opinion with promising pacer Teo Enteo. Originally rating the son of Armbro Operative as a “handy type”, Hancock now believes Teo Enteo is capable of competing against the best in majors such as the SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. Hancock’s altered perspective comes as a result of Teo Enteo’s ultra-impressive victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Not only did Teo Enteo cover the mile in a personal best 1:51.7, he accounted for established stars such as Inter Dominion runner-up Seel N Print, The Gold Ace, Suave Stuey Lombo and Chariot King. “After that win, I may have to start aiming higher with him,” Hancock declared. “He showed with that run he will measure up to the better horses. “He finished third behind Beautide and Mach Beauty earlier in the year and he is better again this time in. “Racing at Menangle really suits him as he is a high speed horse, which loves to come off the pace, so a race like the Miracle Mile is not out of the question. “At the moment though, I don’t have any real plans with him and will just keep pressing on while he is racing well.” Citing the Queensland Pacing Championship as a possible target, Hancock selected the Newcastle Mile as a realistic mission. Queensland’s flagship event is scheduled to be run at Albion Park on October 25, with Newcastle’s premier feature set down for November 8. The winner of the provincial event is guaranteed a berth in the Miracle Mile three weeks later. “I will see how he is going when the time comes, but Queensland is a possibility,” Hancock said. “A race such as the Newcastle Mile will be ideal as he loves the short course and it’s a pathway to the Miracle Mile.” PAUL COURTS

Harness racing superstar Smoken Up faces a tough challenge in his bid for a farewell victory at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Due to be retired after his appearance in the Casey Classic, Smoken Up has drawn awkwardly in gate nine for trainer Lance Justice. Admitting the barrier has hampered the prospects of a final win, Justice stated the outing is “more about enjoying the moment” with the sprightly 12-year-old. “If he wins, he wins and if he doesn’t it’s not the end of the world,” Justice declared. “Saturday is more about enjoying the moment as he says good bye to racing. “We’ve been fortunate to have won 72 races with him, so one more will only be some sweet, sweet icing on the cake. “Naturally, I would love to see him go out on a high, but from the draw it may not be possible. “Don’t get me wrong, I still think he can win, and no matter what happens, I know he will do his best as always. “Overall, it is going to be very emotion as it’s the end of an era.” Justice was fortunate to enjoy a perfect end to former stable star Sokyola’s career at Moonee Valley on June 22, 2007 when the son of Soky’s Atom accounted for The Warp Drive and The Phantoms Guest. “We were lucking enough to have a happy ending with Sokyola and with a bit of luck we can enjoy the same with Smoken Up,” Justice said. “A win would also bookend his career with me as he won on debut at Yarra Valley in March 2007. To begin and end with a win would be a fairytale.” Smoken Up has registered 72 victories and 48 placings from 141 starts with Justice for earnings of $3,588,949 to be Australasia's third richest pacer behind Blacks A Fake ($4,575,438) and Im Themightyquinn ($4,567,456). His wins include two Miracle Miles, four South Australia Cups, four Len Smith Miles and the Victoria Cup, with his best time of 1:48.5 coming at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 30, 2011. The son of Tinted Cloud has claimed 13 Group Ones across the Southern Hemisphere, won at 15 tracks and set numerous records, including becoming the first standardbred on this side of the equator to better 1:50. While his favourite track is Menangle due its spacious 1400-metre circuit, Smoken Up has registered the majority of his wins at Melbourne’s two metropolitan tracks. In fact, the gelding boasts the record for the most wins at headquarters, with his 33 triumphs breaking down to 12 at Moonee Valley and 21 at Melton. That total also equates to 32 metropolitan wins and one country front. Former top mare Make Mine Cullen held the previous record thanks to her 30 wins between the two tracks. The daughter of Christian Cullen won 29 at Melton and one at Moonee Valley for Glenn Douglas. Her tally breaks down to 25 city and five country wins, with one of her provincial fronts coming at the Valley. Sokyola was credited as Moonee Valley’s leading performer with his 29 wins, which splits to 26 metro and three country. Former outstanding pacer Dusty Miller is believed to have won 27 races at the Ascot Vale Showgrounds, however, there are no in depth records to verify his stats. To put things into another perspective, the immortal Popular Alm notched 21 wins at the Valley, while his arch-rival, Gammalite, had 24! A farewell victory will also see Smoken Up fall a win short of True Roman’s ‘all-comers’ record in town. Among the best trotters produced in the Southern Hemisphere, True Roman won an amazing 35 races at the Valley. True Roman’s tally breaks down to an incredible 34 metro and one country success. “To have Sokyola as the most successful metro horse in numbers and now Smoken Up is amazing,” Justice said. “Now with a bit of luck Trigger can match old Soky by bowing out with a win. “Like I said, it’s going to be an emotional night and we will both be out there doing our best.” - PAUL COURTS

If we could hear it 'from the horse's mouth', it's pretty obvious what harness racing superstar Smoken Up will be wishing for. With today (1st of September) the beginning of the Australian season, Smoken Up and his standardbred counterparts are celebrating their birthday. Marking his 12th birthday with a party and cake at trainer Lance Justice's stable in Melton, Victoria, Smoken Up is on the verge of retirement. To be more precise, the son of Tinted Cloud is due to have his last start at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Taking that into consideration, Smoken Up is likely to be wishing for a 'fairytale ending'...least that's what Justice and the gelding's connections are looking to achieve with the multi millionaire. Justice was fortunate to enjoy a perfect end to former stable star Sokyola's career at Moonee Valley on June 22, 2007 when the son of Soky's Atom accounted for The Warp Drive and The Phantoms Guest. "We were lucking enough to have a happy ending with Sokyola and with a bit of luck we can enjoy the same with Smoken Up at Tabcorp Park next Saturday night," Justice said. "We will know how our chances are shaping up a little better on Tuesday when the fields come out and can see where he has drawn. "I'm a realist and am fully aware it's unlikely to happen, but at the same time we can enjoy the ride, hope for a good draw and then hope for the best on race night. "Whether he wins or not, it's going to be a joyful and sad occasion at the same time as it's the end of an era." Successful upon debut for Justice at Yarra Valley on March 8, 2007, Smoken Up has registered a further 71 victories and 48 placings from 141 starts for earnings of $3,588,949 to be Australasia's third richest pacer behind Blacks A Fake ($4,575,438) and Im Themightyquinn ($4,567,456). His wins include two Miracle Miles, four South Australia Cups, four Len Smith Miles and the Victoria Cup, with his best time of 1:48.5 coming at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 30, 2011. Smoken Up has claimed 13 Group Ones across the Southern Hemisphere, won at 15 tracks and set numerous records, including becoming the first standardbred on this side of the equator to better 1:50. PAUL COURTS

  TAB has put together a series of jackpots for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound punters this weekend. It all gets underway tomorrow night for the huge Black Top meeting from The Gardens. TAB has boosted the card with a sensational $25,000 Quaddie jackpot! Being held on races 5-8, the lids will fly on the opening leg at 8:40pm. Racing at Rosehill this Saturday is sure to excite fans of the First 4. The feature event on the program is the MTA NSW Run To The Rose and TAB has kick-started the First 4 pool on the race to the tune of $50,000! It is sure to be a keen betting affair with punters likely to include the well-supported Almalad and Nostradamus high up in their selections. Finally, every race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night has a guaranteed First 4 pool of $20,000! With 10 races on the card and almost full fields throughout the evening, there is sure to be some spirited betting to be had. TAB JACKPOTS Date Code Venue Bet Type Jackpot Guarantee* Races Fri 29 Aug CG THE GARDENS GREYHOUNDS Quaddie $25,000.00   5,6,7,8 Sat 30 Aug SR ROSEHILL GARDENS RACES First 4 $50,000.00   6 – Run To The Rose Sat 30 Aug SG TABCORP PARK MENANGLE HARNESS First 4 $5,000.00 $20,000.00 Every Race            

Goulburn trainer Amy Day took two horses to Newcastle last Friday night with one goal in mind and that was to qualify them both for their respective Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Finals. Day left Newcastle with an impressive win courtesy of Treuaper while Cogeday was an unlucky second but did enough to get through to the Final meaning both horses will compete this Saturday night in $25,000 events. "I was very pleased with Treuaper, he came off a break and had been trialling well at Menangle in the lead up to his racetrack return," Day said. "Cogeday was very unlucky and got caught up in traffic but he's a sit sprinter and the three wide line just came too early and it would have meant that I was out three wide without cover for the last lap which wouldn't have suited him." "When he hit the line he pricked his ears and finished it off quite nicely and it was nice to have him back because towards the end of last preparation I think a couple of long float trips had taken their toll on him." Cogeday looks to be suited by returning to the 1400 metre track at Menangle. "I had been trying to qualify him for one of these country finals and I had taken him to Bathurst and Young for the heats but he wasn't showing his high speed. He is so much better suited to the bigger tracks and that's why hopefully he will be a good chance on Saturday night." Treuaper will contest race four while Cogeday will compete in the sixth event at Menangle on Saturday night. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

Victorian trainer Michael Stanley will have a two pronged attack in Saturday night's Gr. 3 CJ Garrard Two Year Old Classic at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  The $30,000 event is open to horses that were sold at the 2013 Garrards Horse & Hound Trialling Sale and Stanley is hoping to take home the major share of prize money on offer with Big Spending Telf and Morior Invictus. "Big Spending Telf has only had the one run and he's a pretty nice horse, he's a little bit immature in the head so I will drive him but I think he has what it takes to make a nice horse," Stanley said "He won his only start at Horsham, he showed speed on that occasion and the horse that sat outside him kept him honest throughout but he broke 29 seconds for his final quarter and did it well." Big Spending Telf had a short letup after his debut run but has been at the trials recently. "Yeah I gave him some time after the run but he has had a couple of trials and importantly over the 2200 metres too. He has won both trials, the last of them was as Melton and he ran his last half in 58.9." Morior Invictus won a semi final of the Vicbred series four runs ago and has been racing against some very strong opposition recently. "He is a very good horse and has been campaigning against some nice ones but he is probably just a touch below the top echelon." "I'm not sure he will be totally suited on Saturday night. He is an effective sit and sprinter but after drawing the outside barrier he probably has to go back at the start and then maybe make a midrace move to get into the action." Stanley will return to Victoria for Sunday's Breeders Crown Day and is hoping Soho Tokyo can run a great race from barrier three. "She went really well in her semi and from a better draw I think she can run a great race, it could be a very big weekend." Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

Successful harness racing horseman Jarrod Alchin has been spending plenty of time travelling recently and things may not change in the short term should everything go to plan. Alchin trains talented two year old Franciso De Gore, the son of Village Jasper that placed in a repechage of the Breeders Crown at Geelong last week. "I was really happy with his performance in the repechage and if things all go to plan, including a good barrier draw, I think he can qualify for the Breeders Crown final," Alchin said. "His run behind Ominous Warning was very strong at Menangle. They went 55.1 for the last 800 metres and he wanted to hit the line, I think he is going to make a really nice three year old next season." While Alchin will be in Victoria on Saturday night with Franciso De Gore, his stable will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle too. "Kennedy Creek won a race three starts ago when he led and was too good, he worked very strongly on Monday and I'd like to see him hold the front again this week." "He finished eighth last start but if you watch the run it wasn't too bad. He was well back, made some good ground and didn't have much luck in the straight." Alchin's other runner is Eagles Ace, a three year old that has some strong Riverina form to his credit. "He only arrived last week, he's a nice horse and has been racing well in the bush but he has been sent up here to try and win a Metropolitan three year old before the end of the season." "I was really happy with his work on Monday too, so if he races up to the work I think he is going to be right in the finish. He is only going to be here for a month or so." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing New South Wales

There are a number of jackpots and a pool guarantee to get exotics punters excited at the TAB this weekend. Tabcorp Park Menangle’s meeting this Saturday night will give Quaddie players a $20,000 jackpot to attack. Being held on races 5-8, the mobile will release the field for the first leg, the Garrards Horse and Hound Pace, at 7:20pm. That same night, Wenty Park’s Quaddie pool is guaranteed to reach $100,000! Taking in races 5-8, greyhound fans have to get their bets on prior to 8:47pm. Finally, TAB Saddle Up Sundays heads to Muswellbrook this weekend and the feature event is the Bengalla Cup. TAB is boosting the meeting with a healthy $10,000 BIG6 jackpot, which is being conducted on the last six races on the program. TAB JACKPOTS Date Code Venue Bet Type Jackpot Guarantee* Races Sat 9 Aug SH TABCORP PARK MENANGLE HARNESS Quaddie $20,000.00   5,6,7,8 Sat 9 Aug SG WENTWORTH PARK GREYHOUNDS Quaddie $28,000.00 $100,000.00 5,6,7,8 Sun 10 Aug CR MUSWELLBROOK RACES BIG6 $10,000.00   Last 6 Races          

Former Tasmanian pacer Tony Macarony will resume for trainer Darren Binskin on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  The son of Sealed N Delivered has had three starts at Menangle and has only been placed once but off the back of a strong trial last week Binskin is hoping for a better performance. "I was happy with his trial last week. He showed good speed and Chariot King had a job to run him down in the straight so if he can bring that sort of form to the races I think he will be very competitive," Binskin said. "He is a funny horse, he has had a few little niggles and that is why he hasn't raced since early June but the owner has been terrific in showing patience and hopefully that can be rewarded." Tony Macarony beat home Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion winner Beautide in Launceston's 2013 Golden Mile.  He finished second behind Greysteel with Beautide finishing sixth. "I don't think people should read too much into that win over Beautide. Look he's a nice horse and I think he will win a "metro" race but I'm not going overboard just yet." Binskin's stable star Gaius Caesar will compete in a race for horses that have failed to win $6000 in their last four starts and while the multiple Gr. 1 winner finds himself in a winnable race, the horseman believes it shouldn't be happening. "I don't agree with the system but we are going to do what other stables have been doing and taking advantage of the setup to try and get him another win." "In my opinion he should be in the open race but the opportunity is there to drop back into an easier event so we have taken the chance and hopefully he can bring up his first win since June." Gaius Caesar will compete in race three on Saturday night with the event scheduled to begin at 6:20pm. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales                                             

Chariot King will line up on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle for the first time since June 7 and trainer John Tapp acknowledges he is a little concerned with the race distance of 2300 metres.  After having three weeks in the paddock Chariot King has had two trials to get some fitness 'under his belt' but Tapp admits the seven year old will need some racing before he finds his peak form. "There are only so many corridors of opportunity during the season to give horses a short break and after Chariot King's last run at Menangle we took the option to give him a quick letup before getting him ready for some of the better races coming up," Tapp said. "Ideally I would have looked for a race over the mile trip for his first run back but he needs to get back racing so you have to play the cards you are dealt." Chariot King will line up against the Tritton pair Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo and Tapp believes they will be the hardest to beat. "Shane's horses had a good hit-out last Saturday night and they are obviously fully wound up so they look to be the pair to beat but there are some other nice horses in the race." "It is no secret that Chariot King is a 'massive doer' and he has certainly put on weight during the break. In fact I can't remember him ever missing a feed at my place since he arrived as a very young horse. I reckon he would eat a chicken chow mein if you offered it to him." At his first trial back Chariot King did very little work early but rattled home from the tail and ran a very fast final quarter. "He hit the line extremely well and Jim (Douglass driver) said he felt completely normal, exactly like Chariot King should feel so that's what you want to hear from the driver, now I'm just looking forward to Saturday."   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales                                                                                                                                        Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 09 August 2014 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 09 August 2014  

The Board of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club met yesterday and decided to offer the position of Chief Executive Officer to Mr Bruce Christison.  The Board is delighted to announce that Mr Chistison has accepted this position effective from today. Mr Christison first joined the administrative staff of the Club in January 1994 as Financial Controller, and has been the Business Operations Manager since March 2004. Mr Christison has been an integral part of the Club’s management for many years and will bring extensive business and administrative skills combined with a detailed knowledge of the Club’s operations to the position of Chief Executive.  The Board believes that this appointment will continue the development of the Club following the sale of Harold Park and development at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Mr Christison will work with departing Chief Executive Officer Mr John Dumesny to ensure a seamless handover before Mr Dumesny assumes his position with Harness Racing New South Wales on 1 September 2014.  The Board believes that this transitional process will be of mutual benefit to all parties and the industry. For further information please contact NSWHRC Chairman Ray Sharman on (02) 4645 2200.

Junee trainer Bruce Harpley only has three horses in work currently.  Frith is the star of the team and she has been entered at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night but Harpley's other two horses, Sokys Bigbullet and Justanotherslippa were able to provide him with his first metropolitan double at Menangle when they won their respective races on Saturday night. "I'm pretty sure that is my first metro training double, it definitely is my first metro training double at Menangle, I've driven a few winners for Bernie Kelly at Harold Park and Menangle but to train a double was very exciting," Harpley said. "What made it even better was that both races were Country Series Finals which means all three of the horses in my stable have won $25,000 feature races in the past couple of weeks which makes it a lot easier to get up and work them in the morning, that's for sure." Sokys Bigbullet proved too strong for short priced favourite Millwood Liberty rating 1:55.6 for the mile. "There was a bit expected of him after he made such a good start to his career but what a lot of people don't know is that he had a soft palate operation last season and it has taken him a while to put it all together." "Actually it has only been in the last month or so that he has really started to feel like his old self again, I have nominated him again for Menangle on Saturday night and then he can have a spell." Justanotherslippa brought up the second win of his career when he took out race six. "It wasn't an overly strong race and I thought it was going to come down to who got the most luck and it all worked out nicely for me." "These country finals are great for us country trainers, up until I won two heats at Bathurst before these finals I had never won a heat, let alone a final so it was nice to win a couple on the same night." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

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