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Eight heats of the Alabar Breeders Challenge for two year olds have been conducted across New South Wales.  The four winners of the colts and gelding heats were:         Bullet Stride - (Major In Art x Exotic Stride) Trainer Belinda McCarthy, Driver Todd McCarthy         Awesome Stride – (Art Major x Labretta Franco) Trainer Belinda McCarthy, Driver Todd McCarthy         Paternity Suit – (Rock N Roll Heaven x Rekindled Flame) Trainer/Driver Steve Maguire         Maxentius – (Mach Three x Eutropia) Trainer/Driver Blake Fitzpatrick The four winners of the heats for the fillies were:         Im With Lexy (Roll With Joe x Lexys Laughing) Trainer Bernie Hewitt, Driver Robbie Morris         Shez Sugarsweet (Somebeachsomewhere x River Valley Romance) Trainer/Driver Blake       Fitzpatrick         Dont Think Twice (Armbro Operative x Nikalong Boulevard) Trainer/Driver Jason Grimson         Rocknroll Emma (Rocknroll Hanover x Maristella) Trainer/Driver Michael Formosa Another round of heats will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday May 31 with the two year olds attempting to qualify for the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Semi Finals.  In an attempt to clarify the situation, HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny has again stated there will be twelve runners in the semi finals and final. “There has been some confusion however it is important for all stakeholders to understand there will be twelve runners and a further two emergencies drawn in the Alabar Breeders Challenge heats (if applicable), semi finals and final for two year olds,” Mr Dumesny said. “A new two year old policy has been adopted and from the start of January a maximum of ten runners (and reserves) will be drawn in two year old races across New South Wales.  As it stands there will be twelve two year olds drawn in fields where applicable for the remainder of this season” The three year old Breeders Challenge heats begin this week and Mr Dumesny is excited by the upcoming racing. “The Alabar Breeders Challenge Final Day will be a great afternoon of racing on Sunday June 26 and I’m hoping the weather is as good this year as it was last year. “There is a lot of talent spread amongst the different age groups and divisions so the next month of racing will see the best NSW has to offer, compete for some great prize money.” Greg Hayes

The unbeaten pacer Our Waikiki Beach will be out to extend his winning streak to 19 races at Penrith on Thursday night when he competes in a heat of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge.  Trained by leading New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon, the Australian bred son of Somebeachsomewhere has only started twice across the Tasman with the gelding having won a dozen of his races at Australia’s premier harness racing track, Tabcorp Park Menangle. Luke McCarthy will drive Our Waikiki Beach on Thursday night, it is the fourth time he has had the honour of driving the star.  Purdon has sat behind him on nine occasions, Natalie Rasmussen four times and John McCarthy and Brent Barclay have had one drive each. Our Waikiki Beach has won four Group 1 races.  As a two year old he won the Australian Pacing Gold, the NSW Breeders Challenge and the Australasian Breeders Crown.  This season he took out the rich New South Wales Derby.  The gelding has won $665,221 in his career and there has never been a faster three year old in the Southern Hemisphere.  Our Waikiki Beach equalled the time set by Border Control of 1:50.6 when he won a race at Menangle in February. Only six standardbreds have won more than 19 consecutive races in Australasia.  San Simeon holds the record with a winning streak of 29.  Lucky Creed, Maori’s Idol and Courage Under Fire won 24 races in a row while Aachen and Lyell Creek won 20.  With a victory on Thursday night Our Waikiki Beach will join Satinover, Hyperstat, Village Kid and Lombo Pocket Watch with 19. When asked to describe Our Waikiki Beach, trainer Mark Purdon is quick to look towards the gelding’s future. “He has all the qualities that suggest he is going to take the next step to compete against the very best horses,” Purdon said. “I wouldn’t say he was a standout as a young horse but we always thought he had plenty of ability. While he is a son of Somebeachsomewhere there is a lot of Bettors Delight in him from his mother and he has a very laid back and relaxed attitude.” Purdon expects to be in Sydney to drive Our Waikiki Beach in a semi final of the Breeders Challenge and will also take the reins in the final. “That’s the plan at this stage.  We’ll see how he gets through the Breeders Challenge, but we are planning on taking him to the Breeders Crown later in the season. “I don’t know whether he should be classed as an Australian or New Zealander because he has only had two starts in New Zealand, maybe the Aussies should claim him because he was born and bred there.” We’ll take him Mark!    Greg Hayes

THE $40,000 NSW Trotters Derby will now be run on July 16, following discussions with other states regarding their programs. The Group Two feature was originally scheduled for Tabcorp Park Menangle this weekend, but was postponed following a poor response from trainers. The NSW Harness Racing Club discussed likely dates for the race with Harness Racing Victoria’s racing team before settling on the July 16 (Saturday night) date. “We thought that date should suit most trainers,” explained NSWHRC racing manager David Wonson. “That date is two weeks after the VicBred finals at Melton, three weeks after the NSW Breeders Challenge Final and three weeks before the Victoria Trotters Derby at Maryborough. “This way there should be no excuses for any horses in regards to a quick back-up between races or not being able to travel to contest our Derby.” Wonson said he appreciated the support shown by Harness Racing Victoria as both states sought to come up with dates which would suit both parties. The NSW Trotters Derby will now be run the same night as the rich Breeders Challenge Blue finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle, ensuring the club will boast a bumper program that night. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TELEPHONE NSWHRC RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON (02) 4645-2200. HRNSW MEDIA

Harness Racing Trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll combined to win Saturday night’s NSW Trotters Oaks at Tabcorp Park Menangle with talented filly Pizza Queen.  The daughter of Credit Winner was purchased from the 2014 Harrisburg Sale for $100,000 and produced a big upset as she ran down short priced favourite High Gait in the shadows of the winning post. Golino had three runners in the NSW Oaks and Pizza Queen was the longest priced filly of his trio. “I thought she would need a good trip to win but in saying that she has always had ability and she did run second and third behind High Gait in the heats of the Need For Speed,” Golino said. “I wasn’t overly confident or anything but I thought she’d be in the finish with the right run.  Her work in the lead up to the Oaks was great and she had come on a fair bit in the last fortnight.” Pizza Queen is out of top race mare Armbro Domino.  She won $275,000 during her career on the track and was sold for $260,000 after the birth of her first foal in 2008. “Pizza Queen is beautifully bred, she’s by Credit Winner, he is a great sire in America and he stands in New York.  Her mother performed very well on the track.” “Noel Daley picked her out for us from Harrisburg, he did all the research and he got it right so we’re very happy.” While Golino has decided to keep fourth-placed finisher Courchevel in Sydney for next Saturday night’s NSW Trotters Derby, Pizza Queen and Dream Island will return to Victoria. “They’ll both come home for the Victorian Oaks, they left Sydney on Monday.  Courchevel’s run was really good on Saturday night, she got a little bit too far back but she got home well and hit the line strongly. “Courchevel is awkwardly gaited, she’s got a lot of ability when she does everything right.  She’s had a few little niggling issues, we’re starting to get on top of them but I think she’ll develop into a very nice mare next season.” Golino confirmed he has enjoyed the transition from New South Wales to Victoria. “Yes I’m loving it, there are plenty of racetracks to pick from.  The farm is coming along very well and full credit must go to Pat Driscoll because he has worked his butt off to get this place up and going. “We’re getting there slowly, it’s been a good time here so far but winter’s coming up and I’m definitely not looking forward to that.” Greg Hayes

THE feature race this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle is the Group 2 New South Wales Trotters Oaks and with a $10,000 First 4 Jackpot for NSW TAB customers it looks an inviting race to have a bet in.  Amanda Rando from HRNSW has passed on her best bets for the evening. Amands’a best bet is Tact Hayleys Delight for trainer Darren Binskin.  The mare has been racing consistently and does enjoy dropping back into this class occasionally.  The last time the daughter of Bettors Delight found herself in a C3/C5 event she prevailed and Amanda expects her to do the same again on Saturday night. Next best is the talented Victorian trotting mare Claudys Princess in the Group 3 La Coocaracha.  Claudys Princess was runner up in last year’s La Coocaracha and despite drawing wide on the track, Amanda expects her to overcome the wide draw. BEST BET – RACE 4 NO.7 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT NEXT BEST – RACE 6 NO.10 CLAUDYS PRINCESS AMANDA’S QUADDIE – RACE 5 – No.1 Princess Phoenix, No.3 Parisian Chic, No.5 Dream Island, No.6 High Gait RACE 6 – No.5 Edge Hill, No.9 Our Dainty Lady, No.10 Claudys Princess RACE 7 – No.1 Our Summer Vacation, No.3 Maorisfavouritesun, No.4 Glenferrie Dreamer, No.8 On Thunder Road RACE 8 – No.9 Balmoral Boy, No.11 Luvstuenthral, No.12 Glenferrie Burn Greg Hayes

THE new Menangle Training Centre has attracted trainers like Shane Tritton, David Aiken, Nathan Jack, Amanda Turnbull, Darren Binskin, Narissa McMullen and Shane Sanderson.  Local Menangle trainer Jarrod Alchin also decided to make the move to the new facility and has enjoyed immediate success. Alchin has employed his brother Alex as his foreman and together they prepared three year old trotter Bacardi Hurricane to win at Group 1 level in Victoria earlier this year.  The brothers come from the small town of Temora, famous as the home of the star pacer Paleface Adios. Jarrod’s stable includes pacers such as Lombo Final Touch, Got The Scoop, Lauramegan and Floyd Mayweather while he also has well performed trotters including Bacardi Hurricane, Our Dainty Lady and Paris Pepperell.  While working for Jarrod, Alex also trains two year old filly Joyces Desire and trotter Cyclone Lucky Seven. In this edition of Inside My Stable learn more about Jarrod and Alex, their achievements and plans for the future.  To watch the story in full click here. Greg Hayes

The Australian campaign for star New Zealand Harness Racing pacer Christen Me is on target. The $2 million earner has resumed with two excellent victories for trainer Cran Dalgety, the latest last weekend at Addington where he proved too strong for his rivals after working hard throughout. Christen Me will have his final lead-up this Saturday in the $20,000 Garden City Florist Winter Cup at Addington, where he will meet five rivals in the 3200m standing start event before boarding a flight for Sydney. The seven-year-old gelding shares the 30m backmark with Mighty Flying Mac. And Dalgety believes this will have him spot-on for the Aussie campaign. “His health is a very good given how long he has been on the sidelines, I got very good feedback from Dex (Dexter Dunn – driver) following his effort last week because he’s a major percentage higher with his general wellbeing and he will keep improving with his fitness.” Dalgety said. The Australian campaign takes in Sydney with the Gr.1 $100,000Len Smith Mile on June 29 followed by a trip north to Brisbane for the winter carnival where his feature race target is the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake on July 16. Christen Me is no stranger to Australian success with feature race victories including the Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup and Chariots Of Fire among others. Owing to the fact that Christen Me has missed the bulk of the season because of injury, Dalgety is keen to make up for lost time. “The timing of his injury was unfortunate because we were building nicely for the New Zealand Cup before things went awry in October. Now that he’s back to full health, these races in Australia make good appeal and provide a good foundation for the New Zealand Cup in November later this year. “I’m keen to give him two runs in Sydney, I want a start on the track again before the Len Smith Mile and then we’ll look at two starts in Brisbane with the Sunshine Sprint followed by the main event, the Blacks A Fake. “I’m trying not to be excited but I actually am about this campaign, I think it’s a good opportunity and the timing is right so everything is looking good.” The Sunshine Sprint is a Gr.2 feature worth $50,000 on July 9. Christen Me is also eligible for the UBET Picket Fence bonus of $50,000 if he can win three races during the Brisbane winter carnival including the Blacks A Fake. Chris Barsby

Harness racing driver Wes Komorowski has been involved in harness racing for more than a decade and celebrated the biggest win of his career at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night when Popfromthebeach won the Joe and Michael Ilsley Free For All. The 37-year old doesn’t have a family link to the sport, but has spent time learning from some respected industry participants.  Komorowski has learned from Dennis Wilson, Liz and John Heath and Shane Tritton during his time in the sport and is currently doing some driving for the John Wheeler stable. “It has been a bit difficult for someone who doesn’t have a family in the industry, it’s hard to learn and it’s also hard to get the opportunities,” Komorowski said. “So I decided to try and learn from as many people as I could, I’ve taken little bits and pieces from all the people and taken their advice along the way.  I’ve got my horses with John Wheeler now and I think I’ve got to the stage where I can hold my own with everyone.” Popfromthebeach came with a well timed run to score and defeated Miracle Mile runners Bling It On, Monifieth and Blazin N Cullen in the process. “The first half of the race was run in 55 seconds and it set the race right up for Pop, he got out at the right time and ran straight past them. “I thought I was going to be in the race coming to the turn and I was just trying to hold Pop up for as long as I could.  I had Todd McCarthy behind me and I knew the pace was going to suit his horse (Blazin N Cullen) so when he came out, I came out and he sprinted very quickly over the first 100 metres and that was the best part of his race.” Komorowski has driven Popfromthebeach four times in the gelding’s last seven starts with the initial opportunity coming as a result of the success he was having driving other horses trained by Wheeler. “I brought a horse down for John to train called Lumos and the horse has been doing a very good job for us.  I’ve been getting a bit of luck on Lumos and John said to me you might as well have a go on Pop. “In the last couple of starts he has just been a bit unlucky because he has been racing in small fields and they’ve gone along pretty slowly.  He should of been winning those races but the races just haven’t been run to suit.” With a busy work schedule, Komorowski is happy to enjoy driving rather than training at this stage of his career. “I get more of a thrill out of driving, the training side of things is very difficult because I do have another job so spending the time with the horses to train them properly is something that I don’t have. “I’m happy with the way everything is going at the moment.  John (Wheeler) was absolutely ecstatic with the win, he does a very good job with his horses and his family were excited too because the horse is named after his father.” Komorowski has now driven in 395 races for 38 wins and 72 placings. Greg Hayes

Christen Me is likely to return to Addington next Saturday for the 3200m Winter Cup. Trainer Cran Dalgety confirmed the champion pacer is likely to return to Addington following his easy one-length win in a c4-open class pace on Saturday. Dexter Dunn settled Christen Me at the rear of the field from his wide draw but began a move to sit in the breeze with a lap to run. He jogged home in a 55.6 (seconds) half to beat a fast finishing Titan Banner who could become a genuine player in the 4-year-old Emerald at the Jewels from his new surroundings at the All Stars barn. Christen Me paced the 1950 in 2:21.7 with a mile rate of 1:59.6. The winner of more than $2.3m in stakes will head to Sydney following next week's run at Addington with his main aim being the Group I Len Smith Mile at Menangle on June 26. If the son of Christian Cullen, raced by Charlie Roberts and Vicki Purdon​, comes through his Sydney campaign in good order, he is a chance to head to the Queensland carnival before heading home to be set for the New Zealand Trotting Cup.  "We'll let the horse tell us if he'd ready for that (Queensland)," Dalgety said.   Christen Me Mat Kermeen

Successful harness racing owner Harvey Kaplan knows that his pride and joy Bling It On is up against it when he resumes from a short break at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Bling It On last raced in the Miracle Mile and has drawn inside the second row over the mile in the Joe and Michael Ilsley Free For All. With a big campaign beckoning and possible trips to Victoria and Queensland on the cards, it is understandable why Kaplan is concerned by gate eleven. "There are two options, Luke eases back at the start, gets off the inside and then launches him which will mean he is having to do a lot of work first up and not how he is normally driven or he follows through on the back of a good beginner and hopes for a bit of luck," Kaplan said. "In the end the tactics will be up to Luke (McCarthy) but I wouldn't want to see him flattened and by staying to the inside I don't believe we are giving up our winning chance either, it just means we are going to need some luck." The 4&5YO Championship at Melton is a possible option in the short term where it is likely he would clash with Hectorjayjay. "That looks a suitable race for him but everything is being targeted towards the Len Smith Mile at Menangle at the end of June. After that he can look towards the Queensland carnival and at the end of the year the Inter Dominion is on again in Perth." Kaplan admitted he had already started to plan for the future when Bling It On is retired to become a stallion. "I haven't spent a whole lot of time but the thought has crossed my mind and being by American Ideal out of a Caprock mare there are a number of lines he will cross well with. "The best thing to say is that if I was looking at purchasing two yearling fillies at the moment and I liked them both equally as much as the other, I am buying the one that crosses best with Bling It On." Another of Kaplan's horses Whitershadeofpale will also race on Saturday night at Menangle. There have been suggestions she is coming towards the end of her racetrack career. "I think that is pretty close to the mark, whether Saturday night is her last run or whether she has another one or two starts, she is coming towards the end. John Crosbie is keen to breed with her. "She never really hit the heights that we thought she was going to get to. She has done a great job but when she first arrived on the scene I thought she could have measured up with the very best." Another of Kaplan's good horses Cruz Bromac has been spelling and he is looking forward to seeing him resume. "Cruz Bromac is very talented, he is a C4/M0 I think so it is a good place for him to be starting off from. The Melton Plate is a race that might be up his alley." Greg Hayes

The harness racing season is over for outstanding filly Park Life. A last start winner of the Gr.1 $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle last month has been forced to the spelling paddock owing to shin soreness. The pint-sized Rock N Roll Heaven – Strawbs Interact filly pulled up “a little lame” following some work with trainer Wayne Graham this week. Initial thoughts were that the filly hadn’t fully recovered from her scorching APG victory where she paced a mile of 1:53.2 – the fastest time recorded by an Australian juvenile this season to date. But the situation took a nasty turn following some x-rays. “We sent Nelly (Park Life) to the Gatton University this week for further testing and the scans revealed it was a type of shin soreness. It’s quite bad and she will be out for the remainder of the season, we’re planning on giving her six months off.” Regular driver Shane Graham explained. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the Graham family because they have in their care, the two best fillies in the state with Park Life and Jossie James. With the Brisbane winter carnival fast approaching, Park Life had a number of feature events to contest including the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic next month plus the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final in July. “It’s very disappointing because she is such a good little filly, a real racehorse but unfortunately we had no option but to shut her down otherwise we ran the risk of doing further damage. We will give her as much time as possible and hopefully she’ll make a complete recovery. “We’re lucky it didn’t happen before the APG series so when you put it into perspective, the timing could’ve been much worse. We got the main race for her this season and now we can look ahead to next season. “Obviously she would’ve played a major role in the remaining features this term but now it paves the way for Jossie James, the competition will be fierce but we rate our filly and she’ll be hard to beat. I think it would’ve been difficult for Nelly to beat Jossie James if she drew to her outside, maybe they can fight out an Oaks event next season.” Park Life has a record of 3 wins and 3 minor placings from 6 career starts to date while baking more than $168,000. Chris Barsby

Tabcorp Park Menangle is proud to host the launch of The Joe Ilsley Story - Trotting's Mr 'Nice Guy' written by Peter Collier on Saturday night. Collier has worked on the book for a number of years and has been increasingly busy over the past twelve months collating different harness racing stories and photographs. Collier was only a young boy when he met Joe Ilsley for the first time and spent a lot of time with him and his family before Joe's passing in 2007 at the age of 83. "I spoke with the family last year and asked them if they had any information for the book and I was amazed at all of the stuff they provided me with," Collier said. "I'm a bit fussy and there was a lot of information that had to be researched into Joe's family so that took me a while but I am very proud of the finished product." The feature race at Menangle on Saturday night is the Joe and Michael Ilsley Free For All and the official launch will take place after the race presentation. "I spent a lot of time just talking and listening to Joe, if I had made a time and told him what I was doing he wouldn't have said much but he was just a great talker and I could listen to his stories for hours at a time. "I would go to Morriset and we would just chat, it really has been a labour of love putting this book together." The book will be available for purchase at the Information Office at Menangle and will also be for sale on eBay. "People will be able to get a copy of the book on Saturday night at Menangle and it will go up for sale on eBay on Sunday. I will be having a chat with Garrards Horse & Hound to see if I can get the book into a few of their stores in Queensland and Newcastle as well because I think there would be a number of people in those areas interested in getting their hands on a copy." Greg Hayes

The first harness racing training partnership in New South Wales will have its first starter this Friday afternoon at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Husband and wife combination Joe and Mary Rando have become the first recognised training partnership in the state. Mary has worked alongside Joe for more than a decade and is looking forward to watching Sundons Comet race for the partnership in race three on Friday afternoon. “I had no idea that Joe and I were going to be the first partnership in the state, we have worked together for years and I wasn’t really worried that my name didn’t appear as the trainer,” Mary Rando said. “Joe spoke to me and thought it was the best thing to do because we both put in the same amount of work around the stables and at the races.  It was worthy recognition for what I do and now that it is all about to happen I’m getting quite excited.” Mary is surprised by her excitement levels and enjoyed watching horses trial for the new partnership on Tuesday afternoon. “I didn’t think I would get too worried by it because nothing has really changed at home, we are still doing the same jobs we have done since we started out in 2000 but I’m looking forward to Friday. “When the process all started I had to complete some study online, attend the police station for a record check, have an interview with a steward and everything else that goes along with getting a trainers’ licence and I thought what have I got myself into, but now I’m proud that I have gone through the process. “Joe and I have always bounced a lot off each other.  At home I gear the horses up and Joe works them, it works well because we get a cycle going.  When we take the horses to Hawkesbury for work we will work them together.” A policy from HRNSW is available should other participants be interested in forming a partnership.  Some of the important factors effecting training partnerships include: Each partner shall be subject to any disability, fine suspension, disqualification or other penalty that may be imposed under the rules on any partner HRNSW may licence up to three persons to train as a training partnership A person who is licensed to train as a member of a training partnership in NSW shall not train as an individual or in another partnership in Australia or elsewhere An application for permission to train in a partnership shall be made by submitting the required application form completed in full, providing such information as required by HRNSW . Greg Hayes

The 2015/16 Carnival Of Cups bonuses were finalised and presented on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Spare Me Days was declared the leading horse in the six feature races run during the Carnival Of Cups and won his harness racing owners Brad Hewitt and Milly Marmont $15,000. Spare Me Days won two of the six legs of the bonus - the Young Cup and Saturday night's Bulli Cup. The four year old also ran second in the Goulburn Cup, Penrith's Renshaw Cup and Bankstown's Sydney Cup. Horses scored points in the series depending on finishing positions in each of the six legs while owners could earn their horse a bonus four points by attending the event and reporting to the Club Secretary. The final Carnival Of Cups bonus points tally (including owners bonus points) Spare Me Days 77 Condagen 43 Yayas Hot Spot 42 Beetson 24 Tact Tate 20 Betabcool 19 Pachacuti 17 Bling It On 16 Lochinver 16 Freyberg 15 In addition to the major Carnival Of Cups bonus there was a $5,000 participation bonus.  Horses became eligible for the participation bonus by competing in a minimum two of the six feature races and were rewarded with a ticket in the draw for every race feature meeting they competed at.  Therefore after earning five tickets in the draw, it wasn’t a shock when Spare Me Days won another $5,000 for his owners Brad and Milly. After the announcement on Saturday night, Milly confirmed winning the money was well timed with an overseas trip coming up later this year. “Brad and I are off to America later in the year so winning the $20,000 has come at a perfect time for us,” Milly Marmont said. “When it was announced there was going to be bonuses for competing in the big races during the Carnival Of Cups we made the decision to target the races and it couldn’t have worked out any better.” After competing in five of the six legs of the Carnival Of Cups bonus, Spare Me Days amassed $64,500 in prizemoney and won another $20,000 in bonuses.   Greg Hayes

It was a night to remember for Wayne and Lyn Graham. Within the space of 25 minutes, the popular Queensland couple snared their biggest double during their long and decorated careers in harness racing after claiming the Gr.1 $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle plus the $80,000 Albion Park Gold Final. Park Life, handled by their son Shane, claimed the Sydney classic while in-form reinsman Adam Sanderson handled Jossie James in the home state feature. The respected couple have been a regular fixture in Brisbane harness racing circles for decades and has enjoyed tremendous success with such stars like Sparkling Melody, Mach Alert, Yahoo Buckaroo, Lively Highlander, Bossys Henry, Power In Disguise, Innocent Nero, Rapt In Red, French Heiress and Albert Aralar among others at Moomba Lodge, their property at Beaudesert. Their current team is headed by exciting four-year-old Major Coup, a last start winner of the QBRED Breeders Classic Final at Albion Park plus this pair of precocious fillies. Park Life, a $16,000 purchase from the Brisbane division of the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale last year is raced by Victorian based couple Stephen and Narelle Dickson in partnership with local owner Pete Poulsen. The filly was bred by Mario Di Carlo. From 6 starts to date, the Rock N Roll Heaven – Strawbs Interact filly has recorded 3 wins and 3 minor placings while amassing more than $168,000 in stakes. After drawing the coveted inside gate, Park Life was handled perfectly by the reigning Australian Driver of the Year and sat just off the pace which was set by race favourite High Rolling but that filly could not withstand the strong sprint from Park Life at the top of the long straight before defeating Victorian fillies Perfect Sense and Petacular in a time of 1:53.2. High Rolling finished 5th. The time is the fastest recorded by a two-year-old this season. While celebrations and presentations were underway for the diminutive filly, the couple took time out to witness stablemate Jossie James lead throughout and beat Our Major Day and Rock With Sam in the Brisbane feature. The punters favourite rated 1:55.4 in the 1660m event, slightly slower than her heat success of 1:55.0 eight days earlier. Bred and raced by longtime stable clients Trevor and Louise O’Reilly, the Big Jim – Empty Promises filly has now won 2 of her 4 starts to date. The filly was passed in at $7500 after failing to make the reserve price of $16,000 at the Brisbane division of the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale last year. Jossie James has now banked more than $39,000 in stakes. The O’Reilly’s have been breeding from this family for over three generations and have enjoyed considerable success with this lineage. Local horseman Garry Fliedner has played a major role in the development of both fillies and was on hand at Albion Park to share in the celebrations. Both fillies will be aimed at the upcoming QBRED features during the Brisbane winter carnival. Chris Barsby

The harness racing drivers selected for this year’s NSW Rising Stars have been announced with the cream of the up and coming talent in New South Wales competing over a series of heats run throughout the state.  The drivers will gather at the offices of HRNSW on Monday June 20 before competing in a ten heat series at Young, Bathurst, Penrith, Newcastle and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The competing drivers are: Ellen Rixon Metropolitan Martelle Maguire Metropolitan Ellen Bartley South West & Riverina Jason Grimson South West & Riverina Mitch Turnbull Western Districts Tom Pay Western Districts James Harding Hunter Brad Elder Hunter Tom Ison North West STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED Western Australia The NSW Rising Stars selection criteria can be read in full by clicking here. It is important to note that to be eligible for the series drivers must be under the age of 23 prior to the start of the racing season, can’t compete in more than two series unless returning as the defending champion and must have driven less than 100 winners at the start of the current season. The Rising Stars gives junior drivers from all parts of the state the chance to spend a week together building friendships while enjoying the competition on the track.  As a group they will meet with the Chairman Of Stewards Graham Loch for an information session and will also undertake some media training with Media Manager Greg Hayes.  The Rising Stars will also get the opportunity to attend a game of football and will be attending the second day of the HRNSW Conference on Saturday June 25 before competing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Alabar Breeders Challenge Day the following day. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny congratulated all of the selected drivers and wished them the best of luck. “When you look back at this series over the years, so many of our top drivers in New South Wales competed in this series at some stage,” Dumesny said. “It also gives these young drivers a chance to meet one another and build friendships that will last a lifetime, a lot of planning goes into the Rising Stars series and I am sure they will enjoy all of the activities that have been scheduled. “I would like to make special mention of Jack Trainor, last year’s Rising Stars winner, who has decided to relinquish his spot this year to allow another driver to compete.  Jack has competed in 2014 and 2015 and would like to see another junior driver given the opportunity to compete in this series in his place.” Greg Hayes

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