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At Penrith on Thursday afternoon, 9 July, 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards continued an adjourned Inquiry into the circumstances in which, during the running of the Bulli Cup (Listed Classic) 2300 metres at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015, FREYBERG NZ from the vicinity of the 400 metres had left the marker pegs and shifted wider on the track. After taking further evidence from Mr. K Pizzuto, the Trainer/Driver of FREYBERG NZ, and Mr. J Trainor, the Driver of ALTA JEROME NZ, considering the results of two post-race veterinary examinations and reviewing the official vision of the race together with the previous six starts of FREYBERG NZ as well as its two subsequent starts, Mr. Pizzuto was charged under Rule 240. AHRR 240 states; “A person shall not, whether alone or in association with others, do, permit or suffer anything before, during or after a race which in the opinion of the Stewards or Controlling Body may cause someone to be unlawfully advantaged or disadvantaged or be penalised or is corrupt or otherwise improper.” The particulars of the charge laid being;  That at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015 in Race 6 Mr. Pizzuto, being the Trainer/Driver of the horse FREYBERG NZ, from between the vicinity of the 400 metres until the vicinity of the 200 metres in the opinion of the Stewards made no reasonable attempt to drive FREYBERG NZ so as to remain on its racing line against the marker pegs which has resulted in FREYBERG NZ shifting out thereby  improperly disadvantaging SMOLDA which was racing to its immediate outside and affording  ALTA JEROME NZ an improper advantage in that horse was able to proceed unimpeded against the marker pegs.  Mr. Pizzuto offered no plea against the charge. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards found Mr. Pizzuto guilty of the charge laid. After taking submissions from Mr. Pizzuto relative to penalty, the Stewards adjourned the hearing to allow appropriate consideration to be given to the Trainer/Drivers submissions, including his disciplinary record. On Saturday evening, 18 July, 2015 Mr. Pizzuto was informed that the Stewards had determined a penalty of a suspension of his licence to drive in races and trials for a period of nine (9) months to take effect from midnight on Saturday, 18 July, 2015.  Details of this decision were provided in writing to the Trainer/Driver on Monday, 20 July, 2015. Mr. Pizzuto was informed of his right to appeal the decision. Harness Racing New South Wales

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's All-Stars stable has dominated today's TAB Breeders Crown heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The power duo took four runners into heats and walked away with four wins, brilliant two-year-old gelding Our Waikiki Beach - now unbeaten in 10 starts - providing the highlight by setting a new Australasian 2YO record at 2300 metres in rating 1:56.3 - smashing the previous mark by a full second. "They all looked great," Natalie Rasmussen said from Queensland where she'd watched the action. "Mark will be thrilled with the whole team." Purdon drove all four winners, each starting long odds-on with bookmakers and on the tote. Our Classical Art (Mach Three/Art Lover) took the three-year-old fillies' heat in 1:58.4 by 2.7m over reigning Breeders Crown champ Katy Perry. Having trailed leader Katy Perry, now in the care of Shane Tritton, throughout Purdon took Our Classical Art to the lead inside the final 50m after spotting her about a length at the 150m. Unbeaten Bettor's Delight/Splendid Dreams youngster Our Dream About Me then won the two-year-old fillies heat as a $1.04 favourite. Crossed early by Dancing With Miley (who finished third), Purdon quickly took Our Dream About me away from the pegs after drawing the pole and ran to the front. Our Dream About Me, the Harness Jewels 2YO winner at Ashburton in May in record time, rated 1:57.4 today to defeat Hot Shot Woman by 7m. Follow The Stars then made light work of a four-horse three-year-old colts and geldings' field in his heat, defeating Hes Lightfingered by 3.1m in 1:57.3. While such dominance as we saw today in the heats is a formidable achievement and will give the Purdon camp confidence going into the semis, the fact Rasmussen believes: "The run will improve all of them", is a scary thought for rivals. The second of the three-year-old colts and geldings' heats today was won by John McCarthy-trained Kilcullen (Christian Cullen/Belligerent) in 1:59.3 by 4.4m over Pompidou. Join the Breeders Crown conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #RaceToRoyalty Our Classical Art Our Dream About Me Follow The Stars Our Waikiki Beach By Cody Winnell

Harness Racing New South Wales advises that consistent with ongoing operational and integrity strategies, Integrity personnel will periodically be assigned to trainer's stables for raceday observation. HRNSW advise that such raceday observation has been assigned to the stables of trainers Kerryann Turner and David Hewitt for the Tabcorp Park Menangle race meeting conducted today, Tuesday 21 July 2015. Reid Sanders                                  

Tuesday’s Menangle  harness racing meeting will feature five heats of the 2015 TAB Breeders Crown. The Breeders Crown action is heating up with the Australasian trots world looking ahead to Tabcorp Park Melton's rich Group 1 finals meetings in late August. There will be two three-year-old colts and geldings’ heats on the 11-race program at Menangle, plus heats for three-year-old fillies, two-year-old fillies and two-year-old colts and geldings. Race 1, the three-year-old fillies’ heat, will pit exciting Kiwi Our Classical Art from the Mark Purdon stable against Shane Tritton-trained reigning Breeders Crown champion Katy Perry and talented Goulburn pacer Miss Nickels. Katy Perry beat home Joannes A Delight and Cyclone Kate to claim last year’s two-year-old fillies’ Breeders Crown final at Melton in 1:58.7 when in the care of Cran Dalgety. Now trained by Tritton at Keinbah, the daughter of Bettor's Delight out of In The Pocket mare Karen Donna, is coming off an eighth-of-12 run in the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park. Two starts back she won over 1660m at Albion Park in 1:53.6 when she led to hold off Major Coup by a head. Her New Zealand form before coming to Australia this time was below her best, but she’s very talented when right. Our Classical Art has the Purdon polish and is coming off a Harness Jewels campaign in New Zealand. The Mach Three/Art Lover filly finished 10th of 13 in the $150,000 Diamond final at Ashburton behind The Orange Agent, which followed a solid fifth behind Fight For Glory in the New Zealand Oaks. In November last year Our Classical Art’s class was on display when she beat Supersonic Miss and Delightful Lana in a heat of the NZ Sires Stakes in 1:59.3 (last 800 in 56) by 2 ½ lengths. David Hewitt trained and driven Sportswriter/Tinted Rose pacer Miss Nickels is coming off a second at Group 2 level behind Pass The Magic at Menangle, beaten 2.8m over 2400m (1:59.1). The two-year-old fillies’ heat sees a Purdon-trained daughter of Bettors Delight/Splendid Dreams lining up and chasing a sixth victory in six starts. Our Dream About Me has drawn the pole and is coming off  a 1.3m success in the Group 1 2YO Diamond on Jewels Day at Ashburton in May. She’s an exciting type and will be very hard to beat. Drawn alongside is a talented Australian pacer in Hot Shot Woman from the Daniel Neagoe stables at Cobbitty. Hot Shot Woman, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Deadly Woman, has placed second six times in nine starts to date and is coming off a last-start runner-up effort at Group 1 level beaten 3.8m by Heavens Trend in the Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle (1:52.9). An interesting filly in the small field of five is Abettorrose from the Kerryann Turner stable at Menangle. Abettorose captured the Group 2 Pink Bonnet at her second career start in February when she defeated Art Mistress over a mile in 1:56.4 by a head. The first of the two three-year-old boys’ heats for the day sees former champion two-year-old Follow The Stars coming out of gate three for the Purdon camp after running third in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final at Melton last time out. The second of the three-year-old boys’ heats looks an even affair, with Kilcullen drawn the pole for the John McCarthy stable, Todd McCarthy in the gig. Race 7 at Menangle will pit some top-notch youngsters against each other in the two-year-old colts and geldings’ Breeders Crown heat, with unbeaten star Our Waikiki Beach the one to beat. Another powerful pacer from the Purdon stable at Christchurch, Our Waikiki Beach has greeted the starter nine times and is yet to taste defeat. The son of Somebeachsomewhere/Cyclone Betty won the Breeders Challenge Final last start in 1:53.7 over the mile at Menangle and will come out of gate five. Bettor Together has won two on the spin for the Belinda McCarthy stable and will be driven by Todd McCarthy from barrier two, Smithstars Lexus rises in class after three straight wins from the Steve Turnbull yard at The Lagoon, while Trijet has shown plenty winning two of his four starts to date for the Tritton stable with Rob Morris in the sulky. The Breeders Crown action continues in New Zealand Thursday and Friday at Cambridge and Addington before rolling into Western Australia on Monday at Gloucester Park. Click here for the full fields. Click here for The Australasian Breeders Crown site by Cody Winnell  

Harness racing fans in Australia are getting use to seeing those blue colours with the grey stars at their meetings and the seemingly endless production line of high class horses that the All Star barn bring over from New Zealand. The latest horse from the champion barn to head across the Tasman is this years leading two year old trotter in High Gait. The winner of five from six in New Zealand this season and only beaten by half a head in the other race, High Gait was given a look at Menangle on Tuesday afternoon at the trials. Starting in a two year old pacing event, Mark Purdon settled the daughter of Muscles Yankee three back on the inner early as Its Inevitable and Michael Muscat set a quick tempo in front with Hell Bent and Kevin Pizzuto in the trail. These three slipped away from the rest of the field as they turned for home with Hell Bent challenging Its Inevitable strongly but High Gait was jogging in behind the leader and never saw daylight when full of running. The run itself had plenty of merit but when the time was announced of 1:55.5 for the winner Its Inevitable, the run of High Gait grew in statue. She was timed in 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 27.7 and she clocked that while looking to have something in reserve. Her goal on the trip is the Australasian Breeders Crown and on Tuesday's run, she is without doubt the one to beat. Another All Star runner to have a hit out prior to racing next week was Dream About Me. Allowed to drop out to last in a small four horse field, she sprinted home hard held in 26.2 and looks ready to carry on her winning ways next week. Harnesslink Media  

At the harness racing meeting at Menangle on Saturday night  there was four $50,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge "Blue" finals for horses who hadn't won or been placed in the $125,000 finals in June. As is the norm these days Greg Hayes was out and about talking to a lot of the people who were involved on Saturday night and what their future plans were after the "Blue" finals. Greg caught up with six trainers/drivers including Jack Trainor, James Rattray, Matt Rue, Gavin Fitzpatrick, Mark Hewitt and Bernie Hewitt. Harnesslink Media  

Saturday night's Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle was a successful one for Golden Gait stud's Wayne and Anne Lamb after their stallion Passmaster Hanover sired two of the Gr. 2 Blue winners. Bernie Hewitt's three year old filly Pass The Magic outstayed her rivals while two year old colt Express Pass trained by the Lambs' daughter Belinda McCarthy finished hard to win. "It was a great night for Passmaster Hanover and Golden Gait Stud, it has been a slow start for him but hopefully that gives him the kick along that he needs," Anne Lamb said. "The Breeders Challenge Blue is a very important part of the Breeders Challenge series and it was great to see the progeny of the local stallions compete for the big prize money." Passmaster Hanover's oldest progeny are three with the son of Cam's Card Shark serving his biggest number of mares in 2011/12. His excellent conformation and good looks resulted in him being purchased for $250,000 as a yearling. His dam Panned Out has established herself as one of the best broodmares in the USA. She is the dam of eight winners in sub 1:55.0 with two of those going under 1:50.0 while Passmaster Hanover recorded 1:50.2. "We are in the process of selling and moving farms and there are some yearlings and two year olds by Passmaster Hanover still for sale so if people are interested they should contact us directly and he will be available to breeders again later this year. "We weren't at Menangle on Saturday night, we were actually on our way to Broadbeach for a break and spent the night at Burren Junction which is between Walgett and Narrabri but unfortunately the pub where we stayed didn't have Sky Racing so we had to listen to the races on a mobile phone and then we were able to watch the replays later on a tablet." There was more success for Golden Gait Stud on the night with former employee Craig Cross owning Breeders Challenge Blue two year old fillies winner Sport Report. "Craig worked for us for eighteen or so years, to see him win a race like that with Sport Report made the night even better." Sport Report is by Sportswriter while the other Blue winner on the night was the Paul Fitzpatrick trained Milliondollar Wave. He is a three year old gelding by Million Dollar Cam. Greg Hayes

With Amanda Rando away, the team at iForm have had a good look at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night and have passed on some selections.  The meeting will see the running of the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue events with the runners competing for $50,000 in each of the four finals. iForm’s best bet on the program appears in race four.  Alta Jerome (number 4) was placed last week when beaten by Ultimate Art and was previously placed behind Monifieth on Breeders Challenge Day.  The four year old has won five races at Menangle previously. The next best is Macworthy (race 9 number 4) for Steve and Amanda Turnbull.  The gelding was impressive winning at Bathurst last start and will be having his first start on the 1400 metre track.   Best Bet -             Race 4 Number 4 Alta Jerome Next Best -           Race 9 Number 4 Macworthy Quaddie -                              Leg 1 – 8 Always My Mate, 9 Rich Virgin, 10 Milliondollar Wave                                                                      Leg 2 – 2 Keilor Misty, 5 Miss Rodriguez, 6 Miss Nickels                                           Leg 3 – 4 Sport Report, 5 Pure Cam                              Leg 4 – 2 Purple Reighn, 4 Express Pass, 5 Master Dip, 6 Killara Hustler, 7 Allnight    Greg Hayes

Three year old harness racing gelding Rich Virgin is no stranger to feature races. The son of Always a Virgin won the 2014 Leeton Breeders Plate when trained by part owner Ben Matthews and connections are hoping he can win this Saturday night’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The five time winner was transferred to Pheasants Nest trainer Peter Rixon after the Bathurst Gold Chalice consolation with a Breeders Challenge campaign in mind. “Peter (Rixon) is one of the better trainers around Sydney and it was always going to be difficult for me to travel up from Leeton to Sydney for the Breeders Challenge series so the other owners and I decided to send the horse to him on a full time basis,” Ben Matthews said. “I work full time for Water NSW so it gets hard for me to get away and unfortunately I don’t think any of Rich Virgin’s owners will be able to get to Menangle this Saturday night either so after having all of us there on Breeders Challenge final day he will go around without a support team this weekend.” Matthews continues to enjoy training horses on a part time basis and is working with two horses that were purchased earlier this year. “We bought two more out of the sales, they’re into their second preparation and they run along alright, one of them is owned in the same interest as Rich Virgin.” “I had a few mates and we bought a claimer called Streetem, he was trained by my brother Todd and raced around in Victoria but he got claimed so we went to the Bathurst sales and purchased Rich Virgin. “I broke him in and it didn’t take him long to put it altogether, he always had ability so that’s why I targeted the Breeders Plate last year.” It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Matthews after he was affected by the 2012 fire that ripped through the stables at the Leeton showground killing five horses. “I was very fortunate that I didn’t lose any horses in the fire unlike a couple of the other trainers but I did lose some gear and it knocked me around a bit. “This horse probably came along at the right time after that and it has been a good ride with him.” The name Rich Virgin was selected for the gelding after prospective names were put into a hat. “His breeding is Always a Virgin out of Lignum Twister but we each got to put a few suggestions in a hat and then we drew out six names and they were the ones we put down on his papers when we registered him.” With $30,000 to the winner on Saturday night, the gelding could be well named. “We only paid $6,700 for him and he has already won more than $50,000 so if he does win on Saturday night it would be a big celebration.” Harness Racing New South Wales

New Zealand's best harness racing two year old filly Dream About Me had her first look at Menangle yesterday in a tame workout as she heads towards the Breeders Crown series. Without doubt the best two year old filly seen in New Zealand for a few seasons, Dream About Me is unbeaten to date but faces some real competition across the Tasman as she trys to keep her unbeaten record in tact. The half sister to Christen Me and three quarter sister to Adore Me has inherited all the family ability but the clash with the outstanding Rock N Roll Heaven filly Heavens Trend 1:52.1 is something to really look forward to. The All Stars team has been reinforced lately as they turn their attention to the Breeders Crown series. The latest addition to the team is the big Mach Three three year old filly Classical Art who has tended to live in the shadows of The Orange Agent and Fight For Glory most of the season but the free going filly would seem ideally suited by the Australian style of racing. As is normal these days Greg Hayes caught up with Mark Purdon after yesterdays trial and that interview is enclosed here. Harnesslink Media  

It has been a long harness racing season for the Bernie Hewitt trained Allnight Story. The two-year old will line up for his tenth start in Saturday night's Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue 2yo colts and geldings final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Hewitt's stable has runners in the four Gr. 2 Blue finals but believes the son of Always a Virgin is his best chance of success. "Allnight Story is a pretty nice horse, he is a big overgrown horse that looks more like a five-year old and has done a really good job as a result," Hewitt said. "Because of his size he is going to grow into his frame and therefore I think he will be a better three and four year old down the track but he qualified for the Bathurst Gold Crown and didn't have much luck so maybe he can pick-up a big race on Saturday night." Allnight Story is raced by Garry and Margaret Meredith and the couple have only had horses with Hewitt for a short time. "Garry was involved with the horses years ago but had been out of the sport for a few years before arriving at the Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale in 2013. "Garry and Margaret bought two yearlings and asked vendor Denis Howe who he would recommend giving the horses to and my name came up so Garry approached me and that's how it started." Those two yearlings would become Allnight Kiss and Allnight Raid. Both won Bathurst Sale Graduate races and went on to qualify for the 2014 Gold Tiara and Gold Crown respectively. Off the back of that success Meredith purchased the Always a Virgin - Ocean Spur yearling at the 2014 Bathurst sale and he would later be named Allnight Story. Stablemates Wabi Sabi, Pass The Major, Not My Sister and Brighteyed will also compete in the NSW Breeders Challenge Blue finals. "I've only had Wabi Sabi for half a dozen runs, he is going pretty good but is a slow maturing type and I think he'll be a better four- year old. "Cath (wife) and I bred Pass The Major, she's won a couple this season but from the wide draw is only a minor player while Not My Sister is more tractable than Brighteyed and both will have to be at their best from the poor draws." Hewitt is hoping to continue his recent good form at Menangle after winning a Country Series final last weekend. "Stormfortheboys did a good job for the stable last weekend and we weren't far away with Kenny Dee Dee either so hopefully we can have a similar result this Saturday." The first at Menangle on Saturday night is scheduled for 5:14pm with the first of the four Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue finals to be run at 7:23pm. Greg Hayes

It has been nearly two weeks since harness racing driver Lauren Panella was badly injured as a result of a race fall at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The severe swelling in her left hand has meant specialists have been unable to confirm the severity of the injury however with a reduction in the bruising recently doctors have confirmed a total of eight broken bones. Panella has broken her wrist, fractured three fingers, three knuckles and broken a bone in her hand and has been given no indication by medical staff on how long it will take to make a full recovery. "The specialist refuses to give me a date on when I can make a comeback because he has known me for a while and believes I will want to return on the date he gives me whether I am ready to or not," Panella said. "All I am being told is that it will be a long recovery and I am going to need a lot of physio but there is some good news because I won't need any surgery." Doctors are concerned with Panella's fingers and how they will heal. "My fingers are bent over and I will need a special splint at some stage because my fingers need help to straighten but I still have very little feeling in my index finger. "My wrist and hand will heal themselves but there is some concern with my fingers and I can't even make a fist yet but the physio will definitely help the healing process." Western Australia's Inter Dominion will begin in November and Panella is hoping to be a part of the series. "Without a date it is hard to know whether I will be ready but I hope so, there are some very nice horses in the (Shane Tritton) stable and a number have been earmarked for a trip across to Gloucester Park. "I want to be working with the best physiotherapist I can, hopefully I can complete my physio on the Gold Coast while Shane is racing a team in Queensland but if I have to remain in Sydney then I will do that." Panella confirmed she is struggling to keep herself busy. "When I go out to the stables I just want to get in and do some work but that's not what I should be doing." Greg Hayes  

The Gr. 3 Ready2Run Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on August 15 is already shaping as an exciting contest.  The $30,000 harness racing event over 2300 metres is restricted to horses sold at last’s year Ready2Run Sale at Menangle and with talented pacers such as Zee Dana, Boundtobemad, Redbank Lenny, Kleened Out, Alesha Maguire and Milias Ideal eligible, the race should be a strong one. Zee Dana is unbeaten after two starts and scored an effortless victory at Shepparton on Thursday night with regular driver Nathan Jack impressed by the son of Tintin In America. “I like him, he is doing a good job now but I think he is going to be an even better three-year old,” Jack said. “At Shepparton he got a comfortable time of it in front but ran home very well and I still haven’t had to pull the plugs on him yet.” Jack confirmed connections will be forced to make a decision on the gelding’s short term future soon. “He is eligible for the Breeders Crown and the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, he won’t be able to go in both so Amanda (Turnbull trainer) will have to make a decision either way but we’re leaning towards going to Sydney at this stage. “His next start will be the Tatlow Stakes, he is a big horse, a real good type but I think he will be even better once he has had a spell.” Zee Dana is part owned by Manly fullback Brett Stewart and he is enjoying his first foray into harness racing.  If Zee Dana does compete in the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, Stewart was hoping to be trackside to watch the two year old compete but will need clearance from coach Geoff Toovey with Manly set to play the Raiders in Canberra the following day. Another quality youngster being aimed towards the Gr. 3 event is the Steve Harris trained Boundtobemad.  Harris got the opportunity to train the filly after original trainer Dean Cernovskis made his annual journey north to campaign a team of horses in Queensland during the winter carnival. “She was a nice filly and understandably her owners wanted her to be aimed towards the Breeders Challenge and the Ready2Run race at Menangle, her part owner Troy Saddler lives in Wagga so I suggested he send her to Steve Harris,” Cernovskis said. “Dave Reichstein took her down to Wagga for me for her first start and we weren’t expecting her to do too much but she ran a really good race, she was very green and was still learning so Steve has done a great job with her.” Harris took over the filly’s preparation after her debut effort and the daughter of Sportswriter has blossomed culminating in a Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge placing. “Since I’ve had Boundtobemad she has just continued to improve, I was very proud of her at Menangle in the Breeders Challenge,” Harris said. While the Ready2Run Stakes will be a target for Harris he is looking forward to seeing the filly win her first race. “I’d be happy to win an ordinary two year old race with her, we’ll definitely have a look at the Ready2Run Stakes though and the longer distance will be right up her alley. “She is a very tall filly but racy with it, I think she is going to improve with a bit of time and especially once she fills out into her frame.” Harris prepared youngsters for last year’s Ready2Run Sale and will be looking to have more horses in the sale later this year. “I only have a small team of racehorses at the moment but there are a lot of young ones here and I will be having a few for the Ready2Run Sale for sure.”    The Ready2Run Sale this year will be conducted on Sunday 6th December at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Greg Hayes

Harness racings big day at Menangle yesterday was full of firsts for a lot of drivers and trainers involved. Kerry Ann Turner claimed her first Group 1 when Lettucerockthem was way too good in the four year old colts and geldings division of the $100,000 Breeders Challenge Finals after a great drive in front by her partner Robbie Morris. Not long after that was the sight of Luda getting home in the $100,000 four year old mares final for her young trainer Daniel Neagoe and her equally young driver David Morris. It was the first Group 1 victory for both the trainer and driver and showed both have the talent to make it at the highest level. Mark Purdon stamped his mark on the days proceedings by winning three of the six Group 1 features on offer and continued the great run the stable is having in both Sydney and Brisbane during their winter campaign. As usual Greg Hayes got around to interview a lot of the drivers and trainers and owners and we include those videos here. Harnesslink Media  

IT doesn't get any better than winning your first Group One on a big day's harness racing. So it was a day to savour for both leading trainer Kerry Ann Turner and young reinsman David Morris at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Turner won the NSW Breeders Challenge four-year-old entires and geldings final with Lettucerockthem while a little over half an hour later Morris saluted when he led all the way to win with Luda, in the four-year-old mares' final, also giving rookie trainer Daniel Neagoe his first Group One. Turner arrived at Tabcorp Park Menangle today "expecting" and she left over the moon with her first Group One winner safely in the bank. Lettucerockthem became the first horse to win three Breeders Challenges in successive years when he cruised home with the $100,000 Four-Year-Old colts and geldings final. It has been a long-time coming because Turner lost a Group One at this very meeting three years ago when Blissful Guy (with Robbie Morris in the sulky) was first past the post but lost the race on protest to No Ah Saint. Turner, who will have her first child in a few months, was ecstatic when Lettucerockthem was sold recently and the new owners sent the son of Art Major to her Menangle stables to train. Her partner, Robert Morris did the rest, finding the front out of the gate from nine and cruising through the first half of his last mile in 60.3 seconds. That made it mathematically impossible for short-priced favourite My General Lee, who sat back in last place and had little chance of running them down. Turning for home Morris held all the aces and clicked up with a final split in 26.6s and a last half of 53.9 to win as he liked, beating Theartofconfusion (Todd McCarthy) by 16m and the fast-finishing My General Lee (David Morris) 23m away from the winner in third place. Luda (Christian Cullen) was just as impressive in the mares' final, holding off a wall of challengers in the straight to score in 1:58.5 mile rate. David Morris obviously learned from his defeat in the previous race as he quickly found the front from the widest gate, stacked up his rivals then held them all off in the run to the line. By Michael Court, Editor-In-Chief, National Trotguide

Harness racing two year old gelding Our Waikiki Beach was all the rage in the $125,000 two year old colts and geldings division of the NSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon. The winner of eight from eight going into the final, the son of Somebeachsomewhere has looked special from the first time he stepped on a track and hadn't really been put under any great pressure in his races.   That all changed today when the rival drivers threw down the gauntlet to Our Waikiki Beach.   Blake Fitzpatrick blazed out of the gate from barrier 10 with Match In Heaven, another son of Somebeachsomewhere and grabbed the early lead before handing up to Shadow Runner and Michael Formosa after 400 metres.   Mark Purdon worked Our Waikiki Beach forward to the wheel of Shadow Runner but applied no pressue with the first half going by in a leisurely 58.1.   The tempo was upped down the back by Formosa on Shadow Runner and he still lead as they turned for home.   Our Waikiki Beach mastered Shadow Runner soon after they turned for home but then had to withstand a big challenge on his inside from Match In Heaven.   For the first time in his career, Mark Purdon had to pull the ear plugs on Our Waikiki Beach and like the top colt he is he responded and held his challengers at bay.   Match In Heaven stuck on gamely for second just  in front of El Major and Shadow Runner.   Our Waikiki Beach paced the mile in 1:53.7 with closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.1 and all from the parked position.   That made it win number nine for Our Waikiki Beach and took his stake earnings in his debut season over the $300,000 mark.   A $50,000 purchase at last years yearling sales, Our Waikiki Beach is the first foal of the former handy Bettor's Delight racemare, Cyclone Betty 1:59.3 ($68,186) Our Waikiki Beach will now head to the Breeders Crown at Melton and a chance to crack the $500,000 stakes mark as a two year old.     Harnesslink Media

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