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In his last three victories the Kevin Pizzuto trained Freyberg has beaten several Gr. 1 performers.  Four starts ago he proved too strong for three time Gr. 1 winner Gaius Caesar, two starts ago he beat 2013 Blacks A Fake winner Ideal Scott and Inter Dominion placegetter Seel N Print and last weekend he spoiled the party when he ran down Smoken Up in what will be the dual Miracle Mile winner's last run at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "He is going really well at the moment, actually it is probably better described as flying because he is just getting better and better," Pizzuto said. "What I am really happy with is that he has developed some gate speed while he has been racing up in the grades, when he first arrived from New Zealand he didn't possess much early speed at all but with the experience against the better ones he is learning and his gate speed is now becoming vital in these races." Freyberg has been driven predominantly by Inter Dominion winning reinsman James Rattray and Pizzuto acknowledges that he will be on the lookout for a new driver next season. "I want to target Freyberg for races like the Miracle Mile and that means he may clash with Beautide at some stage and James won't be able to drive my horse, we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it and it isn't a major worry but it is something that I have been thinking about with all of his good recent runs. "Freyberg arrived in Australia and was eligible to compete in C2 races and I actually took him to Penrith for his first three starts and he ended up winning five in a row before he was beaten for me." Freyberg is no stranger to Gr. 1 level after he placed third in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown last December behind Washakie. "I'm going to set him a pretty big campaign next season and hopefully he can work his way into some of the big races, it would be nice to have a runner in the big ones." By Greg Hayes (HRNSW)                                                                                                                                         

With the end of the season only just over four weeks away it is no surprise to see some trainers and drivers in New South Wales reaching milestones. Driver Gavin Fitzpatrick recently brought up his 100th winner in the sulky for the season, Belinda McCarthy made it consecutive seasons of training 100 winners and KerryAnn Turner was able to join the 100 club on Saturday night as a driver when Fernleigh Renegade won at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "It was really nice to bring up 100 winners as a driver on the weekend and it is actually something I would never get the opportunity to do because Robbie (Morris) does most of the driving for our stable," Turner said. "But with Robbie on the sidelines with his injured leg it gave me a few more opportunities late in the season and I have been able to get to the magical 100." Turner was full of praise for the support she had received from her owners and family. "I couldn't have driven all those winners without the support of all of the owners we have. Obviously we have been having a good run lately and July has been a pretty good month because I also was able to train a couple of Gr. 2 winners in the Breeders Challenge Blue Finals." "Also both Robbie's family and my family have been great, it really has been a team effort and all the hard work has really paid off." With Robbie Morris due back from injury in the short term, Turner is happy to take a back seat when it comes to the race driving. "Yes definitely, it will be good to have Rob back because I much prefer the training side of things to the driving, don't get me wrong I enjoy the driving but I just get a bigger thrill out of the training of the horses." "With a month of the season still left it would be nice to get another 10 winners or so but I will just have to see how everything unfolds over the next few weeks." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing Australia)

In his last three victories the Kevin Pizzuto trained Freyberg has beaten several Gr. 1 performers. Four starts ago he proved too strong for three time Gr. 1 winner Gaius Caesar, two starts ago he beat 2013 Blacks A Fake winner Ideal Scott and Inter Dominion placegetter Seel N Print and last weekend he spoiled the party when he ran down Smoken Up in what will be the dual Miracle Mile winner's last run at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "He is going really well at the moment, actually it is probably better described as flying because he is just getting better and better," Pizzuto said. "What I am really happy with is that he has developed some gate speed while he has been racing up in the grades, when he first arrived from New Zealand he didn't possess much early speed at all but with the experience against the better ones he is learning and his gate speed is now becoming vital in these races." Freyberg has been driven predominantly by Inter Dominion winning reinsman James Rattray and Pizzuto acknowledges that he will be on the lookout for a new driver next season. "I want to target Freyberg for races like the Miracle Mile and that means he may clash with Beautide at some stage and James won't be able to drive my horse, we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it and it isn't a major worry but it is something that I have been thinking about with all of his good recent runs. "Freyberg arrived in Australia and was eligible to compete in C2 races and I actually took him to Penrith for his first three starts and he ended up winning five in a row before he was beaten for me." Freyberg is no stranger to Gr. 1 level after he placed third in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown last December behind Washakie. "I'm going to set him a pretty big campaign next season and hopefully he can work his way into some of the big races, it would be nice to have a runner in the big ones." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

As a part owner of the dual Miracle Mile winner Smoken Up, Peter Gadsby has enjoyed some tremendous highs in the sport of harness racing. However when Smoken Up races at Tabcorp Park Menangle for the final time this Saturday night, Gadsby acknowledges it is going to be difficult to comprehend. "I've lived at Menangle for nearly 30 years and to own a horse that has brought people such great pleasure especially just over the road at the track is something that is very special to me," Gadsby said. "Menangle has been such a happy hunting ground for Lance and Trigger and it is going to be a shame to think that we won't get the opportunity to see Smoken Up here in Sydney again." Gadsby believes the reason Smoken Up races so well in Sydney is because of the spacious surrounds. "It is no secret that he has struggled to get around some corners but here at Menangle it is totally different, the bends and the camber aren't an issue and he just loves to power down the big long straights." Smoken Up has won a number of feature races over the mile at Menangle but the one that sits above the rest for Gadsby is the Len Smith Mile victory in 2011 when the son of Tinted Cloud recorded his track record of 1:48.5. "That night was pretty special for everyone and the number of calls I received afterwards was unbelievable, people had never seen anything like it before." "He's still working well according to Lance and is still keen to be a racehorse but time doesn't wait for anyone or anything and for him to still be competing against top opposition at eleven is a credit to the entire stable." Smoken Up will compete in race seven on Saturday night, the Sew Eurodrive Pace which is scheduled to begin at 8:22 and will start from barrier eight. By Greg Hayes  (Harness Racing NSW)  

Bathurst Harness Racing Club has attempted in recent times to extend its identity and appeal beyond that well-established Gold Crown brand, with feature meetings aimed at local parish groups, rugby league clubs and the like.  Last Wednesday’s fixture included a Harness Breeders NSW – sponsored “Go Girlfriend Series” heat, but when former Bathurst, and now N.Z. based, commentator Mark McNamara got up to a bit of mischief, by paying for naming rights for a fillies race on the card, the meeting then became, unofficially, Girlfriends Night at the Trots.   Toby Inwood Is Looking For A Girlfriend Three Year Old Fillies Pace, named as a stir against a likeable young driver who works for the family of McNamara’s good mate Jason Turnbull, remarkably finished in a dead-heat, with good sport Inwood more than happy to celebrate with a pair of four-legged fillies following the event.  Santastic Princess ($14.30, Mickael Muscat for father Bill) and Shes So Foxy (($2.00 favourite, John O’Shea for Lester Hewitt) provided a perfect result and perfect names for such an event, relegating Artista Lombo to third, ahead of other interesting monikers like Modern Admirer, Pretty ideal and Hells A Coming. The shared win was the second leg of a double for the Muscat stable. They took out the opening race, a C1 sprint, with recent stable arrival Just Read My Mind NZ ($5.80), sitting in the running line and enjoying the strong tempo which produced a 2:00 mile rate. Front-running pair Written In Red and Prince Raymac fought on well to fill the minors.  On the other side of the McNamara “gee-up” came the “official” girlfriend event, the HBNSW Go Girlfriend Series heat, for C1-C3 Mares.    Highview Aria NZ ($12.70) gave Steve Turnbull the first leg of a training double, when Amanda brought it with a well-timed run from the one-one, with a narrow margin back to Our Miss Kathryn NZ, which led the three-wide train over the final lap. Both qualify for the $20,000 Tabcorp Park Menangle final this Saturday.  Ben Settree, representing HBNSW at the presentation, spoke about the merit of a series such as this which provides increased opportunities for fillies and mares to compete against their own sex. So say all of us!  Other winners from the meeting were: Burra Sullivan ($2.60 favourite, Nathan Hurst) , leading all the way in a 2130 metres C3-C4, the fourth win this season for the Armbro Operative four-year-old. The 58.3 last half was the quickest on a very cold night, and the placegetters were Packnplenty and  Skewbridge Road.  Kenny Cracker ($3.20 favourite, Michael Day Jr), impressive in sitting outside the lead in a 3C0 sprint in its first run for the Kevin Powderly stable from Young. Leader Flightee Deedee and Tulhurst  Stacey, which trailed the winner, filled the minor placings. This race was named for the Bathurst HRC Stallion Tender. It remains open till August 29, and provides the opportunity to secure services to leading sires Art Major and Mach Three, and exciting newcomer A Rocknroll Dance, at well below the advertised service fee, if in fact services remain available.  Boundtobewild, the longshot of the night at $17.90 for Anthony Winnell and trainer Peter Reid, produced a very strong finish when clear of the markers to run out an easy winner of a 2C0-2C1  Fillies sprint, from fellow pegs-runners Asitshouldbe and Mah Koo Loo Queen.  Having just her fourth race start, the winner is still very green but clearly has lots of raw ability. With a name like hers, she might be just the ticket if Toby Inwood is still without a girlfriend this time next season!  Bevendale Boy ($2.20 favourite, Sam Hewitt for father David, and owner Daniel Hewitt) , most impressive in working to the death in a 2130 metres 2C0 event, from where the son of Art Official controlled the race and ran out a narrow but soft winner, from last-start winner The Only Child and Gentleman Red.  This was his first win at start eleven, but he’s been racing well against much stronger company, and is likely to tackle the Breeders Challenge regional series in coming weeks.    Polished Rocks ($2.20 favourite, Steve Turnbull), the second leg of his training double, when he sat outside leader and runner-up Sweet Ava NZ in C0 sprint, to record his third successive win.  Three nights later, he raced in the $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle, finishing just behind the placegetters over the testing 2400 metres , to further shake off his former reputation as just a speedy type.  Bathurst race each Wednesday throughout July.    By Terry Neil  T 61 2 6333 5000  F 61 2 6331 4397  E contact@goldcrown.com.au 

Smoken Up, known to his legion of fans as ‘Trigger’, will be given a personal farewell on Saturday night with photo and autograph opportunities for those patrons on-track. Tabcorp Park Menangle will distribute commemorative posters of the fastest horse in the Southern Hemisphere free to all those fans who want to have their photo taken with Smoken Up and trainer/driver Lance Justice. Two sessions have been set for the photographic opportunities to fit in with other racing requirements. These are at 7pm (pre-race) and also at 9pm when his racing career at Tabcorp Park Menangle is completed. “I really want the public to be involved and I thank the people at Menangle for allowing Trigger’s fans access to the race stalls.” said trainer Lance Justice “We will go through a few pens signing autographs and the cameraman should be kept really busy.” Commemorative racebooks will be distributed free to patrons who will be able to watch the “Tribute to the Miracle Miler” produced by Sky Racing on the big screens in the infield and on the course monitors. Smoken Up started in 10 races over the mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle for eight wins . . . the best being in the 2011 Tabcorp Len Smith Mile when he recorded 1:48.5, the fastest mile rate by any pacer outside of North America. “We are very appreciative of all the calls and offers we have received since the announcement was made yesterday of Smoken Up’s impending retirement,” said John Dumesny Chief Executive of the NSWHRC. “SKY were first on board with the tribute offer, then followed a photographer offering his services and, of course, Lance and Trigger were always going to be in the thick of the celebrations. “It is a moment in harness racing which should not be missed and I encourage people to make it to the track to bid a fond farewell to a true champion” Saturday will be the first leg of Smoken Up's farewell tour, which will take in Adelaide before the curtain falls on the superstar once and for all at his home venue, Tabcorp Park Melton, in September. Harness Racing New South Wales  

Smoken Up will be retired from NSW racing this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the track where he and trainer/driver Lance Justice etched their names into the history of harness racing with the 1:48.5 time in the Len Smith Mile. On that cool night in April, 2011 in showery conditions, the superstar of Australasian racing treated his rivals and the clock with absolute contempt as the beyond-reach 1:50 barrier was broken for the first time outside of North America. The ‘mighty miler’ (winner of two past Miracle Miles) know to his legion of fans as “Trigger” made Tabcorp Park Menangle his own, winning the Len Smith Mile on no fewer than four occasions since its inception in 2008. According to his fans, Smoken Up’s name should be recorded as the winner of the first five Len Smith Miles. Still he will long be remembered for burning his rivals off and making Lance Justice the fastest driver in the Southern Hemisphere and himself the fastest equine. “Yes, we had a point to prove that night – for a few different reasons,” Lance said. “And Trigger just felt so good when we went onto the track I just knew he was up for it. “The amazing part about it is that 1:48.5 win was probably our biggest winning margin in all our races at that track. “He’s still going nearly as well as ever and won’t disappoint any of his fans. “And I know there are plenty in New South Wales because they follow him on Facebook. “But the pressure’s off now – he’s not being set for any more of the Miracle Miles or Inter Dominions. “This will give all his fans a chance to say good bye to a mighty horse.” According to Chief Executive of the NSWHRC John Dumesny: “Smoken Up holds a very special place in harness racing and especially at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “The Board of Directors had no hesitation in naming the $7 million world’s-best race stalls at the track in honour of Smoken Up.” “We will be commemorating his retirement from the track and NSW with the emphasis on giving mementoes to his fans and the those who admire and acknowledge a true champion of our sport.” Smoken Up only started at Harold Park, Newcastle and Menangle Park during his visits to New South Wales and Saturday night will mark the 12 year old pacer’s 150th race start - in the SEW Eurodrive Open Pace. His record at a glance stands at 149 starts for 73 wins, 38 second placings and 15 third placings for prizemoney of $3,597,915, which included the 2010 and 2011 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Miles. National Trotguide, available at newsagencies, will exclusively report on Smoken Up’s NSW visit this Thursday. Harness Racing New South Wales

Young Kiwi bred harness racing reinsman Cameron Jones has been selected to represent New South Wales in the State Of Origin next month. The State Of Origin is a brand new junior drivers series which was put together by Harness Racing New South Waleswith Racing Queensland. Jones, who has been working for Menangle trainer Kerryann Turner for over 18 months, is one of a five-strong team for the Blues. The other four young drivers that have been selected for New South Wales are Chris Geary, Todd Priest, Kylie Barnes, and Kasey Hocking. Those five drivers will go head-to-head with five young reinsman from Queensland in races in both states. The series will start in New South Wales with 2-3 State Of Origin races at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday August 18 before the series shifts to Queensland. On Thursday August 20 the ten reinsman will enjoy a social day on Mr Kevin Seymour’s boat ‘Euphoria’ before competing in 2-3 races at Albion Park the following night. Seventeen-year-old Jones said he was excited to get the opportunity to compete in the inaugural running of the State Of Origin. “It’s a good opportunity and also a chance for me to meet new people and drive in Queensland for the first time,” said Jones, who has enjoyed a good first season in the sulky. Jones has won fifteen races to date, including two last week, and looks a good chance to add to his tally tomorrow when he takes the reins behind Kiwi export Im El Diablo in race eight at Menangle. Cameron has driven him in six of his seven starts in Australia for three wins and a further three placings. “We got him over on a 50/50 deal and he has done a very good job so far,” said Jones. “He flew home for third after being held up at the top of the straight last week but he has good gate speed and a handy draw this week so he shouldn’t be unlucky again,” he added. “It’s his first start over 2300 metres since he has been over here but as long as he gets a couple of easy sectionals he will take will take a lot of beating,” said Jones. “He has a very good turn of foot,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson

Effective 1 September 2014, Harness Racing New South Wales will introduce the following policy for horses that are presented to race with an Elevated TCO2 level in plasma greater than 35 mmol/Litre. The Trainer of any horse which records an elevated TCO2 level (above 35 mmol/L) will be required to present that horse on course at an earlier time than otherwise required. The time will vary depending on the status of the meetings. Trainers are reminded to ensure that they review their husbandry practices to ensure that they do not present horses in breach of the Rules. In particular trainers should be cognisant of any additional alkalinising supplements they may be rendering to their horse in the lead up to a race.  Particular Rules of consideration are: Rules 193 (1), (3) (4) which reads: 193.  (1)  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. (2)  A person shall not attempt to use or use an atomiser, face mask or other device for the administration of a prohibited substance to a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.  (3)  A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. (4)  Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-rule (3), a person, with the permission of the Stewards may administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. Trainers are further reminded that there can be no administration of any medications or substances on the race day prior to the horse running in the race. This includes any injections, stomach tube, oral syringe, tropical application, inhalation or other means including anything placed into the horse other than normal feeding and drinking. Between now and the implementation date of 1 September 2014, any trainer who presents a horse with a TCO2 level greater than 35mmol/Litre will receive notification of such, and be put on notice of the effect of such presentation when the below policy comes into effect. Policy The Trainer of a horse/s which has recorded a TCO2 level greater than 35 mmol/L is to present that horse/s on course earlier than what otherwise may be required, at all meetings for a period of not less than 8 weeks. Where a blood sample collected from a horse has been subsequently analysed and reported to have a plasma total carbon dioxide (TCO2) level at greater than 35mmol/Litre in plasma – the following conditions shall apply; 1. That for a period of 8 weeks following the results of analysis the Trainer of that horse/s shall present it on course in accordance with the following schedule;   (a) At 10.00am on the date on which the Metropolitan race meeting is being conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle.   (b) No less than 4 hours prior to the scheduled start time in which the horse is entered at all other meetings. 2. Should a Trainer fail to present his horse by the required times the horse shall be withdrawn from the race in which it was scheduled to participate and the Trainer may be subject to penalty. 3. Should the horse be transferred to another Trainer within the period of 8 weeks the  new Trainer, upon application to HRNSW, may have the embargo lifted. 4. HRNSW will publish a list on its website of all horses required to be presented under this policy including the name of the Trainer. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager Integrity Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au  

Construction work on the Harness Racing New South Wales Menangle Park training centre has  commenced. The site was given the all clear after obtaining an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit - an ongoing  process that took more than 12 months revealing more than 320 artefacts in the archaeological  excavation. Tenders for the earthworks, as well as the construction of the new intersection off Menangle Road, are about to be finalised with work to start in September. Other ancillary utilities for the multi-million dollar facility include a veterinary clinic, a produce store,  a water walker and an administration centre to go with the 400 permanent stables on site. On the 40-hectare parcel of land will also be a 1000m training track as well as day-paddocks.  “Whilst it may seem this project is all ‘talk’, the detailed processes including importantly  Campbelltown City Council and the Roads and Maritime Services approval take time,” New South  Wales Harness Racing Club chief executive John Dumesny explained. “Rex Horne, Sam Nati and project consultant Michael Brown, have had countless meetings with as  many as 100 potential suppliers, contractors, consultants, utility providers and Government agencies  since the DA was approved in April by Council. “It is now all systems go and participants will see changes to the landscape in coming weeks.” For further information telephone NSWHRC Chief Executive John Dumesny on 0438 398 210.  

Four year old trotter Vincennes brought up his first Gr. 1 victory when he won the Vicbred final for trainer Blake Fitzpatrick on Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Fitzpatrick was extremely proud of the gelding and believes he deserved to win a race at the highest level. "Vincennes has always had his fair share of ability but what a lot of people don't realise is that he is a February foal so he has always been giving away ages to his rivals," Fitzpatrick said. "I was rapt with Friday night's win, they ran 28.3 for the third quarter, he made up a lot of ground on the leaders between the 800 and the 400 metre mark and then was able to drop in for a quick breather on the turn before coming out again. To beat a horse like Blitzthemcalder is a big effort." Unfortunately for connections, Vincennes is not eligible for the rich Breeders Crown series. "No he's not a Breeders Crown horse so the plan is to bring him back to Sydney and let him have a few runs at Menangle before going for a good break, every time in the past that he has had a break he has come back a little bit stronger so hopefully that is the case this time around." "The next step for him will be to measure up against the open class trotters, you never really know if they are going to go to that next level until you give them their chance but I'm pretty sure he will be able to make that leap." Closer to home Fitzpatrick will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. "Annie Morva has been knocking on the door and she is going to win another race soon, I don't think she has won one since February but hasn't been far away lately." "Iamboogie has been racing really well, he has had 19 starts and has never finished further back than 4th." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing New South Wales)  

Raymond Terrace harness racing trainer Paul Bourke is hoping his two year old filly Always Amy can produce her best in Saturday night's Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The daughter of Always A Virgin qualified for the Gr. 1 Breeders Challenge final last month but finished last behind Bamako Mali. "Always Amy has plenty of ability and I think you can just forget her run in the Breeders Challenge final because the leaders ran their last quarter in 26 and a half seconds and when you get back in the field and they go like that up front you are never going to get into the finish," Bourke said. "Saturday night's Blue final doesn't have all the depth that the Breeders Challenge had but it still won't be an easy race to win." Always Amy is out of a mare called Breakan Armbro, a daughter of Armbro Operative. "Breakan Armbro has been a handy producer, she has Nuggets Ace and Bennys Ace and now Always Amy." "Always Amy has won two races in her career so far, on both of those occasions I used her early speed to find the front and lead throughout but recently in the stronger races I have been driving her with a sit. I will have a closer look at the race later in the week and work out my tactics then." The whole Breeders Challenge series is now allowing participants to race for good prize money and Bourke is pleased with the set-up. "The time when horses can earn good money is when they are two and three and the way the Breeders Challenge is structured allows owners to get a good return on their investment." "They have the Breeders Challenge, the Breeders Challenge Blue Finals and the Regional Finals as well so it gives everyone a chance to earn a dollar." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

Harness racing reinsman Gavin Fitzpatrick looks set to bring up another century of winners in a season in his home state of New South Wales        .  The son of leading trainer Paul Fitzpatrick has 97 winners for the season and has two good drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. "I'm pretty sure I have got to the 100 winners three or four times in the past but I haven't done it for a couple of years," Fitzpatrick said. "Dad is working the same size team as he has in the past but we have just had a really good season, there is a lot of nice horses in the stable that started on good marks and have worked their way through the grades which obviously helps kick along my tally because I don't do a lot of outside driving." Fitzpatrick will drive Breeders Crown placegetter Rogers Passion in race three on Saturday night and was very pleased with her first up performance. "Her run at Penrith was very good, she got a long way back and made up a lot of ground and it was her first run back for a couple of months so I think she should take a lot of benefit from that." "She is paid up for the Breeders Crown this season and she did run second behind Frith in the three year old fillies final last year but we will just see how she progresses at this stage." In race one on Saturday night Fitzpatrick will drive Swift Exit. "He's been racing very well at Penrith and it will be his first run back at Menangle in quite a while. Saturday night will be a little bit harder but if he holds his form he shouldn't be too far away." Fitzpatrick also confirmed that Ocean Diva will not go to Queensland and will now be aimed at the Breeders Crown in Victoria. By Greg Hayes (Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW)  

Popular harness racing horseman Anton Golino is only working two horses at the moment but his stable is full of talent with promising two year olds Twice As Much and Artistic Flite.  Twice As Much won the Breeders Challenge for two year old trotters on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Golino will now turn his attention towards Victoria. "I've only got the two horses in work at the moment but that suits me because I have committed to Belinda and Luke McCarthy to do all of their farrier work so that keeps me very busy," Golino said. "I was really happy to see Twice As Much win on Sunday, he's a pretty good trotter and to be honest he's not even ready so at this stage I'm going to take him to the Redwood at Maryborough." The big trotters day at Maryborough will be held on Sunday July 20 and win lose or draw Twice As Much will held to the paddock straight after the event. "I'm going to shut him down after the Redwood and give him a good break because I think if he continues to improve he might become a derby type horse next season." "He's not Breeders Crown eligible so that's not even an option." Twice As Much is raced by internationally recognised French trainer Jean Pierre Dubois, a horseman that enjoyed success at the highest level across the world. Artistic Flite last raced on May 17 when he finished second in the Gr. 1 Nursery Pace at Albion Park. "The plan is to trial him on July 15 at Menangle and then return the following week for a heat of the Breeders Crown, I also want to give him a good break at the end of the season, he has had the ten starts and has done a great job winning the Bathurst Gold Crown."  

Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile winner Beautide has been back in work for about a month and trainer James Rattray is confident his stable star is on track to defend his sprint title in November. Beautide has already had a few strong gallops after his month long spell after winning the Len Smith Mile. "I'm extremely happy with him at the moment. He came back from his spell and had put on some condition and looks really strong so I'm looking forward to getting him back to the races," Rattray said. "In saying that, I'm in no rush to get him back. At this stage I think he would only have one or two runs before going around in a race like the Newcastle Mile. I might take him to the trials once or twice as well just to make sure he was ready to go." Fresh from a break in Europe, Rattray is currently only working a small team. "I've only got a few in work at the moment but it is a good time of the year to be working a small team, we got back from Sweden after going to the Elitlopp for ten days and had a really good time." "I got the chance to catch up with some of my American friends who were also in Sweden at the time and there were a few Aussies over there that I spent some time with as well." Rattray drove the Kevin Pizzuto trained Freyberg to victory in Sunday's Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "Freyberg is a really nice horse, he has been racing against some quality horses lately but he proved he is tough horse over the weekend with the win over the 2300 metres." "He loves leading in his races and when he got left alone in front he was always going to be very hard to beat. I think his recent runs have all been pretty good." By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

CLASS comes to the surface when it comes to Group One harness racing. And star Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang added to his tally of more than 100 Group One successes when he scored one of his easiest big-race wins when Whereibylong took out Sunday’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Three-Year-Old Fillies’ Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “I do have a bit of success here and patience is certainly a virtue when it comes to races like this,” Lang said. “But to be honest, Humphrey B Bear could win on some of the horses I have been driving – they are that good.” Lang looked anything but cumbersome and slothlike as he bided his time at the tail of the field before a lightning move to put the $100,000 Group One in his keeping in the blink of an eye. Lang let most of his rivals cut at each other at the head of the field while Whereibylong cruised along at the back of them. When Lang cut him loose, Whereibylong ($1.80 favourite) swept past her rivals to race away for an easy 6.8m win in a 1:57.6 mile rate with a last half of 56.1 seconds. Ocean Diva finished well for second without troubling the winner, while Luda got out late and ran on for third, but a distant 7.9m from the winner. “In my time I’ve learned that you win more than you lose when you have a good horse like this at your disposal,” Lang said. “When you get fair dinkum, she knows what to expect and she gets the job done . . . as she did today.” Whereibylong   By Michael Court (Harness Racing Australia)

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