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It has been a horror weekend for mighty mare Arms Of An Angel. What was first thought to be a minor “tummy bug” yesterday morning turned into something a lot more scary and saw her rushed to the vet clinic where she spent all last night. Thankfully the diagnosis was much better this morning. “Yesterday was a really tough day, but the vet called this morning so say she seems bright and can come back home,” Tritton said. It all escalated after Tritton scratched Arms Of An Angel from her comeback race – last night’s Les Chant Cup – when she was “a bit off” yesterday morning. “She hadn’t eaten her brekky and then I saw her lying down, which is unusual for her,” he said. “We weren’t going to take any risks so we scratched her, but she seemed ok though much of the day. “Then, later in the arvo, she broke into a sweat, her temperature went up and it got scary. “We rushed her straight to the vet clinic where they did all sorts of tests and spent the night with her. “Anyone who’s had horses knows these things can escalate so quickly. We were really worried.” Tritton said it was a huge relief to get a positive call from the vet this morning. “They say she’s totally fine now and we could work her today if we wanted,” he said. “They say it was some passing bacterial thing. They called it actinobaccillus peritonitis. “She’s simply irreplaceable this mare. We haven’t seen many in the sport as good as her, so it’s such a relief to get the good report.” Given Arms Of An Angel won’t go to the Perth Inter Dominion, there is no urgency for Tritton to get her back to the races. “I’ll see how she is this week before we think about races again,” he said.   Adam Hamilton

The “Queen” is back. Aussie speed queen Arms Of An Angel is primed for a winning return in the Group 3 Les Chant Cup (1609m) at Menangle on Saturday night. Trainer Shane Tritton declared the now five-year-old “bigger, better and more mature” than when we last saw her run mighty placings behind Kiwi superstar Have Faith In Me in the Chariots Of Fire and Miracle Mile in February/March. And he will be “stunned” if she is beaten on Saturday night. “I think she will win. In fact, I’ll be stunned if she doesn’t. I can see her winning by three or four lengths and breaking 1min50sec,” he said. “She almost broke 1min50sec in her trial a couple of weeks back (she went 1min50.6sec) and she’s come on a heck of lot since. “She’s only an M2 so we could have found an easier race if we wanted, but I’m happy to go into a free-for-all because she’s so good and she’s ready.” Arms Of An Angel has not raced since galloping at the start, circling the field to lead, but weakening for third at Menangle on May 6. The defeat and some issues straight after ended her planned NZ raid for the Harness Jewels. Tritton said it was a battle to get her right again, but that’s now in the past. “The last six weeks or so have been perfect and that’s all that matters now,” he said. “Her attitude is greaty, her times on the track have been great and it’s exciting to be taking her back to the races.” Arms Of An Angel has drawn gate nine in a good free-for-all, but the field does lack star factor. “It’s a suitable race and I like the draw because she won’t have too many horses around her and can balance up early before pushing forward,” Tritton said. Longer term, Tritton said the Perth Inter Dominion was unlikely. “She’s entered, but I’d say we will stay at home. She loves mile racing and there are lots of options, many of them against her own sex, between now and the Ladyship Mile,” he said. In other stable news, the very exciting Lombo Kotakinabalu is also close to a racetrack return after a slight health setback. “He’s working well with Gracie (Arms Of An Angel),” Tritton said. “Given all his problems, we’re getting the vet to go right over him just to give us the OK to look for a race again. “His target is the Miracle Mile. We’ll try and keep he and Gracie apart as much as possible.”   Adam Hamilton

SHE was recently crowned the Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year and now Frith has a one in four chance of defending her title as the NSW Aged Mare of the Year. Up against Miracle Mile placegetter Arms Of An Angel, Cyclone Kate and Ameretto for the 2015/16 title, Frith was the leading aged mare in earnings nationally last season but will that be enough to secure her the prestigious award? The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark pocketed $261,100 last term, winning the Group One Ladyship Mile and other Group races such as the Norms Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park. Meanwhile, Arms Of An Angel won seven of her 10 starts last season and transitioned from racing in C0 company to the Grand Circuit. After winning the Group Two Hondo Grattan Stakes at Menangle, Arms Of An Angel finished third to Have Faith In Me in both the Chariots of Fire and Miracle Mile, when both Group Ones were run in a sub 1:50 mile rate. Cyclone Kate raced in her fair share of Group races last season also and her most dominate performance was in the Adore Me Stakes at Menangle where she clocked 1:50.8. Ameretto took the next step up as a four-year-old and set a personal best mile rate of 1:51.4 when winning at Menangle last season. The winner of this tightly contested category will be announced at the 2016 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards Night on October 29, at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Other horse nominees include: 2YO FILLIES                                                                         2YO COLTS & GELDINGS DONT THINK TWICE                                                                  ASTRIDE FASTESTGIRLINTOWN                                                             BLUE MOON RISING NZ IM WITH LEXY                                                                             CONVICTION ROCKNROLL EMMA                                                                  TINGIRA BEACH SHEZALLAPPLES                                                                                                                                                                                  3YO FILLIES                                                                                  3YO COLTS & GELDINGS MY MACKENZIE                                                                         CHARLAVAL OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ                                                  MATCH IN HEAVEN PIXIES PARLOUR                                                                        OUR WAIKIKI BEACH ROCKMEMAMA                                                                         SAMS THE MASTER                                                                                                          OPEN MARES                                                                              OPEN ENTRIES & GELDINGS AMERETTO                                                                                   BEAUTIDE ARMS OF AN ANGEL NZ                                                         BLING IT ON CYCLONE KATE NZ                                                                     HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ FRITH                                                                                              MONIFIETH NZ                                                                                                          2YO TROTTERS                                                                            3YO TROTTERS EMPIRE BAY                                                                                 BACARDI HURRICANE PEGASUS ELEGANCE                                                                PARISIAN CHIC WATTS UP RAINBOW                                                              SEVEN SECRETS                                                                                                          OPEN TROTTERS                                                                        GLENFERRIE DREAMER                                                           IONA GRINNER                                                                          ON THUNDER ROAD NZ                                                            Amanda Rando - HRNSW        

She hasn’t raced in four months but following her head-turning trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday talented harness racing mare Arms Of An Angel is ready to race. ‘Team Tritton’ has earmarked the Group Three Les Chant Cup on September 24 at Menangle as her most likely debut for the season. “After the Les Chant Cup there is the Ranji Bill Stakes for her and we’ll be aiming to contest a lot of those mares’ races with her,” trainer Shane Tritton said. “This whole preparation she has been sick and unhealthy and it may take a few starts for her to get going.” However, it looked as though Arms Of An Angel has put that setback behind her after rating a slick 1:50.6 in her recent official hit-out. “She pulled-up super after that,” Tritton said. “I had not planned on her going that hard at the trials but she had other ideas. “We were going to trial her again but if she is going to go that hard we may as well put her around in a race.” After a big season progressing from a C0 to Grand Circuit company, Arms Of An Angel looks to have another big year ahead. The Ladyship Mile or the Miracle Mile are the long term aims while Tritton has nominated the daughter of Elsu for the Inter Dominion along with stablemate Lombo Kotakinabalu and others. “I’ve nominated a few for the Inter Dominion and we’ll assess things in a month,” Tritton said. “We’ll see how strong the series will be and where the horses rank and take it from there.” WATCH ARMS OF AN ANGEL'S RECENT TRIAL HERE Amanda Rando

The format of the upcoming harness racing Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sale in Sydney is reverting back to how it has always been run. Official time-trials will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday November 27, 2016, and shortly after the auction will take place. Directors of the New South Wales Standardbred Sales had announced they were changing the format by conducting the time-trials two weeks prior to the Sale but this has been changed according to Chairman Peter Green. "We have made the decision to revert back to how the trial was previously run and have the Sale component on the same day," Green said. "We will accept late entries and if any vendor or preparer that would like to put a video up of heir horse or horses they need to contact Karen Kemp." Karen can be contacted at nswstandardbredsales@gmail.com   AMANDA RANDO

Legendary harness racing horseman Vic Frost is heading to Tabcorp Park Menangle this weekend with a dual purpose. The highly decorated harness racing figure will present winning connections a trophy following the running of the race named in his honour, the Gr.3 $31,800 Lyn Kemp Conveyancing Vic Frost Cup for the open class performers. But before participating in official duties, Frost, 75, will send out his own runner in Back Page News in the Listed $26,000 AGL Energy Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Final. Following the invitation, Frost decided to look through the programs to make the trip worthwhile and found this series for his consistent intermediate grade pacer. Back Page News qualified after running a brave second behind Im Saint Anthony in the qualifying heat at Newcastle last weekend. “It’s a great privilege to be recognized by Harness Racing New South Wales and the Menangle Club and I’m really looking forward to the night. The race named in my honour looks a really good line-up while I’m happy to have a starter myself on the night.” Frost said. Back Page News will again be handled by Brad Cowen, a young reinsman well known to Frost and his partner Gail Geeson through his time spent in the sunshine state where they combined at times for success. The famous livery of white jacket with black stars will be on display when Back Page News and Cowen line-up in the fourth event. “I thought the horse went terrific at Newcastle last week and with some luck in running. I think he can feature again. I’m certain the big track will benefit him greatly, it’s a beautiful big track and very safe for both horse and driver. “While all my success was carried out at the inner-city track at Harold Park which was smaller and tighter, I think the bigger the track the better and Menangle has proven itself to be the number one track in the country. “Things are a lot different now compared to when I was back driving but I’m convinced it’s much safer and I think that’s paramount nowadays. I enjoy watching the races from Menangle through SKY channel but this trip away should be good fun.” Frost plans on leaving his Mooball base, near Tweed Heads, on Friday morning. And still roaming the property is former champion pacer Westburn Grant at the spritely age of 31. The Inter Dominion and dual Miracle Mile winner is thriving in his retirement. by Chris Barsby

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer’s Licence of Mrs Belinda McCarthy after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Mrs McCarthy was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 9am on Friday, 19 August 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that VINNY CHASE, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account the nature of the substances and that these substances are also prohibited at all times in the registered standardbred. HRNSW considered that in the interests of the industry it impose the suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and further analytical testing by HRNSW. Mrs McCarthy has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result, including further analytical samples collected from VINNY CHASE and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. 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 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

Harness racing "Group One" winning reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick notched up 100 winners for the season at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday. The century of wins came about on Dieu De Lamour, which ironically pushed his earnings past $100,000 with the win too. Trained by Martin Herbert, it was Fitzpatrick's second win with the trotter. "Blake drove him extremely well," Herbert said. "The horse wore them down on the line and has been racing extremely well with not a lot of luck so it was nice to see him win. "I know Blake was excited . . . he has driven a lot of winners for me over the years." Unlike Fitzpatrick, Herbert has only trained one other trotter previously and that was 2011 NSW Oaks winner Our Dolly Would. Fitzpatrick, however, has been involved with many trotters and has experienced a lot of success with them particularly in recent years. He drove Keystone Del to many Group victories and has also trained many trot winners including Seven Secrets, Glenferrie Burn and Empire Bay in recent weeks. And it was the pacing bred Seven Secrets that opened the winning account for Fitzpatrick on Tuesday. At the time of writing, the Cawdor horseman had driven a treble at the meeting also winning with Lombo Yanky Invada, which is by Lombo Mandingo another horse Fitzpatrick had success with. It is the eighth time Fitzpatrick has driven a century of winners in a season. Amanda Rando

Born and into the harness Racing industry in 1990, Finnbarr helped his father Sean McCaffrey, a well-known New Zealand trainer, at their stables in Cambridge doing boxes since the young age of five. Although he has been in the game for over 20 years, Finn has never driven in the gig and preferred to stick to the tractor. Sticking to the tractor paid off for Finnbarr, in 2016 he made the move from across the Tasman to Tabcorp Park Menangle to extend his knowledge in track management. He is now a well-respected employee at Harness Racing New South Wales working at the Menangle Park Training Centre as a Maintenance and Horticulture Worker. At the age of 24 Finnbarr had already started succeeding in his profession, becoming the Track Manager at the Cambridge Greyhound racetrack. At 25 he decided making the move to NSW would benefit him in the long run gaining experience and developing skills. He believes that the Australian Racing Industry has a greater prospect than back home and took the opportunity to work here as soon as the position arose. Finnbarr hopes to travel the world working throughout American and Europe at different racetracks, furthering his knowledge and hoping to direct everything he learns along the way into a Turf Management role. In 2015 Finnbarr lost his hero, his grandfather Jim Wilson. Finnbarr and Jim had a close relationship and admired that Jim taught him the ways of life, taking pride in the work ethic he has now, thanks to his father and grandfather. "There's always something to do and if in doubt grab a broom" - Finnbarr was often told as a child. Struck by tragedy in 2013, Finnbarr was building in Hamilton, New Zealand when he injured his back out, rupturing a disc. After having surgery, Finnbarr spent a long six months on the couch and shortly after commenced rehabilitation, essentially having to learn how to walk again. Finnbarr describes this time in his life as low, putting on 19 kilograms in the six months however he is better for it and has learnt to respect and to look after his body. Sadly with the accident, Finnbarr had to say goodbye to his sporting career. Although his sporting career was short lived, he accomplished playing Rugby Union in the Curtain Raiser game for the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton New Zealand. Favourite food: Homemade crumbed beef schnitzel that mum makes Favourite drink: Since moving to Oz, nothing beats a good can of Solo Footy team: Rugby Union will always take priority so, ALL BLACKS! AMANDA RANDO

After 10 months and near 15,000kms later Bendemeer horseman Len Clement will complete the dream of driving at every harness racing track across New South Wales at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow. And while the Wards Accounting Group Pace (1609m) may not seem significant to some, it will be for Clement. At the beginning of the season the retired Clement set himself a bucket list - Len's Bucket List - to drive in a race at all the tracks he had not previously. Having been involved in the sport for more than three decades, the 59-year-old had only driven at 11 tracks before embarking on this trip last September. And now this well documented journey is at the end. "This is the finale!" Clement said. "We finally have a run at Menangle and even though we haven't drawn too well I'm just happy to be going around. "I've been to Menangle a few times as a spectator but have never driven there. "I'm not sure if I'll like the track or not as there aren't enough corners for me . . . I'm used to driving on a much smaller track." From Eugowra, to Albury and even out to Broken Hill, Clement will tick off the 1400m circuit at Menangle behind his pacer Atara Blue Chip, which he acquired along this expedition. However, it is not the easiest test the lightly raced seven-year-old gelding has faced, especially considering his last and only win came more than three years ago. Ironically, Clement's last win in the sulky was also in 2013, behind Lifeslittlesecret at Tamworth in February 6. And this same mare is the horse Clement began Len's Bucket List with at Dubbo on September 13, 2015. After sticking with Clement through the Western Districts, the Riverina, Canberra, Sydney and back to the Riverina, Lifeslittlesecret was forced to the sideline with a potentially career-ending respiratory problem. Clement still determined to fulfil his dream reached out to his fellow horsemen and women and was offered many horses to complete his quest. "I always say it but the people and friends we have met and made along the way has been great," Clement said. "It is something my wife Christine and I will never forget "We have made life-long friends on this trip and it has certainly exceeded our expectations." AMANDA RANDO

Fresh from driving his 201st harness racing winner, young professional reinsman Chris Geary has a strong book of drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The 18-year-old, who is only in his third season of driving, has emerged this term as one of New South Wales’ leading drivers. And seven catch drives at a metropolitan meeting, including in the two Group features on the card, supports that. His first drive is with the Darren McCall-trained Ideal Situation who has been a revelation since being claimed in Queensland and relocated to Sydney. “He has been a really good horse to me,” Geary said having won six races on the pacer since May. “He backed up over the 2300m here the other week and it didn’t suit him, he feels like a good miler that can follow speed well and also make his own luck. “Even though he is on the second row this is the closest draw he has had to the pegs for a while and should be in the finish.” Geary is driving a couple of horses for trainer Belinda McCarthy, whom he has worked with since he was 14, which includes the pacer Epaulette. “I was really happy with him first up a fortnight ago,” Geary said. “It was a big job to face 2300m first up, he will strip a lot fitter and back to the mile with this draw he can go close.” Geary is then sitting behind Don Boston in the claiming event. “I’ve never driven the horse before but I’ve driven against him plenty of times,” Geary said. “He seems to relish the 2300m and also a high tempo.” A race later Geary is partnering Takahoa in the Group Three Harness Breeders NSW Go Girlfriend Series Final. “I was really happy with her heat effort . . . it looked as though she was gone but she kept grinding away to finish third,” Geary recalled. “Barrier 12 isn’t a bad draw for her and even though it’s a tough race I’m not counting her out, especially if a few of them end up doing too much work.” Backing up in another Group Three, Geary is driving Dont Be Jealous in the Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sales Stakes. “It’s a good race and this is a step up for her but she is an honest little filly and anything could happen in a small field,” Geary said. Geary is ending the night in the trot driving the Russell Commens-trained Kip Keino. “He’s an honest horse that usually steps away well . . . he is facing some better trotters in this race but his form has picked up and it wouldn’t surprise me if he finished top four.” Amanda Rando Fields for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 23 July 2016 Form guide for Nswhrc at Tabcorp Pk Menangle, Saturday 23 July 2016

You will not be seeing Bathurst harness racing reinsman Mitch Turnbull's name in a New South Wales formguide for a while. The 19-year-old has decided to spend a stint working in Western Australia. Turnbull had two drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night and the next day was on a flight over to Perth. "When I was on the Rising Stars tour, Stewie McDonald from WA said I should give it a go so I thought I may as well," Turnbull said. "I'll be working with Ross Olivieri for at least a month or so." Olivieri is one of the leading trainers in the western state. And he has not wasted any time putting Turnbull's driving skills to use, nominating the Rising Stars reinsman to drive one of his pacers at Northam on Tuesday night. Turnbull also obtained a drive on the Courtney Burch-trained Nothinbutadream at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. "I'm jumping straight into it," Turnbull said. This is not the first working holiday for the youngest son of Steve Turnbull. He has spent stints working in both Queensland and Victoria. Turnbull began driving in the 2012/13 season and has already steered home 85 winners in his succinct career. AMANDA RANDO

The Group Two Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Finals are the main drawcard at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night. And the NSW TAB has supported this offering a $10,000 BIG6 Jackpot for its customers. Menangle tipster, Amanda Rando has made her best bet of the night outside of these features with Popfromthebeach (race four) catching her eye. The gelding was extremely unlucky last week after being checked early, yet found the line well to finish fifth to Freyberg in 1:51.9 and rated his last half in 54.6s to do so. Out of the four main features, Rockn Brushgrove (race five) stands out for Amanda as an each-way chance. The gelding has been extremely unlucky his last two starts and form prior to that was strong. BEST BET - Race 4 No.7 Popfromthebeach NEXT BEST - Race 5 No.4 Rockn Brushgrove AMANDA'S QUADDIE - Race 5 - Thunder Dance (5), Rockn Brushgrove (4), Effronte (7), Keayang Sporty (8) Race 6 - Megs Monaro (6), Our Little Digger (7), Roll With Me (8), The Democrat (9) Race 7 - My Mackenzie (10), Pixies Palour (8) Race 8 - Jovial Rock (4), Im With Lexy (5) iForm best bets for the weekend Young Friday - Race 8 No.8 Percynjack This horse did not much luck last time at Parkes. He finds a soft race and he should be too strong for them late. Menangle Saturday - Race 7 No.7 Ima Mystery Girl Has been getting back in her races of late but hoping for a more aggressive drive here. Did beat Eye See Diamonds four starts back and Can roll the short-priced favourite here. Newcastle Saturday - Race 7 No.12 Tiz A Smokey Grades really well here in a thin race. Can do work at this level and looks a bit strong for his opposition Dubbo Sunday - Race 6 No.6 Spanish Lustre Has a tricky gate but has been racing well in better races and should run well. NSW betting activity this week Largest Winning Bets (Stake) $5000 @ $3 COMPOSED - Menangle 9/7 $2000 @ $2.6 CYCLONE KATE - Menangle 9/7 $1000 @ $6 GLENFERRIE BRONTE - Menangle 9/7 $4000 @ $3 KEPT UNDER WRAPS - Menangle 12/7 Largest Winning Bets (Return) $200 @ $35 JOSEPHINE SHANNON - Bathurst 25/5 $2500 @ $8.5 RAVISHING GIRL - Penrith 7/7 $250 @ $17 BAD BOY MARA - Newcastle 11/7 $300 @ $14 CLANCYS FOBWATCH - Menangle 9/7 Largest Losing Bets (Stakes) $3000 @ $9 LIV LAVISH - Menangle 12/7 $2000 @ $2 IOWNATURBO - Tamworth 7/7 $4000 @ $2.5 CLARRY - Penrith 7/7 $5000 @ $2.6 WRITTEN IN RED - Bathurst 6/7 Largest Losing Bets (Potential Return) $1000 @ $31 WRITTEN IN RED - Menangle 12/7 $350 @ $21 WHY FOUR - Penrith 7/7 $1000 @ $15 SAINT STORMY - Newcastle 11/7 $1000 @ $12 SPORTYGAL - Bathurst 6/7 AMANDA RANDO              

Husband and wife duo Peter and Cindy Rixon have had some success in juvenile futurity races over the years and look set to add to that harness racing record at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The Pheasants Nest conditioners have three of the early fancies in the Group Two Alabar Breeders Challenge Blue Finals. In the $50,000 Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Final, the Rixons are dually represented with Rockn Brushgrove (four) and Keayang Spoty (eight). Rockn Brushgrove will be driven by Peter and Cindy's daughter Ellen and is the equal third favourite at $6 with TAB Fixed Odds (New South Wales). Meanwhile, the Victorian-owned Keayang Sporty is the second elect at $4.80 and will be steered by John McCarthy. "Rockn Brushgrove has been extremely unlucky his last two starts and before those couple of blotches his form was quite good and is definitely one of the chances," Peter said. "Keayang Sporty won't be out of it either. "He is a consistent little horse and his runs up here have been promising." Their third hope is Jovial Rock, which has drawn well in barrier four for the Two-Year-Old Fillies Final and is subsequently the $2.10 second elect. The filly had her first start in Peter's name in the Group One Alabar Breeders Challenge Final on June 26 where she finished fifth to Shezallapples. "Jovial Rock is a lovely little filly that's in with a chance as well," Peter said. "She put in a good run in the Final and came through that race well." In recent years Peter and Cindy have tasted success in the Breeders Challenge Regional Finals including in 2012 with Dream Cartier and in 2010 with Sassy Street. They also won a Group 1 Sires' Stakes Final in 2009 with Just Cuddles - the second last year of the Sires' Stakes series as the Breeders Challenge was introduced in NSW in 2008. All were driven by Cindy, who has scaled back her driving now with Ellen taking the reins and has only had one race drive this season. Peter also has reduced his drives having only had seven drives this season, however, will add to that tally on Saturday night driving one of the three horses he has nominated at Newcastle. TAB Fixed Odds for the Alabar NSW Breeders Breeders Challenge Blue Finals 2YO Colts & Geldings Final 1 FRANCO STORM 35.00 2 JUSTANOTHER REASON 12.00 3 HEZA CRACKER 2.40 4 EXPRESS BOMBER 12.00 5 SACKHEIM 26.00 6 MEGS MONARO 31.00 7 OUR LITTLE DIGGER 6.00 8 ROLL WITH ME 6.00 9 THE DEMOCRAT 3.80 10 CLOUDIN UP 51.00 11 GELDOF 21.00   2YO Fillies Final 1 IMA BLACK BEAUTY 51.00 2 MAGIC ARTIST 12.00 3 JOSEPHINE BROOK 18.00 4 JOVIAL ROCK 2.10 5 IM WITH LEXY 1.75 6 FLEUR DE NEIGE 26.00   3YO Colts & Geldings Final 1 EXPRESS PASS 10.00 2 LIMBO LARRY 81.00 3 BIG DANCE 35.00 4 ROCKN BRUSHGROVE 6.00 5 THUNDER DANCE 7.50 6 LEXY CAN WAIT 18.00 7 EFFRONTE 2.80 8 KEAYANG SPORTY 4.80 9 UNCLE PETER 9.00 10 CHUCKY BALBOA 101.00 11 SMITHSTARS LEXUS 6.00   3YO Fillies Final 1 JESSICA AMBER 26.00 2 PERFECT JESSE 16.00 3 CRUSTY 101.00 4 SPORTYGAL 51.00 5 CHERRY MAHONEY 12.00 6 ROCKNROLL ANGEL 8.50 7 IMA MYSTERY GIRL 7.50 8 PIXIES PARLOUR 8.50 9 ALWAYS ANNIE 35.00 10 MY MACKENZIE 1.55 AMANDA RANDO

It was a much needed victory. And it was met with relief too. That’s the way leading Sydney horseman Paul Fitzpatrick summed up the winning effort of his talented harness racing three-year-old Match In Heaven last Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Somebeachsomewhere colt was responsible for a mystifying performance in the Gr.1 Breeders Challenge Final when a lacklustre 9th behind Charlaval on June 26, it was too bad to be true and almost ended his season right there and then. But Fitzpatrick was determined to find answers. “We had a number of tests, scans and scopes carried out on him but we couldn’t actually pinpoint any problem. There was no actual issue diagnosed and we just had to put it down to a bad run, he hasn’t missed a beat since and the win last week confirmed that he was back on track and we’re heading north.” Fitzpatrick said. The respected horseman is yet to taste success in the sunshine state feature, even former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch came up short when beaten by local pacer Arkamigo back in 2007. While Match In Heaven is yet to race outside of his home state, Fitzpatrick believes his colt is ready to take up the challenge. “He’s a horse we’ve liked from the very beginning and we’ve deliberately looked after him, he hasn’t been over raced and the Queensland Derby has been on his radar for some time now. Given the way he bounced back last week, that confirmed he was ready to take on this task. “It’s a very even field, a very good field but no standout like we’ve seen in recent times and I think that sets up a very exciting race. Many of these three-year-olds are yet to race at this distance so it’s unknown territory for many, mine included. “I think the draw is quite ok for my colt, he will have time to settle early and given that so many of the favoured runners are also drawn the second-line, I’m hopeful we can get good cover before letting go with his sprint.” Match In Heaven is no stranger to success this season having claimed the Young Derby back in March where he defeated Charlaval while he is Gr.1 placed after chasing home Our Waikiki Beach last season in the Breeders Challenge Final. A decision on whether Match In Heaven heads to Melbourne next month for the Australasian Breeders Crown will be made following the Queensland Derby. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 16 July 2016

Ladyship Mile winner Frith will be having her last start for the season in Saturday night's harness racing Group Three Sky Racing Adore Me Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Having had a spectacular term so far, connections are undecided on what path Frith's career will take on the other side of this spell. Making the decision to continue racing or send her to the breeding barn will not come easy, considering she has just had one of her best seasons to date. Frith has won multiple Group races this season and as a result catapulted her earnings past $1.1million, a feat only four other mares in the Southern Hemisphere have achieved before. And driver Luke McCarthy agrees. "It's hard for the owners to decide what to do with her because her form has been very strong this season," McCarthy said. "She has been up for a long time and will definitely earn this spell after Saturday night." Former trainer-driver Bruce Harpley echoed McCarthy's thoughts. "Frith has just been unbelievable this season," Harpley said. "She started this preparation over in Perth . . . she had a hit-out with me on the Saturday, was on the plane Sunday and won a feature race the following Friday! "You just shake your head with what she is capable of and that's why she has won more than $1million." Frith was bred and is owned by Harpley's mother and father-in-law, Dianne and Bernie Kelly. "Bernie is turning 80 next year so how many foals will he watch race if they don't put Frith in foal soon?" Harpley said. "It's a tough decision to make and luckily there is a bit of time before it comes to making it." Hoping to end her season on a winning note, the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark is one of the early fancies with TAB Fixed Odds for tomorrow night's feature. With the scratching of Ameretto, the John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate is the favourite at $1.75. TAB.COM.AU Fixed Odds - Adore Me Stakes DEADLY MERRYWOOD $101.00 ABBEY CULLEN $14 TACT HAYLEYS DELIGHT $12 MILLWOOD LIBERTY $10 BON ACCORD GAL $61 MODERN DANCER $41 CYCLONE KATE $1.75 OCEAN DIVA $31 BETABCOOL $12 FRITH $2.80 Amanda Rando

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