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IT has not taken long for talented young harness racing reinsman Chris Geary to outdrive his concession claim. After saluting with a treble at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday afternoon, the hat-trick pushed Geary past the 250-win barrier in his succinct career, thus losing his claim. However the soon to be 19-year-old, who has only been driving professionally for three years, believes this will not affect the number of drives he obtains. "I've been expecting to outdrive my claim for a while now," Geary said. "It shouldn't affect me much as 90 per cent of the drives I have don't use my claim anyway which helps." Obtaining his first race drive a day after his 16th Birthday and his first winner five drives later, Geary has steered home 251 winners following Tuesday's result which came courtesy of the trotter Rompers Monarchy and pacers Franco Novak and A Passion For Aces. Geary is currently the leading metropolitan driver in New South Wales and is ranked amongst the top 20 drivers nationally. Ahead of the likes of Luke McCarthy, Robert Morris and Lauren Tritton in the metropolitan driving ranks, Geary has a strong book of drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night. With six drives already locked in, Geary may obtain a catch drive on the feature on the program the Group Three Norms Daughter Stakes. "It looks like at this stage I could be driving Tact Hayleys Delight in the feature race," Geary said. "I've driven her quite a few times before." Geary is currently ranked in second position in the NSW Drivers Premiership having secured 25 wins and 61 placings already this season. AMANDA RANDO

Last season’s leading New South Wales harness racing driver Todd McCarthy has been forced to the sideline after breaking his collarbone in a race fall at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday. The 23-year-old Group one winning reinsman crashed to the track when driving Karmic Fire, a pacer trained by his father John McCarthy, and luckily sustained no other injuries.  “I’m feeling alright,” McCarthy said. “Judging by my other one (collarbone) I could be out for a few weeks.” McCarthy has broken his collarbone twice before, once in another horse related incident and the other on a bike. McCarthy is also hoping he bounces back in time to represent NSW in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship which is just five weeks away. The series will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Inter Dominion Series in Perth, Western Australia, from December 2 to December 9. McCarthy represented the state last weekend in the Australian Drivers Championship which took place at Globe Derby on Saturday night. After nabbing a win in the opening heat, McCarthy finished fourth overall. The young reinsman is fresh from experiencing his best season to date having dominated all the major driving premierships in NSW. Click here to watch a replay of race five at Menangle yesterday Amanda Rando

Trainer David Aiken loves Hectorjayjay, but he is just a little more emotionally connected to stablemate Lennytheshark. And that’s why Aiken will be at Menangle instead of Swan Hill on Saturday night. If you win an Inter Dominion, like Lennytheshark did in Perth last year, you earn than connection. “I’ll be at Menangle. I’m taking Lenny up to Sydney on Wednesday,” Aiken said. “But I’ll be watching Hector closely on TV (when he runs in Saturday night’s Swan Hill Cup).” Lennytheshark will open the campaign towards his Perth Inter Dominion title defence in the Group 3 Kevin Newman Cup (1609m) at Menangle on Saturday night. He will dominate betting despite being the lone back row runner (gate 11) a field lacking any real star factor. His major rivals will be the likes of Blazin N Cullen (gate four), Freyberg (nine) and Iam Mr Brightside (10). “It’s a perfect starting point for him,” Aiken said. “I was really pleased with his trial (second to Hectorjayjay at Shepparton last Thursday) and he’s worked really well since. “He’s a horse who thrives on having his runs close together so he’ll race this week and then back-up the week after at Menangle again in another free-for-all. “Then it’s back down to Melbourne for the Smoken Up and then he heads to Perth.” Hectorjayjay returns from a freshen-up in the Swan Hill Cup which is set to see champion driver Gavin Lang have to make a big driving decision. For months people have been speculating whether Lang will stick with Hectorjayjay or switch to one of Emma Stewart and Claytin Tonkin’s stars, most probably Yankee Rockstar. “It looks like Gav will have to decide this week,” Aiken said. “It’s up to him. Of course I’d love him to stay wih Hectorjayjay because I think they are made for each other, but I’ll totally understand if he doesn’t.” Aiken’s son, Josh, is on stand-by to drive Hectorjayjay, not just at Swan Hill but in the Perth Inter Dominion as well. “We’ve known this day would come and have to have a back-up plan. Josh will take the drive if Gavin doesn’t. They (Hectorjayjay’s connections) are happy with that and have been for quite some time.” Aiken is in the amazing position of having the Aussie TAB’s $6 Inter Dominion favourite Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay, who shares the second line of betting at $6.50 with Have Faith In Me.   Adam Hamilton

The best pacers in training will get their shot at two or more major harness racing victories following changes to dates and conditions for the 2017 Ainsworth Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park @ Club Menangle. Australia's biggest harness racing sprint, the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile will now be run on Saturday, February 25 in Sydney. The club has moved their feature race back a week so that Grand Circuit campaigners can contest the Victoria Cup on Saturday, January 28, 2017 or the Hunter Cup on February 4 (or both) and still be fresh enough to contest the sprint races the week before the Ainsworth Miracle Mile. Trainers must also race their stable stars in either the Canadian Club Sprint or the Allied Express Sprint on February 18 if they wish to be invited into the Miracle Mile. The only exception will be the Cordina Chariots Of Fire, for four-year-olds, which will be run on February 11 and has an automatic invitation into the Miracle Mile for the winner. It should be noted that there will no longer be an automatic invitation for the Victoria Cup winner to contest the Miracle Mile. That means the MM field will comprise the Chariots Of Fire winner (assuming they accept the invitation), plus the first two horses across the line in the Canadian Club Sprint as well as the first two over the line in the Allied Express Sprint run the same night. The remaining three starters and two reserves will be chosen from the horses that contested either the Chariots of Fire or were drawn in the field for either of the sprints. According to Club Menangle CEO Bruce Christison, moving the sprints to the week before the Miracle Mile will create a level playing field for all competitors. "All horses that make the MM field will now race the week before, with the exception of the Chariots winner, which will qualify the previous week," said Christison. "Moving our date for the Mile back should help everyone by making it more achievable to target both the Victorian and NSW carnivals. "Horses can now contest the Victoria Cup and Hunter Cup and then have a week off before our sprints at Menangle." Club Menangle chairman Ray Sharman endorsed the changes: "Our club wanted to work with Harness Racing Victoria to develop the January and February months as a time of premium harness racing on the east coast," said Sharman. "This goes a long way towards achieving just that. "We can now look forward to a spectacular few weeks of harness racing." Bruce Christison            

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, commenced an inquiry into a report 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. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. The inquiry also considered a further report from the ARFL that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in an out of competition urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE at the registered training establishment of Mrs B McCarthy on 15 July 2016. Mrs McCarthy appeared and was represented by Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges: Pursuant to AHRR 190 (1),(2) & (4), which reads; (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. That as the registered she did present VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016 with prohibited substances in its system. Pursuant to AHRR 190A (1) (a); 1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (a)  The trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at the relevant time shall be guilty of an offence.    That as the registered trainer at the relevant time on 15 July 2016, she did have VINNY CHASE in her care, when a urine sample upon anaylsis revealed it to contain prohibited substances in contravention of Rule 190A (2)(r). Mr Hammond on behalf of his client, Mrs McCarthy sought an adjournment to consider the charges and to provide further expert evidence.  Stewards adjourned the inquiry until 11am on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. 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 - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 • e: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au www.harnessmediacentre.com.au   Vinny Chase at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016

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

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