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

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

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

Harness racing three year filly Supersonic Miss has a lot of positive attributes but size is definitely not one of them. The diminutive daughter of Mach Three might be small in statue but she has a huge motor.   When she fronted up today for the $125,000 final of the NSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle for three year old fillies, she might have been the smallest filly in the race but it mattered not in the finish as she strode away for an effortless victory.   Allowed to settle back from barrier four, Supersonic Miss worked onto the back of Sally Fletcher in the one by one but some way off the leaders.   Somelovesomewhere lead early before handing up to the well supported Makes Every Scents after 800 metres.   Mark Purdon got a lovely run up with Supersonic Miss to the leader on the back of Sally Fletcher and when he peeled her three wide at the top of the straight, Supersonic Miss quickly sprinted to the lead and put the race beyond doubt half way up the long Menangle straight.   The Ashlee Siejka trained and driver Ameretto provided a minor highlight of the race by storming home late for second after an early gallop had cost her 10-12 lengths.   For the daughter of Million Dollar Cam it was a case of what might have been but for the early gallop.   Supersonic Miss paced the 2400 metres in a swift 2:54.6, a mile rate of 1:57.1 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 27.1   It was the ninth lifetime win for the Mach Three filly and took her earnings to just shy of $300,000.     Harnesslink Media

The  harness racing $125,000 NSW Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle bring the best of the best together and the first big final to go today was the race for the two year old filliesl. Heavens Trend was a dominating favourite after four wins in a row, the last of them in an Australian record time of 1:52.1. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven had drawn nicely at barrier three while the main opposition in Our Golden Goddess had drawn wider at barrier six. As the gates folded, Mark Purdon driving Our Golden Goddeess threw caution to the wind and charged out to try to grab an early lead. Gavin Lang in the bike behind Heaven's Trend was having none of it and the two favourites charged through ther first quarter in 26.1 with Heavens Trend holding the front. When the half was reached in just over 55, a few were struggling with the pace but it was clear a long way out that Heavens Trend was in cruise control. As they straightened for home Gavin Lang gave her a bit of rein and Heavens Trend strode clear for an emphatic victory with Gavin sitting quite as in the bike. Hot Shot Woman dashed home late for second to continue her string of second placings with Boundtobemad edging out a game Our Golden Goddess for third. Heavens Trend paced the mile in 1:52.9 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 28.9. Emma Stewart is the trainer. Heavens Trend is from the first Australian crop of Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.6 ($2,774,478) and is a daughter of the former outstanding race filly Trend Setter 1:55.6 ($199,414). The second placegetter Hot Shot Woman is by Rocknroll Hanover and must be the biggest stake earning maiden in Australasia with todays placing taking her well over the $100,000 mark. The main aim now for Heavens Trend is the Breeders Crown at Melton at the end of August where she will meet the unbeaten New Zealand champion Dream About Me and that should be a race well worth going to see. Harnesslink Media

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's feature racing in New Zealand may be over for the season but they are still hunting down harness racing Group I victories. The All Stars stable have runners in four of the New South Wales Breeders Challenge finals at Menangle on Sunday. It is hard to imagine the Rolleston based stable will not pick up at least two of the A$125,000 Group I finals. Prominent stable owners, Meg and Merv Butterworth could be in for a successful day with Our Golden Goddess and Supersonic Miss both strong winning chances. Smart Art Major filly Our Golden Goddess, who is undefeated in two starts since making her debut in Australia, will be heavily supported in the 1609m Breeders Challenge for two-year-old fillies. Golden Goddess originally drew barrier nine but has been aided by three scratchings inside her. But Purdon, who drives all four stable runners on Sunday, will still have to start outside likely favorite Heavens Trend. Our Waikiki Beach, unbeaten in eight starts, will be a short priced favourite in the Breeders Challenge for two-year-old colts and geldings over 1609m. Purdon should have everything on his own terms from barrier three and it is hard to see him not winning. Supersonic Miss has a handy barrier draw, starting from gate four in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old fillies 2400m. After winning her last two starts, Supersonic Miss seems to be back to her best and will tough to beat. The fourth All Stars runner is Kept Under Wraps who will starts from barrier two in the Breeders Challenge for three-year-old colts and geldings over 2400m. Kept Under Wraps, by Bettor's Delight was disappointing in his last start when run down late but is the favorite with Australian bookies. Given the season the Purdon and Rasmussen team enjoyed in New Zealand in Group I races, a day of Kiwi domination at Menangle would not surprise. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the consent of the Christchurch Press

Rookie harness racing trainer Daniel Neagoe had his first runner in a race on April 24, just over two months ago. The 23-year old is at the helm of one of the best bred stables in the state. The Xerri family, through its Sloys Company injects sizeable amounts of money into the industry each year and Neagoe is hoping to win a Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge event this Sunday. If Neagoe can prepare a Gr. 1 winner this weekend at Tabcorp Park Menangle he will become the sixth youngest trainer in Australia to do so. Only Peter Morris Jnr, Mark Reed, Adam Kelly, Luke McCarthy and Travers Neilson have achieved the feat younger. "To be in charge of the Sloys team is a very good experience for a person my age, I'd like to say thanks to Tony, the owner, because not many people are going to give someone who is only 23 the horses that I've got," Neagoe said. "There is a lot of money involved and it is a high pressure job, in the past if you don't produce well, you know what happens and I'm definitely being kept on my toes." Neagoe's best chances of winning a feature event looks to be in the four year old divisions with My General Lee in the male section while Luda will represent the stable against the mares. My General Lee produced a career best performance last weekend when winning his semi final. "I thought we were in trouble at one stage, I did tell David (Morris driver) Theartofconfusion might get to the front and look to sneak away so you will have to keep an eye on where he goes." "Last year Rob (Xerri former Sloys trainer) didn't have a lot of luck with him, he's always performed well but his luck has changed this year, he was very impressive last Saturday night and importantly he pulled up very well but I know it will be harder again this Sunday." Luda's preparation was interrupted a fortnight ago when her Breeders Challenge Prelude was abandoned midrace after Lauren Panella's serious fall. "The no race upset our campaign, I worked her last Saturday and she wanted to go like a rocket so I decided to trial her at Menangle on Tuesday to keep her on her toes." Luda finished third in the trial and recorded a personal mile rate of 1:58.2. Neagoe confirmed he is working very hard and a win on Sunday would cap off a remarkable year. "I barely get enough sleep, we're a bit understaffed at the moment and we have 20 horses in work but slowly the results are making it all worthwhile." Greg Hayes

Harness racing names like Fitzpatrick and McCarthy dominate the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge honour roll. It is no surprise to see the bigger stables starring on the feature days with the leading trainers targeting the rich juvenile races. However what makes harness racing so accessible and the Breeders Challenge so inviting for participants is the chance for the smaller trainers to mix it with the stars of the sport. Hobby trainer Andrew Doherty is looking forward to Sunday when his three year old filly Fountain Lakes will compete in the $125,000 Breeders Challenge. The science and biology high school teacher will be pitted against the likes of multiple Gr. 1 winning trainers Mark Purdon and Steve Turnbull and while he is proud of his filly after she qualified last Saturday night, he is playing down her chances. "Fountain Lakes is no chance of beating Mark Purdon's filly Supersonic Miss but we have drawn well (barrier one) and she got home very well in her semi final last week," Doherty said. "I juggle two young kids, a fulltime job and my wife Jo tells me I have too many hobbies but I grew up with the horses and even though I left the industry while I travelled and worked overseas I always thought that I would return to harness racing at some stage." Fountain Lakes is raced by Doherty and his sister Katrina and the 41-year old is no stranger to driving in feature races. He drove Justabitofmagic for his father John in the 2000 NSW Sires Stakes Final for three year old fillies, finishing seventh behind Pelicanrama. "I grew up at The Rock in the Riverina and was always around horses with Dad and my brother Tim. "Dad trained some nice horses and I was lucky enough to get the drive in the Sires final in 2002. "I kept on driving until 2001 and then went to London and taught there for 18 months before travelling for another six and coming back to Australia." Doherty's wife Jo was from Scone so they settled in Newcastle and it wasn't long before he was interested in rekindling his interest in the sport. "I put an ad on the Trading Ring on the national website just seeing if there was anyone who needed a hand and I ended up getting in contact with Brett Bunfield and got back into it that way." "I went to the APG sales and bought Fountain Lake's mother Second Best Friend, she was pretty well bred and is related to Lennytheshark and Blissfull Boy." Second Best Friend went onto win four races and placed in a further twenty. "I trained her up until Jo and I had our first child Sam, then I gave the horse to Aaron Garaty to train and when she finished racing, my sister and I put her in foal to Armbro Operative and Fountain Lakes was her first foal. "Normally I like to get the horses up and going and then look to sell them and that was the case with Fountain Lakes, Katrina and I had $30,000 on her at the start of the season but couldn't get the right money so we decided to keep her and we are glad now that we did." Doherty's two children Sam aged eight and five-year old Adelaide will be in attendance on Sunday afternoon and will be cheering loudly for their Dad and their favourite horse. "She is pretty quiet and she is really good with the kids, they are going to come down to the races on Sunday afternoon. "I'm not going to be doing anything extraordinary, I'm just going to follow the paint and hopefully run into a place that would be a great result for me." Greg Hayes

All of the harness racing three year old colts and geldings racing in Sunday’s Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge, including the two emergencies, will be stabled in the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle from midday this Saturday June 27. Previously horses competing in the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile have been stabled at the complex however it is the first time HRNSW has required NSW Breeders Challenge runners to be in the facility. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny believes the Retention Barn plays an important role in the sport’s integrity. “HRNSW will continue to lead the industry and measures like the Retention Barn at Tabcorp Park Menangle provides an assurance to participants and punters that everyone is competing on a level playing field,” Dumesny said. “There are 48 surveillance cameras in the barn as well as security guards present at all times so connections of each horse can be assured that all horses will be closely monitored throughout the period.” The three year old colts and geldings will remain in the facility until Sunday afternoon when they can enter the on course stables. All trainers should note all horses competing in Gr.1 races on Sunday are required on course two hours prior to the event. Greg Hayes

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis This analysis is of the three year old finalists. 1) Three year old fillies A good cross section of sires represented here with only Art Major and American Ideal having multiple runners in the fillies final. They both have two runners but are unlikely to provide the winner of this division although the daughter of Art Major in Bamako Mali is a chance. Mach Three looks to have a good chance taking out the final with his talented daughter Supersonic Miss the one to beat from barrier four after her demolition job in the semi-final. Million Dollar Cam has a live chance of being a major player here with his daughter Amaretto from barrier three drawn to get the run she needs to test Supersonic Miss. The other semi final winner in Makes Every Scents is a live chance and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark has the gate speed to negate her poor barrier of nine. Somebeachsomewhere and Always A Virgin are other notable sires to have runners in the three year old fillies final while the notable absentee sire is Sportswriter. 2) Three year old colts / geldings Another good cross section of sires in this division with only two sires having two runners in the final. Those two sires are Always A Virgin and Somebeachsomewhere and their runners are not without a chance in the final. Somebeachsomewhere particularly has two live chances in Chumlee who went super in his semi final from barrier ten and comes into barrier one in the final while Colonel Joy never saw daylight until the last fifty metres in his semi-final and looks a very progressive type For all that it is a very open affair with the son of Bettors Delight in Kept Under Wraps a big chance after drawing barrier two. His conqueror in the semi-final in Casino Grin also has to be accorded a real chance. The son of Grinfromeartoear was very impressive after starting from barrier eight and doing plenty of work early. Four Starzz Shark has a worthy representative in Mouse In The House while both Art Major, Modern Art and Million Dollar Cam are other notable sires with runners in the final. Again the notable absentee sire from this final is Sportswriter. Harnesslink Media

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis First up for analysis are the two year old finalists. 1) Two year old fillies The sire to have the most representatives in the final is the deceased Rocknroll Hanover who has three finalists in this division. Rocknroll Hanover has 141 two year olds this season and he is reaping the rewards for those big numbers being the current leader on the two year old sires premiership. Regardless of numbers it is still a notable effort for Rocknroll Hanover to provide a quarter of the final field in a $125,000 race Another string to his bow is he is also the sire of Rock N Roll Heaven who has one representative in the final but that of course is Heavens Trend 1:52.1 who is a dominating favourite for the final after drawing barrier three. Art Major is the only other sire to have more than one runner with two representatives in the final including the unbeaten Our Golden Goddess 1:54.3. One surprise when looking at the field was the lack of Sportswriters with him having only one finalist this year. Last season they were everywhere and challenging the established stars like Bettors Delight and Art Major but are a lot quieter this season. Champion sire and noted filly sire Bettor's Delight was a notable absentee from the list of sires who had finalists. 2) Two year old colts / geldings Two stallions have multiple finalists and they are Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere who both have two in the final. Somebeachsomewhere is really starting to make his mark in Australia and both his finalists here are top class. Waikiki Beach is unbeaten to date and from barrier three will stay that way on Sunday. His biggest challenger is the other Somebeachsomewhere finalist in Match In Heaven who is going to need a bit of luck from barrier 10 As Somebeachsomewhere only has 23 two year olds to represent him this season, his effort to have the two leading candidates for the $125,000 final is a huge achievement. Especially as earlier in the season he lost the super two year old Goodtime Sammy 1:54 to injury. One notable absentee from the colts/geldings division is Rock N Roll Heaven who with 153 two year olds this season should have at least had a finalist in this division. The other notable absentee is Rocknroll Hanover who after having three in the fillies final, has no  runners in the colts or geldings final.  Harnesslink Media

Harness racing three year old filly Supersonic Miss sent a shot across the bow of all her competitors in the New South Wales Breeders Challenge series with a superb front running display in her semi-final at Menangle last night. Away well from barrier nine for co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon, Supersonic Miss worked to the front after 400 metres and from there it was not if she would win but by how much she would win. Mark kept her rolling in front and a first half of the last mile in 56.9 meant Supersonic Miss had her rivals gasping from as far out as the 600 metres. Mark sat as quiet as in the bike as Supersonic Miss put daylight between her and the chasing pack with the official margin being 23 metres. Supersonic Miss paced the 2400 metres in 2:54.8, a mile rate of 1:57.2 and her time was nearly four seconds quicker than the winner of the other semi-final in Makes Every Scents. Last nights win was the eighth lifetime for Supersonic Miss and took her earnings over the $230,000 mark  The two year old filly of the year in New Zealand in 2013/2014, Supersonic Miss has had a season in 2014/2015 that promised plenty but didn't quite deliver in New Zealand. The daughter of Mach Three won over $75,000 in New Zealand over the season but always seemed to find one better in a lot of the big fillies races Mark Purdon was a happy man post race. " She did that very easily and really impressed me" " She was in cruise control up the straight." "Since we came to Australia, she has really improved, the most of any of the team." "On tonights performance she will be very hard to beat in the final," Mark said. Harnesslink Media  

Two time Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge winner Lettucerockthem has joined the stables of Kerryann Turner. The son of Art Major is attempting to become the first horse to win the Breeders Challenge 'Grand Slam' after victories in the harness racing series as a two and three year old. Stable driver Robbie Morris is excited with the stable addition and believes the four year old can be a major player in the upcoming Gr. 1 series. "It is great news for Kerryann to be getting a horse to train like Lettucerockthem, I've driven him in work since he arrived and he gives you the feel that he is a good horse," said Morris. "His work has been good in the short time he has been with us, Paul Kahlefeldt did a great job with him however I think our proximity to the Menangle track is going to be a big bonus for him." Lettucerockthem has been purchased by John and Bill Green from Tex Services. "I think he is a great purchase, he is eligible for the Breeders Challenge and the Breeders Crown before the end of the season but the decision has already been made to bypass Queensland. "Tex Services own Iam Mr Brightside as well so they have added another nice four year old and I think both have what it takes to compete in some nice races later on in their careers." The gelding's first assignment will be Saturday night's Breeders Challenge semi final and has been installed the $2.10 fixed odds favourite with TAB. "Former owner and trainer Paul Kahlefeldt had him spot on when he arrived and the constant racing is going to help him, he should be at his peak for the final next weekend. "There are some very nice horses racing him this week including Mister Jay Cee, Image Of Courage and Handsome Major and the other semi final has My General Lee and Theartofconfusion in it so the final should be a great race." Kahlefeldt will continue to race a number of horses with the Kerryann Turner stable including talented two year old filly Lettuce Go Pippa. "I was really proud of her last week chasing home Heavens Trend because she was off the track turning for home and kept on trying the whole way. "Paul is a great supporter of Kerryann's and we hope that association continues for many years to come." Greg Hayes

Disney's classic song 'When You Wish Upon A Star' has been a favourite of many people for more than 70 years and harness racing trainer Tiarn McElhinney will be hoping her dreams come true this Saturday night. Tiarn's three year old filly The Next Star competes in the semi finals of the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Next Star will be the young trainer's first metropolitan runner and this Saturday just happens to be her 22nd birthday. "It is going to be a big night for me on Saturday, I remember when I was part of a media seminar for young participants last year we were all asked what race we wanted to win and understandably plenty of people said an Inter Dominion or a Miracle Mile but I said a Breeders Challenge," said Tiarn. "The Next Star is a special horse to me, we've been through some good times and some bad times but I'm very proud of how far she has come." The 'bad times' Tiarn speaks of refers to a nasty fall she had at the Riverstone trialling track in December 2014 when driving The Next Star. "It wasn't the horse's fault, I got tipped out as we were scoring up and had to be transported to hospital via helicopter to the Trauma Centre at Westmead but thankfully there were no serious neck or spinal injuries. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark was unraced at the time of the fall but went onto have five starts as a two year old, failing to set the world on fire. "She got stood down three times as a two year old because of her performances and she became my little project, she was pulling too hard in her races and I thought she might need an anti choking device. "I finally got Dad (Glenn) to agree with me after Cindy Rixon said the same thing, so we made the change and she won at her first run back as a three year old." The Next Star qualified for the Breeders Challenge semi finals after placing third in a heat at Newcastle last month behind Makes Every Scents. "It was one of Dad's best drives but during the race I wasn't sure that he was in the right place because he was four back on the pegs and when I had been in that position two starts before he had told me not to go there again because it doesn't suit The Next Star. "To Dad's credit he weaved around a few and was able to get her into third position and I would really love to see her race well on Saturday night for him too." Tiarn is not getting too far ahead of herself and understands the big job ahead of The Next Star this weekend. "It is a huge assignment for her but it is a big achievement to be in it and it is the first time I have had a horse compete in a race worth $25,000. The first five horses past the post in Saturday night's semi final will qualify for the Gr. 1 final on Sunday June 28 Greg Hayes  

The Free Family Fun Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle on June 28 is a great way to spend an afternoon with the entire family – there’s something for everyone. Featuring free entry with free rides, free fairy floss and free face painting the day is sure to be a hit with the kids.  The Big Air School will feature gravity defying scooter and BMX stunt shows followed by workshop session with the riders.  There will be plenty of giveaways with bikes and scooters to be won – entry forms at the gate. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said the day would be a great way to start the school holidays. “There will be plenty to keep smiles on the kids’ faces and parents can relax and enjoy Tabcorp Menangle Park’s great facilities.” “We’ll even have ponies racing in the mini-trots so it really will be a family day out.” Parents can look over the cars from the Campbelltown Historic Vehicle Club, enjoy a meal and a drink and watch the best horses in NSW.  The Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Finals are the “Grand Finals” for harness racing in New South Wales. Held on Sunday June 28 at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the day starts at 11am and will feature 10 races. Entry is free. Greg Hayes

Monday 15th June 2015 - New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon has a scary proposition for rival harness racing trainers after Our Waikiki Beach won a semi final of the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The two year old is yet to taste defeat after eight starts but Purdon believes there is improvement in the son of Somebeachsomewhere despite scorching home in 26.7 seconds on the weekend. "I wasn't 100% happy with Our Waikiki Beach going into the race on Saturday night, he was still good enough and I was pleased with the overall time but I now have the fortnight to work on him before the final," said Purdon. "I think he's doing too well, he did very well since his last win, I thought he looked a little too round during the week but the run on the weekend will tighten him up." Purdon confirmed the talented youngster has strengthened throughout his campaign. "Our Waikiki Beach hasn't taken a lot of work in the past but he might be a bit stronger now and may just need a little bit more work." "I think the NSW Breeders Challenge is a great series, everyone gets their chance, they break the fields up nicely for the heats and all those that are paid up get a chance." Our Waikiki Beach Our Waikiki Beach was the second leg of a NSW Breeders Challenge semi final double with Our Golden Goddess also keeping her unbeaten record intact after being crossed in the early stages. "Our Golden Goddess is still learning, she felt pretty good tonight and she could have come out of the gate faster if needed." "Dancing With Miley had my measure early and there was nothing else around so I thought I'd look after my filly and cruise around once we settled down." The daughter of Art Major ran 1:55.1, three seconds slower than the first semi final won by Heavens Trend. "The two weeks between the semi and the final suits my filly, she had a nice run on Saturday and it wasn't too taxing, we just have to prime her up for the final to run 1:52.0 because Heavens Trend was very impressive and will take a lot of beating." Our Golden Goddess Smolda provided the stable with a treble at Menangle on Saturday night giving Purdon a total of 20 winners as a trainer in Australia this season. Smolda Greg Hayes

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