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It is not just all about Ballarat this weekend. About 10 hours up the road at Menangle, the countdown to the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire gets serious. It’s in the $50,000 Group 2 Hondo Grattan and most think it’s a match race between the All Stars’ Our Waikiki Beach and Shane Tritton’s much-improved Salty Robyn. The Aussie TAB has Our Waikiki Beach a slight favourite at $1.85 from the pole with Salty Robyn at $2.20 from gate three. Tritton can’t wait for the race and thinks Salty Robyn is good enough to not lonely beat Our Waikiki Beach, but sit outside of him and do so if that’s what it takes. “I hope Johnny (McCarthy) gets Waikiki away quickly enough to lead. I’d like Salty to sit outside him … that’s where he races best,” Tritton said. Sound crazy? Maybe not when you consider at his latest run Salty Robyn sat parked at Menangle and posted a scorching 1min49.2sec mile with splits of 27.1, 27.7, 27.6 and 26.8sec. It was his eighth win on end and his 14th from just 20 starts. But, of course, Our Waikiki Beach’s record is even better with 23 wins, a second and a third from just 25 starts. The key though his that third came at his latest run, his first for five months, when he got a mile back and could only get within 5.4m of the winner Mind The Wire in a 1min55.3sec mile rate for 2300m. “I can’t believe Salty Robyn isn’t favourite,” Tritton said. “If you go on latest form, no reputations, then Salty Robyn has to be the one to beat. “I’m going into it confident because I don’t see Waikiki as my danger to win the Chariots … that’s Lazarus.” Top young driver Chris Geary has the reins on Salty Robyn with Tritton’s wife and stable driver Lauren Panella pregnant and expecting their first child in August. Although Tritton is very Sydney focused at present, he is planning a Melbourne raid next week for the Victoria Derby heats with Blue Moon Rising. It will mean locking horns again with the All Stars team, who has odds-on prepost Victoria Derby favourite Vincent. Adam Hamilton

There are eight last start harness racing winners going head-to-head in Saturday night's Cordina Chicken Farms Hondo Grattan Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle and surprisingly that does not include Our Waikiki Beach. Out of the 10 horses engaged, not including the emergencies who are actually both last start winners also, Our Waikiki Beach is one of two horses not to have graced the winners' circle last start. However, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained gelding is the favourite with TAB Fixed Odds at $1.85 after drawing barrier one. The second favourite is Salty Robyn at $2.40 with all other runners at double figure odds. The winner of this $50,000 Group Two will automatically qualify for the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire on February 11 and will join Soho Tribeca (Western Australia) and Chase The Dream (New Zealand) as qualified horses for that event. The Chariots Of Fire conditions allow for the winners of the Golden Nugget (WA), the Four and Five-Year-Old Futurity (NZ), the Four-Year-Old Bonanza (Victoria) as well as the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Stakes (Menangle) to automatically qualify for the Chariots Of Fire. The remainder of the field for the Chariots Of Fire will be selected only from horses that competed in the Paleface Adios and Hondo Grattan Stakes on overall finishing positions. Based on the presumption that all automatically qualified horses nominate for the Chariots Of Fire, the second and third-placed horses in the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Stakes will gain entry into the $200,000 feature. The winner of the 2017 Chariots Of Fire will be invited to contest the Ainsworth Miracle Mile on February 25, 2017. CLICK HERE for the TAB Fixed Odds on the Hondo Grattan Stakes   AMANDA RANDO

Unbeaten Bettor's Delight filly Partyon, driven by Mark Purdon in the $31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night, did the unimaginable winning her first start back after a five-month spell and not only winning but smashing the harness racing three-year-old Australasian record in the process. After drawing two on the second row Partyon sat near the rear and came out at the top of the home straight to power home in a patient drive and record a stunning win. Partyon paced the 1609 metres in 1:51.3 with sectionals of 26.5, 29.1, 28.2 and 27.5. This broke the previous record of 1:52.4 set by another Purdon filly My Mackenzie in May of last year. Trained by the Allstars team Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen this was the sixth win and first as a three-year-old for Partyon from her only starts to date. As a two-year-old Partyon won the $150,000 Group 1 Harness Jewels Diamond, rating 1:55.5 for the mile at Cambridge in New Zealand and followed that up with two further starts in Australia at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning the $280,000 Group 1 Australasian Breeder's Crown for two-year-old fillies. In this race she rated a very good 1:54.4 mile-rate over 2240 metres. RA & JV YARNDLEY 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m Mark Purdon on Partyon winning the Alabar Breeders Crown Series 19 Partyon - 31,800 Group 3 JL Raith Memorial Partyon was bred by Woodlands Stud and sold as a weanling at the 2014 Auckland weanling sale for $20,000. She is the second live foal of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. A real bargain to say the least as of this date Partyon has earnings of $256,675. Beach Parade has a current two-year-old full sister to Partyon called Lydia's Delight who was also sold as a weanling for $16,000 to a client of Jeff Dunn's stable at the 2015 weanling sale, once again bred by Woodlands Stud. This filly is already a bargain as Bettor's Delight will stand for $25,000 plus GST this next breeding season. For those looking to buy a top yearling at this year's sale there is a full brother to Partyon, yes a full brother by Bettor's Delight in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February the 20th selling as Lot 104 on behalf of Breckon Farms. We have attached a photo and video of this yearling called Kokomo Beach. Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media.    

"Forward" - that is how Singleton-based harness racing filly Takara Truffle will be driven in one of her biggest tests to date at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The three-year-old has only been beaten once in her career as she heads into the Group Three $31,800 Garrards Horse and Hound J L Raith Memorial. And trainer Aaron Goadsby does not want to leave any stone unturned as he plans to aim the daughter of American Ideal at even bigger races. "It's a very strong field but we will be going forward," Goadsby said. "This is the type of race she has been looking for and I'll be using it as a stepping stone to see if she is good enough to compete in the bigger races." With the New South Wales Oaks on February 25 earmarked, Goadsby realises the enormity of Saturday night's task, particularly racing against unbeaten horses and Group One winners. This includes the Mark Purdon-trained Partyon who is unbeaten in five starts and is the $2.40 second favourite with TAB Fixed Odds. The $1.90 favourite is Don't Think Twice, last season's Bathurst Gold Tiara winner, who has drawn in barrier one. "Mark Purdon's filly is one of the obvious dangers as she is unbeaten while the filly drawn the pole has good runs on the board as a two-year-old," Goadsby said. "It's going to be hard especially because my filly has drawn wide but she has done everything right since she has come over from New Zealand and keeps improving with every run." Takara Truffle will begin from barrier seven and is currently rated as a $10 third equal pick with Sparkling Tachyon. The only time Takara Truffle has tasted defeat in seven starts was at this track was against the boys in the Group Three Chokin Stakes. She was a fast-finishing fourth on that occasion, only beaten a metre-and-a-half in a mile rate of 1:53. **** SOME big names are making their racetrack returns at Menangle on Saturday night. This includes the Purdon-conditioned Our Waikiki Beach in race four. The Australian bred and part-owned gelding has only been beaten once in 24 starts and is first up since winning the Breeders Crown in August. Local hero Bling It On is also making an appearance in race five. The $1.2million earner is having his first start back since racing in the Inter Dominion series in Perth late last year. Bling It On is the $1.30 with TAB Fixed Odds for the event ahead of Clancys Fobwatch at $5. AMANDA RANDO

Aussie bookmakers think the unbeaten run of buzz Kiwi filly Partyon and the All Stars’ juggernaut will hit a snag at Menangle on Saturday night. Flying NSW filly Dont Think Twice has opened $2.10 favourite on the Aussie TAB to end Partyon’s unbeaten five-race winning streak in the $31,800 Group 3 Raith Memorial (1609m). Partyon is the $2.25 second elect. Partyon is first-up since winning the Breeders Crown final on August 28 at Melton and has the back row (gate 12) to overcome. While Dont Think Twice, who boasts six wins from just nine starts, looks the leader from the pole and goes into the race having her her last start at Penrith by a staggering 29.8m. She ran home 55.8sec, which is almost unheard of at the tiny suburban track. Our Waikiki Beach added to the bad draws at Menangle for Purdon/Rasmussen when snared the outside (gate 10) in the fourth event. Like Partyon, he hasn’t raced since winning his Breeders Crown final and, although better than his rivals, it won’t be easy over a mile against some fit and in-form rivals. The other key race at Menangle is the fast-class event (race five) when Perth Inter Dominion hardluck story Bling It On resumes from the outside draw (gate nine). The Aussie TAB still has him at $1.30. In other Aussie weekend action, Inter Dominion runner-up Hectorjayjay dominates betting when he resumes in Saturday night’s Group 2 Shepparton Cup. Josh Aiken has the reins again from gate three where he should just lead and win. He’s a $1.10 on the Aussie TAB. Adam Hamilton

Catcha Lefty is going to take his shot. The Queensland Derby winner will head south this week (Wednesday) in preparation for the harness racing Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle scheduled for February 11. The two qualifying races, the Gr.2 $50,000 Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios Sprints are slated for January 21 and 28, both to be staged at Menangle. Husband and wife combination of Charlie Cini and Cristina Monte are willing to contest both lead-up events if required but are hopeful of securing a start in the four-year-old feature. “This is what we’re in the business for, to get a nice and contest the bigger events so we’re going to give him his opportunity. Obviously this crop is outstanding headed by the New Zealand horses but we’re hopeful of gaining an invitation for the big race.” Co-trainer Cini said. Since returning from his biggest triumph during the Brisbane winter carnival, Catcha Lefty has shaped nicely in two runs back from the break and heads south in peak condition. The Village Jasper gelding was beaten but far from disgraced first-up on December 17 when speedy mare Cherish The Moment led throughout at Albion Park in a time of 1:53.1. Catcha Lefty sat without cover on that occasion and went down by a shot half head margin. In his latest effort on January 3, Catcha Lefty scored a clinical victory at Albion Park in a time of 1:55.8. “He’s in great shape; the first-up run was excellent and Shane (Graham – driver) was absolutely thrilled while his latest effort was very good and they were running into a strong head wind that day. It was a perfect run given his tough first-up effort and he’s trained on since. “We have no doubt he goes best with a sit, coming off cover and unfortunately we don’t get many opportunities to drive him that manner up here but we will when he races in Sydney. He came off cover when he won the Queensland Derby last season. “His first start will come in the Hondo Grattan and then we’ll reassess after that, the news that Lazarus is heading to Melbourne now rather than contesting this event is a bonus. He’s come back in great shape, he grew a touch taller and definitely filled out a little more, I think he’s set for a good campaign.” Regular reinsman Shane Graham is currently suspended after incurring a two week driving suspension at Redcliffe last week but will be back to drive him on Saturday week. Catcha Lefty has won 14 of his 28 starts to date while banking more than $177,000. Also joining Catcha Lefty on the trip south are talented stablemates Bring On Lefty and Firebby while Cold Ideal, Stonebridge Royal, Armbro Teehee and Marshal Dale are also on board. The Cini/Monte team will be based with Daryl New on course at Menangle during their campaign. by Chris Barsby

Young couple Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen will call Sydney home for the next couple of months. The emerging force in the harness racing training and driving ranks are spreading their wings to Menangle with a big team this week. They will be based on course at Menangle preparing their team from the state of the art training facilities. And they will arrive this week. “We’ve been talking about making a run at Menangle for some time and now it’s time for action. We’re renting one of the barns for the next two months at this stage and depending on success, it could be longer.” Turpin said. Currently, the young couple sits second in the Queensland state trainers premiership title with perennial force Grant Dixon leading the way by a clear margin. They have prepared 52 winners for the season to date. Spearheading their Sydney assault will be a pair of talented ex-kiwi pacers in Watch Pulp Fiction and Mattgregor. Watch Pulp Fiction arrived in Australia last month and was responsible for an excellent first-up effort in the Gr.2 $50,000 Gold Coast Cup when fourth behind recently retired star Avonnova before winning easily against moderate opposition on Saturday night. The Art Major five-year-old will be set for a number of events at Menangle during the upcoming Miracle Mile carnival. Connections paid a hefty price for the richly talented entire and have even nominated him for the Victorian summer carnival features, the Victoria and Hunter Cups. Mattgregor is a speedy four-year-old that has built an imposing record of 7 wins from 11 starts to date; all victories have come at Albion Park. The Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding scored an impressive victory at the trials on Friday afternoon in a time of 1:55.3 at Albion Park while finishing off in a sub 27 final split. “They’re the two main stays of the stable right now; we’ve got high hopes for both pacers and hopefully they can step it up a gear during this campaign. Obviously it’s going to be much harder for both of them but they deserve their chance. “Their main asset is their speed, both are very fast horses. The style of racing in Sydney is vastly different compared to what we’re used to up here but we think they will fit in quite nicely given the right luck. “We have a number of M0 type horses that have raced through their grades up here and they deserve their opportunity to win their M0 down here for the better prizemoney. At this stage, we’ll have about 10 horses coming down while another bunch will come down in the coming weeks.” McMullen returns from a recent two week driving suspension. The third generation horseman currently sits third in the state driver’s premiership behind Shane Graham and Grant Dixon with 55 winners to date. Stable foreman Hayden Barnes will continue to operate their Patrick Estate stable while they campaign in Sydney. The Turpin/McMullen team head south tomorrow (Tuesday). Chris Barsby

TRAINER Shane Tritton is “gutted” by a serious injury to flying mare Arms Of An Angel, but vowing to do everything he can to get her back to the racetrack. The brilliant former Kiwi mare was diagnosed with a some serious knee damage and the vet told Tritton and his wife, Lauren, it could end Arms Of An Angel’s career. “It was a bad diagnosis, that’s for sure,” Shane Tritton said. “The reality is though, we won’t know the full extent for another week or so. We need to wait for the injury to settle to get a better, more clearer scan done.” Tritton first feared something wasn’t right with Arms Of An Angel when she ran a below par sixth at Menangle on December 10. “She broke for no reason and then didn’t go that good afterwards anyway,” he said. “She seemed fine after it, ate-up well and everything. “She cantered yesterday (Wednesday) and felt good, but then didn’t seem right when she’d cooled down to I got the vet to look at her and they found the knee problem. “Regardless of what the end prognosis is, I’m committed to getting her back to the races. It just might take a fair while. “They told me Lombo Kotakinabalu would never race again and I got him back.” In other stable news, Tritton said his buzz four-year-old Salty Robyn – unbeaten in five runs this campaign – would not race before clashing with Lazarus at Menangle on January 21. “He’s had a good foundation and won’t need another run. I want him sharp,” he said. “Lauren thinks he’s special. He can run 25sec quarters with the plugs in. “He’ll be able to run a 1min49sec mile sitting parked if he has to.” Adam Hamilton

With 18 harness racing lots going 'under the hammer' at the Ready2Run Sale at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 15 horses were sold. The highest-priced lot was an Art Major colt out of Star Spangled Banner which was purchased for $48,000 by Miracle Mile winning reinsman Mat Rue and Tony Pace from Pacebred International. Meanwhile, a filly by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Armbro Operative mare Cunning Kate sold for $42,000. The results were strong enough that the sale will go ahead next year according to New South Wales Standardbred Sales Chairman Peter Green. "We turned over $335,000 and there was a terrific crowd there and the good news is that we will be back next year," Green said. "There were only two buy backs and we are really happy with that because we want people to know that the horses are there to be sold. "It was great to see some of the young trainers there like Mat Rue who bought a horse for Tony Pace, Shane and Lauren Tritton bought one and even Geoff Webster purchased a horse for Mick Lombardo. "Overall we were very happy with the sale even though the number of lots was disappointing but hopefully we can grow again next year." For more information on the Ready2Run Sale head to www.ready2runsale.com.au AMANDA RANDO   2016 SALE - TRIAL REPLAYS & RESULTS       LOT 1 Mr Feelgood x Winsome Lass (Colt)   SOLD $14,000               LOT 3 Rock n Roll Heaven x Cunning Kate (Filly)   SOLD $42,000               LOT 6 Always a Virgin x In It For Fun (Filly)   SOLD $15,000                 LOT 8 Betterthancheddar x Jovial Lass (Filly)   FOR SALE               LOT 9 Western Terror x Left A Dream (Gelding)   SOLD $12,000               LOT 10 Sportswriter x Milwaukee Star (Colt)   FOR SALE               LOT 11 Courage Under Fire x Moi Attack (Filly)   SOLD $39,000               LOT 12 Artistic Fella x Oak on Fire (Colt)   SOLD $10,000               LOT 13 American Ideal x Perfect Diva (Filly)   SOLD $15,000                 LOT 14 Rock n Roll Heaven x Pretty Magic (Colt)   SOLD $25,000               LOT 16 Betterthancheddar x So Savvy (Filly)   SOLD $18,000               LOT 17 Shadow Play x Spring Ball (Gelding)   FOR SALE               LOT 19 Art Major x Starspangledbanner (Colt)   SOLD $48,000               LOT 20 Rocknroll Heaven x Warrawee Flare (Colt) ‚Äč   SOLD $14,000               LOT 21 Changeover x Behappysam (Filly)   SOLD $10,000               LOT 22 Bettors Delight x Glenferrie Magic (Colt)   SOLD $30,000               LOT 23 Big Jim x Irish Luck (Filly)   SOLD $11,000               LOT 24 RocknRoll Hanover x Regal Rainbow (FillY)   SOLD $32,000

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

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