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A 133/1 shot win by Western District cult-horse Australian Bite might have surprised punters at Terang - but for his trainer Gloria Council it's exactly the magic that keeps her in love with harness racing. It takes a special sort of commitment to get out and train a team on an icy, blustery, wet Portland day, but Gloria laughs that she bounced out of bed the day after the 12-year old pacer's blowout win last week. "When it's bitter wind, rain and hail, you don't enjoy that one bit, but when you get a win that's the thrill of it, and the pleasure of the sport, it's what keeps you going. It's not about the money, it's about the love of it and the people, and I think everyone on track congratulated us that 'Ruddy' had won," Gloria said. "The horse just kept giving and giving and young Jason (reinsman Jason Ainsworth) did a brilliant job from pretty much an unwinnable position. It was a terrific drive, but the ducks really did just line up for 'Ruddy' the other night! "It was a really good feeling and that's what it's all about." To watch the video replay of Australian Bite winning click here Gloria was born into harness racing, with her dad (the late) Tim Bourke, and her brother (the late) Barry Bourke both long-term trainers in the region. "I used to go down to the beach with dad when I was a kid and ride them in the water for him," Gloria said. "He trained from the time he was about 14 with friends down here, Teddy and George Jennings, then my brother Barry got involved. "I went off to teacher's college, so I stopped with the hands-on involvement for probably 30 years. But my niece Donna has also been a trainer and my nephew Heath is a driver so I always stayed interested, and eventually I found my way back into it. "Now, my sister (Coral Muldoon), who's 79, is my sidekick at the trots and although she can't be there at the moment (with COVID-19) she just loves it. My cousin Neil trains them with me and he's my strapper." Gloria and her cousin/strapper Neil after Australian Bite’s boilover win at Terang Incredibly, when Gloria took the decision to get her trainer's licence about 10 years ago, Australian Bite was one of the first horses she trained. "I was training a couple of two-year-olds and one had to be turned out. At the time, my nephew Tim owned Australian Bite and my niece was training him," Gloria said. "He wasn't going much chop, and my niece decided not to continue with him, so Tim offered him to me, to work with my young one. "He wasn't too flash there for a while, but he was quirky little fellow (he's named Australian Bite for a reason) who did always show a little bit of something and we did get him to run second in the Mt Gambier Battler's Cup!" But Gloria said she clearly remembered the day that she discovered, almost by accident, that Australian Bite didn't appreciate the whip. "We'd taken him to the track for fast work and we were running quarters in about 40 and not looking like going much faster. In frustration I hit the whip on the dust-sheet and he just took off! Literally," she said. "We tried again the next week and we clocked him doing 27 quarters. So we just went from there. That was the key to him." Soon after, Australian Bite (Jet Laag-Ella Jane (Golden Reign) won a heat and final of the VicBred Platinum four-year-old series, and has gone on to win more than $57,000 in stakes. "You just have to hit the dust sheet - it's the only way he'll go. And he does have to have races run to suit him. But if they run along early and he can get out, he will be there at the finish - that's been the case right through his career. "And it just goes to show you can never give up on them, because he's probably running as well now as he was when he was four." Gloria, who retired about six years ago after 26 years as principal of Portland's All Saints School, said getting back into the horses provided both a routine and an outlet. "It's been fantastic to come back into them. The first day back in the cart was a bit hairy, but once you've done a few laps of the track it comes back to you. The first day doing fastwork, I'll admit I was petrified," she said. "I'm training three at the moment, and I've had up to six. We still take them to Bridgewater Beach, although I drive them in the sulky rather than ride them these days! "I just get a thrill out of being involved and I've never regretted it for a minute. Even when I had an accident about four years ago, when a dog appeared on the track and tipped me out, it was the horses that got me back. "I had a bleed on the brain, a fractured pelvis and shoulder and it was a lot of surgery and rehab, but if it hadn't been for the horses and wanting to get out there and train and drive them, I would never have got back to being as fit and agile as I am now." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura    

As trainer of over 40 years, John Meade doesn't easily get carried away about the prospects of his harness racing charges - but he can be excused for having a wry smile on his face at the moment. Meade, based at Cudgee which is halfway between Terang and Hamilton in Victoria's Western District, is certainly seeing deserved reward for effort come his way with his team of square gaiters. "I'm having some fun-and getting a bit of my hard earnt back," Meade laughed. "I think a few of them are blessed with good ability. And along with that, they just don't like losing," he said. But Meade has been around long enough to know when his enthusiasm is warranted, and that moment came recently at Terang when he produced a five-year-old trotter on debut. Bay gelding I Stand Alone (Danny Bouchea-Diamond Insitu (Cr Commando USA) is the younger half-brother to Meade's Great Southern Star champion Sparkling Success, and understandably, the debutant created plenty of buzz in the lead-up. "He's a lovely big type of horse and so easy to train. But it has been a long haul with him because he's had some serious issues," Meade said. "There's been many people go over him and I've spent a lot of money with bone scans trying to track down the problem and one vet suggested I turn him out for four months," he said. "I found a muscle man who had a bit of a go and did seem to do some good. He's still not quite right and goes rough now and again, but the muscle issues seem to have been the problem." Sent out as a cautious 5/1 chance in the Cobden AB Trot, I Stand Alone wasn't bustled out of the gate and after taking time to balance up, Meade had no hesitation in driving him to outside the leader Down Under Earl (Jackie Barker). I Stand Alone's more-fancied stablemate Wisp Of Smoke (Jason Lee) worked around at the bell, and when the leader kicked on the home corner, there didn't appear to be any threats-that was until Meade revved up I Stand Alone, who put in big strides to grab an eye-catching victory on the line. "I saw that Wisp Of Smoke wasn't going all that good, so pulled out and gave my bloke a few taps to put pressure on the leader. With a trotter you just don't go 'whack' because it's the easiest way to bust them up," Meade said. "I think there may be a card game where you win by going backwards. But there's only one way to win out on the track in my opinion, and that's by going forward. I believe when you are up there, if you sit quietly the others have to go around. They have to use petrol to do that." I Stand Alone won officially by a head over Down Under Earl, with a similar margin back to Namoscar (Ashley Ainsworth). Watch the replay here. Meade said I Stand Alone was the third foal he'd bred from Diamond Insitu and he was now the third winner-the other two being Sparkling Success ($423,000) and Diamond Wes ($22,700). "It's pretty exciting that they have now all won races. And we have four more from the mare. There's a three-year-old filly and a two-year-old colt, both of which go along nicely. We also have a yearling colt and a foal on her, and she's in foal again," he said. "Not many trotters win first-up. I've perhaps had only one other over the years so, yes, that was a special victory by I Stand Alone." Meade said he was thrilled to receive many congratulatory messages and especially a call from Father Brian Glasheen, known as the Pacing Priest, due to his love of the sport. "He told me he didn't think I was going to get away with them at the start with the horse going a little rough. But he said I'd kept him in his gear and got the win. He was delighted." Meade said his star trotter Sparkling Success (winner of 17 races from 39 starts) would be nominated for a race at Terang in seven days. Sparkling Success has impressed in his two race starts since a 17-month lay-off and is bound to further improve with racing. The gelding, bred by Meade and his wife Mary, was ready to show USA fans his style in October 2018, with a run in the $US 1M Yonkers International Trot in New York being pencilled in. However, on the eve of flying out, the champion suffered a near front suspensory ligament injury and didn't make it. "His legs are fine now, and he seems to be working well. If the standing start Terang race goes on he will be 40 metres behind. He mightn't be 'Mickey mouse', but he won't be far off," Meade said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Exuberant south west Victorian reinsman Jason Lee combined with his mother Marg to snatch the duo’s most coveted trophy at the weekend – a victory in their hometown harness racing pacing cup. Five-year-old stallion Code Bailey gave Jason his first Terang Pacing Cup and he confirmed it was one of his sweetest victories. Marg won it in 2013 with Keayang Cullen, driven by Glen Craven. “It has been at the top of my bucket list for a while,” Jason said. “Even though it may not be the biggest race on the calendar, it’s no secret that I wanted the Terang Cup, then an Inter Dominion and after that any other G1 event,” he said. The brilliant young reinsman blasted Code Bailey (Christian Cullen-Taffeta Bromac (Badlands Hanover) to the head of affairs soon after the mobile barrier despatched the field in the $50,000 feature. Jason was determined to make it a solidly run race, setting a cracking pace and making it awfully hard for those back in the field to make any ground. The mile rate of 1.56-8 over the marathon distance of 2680 metres was super, but the last mile of 1.52-7 was quite sensational. Code Bailey cruised to the line with an 18-metre advantage over recent SA Cup victor Pat Stanley (Kerryn Manning) with a further two metres back to A G’s White Socks (Greg Sugars). “We were travelling pretty good a fair way out. I was really happy coming up the home straight—perhaps it more relief than anything,” Jason said. “There was that expectation that we had our big chance to win our hometown cup. You just don’t always get the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I can tell you that I was very nervous. I’ve probably never been that nervous in the past. But we are just over the moon that we’ve now ticked it off.” Jason said his nan had always told him he would win the Terang Cup one day. “So now she’s right. Even back when I was younger doing the pony trots, I always loved the Terang Cup meeting,” he said. “But sometimes you find these races are harder to win than a feature that you’ve been aiming for. Ever since I got my metro licence, I’ve pretty much taken part in it every year.” Harness racing identity Paul Campbell presenting the Terang Pacing Cup trophy to trainer Marg Lee The Lees are based at Ecklin South (15 minutes from Terang), and Jason said he loved living in such a harness racing stronghold. “The town always puts on a big show, particularly cup night. We are a close-knit harness racing region down here. We’re like a big family,” he said. “Win, lose or draw we’ll always go and shake their hand. “But it’s probably best said that Harness Racing is really like a big family too. You just have to see what’s going on with Gavin (champion driver Gavin Lang who is currently in hospital battling a rare form of blood cancer). “The industry has really got behind him with financial support for the best treatment.” Code Bailey, who was sent out as the $1.80 favorite, gave a carbon copy performance when he won the Garrards Horse and Hound Bendigo Cup on January 3 with a bold front running display. Jammed in between the two Cup victories was a solid fifth in the Ballarat Cup (beaten 7m) and a close-up fourth (4m) in the prestigious Hunter Cup. Jason said that provided Code Bailey pulled up okay, a campaign in Sydney for the coming big races was on the cards. Code Bailey is part-owned by two popular AFL players in Darcy Gardiner of the Brisbane Lions and his former teammate Louie Taylor, who this season lines up with the Sydney Swans. It was a big night for Marg who in addition with taking home the gold cup, also trained two other winners on the program in Keayang Liberty and Keayang Livana. Trainer-driver Chris Svanosio, fresh from an overseas holiday, took the honors in the Terang G3 Trotters Cup. Chris got the money with Magicool (Tennotrump-Free Rider), while close friend Glen Craven was runner-up with stablemate Kyvalley Finn (Skyvalley-Kyvalley Paris).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

An exciting pacer trained in a small hamlet on Victoria's picturesque coastline is building a huge reputation. Five-year-old bay horse Lumineer (Sportswriter USA-Birds Can Sing (Rocknroll Hanover USA) posted his 11th win from a career of just 12 starts at the Terang meeting on Tuesday night - and he did it in style, equalling the track record. "He has heaps of ability, but probably his main asset is his unbelievable will to win. That's something that you can't preach or teach them," trainer Ange McDowall said. "As a young horse he was always quick at learning and kept improving all the time," she said. McDowall, who has been training for 15 years, prepares a small team on a dairy farm owned by her parents Brian and Louise at Childers Cove, just off the Great Ocean Road, 25 kms from Warrnambool. Childers Cove sits at the western end of one of the most iconic natural formations in the world, the stunning 12 Apostles - magnificent rock stacks formed by erosion, rising up from the Southern Ocean. "I'm usually up by 4.45am because we've got 520 dairy cows on the property," she said. "There's six of us girls in the family, so there's pretty much a lot of teamwork happening. "While a younger sister in Clare and I work in the dairy, mum and another sister Theresa make a start with the horse stable duties. The system does work very well. "My other siblings in Josephine, Julie and Rosie have other jobs, but they always try and make it to the meetings to cheer on the horses." The Terang win was Lumineer's third success since resuming after a 19-month break. At his latest win, reinsman Jason Lee drifted back after the start and was able to lob into the one-one box seat. The early pace was a cracker with leader Myzarmi (Lisa Miles) copping pressure from Pin Stripes (Darby McGuigan). The lead time was the quickest of the night. Despite later sitting parked on Lumineer, Lee allowed the pacer to stretch out heading into the home turn and they careered away to another super victory in a tick over 1.56. Lumineer, raced by the McDowall family BLG racing group, was spelled after running sixth in the Victoria Derby Final at Melton in January, 2018. "There was nothing major. An abscess broke out in a back heel and we virtually had to wait until it had grown back again. He also had a few bad muscle tears," she said. "It's hard to back off sometimes when you see a red light. But that's best in the long run, I think. He had plenty of time off and now he's repaying us. "Lumineer and the three or four others that we have in work spend a fair bit of time at the beach. We get there early as we have to be off the beach by 10am." The McDowall property was used many years ago by Ange's grandfather Wattie McDowall who was an astute trainer back in the days of the Melbourne Showgrounds. Many of the horses raced by the late Wattie carried the "Glenfern" prefix. "It's nice to think that we now train out of the same farm," McDowall said. And while Lumineer is well on the way to establishing himself as a star of the future, his trainer understandably still thinks about the one they lost. "Hellbewright was a Jeremes Jet-sired colt that we had for four starts in early 2015. He won two of these and finished second in another. He was so rock hard, weighed 570kgs and was a beautiful horse," McDowall said. "Sadly, he had a lot of health issues and while he was on a course of treatment, we lost him." But for now, the hard-working McDowall team has to map out a program for their latest speedster in Lumineer. "We'll probably just keep him running around in the country for a while. We'll pick out some suitable races and go from there," she said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

A huge sigh of relief tonight for industry champions Kerryn Manning and Grant Campbell, who were involved in a car accident on their way to the Terang trots. Near Lake Bolac, Manning said another driver allegedly drove their car directly through an intersection, resulting in the collision. The car Campbell was driving was extensively damaged, as was the float carrying three horses, but thankfully all humans and horses walked away unscathed, though the horses were scratched from their engagements at Terang. Manning took to Twitter: Happy to report we walked away with just a few sore spots, car and float not so lucky but horses were ok thank goodness. #incrediblelucky #dodgedabullettoday pic.twitter.com/aCMPRZFlTE — Kerryn Manning (@KerrynManning) October 1, 2019 The images Manning tweeted serve as a reminder that our industry participants and staff are on the road every day and nothing’s more important than safety.   Cody Winnell HRV Trots Media

The Terang Harness Racing Club's redevelopment has been given a boost, with a $255,000 cash injection from the federal government. Member for Wannon Dan Tehan was at the club on Wednesday to announce the funding, which will go towards the development of a community hub and stable upgrade. Club president Evan Savage said the revamp of the club and its facilities would allow it to better cater to patrons and offer a place for community organisations to meet.  He said the stables were in desperate need of an upgrade as they barely fitted some of the taller horses that compete at the track. "It should encourage more horses to come to our track," Mr Savage said. Mr Tehan said the facility was a great community asset. "The Dalvui track is one of the best harness racing facilities in regional Victoria, but its horse stall facilities were built over 60 years ago and are no longer fit for purpose," Mr Tehan said. "This is why the funding is so badly needed. The club itself is putting in money, there's money from local government, there's money from state government and now there is money coming from the federal government so the project can go ahead." Related content:Terang Harness Racing Club project on track Mr Tehan said $250,000 had been allocated from the federal government's Community Development Grants Program. "I'm also very happy to see $5000 from the Coalition Government's Volunteer Grants Program go towards help complete the stabling and community hub project, by assisting with amenities for those people with a disability and installation of seating will improve rest and viewing areas," he said. "It is regional venues like this one that keep the local economy ticking along by attracting tourism. Mr Tehan also announced a $20,000 funding boost for the South Western District Restoration Group from the federal government's Building Better Regions Fund. The money will be used to help build two new sheds for expanded exhibition and storage facilities for the group, which is based in Cobden. "The South Western District Restoration Group does wonderful work bringing heritage farm machinery and equipment back to their former glory," Mr Tehan said. "It's a great pleasure for the Coalition Government to provide this grant so they can continue to do this work." By Monique Patterson Reprinted with permission of the Standard

Yabby Dam Farms and Haras des Trotteurs will be offering this striking chestnut colt who will be going under the hammer as Lot 14 of the APTS on March 10 with all proceeds going to the Terang Harness Racing Club stable upgrade at Dalvui Raceway. The Terang Harness Owners, Trainers and Supporters Group has been fundraising $2M for about four years to build a new stabling facility. With APTS also waiving its fees from the sale of Lot 14, the only money from the purchase not going to the Terang Harness Raing Club fund will be GST. By Haras des Trotteurs successful French sire Used To Me out of My Dreamweaver, the well-bred colt is the fifth foal with all of his four elder siblings being winners. These include the 10-win mare My Chimera (T1.55.6,$63,360) who had two wins at 3, six metropolitan wins and a second placing in a Need For Speed heat, running fourth in the Gp1 final. Another half-sister to the colt, Cadenas Amour (TR1.58.3, $16, 970) has won three of her 17 starts with 4 placings, including a win at 3 and also ran 4th in a Breeders Crown heat. His 2YO older half-brother Dream Over has also had a win in his first three juvenile starts. His dam My Dreamweaver won 4 races and placed 10 times taking a time of 1.57.8TT. A New Zealand bred mare with pure American bloodlines, she is by Lindy Lane out of the imported mare Dreamlands Nancy. My Dreamweaver is a half to Gp2 winner Our Dreamlover (Love You) (TR1.59.6, $159,017) who won 16 races, including 9 at 3 and was the winner of a repechage of the Breeders Crown, and was also second in the Gp1 Vic Derby and third in the Gp2 Breeders Crown. As an aged horse he won the Gp2 Queensland Cup. My Dreamweaver is also a half to Ararat Cup winner Crown Dream (Tr1.59.7, $50,140) who won nine races, including two at 2, and five other winners. Lot 14 is eligible for the Vicbred $7000 First Win Bonus, Vicbred Platinum and Breeders Crown.

A classic clash of the up-and-comers versus the established harness racing stars of the country cup circuit is at the centre of Saturday’s $25,000 Terang Co-op Pacing Cup. The Terang Harness Racing Club is putting on a huge night of entertainment for all-comers but all eyes will be on the juicy prospect of the local rising stars such as Truth and Courage and Mustang Bart going head-to-head with established quality in Messini and Motyu Meteor over 2680m in the Cup. Terang Harness Racing Club treasurer Michael O’Keeffe was delighted with the racing on offer on Saturday, and not just in the feature. “It’s great to see such good field, particularly in the cup,” Mr O’Keeffe said. “It’s going to be exciting to see some of the locals like Marg Lee’s horses going up against some real quality and the tactical race will be one to watch, if the speed is on from the start, will the leaders make the pace, can the really good horses sit back and then use their pace? It’s going to be a great race but on class you’d have to look at Messini as early favourite.” Beyond the Cup, an exciting field will contest the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup but the the fun and games won’t all be on the racecourse. Mr O’Keeffe says a a smorgasboard of entertainment is also on offer for the family from 6pm with a celebrity sulky race; a display of lizards, snakes and freshwater crocodiles from Westvic Reptiles; roaming clowns, face painting, jumping castles and great food. Lakes & Craters will entertain the crowd with singer Ian ‘Bidge’ Boyd also performing live. Tim Pigot Reprinted with permission of The Standard  

TRAINER Dean Braun could have a two-pronged attack on both the features at Terang tomorrow night. Braun has rising stars Chilli Palmer and Im Corzin Terror in the Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup over 2680m, both horses boasting impressive recent form in top-class races. Braun said Chilli Palmer wasn’t “100 per cent certain” to be going to Terang as has had to overcome a few minor issues during the week, but if he is there the trainer said he’d be very hard to hold out of the finish. “I’ve gone on record saying he’s the fastest horse point to point I’ve trained,” Braun said. “He’s very, very good. “I didn’t think he was ready to do what he did the other night and he was a little bit flat for a couple of days after. So there’s still improvement to come.” Chilli Palmer defeated favourite Guaranteed in the Garrards 4YO Bonanza, clocking a mile-rate of 1:51.5. Even if Chilli Palmer doesn’t start on Saturday night however, Braun will have one of the key runners in Im Corzin Terror. The six-year-old ran fifth in his Inter Dominion heat last start when he worked home well, which followed a luckless ninth from a horrendous draw in the Group 1 AG Hunter Cup. “The small field probably doesn’t suit. The main speed might be from Abettorpunt who could across from out wide and if found the lead he’d be hardest to beat, I’d say. “I’d say whichever out of us and him gets the best run should go close.” Braun also has two squaregaiters engaged in the Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup with last-start Melton winner Unico Pegasus drawn the front row and five-year-old Duke Of The Moment to jump from a 30m handicap. “There’s no but between them in my opinion,” Braun said. “So I lean towards Unico Pegasus because he’s drawn the front and the other one’s off 30m.” The first on a huge Terang Cup night is scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm with 10 races programmed and the last at 11pm. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing AU)

Terang trainer Marg Lee snared the quinella in the Terang Co-Op Free For All for C9 or better class horses over 2200 metres at the Terang HRC fixture held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday with stable superstars Keayang Steamer and Keayang Cullen. In what was a heady drive by nephew Glen Craven, Keayang Steamer starting from the extreme draw was sent forward early in the race to park outside Keayang Cullen which exploded away from outside the front row with Jason Lee in the sulky. Content to allow “Cullen” to dictate the terms in quarters of 31.1, 29.6, 28.3 and 28 for the last mile, “Steamer” moved on terms with his stablemate on the final bend, before outstaying him to score impressively by 3.1 metres in a rate of 1-56.5. Old timer Melpark Major in search of cracking the one million dollar stake barrier, moved a step closer by finishing third 5.1 metres away. Keayang Steamer was victorious in winning the Horsham Cup on January 5, while Keayang Cullen finished second in the Hamilton Cup on January 12. On what was a “night of nights” for the Craven family, Matt Craven was successful aboard Hamilton trainer David Lewis’ American Ideal/Atomic Fusion colt The Fat Man in the Terang Harness Racing Club Silver Vase for Three year olds 3C0 to 3C2 class over 2240 metres. Having his first outing since last July, The Fat Man raced by David and Terry Lewis led throughout from gate two, running his rivals ragged to score by 9.1 metres in a rate of 1-59.4 over Stormy Lecture and Gotta Go Henry. By Len Baker courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

Western District racing was held at Terang on Tuesday July 9 with surprisingly only three winners coming from the area, the highlight of the evening's harness racing being Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman chalking up 100 winners for the season.

Youthful concessional reinsman Reece Moore received the thrill of a lifetime at the Terang trotting meeting on Wednesday June 12, doing what a lot before him have not achieved - driving a winner at his first race drive in a registered race.

Four year old harness racing mare Big Mumma Fitz (Armbro Operative/Hi Ho Fitz) has certainly come of age this season, chalking up four wins from eight outings, the latest at her home track Dalvui Raceway Terang on Tuesday May 14 after a rather slow start to her career.

The Terang Harness Racing Club staged their traditional Warrnambool Grand Annual week meeting at Dalvui Raceway on Tuesday April 30 and what a night it was for the Western District.

The Terang Harness Racing Club held a neat compact meeting at Dalvui Raceway Terang on Tuesday April 16, with plenty of winners coming from the Western District and South East South Australia.

Quality 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Inasafeplace gelding Keayang Cullen bred and raced by the Craven Family Group was victorious in taking the $25,000 Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2680 metres at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday February 9.

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