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With nowhere to go and nowhere to be, a day at the beach is just what you need, so the saying goes! And that certainly sits nicely at the moment with crack Victorian harness racing colt Lochinvar Art, who is enjoying a working holiday frolicking in the sun, surf and saltwater of the Pacific Ocean at Redcliffe, north of Brisbane. "l gave him a nice hit-out at the Redcliffe track and then we decided to head to the beach - it was his first-ever dip in the sea and he absolutely loved it," trainer Laura Crossland, of Kialla, near Shepparton said. "He was walking around without a worry in the world. But we did get a bit concerned at one stage when he looked like he wanted to enjoy a roll in the water! "Thankfully I wasn't leading him at the time. Our friend Alex Alchin had that job, but he had it all under control." Lochinvar Art (Modern Art USA-Ponder In Paris (Ponder USA) is lining up in the Group Three 2019 Egmont Park Stud South East Derby at Brisbane's Albion Park on Saturday night. The promising youngster, owned by a keen supporter of the sport Kevin Gordon, has drawn barrier three, but is likely to start from the two hole with the race emergency on his inside. It will be the first time the pacer has competed at the track, commonly known in the industry as "the creek", and Crossland and her partner-reinsman David Moran are looking forward to it immensely. "We've never been here before and I have just got the surprise of my life with news that I'm driving at the meeting now as well as David," Crossland said. "There's an invitational race for female drivers and I got a guernsey there. I have also got the pick-up drive on one of my old favorites in Hashtag in another event," she said. "I've had to ring David and tell him to bring up my driving pants and boots when he catches the plane on Friday. It's exciting." Crossland said the pacer had now spent a week up north, after his close second ten days ago in the Group One Vincent Alabar NSW Breeders' Challenge. "He came up not long after that run at Menangle and he pulled up unbelievably," she said. "He's thriving on the change of scenery and hasn't been unsettled at all by the different surroundings, so we couldn't be happier." Lochinvar Art has a remarkable record, never finishing further back than third (12 wins and 11 placings) in his 23 starts. Saturday night's derby at Albion Park has some depth, particularly with the Purdon-Rasmussen All Stars team having the brilliant Self Assured and Jesse Duke. "There are a couple of locals in Trojan Banner, Star of Montana and We Salute You who all go really nice, too," Crossland said. "Then we will be in the big one, the $100,000 Queensland Derby on the following Saturday, July 20." Lochinvar Art will then fly home and after three or four days enjoying paddock life, the young Crossland-Moran team have the rich Breeders Crown series at Melton in their sights. While Crossland is enjoying the winter sunshine up north, albeit spending a huge amount of time with their 3yo sensation, it's left a busy schedule for Moran and 15-year-old Cody who've kept the big team going at home. In addition, there have been race meetings at Melton and Cobram where Moran was in demand as a driver. "Being busy is just all part of the game. But I can say Cody and myself are looking forward to Friday when we fly up to Brisbane to join Laura and the horse," Moran said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

It could be described as a classic David and Goliath contest, but a small hobby harness racing trainer from central Victoria is prepared to give it a crack. Tim Mortlock, of Maryborough, made a snap decision a few days ago to tackle one of the big events at the Brisbane Winter Carnival with his in-form filly Seemepearlywhites (Grinfromeartoear USA-Numismatic (Elsu NZ). The three-year-old pacer has drawn the three alley in this Saturday night's $100,860 Group One TAB Queensland Oaks. "It's by far the biggest race I've ever competed in that's for sure," Mortlock said. "There's some red-hot opposition, but there's no use whatsoever sitting at home wondering, is there? "Our filly has improved since her first win a month ago - her next two placings were okay and then she was very good in winning at Maryborough this week. The race replay from Maryborough: "We are realistic to know that the Purdon-Rasmussen superstar in Our Princess Tiffany looks pretty much over-the-line. But hopefully we can be somewhere in the mix not too far behind the likely winner." Mortlock said the owner of his horse, Greg Eeles spent 40 years living in Queensland before shifting to Victoria about 12 months ago. "Just lately Greg got a bit sick of the cold weather down here and actually had a holiday up north -he only came back home to watch his horse at Maryborough on Monday," he said. "Now he's volunteered to head back up to Brisbane in the car with me, the horse and float! "Greg decided to ask well-known horsewoman Lola Weidemann to be our race driver because he's used her a lot in the past." Mortlock said his previous biggest quest was the Breeders' Plate at Leeton years ago. "I finished third in the heat and then did no good in the $30,000 final after drawing terribly and having no luck," he said. The Maryborough mates are hoping to be at their temporary stables at Redcliffe, 40 minutes north of Brisbane, by late on Thursday night. Mortlock is employed with a fencing contractor, but said he'd only just told his boss he wouldn't be around for a few days. "I rang Greg (Eeles), to ask him what he thought about the idea of the big trip north and when he agreed we went straight into planning mode - but it was then I remembered that I wouldn't be at work for four or five days! It was a bit of a late call by us, but the boss was fine with it all, and hopefully we can have some luck," the happy-go-lucky Mortlock said. Two other Victorian stables will also be competing at in Winter Carnival feature events at Albion Park on Saturday. The talented Laura Crossland-David Moran team at Kialla has star youngster Lochinvar Art lining up in the $31,000 2019 Egmont Park Stud Group 3 South East Derby. The Jeff McLean stable at Terang also has a representative in the same feature with Nancy's Boy. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

When competitive sportsman Rick Cashman decided the time was right to give away football and cricket, he desperately wanted to focus on something else. "In the end it was probably an easy decision to get involved 'hands on' in harness racing because I'd owned a few horses with well-known personality Rob Auber," Cashman said. "But the idea of training my own stable of horses and perhaps one day driving them really did appeal," he said. "So aged 43 years, I took leave from my public service job and went and did the course offered at Warragul's Gippsland Harness Training Centre." Cashman graduated from the centre 11 months later, and described the course as "absolutely awesome". "I'd attend most days from 7am to 1pm and I just cannot speak highly enough of the thorough way all aspects of harness racing were covered. It's a fantastic opportunity," he said. "When I did it, the co-ordinator was Des Hughes, with the training teacher being Chris Hunter and they were brilliant. There were also others you could turn to, like veteran horseman Gordon Turner." And now Cashman is one of a number of trainers based at the Cranbourne Harness Training Centre complex, which he describes as "a great amenity with everything a horse trainer would want". "I only live 10 minutes from the track, but I'm up at 4.30 most mornings to do the horses and then it's off to my job in the taxation office." Eight-year-old gelding Danman (Village Jasper-Ritzy Emm (Armbro Operative) caused a huge boil over at his home track on Sunday for Cashman, being the 25/1 rank outsider in the SBG Accountants & Business Advisors Pace. "His fast work leading up to the race was quite good. I don't get ahead of myself with him however as he played up at the start in his previous run, and was always off the bit," Cashman said. "But when my driver Shannon O'Sullivan was able to zip across early and grab the one-out and one-back spot, my confidence was up a little," he said. "On the home turn he looked like he was struggling, but he puts his head down over the last 100 metres and kept coming." Hobby trainer Cashman and a group of friends leased Danman as an unraced four-year-old from the horse's owner Trevor Reid. "He ran second on debut then was lucky enough to win and get the bonus for Trevor. He's now won 12 races and has been a great learning horse for me," he said. "I got to know Trevor through his work - he does fencing and did some work at our place. We later purchased Dansbro (Elsu-Ritzy Emm) from Trevor, a half-brother to Danman." Dansbro has gone on to record six wins (all courtesy of reinsman Greg Sugars) and three placings from 20 starts. Cashman was also full of praise for junior driver O'Sullivan, who is based at Heathcote. The youngster, studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science at La Trobe Uni, Bendigo, is daughter of legendary horseman and Gordon Rothacker Medallist, Jim O'Sullivan. "Shannon has now driven 18 winners, three of those on old Danman, and looks to have a bright driving career ahead of her," he said. Cashman is now aiming his pair of talented pacers for a tilt at an upcoming Melton meeting. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Journeyman harness racing trainer Vince Vallelonga isn't afraid to head five or six hours down the highway if he thinks he has a winner. Vallelonga, based at Bolinda, 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, has been a frequent-and successful-competitor in the far north west of the State, particularly over the past month. "I grew up in the Mildura area and have some great memories from there - besides, my parents Joe and Anne still live up there so it's nice to catch up with them," he said. Vallelonga and his foreman and reinsman Ross Payne have been in sensational form landing seven winners and a few placegetters at the last four Mildura meetings. The most recent fixture last Friday was by far their best with three wins apiece. Vallelonga was successful with Melinka (Shadow Play-Luva Rum Ball (Presidential Ball); Fire Safe (Courage Under Fire-Talk Safely (Safely Kept) and Staley (Bettors Delight-Left In Paris (Life Sign). Payne partnered the first two for his boss but opted for race favorite Gobsmacked in the 3yo event. He's sure to cop some ribbing this week as while Gobsmacked was not on his best behavior and broke in the score-up, Staley was always well positioned by catch driver Boris Devcic and "got the chocolates" in fine style for Vallelonga at 20/1. But Payne picked up an outside drive earlier and was victorious with Coolncalm (Changeover-Mini Bonus (Armbro Operative) in the Park Douglas Printing Pace for Ouyen trainer Malcolm Retallick. Much of the Vallelonga stable success at Mildura has been due to the efforts of Melinka and Fire Safe with six wins and two minor placings between them. "I just can't heap enough praise on Fire Safe who has been a life saver for us. She has kept the ship afloat since I had my accident when I snapped a femur (thigh bone) and fractured a hip," Vallelonga said. "My partner Elizabeth Ferrinda and I paid $12,000 for the horse at the Sydney sales, which has proved to be a bargain buy. But Fire Safe does owe me as she was the one that knocked me over causing my injuries on July 17 last year! "Without the support of Elizabeth, Ross and a few others, I doubt that the stable would be operating." Vallelonga grew up with two sisters and a brother at his parents' vineyard on the outskirts of Mildura. When he was a teenager, every school holidays would be spent mainly at Rochester, where his two uncles, astute trainers Neil and Frank Cavallaro were then based. "I learnt so much during those early days and I still remember the first horse they put me on to jog. It was named Egyptian Byrd," he said. "I got a trainer's licence when I was 16 or 17 and a neighbor of my parents' property let me put a track on his land. It just went from there." Apart from a brief stint in his early 20s when Vince ran a pizza shop with his brother Mario, he's always been involved with the horses. "When I was cooking pizzas, the late Vin Knight had one of my horses in Don't Bug Me. He told me to take the next day off and get to Maryborough trots. The horse won and I didn't get home for two days! There were some good times back then. "But looking back it has been fun. I had time at Mildura and Euston with Eric Anderson, then I was out on my own at Hattah and Yaapeet, the latter pottering around with just a few horses while I was growing pigs. I later spent 18 months with Peter Tonkin at Ballarat and over three years with Lance Justice, so I have some outstanding mentors." Vallelonga enjoyed success with a good bunch of owners at Sam Godino's property at Riddells Creek, before taking his biggest step up six year ago. He joined forces with Archie Anastasiou and the pair transformed a 130-acre sheep property at Bolinda into a picturesque training complex featuring an 1100m sand track and a 1200m track for fast work. "There's 18 in work at present, but we can always find room for more." Vallelonga said he was fortunate to have the expertise of ex-Kiwi horseman Ross Payne. "He's a true professional and he's got a wealth of experience having worked for the Purdon stables in New Zealand," he said. "I saw Ross's work ethic first-hand because he was at our place when he was the Purdons' travelling foreman at one stage. "He stayed for a month and drove a few winners for me too, so when I heard he was keen to call Australia home, I wanted to have him here. "But it wasn't that easy - I reckon he ignored my calls for more than six months! But I finally got him on board and we're lucky to have a tremendous working relationship."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

A rising 12-year-old is providing a Central Victorian harness racing couple with plenty of thrills – and still more to come, judging by his latest performance. Brown gelding Nuggetpan, raced by Andrew and Anne Grogan, of Pyramid Hill, 90 kilometres north of Bendigo, notched up his 12th victory from 105 starts with a boil over win on Tuesday at Echuca. “Before the race I thought the ‘old boy’ might be able to sneak a place because he did draw wide out in the six alley. I was probably just hoping more than anything,” Grogan, who also trains the pacer, said. “He’s still got the ability to dash home if the races are run to suit,” he said. And true to form, Nuggetpan (The Wrath Of Pan-Fly Home (Torado Hanover) absolutely sprouted wings over the final 80 metres to dive bomb the well-supported pair in Idealagain and Im Monica. The winner paid $17.70 on the tote and his late lunge was enough for an official half-head margin. Grogan said the splits of 29.6, 30.9, 30.9 and 28.3, which equated to a handy mile rate of 1.58-4, suited his pacer nicely. “He was perfectly handled by James Herbertson who showed a lot of patience to hold him up until the final corner and then fly home,” he said. It was a race-to-race double for the young Ballarat dynamo who scored previously for trainer Robert Walters with nine-year-old gelding Run Myles Run (Life Sign-Pristine Ivy (Butler B G). The Grogans have owned Nuggetpan since he was a rising three-year-old. “Mary-Helen Pearce bred him and after the floods back a while ago now, she was cutting back in numbers, so I bought him. He was unbroken so I had the job of breaking him in, which I don’t mind,” Grogan said. The youngster was then sent to spend some time with well-known horseman Nick Youngson, near Wedderburn. “Just so he could get among other horses and with some different scenery. I’ve always believed it does them good to go somewhere else for awhile,” Grogan said. “He has been a great horse for us because apart of the dozen wins, he’s been in the placings on 30 occasions. I think he’s now won over $77,000.” Grogan said his training routine with Nuggetpan involved a lot of slow work. “There’s a heap of lignum bushes on the property and he enjoys ducking in and around those. Then there’s some gallop work to keep him on his toes,” he said. “He hasn’t any issues and providing he’s racing competitively we’ll keep him going. It’s so hard to find those that don’t mind putting in and he’s a trier that’s for sure. He just tries his heart out.” Grogan was always going to end up in horses as his father Frank was heavily involved. “Dad had the lot. He was into gallopers, trotters and hacks. There was always plenty of them about,” he said. “Then a brother of mine, Kevin, who was a shearer, got interested in the horses too. Dad talked him into being a farrier and he was held in high regard in Melbourne for years. Now his son Michael is also into it and doing really well. “I didn’t mind the shoeing side, but I’ve got a hip injury, so I now leave that to the youngsters.” Grogan said he was also training a three-year-old, but it was “on thin ice at the moment”. “I think Nuggetpan is probably a hard act to follow,” he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Queensland-based harness racing trainer John Edmunds didn't take long to find his feet and put a score on the board during a Victorian winter campaign. Edmunds prepares a team of both pacers and trotters for enthusiastic owner Tony Veivers at a property at Willowbank, a suburb of Ipswich, 45 minutes west of Brisbane. "We decided a while ago to head to Victoria and try our luck with a nice team of five horses," Edmunds said. "There's not a time frame on how long we are away - we'll just see how it goes and sort of play it by ear," he said. Edmunds was successful with five-year-old mare Dolly Mach Lombo (Mach Three-Dolly Bird Lombo (Astreos) in the Let's Do Coffee and Catering Pace at Echuca on Tuesday night. And it could easily have been a double, with his other runner in Idealagain NZ going down by a whisker in the Auto Body and Repairs Pace. The two horses were driven by crack reinsman Greg Sugars. "Both of them are handy horses and should continue to be prominent. Their companions are three square gaiters - Lavros Texas, Spud and Patsdelight, who should also be thereabouts," Edmunds said. "Patsdelight has plenty of talent and was probably the main one, but she hasn't settled in all that well," he said. "The plan is to sell them if we can. Tony told me most of them were on a one-way ticket, but we'll see what plays out." Edmunds said he'd been around horses "forever" as his dad Stanley was active in breeding. "I started working them for him when I was still at High School. I was probably 15 or 16 years old," he said. "One of my first trips travelling down to Victoria was years ago with the late Clarrie Sweeney. We spent a month at the property of Ted Demmler and had a ball. "Another time I campaigned in Victoria probably about 20 years ago. I had a horse named Johns Dancer, who was good in his day. We ran fourth in the Bendigo Cup." Edmunds was thrilled to run third with gelding Spud in the Dja Dja Wurrung Trotters Cup at the Charlton meeting hosted by Bendigo on Sunday night. "Spud was the nickname of my father and I guess that was the reason behind buying the horse. He's consistent and has won 15 races with a heap of placings," he said. "Our season so far has been okay considering we've had a bit of bad luck with some of our runners along the way. "It's also getting difficult to place your horses with just two main tracks operating at home, in Albion Park and Redcliffe." Edmunds said he normally trained a team of somewhere around eight racehorses, but there was always half a dozen babies on top of this. "In addition, we usually get probably six or seven mares in foal each year - so there's always plenty to do," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

Long-time Shepparton harness racing trainer Ross McKellar is enjoying kicking goals with a bunch of friends, including a well-known football legend of the area. "We are all having a bit of fun with a horse that didn't cost a lot. She'd previously been racing with some success in Queensland," McKellar said. The seven-member group owns bay mare Allnight Mlady (Sportswriter-Dance A Rainbow (Troublemaker) which scored a nice victory recently at Shepparton, when handled by Stephen Boyington. Allnight Mlady surprisingly started at 5/1 despite putting the writing on the wall with placings at Echuca and her hometrack leading up to the victory. "I'm hoping the horse will get a little stronger because she is just a pleasure to take to the races. She seems to perform best when we use her gate speed and she's up near the front," McKellar said. "I decided to change her feed and that has worked wonders. She's keen and very healthy, you can see it in her coat." McKellar is a part-owner of Allnight Mlady with a group including his wife Lynne; Commonwealth Bank workers Jenny Smith and Robyn Anderson; husband and wife Ray and Maree McKenna; and Des Campbell, arguably the best all-round sportsman to have graced the ovals of the Goulburn Valley. McKellar has known Des Campbell since their football days back in the 1960s, when Campbell was known universally as "The Panther" by virtue of his agility. "I was playing with Shepparton United, then known as City United in 1967 and Des was there playing forward in his first year of senior football, just a kid of 17," McKellar said. "He displayed so much talent we all knew he was destined for bigger things. We won the GVFL flag that year." Later Des was signed by Melbourne Football Club and made his debut in round five of 1970 against Collingwood at Waverley. Official AFL records show Campbell played eight games that season before heading back home to United. He was named captain-coach of United '73 aged just 23. Two years later he went back to Melbourne and played 40 games, kicked 12 goals, in three seasons before again returning home because he didn't like city life. "I believe Melbourne made a big mistake by playing Des on a half back flank because he was a brilliant forward. He represented the Goulburn Valley League for the first time playing centre half forward when he was just 18," McKellar said. On the coaching side, Campbell, took United and Tongala to two premierships each. He coached in 245 games over 12 seasons. Two sons in Brad and Blake also played AFL football. Des Campbell was inducted into the GVFL Hall of Fame in 2015, and these days he is the postie at Tongala. Des Campbell in action in his playing days Campbell and McKellar have maintained their friendship throughout the years, and are enjoying the association through Allnight Mlady. "I first started out in harness racing when I was 30 years old - and I'm now 74 so I have been playing around with them for a long time!" McKellar said. "Most of the horses I've had to the track have managed to win races, but I don't mind persevering provided they show me something. I suppose if they don't do that, they don't go to the races. "A horse called Outshine was a nice type who won five in a row at one stage for us, and Crockwell Jake probably won six or seven races." McKellar won at his first race drive at Finley and followed up with "a few more". "I later had a couple of prangs so my wife encouraged me to give the driving away," he said. "I plan to keep training for a few years yet. I ride all of them under saddle on occasions because I think it settles them down and mixes up their routine. You can also relate to them a bit better -- I would really miss that part if I gave it away." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

Despite growing up surrounded by harness racing and horses, effervescent Kilmore horsewoman Monique Burnett harbored dreams of one day being a chef. But last week at Mildura, the 25-year-old had the right recipe to post her first-ever treble, being successful with stable representatives from the Bendigo team of Glenn Douglas and prominent owner Eric Anderson. "Probably most people presumed that with mum (Rita) right into the horses as well as my uncles and aunties, that I would follow suit. But when I was younger and still at school, I was keen on becoming a chef," Burnett said. "I actually got a job as a waitress which I was hoping would be a kind of pathway to my chef ambitions. We'd cater for weddings and other functions, but the more I learnt about being a chef, the more it really scared me!" she said. Burnett spent two years working at Kilmore Trackside, a huge modern entertainment complex on the western edge of the Kilmore racecourse. "I enjoyed my time there, it was fun. But the lure of the horses won out and in the end I chose driving horses. I started driving for mum when I was about 17 - which didn't begin all that well as I finished out the back at my first drive!" However, it wasn't long before the enthusiastic teenager landed her first winner at Kilmore with Ticket Time, trained by her aunt Julie Mifsud. That was back on April 8, 2010 at their home track. Ticket Time was a grand old campaigner of his era in 2004-2012, winning 23 and being placed 29 times for $111,000. Click here for a race replay Fast forward and Monique is now closing in on a special milestone; that is, driving the 200th winner of her career. Her Mildura treble helped speed up the process, being successful with Elegant Jewel (Mach Three-Hilarious Jewel (Artsplace); The Cobblers Piece (Art Official-Stihletto (Fake Left) and Euston Flyer (Gotta Go Cullect-Second Best Friend (Albert Albert). "I've had a few doubles. One day at Horsham I drove two winners that were at over 20/1 and later I was on the favorite - but of course you know the end of the story, I got beaten. That was my only other big chance to get three," Burnett said. "I'm lucky that I'm the second-string driver for Glenn and Eric because that keeps me busy and gives me some good opportunities. Mum looks after me a bit, along with the Mifsuds, Glen Sharpe, of Bendigo, and some other smaller, hobby stables." Eric Anderson and Monique Burnett Burnett's day kicks off at 4am as, in her words "I'm the go to person" at the Kyneton thoroughbred stables of in-form trainer George Osborne. "It's a 40-minute drive, but I love what I do over there. I'm usually at the Osborne stable for five or six days a week, but they're fantastic because they allow me to work around my harness racing commitments," she said. "On my days off it's usually helping mum prepare yearlings or I love taking my thoroughbred show horse to compete at events at places like Croydon and Burrumbeet. "Most afternoons I try and squeeze in a one- or two-hour nap - but that depends on where the meetings are that I'm booked to drive. "It does get a little bit hectic, but without the help of mainly mum, and also my boyfriend, who's now my fiance, Josh (Duggan), it wouldn't be possible." Duggan, 26, a highly talented reinsman, who has been with the Chris Alford stable for 10 years, recently popped the question to Monique while on holidays. They become engaged on June 5 and a wedding date has been set for November 15 next year. While Duggan may have ambitions to perhaps train a team himself one day, Burnett is adamant she will stick with the yearlings. "It can be stressful, but it's good stress if there's such a thing. I just love it when the owners come and see what I've achieved. It's the end result, I guess, because most have never been handled before coming to us," she said. And as for a favorite horse and track? Burnett is quick to nominate Kotare Mahdi, who she has partnered to win eight races, including an MO race at Melton. Her favorite track at the moment is of course Mildura, the venue of her recent treble. However, for the record, Duggan has "bragging rights" over Burnett this season. From 454 drives, he has 42 wins (4 metro) and 115 places for $353,000. Burnett, with a win yesterday, goes to 16 and 70 places from 342 outings, for $195,000. "Josh always gets more drives than I do - but he's pretty good at it!" Burnett conceded. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

Queensland school administrator and hobby harness racing trainer Anna Woodmansey says her champion filly Pelosi is ready for action. "I couldn't be happier with her. She isn't leaving a crumb in her feed bin and she is full of beans that's for certain," Woodmansey said. Pelosi (American Ideal - For Dear Life (Life Sign , as a daughter of American Ideal, is well-named after American congresswoman and speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Patricia Pelosi. The filly is a winner of five of her seven career starts, but faces one of her toughest tests to date in the $125,000 G1 Rock N Roll Heaven Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 2yo Fillies Final at Menangle tomorrow. "I've been based at Condell Park at Bankstown for a little over a fortnight now. It's at least a 12-hour trip from home down to Menangle so I wanted to give that a miss if I could so the horse has the best chance to perform at her peak," Woodmansey said. "Travelling interstate with any horse, let alone a young one, is such a huge thing. I was able to get time off from Beenleigh High School where I've worked for over 30 years so it all turned out well. "I'm so excited to be competing at the meeting and have much respect for the other runners in our final." Woodmansey said she wasn't disappointed in the slightest when Pelosi had her colors lowered in the first semi-final to the fast finishing Vincenzina, trained and driven by Ross Adams. "Our little 'Dolly', as she's known around the stables, tried her heart out. She did pull up a bit big, but now she's had over two weeks of consistent, normal work, so we are all ready," she said. Pelosi                                                                  Ashlea Brennan Photography The well-liked horsewoman is based at Chambers Flat, a residential/rural community 30 kms south of central Brisbane and can't remember when she hasn't been "mucking around with horses". "I just love them. I've worked with quite a few trainers over the years and learnt a lot. I've been lucky to take something from each of them," Woodmansey said. Woodmansey has enjoyed her share of success in the sport, with a number of handy performers over the years. "Probably my favorite was Thomas Crown, a horse I bred by Perfect Art. He was a really cool horse, but he did have an attitude and was hard to get going. He ended up with 17 wins and 37 places for over $70,000 in stakes, though, back about 14 or 15 years ago," she said. "You enjoy the highs in the sport while they last, and I remember being on a roll at one stage when the seven horses I had in training, were all last start winners. "I enjoyed racing at Albion Park, as well as Tweed Heads and Parklands on the Gold Coast, which are now both closed. Parklands, which opened in 1988, was my favorite. "I actually held a driver's licence back in the 1990s and won about 15 races. I enjoyed it, but I think it's something you have to be doing regularly if you want to be up there with the best." Woodmansey, who prepares Pelosi for well-known owner-breeder Wayne Honan, said the horse was a natural, being very smart and sensible as well. "If she has one little hiccup it's that she can get a bit toey, so I try not to get her upset too much - the calmer the better. And our driver John Cremin is very good in this regard. He's so relaxed and unflappable," she said. "I'm just so thrilled and proud to have such a lovely horse. She is an Equine Flair Ambassador which is quite something for a standardbred." Pelosi provided both Cremin and Woodmansey with their first Group One successes when she took out the $350,000 2019 Australian Pacing Gold Final in Brisbane in early May. And while Woodmansey will be in the limelight at Menangle tomorrow, her late mother Eugenie won't be far from her thoughts. "Mum was my biggest fan but sadly she passed away early last year," Woodmansey said. "So I haven't been lucky enough to share this with her, but she would definitely be very proud of Pelosi's performances."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Rising star Victorian reinsman Jason Lee put his emotions aside momentarily early this week to do what he does best - and that's land harness racing winners. Lee gathered his composure and showed his outstanding qualities with a bag of four winners and two second placings at Terang on Tuesday night. It was only three days after his good friend Tony Chisholm, 69, of nearby Camperdown, lost his long battle with throat cancer, while Lee found out on the morning of the Terang meeting that his 56-year-old Uncle "Darky" Lee had died. "It's felt like a week from hell, that's for sure. It's been a terrible time," Lee said. "Uncle Darky, that's who everyone called him, was one of my dad's three brothers and he was a gem of a bloke. Everyone knew him for working to help the disadvantaged and he wasn't big into the trots, but he'd often turn up to sell car raffle tickets for the school," Lee said. Lee said he became friends with Tony Chisholm about seven years ago when he drove a horse for him at the trials. "Tony was probably like another uncle to me and then became a great friend with our family. He would come around home to do fast work and despite all the hardships he had in his life, he would always have a smile," Lee said. In what was probably the perfect script, the first of four victories for Lee at Terang was with Batman Barry, a two-year-old that Chisholm had bred and trained up until losing his fight. HRV stewards permitted Batman Barry (Big Jim USA-The Black Queen (Aces N Sevens) to race under his late trainer's name and carry his familiar green, white diamond and gold sleeve colors for one last time. Lee was quick to zoom to the head of affairs and then rated the pacer to a nicety with splits of 30, 30.2, 29.6 and 28.5 for a 1.57-9 mile rate. "It was a fantastic result and now mum (astute trainer Margaret Lee) has taken over the horse, which was Tony's wish," he said. The young reinsman has been going gangbusters for the past few seasons and has an impressive 50 percent strike rate of starters to top three placings. His four winners at Terang this week was one short of his personal best - a memorable five winners, also at Terang, back in February, 2015. Apart from Batman Barry, Lee was successful on Tuesday with Wantano (Shadow Play-Mama Tembu (Albert Albert), trained by Rebecca East; Searover (Cullens Hope-Mosquito Flyer (Partywiththebigdog), trained by Greg Howard; and Jilliby Babavska (Sundon-La Tonneralla (Continentialman), trained by his brother, Paddy Lee. Jason could have been forgiven for bypassing the Terang meeting, with the week the family had. "I did think about that at one stage, but what do you do...stay home and sit on the couch? I did think I could be in for a big night and it all turned out okay and that was nice - but to put it into perspective, if it didn't work out, so be it," Lee said. Although one of Jason's uncles Keiran (Lee), has been an owner, his father Damien's other two brothers, Brendan and Darky were not close followers of harness racing. "The harness racing involvement and passion is more on the side of my mum," Jason said. "But Nanna Jill (Lee) keeps the family ticking along together. She is just an inspiration. "Nanna lost poppy (Tom) a few years ago, but she still works on the farm and does the milking. She's just unbelievable the way in which she can keep going," he said. Lee said the family currently had a team of between 25 and 30 horses in work. "I think a few youngsters may have got their shoes taken off and turned out during the week. It's been a bit hectic," he said. Now the family is trying to regroup and focus on Sunday's monster meeting at Sydney's Tabcorp Park Menangle where they have four runners. Jason will steer Jilliby Nitro in the $125,000 Art Major NSW Breeders Challenge 2yo colts and geldings final and Jilliby Bandit in the $100,000 G1 TAB Len Smith Mile. Glen Craven has been booked to drive Keayang Jackie in the $125,000 2yo fillies G1 and Keayang Liberty in the $150,000 3yo fillies feature. "The horses have been up there this week and apart from settling in well, the reports are they have impressed in their work," Lee said. It's a huge day on the racing calendar, and there's nothing surer the talented youngster would love to add to his already impressive 91 winners for the season on the big stage Sunday. "We all like to aim for the century and I've done it a bit over the past few years. Hopefully the weekend turns out to be special for us," he said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Passionate and successful harness racing owner Kevin Gordon is enjoying the ride of his life at the moment - a journey that started many years ago with a $200 outlay! Gordon, of Warners Bay, a suburb of Newcastle, will be chasing Group One honors on Sunday at Menangle with his talented youngster Lochinvar Art (Modern Art USA-Ponder In Paris (Ponder USA) in the $150,000 Vincent Alabar NSW Breeders Championship Final for colts and geldings. "He's a nice little horse, with a touch of class. And he doesn't have any vices which is a good thing," Gordon said. "We've drawn the number one alley for the first time in his career, so we'll be prominent. But it will be exciting because there are some outstanding horses in the event." At a purchase price of $29,000 at the yearling sales, Lochinvar Art is proving to be a dream buy. His incredible record now stands at 22 starts for 12 wins and 10 minor placings for a staggering $253,580 in stakemoney. Prepared at Kialla, near Shepparton by up-and-coming young trainers Laura Crossland and her partner David Moran, the three-year-old colt has never been unplaced in his two seasons of racing. "I'm enjoying every minute of having horses with them. They are hard workers and do a really good job. We buy a yearling every year from the sales and I just leave it to David to make the call on which one," Gordon said. "We have a two-year-old in Lochinvar Fire that looks a likely type with two starts for one placing and a Captaintreacherous yearling we have high hopes for." Prior to his Breeders Championship campaign, Lochinvar Art put together four consecutive wins, including a heat and final of the $104,000 Bathurst Gold Chalice, giving the popular owner his first Group One success in the sport. Lochinvar Art finished runner-up in his Breeders semi last Saturday - but was so brave he lost no admirers. After pressing forward from barrier seven, Moran angled into the one-out and two-back slot, albeit third last. At the halfway mark he made a three-wide move to put his charge into the race, whizzing around to be outside the leader, Hardhitter (Luke McCarthy), the eventual winner. The mile rate was a brisk 1.51-4 with a scorching 26.6 up the home straight. Gordon owns Multicam Routing Systems, a national business he founded 32 years ago and still laughs about how he got into harness racing in the late 1970s. "My wife-to-be Leonie was at a boarding school at Lochinvar, about half an hour out of Newcastle," he said. "A foal was born across the road from the school and later on, the two of us decided to buy it. We paid $200! "It was our first-ever pacer and raced as Lochinvar Girl. She went on to be a top mare and won 15 races at Harold Park including the Australia Day Cup. And that was the start of the Lochinvar prefix in our horses and greyhounds." Over the years, apart from Lochinvar Art, Gordon has also raced Lochinvar Fille (10 wins, 15 places), Lochinvar Delight (8 wins, 8 places), Lochinvar Hugo (now racing in SA: 15 wins, 6 places) and Lochinvar Sun (2 wins, 3 places). Gordon said he had received some decent offers to buy Lochinvar Art. "I had to knock them back because I'm at the stage of my life now where we get the most excitement out of seeing him race. "We'd rather have him because our four daughters in Emma, Heather, Clare and Karla and their extended families are big supporters of harness racing, so it's a lot of fun. "I bought them a filly for Christmas. She's named Gordon Girl and has had one win and three placings. She ran fourth last start and is also prepared by Laura." Gordon said his association with the Crossland-Moran team kicked off a few years ago after he was advised to send former Kiwi pacer Smo to them. "We had the horse with Sydney trainer John Binskin and won a couple of races with him. But he developed a few problems and John suggested he may recapture his form on country Victorian tracks. "I was quite impressed with Laura and David, and I think they won six races with Smo before we moved him over to the west. I know Smo became Laura's favorite horse at the time." On the greyhound scene, among the standouts have been Lochinvar Marlow, who provided Gordon with a Group One Paws of Thunder triumph. The dog finished with three Group wins, $300,000 in stakes and later proved a sensation at stud. "We probably breed between 50 and 60 greyhounds each year," he said. Gordon is also well-known through high-profile roles in greyhound racing. His contributions have included in 2016 being a vocal and pro-active representative on a steering committee that fought successfully to overturn a decision by then-Premier Mike Baird to ban the sport. But Gordon's attention this weekend will be squarely on Menangle, for the Breeders Championship Final. "We'll all be there, the girls and all of the extended family - we wouldn't miss it. Lochinvar Art's given us some fantastic memories already, and we're excited to be there and see what he can do," he said. "After that, if he's still going as well as he is now, we'll probably be looking at the Queensland Derby."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Successful Victorian horseman Michael Stanley has every reason to have an air of confidence as he prepares his harness racing stable stars for their next mission. Both Soho Burning Love (Auckland Reactor-Soho Bordeaux (Western Terror) and her stablemate Rackemup Tigerpie (Rock N Roll Heaven-Victoria Street (Albert Albert) have pulled up a treat after competing in their heats of the 4YO Vicbred Super Series at their Ballarat home track last Friday. "I'm really happy with them and can't wait for next Saturday nights semi-finals at Melton to come around," said Stanley, who has his stables at Burrumbeet. Bay mare Soho Burning Love, raced by well-known West Australian breeder-owner Robert Watson, did as she pleased to post an impressive win in the Mares' heats. "I guess she is just a typical Auckland Reactor progeny - she's all go and revels in racing. She just loves it and gives 100 percent every time," Stanley said. "She did hit the finish line with plenty in the tank, but to be honest she probably wasn't in the strongest of the four heats," he said. All the horses on the front row were far more lightly assessed than Soho Burning Love, an M3 class, and that was a factor in Stanley's assessment of the race. "I decided to circle early because I thought the lead would be up for grabs, and she felt great when I asked her to pick up the tempo over the last half (run in 56.3)," he said. "She is pretty well at her top for this series." After running a brilliant fourth in the Ladyship Mile G1 at Menangle on March 2, Stanley decided to ease up a little on the mare's workload. "We'd competed in four or five feature finals, so it was the perfect time to back-off a bit and get in a position to target further big races," he said. Two of her four runs this campaign have been wins. Apart from the recent Ballarat win, the other was in the Melton G3 Alabar Silver Chalice on June 8. Stanley is hoping to go one better than Soho Burning Love's effort in last year's Vicbred Super Series Three-Year-Old Final. "We finished second, but ran into a smart Emma Stewart pacer in Speak No Evil," he said. Rackemup Tigerpie, raced by Stanley's father Ian, went down narrowly at Ballarat to Three Summas (Kerryn Manning) in his Entires and Geldings Heat. "It was a pretty handy effort, so he's also in good form and prior to that he impressed me at Melton with a free-for-all win in solid time." The Stanley stable has been enjoying a great season with 51 wins and 52 placings from about 125 starters. At least a dozen of the wins have been metropolitan victories. "We do have the luxury of our number one client Rob Watson being big in the breeding side of the industry so we can keep turning them over. We are extremely lucky that we can do that," he said. "Most times we have a team of 20 horses, although this might drop down over the cold months. Then the numbers jump back up in spring with young ones coming through." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Euroa-based harness racing trainer-driver Cameron Maggs produced a nice winner on debut at Shepparton last Friday - and punters didn't let it get under their guard. Four-year-old mare Maddielea (Auckland Reactor-Allison June (Major In Art) was heavily supported into favoritism on fixed odds and the issue was never in doubt. Maggs sent Maddielea to the head of affairs in the $7000 Alabar Pace for C0 only pacers and looked to have things well under control from that point. The first split was 28.2, followed by a 31.4, and then the mare was allowed to stretch out in 28.3 and 29.6 to win by 15 metres in a sharp 1.57-5. Despite not being sighted at the trials for some time, the course commentator Brendan Delaney advised shortly before the start that the fixed odds that had been put up regarding Maddielea had been knocked down from $19 to $4. Betting then tightened to $3.50 and $3.20, with the eventual starting price $3.50. "The winner landed some big bets, and someone has their pockets full for the weekend, you would think!" Delaney quipped after the race. To watch the video replay of this race click here. Maddielea certainly looks a horse destined for a bright future and is expected to make it two wins in under a week as she has come up the top selection at Shepparton this Wednesday afternoon in the CO-C1 mares' event. The daughter of Auckland Reactor, who continues to stamp his mark as a quality sire, goes about her business in trade-like fashion. With a nice gait, she has some of her dad's renowned grit as well. Maddielea, raced by P.L and S.L Maggs, was bred by her trainer Cameron Maggs. She is out of an unraced mare in Allison June (Major In Art-Miss Nightowl (Our Sir Vancelot). The recent winner also has a three-year-old full brother, yet to be named. Miss Nightowl was only lightly raced with four wins and seven placings from 26 starts for earnings of $14,480. The mare was successful for Maggs at Wagga and Echuca, while Nathan Jack was the winning driver at Bendigo and Mildura. It was also a very good outcome for connections who also took home a lucrative first win VicBred bonus. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

A tragic coincidence involving a promising north west Victorian pacer has dealt a devastating blow to one of the Mallee Reactor's most enthusiastic harness racing owner groups. In the space of eight days, the eight-member group of mates from the Ouyen region, suffered the untimely death of not only their star three-year-old Mallee Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket), but also his promising two-year-old half-sister Wonforthegirls (Village Jasper-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket). Mallee Reactor was broken in and prepared by astute Ouyen trainer Murray Jardine for eight wins and two placings from 10 starts before being transferred (on Jardine's recommendation) to Adam Kelly, at Toolern Vale. "They were two lovely horses and the owners' group, who are friends of mine, are just absolutely shattered," Jardine said. Wonforthegirls was a full sister to the syndicate's successful pacer Carload (11 wins, $94,000) (Village Jasper-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket) and had showed enormous promise in her early preparations with Jardine. "She was a late foal and she was a fiery little thing who took a little while to start putting it together, but at the same stage, she was better than either Mallee Reactor or Carload," Jardine said. "She was definitely going to win a lot of races, but we thought in mid-May she had done enough, and she still needed a bit of maturing, so I recommended to the owners that they turn her out for the winter. "I let her down for about a week, before they came and picked her up for her spell." Wonforthegirls was spelling on a property owned by one of the connections near Speed, but tragedy unfolded when they found the filly dead in the paddock on the Monday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend. The group was further devastated by the loss of Mallee Reactor eight days later. Mallee Reactor became the pin-up horse of the Northern region after bursting onto the scene as a two-year-old and winning his first five races in brilliant fashion. At his final start in the north west, Mallee Reactor was driven by Jardine's son Simon and ran second in the Guineas during the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival, behind Victorian rising star three-year-old Im Sir Blake. Simon had a good affinity with the horse, driving him to seven of his eight wins. To watch video of Mallee Reactor winning click on this link.  "Mallee Reactor was best-suited to do his future racing somewhere closer to Melton and nearer to a lot of the bigger tracks, because he was a terrible traveller - he'd get hot and sweaty just travelling 100 kilometres from Ouyen to Mildura, which was doing him no good," Jardine said. After his move south, the pacer finished third at his first start for Kelly at Ballarat in mid-May, then was given a short freshen-up. Mallee Reactor had trialled at Melton and Kelly was pleased with the run which was a leadup to his return to racing at Kilmore last Wednesday. On the Saturday prior, Kelly noticed the horse had a high temperature and called a vet, but Mallee Reactor could not be saved. "It's absolutely tragic for the boys because all of them just loved their horses and they were having the time of their lives in the sport," Jardine said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

South Australian harness racing horseman Greg Norman, who is on a sojourn in Victoria for the next few months, has taken no time to hit his straps.  Norman, based at the Charlton harness training centre, got the spoils at Horsham last weekend with four-year-old bay gelding Edwin Bromac. “It was the first meeting I’d raced at since moving a few weeks ago, so I guess it was the perfect way to kick off,” a jubilant Norman said. Nothing much went right for the $1.40 favorite Edwin Bromac (Mister Big USA-Elly Bromac (Badlands Hanover USA) in taking out the $7000 Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association Pace but he couldn’t have been more impressive. After starting from the wide seven alley, reinswoman Kerryn Manning decided to push forward, getting an early three wide trail behind ToTheMoonAndBack (Jayson Finnis). However, when Finnis decided to restrain and head back to the tail of the field, Edwin Bromac was forced to drag back as well, having favorite punters with their hearts in their mouths. With a lap to go, Manning was second last and decided the back straight was the time to hit the “go” button. On the home corner, Edwin Bromac loomed up three wide and packed too many guns for his rivals in the run home. Edwin Bromac, raced by Cormack Racing Pty Ltd, comprising father Terry and sons Adam and Paul, scored by seven metres from Girls In Charge (Michael Bellman). “I certainly was happy with the effort because things didn’t really pan out all that ideally,” Norman said. “But Kerryn summed it up nicely and got the job done.” Norman said he had settled in well at Charlton and was looking forward to the rest of his stay. “The plan is for a three-month trial period, but if things work out the right way and we’re all happy, you never know how long I might stay,” he said. “The Charlton people have been tremendous and the club, headed by President Joey Thompson, have been tremendous in assisting us in every possible way. “We really love the town and the training centre facilities are brilliant – and it’s great to see the centre’s on fire at the moment, because Joey landed a Maryborough winner (on Wednesday) with Gollahgold, driven by Peter Sanderson.” Norman has his team competing at Kilmore and Ballarat over the next two nights. He said Edwina Express and Cee Cee In America would compete in 3yo Vicbred heats at Kilmore, while The Deal, Edwin Bromac and Gozo would go around the next night in the 4yo Vicbred heats at Ballarat. “I’m probably making up numbers a bit because the Emma Stewart-Clayton Tonkin team has runners at both fixtures, and they’re just setting the bar at present,” he said. “Full marks to them. They do a great job and present their horses in magnificent condition – but we’ll be there doing our best.”   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

At 74 years young, legendary Bendigo horseman Brian Gath has had harness racing fans winding back the clock over the past week. Gath, arguably in the best half dozen Australian reinsmen of all time, is approaching six decades in the sulky but was still at his front-running best in two different States - Victoria and New South Wales. He coerced six-year-old gelding Lewis Lane (Somebeachsomewhere-Star Chase (Torado Hanover) to the line at Shepparton last week and then perfectly rated former Kiwi black mare Bettor Enforce (Bettors Delight-Their Excuse) to land a tough win at Wagga at the weekend. "I still get a big kick out of driving winners that's for sure, mainly because of the people you drive for. They're mostly friends or people who I've known a long time," he said. The Hall of Famer's two latest winners were for staunch stable owners Norm and Joan Visca, and long-time friend Tony Peacock. "The Viscas are terrific people who love the sport - and they also used the Christian name of our 17-year-old grandson Lewis as part of the horse's name, which was lovely. Young Lewis was at the sales for the first time, bouncing around like a typical energetic kid, when they bought Lewis Lane," Gath said. "Tony has been around for ages and it's nice to see he has a handy mare in Bettor Enforce. She's tough, good-gaited and it was lovely to win on her. The drive was my first winner at Wagga since the new track was opened." While the skill certainly hasn't waned, the customary flamboyant style of B. Gath at his best has, some would say sadly, been curtailed. The jiggling, twisting, encouraging style of yesteryear (with more than a little bluff) invariably gleaned that extra bit from his charges - but was frowned upon by authorities. In a driving career which was launched with a win behind Tobacco Smoke at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1960, Gath now has close to 3500 winners to his credit in Australasia and the Meadowlands, USA. "I can remember that show race very clearly. My brother Neville decided I could take the drive and everyone thought Opal Chief, who was on fire at the time, was a good thing. Well I got up and beat him," he said. "My first (non-show) race winner was with Minyip Wheat at Stawell. It was one of dad's (George) horses and owned by Pearl Kelly. (Kelly was Australia's first licensed reinswoman in 1916 and once finished 3rd on the Melbourne drivers' premiership). While Gath has been around horses for as long as he can remember, he could have easily been lost from the sport to the thoroughbred code. "I was an apprentice jockey for about 12 months when I was a teenager and I rode some winners too. It was fun and at the same time there was a youngster named Harry White, who went on to become a household name," Gath said. "My weight became an issue, and dad needed me because he was training a big team of around 25 horses, so I came back home." But it was a trip to Sydney in his early years that perhaps really fuelled Gath's love for harness racing. "I was at Harold Park for the 1960 Inter Dominion when that mighty horse Caduceus won the final. I was only young, and I was pushing the sulky and gear in while brother Neville had our horse that was in another race," Gath said. "There was 50,000 screaming fans and they were crammed in sardine-tight at every vantage point. Caduceus (who won 82 races in his career) got one of the most deafening ovations you'd ever hear when he went over the finish line. Then he had to survive a protest!" Gath said there and then, he dreamt of winning an Interdominion final. "We all have ambitions and two others for me were to be the leading driver in Melbourne and also to win a Miracle Mile," he said. "Well it took me years to win the drivers' premiership, and it was very hard work! I then did it a few times again later. I got the Inter Dominion triumph with a favorite horse of mine in Markovina in the inaugural Moonee Valley series in 1978. "He was a good, really good horse with unreal acceleration. But he had a bad habit of pulling up if you hit the front too soon. I don't know if it was because he thought the fun part was over. "But he was a marvellous horse, only a little fella but with a very long barrel. It seemed like he would bottle up his speed and then explode. Another memorable win by Markovina was at the opening Moonee Valley meeting." 1978 Inter Dominion Final Replay Gath said the third career goal-winning a Miracle Mile-was his most difficult. "It took me so long. From memory I think I may have had at least three goes at it," he said. "I remember when I got a call from Barry Purdon one year asking me to drive Chokin. He was an outstanding horse at the time, and I was pretty happy. But being only young, the horse wouldn't settle for me in front and virtually become uncontrollable. "I got my 'mile' win in 1992 with Franco Tiger, trained by Glen Tippet, in 1.56-7. We did have to survive a protest by the third horse Jack Morris for alleged interference - it was the first protest in the then 27-year history of the Miracle Mile." After a hearing lasting nine minutes, stewards dismissed the objection. 1992 Miracle Mile replay      Gath said he was most happy these days just "doing his team of horses on the farm" at Longlea, which he and his wife Denise have called home since 1985. "I never want to stop. I really enjoy the training side of it and both myself and our son Matthew have nice teams in work at the moment," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

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