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The fairytale has continued for Swedish young gun harness racing driver Kima Frenning with a significant milestone. Frenning, 27, who has rapidly etched a name for herself in the sport in Australia, posted her 100th winner for the season with a pillar-to-post win at Kilmore late last week. "I was asked early on if I'd set any goals for 2018-19, and I did say of course I had and it was to get a century," she said laughing. "It was just an unrealistic statement at the time because I never thought I'd actually get there. "I will be honest and say I knew I was getting close awhile back. It's exciting, but I'm very lucky to be given good horses to drive. Without the support of the trainers who keep putting me on, I wouldn't be where I am today." Frenning had no cause for concern in reaching the magical 100 as former Kiwi gelding Raptors Flight (Bettors Delight-Circus Flyer (Falcon Seelster) was effortless in recording his second win for the David Aiken stable since crossing the Tasman Sea. The pacer zipped to the front and after getting an easy time early had things under control from that point. He got into third gear up the final stretch in 30.2 and 27.5. "He is so laid back. I had to get into him a bit, then he woke up," Frenning said. Kima hard at work in the feed shed The popular horsewoman so far hasn't had time to celebrate her remarkable achievement, with drives at most meetings. "We are pretty much at the races five nights a week. It's so busy, but I hope to squeeze in a little celebration soon," she said. And the victories have kept coming for Frenning since the milestone win - she was successful with the David Aiken-trained pair - Dynamic Bromac (Live Or Die-Diana Bromac (Holmes Hanover), at Bendigo on Friday night and then Big Jack Hammer (The Pres-Running Pinevale (Wesgate Victory) in the G3 Touch Merchant Trotters FFA at Melton the following night. She was again in the money yesterday at Cranbourne. This time for Dean Braun with bay filly Buzinga (Bettors Delight-Safedra (Mach Three), a promising type stepping out for the first time in Australia. Frenning has been a remarkable success story after deciding to take a break from studying law at home for some travel to get away from another cold winter. She arrived in Victoria nearly five years ago as a talented monte rider, where trotting harness horses compete under saddle with riders like jockeys. After landing a job in a top stable and igniting her harness racing career, Frenning was a sensation in the montes. "I always had a love for horses and my family back home all took riding lessons. My dad Goran is a hands-on person and thought riding was something we could all do as a family," Frenning explained. "So that meant my mum Hima and sister Sarah also had to join in," she said. "My parents aren't into it now, but they have been out to Australia to watch me at the races. Sarah is busy studying environmental science as well as being a vegan cook." Frenning said she tried to watch as many races as possible to keep improving herself. "I probably have a role model in Kerryn Manning, who is a wonderful reinswoman. She is also humble and so down-to-earth. "I will be happy if I can keep getting winners. I need to save up as I get home once a year and I'm hoping I can do this next Christmas." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

It's testament to the grit of champion South Australian harness racing driver Danielle Hill that there's not a hint of nerves in the leadup to her much-anticipated comeback to race driving at Globe Derby tonight. It's the second time that Hill has faced a comeback after horrific - potentially career-ending - injury but for the premiere reinswoman there's only excitement about getting back to the sport she loves. "I'm fine now but I'll probably be a bit edgy when I get there no doubt. I'll settle in though - I'm just excited to be back," Hill said. "It just all happened really quickly in the end. I've been hoping to get back but the doctors haven't given me the green light. But then this week they just told me that I'm good to go," she said. "I haven't been to the trials, but I did have a little fast-work test-run there (Globe Derby) mid-week and it felt great. I'm just jumping straight back in!" Danielle Hill takes the reins for three drives at Adelaide's Globe Derby Park tonight - the same track where five months ago, in the Group Three SA Pacing Derby she suffered a tibial plateau fracture (to the shin and knee) in a sickening crash. Hill was leading on Im Sir Blake when the pacer choked down and veered out before crashing into Major Exclusive (Darby McGuigan) and leaving Culture King (Paul Cavallaro) with nowhere to go. The horrific pile up left Hill and Cavallaro seriously injured, Cavallaro with a broken wrist and severe lacerations to his face and Hill requiring surgeons to later insert 12 pins and two plates to repair bones, ligaments and cartilage in her left knee and shin. In a strange twist of fate, Hill and Cavallaro had been involved in another shocking crash in 2010 at almost the same spot at Globe Derby - on that occasion, Hill was off the scene for an extended period, again with traumatic injuries including a broken jaw and head and facial injuries. Hill's return to the spider has been no walk in the park with months of rehab needed to strengthen the muscles supporting the damaged bones and ligaments. "I was hoping for swimming and massages - that would have been nice! The rehab team have been great, but they basically just told me to hit the gym, three days a week, so that's what I've done," Hill said. "I needed to bear weight and create and strengthen muscles to support a long-term recovery. And strangely enough I've actually turned into a bit of a gym junky. "It's not something I have ever done before, because with horses you don't really need exercise and let's face it, you don't have the time - but definitely it makes you feel different and stronger and I've really loved it. I'll probably need to keep it up, but that's not a bad thing at all." Hill and her brother Wayne followed the family trade of harness racing and she shares a passion for horses with her partner, trainer David Harding. Danielle and Wayne Hill combined to finish second at Mildura yesterday with Robbo She said being away from the stables was one of the things she found hardest about her layoff. "It was hard to stay away. You can only watch so much TV and I'm not into just sitting around anyway," she said. "I had a gopher and I just used to putt around the stables and around the horses and keep up with what was going on. "People said to me don't you think about getting hurt again, or if something goes wrong, but you just want to get back to it because it's what you love. "Yes, sure it's in the back of my mind, but I'm not worried about my leg - you can still drive with a prosthesis! It's the head you've got to worry about, and I'll worry about looking after that first. "But the thing with both of my bad accidents is that they were just that - freak accidents. They were no one's fault and that's part of what we do in our job. "I hear people every day talking about having to deal with this or that client, or this or that customer, or some terrible workplace. That's not me. I get to come out here and work with these guys - the horses. "How lucky am I that I can do this for a living? I just can't wait to get back out there." Hill has won the past three South Australian Driver's premierships, and, at the time of the February incident was a runaway leader for the 2019 title. It took her brother Wayne until June 8 to reel in his sister's lead in the title. Ken Rogers has since claimed the lead with 98 (Hill on 95 - and Danielle will take up where she left off in February, on 82 wins.) "I've still got time to catch them, don't you reckon?" Hill quipped. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

A former Kiwi pacer destined to become a star in NSW has a huge fan in ace Sydney harness racing horseman Robert Morris. Three-year-old gelding Balraj NZ (Art Major-Mahendra (Courage Under Fire) has burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion, with three spine-tingling undefeated runs. Prepared by astute hobby trainer Shaun Simiana, who trains at Hawkesbury, Balraj has not only got faster at each of his three appearances on Australian soil, but his winning margins have got bigger. Morris was understandably impressed with Balraj's first two runs, but his most recent start at Newcastle took the cake when he absolutely blew away his rivals to set a new track record of 1.50-9 and a winning margin of 55.9 metres! "The horse has been a bit of a surprise packet because he's still got a lot to learn, which might sound scary," Morris said. "He's still a little green and certainly not your typical horse that glides along. He can get on one rein at times, as well as become a little rough," he said. "But incredibly, while there's a lot for Balraj to learn, there doesn't seem to be an ending to him. The horse is quite unreal in the way he just gets the job done. "There's certainly some fun times ahead for Shaun (trainer) and his three mates who purchased the horse. He's certainly exciting and Shaun has him looking an absolute picture." Newcastle Harness Racing Club secretary-manager Wayne Smith believed Monday's winning margin was the biggest seen at the track, beating the effort of the Shane Tritton-trained Arms Of An Angel (32.4m) in 2015. Balraj blitzes them!  The photo finish of this week’s record-breaking Newcastle run Prior to crossing the Tasman Sea, Balraj had three unplaced runs at Addington, Rangiora and Omakau, but then turned it around with two wins at Forbury. Two months later, Simiana produced his newly-acquired pacer at Penrith where they won a qualifying trial over 1720m in two minutes. It was four weeks later when they returned to Penrith, but this time it was at the races. Morris worked forward in the early stages, and despite having to balance him up on the final bend, Balraj was too good. He won by 7.1 metres in 1.58-7. The next assignment was Newcastle on June 14. After galloping for a few strides at the start, the youngster again went forward. Morris allowed him to stretch out over the final stages and they recorded a 25.7m victory in an impressive 1.52-7. But it was his latest performance at Newcastle that has everyone, rightfully so, touting Balraj as a shining star of the future. In taking out the $6360 Tooheys Pace by one of the biggest winning margins ever seen at the venue, the pacer eclipsed the previous track record of 1.51-4 held by Majordan, by half a second. "I knew we were running along, but the time did surprise me," Morris said. "The third quarter was 26.4 and he went a bit awkward around the bend, but then he straightened up and dug in again with a final split of 27.9. He's got some class about him." Morris said Simiana had only ever worked small teams of horses. "He's always had one or two going around and does them as a hobby around his work. "They decided to buy one from New Zealand with the idea of having a bit of fun. They all love the sport and I'm certain they are in for some great times." Morris, 27, who began driving professionally just over a decade ago, has now landed more than 1250 winners. The Menangle Park based reinsman forms a formidable combination with his talented, horse training wife Kerry Ann.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

While highly regarded harness racing trainer Dean Braun is closing in on a sensational milestone of 850 winners (and career earnings topping $7.6M), it was two recent wins that he will always hold close to his heart. Braun, based at the small town of Lara, 18 kms north east of Geelong, scooped the two feature events at Kilmore - the $14,000 Vin Knight Memorial Pace and then the $24,000 Popular Alm Sprint. "I was only a kid, but Vin Knight was a freak horseman during his time. There probably hasn't been any better than him since," Braun said. "Everyone in the sport just had to watch him in action; he was flamboyant, a huge drawcard. But most of us maybe didn't really appreciate just how good he was. Vin was a man before his time." (The inimitable Vin Knight drove his first winner at Kilmore on July 6, 1970, two months after his 16th birthday. During the following two decades he landed an amazing 721 metro winners as well as hundreds of country victories and drove in 10 consecutive Interdominion grand finals. But tragically, at the height of his career, Knight took his own life in April 1991, aged just 36.) Braun said it was a great honor to win the Vin Knight Memorial Pace with bay mare The Charging Moa (Changeover-Special Ops (Armbro Operative) driven by Kate Gath. To watch the replay of this race click on this link. "The mare caught my eye when I was up in Queensland about eight months ago and my partner Pauline McColgan bought her. The horse got travel sickness coming down here, so we were forced to give her break," he said. "It might have been a blessing though, because she returned to racing in brilliant form. She won first-up at Melton in mid-April then had no luck whatsoever in some of her recent races, so I was quite surprised that she was $29 when she won the Vin Knight feature." Braun said while he was a huge admirer of Knight, he was also in awe of former pacing great Popular Alm (1976-2000), and equally proud to capture the feature named in his honor with Ana Malak (Bettors Delight-Anna Livia). "I have been lucky to have won the Popular Alm Sprint previously, but it means a lot because we all marvelled over his racetrack performances," he said. Popular Alm, or "Poppy" as he was affectionately known, won 49 races from 62 starts. He was part owned by a group of Mildura friends including Don Carrazza, John Green, Ken Grivec, Maurice Kasses and Greg Pardo. While punters let The Charging Moa slip under their guard, there were no such oversights regarding Ana Malak. The brown horse, sent out a $1.50 favorite, was driven by Greg Sugars. "Greg and Skye Bond initially sent Ana Malak over because the WA handicapping system wasn't all that suitable," Braun said. "The horse was getting better and better through racing consistently against the stronger ones here, but I always knew he would go back home at some stage," he said. "That was his last run for me this campaign. I would have loved to have held onto him because he was a like a motorcar when he was at the front end." To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. Braun has raced boutique teams since he started training over 20 years ago and has found a handy niche in continually turning over his stable representatives. "We buy horses, race them and when the time is right, move them onto the States," Braun said. "I'm always on the lookout for horses in Australia and New Zealand. The sport in North America is flourishing at the moment, and I'm only too happy to be part of that," he said. "We had Shartin (TinTin In America-Bagdarin) for 13 starts (7 wins) and she has won $1.8M in USA, and recently became the first pacing mare to earn $1M in a season." Braun is also kept busy helping Pauline at their Melton Saddlery business. "She works hard, so I do whatever I can there. Besides we are in a perfect position of having a fantastic stable foreman in Amanda Grieve," he said. "I was actually in Sydney for the Breeders series around the time of our that Kilmore double, so much of the credit must go to Amanda. She really does a top job." Braun only has a small team at present, but continues to stamp his authority with 29 wins and 23 placings from 88 starters this season. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

There is a Harry Potter spell for just about anything...and isn't it fun to imagine how these charms would improve our lives? It's been nearly two decades since J.K Rowling's famed wizarding series hit the big screen in the form of 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone, if you're in the USA!). And a little bit of magic happened that same year for Ballarat harness racing trainer-driver Stephen Clarke. Clarke paid $3500 for a filly - the namesake of a witch at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fleur Delacour (Nicholas Branach-Agincourt (Pure Steel) was to be the lucky charm for the Ballarat-based trainer - and he's made full use of the fortunate Harry Potter moniker in the 20 years since. Clarke's stroke of luck arose from his friendship with well-known trots couple Ross and Mary Conway, of St Arnaud. "On one of my trips to their place, Ross told me they were wanting to cut down and had planned a clearance sale," Clarke said. "So I turned up and bought two horses - a young one, which never raced because it injured itself in a paddock, and Fleur Delacour who had previously won at Charlton," he said. Fleur Delacour turned out to be a fantastic money spinner and posted a Hamilton win along with Bendigo and Cranbourne placings in her first five starts. And the success didn't stop there. She finished with 11 wins (including a Melton triumph with Brian Gath in the gig) and 18 placings for over $50,000. "She has also been a success as a broodmare with two of her four foals being winners," Clarke said. Her first foal by Die Laughing, Isabelle Delacour (yes, Fleur Isabelle Weasley nee Delacour was the full name of the Harry Potter character) finished her racing career with 10 wins and 17 placings for $70,000. "Isabelle Delacour was mated with Village Jolt and produced a colt, now racing as Monsieur Delacour, who has had four placings from 11 starts as a 2yo," Clarke said. "He's certainly shown enough to suggest that he has some future. He's been a bit stiff in a few of his races," he said. But the star of the stable is Fleur Delacour's most recent foal, Miss McGonagall (named after the stern Hogwarts professor, Miss Minerva McGonagall). Sired by Modern Art, Miss McGonagall was a recent winner at Melton in the $12,000 Vincent Vicbred Super Series (3yo fillies) Bronze Pace. To watch the replay of this race click on this link Miss McGonagall – winner of her past two at Bendigo (John Caldow) and Melton (Jason Lee) Clarke said Miss McGonagall got off to a slow start early in her career. "She got sick and then missed a lot of the nice sires' races. We later changed her training routine and she has been great this season with four wins. If she stays healthy, she will only improve," he said. Clarke is somewhat unusual in the sport, being a breeder, owner, trainer and driver, and following his father into harness racing. His father Jim raced horses successfully for many years including the top-class Key Everest (22 wins), Move on Sparky (nine) and others. "I'm currently only working two and I'm happy with that because we're pretty much knee deep in mud with all the rain at the moment. Dad has two trotters to bring back too, once the weather improves," he said. While Clarke enjoys the driving side of the sport, he's preparing to take a back seat with 16-year-old son Connor keenly working towards becoming a reinsman after coming through the pony trots. And youngest daughter Reagan is following along in their footsteps, recently inheriting Connor's speedy pony. Yes, we're all mere Muggles in this sport, relying on our own attributes to improve - but a little bit of Harry Potter magic does occasionally prevail. If not, what's wrong with a bit of imagination?! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

One of harness racing's most popular administrators, Cobram Harness Racing Club secretary manager Bob Watson, reckons he deserves the chance to ease up. At nearly 80 years of age, the long-serving secretary-manager has handed the reins of the dynamic northern Victorian club to fellow committee member Karen Dwyer. Karen managed her first meeting last week since taking over the role and it marked a significant changing of the guard. Bob has been involved with the Cobram Harness Racing Club for more than 20 years and was a life member when he took up the secretary's role. "Things weren't going along that well for the club at the time - they advertised for a secretary and I was looking for a change and applied, not really thinking I would get it," Bob said. "I loved the sport and loved the club. I'm a local born and bred and have been in the Cobram area all my life - in fact I was at the first trots meeting at Cobram 60 years ago with my dad," he said. "It's been fun, it's had its highs and lows, like everything, but there's never a dull moment and you're dealing with some of the best people you will find and that's where the real rewards are." Bob admits he was always "horse mad", over the years being involved in showing horses, playing polo cross, as a harness racing owner, thoroughbred owner-breeder and various equine management roles. He was stud master at Denison Farm (later Eliza Park Stud) for 28 years and he and his wife Margaret set up and still run a thoroughbred agistment property, Rosewood Park at Tocumwal. Bob, a life-member at Cobram, took up the role at a difficult time for the industry and inherited a club with a small member base, limited sponsors and facing some obvious financial challenges. "I'd always been around horses, the sport and harness racing people. I'd also spent time around the club as the honorary clerk of course for 22 years, so I thought I might be able to help," he said. "I was perhaps a bit more confident that some of the other committee members, but basically we set our sights on living within our means. "That meant a lot of voluntary work, cutting unnecessary expenses and finding new members and community sponsors." The club has been able to build a four-box trainer's facility on-course, upgrade water and power supplies, improve the drivers' and members' rooms and upgrade the amenities. "Most of it was done with grants - but you've got to do the work to win those and that's a big job," Bob said. "Margaret came on board after the first couple of years, and she's terrific at that sort of thing. I was also lucky to have the support of some fantastic committee members and the backing of our community. That engagement is critical and will become even more important in future." Margaret Watson Bob has twice been recognised at HRV's Premier awards night for his expertise in managing the club - in 2011 as Secretary of the Year (part time) and in 2017-18 as Secretary of the Year. But more than that, Bob and Margaret are known throughout Victoria and southern New South Wales for their passionate support of the sport and its people, well beyond their Cobram harness racing community. The couple have been key drivers of initiatives like the club's iconic Pink Day at the races in May (a hugely successful fundraiser for the Jane McGrath Foundation), and Margaret is also the energetic scribe behind the club's lively social media presence on Facebook. "She's not much younger than me, but she knew that social media was a way to reach people in a new way, and she loves writing people's stories," Bob said. "The thing that really gives us a thrill is supporting local people and the battlers. If an underdog wins a race in town, that's what we love and it's great to tell people about it - and people love to read about it." New secretary manager Karen Dwyer comes to the role with a harness racing background, after moving from Bathurst with her horse trainer husband Darrell two years ago. Bob Watson has officially handed the reins at Cobram HRC to Karen Dwyer "I'm definitely there for Karen if she needs me, but I'm not looking over her shoulder - I didn't want anyone looking over my shoulder when I started!" Bob said. "Margaret will still be involved for a while and we won't be leaving the area, because this is home. But when you're nearly 80, there are other things you want to do, and we have daughters in Melbourne, Sydney and in Ireland we'd like to spend some more time with. "It's a new chapter for the club and for us - but it's a fantastic club and a great industry and I hope we're still getting stronger and continuing to progress well into the future." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness racing veteran reinsman Jim O’Sullivan, who makes no secret of still having an unbelievable love of the game, wound back the clock at Swan Hill this week. The highly respected horseman, now in his early 70s, showed fine touch to take out the Elliott Print Pace with brown gelding Sands Of Zanzibar (Art Colony USA-Spy Games (Armbro Operative USA) in one of his rare visits to the far north-west circuit. After not showing much gate speed at all, the pair found themselves buried three back the pegs early on.  But O’Sullivan was quick to pop off into the one-out two-back position, then got shuffled back to near-last with 600 metres to go. A well-timed run out five wide saw Sands Of Zanzibar snatch a narrow win. O’Sullivan, based at Heathcote, near Bendigo, is well remembered through the deeds of terrific horses like My Lightning Blue, winner of the 1987 Inter Dominion grand final at Christchurch; Yankee Loch who took the 1991 Trotters Inter at Moonee Valley and multiple cups winner Quite Famous, purchased from the Charles family at Mildura. O’Sullivan enjoyed a tremendous relationship with big-spending owner Alan Hunter in the heady days of the 1980s and 90s. Another more recent highlight was becoming the 17th recipient of the Gordon Rothacker Medal In 2017. These days O’Sullivan trains a small team and can be found helping out other trainers with farrier duties, as well as cheering on his daughter Shannon, who is steadily making her mark as a talented junior driver. A passionate and successful competitor in the annual Indigenous Drivers’ Series in NSW in recent years, Danny Gibson, is again wearing a huge smile. Gibson, who lives at Elrington, near Cessnock (two hours north of Sydney), made the long trip to Albury on Tuesday along with nine other drivers. The popular hobbyist took the honors in the HRNSW and Tabcorp Park heat, landing 3yo filly Madame Annie (Sportswriter-Madame Lily (John Street North USA) for trainer Robert Walters. Madame Annie showed her customary gate speed and was well rated by Gibson, who had a handy eight metre advantage up his sleeve at the finish. The mile rate was a creditable 2.00 for the 2170m journey. Gibson and his wife Janelle aren’t afraid to travel.  Earlier this year they hit the road for a 13 hour trip to campaign with two horses at the famous NSW Silver City mining town of Broken Hill. They tasted success with Evils Afoot and enjoyed a holiday to remember! Danny and Janelle Gibson Buyers at this Sunday’s Shepparton Mixed Sale have some interesting opportunities to invest in the bloodlines of promising sire Auckland Reactor (Mach Three – Atomic Lass (Sokys Atom), who’s continuing to get winners on both sides of the Tasman. Offspring of the former champion NZ pacer were again to the fore this week, winning in good style in WA and NSW. Chestnut gelding Gold Horseshoe (Auckland Reactor-Aussie Vision (Grinfromeartoear) looked good at Pinjarra for trainer Colin Reeves and driver Morgan Woodley. Sent out the punters’ elect at $2.30 fav, the three-year-old came with a late rush and proved too good. Astute NSW trainer Dean Chapple produced Aucklander (Auckland Reactor-Leagueoferown (Fake Left) to land the money at Tamworth on Thursday. Chapple took the reins and had a four-metre advantage over his rivals on the line. One lot at the Shepparton sale that will generate interest from buyers is the magnificent-looking Lot 27 weanling filly.  The youngster, out of Passionate Embrace, is one of several offered on behalf of clients by Alabar Farms. There’s also an unnamed colt by Auckland Reactor out of Elegant Art. Breeders should also take note of broodmare Kitty Macguire (Badlands Hanover-Tuapeka Dancer) who has a positive to Auckland Reactor. The Shepparton sale starts at 12 noon. Auckland Reactor Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

One of Victoria's most experienced harness racing drivers David Aiken is the first to confess he's a "fair weather reinsman" these days! "I just don't handle the cold weather all that well," Aiken, based at Avenel, said. But on a chilly, windy day at Cobram this week, when the thermometer topped just 13 degrees, "Aikey's" rare appearance didn't go unnoticed by sharp-eyed followers of the sport. He produced an exciting prospect in former Kiwi pacer Raptors Flight (Bettors Delight USA-Circus Flyer NZ (Falcon Seelster USA) to take out the $7000 Hygain Pace for 52 to 55 rated pacers. To watch the video replay click on this link. "We hadn't taken him to the trials and I just thought I'd take the reins to see if he was happy in his gear and pacing okay under race conditions," Aiken said. Those who saw the run would have given Aiken a unanimous thumbs up as the gelding scorched through the first quarter in 27.7 and followed up with 30.5, 28.9 and 29.2 for an impressive 1.56-3, easily the fastest time posted on the day. Raptors Flight across the line at Cobram "We go up to Cobram a fair bit because it's a good track and it's an easy drive from our stables," he said. The win took Aiken to the top of the Trainer of the Year premiership table at the track. Raptors Flight, owned by New Zealand interests, was sent over to Victoria by champion Kiwi trainer Barry Purdon, the older brother of Mark, and quite possibly his country's most successful trots trainer ever. Aiken said the horse had a low assessment under the new national rating system. "He's assessed an M1 and three or four runs back raced in the Auckland Cup, but coming out here he was only a C2, so he had a huge drop at Cobram. I really like him and he's only going to improve," he said. Exciting prospect Raptors Flight and trainer-driver David Aiken "Over the concluding stages he felt a little lazy, but I'm still learning about him. He had a six-week break in between his last New Zealand run and making his debut for us. "Barry (Purdon) has a high opinion of the horse so I'm very pleased I was lucky enough to get him." Raptors Flight, who incidentally started his career in sensational fashion with four from four, now has six wins and five placings from 35 appearances. He's earnt $82,000 along the way. "I haven't looked at the program to see where we head next, but he's now still only a 56 rating so there will be an ideal race somewhere," Aiken said. The ever-consistent Aiken stable is ticking along nicely with 85 wins and 121 placings for the current season. "We won some nice ones early, then had a bit of a slow patch, but things are picking up again," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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      

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