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It's rare to see big-spending owner Emilio Rosati campaign a horse without the suffix 'Stride.' But the businessman, who divides his time between his home in Sydney and business in Melbourne, has come up trumps with an unbeaten three- year-old which fits that category. The horse in question, Heavenly Cullen, a filly which made it two wins from as many starts when she led throughout in a fast 1:56.4 at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Tuesday. The Rosatis - Emilio and his wife, Mary - trading as E & M Stride, bought the Christian Cullen filly at the inaugural two-year-old trialling sale at Menangle. Heavenly Cullen is prepared by Belinda McCarthy, whose husband, Luke, drove her on debut to win at Penrith, then again last Tuesday. "I like the filly, and I'm rapt in the trialling sale concept," Luke said. "This filly was a reasonable price, one of the less expensive ones on the day, so you can pick up a bargain there. "This type of sale shouldn't be thought of as opposition to yearling sales, but rather as an adjunct to them...the thoroughbreds have shown that." The sale is sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, which has arranged for a Trade Display to partner the sale and Industry Day, where kindred bodies will be featured. Some 50 youngsters have been catalogued, and they are the only ones eligible to be nominated for a rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, also at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. On top of that, most of the youngsters are also eligible for rich young horse classics including Australian Pacing Gold, Australasian Breeders' Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, the Lombo, New South Wales Breeders Challenge, QBred or Vicbred. On the day, all horses will trial over 800 metres, with the final 400 metres flat out, from 8.30am, after a complimentary breakfast at 7.30am. The sale will start around 1pm. Catalogues are available by calling Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or by emailing kausbred@bigpond.net.au

Top harness racing reinsman Gavin Lang is booked to keep his drive on Tallulah Bay and the two-year-old filly appears primed to maintain an unbeaten record when contesting Saturday night's The Lombo Final (1690m) at Shepparton in Victoria.

Two $25,000 finals of the classic harness racing two year old feature "The Lombo" were held at a gigantic Shepparton fixture on Saturday January 21, one for fillies and one for colts & geldings over 1690 metres.

The Lombo, the signature race for two-year-old colt and filly pacers at Shepparton, will branch out as from the 2013 harness racing series to cater for two-year-old trotters. The brainchild of leviathan breeder and owner Mick Lombardo, The Lombo was inaugurated in 2007 and has become a highly sought after event, especially by trainers with early developing juveniles.

A reminder to harness racing owners and trainers that nominations for the 2012 The Lombo, a rich series for two-year-old pacers, close with the Shepparton Harness Racing Club on Sunday, July 31.

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