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Avenel's David Aiken enjoyed a "day of days" at the big Cobram harness racing meeting conducted clost to the Victorian/NSW border on Wednesday December 28, snaring the trifecta in the $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup with Jaccka Clive defeating Composed and Smudge Bromac, while also taking $15,000 Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup with recent NSW import Im Dejazzman.

Champion 9-Y-0 Tinted Cloud/Carnlough gelding Smoken Up trained and driven by Melton's Lance Justice, obliterated the 2240 metre track record at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday December 17 to land the $425,000 (Group 1) SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup for M0 or better class harness racing pacers in a brilliant mile rate of 1-53.4, bettering Karlsruhe's 1-54.2 set in March 2010 by .8 seconds.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event card this Saturday night (November 26) with many strong chances on the program. The first race is the Allanna Plumbing Pace, an M2 to M3 event at 5.10pm.

The Australian thoroughbred community was up in arms about the dearth of representatives in their race, the Melbourne Cup, earlier in the month. That theme has continued on to Australia's richest harness racing sprint, the Miracle Mile. Just one 'fair dinkum Aussie' is set to line up in the race on Saturday night November 26).

Smoken Up has finally broken his Addington Raceway Way hoo-doo. Up until today (Friday November 11) the Victorian harness racing champion had raced four times at 'The Raceway' for four placings. Today the 'tough as old boots' pacer, who is nicknamed Trigger, deservedly won the Group One $160,000 New Zealand Free-For-All.

Any fears that New Zealand harness racing fans had of never seeing champion pacer Smoken Up in this country again will be allayed tomorrow (Saturday November 5) when the gelding arrives in Auckland accompanied by his trainer Lance Justice.

The drawcard of some of Australia's best pacers and a clever balance of advertising and promotion saw a bumper harness racing crowd cheer Mr Feelgood (Grinfromeartoear USA) to victory in the $200,000 Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship (QPC) at Albion Park last Saturday night (October 22).

Australian harness racing trainer Lance Justice couldn't be any happier right now with champion pacer Smoken Up leading into this Saturday night's (October 22) $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship.

Harness racing six year old Village Jasper/What A Dream gelding Village Of Dreams was a most impressive winner of the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2570 metres at the popular Nyah circuit on Saturday.

A New Zealand Cup start for grand pacer Smoken Up could be dependent on the result of the inquiry into the horse's elevated DMSO level after winning the Pacers Inter-Dominion Final back in April according to his Australian harness racing trainer Lance Justice.

The 2011 Inter Dominion champion and winner of his last six starts - Smoken Up - has opened up the $4.50 for Harness Racing New Zealand's most prestigious race - the 2011 Group One $600,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington Raceway on November 8.

This Saturday night (September 17) the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event card at headquarters in Brisbane. The night's racing will kick off with an M1 event at 6.10. Gatton based trainer Shane Sanderson has a terrific strike rate with his team of pacers.

Yaldhurst harness racing horseman Daniel Reardon made the perfect start to his training career when Lyndal Tact won at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting held yesterday (Tuesday).

Australian harness racing star Smoken Up continued on his winning way over the weekend scoring a narrow but decisive victory at Melton's Tabcorp Park in the hands of trainer/driver Lance Justice. The brilliant eight year old led for the majority of the $20,000 Minuteman Free For All, posting a creditable 1.55.5 mile-rate for the 2240m mobile.

Several harness racing feature events in the spring are on the agenda for rising star Lombo Navigator after the four-year-old gave a superb staying performance to score a narrow victory in the $35,000 DBC Tender Ridge Beef August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Radical new tactics of racing noted frontrunner Has The Answers with a sit in the $35,000 Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night (August 12) were thrown out the window 400m after the start when harness racing driver Morgan Woodley saw that 10-year-old Tartary Gladiator was denying popular fancy Fast Play the considerable advantage of leading.

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