Smythes Creek (Ballarat) trainer Emma Stewart and freelance Bacchus Marsh reinsman Gavin Lang each recorded doubles at Saturday's Cranbourne fixture, Stewart with two six year olds - Mister Sheedy in the Tintin In America Pace for C6 or better class over 2080 metres and Tara Toplady the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C4 & C5 class (mares) over 1609 metres, while Lang was successful aboard Gatesys Girl in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres and Flaxton Filly in the Bayside Group Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Mister Sheedy a gelded son of Presidential Ball and Intoxicating driven by Michael Stanley, was surprisingly able to head off the favourite Astronaut shortly after the start from gate five and after an easy time, proved too strong for Astronaut along the sprint lane in a rate of 1-59.4 (last half 56.9 - quarter 28.3), with the Cranbourne specialist Stylish Jasper close up in third place after following the pair. Bettors Delight/Perfect Passion mare Tara Toplady taking a concession for reinswoman Jaimie-Lee King, was a big winner of her race after being trapped three wide from gate four and eventually working to the lead at the bell. Joined by Arber for the final circuit, the pair raced away approaching the home turn with the race to themselves, with Tara Toplady giving plenty to hold a margin of a neck on the wire. Jasmine Sheffield (one/one) was 8.2 metres away in third place. The mile rate 1-56.9. Smart 5-Y-0 Conch Deville/Glamor Loch mare Gatesys Girl is good when she's on her game and was at Cranbourne with a tough victory in a mile rate of 2-07.4. Trained in Gippsland at Longwarry by Michael Hughes, Gatesys Girl stepped cleanly from a 10 metre handicap, with Lang having no hesitation is sending her forward to park outside the pole line leader Mallee Trapper. Appearing to be under pressure on the final bend with the leader holding a clear margin, Gatesys Girl rallied under desperate driving to score by a head right on the wire in a rate of 2-07.4. The 40 metre backmarker Earl Or Nothing ran on late from last to finish third. Eight year old Village Jasper/Turn To Gold mare Flaxton Filly which had recorded 6 wins from 86 outings prior to the race, was given a cosy trip three back on the marker line from inside the second row, with the heavily supported Obama leading from gate four with Monique Burnett in the sulky for trainer Maree Caldow. Extricated into the clear on straightening, Flaxton Filly came with a brilliant burst of speed to register a runaway victory in advance of Obama which offered no resistance, with Zoomba third after racing in the open. The mile rate 1-59.8. Lara trainer Dean Braun made it three from three with recent stable addition Sals Mo in the Ade Turf Equipment Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres. Beginning with a wing on every foot for Nathan Jack from gate five, Sals Mo was untroubled to lead throughout, winning by 9.6 metres in a rate of 1-58 from Conflict Of Interest (one/two) and Courageous Spirit which trailed the winner. A five year old Art Major/Dream Chaser gelding, Sals Mo is the 6th winner from the dam, the most noticeable being 18 race winner Detriot Dan (By Oil Burner). Len Baker
Cranbourne will host another quality card of action on Saturday and the night will be highlighted by the Tintin In America Pace. Thanks to the generosity of Glenferrie Farm, the winner of the race will be bestowed with a service to the rising stallion. But the race itself could turn into a war between two of Cranbourne’s leading trainers in Hugh Cathels and Vivian Tomren. Their local warhorses Stylish Jasper and Astronaut will go head-to-head and Cathels explained that his charge, Astronaut, has always been a more than honest gelding. “He’s been consistent throughout his whole career except about 16 months ago,” Cathels said. “Before that he cleaned up Suave Stuey Lombo and Saint Flash in a heat of the four-year-old sires and a week later got a really bad viral pneumonia which ,to be frank, knocked him around for the best part of a year. “If he can stay as well as we think he can, and he keeps getting away from the stand then we will definitely look at a few of the lesser class Country Cups.” Noted for his gate speed, Astronaut has drawn three and with his local rival taking up a polemarking position, they are likely to be in front and behind the leader in the early stages. It’s a deep race however as the powerful Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin team bring Mister Sheedy to Cranbourne as he looks to avenge his defeat at Tabcorp Park Melton last week, while Melton’s leading trainer last term, Lance Justice, has Alchemy engaged for a first-up tilt. The Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace will be another highly sought after race on the program with Tim Bolitho’s stable recruit Arber drawn the outside the front row in a small field. The meeting kicks off at 6.30pm. by Blake Redden Harness Racing Victoria
The Auckland Trotting Club is pleased to announce the following bonuses for Owners and Breeders on Friday Night (30th August). Glenferrie Farms are kindly donating a service fee for Tintin In America to the winning owners of both of their sponsored races (races 1 & 9). Five time Group One winner Tintin In America is standing at Nevele R Stud for a fee of $2250 +GST. The Auckland Trotting Club is also offering a service to Tintin in America for tender (any collection, transport or other associated costs are not included). Tenders should be forwarded in writing to the following address before 5pm Friday 6th September 2013; Auckland Trotting Club PO Box 26021 Epsom Auckland 1344 (Please note highest or any tender not necessarily accepted) As a bonus for Breeders, the winning Breeder of the ‘Equibreed NZ Mobile Pace’ will receive a $500 Equibreed voucher to be used towards a breeding programme. Friday night will also see the annual running of the Island Of Origin Drivers Series with 12 of New Zealand’s leading drivers competing. David Branch
Harness Racing SA has announced that they will run a stallion tender in conjunction with Glenferrie Farms and they are offering FOUR (4) services from leading stallion, Tintin In America, who stands at Nevele R Stud, in New Zealand. The services are to be sold by tender. Tintin In America is by McArdle from the In The Pocket mare Zenterfold. He won five Group 1 races during his career including the 2009 3yo Breeders Crown at Melton, he also won the Harness Jewells as a 3 & 4 year old. Tenders for all four services close at HRSA offices at 5pm on September 2nd and must be on official tender form found here. Victorian trainer reinsmen Glen Douglas made a hit and run raid to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday night and went home with a double, Jordylan and Gohardorgohome both saluted for Douglas. He also had Itsnewstome finish second to Hilltop Raider in the opening event and Spersub a gallant third to Turnover, Mount Gambier held their annual dinner and stallion auction at the Comfort Inn Silver Birch last week and as usual the night was a great success with services to Julius Caesar, BG’s Folly being scooped up by Western Australian breeders and one lucky NSW breeder was successful in securing the Alabar new boy Smiling Shard service. Other stallions offered where Union Guy and Western Edition who has relocated to Ian and Judi Slater’s Goodtime Lodge near Colac. Mount Gambier president Phil Wood said” the night was successful but we still have services to Lawman and Ambro Variable still for sale” and if anyone is interested contact Phil Wood on 0407609206. Wood also said” the club contributes some $60,000 toward prize money each year and this fund raiser along with sponsorship goes towards that target.” He added Harness Racing Victoria has also included Mount Gambier in four heats of a R0 series in which the finals will be run at Hamilton and Horsham, so those events are likely to attract Victorian visitors. Mount Gambier season kicks off on December 8th. Gary Newton
Peter Hilliard had a taste of Canadian harness racing earlier this year and loved it so much he's handed in his resignation to his employer of eight years - Geoff Small, Patumahoe.
North American harness racing fans know all about the driving talents of Dexter Dunn, who is currently in the United States about to compete in the World Driving Championships. But be warned he's not the only New Zealand junior driver who has the talent to take on the world.
Mystery surrounds the future of glamour pacer Tintin In America. The 5-year-old entire has been stricken with a 'mysterious affliction' which has kept him off the racetrack and away from all the big harness racing purses available this season including the Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park and Interdominions at Addington Raceway - both in March.
Mr Feelgood will try and pen another unusual chapter to one of the strangest stories in pacing history in the Auckland Cup. With the Alexandra Park classic now on his radar it is shaping as the possibly the hottest harness race of the season, with racing's X-factor mare De Lovely also a Cup chance.
Ian Small will take over the training duties of his older brother Geoff's strong Patumahoe stable following a Harness Racing Victoria six month ban, which starts today (November 1) and finises on April 30 next year.
Imagine outlaying a total of $8,700 for a 50th share in a harness racing syndicate and then a few years later getting a $75,000 return on your money. Say what you want, but an 857% profit on your money is a fantastic investment in anyone's language.
Alby Gain called his last harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park on 'Black Friday' August 13, but the 65-year-old had nothing but great fortune when he made one final appearance at the Auckland racetrack tonight (August 28).
Will Tintin In America be named North Island Harness Horse Of The Year? Will Australian raider Sundon's Gift's Rowe Cup win be enough to take the trotter's title? These posers amongst others will be answered at the Alabar 2010 North Island Harness Racing Awards Dinner at Alexandra Park on August 28.
The best horse at Saturday's $1.5 million Harness Jewels may have virtually no winning chance 100m after the start of his race. That is the reality astute harness racing driver David Butcher wants punters to be aware of before they back superstar Tintin In America in the $200,000 4-year-old male pace at Cambridge this weekend.
The New Zealand TAB opened the four Group One races at the Rowe Cup harness racing meeting last Wednesday morning, and all four events were won by the favourites. In fact seven favourites won 10 of the races on Friday (May 7) meeting.
The future of the heir to the New Zealand pacing throne will be decided next week. That is when ATC Trot Syndicate members will consider a huge offer for Tintin In America, the freakish pacer set to step up to harness racing superstardom next season.
Friday's $500,000 Auckland Trotting Cup has emerged relatively unscathed from Sunday's brutal Interdominion Pacing Final, with favourite Monkey King now a certain starter. The Interdominion runnerup had been under a slight cloud after Sunday's record run at Menangle left him with a cough, but Canterbury harness racing trainer Brendon Hill says a veterinary examination has cleared Monkey King to take his place on Friday at Alexandra Park.