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Mighty mare Frith bounced back to her brilliant best with an all-the-way win to take out the first feature of a stellar night's harness racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight, the $50,000 Group Two Therese Cordina Sibelia Stakes. Blessed with the gate speed to easily cross and find the front from gate three for star young reinsman Todd McCarthy, Frith reeled off a 27.7s first quarter of the mile to ensure nothing was going to challenge the six-year-old mare for the lead. After a 29.5s second split, the race was always going to be Frith's for the taking, so McCarthy lowered the handlebars and the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark posted a 27.8 third split to test her rivals to the max. Frith saved her best for last as she romped home the last quarter in an even 27 seconds to score by 1.5m from Nike Franco (Luke McCarthy) with $1.80 favourite Fight For Glory a fighting third. Natalie Rasmussen angled Fight For Glory away from the pegs turning for home and she had ever chance in the long Menangle straight to run down Frith, while Nike Franco came from three-back on the pegs to surge up the inside and briefly looked a chance of getting to Frith before pacing roughly about 50m from the finish. Still all honours were with Frith with the mighty mare now guaranteed a berth in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile, one of many features to be run on Miracle Mile Day, February 28. While owner Diane Kelly was trackside to acknowledge her great mare, reinsman Todd McCarthy, one of the form drivers at Menangle in recent months, said hopping behind a horse of the calibre of Frith made the big nights like these memorable ones. Trainer Belinda McCarthy commented that the real Frith stood up tonight after she had finished a close and unlucky fourth to Easy On The Eye a week ago at the same track. Belinda will no doubt put the great mare on ice now as she edges towards that magic million dollars in earnings. Tonight's success put Frith a mere $25,000 short of the historic mark. Michael Court            

The Ashlee Grives trained Lochinver is aiming to become just the third horse to win Bankstown's Treuer Memorial on multiple occasions. Our Sir Vancelot won it twice in 1996/97 and Washakie recorded five consecutive victories from 2009 to 2013. While the race no longer carries Grand Circuit status, Grives is hoping to join the select group by winning Friday night's feature event. "Lochniver has been a great horse for me, he started racing as a two year old and he is still racing the top horses many years later," Grives said. "I'm really happy with how he is going, it has taken me awhile to get him back to his best but I think his last two victories have proved that he is in the best form of his career and if everything goes right on Friday night then he can win the Treuer." Grives confirmed Lochniver had a couple of niggling issues last season but she believes his improvement could be a change in routine. "As he has gotten older I have had to back off his work a little bit, he just can't cop as much work as he previously could because of the wear and tear on his body. "I've changed things up a bit with his training and he has really blossomed." Lochinver will relish getting back to the half mile circuit on Friday night. "He handles any size track, it is a good asset to have because some horses prefer the bigger tracks like Menangle but with Lochinver he is just as much at home at Bankstown. "Because he is racing so well I'll look to target a few of the country cups coming up in New South Wales and Bathurst's Shirley Turnbull Memorial would be a logical target at Christmas time." While Grives will drive Lochinver at Bankstown she has been using the services of reinsman Todd McCarthy on a regular basis. "Todd is the leading driver at the moment and to me it makes sense to use him, it also allows me to step back for the time being and watch the horses from the sidelines. "I'm really enjoying the training side of things these days and Todd has been winning races for me so it is something that I am going to keep on doing." McCarthy will drive Platinum Roulette for Grives in the Sydney Cup at Bankstown. "Platinum Roulette has drawn well and I think he is going to be extremely hard to beat, I'm driving Mister Chow in the same race but he has drawn the back row and will need plenty of speed on if he is going to get into the race. "Platinum Roulette has come back from injury really well, he's only had the two runs back but he was forced to sit outside Yayas Hot Spot last time out at Bathurst and did a great job to finish as close as he did." Greg Hayes

Harness racing driver Todd McCarthy has long been noted for his ability to get horses off the gate quickly, and in his recent visits to Group One Feeds Paceway, he's put that to good use by handing up to take advantage of Bathurst's sprint lane. Two of his three winners at last Wednesday's all-sprint meeting, both for in-form trainer Ashlee Grives, came in this manner. Limitation NZ ($15.10, in C2-C4 grade) got up in the last stride of a very busy finish, over Mattjestic Star and leader Inception NZ, with favourite Cruisinonthe Big Ern, which eventually finished fourth, also labelled the winner at one stage in the straight. It was just the third career win, in 74 starts, but the second in succession, for the Live Or Die daughter who has reached a new peak of form at age seven. "I was happy to hand up on her, and take my chances. On the home bend I was hopeful, rather than confident, which was pretty much the same feeling I had about the photo finish," McCarthy commented when his number came up. The combination scored their second win of the night in the final event, for three-year-olds, when Summer Money ($4.00) showed a brilliant turn of foot to scoot along the sprint lane for an impressive win over Taylah Studleigh, which had death-seated throughout.  It was a maiden win for the well named Million Dollar Cam youngster, at his ninth start, but indicative of further success in coming starts. Todd's third winner, for Sydney trainer Wayne Dimech in a C3 conditioned class, was Merrywood Duke, and after enjoying a one-one trail throughout, the $2.30 favourite outsprinted Abbey Cullen and leader Puffnstuff, with a smart last half of 56.5 responsible for the 1:55.7 mile rate. This was mid-range in the night's speed catalogue, with three sub- 1:55 runs, a further three below 1:58.0, and a 1:58.4 victory - which would have drawn rave reviews on the old Bathurst track - the slowest of the meeting. Emma Turnbull, one of the contenders for Bathurst driving honours this season, took out the fastest and the slowest, with De Santa Anna and Skirmish. De Santa Anna ($3.30, for Steve Conroy) staged a thrilling battle the entire length of the home straight with favourite Mister Jogalong in the C1 opening race, with just a neck separating them at the finish and the chasing pack some thirty metres astern. The mile rate of 1:54.8 set the standard for the night, as did the 27.5 final quarter. The performance of both the winner and runner-up drew plenty of praise from seasoned observers. Both four year olds are top class, and the future clashes between them as they work through the grades will be awaited with real anticipation. Skirmish NZ ($2.60 favourite, Peter Bullock) might have rated the slowest time but, ironically, his win from inside the second line in a C0 class, was as tough and meritorious as any at the meeting. Emma Turnbull was intent on getting him away from the markers as soon as she was able, and he was forced to work hard around the field to the death seat, during a first half in 59 seconds. He applied plenty of pressure to leader Time To Share Lombo down the back, forged to the front on the bend and showed true grit in fighting off his challengers for the win, his fourth in five starts. Other winners at the meeting included: Star Singer ($8.20) , in the second of the C1 events, Nathan Hurst earning a " drive of the night " award for his mid-race sprint which took his opponents by surprise, and himself to the lead, and eventual victory; So Kool Harry ($12.40, Steve/ Nathan Turnbull), enjoying a nice trail behind race favourite Yayas Hot Spot before pulling out a big sprint to take out the fast class, with a last half in 56.8 , and edging ever closer to the coveted $200,000 in earnings; Sonny Studleigh ($4.10, Leigh/ Jake Davis) , working clear into a three-wide trail up the back, and finishing off strongly to win a C0 grade, to remain the "cream of the crop" for the dairy farmers from Browns Creek. Greg Hayes

As the youngest of three McCarthy brothers it is understandable Todd felt the pressure to succeed in the sport of harness racing. With a father that trained dual Miracle Mile winner Be Good Johnny and two successful brothers driving winner after winner, expectations were high. Surprisingly Todd waited nearly a year to apply for his licence to drive in races despite being eligible to do so. "I knew harness racing was where I would end up but I was still competing on the dirt bikes and there definitely was pressure because Luke and Andy were doing so well but once I finally got my licence I loved it," Todd McCarthy said. "There was no pressure from Mum and Dad or anyone else in the family but it was very daunting when I first started and while it worried me early in my career I quickly learned that I had to put thoughts like that out of my mind." When Todd drove Whitershadeofpale to win at Albion Park on Friday afternoon he brought up his 100th Australian winner for the season, the first time the 22-year old had achieved the feat. He added to that when Bling It On won on Saturday evening taking his season tally to 101 and his career total to 295. By the time Luke and Andy McCarthy had turned 21 the pair had each driven more than 300 winners. However Todd is set to become the quickest of the McCarthy family to reach the mark. Luke drove his 300th winner after 2017 drives, while Andy needed 1896 races. Todd has driven in only 1871 events and needs just five winners in his next 24 races to surpass his brothers. Todd's career started in Queensland and he drove only for his father. His claim was very valuable but when he was unable use to his junior concession he was the stable's fourth option. Owners wanted Luke, Andy or John and Todd was happy to accept the situation. "When I first started in Brisbane, juniors got 40 concession wins each season and Dad wanted to use the claim just for his stable but when owners wanted to use Luke or Andy I understood why, I didn't have much experience and they wanted the best driver on their horse. "It is hard for a junior to get going because you need success to attract more opportunities and you're still learning what to do." Todd made the move to Sydney but it took him a while to settle into his new surroundings. "I love the style of racing at Menangle but it is different from Albion Park and it takes time to become accustomed to the differences. "When I arrived Mat Rue was doing a lot of the concession driving for Luke but I picked up a few drives and slowly things started to improve." The improvement in Todd's driving has been evident in the past couple of seasons with a number of stables now using his services. "There have been a lot of changes for me over the past two years but I think the biggest one has been maturity. "Two years ago I was only thinking about my horse and where it had to be in the race, I had a set plan and if things didn't work out how I thought, I had nothing to fall back on but now I think a lot more in races, I know where my main dangers are and I have worked out what I'm going to do if certain things happen." Todd also credits pacer Seel N Print for helping with his development. "Seel N Print really put me on the map, he gave me the confidence to compete against the top drivers and helped me pick up outside drives too." With less than two months of the season remaining Todd has a slender lead in the Metropolitan Drivers' premiership. "The metro premiership is something that I would really like to win, I have a one win lead and that made the decision to go to Albion Park over the weekend difficult because I am getting a lot of drives at Menangle at the moment. "I won a strike rate premiership in my first season of driving in Queensland but have never won anything else so it would be nice to win it this season." What does the future hold for Todd? Will he follow in the footsteps of his brother Luke and remain in Sydney or will he head to the USA and emulate Andy? "I want to be a driver, I work for Dad in the mornings helping him and working Seel N Print but I really like the driving side of the industry. "At some stage I would like to head to North America for a short stint but my future is in Sydney." Greg Hayes

The annual Central Victorian Young Harness Racing Drivers' Challenge will take place across five races next month from July 8-9. Horses will be randomly allocated to a driver from the following list of invitees - Josh Aiken, Aaron Bain (SA), Josh Duggan, Dylan Egerton-Green (WA), Dylan Ford (Tas), Haydon Gray, Jason Lee, Todd McCarthy (NSW), Zac Phillips and Amy Rees (Qld). The series kicks off with two races at Shepparton on July 8 and continues the following day with two races at Maryborough and one at Ballarat. Shepparton Harness Racing Club racing and operations manager Ian McDonald is looking forward to the series of races. "The quality of participants is the key. To have not only the five leading young drivers in Victoria but the five best from outside Victoria is fantastic," he said. "To have them all in the one forum is a real bonus." Horses which win races involved in the series will not incur a handicapping penalty. CODY WINNELL 

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino had his first runner in a race in October 2013. After spending years travelling overseas and gaining international experience with various horsemen, Golino returned to Australia and took out a training licence. Since then the 34-year old has had 48 runners for 16 winners and 18 placings but his trotting strike rate is even better. Golino trained trotters have won nine of the 15 races they have competed in with a further three finishing second. Arboe won Saturday night's Gr. 3 La Cooaracha at Tabcorp Park Menangle while stablemate My Tribeca finished second in the NSW Trotters Oaks. "It was a great night for the stable, Arboe is a really good horse, she is only lightly raced but she was a little difficult to get going when she first arrived," said Golino. "The daughter of french stallion Love You has a mind of her own but she's starting to put it all together now and I think she has got a bright future." Arboe defeated classy mare Claudys Princess on Saturday night but Golino is not getting too carried away. "The La Coocaracha was a very good field, I thought if she found the front she would be very hard to beat, Claudys Princess was very good in defeat, it was a huge run and if you reverse the draws it probably would have been a different result. "Arboe is really tough so over a mile we had to go forward from the draw but I think she'll get over distance and the further the race is the better she will be." Golino will now take Arboe to Victoria in a fortnight and driver Todd McCarthy will be offered the drive. "Todd will get the option to come if he wants, he's definitely going to retain the drive on Arboe and My Tribeca that's for sure." Arboe is raced by Pat Driscoll's Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd and Golino was full of praise for him. "Pat is an unbelievable guy, he is really passionate about trotters and I really think he can change the sport down here in Australia. "He puts a lot of time, money and research into his breeding, he has imported some really nice horses but it is just the beginning because in five years time he will have had a massive impact on the sport." My Tribeca ran an impressive race when finishing second in the NSW Trotters Oaks despite galloping soon after the start and will now also head to Victoria. "The filly by another French stallion called Goetmals Wood was a little unlucky, she got flattened at the start, hit a wheel and galloped but she put in a massive run for a horse having her second lifetime run. "She's a big filly physically, I think she would weigh close to 500 kilos now, I am tipping when she is fully grown she'll be 16 hands plus." Greg Hayes

Our harness racing tipsters had another so so week although to be fair they did have a lot of close second placings over the four meetings. There were five winners selected with Clark Barron continuing his hot run at the moment along with Bob Butt, Tony Herlihy, Shane Walkinshaw and Tim Williams and they also had seven placings as well, a lot of them at good odds. This week we have five meetings but none in the deep south which has affected our number of tipsters a bit. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Chantrey back to his favourite track could upset them in race 3 Brendon McLellan - Gives new stable runner Continental Boy a good chance of winning race 5 Shane Walkinshaw - Likes the chances of smart 3 year old Robyn's Bad Boy winning race 6 Matthew Williamson - Rates Hezabluechipboy a big winning chance in race 8  Steve Richardson - Thought The Edge Of Reason could upset them at good odds in race 9   Auckland - Friday night  Maurice McKendry - Really quite keen on the chances of the out of form Sir Richie in race 1 Todd MacFarlane - Gives the 2 year old Cyclone Chief a good chance of winning race 2 Sean McCaffrey - Thinks Yagunnakissmeornot can bounce back to winning form in race 4 Todd Mitchell - Rates Charming Lavra a big chance of winning again, also in race 4 Steven Reid - Confident that Shedontloveme will go one better this week and win 6 John Dunn - Thought Barry was due a change of luck and could win race 8   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel - Reckons Saint Michel with the help of the mobile will win race 2 Bob Butt - With two runs under his belt, thought Any Old Way was ready to win, also in race 2  Brad Williamson - Looks like a trifecta as Brad thinks The Silver Fox will win race 2 Tim Williams - Rates the debutante Cash N Flow as very hard to beat in race 5 Jim Curtin - Thought One Over Da Moon on his Rowe Cup run would win race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks King Of Strathfield has been going great and could win, also in race 6 Scott Phelan - Rates Bettor B Amazed a big winning chance even from barrier 9 in race 7 Blair Orange - Gives Bracken Ridge a big show of turning his form around and winning race 9   Thames - Sunday afternoon Tony Herlihy - Very bullish about the chances of Mighty Regal in race 4   Ashburton - Sunday afternoon Ricky May - Rates the first starter Cable Beach very highly and thinks he will win race 4 John Curtin - Thought Gracious Star and Michelle Neilson would make it two in a row and win race 6   Harnesslink Media

A return trip to Queensland for the beginning of harness racing’s Grand Circuit could be on the cards for top pacer Seel N Print. Having made the trek to the Sunshine State last November, where he notched two wins and a second from three starts, Seel N Print shapes as the ideal prospect for the Queensland Pacing Championship on October 25. The $250,000 Group One traditionally kicks off the Grand Circuit, with champions such as Popular Alm, Preux Chevalier, Westburn Grant, Koala King, Paleface Adios and Blacks A Fake gracing the honour roll. As for Seel N Print, he gave notice of he is ready to join the event’s winners’ list with his stylish victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night. Trained and driven by Todd McCarthy, the son of Falcon Seelster was eased to the tail of the field from the outside of the front row as Teo Enteo, Charity King and then The Gold Ace worked to the lead. With the field racing in ‘Indian file’ at bell, Seel N Print trailed Monifieth as he was angled away from the pegs along the back straight. Three-wide on the final bend, Seel N Print unleashed a solid sprint to score by a metre-and-a-half from Teo Enteo, with The Gold Ace a head away third. Rating 1:58 for the 2300 metres, the seven-year-old covered the last half in a slick 55.1 seconds. Boasting four wins and a second from his last five appearances, Seel N Print extended his overall record to 25 wins and 27 placings from 110 starts for earnings of $602,128. PAUL COURTS

Of the five Australian nominations for harness racings New Zealand Cup this year, the horse that continues to improve and look on track for the November feature is Seel N Print. A brilliant second in this years Inter-Dominion final, the son of Falcon Seelster is right in the zone at the moment and looks perfectly capable of upsetting Terror To Love's attempt to win four cups in a row. Last night at Melton (August 30th) in the $30,000 Group Three Frith Open Pace, Seel N Print was shooting for three in a row for trainer /driver Todd McCarthy. Exciteusinthecity and Gold Ace both burned the gate with the pair several lengths clear in the early stages. Soon after the early burn the brakes went on and Exciteusinthecity slowed the pace with no pressure from Gold Ace in the death seat. Seel N Print settled three back on the inner in the field of eight and his chances didn't look flash with the lack of pace up front From the 800 meters the tempo was upped a touch with the quarter down the back in 28.4 and then Exciteusinthecity set sail for home. Half way up the straight he was holding before Seel N Print burst through on the inner for another impressive win. What gave the win even more merit was the final 400 meters off the front was run in 26.2 so for Seel N Print to make ground so stylishly speaks volumes for his class. Seel N Print comes from a very distinguished branch of the Estella Amos family in New Zealand. He is the first foal of the Go For Grins mare Fine Print and has the very talented racemares Laudit (3rd dam) and In Or Out (4th dam) close up in his pedigree. The top pacer Percy The Punter 1:56.4 ($332,067) and smart juvenile Le Sol 1:54.3 ($163,656) are both from half sisters to Fine Print Seel N Print was bred in New Zealand by Terry McDonald, the breeder and owner of Terror To Love and there is a certain degree of irony that one of the major challenges to Terror To Love winning his fourth New Zealand Cup was bred by his owner. Harnesslink Media    

Harness racing owner Kevin Riseley confirmed last week that Lennytheshark is out of Breeders Crown contention this year, owners preferring to give the classy four-year-old a spell before chasing summer riches. But Riseley and fellow connections of two-year-old Bettors Delight colt Kept Under Wraps have a serious live Crown chance after the Brent Lilley-trained youngster upstaged boom Sydneysider Birdy Mach in the $50,505 Garrards Horse and Hound Tatlow Stakes for colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Kept Under Wraps, driven by Greg Sugars, raced one-out, one-back for the bulk of the journey while Birdy Mach ran along in front for Todd McCarthy in the 2240m race. The Sydney colt, which started $1.60 favourite after two blistering wins to start its career at Menangle, found the lead easily early with no one willing to challenge. This allowed last-start Vicbred Super Series winner Feeling Arty to dash to the death chair for Cameron Maggs, which gave the eventual winner cover in the running line. When Birdy Mach pinched a 10m lead coming off the back straight Sugars sent Kept Under Wraps out after him, while Iceobar, from the Brent Lilley yard with Mark Purdon in the spider, followed into the race stylishly. In the straight Birdy Mach led, Iceobar used the sprint lane and Kept Under Wraps came down the outside. Birdy Mach kept on kicking but Kept Under Wraps had more in the tank and nailed the early leader on the line to win by 1.1m, while Iceobar was a further 3.5m away in third place. The winning mile rate was 1:57.1 with a fourth quarter of 29.3secs and a last half of 58.3. Kept Under Wraps now boasts four wins from six starts. Kept Under Wraps The $50,505 Group 2 fillies’ Tatlow Stakes went to New Zealand star Katy Perry, who scored by 2.5m over Michael Stanley-trained Soho Tokyo, while Read About Lexy was third for Bernie Hewitt. Katy Perry, who started from the back row, whipped around the field early for reinsman Dexter Dunn before taking the lead and holding off all comers late. Katy Perry clocked a winning mile rate of 1:59.4 with a last half of 57.2. Katy Perry Earlier on the program Messini continued his dominance of the Victorian three-year-old ranks with a 5.5m win over Epaulette in the A Rocknroll Dance The Graduate. Despite starting from gate 13, Chris Alford guided the Brent Lilley-trained son of Art Major home in a mile rate of 1:56.5. Bettor Rock On remained unbeaten in five Australian runs with victory in Race 8, the Yeomans Slate and Stone Winter Championship Final for in-form father-son combo Ross and Greg Sugars. Bettor Rock On scored by 3.5m over the 1720m trip in a rate of 1:54.4 (last half 56.2) to defeat Essbee Doubleyou in second and Tandias Bromac in third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

The success story of this year's Young Drivers Challenge was undoubtedly the rise and rise of Rebecca Bartley. Over the space of three days the Congupna reinswoman, 22, became a household name in Victorian harness racing, winning the first four races in the five-race invitational series. And they weren't aboard odds-on favourites, in fact far from it. Bartley piloted two longshots to victory at Shepparton on Thursday night (Riviera Kiss $26.60 and Boom Boom Hall $18.80) before striking at enormous odds at Melton's Tabcorp Park on Friday night (Smiling Spirit winning at $54.30). To cap it off Bartley won the fourth race of the series at Ballarat on Saturday night (aboard Kankkunen at $10.70) before having to settle for fifth with Belvoirama in the last race to finish with a series points score of 46 - just four points shy of an unprecedented 50 points (the maximum a driver can accrue in the 10-points-per-win series). "She was the story of the series, that's for sure," said Ballarat and District Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse. "By the time the series finished everyone knew who Rebecca Bartley was." Rowse described the Young Drivers Challenge as a great series and praised the Shepparton Harness Racing Club for developing the concept. "I'd encourage other clubs to follow Shepparton's lead and look at holding similar series in the future," Rowse said. "It certainly added interest to our meeting as we were the lucky beneficiary of the series' final." Rowse said any notion that harness racing was a sport dominated by males had long been debunked, with Victoria's driving ranks filled with top-line women's talent. "It wouldn't surprise me at all now if Rebecca can go on to achieve similar to what Kerryn (Manning), Jodi (Quinlan), Amy (Tubbs) etcetera have been able to do," he said. "It's a good news story for everyone that the girls are going so well in Victoria." Bartley thanked series organisers and her fellow young drivers in her victory speech at Ballarat. New South Wales based driver Todd McCarthy finished second in the series, 14 points behind Bartley, while Narissa McMullen (Queensland), Josh Duggan and Jason Lee all tied for third on 31 points. YOUNG DRIVERS CHALLENGE FINAL STANDINGS 1: Rebecca Bartley 46 2: Todd McCarthy 32 3: Narissa McMullen 31 3: Josh Duggan 31 3: Jason Lee 31 6: Dylan Ford 25 7: Aaron Bain 24 8: Josh Aiken 23 9: Aiden De Campo 22 10: Zac Phillips 18   By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The Shepparton Harness Racing Club, in conjunction with Tabcorp Park Melton and Ballarat, will again conduct their annual Young Drivers Challenge over three meetings, kicking off on Thursday May 29. The two races involved on the card will be the C2 to C3 for four-year-old and older as well as the C1 for four-year-old and older horses with drivers to be randomly allocated from the list of outstanding junior talents. Josh Aiken, Josh Duggan, Haydon Gray, Jason Lee and Zac Phillips will be representing their home state while interlopers Aaron Bain (SA), Aiden De Campo (WA), Dylan Ford (Tas), Todd McCarthy (NSW) and Narissa McMullen (QLD) all converge to try and take the title. In an exciting new turn for the competition, the young drivers will not only compete in two penalty free races at Shepparton, they will also take centre stage at Tabcorp Park Melton the following night. That will be followed up by the chance to compete on one of Victoria’s most popular tracks, Bray Raceway Ballarat the very next night. Shepparton Harness Racing Club Secretary/Manager Ian McDonald was thrilled with the opportunity being provided to those driving. “I think we’ve assembled the best young driving talent in Australia and it’s just terrific to see them get the opportunity to compete in the Young Drivers Challenge,” McDonald said. “This year we’ve added races at Melton and Ballarat to spice things up and it will give all the drivers a chance to drive on one of the biggest stages in the sport. “The fact that the winner of each of the races won’t incur a handicapping penalty just gives trainers the best opportunity to race for good prizemoney.” For more information visit the meeting calendar for the Shepparton meeting calendar here, the Melton meeting calendar here and finally for more on the Ballarat leg, click here. by HRV Media

Todd McCarthy dominated the driving ranks at Newcastle last Saturday night bringing up his first five winner haul in his career. He drove five of the first six winners on Derby night in a brilliant display. Marble Halls started the ball rolling in race one for trainer Glen Tippet, Fellas r Trouble in race three for trainer Peter Rixon, Howdy Dazz in race four for trainer Kevin Pizutto, Bettorbeastar in race five for Kevin Pizutto and Emerging Art in race six for Peter Rixon. Older brother Luke added to the night when champion three year old Bling It On won the feature event, the Mark Colin Packaging Newcastle Derby. Bling It On started at $1.10 on the NSW TAB and even though he was crossed at the start Luke was able to ease out into the running line and take off to hit the lead with two laps to go. He rated the son of American Ideal beautifully in front with a 69.4 lead time then strong sectionals of 30.1, 28.9, 28.6 and 29.8. Runners were faced with a very strong head wind in the home straight all night. Bling It On looked under a good hold in the run home and was never in danger, he record a 7 metre victory over El Feugo who stuck on very well for second and Mister Jay Cee who was a further 1.5 metres back in third. Bling It On stopped the clock at 3.06.8 for the 2550 metre journey with a mile rate of 1.57.9 which was only 3/10ths of a second outside the track record held jointly by Excel Stride and Suave Stuey Lombo. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |          

Bathburst harness racing horseman Peter Trevor-Jones took a trip back in time as he prepared to head for Tabcorp Park Menangle today to watch his classy six-year-old Beetson contest the $50,000 Lands Legal Carousel. “You wouldn’t believe it, but I won this race 10 years ago,” Trevor-Jones commented. That brought a laugh from his wife: “Try 20 years ago Peter,” she said. And Trevor-Jones was happy to recall getting a horse named Perfect Finish from John McCarthy all those years ago which he trained to win the Carousel. “Here I am, all these later, sending a horse I own to John’s son Luke to train and we are winning another Carousel. This is fantastic,” said Trevor-Jones. Still it was former Tasmanian reinsman  James Rattray who turned in another faultless drive to score with Beetson, coming with a perfectly-timed run to account for Arma Legend (Todd McCarthy) by four and a  half metres, with Three Over Three (Gavin Fitzpatrick) two and a quarter metres further  back in third spot in a quick 1:57.1 mile rate over the 2400m journey. Rattray has been one of the form drivers at Menangle due to his all-conquering run with Beautide, winning a Miracle Mile and an Inter Dominion in recent months. Still he settled Beetson perfectly in the running line and didn’t make his move until well into the straight as he and Arma Legend settled down to fight out the finish. Rattray has become close friends with Todd McCarthy since taking up residence at John McCarthy’s Cobbitty stables. But Todd must be getting sick of the sight of him. Every time he threatens to win a feature race, Rattray appears from nowhere and takes it away from him. No doubt Todd’s day in the sun will come sooner rather than later. David Wonson Harness Racing New South Wales

The talk around the track was that the inside was soft but Mach Beauty blew this theory out of the water when winning Heat Four of the Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. Driven to perfection by Lauren Panella, the five-year-old showed his customary gate speed to lead. When the $1.50 favourite For A Reason came around, Panella elected to 'hand up' which proved to be a winning move. With For A Reason drifting up the track in the home straight, Panella was able to steer her horse into the clear and seal a spot in the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final. The last two quarters of 27.8 and 28.1 seconds, saw For A Reason finish a head away in second with Franco Nelson gallant in third after racing outside the leader. Panella and Todd McCarthy, who won the earlier heat of the night at Menangle, are both concession drivers. Mach Beauty and For A Reason are now both guaranteed spots in the Inter Dominion Final Harness Racing NSW  

It was the biggest moment of his career and the smile on Todd McCarthy's face after winning the second Inter Dominion Heat showed it. He is heading to the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Final! The young horseman caused the biggest upset of the night so far at Tabcorp Park Menangle when his horse Seel N Print beat the favourite Beautide in the second Inter Dominion Qualifying Heat of the night. At juicy odds of $38.80 (NSW TAB), Seel N Print showed his usual dash when sprinting past the $1.20 favourite Beautide and The Gold Ace. Beautide worked to the lead from barrier seven and fought back in the home straight to be beaten just over a metre as Seel N Print came from back in the field. The sectionals were unavailable at the time but were later posted up in 30.5, 28.5, 28.8 and 28.9 seconds. Seel N Print and Beautide will head straight into the Grand Final on March 2. They join Terror To Love and Smolda, who finished first and second respectively in the first heat of the Inter Dominion at Addington. Harness Racing NSW  

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