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A New South Wales representative is yet to win the Australian Drivers Championship, however, two of the state's leading harness racing drivers are hoping to reverse this trend at the 2016 Championship on October 22 at Globe Derby, South Australia. The pair given this task is last season's leading State Driver Todd McCarthy and multiple Group winning reinswoman Amanda Turnbull. The selection process was very "black and white" according to Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny. "Todd McCarthy was the state's leading driver last season while Amanda Turnbull was the leading reinswoman in the state," Dumesny said. "By selecting a representative from each gender HRNSW is a leader in equality and naturally they both deserve their selection." It will be the first time McCarthy represents NSW in this Championship, however, the same cannot be said for Turnbull who has competed in this series in 2014 and finished 10th. AMANDA RANDO

At just the age of 23 harness racing reinsman Todd McCarthy is undoubtedly having his best season to date. He achieved the feat of driving 500 winners last night at Penrith (August 18) and this milestone was reached when the two-year-old Western Stride broke through for his first victory. This season alone Todd has driven 186 winners, which includes his first Group One winner, and looks set to take out the New South Wales Drivers Premiership. The talented reinsman is also the leading concession driver in the state and is in front in the Metropolitan Drivers Premiership too, just two wins ahead of his older brother Luke. Here are some more Todd McCarthy stats: ·         First started driving in 2010 ·         His first race drive was at Albion Park on March 2, 2010, on Count The Cards – they finished second ·         It took Todd 13 drives to land his first winner ·         His first winner was Count The Cards at the Gold Coast on April 23, 2010 ·         Todd’s first double was at Albion Park on October 26, 2010, with Beef City Beau and Braveheart Stride ·         At the age of 21 Todd drove five winners in one program which was at Newcastle on May 3, 2014. The wins came courtesy of Fellas R Trouble, Howdy        Dazz, Marble Halls, Emerging Art and Bettorbeastar ·         Todd’s drives has collected over $4.6million in prizemoney ·         His first Group One win was with Frith in the 2016 Ladyship Mile ·         The fastest win Todd has had was when Frith rated 1:50.1 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 16, 2016 ·         He has trained 17 winners  - more than half of them were thanks to the pacer Seel N Print ·         Todd also finished second in the 2014 Inter Dominion Grand Final with Seel N Print AMANDA RANDO

Honours and dollars were shared although there were hardly any great surprises after the three Group Two Trotters Finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon. Harness Racing Trainer/Driver Blake Fitzpatrick kicked off the big Breeders Challenge Finals Day in typical fashion when he took Empire Bay to victory in the opening event, the Two-Year-Old Trotters Final. Sent out a prohibitive $1.50 favourite, Empire Bay was a comfortable winner over his only two rivals Shang Fang Sword and Nanas Eyes. While he was expected to dominate the trotters’ races, Fitzpatrick could only fill the minor places with his following two entries with Seven Secrets running fourth in the three-year-old final and short-priced favourite Glenferrie Burn leaving its run too late and ending up second with a late burst in the four and five-year-old Trotters’ Final. Zac Phillips guided Red Hot Tooth to victory to deny Fitzpatrick of making it two from two while Todd McCarthy held on from a fast-finishing Fitzpatrick with Glenferrie Burn in the third race. Fitzpatrick was delighted to draw first blood: “He (Empire Bay) went great, he’s been a really smart horse and he’s made mistakes in the wrong races,” he said. “His record really should be better than it is. “I was happy to follow Shang Fang Sword as my bloke has really good speed and he picked the leader up quickly and finished the race right off. “He’ll have a short break now and then head to Victoria for the Redwood and then the Breeders Crown.” The Three-Year-Old Trotters Final could almost be considered a Bathurst victory as Red Hot Tooth was bred by Geoff Bullock from Bathurst. He sent the horse to Kari Males, who trains out of Bolinda in Victoria but is originally a Bathurst girl. Young Victorian-based reinsman Zac Phillips, 20, caught a plane this morning to drive the horse and then headed straight back to drive at Shepparton tonight. “I’ve been up here a few times but this is the first time I’ve driven a winner here,” he grinned. “She’s been a revelation this horse and came down around six months ago. She wasn’t much to look at but has had six starts and kept improving. “Once she began to race the better horses she just acquitted herself well. “I thought I’d be hard to beat if could lead and we had such a great run I was really confident. “If she’s in front she runs her best races. “I think she could have gone quicker had she needed to. It’s a terrific story the owners are lovely people and it’s really good to see people win on a big day like today.” Michael Howard

A quick update re the 2016 Harness Jewels. Kevin Pizzuto and his stand out pacer Heza Bromac are heading to the 2016 Cambridge Jewels. Today Pizzuto and owner Danny Zavitsanos accepted an invitation from HRNZ to complete in the Sweet Lou at Woodlands 3yo Emerald on the 4th of June. When Kevin spoke to Greg Hayes of HRNSW last week about his stable star, he was quoted as saying "“He by far and away is the best horse I have ever had in my stable, I’ve had some nice horses over the years but there is daylight between Heza Bromac and the rest,”  Regular driver Todd McCarthy will come over to drive the son of Rob Roy Mattgregor, and by the looks of his latest twitter update where he described Heza Bromac as an "Awesome horse with a ton of speed and power" he is obviously excited for the challenge. Heza Bromac joins Shane Tritton trained mare Arms Of An Angel as the only official jewels invites at this stage. Andrew Fitzgerald

Irish pacer Meadowbranch DJ has no time for celebrating St Patrick's Day on Thursday with new trainer John McCarthy confirming the Inter Dominion competitor is ready to resume after two solid trials at Tabcorp Park Menangle. McCarthy has been pleased with both efforts and will now sit down and look for a suitable race. Meadowbranch DJ last raced on December 4 at Gloucester Park when he finished behind Devendra, however on resumption the son of Real Artist will be racing much weaker opposition. Although he has won 23 races in the United Kingdom, Meadowbranch DJ is assessed as a C1 pacer in Australia. "I think he is going to do a good job in Sydney, he is lowly assessed and I think he will be best suited to Menangle because he really likes racing over the mile," McCarthy said. "I've been really happy with his two trials, he just knocked up late in his first trial, the winner broke 1:53 and he wasn't too far away." "On Tuesday I told Todd (McCarthy) to go around 1:54 and let him run through the line which is exactly what happened." McCarthy keeps in contact with former trainer Willie Flanagan and confirmed he had received a text message prior to Meadowbranch DJ's trial on Tuesday. "I spent some time with the Irish boys in Western Australia and they're all good guys, Willie sent me a message asking what I expected from the trial on Tuesday and they're obviously keeping a close eye on what he is doing here in Sydney." "On the times he is running in the trials he is going to get through to metropolitan class, he can get a bit keen in his races but if I can keep a lid on him between runs I think he should do a really good job." Meanwhile stablemate Cyclone Kate is back in work and will be aimed towards the upcoming Carousel series. Cyclone Kate won the Group 2 Carnival Stakes on Miracle Mile afternoon and McCarthy admits he will be forced to keep her away from the races prior to a Carousel heat. "If she wins another race she won't be eligible to compete in the Carousel so I'll have to get her fit at the trials, she didn't have long off so she didn't lose too much condition." "It looks a pretty good series for her but I know Belinda and Luke are aiming Kept Under Wraps at the Carousel so like always there will be plenty of depth." Lord Zin Zan is still spelling after his encouraging campaign. The four-year-old pacer finished second behind Have Faith In Me in the Chariots Of Fire and MCCarthy has now set his sights on the Breeders Crown. "I never ask too much of my horses at four, all of the good horses I've had success with previously I've been patient with at four, I think if you give them an easy season and they have the ability, it helps them develop into a Grand Circuit performer." "I was mindful Lord Zin Zan had suffered from a leg injury and while everything was fine with him during this campaign, I thought if I gave him some time off now it would ensure that the leg doesn't become an issue later on." Greg Hayes

The darling of Tabcorp Park Menangle withstood the best mares in Australia to stamp herself as one of our greatest ever at Menangle today. Champion harness racing mare Frith show acceleration and courage to wallop a field of the best mares in Australasia as she scored a one and a half metre win over plucky Kiwi mare Our Willow with Victorian mare Nike Franco a flashing third. Victory in this $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Ladyship Mile was perhaps the biggest victory in young reinsman Todd McCarthy’s short career as Frith rated 1:51.9 to surge past the $1m mark in earnings. Todd declared he had the best horse in the race as soon as the mobile let them go as Frith burned across the face of the field from gate 11 to clear them easily and hold a two-length lead by the time they passed the post the first time. McCarthy knew that after a 27.8s opening split that Frith would love a tiny breather and was able to back off the speed with a 30.1s second split before putting the foot down and letting his rivals do the chasing. Turning for home after a 27.6s third quarter, Frith showed her dazzling speed when she sizzled home in 26.4 seconds to hold off the fast-finish of My Willow, who had the drop on her all the way after holding the back of the leader from gate one. Despite the urgings of Mark Purdon, the tiny My Willow, tried her hardest to catch Frith before settling for second while Nike Franco held off the other quick-finisher Berisari to run third. McCarthy, the son of two-time Miracle Mile winner John McCarthy later commented: “She’s something else and will go down in history as a special mare. “I wasn’t too sure, it’s a big ask to cross all the good ones but she has that much speed and showed it today. “She felt strong in the straight. I knew there were a couple behind with plenty of speed. But we hit the line at top speed and did enough to hold them off. “She’s so tough and she never lays down. When you drive her you get a really special feel and I actually got goose bumps as we crossed the line.”  

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

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