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Bathurst’s Star Trek series has been won by some very good restricted-class horses which have gone on to become familiar names, the likes of Caesar Blue Chip, Frosty Castle, Smooth Dixie and Cheri Cullen. Three heats of the 2013 series, sponsored by Empire Stallions, were keenly contested at last Wednesday’s meeting, and the winners look well up to the high standard seen over the years. Lochinver (Ash Siejka, $4.70) , a brilliant winner of the first of two C1 heats over 2130 metres, started at inflated odds, with Gabrielle Solis expected to dominate from its pole draw. But that mare dropped out mid-race after suffering from heart fibrillation, and Lochinver raced away for a convincing win despite sitting in the death, with a last half of 57.6 and an impressive 1:59.8 mile rate. Sassys A Kriden, in the one-one throughout, and Beetson, which pulled hard behind the leader, finished well astern of the winner but have qualified for the $12,000 final. Rod Smith’s Kriden Investments went one better in the second heat, for C2 class, when Sammys A Kriden (Jack Butler/Amanda Turnbull $1.80 fav.), first-up since the Gold Chalice heats in March, led throughout. The four-year-old sprinted up the back in 28.6 but slowed to a 30.7 final quarter, allowing the trailers Essayist and Scots Legacy to close within a couple of metres. The same trainer-driver combination was successful in the final heat, for C2 class, with the promising Sky Falcon NZ, which started at prohibitive odds of $1.04 on the strength of a good Canola Cup heat win. He finished down the track, after galloping, in that final when equal favourite with the eventual winner Holy Camp Clive.  Sky Falcon’s mile rate of 2:02.7 was slowest of the three heats, but he did it comfortably in the lead and his final half of 58.4 could easily have been bettered. El Mega ran on well from mid-field for second, with Blissed By Datmuch holding on behind the leader for third, and a spot in the final. Owners Bernie McMullen and Dan Richardson, newcomers to harness-racing ownership, are having a great run with the Falcon Seelster four-year-old, who scored his fourth win since arriving in Australia midway through last season. Amanda Turnbull’s decision on which of the heat winners to drive in the final will come down to the all-important barrier draw. Away from the heats, easily the most impressive winner at the meeting was Saloon Passage NZ ($1.40), having its first run on this side of the Tasman for Nathan Hurst in a 3C0 sprint event.  Once he found clear air from his inside second row draw, Hurst had no hesitation in searching for the lead, after which he set the cruise control for an ever-widening 17 metres margin. Mattjestic Star came three-wide over the final lap, and Luda Can Dance trailed the leader. The last half was a soft 58.0 seconds. The Elsu gelding, one of four to race successfully this year for Hurst, who’s become the go-to trainer for that breed, races for a syndicate formed by Ray and Margaret Mawhood following their purchase of the horse after an impressive New Zealand debut six weeks ago. They’re going to have lots of fun with him. A good night got even better for the Mawhood/Hurst team, when they took out the final race, an R 0 class over 2130 metres, with Caesars Hall ($6.40 ). The four-year-old scored his maiden win at start number five, leading throughout to defeat death-seating Phil The Tooth and the unlucky Famous Spirit, which lost a lot of ground after an early mistake. Ashlee Siejka took a training double, her second winner achieved with Platinum Roulette ( Amie Bateup, $2.80 fav.), which led from seven in an R1-R3 2130 metres event to defeat peg-runners Art Appreciation and Always Bad.. It was Amie’s first drive on the Bettors gelding, a close relation to Jack That’s Gold and Henrik Zetterburg, both $100,000 winners for the stable. Feel The Courage (Steve Turnbull, $5.20) lived up to his name somewhat, with a three-wide trip over the final lap in a 2130 metres C 0 class, to stick his head out right on the line for a win over stablemate Fire Eclipse and trailer William Peter. He may not be the easiest horse to drive, but being by Courage and with a grand-dam by Pure Steel, it’s no surprise that he’s tough. Another winner to exemplify her name was Makin Memories (Pat McCarthy/Jason Turnbull $1.80 ), successful on debut in an R 0 over the 2130 metres trip, from outside the lead. Coolamingal and Bundaburra, which raced behind the winner in the running line, filled the places. Pat and Ros McCarthy bred the Trump Casino mare with Pat’s mother Ollie, who died earlier this year. Ollie had been adamant that Pat should persevere with the mare, and this win was a perfect testament to a wise and much-loved lady. It would have meant a great deal to the entire McCarthy family. Bathurst race again next Friday night, the Tier One meeting highlighted by the Star-Trek Final. Marianne Donnelly Bathurst Harness Racing Club  

Bathurst HRC indicated its strong support of the Leigh Plunkett Foundation and its upcoming fundraiser at Penrith, by naming all races at last Wednesday’s meeting for the charity. On a night when all eight winners were trained and driven by locals, there was, nevertheless, an international flavour to proceedings. Local junior Cynthia Bourke was farewelled prior to her departure for a twelve-month contract in the Canterbury stables of leading New Zealand trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. On the arrivals side, a visiting English family with connections to Brooklyn Lodge enjoyed their first experience of harness racing, which included rides in the mobile barrier, visits to the broadcast box and, most importantly, backing a winner! Cynthia Bourke’s departure will be sorely felt by the close-knit team of trainer Peter Bullock, whose stable provided one of the night’s most impressive winners in Signory Shannon (Michael Munro), in the Leukaemia Foundation Pace over 2130 metres. The Bettors five-year-old, a favourite of everyone in the stable because of his wonderful attitude, appeared well graded in the C1 event, and justified his $2.00 starting quote by leading throughout at a 2:02.1 rate. Twenty Three Penny closed late, and Getaloadathis, racing outside the leader, held on well for third. Ben Settree made an enjoyable night for the English visitors even more memorable when he drove Birds Of A Feather ($3.90) to its first win at start fourteen, in a 3CO sprint class. After a slow first half, Settree quickened to a 30.0 third quarter, and got home in 31.4 for an overall rate of just 2:05.3. Sunnyside Magic raced wide for the last lap to hold on for second, ahead of favourite Charlottes Delight, which raced in the one-one trail. Doug Moore, Ben’s father-in-law, didn’t care at all about that slow time. Brooklyn Lodge had sold the Art Major daughter of high-class racemare Ruffle My Feathers as a yearling, and subsequently bought her back cheaply. With a winning time to her name now, Doug Moore was pleased to declare, “Now I’ve got a broodmare.” Those English visitors- Patrick and Jeanette Smith and their three children – hail from a little village near Headingly in Leeds, where the Poms had crushed Australia in a recent Ashes Test. At the precise moment they posed with the Brooklyn Lodge winner, the Aussies were walking out to open their account in the final match of the series at The Oval. Here’s hoping for revenge! Maheer Melody and Jay Peez Knight provided a double for trainer Steve Turnbull and driver Amanda, in their separate quests to attain 200 winners by season’s end. These wins took them to 195 and 196 wins respectively. Maheer Melody ($3.00 favourite) was forced to race outside the lead in a 3C0-3C1 sprint event, holding on for the narrowest of wins from William Peter, one-one trail throughout, and Wicked Delight, which trailed the leader from its second row draw. The mile rate of 2:02.4 was fair. Jay Peez Knight ($4.00) turned in a tough effort as well when taking out the Plunkett Fundraiser Pace, forced four wide when making a run at the bell, and still proving too strong despite a slick 28.7 third quarter and a wide trip for the final lap of the 1730 metres C 0 event. Hand For Tilly and Blissed By Datmuch filled the minor placings. Nathan Hurst’s training double was achieved with Lady Of The Dance NZ (Angela Hedges) in a 2130 metres R0-R1class, and two-year-old Tulhurst Jailbreak one race later, for Nathan himself. Lady Of The Dance NZ ($9.30) scored her first win since arriving in Australia last year, after enjoying a soft run behind stablemate Ace It Up Posum, which led and held on for second, ahead of favourite Why So Serious, which had been held back at the start to allow the horse drawn ahead of it, Crazzy Falcon, to catch the gate and take its place. While there was a degree of bad luck for Why So Serious, the final quarter in 34.0 (overall rate 2:05.5) was the slowest in memory, and demonstrated just how tired this field was by race end. Tulhurst Jailbreak ($7.00 ) showed a nice turn of foot to assume the lead at the 1200 metres mark in  a 2C0 sprint class and maintain an even tempo thereafter, to win clearly from favourite Our Lissome, which came off the pegs before the turn, and early leader Smack Dab Shannon.  This was the first win in nine starts for the Trump Casino youngster, but when he mends his manners to begin on terms with the field, he will win plenty. On China Beach ($2.80 ) also scored her first win, for keen owner Adam Tosic and trainer-driver Wayne Watterson, when she sat outside the lead in a second R0-R1 2130 metres class. Machs On Show and Happy Camper came from the running line to fill the minor places, and the even quarters produced an overall rate of 2:02.8, much quicker than the earlier event for this class. Studleigh Becky ($6.20 ) was given the run of the race by Emma Turnbull (for Brett Davis) in the C2-C3 sprint event,  trailing leader Zenitra Shannon and running it down close to home, with death-seating Rowan Royal holding on for third, in 2:01.9 , with a last half in 59.6 . The winner is another daughter of Art Major, a clear winner of the Sires premiership at Bathurst this season. Freezing conditions for most on course, but for Blayney-based Davis, Oberon –based Watterson, and those Headingly visitors, the night was probably quite balmy. Marianne Donnelly Bathurst Harness Racing Club

Bathurst's farewell to summer last Wednesday night had a distinctly youthful flavour to it. Some well-known harness racing visitors displayed their talents in heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship, and the inclusion of three 2YO races on the card signaled that the Bathurst Gold Crown series for 2013 is fast approaching.

It took three years but five-year-old pacing mare Trump Lady finally relinquished her maiden status with a win in the Brougham Street Supermarket Stakes for harness racing 3YO and older non winners at Carrick Paceway today.

The 2012 Bathurst Gold Crown Harness Racing Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground next Sunday (March 25), starting at 11am. The sale comprises 163 lots by 55 different sires including the world's fastest ever racehorse Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.8.

There are over 50 harness racing sires represented in the catalogue for the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 25.

This video is a wonderful harness racing dedication from an owner about his racing mare named 'Gentle Spirit - who was by Trump Casino and out of Soul Revival.

Two heats of the Claimer's Challenge will be the feature events on the program this Saturday night (February 4) for the Albion Park Harness Racing Club. An eight event program will kick off at 5.10pm with the 4BC 1116 AM NEWS TALK PACE, an M2 to M3 event over the 2138 metre trip.

As Australian harness racing fans turn their attention to Gloucester Park in upcoming weeks for the start of the 2012 Inter Dominion series, patrons attending this Saturday night's (January 21) Albion Park meeting will witness two pacers who have previously contested an Inter Dominion Series.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event metropolitan program this Saturday night (January 14) at Queensland's harness racing headquarters, which will feature the New Year M0 Pacing Series Final. The opening race of the night is the Garrards Horse and Hound Pace at 5.05pm.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct a strong eight event harness racing program this Saturday night. The opening race of the night is the SEW-Eurodrive Pace at 5.10pm.

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.

Western District harness racing was held at Ararat on Thursday September 8, with a mixture of rough and favoured results during the evening.

Smart three-year-old Beautide is likely to start a warm favourite to take out the Globe Derby Stakes final following an impressive win in a harness racing heat at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night (May 21).

The Wangaratta Hanress Racing Club conducted their annual 2011 Cup night at Shepparton's Kialla Raceway on Sunday March 13 and a large crowd was in attendance to witness the evening's racing. The $12,000 Wangaratta Pacing Cup for C7 or better class over 2190 metres going the way of much travelled 9-Y-0 Trump Casino/Alla Babe gelding Bay City Roller in a rate of 1-57.4.

The progeny of most of the leading harness racing sires in Australia and New Zealand will be showcased at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale to be held at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 20.

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