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The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 269 Premier sale - GRACIOUS MACH SIRE - MACH THREE - A great sire worldwide who has left outstanding fillies where ever he has stood. His North American filly credits are headed by the brilliant pair of  Monkey On My Wheel (1:49.3s) and $1,334,934 in stakes and Mach You And Me (1:50.2m) $800,819, while his Australasian filly credits are headed by Joyfuljoy (1:51.2) $480,422, Millwood Meg ($336,795), Shake It Mama ($237 193), while this years star three year old filly, Venus Serena ($434,152) recently broke the New Zealand mile record for a three year old filly when winning in 1:52.2 and may end up the best of them all in Australasia. Mach Three also is proving himself a very good broodmare sire as well leaving the Sapling Stakes winner at Melton on Saturday night just gone Luvumum (Grinfromeartoear from Mach And Me by Mach Three) DAM - JARAGUA - She won three races in a brief race career. This is her second foal with the first Atomic Blonde qualifying at two. She is a full sister to Gracious Mach. Jaragua is by the Cam Fella sire in Camtastic, she is a half to six winners including the smart Kim Crawford $149,254 (1:53) and Sandrea's Fault ($86,418). The third dam is Moon Weave who left the talented Moonweave Motoring (1:58.6) and the dam of Speriamo $144,570 (1;58). She is a half to Blythbank Del (1:58.5) who at stud left the brilliant juvenile Benefactor $263,798. OVERVIEW -  Being a January foal puts her three months behind most of her sales rival but she still has the appearance of a filly that will run early. She is a lovely put together filly who is quite racy in appearance and should develop into a lovely type with maturity. This is a great opportunity to buy a quality Mach Three filly without breaking the bank. Catalogue pedigree Lot 319 Premier sale - FRANCO LAMAR SIRE - Another son of the first season sire, Changeover who is biggest stakes winner left by the super sire In the Pocket who has quickly established himself as a great sire of sires with both Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire excelling at stud. They have been very prominent at the early two year old trials and workouts and everything looks very positive at this stage. DAM - Lewinsky Franco is by the leading brood mare sire in Falcon Seelster. She was a very smart race mare racing at the elite level as a two and three year old in New Zealand before ending up in North America as an older horse where she took a mark of 1:51.4 on her way to winning $167,508 returning to Nevele R for stud duties she has quickly established herself as a quality brood mare. Her son Franco Lordship 1:58.1 won six as a two and three year old in New Zealand while Lucca Franco (1:59.8) has already won three from a handful of starts. The grand-dam Look's the Part was placed in the New Zealand Oaks and has left ten winners including the full sister to Lewinsky Franco in Labretta Franco (1:58.5) who is the dam of the brilliant Lilac Stride $276,144 1:54.4. The third dam is the smart race mare and great brood mare, Living Doll. OVERVIEW - A colt by the biggest stake winning son of super sire In The Pocket from one of New Zealand's fastest ever race mares. It is not often that buyers in Australasia have the opportunity to buy the progeny of a mare that went 1:51.4 and with the strength of the family behind him, this colt looks a great  chance to further embellish this families record. Catalogue pedigree. Lot 347 Premier sale - FRANCO NIVEN SIRE - Another son of the hugely successful son of  the great Falcon Seelster in McArdle. He has sired the winners of well over $45,000,000 worldwide and continues to leave quality racehorses with the very smart two year old in Jay Dub the latest to create a favourable impression. DAM - Nature Franco (1:59.2) is a speedy daughter of the Western Hanover sire, Union Guy. This is her sixth foal of which four have already raced for three winners including Lively GNP (1:58.2),  Franco Nattai (1:55.6) and Franco Nepia (1:58). Their dam is a half sister to nine winners including Franco Natura $204,542, Napa Franco (1:58.6) and Franco No Fear (1:57.9) while two half sisters have starred in the brood mare barn with Universe leaving Universal Dream $277,906 (1:50) and Northern Franco leaving Pembrook Benny ($839,232). The grand-dam Natural Appeal was a very smart three year old winning five at that age and was a half sister to the very smart, Panyan (29 wins). OVERVIEW--- This is a family that is noted for leaving hard wearing and tough individuals and this mares three winners all fit that mold. Great pedigree of quality individuals means this colt has a great chance of joining his siblings in the winners circle. Catalogue pedigree JC

Semi-Final day of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships hosted by the St Arnaud HRC at Charlton on January 15, were impacted by scratchings resulting in small fields contesting a number of the races due to the extreme heat conditions prevailing all throughout the State. Four runners contested the first Pacers Semi, with victory going to four year old Union Guy/Bold Sapphire gelding Sapphire Swayze for Riddell trainer Adam Kelly and stand in reinsman John Caldow. Enjoying a sweet passage trailing the leader and favourite Bushrod with both horses coming from the 10 metre mark, Sapphire Swayze when eased away from the markers in the last lap, sprinted like a gazelle to lead running into the final bend to defeat the rank outsider Red Riverbed along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Bushrod a disappointing third after hanging away from the inside in the last lap. The mile rate 2-08.3. Semi number two consisted of seven starters, with Orrvale trainer Steven Duffy’s above average four year old McCardle/Nuclearaccelerator gelding Almost El Eagle greeting the judge in 2-01.3. Driven by John Caldow, Almost El Eagle stepped cleanly from barrier three to trail the surprise pole line leader Dynamite Dude, with Boyz Talk being sent forward after a slow beginning from 10 metres to park in the open. Charging home along the sprint lane, Almost El Eagle coasted to the wire 2.9 metres in advance of Nimble Jack (one/one – three wide last lap), with Dynamite Dude weakening to finish third 2.9 metres away. The first Semi of the Trotters saw only six starters, with Junortoun trainer/driver Scott Dyer’s four year old Bacardi Lindy/Oh Yes Indeed gelding The Boss man an impressive victor. Slowly away from barrier two, The Boss Man settled three back along the inside, with the favourite Unico Crown bounding straight to the front from the pole. Given an easy time by Chris Alford, Unico Crown always looked the one to beat judging on his brilliant heat performance at Bendigo. The other highly fancied candidate Quite A Moment (last season’s Breeders Crown winner) possied five back along the markers from a 30 metre backmark, moving to be one/one at the bell when The Boss Man eased away from the inside. Ambling up to Unico Crown on the home turn, The Boss Man was strong at the finish even though the margin was only a head, scoring in a rate of 2-07. Quite A Moment finished 10.1 metres away in third place. Six also contested the second Semi with the winner being Bendigo trainer David Van Ryn’s four year old Bacardi Lindy/Belstar gelding Belmac Cody much to the delight of Pyramid Hill resident Teddy Carmody and partners. Driven by Haydon Gray nephew of the trainer, Belmac Cody galloped away from the pole, settling three back along the markers in a strung out field with the roughie Featherfoot Sun leading from barrier two, being trailed by 20 metre marker Man Of The World. Taken back a spot mid-race after Invasive made a lightning move from four back the markers to assume control from Man Of The World which had moved around Featherfoot Sun, Belmac Cody left the markers to race in the open at the bell. Pushed three wide in the last lap when Invasive shifted ground enabling Man Of The World to lead into the straight, Belmac Cody ran to the wire strongly to score from Man Of The World and Invasive in a mile rate of 2-07.5 Both Finals each worth $25,000 will be held at Maryborough next Monday January 20. Unfortunately several horses will miss out on a spot due to their non penalty scratching from the Semi’s due to the heat. Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

CENTRAL VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE AT MARYBOROUGH Heats three of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships continued at the Wedderburn HRC fixture held at Maryborough on Monday January 6, with Sapphire Swayze taking the C2 or better class pacers division over 2190 metres and Mallee Trapper the T0 or better class trotters over 2690 metres. Four year old Union Guy/Bold Sapphire gelding Sapphire Swayze was ultra impressive in his victory, returning a mile rate of 2-01.6 for the standing stat event. Trained by Adam Kelly at his new Riddell complex, Sapphire Swayze first up since June with stable reinsman Gavin Lang aboard, stepped cleanly from 10 metres to settle four back along the markers in a strung out field, with pole marker Whata Avenue pouncing straight to the front as the tapes released. Easing away from the inside to park in the open racing for the bell, Sapphire Swayze in a twinkling of an eye exploded to the front in the back straight with the race safely in his keeping. With Lang just sitting there in the straight, Sapphie Swayze coasted to the wire 4.8 metres in advance of Whata Avenue who struck to her task well, with Boyz Torque (three wide last lap) a further 10 metres away in third place after a tardy beginning. Popular Portarlington trainer Gary Bailey a devoted follower of the squaregaiter, received a boost when home bred six year old Wind Cries Maori/Trappers Girl gelding snared the trotters division. Driven by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Mallee Trapper was quick to begin from a 30 metre handicap, going forward to surprisingly arrest the lead away from the last start Melton winner Invasive at the judge on the first occasion. Rated to perfection, Mallee Trapper defied all challengers to defeat the co 50 metre backmarker Loveyougoodboy (three wide last lap) by 1.1 metres, with Invasive a disappointing third after having every chance along the sprint lane a half head away in third place. The mile rate 2-05.8. Gary has been recuperating from a more than painful knee operation. Semi-Finals will be held at the St Arnaud HRC meeting at Charlton on Wednesday January 15, with the Finals at Maryborough five days later on Monday January 20. One of the highlights of the day was the victory of exciting Blissful Hall/Weona Rena four year old entire Bliss Man in the Wedderburn Motel Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres. Trained in the western part of the state at Hawkesdale (Hamilton District) by Graham Gee for wife Christine, Bliss Man again taking a concession for Terang’s Jason Lee was quickly away from inside the second line to press forward and park outside the pacemaker Aleppo Tiger (gate two). Pouring on the pressure in the last lap, Bliss Man cruised to the front on the final bend to score by 4.9 metres in a rate of 1-55.6 over Our Eastwood Cullen (four wide last lap) from near last, with Aleppo Tiger holding down third 3 metres away. It was Bliss Man’s 9th victory in 15 race appearances, the last six in succession. By Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

Four year old Live Or Die/Inclination gelding Excuse To Live had everything go right for a change when successful in the $6,000 Community Day Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres at the Stawell HRC meeting conducted on Monday December 30 for those which qualified in the heats held at Terang on Sunday December 22 Trained at Sebastopol (Ballarat) by Colin Holloway and raced by the Holloway family (Colin, wife Heather and son Brett) who drove the horse, Excuse To Live led throughout from the pole to defeat the raging hot favourite Keayang Starzzz from near last by a half neck in 1-57.1, with Dancing Feet running home late from a mile back to finish third. Excuse To Live rarely has any luck in his races and probably should have finished closer in many of them. Popular Sebastian owners Garry and Brenda Jackson finished the year on a high note, when their honest five year old Pegasus Spur/Cassies Miss mare Mosquito Spur landed in the Stawell Windows & Glass Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2175 metres. Trained and driven by Garry, Mosquito Spur began with a wing on every foot from the 10 metre mark to cross Family Decision shortly after the start, with her task being made easier when all of the favoured runners were badly away. Bowling along at her leisure, Mosquito Spur although shortening stride over the concluding stages, scored by 2.5 metres in a mile rate of 2-08.9 over Frances Annie which they away all chance at the start and was meritorious in making up many lengths to get so close at the finish. Rough Voyage (three back the markers) was third. Melton breeder/owner/trainer Charlie DeBono's Safari/Living Angel gelding Another Safari snared the 2nd Heat of the Stawell Veterinary Clinic Platinum Country Series I for Three Year Olds over 1780 metres in a rate of 2-00.5. Driven by Zac Phillips, Another Safari had little difficulty in leading from the pole, just lasting to defeat Always Wantano along the sprint lane after trailing by a half neck, with Notjustanotherlombo (one/one - three wide home turn) third a neck away after racing roughly prior to the post. Another Safari's mother Living Angel a multiple cup winning mare, won the Stawell Pacing Cup in 2001. Peter Manning kept his Stawell record intact by winning the Gold Reef Clothing Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres with in-form Art Major/Ananz filly Znana. With daughter Kerryn in the sulky, Znana led throughout from the pole to defeat her stablemate Additallup which raced outside her by 3.4 metres, with Amberlu Angus (one/one) third. The mile rate an easy 2-04.8. It was Znana's sixth victory. Armstrong trainer Brook Hansen's beautifully bred four year old Blissful Hall/My Cherie gelding Blessed IsThe Boy broke his maiden status at start number 12 when successful in the Carey Covers Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres, returning a mile rate of 2-01.7. Driven by Kerryn Manning, Blessed Is The Boy starting from the extreme draw commenced a forward move from last racing for the bell, being accommodated by the favourite Fearless Courage coming out ahead of him from three back in the running line. Making the final bend very wide, Blessed Is The Boy rattled home at a great rate to blouse the leader Urban Shadow by a half head in a tricky finish, with Onlyeconomyclass third after switching down to the sprint lane from mid-field on turning. Another four year old winner on the day was Jet Laag/Pandoras Reign gelding Pandoras Jet for Marong part-owner/trainer Col Latter in the Stawell farm Supplies Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Driven by Terang based "whiz kid" Jason Lee, Pandoras Jet showed blistering speed out of gate four to cross the pole marker Peters Ace on the first turn, defying all challengers to score in a rate of 2-00.7 from Peters Ace which used the sprint lane to no avail and Sir Dasher Dee which followed the pair. Former HRV Board member Peter Bourke now Chairman of Australian Pacing Gold, enjoyed a day of days at Stawell as apart from breeding the main race winner Excuse To Live, also bred and races Garabaldi Union the victor of the Hygain Feeds Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres. Trained by Peter Manning at Great Western, Garabaldi Union a five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding which has been on fire of late, possied three back in the moving line from gate five, with Secret Ruby leading from the pole being shadowed by Metrofromelle. Easing three wide racing for the bell, Garabaldi Union showed plenty of staying prowess to wear down both Suerte (one/one) which shifted down to the sprint lane on straightening by a head and a game Metrofromelle in a mile rate 1-58.3. This is my final column for HARNESSLINK - thank you for all the support over the years and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014. Len Baker                                      

Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide’s Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving. On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers – outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number eighteen by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze. Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull’s five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line. Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the Finn-Tack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1. Michelle Manning’s highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his 3rd victory in 5 outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing 4th to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter’s Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57. Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/two – four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one – three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman does a great job with his select team and landed the Wimmera Roadways Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with Witzend, a four year old gelded son of Dawn Ofa New Day and Fake Trick, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Rinashi which trailed and Saab Magic which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-0 By Len Baker

Long Forest husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath back home after a week in Christchurch with Caribbean Blaster competing at the New Zealand Cup Carnival, took the honours at the Shepparton meeting held on Tuesday November 19 with a stable double – Jeremes Jet/Millpac Maid colt Gowan Brae taking the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres and 6-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Katie Daley mare Jumeirah Jane the Hunter Home Hardware Trotters Handicap for T0 class over the same journey. Gowan Brae raced by Greg Brodie of Courage Under Fire fame, was first up since April and led throughout from the pole to easily account for the first starter Major Crocker off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit on the back of the third placegetter Provocatator (one/one) in the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.3. Much improved mare Jumeirah Jane raced by Bullengarook’s Wendy Harrison in partnership with mother Jean Johnstone, was probably the most popular winner on the night when making her 16th appearance at the races. Starting from barrier three, Jumeirah Jane crossed Giacomo inside her shortly after the start and was always travelling boldly under a tight rein. Showing no signs of stopping, Jumeirah Jane scored by 7.7 metres in a rate of 2-06.1 over Thumbs Up Jerry (three back the markers) and the roughie Unsolved Mystery from last. The Goulburn Valley, Bendigo and Echuca areas provided five winners on the program. Moama breeder/owner/trainer/driver Mal Whiteford’s 4-Y-0 Artesian/Kamwood Toy mare Kamwood Dawn snared the Quest Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Given the run of the race from gate three trailing the pacemaker Art De Triumph (gate five), Kamwood Dawn was taken away from the markers on straightening and finished best to score by a half neck from the leader, with Rosemary Lane third after following the pair. Shepparton’s Patrick Ryan combined with Chris Alford to land the Neatline Homes Pace (first division) for C0 class over 1690 metres with 4-Y-0 Rollon Bigred/Chocaholic entire Turnoffate, Raced by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park Pty Ltd, Turnoffate despite racing in the open, prevailed by a half head in 1-57.6 in defeating Lets Go Rabbitoh which followed him all of the way. Tuxedo Toff (one/two) finished third after joining the leaders approaching the home turn. Goornong trainer Peter Salathiel joined forces with daughter Katrina to capture the Grenada Park Standardbreds Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette which did her early racing in King Island. Jumping straight to the front from the pole as the tapes released, Cheval Charette was rated to perfection, running out an easy 8 metre victor in 2-02.3 from a death-seating Illawong Bill and Junie Jasper which trailed the winner. Popular local trainer Geoff (Marto) Martin took advantage of a concession for Bolinda’s Josh Duggan to land the Ausure Insurance Brokers Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with ex-NSW Real Desire/Nepeans Last Bird 5-Y-0 gelding Mister Desirable, leading for the majority of the journey to gain the day in advance of Saint Liliana (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn, with Tom Grainger third. The mile rate 1-59.8. Kyabram trainer Greg Caldwell’s honest 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Orta Be Ruthless gelding Ortabe Good saluted the judge in the Neatline Homes Pace (second division) with Tooleen reinsman Nigel Milne in the sulky. Given a cosy trip three back in the moving line from gate three with the polemarker Kentucky Sands leading, Ortabe Good ran home strongly off a three wide trail last lap to gain the day by 4 metres in advance of Donated which raced in the open from the bell, with The Muse (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.9. Other winners on the nine event card were : Jingling Silver (Paul Davies – Baddaginnie) with Daryl Douglas in the sulky and Our Warwick Lad (David Aiken – Avenel) and Nathan Jack. Len Baker

Underrated Great Western trainer Warren Bird has picked up a smart performer by the name of Death Defying which greeted the judge in the Sign Online Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2175 metres at the Stawell HRC fixture on Monday November 18. A recent addition which scored for the stable on debut at Maryborough on November 3, Death Defying a five-year-old daughter of Life Sign and Lombo Luvbird starting from a 30-metre equal backmark began swiftly for reinsman Greg Sugars to settle one/one on the back of Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher (20 metres) which raced in the open covering Candy Digger (10 metres). When Sunnyandcher gained the upper hand to lead on the final bend, Death Defying immediately pounced and raced clear in the straight to score by 2.5 metres in advance of the local hope Baltimore Boy which trailed the winner all of the way, with Sunnyandcher 5.9 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-06.2. It was Death Defying’s fourth victory in 11 outings. Kyneton trainer Mario Callus was victorious with four-year-old Four Starzzz Shark/Taras Gift gelding Tenfour, taking out the Stawell Dry Cleaners Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Tenfour led throughout from gate three and although headed in the shadows of the post by Sassy Man along the sprint lane after trailing, fought back like a caged lion to gain the day by a half head in a rate of 2-02.6 to break his maiden status at start number 24. The heavily supported I Am Mister Red finished third after facing the open. Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Bibby caused an upset in the first leg of the TAB Quaddie, when seven-year-old Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around gelding Hellovanite snared the Stawell Farm Supplies Pace for C4-5 class over 2175 metres. Given an easy time from gate two trailing the leader Seven Nations inside him with the red-hot favourite Kickittochris racing in the open after starting outside the front row, Hellovanite trained at Stawell by breeder Owen Martin at one stage of his career, used the sprint lane to gain the day by 1.3 metres over Kickittochris, with Kiwi Rage (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third. The mile-rate a slick 2-00.3. Burrumbeet (Ballarat) trainer Ash Herbertson is a regular competitor at most Stawell meetings and landed the Stanley Anyon Memorial Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres with ultra-consistent five-year-old Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle who chalked up her fifth win in 33 race appearances. Driven by Matt Craven, Metrofromelle (gate four) raced outside the pole line leader Beau Ciel for the entire journey, proving the better stayer on the day to defeat Venus Williams along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker, with Beau Ciel weakening over the concluding stages to finish third. The margins 3.1 metres by 1.4 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.8. The sprint lane was the place to be on straightening throughout the day and another winner to benefit from it was much travelled five-year-old Life Sign/Velvetsledgehammer gelding Mayorofshinetown for Mt Gambier’s Kevin Von Duve in the Lillies & Lattes Restaurant Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Having start 67, Mayorofshinetown with Terang concessional reinsman Tim McLean in the sulky, settled on the back of the heavily supported pole line leader Mystic Soldier who was kept honest all through the race by the last start Swan Hill winner Blude Master. Gaining an inside passage on turning, Mayorofshinetown finished best to blouse a game Blude Master by a half-head, with Tres Hombres (three wide last lap) finishing hard to be a head away third in the most thrilling finish of the day. The mile rate 2-02.4. Peter Manning rarely goes home from Stawell without a winner and iron four-year-old gelding Boyz Torque kept the record intact when successful in the Stawell Florist Pace for C2-3 class over 2175 metres. Driven by daughter Michelle, Boyz Torque (Union Guy/Hot Reaction) was sent forward from gate two on the second line to park outside the pacemaker Amberlu Angus which led easily from the pole. Joining the leader on the home turn, Boyz Torque having his 60th outing, raced away in the straight to score easily by 4.5 metres over the fast finishing Mister Rufus from mid-field in a rate of 2-03, with Garibaldi Union a stablemate of the winner third after racing wide from the bell. Len Baker

Underrated Great Western trainer Warren Bird has picked up a smart performer by the name of Death Defying which greeted the judge in the Sign Online Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2175 metres at the Stawell HRC fixture on Monday November 18. A recent addition which scored for the stable on debut at Maryborough on November 3, Death Defying a 5-Y-0 daughter of Life Sign and Lombo Luvbird starting from a 30 metre equal backmark began swiftly for reinsman Greg Sugars to settle one/one on the back of Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher (20 metres) which raced in the open covering Candy Digger (10 metres). When Sunnyandcher gained the upper hand to lead on the final bend, Death Defying immediately pounced and raced clear in the straight to score by 2.5 metres in advance of the local hope Baltimore Boy which trailed the winner all of the way, with Sunnyandcher 5.9 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-06.2. It was Death Defying’s 4th victory in 11 outings. Kyneton trainer Mario Callus was victorious with 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Taras Gift gelding Tenfour, taking out the Stawell Dry Cleaners Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Tenfour led throughout from gate three and although headed in the shadows of the post by Sassy Man along the sprint lane after trailing, fought back like a caged lion to gain the day by a half head in a rate of 2-02.6 to break his maiden status at start number 24. The heavily supported I Am Mister Red finished third after facing the open. Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Biiby caused an upset in the first leg of the TAB Quaddie, when 7-Y-0 Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around gelding Hellovanite snared the Stawell Farm Supplies Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2175 metres. Given an easy time from gate two trailing the leader Seven Nations inside him with the red-hot favourite Kickittochris racing in the open after starting outside the front row,  Hellovanite trained at Stawell by breeder Owen Martin at one stage of his career, used the sprint lane to gain the day by 1.3 metres over Kickittochris, with Kiwi Rage (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third. The mile rate a slick 2-00.3. Burrumbeet (Ballarat) trainer Ash Herbertson is a regular competitor at most Stawell meetings and landed the Stanley Anyon Memorial Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres with ultra-consistent 5-Y-0 Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle who chalked up her 5th win in 33 race appearances. Driven by Matt Craven, Metrofromelle (gate four) raced outside the pole line leader Beau Ciel for the entire journey, proving the better stayer on the day to defeat Venus Williams along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker, with Beau Ciel weakening over the concluding stages to finish third. The margins 3.1 X 1.4 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.8. The sprint lane was the place to be on straightening throughout the day and another winner to benefit from it was much travelled 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Velvetsledgehammer gelding Mayorofshinetown for Mt Gambier’s Kevin Von Duve in the Lillies & Lattes Restaurant Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Having start 67, Mayofshinetown with Terang concessional reinsman Tim McLean in the sulky, settled on the back of the heavily supported pole line leader Mystic Soldier who was kept honest all through the race by the last start Swan Hill winner Blude Master. Gaining an inside passage on turning, Mayorofshinetown finished best to blouse a game Blude Master by a half head, with Tres Hombres (three wide last lap) finishing hard to be a head away third in the most thrilling finish of the day. The mile rate 2-02.4. Peter Manning rarely goes home from Stawell without a winner and iron 4-Y-0 gelding Boyz Torque kept the record intact when successful in the Stawell Florist Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2175 metres. Driven by daughter Michelle, Boyz Torque (Union Guy/Hot Reaction) was sent forward from gate two on the second line to park outside the pacemaker Amberlu Angus which lead easily from the pole. Joining the leader on the home turn, Boyz Torque having his 60th outing, raced away in the straight to score easily by 4.5 metres over the fast finishing Mister Rufus from mid-field in a rate of 2-03, with Garabaldi Union a stablemate of the winner third after racing wide from the bell. By Len Baker  

Ararat has always been a happy hunting ground for nearby Great Western trainer Peter Manning and the Manning family and it certainly was on Wednesday October 23 when Peter chalked up three winners and daughters Michelle and Kerryn one training winner each, while Kerryn drove a winning double. The first of Peter’s treble was former Kiwi bred 7-Y-0 Sundon/Cherourwishes mare Sunnyandcher in the G. Ferguson Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres. Driven by Kerryn, Sunnyandcher starting outside the front row possied three back in the moving line, with The Final Cut leading from gate three. When Safe Leone another Manning runner surged past the leader in the last lap, Sunnyandcher was in hot pursuit making the final bend three wide, with Gavlenn Sunset (one/one) in the centre. Finishing best, Sunnyandcher scored by 6.6 metres from Gavlenn Sunset in a rate of 2-06.1, with Candy Digger (three back the markers) third. It was Sunnyandcher’s 4th victory in 51 outings. Iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque having his 7th start for the season and 56 overall, was once again a tough winner when successful in the Spiller Family Sprint Series Final for C1 class over 1790 metres which qualified in the heats held at the same track on October 13. Driven by Terang young gun Jason Lee for Peter, Boys Torque was trapped three wide out of gate three, before parking outside the leader Big Gorilla. Keeping the pressure on throughout, Boyz Torque outstayed Big Gorilla to record a 8.5 metre victory in advance of Big Gorilla who is probably better off with a sit. Peter Manning’s second stringer Additallup (three wide last lap from the rear) finished third. The mile rate 1-59.6. Five year old Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding Garabaldi Union made it three for the stable when victorious in the Benson Catering Pace for C1 class over 2195 metres with Terang’s Matt Craven in the sulky. Bred and raced by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke, Garabaldi Union was sent forward from gate five, working hard to park outside the 10-Y-0 pacemaker Vinnies Jet. Taking over approaching the home turn, Garabaldi Union showed tremendous fighting qualities to come again after being headed by the more fancied stablemate Armbro Speedster halfway up the running to gain the day by 1.6 metres in a rate of 2-01.8, with Graceful Affair 18.8 metres away in third place after always being handy. Kerryn Manning snared the Bill Sutton Claiming Pace over 2195 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Chipover gelding Waterhorse in a rate of 2-00 even. Restrained from outside the front row to settle closer to last than first, Waterhorse ran home strongly wide in the last lap to defeat a game Cowboy Cadillac which moved to face the breeze mid-race by a neck in a punishing finish. Keeper Of The Fire (one/one) finished in third place. Michelle Manning’s smart 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Tarlilia entire Jackabeams made it two from two when successful in the Mark Smith Pace Final for C0 class over 1790 metres. A winner of his heat on debut, Jackabeams driven by Kerryn led virtually throughout from gate three, accounting for a death-seating Modern Chic which went down fighting by 1.5 metres in 2-00.2, with Xbolt (one/one) third. On a night of multiple victories, Matt Craven continued his stellar season by driving a treble and Burrumbeet trainer Ashleigh Herbertson prepared a double. Matt’s other winners were Citysneak in the C. Dunn Vicbred Platinum Country Series F (1st Heat) for C0 class over 2195 metres and BlissfulKisses in the Life Members Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres, both trained by Herbertson. Citysneak a 4-Y-0 Metropolitan/Sneak Peak mare starting from the pole, broke her maiden status at start number eleven after using the sprint lane from three back the markers to blouse Michelle Manning’s Aheadofhistime which led by a head in 2-01.4, with Susie Badland third after following the pacemaker. Six year old Blissful Hall/Ebony And Ice mare Blissful Kisses was given a lovely passage one/one from inside the second row following the favourite The Red Opal, before being switched down to the markers approaching the home turn and using the sprint lane to score by 2.5 metres in 1-59.7 over The Red Opal which battled away gamely. Peter Manning’s Valentino Rustler (one/three) finished third after looking a big chance out wide approaching the final bend. By Len Baker  

Members of the Gration & McGrath family were on course at the Stawell HRC meeting held on Monday October 7 to witness the victory of “iron” 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque in the Rachael (McGrath) Gration Memorial Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Trained at Great Western by Peter Manning and driven by Terang’s Glen Craven, Boyz Torque making his 53rd appearance at the races and starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with stablemate The Avoca Flyer beginning with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead running into the first turn. Gaining a three wide trail home in the final circuit at the expense of the favourite One Wise Man (one/two), Boyz Torque finished with great determination in the straight to score from Lombo Krista Bella along the sprint lane after trailing the front runner for the last lap after Blissful Bird dropped out sharply at the winning post with a lap to travel, with One Wise Man weakening slightly to finish third. In recording his 5th victory, Boyz Torque returned a mile rate of 2-01.6. Usually the Manning’s play a big hand at Stawell meetings and Monday was no different with Kerryn landing the Barham Insurance Agencies Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1780 metres with in-form 5-Y-0 Metropolitan/Liberty Print gelding Kickittochris in a mile rate of 1-57.9. Heading off the pole marker Peaces Of You inside him heading into the back straight on the first occasion, Kickittochris led virtually throughout in defeating Peaces Of You and Bronze Destiny which trailed the pair.It was Kickittochris’ 10th victory in 38 outings. Shelbourne (Bendigo) part-owner/trainer Col Latter’s 10-Y-0 Astreos/Aires And Graces gelding Greek To Me who has been in several stables since first gracing the track, was a giant victor of the Fosters Mensland Claiming Pace over 2175 metres when making his 129th race appearance. Trapped three wide from the extreme draw, reinsman Jason Lee persisted in going forward to eventually park outside the pacemaker Highview Spirit, before crossing to lead at the bell. Kicking away in the final circuit, Greek To Me appeared as though he was a sitting target for those back in the field, especially the $2.90 favourite Waterhorse which had been given a quiet passage at the rear of the field from gate two on the second line, before coming with a strong finish three wide approaching the final bend. Despite doing all of the work, Greek To Me (claiming price $9,000) kept on going to score by 1.3 metres in a rate of 1-59.6, with the roughie Cullen Hanover 13.8 metres away in third place. Western District (Tarrington) trainer Robert Barker made a long awaited return to the winners list, when 4-Y-0Metropolitan/Private Affair mare Graceful Affair greeted the judge in the Magdala Motor Lodge Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2175 metres, paying Supertab odds of $40.40. Driven by nephew Rod Barker, Graceful Affair was driven to perfection by settling three back the markers after starting from outside the front row. Angling into the clear to be outside the pacemaker Artois Stone on the home turn, Graceful Affair at start number 16, gained the day by 4.5 metres in a rate of 2-04.1 over Artois Stone and Joolz Art from mid-field. Popular Balliang (Bacchus Marsh) trainer/driver Ginger Gleeson did punters no favours when 10-Y-0 Sundon/Stickler gelding Sun Bird snared the Bertori & Co Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2175 metres. Raced by Ginge and wife Chris, Sun Bird from the 10 metre mark was given a lovely trip trailing the leader Lochlee Jacob from the same handicap. Joining Lochlee Jacob on the home turn, Sun Bird $31.60 was too strong over the concluding stages for Peter Manning’s Safe Leone from mid-field in the moving line, with Earl Of Charity (one/one at bell) third. The mile rate a leisurely 2-09.5. By Len Baker  

Terang based reinsman Matt Craven and Great Western trainer Michelle Manning took the honours at the Terang trots meeting held on Wednesday September 4, with Craven piloting three winners and Manning preparing two, both driven by Matt Craven. Manning’s first winner 5-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao (gate three) led for the greater portion of the 1680 metre journey of the Stirlo’s Quality Meats Cobden Pace for C1 class, defeating Burston Holme which led out from the pole before taking a trail, with Absolootmagic (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-59. Leg two came along when 6-Y-0 Elsu/Inverloch gelding G K Galleon snared the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1680 metres in 1-56.4. Restrained from outside the front line to settle at the tail of the field, Craven had worked G K Galleon into the one/one approaching the final bend, before switching down to the sprint lane on turning. Finishing with gusto, G K Galleon prevailed by a head over the hot favourite Western Rockstar (one/one – three wide last lap) and The Unionist which trailed the runner up throughout. Both the leader Aftermidnightsam and Cyrus which raced outside him weakened over the concluding stages. Matt Craven’s other winner on the program was iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque in the Maddens Commercial Hotel Camperdown Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres. Making his 50th appearance, Boyz Torque (gate five) trained by Peter Manning was surprisingly able to cross the highly fancied Jilliby Hanover drawn outside him shortly after the start and was never headed, scoring by 8.9 metres in advance of Extra (three back the markers) and Hillbilly Delight which raced in the open. The mile rate 2-00.1. Terang “young gun” Jason Lee was victorious aboard Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke’s smart Lombo Pocket Watch/Arabella Lombo 4-Y-0 Lombo Krista Bella in the Terang Co-Op Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2180 metres. Having little difficulty in leading from gate two, Lombo Krista Bella cruised around without any pressure being applied, before giving her rivals the slip to lead by a big margin at the straight entrance. Sending out signs of distress shortly after, Lombo Krista Bella “tippy-toed” to the wire, scoring by a half neck only in 2-00.4 from Haryada Hanover from last, with Graceful Affair (one/one – three wide last lap) third. by Len Baker  

The track was on fire and so was the racing at the Maryborough trot meeting held on Monday September 2, with six sub two minute mile rates being registered during the afternoon including three from the Smythes Creek (Ballarat) establishment of Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. Exciting fully American bred Rocknroll Hanover/Aston Villa colt Yankee Rockstar was the first to salute the judge, when successful in the Golden Country Motel & Villas 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres. Driven by Michael Stanley, Yankee Rockstar first up since February was sent forward from outside the front row to lead and was never out of second gear, scoring by 7.9 metres in 1-55.3 from Holdonsu which trailed after leading out, with Decileight (three back the markers) third. Four year old stablemate Hes Kinky (Safely Kept/Fetish) also driven by Stanley and second up since April, snared the www.goldairbendigo.com.au Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres in 1-59.3, leading throughout from outside the front line to defeat Make A Fuss which followed and Voce from last. Bettors Delight/Party Baby 5-Y-0 gelding Fearless Leader brought up the stable hat-trick by taking the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres in a slashing 1-54.6 with freelance reinsman Ian McMahon in the sulky. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, Fearless Leader ran on best to nose out Bronze Destiny which followed him home to just miss, with Hellovanite third after leading from the bell. Team Douglas (Glenn and Daryl) landed the Maryborough Highland Society Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with recent ex-Kiwi addition Nimble Jack, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Falcon Seelster and Toast To Cullen. Starting from inside the second line, Nimble Jack was exactly that at the finish, coming from near last at the bell to be four wide on the final bend and surge clear in the straight, defying a late challenge by Zedaguy which followed him home to gain the day by 1.6 metres in a brilliant 1-54.4. Truman (one/one - three wide home turn) finished third. The surprise winner of the day was 5-Y-0 Metropolitan/Mint mare Metromint in the McPhersons Printing Group Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres. Trained at Dunnstown by Leigh Duffy, Metromint driven by brother Philip moved three wide from three back in the last lap to score from the hot favourite Badewitz which followed him home, going down by 2.2 metres in 1-54.7, with Baracks Angel third after leading from the pole. Parwan trainer Allan McDonough's Union Guy/Classy Dream 4-Y-0 gelding Classy Guy rated 1-58 after leading throughout from outside the front row in the Peter Egan Bi-Rite Electrical Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres, defeating Across The Way which shadowed him from from the bell after moving from near last, with Red Amber Green third. Len Baker  

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  

Echuca on the Campaspe River close to the Victorian/N-S-W border, held a neat eight event harness racing card on Tuesday August 6, with border hoppers Kenmor Albertina and Victoria May both saluting the judge. Kenmor Albertina a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Artiscape and Sky Hy trained at Narrandera by David Kennedy was successful in the Carmel Ryan Memorial Pace for C1 class over the sprint trip of 1755 metres. Driven by Shepparton's Nathan Jack, Kenmor Albertina settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with The Numbers Man leading from gate three. Despite being pushed wide in the final circuit by Earls Reign (one/one) inside him, Kenmore Albertina proved too strong over the concluding stages for Earls Reign in a rate of 2-00 even, scoring by 1.9 metres, with Hezupnabout (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third. Four year old Holmes Hanover/Ides Of May mare Victoria May also trained at Narrandera by Shaun Snudden snared the Christies Welding Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.1. Taking a concession for stable "apprentice" Paul Diebert, Victoria May came out running from gate two, safely holding out Hellovanite (gate four) which issued a serious challenge. Even though she was inclined to over race after being revved up early, Victoria May kicked clear on straightening to record a 5.9 metre victory in advance of the Elmore mare Madam Altissimo which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Donoson first up for 12 months running home late from near last for third. Nagambie's Chris Lang notched up yet another winner in the trotting ranks when 4-Y-0 Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap scored in the Peats Office Equipment Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres. With Chris in the sulky, Kyvalley Rap starting from inside the 10 metre mark, possied three back along the markers, before moving to trail the leader Dabbsey when Family Decision galloped. Coming away from the inside on the final bend, Kyvalley Rap quickly put the race away to record a 14.6 metre victory in 2-07.2 from Dabbsey which battled on well to hold off a death-seating Sans Frontiere. Ballarat trainer Craig Knowles combined with Greg Sugars aboard 4-Y-0 Modern /ArtHitch To Fitch mare Modern Hitch to land the Awards Night September 21 Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres, leading throughout to comfortably defy all challengers, accounting for A Chance Taken which trailed and Longtan Tigerman which followed the pair in a mile rate of 2-05.1. Orrvale (Goulburn Valley) trainer Steven Duffy also used the services of Greg Sugars to capture the Echuca Moama Storage 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Safari/Delldale gelding Hooper Road which was making his second appearance at the races. Settling at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw, Hooper Road gained a lovely three wide trail home in the last lap following the well supported Sutter Man which quickly moved outside the leader Macworthy on debut approaching the home turn. Joining Sutter Man on turning, Hooper Road wasn't knocked around in winning by a neck, with Macworthy holding down third. The mile rate 2-01.2.  Undera (G-V) trainer Glenn Freeman has revitalized 8-Y-0 Panorama/Lady Bye Bye stallion Goforzoe airborne at present, resulting in an all of the way victory from the pole in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Goforzoe was allowed to bowl along at his leisure with the well supported Charlotte Two (gate four) caught in the open. Still travelling on the final bend, Goforzoe never looked like being beaten, coasting to the wire 4.3 metres in advance of Charlotte Two and Hes Real from last in a rate of 2-02.6. Union Guy/Velcro gelding Whos That Guy landed the Like Us On Facebook 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres from gate three in almost identical fashion, giving Daryl Douglas a driving double. Given his head approaching the final bend, Whos That Guy trained at St Arnaud by Leon Clohesy bounded away to score by 7.2 metres in a rate of 2-02 from Del Rosario (three back the markers) and a death-seating Black Jasmin. Corowa trainer John Low joined forces with Nathan Jack to land the Follow Us On Twitter Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres with 4-Y-0 Precious Bunny/Yeronga Quicksilver mare Bunny Rapid in a rate of 2-01.9. Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate four on the second row, Bunny Rapid sprinted with a wing on every foot in the final circuit to lead on turning, defeating the pacemaker Nolagalile and Artois Stone which faced the breeze. Len Baker Len Baker len-baker@bigpond.com 03 9307 5265 0401 679 745  

The mandatory two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday May 29, with Charlton in Central Victoria racing during the afternoon and Geelong holding the night time fixture.

The Family Guy took a while to come to hand for his harness racing trainer-breeder Brent Parish but the gelding but he has blossomed this preparation winning three of his past four starts.

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