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Emma Stewart keeps putting Smythes Creek on the map. Victoria’s leading harness racing trainer scored a winning quartet on Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final night last night at Tabcorp Park Melton and set herself up for a big grand final night next Saturday. On the strength of the semi-final results Stewart looks set to walk away with at least some grand final silverware, four-year-old mare Berisari expected to lead the charge after her dominant display last night. The night's success for Team Stewart began early with Always A Virgin/Lifeline filly Lovelist taking the first race on the 12-event program, the three-year-old fillies’ first semi-final. Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, Lovelist powered home by 2.5 metres over reigning Vicbred champion Niki No No (Greg Sugars) with Vapar Grin (Matthew Craven) third in a mile rate for the 2240-metre trip of 1:58.6. Stewart then teamed with Sugars to win Race 4, the two-year-old fillies’ first semi-final, with Courage Under Fire/Mayhappen youngster Whirily School, who won by 2.1m win over Drumborg’s Just Wantano (Craven), with Lang piloting Heirloom Angel into third place 10.6m behind the winner. Whirily School, already a Group 2 winner via the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final last month, worked her way to the lead 1800m out before rating 1:59.9 in victory last night. Stewart’s next winner was another two-year-old filly, this time impressive Rock N Roll Heaven/All The Magic bay Rocknroll Magic, who led from the pole and held off a late challenge by Soho Madeleine (Luke McCarthy) to score by a head in 2:02.4. Rounding out the night for Stewart was $1.10 favourite Berisari – by local sire Safari, who Stewart trained, out of Beris Holmes – winning the last race, the second of the four-year-old mares’ semis, by almost eight metres in 1:56.8. Stewart’s other qualifiers for Super Series finals were Apache Shark (fourth in the first semi-final of the two-year-old colts and geldings), Ideal For Real, who ran second to Follow The Stars in their three-year-old colts and geldings’ semi and Shadow Sax, whose superb second to Christmas Jolt in the two-year-old colts and geldings semi has him well-placed for Group 1 success next week. Click here to view the full Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final results Cody Winnell

“They’ll know he’s in the race,” said Chiltern harness racing trainer Peter Romero of his stable star Wingara, who heads into next Saturday night’s three-year-old colts and geldings Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final in winning form. Wingara was a brilliant semi-final winner tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton, rating 1:57.3 with Nathan Jack in the cart over 2240m. The son of American sire Dawn Ofa New Day out of Bobydeane finished 6.5 metres ahead of The Culture (Matthew Craven) after working to the front early from gate six before reeling off splits of 31.9secs, 29.3secs, 27.7secs and 27.9secs. Polemarker Justbritell, who has had a cracking season, ran third, while Mister Wickham worked hard in the run but held on well for fourth. "He's done a good job. He's a professional and he's got gate speed, as Nathan said," Romero said. "The barrier draw will be important." New Zealand star Follow The Stars was impressive winning the other three-year-old boys’ semi for superstar trainer Mark Purdon, defeating New South Wales Derby winner Menin Gate and Victoria Derby hero Menin Gate in one of the strongest Futurity semis you’ll ever see. Follow The Stars’ mile rate was 1:56.2, out-sprinting his rivals in the straight. Click here for a full list of Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-final results Cody Winnell  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr William Kucks. The charges arose from an incident that occurred at the Cranbourne trials on Saturday 18 April 2015. After considering evidence from Mr Kucks and witness statements, Mr Kucks was found guilty of a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 213(a) which reads: A person shall not:- (a) by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or anyother thing inflict suffering on a horse The particulars of the charge being that Mr Kucks at the Cranbourne trials on 18 April 2015 struck his horse across the head region with a plastic racing number and struck the horse with a fist in the horse’s neck region. Mr Kucks also pleaded guilty to a charge under ARHR 243 which reads: A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental o the industry. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. The particulars of the charge being that his conduct in striking his horse was in the vicinity of other people attending the Cranbourne trials and that he behaved in a manner detrimental to the industry. After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Kucks regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $1000, of which $500 was suspended for a period of 12 months for the charge under Rule 213(a). The HRV RAD Board also imposed a 3 month suspension effective immediatelyfor the charge under Rule 243. In imposing each penalty, the HRV RAD Board acknowledged Mr Kucks’ personal circumstances and his excellent training record over a number of years. Harness Racing Victoria

A huge 12-race card chock full of quality and depth greets harness racing punters tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton for the annual Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals. It's going to be massive and the big fields are great to see with the Vicbred program No.1 of its kind anywhere in Australasia, with $9.5 million in stakes and bonuses paid out to the connections of eligible horses. It sure pays to be Vicbred. We've also got the Teal20 Challenge continuing tonight, so check out our tipsters' plays of the night below, and have a crack at the $20,000 quaddie jackpot tonight with the TAB. With big fields and competitive racing, the potential for a big dividend is there! Good luck and enjoy what should be a great weekend at the trots. - Cody Winnell (Media & Communications Manager, HRV)     Jason Bonnington's Preview for Melton tonight If the Victorian harness calendar hits four genuine peaks then we are fast approaching the penultimate of those peaks this term with semi-finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series at Tabcorp Park tonight. The quality of tonight's card, particularly when focussing on the three and four-year-old males is simply outstanding and from a punting perspective there are so mouth-watering options that the main objective is not to get too carried away! For my part, I'm advising on 2 Best Bets, 2 Value Bets, 1 Roughie, 6 Money Races and some Quads. Remember what I said about getting carried away. Get the full game plan now at Good Form   20,000 more reasons to have a quaddie tonight   The TAB has posted a $20,000 quaddie jackpot tonight on races 5-8 at Tabcorp Park Melton. So grab your mates and get trackside to have a crack, visit your local TAB outlet, bet via the TAB app or online at tab.com.au     This week's Plays of the Night are at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight for the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals. All plays are worth $20 in total. Follow the leader board each week to see how much money will be donated to the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute after Feb 28, next year.   Race 2 Flexi Trifecta $20 for 166% 2/ 1,6,8,10/ 1,6,8,10   $10 All-Up R3 No.9 Stay And Play into  R6 No.1 Justbritell $5 Win on both   Race 12 Flexi Trifecta 10/ 8/ 3,7 $10 for 500% Race 5: $5 each-way No. 13 Sketch Me   Multiple Early Quaddie for 24.69% 2,9,12/ 2,6,10/ 5,10,12/ 1,5,7   I'm told it was the Aurora Australis this week, so we'll go an All-Up for $20 ... Race 7 No.8 Follow The Stars into Race 8 No.5 My Bella Starr   Cody Winnell threw down the gauntlet in week 1 with a nice profit. "Premierships aren't won in Round 1 though," he said in the media conference.   HRV's Country Run of the Week   MAGIC MOMENT LOMBO (by Lombo Pocket Watch out of Lady Julie Lombo) got shuffled back to last at Cobram in Race 7 on Monday, the Bakers Delight Pace. With less than half a lap of the Cobram track to go, driver Stephen Boyington remained cool and eased his five-year-old three-wide on to the train. Off the back the mare was running on strongly but still had ground to make up. In the stretch she levelled up then went wooshka, straight past the leaders to come away for a 4.9-metre win in a mile rate of 1:59 (last half 57.8secs).  Click the image for a replay of the Country Run of the Week   Media Centre Podcast: Gait Speed with Jason Bonnington & Blake Redden (RSN Tuesday) Podcast: Inside Word with Cody Winnell (RSN, Winners, Thursday) Podcast: Trots Weekend Preview with Jason Bonnington (RSN Friday) Podcast: Harness Review with Len Baker (Melton 97.9FM Monday) Podcast: HRV's Vaughn Lynch on Racing Ahead w/ Shane Anderson (RSN) Podcast: Onefortysevenseven with Brett Coffey & Shannon Nixon Newsletter: Subscribe to the Harness Breeders Vic Online Newsletter here Print: Check out Melton Leader's harness racing column in their digital edition Vicbred: Stay in touch with the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Video: Tabcorp Park Trial replays via HRV Youtube Sectional times: Get the latest Melton sectionals Twitter: Follow HRV on Twitter Facebook: Check out HRV on Facebook Check out the latest Victorian trots news in the HRV Newsroom    

Prospective owners encouraged to attend Harness Racing Victoria's Ownership Expo Anyone interested in experiencing the excitement of harness racing ownership is invited to attend Harness Racing Victoria's Ownership Expo next Saturday at Tabcorp Park Melton. Hosted by Tanya McDermott and featuring interviews with key industry players such as driver Greg Sugars, trainer Alison Alford, owner/breeders Shannon Nixon and Duncan McPherson and more, the Ownership Expo will offer prospective owners a range of information and assistance in getting involved with the industry. Harness racing contributes annually over $422 million to Victoria's economy and is responsible for more than 4000 full-time or full-time equivalent jobs, with over 19,000 people actively involved in the industry. A new Raceapacer syndicate - HRV's successful syndication program - will also be launched at the session featuring a well-bred filly who will head to the stables of leading trainer Emma Stewart. The HRV Ownership Expo will be held 4pm-5pm in the Legends Café before the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series pacing finals get under way in the evening. For more information call Jess Tubbs on 0401 346 813 or email jtubbs@hrv.org.au HRV OWNERSHIP EXPO - Where: Legends Cafe, Tabcorp Park Melton (2 Ferris Rd, Melton) - When: Saturday, July 4, 4pm to 5pm (Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Pacing Finals Night) - More info: Jess Tubbs (0401 346 813 or email jtubbs@hrv.org.au) Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]

Michael Stanley says Soho Tokyo is back to her best and the Burrumbeet trainer is confident the filly will produce a big run on Friday night in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old fillies' first semi-final at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. "She's definitely back to her best," Stanley said. "She had a lot of back issues early this preparation, which probably came about due to her long two-year-old season. We've had a lot of work done by chiropractors and the vets but I think we've got on top of that now and she's racing really well." Soho Tokyo is by super sire Bettors Delight out of former Australian juvenile of the year Pelicanrama and has won two of her past three starts. She made up ground to win at Maryborough three starts back off a 56.8secs last half before a second to Niki No No at Shepparton when she worked three-wide on her own and attacked the line. Last time out at Shepparton she won a C0 after leading, Stanley explaining that she's not at her best when in front. "She'll still win from in front but she's got a powerful sprint from behind," he said. From barrier five, Soho Tokyo will be punching forward early and Stanley says she's the stable's best chance at a Super Series trophy this year. Stanley will also line up Soho Berlin in the three-year-old fillies' category, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere snaring the pole draw in the second semi-final. "Barrier one gives her every chance to qualify for the final," Stanley said. "I'd be disappointed if she didn't run in the top six but I'm realistic about where she stacks up compared to the better ones." Stanley hopes Young Modern can put his best foot forward in the four-year-old entires and geldings' first semi-final and the horseman is thrilled with how the son of Modern Art is travelling. "I'm rapt with him. He's had a super prep and his work has been great. He's on the right path," Stanley said. "He's probably got the hardest four-year-old group of any year I can remember. In the past there have always been one or two standouts, but the depth of this class is really strong. "It's been the same the whole way through for these horses. "Any other year he might have gone in as first or second-favourite, but this year he could quite easily go in sixth or seventh." Stanley said Young Modern would work forward into a handy spot and try to make his own luck. "He's a genuine free-for-all horse in my opinion. And he was probably only 80 per cent the other day so he'll come on a lot this Friday night." Rounding out the stable's Vicbred chances is APG Consolation winner Soho Lexington in the second semi-final for two-year-old colts and geldings. "I'm really happy with him," Stanley said. "I'd expect him to make the final and while he's not the best two-year-old he's the sort of horse who if the best ones are down on their game, he can win a big race." The first on a huge 12-event Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Semi-Final card kicks off at 4.50pm on Friday. CODY WINNELL

The Fat Man and So Demanding will carry Hamilton trainer David Lewis’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series hopes on Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. Lewis says both horses have solid chances of qualifying for the July 4 Super Series finals but added both would find winning on Friday night difficult. The Fat Man, who traditionally races near the front of the field, has drawn inside the back line in the four-year-old entires and geldings’ second semi-final. Hectorjayjay flies the arm and is drawn to lead in gate two, which should see The Fat Man buried away at least three back on the pegs behind polemarker Field Major. Lewis doesn’t mind that outcome, though freely admits winning from there with a horse not known for his turn of foot will be tricky. “We’ll get our chance ... I think Hectorjayjay leads, which puts us three back on the inside. My gut feel is something else will come around,” Lewis said. “He’s the sort of horse who needs to get out and roll along a bit but it’s not a bad spot to be in in terms of qualifying for the final. “I reckon he’ll improve sharply this Friday, he’s just no good as a sit-and-sprint horse. “If he was to get into the final and get the right draw he could spring a surprise.” So Demanding will start from pole in the four-year-old mares’ second semi-final, Lewis hoping the mare can utilise her lethal turn of foot at the right time. “She’s pretty limited but she can rip through a pretty quick quarter,” he said. “She can’t do any work. She’s drawn for a soft trip, so that’ll help.” Regular driver John Caldow is committed to Barynya, drawn barrier eight, so Luke McCarthy will pick up the drive on So Demanding. CODY WINNELL

Macho Comacho’s standing start record held him in good stead on Friday night in the Benstud Enduro at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton. The six-year-old by Royal Mattjesty out of Alberts Daughter stepped swiftly from the tapes, quickly establishing a handy buffer and holding on to it for the next 2760m. Bettor Rock On camped on the $6.90 leader’s back for Greg Sugars from barrier two and poked through in the straight to finish third, just pipped in a photo finish by second-placed Metro Mike, who made an early move to be in the chair riding a comfortable first half (62.8secs) for Jason Lee. Driver Chris Alford rated the tempo perfectly aboard Macho Comacho from the Dean Braun stable, the gelding upping the ante through a 28.2secs third quarter before ripping to the line in 26.8secs (55secs last half) to give nothing else a shot. The win was Macho Comacho’s ninth career victory, all nine coming in standing start races. “It certainly helped him, getting back to the stand,” Alford said. “When he first came over here from New Zealand he had good form in some country cups." “The mobile races don’t really suit him as much.” Macho Comacho had been screaming out to win one after three straight second placings of late, all in mobile races. Getting out to a trip was also certainly no problem as he stays all day. Alford predicted Macho Comacho would be a fierce Country Cups Carnival competitor next season. The win was the first leg of a weekend treble for Braun, who teamed with reinsman Nathan Jack for a double at Cranbourne on Sunday night with well-bred two-year-old Soho Chelsea (Mach Three/Cornsilk) and talented three-year-old filly Quaint Glen (Pay Me Christian/Quantam Franco). CODY WINNELL

Having a penchant for footy and the trots is not rare, being adept with both reins or Sherrin in hand is somewhat rarer. But tonight at Terang there are at least two drivers who could comfortably represent their respective states with aplomb in a trots participants' footy State of Origin match. Jason Lee could pull on the Big V, the Terang driver a member of Nirranda footy club. He actually played three quarters against Timboon earlier this year before heading to Melton to drive in a Group 1 race - which he won - aboard Jilliby Jitterbug. For South Australia, Brent Howard would get a jumper; the Mt Gambier trots man a former Western Border Football League medallist (in 2004) and a crack midfielder for WBFL powerhouse South Gambier. He booted three goals last weekend as he and his teammates celebrated their 10-year premiership reunion. TRIVIA time, Question: Who has played in four Western Border Football League grand finals winning two premierships represented the WBFL in six interleague games, won a Western Border Medal and best and fairest awards at two different clubs? Oh, he's also now won a Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club Gold Cup? ANSWER: Brent Howard. CODY WINNELL

Kvintet Avenger will be awarded the Maori’s Idol Trophy for the 2014-15 harness racing season at the Victorian Square Trotters Association’s annual presentation night at Maryborough on October 19.  Trained by Brent Lilley, Kvintet Avenger, by Love You out of Nobes Hanover, won three races and finished with two more minor placings from five races in the series to accumulate 15 points, finishing two points clear of Action Kosmos (nine starts in the series for two wins and three minor placings for 13 points), with Neville Vaughan third after winning three races in the series from five starts to score 12 points. Kvintet Avenger’s connections will receive a trophy plus a $1000 voucher at the Melton Saddlery, which is a proud sponsor of the Maori’s Idol Trophy Series. MAORI'S IDOL TROPHY SERIES 2014-15 1st: Kvintet Avenger (5:3-1-1) 15 points 2nd: Action Kosmos (9:2-2-1) 13 points 3rd: Neville Vaughan (5: 3-0-0) 12 points 4th: Quite A Moment (7: 1-3-1) 11 points Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Last season’s Breeders Crown and Southern Cross winning gelding Major Crocker returned to the winners’ list last night at Kilmore and took a step closer to securing more harness racing silverware. The victory in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires and Geldings Fifth Heat locked in a semi-final berth for Major Crocker, who finished second in the Super Series last year to Messini. Trainer Vince Vallelonga freshened the son of Art Major/Aratusa Lass up for last night’s assignment after a below-par 10th in the TAB.com.au Rising Stars Final at Melton last month. Vallelonga reported the gelding had pulled up from that race a virus and said he felt the Group 1 winner was back to his best, though not fully wound up last night. “The only thing he probably lacks is a bit of race fitness,” Vallelonga said ahead of last night’s victory. Forced to work early through the quickest lead time of the night for the 2180-metre trip (39.7secs), Major Crocker eventually found the front ahead of polemarker The Fat Man. Greg Sugars was able to apply the brakes through the second quarter after an opening split of 30.6secs, the much needed reprieve coming via a 31.8secs second stanza. The pace went on again through the third quarter (29.2secs) as Barimah in the breeze tried to eyeball the leader. In the straight Sugars and Major Crocker kicked on strongly and held firm through a 29.2secs final quarter, The Fat Man (Chris Alford) finishing along the sprint lane to grab second, while Field Major (Troy McDonald) flashed home for third. Barimah (Damian Wilson) battled on for fourth and Okelerho Lad (Matthew Craven) ran fifth from his outside-back-row draw. The mile rate was 1:58.5. The other Super Series heat for the night was the fifth heat of the 4YO mares’ division, taken out by $1.20 favourite – and reigning series champion – My Bella Starr for trainer Adam Kelly and driver Gavin Lang. The daughter of Art Major/Badland’s Legend rated 2:00.6 to hold off Fullness Of Time (Neil McCallum) by three metres, with Indiana Angel (Rodney Petroff) third, So Demanding (Chris Alford) fourth and Petite Agee (Scott Stewart) fifth. 4YO ENTIRES & GELDINGS 5th HEAT Finishing order Video replay 4YO MARES 5th HEAT Finishing order Video replay Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Following an initial trial period at harness racing meetings at Tabcorp Park Melton of allowing drivers to warm up horses during the preliminary in the opposite direction (clockwise) to race direction (anti-clockwise), the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association requested and were subsequently permitted in March 2014, to perform this practice throughout all Victorian tracks. The permission was granted under conditions that if there was not strict compliance with the associated safety protocols, the permission to warm horses up during a preliminary in the opposite direction (clockwise) would be withdrawn immediately. Following a near incident at the Shepparton track on June 17, 2015, where HRV Stewards observed the safety of participants and horses to be compromised during a preliminary warm up, the permission to warm up in the opposite direction (clockwise) is immediately withdrawn by HRV. Therefore, effective immediately drivers are required to perform the preliminary in the race direction (anti-clockwise), unless otherwise directed in accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule 160(1) which states: Every driver when entering upon the track to compete in a race shall unless otherwise directed by the Stewards only drive the horse in its preliminary the correct way of the course. In making this decision, Harness Racing Victoria considers that the safety and wellbeing of all participants and horses is paramount. The practice of reverse warm ups, which had been the subject of positive feedback from trainers and drivers, had been under review due to some safety concerns raised by other sections of the industry. HRV will continue to consult with industry groups regarding the issue into the future. Harness Racing Victoria

Memories of the late and great doyen of the Melbourne Showgrounds – Gordon Rothacker were revived at Shepparton trots on Wednesday, when Gotta Go Cullect/Wendy Anne filly Heirloom Angel greeted the judge on debut in the 2nd Heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for harness racing Two Year Old Fillies over 2190 metres. Bred and raced by Gordon’s daughter Judy and granddaughter Kate, Heirloom Angel trained at Doreen by Craig Turnbull and driven by Gavin Lang carrying the famous Rothacker colours of Red with a Dark Blue V, led throughout from the pole to impressively account for Jovial Jurno Lombo (three back the markers) by 5.5 metres, with Rockstar Angel ((one/one – three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-03.4. by Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

Rocknroll Magic overcame an outside back row draw to win the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for harness racing 2YO Fillies third heat on Friday night at Kilmore. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic drew away to win by 9.8 metres over Our Odette in the 2180-metre race, rating 2:01.5. Gavin Lang drove the winner, who is trained by Emma Stewart at Smythes Creek. Odds-on race favourite Dancingwithsierra finished last but was clearly not 100 per cent and was stood down pending an endoscopic report. Meanwhile, two heats of the three-year-old fillies Super Series were run on the night with David Aiken and son Josh Aiken combining with Glory Daze in the third heat, winning from the pole in 2:02.0, defeating Brighty Valentine by a half-head, and Belinda McCarthy-trained Smooth Showgirl taking out the fourth heat for reinsman Nathan Jack in a rate of 1:57.3, holding out Boadiceas Fury by a half-head. 2YO FILLIES 3rd HEAT Finishing order Video replay 3YO FILLIES 3rd HEAT Finishing order Video replay 3YO FILLIES 4th HEAT Finishing order Video replay Cody Winnell

Harness racing six-year-old Cold Major made it back-to-back Del-Re National Food Group Italian Cup wins at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. After defeating Keayang Cullen in the 2240m feature race a year ago, the David Aiken-trained gelding produced a powerful late burst this time to score by 1.6 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.2. Aiken’s son Josh drove Cold Major to victory, his 10th win aboard the son of Art Major/Vangold. In-the-run players wanted to be on Metro Mike early when Jason Lee took the in-form Emma Stewart-trained pacer to the lead, thus snookering race favourite Glenferrie Hood on the markers. Metro Mike’s backers would have been pleased with 800m to go after he covered the first half of his last mile in a comfortable enough 60.6secs. Michael Stanley had his talented four-year-old Young Modern in the breeze at this point, and together he and Metro Mike upped the tempo along the back straight for a third quarter of 28.1secs. Metro Mike eventually got the better of Young Modern in the home straight, but Cold Major and Five Star Anvil (Chris Alford) were the fresh horses to arrive when the leader finally started to feel the pinch inside the final 50m. Cold Major finished best, reeling in Metro Mike in the shadows of the post, while Five Star Anvil charged into second place out wider. The result KO’d most quaddie players at the first hurdle, the opening leg winner paying $36.20 on the tote. Glenferrie Hood ($1.90fav) never got into the action and finished seventh. Video - relive Cold Major's Del-Re National Food Group Italian Cup success by Cody Winnell

Racing NSW stewards heard allegations of cobalt supply, cash payments and standover tactics by key members of Flemington Equine Clinic in an explosive first day of Sam Kavanagh's case on Tuesday.   Stewards from Racing NSW and Racing Victoria have been running parallel investigations, with Kavanagh's father Mark and Danny O'Brien mentioned often throughout evidence on Tuesday.   Flemington Equine veterinary practice part-owner Tom Brennan and practice manager Aaron Corby, the former racing manager for the controversial BC3 thoroughbreds operation, repeatedly denied allegations made in Kavanagh's and others' evidence that Brennan had supplied a bottle labelled Vitamin Complex, which contained a high-concentration of cobalt.   To read the full article by Chris Roots, click here   Harnesslink Media

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