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Lennytheshark made it back-to-back 4YO & 5YO harness racing Championship wins last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Only two horses had ever done it before, the great mare Tailamade Lombo and modern day superstar Smoken Up – and Lenny displayed true champion qualities last night after scorching through a 27.6 secs second quarter and a 29.3secs third split, forced to work overtime to find the top when he came hunting at the bell. Anthony Butt (Major Secret) had been riding the breeze outside race leader Bryce Cooper and he wasn’t eager to simply let Lenny cruise by. Chris Alford had to go full-throttle well before he’d envisaged and Lennytheshark finally got to the front turning out of the straight the final time. Desperately in need of some reprieve Alford applied the brakes in a bid to save Lenny up for one final burst to the wire. Off the back Major Secret hit the wall and Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker arose three-wide to stake their claim. Hectorjayjay clearly headed the Shark on the bend but you got the feeling there was another twist in the tale as Alford got to work. Although the pair went stride for stride in the early part of the home run, and logic suggested this would be Hectorjayjay’s night, the Shark was not going to be culled without one hell of a fight. The son of Four Starzzz Shark rallied and stuck his head back in front, Hectorjayjay valiant but simply not able to match his rival. Chilli Palmer was the one final hurdle Lennytheshark had to clear as the powerful pacer thundered down the centre of the track late and got past Hectorjayjay. But he couldn’t nab Lenny, falling 1.2m short. The winner rated 1:55.9 after a 27.3 third quarter. “The speed was slow early so I had to make a decision and when I went I went quick,” Alford said. “Anthony Butt kicked up, which made things a bit awkward for me. “Hectorjayjay probably got 2m on me on the corner … but being as good as Lenny is he dug deep.” Hectorjayjay held on for third with Hotasel (Simon Jardine) working home with Upanatom for fourth and fifth. The win was Lennytheshark’s 19th from 38 starts. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Charlie Runkle and Princess Phoenix won last night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton for harness racing two-year-old trotters. Charlie Runkle (by Angus Hall out of Star Spangled Banner) took out the colts and geldings’ final for trainer Gary Quinlan and driver Chris Alford, while trainer David Aiken and reinsman son Josh combined with Princess Phoenix (by The Pres out of Dodo Rocket) to win the fillies’. From gate two Charlie Runkle showed gate speed from the 1720m start and easily found the pegs after polemarker Sundons Courage galloped away. Alford handed up to Aiken on Skyflyer and waited for his turn along the sprint lane, Charlie Runkle finishing fast for a 3.4-metre victory in a rate of 2:00.6. “(He) came out really well and got a bit keen being his first time under lights, but he was travelling well at the turn and once the sprint lane opened he got to it like an old pro,” Alford said. Race favourite Cruisin Around ran third after covering ground three wide with no cover. Princess Phoenix rated 2:03.7 for her win. At the 400m she was eased three-wide by Aiken but was still 15m off frontrunner Truscott Law, who had trotted opening quarters of 32.7, 31 and 30.3. Princess Phoenix sprinted sharply and went on to put her opposition away with apparent ease due to an impressive 400-metre burst. “She’s a fast filly. I said the other day she might be a pretty serious filly. And she’s confirmed that,” Josh Aiken said. Plenty of punters found both the Home Grown winners, each backed in late to $3.30. “I think the owners might have tipped a few into her on the way here,” Aiken quipped. Aiken explained Princess Phoenix had fired up during the warm-up but relaxed better when the mobile started to roll. “It’s very daunting for the babies to come here under the lights. She turned it on a bit during the preliminary but once they were scoring up she became a racehorse.” Truscott Law held down second while Maoris Got Muscle and reinsman Caleb Lewis finished third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Steam Washed has long been near the top of the crop in the Australian harness racing mares’ scene and tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton was her night in the spotlight. The six-year-old from the Ruth and Noel Shinn stables produced an all-the-way win in the Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific for reinsman son Chris Shinn. It was the second career Group 1 for the daughter of Washington VC / Laura Lace, who has now won 19 races and over $260,000 in stakes. She had run second in the Queen of the Pacific last year. “She was terrific,” Chris Shinn said post-race. “She’s been racing against the best colts, too. She’s been terrific.” Steam Washed stepped from the tapes like a consummate stand-start professional, spearing across from barrier seven to find the lead. But it was also this early move that meant she had to win the race on the track and then again in the stewards’ room, with Nathan Jack, the driver of second horse Berisari, protesting against the winner on the grounds the runner-up was hampered early. Stewards agreed with Jack that there was interference caused by Shinn aboard Steam Washed but Chairman of Stewards Shane Larkins said the stewards could not be satisfied the second horse would have won given the final margin (1.2m) and despite the interference the protest was dismissed. Steam Washed paced through a lead time of 87.6secs before splits of 28.3, 29.6 and 28.5. Turning for home the final time Berisari in the breeze was sticking on gamely and making it clear that if Steam Washed was to relent, she was ready to strike. But Shinn and his girl found plenty, Steam Washed digging in for the fight and holding her rival off with a 30.6secs final quarter to win by 1.2m at odds of $12.40. "I was holding my breath up the straight," said Ruth Shinn. "She did deserve it, she's bright as a button. She's terrific." Berisari was gutsy, losing no supporters whatsoever on the strength of her effort, the $2.30 shot holding off stablemate The Good Times by 0.7m with Majorly Foxy Styx fourth for Michael Stanley. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.3. Race favourite Frith finished ninth.  by Cody Winnell

Jodi Quinlan produced a stellar drive and My Kiwi Mate did his bit with a scintillating run to take out the Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic tonight Friday 22nd of May at Bray Raceway, Ballarat. The Craig Demmler-trained former New Zealand pacer went within 0.6 seconds of the track record held by Smoken Up and Abettorpunt over the mile, the three-year-old's winning time a brilliant 1:53.7. The tempo was breakneck early, Show Me The Bling challenging Jilliby Royal hard for the front and eventually finding it. But the early burn would prove detrimental to both the pacesetters, a 26.8secs first quarter setting things up for the backmarkers. The leader was able to ease the pace between the 1200-800m, clocking 30.6secs for the second split before the foot went down again up the back stretch (28.4secs third quarter). Victoria Derby winner and race favourite Menin Gate stalked the leaders before running to the front at the 600m for driver Chris Alford. Padrisimo and Kate Gath looked a chance off the back, looming up on the outside of Menin Gate and working into second before the fresh horse on the scene, My Kiwi Mate, peeled around three-wide to stake his claim. In the straight My Kiwi Mate chased down Menin Gate, the son of Bettors Delight/Classic Nymph sprinting home in 27.9secs to win by a short half-head. Jilliby Royal lifted himself off the canvas to run third, beaten 6m, a valiant performance, while filly Morton Plains hit the line hard for fourth and Padrisimo was close-up behind her in fifth. Show Me The Bling weakened out of the money to run sixth while Mister Wickham wasn’t himself and came in tailed off. Double for Team Tubbs Father/daughter team Alan and Amy Tubbs combined for a winning double at Ballarat. Impressive three-year-old Million Dollar Cam/Im Making Waves gelding Milliondollar Wave took out the Active Electrical Collingwood & Morwell Pace over 2200m in 1:58.1, holding off Starzzz Of Icon and Gavin Lang by 6.5m with a 21m margin back to Thanknbonnie in third. Team Tubbs backed it up in Race 7, the Nextra Wendouree Newsagency Pace over 1710m, four-year-old Artistic Fella/Marilyn Macray gelding Macterra Lad explosive in the straight to take the prize. From the wide alley Amy Tubbs took the gelding back to last early. Turning for home Macterra Lad was eased to the outside and once he hit top gear there was no stopping him, the $2.70 race second-favourite overpowering Citysneak (Glen Craven) and Hes Just Rusty (Kate Gath) for a head win in 1:57.4 (last quarter 28.2secs). Other winners were Lifes Tough (So Thats Life / Illawong Lily) for Brooke Sadler in the Active Electrical Bendigo & Moorabbin Pace Final in a rate of 1:57.4, Yeah Right (Whatagain / Belles N Roses) for Laura Crossland and David Moran in the Active Electrical Thomastown & Bayswater Claiming Pace in 1:58.8 over 2200m, Paris Pepperell (Armbro Variable / Pepperell Mistal) for David Van Ryn and Haydon Gray in the Gullock Plumbing Trot over 2200m in a rate of 2:02.2, Keayang Starzzz (Four Starzzz Shark / Sayaka) in the 2200m Active Electrical Distributors Pace in 2:01.2 for Marg Lee and Jason Lee, Jilliby Jagger (Grinfromeartoear / Jilliby Ruby) for Glen Craven in the P.F.D. Food Services Pace over 2200m in 1:57.9, and Vapar Grin (Grinfromeartoear / Armbro Affair) in the Active Electrical Geelong & Shepparton Pace over 1710m in 1:56.1 for Ashleigh Herbertson and Matthew Craven. VIDEO: Re-live the 2015 Colin and Heather Holloway 3YO Classic by Cody Winnell

With only two horses in work at his Muckleford camp, harness racing trainer Chris Angove would achieve quite a remarkable feat if he were able to secure a Group 1 winning double at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. But he’s a genuine live chance with his pair of juvenile trotters both well in the market in the finals of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals. Sundons Courage (by Sundon out of Truscott Photo) has won three from four starts and defeated Charlie Runkle in his Platinum heat by 2.1 metres. Having secured gate one for tomorrow night’s final over 1720 metres, the impressive young squaregaiter has to be considered a huge chance at securing the lion’s share of the $50,000 stake money with reinsman Haydon Gray in the cart. Angove then puts the polish on Truscott Law (by Lawman out of Yankee Truscott) in the fillies’ final, the last-start Maryborough heat winner to come out of gate four for driver Ashley Matthews. The Home Grown Classics are Races 3 and 4 on the Melton card and will be run at 6.28pm and 6.57pm. VIDEO: Sundons Courage wins his Vicbred Platinum heat by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 23 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 23 May 2015

Lennytheshark will become just the third horse to win the University Meat 4YO & 5YO Championship twice if he can overcome a back-row draw in Saturday night’s harness racing Group 2 at Tabcorp Park Melton. The David Aiken-trained five-year-old has drawn gate nine in an 11-horse field after the scratching of Sydneysider Yayas Hotspot and will be hot favourite in the 2240-metre, $50,505 race. To be driven by Chris Alford, the son of Four Starzzz Shark out of Botswana will follow out noted fast beginner Hectorjayjay early, which should be ideal. Lennytheshark ticks all the form boxes, with a last-start win in the Golden Reign (1:57.4) defeating flying It Is Billy. That followed a third in the Len Smith Mile at Menangle behind Smolda and Beautide in 1:50.6. If successful in his title defence in the race, Lennytheshark will join two modern day harness racing greats in Tailamade Lombo and Smoken Up as back-to-back winners of the event. The 4YO & 5YO Championship is scheduled to run at 7.27pm. VIDEO: Lennytheshark notches his 18th career victory in last week's Golden Reign FFA VIDEO: See how Lenny did it last year CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

As the curtain falls on the harness racing career of one of Emma Stewart’s high-class mares in Victoria Oaks winner Beauty Secret, the Smythes Creek trainer has another one whose star is very much on the rise. Four-year-old Berisari has won all three of her assignments this preparation, including a last-start 3.5-metre triumph over Bettor Downunder in the Angelique Club Cup at Melton last Friday night. On Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton the daughter of Safari will be having her 20th race start and be shooting for an 11th victory in the $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific over 2760 metres. “She’s in great form,” driver Nathan Jack said. “She’s a real professional. We haven’t had to get serious with her yet this time. We haven’t had to pull the plugs but she’s beaten plenty of good ones. She’s really in the zone.” Berisari has drawn barrier four in Saturday night’s mares’ classic, a field of 12 to go around in the stand start race. “The stand start is the query, but she’s a laid-back mare and she’s in a good camp,” Jack said. Berisari opened $3 with TAB fixed odds but quickly trimmed into $2.7, while odds-on favourite Frith has eased from her opening quote of $1.75 to $1.85. Reigning race champion Gumdrops will be an outsider on Saturday night but has been specked in early fixed odds betting. Beauty Secret, meanwhile, goes out a 24-time winner from 56 starts, the daughter of Armbro Operative/Secret Life having earned connections $425,921 during a glistening racing career. VIDEO: Beauty Secret’s 2012 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks Final victory at Tabcorp Park Melton VIDEO: Berisari winning last week’s Angelique Club Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton ODDS: TAB's fixed odds market for Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Every Queensland harness racing fan remembers the deeds of Be Good Johnny. In fact, most involved in harness racing know the name of Be Good Johnny. A dual Miracle Mile champion who amassed more than a million dollars during a highly decorated career from the stables of John McCarthy. He was a true modern day great. Now, there’s another pacer that carries a similar name that could be headed to sunny Queensland for the winter carnival features during the month of July at Albion Park. His name is Oh Jonny B Good. A New Zealand bred colt now based in the stables of outstanding couple Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack at their Shepparton base. The Mach Three – Maikona three-year-old created a huge impression when successful first-up at Bendigo on May 12 when he scored by an ever expanding margin and created a new track for 2150m with a mile rate of 1;54.9. In many ways, his speed that night brought back memories of Be Good Johnny. Now connections are looking at their feature race options. Oh Jonny B Good starts again this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Melton in the Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre Final but where he heads after that is unknown. But options seem endless. “We’re still in the mix with the New Zealand Jewels because he currently ranked 16th and if things fall our way, we would definitely head back because we already have Glenferrie Bronte and Just Cala heading over. If we don’t make the cut off, the Queensland Derby looms as a logical target for him.” Jack said. The Gr.1 $NZ150,000 KPMG Private Enterprise Emerald will be staged at Ashburton on Saturday May 30. The Queensland winter carnival offers plenty including the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby on July 18, the Gr.1 $100,000 Nursery Fly on July 4 and the Gr.3 $40,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 11. “It’s nice to have options and Queensland definitely makes strong appeal, I don’t think we could do both trips but it’s unlikely we’ll make the field for the Jewels in New Zealand so Queensland is looking likely at this stage. He’s got to hold his form because it won’t be easy up there. When he first arrived we weren’t overly impressed but as it turns out, he’s just a really bad track worker because he was excellent winning first-up and there should be further improvement to come from him. If New Zealand doesn’t eventuate, we’ll look at the E K Bray Country Clubs Cups series next before heading north to Brisbane. He’s a nice horse in the making and his form in New Zealand backs that up, he’s raced some of their best over there and performed well so we’re prepared to give him his chance.” Currently, Nathan Jack sits third on the Victorian Drivers Premiership with 146 victories while Amanda Turnbull is ranked fifth on the Victorian Trainers Premiership 53 winners. With Amanda still driving regularly in her home state of New South Wales for her father Steve, she is ranked second in the driver’s premiership with 89 winners. by Chris Barsby

Frith has provided her Wagga Wagga owners Bernie and Di Kelly with some great harness racing memories during her successful career. Bernie Kelly trained Frith as a two year old before the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark was transferred to Bruce Harpley at three. Kelly has watched Frith win a number of Gr. 1 races but admitted that he is more nervous this week in the lead up to the Queen Of The Pacific at Melton than he has been in the past. "I don't get nervous before the big races normally but this time it is totally different, I'm very nervous and I can't really work out why I am feeling this way," said Kelly. "On Saturday night I will be sitting in my comfy seat at home watching the races on my television and cheering for her, I haven't had many conversations with Mark Purdon or Luke McCarthy since she left Bruce's stable but in the couple of chats I've had they seem happy with her." Kelly confirmed he was shocked when Harpley contacted him after the Renshaw Cup at Penrith and mentioned a change of stable for the multiple feature race winner. "It was a major surprise for me, I don't know what happened in that traffic jam on the way up to Penrith but it made his mind up for him, he made the decision and after Bruce did such a good job with Frith I respected what he was saying." "I still haven't really discussed a long term plan with Mark Purdon about what races she will target, there was some discussion that she would have a break after the Queen Of The Pacific but that was a while ago so I'm unsure what will happen after Saturday night." "Whether she has a break that'll be up to Mark now but I don't care if he looks to leave her in Australia either." Frith has never raced from the stand but did win a trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle recently. "Bruce is really confident she will step safely, he doesn't think you could get her to gallop away and while he never gave her a run in a standing start race he did give her a lot of practice at home." "She has done such a marvellous job during her career, it is going to be a big step for her to go to that next level against the best but I'm looking forward to seeing her race on after Saturday night." Kelly has two relations to Frith at home and is hoping their bloodlines will take them a long way. "I've got a half sister to Frith by Tell All and she has just been broken in, I really like her but I'm not one of those people who gets too excited early, I like to see what they can do once they are ready to trial." "There's a full sister to Frith there as well, she is just a weanling at the moment but I think I will keep her rather than take her to the sales." The Queen Of The Pacific is race seven at Melton on Saturday night and is scheduled to begin at 8:30pm. Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

Exciting filly Amarula has drawn to extend her unbeaten Australian record at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.   Successful at her five starts since crossing the Tasman, Amarula will begin from the pole in the New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks, with trainer Maree Caldow confident the youngster can continue her winning streak.   “She is in top shape and will be hard to beat again, especially from the draw,” Caldow said. “This is her biggest test for us, but everything she has done so far suggests she is up to the challenge.”   Kept fresh since her South Australia Trotters’ Derby triumph a fortnight ago, Amarula shapes as the early leader, but is expected to take a trial behind the raging favourite, My Arya, which will begin from gate seven.   My Arya is unbeaten from six Aussie starts this season, including a track record victory at Cranbourne last weekend.   “We will be out to make the most of the draw,” Caldow said. “Whether it is to try and lead all the way or take a trail is up to John (Caldow, driver) when the race unfolds.   “My Arya is clearly the one to beat despite her wide draw.”   In what is destined to be an all-Victorian finish, classy filly Endsino is also expected to make her presence felt.   Winner of two of her three starts this campaign, the Andy Gath-trained daughter of Angus hall is no stranger to Group One glory, having captured last season’s Vicbred Super Series Final at Melton.   Paul Courts

The following is the newsletter from the CEO of Victorian Harness Racing, John Anderson. For the season so far, breeders of Vicbred eligible horses have received $620,000 in bonuses over and above the stake. That is also in addition to the $2.5m paid to owners of Vicbred eligible horses for their first win. The Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series starts in June. It pays to be Vicbred!   Country Clubs Meeting I was joined by Vaughn Lynch and Nick Murray at a general meeting of the 25 Clubs, hosted by the Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs at Ballarat on Sunday (May 17). Some of the topics covered in the HRV presentation to Clubs were: HRV Business Indicators: Anticipated profit for 2014/15 - $3m Wagering revenue $61.2m (6%) Wagering turnover on Victorian Product - $800m (up from $750m) Stakes up to $38.6m (6%) Explanation of debt strategy Debt reduced from $32m to $25.4m this year Feedback from consultation groups on where increased stakes should apply in 2015/16 Minister's Audit: Response sent to Minister on May 8 Ballarat Cup Inquiry: Racing Integrity Commissioner has responded to Minister 2020 Strategic Plan consultation to commence in a month Review of Club funding model to take place in 2015/16 Consultation on revised whip rules to commence soon Animal Welfare At the Country Clubs meeting, Vaughn Lynch outlined a proposed plan to co-ordinate the standardbred re-training and re-homing programs around the State. A formal announcement on the extent of the program is expected within a fortnight. It will be a very good news story for the industry and an important step in the enhancement of horse welfare in Victoria. Clarification - Craig Demmler I wish to clarify some confusion within the industry regarding the case involving Craig Demmler, which was before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on May 6. Mr Demmler remains the subject of an investigation following an analytical report that a horse trained by him returned a cobalt reading above the threshold allowed under the Rules. HRV Stewards originally stood down Mr Demmler while the investigation takes place. HRV's position was reaffirmed by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. VCAT overturned that decision, which means Mr Demmler is now free to train. The VCAT decision does not stop the overall investigation into Mr Demmler's case continuing. Minister's Audit The HRV Board provided a comprehensive response to the Recommendations contained in the Dale Monteith Report on May 8. The Board also took the opportunity to provide detailed information to the Minister responding to several material errors in the body of the Report. Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) HRV was pleased to hear the Andrew's Government will continue the VRIF grants program for the term of the government. This is excellent news for the industry for several reasons. VRIF allows HRV to continue with infrastructure spending on a shared basis with government. Two Victorian clubs will benefit almost immediately with soon to be announced enhancements to their respective venues. The lucrative Vicbred Platinum series will continue as an important scheme that provides additional stakes for Victorian bred horses. It has already created opportunities for many horses, with owners and breeders alike happy to hear the scheme is continuing. Last Friday night at Melton was a case in point where we conducted two $50,000 races for 2yo Vicbred Platinum eligible colts and fillies as well as a $30,000 Vicbred Platinum Trot Final. Vicbred Sponsorship While on the subject of Vicbred, Empire Stallions have once again signed on as naming rights sponsor for the 2015 Vicbred Super Series and Platinum races. Empire Stallions is going from strength to strength in Victoria. David James, Donna Egan, Les Joslin and staff do a wonderful job promoting their stallions, and harness racing generally. On the subject of Vicbred, in a new initiative this year, the reigning Vicbred champions from last year will carry the specially designed Vicbred silks in the lead up to the Vicbred Finals on July 3 and 4. Endsino was the first winner to carry the Vicbred colours to victory last week, followed by Lennytheshark on Friday at Melton in the Golden Reign FFA. Eljaykay Phoenix is going for 3 from 3 at Menangle on Tuesday May 19. Neal Conder I would like to wish Neal Conder all the best in his next career stage following his resignation from the Chairman of Stewards position with HRV, effective May 29. Neal is a quality person and will do well in whatever he wishes to pursue. He has been with HRV since 2008 and took on the role as Chairman of Stewards in January 2014. Nick Murray will be Acting Chairman of Stewards until a permanent replacement is engaged. Arrival Congratulations go to Tabcorp Park CEO Shane Gloury and his partner Rowan who gave birth to a baby girl on May 13. Everyone at HRV is delighted for Shane, who is now father to Madeline Jane. The family is all well. Vale HRV was saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Hansen. Brian was well known to many as a prolific author and newspaper contributor. Brian had strong links to harness racing both as a breeder and an administrator back in the 1980s. Brian Hansen's funeral will be held on Thursday 21 May in the W. D. Rose Chapel, 139 Marriage Rd, Brighton commencing at 2.30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Motor Neurone Association would be appreciated. Did you know? Whirily School - winner of the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum 2yo filllies' final - is named so because it is where owner/breeder Shannon Nixon's mum went to school! Whirily is just north of Birchip, now famous for the ownership of Victoria Derby winner Menin Gate. Harness Racing Victoria    

The field for Saturday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Pegasus Club Queen of the Pacific at the harness racing meeting atTabcorp Park Melton has been unveiled with exciting mare Frith to take on rising star Berisari and a host of other potential topliners.   Frith has drawn gate 11 in the 2760m standing start handicap race, while Berisari will begin from barrier four.   Reigning race champion Gumdrops has drawn gate six and Steam Washed will begin from outside the front line.   Majorly Foxy Styx, a stablemate of Frith from the Belinda McCarthy yard, has drawn the pole.   No runner has been handicapped this year.   Meanwhile, Lennytheshark will come from barrier nine in the University Meat 4YO & 5YO Championship.   The reigning race winner will be one of two horses in the event for trainer David Aiken, who also puts the polish on polemarker Bryce Cooper, which has won three on the spin.   Hectorjayjay (barrier 2) and Major Secret (barrier 4) both look well in at the draw, while Chilli Palmer and Yayas Hot Spot have drawn out the back in gates 11 and 12.   Trainer Dean Braun has three runners in the race, Mister Livan (gate five), Rule Like A King (gate 10) and Chilli Palmer.   Saturday night's 10-race card gets under way at 5.23pm with the last at 10pm.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Whirily School and Showgun Thomas have taken out the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic two-year-old Finals at the harness arcing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.   Whirily School won the fillies’ final for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Greg Sugars as an odds-on favourite at $1.50, while Chris Alford combined with trainer Heath Redwood to take out the colts and geldings’ final with Showgun Thomas at $12 after race favourite Hellbewright galloped early and lost all chance.   Whirily School, by Courage Under Fire out of Mayhappen, found the front early from the 1720-metre start and controlled the race, jogging through a 32.7secs second quarter after an opening stanza of 29.9secs for a 62.2secs first half.   Greg Sugars had his rivals stacked up off the back after a third split of 30.7secs before the impressive young pacer extended and left his rivals paddling, dashing home in 27.4secs for a 3.3m win in a mile rate of 2:00.2.   New Romantics finished second after trailing the leader throughout from the pole, while Courageous Call moved to the breeze early and battled on for third just ahead of Swiftly Tothebeach.   Showgun Thomas, by Bettors Delight out of Forest Charm, won a roughhouse affair in the two-year-old boys’ division, Alford driving the polemarker through along the sprint lane from the leader’s back spot in the home stretch to edge out Pop The Cork (Anthony Butt) and Four Starzzz Forsa (John Justice) in a thriller.   The second horse had to survive a protest post-race from the third and fifth (That’s How Weroll) placegetters.   Showgun Thomas rated 1:57.0.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Talented harness racing star Berisari continued her rise to the top with an impressive victory at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.   Making her debut against open class mares, Berisari scored an impressive win with Nathan Jack in the cart.   After trailing the pacemaker, Bettor Downunder, Berisari finished swiftly along the sprint lane to complete a three-and-a-half metre win from the leader.   The Good Times – a stablemate of the winner – was a metre away third.   Completing a hat-trick in the process, the daughter of Safari rated 1:57.7 for the 2240 metres.   Thrilled with the four-year-old’s performance, trainer Emma Stewart believes Berisari is primed for a highly successful campaign.   “She showed she was up with the best of her age last season and has come back in sensation form this time around,” Stewart said. “We couldn’t be happier with the way she is going.   “She was only beaten a short half-head in last year’s Sires’ Final and that will be her main target this time in.   “She is a wonderful mare, which should continue to get better with racing and age.”   Paul Courts

John Justice’s smart two-year-old Four Starzzz Forsa is lightning-quick off the arm, but that won’t help him in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.   The gelding is by Four Starzzz Shark and out of Soho Paris, who never raced but is a half-sister to the brilliant It Is I and La Speranza.   He pinged out to lead in his heat last start from outside the front row.   Once in front, Four Starzzz Forsa paced his lead time in 6.4secs and a first quarter of 29.5 before Justice applied the brakes.   Ambling through a second split of just 35.6secs, Justice always knew his youngster would have a strong kick late, and he got home in 58secs for the final 800m (30.4secs and 27.6secs third and fourth stanzas) to score by 3.9 metres.   But having drawn the back row on Friday night, the early lead won't be an option.   “He’s still learning to race so I was pleased he was able to settle so well,” said Justice of the last-start victory.   While the barrier draw hasn’t helped his cause, Justice said Four Starzzz Forsa would still give a strong account of himself.   “He’s probably best suited as a sit-sprinter at this stage,” he said. “It’ll be a bit different as he gets a bit older and a bit stronger, but he’s a good horse.”   Justice said a win for Four Starzzz Forsa in the $50,000 Group 2 Final would be even more special than usual as the pacer was 33 per cent owned by his mother, who turns 84 this month.   “It’d make a nice birthday present,” Justice said.   Meanwhile, Justice will also line up Mar Nien in the Home Grown Classic Final from barrier seven.   Justice has booked comeback reinswoman Tanya Cavallaro to pilot Mar Nien, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of Champagnesheffield.   “He goes well for Tanya,” Justice said.   “He’s a good little horse who has had no luck at the barrier draw. But if they go quick up front he can be getting home at the end.”   - HRV Media  

Freelance Shepparton reinsman Nathan Jack enjoyed a great night at Tuesday’s harness racing meeting at Bendigo, finishing the night with four winners on the eight-event card, including two for partner Amanda Turnbull, one for father Russell and another for Flora Hill trainer Dylan Marshall.   Artistic Fella/Seductress gelding Mylightningfella trained at the family complex at Lemnos by Russell, opened the night's proceedings by taking the Hip Pocket Workwear 3-Y-0 Vicbred Pace over 1650 metres.   A winner on debut at Echuca on August 14 last year, Mylightningfella hadn’t appeared since.   Beginning swiftly from gate five to lead, Mylightningfella was restrained to take a trail on Jetstar Lombo (gate three) shortly after the start, before receiving the run of the race.   Using the sprint lane, Mylightningfella ($7) was able to gain the day over the pacemaker in a slick 1-56.4, with Part Time Paradise (three back the markers – four wide home turn) third.   Next to arrive was Dylan Marshall’s Kiwi bred six year old Christian Cullen/Countess Caroline mare Mrs Devine in the Dunlop & Pitson Earthmoving Pace Final for C1 class over 1650 metres.   An eye-catching second to Flying McPocket in her heat on May 3, Mrs Devine ($15.40) was sent forward from gate six to park outside Flying McPocket on this occasion, outstaying her rivals to register a 2.6-metre victory over another heat winner Antiquities (one/one) and the weakening Flying McPocket in a rate of 1-56.4.   There were huge wraps on Amanda Turnbull’s Mach Three/Maikona colt Oh Jonny B Good in the All Seasons Hotel Pace (1st division) for C1 class over 2150 metres which was justified by a most impressive victory in a sizzling mile rate of 1-54.9.   First up since March after crossing The Tasman, Oh Jonny B Good ($1.30) raced by some high profile Goulburn Valley residents along with Amanda’s mum Jenny, led virtually throughout from gate four to treat his rivals with contempt, winning by 23.5 metres untouched from Times A Bonus which did plenty of work in the breeze after going forward from the extreme draw, with Tennaya third after trailing the winner.   Former NSW Oaks winner Shes A Runner ($1.30) a four year old daughter of Jeremes Jet and Runacullen first up since May last year and first up for the Amanda Turnbull stable, had nothing more than a “stroll in the park” to land the Evolve Accounting Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1650 metres.   Taking a mares concession, Shes A Runner starting from the extreme draw settled three back in the moving line, with polemarker Master Mach Manus leading for veteran Bendigonian Brian Gath.   Going forward in the last lap, Shes A Runner  showing a brilliant burst of speed led on the final bend, before racing away to score by 10.1 metres in advance of Master Mach Manus and Our Leo from last in a rate of 1-55.9.   Local Junortoun trainer Danny Beriman combined with Glen Park reinsman Zac Steenhuis to capture the Worlds Best Hoof Oil Concessional Drivers Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres with Anna Blue, a Santanna Blue Chip/Polo One 4-Y-0 mare which broke her maiden status at start number 32.   Leading out from gate two before handing over to a running Gunbalunya (gate three), Anna Blue finished best along the sprint lane to record a 4.5 metre victory in 1-57.8 over Gunbalunya and Space Keeper which raced in the open.   Bolinda’s Kari Males snared the Springvale Stud Vicbred Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres with 5-Y-0 Sundon/Vicki Vale gelding Sunnyvale Comet.   Beginning brilliantly from 10 metres to lead, Sunnyvale Comet ran his rivals ragged to score by 10 metres from Girls Go First (one/three – three wide last lap) and Tella Tall Tale which faced the breeze from the bell.   The mile rate 2-04.3.   Leading trainer Emma Stewart’s Rock N Roll Heaven/All The Magic filly Rocknroll Magic was a convincing winner of the Bendigo Party Hire 2-Y-0 Pace over 1650 metres, much to the delight of loyal stable clients the Cameron boys and partners.   With Gavin Lang in the sulky, Rocknroll Magic was restrained from a solo inside second line draw and as soon a s the speed slackened, was off and running to park outside the leader Diamond Jasper (gate three).   Always travelling smoothly, Rocknroll Magic recorded a soft four metre margin on the wire over the pacemaker and Kenfury Lass in a mile rate of 1-59.6.   Mitchell Park (Ballarat) part-owner/trainer Craig Knowles was successful with five year old Aces N Sevens/Cornelia Lombo gelding Seven And A Half who chalked up his 10th victory in 51 outings when greeting the judge in the Scoe Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2150 metres.   Taken back to the tail of the field from outside the front line with Cardon Merger flying away from gate five to lead, Seven And A Half was set alight by Neil McCallum mid-race to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit.   In a strong staying performance, Seven And A Half strode clear halfway up the running and just lasted in a tight photo to stall off Melita Bromac (one/one) in a tricky finish, with the heavily supported polemarker Qtown Rip Roaring using the sprint lane off the back of the leader to finish third 1.9 metres away.   - HRV Media

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