Glenferrie Bronte has emerged as a serious Victoria Oaks hopeful after a stunning harness racing win in the Harness Breeders (Vic) Trackbred 3YO Classic tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. Trainer/driver Amanda Turnbull set the speed aboard the Changeover / Equus Franco filly after landing the front early from gate three. With Keayang Torah (Glen Craven, $13.10) up eyeballing her in the run, Glenferrie Bronte ($3.10) had to notch quicker sectionals than she would have liked. She covered the first quarter of the last mile in 28.9secs before a 28.8secs second split made it a 57.7secs first half. Glenferrie Bronte kicked clear coming off the back straight with Keayang Torah spitting the dummy after pulling hard. Last season’s Breeders Crown and Vicbred Super Series champion Niki No No (Greg Sugars, $2.9fav) spotted Glenferrie Bronte the best part of 20 metres at the home bend and was covering ground out wide. Glenferrie Bronte’s third quarter was 29.1secs and she was in top flight on straightening for the run home. Niki No No and Du Vella (Geoff Webster, $8.2), both driven off the speed, were launching late claims – especially Niki No No – but it was to no avail, Turnbull and Glenferrie Bronte clocking a 29.7secs final quarter for a mile rate of 1:56.7 over the 2240m trip, the margin 1.4m between the winner and Niki No No at the post. The victory was Glenferrie Bronte's fourth in six starts. >> Video: Watch Glenferrie Bronte take out the Harness Breeders (Vic) Trackbred 3YO Classic. Du Vella was third ahead of Lovelist (John Caladow, $9.8) in fourth and Union Ally (Grant Campbell, $39.40) in fifth. Delight Me, who would have started a short-priced favourite tonight, was scratched earlier today. by Cody Winnell
WILL ARDEN ROONEY'S WINNING STREAK CONTINUE? Since his Hunter Cup win during the TAB Summer of Glory carnival Kerryn Manning trained and driven Arden Rooney has become "the Cups King". The five-year-old gelding made it three straight cup wins following his Hunter Cup success with victories in the Terang and Geelong pacing cups. Tonight he will line up for five straight wins in the $20,505 2240-metre SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant Free-for-All at Tabcorp Park Melton. But he will have fierce opposition from several talented rivals, including speedy duo Chilli Palmer (drawn pole) and Franco Ledger (barrier nine). Tonight sees a 10-race card at Melton, kicking off at 6.30pm. And don't forget tomorrow night is Girls' Night Out at Cranbourne in support of the Women's Cancer Foundation. First race of the night tomorrow is 6.20pm. - FEATURE OF THE WEEK - SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant FFA 2240m mobile start @ Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday night 9.30pm 1: CHILLI PALMER Trainer: Amanda Grieve Driver: Alex Ashwood Form comment: One of the two fastest horses in the race, you'd have to say. He and Franco Ledger both have withering bursts of speed once they're in top flight. The problem here might be the barrier. He's a get-back-run-on horse, so he might find himself buried away on the pegs. The other side of that of course is if he gets that soft three-markers trip and they run along a bit up front, he'll be the fresh horse on the scene bursting home with any sort of luck late, either around the outside or through along the sprint lane. He's a last-start winner and he's top-class at his best, so don't leave him out. 2: SAVESOMTIMETODREAM Trainer: Paul Rowse Driver: Jodi Quinlan Form comment: The general view is that Jodi Quinlan will cross the polemarker with this talented seven-year-old before handing up to Arden Rooney. That would ensure Jodi and Savesomtimetodream would get first use of the sprint lane in the home straight. Can he win? He's coming off back-to-back fourth-place finishes at Melton and Charlton in a FFA and the Charlton Cup. He's got to be more of a place chance, I'd suspect, but I'd never say never with this fella. 3: VILLAGEM Trainer: Glenn Douglas Driver: Glenn Douglas Form comment: Once upon a time he'd be one of the favourites here for sure and certain. Nowadays he's nine years old and his best racing is in the past. However, he's still competitive, as we saw three starts back when he defeated Wartime Sweetheart and Bit Of A Legend on Hunter Cup Night. His Geelong Cup was fair and his Charlton Cup second behind Barynya was also solid given he worked hard out three-wide late. Racing well but not for me against a few of these. 4: KOTARE ROLAND Trainer: Roly Wilson Driver: Neil McCallum Form comment: Not really a factor last weekend in the Echuca Pacing Cup. Wasn't beaten far though. His previous recent form is nowhere near strong enough for him to be entertained as any sort of realistic chance against some of these A-graders. Prefer in something easier at this stage. 5: ARDEN ROONEY Trainer: Kerryn Manning Driver: Kerryn Manning Form comment: Has really turned it on since his Hunter Cup win when 80-1! We'll never see those odds again with him. Made the trip to Swan Hill last start and won easily over Goodtime Marjie. Expect Kerryn Manning to send this fella forward at the start and attempt to find the lead. Once there I'd say he will be allowed to stroll, which seems to be his go. If Savesomtimetodream kicks up I'm tipping there'll be a bit of pressure about. That scenario would open the door for a Chilli Palmer or Franco Ledger late. But I'm tipping it'll be scenario A, with Rooney running to the front, setting the speed to suit himself and winning. 6: METRO MIKE Trainer: Emma Stewart Driver: Gavin Lang Form comment: Super-consistent customer who won back-to-back Melton races recently and was a touch unlucky not to win The Stampede as he paced roughly for a stride turning for home. He still attacked the line in that 1200-metre race and he'll be better suited to this trip. Both Arden Rooney and Franco Ledger prefer it longer, and while both have the class edge on their rivals, and Chilli Palmer always needs a pinch of luck given his racing style, it may open the door for Metro Mike to go close here at nice odds. I'm including him. 7: IT IS BILLY Trainer: Michael Barby Driver: Anne-Maree Conroy Form comment: Last-start winner at Melton when found the lead from gate five and rated 1:56.4 to comfortably defeat runner-up Fiery Achiever. Was first-up from a spell on that occasion so further improvement second-up would not surprise. He's a six-year-old with plenty of upside and despite the wide draw you need to show him respect. 8: LOVABLE LARRIKIN Trainer: Gaita Pullicino Driver: John Caldow Form comment: Has struck top form of late with two impressive wins, one at Bendigo and the other in The Stampede over 1200 metres at Melton. Draws inside-back-row here, following out noted sit-sprinter Chilli Palmer. So he'll get back no doubt and need to repeat his lightning late finishing burst of last start to get the chocolates. One for the trifectas. 9: FRANCO LEDGER Trainer: Geoff Webster Driver: Geoff Webster Form comment: Us Victorians are still disappointed we never got to see him contest the Inter Dominion Final. He would have gone close. Still managed to win the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal however on the big day in Sydney. In fact, it was not just a win ... he blitzed his opposition. He'll trail through nicely and will settle a bit closer to the speed than he did in the Hunter Cup when he stormed home late to run second to Arden Rooney. He's quicker than Arden Rooney, so if it comes down to who can sprint sharpest at the finish, he's the one you'd want to be on. He's a serious winning hope and I've got him running second. 10: FIERY ACHIEVER Trainer: Lance Justice Driver: Rodney Petroff Form comment: Handed up to It Is Billy last start and battled on well for second but was no match for the winner. He's drawn terribly here and against this lot a win would certainly surprise. 11: COLD MAJOR Trainer: David Aiken Driver: David Aiken Form comment: Rarely runs a poor race. Finished third behind Franco Ledger and Villagem in the Sokyola Sprint in January when worked in the run. He could play a role with a mid-race move but he's one for first-fours at best from the draw, I'd say. (Comments by Cody Winnell) WIN A $50 TAB VOUCHER Here’s your chance to win a $50 TAB Voucher. To enter, tell us who you think will win the SEW Eurodrive Westburn Grant Free For All tonight (Friday night). All entrants that pick the winner will go into a random draw and whichever lucky entrant is drawn, wins the $50 TAB Voucher! Entries must be in by no later than 8:30pm tonight. One entry per person. Must be over 18 years of age to enter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org the subject WIN. The winner will be notified via email.
Young Trafalgar horsewoman Tamie Frith will be seeking her biggest success in harness racing on Easter Sunday, April 5. Tamie's horse Bettor Biaggi will compete in the rich Ken Miller Memorial Pace event at Warragul, one of the feature races on the traditional Warragul Cup raceday. Bettor Biaggi finished second in a qualifying division of the Miller event at Warragul on Monday, March 23 and will be one of several Gippsland horses to compete in the race. Tamie is involved in trotting as a hobby. Her partner Glenn Hunter will steer Bettor Biaggi in the race. She has a soft spot for Bettor Biaggi, who has yet to win a race but has finished in the minor placings five times from 13 race starts. Tamie turned an interest in the trotting sport into a hands-on involvement after she competed a certificate course at the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre several years ago. One of many graduates of the Centre who have gone on to train their own horses, Tamie has enjoyed previous success both as a trainer and as a reinswoman, and has also gained valuable experience working in local stables. Looking to take some of the family spotlight away from Tamie and Glenn on Easter Sunday will be Glenn's father Chris, who has Feel The Rhythm running in the Ken Miller race. Chris will also start his smart horse Dawn Tears in the Trotters Cup event. The Hunter stable is racing consistently at present and will hopefully be rewarded with success on the biggest day on the local trotting calendar. Warragul trotting officials are hoping that good weather should draw a crowd of close to 1000 to the Logan Park track for a top day of racing that will kick off at around Noon. Kyle Galley
Harness racing driver Greg Sugars scored a winning treble at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Victoria’s leading reinsman guided home short-priced favourites Goodtime Sammy in the Geoff and Lorraine Barnes Youthful Stakes and Illawong Helios in the Carbine Chemicals Vicbred Trot, and also scored aboard a $15.90 shot in Classy Guy in the Swift Signs Pace. Goodtime Sammy (Somebeachsomewhere/Graces Beach) made it two wins to start his career with a 7.9-metre win in the 1720m Youthful Stakes from gate six, rating 1:56.7. Rocknroll Gold (Nathan Jack, $18) and Soho Lexington (Michael Stanley, $7.20) filled the placings. Five-year-old gelding Classy Guy (Union Guy/Classy Dream) found the front in Race 5 from the 1720m start despite a gate seven draw and held off all challengers late for a 2.1m win over Saint Flash (Chris Alford, $6.90) and Lombo Flashlight (Jodi Quinlan, $18.60). The Angela McDonough-trained pacer rated 1:54.4. Four-year-old mare Illawong Helios made it seven wins from 15 starts with a 9.3-metre win in the last race on the card, the Ross Sugars-trained daughter of Majestic Son/Shining Sun beating home Guiltless (Nathan Jack, $5) with Maybelina (Gavin Lang, $13.10) 33m off the winner in third place. The winner started $1.30 and rated 1:59.1. High-class four-year-old mare Bettor Downunder (Bettors Delight/Trebla Trebla) made it two enormous wins straight for trainer Steven Loftus and reinsman Michael Stanley. She won by 29.7m despite an outside-back-row draw over the 2240m. Bettor Downunder has now won her past two starts by an aggregate margin of 74.8m. Punters cashed in, the winner starting $1.40, with Mister McKinnon (Courtney Slater, $20.20) second and Flying McPocket (Anthony Butt, $8.20) third. The winner posted a 1:57.4 mile rate. >> VIDEO: Watch Bettor Downunder cruise to the easiest of wins The Boss Man (five-year-old gelding by Bacardi Lindy out of Oh Yes Indeed) bounced back after some frustrating performances with a 1.5m win as a $1.70 favourite over Death Defying in the Benstud Standardbreds Trot over 2240m. Scott Dyer drove the David Aiken-trained squaregaiter, who rated 2:00.7. Death Defying (Nathan Jack, $11.40) is racing well and did a good job to run second from gate six, while Steal A Sixpence was third for Gavin Lang at $4.80. Wonderful mare Steam Washed (Washington VC/Laura Lace) returned to the winners’ list in the Harness Breeders Vic Jodies Babe over 1720m. Sent out at odds of $5.70, Steam Washed was taken straight to the lead for reinsman Chris Shinn early from gate five and held off Emma Stewart-trained pair Goodtime Marjie (Greg Sugars, $7.50) and Beauty Secret (Gavin Lang, $1.40fav), the winner rating 1:53.5. Andy Gath’s talented three-year-old Bettors Delight/Kelly Maguire gelding Burnaholeinmypocket was ultra-impressive taking out the VHRSC 3YO Cup with Kate Gath in the sulky. The $3.50 second-favourite found the lead early from barrier two before coming right away at the finish for a 17.2m success over runner-up Virgil Hilts (Lisa Miles, $32.50) with Goodtime Alltime (Courtney Slater, $75.80) third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:57.3. Alan Tubbs-trained Lierre Noir saluted the judge first in the feature event of the night, the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace Final over 1720m. The five-year-old mare by Bettors Delight out of Saabette was driven by Kerryn Manning and paid $9.70 for the win. Odds-on shot Quick Draft (Chris Alford, $1.80) ran second, beaten a neck, with Echeveria (Kate Gath, $25.90) third. The winner’s mile rate was 1:54.4. Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang combined to win the University Food Group Pace over 2240m with five-year-old McArdle/Tactile Franco gelding Tiago Bromac. The $2.10 favourite outgunned runner-up The Noble Steed (Kerryn Manning, $4.90) and Heading North (Nathan Weightman, $25.30) in third in a rate of 1:57.1. >> KEY NOTES FROM TABCORP PARK MELTON - Greg Sugars notches a winning treble - Bettor Downunder at her brilliant best again - Steam Washed takes out Jodies Babe - Burnaholeinmypocket ultra-impressive winning VHRSC 3YO Cup - Lierre Noir takes out the G3 Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace - Quaddie: $1853 on Nos 7-2-2-3. Early Quaddie: $25.80 on Nos 13-5-6-5. - Good Form Game Plan (goodform.trot.com.au): Outlay: $415. Return: $145.40. >> Check out all the results and watch the replay videos from Tabcorp Park Melton by Cody Winnell
DOUBLE-HEADER COUNTRY CUPS WEEKEND This weekend features a TAB.com.au Trots Country Cups Carnival double-header with Echuca on Saturday night followed by Ouyen's big day on Sunday. The weekend action kicks off tonight though at Tabcorp Park Melton with a nine-race program getting under way at 6.30pm and featuring the running of the Harness Breeders Vic Jodies Babe and the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace Final (Group 3). Don't miss your shot at a $20,000 quaddie pool jackpot offer from the TAB tonight at Melton, with the quaddie on Races 5,6,7 and 8 and kicking off at 8.33pm. - FEATURE OF THE WEEK - Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup 2530m standing start 1: SMO Trainer: Laura Crossland Driver: Laura Crossland Form comment: Drawn well and if he can step cleanly and hold a forward position then he could sneak a place at odds. 2: ROAD TO ROCK Trainer: Keith Cotchin Driver: John Caldow Form comment: In really good form, loves the stand-start conditions. Back to the front line should be able to step and press forward. If finds the front is a great each-way chance. 3: JUKEBOX MUSIC Trainer: Julie Douglas Driver: Glenn Douglas Form comment: Been competing in claiming grade but has a really good turn of foot when right. If he enjoys a soft peg-line run he could well be finishing off into a placing. 4: KOTARE ROLAND Trainer: Roly Wilson Driver: Neil McCallum Form comment: Enjoyed a nice run of form a few months back, but struggling to recapture that right now. This does look a little drop in class. 5: SKIPPY RASCAL Trainer: Julie Douglas Driver: Greg Sugars Form comment: Could well be the best roughie in the race. Defeated Macho Comacho three starts back when leading and handing up. If he's able to step cleanly here he could perform a similar role and finish off along the sprint lane. 6: CAM BEFORE THE STORM Trainer: Nicole Molander Driver: Chris Alford Form comment: Led and was run down in the Boort Pacing Cup last week but was only second-up. If he takes benefit from that run he'll be in the mix. Stable's in fine form. 7: MACHO COMACHO Trainer: Amanda Grieve Driver: Alex Ashwood Form comment: Super first-up after missing the start. He should be able to step more cleanly here and if that's the case you only have to go back to his form of a previous lifetime where he ran third in the Stawell and St Arnaud Cups and won the Wedderburn feature. 8: WASHMEPOCKETS Trainer: Vivian Tomren Driver: Emmett Brosnan Form comment: Honest little fella who tries his heart out every time. Another who needs a soft run to be a winning chance but if the pace is on he should be hitting the line. 9: NARRA OPERATIVE Trainer: Peter Manning Driver: Matthew Craven Form comment: Back to 10m here and didn't have a lot of luck in the Boort Cup last week. He's just the type of horse who can bob up at odds and he did win back to back cups at Wedderburn and Stawell earlier this season. 10: ARBER Trainer: Tim Bolitho Driver: Michael Bellman Form comment: Shooting for back to back wins in this race. He was last year's country cups champion who wasn't far away at Boort. But he will need to improve to make it two in a row here. 11: SMUDGE BROMAC Trainer: David Aiken Driver: Nathan Jack Form comment: Has come off a little break since contesting the Victorian Inter Dominion heat. All his form, including a fifth in the Hunter and Shepparton Cups, and a second in the Pure Steel, is a strong pointer to the sort of form he is in at the moment. Genuine winning chance. 12: WARTIME SWEETHEART Trainer: David Aiken Driver: David Aiken Form comment: If David Aiken can perform a miracle and he can sneak through along the pegs, he could possibly be the blowout chance. But he's probably not suited to coming wide in such a strong field. (Comments by Blake Redden) $20,000 Quaddie Jackpot Have a crack at the quaddie at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight for your chance at a slice of the $20,000 jackpot thanks to the TAB. Bet at the track, online at tab.com.au, via your smart phone app or at your local TAB outlet. WIN A $50 TAB VOUCHER Here’s your chance to win a $50 TAB Voucher. To enter, tell us who you think will win the Echuca Pacing Cup on Saturday night. All entrants that pick the winner will go into a random draw and whichever lucky entrant is drawn, wins the $50 TAB Voucher! Entries must be in by no later than 8:30pm on Saturday night March 21. One entry per person. Must be over 18 years of age to enter. Emailcompetitions@hrv.org.au with the subject WIN. The winner will be notified via email.
Reinsman Nathan Jack will honour the late Tiffany Murray by wearing her driving pants at Echuca Harness Racing Club’s annual Pacing Cup meeting on Saturday night. Tiffany, a popular local harness racing figure, died in 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. Jack knew Tiffany well through his good mate and Tiffany’s partner, Leigh Sutton. Sutton is also a harness racing driver and he and Tiffany have a daughter, Milla. Jack will also donate $100 per winning drive to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation – and $200 should he win the Echuca Cup – and Sutton will match it dollar for dollar. It means the organisation set up by Tiffany's neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo, will benefit $200 per winner and $400 if Jack’s horse, Smudge Bromac, can win the main event. “I knew her quite well. I was good mates with Leigh,” Jack said. “It’s definitely a cause close to my heart.” The club will also run the Tiffany Murray Memorial Pace (Race 4 at 8.03pm), with only female drivers invited to contest the event. The association between Jack and Smudge Bromac will hold him in good stead aboard the David Aiken trained entire on Saturday night. The nine-year-old pacer is in a rich vein of form, having recently contested the $400,000 Hunter Cup, finishing fifth beaten only 8.3 metres by Arden Rooney. “He’s a great little horse, you’d love to own him,” Jack said of the 31-time winner. “He’s in great form. His Yarra Glen Cup win was terrific, in the Pure Steel he sat outside Uncle Wingnut and beat him by over a metre, and in the Shepparton Cup he turned for home level with For A Reason and beat him a length. “He’ll find it a bit hard off the 20-metre (handicap) on the tight track but he’s racing really well.” The huge 10-race program at Echuca kicks off at 6.20pm with the cup to be run at 9.33pm. Loads of giveaways and entertainment will be provided, with one lucky patron winning $1000 thanks to the TAB simply by uploading their Trot Selfie to facebook.com/trotselfies. The Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup meeting is a leg of the TAB Trots Country Cups Carnival. by Cody Winnell Related Links Fields for Echuca, Saturday 21 March 2015 Form guide for Echuca, Saturday 21 March 2015
Next month Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, will undertake a series of presentations in regional and metropolitan areas of Victoria. These presentations build on those undertaken during the previous three years to create a greater understanding and awareness of the role and responsibilities of the RIC, the work the office has undertaken and an overview of what is in place to ensure that the Victorian Racing Industry operates free from the influence of crime and corruption. The sessions will also provide an opportunity to raise questions and hear first-hand of the Commissioner’s perspectives on integrity in the racing industry. All members of the public are invited to attend, whether racing industry participants or not. Details of the Commissioner’s presentations are as follows: * Thurs 9 April Geelong 11.00AM Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Princes Freeway, Corio * Tues 14 April Shepparton 7.00PM Shepparton Harness Racing Club, Quest Racing Complex, Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla * Wed 15 April Bendigo 11.00AM Quest Bendigo Central, 228 McCrae Street, Bendigo * Wed 15 April Horsham 7.00PM Wesley Performing Arts Centre, Corner Roberts Ave & Urquhart St, Horsham * Thurs 16 April Ballarat 11.00AM Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Ballarat * Mon 20 April Warrnambool 7.00PM Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool * Tues 21 April Melbourne 6.00PM Flemington Race Course, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington * Wed 22 April Cranbourne 11.00AM Cranbourne Racing Centre, Grant St, Cranbourne * Wed 22 April Sale 7.00PM Sale Turf Club, 1227 Maffra-Sale Road, Sale * Mon 27 April Mildura 7.00PM Quest Mildura, 115 Madden Avenue, Mildura * Tues 28 April Swan Hill 7.00PM Swan Hill Jockey Club, Gray St, Swan Hill All sessions will commence at the allocated time and will run for approximately an hour. Those interested in attending any of the sessions are kindly asked to indicate their attendance online via the website www.racingintegrity.vic.gov.au or email email@example.com prior to the session.
DENMARK’S Michelle Mønster upstaged French rider Benjamin Aubron in the Alan Mance Holden Monte at harness racing's Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Riding 10-year-old trotter Si Capisco, Mønster always looked to have the race on her terms after taking her mount to an early lead. Mønster, whose father Knud drove a winner in the drivers’ invitation trot on Saturday night, was challenged by Aubron aboard Si Capisco’s stablemate Illawong Moonshine a couple of times in the run, but each time the Danish hoop was able to guide Si Capisco up another notch. At the home corner it became evident Mønster and Si Capisco weren’t going to be rolled and they cleared out for an impressive 13.1-metre win. Aubron finished second aboard Illawong Moonshine, with third placegetter Mosquito Spur the first Australian rider over the line with Emma Hamblin taking the reins. Trainer Jodi Quinlan trained the first three horses over the line in the Monte. Monte races are trotting events run without sulkies and with riders instead of drivers. Since their inception in Victoria the quality of the races has improved dramatically and the local riders are getting the hang of them. Monte racing is extremely popular abroad, especially in Europe and Scandinavia. The publicity received for Mønster’s Monte win was invaluable, the exposure thrusting Victorian harness racing on to the world stage. “That was amazing!! Ride a winner in Australia!! Thanks to Jodi Quinlan and Si Capisco!! #finntack” Tweeted Mønster after the win. >> Watch a replay of the Alan Mance Holden Monte won by Si Capisco and Michelle Mønster. by Cody Winnell
An exceptionally strong line-up of race winning and winner producing mares augurs well for the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday. Of the 46 lots to be presented, 23 are from winners, with 18 from successful broodmares, including a host of ‘black type’ performers. Heading the list are the dams are the Trotters’ Oaks winners Maori’s Dream (Vic) and Queen’s Rhapsody (NSW), The Redwood winner Elusive Charm, the NZ Jewels runner-up Gladys Emanuel and the HRI Gold Bracelet and Breeders’ Crown runner-up Aldebaran Maori. The Group race placegetters Flaming Action, Aldebaranfavourite, Countessa Hest, Arnika’s Pride and Redwood Consolation winner Aldebaran Breeze also have yearlings in the sale. While metropolitan winning racemares represented include Calder Fury, Speedy Naomi, Im Mumbo Jumbo, Mystic Jewel and Strapon. The catalogue comprises the dams of 31 winners, which have amassed more than 160 wins, including dual Oaks and Vicbred champion Claudys Princess, Calder Sensation, Aldebaran Maori, Pride Of Sundon, Val Gardena, Atego Lilly, Bohemian Queen and last Sunday’s Kapunda Cup winner Nico Serrano. There are yearlings closely-related to Inter Dominion champions Sumthingaboutmaori and Our Real Force, and other top trotters such as Kyvalley Road, Blitzthemcalder, Galleon’s Assassin, The Fiery Ginga, Sunny Elegant, Mister Castelton, Merinai and Noopy Kiosk to name a few. Interestingly, no less than 10 yearlings hail from the famous tribe founded by Maori Miss, while 15 are from the New Zealand-bred dams and two from American-bred mares. For a copy of the catalogue visit Harness Racing Victoria during office hours, Tabcorp Park Melton, your local country club or email firstname.lastname@example.org Pedigrees are available at www.austrottingsale.com.au PETER WHARTON
Following a review of the circumstances surrounding Race 3, the Bob Freeman Memorial Monte at Ballarat on 22 February 2015, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) can confirm the error in failing to review the final 200 metres of the race prior to declaring all clear was attributable to human error. Chief Steward at the meeting Shane Larkins has accepted full responsibility for the error and has been counselled. Ln accordance with the terms of Mr Larkins employment contract appropriate action has been taken by HRV Management. In order to mitigate the risk of such a circumstance occurring in the future, HRV have made a procedural direction to Stewards in regard to all future Monté events, being that all clear is not to be confirmed until the final 200m of each race has been reviewed to ensure that no horse is in breach of Australian Rule of Harness Racing 331. Harness Racing Victoria
The trotting revolution is well and truly under way in Australia and the annual Australasian Premier Trotting Sale is proving a treasure trove for purists. Headed by the talented Endsino, graduates of the first two APTS sales in 2013 and 2014 are impressing on racetracks across the nation. Endsino won a two-year-old fillies’ heat and the Group One Final of the Vicbred and also captured a Breeders’ Crown heat. By Angus Hall from Redwood Classic winning broodmare Jauriol, Endsino is one of many luminous success stories from APTS sales, with other fruitful graduates including Livin The Life (three wins), Gus An Maori (two wins), Breeders’ Crown heat winners Shared Interest (second in the Group One Final) and Naked Majesty, the Breeders’ Crown runner-up Meadow Valley Road and recent Melton winner Hush Your Majesty. This year’s APTS is scheduled for March 8, the day after the Great Southern Star at Tabcorp Park Melton. A feature of this year’s APTS will be the high percentage of race-winning or winner-producing mares with progeny in the catalogue. Of the 46 lots, 23 are from race-winning mares and 18 are from winning producers. The APTS is a key plank of HRV’s strategic plan to improve the quality of the trotting breed and facilitate growth in this section of the business. Given the global nature of the trotting an important factor in the overall growth of harness racing in Victoria is the expansion of the gait for the benefit of all participants in Victoria. In 2015, the industry will benefit from 50 races being wagered on in France, showcasing the ever-improving quality of our product to the major European market. For a copy of the APTS catalogue visit Harness Racing Victoria during office hours, email email@example.com or visit www.austrottingsale.com.au HRV Media
Flying Isa took out the first of the first of the harness racing Group 1s on Hunter Cup night with a professional performance to win the Devondale Australasian Trotters Championship Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Trained by Belinda McCarthy and driven by Luke McCarthy Flying Isa began well to find the front early and was never headed, the six-year-old son of Pegasus Spur / Sun Isa rating 2:03.5 and scoring an 8.5-metre win over Brunelleschi with Spidergirl third. Luke McCarthy dictated the tempo to suit himself aboard the winner, Spidergirl working to the breeze early before Vincennes boldly trotted around to give the favourite one-one cover. At the bell Sheemon was out three-wide on the move with Glenferrie Typhoon getting a nice trail on his back. The leader upped the tempo down the back straight with a 27.9 split and kicked away approaching the turn. Ripping home in 28secs, Flying Isa was never going to get caught. Runner-up Brunelleschi is in career-best form. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria
Leading harness racing owner Merv Butterworth is boycotting the Inter Dominion. Angered by the Championship’s conditions, Butterworth has chosen to miss the series with well-performed pacer, Arden Rooney. Butterworth explained his decision following Arden Rooney’s upset win in tonight’s $400,000 A G Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. “We will not race him in the Inter Dominion under protest,” Butterworth said. “We’ve been told that because he was nominated in New Zealand he has to run in the Supplementary heat, which is unacceptable. “He has been trained by Kerryn (Manning) for a month and is officially a Victorian, but New South Wales won’t acknowledge that. “I even wrote a letter of protest and haven’t even received a response.” Inter Dominion heats will be run throughout Australia next weekend, with a Supplementary Heat for ‘visitors’ to be conducted at Menangle. “It is a ridiculous situation and that’s why he’s been withdrawn from the Inter,” Butterworth declared. As for his latest triumph, Arden Rooney caused a major upset when scoring as an $82.90 outsider with Manning in the cart. Beginning well from two, Arden Rooney was positioned behind the leader, Philadelphia Man, which led from two. Angled into the clear at the top of the home straight, the son of Bettors Delight quickly dashed to the front before completing a four-and-a-half metre win from Franco Ledger, with Easy On The Eye a metre away third. “He had the run of the race, but still had to be good enough to win,” Manning said. “The leader over raced a bit, so the solid tempo suited me down to the ground. “After hitting the lead on the turn, the home straight seemed to go on forever, but I knew he would keep on going. “This is right up there with all my good wins.” Covering the last half in 57 seconds, Arden Rooney rated 1:58.4 for the 3280-metre journey, with his time slicing eight-tenths of a second off the track record held by Mah Sish and Christen Me. The five-year-old’s triumph saw Manning become just the third reinswoman to capture the Grand Circuit event since its inception in 1949. Kate Gath was the ground breaker when success with About To Rock in 2006 followed by Natalie Rasmussen who scored with Blacks A Fake in 2008. PAUL COURTS
Another champion to be crowned king (or queen) of the Hunter Cup Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup night has arrived as we enter the final night of HRV's TAB.com.au Summer of Glory carnival. Christen Me won last week's Victoria Cup and will be out to become the first horse since Blossom Lady to go back-to-back in the Hunter Cup tomorrow night. Kiwi mare Adore Me is the favourite for the race, heavily backed after she caught the eye flashing home for third in the Victoria Cup. With hot weather forecast and heaps of trackside entertainment on Hunter Cup night there has never been a better time to get trackside at the trots at Melton! DEL-RE NATIONAL FOOD GROUP HUNTER CUP Saturday night, February 7. Group 1, 3280m, stand start. 9.30pm 1: PHILADELPHIA MAN ($13w $3.28p) Ticks: Horsham Pacing Cup win was full of merit when too strong for Restrepo and Arden Rooney. Drawn the pole. Prolific winner (11 wins from his last 13 starts). Crosses: Some say his bubble may have burst having been rolled his last two starts after 11 straight victories. 2: ARDEN ROONEY ($26w $4.8p) Ticks: Loves the stand-start racing (11: 6-1-2) and will have no worries with the marathon trip. Crosses: Was well beaten behind Restrepo in the Hamilton Pacing Cup and Restrepo is a $14 shot here. 3: ADORE ME ($2.6w $1.30p) Ticks: She's a first-class mare who produced the best run outside of the winner in the Victoria Cup and will be clearly suited to the longer trip. Crosses: She's a mare. They don't win the Hunter Cup too often. 4: CHRISTEN ME ($3.8w $1.53p) Ticks: Victoria Cup winner, Miracle Mile winner, easy Bendigo Cup winner. He's on fire. Crosses: Struggling to find one. 5: RESTREPO ($14w $3.47p) Ticks: Suited by the distance. Burst back into winning form with an enormous Hamilton Pacing Cup win from stand-start conditions two runs back. Crosses: Finished well-back in the Victoria Cup and despite his obvious talent he's only won two races since late November 2013. 6: UNCLE WINGNUT ($101w $20.04p) Ticks: Having a super season with strong runs in the Pure Steel last time out (third), the Horsham Cup (fourth) and the Cranbourne Cup (fourth). Crosses: Yet to win in 11 goes from behind the strands and seems a rung or two below the best ones here. 7: FLAMING FLUTTER ($41w $8.61p) Ticks: Excellent stand-start record (6: 4-0-1). Has in-form reinsman Greg Sugars. Has been racing in super-consistent form. Crosses: Probably a season away from being able to win at this level. 8: EASY ON THE EYE ($41w $8.61p) Ticks: Trained and driven by powerhouse New South Wales combination in Shane Tritton and Lauren Panella. Secured invite into last year's Miracle Mile. Crosses: Finished down the track in last year's Hunter Cup, drawn slightly awkwardly as loves to bowl along in front. 9: IM CORZIN TERROR ($26w $5.76p) Ticks: Stays all day and has a good record at the stand-start conditions (10: 3-3-1). He ran on well in this race last year and was close-up in the Kilmore Cup from the stand behind Guaranteed. Crosses: Has finished behind the top-liners at Horsham, Bendigo and last time out in the Victoria Cup. 10: WASHMEPOCKETS ($301w $58.14p) Ticks: Honest as the day is long and always puts in. Has his own Twitter account. Crosses: Just doubt he's up to this class. 11: GUARANTEED ($6.5w $2.04p) Ticks: Gavin Lang has chosen to stick with Guaranteed and would have had the choice of the three Emma Stewart trained runners. In ripping form throughout this campaign. Crosses: Will have to work around at some point but aside from that he's got far more ticks next to his name than crosses. 12: FRANCO LEDGER ($31w $6.71p) Ticks: Lethal sprint on him. He ended Philadelphia Man's winning streak at Shepparton when absolutely sprouted wings in the home straight. Is a 13-time winner from 21 goes at stand-start. Crosses: New Zealand form not as strong as say Terror To Love, Adore Me or Christen Me. 13: TERROR TO LOVE ($6.5w $2.04p) Ticks: Three-time New Zealand Cup winner so class is no worries and loves staying races. Crosses: Didn't fire in the Victoria Cup last start and found a way to get beaten in a four-horse Ballarat Cup two starts back. 14: SMUDGE BROMAC ($101w $20.04p) Ticks: Racing in career-best form. Broke the track record in the Yarra Valley Cup last December. Stable knows how to win a feature race. Crosses: Class the big query at this stage and being ODS hasn't helped his cause. ACCESS MARKET FOR THE DEL-RE NATIONAL FOOD GROUP HUNTER CUP $300,000 Quaddie Pool Guarantee Tomorrow night's Hunter Cup Quaddie will carry a guaranteed pool of minimum $300,000 thanks to Summer of Glory sponsor, the TAB. Cash Grab Machine Have a Quaddie on Saturday night's Hunter Cup meeting (min $10 spend) and present your betting ticket to TAB Grab staff for your chance to win entry into the TAB Grab Booth, where $5,000 worth of vouchers await at Tabcorp Park Melton! Special bonus offer There is also a special bonus offer for TAB customers this weekend. Have a fixed odds win bet on the Group 1 Hunter Cup, with your TAB account or TAB rewards card, and if your horse runs second or third, you'll score a Bonus Bet up to $50 or equivalent TAB Rewards points. Bet at the track, your local TAB outlet, via the TAB smart phone app or online at tab.com.au WIN A $50 TAB VOUCHER Here’s your chance to win a $50 TAB Voucher. To enter, tell us who you think will win the Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup on Saturday night. All entrants that pick the winner will go into a random draw and whichever lucky entrant is drawn, wins the $50 TAB Voucher! Entries must be in by no later than 8:30pm on Saturday night 7 February. One entry per person. Must be over 18 years of age to enter.Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject WIN. The winner will be notified via email on Tuesday.
Tuesday night's harness racing meeting at Swan Hill will see the progressive club offer yet another first. Race seven, a C1 event, will be run over 1200 metres. "We know the track is quick," said President Gerard Moloney. "However, we are hoping this particular race will show just how quick it can be." The club is also considering running some similar distance races for mares to enable them to record an attractive mile rate beside their name for when they head to the breeding barn. As for next week’s contest, Romantic Bliss is the only mare in this race and a quick look at her recent form shows she is capable of rating 1.55 over the 1200 metres. Tuesday night will be a big meeting for the club as Country Week Tennis is being played in Swan Hill, and as an added attraction, super group Mental As Anything are booked to perform. Due to the warmer conditions the first race has been moved back slightly to commence at 7.30pm and the expected large crowd will take full advantage of the sprawling lawn facilities at the venue. HRV Media
It was the first day of school for students at the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre yesterday. Twenty students have enrolled into full-time studies at the facility at the Warragul harness racing track, and a further fourteen will attend on Wednesday's as part of their secondary school studies, known as the VET In Schools program. Centre founder Des Hughes is delighted with the level of interest in the Centre over recent years, but in particular for 2015. "We're still getting enrolments and enquiries. We don't know where it will end up," Hughes explained. "There are a lot of first timers, but they all have an interest in horses." With the financial support of Harness Racing Victoria, who have provided funding to assist with the purchase of horses, there are now more opportunities than ever for students to experience hands-on involvement with horses. "The hands on aspect is very busy here at the moment," Hughes said. "The HRV contribution has certainly helped us get a few more horses, and their help is much appreciated." As well as from the immediate Warragul area, students are also coming to the Centre from areas closer to Melbourne such as Pakenham and Croydon, as well as areas such as Traralgon and Stratford in the Latrobe Valley/East Gippsland region, where harness racing hasn't been held for some two decades. Students at the Gippsland Harness Training Centre learn all aspects of horse training and driving, as well as animal welfare, and personal development, all keys to embarking on a successful career in the racing or equine industries. The friendships and connections made and life skills learnt by students are also invaluable for their day-to-day lives. The Centre's courses are in their nineteenth year and are co-ordinated by the Warragul based educational provider, Community College Gippsland. The Gippsland Harness Training Centre and its achievements are a good news story for the trotting sport. Kyle Galley