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Harness racing trainer Shawn Grimsey is no stranger to success at Redcliffe. And he’s quite fond of the Redcliffe Yearling race series. Back in 2013, he prepared Designer Style to win the Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series 2yo Final and now he returns to win the inaugural running of the 3yo series. Grimsey prepares the talented Timmo Time, a brilliant winner of his heat last week where he showed a devastating turn of foot over the concluding stages. “He was very good last week, he’s back to his best and his past couple of runs proves that. I thought he was very game in the Premiers Cup and the form out of that race has really stacked up and he was the more impressive of the heat winners last week.” Grimsey said. While this season has been productive, Grimsey believes he’s had his share of near misses which have proven quite frustrating. Timmo Time cost himself victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic when he finished a narrow second behind Leos Best when he made a rare mistake at the start and galloped. He missed a start in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final while having little or no luck in the Redcliffe Derby back on June 3. The Western Edition gelding must overcome a second-line draw this week after landing gate nine. “It’s been one of those campaigns with this horse but I prefer to look forward rather than dwelling on the past, this race has been on his radar for some time and hopefully we can pick up the pieces this week. “His sectionals were very impressive last week and they will need to be just as good this week if not better given the draw. Leos Best is a high quality horse and his heat victory last week was his typical type of effort, he’ll prove very hard to beat again. “Let’s just hope we can get some early pressure so that will gives us a chance to get into this race, I haven’t spoken to Adam (Sanderson – driver) yet but he normally plays it pretty cool.” The 2016 Listed $25,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final will be staged over 2040m. The Grant Dixon trained Leos Best is looking at completing the double after taking the $80,000 2yo final last year defeating Mucho Macho Man and Timmo Time. Leos Best, a gelding by Burwood Stud’s resident stallion Cammibest has gone on to win over $200,000 in prizemoney. Other feature race victories include the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Final while this season he has collected the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic and the $20,000 Redcliffe Derby. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Friday 22 July 2016

The Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final at Albion Park on Friday night for harness racing three-year-old colts and geldings has plenty to offer. After all, it’s the glamour division. And the hype has surrounded the ‘big three’ in Frankie Rocks, Leos Best and Catcha Lefty. But following the barrier draw, the race has opened up and rival connections are now looking realistic chances including the ideally drawn Timmo Time. The Shawn Grimsey trained gelding will start from the inside gate following the early scratching of Son Of Mara and now shapes as the early leader. “We’ve had some luck already; landing a front-line draw was a big boost while the scratching certainly provides us with an opportunity of leading. I’m yet to discuss tactics with driver Adam Sanderson and the decision ultimately rests with him but I’m not against trying our luck at leading all of the way.” Grimsey said. Timmo Time has been ultra-consistent this season and although he has managed just the sole victory, his recent form indicates another victory is not far away. With minor placings at his past four starts, the Western Edition – Miss Jorjet gelding is expected to run boldly against his more hyped rivals. “Given the draw and knowing that the likes of Frankie Rocks, Leos Best and Catcha Lefty all have second-line draws to contend with, tactics are going to be crucial but at least I know where my bloke will be early. I’m keen to lead and hold that position, that’s my opinion. “It will be interesting to see if Frankie Rocks will hold our back at the start or will they look to get off straight away while Leos Best and Catcha Lefty will have to work at some point. They’re all very good horses with excellent records but the draws could easily dampen their chances and they can’t afford any bad luck going their way. “I’ve always rated my horse and this has been a target all season long and given we’ve got a good draw, I think we should try our luck and make the most of it. It’s always great to be involved in these races and you have to make the most of the opportunity, I know my horse is fit and ready so we’ll give it our best shot.” Timmo Time is raced by Shawn’s father, Barry. The QBRED Breeders Classic 3yo Colts & Geldings Final is scheduled as race 3 at 6.24pm. For the full card click here. by Chris Barsby

Imagine cheering wildly for a fierce rival. That’s the situation for Brisbane based harness racing owner Patrice Madden who races exciting rookie Steveejay, a serious chance in Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic 2yo Colts & Geldings Final at Albion Park. Steveejay is named after AFL superstar Steve Johnson, a three times All Australian and Premiership winner for the Geelong Cats and commonly referred to as ‘Stevie J’ by commentators and fans alike. Madden is a staunch AFL supporter, but there is a twist. It’s not Geelong she barracks for, in fact, she bleeds brown and gold. Madden is ‘diehard’ fan of the Hawthorn Hawks, fierce rivals of the Geelong Cats. So, why name a horse after a rival? “I’m not sure how that slipped through but if he turns out to be half as good as his namesake I’ll be happy. I think Pete (Greig – partner) may have changed the paperwork when I wasn’t looking or maybe he was looking to stir me up by naming the horse after a cross town rival, he’s always cheering for Geelong when they play Hawthorn.” Madden explained. And just like his namesake, Steveejay possesses all the silky skills that have made the footballer a household name throughout the country. In three starts, Steveejay has won twice and shapes as a very exciting prospect giving Madden plenty of reason to be optimistic about his future. “He’s exciting and he keeps improving; he always showed natural talent but he has surprised us by the way he really switches on come race day because he’s quite goofy at home, it could be a case of white line fever. “His older brother Jack Malone has good ability and he won the QBRED Triad last season but he’s very different to Steveejay because Peter is always at him and keeping his mind on the job, Steveejay seems to be more genuine and alert. “We were thrilled with his effort last start because he had no right to win from where he was and the times that had run but he picked up and sprinted very quickly, I know Pete was very impressed. This is a good quality race and it boasts several likely types including Catcha Lefty, Timmo Time, Roarn and Make A Statement but I wouldn’t swap for any of them. I ‘ll be happy to cheer loudly for Steveejay.” The Western Edition – At Least gelding has drawn gate five in the 1660m feature. The question remains, when will she name a horse after a Hawks player? “I’m thinking of a name that works in with Cyril Rioli or maybe Luke Hodge or Sam Mitchell, Josh Gibson or even Jordan Lewis. There are so many stars to choose from so it won’t be easy,” “I’m not sure about naming one after Jarryd Roughead though; it doesn’t have that ring about it.” Madden quipped. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 20 June 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 20 June 2015

Western Edition, a half-brother to Australia’s leading 2yo Sire for the past four seasons in Art Major, will stand the 2015 harness racing season at Herron south of Mandurah for his WA owner Neven Botica who brought the stallion from the USA in 2006 to stand in Queensland. Art Major has also been the nation’s leading 3yo Sire for the past three seasons and he has sired two Australian bred millionaires in Sushi Sushi 1:54.1 $1,103,327 and For A Reason 1:49.4 $1,096,840 in addition to six USA bred millionaires in addition to JK Shesalady which was voted USTA Harness Horse of the Year as a 2yo in 2014. Western Edition, which won eight races on his way to taking a record of 1:51.8, has stood in Queensland for a number of seasons where he has sired some 30 winners including the 3yo Queensland Triad winner Wicked Style 1:55.7 $221,295 and 2yo Queensland Triad winner Western Mail 1:53.5 $178,528. His current 2yo Timmo Time 1:57.9 finished third in the $80,000 Redcliffe Sales Classic last Friday night. Western Edition is a son of the outstanding sire of sires Western Hanover. Western Hanover has sired outstanding stallions of the calibre of Western Ideal, The Panderosa, Badlands Hanover and the WA based Allamerican Ingot and Yankee Sensation. In addition to Art Major, Western Edition’s dam Perfect Profile is also the dam of another highly successful sire in Australia in Perfect Art whose 357 Australian-bred winners include Slipnslide 1:54.2 $1,157,489 and I Am Sam 1:54.4 $531,702.  

Queensland’s forgotten harness racing star Wicked Style makes his long-awaited return at Albion Park on Saturday night. One of Australia’s brightest prospects, Wicked Style has been sidelined due to a reoccurring tendon injury since January 2013. Before being banished to a paddock, the son of Western Edition won 18 of his 28 starts, with six placings also to his credit. His victories include the Group One Q-bred Final and Group Two Nursery Final as well as his last five outings before injury struck. Trainer Shawn Grimsey is thrilled to have the six-year-old at the races after several failed comeback attempts. “This is not the first time we’ve brought him up, but it’s the first time he has made it back to the races,” Grimsey said. “His leg has given us quite a bit of trouble, but at this stage he is in great shape and showing no sign of soreness. “I couldn’t be happier with him and just hope he can hold up to the rigours of racing.” Wicked Style’s first-up appearance has been hampered by a tough outside of the front row draw, with his main dangers draw on his inside. “The draw hasn’t been kind to us, but that’s racing,” Grimsey said. “Naturally I would love to see him return with a win, but at this stage I’m just more concerned about him getting around safely. “After that, I will just take it one run at a time as you can’t plan ahead too far with any horse which has had tendon problems and been off as long as he has because of it.” PAUL COURTS

Exciting pacer Wicked Style is good to go again. A recent virus was the latest issue for the Shawn Grimsey trained pacer to overcome and a glowing workout recently has prompted his return to the trials next Tuesday (August 19) at Albion Park. Wicked Style was set to make his long awaited return to the racetrack during the recent Brisbane winter carnival before the virus forced the cancellation of his return. The Western Edition gelding has been off the scene since January this year after injuring his offside front tendon. “Well the plan is to give him a trial on Tuesday before looking at a race return in September. Everything is in good order, the leg looks great and the virus has cleared his system so it’s full steam ahead.” Grimsey said. Wicked Style had trialed on three occasions prior to his aborted race return last month including a victory at Albion Park where he scorched around the oval in 1;54.1. A winner of all five starts this season prior to his setback; Grimsey has patiently taken his time in nursing his star pacer back to the track and eagerly awaits his return but not before the trainer takes a well-earned holiday himself. “We’re off on a family holiday at the end of next week which has been planned for months so I had to do some juggling but it will all work out well in the end. I will trial next Tuesday and then monitor him for the following couple of days before we head off. “He’ll be in very good hands for the week that I’m away and then we will get ready for his race return mid-next month. A water walker has been very beneficial in his training this campaign and I’m really pleased with how the leg looks right now. “He does feel very well within himself at the moment and the trial will be good for him next week, he’ll have a good hit-out and that should top him off just nicely.” With spring features just around the corner including the opening leg of the new Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, Grimsey is not prepared to make any predictions about future plans just yet. “I won’t rush him for a race like that, we’ve been very patient with him so far and I won’t jeopardise all the hard work just for one race. I’ll let him tell me where he’s at before locking any plans away. “I know he’s good enough to race at that level but you really need to be seasoned for that type of elite racing and obviously we’re missing that foundation but I’m not ruling out a shot at the type of racing later in the campaign.” The $200,000 Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship is scheduled for October 25. Chris Barsby

Kerryn Manning fired for three wins at the Terang trots on Tuesday night. The Great Western reinswoman won the second, third and fifth events aboard Jetcraft, Red Nigel and Jaccka Lonny on a foggy night at the track. Jaccka Lonny was first-up for the Manning yard since joining from New Zealand, the four-year-old son of Mcardle too strong despite working hard on the last lap. Manning took the gelding straight back to last early in the 2180m Tiz A Masterpiece C2-C3 Pace before easing three-wide at about the 900m. The ex-Kiwi made his move down the back straight the final time, ranging up to the leaders strongly. Despite sitting three-wide approaching the bend and being driven along, Jaccka Lonny had more fight than his adversaries and overpowered them in the home stretch for an impressive triumph. Jaccka Lonny’s winning mile rate was 2:00.7 with a last half-mile of 59.4 seconds. Other drivers to score multiple successes at Terang were local Matthew Craven, who kicked home a winning double aboard Volatile Girl in the Squires Supermarket Vicbred Pace over 1680m and smart colt Clark Griswold in the Western Edition Pace, and Chris Alford, who guided Baccarat to a last-stride win over Desdon Murruffy in the Dick and Anne Box Pace over 1680m and Hurricane Stride to a half-head win in the Shadyshark Hanover Pace. The other winner for the night went to leading local trainer Marg Lee for leading local reinsman Jason Lee, Keayang Ebonyrose saluting in the first – the Silvan Ridge Business Advisers 2YO Pace. By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

On Sunday SA BOTRA will host their annual fundraiser "Xmas in July" to be held at the Globe Derby this Sunday starting at noon with the special guest of honor being champion New Zealand reinsman Anthony Butt. Hall of Famer Butt, who has achieved most things in the sport of harness racing including New Zealand, Auckland, Hunter, Rowe Cups and four Inter Dominion finals in a stellar career to date.  Butt, will be interviewed by race caller Jim Jacques in what should be great entertainment. Also during the afternoon you will have a chance to bid on one of nine stallion services that will go under the hammer and in that line up is some of Australia’s most sort after sires: Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard, Lombo Pocket Watch, Gotta Go Cullect, Western Edition, Tiz A Masterpiece, Art Official, Elsu BG’s Folly, Cullen’s Legacy and Artesian. Tickets are just $40 and includes a three-course meal so please contact Lois Randall on 0402978424. by Gary Newton   

That was the question on the lips of a lot of Kiwi race followers last Friday night as his 3 year old son Horace Greeley made an impressive winning debut at Addington in the hands of his co-trainer, Mark Purdon. Western Edition is a 12 year old son of Western Hanover who won just $89,089 on the track and took a mark of 1:51.6 so it is not his racing deeds which saw him end up at stud. Rather it is the fact that he is a half brother to  both the champion sire  Art Major 1:48.4 ($3,273,217) and his ill fated but hugely successful full brother in Perfect Art 1:51 ($576,983). Standing at Burwood Stud in Queensland in his initial years at stud, Western Edition has sired just 115 horses 3 years or older in his time at stud. Horace Greeley was his 26th winner to date from 48 starters for stakes totaling $716,638 Western Edition has already shown he can leave quality horses with Wicked Style 1:55.7 ($214,143) and Western Mail 1:53.5 ($178,528) two of his better types to date. Western Edition is to stand the coming season at Goodtime Lodge in Victoria at the bargain basement fee of just $1550 (GST inclusive) which should ensure he serves a larger book than he has recently. Horace Greeley would bring back some old memories for Mark Purdon as he comes from the incredibly successful North Island family of the eighties and nineties that traces to Birdie. Dillon Dean 1:58.5 ($713,130)  Elmer Gantry 1:56.7 ($377,024)  Two Under 1:53.2 ($226,530) and Dillon Dale ($142,035) are just some of the wonderful horses close up in Horace Greeley's pedigree. While he may never reach the heights of his half brothers Art Major of Perfect Art, Western Edition has shown enough in his small crops to date to suggest that he has a future as a sire. Harnesslink media

A couple of years ago Mark Purdon while visiting Natalie's family in Queensland was called upon to sort out a couple of yearlings Vic and Cheryl Rasmussen might be interested in. The first one was Aldo Rossi a $6000 purchase which won $50,000 in his first 10 starts from Rolleston before returning to Queensland where he had to be put aside after developing a problem. The second one, believe it or not, cost a lot less than Aldo and was named Horace Greeley-but things didn't go so well for him. "He was just ready to come over and get ready for some nice races here when he suffered a freak injury. He was out for over eight months so his three year old career was on hold. He only got over here a couple of months ago but he had been trained up and it is just good to get him to the races." Horace claims a place in the Timaru fields on Sunday but it is unlikely he will be asked to back up. He had to work quite hard to get to the front and was challenged early in the run home in a 28 and change quarter so it rated as a bold debut. Horace Greeley is a son of former Burwood Stud stallion Western Edition a combined thoroughbred and standardbred breeding and agistment operation based near Toowoomba on the Darling Downs by the Denning family. The stud has five standardbred stallions (more than any other Queensland stud) and two thoroughbred horses. By David McCarthy (ALL STARS RACING STABLE) *The All Stars team were also successful with Petite One, Go-Harness Syndication trotter Saratoga, and Change Stride, who headed an All Stars quinella when downing stablemate Have Faith In Me in the fourth event. However, it is evident neither of them came as cheap as Horace Greeley. Change Stride is a Rocknroll Hanover half-brother to New Zealand Cup champion Changeover while, Have Faith In Me, is a Bettor's Delight full-brother to superstar mare Adore Me. Purdon was understandably impressed with both juveniles. "Change Stide burned the gate and still won with something in reserve, while Have Faith In Me produced a big run after being left out three-wide for the last lap," said Purdon. Tonight's earning took All Stars total stake earning for the season above the $3 million mark for the first time since 2010.

The long hard slog continues for the connections of richly talented pacer Wicked Style. The multiple feature race winner strained his offside front tendon after winning his first five starts as a four-year-old which forced him out for the rest of the season. In fact, the Shawn Grimsey trained gelding hasn’t raced since January 26 last year. A return to the racetrack in October appeared likely before plans were thwarted after he pulled up lame in track work which forced Grimsey searching for alternative treatments. Grimsey decided against tipping him out for a lengthy break and elected to give him a short break while undergoing constant treatment for the troublesome tendon and the results are pleasing. “He was scanned again today (Monday) and the vet was very happy with what he witnessed on his monitor and gave me the go ahead to keep jogging him for another month before being re-scanned again.” Grimsey said. The Western Edition gelding has been in constant work since January and another month of jog work will continue to trim the fat as connections now ponder a race return later this year. “Any tendon injury is never the same but I’m hopeful things are starting to turn for the better. As we continue to increase his workload that will prove to be crucial for his future, let’s just hope he stands up for a full preparation. “Michele (wife) and I continue to do all the tedious and laborious things and its working at this point but we haven’t got to the pressure stage yet, so, we’re not allowing ourselves to get too far ahead of ourselves. “In a perfect world, I would like to think that we could have him back at trialing stage by mid-May. If we get that far down the track with him, who knows, the Brisbane Winter Carnival could be a sneaky chance but time will ultimately tell.” During his three-year-old term, Wicked Style captured the Gr.1 $100,000 RQIS Final plus the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final at Albion Park while finishing second to Best Deal Yet in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby. A half-brother by BG’S Folly on account of Burwood Stud will go under the hammer at next month’s Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale. The sale will be staged on Sunday, March 30. By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we have decided to run a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. These PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them. (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and for Down Under the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  Two days ago we looked at American Ideal and today we review Art Major - Enjoy the read. ART MAJOR BREEDING - By the legendary super sire, Artsplace, he is from the prolific producing Nihalator mare in Perfect Profile who produced 13 foals for 11 winners of over $5 million in stakes.. As well as Art Major she has produced the full brother Perfect Art whose 716 foals have won over $13,653,246 in Australia and Western Edition (by Western Hanover) who stood in Queensland and has 115 three-year-olds and older who have won $665,848 to date in Australia. Art Major was sold as a yearling as Lot 55 at the Tattersalls Sale in Kentucky in 2000. RACE RECORD - Racing from two to four years, he started 49 times for a fantastic record of 32 wins and 9 placings for a massive $3,273,217 in stakes with a 1:48.4m record. Artsplace richest son. His durability is obvious when you consider that he won his last three starts on the racetrack and those wins were in the $824,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $729,730 Breeders Crown and the $350,000 US Pacing Championship.   AMERICAN STUD RECORD - He has had seven crops to race so far and what an impact they have made. His first crop is arguably his best producing such stars as Art Official, his richest son at $2,085,185 and his fastest son at p3,1:47, Santanna Blue Chip $1,641,643 p2,1:51.3, Artimittateslife $997,901 p3,1:51.3 and Riggins $931,587 p5,1:48.4. All up seven have won over $500,000 and the average earnings per starter is a massive $132,000. His second crop contained Hypnotic Blue Chip $1,766,053 p4,1:47.2 and Major In Art who only raced as a two-year-old winning $896,060 and taking a time of 1:50.2  while his third crop was highlighted by He's Gorgeous $743,844 p5,1:48.3. His fourth crop contained such stars as Feel Like A Fool $965,633 with a two-year-old record of 1:49.4 and Swinging Beauty $841,245 p4,1:49.4. His fifth crop was led by the very good Handsoffmycookies $1,228,873 p4,1:51,4f and while the sixth crop was down on seasonal champions it did produce three $600,000 winners including the speedy Fool Me Once $639,989 p3,1:48.1s. His seventh and latest crop is headed by the brilliant two-year-old filly in Precocious Beauty $462,912 1:50.1.   US statistics   Eligible to race - 802         Winners - 536         $1,000,000+ 4           Sub 1:50 - 26         Average earning per starter - $100,219   Average earnings per eligible horse - $82,349   Total earnings to date - $66,044,151   AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Looks very much like his North American stud record. He has left a super 398 winners to date including such stars as Sushi Sushi $1,103,327, For A Reason $724,333, Lady Euthenia $461,285 and Louvre $402,665. Consistently at or near the top of the two and three year old sires list and with 38 $100,000 winners to date ,he produces depth to back the stars.   Australian statistics   Foals 3yr old and older - 658           Winners - 398   % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 60%   $100,000 plus - 38    $1,000,000 plus - 1         Average earnings per starter - $34,876   Average earnings per eligible horse - $28,515   Total earnings to date - $18,763,192         NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Has so far left 96 winners in New Zealand but his record does not appear to be as strong as it is in Australia or North America. The probable reason is that he only bred 35 foals in New Zealand in his initial three crops that are 5yr olds, 6yr olds and 7yr olds. Out of that small group he left the very good 2 & 3yr old Major Mark that won $574,109 before he was exported to Australia. Art Major's first serious crop are now 4yr olds and there are 95 foals and already this crop has produced 52 individual winners including the good mare Onlyforyou $292,874 and Glenferrie Shuffle $248,870 (Australia). He has 98 foals in his 3yr old crop for 28 winners to date including the brilliant Isaiah $375,861, Sky Major $241,623 and Angelina Jolie $101,000. His 3yr old fillies finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in a Sire Stakes race yesterday at Alexandra Park in Auckland.   New Zealand statistics   3yr old and older - 229   Starters - 121   Winners -  96   % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 42%   $100,000 plus - 6   $1,000,000 plus - 0   Average earnings per starter - $26,363   Average earnings per eligible horse - $13,930   Total earnings to date - $3,189,983   POSITIVES - Has a fantastic record in both North America ($66,044,151 to date) and Australia ($18,750,000 to date) and is starting to gain a good record in New Zealand. Consistency is the key with his stud record with no drop off in the high standard he has set from day one. They come to hand quickly and have a great record at two and three.   NEGATIVES - In Australia and New Zealand they have a reputation for been world beaters one week and just nice horses the next. At times they are prone to disappoint after promising so much.    As of yet they have not made the transition from age group racing to the Grand Circuit in any great numbers with only Sushi Sushi, For A Reason and Major Mark making more than $500,000 in stakes to date and that is from a total of 887 foals 3yrs old and older.    OVERVIEW - His record overall is outstanding. His sons such as Art Official, Santanna Blue Chip and Major In Art are starting to establish themselves as sires and his daughters are doing the same in the brood mare paddock. All in all, a fantastic sire who leaves top 2yr olds and top 3yr olds and will continue to exert a major influence over the breed for years to come.    OVERALL RATING - 8/10   JC   A Sire review - American Ideal

The long road back begins today (Tuesday). Richly talented pacer Wicked Style will re-enter stable life again for his trainer Shawn Grimsey after spending the past twelve months in complete wilderness. The four-year-old season for the Western Edition gelding was over before it actually got started. After winning all five starts last campaign, Wicked Style had his season ended with a tendon strain to his offside front leg leaving Grimsey with no option but to spell his star recruit immediately. Basically his entire season was dashed and all potential big race targets along the east coast had him as an observer rather than a player. But, Mother Nature has played its part and hopefully a full recovery can be made. “It’s nice to have him back; it’s been terribly frustrating over the past twelve months for Michelle (wife) and myself but we’re optimistic about his future, he’s still a young horse who hasn’t been overly taxed during his career to date.” Grimsey said. Wicked Style underwent PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment during his time on the sidelines but went lame after returning to work. Grimsey was again forced to send his star pacer back to the paddock and let time heal his wounded warrior. “It wasn’t a resounding success the first lot of treatment but you have to try these methods to give them the best opportunity of making a full recovery. He only completed about six to eight weeks work before he went lame again. “After more time in the paddock, the leg has straightened up quite nicely and the tendon has become quite hard again. I haven’t re-scanned the leg recently but I think it’s looking pretty good. “I’m fairly confident he can stand up to a full preparation this time in, there is plenty of water to flow under the bridge but I’m confident he will make a return later this year.” While Grimsey has resisted the temptation of making future plans, he has circled a start point for the multiple feature race winner with a little trepidation. “The Charity Cup Series in May at Albion Park is a realistic goal, we’ve had some luck on that race night in the past and I’m hoping we can strike again.” Wicked Style won the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final during his stunning three-year-old campaign. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Trainer Shawn Grimsey was left a shattered man earlier this week. The Queensland horseman had stable star Wicked Style pull-up lame after some trackwork and subsequent scans have realised his worst fears. Wicked Style, a multiple feature race winner, strained his offside front tendon after winning his first five starts into his four-year-old campaign forcing the gifted pacer to the spelling paddock. Connections had their dreams dashed for the season ahead which ultimately included the Gr.1 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney at TABCORP Park, Menangle. After months of tedious and laborious rehabilitation, Wicked Style was given the go ahead to resume light duties mid-way through August and Grimsey was confident everything was going to plan. “When you’re dealing with tendons you can never be so sure but every scan read very well and it was a real kid gloves approach which is the most disappointing aspect of the whole matter. I knew we were in trouble when he pulled up sore the other morning.” Grimsey said. But rather than dwell on the misfortune handed to him, Grimsey is already looking at his options and is optimistic about a successful return. “The latest scan revealed a new hole at the bottom of the existing point but rather than tip him straight out for a six to twelve month period, I might explore a different plan of attack. There will be no operation; we underwent stem cell (PRP) treatment last time so we might look at other options after I speak with the vets. He’s still a young horse that hasn’t been overtaxed with hard racing so we have time on our side. It will now depend on whether he can return to absolute best form or not, it’s really up in the air right now pending further advice.” Wicked Style is the winner of the Gr.1 RQIS 3YO Final plus the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final at Albion Park while he finished a gallant second to Kiwi raider Best Deal Yet in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby after starting from a shocking second-line draw. The Western Edition gelding is the winner of 18 of his 28 lifetime starts with earnings in excess of $210,000. by Chris Barsby

Harness Racing SA has announced that they will run a stallion tender in  conjunction with Glenferrie Farms and they are offering  FOUR (4) services from leading stallion, Tintin In America,  who stands at  Nevele R Stud,  in New Zealand. The  services  are to be sold by tender. Tintin In America is by McArdle from the In The Pocket mare Zenterfold. He won five Group 1 races during his career including the 2009 3yo Breeders Crown at Melton,   he also won the Harness Jewells as a 3 & 4 year old. Tenders for all four services close at HRSA offices at 5pm  on September 2nd and must be on official tender form found here.  Victorian trainer reinsmen Glen Douglas made a hit and run raid to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday night and went home with a double, Jordylan and Gohardorgohome both saluted for Douglas. He also had Itsnewstome finish second to Hilltop Raider in the opening event and Spersub a gallant third to Turnover,   Mount Gambier held their annual dinner and stallion auction at the Comfort Inn Silver Birch last week and as usual the night was a great success with services to Julius Caesar, BG’s Folly being scooped up by Western Australian breeders  and one lucky NSW breeder was successful in securing the Alabar new boy Smiling Shard service. Other stallions offered where Union Guy and Western Edition who has relocated to Ian and Judi Slater’s Goodtime Lodge near Colac. Mount Gambier president Phil Wood said” the night was successful but we still have services to Lawman and Ambro Variable still for sale” and if anyone is interested contact Phil Wood on 0407609206. Wood also said” the club contributes some $60,000 toward prize money each year and this fund raiser along with sponsorship goes towards that  target.” He added  Harness Racing Victoria has also included Mount Gambier in four heats of a R0 series in which the finals will be run at Hamilton and Horsham, so those events are likely to attract Victorian visitors.  Mount Gambier season kicks off on December 8th. Gary Newton  

The Shawn Grimsey trained 4yo returned to stable life yesterday (Monday) after spending the better part of winter going through his rehabilitation after a tendon strain. Grimsey was left gutted after discovering a tendon issue to his offside front which derailed all plans which included the Chariots Of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle plus the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival at Albion Park last month. “It’s great to have him back and he looks great, he’s a big fatty but we’re in no rush to get him ready for any specific race so we’ll let him build up nice and slowly.” Grimsey said. The Western Edition gelding went unbeaten in five starts before his untimely setback which left Grimsey pondering his future. Wicked Style enjoyed a super season last term which netted him the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace and the $100,000 RQIS Finals at Albion Park plus a sensational second in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby behind Kiwi pacer Best Deal Yet after starting from an awkward second-line draw. “It’s fair to say I was really looking forward to this season with him and we had big plans but it wasn’t meant to be. His form prior to the mishap was super and he was thriving on his racing, he came back bigger and stronger. The tendon looks good and the scans have it around 90% straight so that enabled us to put him back into light work. He will be rescanned before he starts fastwork just to make sure everything is spot on. He ended up having a couple of extra weeks off in the paddock because when he was due back in, he ended up with a low-grade virus so we gave him extra time off. I’m just hoping we can have a trouble free campaign with him.” Grimsey won’t be drawn into any grand plans at this early stage of his campaign. “After what happened with his tendon, I won’t make any predictions or plans with him so I can’t really tell you what we will chase with him once he’s ready to go again. He will tell us when he’s ready to go and then we can look at what races are available at the time, I’m sure we can find something.” Meanwhile, Grimsey has his promising filly Designer Style back in work after a brief let-up. The younger half-sister to Wicked Style made a clean sweep of the $60,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final before failing in a heat of Breeders Classic at the Gold Coast back in June. “That filly did a super job off a very limited campaign so the break was a must, she’s been back in work for about a month now but we’re not doing anything serious with her. She didn’t really grow too much but she has thickened up, she’s just jogging along with a few of my babies that are in work. We’ll be aiming for the QBRED features next year.” Designer Style is a filly by Mr Aviator, who stands at Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs. by Chris Barsby

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