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There will be many people cheering on horses carrying the number four saddlecloth at Young's TAB.com.au Carnival Of Cups harness racing meeting this Saturday night. And it is all for good causes. The Young Harness Racing Club is showing their support for Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Prostate Cancer Support Group by donating $500 to these charities when the number four horse finishes in the top three placings. Harness Racing NSW will also match this donation meaning $1000 per race could be donated to either charity if number four places first, second or third. "We have decided to go with the number four as that saddlecloth is the colour that the MND and Prostate Cancer Foundation use," said Young HRC Secretary Chloe Powderly. Alternating the respective charities with the races throughout the nine-race program, a total of $9000 could be donated. However, the donations do not stop there. With the Team Teal promotion for 2017 culminating on this night the Young HRC and HRNSW have agreed to donate a further $1000 collectively to the Women's Cancer Foundation if the driver of the number four horse is female. AMANDA RANDO

With the 2105/2016 harness racing season drawing to a close, the Young Harness Racing Club will conduct their final meeting of the season on Friday, August 26.  Without a doubt, the Young club can be proud of the achievements they have produced throughout the past 12 months. On the bigger picture, state drivers and trainers have again excelled with some astonishing results that would be the envy of many national participants.  One very strong supporter of the Young club, Bathurst trainer Steve Turnbull, has again finished among the top money earners of the prize money tree with a massive 148 wins (as at August 10) and a collective return of $1.32mil in prizemoney for the 2015/2016 season.  Belinda McCarthy with less wins (139) has collected $1.7 mil in prizemoney and Kerry Ann Turner has pocketed $1.3 mil for her band of supporters.  Another regular visitor, Amanda Turnull, although spending a large amount of time in Victoria, has won 111 races and trained 55 winners. This has seen a return of $1.04mil as a driver and half a million as a trainer, not bad pickings for a young lady from Bathurst.  Amanda was also the leading female driver with 111 wins from 399 starters and a total of 144 placings and 55 winners as a trainer in her own right.  Georges Plains trainer Bernie Hewitt has landed in excess of $500,000 from his 66 wins as a trainer with a total of just under 200 minor placings throughout the season. The list also shows that local trainer, driver Jason Grimson has faired well over the past 12 months with a total of 38 wins to his credit and a prizemoney haul of $276,554. His greatest moment of triumph was of course at Bathurst when he drove the winner of the 2016 Gold Tiarra, Don't Think Twice to a convincing win. It is reliably reported that Don't Think Twice is about to return to the training barn following a well deserved spell.   by Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness        

Frith is no stranger to the Young Paceway and will be out to record her fifth harness racing victory on the circuit when she competes in this Saturday night’s Group 3 Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup.  Frith won last year’s Cup in track record time and while owner Bernie Kelly is expecting another strong showing this weekend, he hasn’t always been so confident of her performing well on the half mile track. “Frith has won all of her four starts on the track but I remember she had her first start in a race at Young and I had two in the race and thought my other one The Baggy Green was my better chance,” Kelly said. “Bruce (Harpley) drove The Baggy Green and she started second favourite while Frith was driven by Jake Stockton and started about $10, if only we knew how good she was going to be when she made her debut.” Kelly has confirmed there are no immediate plans to retire Frith and will take plenty of advice from Belinda and Luke McCarthy. “I wouldn’t think about retiring her until the end of next season but she’ll tell us with the way she is racing and obviously what Belinda and Luke have to say will have a big bearing on how much longer she races for. “I wouldn’t mind taking her to Perth for the Inter Dominion later this year but again I’ll speak with Belinda and Luke to see what they think and if she is ready to be thrown in the deep end against the boys.” Frith became the seventh pacing mare in the southern hemisphere to win more than $1 million when she won the Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle last start.  Other mares to have achieved the feat include Adore Me, Tailamade Lombo, Blossom Lady, Miss Galvinator, Fleur De Lil and Bettor Cover Lover. “She’s my first millionaire, Lady Waratah won more than $500,000, Greg Kelly might have given a million a shake if he hadn’t had his problems and Albert Kelly won over $300,000 too.” Frith’s mother Jackie Kelly is currently in foal to Bettor's Delight and there is also a filly foal by Bettors Delight that was born as the result of an embryonic transfer. “It was getting so late that we just decided to take an embryo from Jackie Kelly early last year and put it in a surrogate mare.  That gave Jackie Kelly plenty of time to get in foal this season and everything has gone well so far.” Saturday night’s Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup is also another leg in this season’s Carnival Of Cups bonus series with $20,000 on offer to connections of the leading horses over six feature races.  Current series leader Condagen will miss this weekend’s event and is competing at Menangle on Friday afternoon instead. Greg Hayes

Long time harness racing supporter Brian Ingram was elected Mayor of Young on Wednesday night at the town's Council Chambers. Mr Ingram has been a well respected owner, breeder and administrator in the sport for a number of years and HRNSW CEO John Dumesny congratulated Mr Ingram on the honour. "This seems like a coup for Brian and I can envisage the advantages harness racing will be the beneficiaries of in the future," Mr Dumesny said. "Brian has worked tirelessly for the sport for many years, I would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours and despite an increased workload I'm sure he will still be involved in harness racing in and around Young." Mr Ingram confirmed he is looking forward to his new role but confirms it is a big responsibility he is now taking on. "Being the Mayor of Young is the pinnacle of any administration role that I've had in my life," Mr Ingram said. "I've got some very big shoes to fill and I'm very passionate about the town and the wider community so I'm looking forward to the exciting challenge." As part of the progressive Young Harness Racing Club, Mr Ingram is confident everything is moving in the right direction. "The Club has a very experienced committee currently and a strong base of good workers who ensure success, if my new duties force me to step back, I'm very confident someone will step forward to fill the hole but I can assure people that I won't be too far away. "I'm an open book and I wear my heart on my sleeve." Greg Hayes

Metropolitan representative Jack Trainor stormed to the lead in the Young Harness Racing Club Rising Star Series after winning all three heats at Bathurst on Wednesday night. Trainor was fifth after the first night of heats but is now thirteen points clear on top of the points table. The Merchant Banker won the third heat of the series for trainer Neal Wardle. Trainor shot the son of Mcardle straight to the lead from barrier one and was not headed throughout. Defending champion Chris Geary ran another second when Flight Express used the sprint lane after settling on the pegs while Kristy Sheehy and Tulhurst Candy finished third. Keilor Kimberly won the fourth heat for trainer David Hewitt and Trainor. The early pace suited the horses back in the field and Keilor Kimberly came from midfield to score impressively. Black Poles continued her recent good form to finish second for Daniel Morgan while Geary finished in the placings again this time driving Blissfull Dixie. The final heat of the night was dominated by the Steve Turnbull trained Missed By Red. After failing to find the front early Missed By Red settled in the one-one before racing away in the straight to score comfortably for Trainor. Ellen Bartley picked up some important points finishing second on Monterey Jack while Nathan Carroll was third on the Nathan Hurst trained Golden Montana. Two further heats will be conducted at Penrith this evening. Kristy Sheehy could be set for a big night and will drive fancied runners in both heats. Series leader Trainor will drive good chances in the two races as well. The updated leaderboard after five heats Jack Trainor 62 Chris Geary 49 Laura Spencer 39 Reece Maguire 38 Daniel Morgan 33 Nathan Carroll 30 Kristy Sheehy 24 Ellen Bartley 21 Madison Reynolds 16 Tom Ison 13                       Greg Hayes  

Every young lady loves modern conveniences or 'mod cons' as they are fashionably referred to and female harness racing driver Jess Prior is no different. However the equine name 'Mod Conns' is one she will always remember after the three year old filly provided Jess with the first driving win of her career. Jess competed in her first event on Anzac Day this year and after placing twice in her first four races, she was entitled to think her first winner was just around the corner but the 25-year old was forced to wait until her 24th drive. "It was a great feeling, I was breathless and there were a few tears because I had finally broken through for that first win," Jess said. "I was born into harness racing and I work fulltime for trainer Peter Bullock but to get my first win for my uncle (Terry Powter) was very special and it was something I will never forget." Jess has worked for Peter Bullock for the past 18 months since returning to the industry after the birth of her daughter. "Ayla is five now, I come from Parkes originally but made the move to Bathurst about 19 months ago, I have worked as a hairdresser previously but I really enjoy working with the horses. "I get some great driving advice from Peter (Bullock) and Michael Munro and Murray Sullivan has been a great help to me and is always happy to answer any questions that I have." Mod Conns is engaged at Dubbo on Friday afternoon and Jess is hoping the daughter of Modern Art can go back to back. "I have driven her six times and apart from the win on Saturday night, I have also placed on her a couple of times so she is never far away in her races, she is racing really well at the moment." Greg Hayes

Nineteen year old driver Mckayler Barnes enjoyed the biggest moment in her short career when she drove her first winner on Wednesday night at Young. Barnes drove King Caractacus for trainer Anne Hancock and after hitting the line was unsure whether she had brought up her maiden win. "It was pretty close when we hit the line and I wasn't sure whether I'd won or not, then Andrew (Brooks) who drove the second placegetter Mercy Mercy said to me 'I think I got you' straight after the line which made me even more uncertain," Barnes said. "It was a very special feeling when I realised that I won and Andrew came past and said 'your horse must have a big head because I was sure that I got you', but it meant a lot to get that first winner." Barnes is the younger sister of talented reinswoman Kylie Barnes. "I was sure I was going to win my first race a few weeks ago (March 25) when I drove Ali Mendes in a lady drivers' race at Bathurst, I was all set to win and Kylie came past and beat me on Amanda Von." "I finished second in my first ever race drive on Richrocknrustler in June of last year so it is nice to get my first win." Barnes was having her 22nd race drive on Wednesday evening and has been supported by a number of stables. "I have worked for Steve Turnbull for two years and I have had a few drives for him, I have driven King Caractacus on a couple of occasions and Aaron Garaty and Kylie have given me a few drives as well, so I'm very thankful for the opportunities I get." "I grew up around horses and helped Anthony Simiana and Peter Sullivan a bit while I was still at school before I made the move to Bathurst to work for the Turnbull stable and I have learned a lot." All of the recent rain forced Barnes to give up a drive at Newcastle on Thursday afternoon. "I was meant to go up to Newcastle and have a drive the next day but because of all the rain some of the roads were cut and I was unable to get there." "Hopefully my second winner is just around the corner." Greg Hayes

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing NSW that Ipratropium has been detected in the urine sample taken from Oneminutetodream following its win in race 5, the Mimosa Banks Stud Encouragement Stakes (2100 metres) conducted at Young on Tuesday 2 December 2014. The “B” sample has been sent to the Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria for confirmation. The trainer of the horse at the time of the sample being obtained Mr G. Wilmot has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Harness Racing New South Wales

Mat Rue finished third in the New South Wales driving premiership two seasons ago and after taking a four month break for a working holiday in the USA, the talented reinsman is back in Australia and looking forward to driving plenty of winners. Initially Rue and his partner Gemma Hewitt had planned to stay overseas for six months but after spending some time working and seeing the sights they decided to make an early return. "When we left we had planned to go for six months but it was a little bit quiet over there so we spent the last month of our time over there tripping around, it was a really good experience," Rue said. "Noel Daley looked after us so well, he did everything he could to help us out while we were in the USA and I even got the opportunity to have twenty five or thirty drives over there." Rue drove at the Meadowlands, Chester and Pocono. "I didn't get a winner but I did get close a couple of times, I drove three second placings and also ran third on one and fourth another time." "It was great to rub shoulders with drivers like Tim Tetrick, he introduced himself to me one night in the drivers' room and he is a good guy." After arriving back in Australia on Thursday, he returned to race driving on Saturday at Young and it did not take him long to get back into the winners' list. "It was good to drive a winner for Dad, Our Castanea had been pretty green but he surprised me and was really good on Saturday night." "I'm just going to work with Bernie Hewitt for a while and wait to see how everything works out with the new Bathurst track."   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales      

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- "Marvelous" Marvin Raber and Catching Katie waltzed to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000 final of the C.K.G. Billings Midwest Series amateur trot at The Meadows. Raber was sitting In The Pocket down the backside when he pulled Catching Katie, a 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-She's Queenie owned by John Schlabach, and easily gobbled up the leader, Richard Roach and Margarita Man. Raber, who trains Catching Katie, went on to score in 1:57.2, 5-3/4 lengths better than "Law Book Larry" Farley and Good Friend. Jerry "The Jet" Mihelich and Texas Ridge -- also conditioned by Raber -- earned show. "I have a lot of faith in her." Raber said. "She got a good trip and closed well. I was waiting foe right time to mover her. I thought the leader was slowing up a little bit, so I decided to go on the straightaway instead of around the turn." Raber, who at 37 is at least 17 years younger than every other competitor in the finals, indicated he doesn't necessarily view his victory as a triumph for youth. "The other drivers have a lot more experience and probably know a lot more about racing than I do," he said, "but it doesn't really matter who I'm driving against. It's a horse race, and it's all about fun." Evan Pattak

July has been very rewarding for a number of Owner Association Members, in particular those members whose horses were successful at those meetings covered by the Owners Association Bonus Scheme. Our Owners of the Month for July were: Wayne Dimech; Douglas Johnston and Rob Davis. Wayne received his nomination on the back of multiple wins with Lord Merrywood at Newcastle and Penrith and in the regional Breeders Challenge final at Young, where on top of the prize money he received an additional $1000 courtesy of the Owners Bonus. Wayne was also successful with another of his team winning at Menangle on 21st July, namely Deadly Merrywood. Our second nominee for July is country owner, Doug Johnston who won three races with three horses, namely Swift Approval and Shareapassion at Wagga on 4th July and MightyGift at Penrith on 10th July, where he earnt an additional $500 courtesy of the Owners Bonus Scheme. Our third nominee, Rob Davis is a long-time member of our Association and has invested significant sums in Harness Racing with all his horses trained by the Turnbull family. He won three races in July with Duchess Ella, Written in Red and Gentleman Red, and of late he has campaigned a number of runners in Victoria with Amanda Turnbull. We wish him continued success. Of special mention to all our members is our upcoming Annual Awards Night at Menangle on 20th September which will follow our AGM which will be conducted earlier in the day. Membership of this Association has to be the best value in town given that a member and guest can attend this function free, as well as share in all other benefits, including the Owners Bonus Schemes which currently has paid out $20,000 with meetings at Bathurst and Bankstown still to come. Membership forms can be downloaded from the HRNSW website. Harness Racing New South Wales

Jubilation quickly turned to heartbreak in a pair of trotting events at Balmoral Park on Wednesday, July 9th as a pair of diamond gaiters looked to be home free only to have late miscues cost them what looked to be sure victories in these state-bred stake events.   In what looked like it was going to a replay of their last two encounters Macie Rae (Ryan Anderson) carved out splits of 28.0, 58.1 & 1:27.3 and appeared to be holding firm to the wire before going off stride with less than a sixteenth of a mile to go. That allowed the pocket sitting Bailey's Wish and driver Dave Magee to capitalize on their good fortune as they zipped right on by for the victory in the $10,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake for state-bred three-year-old trotting fillies. Macie Rae settled for the place spot while Lora Lee Breeze (Matt Krueger) was a distant third.   The three-quarter-length triumph in a career best of 1:56.1 pushed the daughter of Southwind Breeze--Jen's career record to 7-6-3 in 22 starts for owners James Bafia and Eugene White. The good looking brown filly has also banked a hefty $151,983 while under the guidance of conditioner Dirk Simpson who is zeroing in on the 1,000 victory plateau.   In the first of two $5,000 divisions of the Psychic Spirit Stake for ICF two-year-old trotting colts Southrncomfortzone (John De Long) looked to be home free after a pocket sitting journey behind Captain Greedy and driver-trainer J.D. Finn. That's when disaster struck for that colt as he "jumped it off" allowing Captain Greedy, who had put up splits of 29.3, 1:00.2 & 1:31.2 to reclaim the lead and cruise to a six-length triumph in 1:59.4. Cardinal Yankee (Mike Brink) rallied to be second while Pizzalicious (Dale Hiteman) was moved from fourth to third because of the disqualification of Southrncomfortzone.   The win was the third in four starts for the son of Yankee Valor--Tropical Trixie who now has $6,692 in career earnings.   The second division of the Psychic Spirit proved to be far less dramatic as the Herman Wheeler owned and trained Fox Valley Qatar made it three in a row to open his career posting an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in a career best of 1:58.3.   After saving ground while Allpowernoemotion (Ronnie Gillespie) put up splits of 30.1, 1:00 & 1:29.2, driver Todd Warren eased Fox Valley Qatar through the passing lane and the gelded son of Pizzazzed--Armbro Bahrain responded beautifully as he charged right by the tiring pace setter for an easy score. Allpowernoemotion held on for second while RT Habenero (Robert Taylor) rallied to be third.   Fox Valley Qatar now sports career earnings of $5,625 and looks like he'll be the one to beat heading into the State Fair Stakes at Springfield in August.   by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

It's not often you think of love when looking at the formguide for a 3yo fillies race, however young reinsman Toby Inwood would like to change all that tonight at Bathurst. Having had little luck in the love stakes Toby has taken to race sponsorship in the hope that the right filly is out there for him. Thus race 2 at Bathurst tonight is the "Toby Inwood is looking for a girlfriend 3yo Fillies Pace". When quizzed about what he is hoping to get from tonight's race, Toby remarked "just a nice girl who I can take home to meet mum". Good friend and regular Bathurst race goer Phil Childs weighed in on Toby's idea "it's interesting way of finding love but if it helps Toby get on the romance bicycle good luck to him". For any prospective young ladies out there Toby lists his interests as harness racing, a night out with friends and just having a good time. His favourite food is chinese and is a little partial to odd bourbon and coke. What happens if tonights effort doesnt prove successful ? "Well I guess im going to have to look at may be a mail order bride" laughed Inwood. Toby thinks that Artista Lombo will be the one to beat in tonights second race, the race is time to start 5.33pm with full coverage on Sky Racing 1. Mark 'Cupid' McNamara

North Island junior horseman, Jack Mackinnon will fly the Northern region flag in the inaugural running of the Primary ITO Cadet of the Year competition later this month after winning yesterday’s regional final in Auckland. The 19-year-old former Mt Albert Grammar Student held off the challenge of seven of his fellow Cadets from the Northern region to claim the title and book himself a spot against Dylan Stratford, Alex Veint and Rory McIlwrick in the national final at Addington on July 30. He finished five points clear of runner-up Michael Blakemore In a display of consistent all round knowledge and horsemanship, MacKinnon, who is also New Zealand’s youngest licenced trainer, was in dominant form throughout the day – winning four of the six challenges set for the group. His score of 57 in the timed driving challenge was equalled only by Mathew Salaivao while he also claimed the highest score in the general knowledge quiz, name the gear and points of the horse. MacKinnon also finished second in the name the feed challenge and third in assembling the gear. Harness Racing New Zealand’s Education and Training Manager, Natalie Gameson said the day followed suit from the two previous regional finals and was very successful. But she also noted that it was important to recognise the contribution of the cadet’s employers who allowed them time off to compete in the challenge. “Obviously something like this wouldn’t work without the support of the employers,’’ Gameson said. “So we are thankful to them for allowing the cadets to compete in the competition. “It’s our plan for this event to continue to grow in future years, so keeping that great support up will be key to the competition’s success.’’ Like both the Canterbury and Southern regional finals, the North Island version yesterday was of high quality with very few points separating the cadets in all of the challenges. “The cadets today have done some great work it’s been a really good day of competition.’’ MacKinnon, Veint, Stratford and McIlwrick will all meet in Christchurch at the end of the month to compete for the overall title of Cadet of the Year and will face a new set of challenges from those they met in the regional finals. “The Finals will be very different to what we have seen over the three days of regional finals. “It’s going to be a very interesting day and hopefully we can get people out to watch and support the four finalists.’’ Once the competition is complete on July 30, the four cadets will have to wait until the annual Harness Racing New Zealand Awards function to find out who is crowned the first-ever Primary ITO Cadet of the Year.  Harness Racing New Zealand

AFTER dominating the first round of heats, promising driving talent Chris Geary was an indestructible force in the Young Harness Racing Club – Ross Gigg Memorial NSW Rising Stares Series. Although finishing seventh with Light In Every Day in the Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today, Geary had enough points to seal the competition with 88 points. “It’s been a great week with a good bunch of people,” Geary said. Riverina reinsman Todd Prest finished second with 80 points while Sawyers Gully driver Grace Grant made a late surge to finish a point behind in third. Bathurst driver Mitch Turnbull secured fourth position with 76 points after driving the race of his life to take out the final today with the KerryAnn Turner conditioned Zenable. In what is the biggest win of his succinct career, Turnbull produced a well-timed drive on the mare, which rated a personal best 1:51.2 in the $30,000 Group Three. This was the second race of the day as the first, the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Trotters Final, was run and won by Twice As Much. With trainer Anton Golino and driver Luke McCarthy combining their efforts to take out the Listed Classic, Twice As Much won his second race in as many starts, rating 2:01.4. By Amanda Rando (Harness Racing Australia)

Amanda Turnbull’s first winner as a trainer at Charlton on Monday with Highview Conall was her 991st victory in the sulky. If Amanda can bring up nine more winners in the next four months, she will become the youngest ever driver to reach 1000 wins. “That would be pretty special … I can’t believe it,” she said when told how close she was to setting a new record. The former Bathurst-based reinswoman, who is 24 years, four months and four days old, now splits her time between her former home base interstate and her new hometown in Shepparton with partner Nathan Jack. Despite the trip back home taking six-and-a-half hours, Amanda has been clocking up the kilometres to help her father – NSW’s leading trainer Steve Turnbull. Amanda, who leads the NSW state drivers’ premiership with 160 wins, drove 203 winners last year – achieving the double ton after a frenetic final month in the sulky. “When I got close with a month to go and was pushing towards the 200, that last month was really hard,” she said. “We just kept on pushing and it got down to the last week, but we got there in the end.” Now Amanda wants to help her father reach the 200-win mark. Steve has trained 158 winners this season from 909 race starts and Amanda is eager for him reach 200 winners after he got so close last season, winding up on 199. “We’re going to be trying to get him over the 200, so I’m still living half here and half there,” she said. “Shepparton’s perfect really because it’s only a six-and-a-half-hour trip from here.” If Turnbull can become the youngest driver to reach 1000 wins she will relegate Western Australia’s Morgan Woodley to second position. Woodley reached 1000 wins when he was 24 years, eight months and seven days old in August last year. Other young guns who reached four figures early in their career include Luke McCarthy (25 years, one month and two days) in December 2007, Kerryn Manning (25 years, eight months and seven days) in March 2002, Gary Hall Jr (26 years, seven months and 17 days) in March 2009, Greg Sugars (26 years, eight months and seven days) in June 2011, and Chris Alford (27 years, five months and 26 days) in November 1995. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

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