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Legendary Young harness racing caller and sometimes social commentator Stuart Maxwell has announced his retirement. Maxwell's involvement with the harness racing industry spans nearly 60 years. He was made a life member of the Young Harness Racing Club by former president David Hodges in 1984. "I've finally answered the call of the wild and will now concentrate more on the sweeter things in life and soak up the beautiful Australian outback in my trusty van accompanied by my wonderful wife Dawn," Maxwell said. He started off in the industry as a 16-year-old helping his older brother Brian train some "handy horses" and he had his first drive at 17. He was married in 1967 and became more involved in the sport by way of having the luck of driving Diamond Jedda to 10 wins on various tracks across the region. Family responsibilities became paramount and he moved into a more suitable roll taking on the position of secretary of the then Young Gymkhana committee that had previously been organised by the late Jack Black, John Darmody and Fred Smithers. "Sunday afternoon gymkhanas were a popular way for trainers to prepare their horses for race day experiences and for the public to witness the increasingly popular activity in a relaxed atmosphere. Stallion parades, yearling parades and two-year-old trials followed and the years that followed attracted almost 50 participants the industry, unfortunately those days are long gone. I have a list of those involved in those early years and starting with A for Asplin and ending in Y for Tommy Young, there are over 50 names," he said. He recalls the late Len Butt asking him to call a gymkhana race one day and "as they say, the rest is history", Maxwell said. "The opportunity came to step up to the plate when Wagga caller Ted Ryder passed on and Ray Warren moved to Sydney. Would you believe we actually did some live calls on Radio 2LF. That was in the days of right hand racing." Maxwell reflected on some major changes in the industry over the years including the change from racing right to left, the removal of the inside running rail and over head lighting, introduction of the TAB, midweek racing, mobile starts, improved lighting towers, upgraded tracks and larger tracks. "There's been numerous other improvements at the Young Showground. Improvement including the race day stable area, broadcaster's box, secretary's office, bar facilities and TAB office and the like were the result of some overwhelming support from numerous volunteers and the use of some heavy equipment supplied by Bob and Len Hardy, the Showground Trust, David Hodges and many other local enthusiasts," he said. On a more broader scale, he believes the sale of Harold Park and the development of the Menangle Paceway at a cost of over $6 million was a major turning point in the industry. "It is still considered a contentious issue by some, the centralised racing tracks and the allocation of prizemoney and racing dates still arouse some heated discussion amongst the faithful," he said. The final meeting at Harold Park was conducted on December 17, 2010 with Grenfell pacer Holy Camp Boy taking out one of the races for Clive Anderson. The final race was taken out by Dubbo pacer Karloo Mick who raced over the 3370m journey from a standing start. Ironically, at the opening meeting at Menangle, another Grenfell trained pacer in Burning Stature trained by Mark Hewitt landed the major winners cheque of $60,000 for her owners. The opening race on the day was won by The Maelstrom for Gavin Fitzpatrick. The Young Harness Racing Club, he believes, have been fortunate in attracting some quality administrators over the years since the change from Young P and A to the Young Harness Racing Club. "Those people have been well recognised for their efforts and I'm hopeful that this will continue over many years to come. The hospitality of clubs including Young, Cowra, Grenfell, Goulburn, Cootamundra, Temora, Canberra and Junee during my time as a racecaller has enabled me to continue in my position for all those years, not forgetting my friends in the thoroughbred industry who I hope will continue to give me some breakout moments throughout the year. Harden, Young, Yass and Boorowa will always be high on my agenda for some years to come," he said. Maxwell said he's commenced a chronicle of the history of the Young Harness Racing Club over the past 60 years.   Peter Guthrie Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

With the current situation as it is, the patronage of the ten race harness racing program held last Tuesday night at The Young Raceway was virtually a none even as far as spectators were concerned but the harness racing was again of the highest standard. The opening race was taken out by Scaramucci for Greg Rue who came from sixth at the bell to run down Studleigh Paul. With an intermittent blackout, the second race did become a little bland to say the least but the race continued with the well supported Renee Dale for Mat Rue taking advantage of the one back trail to finish strongly. The Bathurst flag continued to fly in race three when Gold Onyx driven by Emma Turnbull out drove her male counterparts by securing a clear run in the straight to overhaul the more fancied Bid For Red. Bigga trainer Dennis Picker produced a handy type with the Sportwriter gelding Showem Simon in race four. Having the advantage of the pole position, the $2 favourite went straight to the lead and was never headed. Local driver John Vautin was entrusted with the Steve Jones (Bathurst) trained Why Not Surf in the following race and he did not disappoint his owners with a strong win over outsider Hard To Love and the Temora trained Temora Reactor. Probably the most gratifying result of the night was in race six when Corporal Jujon, driven by Peter McRae returned to the winners circle with a welcome return to form for the Glen Schiller trained veteran pacer. Not having won in fifteen previous starts, the seven-year-old gelding produced his best form to arrive just in time to defeat Limbo Larry and Presidentialattack by 11/4 metres in a very exciting finish. It was the turn of the Goulburn trainers to show their form and Amy Day did just that with the well supported Neptunes Warrior who sat six mid race before coming home in 30.8 to overcome Light Up Lilly and early pacemaker Cruzin Scott, once again the judge kept on his toes with margins of head by short 1/2 head going into the record books. The baton was then again passed to the Bathurst contingent and trainer Graham Betts breasted the tape first with Negative Nancy who, like Corporal Jujon and others, had not collected a winners cheque for some time and the reward was more than welcoming. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness  

The weather pattern became much more settled last Tuesday night with a large number of patrons taking advantage of ideal conditions to enjoy an exciting eight race harness racing program at the Young Paceway. Local driver John Vautin continued his winning form following a narrow victory at Temora last week with the Mike Prest trained Pets Pet Rock, repeating that performance with a polished front running drive behind another Pet Rock progeny in Play Up A Storm ($2.90) in the opening race of the night. Declared a "good thing" by many, the four-year-old gelding recorded a convincing two metre win over outsider Hardliner and the locally trained Bettorbetbig in a mile rating of 2:02.3 for the 2100 metre event. Short priced favourite Uroc Skinny Jeans ($1.95) was unfortunately not on her best behaviour and was retired mid race in the second of the night, the eventual winner Presidentialattack ($14.00) arriving just in time after being fifth at the bell to defeat Funnily Enough for Ray Walker with To Be Feared finishing third in a winners mile rate of 2:01.7. The winner is trained at Cartwrights Hill in Wagga by Brian Smith who bred the seven-year-old gelding that has now greeted the judge on three occasions. Bathurst mentor Ashlee Grives took full advantage of the number one gate draw by taking the short priced favourite Overpowering ($1.35) to the lead soon after the start to hold out the locally trained Isntthatright ($8.00) and surviving a protest before the judges final pat with Bold Western finishing third in an exciting race three. A mile rating of 1:58.4 and a margin of a short half head kept the crowd on their feet until the all clear siren sounded. Race four resulted in another win for favourite backers when the Bathurst trained Ring The Till ($1.55) made amends for his three previous narrow defeats at Bathurst and Parkes to post a slick 1:57.5 mile rating in defeating Topsie Grinner and Arrokeefe driven by Blake Micallef for Crookwell trainer Scott Hewitt. Noted front running driver Ross Druett continued his much rewarded style of driving with an accomplished win behind Kamwood Izzy ($21.00) in race five. Given an ideal draw and a likeable distance, many keen eyed watchers took full advantage of the long price on offer and cheered the Wagga trained pacer all the way down the straight when the six-year-old mare kicked clear to defeat another outsider in Rocknroll Ava ($21.00) and favourite Bettor Jiggle ($1.30) in a creditable mile rating of 2:02.8. A veteran of 91 starts has now notched up 13 wins for her delighted owner. Starting her harness racing career at the age of ten at Penrith with mini trotting, and coming from a strong harness racing family, McKayler Barnes showed her experience with another outstanding drive behind the Peter Bullock trained Shannonsideal ($1.80) in race six in holding out a determined last minute charge from first starter Turbo Tommy with another short half head margin in favour of the winner. Temora reinsman Ray Walker again finished close up in third position with Roll A Dream ($34.00). The all clear siren was held up until the driver of the second horse had the opportunity to view the photo, all was good and placings stood. Emma Turnbull gave Ideal Flash ($2.10) the perfect run in race seven to take home the major end of the prize. Taking the much sought after position behind the leader and minor placegetter Jetset Star ($126.00) driven by Nathan Hoy, Ideal Flash a one metre advantage was enough to keep favourite backers happy, Uroc Baby finishing third ($21.00) after being fourth at the bell. Another slick 1:59.6 and a second win from twenty starts was a rewarding result for trainer Wendy Turnbull. The final race of the night was unfortunately not a pretty sight with a number of drivers intent on searching for the leading spot, some raised voices and daring drives in the early stages nearly causing an unwanted traffic jam. When things finally sorted themselves out, the plan was clear, lead at all cost and go as fast as you can for as long as you can. This unrehearsed plan suited the eventual winner in polemarker Tulhurst Terror ($7.50) who had only won two races from eighty one starts. Joint favourites Arama Reactor ($2.15) and Arty Pharty ($1.90) attacked each other and finished with no fuel left in the tank, only to finish second and third in that order, a head margin separating them with the winner having a two-and-a-half metre, one metre advantage at the finish. Young will race again on Tuesday night, February 18 with the ever popular Carnival Of Cups being held on Friday night, March 13.  By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

A smaller than expected crowd witnessed some exciting harness racing and close finishes at the Young Paceway last Friday night. A highlight of the evening was the winning double by local trainer Peter Schiller with Corporal Jujon and So Much Bettor. Racing opened with an odds on favourite, Isntthatright ($1.80) failing to impress after being three back the pegs and failing to secure a run finishing sixth behind Enk Spot Shannon ($21) for Peter Bullock and McKayler Barnes and minor placegetters last start Canberra winner Impertinent Boy and Billysbredone. The mile rating of 2:01.5 was to be one of the better times on the night with the winner posting a 53/4 winning margin for his seventh win. It was to be a better result for favourite backers when Corporal Jujon ($1.60) led at the bell after setting two first quarter times of below average in 32.7 and 33.1 to come home in 29.7 and a conservative mile rating of 2:05.1 in defeating A Good Ideal and Just Smoken by a 1.2 metre margin. Corporal Jujon has now won eleven races from just over 70 starts. Junee trained six-year-old mare Fastestgirlintown ($5.00) proved to be just that winning race three in grand style for Molly Turton. Locally trained favourite in the race She Owns The Day ($2.15) came from sixth at the bell and just failed to run down the winner in an exciting finish.  Mah Koo Loo Queen ($2.70) wins with a narrow 1/2 head win over I'll Be A Lady. Photo: Martyn Langfield   Another locally trained pacer in Uroc Baby filled the minor placing with the race again not producing any fast times. The winners mile rate being 2.08.6 and a margin of 7.4 metres in favour of the winner. The second of the Peter Schiller trained pacers, So Much Bettor was, as the name suggests, too much better for favourite Arcachon ($2.80) rating a slick 1:58.3 and outsider Soffire Girl ($81.0). The winner started at the good odds of $5.50. The final of the HRNSW Rewards Series resulted in a win for the locally trained Play Up A Storm ($2.40) for John Vautin. A last start Wagga winner in the heats, Play Up A Storm has shown vast improvement over recent weeks and his win was certainly not unexpected with a leaders time of 30.2 for the final quarter and a mile rating of 2:04.4. Racing concluded with race six and here the winner, Mah Koo Loo Queen ($2.70) provided the right medicine for owner Peter Sykes with a narrow 1/2 head win over I'll Be A Lady and early leader Hello Miss Kitty a head away in third. A mile rating of 2:01.7. Unfortunately Peter has not been in the best of health recently and his excitement in seeing his Josh Powderly trained mare win her seventh race from 50 starts was a joy to behold. Young harness racing club will race again on Tuesday, October 22 followed by a meeting on Tuesday night, October 29. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

Members of the Shepparton Harness Racing Club were among the large contingent of harness racing devotees who attended the Nic Dewar Memorial meeting at the Young Paceway last Wednesday night. Victorian driver Brad Chisholm catapulted to the top of the pointscore ladder to claim this year's crown, winning the final two races with Abitmorebliss and Twentyeightblack. Boorowa's Codi Rauchenberger and Young's Blake Micallef finished second and third respectively after leading the series following wins in the opening two races at Shepparton. Following race five an emotional presentation was made to all drivers involved in the Nic Dewar Memorial. This was the first of what is expected to be an annual event that will be shared by both the Young and Shepparton clubs. The nine race program opened with the running of the Glen Mia Saddlery Pace over 2100m, the well supported Canberra gelding About The Attitude ($2.00) for Will Rixon was able to secure the leading position and was able to lead throughout in an impressive winning mile rate of 1:59.2. Race two was the Nic Dewar Memorial race of the night won by Abitmorebliss trained by Ellen Bartley from Coleambally. Junee postman Bruce Harpley secured a last minute start when his five year old mare Rubbies For Tash ($14) who set a new track record for the distance of 1:54.8, that win will see Bruce head for Menangle on April 13 for the very lucrative final. Attention then turned to the second heat of the Nic Dewar Memorial and local plasterer Glen Wilmot produced a very striking black Courage Under Fire gelding in the shape of Twentyeightblack ($4) to start favourite and take out the race by a convincing margin in a mile rating of 1:58.4 for the 1720m race. Long time supporter of the Young club, Peter Bullock had another welcome win with the evergreen pacer Smack Dab Shannon ($23) driven by Amy Rees in race five. Nic Dewar Memorial drivers, Dewar family members and Young Harness Racing and Harness Racing NSW officials following Wednesday night's presentation. Race six was the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat over the sprint 1720 meters with Rock Bottom ($1.35) sent out a short priced favourite. Stablemate Young Cambo ($5.50) decided he was the better horse on the night by defeating Rock Bottom. The seventh race was another highlight of the night with Freddy Funk ($2.80) trained and driven by Nathan Turnbull, making a fast forward move mid-race to skip away at the bell. In race eight Miss Fifi and driver Ananda Turnbull were joined mid race by second favourite Bustling Barney ($4) who sat outside leader before applying the pressure at the 400m, eventually coming away to secure victory. The final race of the night accommodated the three year old pacers with the well supported Junee pacer Western Secret ($4.80) who firmed dramatically from $14 early fixed odds to run away in the straight capping off another top night of quality racing at the Young Paceway.  The club to conduct another meeting next Tuesday night, March 26. By Stewart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

THE final round of heats for the Nic Dewar Memorial series for junior drivers will be held at Young on Wednesday night. This series consists of five representatives from both New South Wales and Victoria in Blake Micallef, Codi Rauchenberger, Miranda McLaughlin, Jordan Seary and James McPherson as well as Abbey Turnbull, Brad Chisholm, Mitchell Frost, Marika Eriksson and Tayla French. The series began at Shepparton on March 5,wins going to both NSW drivers Codi Rauchenberger and Blake Micallef. Rauchenberger steered home the Terry French-trained Joeys Hangover in the first heat while Micallef scored in the second heat with the Chris Svanosio-trained Major McRae. It was an emotional win for Micallef having been best friends with Dewar, who sadly passed away in a car accident last year. “It was a pretty special win, especially because all of Nic’s family made the trip down to Shepparton,” the young reignsman said.  “It would be a thrill to win any series but this one would be extra special since it’s named after Nic.”  Heading into the final two heats, Micallef has drawn barrier one on the Dennis Picker-trained Miss Fernandez and a tricky barrier 10 on trainer Anthony Winnell’s Beautifulvengeance.  “I’m happy with the horses I’ve drawn so being quite evenly matched fields let’s just hope for a bit of luck to go our way,” Micallef said. Micallef and Rauchenberger are currently tied on 27 points, with the first heat scheduled for 6:43 pm local time.   AMY REES

Young Harness Racing Club's showcase meeting of the season will be conducted on Saturday night with the running of the 2019 Carnival Of Cups. Feature races on the eight race program include the $30,000 Young Pacers Cup (2480m), together with the $20,000 Young Derby (2100m) and the $20,000 Young Oaks (2100m). According to the club, nominations have once again been very strong, with both country and metropolitan trainers supporting the club's very popular annual feature event. Winner of last year's Young Pacers Cup Spare Me Days has once again drawn well in gate six and is a big chance to go back-to-back on a track he likes. The Brad Hewitt-trained seven-year-old defeated Don't Think Twice and other rivals last year in a mile rating of 1:57.1. Make Mine Heaven looks a major threat for Bernie Hewitt and is in form with two wins from two starts including a 1:53.3 rating at Bathurst. Brooke Wilkins-trained gelding Future Stride can run the distance and looks suited from gate five, however, despite a win in December last year his form has been average. Conviction is a real threat for Steve Turnbull with Amanda Turnbull in the gig. Recent form is poor, however the Goulburn Cup win in January registering a 1:56.3 mile rating was all class. Off the track there's live music, food and drink facilities, face painting and lots more. Racing begins 6.45pm with the Young Pacers Cup set for a 9.15pm start. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

The harness racing community gathered at the Young Paceway last Friday night to show their respects for three highly regarded and popular recently deceased members of the light harness industry.  Local trainer drivers Ray Lennane and Ken Smith together with Grenfell’s Neville Condon were given a minutes silence by the large crowd in attendance prior to the running of race two. Young racing guru Stuart Maxwell said the the racing community was determined to send the three men off in style. “It was an occasion for everyone to get together, for families and friends to reminisce and pay respects,” he said. “Drivers wore black armbands for the entire night and the crowd were very respectful. “It is occasions like this that show how close the racing community is.” Mr Maxwell said family and friends were track-side for the running of the Vale Nev Condon Pace, with the Young trained five year old gelding Bettorbetbig ($6.10) driven by Jimmy Brown for owners Narrelle and Tony Turner crossing the line first. “The eventual winner defeated another local in the fast finishing Lettuce Pray ($5.20) and Limbo Larry ($20.10) with a mile rating of 1:59.4 and a margin of three metres going in favour of the winner now of four races for his ecstatic owners,” he said. Craig Thomson

On a night that was more suitable to flying kites, and sailing boats, the Young Harness Racing Club conducted another top night of racing on Wednesday.  There was a competitive nine race program, close finishes and fast times the order of the night. Race one Racing opened with the first of many favourites claiming the prize in a keenly contested race. Bathurst driver Amanda Turnbull started off well securing a forward position early with the well supported Zaras Choice ($1.80) and proving too strong for Resounding and the locally trained Replaced Eye.  The mile rating of 1:58.2 set the scene for further fast times and her winning eight metre winning margin was her eighth from twenty five starts. Race two Amanda Turnbull then produced another winner in race two when Pump The Brakes ($1.40) kept favourite backers happy with another all the way win over Our Wall Street Wolf and Hidden Courage.  Once again a mile rating of 1:58.7 coupled with a winning margin of three-and-a-half metres was an impressive start to a night of top class racing.  Race three Evergreen ten-year-old veteran Beetson again proved he has a lot to offer with a tough effort to sit outside the leader and rack up win number 37 in a career spanning over eight years of competitive racing that has collected over $380,000.00 for his owners.  Tulhurst Ace nearly spoiled the party finishing second going down by one-and-three-quarter metres with second favourite Crackerjack Jo finishing third. The winners mile rate being 1:57.6 for the 1720 metre journey.  Race four Local trainer Glenn Wilmot returned to racing after a short spell and was straight into the money with Mustang Jet in race four.  Allowed to lead and dictate his own terms the ($2.00) favourite defeated Kiss Cam and Illawong Sauve by one-and-a-half meters in a time of 2:06.7 and a mile rating of 1:58.5.  Race five Another favourite hopped out of the burrow in race five when the Bigga trained Rave On Rabbits ($1.50) led and won over The Miami Heat and The escape Plan.  The win was another for the popular trainer who heads to the sunshine state each winter for a couple of months, certainly a wise move on his part. Race six Bathurst driver Stephanie Burley showed she had the driving ability to overcome some mid-race traffic problems to secure a close win in race six with the back marker Our Emancipation ($6.40) who defeated the more fancied Star Play ($2.80) and Red Ruffy. The margins of one metre by a head was an indication of the closeness of the finish and a creditable mile rating of 1:57.1 was also a good result for the five-year-old Real Desire mare.  Race seven Christmas came early for some when Dennis Picker provided the winner of race seven. Blues Terror came from fifth at the bell to grab a nose victory over Threes A Charm and early leader Tubee Tee in a head bopping finish.  Favourite Sir Cracker ($1.50) finished fourth but the celebrations would continue for some time with the winner paying $50.30 on the NSW TAB and $8.00 the place.  Race eight Making sure he would be the leading driver on the night, Dennis Picker drove a copy book race behind Modern Attitude in race eight defeating Just A Cool Jo and the Canberra trained Billy Bolt in impressive style.  Paying $1.60 on the tote, the winner recorded a comfortable 2:02.4 with some in reserve and he, like the other Picker runners will certainly enjoy the trip north in the near future.  Race nine Probably the most rewarding win of the night was in the final race when long time Temora trainer Ray Walker landed the money in race nine for the two-year-olds.  First starter Jessszz Reflection payed the handsome dividend of $18.70 in defeating Zaras Choice and outsider What A Team in an untidy race following two scratchings and a couple of gallopers. Full marks must go to the winner for a gallant effort.  Next race day in Young Young will race next on Friday May 4 which will include a heat of the Dubbo Golden Gig in the program.   RESULTS Race 1 GORDON, GARLING, MOFFIT PACE – 1720m: 1 ZARAS CHOICETrainer: Steve Turnbull Driver: Amanda Turnbull Odds: $1.50 fav – BAY MARE 4 by TINTIN IN AMERICA NZ out of SUPREME CHOICE (ASTREOS CA) – Owner(s): Kriden Investments Pty Ltd Breeder(s): Alabar Bloodstock. 2 RESOUNDING NZ Trainer: Shane Hillier Driver: Mitchell Reese Odds: $4.50  Race 2 YOUNG TYREPOWER PACE – 1720m: 1 PUMP THE BRAKES Trainer: Amanda Turnbull Driver: Amanda Turnbull Odds: $1.40 fav – BAY HORSE 4 by DAWN OFA NEW DAY USA out of PHANTOM DANCER (TRUMP CASINO USA) – Owner(s): J A (Jenny) Turnbull Breeder(s): Brooklyn Lodge Aberdeen Pty Ltd 2 OUR WALL STREET WOLF NZ Trainer: Chris Frisby Driver: Anthony Frisby Odds: $7.20  Race 3 YOUNG WORKWEAR PACE – 1720m: 1 BEETSON Trainer: Peter Trevor-Jones Driver: John O'Shea Odds: $3.20 fav – BAY/BROWN GELDING 10 by ART MAJOR USA out of ERIN JEAN (CLASSIC GARRY) – Owner(s): P D Trevor-Jones, R P Wenning, D K Wenning Breeder(s): P D Trevor-Jones, R P Wenning, M Sieper, D K Wenning 2 TULHURST ACE Trainer: Nathan Hurst Driver: Nathan Hurst Odds: $5.60  Race 4 YOUNG MITSUBISHI PACE – 1720m: 1 MUSTANG JET Trainer: Glenn Wilmot Driver: Glenn Wilmot Odds: $2.80 fav – BAY MARE 6 by JEREMES JET USA out of CORTNEY LOUISE (ORANGE SOVEREIGN USA) – Owner(s): G R Wilmot, B W Wilmot Breeder(s): G R (Glenn) Wilmot 2 KISS CAMTrainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $5.70  Race 5 YOUNG LOCKSMITH PACE – 1720m: 1 RAVE ON RABBITS Trainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $1.50 fav – BAY GELDING 4 by RIGHTEOUS HANOVER USA out of RAVE ON GIRL (EXOTIC EARL USA) – Owner(s): D W (David) Bourke Breeder(s): D W (David) Bourke 2 THE MIAMI HEAT NZ Trainer: Scott Wade Driver: Mitchell Reese Odds: $14.60  Race 6 J and C POWDERLY ELECTRICAL and RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES PACE – 1720m: 1 OUR EMANCIPATION NZ Trainer: Stephanie Burley Driver: Stephanie Burley Odds: $6.40 – BAY MARE 5 by REAL DESIRE USA out of MISS CARLYLE (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ) – Owner(s): H M C (Heather) Burley Breeder(s): M S Burley, H M C Burley 2 STAR PLAY Trainer: Veronica Fisher Driver: Justin Reynolds Odds: $2.80 fav Race 7 T & D PRODUCE 3YO PACE – 2100m: 1 BLUES TERRORTrainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $50.30 – BROWN COLT 3 by WESTERN TERROR USA out of GREEK BONUS (GOLDEN GREEK USA) – Owner(s): J K (Jenna) Picker Breeder(s): Pini Pty Ltd t/as Medowie Lodge 2 THREES A CHARM Trainer: Bernie Hewitt Driver: Bernie Hewitt Odds: $9.30 Race 8 TAB/NEWSEXPRESS YOUNG MAIDEN PACE – 2100m: 1 MODERN ATTITUDE Trainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $1.60 fav – BROWN GELDING 4 by MODERN ART USA out of AVONALI (TOLIVER HANOVER USA) – Owner(s): G R (Glenn) Jurd Breeder(s): Brooklyn Lodge Aberdeen Pty Ltd 2 JUST A KOOL JOE Trainer: Geoff Lawson Driver: Jason Turnbull Odds: $24.50  Race 9 CHRISTY PARK 2YO PACE – 1720m: 1 JESSZZ REFLECTION Trainer: Raymond Walker Driver: Raymond Walker Odds: $18.70 – BROWN/BLACK FILLY 2 by ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN USA out of JUST GLENBURN (VILLAGE JASPER USA) – Owner(s): R A Walker, J T Walker, R J New Breeder(s): R A Walker, A M Smith 2 ZARAS HEAVEN Trainer: Gemma Rue Driver: Mat Rue Odds: $8.60   Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

A copybook drive from Grenfell reinsman Mark Hewitt saw six-year-old gelding Mickilla Express lead throughout to score a comfortable win at the Young Harness Racing Club meeting on Tuesday. Hewitt drove the six year-old straight through to hold the lead when the arms of the mobile went back and the gelding lead with his ears pricked after the first quarter in slick time. Rated perfectly by Hewitt Mickilla Express had the opposition chasing turning for home and Hewitt had time to take several looks over his shoulder to ensure he had the opposition covered before taking Mickilla Express to a 3.2 metre victory over Taylah Studleigh (Leigh Davis) in second position with Allnight Raid (Bernie Hewitt) 6.4 metres away in third place. Owned by Michael Hunter and Alan Johnson Mickilla Express is now the winner of seven races, the Strong Life pacer recorded a mile rate of 2:01.3 and returned a healthy $7.50 on the NSW TAB. Tuesday’s victory was Mickilla Express’s second this season from 16 starts. He has now amassed $32,370 in prizemoney from a career which has spanned 44 starts and also includes 11 minor placings. This season has been a profitable one with the $3300 first prizemoney from Tuesday night’s win seeing the six year-old add just over $10,000 in prizemoney to his career earnings. Coming up races Young will race again on Tuesday February 27, 2018  followed by the Carnival Of Cups on Saturday March 10. Reprinted with permission of The Grenfell Record

Over the last 12 months at Young Harness Racing Club meetings, no driver has enjoyed more success than Amanda Turnbull and she continued that trend on Friday night. She picked up three winners, was denied a fourth victory by a neck and also snagged a third across the eight-race meeting. Two of her winning drives came for her father-trainer Steve Turnbull, guiding both El Gran Senor ($1.60 favourite) and Oh I Am The One ($4.10) to success. For El Gran Senor, who took out the 2,100 metres Young Locksmith Pace, the win continued an impressive run for the Radiant Lodge stable since arriving from New Zealand. From five starts, his worst finish has been a fourth. Turnbull’s other winning drive came with a member of her own team in Taihape Sunset ($1.80), who ran down early leader Special Thoughts to win by a neck in the Lyle Jones Memorial. It was his fourth win from seven starts this season. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Young Harness Racing has received a potential blow to its plans for the future with the Wagga Harness Racing Club looking to come out with a win. The possibility of the Young Harness Racing Club becoming part of the Western District Association has been mooted with Young surrendering up to four meetings to the Wagga Club in 2018.  Wagga are in the process of building a new and much bigger facility that will bring the South West and Riverina club up to speed with other tracks that include Bathurst and Goulburn.  Young have, in recent years, received the major support from trainers in the Bathurst area including Peter Bullock, Steve Turnbull, Bernie Hewitt, Lester Hewitt, Ray Davis, John O’Shea, Matt Rue and many other smaller trainers which in itself supports that possible decision.  The loss of meetings is the most serious suggestion. Young Harness Racing Club will return to the track on November 24 for the Cherry Festival Cup. By Stuart Maxwell Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

Racing reverted to a more acceptable weather pattern with the Young Harness Racing Club conducting a rare afternoon meeting at the Young Paceway last Friday. With school holidays also on the calendar, the better than expected attendance added to the overall spectacle to another top day of racing. Race one Unfortunately, the day started off with an incident in the opening race with two horses suffering interference and their drivers becoming dislodged as the field approached the winning post as the bell lap commenced. Drivers Rodney Blythe and Emma Turnbull both required medical attention and the race was abandoned due to their misfortune and the presence of the attending medical paramedics. Race two John O’Shea continued his good winning form following his Bathurst success with a polished exhibition of driving in race two behind the Lester Hewitt trained Our Braxton ($1.30) who defeated Smack Dab Shannon ($9.80) and the Canberra pacer Poco Aces ($9.40 ).  Race three There was certainly a good old fashioned feeling of satisfaction in race three when the Goulburn trained colt Whostolemypigeon ($7.90) came from fourth at the bell to defeat the more favoured Lucky Lyla ($1.80) and Siotada ($42.50). Driven by Amy Day, the Gotta Go Cullect three year old finished strongly in the straight to record a 1½ metre win and a mile rating of 2:01.9.  Race four Nathan Turnbull came out in race four and drove the favourite Mister Satchmo ($3.90) to victory over an improving Barway Bill ($4.10) and the Grenfell trained Bally Barfly ($12.20) for Mark Hewitt and trained Ashley Hazell. Race five Eglington trainer Nathan Hurst elected to take the drive behind Jiggy Rhythm ($6.70) in race five, leaving his other stable representative, Tulhurst Cash ($3.10) in the capable hands of Angela Hedges who finished third after being eighth at the bell. Splitting the pair was the Steven Harris trained Sunrising ($8.70) with an impressive 1:58.1 mile rating and a winning margin of 5¼ metres in favour of the winner who posted a slick 28.5 first quarter. Race six Canberra trainer Michael Hawke was rewarded for his consistency and continued support of the Young club with a long overdue win with Huge Attitude ($1.80) in the final race of the afternoon. Having not won a race in his previous eleven starts, the Grinfromeartoear seven-year-old gelding has now put together a total of sixteen wins for his dedicated owners.  Young will have another afternoon meeting this Friday July 21.   Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness  

Young Harness Racing Club will be playing host to another great night of racing this Friday night at Young Paceway starting at 5.07 pm with cool and clear conditions expected. The opening race has some very consistent pacers engaged and the eventual outcome looks hard to predict.  Last start winner and front running Bathurst trained pacer Gregs Legacy is looking to secure a hat trick and with Amanda Turnbull at the controls, he looks the winner.  The Josh Turnbull trained Timmy May can spring a surprise if given a clear run through from gate six while Miles Above for Wendy and Emma Turnbull could make it a Turnbull trifecta.  A roughie in the race at good odds could well be Kyalla Luke for Amy Rees.  The second race is a Harness Breeders Bonus Scheme Pace and again has attracted a good quality capacity field.  Bold Outlaw has been around the money of late and again has the services of Amanda Turnbull from a favourable gate.  Back markers Keep Quiet and Ma Koo Loo Frankie are both last start winners and are racing in good form with the Wendy Turnbull trained Edge Of The Starzz also being a last start winner in good time, an interesting race to sat the least. Race three is an Encouragement Stakes with special handicap conditions, most noticeable that the trainer has not trained more than two winners this season.  With that in mind, local trainer Peter Hanson could spring a surprise with the improving Sway from gate one a definite chance if the race is run to suit.  Others with claims include Chivas Shark, Forest Fury and Rocketer at long odds.  The Wagga Wagga connection of Rob Woodhouse and Roger Strong have a great chance to take home the cash in race four with Padrisimo from gate four.  A winner of his last two races, this New Zealand import has shown improvement at every start and certainly looks the winner here.  Dangers include last start winner Dillon, the evergreen Beetson and possibly Holdonsu for Steve Turnbull. Trainers of three year olds have been given the chance to chalk up a win before their runners hit open company and the race has drawn together a very competitive field. Many keen followers of the sport will no doubt be watching with interest the Amy Day trained Two Real who will carry the colours once worn by Max McHillhatton who had great success with Billy Adios, Gregory Lee and Sir Ringo amongst others, black jacket with a red sash and white sleeves.  The form of this improving pacer could see it break through for a win with El Gran Senor, Abilene Shannon and Lucky Lyla the main dangers.  Local owner and breeder Peter Sykes has an opportunity to record another win with his home bred pacers in race six with Ma Koo Loo Hambo draw well in gate one. Having been placed in its last four starts, the opportunity to break through for a win here is highly likely.  Other chances in the race include Lucky Yo Make It from a wide gate and Black Magic Shannon for regular visitor Peter Bullock and McKayler Barnes.  The final race of the night has a small field of six and gives Dennis Picker the chance to claim another victory with last start winner Point Danger.  The small field should suit and Blake Hewitt will give this improving pacer every chance over the 2100 metre journey.  Dangers include Bee Bee Elle and Ma Koo Loo Queen with some thoughts for the pole marker Its Alltherightmoves for Wendy and Emma Turnbull. RACE FIELDS KEY: (f) Form (t) Trainer (d) Driver. Race 1 TAB PACE 5.07 pm – 2100 m  1 PONTE MILVIO NZ – (f) 3294s, (t) AS Turnbull, (d) Steve Turnbull.  2 ALABAMA TYSON – (f) 33993, (t) RV Lemon, (d) Rodney Lemon.  3 GREGS LEGACY: (f) 51811, (t) JS Turnbull, (d) Amanda Turnbull.  4 ALABAMA ACE: (f) 48657, (t) RV Lemon, (d) Michael Souden.  5 CAPTAIN COONEY: (f) 13548, (t) SG Hillier, (d) Cameron Hart.  6 TIMMY MAY: (f) 61167, (t) JS Turnbull, (d) John O’Shea.  7 MILES ABOVE: (f) 11519, (t) WJ Turnbull, (d) Emma Turnbull.  8 HARD TO HEAR: (f) 35448, (t) DG Picker, (d) Dennis Picker.  9 KYALLA LUKE: (f) 33103, (t) SL Rye, (d) Amy Rees. Race 2 AUSTRALIAN HOTEL HARNESS BREEDERS NSW BONUS SCHEME PACE 5.35 pm – 1720 m  1 SUNOFASIS – (f) 97057, (t) MW Johnson, (d) Maurice Johnson.  3 ALWAYS ANNIE – (f) 35688, (t) AF Garaty, (d) Aaron Garaty.  4 EDGE OF THE STARZZZ – (f) s9961, (t) WJ Turnbull, (d) Emma Turnbull.  5 HIGHVIEW STARZZZ – (f) 097s5, (t) SL Rye, (d) Monique Parsons.  6 HAKA SHANNON – (f) 42929, (t) PC Bullock, (d) McKayler Barnes.  7 KEEP QUIET – (f) s2431, (t) SG Hillier, (d) Blake Jones.  8 BETTORBETBIG –  (f) 53085, (t) AJ Turner, (d) Nic Dewar.  9 MA KOO LOO FRANKIE –  (f) s6361, (t) TJ Fletcher, (d) Nathan Hoy.  10 MOD CONNS – (f) 55769, (t) TG Powter, (d) Jessica Prior. Race 3 YOUNG HOTEL ENCOURAGEMENT STAKES 6.07 pm – 1720 m  1 SWAY – (f) 25345, (t) PL Hansen, (d) Peter Hansen.  2 SYLVIE RAINE – (f) 10689, (t) JG Brown, (d) Jeff Brown.  3 CHIVAS SHARK – (f) 60533, (t) AM Day, (d) Amy Day.  4 SPOOKY DREAMS – (f) 17426, (t) MR Turton, (d) Molly Turton.  5 ROCKETER – (f) 18336, (t) PL Phillips, (d) Paul Phillips.  6 CONCERTINA – (f) 60747, (t) MJ Prest, (d) Glenn Wilmot.  7 KINGOFTHERAINBOW – (f) 39500, (t) RN Turner, (d) Raymond Turner.  8 FOREST FURY –  (f) 23338, (t) JM Brown, (d) Nic Dewar.  9 HIJACKED – (f) 66505, (t) ER McDermott, (d) Eric McDermott. Race 4 NEWS XPRESS/JAYCAR YOUNG PACE 6.43 pm 2100 m  1 COOLA BAR BOY –  (f) 89757 (t) MH Souden (d) Rodney Lemon.  2 GO SCOTTY – (f) 14184 (t) TG Powter (d) Blake Jones.  3 CORRINYAH CONMAN – (f) 28747 (t) SG Hillier (d) Cameron Hart.  4 PADRISIMO NZ – (f) 26811 (t) RB Woodhouse (d) Roger Strong.  5 DILLON – (f) 437811 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amy Rees.  6 INTRANSIT – (f) 661r9 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull.  7 HOLDONSU – (f) 82832 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Steve Turnbull.  8 FIOKI – (f) 357s6 (t) DG Picker (d) Nic Dewar.  9 BEETSON – (f) 51103 (t) PD Trevor-Jones (d) John O’Shea. Race 5 RAY WHITE REAL ESTATE YOUNG THREE YEAR OLD PACE 7.10 pm 2100 m  1 ABILENE SHANNON – (f) 346s3 (t) PC Bullock (d) McKayler Barnes.  2 LUCKY LYLA – (f) 91828 (t) JS Turnbull (d) John O’Shea.  3 DAENERYS – (f) 2s (t) BK Woodhouse (d) Brett Woodhouse.  4 EL GRAN SENOR NZ – (f) 57204 (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull.  5 TWO REAL – (f) 724 (t) AM Day (d) Amy Day.  6 MAKO BAY – (f) 6034s (t) GR Wilmot (d) Glenn Wilmot.  7 PATTYS ANGEL – (f) 45268 (t) LA Primmer (d) Seryn Adams.  8 MASTERCHIEF – (f) 8 (t) CL Bourke (d) Jody Bryant. Race 6 YOUNG HOTEL PACE 7.44 pm 2100 m 1 MA KOO LOO HAMBO – (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull. 2 BLACKMAGIC SHANNON – (t) PC Bullock (d) McKayler Barnes. 3 MAGIC SENSATION – (t) MJ Prest (d) Nic Dewar. 4 ALABAMA TIFF – (t) RV Lemon (d) Rodney Lemon. 5 CAESARS ASTRUM – (t) RN Turner (d) Raymond Turner. 6 LUCKY TO MAKE IT – (t) MH Souden (d) Michael Souden. 7 RAVE ON RABBITS – (t) DG Picker (d) Dennis Picker. 8 ONE TUFF MELODY – (t) NS Hoy (d) Nathan Hoy. Race 7 YOUNG CAR WASH PACE 8.14 pm 2100 m 1 ITS ALLTHERIGHTMOVES NZ – (t) WJ Turnbull (d) Emma Turnbull. 2 POINT DANGER – (t) DG Picker (d) Blake Hewitt. 3 MAH KOO LOO QUEEN – (t) TJ Fletcher (d) Nathan Hoy. 4 BEE BEE ELLE – (t) AF Garaty (d) Aaron Garaty. 5 JET ON ICE – (t) AS Turnbull (d) Amanda Turnbull. 6 CONROD KENZE – (t) PL Dennis (d) Blake Jones.   By Staurt Maxwell   Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness      

Despite the heavy and constant rainfall on Friday night Young Harness Racing was able to push through and run its 10-race program thanks to the all weather track at the paceway. With rain continuing to fall from early afternoon, an inspection by stewards and a decision to race was accepted by all involved, with the first race, of what was to be curtailed after race nine, went ahead with a small but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Favourite runners throughout the night continued to flow with race one going to Greggs Legacy ($2.50) driven by John O’Shea for trainer Josh Turnbull. Leading at the bell and posting a 30.2 first quarter, the Modern Art three year old colt was never in danger of winning scoring by an impressive 15 m from Carl Slim Dada ($9.40) and the locally trained Forest Fury ($4.20) for trainer Jeff Brown and driver, young Nic Dewar. The track stood up beautifully with a creditable 2:01.4 mile rating to the winner being recorded and certainly setting the bar high for the remainder of the meeting. The second race again was run in rainy conditions with the first winning double of Josh Turnbull and John O’Shea combining with the roughie of the race Timmy May ($30.50) again leading at the bell to defeat Ima Kennedy Two ($5.30) and another outsider in Prince Kai ($21.30) claiming third money. The 2,100 m event recorded a mile rating of 1:59.9 reflecting the condition of the track and the winning margin of six metres the possible bright future for the five year old son of Dawn Of A New Day.  Steve and Amanda Turnbull combined in race three with the Sealed And Delivered gelding Intransit ($5.70) who came from fourth at the bell to circle the field at the top of the staright to defeat the odds-on-favourite Our Braxton ($1.80) and another Steve Turnbull trained pacer in the four-year-old gelding Dillon ($4.00).  The mile rating of 2:01.8 was again a reflection of the condition of the track and the prevailing weather conditions. Amanda Turnbull came out of the gates flying to lead at the bell in race four with Whosashadylady ($2.00) and quickly steadied the pace to ensure a sprint home. This was achieved when the leader quickly set a last two quarter run home of 29.7 and 29.9 in defeating Mach Sam ($6.10) and Ruth Shannon ($9.70) in winning her first race from eight starts for her delighted owners.  The wins kept coming for Amanda and the team when Moon Over Manhattan (1.10) leading at the bell and again setting a similar tempo with a ‘steady as you go’ tactic early, running home with a 28.6 last quarter in accounting for Lady Warhol ($17.10) and another locally trained pacer in Ma Koo Loo Queen ($61.80) claiming third money.  To say the rain had gotten a little heavier would be an understatement but it did not deter the likes of John O’Shea and trainer Gemma Hewitt sending out Lyka Version ($1.90) a short priced favourite in race six.  The Oberon pacer trained by Russell Reynolds Satelitte Village ($10.70) finished second in the race while the early pacemaker Somerosesomhere ($54.00) claimed third with a mile rating to the winner of 2:02.1 still a creditable performance under the conditions. At this stage it was more than noticeable that the majority of winners were winning from the front, this being the case, Forbes trainer, driver adopted the same tactics with Artful Lombo ($2.10) who was leading comfortably at the bell to run home in 29.8 in defeating Ticket Outa Here ($10.80) and Pretty Foxy ($12.60). Unfortunately heavy rain continued to fall with overnight measurements reaching as high as 55 mm in some local areas. In what was to be the penultimate race of the night, race eight, Amanda Turnbull again made sure she would be part of the action at the pointy end of the race when she drove another copybook race behind Bold Outlaw ($1.30) in defeating the Temora trained Our Red Jack ($24.00) for Ray Walker with the John Vautin trained Riverboat King mare Oceans In The Sky ($82.90) putting in a good performance finishing third. In what was to be the final race of the night, Perthville trainer Chris Frisby made sure his night was to be rewarded sending out Lockton Art ($1.30) another short priced favourite in defeating an improving Speed King mare in Diamond Thief ($10.80) with Peter Sykes picking up loose change with Ma Koo Loo Frankie ($23.80) in third place. An inspection of the track, combined with deteriorating weather and signal interruptions at this point forced the stewards to call a halt to proceedings and those involved retired to a much warmer and drier environment. Racing again on Thursday Young Harness Racing Club will be holding another race meeting on Thursday afternoon May 25 with a seven race program starting from 2.20 pm. The meeting includes the $15,000 Alabar Breeders Challenge heats for three-year-old fillies and the same for three-year-old colts and geldings. TAB 2YO Pace: 1 Ace in Your Pocket, 2 Mackeral, 3 Giant Jackson, 4 Our Uncle Alan, 5 Brads Luck, 6 Ashuring, 7 Pocket of Terror, 8 Roll With Life. Cordina Chicken Farms Pace: 1 The Kiss Principle, 2 Jiggy Rhythm, 3 Ma Koo Loo Hambo, 4 Just Milhouse, 5 Boundtobewild, 6 Fullofnonsense, 8 Oceans In The Sky. Donges Supa IGA Pace: 1 Ma Koo Loo Frankie, 2 Magic Sensation, 3 Lucky To Make It, 4 Barkway Bill, 5 Conrad Kenze, 6 To Alaska, 7 Carl Slim Dada, 8 Wamboyne Tommy, 9 Pinnacle Hope. Hilltops Equine Centre Ladyship Pace: 1 Concertina, 2 Abercrombie Lisa, 3 Smooth Mace, 4 Mah Koo Loo Queen, 5 Catch the Panda, 6 Confederate Girl, 7 Kirra Kid NZ, 8 Lockton Art, 9 Moon Ovr Manhattan. Turners Furniture One Pace: 1 Timmy May, 2 Forest Fury, 3 Thanku Thanku, 4 So Kool Master, 5 Smithstars Lexus, 6 Glencore, 7 Hijacked, 8 Tanyas Past. Betterthancheddar Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Heat: 1 Rubies for Tash, 2 Zoemagic, 3 Destiny Belle, 4 Fastestgirlintown, 5 Its All Bliss, 6 Jovial Rock, 7 Rollnlombo, 8 Illinois Beauty, 9 Star Play, 10 Taylors Reason, 11 Lucky Lyla. Art Major Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat: 1 Tiwanaku, 2 Always At Night, 3 Sunrising, 4 Blissfulday, 5 The Ides of March, 6 Gregs Legacy, 7 Killara Kaos, 8 Corbie Jolt, 9 Machgower, 10 Deekays Dollar, 11 Twentyeightblack.  Reprinred with permission of the Young Witness

Goulburn horseman Brad Hewitt is still pinching himself following his dominant feature race haul at Young’s TAB Carnival Of Cups meeting last Saturday night. With just four horses nominated at the meeting, the recently turned 28-year-old won with all of them. And the biggest upset of them all was the horse that set the tone of the evening, Our Triple Play. It was Hewitt’s first winner of the night and the colt beat the $1.30 favourite Astride convincingly in Young Derby at odds of $10.70. “The race didn’t actually pan out as I expected it would but I can’t not be happy with how it turned out,” Hewitt said. “I thought I would end up behind Astride but he didn’t come out of the gate as I expected so I had to go to Plan B. “I did a bit more work in the run than what I wanted to do but the horse went enormous.” As a result of rating the third quarter in 26.4 seconds, one of the fastest 400m seen at the Young track, Our Triple Play clocked the final mile in a rate of 1:56.8, setting a new track record for the 2100m distance in the process. Hewitt caused a minor boilover in the following event when Spare Me Days ($5.40) beat the $2.20 public elect Yayas Hot Spot in the Group 3 Cordina Chicken Farms Young Cup. Spare Me Days made it back-to-back Young Cups after gaining a dream run when initially being pocketed three back on the pegs. “I thought me bloke was good enough to win,” Hewitt said. “He’s been going super just has had no luck.” Hewitt was back in the bike the following race and took out the Young Oaks with Sheza Sharpie. The $3.50 chance held on in the shadows of the post from a fast finishing Shezallapples and the $2.10 favourite Don’t Think Twice close behind in third. Hewitt’s next winner Recipe For Dreaming was much shorter at $1.20 with the New South Wales TAB. The gelding led throughout to rate a personal best 1:56.8 at just his third start in Australia. “I didn’t expect to come away with four winners,” Hewitt said. “I thought Recipe For Dreaming was my best chance of the night and Sheza Sharpie was my next best.” The wins of Recipe For Dreaming and Sheza Sharpie helped raise money towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Prostate Cancer Support Group on the night as the Young Club and Harness Racing NSW donated $500 each when a horse that carried a number four saddlecloth finished in the top three placings. AMANDA RANDO

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