Day At The Track
Carter Dalgety

Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

Millwood Bonnie wins her second North American start at Yonkers Racway in impressive fashion. She came from last at the 400 meter mark and paced around the half mile (800m) track in 1:53.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Lance Hudson. The lightly raced daughter of Bettor's Delight looks to have an exciting future as she plans to excel through the grades in the US. The 4yo mare was bred and raced by Canterbury breeder Katie Carville, where she was the impressive winner of her last two down under starts. She is the daughter of top class mare Millwood Meg, who was the winner of 19 races and earned over $415,000 while racing in New Zealand and Australia. The former Malcolm Shinn trained six-year-old mare Seaswift Joy N (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle - Christian Cullen), driven by Tim Tetrick, wet a super good race in the $250,000 Milton Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway on Saturday running third to Caviat Ally, driven by the former Australian Andrew McCarthy, in 1:48.3. Seaswift Joy N has had 24 starts for 10 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for just on $300,000 to date. Seaswift Joy N running third in the $250,000 Milton Stakes Dexter Dunn Update. New Zealand’s very own ten time winning national premiership driver Dexter Dunn is really smashing all expectations in his North American and Canadian driving career. Currently in North America during 2019 Dunn has driven in 1989 races, of those he has won 300 races, placed second in 275 races, and third in 253 starts. A remarkable feat for a man driving in their first season in a foreign country. With that he has earned over $7.7 million in stake earnings to date. Dexter Dunn's key highlights have being driving the top 3yo Bettors Wish 1:47.4 ($1,517,532) and top trotter Millie’s Possesion 1:51.1 ($475,517) 11 starts for 10 wins, plus many more quality racehorses. Monday 16th September   Harrington Raceway DE Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500 Late Mail N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500 Te Kawau N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,500 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Millwood Bonnie N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 17th September   Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Mischeif Maker N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000   Monticello Raceway NY Northern Assassin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,900   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $14,000   Wednesday 18th September   Batavia Downs NY Classic America N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,900 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $6,500   Harrington Raceway DE Stella A – Time: 2:03.0, Stake: $20,000   Thursday 19th September   Monticello Raceway NY Wynberg Courage N – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $2,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,750 Don Domingo – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $20,000   Delaware OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $5,250   Friday 20th September   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $23,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Lion Rock N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH Zenolas Art N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,000   Tioga Downs NY Motown N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $5,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $22,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd Rockin The Boys A, 3rd Slick Artist A, 4th Kotare Yarra N, Shezza Gnp N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $20,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd  Shes Pukka N, 3rd January A, 4th Patanjali N, 5th Islay N Kaitlyn N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $27,000     Saturday 21st September   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $7,700   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $12,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $15,000 Epaulette A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $10,000 Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Seel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,500 Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,900   Vernon Downs NY Mister Livan N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $3,300   Yonkers Raceway NY Kimani N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $22,000   Farmington ME Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $10,000   Sunday 15th September   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $15,000 Texican N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,000 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,500 The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $7,250   Previous weeks 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety

Len and Christine Clement,Harness racing

Life is good at Coolamon for the Clements

Fanatical NSW Riverina harness racing couple Len and Christine Clement are enjoying a lucky run that's giving them plenty to smile about. Len and his wife Christine form a great team and like most small-time stables they just enjoy the thrill of racing - but are ecstatic about successes coming their way. "We were a bit fortunate last week at the Riverina Paceway at Wagga when we had a narrow win with Auckland Star in the HRNSW Rewards Series first heat," said 62-year-old trainer-driver Len. The four-year-old bay gelding Auckland Star (Auckland Reactor**-Maxistar (Bonamax) ended up behind the leader and on the back of race favorite The Maniac - but it was to be a race full of drama. Second favorite Our Sams Home was back in the field and sent midrace by reinsman Blake Jones for a three-wide run to sit in the death-seat, and later with the finish line in sight, the favored pair had cleared out for a tight battle. However, Our Sams Home spotted an object on the track and veered suddenly inwards, wiping out The Maniac and putting them both out of play. Len Clement had fortuitously shifted off the fence with Auckland Star - and it was a wining move. "My fella still felt good so I moved off, and luckily I did, otherwise I would have got the backwash and it could have been very nasty," Clement said. Auckland Star, whose stable name is "Simon", made the most of the opportunity to score a narrow victory, then his stablemate Nunya ran fifth in the second heat, with the Clements now taking both horses into a $10,200 Final this Friday at Young. Clement said Auckland Star brushed his front leg below the knee in his races. "I've worked on changing his shoeing because the moment he just brushes, that's it for him. We're winning the battle and the big tracks certainly help him," he said. "We got the horse earlier this year and that was his first win for us. He was really going nowhere in Sydney, but he just might keep improving down here with some confidence." Auckland Star and Len Clement are now off to Young on Friday Clement said that while he was self-taught in many aspects of the sport, he had a couple of good teachers in the art of horse farrier. "I'm so pleased I took that path and properly learnt that trade," he said. Len and Christine have been caretakers for two years at the Coolamon showgrounds, which boasts a 1000 metre harness racing track. "We keep the grounds in order, do a bit of maintenance as well as take on the role of track curator. There are trials here every Sunday morning, and horses come from everywhere," Clement said. "The track is open every day and it's not unusual to have up to 14 horses jogging around. There's also a guy who comes down when his track at home has water on it...but we haven't seen him for a while - it doesn't know how to rain much anymore!" Clement, who has been in trotting for 45 years, was stable foreman at a big Inverell stable many years ago, as well as a freelance driver. He said some of his best horses have been free-legged pacer Galaxy Raider, a winner of 12 races and $50,000; and Stain, who had leg problems, but still won four out of five at one stage. "I'm a carpenter by trade, but I drove interstate trucks for 10 years. There's been lots of other things too. I've had some health issues, but I'm all good now." Clement broke his back in a racefall at Tamworth in 1980, after being thrown "about 25ft into the air." That injury required several operations, while a smashed shoulder needed reconstruction surgery. "We are in it for the fun. I can say that if Christine wasn't helping me with mixing feeds and other stable chores, I wouldn't be still in it. We also have a great bunch of owners," he said. Clement said 92-year-old Florence Cairns, of Bargo, and her daughter Elizabeth Cole, who bred Auckland Star, were "over the moon" with the recent win. "They were still sending me text messages at 11.30 at night after the race. In the end I told them it was past their bedtime!" Len has long held an ambition to drive on every New South Wales track, and two years ago he and Christine ticked the goal off their bucket list. "We absolutely loved it - Goulburn was the best track, but I've got a soft spot for that amazing little tight track at Broken Hill. I loved it immensely," he said. "Life is pretty good. We haven't got any complaints and I reckon we are very blessed to have a nice team of horses going around which is fun." **The former champion pacer and now exciting sire Auckland Reactor is standing at Alabar Farm, Echuca.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Bling It On,Harness racing

Bling bound for Auckland

Luke McCarthy is so pleased with Bling It On’s comeback progress he’s declared the Auckland Inter Dominion a major target. The former superstar juvenile and 2018 Hunter Cup winner will return from injury and retirement in the free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday night. “Providing that goes well, he’ll go down to Melton two weeks later for the Victoria Cup,” McCarthy said. “He’s very fit. He’s been in work for six months. That might have been his first public trial last week, but he’d had three private ones at home.” McCarthy said after the Victoria Cup, his sights would turn to Auckland. “Yeah, we wanna have a crack at the Inter Dominion. As long as everything goes well between now and then,” he said. “He likes the regular racing and his best form would certainly make him very competitive with the best over there. It would be great to be part of it.” McCarthy said the signs were hugely encouraging. “You know how much we think of him, We wouldn’t be bringing him back unless we thought he could be a force at the very top again,” he said. “Don’t forget how strong that crop of he raced against and sometimes beat was. He regularly took on Lennytheshark, Lazarus, Smolda and others.” Bling It On succumbed to some niggling issues when retired to stud after a ninth at Menangle on June 9, last year. “It wasn’t anything big at all. He had a mishap and re-opened the scars from that bad fall he had in injury. It caused him a lot of discomfort,” McCarthy said. “He had 10 months out and we started jogging him up again. It’s all progressed since then. He’s ready to go this week.”   by Adam Hamilton

rocknroll-lincoln-pacing-cup,Harness racing

Hall Jnr and Warwick to the fly the WA flag

Last season’s leading drivers Gary Hall Jnr and Ryan Warwick will represent Western Australia in the Australian Drivers Championship in Tasmania later this year. Hall Jnr and Warwick finished first and second in last season’s drivers premiership and will get the chance to show their skills against the best drivers from around Australia when they converge in Hobart. The pair will compete against the best two drivers from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia across seven races at the meeting. Warwick represented WA in 2017, while Hall Jnr was selected to participate in the series in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hall Jnr said he was looking forward to getting the chance to represent Western Australia on the national stage once again. “I loved going to the junior drivers championships when I was younger,” he said. “It’s good to go away and catch up with drivers you don’t often get to catch up with. “Last year I got picked to go, but I was unable to go due to being in New Zealand with Chicago Bull. “I finished third in the series once and second in it once as well, so it’d be nice to go over and win this time.” Warwick said selection in the series was a good reward for a year in which he met a lot of the standards he set himself and indicated he was looking forward to returning to Tasmania. “I don’t drive for premierships, but it’s good to finish in the top two,” he said. “I drive for my UDR (Universal Driver Rating). “I went to Tasmania two years ago and really enjoyed it. “They do make it good fun.” Chris Lewis was the best performed driver for WA in last year’s Championship in South Australia, where he finished third behind New South Welshman Todd McCarthy and Queensland’s Adam Sanderson. The 2019 edition will take place on Saturday November 9.   Tim Walker

The first of 27 Trots Country Cups Championship pacing races is an event steeped in tradition and prestige, which holds a special place in the hearts of harness participants.  Thursday night the stage is set for a mammoth Trots Country season-opener at Kilmore, with a full field of top-liners contesting the $80,000 Group 2 over 2690 metres. Reigning Kilmore Cup-winning driver Kima Frenning stands a strong chance at back-to-back successes in the race with exciting seven-year-old Buster Brady a major player following his last-start win in the VHRC Classic at Melton. Blake Redden, speaking on the Metrospective Podcast, believed Buster Brady the horse to beat in the race. “Buster Brady would start favourite … in fact the more I look at this, the more Buster will win,” Redden said as soon as fields were drawn. Listen to the latest edition of the Metrospective Podcast Speaking about the Kilmore Cup last week, 2017 Cup-winning driver Greg Sugars said winning it meant the world.  “It’s certainly a race that I’ve always targeted. I think it was my second birthday I was here, not that I remember much of it, I saw my dad win the Kilmore Cup on a horse called Popular Port. That was a very special win in his career. It’s always been an aim for me to compete in it and I really wanted to hold the trophy up myself one day. To get that done on a horse like Soho Tribeca and the way he did it, it was a huge thrill for me,” 2017 Kilmore Cup champion reinsman Greg Sugars said. Monique Burnett, who grew up in Kilmore, also said it was a race she’d always wanted to win and spoke of her exhilaration at just driving in the race last year. “It would be one of the biggest races I’d like to win. It’s our hometown, growing up coming here, getting dressed up. I actually got to have a drive in it last year, even just getting a drive in it I was so excited, so you can only imagine what it would be like if I happened to win one,” she said. Meanwhile, the new Metrospective Medal was today launched on the podcast with hosts Redden, Cody Winnell and Michael Howard voting Brownlow style for the drivers they think had the best nights at Melton at the weekend.   HRV Trots Media

Experienced Wimmera harness racing trainer Owen Martin has high hopes that the best is just around the corner for his much-improved stable star, bay mare Marjorie Jean. That's despite the pacer having a standout 2018-19 season with six impressive victories - and along the way collecting the Horse of the Year award at Horsham Harness Racing Club. "I really think the horse has turned the corner. She was a bit slow early, but now she's got the idea and I'm sure that next year will be her best year," Martin, who is based at Concongella, near Stawell, in the Northern Grampians area. Prior to the most recent season, Marjorie Jean (Blissful Hall-Longtan Ebony (Village Jasper) had just one win and five placings from 30 starts. However last season she turned things around dramatically for six wins and five placings from 29 outings. "She recorded some nice wins at Horsham. It's a lovely big track and she certainly enjoys the long straights," Martin said. Marjorie Jean faced the starter at Horsham on seven occasions last season. She was victorious on four occasions and had one placing, so thoroughly deserved her award. "Our son-in-law Murray Sullivan does most of the driving and he won for us in February and March. But he's been away travelling a fair bit, so we've had to turn to a few others," Martin said. "Ballarat youngster James Herbertson got the money at Swan Hill, and then we've stuck with Jackie Barker at Horsham meetings and she won in June and August," he said. Martin said it was a big thrill to compete at Melton during the season with Marjorie Jean. "We raced in the Vicbred 4yo Mares series. I think Jackie enjoyed it down there. We ran fifth in a heat and then eighth, beaten 20m, in the Group One Final," he said. Marjorie Jean is owned by Steve West, who went to school with Martin. "That was a long time ago and now we are neighbors, probably living 500 or 600 metres from each other," Martin said. "I think I may have got Steve initially interested when I invited him to come on board in a syndicate, and he's had a terrific run since with a few handy ones," he said. "Farmersntradies, a Blissful Hall-sired chestnut gelding, was outstanding for seven seasons from 2009 with 18 wins and 27 placings for over $134,000. "There was also Across The Way that won a few before being sold to WA, and another called Usage that we sold to SA and then it ended up in Mildura." Martin said a trip to the South Australian yearling sales resulted in Steve purchasing Marjorie Jean. "Steve had his eye on one, but I talked him into bidding for Marjorie Jean. I had her full sister in Longtan Bliss who won 12 races for $60,000 and if she hadn't had a few problems she could have been anything," he said. Martin has been training for over 30 years after being taught the ropes by his late father Ray. "Dad was born and bred in the area. He worked hard from an early age, mainly on the silos at Rupanyup and Minyip. He was also a very good footballer and was paid massive amounts to play back before the war," he said. Marjorie Jean was sent to the paddock after her latest success at Horsham in late August. "We took off on a short holiday. She's back jogging now, but with the Barry and Aaron Dunn team, because I'm booked for an ankle operation, which will have me sidelined for two months. "I had the other one operated on about five years ago - just some wear and tear from my football days - but I'll be back at the horses as soon as possible." Other Horsham awards were won by: Kerryn Manning (leading driver); Matt Craven (leading trainer); Janet Excell (local trainer award); and James Herbertson (leading concession driver).   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

ON the weekend Tiger Tara was crowned NSW Horse of the Year for the second successive year, his career looked at the crossroads. But there was two ways of looking at Tiger Tara’s latest defeat – his third from as many runs this campaign -  which came at Menangle last Friday night. On face value, the superstar found the front without much fuss over a suitable 2300m trip and could only labour into a well-held fourth placing behind former Kiwi pacer Alta Orlando. But, on the other hand, trainer Kevin Pizzuto was remarkably frank before the race, declaring Tiger Tara “way underdone” and very vulnerable. “Knowing where he’s at, I was happy with the run. He’s well short of peak fitness and I wasn’t able to fast work him during the week because of all the rain (in Sydney),” Pizzuto said. “I considered scratching him, but he needs racing. He needs to get fitter. He blew up badly over the back after it. He’s still got a way to go.” Pizzuto said he would “use the next few days” to plot Tiger Tara’s pathway towards the NZ Cup, which could include a Victoria Cup start on October 12. While Tiger Tara was the talking point, Alta Orlando built on some good placings since crossing the Tasman to post his first win in the Craig Cross stable. Luke McCarthy buzzed him out from a wide draw, took a sit on Tiger Tara and zipped through along the inside to win in a slick 1min54.3sec mile rate for 2300m. It was Alta Orlando’s first win since scoring at Addington on May 18, last year. _____________________________________________________________________________________ THE much-travelled Cruz Bromac is close to a racetrack return. Now back being trained in Victoria by Amanda Grieve, the high-class pacer popped-up at the Melton trials last week. He won a solo trial in slow time, but zipped home in 55.9 and 26.6sec. A winner of 20 of his 44 starts, Cruz Bromac hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Canadian Club Sprint, a Miracle Mile qualifier, at Menangle on February 23. It was his last run in a very fruitful stint where he earned almost $300,000 with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. ____________________________________________________________________________________ FORMER Kiwi trotter Miss Blissful looks like continuing a winning formula for Andy and Kate Gath. She’s their latest trotter bought out of NZ for major owner Norm Jenkin, who also races Tornado Valley and McLovin. And Miss Blissful made quite the statement winning on debut for the Gaths at Melton last night. Despite drawing the back row and then making an early move to sit parked, the daughter of Pegasus Spur had the race won on the home turn and cruised away with a 12.4m victory in a 1min58.2sec mile rate for 1720m. She won just three of her 27 runs in NZ and was sold after a second at Alexandra Park on June 14. _____________________________________________________________________________________ WESTERN Australia’s most-improved pacer Our Corelli is no one-trick pony. Most of his wins since switching to Debbie Lewis’ stable sand roaring through the grades have come in front or right on the speed. Last Friday night he drew wide, sat midfield and snatch a nose win over many of WA’s best open-class pacers, including favourite El Jacko. Our Corelli, a five-year-old son of Bettors Delight, has won eight of his 12 runs since being sold and switching stables. Father and son, Mike and Mark Reed teamed for a couple of wins of note on the same Gloucester Park card. The exciting Bletchley Park, a four-year-old brother to Bling It On, thrashed a handy field and looks a serious horse in the making. He made it nine wins from just 17 starts, winning by almost 12m in a 1min56.4sec mile rate for the long 2536m trip. He’s sure to be a major player in the Golden Nugget late this year. And stablemate Arma Indie,a former Kiwi four-year-old mare led throughout to stretch her winning streak to four wins from as many starts this campaign in the ninth race. _____________________________________________________________________________________ FILLING the void left by the retirement of a megastar like Lennytheshark is a tough ask. But David Aiken’s stable, including his open ranks, are still ticking along nicely. Not only did Aiken quinella the fast-class race at Melton last night with Audi Hare leading and holding-off stablemate Higherthananeagle along the sprint lane, but he also won again with the very exciting Raptors Flight. Kima Frenning drove both Audi Hare and Raptors Flight. Raptors Flight has been a revelation since coming to Australia. He’s now unbeaten seven runs. Last night he drew wide and jumped in grade, but blasted to the front and, despite pulling very hard at times, ripped home in 56 and 28.3sec to win very impressively again. He looks every bit a serious country cups horse and maybe more. _____________________________________________________________________________________ UNHERALDED Victorian horseman Chris Svanosio snared a well deserved feature win of his own last night. It was just a couple of weeks ago where Svanosio played caretaker trainer with star NSW trotter Tough Monarch for Rickie Alchin and won two features at Melton. This time it was all in Svanosio’s name as he trained and drove Magicool to lead throughout and cause an upset in the Group 3 True Roman trot (2240m) at Melton. In a tactical affair, Svanosio pinched a 62.2sec middle half and sprinted home in 57.6 and 28.7sec to easily beat My Skypocket with multiple Group 1 winner Big Jack Hammer flying home from last to third. On the same card, it was fantastic to see former pin-up juvenile trotter Wobelee win so impressively. The five-year-old was outstanding, sustaining a long run around the field and surging clear to win in a brisk 1min56.2sec mile rate for 1720m.   by Adam Hamilton

Yirribee Pacing Stud’s resident stallion Million Dollar Cam was named as the 2018/19 NSW Sire of the Year at the industry Awards Night last Saturday. He left 44 individual winners and progeny earnings of $687,000. Million Dollar Cam was represented by four winners last week including Alimonie, who streeted his rivals in the Reward Series Final at Newcastle in a career-best 1:56.8. Our Millionaire (1:59.2, Ballarat), who was bred and raised by Yirribee, Whatta Conk (1:57.9, Penrith) and Summer Money (1:59.9, Tamworth) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. The Yirribee Stud stallions Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch all led in winners during the week. The Tintin In America mare Lady Sharnae NZ won at her Australian debut at Tamworth, the Yirribee bred four-year-old Cambo Blaster (by Caribbean Blaster) won his second race in 1:59.2 at Bathurst, while Willem (by Lombo Pocket Watch) was a most impressive winner in 1:57.2 at Shepparton. Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America, Caribbean Blaster and Lombo Pocket Watch are part of an imposing Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster for the upcoming season. They are joined by Australasian champions Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the revered North American duo, Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon.   By Peter Wharton

Graeme Wood, who gave many years of service to trotting as a horseman and administrator, passed away on September 18, aged 86.   He had a lengthy association with the sport at Yarra Glen, as a long standing committee member of the Yarra Glen Harness Racing Club (now Yarra Valley Racing).   Graeme was also Secretary of the YGHRC for several years from the mid 1980s, and his contribution to the club saw him recognised with life membership of the organisation.   He is also the only person to receive the honour of life membership of the current Yarra Valley Racing organisation.   Graeme grew up around horses and upon selling a successful manufacturing business and retiring to Dixon's Creek, near Yarra Glen, he took an active involvement in trotting.   As a hobby trainer/driver, he achieved success with a small team, and his first horse, Tarport Andrew, while not a great performer here would later be sold to Macau and win 22 races, 14 of those breaking 2:00.   Graeme had success with other horses including Persian Spring (seven wins), however his best horse was the top mare Melleray, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.   The home bred daughter of Meadow Looney won 15 races for Graeme and wife Stephanie, including the 1992 Queen Of The Pacific among six wins at Moonee Valley.   The mare was driven in all her wins by local reinsman Michael Hayes.   Melleray also produced False Pretence (four wins for the Wood family) and Copyright (five wins).   Graeme had not enjoyed the best of health in recent times and will be missed by all at his local course.   A respected gentleman of the sport, Graeme is survived by wife Stephanie and their children.     Kyle Galley

FOR the second year in a row Tiger Tara has been crowned the Gallagher New South Wales Horse of the Year. Receiving 100 per cent of the votes, Tiger Tara was handed the honour at the Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night on Saturday. Tiger Tara certainly had a year to remember on track taking out the Tabcorp Inter Dominion as well as the Hunter and Victoria Cups and pocketing $865,500 in prizemoney along the way. The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation responsible for Racing, the Hon Kevin Anderson was in attendance and presented Club Menangle Chairman Ray Sharman Australia's highest harness racing award, the JP Stratton Award, for his 26 years of service on that Board. Harness Racing NSW would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of tonight's award winners. Listed below are all of the 2018/19 award winners which were presented in front of a capacity crowd, hosted by Mark McNamara.   HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS   Arthur J. Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year: Tiger Tara Club Menangle Two-Year-Old of the Year: Expensive Ego Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Expensive Ego Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Michelle Lee Mac Cockburn & Co NSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year: Playboy In Paris Club Menangle NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year: Muscle Factory Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Muscle Factory Sydney Morning Herald NSW Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Miss Streisand Sydney Morning Herald NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year: Caligula Club Menangle NSW Aged Horse of the Year: Tiger Tara KS Black & Co NSW Aged Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Tiger Tara KS Black & Co NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year: Major Occasion KS Black & Co NSW Aged Trotter of the Year: Tough Monarch Daily Form Service NSW Broodmare of the Year: Miss Brazillian Daily Form Service NSW Sire of the Year: Million Dollar Cam   PARTICIPANT AWARDS   TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence: Anthony Frisby Lexus Of Parramatta Junior Trainer Encouragement Award: Brooke Wilkins Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award: Joshua Gallagher KARI Indigenous Participant of the Year: James Sutton Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver: Cassie Robinson Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Trainer: Wayne Sullivan Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Trotting Trainer and Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Junior Driver: Cameron Hart Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Driver: Todd McCarthy Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Trainer: KerryAnn Turner GHD NSW Owner of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett IntelliTek NSW Breeder of the Year: Greg and Mandy Targett Harness Racing NSW Service to the Breeding Industry: Peter and Marie Neil   CLUB MENANGLE AWARDS Lexus of Parramatta Medal: Lachie Manzelmann Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle First Lady Award: Gemma Rue Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Driver: Todd McCarthy Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Trainer: Shane and Lauren Tritton   DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS HRNSW Don Clough Award: Lorraine Pozza HRNSW Industry Contribution Award: Jim Bell HRNSW Club Volunteer Awards: Ann Brown (Tamworth HRC), Brian Hay (Wagga HRC), Jan Hay (Wagga HRC), Peter Jones (Eugowra HRC), Terry McMillen (Wagga HRC)   CARNIVAL OF CUPS AWARDS Tabcorp Carnival of Cups Horse of the Series: Ned Pepper Tabcorp Best Community Engagement Club: Coolamon HRC Tabcorp Best Fraternity Engagement Club: Young HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race over $30,000: Eugowra HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race between $13,001 and $30,000: Temora HRC Tabcorp Best Club with a feature race to a max of $13,000: Newcastle HRC   To access photos from the night please click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is pleased to announce the finalists for each category in the 2019 Victorian Horse of the Year awards. The awards will be presented at the Gordon Rothacker Medal night on Sunday October 27. More details on the Rothacker Medal night will be unveiled early next week.    Victorian Horse of the Year finalists by category 2YO Pacing Fillies Jemstone Maajida Treasure 2YO Pacing Colts/Geldings Be Happy Mach Jilliby Nitro Yejele Hammer 3YO Pacing Fillies Kualoa Tangoingwithsierra Two Times Bettor 3YO Pacing Colts/Geldings Lochinvar Art Max Delight Out To Play 4YO Pacing Mares Goodtime Heaven Pistol Abbey Soho Burning Love 4YO Pacing Entires/Geldings Poster Boy Rackemup Tigerpie Tam Major 5YO+ Pacing Mares Carlas Pixel Makes Every Scents Tell Me Tales 5YO+ Pacing Entires/Geldings Buster Brady San Carlo Wrappers Delight 2YO Trotting Fillies Im Ready Jet Jaxnme Pink Galahs 2YO Trotting Colts/Geldings Andover Sun Is That A Bid Powderkeg 3YO Trotting Fillies Emerald Stride I Am Pegasus Royal Charlotte 3YO Trotting Colts/Geldings Alpha Male Kyvalley Clichy Majestuoso 4YO Trotting Mares Aleppo Jewel Moonlight Dream Moonshine Linda 4YO Trotting Entires/Geldings Chief Runningcloud Kyvalley Finn Majestic Player 5YO+ Trotting Mares Dance Craze Pantzup Red Hot Tooth 5YO+ Trotting Entires/Geldings Big Jack Hammer McLovin Tornado Valley   HRV Trots Media

Five-year-old gelding Call Me Hector is now officially the quickest pacer to race on Tasmanian soil when the Matthew Cooper-trained and driven pacer broke the Tasmanian and Hobart track record with a slick 1m 54.3s victory in Hobart last night. The previous state record of 1m 54.5s was shared by Ryley Major (Hobart 16/06/19) and Mister Lennox (Launceston 14/05/17). Last night from barrier four, driver Matthew Cooper was keen to find the lead on the $2.10 favourite and bowled along in quarters of 28.7s, 28.4s, 28.9s and 28.2s. “I knew he was running along and I thought I would just let him run,” said Cooper. Cooper said pre-race that the gelded son of Art Major just lacks a fast-finishing sprint and is best suited when driven tough, and that’s exactly what Cooper did. “He can keep running 29 (second) quarters and he felt that strong down the back I gave him a tap on the bum and went for home,” said the winning trainer-driver. Call Me Hector is out of the Mach Three mare Lady Jillett Lombo which makes Call Me Hector a half brother to last season’s George Johnson winner Call Her Julie who also did an outstanding job in Cooper’s care. “They are similar horses, they are tough, have a good heart, they just like running and you don’t have to work them hard,” explained Cooper. Call Me Hector defeated Star Chamber by 6.4 metres with Blackbird Power a further 6.8 metres away third, the first five placegetters in the event were all driven along the pegs. Adelaide Bay winning in Hobart on 18 September 2019. Later in the night, the Marc Butler-trained Adelaide Bay broke his maiden status with a 14.2-metre victory in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor is still learning the racing game, causing a tough drive once again for Ricky Duggan. “Marc (Butler) changed a bit of gear on him to try and get him to settle but that didn’t work, so we will go back to the drawing board with that,” said Duggan. “He feels alright and he has a bit of a motor, he just has to learn what it is all about as he is still not doing things 100%,” the master driver added. Duggan drove a double on the card, he partnered Witch Master in the opening race for his brother Adrian. Todd Rattray recorded a training and driving double on the card with five-year-old mares Karpenkova Leis and Bremusa. Another trainer to record multiple wins was Rohan Hillier who prepared Boss Major in race two with stable junior driver Conor Crook in the sulky before Im Barney Rubble scored in the claiming race of the night. The Daryl Bates trained Streetside Classic registered his first win since March 2018 with an all the way win in the Go Racing Tasmania Pace courtesy of a brilliant front running drive by Gareth Rattray. Pink Ponder caused the biggest upset of the night when the Ben Yole-trained mare used the Roberts Sprint Lane to score at odds of $47 with Rohan Hadley in the sulky. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ballarat-based harness racing young gun Darby McGuigan has provided a "shot in the arm" for a Sunshine State husband-and-wife team's Victorian campaign. McGuigan, fresh from driving over 100 winners for the first time last season, showed patience personified before timing his run to perfection to land the prize with nine-year-old mare Majestic Whiz at Swan Hill on Tuesday night. Majestic Whiz (Majestic Son-Roydon Whiz (Gee Whiz II), trained by Gavin and Kay Crone, scored by the narrowest of margins in the $7000 Cardigan Boko @ Goodtime Lodge Trotters Handicap. The square-gaiter is one of a handful of horses being campaigned on a "working holiday" down south by the couple. The Crones come from Ebenezer, a small rural township 44 kms from the capital Brisbane with a population of about 300 residents. "It was great because no-one gave us much of a chance, but I can tell you that Gavin and Kay and their friends were very excited," McGuigan said. "The horse was always travelling nicely and had an easy time buried away three back on the pegs. I was able to pop off into the one-out line on the home corner and we just found enough up the home straight to snatch victory," he said. "The race was run at a consistent tempo (of 30.5, 30.9, 29.8 and 29.3) which suited us. But to be honest, I wasn't sure if I had run down the favorite Majestic Devil (Michelle Phillips). It was certainly very close." McGuigan, now into his fourth season of race driving, said he met Gavin at a recent Ballarat meeting and was offered the drive. "I don't mind trotters. I get a few drives on them and I've had a few wins and it's always a good feeling," he said. The victory ended a long streak of being out of the winner's circle for Majestic Whiz. Her previous triumph was at Bankstown (December 22, 2017) and her 57 starts since that success have yielded just 10 placings at Albion Park, Redcliffe and Marburg circuits. The successful Crone clan after their win in the Springboard Series in Queensland in August (photo courtesy Dan Costello) Majestic Whiz is now owned by former Sydney trainer Peter Carson who's a well-known fan of the square-gaiter. The mare started her career in South Australia under the care of the McMillan family, running second on debut at Globe Derby Park in March, 2013, before winning there two weeks later. Five placings followed in the next four months before she found her way to the Melbourne stable of Brent Lilley. After an unplaced effort in the G1 Redwood Classic at Maryborough, Majestic Whiz was produced 18 months later by Carson at Menangle. She had quite a few attempts prior to the Bankstown success. Her next stop was to Ebenezer to the Crone stables, who also share a love for the square-gaiters. The couple had half the field in the Swan Hill event. Apart from winner Majestic Whiz, Kay drove Princess Katerina (3rd) and Gavin piloted Davey's Gift (5th). Also making the Victorian trip is talented three-year-old Armbro Variable-sired gelding Indefensible (Armbro Variable-Mental Power (Its Motor Power). He was an impressive winner back home in the $15,000 Stallions Australasia Springboard 2yo Trotters Final. His three Victorian runs have been good with a third at Maryborough and two fourths at Ballarat. The visitors are hoping Indefensible can breakthrough because he's Vicbred which entitles him to an $7000 bonus in addition to stakemoney. Crone's brother Darryl, who lives in Victoria, owns and bred the horse. McGuigan shared driving honors at Swan Hill with Boris Devcic, of Mildura, both landing doubles. "It was fantastic landing Byalla Boy for dad (Tim). The horse was good recently at Mildura, but disappointed a bit at Yarra Valley, so we were happy to see him bounce back," McGuigan said. "It was his eighth win. Seven of these have been when he's landed in front." And it could have easily been a treble for the youngster who was engaged to drive winner of the opening event Spring Delight for Steven Duffy. "We had a few hiccups on the way and I didn't get to the track on time, so Zac Phillips took my place - and they got the money!" McGuigan said.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

In last week’s column we sang the praises of Matt Young for tipping the card at a recent Saturday night meeting at Bunbury. What we didn’t report was that The West Australian’s Ernie Manning also tipped the card at the same meeting. Apologies to Ernie for that oversight and belated congratulations to him for realising the dream of every tipster. Now to dissect tomorrow night’s meeting at Gloucester Park by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. TABradio racecaller Hayden King and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are keen on Warfare. “The Justin Prentice-trained Warfare is drawn to lead and should be too good off a let-up,” King said. “He can progress through to FFA class.” And Wishart agrees. “My best bet comes up in race three with No.1 Warfare,” Wishart said. “Very talented type who gets a good draw. I think he should lead all the way.” Leading tipster Young believes El Jacko is poised to return to the winners’ list. “El Jacko has drawn to receive the perfect run and has a good turn of foot and should finish over the top of the leaders in the Navy Cup,” Young said. Longshot guru Pat Harding is a fan of the Ray Williams-trained Walkinshaw. “After last week's tough meeting there might be a few more wins for punters this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the second race with No. 6 Walkinshaw. This is his third run back after a spell and I think he can prevail in this small field. He’s due for a win and this might be his best opportunity.” Guild president Wayne Currall has made another Williams-trained pacer as his star bet for the meeting. “Major Pocket has been nothing but consistent this campaign with six minor placings from his past eight starts,” Currall said. “Expect him to be driven more aggressively from gate three and he just might prove too strong at the business end.” Manning and his colleague, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, have settled on Arma Indie as their best. “Arma Indie has emerged as one of WA’s most promising pacers when winning clearly at her past three starts and looks set to confirm she is a summer carnival prospect,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, who joined Mike Reed’s stable after two New Zealand wins within eight days last January, has shown she has the gate speed to take advantage of barrier one. She won by 13.2m and 23.1m in Gloucester Park races before her 6.8m victory at Pinjarra  last week. She looks an ideal proposition for the Mares Classic in December.” Havercroft agrees. “Arma Indie has resumed from a spell in devastating fashion, winning at all three starts since her injury-shortened Oaks campaign,” Havercroft said. “In two of her three wins she found the front and from the inside draw this week she will likely lob into the lead and be hard to run down.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes punters would be wise to get on Vincenzo Perrugia. “Septuagenarian owner-trainer Tony Svilicich has New Zealand-bred six-year-old Vincenzo Peruggia racing with admirable enthusiasm and the gelding is my best bet this week after drawing favourably at barrier three,” Casellas said. “Vincenzo Peruggia looks like founding the top and is capable of leading his rivals on a merry dance. He put the writing on the wall last Friday night when he raced without cover and finished a desperately close second to Bettor Party.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Sea Me Smile is flying lately and will sit off the pace in the first. She could soar home over the top with the speed on. WARREN: James Butt is in a much more suitable race tonight. Some of his runs last preparation were very good and at each-way odds. I think he can win. MATT: The old timer Maximum Demand will get a soft run and if he gets any luck he will be sprinting home powerfully at double-figure odds. He’s getting better with every run. PAT: I think Chris Voak can have James Butt well placed to come home strongly and give punters some value. WAYNE: On a night where there doesn’t appear to be too much value, I think Waylade could get a soft run behind likely leader Thereugo and run a race at huge odds. ERNIE: Presidentmach has not won in his past seven starts, but the gelding should not be overlooked from a pole draw. He started from barrier seven when unplaced last Friday night. A winner of 16 races, he recently ran second to the talented Wildwest. RYAN: Jaxon Fella will drop out to last from the wide draw. He erupted late four starts ago and in a small field here he won’t be far from them if there is any speed on. KEN: For value, I suggest Athabascan in the final event. He’s tough and is overdue for a change of fortune. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

New Zealand-bred five-year-old Cut Above bounced back to her best form with a fast-finishing win in fast time at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night and is poised for another powerful effort in the Mondo Doro Smallgoods Pace on Friday night. The Matt Scott-trained mare, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line and should prove to be a serious rival for the strong, in-form Craig Saligari-trained six-year-old Bob Wheel. “Racing twice in the space of four days won’t worry her,” said Scott, who will set a personal record of nine starters at a Gloucester Park meeting. “Cut Above and Son of a Tiger are probably my best winning chances, but Clarenden Hustler, Rock Me Over and Charlie El have each-way prospects.” Cut Above sat behind the pacemaker Highroller Joe before finishing fast to win narrowly from Dredlock Rockstar on Tuesday night, rating 1.56.9 over the 2130m after the three final quarters in 28.4sec., 27.5sec. and 29sec. Cut Above, a winner at one of her two starts in New Zealand, has proved a good investment for Tim Blee, who outlaid $25,000 to buy the mare, who now has had 34 starts in Western Australia for 11 wins, 12 placings and $66,352 in prizemoney. “She has also been high maintenance,” said Scott. “On her first day here, she bucked and got her leg over the cart. She had to have three months off and still has a big scar on a back leg. She’s fine now, but we only lead her in her work because she still bucks at home.” One of Cut Above’s rivals on Friday night is stablemate Always On, who will start from barrier six with Chris Voak in the sulky. The five-year-old Always On, a former Mildura performer, set the pace from barrier four before wilting to finish sixth behind Atmospherical over 1730m last Friday week when making her first appearance in WA.       “It was a very disappointing first-up run,” said Scott. “I’ve changed his work and he has worked a bit better and I’m not sure whether we’ll blast him out (at the start) or drive him with cover. “ Scott admitted that he was also disappointed with Neighlor’s past two unplaced efforts but is hoping for an improved effort from the No. 1 barrier in the Etch Coating Pace. “Whether we’ll lead or race with a sit — I’ll leave that up to Shannon (Suvaljko),” he said. Scott said that he expected another strong showing from Son of a Tiger in the Simmonds Steel Pace in which the New Zealand-bred five-year-old will start from barrier six. “It’s a tricky draw and he goes up in class, but the speed should be on, and that will suit him,” he said. “I reckon they’ll go 1.55 again and he’ll be coming home.” Son of a Tiger started out wide at barrier nine last week and impressed when he was ninth at the bell and charged home to win from Carter Micheal and Extreme Prince, rating 1.55.2 over 2130m. “He will probably have a spell after this week’s run and then freshen him up for Christmas when the Christmas Gift or Nights of Thunder should be right up his alley,” Scott said. “Clarenden Hustler and Rock Me Over are each-way chances. Clarenden Hustler from barrier eight has quick beginners inside of him, but he doesn’t have to lead to win; he can win with a sit and he’s definitely not out of it (in the Worldwide Printing Pace). “Rock Me Over is consistent and has each-way claims in the final race, while Charlie El is likely to find it hard from the wide draw at No. 8 in race six. But Clarenden Hustler couldn’t beat Charlie El on the track two weeks ago and he didn’t get out when fifth at Northam on Saturday night.” Ken Casellas

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Millwood Bonnie wins her second North American start at Yonkers Racway in impressive fashion. She came from last at the 400 meter mark and paced around the half mile (800m) track in 1:53.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Lance Hudson. The lightly raced daughter of Bettor's Delight looks to have an exciting future as she plans to excel through the grades in the US. The 4yo mare was bred and raced by Canterbury breeder Katie Carville, where she was the impressive winner of her last two down under starts. She is the daughter of top class mare Millwood Meg, who was the winner of 19 races and earned over $415,000 while racing in New Zealand and Australia. The former Malcolm Shinn trained six-year-old mare Seaswift Joy N (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle - Christian Cullen), driven by Tim Tetrick, wet a super good race in the $250,000 Milton Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway on Saturday running third to Caviat Ally, driven by the former Australian Andrew McCarthy, in 1:48.3. Seaswift Joy N has had 24 starts for 10 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for just on $300,000 to date. Seaswift Joy N running third in the $250,000 Milton Stakes Dexter Dunn Update. New Zealand’s very own ten time winning national premiership driver Dexter Dunn is really smashing all expectations in his North American and Canadian driving career. Currently in North America during 2019 Dunn has driven in 1989 races, of those he has won 300 races, placed second in 275 races, and third in 253 starts. A remarkable feat for a man driving in their first season in a foreign country. With that he has earned over $7.7 million in stake earnings to date. Dexter Dunn's key highlights have being driving the top 3yo Bettors Wish 1:47.4 ($1,517,532) and top trotter Millie’s Possesion 1:51.1 ($475,517) 11 starts for 10 wins, plus many more quality racehorses. Monday 16th September   Harrington Raceway DE Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500 Late Mail N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500 Te Kawau N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,500 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Millwood Bonnie N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 17th September   Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Mischeif Maker N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000   Monticello Raceway NY Northern Assassin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,900   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $14,000   Wednesday 18th September   Batavia Downs NY Classic America N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,900 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $6,500   Harrington Raceway DE Stella A – Time: 2:03.0, Stake: $20,000   Thursday 19th September   Monticello Raceway NY Wynberg Courage N – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $2,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,750 Don Domingo – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $20,000   Delaware OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $5,250   Friday 20th September   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $23,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Lion Rock N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH Zenolas Art N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,000   Tioga Downs NY Motown N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $5,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $22,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd Rockin The Boys A, 3rd Slick Artist A, 4th Kotare Yarra N, Shezza Gnp N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $20,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd  Shes Pukka N, 3rd January A, 4th Patanjali N, 5th Islay N Kaitlyn N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $27,000     Saturday 21st September   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $7,700   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $12,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $15,000 Epaulette A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $10,000 Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Seel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,500 Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,900   Vernon Downs NY Mister Livan N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $3,300   Yonkers Raceway NY Kimani N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $22,000   Farmington ME Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $10,000   Sunday 15th September   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $15,000 Texican N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,000 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,500 The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $7,250   Previous weeks 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety
Fanatical NSW Riverina harness racing couple Len and Christine Clement are enjoying a lucky run that's giving them plenty to smile about. Len and his wife Christine form a great team and like most small-time stables they just enjoy the thrill of racing - but are ecstatic about successes coming their way. "We were a bit fortunate last week at the Riverina Paceway at Wagga when we had a narrow win with Auckland Star in the HRNSW Rewards Series first heat," said 62-year-old trainer-driver Len. The four-year-old bay gelding Auckland Star (Auckland Reactor**-Maxistar (Bonamax) ended up behind the leader and on the back of race favorite The Maniac - but it was to be a race full of drama. Second favorite Our Sams Home was back in the field and sent midrace by reinsman Blake Jones for a three-wide run to sit in the death-seat, and later with the finish line in sight, the favored pair had cleared out for a tight battle. However, Our Sams Home spotted an object on the track and veered suddenly inwards, wiping out The Maniac and putting them both out of play. Len Clement had fortuitously shifted off the fence with Auckland Star - and it was a wining move. "My fella still felt good so I moved off, and luckily I did, otherwise I would have got the backwash and it could have been very nasty," Clement said. Auckland Star, whose stable name is "Simon", made the most of the opportunity to score a narrow victory, then his stablemate Nunya ran fifth in the second heat, with the Clements now taking both horses into a $10,200 Final this Friday at Young. Clement said Auckland Star brushed his front leg below the knee in his races. "I've worked on changing his shoeing because the moment he just brushes, that's it for him. We're winning the battle and the big tracks certainly help him," he said. "We got the horse earlier this year and that was his first win for us. He was really going nowhere in Sydney, but he just might keep improving down here with some confidence." Auckland Star and Len Clement are now off to Young on Friday Clement said that while he was self-taught in many aspects of the sport, he had a couple of good teachers in the art of horse farrier. "I'm so pleased I took that path and properly learnt that trade," he said. Len and Christine have been caretakers for two years at the Coolamon showgrounds, which boasts a 1000 metre harness racing track. "We keep the grounds in order, do a bit of maintenance as well as take on the role of track curator. There are trials here every Sunday morning, and horses come from everywhere," Clement said. "The track is open every day and it's not unusual to have up to 14 horses jogging around. There's also a guy who comes down when his track at home has water on it...but we haven't seen him for a while - it doesn't know how to rain much anymore!" Clement, who has been in trotting for 45 years, was stable foreman at a big Inverell stable many years ago, as well as a freelance driver. He said some of his best horses have been free-legged pacer Galaxy Raider, a winner of 12 races and $50,000; and Stain, who had leg problems, but still won four out of five at one stage. "I'm a carpenter by trade, but I drove interstate trucks for 10 years. There's been lots of other things too. I've had some health issues, but I'm all good now." Clement broke his back in a racefall at Tamworth in 1980, after being thrown "about 25ft into the air." That injury required several operations, while a smashed shoulder needed reconstruction surgery. "We are in it for the fun. I can say that if Christine wasn't helping me with mixing feeds and other stable chores, I wouldn't be still in it. We also have a great bunch of owners," he said. Clement said 92-year-old Florence Cairns, of Bargo, and her daughter Elizabeth Cole, who bred Auckland Star, were "over the moon" with the recent win. "They were still sending me text messages at 11.30 at night after the race. In the end I told them it was past their bedtime!" Len has long held an ambition to drive on every New South Wales track, and two years ago he and Christine ticked the goal off their bucket list. "We absolutely loved it - Goulburn was the best track, but I've got a soft spot for that amazing little tight track at Broken Hill. I loved it immensely," he said. "Life is pretty good. We haven't got any complaints and I reckon we are very blessed to have a nice team of horses going around which is fun." **The former champion pacer and now exciting sire Auckland Reactor is standing at Alabar Farm, Echuca.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura
Luke McCarthy is so pleased with Bling It On’s comeback progress he’s declared the Auckland Inter Dominion a major target. The former superstar juvenile and 2018 Hunter Cup winner will return from injury and retirement in the free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday night. “Providing that goes well, he’ll go down to Melton two weeks later for the Victoria Cup,” McCarthy said. “He’s very fit. He’s been in work for six months. That might have been his first public trial last week, but he’d had three private ones at home.” McCarthy said after the Victoria Cup, his sights would turn to Auckland. “Yeah, we wanna have a crack at the Inter Dominion. As long as everything goes well between now and then,” he said. “He likes the regular racing and his best form would certainly make him very competitive with the best over there. It would be great to be part of it.” McCarthy said the signs were hugely encouraging. “You know how much we think of him, We wouldn’t be bringing him back unless we thought he could be a force at the very top again,” he said. “Don’t forget how strong that crop of he raced against and sometimes beat was. He regularly took on Lennytheshark, Lazarus, Smolda and others.” Bling It On succumbed to some niggling issues when retired to stud after a ninth at Menangle on June 9, last year. “It wasn’t anything big at all. He had a mishap and re-opened the scars from that bad fall he had in injury. It caused him a lot of discomfort,” McCarthy said. “He had 10 months out and we started jogging him up again. It’s all progressed since then. He’s ready to go this week.”   by Adam Hamilton
Last season’s leading drivers Gary Hall Jnr and Ryan Warwick will represent Western Australia in the Australian Drivers Championship in Tasmania later this year. Hall Jnr and Warwick finished first and second in last season’s drivers premiership and will get the chance to show their skills against the best drivers from around Australia when they converge in Hobart. The pair will compete against the best two drivers from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia across seven races at the meeting. Warwick represented WA in 2017, while Hall Jnr was selected to participate in the series in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hall Jnr said he was looking forward to getting the chance to represent Western Australia on the national stage once again. “I loved going to the junior drivers championships when I was younger,” he said. “It’s good to go away and catch up with drivers you don’t often get to catch up with. “Last year I got picked to go, but I was unable to go due to being in New Zealand with Chicago Bull. “I finished third in the series once and second in it once as well, so it’d be nice to go over and win this time.” Warwick said selection in the series was a good reward for a year in which he met a lot of the standards he set himself and indicated he was looking forward to returning to Tasmania. “I don’t drive for premierships, but it’s good to finish in the top two,” he said. “I drive for my UDR (Universal Driver Rating). “I went to Tasmania two years ago and really enjoyed it. “They do make it good fun.” Chris Lewis was the best performed driver for WA in last year’s Championship in South Australia, where he finished third behind New South Welshman Todd McCarthy and Queensland’s Adam Sanderson. The 2019 edition will take place on Saturday November 9.   Tim Walker
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