Day At The Track

Kerryn Manning talks Teal, and making history

By Dave Di Somma, Harness Racing News Desk      A chance to own what’s believed to be a one-off piece of trotting memorabilia is currently on Trade Me.  They are a pair of Teal Pants signed by history-making driver Kerryn Manning. They were given to Harness Racing New Zealand to auction off as part of the Teal Pants campaign to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.  The auction finishes on Thursday afternoon.   Earlier this year  Manning became the first woman in history to rein home 4000 winners, she also created history when she trained and drove the 2015 New Zealand Cup winner Arden Rooney.  The Victorian took time out from her busy schedule to talk to HRNZ Marketing about the pants and what she thinks they are worth, as well as her achievements on the track.   To view the auction which finishes on Thursday - click here

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Car crashes through gate and causes track chaos

A race at Gloucester Park harness on Saturday night was bizarrely delayed by approximately one hour after a disruptive driver in a dark coloured car found their way onto the harness track.  Horses were behind the mobile in The Sports Daily On Tabradio Pace MS (2130m) when a car crashed through the fence and onto the racing surface. After crashing through the fence, the female driver then drove down the straight - luckily in the opposite direction to where the horses were scoring up - before pulling up near the winning post. Police and ambulance were called to the track to deal with the driver, who reportedly sat in her car on the track for upwards of 20 minutes. The delay saw a 90-minute gap between races two and three, with the resumption coming only when the female driver had been escorted from the track by police.   Harnesslink Media

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Mach Shard was part of an impressive Kiwi showing at Menangle on Saturday night,  winning the $100,000 Group Ainsworth free-for-all. The former classy Barry Purdon-trained pacer was having just his second start for Belinda McCarthy and showed a dazzling turn of speed from a midfield trail to easily beat stablemate and another top former Kiwi pacer Star Galleria. Watch the race replay click here! Mach Shard was so impressive it heightened talks how stiff he was to miss a Miracle Mile berth. The gelding finished an unlucky third to Wolf Stride at his first Aussie run in a Miracle Mile qualifier the previous week, but the last spot in the Miracle Mile went to Ignatius, who only finished fourth in his qualifier. “We thought he was unlucky not to get into the Mile. He’d have gone close to winning last week with any luck and came out tonight and proved that,” driver Luke McCarthy said. “He works like our very best at home. He’s here to stay and will be set for all the big races. “I want to thank Barry and Katrina (Purdon) and the owners for sending such a lovely horse across.” Mach Shard ran a 1min53.2sec mile rate for the 2400m and was privately clocked to rip home his last half in 53.3sec. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Young Kiwi horseman Jack Trainor finished a career-changing Carnival of Miracles in style. Trainor’s recent stable addition, Mighty Flying Deal, brilliantly won the last race of the four-night Carnival and landed some big bets in the process. It was a Carnival where Trainor stamped himself as a serious force in training and driving ranks. Stylish Memphis gave him so many highs, including his first Group 1 win in the Ladyship Mile. On the same night won another Group 1 on Anntonia in the NSW Oaks. “It’s just been the most awesome few weeks,” he said. “I had to beg Mark Jones to send that mare across for the Ladyship and then she raced five weeks in a row for about $1.5 million stakemoney. “It’s been a chance to get my name up in lights and she’s done so much for me.” _________________________________________________________________________________________ What could have been a horror Miracle Mile night for David Moran, actually turned out to be a ripper. Having his stable star Lochinvar Art miss the Mile with a hoof injury was heartbreaking, but Moran still won a Group 1 race on the night and finished second in the Mile itself. Patsbeachstorm showed why Moran has been so excited about him for so long with a stunning Group 1 NSW Derby victory. Having just his eighth start, Patsbeachstorm did some work early then landed a lovely trail before using his stunning change-up speed to pounce at the top of the straight and win easily in a 1min55.9sec mile rate for 2400m. “It sounds strange when I’ve got Lochinvar Art, but this is my favourite horse on so many levels,” Moran said. “To go through what he has and come back so well, it’s pretty special.” Moran’s referring to what’s presumed to have been a spider bite which left Patsbeachstorm fighting for his life in the middle of last year. “It was touch and go, 50-50 whether he’d pull through they said, so to have him back like this is amazing,” Moran said. “He’s just got such unbelievable high speed and if he can develop some toughness to go with it, he could be anything. I’m so fortunate to have ‘Arty’ and now a horse like this come along.” Moran was stoked with Expensive Ego’s second to King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile. “I had to put him into the race once King Of Swing found the front and was going to dictate. He ran a super race, he just kept giving,” he said. “It’s a big step-up from a Chariots to the Miracle Mile, but he showed the sort of potential he’s got.” Expensive Ego was the fifth consecutive Chariots winner to be placed in the Mile. _________________________________________________________________________________________ It is remarkable how fast the babies go these days. A perfect example was the $50,000 Group 1 Sapling Stakes at Menangle on Saturday night where Mister Rea blazed a 1min52.3sec mile to win at just his second race start. Delve deeper and you’ll see the son of Pet Rock went much quicker opening splits that King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile. Mister Rea’s first quarter was 26.3 and half 54 flat, compared to King Of Swing’s 26.6 and 55.2sec. Sure he overall mile was a lot slower, but Mister Rea, who blasted out from gate eight and eventually sat behind the leader, Smaltese, did a remarkable job to win by 11.6m. It’s got to be said Smaltese’s effort to hold on for second was huge as well. Mister Rea is trained by Ray Walker at Temora in the Riverina and Daryll Perrot took the reins. Walker has long been regarded as a fantastic conditioner of young horses. Imastrongone is one of Walker’s best horses. He won 34 races in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including a Paleface Adios Sprint and he ran fourth in the NSW 3YO Sires final. _________________________________________________________________________________________ It was terrific to see former superstar trotter Sparkling Success return to winning form on Saturday night. The nine-year-old’s Melton win was his first in 13 starts on the comeback trail from a serious injury when derailed his career and plans to race in the US. Sparkling Success had won the Great Southern Star among other features in a stellar 2018, but injury struck after a Melton win on September 8 this year. Jackie Barker took the reins for trainer John Meade and Sparkling Success snatched a half-head win over talented former Kiwi trotter C K Spur. The pacing free-for-all went to the promising Malcolms Rhythm for trainer David Aiken and driven Zac Phillips. Phillips trailed the leader and stablemate Sirletic and used the sprint lane to score in a slick 1min54.9sec mile rate for 2240m. Top young trainer-driver Chris Svanosio continued his fantastic strike rate with a training and driving double at Melton with trotters Peregrine Phoenix an Dels Destiny. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Former classy Victorian pacer Major Times has quickly become a hit in Perth. Connections sent the six-year-old, who upset Lochinvar Art in a race at Ballarat back on August 8 last year, after he finished ninth in the Breeders Crown Graduate free-for-all at Melton on November 20. Nothing went right at Major Times’ first run for new trainer Ross Olivieri, but the tough customer has won both starts since, including a powerhouse win in last Friday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Bunbury Cup (2569m). Chris Voak took the reins, worked Major Times forward from gate four to find the front and never looked in danger, sailing clear in a 55.3sec closing half to win by 7.3m over The Bird Dance with Bletchley Park third. Major Times was trained by Emma Stewart and had plenty of success, including third in a NSW Derby and second in the Vicbred 4YO final. He’s won 20 of his 51 starts with another 20 placings. WA Pacing Cup winner Vultan Tin, on the quick back-up after winning last Monday’s Group 2 Pinjarra Cup, couldn’t reproduce the form and was 18.1m away in fifth spot. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Still in WA and outstanding three-year-old Lavra Joe continues to his impress. Driver Chris Lewis made the most of a pole draw to lead and win win as he liked by almost 12m in a blazing 1min53.5sec mile rate for 2130m the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic. The Ray Jones-trained colt boasts 14 wins from 26 starts and will be a serious rival to the much-hyped Ragazzo Mach when he heads to Perth and Mike Reed’s stable for the WA Derby. Gary Hall Sr and Jr teamed for a treble at Saturday night’s Gloucester Park meeting, including wins with emerging pair Texas Tiger and Silent Major. Texas Tiger, who won just two of 20 NZ starts, is unbeaten in five runs for Hall Sr in WA and looks headed straight to open-class.   by Adam Hamilton

Michael Bellman kicks back with a well-deserved celebratory drink after his treble at Birchip, Harness racing

Bellman the "wrecking bull" at Birchip

It was part-celebration, part spectacle, but more than anything else, the "race that stops the Mallee" - the Birchip Mallee Bull Cup - showcased the strength of harness racing's grass roots in Victoria. A boisterous crowd exceeded all expectations, the racing was competitive and track records were broken - and one of the club's most loyal supporters, trainer-driver Michael Bellman made the day his own. Bellman has not missed a Mallee Bull Cup meeting in the remote north west Victorian town (population 600 and home to the legendary "Mallee Bull" since the community won its battle for racing to return in 2016. The popular Ararat horseman collected a treble, including both the feature events, the Mallee Bull Cup, and the inaugural Mallee Bull Trotters Cup - and fittingly he won a bonus for a track record and the $1000 drivers' challenge. Birchip Harness Racing Club Secretary Brad Sharp was ecstatic because two weeks ago the club was facing the prospect of holding the cup without a crowd at all, due to COVID-19. "Then we were given the okay to have 500 people, so we did all our COVID planning for that...then last week we found out we could have a thousand people here, and we went pretty close to that," Sharp said. The big crowd was treated to some great racing around the tight Birchip circuit, but Bellman clearly claimed the driving honors. He won the first race, a heat of the Mallee Landscapes Pace with a horse he trains himself Gracie Cullen (Alta Christiano - Grace Anatomy (Island Fantasy), then followed up with a front-running win in the TMC Environ Mallee Bull Trotters Cup with the Brent Lilley trained Mass Destruction (Muscle Mass - Tijuana Glass (Chiola Hanover). "The way he trotted at Melton last night (when he broke in the score up) he wasn't great, and you had to wonder how he might go on this track from the standing start," Bellman said. "But he pinged away and didn't put a foot wrong - I have found over the years that often they can go a bit better the next day," he said. Harness racing is alive and well in north west Victoria– the square gaiters lining up in front of Mallee trees for the Birchip Trotters Cup standing start The third leg of Bellman's treble came in the Sharp's Bakery Mallee Bull Cup for St Arnaud trainer Denis McIntyre. Honest seven-year-old Dot The Eye (Shadow Play - Jatiki Miss (DM Dilinger) has been ultra-consistent, but broke through for his first win in seven months and his seventh career victory courtesy of a textbook drive by Bellman. Crowds are back at the races: Dot The Eye and Michael Bellman (down the outside in green colors) finished too strongly in the Mallee Bull Cup "It was fantastic just to have people hanging over the fence and loving the atmosphere - it's just great to have crowds back at the races," Bellman said. "I come to this meeting every year because there are always heats into finals at the Charlton Cup, and that suits some of our horses. But it's what grass roots racing is all about. "There was a cricket club reunion on here as well, and there'd still be (three hours after the last race) probably nearly a thousand people here dancing to the band and having a great time." Adding to the vibe was the Irish-Australian folk band Old Melbourne Road the band of Dunnstown trainer-driver brothers John and David Murphy. Secretary Brad Sharp said the festive atmosphere at Birchip was becoming well-known in harness racing circles across Victoria. "Yes, the weather certainly fell our way today, but we are building our cup into an event that people want to come and experience, and I think that showed today," Sharp said. "People really enjoyed the fact that there was an opportunity to be out and about at an event. It's a credit to all the people who worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen, especially when there was so much uncertainty," he said. "A lot of clubs struggle to get people involved, particularly younger people - but we have a committee of 28, and all but eight are under 45 years of age and they're fantastic. "We were lucky too to have Trots Club Victoria CEO Carl Coady and Ballarat CEO Paul Rowse here, as well as our Federal Member Anne Webster and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who presented the Cup. "It's great for all those people to see how good these events are, how important they are to our communities and how much people enjoy them." View the Birchip results click here!   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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King Of Swing looks the right horse to create Miracle Mile history. Fresh from becoming the seventh horse to win back-to-back Miracle Miles, King Of Swing’s next year will be built around trying to complete a three-peat in Australasia’s premier speed test. Given he’s only a six-year-old, hasn’t been overly taxed with 67 starts and is still on an upward spiral, the powerhouse entire will almost certainly get his chance. The great Smoken Up came close to a Miracle Mile three-peat, but in reverse so speak. He ran second to Monkey King in his first attempt in 2009 and then won in 2010 and 2011. “We’ll just keep spacing his races, focusing on the big ones and hopefully he’ll be racing at this level and winning for another couple of years yet,” co-trainer and driver Luke McCarthy said. “He’s a better, more seasoned horse now than he was 12 months ago and he’s knows he’s good now, too.” After a week of talks about whether Ignatius or Alta Orlando would lead early and the difference each scenario meant to King Of Swing’s chances, it was actually Newcastle Mile winner The Black Prince who led them all easily from the pole. And that effectively won the race for King Of Swing. McCarthy was able to balance-up, then fire forward and take the front from The Black Prince without spending much petrol in a comfortable 26.6sec opening quarter. When King Of Swing hit the halfway mark in 55.2sec, the race was beyond doubt. “That’s the difference with no Lochinvar Art in the race. There wasn’t a horse to come and put the pressure on us, so I could turn it into just a dash home,” McCarthy said. King Of Swing zipped home the last 400m in 25.9sec for a 1min49.2sec mile, the equal slowest Miracle Mile in the past seven years and 1,2sec slower than he clocked to beat Lochinvar Art last year. It further capped the phenomenal success story of King Of Swing’s move from WA to NSW. In 18 starts for Cobbity Farms – first Craig Cross and now Belinda McCarthy – King Of Swing has won 14 times, finished second three times and third once. He’s won almost $2 million in that time. “It’s a combination of things, the swimming and water walker at our place and how much he loves racing at this big track,” Luke McCarthy said. “We loved him from the day he arrived and he’s just kept getting better.” King Of Swing will now have a short break before being set to defend his Group 1 Blacks A Fake crown at Albion Park in July. “He’ll be back to have a couple of lead-up runs, probably at Menangle, and then head back to Queensland,” McCarthy said. Stablemate Expensive Ego continued the terrific recent record of Chariots Of Fire winners in the Miracle Mile when he produced the run of the race for second after stand-in driver David Moran made a midrace move to sit parked. It’s the five year in a row the Chariots winner has been placed in the Miracle Mile. “It was another step-up for him and gee he went great,” McCarthy said. “King was always holding him, but he just keep giving. He’s come so far, so quickly.” “He’s been invited to that new race in Queensland, the Rising Sun, and that’s his next big target. He’ll have just a short break now and get ready for that in winter.” Anthony Butt was thrilled with the strong finish of his emerging star Wolf Stride to snatch third. “It was another huge run to make up that sort of ground after the winner got things all his own way. He just keeps stepping-up,” he said. Butt will decide this week whether to keep Wolf Stride going for the $100,000 Group 1 NSW 4&5YO Championship at Wagga on April 4. “I want to give him a good spell and I’d turn him out now if Lochinvar Art was going to Wagga, but that sounds unlikely so I’m leaning towards keeping him going for that race,” he said. Star Kiwi mare Stylish Memphis, lining-up for the fifth consecutive week, smashed the clock again despite only finishing sixth. “Mark’s talking about leaving her here and targeting the Queensland Winter Carnival, but there’s a chance she could duck back home for the Harness Jewels,” caretaker trainer and driver Jack Trainor said.   by Adam Hamilton

Ryley Major capped off a massive 2019-2020 season by capturing the Tasmanian Horse of the year title. The announcement was made in front of a packed house at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston on Saturday night. The Rohan Hillier trained pacer races 22 times during the 2019-2020 season for 14 wins and seven placings. His feature wins included the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, the Group 3 Tassie Golden Apple and the Listed Hobart Pacing Cup. Phillip Young was rewarded for his significant contribution to the states harness racing industry over many decades when awarded with the states highest honour, the Edgar Tatlow Medal. The full list of winners were; Edgar Tatlow Medal Phillip Young Hall Of Fame inductees Horse’s: Tassy’s Gamble, Napoleon Stone, and Speedy Ben, Trainer: Rupert Peck, Trainer and driver: Rohan Hadley. Participant awards Leading Female Driver: Hannah Van Dongen, Leading Female Trainer: Juanita McKenzie, Leading Junior Driver: Taylor Ford, Leading Driver Gareth Rattray, Leading Trainer Ben Yole, On Camera Performance Award: Ricky Duggan, Welfare Award: Brooke Hammond, Mini Trot Award: Alec MacDonald. Horse of the year awards 2YO Colt and gelding of the year: Agouda Ruler, 2YO Filly of the year: Melnrowley, 3YO Colt and gelding of the year: Kohannah, 3YO Filly of the year: A Spanish Dance, 4YO and older Horse of the year: Ryley Major, 4YO and older Mare of the year: Still Hungover, Tasmanian Horse of the year: Ryley Major, Broodmare of the year: Dead heat between Tania Maree and Shez Ryleymak. BOTRA Awards Beautide Medal: The Shallows, Halwes Medal: Rohan Hillier, Young Achiever: Lachlan Dakin, Achiever: Audrey Hamer.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The husband and wife team of Greg Sugars and Jess Tubbs start their Tasmanian Autumn Carnival raid on Sunday with two runners from their stable in the island state. 2019 Inter Dominion finalist and multiple Group winner Triple Eight will contest the final heat of the Tasmania Cup, while Momentslikethese will contest the Three Year Old Fillies Championship ahead of Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks. Triple Eight has won 12 of his 59 starts, with most of those efforts being across the Tasman and will be stepping out for the third time since joining the Jess Tubbs stable after contesting the Hunter and Terang Cup’s his last two outings. “He has performed at the highest level in New Zealand for most of his career. It is very exciting to have him enter our gates,” said Sugars. The gelding looks very well placed in the second and final heat of the Group 2 Tasmania Cup in Hobart tonight, where the American Ideal gelding has a 30-metre back mark to overcome. “He has done a lot of his racing over the long trips and in standing starts, so the conditions are right up his alley,” said Sugars. Triple Eight will start one of the shortest price favourites of the night, opening up at $1.40 this morning over rising local star Cool Water Paddy who is resuming from a break. The first seven horses home qualify for the $75,000 Group 2 Final on Saturday night. Sugars will also take the reins on Momentlikethese in the Three Year Old Fillies Championship, where they will be out to end the winning run of local filly Bridwood Bella who is undefeated after three starts. Momentslikethese has won two of her 14 starts and has been placed on six occasions, and has been racing at the top two-year-old level in Victoria. “She is a bit unlucky as she is in the crop of fillies that is a very strong group that we have seen for some time, last years two-year-old racing was unbelievable really, but she held her own in a lot of the races and made a lot of Group 1 finals, said Sugars. “We are very happy with what she has done, and she seems to be maturing now she has turned three, and hopefully she can bridge the gap on the better ones from last year this year,” added the driver. The filly was narrowly defeated in a Melton trial on 1 March when coming from last to be beaten a head in a solid last half mile. “She has had that one trial, and she did that comfortable, so we thought we would bring her down with Triple Eight,” said Sugars. The filly will stay in the state for Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks. Tonight's card also sees the running of the Tasmanian Guineas, the final lead-up race ahead of next week's Tasmanian Derby. Meanwhile, Victorian trainer Dean Braun is represented by multiple Group 1 winning mare Our Princess Tiffany and former New Zealand three-year-old filly Annerie in two trials that will be held before the race meeting.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

He’s done it again. Hulking pacer King Of Swing has recorded back-to-back victories in Australasia’s premier speed test, the $1 million Garrards Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle last night (Saturday) leading basically all of the way in a time of 1:49.2 defeating his stablemate Expensive Ego and Wolf Stride. The Rocknroll Hanover entire becomes the seventh pacer to record back-to-back victories in the feature sprint joining the likes of Westburn Grant (1989/90), Chokin (1993/94), Holmes DG (1999/2000), Sokyola (2003/04), Be Good Johnny (2005/06) and Smoken Up (2010/11). Only King Of Swing and Smoken Up have gone back-to-back at Menangle when the race was moved from Harold Park back in 2009. West Australian Village Kid also won two Miracle Miles, but the wins were split by New Zealand pacer Master Mood. The victory provides trainer Belinda McCarthy with her second Miracle Mile trophy after scoring with Baby Bling back in 2013 while her husband driver Luke also registered his second win after partnering King Of Swing last year. Their pair of victories places them alongside John (father & father-in-law) as dual winners of the famed sprint. King Of Swing becomes the first pacer to record back-to-back victories for two different trainers, Craig Cross prepared him last year while McCarthy put the polish on the six-year-old last night. McCarthy becomes the most successful female trainer in the event’s history with two victories although Natalie Rasmussen was part of both Have Faith In Me (2016) and Spankem (2019) but not officially recognized as part of the training combination back in 2016. Also, it’s the second straight year where Luke McCarthy has beaten David Moran (Expensive Ego) in the feature following King Of Swing downing Lochinvar Art last year. With the McCarthy stable providing three (3) of the eight (8) starters, they finished 1st, 2nd and 5th while the last stable to have three starters in the race was the All Stars (Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen) back in 2019 and they finished 1st, 2nd and 4th. King Of Swing becomes the 15th richest Australia/New Zealand bred pacer with earnings of $2,298,796. The list of pacers ahead of him includes Blacks A Fake, Im Themightyquinn, Lazarus, Smoken Up, Monkey King, Lennytheshark, Christen Me, Bit Of A Legend, Shartin (mare), Smolda, Terror To Love, Tiger Tara, Chicago Bull and Changeover. The list of pacers he leapfrogged includes Shakamaker, Our Sir Vancelot, Beautide, Village Kid, Westburn Grant, Elsu, Flashing Red, Holmes DG, Master Musician, Sokyola, Bling It On, Yulestar, Washakie, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Have Faith In Me, Christopher Vance and Luxury Liner. Also, he has become the 7th highest earning stallion behind Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Bit Of A Legend, Terror To Love, Tiger Tara and Changeover. With early fireworks expected, The Black Prince used his inside draw to repel Alta Orlando while King Of Swing floated forward without being chased hard. By the end of the first quarter, King Of Swing had found the front and assumed full control on the race. The first quarter was timed in 26.6 seconds. Heading by the half, King Of Swing dictated terms in front while Expensive Ego moved up on his outside leaving The Black Prince in the trail with Alta Orlando sitting one, one back. The second split was timed in 28.6 seconds with the first half covered in 55.2 seconds. It was the slowest opening half of a Miracle Mile since 2013 (Beautide) when they paced a 55.4 opening half. Since being staged at Menangle, other slower opening halves include Smoken Up (x2 – 56.6 & 56.2) and Monkey King (55.6). Approaching the home turn, King Of Swing was in full control. The third quarter was timed in 28.1 seconds. In the home straight, King Of Swing defied running down and held a game Expensive Ego while Wolf Stride producing another great effort to snatch third. The final split was timed in 25.9 seconds. The winning time was 1:49.2. Last year, King Of Swing clocked a career best time of 1:48.0. Since switching from Gary Hall in Perth, King Of Swing takes his Menangle record to 12 wins from 14 starts. Under the care of Cross and now McCarthy, King Of Swing has won 14 of his 18 starts while banking more than $1.8 million He was placed in the four defeats. Amongst his 14 victories, nine have been recorded in sub 1:50 time with a ‘PB’ of 1:48.0. King Of Swing is raced by Beth Richardson, Mark Congerton, GO Racing (Mick Harvey), Karen Hall, Glen Moore, Sylvie MacGregor plus Rob and Frank Patriarca. The victory also catapults King Of Swing back into the lead of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit after two races, Lochinvar Art won the opening leg (Hunter Cup) with King Of Swing finishing third before gaining maximum points last night. As the reigning APG Grand Circuit champion, King Of Swing now has 140 points while Lochinvar Art has 100. The next leg of the 2021 APG Grand Circuit is the Gr.1 $250,660 TAB Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 24 – another race he won last year!   Chris Barsby

Going back-to-back in Australasia's greatest harness racing sprint race was never going to be easy. Yet King Of Swing made it look that way with another remarkable Group 1 success in tonight's $1m Garrards Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven superstar did everything he had to in surging to a two-and-a-half metre win over stablemate Expensive Ego (David Moran) and Wolf Stride (Anthony Butt). The predicted early fireworks never really eventuated as The Black Prince held the front from gate one before King Of Swing moved up to his outside and quickly worked past him to take the lead. Watch the race replay click here! To be honest the rest of them were never a chance to run down the superstar son of Rocknroll Hanover as he rated 1:49.1 to win virtually as he pleased. "He's such a smart horse . . . and he's a pleasure to drive," said Luke. "He's had a fairly easy week with plenty of swimming and a few canters and he was right on his game tonight." McCarthy explained that as a professional driver he had a job to do and like the other drivers had to keep his mind on the job and not let the pressure be a factor. "I have so much confidence in this horse . . . he's just a superstar," he said. "He has stamina, he has speed and is just so strong and we really haven't found the bottom of him yet. "Winning a race like this is just such a thrill. "I know it's hard to compare horses from different eras and I've driven some good ones. "But King Of Swing is close to being the best horse I have driven. "And he just keeps getting better; he's unreal." While the race is renowned for the speed it brings, King Of Swing didn't let the others into the race. After a 26.6s first split of the mile he was actually able to 'walk', by his standards in the second split, which was a leisurely 28.6s. That left plenty of fuel in the tank as McCarthy upped the ante with a 28.1 third split before zooming home in 25.9 to give nothing else a chance. Expensive Ego tried hard and lost no admirers with his plucky second while Wolf Stride was one of the few to make ground late for third, albeit four and a half metres behind the second horse. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

IF ever there was a consolation win more deserved at the business end of the Carnival of Miracles, it occurred tonight in the $200,000 APG NSW Derby. No-one has handled the disappointment of losing his stable star Lochinvar Art to injury better than Victorian harness racing trainer-driver David Moran. And the popular horseman, who came here hoping to win a Miracle Mile with 'Locky' will instead go home with another Group One in his baggage after his up-and-coming youngster Patsbeachstorm scored a runaway four-metre win in tonight's 'second' major feature. Most would agree that the Derby had several top chances, but Moran left them all lamenting as the son of Somebeachsomewhere sprinted quickly in the straight to beat Jacks Hawk (Greg Sugars) and local hope Watts Up Sunshine (Cameron Hart), rating 1:55.9 for his final mile. Watch the race replay click here! While Moran would never have the temerity to suggest Patsbeachstorm could ever take the place of Lochinvar Art, he is sure proving a terrific fill-in. "At least that will give us a good reason to have a celebratory drink later tonight," grinned Moran, who gave a relieved salute as he crossed the line. "It's been a tough 12 months, but this fellow is just a beautiful horse . . . he's the type of mate that no-one dislikes. "Seriously, he's just the perfect animal. "These owners have raced a lot of terrific horses and have had a lot of fun doing it. "We had such big plans for this bloke as an early two-year-old but then we nearly lost him. "He was so sick it really was 50-50 there at one stage whether or not he would make it through the night. "So, we had to forget all about the big races there for a while and just work on getting him right." Moran drove the perfect race on Patsbeachstorm and managed to land a one-one trail with fellow Victorian Act Now settling in front and Idyllic enduring a hard run outside the leader with Captain Crusader sitting right behind them. Turning for home Patsbeachstorm stormed to the front and won going away in just the sort of style that Moran would have been hoping his injured superstar Lochinvar Art was tipped by many to do in the $1m Garrards Miracle Mile later in the night. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

ALL week the harness racing experts have been lamenting his absence from the $1m Miracle Mile. And Mach Shard certainly added to that argument with a scintillating win in tonight's $100,000 Ainsworth Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven former Kiwi raced right up to expectations when he romped away from stablemate Star Galleria (Jack Callaghan) and Burnham Boy (Blake Fitzpatrick), rating 1:53.2 in a four-metre win which had class written all over it. Watch the race replay click here! It was a nice consolation success for the six-year-old and Luke later paid tribute to champion New Zealand trainer Barry Purdon for sending the horse across to their stable to chase some of the rich plums on offer here. "With a little bit of luck, he'd have been in the Miracle Mile but he didn't get a clear shot at them until too late last week," he said. "The way he was travelling I knew he would be in the finish and just needed a clear shot at them; he followed Bright Energy and had a lovely run into the race. "I knew he'd finish really well. "He's here to stay and hopefully he'll continue to improve, and we can chase some of the big races along the way. "He's just a lovely horse." McCarthy would agree he might be the perfect horse for next year's Miracle Mile. And the way he put this field of stars, with the race normally regarded as a Miracle Mile consolation race, no-one would argue his credentials. The speed went on early over the mile with One Change, Kowalski Analysis and Balraj jostling for the front and the early honours. While One Change (Shane Graham) held firm, Balraj settled third before coming one off and racing without cover for the rest of the journey. Stablemate Bright Energy landed a one-one trail and Mach Shard finished up with a charmed run in the box seat. From there he looked the winner a long way from home and had little problem rounding them up in the straight. Star Galleria ran home well for second spot with Burnham Boy coming from three back on the pegs t o grab third, just ahead of the fast-finishing Western Sonador. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

HE came, he saw and he conquered. That was the simple equation when superstar New Zealand trotter Majestic Man put paid to Australia's harness racing best trotters with a stunning win in tonight's $50,000 Aquagait Equine Centre Trotters Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. And he did it easily. Majestic Man made it three Group 1 successes on this trip to Australia and even facing two weeks in quarantine when he heads home won't dent the joy of showing Australia what they are up against if they have any hope of heading over there later in the year to take on Majestic Man on his home turf. It was a race of changes and as usual it never went the way many expected when Arnold (Luke McCarthy) and Red Hot Tooth (Chris Alford) both missed away at the start while Majestic Man and Victorian visitor Pink Galahs did just the opposite. Pink Galahs forced Brad Williamson and Majestic Man to lower the handlebars probably earlier than they had expected - or wanted to - as the pair went straight into battle when the starter said go. Yet Majestic Man was on his best behavior and was able to hold the lead from barrier three and turned the race into a procession when he won with ridiculous ease, beating another Victorian Always Ready (Blake Fitzpatrick) by six metres, with Pink Galahs (Matthew Craven) a nose away in third place, in a 1:53.5 mile rate. Watch the race replay click here! Earlier Pink Galahs became unsettled in the parade ring and almost landed on her backside when she reared up before going on to the track. That resulted in a vet check with meant the race went a little later than expected. But really there were no excuses for the beaten brigade . . . Majestic Man was just too strong. "That was great and just the icing on the cake for our trip to Australia," said Williamson. "It's been a really nice trip for both of us. "It's never easy winning Group 1s and I must admit Mark Purdon has relegated me to second place in a few of the big ones back at home in New Zealand. "To come here and win a few is just so good and we're over the moon with the way the horse has gone since we've been here in Victoria and now in New South Wales." For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

They say patience is a virtue and it's something harness racing trainer Chris Cain has in spades. His persistence finally paid off when Travelnpastyou recorded a breakthrough win in the NR 55 to 65 pace at Echuca last week. The win was the Pyramid Hill hobby trainer's first ever harness racing success. Cain has held a trainer's licence since 2009 and had his first starter in 2011. In the years since, his four horses Barnetts Best, Tobias James, Thunder Buddies and Travelnpastyou had combined for 53 starts for no wins and five placings. That was until last week when the eight-year-old son of Blissful Hall, with young Bendigo driver Jayden Brewin in the sulky, broke through for his first win in eight starts for Cain. Watching Travelnpastyou cross the line in front, 2.8m ahead of Bettor Star, the 43-year-old could not disguise his delight at scoring his first win as a trainer. "I've owned a couple of gallopers that have won before, but I'd never been at the track when that happened, so getting the first win as a trainer was very exciting," "I was fortunate to have my wife (Rachel) and kids (Fletcher, 10, and Harry, 7) on-course, so they had a ball. "The kids were the most excited because when the horse runs a place, they get an ice-cream on the way home. "We only ever have the one horse in work, it's only really a hobby that we have taken on after getting too old for football and with cricket on the wane, so I've needed to find something else to do. "We've poked around with a few - we've only had four horses that we've taken to the races, he just happened to be the first winner." No slouch, Travelnpastyou, who was formerly trained by Charlton's Greg Norman, and before that Scott Stewart and David Miles, has won seven races and been placed nine times in 47 starts. Three of those wins have been at Echuca and three others at Shepparton. On the advice of Brewin, who had driven Travelnpastyou in his previous two starts at Melton and Bendigo, Cain headed to Echuca confident the gelding could sneak a place. "He'd been running well ... I wouldn't say without luck, but he had been going better than people had been giving him credit for," he said. "I've been around long enough to know that you never assume something is going to happen, but I was hoping with a bit of luck he might snare a place. "Young Jayden was pretty confident a win wasn't far away after he first drove him for us. "I was blown away with how much homework Jayden had done when he first jumped on - he pretty much predicted what would happen and it happened to a tee." Chris Cain with recent Echuca winner Travelnpastyou (Kieran Iles Photo) Cain, the son of the late legendary sport and racing journalist Bob Cain and originally from Kilmore, ventured to Pyramid Hill in 2004 to play football close to where his mother grew up at Mologa. He quickly met Rachel - a school teacher - with the couple going on to establish a property on the outskirts of town. They have been dabbling on and off with horses ever since. "We have a 940m track out in the front paddock, which seems to do the trick," Cain said. Travelnpastyou will line up in this Sunday's Birchip Pacing Cup (2150m) and will be driven by Sam Barker. As with each start, Cain said he was just hoping for a bit more improvement from the horse. "It might be hard to beat Greg Norman's horse (Cee Cee In America), but as long as he comes back in one piece we'll be happy.," he said. "We have fun no matter where he finishes. We're pretty lucky, we have a great group of friends who are all in the ownership, so we just want to have a bit of fun with him. "When we got him from Greg (Norman), he was adamant he had a win or two left in him, so hopefully we can keep him up and going." By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

James Herbertson is sure to sleep well after what shapes as one extremely busy Sunday of country harness racing in two parts of the state. Firstly, the talented young driver will head to Birchip for six races and then zip over to Shepparton where he has two bookings, including one in the North East Fastners Wangaratta Pacing Cup. If he is able to secure a winner at Birchip, it will make the three-hour drive a much more pleasant one, particularly if he can snare the $4500 Sharp’s Bakery Mallee Bull Pacing Cup with Cee Cee In America for trainer Greg Norman. “He’s first up for a little while, but by far the best horse in the race on form and ability…,” Herbertson told Trots Talk. “He’s drawn inside the back row which isn’t going to make it any easier for him, but he’s got the ability, he’s got the speed and he’s a nice little horse who handles half-mile tracks really well. “He’s got a few things against him, but his ability is definitely there.” Cee Cee In America will face some stiff opposition from the likes of Carload (Michael Laugher), Dot The Eye (Denis McIntyre) and Travelnpastyou (Christopher Cain), who are also off the back row. Herbertson won last year’s Wangaratta Pacing Cup aboard Amanda Turnbull-trained Think About Me and will this year team up with Kevin Wheatley’s Are Doubleyou in the $14,500 event. The horse is a last-start Wagga winner and has come up with gate four in a quality field of 12 runners, which includes Glenn Douglas-trained Major Jodi, Wayne Potter’s Boy From Bondi and Brent Lilley’s I Cast No Shadow. Earlier in the night, Kate Hargreaves’ beloved gelding Well Defined goes for four-straight features when he lines up in the $14,500 Reflex Glass / J & T Joinery Wangaratta Trotters Cup. Again, he has a 30m handicap to deal with, but will have a 10m headstart on backmarker Monaro Mia, who flashed home for third behind Majestic Man in the Group 1 TAB Australian Trotting Grand Prix last weekend. The Birchip card, which includes the TMC enviro Mallee Bull Trotters Cup, kicks off with race one at 12.45pm, with the first at Shepparton for the transferred Wangaratta meeting scheduled to go at 5.45pm. View the full fields click here! The Birchip Harness Racing Club is asking those keen on attending the Sunday meeting to book by emailing bhrc.bookings@gmail.com. LISTEN TO HERBERTSON ON THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF TROTS TALK Trots Media - Harness Racing · Trots Talk: James Herbertson     HRV - Tim O'Connor

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By Dave Di Somma, Harness Racing News Desk      A chance to own what’s believed to be a one-off piece of trotting memorabilia is currently on Trade Me.  They are a pair of Teal Pants signed by history-making driver Kerryn Manning. They were given to Harness Racing New Zealand to auction off as part of the Teal Pants campaign to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.  The auction finishes on Thursday afternoon.   Earlier this year  Manning became the first woman in history to rein home 4000 winners, she also created history when she trained and drove the 2015 New Zealand Cup winner Arden Rooney.  The Victorian took time out from her busy schedule to talk to HRNZ Marketing about the pants and what she thinks they are worth, as well as her achievements on the track.   To view the auction which finishes on Thursday - click here
A race at Gloucester Park harness on Saturday night was bizarrely delayed by approximately one hour after a disruptive driver in a dark coloured car found their way onto the harness track.  Horses were behind the mobile in The Sports Daily On Tabradio Pace MS (2130m) when a car crashed through the fence and onto the racing surface. After crashing through the fence, the female driver then drove down the straight - luckily in the opposite direction to where the horses were scoring up - before pulling up near the winning post. Police and ambulance were called to the track to deal with the driver, who reportedly sat in her car on the track for upwards of 20 minutes. The delay saw a 90-minute gap between races two and three, with the resumption coming only when the female driver had been escorted from the track by police.   Harnesslink Media
Mach Shard was part of an impressive Kiwi showing at Menangle on Saturday night,  winning the $100,000 Group Ainsworth free-for-all. The former classy Barry Purdon-trained pacer was having just his second start for Belinda McCarthy and showed a dazzling turn of speed from a midfield trail to easily beat stablemate and another top former Kiwi pacer Star Galleria. Watch the race replay click here! Mach Shard was so impressive it heightened talks how stiff he was to miss a Miracle Mile berth. The gelding finished an unlucky third to Wolf Stride at his first Aussie run in a Miracle Mile qualifier the previous week, but the last spot in the Miracle Mile went to Ignatius, who only finished fourth in his qualifier. “We thought he was unlucky not to get into the Mile. He’d have gone close to winning last week with any luck and came out tonight and proved that,” driver Luke McCarthy said. “He works like our very best at home. He’s here to stay and will be set for all the big races. “I want to thank Barry and Katrina (Purdon) and the owners for sending such a lovely horse across.” Mach Shard ran a 1min53.2sec mile rate for the 2400m and was privately clocked to rip home his last half in 53.3sec. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Young Kiwi horseman Jack Trainor finished a career-changing Carnival of Miracles in style. Trainor’s recent stable addition, Mighty Flying Deal, brilliantly won the last race of the four-night Carnival and landed some big bets in the process. It was a Carnival where Trainor stamped himself as a serious force in training and driving ranks. Stylish Memphis gave him so many highs, including his first Group 1 win in the Ladyship Mile. On the same night won another Group 1 on Anntonia in the NSW Oaks. “It’s just been the most awesome few weeks,” he said. “I had to beg Mark Jones to send that mare across for the Ladyship and then she raced five weeks in a row for about $1.5 million stakemoney. “It’s been a chance to get my name up in lights and she’s done so much for me.” _________________________________________________________________________________________ What could have been a horror Miracle Mile night for David Moran, actually turned out to be a ripper. Having his stable star Lochinvar Art miss the Mile with a hoof injury was heartbreaking, but Moran still won a Group 1 race on the night and finished second in the Mile itself. Patsbeachstorm showed why Moran has been so excited about him for so long with a stunning Group 1 NSW Derby victory. Having just his eighth start, Patsbeachstorm did some work early then landed a lovely trail before using his stunning change-up speed to pounce at the top of the straight and win easily in a 1min55.9sec mile rate for 2400m. “It sounds strange when I’ve got Lochinvar Art, but this is my favourite horse on so many levels,” Moran said. “To go through what he has and come back so well, it’s pretty special.” Moran’s referring to what’s presumed to have been a spider bite which left Patsbeachstorm fighting for his life in the middle of last year. “It was touch and go, 50-50 whether he’d pull through they said, so to have him back like this is amazing,” Moran said. “He’s just got such unbelievable high speed and if he can develop some toughness to go with it, he could be anything. I’m so fortunate to have ‘Arty’ and now a horse like this come along.” Moran was stoked with Expensive Ego’s second to King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile. “I had to put him into the race once King Of Swing found the front and was going to dictate. He ran a super race, he just kept giving,” he said. “It’s a big step-up from a Chariots to the Miracle Mile, but he showed the sort of potential he’s got.” Expensive Ego was the fifth consecutive Chariots winner to be placed in the Mile. _________________________________________________________________________________________ It is remarkable how fast the babies go these days. A perfect example was the $50,000 Group 1 Sapling Stakes at Menangle on Saturday night where Mister Rea blazed a 1min52.3sec mile to win at just his second race start. Delve deeper and you’ll see the son of Pet Rock went much quicker opening splits that King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile. Mister Rea’s first quarter was 26.3 and half 54 flat, compared to King Of Swing’s 26.6 and 55.2sec. Sure he overall mile was a lot slower, but Mister Rea, who blasted out from gate eight and eventually sat behind the leader, Smaltese, did a remarkable job to win by 11.6m. It’s got to be said Smaltese’s effort to hold on for second was huge as well. Mister Rea is trained by Ray Walker at Temora in the Riverina and Daryll Perrot took the reins. Walker has long been regarded as a fantastic conditioner of young horses. Imastrongone is one of Walker’s best horses. He won 34 races in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including a Paleface Adios Sprint and he ran fourth in the NSW 3YO Sires final. _________________________________________________________________________________________ It was terrific to see former superstar trotter Sparkling Success return to winning form on Saturday night. The nine-year-old’s Melton win was his first in 13 starts on the comeback trail from a serious injury when derailed his career and plans to race in the US. Sparkling Success had won the Great Southern Star among other features in a stellar 2018, but injury struck after a Melton win on September 8 this year. Jackie Barker took the reins for trainer John Meade and Sparkling Success snatched a half-head win over talented former Kiwi trotter C K Spur. The pacing free-for-all went to the promising Malcolms Rhythm for trainer David Aiken and driven Zac Phillips. Phillips trailed the leader and stablemate Sirletic and used the sprint lane to score in a slick 1min54.9sec mile rate for 2240m. Top young trainer-driver Chris Svanosio continued his fantastic strike rate with a training and driving double at Melton with trotters Peregrine Phoenix an Dels Destiny. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Former classy Victorian pacer Major Times has quickly become a hit in Perth. Connections sent the six-year-old, who upset Lochinvar Art in a race at Ballarat back on August 8 last year, after he finished ninth in the Breeders Crown Graduate free-for-all at Melton on November 20. Nothing went right at Major Times’ first run for new trainer Ross Olivieri, but the tough customer has won both starts since, including a powerhouse win in last Friday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Bunbury Cup (2569m). Chris Voak took the reins, worked Major Times forward from gate four to find the front and never looked in danger, sailing clear in a 55.3sec closing half to win by 7.3m over The Bird Dance with Bletchley Park third. Major Times was trained by Emma Stewart and had plenty of success, including third in a NSW Derby and second in the Vicbred 4YO final. He’s won 20 of his 51 starts with another 20 placings. WA Pacing Cup winner Vultan Tin, on the quick back-up after winning last Monday’s Group 2 Pinjarra Cup, couldn’t reproduce the form and was 18.1m away in fifth spot. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Still in WA and outstanding three-year-old Lavra Joe continues to his impress. Driver Chris Lewis made the most of a pole draw to lead and win win as he liked by almost 12m in a blazing 1min53.5sec mile rate for 2130m the Group 3 Caduceus Club Classic. The Ray Jones-trained colt boasts 14 wins from 26 starts and will be a serious rival to the much-hyped Ragazzo Mach when he heads to Perth and Mike Reed’s stable for the WA Derby. Gary Hall Sr and Jr teamed for a treble at Saturday night’s Gloucester Park meeting, including wins with emerging pair Texas Tiger and Silent Major. Texas Tiger, who won just two of 20 NZ starts, is unbeaten in five runs for Hall Sr in WA and looks headed straight to open-class.   by Adam Hamilton
It was part-celebration, part spectacle, but more than anything else, the "race that stops the Mallee" - the Birchip Mallee Bull Cup - showcased the strength of harness racing's grass roots in Victoria. A boisterous crowd exceeded all expectations, the racing was competitive and track records were broken - and one of the club's most loyal supporters, trainer-driver Michael Bellman made the day his own. Bellman has not missed a Mallee Bull Cup meeting in the remote north west Victorian town (population 600 and home to the legendary "Mallee Bull" since the community won its battle for racing to return in 2016. The popular Ararat horseman collected a treble, including both the feature events, the Mallee Bull Cup, and the inaugural Mallee Bull Trotters Cup - and fittingly he won a bonus for a track record and the $1000 drivers' challenge. Birchip Harness Racing Club Secretary Brad Sharp was ecstatic because two weeks ago the club was facing the prospect of holding the cup without a crowd at all, due to COVID-19. "Then we were given the okay to have 500 people, so we did all our COVID planning for that...then last week we found out we could have a thousand people here, and we went pretty close to that," Sharp said. The big crowd was treated to some great racing around the tight Birchip circuit, but Bellman clearly claimed the driving honors. He won the first race, a heat of the Mallee Landscapes Pace with a horse he trains himself Gracie Cullen (Alta Christiano - Grace Anatomy (Island Fantasy), then followed up with a front-running win in the TMC Environ Mallee Bull Trotters Cup with the Brent Lilley trained Mass Destruction (Muscle Mass - Tijuana Glass (Chiola Hanover). "The way he trotted at Melton last night (when he broke in the score up) he wasn't great, and you had to wonder how he might go on this track from the standing start," Bellman said. "But he pinged away and didn't put a foot wrong - I have found over the years that often they can go a bit better the next day," he said. Harness racing is alive and well in north west Victoria– the square gaiters lining up in front of Mallee trees for the Birchip Trotters Cup standing start The third leg of Bellman's treble came in the Sharp's Bakery Mallee Bull Cup for St Arnaud trainer Denis McIntyre. Honest seven-year-old Dot The Eye (Shadow Play - Jatiki Miss (DM Dilinger) has been ultra-consistent, but broke through for his first win in seven months and his seventh career victory courtesy of a textbook drive by Bellman. Crowds are back at the races: Dot The Eye and Michael Bellman (down the outside in green colors) finished too strongly in the Mallee Bull Cup "It was fantastic just to have people hanging over the fence and loving the atmosphere - it's just great to have crowds back at the races," Bellman said. "I come to this meeting every year because there are always heats into finals at the Charlton Cup, and that suits some of our horses. But it's what grass roots racing is all about. "There was a cricket club reunion on here as well, and there'd still be (three hours after the last race) probably nearly a thousand people here dancing to the band and having a great time." Adding to the vibe was the Irish-Australian folk band Old Melbourne Road the band of Dunnstown trainer-driver brothers John and David Murphy. Secretary Brad Sharp said the festive atmosphere at Birchip was becoming well-known in harness racing circles across Victoria. "Yes, the weather certainly fell our way today, but we are building our cup into an event that people want to come and experience, and I think that showed today," Sharp said. "People really enjoyed the fact that there was an opportunity to be out and about at an event. It's a credit to all the people who worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen, especially when there was so much uncertainty," he said. "A lot of clubs struggle to get people involved, particularly younger people - but we have a committee of 28, and all but eight are under 45 years of age and they're fantastic. "We were lucky too to have Trots Club Victoria CEO Carl Coady and Ballarat CEO Paul Rowse here, as well as our Federal Member Anne Webster and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who presented the Cup. "It's great for all those people to see how good these events are, how important they are to our communities and how much people enjoy them." View the Birchip results click here!   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura
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