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Trainer Adam Kelly is hoping the "good" version of Friends turns up at the races this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Toolern Vale-based horseman has described his recent stable acquisition as a quirky character who isn't always at the top of his game, but knows he will need to be somewhere near his best to measure up in the DNR Logistics Pace (rating 70-79). "He's a bit of a thinker and you can get a good Friends and you can get an average Friends on race day," Kelly said. "It can be anything from his manners, he can switch off. He has just got a few tricks." Managing owner Paul Brumby sent the horse to Kelly following a fourth placing for former trainer Luke Watson at Mildura in May. And the move has been a rewarding one for connections, with the son of Bettors Delight winning four times since. The seven-year-old was successful at his first two starts for Kelly at Kilmore and Cranbourne, won at Mildura on August 2 and then again at that same circuit just last week. "He's up in grade (on Saturday night), but we thought we would chuck him in and see where he measures up," Kelly said. "When he goes as good as he can, I'm sure he will measure up." Friends, a winner of 10 from 57, has drawn nicely in barrier one and will be driven by Greg Sugars. Stablemate Ten Spanners, which is raced by Brumby and a similar group of owners to Friends, is another bound for Melton on Saturday. The trotting mare has raced six times for Kelly since arriving from South Australian trainer Ryan Hryhorec, winning at Victorian headquarters last month. She has drawn gate six for the weekend's Melton City Much More Trot (rating 70-85) and will be partnered by Kima Frenning. "The owners sent her over from Adelaide hoping she'd be able to win a race in town, which she has done," Kelly said. "And I'm sure she has got a couple more in her with a bit of luck. "She hasn't had a lot of luck since she won. Hopefully on Saturday night if she has a bit of luck, she won't be too far away. "I don't have a lot of trotters, which isn't by design. But if you wanted a safe, lovely trotter, she is probably the one." The daughter of Tennotrump has won 12 of 52 career outings. Saturday's 11-race card kicks off at 5.22pm and winds up with the last event at 10.35pm. Tim O'Connor HRV Trots Media

A highly-regarded pacer from north west Victoria's remote Mallee region will face the toughest assignment of his short harness racing career when he steps out at Kilmore this Friday night. Youngster Mallee Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket) has established quite a reputation in a short time and is one of eight runners in a star-studded field assembled for the $25,000 Reg Withers Three Year Old Classic. Mallee Reactor, raced by a group of harness racing enthusiasts from around the Ouyen district, has developed a huge and loyal following through the deeds of father-son trainer-driver combination, Murray and Simon Jardine. Now the baton has been passed to Toolern Vale trainer Adam Kelly who's recently taken over the training of the gelding. Under the care of the Jardines, Mallee Reactor had a sensational form line of eight wins and two placings from 10 starts. The Withers Classic, the feature event on the big 11-race program at Kilmore, sees some of our brightest stars of the future, including a quartet from the all-conquering Emma Stewart-Clayton Tonkin stable. And how surreal would it be to have the likes of one of these in your barn: Centenario, Hurricane Harley, Fourbigmen or Demon Delight? The big four in the race have faced the starter on 57 occasions for 31 wins and 13 placings for a staggering combined purse of $725,570. Assuming ace Melbourne reinsman Chris Alford had first pick and has jumped on Centenario, that would have to be some sort of heads-up for punters. He's drawn the coveted pole position and prior to his uncharacteristic ninth in the NSW Derby last start, when something was obviously amiss, he has an entrancing form line. Mallee Reactor has drawn fortuitously with the eight marble and will start directly behind the exciting colt. Members of the ownership syndicate have enjoyed some good times through the deeds of a half-brother to Mallee Reactor in consistent racehorse Carload. A C4 and M1 pacer, Carload has 10 wins and 20 placings for over $88,000 and is now with Jarrod Alchin, of Glen Alphine, a suburb of Sydney. In somewhat of a fairytale, they were offered Carload's dam, the unraced broodmare Our Angel Flight, who was in foal at the time - the result being none other than Mallee Reactor. It would be a fair bet to say that most of the Ouyen boys and their family members will be trackside cheering on Mallee Reactor. They have been having an unbelievable ride so far and this would certainly be the icing on the cake if there was an upset result. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Talented young reinsman Zac Phillips will be hoping for a magical night at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday, which could set up the scaffolding for an Inter Dominion campaign. The 22-year-old is looking to snare a double as he pilots Magical Marn in the My Lightning Blue Free For All (1720m, MO or better) and in-form Sonya Smith-trained gelding Vasari in the DNR Logistic Pace (2240m MO only). Phillips said the Adam Kelly-trained Magical Marn had gone “from strength to strength” this year before a slightly disappointing last start at Tabcorp Park Melton. “He had come so far in such a short period of time and had come to the end of that, so just to be on the safe side we turned him out,” Phillips said. “He has come back really well; he has had three trials now and all of them have been improving runs.” Phillips said the rising five-year-old gelding was a “genuine free-for-all horse” being set for the Inter Dominion in December. “The sky’s the limit for him really; Adam has got a really good opinion of him and he gives you the feel of a good horse,” he said. “The only string he hasn’t got in his bow is he is a bit one-dimensional, he has to be driven for that one run and needs a bit of luck. “But when that luck comes he has shown what he can do.” Phillips is no stranger to magical nights, having won his first two Group 1s within 35 minutes of each other in March last year. He said his second winner that night – brilliant trotter Red Hot Tooth – was back in work, with trainer Kari Males lining her up for this summer’s top races, particularly the Trotting Inter Dominion. “I actually just worked her this morning; she is an amazing horse and has been amazing for me and my career,” he said. Together with Magical Marn, Phillips could have two Inter Dominion drives on his hands. “A lot can change with horses, as you know, but if everything went well and they stay healthy and sound I think they will be realistic chances with the right runs,” he said. Shaun Campbell

Local harness racing participants are eyeing off potential glory in Saturday night's $50,000 Cranbourne Gold Cup. Clancys Fobwatch and Mister Wickham tackle a strong field of visitors heading across town for the feature race, one of the highlights of the year for Gippsland harness racing. Eight-year-old grey gelding Clancys Fobwatch is trained outside the Gippsland region by Adam Kelly but owner/breeders, father and daughter John and Kylee Paull, are from Gippsland and have been enjoying a great deal of success with their horse in recent starts. Clancys Fobwatch stormed home to win the Charlton Pacing Cup last weekend, after winning the feature Pure Steel race at Melton at his previous run. From 111 starts, Clancys Fobwatch has recorded 24 wins and 19 minor placings, and, with his recent run of good form, is a strong chance of another feature race success this weekend. Mister Wickham, prepared for a large syndicate of owners by Longwarry horseman Lee Evison, has recorded just the one victory from his last seven starts, but hasn't had a lot of luck in recent races, and is a proven competitor at the top level. He finished second in the Bendigo Pacing Cup and was just behind the placegetters in the Ballarat Pacing Cup last month, and will appreciate the big track and long straight at Cranbourne this weekend. Mister Wickham won last year's Warragul Pacing Cup, and is on target to attempt a second victory in that race on April 1 - a feat never achieved in the 59-year history of that race. The history books also show that only two pacers have collected the Cranbourne/Warragul Cup double - they being The Unicorn 25 years ago, and Grand Crown back in the mid 1970's. Clancys Fobwatch should also compete in the Warragul Cup, which will add a genuine local flavour to the race for the large crowd expected to attend. Saturday night's Cranbourne Pacing Cup is the 45th edition of the event, and the last local winner of the event was champion mare Tailamade Lombo in 2000. Kyle Galley

Several of the races run at Warragul on Monday could lay claim to being the most exciting harness racing contest of the afternoon. Capacity fields in most races, and even contests produced strong racing all day. Local start Professor Tom's six in a row winning streak came to an end in the fourth race, courtesy of a brilliant front-running drive by Zac Phillips with Franco Jameson. Well rated in the lead, Franco Jameson kept on fighting, and defeated his four rivals in track record time, slicing just over half a second off the time standard previously shared by Grins Rendition and Ymbro Toto. Franco Jameson had been unlucky in strong recent races, and has now collected nine wins from just 26 starts for trainer Adam Kelly. A capacity field of twelve contested the Trotters' Handicap, and not one runner galloped for the entire 2210 metre distance. Uetliberg, from a back mark of 40 metres behind, produced a strong finish to defeat local Innocent Fling right on the line, with Ghent placing third in a race where only two metres separated the first six horses. Pearcedale's Simone Walker collected a popular training double, with Redand Blue Fella and Little Bit Sassy both successful. Redand Blue Fella is raced on lease from the Kucks family by Andrew Walker, while Little Bit Sassy is owned by a large group of Cranbourne based harness fans. Two heats of the annual Ken Miller Memorial Pace saw runners competing for a place in the rich Final at Warragul on June 5. Young trainer Charlene Gusman produced All My Savings to win the first heat, courtesy of a well judged drive by Lisa Miles. All My Savings now has two wins on the board from 25 starts. Diamond Jasper also won her second race in winning the other heat, for trainer Paul Grech and driver Nathan Jack. Mario Azzopardi and Charlie Borg combined with Irish Player, which gained a start after scratchings, to win race two, while short priced favourite Beau Reve won her second race in as many Warragul meetings for trainer Jayne Davies and driver Greg Sugars in race seven. Kyle Galley

Victorian harness racing trainer Adam Kelly has had a lot of success during his annual vigils to Tasmania and at Devonport last Sunday night he almost made it a clean sweep with his three runners. Kelly's classy open class horse Five Star Anvil made a one-act affair of the free-for-all scoring comfortably from his three rivals. A disappointing line-up given the pressure trainers have ben placing the governing body to frame more free-for-all races. Nevertheless it was a convincing win and one that pleased local driver Rohan Hillier who partnered all three of his runners at the meeting. "The horse won easily but I think anyone in the grandstand could have driven him and won," Hillier said. "Five Star Anvil is in Tassie specifically for the Easter Cup at the end of the month so he'll line up in an Easter Cup prelude next Sunday night and then go the Easter Cup a fortnight later." Kelly's other winner was Highview Ruler (Elsu-Highview Courage) that won the Linx Coffee Van Pace over 2297 metres, also with Rohan Hillier in the sulky. It was Highview Ruler's Australian debut and the four-year-old could not have been more impressive. Highview Ruler had five starts in New Zealand with his best effort a third at Gore at his last appearance in New Zealand in October last year. "Highview Ruler is a very nice horse and I'm sure he will be winning better races than the one he won tonight," Hillier said.   Kelly's consistent mare Starzzz Of Icon was a game second to the in-form Shelley Barnes-trained mare Angel or Demon who made it four wins from as many starts this time in.   Peter Staples

Despite the fact he's nine years old, Five Star Anvil has never raced better. It's a sentiment shared by harness racing trainer Adam Kelly, who has the son of McArdle/Alta Vista in winning form ahead of Friday night's Preux Chevalier Free For All at Tabcorp Park Melton.  A brilliant winner last week in The Gammalite, Five Star Anvil returns to the a mobile start but Kelly is adamant he will be ultra competitive. “He is going good. He is probably the best I have had him. He only needs a little bit of luck and he will hit the line pretty strong and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did win," Kelly said. The trainer hasn’t ruled out a trip to Perth for the Inter Dominion later in the year, either. “With the right trip he is not out of that class, his run a fortnight ago if he had any sort of luck he goes very close in a similar field.” My Bella Starr goes around in the opening race Friday night for Kelly, who admits the mare is in the twilight of her career and motherhood awaits. “We are going to get her in foal this year, we will retire her in the next month or so," he said. Kelly is hoping she can win her M0 before that day comes. “She has had a pretty chequered preparation this time, a few things have gone wrong. She has definitely got the ability. She is good enough to win, drawn out wide she will just need some luck but I wouldn’t think she would be too far away.” Also in the first Kelly has The Family Guy resuming but he has drawn badly and had a minor setback about a month ago when a virus hit the stable. “I got a bit of a bug in the stable a good month or so ago and he actually got it. It’s his first run back and he has drawn out the back but as long as he hitting the line nicely that’s all im looking for.”                Outrageous El is the last of the Kelly gang Friday night and he was a terrific winner last week making a mid-race move and winning comfortably. Kelly is happy with where he is at. “He is going good, he is one of those horses in that if he gets the right run and is close enough I think he is quite capable of winning.” Friday Night also honours the memory of Danielle Lewis, who tragically lost her life doing what she loved last year. Her memorial is one of the features along with the Group 3 Maori’s Idol Trotters Free For All on a bumper 10-race card. The first kicks off at 5.30pm with the Danielle Lewis Memorial Race 5 at 8.30pm. by Matt Jackson Harness Racing Victoria

Despite promising harness racing mare My Bella Starr’s triumphant return to racing at Cranbourne last night, connections will “play it cool for now”. Sent for a spell following her Vicbred Super Series success last July, My Bella Starr outclassed her rivals over 2080 metres. Pleased with the pacer’s performance, trainer Adam Kelly stated My Bella Starr will be eased through the grades as she works towards her title defence. Should the daughter of Art Major exceed early expectations, Kelly will alter his plans to include the Ladyship Mile at Menangle in March. “She has come back well, but we are play it cool for now,” Kelly said. “You can’t get excited on one run back from a spell. “She’s comeback in great shape and shouldn’t have any trouble getting through the grades. “Whether she measures up to the top mares only time will tell, but realistically that was only her first run as a four-year-old and she’s got a long way to go yet. “At this stage the Sires’ later in the season will be her main aim.” As for her latest triumph, My Bella Starr trailed the leader, Discrimination, before finishing along the sprint lane to account for Machin Out and Whata Avenue. Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, My Bella Starr rated 1:58.8, with the final 800 meters covered in 57 seconds. PAUL COURTS

It is business as usual for astute harness racing trainer Adam Kelly despite his pending move. Preparing his muster at the Riddells Cerek property recently purchased by New South Wales couple Nicole and Dean Mollander, Kelly will relocate on December 19. As such, Kelly will be rent stables at Merv Williamson’s Melton establishment. With a team of 15 in work, Kelly stated the operation will “keep ticking along” during the transition. “We will be moving from here to Melton in a couple of weeks,” Kelly said. “We have to be out by December 19, so we’ll start the shift the weekend prior. “It shouldn’t be too difficult and the horses will keep ticking along without any fuss. “We’ve got 15 in work, which is just the right amount for our stable.” Kelly’s squad includes handy mare Fon Design, which scored at Bendigo last week when driven by master reinsman, Gavin Lang. After sitting outside the leader, Frankie Valley, Fon Design showed a tremendous amount of intestinal fortitude to register a four-and-a-half metre win from Kentucky Lane, with Attentiontodetail three metres away third. The daughter of Modern Art has won three of her five starts this term, with two placings also to her credit. “She’s come back well this time in and should be able to make her way through the grades,” Kelly said. PAUL COURTS

VICTORIAN pacer Fon Ess Kay completed half of his Tasmanian mission at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night when he scored a game win in the Back In Motion Pace over 2090 metres. Fon Ess Kay has only been in the care of Tasmanian trainer Rohan Hillier for about two weeks and in that time he was a first-up fourth in Hobart only a day after he arrived by boat followed by his win last night. The horse hails from the Adam Kelly stable in Victoria but the three-year-old gelding hade done no more than a few trials. "I had my mare Nola Mayhem staying at Adam's (Kelly) stables and while I was there he suggested that he might send this horse to me to try and win his two three-year-old races because he is Tasmanian bred," Hillier said. "The horse was nominated for a race in Hobart and arrived the day before the race on July 20." "Because he is Tasbred he qualifies for two bonuses for winning his first two three-year-old races so that's why he's here." "We are halfway there but I'm not sure about winning another one because there are only three meetings of the season left," he said. Fon Ess Kay (Four Starzzz Shark-Ess Kay Precious) began fairly from gate four but didn't have enough speed to cross to the fence so Hillier eased him back while Strange Conduct rolled across from gate six to lead. When the pace slackened Hillier sent his charge around the field and when the leader's driver Rod Ashwood was happy to hand Fon Ess Kay rolled to the front. Once on top Hillier set a leisurely tempo and when he called on the gelding for the big effort in the home straight he forged clear and hit the line over three metres clear of Strange Conduct with Aboycalledsu hanging on for third after circumnavigating the field midrace to race outside of the eventual winner. Fon Ess Kay clocked a mile rate of 2.03.6. Peter Staples

Thursday’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting belonged to Riddell trainer Adam Kelly and stable reinsman Gavin Lang, Kelly chalking up a stable treble and Lang a driving quartet. Four-year-old Mach Three/Going Royce gelding Pushkin was first to greet the judge in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for R2 to R4 class over 2240 metres. Trapped in the open from gate three in the early stages, Pushkin extended to cross the surprise pacemaker Danish King and Pushkin enjoyed a sweet time at the head of affairs. Kicking clear at the straight entrance, Pushkin just lasted from a flying Jeans Mattjesty, which had been at the tail of the field for most of the trip, scoring by a nose in a rate of 2:06.5, with Voce (one/one – three wide home turn) an eye-catching third when first-up since April. Kiwi-bred Art Major/Strathrowan filly Dazzling Arded was next to come along in the Alabar 3YO Pace over 1720 metres. First-up since June and on debut in Australia, Dazzling Arden starting from gate two on the second line raced three-wide for most of the trip, with the polemarker Shes Pinkalicious retaining the front running. Showing plenty of intestinal fortitude, Dazzling Arden outstayed her rivals to record a 2.8-metre victory in 2:01.5 over the first-starter Kristy Ann Hanover along the sprint lane after trailing the leader. Richly Deserved (four-wide home turn) from last looked a big chance on straightening and finished third. Ex-Sunraysia seven-year-old gelding Eyes On The Sky, having his first outing since May 2013, was a tough victor of the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Making his first appearance for the stable, Eyes On The Sky a son of D M Dilinger and Gipsy Belle who’s most recent victory had been at Mildura on May 26, 2013 raced in the open from gate five, proving too strong over the concluding stages for Pas Mate (one/two – three wide home turn) which joined him halfway up the running appearing to be going better, with Bucksaroo third after following the runner up throughout. The mile rate 2:05.1. Lang was the “punters pal” on the day, also snaring the Pegasus Club 3Y0 Pace over 1720 metres aboard the Sue Hunter (Melton) trained Kenneth J/Artistic Dash gelding Kool Kenny. Given a beaut trip one/one from gate five, Kool Kenny was switched to the sprint lane on straightening, scoring by a half-neck from Gowan Loch, which led from the pole, and Daddywho (three back the markers) The mile rate 2:00.6. It was a great day for the Macedon Ranges district with Kyneton duo Greg and Steve Leight taking the Aldebaran Park 3Y0 Trotters Handicap over 2240 metres with Lawman/Kellybrooke gelding Law Legend, leading all of the way from barrier two, accounting for Eureka Encounter and Fire To Rain in a rate of 2:12.3 in appalling conditions. Four-year-old Britewell/Jenola Bay gelding Our St Pierre gave Bolinda’s Brent Lilley another winner for the week when successful in the Trotters Handicap for TRO & TR1 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 2:09.5. With Chris Alford in the spider, Our St Pierre starting from the 10 metre mark settled six back along the markers, with Atego Turbo beginning like a rocket from outside 10 metres to lead. Moving to be one/one racing for the bell, Our St Pierre was eased three wide on the final bend and finished strongly to gain the day in advance of Our Elvis which moved to face the breeze at the bell before striding clear on the home turn. Only One Aussie which trailed the weakening pacemaker finished third. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria  

Christian Cullen gelding Upanatom continued working his way through the grades with a 19.3m win at Yarra Valley on Monday. The former New Zealander from the Amanda Grieve yard is undefeated in four starts since arriving Down Under and has won six out of nine overall. Chris Alford piloted the four-year-old in Monday’s victory and, oh boy, didn’t this pacer look a cut above his rivals. (Access Yarra Valley Monday replays here) From gate seven Upanatom charged straight to the lead clearly despite Alford hardly moving a muscle. Recording the fastest lead time of the day from the 2150m start, 38.3secs, Upanatom came home with a 58.6secs last half to score by a huge margin. It was an armchair ride for Alford all the way in fact, as even late in the race he hardly had to call on his charge. The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.1. Five of the eight races at Yarra Valley were won by favourites, with Im Anonymous scoring by a head off a 20m handicap in the Trotters Handicap over 2150m at $3.30, Game We Play winning his second race from four starts at $1.70 in the United Petroleum 3YO Pace, Pushkin getting up by a head at $1.30 for Adam Kelly/Gavin Lang in the De Bortoli Pace over 2150m, and $3.50 elect Our Horizon scoring by 6m in the Yarra Valley Forklifting Claiming Pace for trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan. Other winners were Ourboyjay for Daryl Douglas, which out-bobbed Glenferrie Bunter by a half-head in the Yarra Ranges Tourism 2YO Pace over 1650m, Onemorelaugh in the Spring Packages Online 3YO Pace, which gave Lang a driving double, and outsider Lets Go Happy for Mark Peace in the Lilydale Instant Lawn Pace over 1650m. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness racing driver Gavin Lang thought he had been pipped at the post by Berisari, but the photo-finish verdict went his way aboard My Bella Starr in tonight’s $110,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old fillies’ final. Lang combined with Riddells Creek trainer Adam Kelly to win the $110,000 feature, giving Lang two Group 1 triumphs in two nights after he guided Claudys Princess home in the three-year-old fillies’ trotting final last night. Everything came up My Bella Starr tonight. Pre-race favourite Mindarie Priddy was a late scratching and top-notch Tasmanian Barynya locked wheels and virtually lost all chance around the first corner. But My Bella Starr still had to show plenty of grit and determination to stick her head out and get the bob in when it mattered most. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck lately but things turned out well tonight,” Lang said. “Obviously it was very unfortunate for the connections of Mindarie Priddy that they had to scratch her tonight, which changed the complexion of the race. “Then we managed to avoid that trouble at the first corner. “This is what keeps us all in the game – hoping to get a horse that is good enough to get the job done.” The winning mile rate was 1:56.9. Quick Draft was third for the in-form David Aiken / Chris Alford combination, while Bettor Downunder ran a good race for fourth. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Superb trotting filly Claudys Princess edged out Illawong Helios in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 3YO trotting fillies today at Maryborough. The Mick Blackmore-trained star, who last start won the Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Oaks, went 2:02.4 with a last half of 61.5 to defeat the Ross Sugars-trained runner-up by a half-neck. Gavin Lang didn’t bustle Claudys Princess early and allowed her to balance up three back on the pegs, following Illawong Helios, which had the back of race leader Illawong Moonshine. Turning for home Illawong Moonshine had run her race and was quickly gathered up by Illawong Helios, but once the sprint lane opened up Claudys Princess darted through with a successful late winning bid. Sister Of Sonoko ran third for Ross Graham, while Kapitan Claire from the Sugars yard with Kylie Sugars in the sulky ran fourth. Claudys Princess has now won 11 races from 14 starts. Later on the card top three-year-old trotter Asdenro won the boys’ Vicbred heat by 3.9m over Guiltless. Haydon Gray took the David Van Ryn-trained son of Armbro Variable to the front early from gate five, holding off all challengers late to score over David Abrahams-trained Guiltless, with Alan Tubbs-trained Drunken Maniac finishing on for third. Savannah Jay Jay put some value into first fours with Neil McCallum guiding the Stan Cameron-trained gelding into fourth place despite a scratchy beginning. Favourite Holdonsu made it seven wins from 16 starts with victory in the Vicbred 3YO males’ pacers heat at Maryborough, the Jayne Davies-trained, Rodney Petroff-driven son of Elsu scoring a head win over Jedi Mind from the David Aiken stable, with Time Capsule coming in third. My Bella Starr captured the 3YO pacing fillies’ Vicbred heat for trainer Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang in Race 8. The daughter of Art Major/Badlands Legend went 1:59.8 and prevailed by 1.6m over runner-up Distant Memory, who had made the trip south from New South Wales for trainer-driver Kerry-Ann Turner, with Phil Chircop-trained The System Black getting third-place prize money for driver Petroff. Lang capped off a winning treble in the last race on the program, the Vicbred seventh heat of the 3YO colts and geldings, aboard Presidentialsecret for Emma Stewart. The Presidential Ball gelding prevailed by 4.4m over Young Modern for Michael Stanley, while Lisa Miles guided Su You Too into third place. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Parwan’s Jodi Quinlan took driving honours at Tabcorp Park Melton last night with a winning double. Sunset Invasion kicked off proceedings with victory in Race 1, the first heat of the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup, the long odds-on favourite scoring a comfortable win over Unico Pegasus and Stephen John in a mile rate of two minutes even. Two races later Quinlan produced a perfectly timed drive aboard Valley Of Diamonds to upset heavily backed favourite Garibaldi in the $10,000 Guaranteed First 4 Pools Pace over 2240m. The second heat of the Trotters Cup went to Brief Glance for Bacchus Marsh father-daughter team Alan and Amy Tubbs. The six-year-old gelding sat three-wide for the last lap, clocked a mile rate of 2:01.7 and came home in a last half-mile of 58.9secs, scoring a tough half-neck win over Mister Gunsen, with odds-on favourite Our Dreamlover third. Hamilton trainer David Lewis and reinsman Matthew Craven combined for victory in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace over 1720m with Amajorjo, a talented five-year-old by Art major out of smart mare Jolaura, getting home by 7.9m over Magical Telf, with Discrimination a further 1.4m away in third. The winner’s mile rate was a slick 1:55.1, the last half covered in 55.9secs. Punters copped a blow when $33.20 shot Kotare Rowland saluted victorious in the Vermont Panels Enduro over 2760m for trainer Geoff Webster and driver Emmett Brosnan. Brosnan drove a patient race aboard the five-year-old son of Julius Caesar, coming from well back along the pegs to get up in the last hop over race favourite Five Star Anvil, while Our Blackbird ran a good race for third after getting checked early. Lite Jagermeister returned to her best form with victory in the Pace over 2240m, the Riddells Creek-trained chestnut mare from the Adam Kelly stable proving 3.2m too strong for long-shot Amazing Kano, who never shirked the issue in the home straight and was brave in defeat, wihle Essbee Doubleyou ran on well for third. The Renown Silverware Pace Final wrapped up the night with Ken Whelan’s five-year-old gelding Kisartis scoring his first win since last July with a half-head victory over Mary Mon. The even-money favourite Suerte finished third, with the winner’s mile rate 2:00.2.   FAST FACTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S MELTON MEETING * Quaddie paid $6991 on numbers 9-7-1-2 * Early quaddie paid $898.10 on numbers 6-9-6-9 * Fastest mile rate: Amajorjo 1:55.1 * Most wins by driver: Jodi Quinlan (2) By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The new harness racing star of Sunraysia – unfashionably bred four year old Universal Rock / Annie Teaghan gelding Vee Rock is set to continue his unbeaten record at the Nyah HRC meeting to be held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday, when he contests the second heat of the Vicbred Platinum Country Series O for C1 class over 2240 metres. A brilliant winner of the first heat at the Ouyen fixture held at Mildura last Friday in a mile rate of 2-02.2 (last half mile 57.6), Vee Rock is able to take his place in the field due to a paucity of numbers, coming in on terrific  terms as he is now assessed as a C3 class pacer. Trained at Cardross on the outskirts of Mildura by Frank Merceica formerly of Broken Hill, Vee Rock has been ultra impressive to date having first raced on April 23 when victorious at Swan Hill. Avenel concessional reinsman Mark Pitt will again hold the reins. Stanhope trainer/driver Gary Pekin’s Illawong Fantasia coming off two successive victories at Tabcorp Park Melton looks the main danger, while Gary Donaldson’s Gian and the last start Echuca victor Philotes appear to be great trifecta and first four chances. The race will close off the Nyah Quaddie. At Tabcorp Melton during the afternoon, former Kiwi four year old Sands A Flyin/Western Star gelding Garibaldi which created a huge impression winning first up at the same track last Thursday, steps out again from gate three in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace for R2 to R4 class over 2240 metres, third leg of the Quaddie and second leg of the Daily Double. Trained and driven by Lance Justice, Garibaldi will meet some handy opposition in Adam Kelly’s Lady Suffragette from the pole, Ian Dornauf’s last start impressive Yarra Valley victor Royal Deviate (gate six) and Shannon McLean’s honest Broadway Classic (gate two on the second row). Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

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