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Sisters to a multitude of Group and classic winners and a smattering of top racemares adorn the catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, to be held on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The sale comprises 95 lots - including 65 broodmares, most of which are carrying positive tests to some of the world's leading stallions. The list includes sires the calibre of Mach Three, Art Major, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter, Live Or Die, Grinfromeartoear, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Mister Big, Mr Feelgood and others. Uncork, Libra Jaccka and Glacier Bay, all classic-winning juveniles, are part of a strong contingent of quality racemares catalogued that also includes Machinegun Molly, Cunning Kate, Dame Rainbow, Dontsayawordbut, Our Vanessa and Signyourlifeaway and trotters Kim's Fantasy, Speedy Naomi and Pocket Fantasy. Among the offering are sisters/half-sisters to the Derby winners Bella's Boy (Vic.), Robust Rock (SA) and Bo Jasper (Tas.), a half-sister to the Vicbred champion Master Maori and a sister to the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey. There's sisters to former 2YO of the year Lombo Skyrider and 3YO Filly of the year Nemeeshar and half-sisters to Grand Circuit stars Wally Walton and Hexus and to the top NZ juvenile After The Reckoning. Sparkles A Plenty, the dam of the former darling of Albion Park, Sparkling Melody, and who carries a positive to Sportswriter, will also create plenty of interest. The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am. The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au By Peter Wharton  

Former Ballarat Trotting Club Secretary/Manager Colin Holloway returned to the scene of his greatest triumphs when 4-Y-0 Live Or Die /Inclination gelding Excuse To Live greeted the judge in the Seniors Starquest 10/10 Pace for C0 class over 1710 metres at Bray Raceway on Tuesday September 17, returning a slick mile rate of  1-57 Raced by Colin, wife Heather and son Brett, Excuse To Live trained by Colin and driven by Brett, settled three back in the moving line from gate two, before being pushed back a spot when Daryl Douglas urged Desiring Kate forward three wide at the bell after being trapped wide from the outset after starting from outside the front line. Latching to the back of Crazy Dave ahead of him three wide in the final circuit, Excuse To Live received a lovely trail home and when taken wide in the straight, finished strongly to defeat Crazy Dave by 3.6 metres, with the roughie Chesney (death-one/one at bell) third. Excuse To Live was bred by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke. It was welcome back to the winners stall for Campbells Creek trainer/driver Kevin Ford when lightly raced 8-Y-0 Conch Deville /Wringing Wet gelding Will Atone scored in the Diamond Rewards Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2200 metres. Raced by Kevin and mother Kath who was victorious in winning both the 1988 and 1992 Australasian Trotters Championships aboard Fair Tally and Penny Brown, Will Atone making only his fourth appearance at the races led throughout from gate three, scoring by 1.9 metres in advance of Ballan Road which trailed and Ifu Seek The Luck which moved outside the winner approaching the home turn after a one/one trip. The mile rate 2-04.7. Rocknroll Hanover /Aston Villa colt Yankee Rockstar raced by a large syndicate under the banner of  Peter Tonkin Racing Syndicate No 3 and Lauriston Bloodstock Pty Ltd, had an effortless victory in the Flying Horse Bistro 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres. Touted by many as a star of the future, Yankee Rockstar trained at Smythes Creek by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin was second up since February and with Michael Stanley in the sulky, led throughout from gate six, coasting to the wire 9.9 metres ahead of Ideal Majority which trailed sticking to his guns well, with Eliseos Falcon third 8.4 metres away after racing in the open. The mile rate 1-56.2. Five year old Armbro Operative /Sexy Lexy Whitby entire Black Caprice chalked up his eighth success in 35 outings, when victorious in the Laser Electrical Pace for C2 class over 1710 metres in a rate of 1-56.2. Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs and driven by daughter Amy, Black Caprice from gate two was able to cross the red-hot favourite Goodtime Veejay inside him at the start who immediately moved away from the markers to race outside him. With Amy making the favourite chase hard a long way from home, Black Caprice held a handy margin on the final bend, maintaining a 6.3 metre buffer on reaching the wire. Future Operator (one/one) finished third. Len Baker

Despite being the oldest in the race, 14 year-old Armbros Revenge A paced home for his 50 career victory on Tuesday (September 17), winning Northfield Park’s eighth race of the evening.  The classy veteran pacer has 269 career starts, winning 50 times, and finishing second and third 33 and 26 times respectively.  Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-J J’s Pennant) has career earnings of $246,507 and a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 taken at The Meadows at age 11.  The pacer’s richest win was for a purse of $8,100 in a $10,000 claiming race at The Meadows in 2010.        Armbros Revenge A started from the rail and led his competition the entire mile.  He posted fractions of :28.2, :58.1, 1:27.3 and 1:56.4 and finished 5 ½-lengths clear of his closest competitor, Coal Burner (Alex Hawk).  Armbros Revenge A was the heavy favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Gerald Lee Jr. of Coal Center, Pennsylvania owns Armbros Revenge A.  Trainer Rachel Kaneoka called upon Aaron Merriman to drive for this milestone triumph. by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park

Weanlings by the well credentialled sires Shadow Play, Art Official, Major In Art, Grinfromeartoear, Tell All and Skyvalley will go up for auction at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. A total of 27 yearlings have been nominated including four by both Major In Art and Santanna Blue Chip and two by Shadow Play and Art Official. The offering includes a half-brother by Grinfromeartoear to the Spring Championship winner Crimson Knight, a Santanna Blue Chip grandson of Majestic Tess (Breeders Plate), a Kenneth J half-brother to the Inter Dominion heat winner Faking It, an Allamerican Ingot colt out of a half-sister to Wally Walton, a Safari filly out of the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Donna Lombo, Shadow Play and Major In Art fillies both closely related to Rocknrolla. There’s yearling colts and fillies from the families of ‘black type’ performers Alta Christiano, Saint Flash, Hilarious Guest, Her Sparky Self, Gotanedge, Six Oclock Rock and Newsbreaker. The sale also features broodmares in-foal to leading sires such as Art Major, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Shadow Play, Mr Feelgood, Sportswriter, Village Jasper, Roll With Joe, Mister Big and Grinfromeartoear. The online catalogue for the Alabar Blue Ribbon sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au by Peter Wharton

Ace reinsman Colin Brown stole the show on a cold, wet and miserable evening at Gloucester Park on Friday night with four winners from five drives, highlighted by the victory of Ima Rocket Star in the $21,000 Media Guild Cup. And Ima Rocket Star’s powerful win completed a training treble for Greg and Skye Bond, who had combined earlier in the program with Brown for smart victories by Kissed Flush and Your Good Fortune. Brown also drove outsider Sandakan Lombo to an easy win in the 2096m event for square gaiters. The 54-year-old Brown has started the 2013-14 season with a great flourish and heads the Statewide reinsmen’s premiership table with 11 wins and two placings from just 19 drives. The Bond team heads the trainers’ premiership with 11 wins and seven placings from 31 starters. Ima Rocket Star, favourite at 5/1 on, made a one-act affair of the 2130m Media Guild Cup. The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old simply ambled straight to the front from the prized No. 1 barrier while Matt White restrained Lombo Navigator from the No. 2 barrier and quickly angled the gelding across to the pegs to be third behind Ima Rocket Star’s stablemate Talk It Up, who was the solitary runner off the back line and was able to follow out the favourite. Ima Rocket Star had the luxury of dawdling through the lead time in a slow 38.7sec. and the first 400m section of the final mile in 31.5sec. before he increased the tempo with a 29.7sec. quarter and then sped over the final 800m in 56.8sec. on the rain-soaked track. He rated 1.58.4 and won by just over a length from Talk It Up, with Lombo Navigator another length farther back in third place. Ima Rocket Star, an eight-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding by Badlands Hanover, has thrown off the effects of a series of leg problems and is in the best form of his career, with his past 15 starts producing nine wins and four placings to improve his career record to 55 starts for 25 wins, 14 placings and earnings of $367,954. He is well and truly on target to contest the rich summer carnival feature events, including the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. THE PACING PRIEST RESUMES IN DASHING STYLE The Pacing Priest arrived in Australia from New Zealand in February 2009 with great fanfare and with even higher expectations. He won at his Australian debut, at the Victorian country track of Wedderburn in March and was successful by four lengths at his next appearance, in a stand at Gloucester Park a month later. His first eight starts in Western Australia produced three wins and five seconds and after finishing eighth behind Bonavista Bay in the group 1 Golden Nugget in November 2009 he broke down badly and was off the scene for three and a half years. Eventually, he resumed racing in mid-April this year and West Swan trainer Ken Kirke prepared him for a comeback victory in a minor event at a midweek meeting at Gloucester Park in May. Then followed another four starts for one placing before he was sent for a spell. The 66-year-old Kirke produced the eight-year-old in fine fettle for his return to racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he started a heavily-back 10/9 on favourite from barrier No. 1 in the 1730m Jay Rooney Most Winners In A Night Pace on Friday night. The gelding warmed up with a stylish win in a Byford trial the previous Sunday morning when he dashed over the final 800m in 56.6sec. Callan Suvaljko, driving The Pacing Priest for the first time in a race, got him straight to the front, leaving 11/4 second fancy Lord Diego in the breeze. After modest first quarters in 30.6sec. and 30.8sec. The Pacing Priest gave his rivals little chance by speeding over the final sections in 28.6sec. and 28.3sec. He won comfortably by just under a length from 10/1 chance Chaldea, who trailed him all the way. The Turnpike Cruiser ran home boldly from seventh on the pegs at the bell to be a nose away in third place. The Pacing Priest, owned by Danny Roberts, Sue Beven and Brian Anderson, rated 1.57.9. He is by American stallion Pacific Rocket and is out of unraced mare High Road. AS winner at two of his seven starts in New Zealand, he has raced only 29 times for eight wins, eight placings and $78,436. ELEGANT CHRISTIAN REVEALS GREAT WA DERBY POTENTIAL Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. broke through for his first success in the WA Derby when Alta Christiano scored a runaway victory in the $200,000 classic last April and now he is looking forward with confidence to next season’s group 1 feature event for three-year-olds. Hall was all smiles after Elegant Christian, favourite at 2/1 on, scored an effortless victory in the 1730m The Form Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the New Zealand-bred three-year-old set the pace and sprinted over the final 400m in a sizzling 27.7sec. on a waterlogged track to beat stablemate Pelusiac by eight lengths at a 1.58.6 rate. Elegant Christian is unbeaten at three starts and he gives every indication of developing into an outstanding Derby prospect. Hall also will have a team of smart three-year-olds capable of performing strongly in three-year-old classics. They include Pelusiac, High Courage, Crusader Banner, Soho Starr, Waylade and Majorly Foxy Styx. Elegant Christian, driven by Hall’s elder son Clint, had no trouble in holding up from the No. 1 barrier and he paced fluently throughout to score a most convincing victory from Pelusiac (6/4), with 40/1 chance Organized Chaos almost four lengths farther back in third place. Pelusiac started from the outside in the field of six and raced three wide early before racing without cover. He battled on manfully, but was no match for the flying Elegant Christian. YOUR GOOD FORTUNE IS BRED TO BE A GOOD WINNER It’s little wonder that five-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer Your Good Fortune continues to shine for Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond. The Bettors Delight gelding is closely related to former star performers Sharp And Telford and Hunka Hickling. Your Good Fortune, second favourite at 2/1, maintained his splendid form when he was driven aggressively by Colin Brown to score an easy win over stablemate False Promise (9/1) and the fast-finishing Xupan Three (25/1) in the second qualifying heat of the 2130m TABtouch The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Your Good Fortune, owned by Greg Bond and stable stalwarts Kevin, Rob and John Gartrell, Andrew Foster, Craig Hampson and Brad Collett, won at three of his seven New Zealand starts and has raced 22 times in WA for ten wins and seven placings to take his career earnings to $159,304. Polemarker Marooned was heavily supported to start favourite at 11/8 and Gary hall jun. took him straight to the lead, with Menelaus of Sparta in the breeze. Your Good Fortune, who started out wide from the No. 6 barrier, settled down in seventh position. Brown drove assertively and dashed the gelding forward, three wide, to move into the breeze after 750m. Marooned sped over the third 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec., but was unable to shake off Your Good Fortune who surged to the front 250m from home and went on to win by 4m from False Promise (Ryan Warwick), who had trailed the leader all the way. Your Good Fortune covered the final 400m in 28.4sec. and rated 1.57.9. Marooned held on to finish fourth. Sharp And Telford amassed $499,053 from his 16 wins and seven placings from 33 starts. He won the 1996 Victoria Derby by a nose from Mon Poppy Day before dead-heating for first with Surfing Safari in the Australian Derby at Moonee Valley. Hunka Hickling raced successfully in New Zealand, Australia and America, earning $231,576 from his 20 wins and 35 placings from 126 starts. He finished second to Stars And Stripes in both the 2000 New Zealand Derby at Addington and New South Wales Derby at Harold Park. THAT IS CORRECT SURPRISES AND ENDS LOSING SEQUENCE OF 19 Veteran performer That Is Correct caused a minor upset and ended a losing sequence of 19 when he failed in a bid to get to an early lead, but relished the run of the race behind the pacemaker Senator Whitby before finishing full of running to score an easy victory in the 2503m Stuart Lowe Leading Tipster Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Chris Voak was keen to set the pace from barrier three on the front line, but Senator Whitby (barrier two) resisted his early challenge after the polemarker Jambo Emali had galloped hopelessly at the start. Voak then was content to angle That Is Correct, a $23.70 chance on the tote, behind 9/1 chance Senator Whitby, who was put under pressure in the middle stages when This Time Dylan sustained a three-wide burst and got to a half-length lead 1300m from home. Senator Whitby withstood the challenge, but began to wilt passing the 400m mark. That Is Correct swept to the front with 270m to travel and raced away to win by three and a half lengths from 5/1 chance Gday Mate, who charged home from ninth at the bell. Salliwood (20/1) ran on from three back on the pegs to be a sound third, with Senator Whitby a fading seventh. The Victorian-bred That Is Correct had been unplaced at his previous 11 starts, but he was produced in great shape by Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. The eight-year-old had put the writing on the wall a week earlier when he set the pace, was tackled hard by Balleybofey and did well to fight on to finish a close fourth behind Shardons Rocket. That Is Correct, an eight-year-old by American stallion Dare You To, won six times in Victoria and has had 29 starts in WA for three wins and eight placings. He has earned $72,432 from ten wins and 22 placings from 93 starts. Shardons Rocket (6/1) off the back mark of 40m, and 2/1 favourite J Walker (off 20m) settled down a long way from the early leaders. Shardons Rocket came from seventh (three wide) at the bell to finish sixth and J Walker surged home, out wide, from tenth at the bell to be fifth. SANDAKAN LOMBO BORN TO PACE, TRIUMPHS AS A TROTTER Sandakan Lombo was bred to be a pacer. But he proved to be a natural square gaiter and he notched his seventh win when he trotted faultlessly to score an easy win in the 2096m Great Southern Radio Pacing Preview Trotters Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sandakan Lombo, trained at Wundowie by Bruce Stanley, who races the six-year-old with his wife Pauline, was a 32/1 tote outsider who proved just too speedy for his rivals when he set the pace and won by two and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Conquer All (30/1), with a nose to Xenon (29/1). Polemarker Heez Speedy Gonzalez galloped and lost a length at the start, pacing the way for Colin Brown, driving Sandakan Lombo for the first time, to dash the gelding straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier in the stand. Kim Young eased Heez Speedy Gonzalez off the pegs and into the breeze after 750m, but he wilted in the concluding stages to finish fifth. Hot Holiday, second fancy at 2/1, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, but lacked sparkle and finished fourth. Sandakan Lombo is by the American pacing stallion Life Sign (who earned $1,912,454 in stakes from 18 wins and 15 placings from 35 starts) and is the second foal out of Frances Lombo, who was retired after having two unplaced runs as a two-year-old pacer at Gloucester Park in November 2003. Frances Lombo was out of pacing mare Forrest Friend and her first foal was a pacer named Assissi Lombo, who had just 17 starts for one wins and two placings for stakes of $2375. Sandakan Lombo was Frances Lombo’s second foal and her third foal is Lombo Kotakinabalu, who has raced 11 times as a pacer for two wins, four placings and $10,850. BENJAMIN BANNEKER GETS HOME NARROWLY AND SURVIVES A PROTEST Ohoka Samson’s bold bid to complete a winning hat-trick failed narrowly at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he was beaten by a head by Benjamin Banneker in the 2130m GPHR Media Guild Tipping Competition Pace. After viewing the patrol film of the run to the finish Dylan Egerton-Green, driver of Ohoka Samson, the 3/1 on favourite, lodged a protest against Benjamin Banneker, the 13/2 second favourite driven by Gary Hall jun., alleging interference. After a lengthy hearing the stewards dismissed the protest. The stewards reprimanded Hall for driving in a careless manner in that he allowed Benjamin Banneker to shift inwards in the run to the finish. Ohoka Samson started from barrier one, but was easily beaten for early speed by 30/1 chance Real Hammer, who burst straight to the front from barrier five. Egerton-Green eased Ohoka Samson off the pegs after 300m and the gelding raced in the breeze before getting to the front 520m from home. Benjamin Banneker enjoyed the perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position before issuing a strong challenge and getting past Ohoka Samson by three-quarters of a length 300m from the finish. But Benjamin Banneker was unable to cross to the pegs and Ohoka Samson fought back with great determination. The pace was solid throughout and Benjamin Banneker rated 1.56.8 on the rain-soaked track. Mighty Flying Thomas raced three back on the pegs and finished determinedly to be third. The New Zealand-bred Benjamin Banneker has done all his racing in Western Australia and he looks set for a bright future. He has earned $97,280 from ten wins and four placings from only 21 starts. LEDA McNALLY ENHANCES HER REPUTATION Victorian-bred five-year-old Leda McNally strengthened her claims as one of the best pacing mares in Western Australia when she outclassed her rival in the 1730m David Lamond Most Winners In A Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She started an even-money favourite from the outside of the back line and Chris Voak gave her time to settle down before sending her forward from eighth position 400m after the start. She moved outside the pacemaker Shez El De Rosa 300m later and Shannon Suvaljko was keen to make life tough for her by urging Shez El De Rosa to sprint over the second 400m section of the final mile in 28.7sec. The final quarters went by in 29.6sec. and 29.7sec. and Leda McNally, who is trained at Pinjarra by Chris King, rated 1.56.7 in beating 15/1 chance Terra Into the West, who trailed the pacemaker throughout. Arousing (13/4) maintained her consistent form by running on from fifth at the bell to be third. Leda McNally now moves to an M5 classification with a record of 14 wins and eight placings from 38 starts for stakes of $137,228. She looks certain to exceed the fine record of her dam Twinkletoes, who earned $159,135 from 16 wins and 15 placings from 49 starts. Twinkletoes gained her biggest win when successful in the $100,000Queen of the Pacific at Moonee Valley in May 2001 when she defeated outstanding New Zealand mare Dancingonmoonlight. KISSED FLUSH RUNS HOME STRONGLY Noted frontrunner Kissed Flushed was seen in a new role when he produced a strong finishing burst to win the second heat of the TABform Westbred Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting equal favourite at 7/2 with polemarker Hoylakes First Lady, Kissed Flush began speedily from the No. 3 barrier and challenged Criminal Minds (barrier two) for the early lead. His bid was unsuccessful and Colin Brown then angled the gelding to the pegs to trail Criminal Minds. Outsider Jennas Shadow moved to the breeze, enabling Hoylakes First Lady to enjoy an ideal trail, one-out and one-back. Robbie Williams got Hoylakes First Lady to the front on the home turn, but she was unable to hold out the fast-finishing Kissed Flush, who rated 1.58.9. Kissed Flush, owned and trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has earned $83,859 from 12 wins and 22 placings from 89 starts. He is the fifth foal out of Summer Carnival, whose five winners included Winter Retreat, who raced 135 times for 33 wins and 49 placings for stakes of $411,793. SVILICICH-WOODLEY COMBINATION STRIKES AGAIN The powerful combination of veteran trainer Tony Svilicich and youthful reinsman Morgan Woodley which has amassed a small fortune in recent years through the deeds of Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers struck again at Gloucester Park on Friday night when 11/2 chance Wrongly Accused bounced back to form with a strong all-the-way victory in the 2130m Pat Harding Longest Priced Winner Claiming Pace. Woodley took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier and after a solid lead time of 36.9sec. the Victorian-bred seven-year-old appreciated an easy first 400m section of the final mile in 32.1sec. before travelling through the next quarters in 29.5sec., 28.5sec. and 29.5sec. to beat Algeepee (2/1) by just over two lengths. Adda Paternal Suit, favourite at 6/4, began swiftly from barrier three and got to a lead of three-quarters of a length in the early stages. But he was unable to cross Wrongly Accused. Aiden de Campo then angled Adda Paternal Suit to the pegs to follow Wrongly Accused before moving into the breeze about 550m after the start. Adda paternal Suit fought on doggedly, but was deprived of second place by Algeepee, who finished strongly from sixth at the bell. Adda Paternal Suit, a WA-bred seven-year-old and a winner at 20 of his 91 starts, was claimed for $19,000 by trainer-reinsman Shane Loone and Maria Petricevich. Wrongly Accused, who ended a losing sequence of nine, has won six races in Victoria and 14 in WA. He has earned $194,390 from his 20 wins and 43 placings from 170 starts. By Armbro Operative, Wrongly Accused is the second of Don’t Blame Me’s four foals. Don’t Blame Me had 18 starts for six minor placings and the only other of her foals to have raced was Im Innocent, who was unplaced at seven starts in New South wales in 2008. by Ken Casellas

Ninety-five nominations have been received for the 2013 Alabar Blue Ribbon Yearling and Broodmare Sale, which will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty  Ltd on Sunday, October 6 at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca.   The online catalogue for the Alabar sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hardcopy catalogues can be requested from Peter Dow on 0412 195 986 or the office on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au   A strong selection of stallions are represented in the catalogue such as Major In Art (4 lots), Santanna Blue Chip (4), Shadow Play (2), Allamerican Ingot (2), Art Official, Grinfromeartoear and Tell All.   Broodmares are in foal to highly credentialled stallions including Mach Three, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play, Sportswriter, Armbro Operative, Village Jasper, Live Or Die, Four Starzzz Shark, Grinfromeartoear and Mister Big.   Among the broodmare contingent are the Group or Listed winning racemares Uncork, Libra Jaccka, Glacier Bay, Kims Fantasy and Speedy Naomi.   The sale will begin at 1pm and will be preceded by a parade of Alabar stallions at 11am.   By Peter Wharton

The Hamilton HRC staged a well balanced eight event harness racing card on Thursday August 29 - the highlights being Mt Gambier (Allendale East) trainer David Kemp snaring the quinella in the Taylor Motors Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres with Forced Out and Arr En Special and Terang junior reinsman Jason Lee driving a treble. Four year old Safely Kept/May Be Trouble mare Forced Out driven by Jason Lee from the pole having her 28th outing for the season, settled on the back of the leader Franciselizabeth, before being relegated back a spot when Dam Lucky assumed control. Coming away from the markers to be one/one approaching the home turn, Forced Out when eased wide in the straight, finished best to defeat her stablemate Arr En Special who faced the open for the final circuit at season start number 22 after No Bettertime which had raced parked, strode clear along the back straight on the final occasion. Franciselizabeth weaving in-between runners in the straight finished third. The mile rate 1-58.1. Both horses have raced at almost every Hamilton, Terang, Horsham and Ararat meeting held this season. Jason Lee's second victory came up in the Alexandra House Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1660 metres aboard underrated Ballarat trainer Kelvin Barker's recent stable addition Cyclades, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Armbro Operative and San Torini. In a masterful piece of driving, Cyclades possied on the back of the poleline leader Pas Mate from gate two on the second line, easing away from the inside to face the breeze at the bell after Pas Mate was crossed by The Avoca Flyer. Proving to be the better stayer, Cyclades was too strong at the finish, registering a neck victory over Ima Village Casper (three back the markers - one/one last lap) in a rate of 2-00 even, with Cheesy Grin running home late from last to finish third. Leg three came about with 4-Y-0 Mach Three/Jilliby Sparky mare Jilliby Showtime leading throughout from gate three in the Hunt's Auto Spares Pace for C0 class over 1660 metres to score by a nose over Haryda Hanover along the sprint lane which may have momentarily hit the front in the straight. Extra finished third off a three wide double trail last lap from near last. The mile rate 2-02.6. Cudgee (Camperdown) part-owner/trainer/driver John Meade's highly promising home bred Sundon/Maori Daunou 4-Y-0 gelding Maorisfavouritesun is going from strength to strength and brought up his 5th victory from 13 outings (all this season) when a convincing winner of the James & Son Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2160 metres. Coming off a terrific second to Rosalie Bay in the rich Australasian Breeders Crown Series at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 18, Maorisfavouritesun stepped safely from a 30 metre handicap, gradually making ground to settle mid-field in the moving line with Sunnyandcher rushing forward from 10 metres to assume control. Trailing up both Mountain Earl and Knapdale Girl three wide in the last lap, Maorisfavouritesun was taken four wide on the final bend, putting the race away on straightening to score by an untouched 8.3 metres over Knapdale Girl and Earl Of Charity which followed the trio home in a rate of 2-03.6. Glencoe (Mt Gambier) father and son - Barry & Jayson Finnis were successful with 4-Y-0 superbly bred Holmes  Hanover/Catch A Boquet mare Burston Holme in the Logical Property Services Pace for C1 class over 1660 metres, coming from last at the bell off a three wide trail on the back of Vee Jay Jazz. Although right of the track on the home turn, Burston Holme sprinted clear on straightening to register a 14.7 metre victory in 1-57.9 from Modern Hitch which was held up in traffic until the race was virtually over, with Panorama Wealth a game third after racing parked from the bell. Len Baker  

The Horsham HRC held two of their season feature races on Thursday August 22 - the $8,000 Rosehill Princess Of The Wimmera for Three Year Old Fillies 3C0 to 3C2 class over 2200 metres and the $8,000 Alabar Guineas for Colts & Geldings over the same distance. Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke combined with Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman to land the "Princess" with Lombo Krista Bella, a daughter of Lombo Pocket watch and Arabella Lombo raced by wife Jenny. Despite racing in the open throughout from gate three, Lombo Krista bella dashed away at the straight entrance to record a big 13.7 metre victory in advance of Confusion Reigns which followed her home, with Cullen Time third after trailing the weakening front runner Fineandsunny. The mile rate 1-59.8. Great Western's Kerryn Manning snared the "Guineas" with much travelled Kiwi bred Washington VC/Robyns Measure gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 2-02.3. Raced by Queensland developer Norm Jenkin, a part-owner of dual NZ Cup winner Flashing Red, Willow Robyn toyed with his rivals, leading throughout from the pole to score by 10.6 metres in advance of Galleons Warrior (one/one) and Faraway Man which trailed the winner. It was Willow Robyn's first victory in six race appearances. Kerryn had earlier in the day landed the Rosehill Veterinary Services Pace for C2 class over over 2200 metres with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Lucky Dav A gelded son of Armbro Operative and Jodie Dick, Lucky Dave from gate five was taken back to the tail of the field as the start was effected, with Ultimate Tycoon leading from gate two. Giving chase three wide in the last lap, Lucky Dave joined the hot favourite Cheesy Grin which had crossed Ultimate Tycoon in the final circuit on straightening and just lasted from Pas Mate which rattled home from last on the marker line in a rate of 1-59.5. Cheesy Grin held on for third. Consistent 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Calories gelding Indulgent chalked up his 7th victory (six this season) by taking the Metropolitan @ Morley Park Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2200 metres. Trained by Peter Manning at Great Western, Indulgent taking a concession for Mount Gambier junior Jayson Finnis was sent forward from gate five, crossing the pacemaker Superstar Express in the back straight on the first occasion. Travelling under a tight rein, Indulgent had too much in reserve at the finish for Bronze Destiny which issued a serious challenge on turning after racing in the open from the bell, with Wheatsheaf Avaball a remarkable third after spending the entire race three wide uncovered. A prohibitive $1.40 favourite, Indulgent returned a mile rate of 2-00.3. Local McKenzies Creek trainer Barry Dunn was successful with 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Regards gelding Wipethesmile in the Smiling Shard @ Alabar Pace (1st Division) for C1 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 2-00.6. Driven by Wayne Lane, Wipethesmile (gate six) ran home from three back the markers to score by a nose from The Avoca Flyer from last and the hot favourite Franciselizabeth which faced the breeze. The second division was taken out by astute Lara trainer Shaun Kittel's 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Jazz Opera gelding Jazz King. Formerly trained in the northern part of the state by owner Greg Fleming, Jazz King with Daryl Douglas in the sulky settled last from the extreme draw, with the well backed Cobargo Jack leading from gate two. Latching to the back of Arr En Special three wide in the final circuit, Jazz King despite making the home turn four wide, put pay to his rivals in a couple of strides to score by 5.1 metres in a rate of 1-58.4 over Arr En Special and Cobargo Jack. On what was a great day for the Manning's, Michelle combined with Terang's Matt Craven to land the Shadow Play @ Alabar Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with 4-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao in a 2-01.5 rate after racing in the open from gate two, scoring by a half head from the red-hot ($1.20) favourite One Wise Man which led. Chesney (one/one) finished third. Videos of all races attached. Len Baker  

Three-year-old harness racing filly Avens could have a bright future given her performance to win in Launceston last Sunday night. With James Rattray in the sulky, Avens settled at the rear of the field of 11 and travelled comfortably in that position for the first half of the race, the Jillian Robins 3YO Pace over 2200 metres. Approaching the bell lap Rattray eased Avens out three-wide to improve and she gradually made her way to the front turning for home and sprinted clear to establish a winning break half-way up the home straight. It was only the filly’s second win from 17 starts but she has recently changed stables and given the ease with which she dispensed with her rivals on Sunday night there are definitely more wins in store for the daughter of Armbro Operative-Asteria. Samantha Freeman, who races Avens on lease from Lloyd and Judy Whish-Wilson, won her first race with the filly just over a year ago. Avers’ first win was the Belmont in Hobart. Talented trained Brooke Hammond took over the training of the filly a few months back for a second, third, fourth and a win from four outings in her care. Peter Staples  

One of the biggest stallion services incentives in New South Wales or Victoria has been finalised by Wagga's Yirribee Stud for its harness racing meeting next month. The deal was finalised yesterday with six of Yirribee's stallions having free services attached for races at Wagga on Friday night, September 27. It's the biggest single involvement by Yirribee for a race meeting and certainly one of the largest in the country with over $20,000 in services on offer as bonuses for winners. On top of prizemoney for the meeting, stallion services to former Inter Dominion and Little Brown Jug winner Mr Feelgood ($4950) and dual Australian sires of the year Village Jasper ($3300) and Armbro Operative ($3300) will be won. It's a huge coup for harness racing with the meeting expected to be inundated with quality nominations. Yirribee Stud principal Rod Woodhouse said it was a major bonus for owners and trainers to start their horses at the meeting. "The services are to some of the best stallions available and some owners will receive them as a bonus if their horse wins at Wagga that night," he said. "Mr Feelgood is one of the best pacers of all time and we are delighted to have him at Yirribee this season." Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Graeme White said it was a major offer from Yirribee and the owners of the stallions involved. "There will be some very fortunate owners receive these stallion services for no cost if their horse wins," he said. "Yirribee is one of the major studs in the business and Wagga would like to thank Rod Woodhouse for getting behind this meeting and making the services available." The free service to Mr Feelgood will be won by the connections of the winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial. Mr Walsh, who is the late president of the Wagga Harness Racing Club, and Woodhouse started Yirribee Stud some 25 years ago. "We want to acknowledge Ian's contribution to harness racing in Wagga and the region with a bonus that is fitting of the race," he said. The Ian Walsh Memorial was held last year with prizemoney of $8000 plus the service to Mr Feelgood on offer. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee will stand a record nine stallions this season.    Harness Racing New South Wales  

Wednesday Victorian harness racing was held in the Western District at Hamilton where a neat seven event card took place.

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.

Terang trainer/driver Matt Craven who represented his state in the Australasian Junior Driving Series a number of seasons back, has enjoyed his best harness racing season ever mixing both training and freelance driving.

The Kilmore Harness Racing Club meeting on Tuesday June 25 featured two heats of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series over 2180 metres for Two Year Old Trotters, one for each sex.

Youthful concessional reinsman Reece Moore received the thrill of a lifetime at the Terang trotting meeting on Wednesday June 12, doing what a lot before him have not achieved - driving a winner at his first race drive in a registered race.

Globe Derby Award winning stallions Armbro Operative and Village Jasper will be standing the 2013/14 season in NSW.

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