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There was a bittersweet irony to former Bendigo harness racing trainer-driver Chris Svanosio's wins aboard Surbiton Hartbreak and Pinevale Victoria at Lord's Raceway on Tuesday night. Svanosio, who moved his training base from Bendigo to Romsey late last year, does not know when he will next get the chance to compete at the venue he still regards as his hometrack. With Harness Racing Victoria moving to a region-based model from today (Thursday) in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Svanosio finds himself away from the Bendigo-based central region and zoned in the east, which has racing bases at Kilmore and Cranbourne. As he does with most things, Svanosio is taking the new regulations in his stride and is fully supportive of the move. "I'm just happy to be racing - none of us have anything to complain about, it could be a lot worse," he said. "We don't know what will happen the next few months, so it was good to go back home and get a couple of winners. "Any winner from here on in is a bonus, I just hope we can keep on racing as long as we can." Svanosio, who is enjoying another productive season with 31 training wins and a similar number of driving wins, said he was rapt to get a win for veteran Eddington-based trainer and long-time friend John Douglas on Surbiton Hartbreak. To watch the race click here "He was one of the first people, who ever gave me drives, when I first started years ago," he said. "I've known John now for a long time. "I don't drive much for him these days, but we have always been good mates, so it was good to get a winner for him."  Surbiton Hartbreak is pictured during an earlier win at Maryborough.   The Courage Under Fire four-year-old has now won two races in his eight career starts for Douglas, who oversees just a small team of horses. Svanosio was similarly chuffed to notch a victory with one of his own horses, the improving three-year-old Pinevale Victoria. "That's her third win for the season, she's not a champion, but she's a real honest little trotter," he said. "She ran in a Group 1 race a little while ago, it was good to get a win on the board. "She was bred by Terry Forster and Helen Lyttleton, who used to have the Sandhurst Road milk bar, and have leased her out to a group of Bendigo people, which was exciting for them." To watch this race click here Meanwhile, Svanosio said Norquay and Repeat After Me would be spelled after productive campaigns, which yielded multiple metropolitan wins. Two of his stable's stars Magicool and Anywhere Hugo will continue to race and are entered at Kilmore on Friday. "We have a lot of young ones who have just qualified the last few weeks - some there will be races for and some there won't," Svanosio said. "We'll just play it by ear. "We'll leave it up to the owners a bit, if they want to give them a spell they can, or if they're happy to have them keep trying to win a race or two, we're happy with that too." By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Chris Svanosio produced a magical winning treble at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, when the Bendigo-based trainer-driver scored wins with three of the four horses he took to the races. Kyvalley Finn got the ball rolling with a narrow triumph in the Alderbaran Park Trot (2240m, NR 70-79), stablemate Norquay then won the Woodlands Trot (2240m, NR 52-61) before Magicool defeated the well fancied Jilliby Babavska to take out the Niota Bloodstock Trot (2240m, NR 80-100). “It’s my first Melton treble as a trainer,” Svanosio told Trots Vision after Magicool’s success. “Every week they are just great fields down here. You have got to wait your turn a bit - some weeks the fields are just that hard. We are happy to have a couple competing down here and going good.” Svanosio was in the sulky for the wins behind Kyvalley Finn and Magicool, with Michelle Phillips partnering Norquay to her victory. Svanosio is now seventh on the state metropolitan drivers’ premiership and eighth in the standings of the metro training title. For Kyvalley Finn, his hard-fought win over longshot Jerichos Trumpet was his ninth and first since July this year. The five-year-old has now collected more than $150,000 in prizemoney. Norquay has won four of her last five starts and the success at Melton on Saturday night followed a down-the-track finish when breaking at the same track a week earlier. The Majestic Son mare is now a winner of five of her 15 career outings. Magicool was able to turn the tables on Jilliby Babavska from their meeting on October 12, running down the leader in the home straight to nab his 12th career triumph. While it was a standout night for Svanosio and his team, the powerful Emma Stewart stable also landed a winning treble. Phoenix Prince won the feature Allied Express Sokyola Sprint (1720m, NR 90-120) for Greg Sugars, while Chris Alford was at the controls for the wins of Nostra Villa (Benstud Vicbred Pace, 2240m, mares NR 70-89) and Freddy Funk (Cogs Claiming Pace, 2240m). Alford scored his other win for the evening with Shaun McNaulty-trained gelding Hashtag in the IRT Australia Pace (1720m, NR 80-94). Alford remains three wins behind Kate Gath on the metro drivers’ premiership standings, while Stewart is now level on nine wins with Andy Gath on the metro trainers’ leaderboard.   HRV Trots Media - Tim O'Connor

CHRIS Svanosio hopes a stellar 2018-19 harness racing year can be the building block to even bigger and better things this season. The young trainer-driver ended the season second among Bendigo region trainers with 43 winners. Only former five-time Victorian leading trainer Glenn Douglas notched up more (112). Svanosio also steered home 68 winners as a driver. It was in the sulky where Svanosio put the lid on a season to cherish, guiding the Sydney-trained Tough Monarch to Group 3 victory in the TAB Coulter Crown at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. The seven-year-old lived up top his moniker with a tenacious win, to give Menangle trainer Rickie Alchin his 18th success with the gelding from 52 starts. It was Svanosio' second win aboard Tough Monarch at Melton following previous success in June 2018. The driver-horse combination also teamed up for a third in the Group 1 Australian Trotting Grand Prix in March, behind the David Aiken-trained Big Jack Hammer. "(Tough Monarch) has come down to stay with me a few of times now - he's a pretty nice horse to have for a couple of weeks," Svanosio said. "He's in the (Maori's Idol Trotters) Free For All against this Saturday night against Tornado Valley, Big Jack Hammer, Kyvalley Blur and all the big trotters, who have won multiple Group 1 races, and possibly going back to Sydney after that. "We are happy to have him here. "He's a big chance (in the free for all), he was terrific on Saturday night. It will be a tough test; there are some good trotters around. "Kyvalley Blur has won half a million (in prize money) and Tornado Valley has won something similar. There were a few more horses in the noms, but the field has got whittled down to the very best." Tough Monarch gave Svanosio his second Group race win for 2018-19, on the very last night of the season. He notched his other in the Group 1 Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series Final for four-year-old entires and geldings with his own horse Kyvalley Finn in July. Those wins were just two of the highlights of a productive and ultimately hugely successful season. "It was a great year .... obviously the biggest win was the Vicbred Super Sires with Kyvalley Finn, but I also spent about five weeks in America during the season," he said. "We were very happy with the number of winners we got this season, hopefully we go even better this year. "I have some nice horses here coming back, like Kyvalley Finn and Anywhere Hugo, and some nice young ones. There's every chance there's some nice ones among those." There has been plenty of early success this season, with Svanosio scoring a driving double with Wild Imagination (Ruth Arthur) and Roslyn Gaye (Gary Merkel) at Echuca on Tuesday night.   By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Len Maher has enjoyed his fair share of success through his nearly 60 years involvement in harness racing. And while has enjoyed plenty of bigger wins than that of Declan Henry's maiden victory at Maryborough on Monday, few have been as special for the now 85-year-old. A nine-year-old trotter with 20 previous starts for just two minor placings, Declan Henry was initially Len's son Graeme's horse. Graeme - a former Bendigo Harness Racing Club track manager and trainer-driver - sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2017, with Declan Henry being leased out the previous year. Len said it was Graeme's wish that his father continued training and hoped that Declan Henry would some day win a race. That break through arrived on Monday. To watch the replay of this race click here. "The horse was special to Graeme, he got him up and going," Maher said. "We had him out on lease, but he didn't win a race. "I got him back and got him going and I thought 'I'll do this for Graeme' and we've won a race with him. "That was our aim, which is what we set out to do .... it was beautiful. "Graeme was desperate for him to win a race and we did." Monday's win ended a run of four-straight fourth place finishes since Maher resumed the training duties with Declan Henry. The veteran trainer praised Chris Svanosio's steer aboard the bay gelding. "Those fourths, he was always a bit slow away and was at the tail of the field trying to get around them, whereas on Monday, he had a good run, got a nice spot in the race and was able to finish it off nicely," Maher said. "He's a nice driver Chris - he looks after the horses and does a great job with them. "I am not going to say if there are more wins in (Declan Henry), our aim was one and we've done it. There are no grand plans with him. If he can win another win it's a bonus." The win culminated a big few days for the Maher family. It followed a posthumous award win for Graeme for meritorious service from the Australian Harness Racing Council. That followed an emotional win earlier this year for reinsman Haydon Gray in the Grame Maher Memorial trot at Lord's Raceway in February. Gray and young trainer Maddie Ray use the Maher's property at Junortoun, next door to Lord's Raceway, as their training base. Another sentimental moment for the Maher family is expected to arrive some time this year, when the affectionately named trotter Graemes Wish, who is currently trialling, makes his race debut. "You can imagine what that (name) means," he said. "It was Graeme's wish that I go on with the horses and that's why we called him that. "He's got a bit of a way to go yet, but he will get there." By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Buster Brady has announced himself as a contender in the Trots Country Cups Championship after an impressive win in the Flying Brick Cider Co. Geelong Pacing Cup. The six-year-old backed a convincing maiden Australian win at Cranbourne on November 17 with a hard-fought victory on Saturday night, when he punched the breeze for much of the 2570m race before running over the top of TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Championship entrant Cash N Flow (third) in the straight. It was Buster Brady’s first win of the championship after a disappointing first-up ninth in the St Arnaud cup earlier this month and the victory took driver Kima Frenning’s record to an impressive 21 wins from 73 starts this season and her second victory as trainer. Frenning said to take out a $50,000 cup for owners the Stokie Racing Group in just her third race as a trainer was “ridiculous”. “I’m still on cloud nine today,” she said. “I can’t believe it and I really, really want to thank Luke Stokie for giving me the opportunity but also David Aiken. I could not have done this without him. “He’s just been a great mentor and to be able to work alongside him for so long has just been amazing. He’s such a great trainer and I couldn’t have done any of this without him.” She said it hadn’t been the ideal run in the Geelong cup and had been concerned about Buster Brady being so open for much of the race, but he was proving to be a “tough” horse. “I was a bit worried throughout the run being without cover for that distance but you know he was just so strong the whole race and then, at the last turn, I was like, you know we might be able to finish this,” she said. Buster Brady finished just outside the ID18 rankings at 43 but Frenning said even if they had snuck through he’d already been scratched from the series. “He’s probably 12 months off that and there’s other races that we can target,” she said. “There’ll be a couple of country cups he’ll go in and I know there’s a free-for-all on Inter Dominion finals night that we’ll aim him for as well. There’s plenty of good races around for him.” In the Yabby Dam Racing McNamara Memorial Trotters Cup Endsin A Party held off a fast finishing Save Our Pennys for an impressive win for owner-trainer Brad Stevens. In Chris Svanosio's hands, Endsin A Party found the front from the standing start and held on to win by a head and gift Stevens his greatest stakes win. San Carlo and I’m the Boss (10 points each) continue to lead the 2018-19 Trots Country Cups Championship while King Denny (12 points) has pulled clear of the Maori's Idol Trotting Championship. The Trots Country Cups Championship reaches its 2018 conclusion with Sunday’s Barham Insurance Advisers Stawell Pacing Cup, which presents as a big day in Victoria’s west as the party continues after Saturday night’s first heats of the TAB Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships. A big day is planned, with more details here:   Mark Smith Trots Media

AMERICA here we come. That’s something Victorian dairy farmers and harness hobbyists John and Mary Meade never thought they’d say. Now it’s reality as they pack their bags to head to New York of all places with their pride and joy, their star trotter Sparkling Eyes. And, judging by his farewell Aussie run, Sparkling Eyes is primed o do everyone proud in the $US1 million Yonkers International Trot in New York on October 13. John Meade looks to have timed the preparation well with two sound placings to open this campaign then a pair of dominant Melton wins. Sparkling Success sat parked with driver Chris Svanosio controlling the tempo while his only real danger, Kyvalley Blur, two back in the running line. Svanosio put paid to the leader, El Paco, rounding the final bend, opened-up and big league and easily held-off a game Kyvalley Blur to win by 3.4m in a slick 1min55.9sec mile rate for 1720m. They dashed home in56.5 and 27.7sec. What an exciting time for Down Under harness with Lazarus commanding so much attention in North America and an in-form Sparkling Success headed his way. _________________________________________________________________________ NOW we are starting to see why Team Tritton thinks former their Kiwi pacer My Alpha Rock is Inter Dominion material. The sixth year-old posted his fourth successive Menangle win and this time ran a personal best and broke with the 1min50sec barrier with a sparkling 1min49.5sec mile last night (Saturday). All this from a wide draw and being part of a slick 26.8sec opening quarter then splits of 28.1, 27.2 and 27.4sec. “We’ve always liked him and have given him time. He’s really gone to the next level these past few runs,” Shane Tritton said. “The plan is to take him down (to Melbourne) for the Victoria Cup (October 13) and then the Inter Dominion later on.” My Alpha Rock has won eight of his 11 starts since joining Team Tritton at the end of last year, Shane and Lauren Tritton also have Inter Dominion hopefuls Franco Nelson and Gotta Go Ya Hu. The other key winner at Menangle was Steve Turnbull’s emerging five-year-old Joes Star Of Mia, who sat parked to win the Group 3 Dahua final in a 1min50.9sec mile. _________________________________________________________________________ STILL on the Inter Dominion theme and gifted Victorian pacer My Kiwi Mate is another headed that way. Craig Demmler’s gelding has always shown Group 1 potential and his Melton win in The Gammlite (2240m) at Melton last night (Saturday) was the most “complete” of his career. More renowned for his lethal sit-sprint style, My Kiwi Mate worked early, was stuck wide, drifted back to last and then came five and six-wide around the entire field to snatch a half-neck win. All this in a slick 1min55.2sec mile and closing splits of 57 and 28.2sec. It’s been a fantastic training effort from Demmler to nurse My Kiwi Mate back from a bone chip in a back fetlock which required an operation. Demmler has often likened My Kiwi Mate’s potential to Breenys Fella, who he drove in a string of major races for his father, Ted, including second to Shakamaker in the 2000 Inter Dominion final. My Kiwi Mate’s win came at only his second run on the comeback trail, which saw him spend between October 14, last year and August 24 this year off the scene. Some of his best runs so far have included a second in the 2015 Queensland Derby, 3rd in the 2015 Breeders Crown 3YO final and 4th in the 2016 4YO Harness Jewels. _________________________________________________________________________ SAD news during the past week with the passing of popular and highly-talented pacer Messini. The former classy Kiwi juvenile, who spent most of his open-age career in Victoria, passed away last Wednesday. “It’s been a terrible morning for us all at Lilley racing with the passing of our brave warrior Messini. Will be missed around the place that’s for sure. RIP mate,” tweeted Brent Lilley. Messini raced 97 times for 26 wins, 28 placings and earned a thumping $711,711. His major wins included the 2018 Bendigo Cup and Group 1 victories in the 2015 Vicbred 4YO final and 2014 Vicbred 3YO final. _________________________________________________________________________ EMERGING WA pacer Vampiro is one of many who will be glad when Chicago Bull leaves the state for major races in Victoria and NZ. While not in the Chicago Bull league – certainly not yet anyway – Vampiro has raced through the grades for Greg and Skye Bond to be on the next level. And he confirmed it with another impressive Gloucester Park win, this time in free-for-all class, last Friday night. It was his third successive win at the track and he made the most of a good trail and lovely Ryan Warwick drive to easily account for Chicago Bull’s talented stablemate, Runrunjimmydunn, who worked outside the leader, Natural Disaster. Despite the dawdling midrace tempo of a 62.6sec middle half, Vampiro was simply too quick in an official 55.9sec closing half to win by 2.9m.   Adam Hamilton

THE world awaits top Aussie trotter Sparkling Success. And the Victorian regained feature race winning form just ahead of his trip to the US for the $1 million Yonkers Interational Trot in October. It’s one of the great stories given he’s trained by dairy farmers John and Mary Meade, who have sold the farm to concentrate on campaigning Sparkling Success in the US. After two sound runs back from a spell, regular driver Chris Svanosio obviously felt Sparkling Success was primed to do some work and launched him a daring and race-winning midrace move around the field to take the lead. It left main danger and hot favourite Maori Time parked doing the work in the $35,000 Group Breeders Crown Graduate Trotters’ free-for-all. Sparkling Success was always in control, winning by 3.7m in a slick 1min58sec mile rate for 2240m “This is the race he won last year which showed how good he was and Meady thought he was getting back to his top so I was happy to do a bit of work on him. He felt terrific,” Svanosio said. Meade said Sparkling Success could race again at Melton on September 8 before boarding a flight to the US seven days later. The adorable Meade told : “There’s a lot of thing I don’t know yet, there’s probably a lot of things when I come home I won’t know either, but anyway. “We are going. I still haven’t got my visa. I haven’t got a credit card and I haven’t got a mobile phone. I have got a passport. “I’ve only got to just get on my computer – computers and me aren’t real good – I’ve been busy trying to get my licence and organise my cows for sale.” ____________________________________________________________________________ YOU may never see another race quite like what Dance Craze did in the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Mares’ final at Melton last Friday night. It wasn’t the way she won, but rather how as a $1.10 favourite she did two staggering things to beat herself. About 100m from the winning post with a lap to go, she shied at something, broke badly while leading,  caused chaos in the field, but recovered well enough to zoom around take the lead again down the back straight. Driver Nathan Jack cut her loose on the final bend and she got to the 100m mark in the home straight with a huge lead before … doing exactly what she did a lap earlier. This time she galloped, lost all chance and finished ninth. For the record, the race was won by Margaret Jean for trainer Chris Svanosio and driver Mark Pitt. ____________________________________________________________________________ GLAMOUR mare Our Golden Goddess’ unbeaten streak this campaign came to an end when she could only manage third in the $60,000 Group 2 Breeders Crown Graduate Open free-for-all (2240m) at Melton last Friday night. The scratching of favourite and big threat Shadow Sax left Our Golden Goddess a dominant $1.70 favourite, but much-improved leader Audi Hare dictated in front and found plenty to win by a head over Nikkibandwagon (behind leader). Our Golden Goddess was another head away third and timed to run her last 800m out three-wide without cover in 54.9sec. Such has been Audi Hare’s improvement, trainer David Aiken touted a possible Melbourne Inter Dominion tilt for the rising six-year-old. ____________________________________________________________________________ CHICAGO Bull stole the show at Gloucester Park last Friday, but a couple of Greg and Skye Bond’s exciting four-year-olds delivered nice cameos. Former buzz juvenile Mitch Maguire and the emerging former Kiwi Vampiro both look headed to bigger and better things. Mitch Maguire sat parked, but simply blew away a handy field for a speed with a 55.4 closing half to score in a 1min56.4sec mile rate for 2130m. It was his fourth win from his past five starts and his 17th from just 26 career runs. Vampiro, who looks every bit a serious open-class player in the making, didn’t win as easily but was even more impressive. After rapidly rising through the grades, Vampiro had been good without winning of late, but turned it around when he dropped back in grade slightly and to a standing race off 20m. Ryan Warwick stepped him away well, made an early move to sit parked and then went crunch through the middle stages with a 56.1sec split from the 1200-400m. Vampiro tired late, but held on to beat stablemate Courage Tells by 1.4m in a sharp 1min57.7sec mile rate for the long 2503m standing-start. The Bonds snared a treble on the night with Mighty Mr Sharkey led throughout to upset stablemate El Jacko in the fourth event. ____________________________________________________________________________ A WIDE draw and tough run saw NZ Cup hopeful Tiger Tara finish just midfield in the Group 3 Vic Frost Cup (1609m) at Menangle last night. Kevin Pizzuto’s stable star was only second-up from a spell and worked hard three-wide then outside the leader and winner My Alpha Rock before tiring late for a 7.1m fifth. My Alpha Rock continues to emerge as a open-class player and there was plenty to like about his bold front-running win in a 1min50.9sec mile. The flop of the race was former All Stars’ pacer Cash N Flow, now in the Craig Cross barn, who had a good trip, but failed to beat a rival home. ____________________________________________________________________________ A LATE surge from Lauren Tritton left her one with short of winning the Menangle drivers’ premiership. Todd McCarthy’s early treble last night gave him a three-win lead, but Tritton hit back with victories on My Alpha Rock and Petes Big Jim. Petes Big Jim, a placegetter and Jewels and Vicbred finals, had to pull-out all stops to beat Tim Butt’s recent Kiwi import Izzy Dagg in the Garrards Ready 2 Run Sale Stakes in a slick 1min52.9sec mile.   Adam Hamitlon

Bendigo trainer-driver Chris Svanosio's whirlwind season could ascend to an even greater tier when the talented horseman brings a strong hand to Maryborough for Sunday's trotting showcase. The two-day Redwood Carnival peaks with Sunday's Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby at 3.47pm, when Svanosio will present two genuine chances in the $75,000 age classic. He will take the reins of well-drawn Kyvalley Finn and also trains Anywhere Hugo, the fancied and well-bred three-year-old who last month gifted Svanosio his first Group 1 as a trainer when winning the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series final. "Anywhere Hugo won a Group 1 a little while ago, so it's good to have him back and up again in the Derby on Sunday," Svanosio told Gait Speed today. The gelding by Majestic Son has won five of his 18 starts and been in the top three on 11 occasions, including when he placed third in last Saturday's SBG Accountants 3YO Trot at Tabcorp Park Melton. On that occasion Anywhere Hugo was slow away and has paid the price, with stewards placing the gelding out of the draw, which will have him start from gate 13. "I was very happy with his run," Svanosio said. "Being drawn out the back doesn't matter too much, it's a long trip, so (driver) Gavin (Lang) can keep out of trouble early and I'm sure he will be running home hard at the finish. "When you look at his sectional times (last start), Anywhere Hugo has run the quickest last mile and just kept running home the last 400 out three wide. He pulled up terrific, so I'm sure he will be fitter on Sunday." As mentioned, Svanosio will also field Kyvalley Finn in the Derby. "Anywhere Hugo's got a little bit more ability than Kyvalley Finn, but Kyvalley Finn just tries his hardest every time and he hasn't had a lot of luck in the bigger races with the draw," Svanosio said, before Kyvalley Finn was blessed with gate two for Saturday's Derby. "(From a good draw) he can get a nice trip up near them and I'm sure he will be finishing off pretty good. He's always pretty honest." It could be a big day for the 36-year-old, who will also take the reins of Group 1 winning trotter Sparkling Success. He is first up from a spell on Sunday in the Peter Egan Bi-Rite Electrical Trotters Free For All. It's an important outing for his Warrnambool trainer-owner-breeder John Meade, with Sparkling Success bound for a ground-breaking trip to the US to contest the International Trot at New York's Yonkers Raceway. "With going to the US in mind, (John Meade's) happy with how he's come up," Svanosio said. "He's had a few trials and will kick off on Sunday in the free for all. All going good he will have a couple of runs and is due to head to America mid-September." Michael Howard for Trots Media

It's got a bit of Crocodile Dundee about it - the dairy farmer from Victoria's south-west heading to the biggest smoke of them all, the Big Apple - New York City, for a $1.3 million horse race. Mick Dundee isn't a dairy farmer and as far as we know didn't train horses, but there are plenty of parallels between the man who hunts crocodiles and the dairy farmer who hunts race wins. John Meade says he is stoked to be invited to contest the $1.3 million Yonkers International Trot in New York in October with his champion trotter Sparkling Success. "I would say at this stage we'll be making the trip but there's a bit of water to go under the bridge yet," the affable trainer whose race-night hat is not dissimilar to Croc Dundee's told the Warrnambool Standard's Tim Auld. Read the full story at   Cody Winnell

Sparkling Success has arrived. He’s well and truly announced himself. And he did it on the biggest stage possible, dominating his harness racing rivals in the Gr.1 $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight (Saturday) – the second leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters. In the biggest and richest square gaiting event staged in the country, the John Meade trained and Chris Svanosio driven trotter proved too classy for his rivals in the 2760m mobile start feature defeating New Zealand raider Temporale and Hey Yo in track record time. The six-year-old Great Success gelding proved his greatness with a hard fought victory in a time of 1:58.7, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:58.8 set by last year’s victor Glenferrie Typhoon. Boasting outstanding credentials, punters kept the local star safe in the market before an aggressive Svanosio drive landed the prize. Vincennes was able to spear to the lead from a wide draw and dictated terms while race favourite Red Hot Tooth was left without cover in the early stages. Sydney trotter On Thunder Road worked forward and took up the role on the outside of the leader while Sky Petite and Sparkling Success quickly made their moves. The lead time was covered in 84.2 seconds. With Vincennes leading, Sparkling Success eventually parked outside with 1400m approximately left to run. The first half of the final mile was covered in 30.5 and 30.2 seconds. Entering the back straight, Vincennes led Sparkling Success while The Boss Man, Temporale and Hey Yo gained economical trips against the pylons. Red Hot Tooth made a solo three-wide move with Daryl Boko tracking the move, both Speeding Spur and My Tribeca sat well back in the field as the tempo quickened. The third quarter was covered in 28.8 seconds. At the top of the home straight, Sparkling Success raced clear of Vincennes while The Boss Man, Temporale and Hey Yo all found room to move and loomed as legitimate threats. But Sparkling Success wouldn’t be denied and held Temporale by 1.2 metres with another 1.7 metres back to Hey Yo in third position. The final quarter was covered in 29.9 seconds. Race favourite Red Hot Tooth wilted to finish at the rear of the field. “This is unbelievable, he won the Maori Mile two starts ago but this race easily tops that, this is the biggest race on the calendar in Australia for trotters.” A jubilant John Meade declared, a dairy farmer from Cudgee in the state’s south-west. Sparkling Success boasts an outstanding record of 15 wins from 30 starts while his earnings now exceed $360,000. The next leg of the APG Trotting Masters takes place at Melton with the running of the Gr.1 $100,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix on March 10. Sparkling Success now joins Dominion winner Amaretto Sun as the leg winners of the 2017/18 APG Trotting Masters to date. 6 9:00pm PRYDE'S EASIFEED GREAT SOUTHERN STAR (GROUP 1) 2760M $300,000 TM0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SPARKLING SUCCESS      Sr3 10 John Meade Chris Svanosio   $ 4.10   PRS PRU 3WM 2 SWAB   BAY GELDING 6 by GREAT SUCCESS USA out of DIAMOND INSITU (CR COMMANDO USA)  Owner(s): J F Meade, M B Meade  Breeder(s): J F Meade, M B Meade 2 TEMPORALE NZ      Sr1 8 Tony Herlihy Tony Herlihy 1.2m $ 5.70   PRS PRU 5 D/F$ 3 HEY YO NZ      Fr5 5 Sonya Smith Greg Sugars 2.9m $ 48.30   PRS 3WE RES 7 SWAB 4 THE BOSS MAN      Fr1 1 Ellen Tormey Ellen Tormey 7.3m $ 47.90   PRS PRU GS 3 5 MY TRIBECA ITA      Sr4 12 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 10.2m $ 35.20   PRS 8 HO HUE 6 VINCENNES      Fr7 7 Anton Golino Jason Lee 15.3m $ 79.30   PRS GS L 1 7 DARYL BOKO FIN      Fr2 2 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 17.6m $ 25.10   PRS W2 3WLT LW 8 SPEEDING SPUR NZ      Sr5 13 John Dickie Josh Dickie 24.6m $ 6.30   PRS W3 3WLT LW 9 SKY PETITE      Sr2 9 Dean Pattison Michael Stanley 27.8m $ 56.70   PRS 3WM 4 10 KYVALLEY BLUR USA      Fr6 6 Brent Lilley Chris Alford 30.2m $ 11.60   PRS RAS INC W4 3WLT 11 ON THUNDER ROAD NZ      Fr4 4 Darren Hancock Darren Hancock 57.3m $ 17.70   PRS 3WE 6 BUP SD1T 12 RED HOT TOOTH      Fr3 3 Kari Males Zac Phillips 77.2m $ 3.10 fav  PRS GS W1 3WL TIRE QUER VXAR SWAB WI Scratchings   FABRICATION 11 Track Rating: Gross Time: 3:23:6 Mile Rate: 1:58:7 Lead Time: 84.2 First Quarter: 30.5 Second Quarter: 30.2 Third Quarter: 28.8 Fourth Quarter: 29.9 Margins: 1.2m x 1.7m   Chris Barsby

Lord's Raceway has been a second home for harness racing driver Chris Svanosio. His father Peter has been on the committee of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club for the best part of 40 years and Chris has been attending the Bendigo Pacing Cup meeting since he was old enough to walk. It was fitting that the Bendigo harness racing driver broke through for his first Group One victory on Bendigo Pacing Cup night. Svanosio steered Sparkling Success to a stunning victory in the Group One $28,500 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile on Saturday.   For the locals, Svanosio's victory overshadowed Messini's win in the Petstock Bendigo Pacing Cup. "To win my first Group One race at Bendigo in front of a lot of family and friends was terrific,'' Svanosio said. "It's great to win a big race. You do a lot of travelling, a lot of late nights, a lot of early mornings...this is the reward." Svanosio didn't bustle Sparkling Success out of the gates and he settled ideally in fourth place. Svanosio made a key move with 1000m remaining when he moved Sparkling Success to the death seat outside the leader.  Chris Svanosio and the winning connections after Sparkling Success' victory. Picture: STUART McCORMICK   The six-year-old trotter travelled sweetly outside Glenferrie Typhoon and put the race to bed at the top of the home straight. Sparkling Success won by 6.5m in a track record time of 1:53:9. It was also the quickest time for a trotter over a mile in Victoria. "He felt terrific all the way and he just cruised home,'' Svanosio said. "I was happy to stay out of trouble early on and I knew once the race settled down that the death seat would be available. "The horse races well from the death seat and he never looked like losing. "Once he gets a length or two in front... he sometimes waits for the others, but he just did it so easy." Svanosio said Sparkling Success was likely to have one more run before its grand final in the Great Southern Star.  Chris Alford and Messini win the Bendigo Pacing Cup. Picture: STUART McCORMICK   Meanwhile, master driver Chris Alford put on a clinic at Lord's Raceway on Saturday night. Alford won five of the eight races, including the Petstock Bendgo Pacing Cup with Messini. The Cup was expected to be a two-horse war between Moonrock and Ideal For Real, but it was Messini, Alford and trainer Brett Lilley who had the last laugh. Messini enjoyed the hot tempo out in front and Alford produced a well-timed run to win by six metres from Mister Wickham and Bad Billy. Missrock and Ideal For Real finished fourth and seventh respectively.  Waikare Astronomer was impressive in winning race two on Bendigo Pacing Cup night. Picture: STUART McCORMICK   Longlea trainer Graham McDermott celebrated a home track win with Waikare Astronomer. Aided by a great Gavin Lang drive, Waikare Astronomer stormed home on the sprint lane to win his second race from just nine career starts. By Adam Bourke Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Chris Svanosio’s chase for an elusive Group 1 win will lead directly across the road to Lord’s Raceway on Saturday night. The Bendigo harness racing trainer and reinsman will drive Sparkling Success in the $50,000 Maori Mile and will enter the feature race quietly confident given recent form. Sparkling Success is on the second line of betting at $7, behind only champion Victorian trotter Glenferrie Typhoon, who will be out to claim his second Maori Mile in three years. Svanosio, who has been based backed in his hometown of Bendigo since August, believed the six-year-old gelding, who is trained at Cudgee by John Meade, had earned his crack at he likes of Glenferrie Typhoon and another of the favourites Maori Time. “Glenferrie Typhoon was the Australian trotter of the year last year and Maori’s Time has won this race before and they have both won about $400,000, but he (Sparkling Success) is really stepping up now to run the really big ones now,” he said. “He’s getting better all the time (and) he’s beaten them both home before, so hopefully he can do it again. “He was huge again last start; he drew seven and did  a heap of work early on, was three-wide around the first bend and still hit the front half way up the straight and just got run down late. “If he doesn’t have to do as much work early this time and gets somewhere near them, he will be pretty hard to beat. “He’s definitely got a better draw.” Regardless of whoever wins, Svanosio said it would be no surprise to see a new track record set for the mile. “On a warm night, Bendigo is as fast as nay track in Australia and the trotters just get around it so well,” he said. “There’s probably never been a better trotter’s race here.” The 35-year-old has come close to breaking the Group 1 hoodoo before, including with Sparkling Success in last month’s $50,00 Bill Collins Sprint at Melton. He has also been placed in three Sires finals and in New South Wales derbies. “Hopefully I can go one better,” Svanosio said. It was a mixed 2017 for the popular horseman, who was sidelined for three months while battling a cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF). He spent six weeks in hospital in Melbourne and another six weeks battling persistent headaches, neck and shoulder pain and vomiting. Svanosio spent the months after his return in the Western districts, but returned home in August and has since trained 14 winners. There’s probably never been a better trotter’s race here. Chris Svanosio He continues to operate out of the stables of Australian harness racing great Bruce Morgan at Junortoun and has 11 trotters and a pair of pacers currently in work. Svanosio will have four drives on Cup night, including on two of his own horses, Artful Christian, who is co-owned by his dad and BFNL general manager Dennis Bice, and Rosehill Magic. “Artful Christian is no champion, but just a terrific horse and tries real hard,” said. “He’s won nine races and it’s a pretty solid field he is in, but we are happy with him at the moment. He won’t be too far away. “Rosehill Magic has won two races recently, but drawn very wide. We’re hoping she can run into a place.” Asked for his view on Saturday night’s $60,000 Bendigo Pacing Cup field, Svanosio expected the Camperdown-trained Bad Billy to run a bold race. “It’s pretty even, but Bad Billy has probably never ran in that class before, but he has just been racing terrific at Melton,” he said. “He just gets home so hard and he won’t be too far away with only seven in it. “He’s got the wonder-kid on him in Jason Lee – he’ll be very hard to beat.” Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

Tonight’s Swan Hill trots cup meet proved a harness racing red letter occasion for Graham McDermott’s Myola operation. The horseman scored a winning double by picking up both the $13,000 Haras Des Trotteurs Jim Roberts Swan Hill Trotters Cup with Majestic Ess Jay (Majestic Son-Steffi Jay) and the $10,000 Swan Hill Automotive Swan Hill Mile with five-year-old Lucky Lombo (Major In Art-Isabella Lombo). Majestic Ess Jay, a six-year-old gelding, was sent forward by reinsman Chris Svanosio early after stepping professionally from the 20-metre handicap tape at the 2790-metre standing start point. Once in front Majestic Ess Jay saw off challenges from Glorious Finale (Jackie Barker, in the breeze), Heza Boy Star (Matthew Craven, leader’s back after initially leading) and race favourite Aleppo Sunrise, who made a sweeping late run around the field first-up for Haydon Gray after starting off 30m to get beaten a short half-head in a 2:02.8 mile rate. Majestic Ess Jay, who ran sixth beaten 15.2m behind star Monbet in the Group 1 Australasian Trotting Championship in January, started a $3.60 second elect with punters, Aleppo Sunrise a $2.80 shot despite not having raced since December 2015 and not having won since January 2013. On the strength of his run tonight however, the runner-up's drought breaks very soon. Heza Boy Star finished third and Leannes Boy ran fourth in the Trotters Cup. Majestic Ess Jay's stake earnings are now over the $110,000 mark. Ultra-talented pacer Lucky Lombo showed he may have a role to play this Trots Country Cups season with a cracking return to the track in the flying mile race. Driven by Gavin Lang, Lucky Lombo – as is his way – was given time to balance up before coming with a strong run at the finish to defeat Gollahman (Michael Bellman) by a head in 1:55.1, with class mare Miss Dreamin (Grant Campbell) third and 5.3m from the winner. Lang took driving honours at Swan Hill with a winning treble, the Lucky Lombo success added to victories in Race 1 aboard Ample Power (Mach Three-Modern Life) and Race 3 behind Phoenix Prince (Somebeachsomewhere-Classic Cathy), both hailing from the Emma Stewart stable to also give that trainer a winning double. Svanosio steered Johns Grin (Grinfromeartoear-Vinnies Dreams) to a 1.9m win over long odds-on pop Our Star Dust in Race 4 to deliver the Matthew Craven stable a victory, the Trotters’ Cup triumph giving Svanosio a double. Other winners were smart four-year-old Hickstead (Mach Three-Il Informed) for trainer/driver John Justice in Race 2 and Glenn Douglas-trained Give Me The Night (Santanna  Blue Chip-Alright On The Night), given a perfect guide by Monique Burnett, in Race 8 to deliver local clubman Noel Watson a victory as owner. RELATED: HECTORJAYJAY ULTRA-IMPRESSIVE WINNING SWAN HILL CUP Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

For Terang harness racing trainer Matthew Craven the win of his mare Aldebaran Deebee in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series four-year-old mares’ heat at Maryborough on Thursday was a celebration for two reasons. One, she won. Two, good mate and stable employee Chris Svanosio returned to the winners’ list after a recent health battle. “It was terrific to see Chris win aboard the horse owned by Peter, his father,” Craven said. “Chris is a huge asset to my stable. He’s first there in the morning and last to leave. He’s a terrific worker.” Aldebaran Deebee (Skyvalley/Dirty Harriet) rated 2:02.2 to defeat Kimmywho by 3.9m, with Hush Your Majesty third. The Ararat Trotting Cup winner from earlier this year drew gate five for next Friday night’s Final, while talented Endsino from the Andy Gath yard grabbed the pole draw. “We’ve had a few little setbacks,” Craven said of Aldebaran Deebee’s recent patchy form. “But I think we’re on top of that now and she’ll benefit a lot from the run (at Maryborough). “The trouble with her is … any little setback really hits her hard and prevents us from working her how she needs to be worked.” The four-year-old mares’ trot Vicbred final shapes as one of the races of the night next Friday, with another heat winner Val Gardena (Kadabra/Lets Be Happy) drawing barrier three, and Sky Petite, who defeated Endsino in their heat, drawn eight – inside the second row. Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO Trotting Mares Final Draw 1: Endsino 2: Kimmywho 3: Val Gardena 4: Zaire Diva 5: Aldebaran Deebee 6: Vari Perfect (EM) 7: Ruby Pinevale 8: Sky Petite 9: Sashas Dream 10: Desert Flyer 11: Knocked Off Early 12: Hush Your Majesty (ODM) 13: Donski (ODM) Cody Winnell

Harness racing driver Chris Svanosio returns to the sulky on Saturday night following a three-month battle with a cerebrospinal fluid leak, also known as CSF leak. Svanosio, 34, spent six weeks in Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and another six weeks laid up in Bendigo battling ongoing severe headaches, neck and shoulder pain and vomiting. “It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before,” Svanosio said of the pain. “It was because there was no fluid around my brain.” The initial symptoms attacked Svanosio at a Caduceus Club function in February and escalated quickly. The popular horseman, who has 269 wins to his name in the sulky, underwent neurosurgery in late February before several rounds of blood patch treatment, where Svanosio had blood taken and injected into his spinal cord. “In the end they must have injected the blood into the right spot (in mid-March) because I could stand up and was feeling virtually all right,” Svanosio said. “They sent me home and told me to go easy.” Svanosio is back in Terang, where he works with trainer Matthew Craven, and returns to race driving on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Among Svanosio’s three drives is exciting trotting mare Aldebaran Deebee, owned by father Peter, in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. “Matty’s done a great job with her while I’ve been sick. There are a couple of nice races ahead for her with the Sires (Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series) and the Bacardi Lindy (June 3),” he said. Svanosio will also take the reins aboard Owen Martin-trained Hellovaway in the Cougar Bourbon Pace and Hinault for Craven in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot. While he was sidelined Svanosio says he was inundated with well-wishes. “I’ve had people ringing me up and sending me messages, taking the time to send cards, that’s been really great. I couldn’t believe the amount of people. It’s amazing how many people have taken time out to get in touch and wish me well,” he said. And being back at work is a great feeling. “(I’m) Loving it … It really makes you appreciate it. This morning I was up early and worked 22 (horses). “Everything just seems really good at the moment. There’s no guarantee it won’t flare up again but the doctors are hopeful they’ve solved it.” Svanosio now has something in common with basketball star player/coach Steve Kerr and Hollywood superstar George Clooney, who have both overcome CSF leak. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016

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