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Victorian trainer David Lewis will base himself in Sydney for the rest of November in an attempt to qualify his star pacer Abettorpunt for the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The six year old gelding will compete in Saturday night's Newcastle Mile but has been given the visitor's draw and has barrier eleven. "I was a bit concerned when I first saw the draw but after I had a look at the horses drawn around him and thought it through a bit more I was a little bit happier because the speed early looks to be drawn out wide too," Lewis said. "His run in the Nyah Cup at Swan Hill was good, he just couldn't zip up with the leaders but he did sit wide for the last 1400 metres and the first two horses went to the Kilmore Cup and dominated there so in hindsight his run wasn't too bad." Abettorpunt was impressive winning the Geelong Rocket the start prior and Lewis acknowledged the victory convinced him to give the son of Bettors Delight a chance to qualify for the Miracle Mile. "I thought it was about time that he had a go at these bigger races. I cuddled him a bit early in his career, he has only had 47 starts and I've kept him away from the big races and when I was ready to have a go at them last season he had a few issues but I'm really happy with how everything is going right now." "I'm going to base myself at Cobbitty for the month, I'm going to have to travel up the freeway to Newcastle which they tell me is a couple of hours but for the rest of the time we aren't staying too far from Menangle." Lewis will also start Amajorjo at Newcastle on Saturday night and is confident of a forward showing. "I'm really happy with Amajorjo, he is a great track worker and is feeling very well at the moment, I doubt Abettorpunt could beat him here at home at the moment." "Matt Craven will be flying up to drive the horses during the carnival, I'm really looking forward to the trip." Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)  

Last year's Central Victorian Pacing Championship winner Restrepo a Breeders Crown placegetter, was victorious in taking out the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2790 metres at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Saturday, giving him a free ticket into this Sunday's $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup. Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by the all conquering Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin combination, Restrepo (Gavin Lang) was a little slow to begin from barrier two, but quickly regained his composure to settle close and handy one/one. When last year's victor Saint Flash was sent forward early by Daryl Douglas, Lang went ahead of him to again possie one/one, before being shuffled back a spot after the heavily supported favourite Chancellor Cullen circled the field to race outside the lamp lighter Uncle Wingnut. In a race with plenty of action, second elect Abettorpunt commenced a forward move three wide solo from last at the bell, with Restrepo able to latch to his back running into the final bend. When Chancellor Cullen dashed away at the straight entrance, it looked as though he may have pinched the feature, however after the easy passage, Restrepo finished the better to claim him in the shadows of the post, scoring by 2.7 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-58.4 (last half mile a blistering 54.8 - quarter 27.6). Abettorpunt was game in finishing 2.4 metres away in third place. A 5-Y-0 entire by Art Major from Shes Innocent, Restrepo has recorded 14 wins from only 24 race appearances. The $12,000 Jim Roberts Nyah Trotters Cup named in honour of Nyah legend Jim Roberts a former club President and one time HRV Board member, was taken out by 6-Y-0 Earl/Howdoudo gelding Thewannacallmesue for Shepparton (Lemnos) father and son Russell and Nathan Jack in a rate of 2-07.5. Despite racing in the open throughout from barrier three outside the pacemaker Gluteus Major inside him after a slow beginning, Theywannacallmesue raced by the Shellie family outstayed his rivals to record a strong neck victory over Gluteus Major, with Michael Thomas (one/one) third. One of the highlights of the evening was the $12,000 Ian Ray Betta Home Living Swan Hill Mile for C6 or better class over the true 1609 metre journey, with Hamilton trainer David Lewis' smart Art Major/Jolaura 5-Y-0 stallion Amajorjo victorious. First up since June, Amajorjo driven by Terang's Matt Craven from gate five tried unsuccessfully to head of Jackson Painting's Living Lord (gate two), resulting in him being left in the open for the entire trip. Surging to the front on the final bend, Amajorjo scored a meritorious head margin over the hot favourite Magical Telf off a three wide trail from last in the final circuit, with Our Walden Bury (one/two) third. The mile rate 1-53.5 (last half 55.5 - quarter 27.4) which smashed the track record of 1-54.8. Len Baker

Six year old Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding Abettorpunt was a most impressive winner of the $30,000 (Group 3) Sew-Eurodrive Geelong Rocket for M0 or better class over 1609 metres at Geelong on Saturday October 12, much to the delight of owners - the Lewis and Krause family who also bred him. Trained at Hamilton by part-owner David Lewis, Abettorpunt driven by Terang's Matt Craven settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with the heavily supported Mildura Pacing Cup and recent Tabcorp Park victor Five Star Anvil safely retaining the inside running from the pole. Set alight racing for the bell to park outside Five Star Anvil for the final circuit, Craven applied plenty of pressure to the favourite approaching the home turn, before gainingthe upper hand halfway up the running to record a 1.3 metre victory (last half 55.7 - quarter 27.2) over the roughie Garnet River along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker which finished a further 1.5 metres away in third place.  The mile rate 1-55.3 which was a second outside Penny Veejay's track record of 1-54.3 set in 2007. Geelong's Nott family scored a unique double at Geelong when 5-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Galleons Bliss mare Red Hot Chilli landed the SEW Galaxy Vicbred Platinum Country Series E (1st Heat) for Trotters T0 & T1 class over 2100 metres and 7-Y-0 Village Jasper/Any Danger gelding Arber the SEW Meteor Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1609 metres Red Hot Chilli part-owned by Craig Nott, trained and driven by Bolinda's Chris Alford came from near last to score in a rate of 2-05.1 from Slowly Does It and Desert Spur which led, while Arber trained locally by Tim Bolitho, bred and raced by father Philip Nott scored in almost identical fashion, coming from last to defeat Kisartis which followed him home and Manningham Park which led in 1-55.7. Len Baker  

A neat and compact meeting was held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday September 27, featuring the $20,000 Claiming Masters Final and the $16,000 tab.com.au Pace for M2 to M4 class. Smiles of joy turned to disappointment following the victory of six-year-old Aces N Sevens/Alesco gelding Cut For An Ace in the University Foods Claiming Masters Final over 2240 metres. Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs, Cut For An Ace driven by daughter Amy was sent forward from gate five to stroll past Thats Mister Ali inside him shortly after the start and proceeded to run his rivals ragged. Kicking away on straightening, Cut For An Ace (claiming price $25,000) scored by an untouched 12.7 metres in a brilliant mile rate of 1-55.7 over Smudge Bromac from near last and Kotare Roland (one/one) which trailed the heavily supported favourite Catch Your Breath. Cut For An Ace who in winning chalked up his 13th victory in 62 outings, was claimed in the race and will do his future racing in the care of Geoff Webster at Bannockburn in the Geelong area. Hamilton part-owner/trainer David Lewis’ quality six-year-old Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding Abettorpunt resumed from a short break with a brilliant near last to first performance to take out the fast class event over 2240 metres. Driven by Matt Craven, Abettorpunt starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the roughie Pinevale Willpower leading from gate four. Although wide in the final circuit, Abettorpunt raced away on straightening to record a 7-metre victory in advance of Saint Flash and Victors Delight in a mile rate of 1-57.9. It was Abettorpunt’s 19th victory in 45 outings. Bolinda co-trainers Kari and Paul Males brought up another Melton victory with nine-year-old Sundon/Tender Annie gelding Tender Don listed in the racebook as being trained by Kari, taking out the $16,000 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Mobile for TM1 to TM3 class over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.8.. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tender Don (gate five) had little difficulty in crossing Jingling Silver (gate two) shortly after the start, before coasting to the wire 10.4 metres in advance of a game Prettylilangeseyes (one/one – outside winner home turn) after galloping in the score up. Armed Guard finished third. Avenel horseman David Aiken has been having a great run in recent weeks (especially around the provincials) and landed the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 1720 metres at Melton with Kiwi bred mare Brylin Crescent in a slick rate of 1-59.5. Driven by David, Brylin Crescent a seven-year-old daughter of Brylin Boy and Another Starlet led virtually throughout from gate two, easily accounting for Goldstar Invasion (one/one) which raced outside her for the last lap. Just Call Me Earl came from last to finish an eye catching third. Next Friday’s Melton program will feature the $50,000 (Group 2) City Of Melton Plate for four and five-year-olds over 2240 metres and promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Len Baker

A neat and compact meeting was held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday September 27, featuring the $20,000 Claiming Masters Final and the $16,000 tab.com.au Pace for M2 to M4 class. Smiles of joy turned to sadness following the victory of 6-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Alesco gelding Cut For An Ace in the University Foods Claiming Masters Final over 2240 metres. Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs, Cut For An Ace driven by daughter Amy was sent forward from gate five to stroll past Thats Mister Ali inside him shortly after the start and proceeded to run his rivals ragged. Kicking away on straightening, Cut For An Ace (claiming price $25,000) scored by an untouched 12.7 metres in a brilliant mile rate of 1-55.7 over Smudge Bromac from near last and Kotare Roland (one/one) which trailed the heavily supported favourite Catch Your Breath. Cut For An Ace who in winning chalked up his 13th victory in 62 outings, was claimed in the race and will do his future racing in the care of Geoff Webster at Bannockburn in the Geelong area. Hamilton part-owner/trainer David Lewis’ quality 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding resumed from a short break with a brilliant near last to first performance to take out the fast class event over 2240 metres. Driven by Matt Craven, Abettorpunt starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the roughie Pinevale Willpower leading from gate four. Although wide in the final circuit, Abettorpunt raced away on straightening to record a 7 metre victory in advance of Saint Flash and Victors Delight in a mile rate of 1-57.9. It was Abettorpunt’s 19th victory in 45 outings. Bolinda co-trainers Kari and Paul Males brought up another Melton victory with 9-Y-0 Sundon/Tender Annie gelding Tender Don, taking out the $16,000 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Mobile for TM1 to TM3 class over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.8.. Driven by Greg Sugars, Tender Don (gate five) had little difficulty in crossing Jingling Silver (gate two) shortly after the start, before coasting to the wire 10.4 metres in advance of a game Prettylilangeseyes (one/one – outside winner home turn) after galloping in the score up. Armed Guard finished third. Avenel horseman David Aiken has been having a great run in recent weeks (especially around the provincials) and landed the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 1720 metres at Melton with Kiwi bred mare Brylin Crescent in a slick rate of 1-59.5. Driven by David, Brylin Crescent a 7-Y-0 daughter of Brylin Boy and Another Starlet led virtually throughout from gate two, easily accounting for Goldstar Invasion (one/one) which raced outside her for the last lap. Just Call Me Earl came from last to finish an eye catching third. *** Next Friday’s Melton program will feature the $50,000 (Group 2) City Of Melton Plate for four and five year olds over 2240 metres and promises to be one of the highlights of the season.  By Len Baker

Terang based reinsman Matt Craven, Hamilton trainer David Lewis and teenage reinsman Jason Lee took the honours at the Horsham harness racing fixture held on Monday April 22, Craven with a driving treble, Lewis a training double and Lee a driving double.

Hamilton harness racing trainer David Lewis has home bred Art Major/Jolaura entire Amajorjo absolutely airborne at present, chalking up four wins in succession when victorious in the Hamilton Pacing Cup 13 January Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1660 metres at his home track on Monday December 17.

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