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Glenn Douglas might have his maiden Metropolitan Trainers' Premiership all parcelled up, but the prolific Bendigo horseman is keen to gear up at least one winner at tomorrow night's (Thursday August 26) final city-class meeting of the harness racing season at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

Champion Victorian harness racing driver Chris Alford boosted his bank roll with a fabulous weekend, landing feature winners at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, Bathurst on Saturday and Echuca on Sunday, while at the same time earning plenty of frequent flyer points.

In the wonderful world of harness racing parlance it could easily be said that the only feature separating a star and an icon is a nickname. Any mention of the 'Bathurst Bulldog' or the 'Temora Tornado' immediately revives memories of harness racing heroes Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios in the same way stories of the 'Goondiwindi Grey' became inextricably tied to their galloping cousin Gunsynd.

Quality 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Tanabi gelding Tanabi Bromac the 2008 Victoria Derby victor, was successful in taking out the $25,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2530 metres held at harness racing's Frank Ryan Raceway on Wednesday February 9.

A significant class edge has seen brilliant Elmore gelding Tanabi Bromac record his biggest win for the 2010-2011 harness racing season in the $25,000 Alabar Echuca Cup on Wednesday night (February 9).

Despite its altered position on the Victorian harness racing calendar, for one of its past champions, this year's Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup could scarcely have come at a better time. One of the original acceptors for the 2,530 metre stand start feature prior to its postponement as a result of Victoria's flood crisis last month, 2009 Echuca Cup champion Wideford Hill is one of few runners to re-nominate for the $25,000 race this Wednesday night (February 9).

Harness Racing Victoria advises that the Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 9 after the abandonment of last night's meeting. HRV and Echuca Harness Racing Club made the difficult decision to cancel the meeting after an evacuation warning was issued for the area by the State Emergency Service late on Sunday afternoon.

Bonny Mach Three/Atomic Fusion 5-Y-0 mare Ay Tee Em resumed racing at the Gunbower harness racing fixture held at Echuca on Wednesday December 8, taking out the fast class feature of the night - the Brian & Lyn Wills Santa Claus Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres.

The royally bred, lightly raced three-year-old Nassooa broke maiden ranks at the Shepparton meeting at the Echuca harness racing last night (October 12). Making his first outing since February, the gelding pinged straight to the front from the No. 5 gate and never really gave his nine rivals a look in.

A reduction of the breeding and racing stock of two of Australia's premier harness racing breeders, Mick Lombardo and the late Peter Provis, will underpin the National Blue Ribbon Sale to be held at Alabar Bloodstock's Echuca farm on Sunday, September 19.

Veteran Elmore harness racing horseman Neville Welsh enjoyed a great night at the Shepparton HRC fixture held at Echuca on Saturday August 28, winning a stable double with 6-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Bethany Rose mare Enotheque taking the Harcorp Trading Trotters Handicap and ever reliable Blissful Hall/Armatrix filly Nova Arama the Hicks Stables 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres.

There were two harness racing meetings held in Victoria on Thursday August 19, with ever popular Maryborough racing in the afternoon and Echuca the night venue.

Echuca-Moama trainer Shane Gilligan "stole the show" at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held at Echuca on Wednesday August 11, chalking up a training double with Allamerican Idol taking the Neatline Homes 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres and Falcon Doors the Quest Serviced Apartments Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres.

His main aim for the week has always been to get Make Mine Cullen through to the $200,000 Group 1 Chariots Of Fire, but top harness racing driver Daryl Douglas used the meantime to bring up yet another milestone.

The Shepparton Harness Racing Club conducted a night fixture at Echuca on Thursday July 15, which proved most signifigant, as champion reinsman Daryl Douglas chalked up his 3500th winner during the evening, guiding 4-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Decora gelding Hey Whats Doin to victory in the Hardcorp Trading Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres in a rate of 2-04.9.

Entries are being invited for the National Blue Ribbon Alabar Broodmare and Yearling Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron Board & Simmons at Alabar Bloodstock's Echuca property on Sunday, September 19.

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