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Central Victorian reinswoman Ellen Tormey had an unforgettable night out at the latest Mildura Harness Racing meeting, but she admits she didn't make the four-hour trek chock-full of confidence. But there's nothing like a run of luck to turn things around - and Tormey did that on Friday night, putting together a "fabulous five" winners for the first time in her career at the far north west Victorian track. "I had an awful night at Echuca the night before and the previous week at Mildura I think I was on four favorites and they all got run down, so I didn't exactly arrive full of confidence," Tormey said. "I've driven four winners a couple of times before at Mildura but you never expect five winners, and I certainly didn't that night. But it was a great feeling!" Tormey got her first winner in race one, Skippers Swan Song (Western Terror - Beejaykay (Tompkins Hanover) for Mildura trainer Scott Garraway.  Watch the race replay click here! And if that didn't revive her confidence, her next drive in race three, certainly would have despatched any doubts, with Smoke My Motor (Mach Three - Celibacy (Safely Kept) being the easiest of winners, by 28 metres, for Bendigo trainer Kate Hargreaves. In race eight, Tormey partnered Mildura headline act Bernie Winkle (Rock N Roll Heaven - Dolly Mcd (Mach Three) when, in his customary barnstorming last-to-first fashion, he racked up an amazing 15th win this season on the tight Mildura circuit for trainer Julie Douglas. Tormey then went on to score in successive races: again for Douglas with Elegant Jewel (Mach Three - Hilarious Jewel (Artsplace) and Come On Elvis (Rock N Roll Heaven - Modern Girl (Modern Art) for Mildura trainer Frank Cavallaro. "I was fortunate to be driving some very nice horses, and if you can put good quality horses in a good position you hope you can get the job done. But horses like Bernie Winkle just make you look good!" she said. Tormey, who grew up in Charlton and cut her teeth in the pony trots, became passionate about harness racing watching the trots on TV with her dad (trainer John Tormey). "I was only about 10 or 11, but at that time (former world champion) driver Kerryn Manning was winning everything and because she was a girl, I used to take notice of her," Ellen said. "That's really who inspired me to want to be a driver. When I was a teenager, I worked with Kerryn in school holidays and she was a great mentor. Then when I was 16 I got my junior driver's licence. "Dad has been another big influence. He always gives me pretty direct feedback when I drive for him! "He actually did drive a bit himself, but I wouldn't have called him a driver. I watched him one day drive up the back of another runner in a three-horse race, so whenever he gives me a spray I do remind him about that!" After completing school, Tormey moved to Bendigo to begin her "back up plan", business studies at University, while continuing to pursue her harness racing ambitions. She now drives about 500 horses a year, managing over 50 winners a season in most years (her best is 77). And she continues to put in the big miles to race - in the past week for example, Tormey has had engagements on all but two days, and has travelled to every corner of the State to meet her commitments including Mildura, Shepparton, Kilmore, Echuca and Melton. "There are always a lot of miles and a lot of tracks to drive at. It's pretty busy but I am so lucky to have a part time job at Garrards Horse n Hound - they have been fantastic to me in being really flexible around my driving commitments," Tormey said. "Trainers at places like Mildura gave me opportunities and stuck with me and it's still one of my favorite tracks for that reason, and because it's so friendly. But I also love Bendigo, because it's only two minutes away! And Charlton because it's home, of course. "Your priorities do change as you get older too, I think. I have a partner at home who I have hardly seen in the past week, and in the future I'd love to do some travelling as well. But I still love it and nights like Friday night just make it all worthwhile."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

On 24 and 25 September 2019, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against licensed trainer-driver Ellen Tormey and licensed trainer-driver Glenn Douglas under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 193. Ms Tormey was charged with a breach of AHRR 193(7) which states:      A person shall not allow or permit another person to attempt to perform or perform any of the      actions prohibited by sub-rules (1), (2) or (3). Mr Douglas was charged with a breach of AHRR 193(1) which states:      A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event      within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. The charges relate to a stable inspection by HRV Stewards on 1 December 2018 at the registered training establishment of Ellen Tormey where it was alleged that Ms Tormey allowed Mr Douglas to stomach tube or attempt to stomach tube ‘The Boss Man’ which was engaged to compete in Race 4, the ‘TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship (1st Round Qualifying Heat 2) (Group 3)’ at Tabcorp Park Melton that night. Decision On 11 December 2019, the HRV RAD Board delivered its decision in finding both Ms Tormey and Mr Douglas guilty of the charges. A summary of the HRV RAD Board decision can be found here. Penalty On 19 December 2019, the HRV RAD Board heard submissions in relation to penalty. After considering those submissions and taking into account the respective offence records; personal references and circumstances; the seriousness of the charges; both specific and general deterrence; and similar cases, the HRV RAD Board determined that the appropriate penalties were: Glenn Douglas – 2 years disqualification Ellen Tormey – 18 months disqualification   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Ellen Tormey under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), which reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse ‘Fremarksgonzo’ was presented to race at Mildura on 13 April 2019 by Ms Tormey, whilst not free of alkalinising agents, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36 millimoles per litre in plasma. The charge against Ms Tormey will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria

It’s Mildura Cup week. The racing is fierce, the atmosphere is electric, the whole town's buzzing, and did I mention the racing is fierce? Going into night one of the annual three-meeting carnival, many thought San Carlo wasn’t just over the line in his heat of the Tasco Petroleum Mildura Pacing Cup, they thought he was unbackable for Saturday night's final, too. As it went, he did win tonight, but by only a head after a scintillating contest befitting a picture-perfect Mildura Cup Carnival evening. San Carlo, better known to those closest to him as “Murray”, was sent to the breeze position (outside the leader) in his heat once reinswoman Ellen Tormey pushed her charge, Brallos Pass, to the front ahead of early pacesetter Lucky Lombo.  Bartley would have known Tormey had signalled her intentions aboard the leader pre-race – “I respect San Carlo a lot but on these tight tracks you have to do that sometimes," she said – and during the event when Brallos kicked up. Tormey's unwillingness to relinquish top billing made the race. She also allowed Brallos Pass to stride along freely in the middle stages, the heat a significantly quicker affair than the other cup qualifier won earlier by Reciprocity. Just over a furlong from the finish, approaching the final bend in the gruelling 2600m heat, Brallos Pass and San Carlo had cleared out from a valiant Emain Macha and Lucky Lombo in third and fourth.  Yes this was a heat, but you couldn’t tell. Neither horse, neither driver would yield in a stride-for-stride slog. But in the finish there can only be one winner and tonight San Carlo landed the decision on points. His winning mile rate was 1:58.5. “I was a little bit worried on the turn,” Bartley admitted post-race. “He came off the bit and I thought 'oh gee, maybe he’s not as fit as I thought', but he really tried hard and I know I’ll have a better horse on Saturday.” Bartley paid tribute to her steed, but also to the runner-up’s driver Tormey for making it a stoush for the ages. And this is just the entrée. Of her boy Murray, Bartley remarked he’d developed into the all-round racehorse under the tutelage of trainer Stephen O’Donoghue. “He’s so seasoned now. He’s a seasoned traveller who just takes trips away all in his stride. He’ll probably have an easy day tomorrow then a bit of jog work the next few days," she said. Earlier, star mare Reciprocity (pictured winning below) won her heat courtesy of a typically perfectly timed Kerryn Manning drive. The five-year-old, trained by Kerryn’s dad, the legendary Peter Manning, produced a mile rate of 2:00.4 to upstage Perspective by 7.9m. Hitting the road home for the long trip back to her Great Western property after the win, Manning said Reciprocity was every bit “worth the trip”. “She’s worth coming to drive and we’ll do it all again on Saturday,” she said before saying she had the chance tonight to make it home not too long after midnight, which "wasn't too bad!" “It panned out well. We trailed through nicely and lobbed handy enough. She settled really well and we got a nice cart up. They went pretty hard up the back, which helped me a lot.” Manning is already a two-time winner of the Mildura Cup, and she’s hopeful Reciprocity can upstage San Carlo and co in the big dance on Saturday to deliver a third helping of Sunraysia silverware to sit alongside Go Charles’ trophy of 2001 and Arden Rooney’s of 2015. “She handled the track pretty good. She’s been to Melton most of the time lately, so the littler track and the distance was a bit of a query, but she’s tough and very versatile. She’s showed the last few runs she can do a bit of work or sit back and sprint,” Manning said. Meanwhile, Jimmy Herbertson and John Caldow snared winning doubles on the card. Herbertson could hardly believe the ride he got aboard Our Little Actress, who cruised to a 25.8m win in the DNR Logistics Pace Final for trainer Frank Mercieca after securing the perfect trip in transit. Herbertson backed it up in Race 4, the first of the Tenderprint Australia Cup heats with victory aboard Sunrose Master for trainer Danny Curran, who defeated Willem. Caldow, who is driving in sublime form right now, steered Stephen Telfer pair Our Dance Time and Our Step Up to wins in the Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace (Second Heat) and Tenderprint Australia Cup (Second Heat) respectively. Other winners tonight were Starzzz Princess for Peta Brown and Darby McGuigan in the Tankard Dental Pace Final at big odds, and Geronimo Dan for Sandra O’Connor and Alex Ashwood in the first heat of the Working Man’s Club Pace. The action continues on Thursday night with the Seelite Windows and Doors Mildura Trotters Cup before Saturday night's Cup Final meeting.    Cody Winnell Trots Media

Astute Kyabram harness racing trainer Mark Watson could have been excused for having an air of confidence going into Sunday’s Ouyen Pacing Cup. “He didn’t have any luck whatsoever at his previous run when he was eighth at the Charlton Pacing Cup at Melton eight days before,” Watson said. And Brallos Pass (Major in Art-Miss Athens (Bettors Delight) didn’t disappoint Watson and his followers, running his rivals ragged to score an impressive 20-metre victory, after death-seating most of the way. The cup win over 2430 metres served only to underline the toughness of the six-year-old, but also his versatility.  In the previous 14 days he’d scored a blistering come-from-behind win over 1740 metres at the opening of the new Wagga track, before the luckless 8th over 2760 metres at Melton and then the Ouyen win. “He’s a special little horse and I’ve got no hesitation in saying the best we’ve ever had by a long way,” an elated Watson said. “We were lucky to get the run through that we did from the second row, but Ellen (reinswoman Ellen Tormey) did a great job in summing up the situation,” he said.  “When you get to his class, you need a bit of luck, so it was nice that it panned out okay.” Brallos Pass recorded the most impressive Ouyen Cup win seen for many years, finishing well clear of Perspective and the early leader Manganello, scorching over the 2430 metres in 1:58.4. Tormey said Brallos Pass cruised to the line. “The plan was to get to the death seat at some stage, so when we got there very easily, I felt pretty confident from that stage,” she said. To watch the video replay of the race click here. Watson and his wife Michelle prepare a team of 10 horses at their Kyabram property, with the assistance of their sons Luke and Mason. Brallos Pass was purchased at the APG sales in 2013 by Mal and Neil Lennie who had horses for many years with Mark’s father, Mildura trainer, Ian Watson. “The Lennies bought three yearlings that year and dad was cutting down on his numbers, and they asked me if I could take Brallos Pass,” Watson said. “I’m pretty glad I did!  They’ve been terrific owners and although Brallos Pass has been good to them, they’ve put a lot back into the industry since, because they’ve been back to the yearling sales every year,” he said. “Brallos Pass has taken us to Sydney, Adelaide and Queensland, and all over Victoria and we’re just enjoying what he’s been able to do for us. “He is a stallion so sometimes his mind can wander, but when he’s right, he’s a terrific little horse and very versatile.” The Watsons are originally from Broken Hill and moved to Shepparton when “out of the blue” in 2002, Mark was asked by the late Kevin Abrahams to take on the role as private trainer at Meadowbrook Stud. Three years later, Mark and Michelle went out on their own, moving their operation and young family to Kyabram. “It was a fantastic opportunity but the decision to go out on our own was really about balance.  We felt family life was missing out a bit, so we decided to have a go, mainly concentrating on breaking in horses initially,” Mark said. “We still had a few racehorses, but it was really just once a week to the races, which was a much better balance for us. “Gavin Lang, who’d been doing our driving at the time, was fantastic and sent us a truckload of breakers, and that’s how we got started.” The Watsons concentrate these days less on breaking in and more on preparing a racing team for a small number of owners, but Brallos Pass has been the standout success. “He really didn’t show his ability immediately when I broke him in,” Mark said. “Michelle asked me what I thought of him early days and I told her he was a ‘paddler’, which doesn’t sound like much of a wrap now!  “But he absolutely loved his work – you couldn’t work him too hard – and I think it was his third prep where he started to show his depth and that he was going to be something above average.” As a juvenile, Brallos Pass went on to win the South Australian Derby and a heat of the NSW Derby, as well as a heat of the VicBred Super Series (3YO) and third in the final.  As a four-year-old, he ran fourth in the Group One APG 2yo final in Sydney and finished second only to Lazarus in the Group One Bonanza at Melton. The Ouyen win is the high point in an impressive run of form before Brallos Pass’s next assignment, the $60,000 Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival in April. “We were tossing up between Ouyen and the Horsham Cup, but Ouyen being that bit earlier we decided to go that way,” Watson said. “Had we gone to Horsham, it would have been three runs over 2600 metres or more in the space of two weeks, so we decided Ouyen was the better lead up,” he said. The Mildura Cup is unique on the Victorian country cups circuit in that it is run over heat and final conditions on a Tuesday and Saturday. But Watson has good reason to be confident of Brallos Pass’s capacity in the format. “We’ve been to the Mildura Cup with him in 2017 (3rd in the heat, 3rd in the final) and 2018 (3rd  in the heat and 4th in the final) and he’s handled it really well,” he said. “So we’ll give him another shot and see how he goes.” Watson said although Brallos Pass was the undoubted star of the Watson barn at this stage, his half-sister was also a promising prospect. “Miss Artemis (Art Major-Miss Athens (Bettors Delight) will have her first start this week at Bendigo.  It’s a very strong field of two-year-olds she is coming up against and she might need some more time, but I do like her a fair bit,” he said. “We’ve also just tipped out a two-year-old we bought at the sales for the same owners, Esterna (Art Major-Marissima (Christian Cullen) who we think will also do a good job for us.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

A quick learner has delivered Ellen Tormey and her gelding’s connections a dream place in a long coveted race. Quick Andover’s unfavourable draw in today’s Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of his Bendigo trainer-driver Tormey and owner-breeders John Tormey, Kevin Clark and Ian Patterson.  “The owners are mad trotting fans and are stoked to be in it,” Tormey said ahead of her debut Redwood Classic. “I’m rapt to get a chance this year.” While the Classic had been a goal of connections it didn’t always appear likely. “Dad (John) did all the early work with him and I got him a month before the Vicbred Platinum (in May),” Tormey said. “Dad always had a pretty good opinion of him, but when I got him, to be honest, I thought the horse had no idea. He probably hadn’t worked with a lot of other horses and he didn’t do a lot at his trials.” Therefore Quick Andover’s third placing on debut in his heat of the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic “surprised”, preceding a fourth placing in the $50,000 final “and he has just kept improving”. “He’s pretty easy to get along with,” Tormey said. “His family has a history of being a bit crazy, so I let him do his own thing and his last two starts he has been perfect. It is a pleasure to do anything with him.” Quick Andover’s career now stretches eight starts that have yielded two wins and three third placings, including a last start win at Maryborough on July 26 when he made his standing start debut in preparation for Sunday’s discipline. The start will be all important today. Four of the 12 combatants are yet to begin from a standing start but will have earned their starting tickets through trials. Drawing gate 13, the widest gate on the back row, means Tormey and Quick Andover will be able to watch the early drama unfold. “With two lines of six across at the start there is not a lot of room for error,” Tormey said. “It will be a new experience for them, but most will hopefully handle the occasion. “Starting from 13 is not ideal, but we will be out of the way of the really bad traffic and following through two good ones. “He’s going to need a bit of luck in this class. He’ll need a sit, but if he gets up close I think he can run in the top five. “I know whatever he does this season he will improve on after a break, because he looks more like a three-year-old, but to have a horse good enough to go in the Redwood is an honour.” Michael Howard for Trots Media

The Boss Man landed a knockout blow in today’s Zonzo Estate Yarra Valley Trotters Cup to deliver the harness racing silverware to Junortoun trainer Scott Dyer and reinswoman Ellen Tormey. The seven-year-old son of Bacardi Lindy (out of Sundon mare Oh Yes Indeed) came off 10m in the Group 3, $20,000, 2650-metre standing start event and clocked a rate of 2:03.0 – the fourth-fastest race time ever. “Once Ellen pulled him out today, off he went,” Dyer said. “He’s that sort of horse. Once you pull him out he tows you in to the race.” Dyer had plenty of praise for Tormey’s drive and said her intimate knowledge of the gelding held her in good stead. “I’m rapt for her. She drove him very well … He’s the sort of horse you need to know a fair bit and Ellen gets along with him well.” Stepping away well from the tapes The Boss Man settled one-one, which eventually became one-two when El Paco marched to the breeze inside the final mile. Leader Lord Liam trotted through his first half in 61.9secs and appeared certain to have a good kick left, but when Tormey took her charge three-wide down the back it was almost game over by the quarter pole. The Boss Man rounded up the leaders with absolute authority, pinching a 10m-or-so break at the bend before coasting to the line with 8.9 metres to spare on runner-up K D Muscles (Kate Gath), with Aleppo Sunrise (Haydon Gray) a further 5.1m back in third. The last 400m was covered in 28.3secs, so the winner’s bettered 56.9secs home. Dyer said the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton was potentially a short-term aim for The Boss Man. VIDEO: RE-LIVE THE BOSS MAN'S WIN “I’m more than happy to take him to Melton to take on Keystone Del in the mile race. I know it’s a huge step up but he’s got to start racing them if he’s to take that next step,” he said. Asked if there was one race more than any other he’d like to win Dyer replied, “I’m a bit old-school, so I just take it one race at a time.” It has been an eventful experience training The Boss Man, Dyer said, the 17-time winner overcoming a serious illness caused by a suspected spider bite a year ago. “He nearly died,” Dyer said. “It was a bit like Love Ina Chevy. He’s had to overcome a fair bit.” The Boss Man leads the Maori’s Idol Trophy series (Victoria’s trotting country cups premiership) on five points, one clear of El Paco and Majestic Ess Jay. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Exciting three-year-old Brallos Pass is bound for Brisbane. The South Australian Derby winner scored a scorching victory at Swan Hill last week and trainer Mark Watson has penciled in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby at Albion Park on July 16 as a feature race target. Brallos Pass will tackle the Vicbred series in the coming weeks where he will clash with talented types Shadow Sax, Don’t Hold Back and Ryley Major among others before heading north. “The Queensland Derby is definitely on our radar, he’s co-owned in Queensland and we’re keen to give him his chance in that feature. I plan on starting his next week before heading to the heats of the Vicbred series at Kilmore on June 16.” Watson said. With success in the SA Derby, the stylish looking colt has also contested the Victoria and New South Wales Derby series this season without luck. Following impressive efforts in the qualifying heats, luck deserted him in the respective finals where he chased home the Mark Purdon stablemates Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach. Last Thursday, the Major In Art – Miss Athens colt scored by a widening margin at Swan Hill while recording a personal best time of 1:53.5 when handled for the first time by talented reinsperson Ellen Tormey. “The effort didn’t surprise me last week and the time confirmed where I think he is at right now, it’s been a really good season to date but we still have a few mountains to climb before seasons end. He’s really good right now and he’s ready for the upcoming targets. “He’s not eligible for the Breeders Crown so that’s another reason why we’re keen to head to Brisbane for the Derby, that will be his last start for the season and then he’ll have a really good break". "The Vicbred series will be really strong with so many good three-year-olds about but I think we have a good shot". “As long as he comes through that series in good shape, we’ll be heading up but I’ve never raced a horse in Brisbane so I’m looking forward to challenge of getting up there and taking on a bunch of good types. We’ll head up by road and probably get there with a bit of time up our sleeve so he can settle in.” Brallos Pass is raced by brothers, Neil and Mal Lennie. Chris Barsby

Emma Hamblin has issued a challenge to champion harness racing reinswoman Kerryn Manning in the Teal Pants Championship after landing a winning treble at Mildura on Wednesday night. Hamblin became the punter's pal when she saluted on three short-priced favorites, Shadow Spar, Monumental and Murranji Track on the eight-race program. Hamblin’s treble elevated her into second place (on seven wins) behind Manning who heads the Championship on 14 wins. Kate Gath and Ellen Tormey share equal third place on five wins apiece with Victorian reinswomen chalking up a tally of 50 wins to as of February 24. The number of wins highlights the key role reinswomen play in Victorian trots with the girls averaging two wins per day since the Championship began on February 1. The Teal Pants Championship has so far raised $20,000 for the Womens Cancer Foundation- Ovarian Cancer Fund with another 16 days of the series remaining. Harness Racing Victoria 

Harness racing driver Ellen Tormey produced an absolute pearler of a drive aboard Miss Fisher to land the Elite Horse Transport Trot on Tuesday night at Shepparton. In fact, so impressed was long-time harness racing stalwart Bill Glover that he phoned this scribe to sing her praises. Check out the video replay and it’s not hard to see what impressed Bill so immensely. Tormey made all the right calls, avoided plenty of troublesome situations and guided the five-year-old daughter of Tennotrump/Miss Laura Loo to a 5.4-metre triumph. “She was back in the score-up 10 metres and horses 2 and 3 both break. She keeps her horse trotting – and it’s a risky trotter at the best of times – then 60 yards down she has to avoid another one galloping. Then at the 500 she’s one-by-three and Doc (Wilson) pulls three-wide on Illawong Red, Leannes Legacy gets put four-wide and she pokes through the middle. Then she eases out five-wide at the corner. At the 175 Leannes Legacy gallops and I reckon brushes her, but Ellen gets around it and the horse comes away,” was how Glover recalled the drive. “I’d say that was about the best drive I’ve seen without using sprint lanes or anything, on a trotter where you can’t make those sharp moves. It was just a wonderful drive,” he added. The win provided Pompapiel’s John Davidson with his first victory as a trainer in 13 years. “John’s done a great job with her and it was his first win in a fair while, so that was really nice. They’re the wins that really make it worthwhile,” Tormey said. Davidson raced the smart mare Passionfruit in the 1980s. Tormey humbly played down her drive, but said she had felt reasonably confident Miss Fisher would run a big race. “She’d trialled really well on the Monday when I drove her but the key was that she just stayed trotting,” she said. “I knew she had enough speed but I just had to try and eliminate the risk. “She wasn’t trotting smooth in the score-up so I just allowed her to settle and I also knew the ones in front had a habit of doing things wrong. “Around the first turn one galloped and I went to go around it and it went wider, but I eventually got around it. “There was one that knocked me over the start before (Leannes Legacy) so I wanted to get off its back as quickly as I could at the end.” Leannes Legacy mustn’t like Tormey much because she very nearly cost her victory in the straight on Tuesday by galloping again. But Tormey and Miss Fisher avoided the hiccup and coasted home out wide. Tormey made it two wins in two nights last night at Bendigo driving Sheer Strength to victory for trainer and partner Scott Dyer. “He’s quite a nice horse,” she said of the four-year-old son of Shadow Play/Kateeshar. “He’s won seven out of 17 now. He races good over a mile.” Tormey, whose father John is also a trainer, said the stable had bred quite a few young horses in recent years and they were looking forward to finding the next “good one”. “Hopefully there are some nice ones. You always strive to get a good one,” she said. Tormey would also welcome more opportunities in the gig. “I’m realistic. I know it works after you lose your claim,” she said. “You find you have your good runs … but if I’m not getting the opportunities I’m also happy enough to stay at home and keep working on the younger ones.” Given her form, Tormey can expect to pick up a few more drives in coming weeks. Cody Winnell

Talented young reinswoman Ellen Tormey will fly out of Melbourne on Monday bound for the US and Canada where she will spend six weeks honing her skills. Tormey, 24, will first land with leading Canadian trainer Blair Burgess in Canada where she will gain invaluable experience near the famous Mohawk track in Ontario. Tormey will then have the opportunity to visit the Little Brown Jug Carnival in Delaware, Ohio, before joining the Linda Toscano stable – based in New Jersey – and travelling with Toscano’s team to the massive carnival at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. Tormey’s trip came about after she was awarded the 2014 Leigh Plunkett Scholarship. The Leigh Plunkett Foundation was inaugurated in 2013 as a harness racing charity that would raise money for charitable organisations as well as providing an international scholarship for a young participant. In year one the charitable organisation selected was the Leukaemia Foundation, with the Leigh Plunkett Foundation able to deliver a $50,000 cheque to the foundation. The foundation wishes to thank everyone around Australia who donated their time and money to such a worthy cause. The Leigh Plunkett Foundation will be launching again soon and young participants who want to experience what Tormey has been afforded should start thinking about their application. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria  

A reminder, as we close in on the end of season 2013/14, that for the first time Harness Racing Victoria will conduct just one industry awards night, the Gordon Rothacker Medal, including Horse of the Year, on October 8. ......................................................................   Breeders Crown The Australasian harness racing spotlight will be squarely on Tabcorp Park Melton this Sunday as the rich Breeders Crown series culminates with a $1.6m "Super Sunday". 10 Group 1 finals will be contested on what has become arguably the best day's racing on the harness racing calendar. The Breeders Crown is the real trans-Tasman battle, with New Zealand's best two, three and four-year-old horses heading across the ditch to take on the Australians. I particularly like the $297,000 two-year-old fillies' final with Kiwis Katy Perry, Cyclone Kate, Linda Lovegrace, Joannes A Delight and Big Lucy dominating the early fixed odds betting charts. But don't tell a couple of the Aussies that the Kiwis are set for an easy ride, as Mick Stanley (trainer of Soho Tokyo) and Rob Auber (owner of Niki No No) have both declared they're not running scared. Probably the battle that has punters salivating most is the rematch between three-year-old semi-final combatants Our Sky Major and Bling It On. Punters are also reminded of a $25,000 first four pool guarantee on all races at Tabcorp Park on Sunday thanks to the TAB. Super Sunday kicks off at 12.05pm, with 11 races to be contested. Ballarat HRV's thanks goes to President Greg Moy and CEO Paul Rowse for yet again doing a great job in hosting an important industry event, the Breeders Crown Semi Finals last Saturday (August 16). As always a job well done. .......................................................................................... Interesting Statistics (Season) Plenty of highlights this season as we near the end of another racing year: Chris Alford's drives earned over $1m for the second time in his career; Chris Alford, Greg Sugars and Gavin Lang have all driven over 200 winners nationally this season; David Aiken is the first trainer to have trained 50 winners in a season at Tabcorp Park. Next best is Lance Justice with 49 in 2010/11; David Aiken has also smashed the trainers stakes earned at Tabcorp Park in a season, currently sitting just under $1m. Speaking of Greg Sugars, if you click here you will see a nice segment featuring Greg with Jaimee Rogers from Tabcorp called "Behind the Moment" where Greg talks of his relationship with the great Sushi Sushi. ............................................................................................. Smoken Up We are building toward a big farewell for Lance Justice's champion Smoken Up's last ever run at Tabcorp Park on September 6. For the record, before his final run, he will have had 152 starts for 74 wins and career stakes of $3.6m Included in his 74 wins have been 21 wins at Tabcorp Park, from which he has earned $700,000. The horse to have won the most at Tabcorp Park is Make Mine Cullen with 29 wins at the new headquarters. The occasion is being generously supported by the State Government's Raceday Attraction Program and the Premier Dr Denis Napthine will be in attendance. ............................................................................................... Red Balloon Experience for Father's Day The State Government recently approved a grant for the promotion of a Mobile Barrier Ride and dining package offered through Red Balloon. Participating venues are offering a 25% discount ($165 down from $220) as part of Red Balloons Father's Day promotion which runs from August 18 to Father's Day on September 7, where people can purchase the package as a gift for use over the next 12 months. The Package includes the usual dining and drinks for two plus two mobile barrier rides. Click here for the link to the package on Red Balloon. ......................................................................................... Youth Policy People often associate the trots with an ageing demographic. It is pleasing to see that this is now becoming a myth as we see the rise to the top of our gun young drivers, who are knocking on the door of the likes of C Alford and G Lang. In recent months names such as Josh Aiken, Matt Craven, Jason Lee, Rebecca Bartley, Ellen Tormey, Glen Craven, Emmett Brosnan, Zac Phillips, Alex Ashwood, Josh Duggan and plenty of others have tasted regular success and are hot on the heels of more seasoned youngsters, such as Greg Sugars, Amy Tubbs and Nathan Jack. It is important for administrators to manage the business in such a way that this new generation of participants see a long term future in this great sport. ..................................................................................... Don Dove Since the last CEO News, HRV was saddened to hear of the passing of the one and only Don Dove. Below is copy penned by Len Baker following his funeral service at Kilmore: A large number of trainers, drivers, owners and harness racing people in general were in attendance at Kilmore's Trackside Tabaret on Tuesday July 29, to celebrate the life and times of iconic Victorian trainer/driver Don Dove who passed away in his adopted state Queensland on July 14, 2014 at the age of 86. The memorial service was conducted by the "Pacing Priest" Father Brian Glasheen and numerous stories were told during the service. Don was a legend of the sport and was associated with horses such as Kol's Idol, Monara's Image, Nelson's Report, Playalong, Amlin, Jaygo, Missing Charm, Jay Ar Ewing, Just Money and Victoria Derby winner Kelly Kid just to name a few, with his best being prolific winner Monara which finished second to Welcome Advice in the 1972 (Brisbane) Inter Dominion when driven by Neville Welsh. Originally training in Heatherton where he was based for many years in an area which was also home to G.D. (Dave) Wilson and several other trainers including Lloyd and Bruce Coram, the trio would conduct trials on a rotation basis at their property's each weekend prior to the formation of Southern Speedways where Don was a regular competitor at the weekend trials called by at one stage by Trackbred editor Peter Wharton. Dove then moved to Kilmore and further north to Avenel, before relocating to Queensland. A master reinsman with wonderful hands who was great in getting horses away from the tapes, there was no better driver at the head of the field in a trotting or pacing race than Don Dove. Harness Racing Victoria

Locals Greg Fleming (Wood Wood) and Vince Costa (Woorinen) gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about at the Nyah meeting at Swan Hill on Thursday. Fleming’s smart four-year-old Totally Ruthless/Tiny Gigi gelding Oils Jay Bee won the Swan Hill Prostate Support Group Pace over 2240m in a rate of 2:00.3. Driven by Ellen Tormey, Oils Jay Bee settled three back in the moving line from gate three, with polemarker Magic Attack holding the lead for Jim O’Sullivan. Gaining a three-wide trail home on the back of Thesonofgeorgia, Oils Jay Bee passed that horse stylishly at the end to win by 1.3m, while Kilbirnie North snared third place. Madis Mate, first-up for the Costa team, was ultra-impressive in his Freemasons Swan Hill Lodge 2YO Pace win over 1609m. With Ararat’s Michael Bellman aboard, Madis Mate was taken back to last from outside the front row before moving to the one-out-one-back position approaching the home turn. Once clear in the straight, Madis Mate sprouted wings to score by 1.7m over first-starter Times A Bonus, with another debut runner Trentleigh finishing third in a mile rate of 1:57.8. The Costa stable made it a double when well-performed 5YO gelding Blissful Hart won the C2-C4 Pace over 2240m. With Mick Bellman again in the sulky, Blissful Hart spent most of the race three back along the marker line after starting from inside the second line. Coming away from the inside approaching the home turn to be three-wide on the bend, Blissful Hart was too strong at the finish for the leader Miss Toolern Vale in a rate of 1:59.7, winning by 1.1 metres. Virginia Lightning finished third after following the pacemaker. By Len Baker (Harness Ra

SA BOTRA who put over $48,000 is bonus and extra stake money in South Australia are currently running a on line auction to raise funds to continue to support Harness Racing in the state.   They are auctioning the set of horse shoe full framed that Smoken Up aka "Trigger" wore on his way to a Australasian record at Menangle Park NSW of 1.49.9 on November 23rd 2013   This must for any lover of Harness Racing comes framed with certificate of authenticity signed by his trainer Lance Justice.   This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on this piece of harness racing history. A true collector's item.   This item is being offered by SA BOTRA.   Proceeds of this auction will be used to promote harness racing in South Australia. To make a big you only have few hours left go to \   Gary Newton    

Harness racing's Echuca Cup night is quickly closing in and a race which holds much prestigious on March 21 is the Tiffany Murray Memorial. The race run in honour of one of the trots true heroes, remembers the tragic loss of Tiffany at the all too young age of 22. As such, the C1 event will involve an all-star list of female drivers including Rebecca Bartley, Juanita Breen, Monique Burnett, Rita Burnett, Donna Castles, Kate Gath, Joanne Justice, Lisa Justice, Lisa Miles and Ellen Tormey. Connections are reminded that horses entered in the race will be randomly allocated a lady driver when acceptances are announced. Harness Racing Victoria

An Introduction From The CEO A very successful Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup Carnival has concluded with a big crowd attending and strong growth in wagering turnover. Click here for a highlights package of Hunter Cup night. Some exciting news is imminent with our next major event, the Pryde's Easifeed Great Southern Star on March 22. Follow HRV on Twitter @HRVnews Stakes Rises I am pleased to confirm that the second phase of stakes rises for the year will come into effect on March 1. A summary of the main changes: The minimum career penalty stake will rise to $6,000 (a 20% rise this year); A payment of $115 (which includes the driver's fee of $65 will be added to the stake for horses which finish between sixth and last); Metropolitan class minimum stake will rise to $17,000 for M1 or better and $16,000 for M0; With effect from July 1, the Vicbred first win bonus will rise to $7,000 for two and three-year-olds. Other stakes rises previously announced on September 1, 2013 remain in force. Fires The past week has been a tough one for many participants, with serious fires burning through several regions of country Victoria. Several of those regions housed industry people. In particular the areas of Riddells Creek, Kilmore and the Goulburn Valley were severely threatened by raging fires. HRV was monitoring the course of the fires and the likely impacts. I am pleased to say that quick action by the authorities and many in the industry meant no loss of life and minimal loss of livestock. However there has been significant damage reported to properties. Some of the areas which were closely monitored: In the Riddells Creek fires several trainers/owners in the area were forced to relocate horses as the fires headed in their direction. HRV's own Craig Rail was evacuated as the fires were close by.Apart from damage to his property his house remains intact. In the Goulburn Valley, Warwick Stud was the worst affected with the loss of barns, fencing, stallion boxes and other buildings. HRV has been assisting in replacing infrastructure to get much needed water to the property. A number of trainers in the region suffered losses to sheds and fencing and HRV is currently assisting with replacement. The local industry has responded in typical fashion and I know those affected have appreciated the extent of the industry's support. The Kilmore area was under threat for several days. A special thanks to the Kilmore Club for acting as a temporary refuge for concerned members of the racing community. The Club provided stabling, food and water for a variety of animals, which I'm sure was appreciated. A huge thank you goes out to the many fire fighters (including the helicopters) who fought so bravely to protect so many properties. Teal for Ovarian Cancer Research While on the subject of community action, the month of March will be a special one for the awareness of Ovarian Cancer. Agreement has been reached for all Victorian female drivers to wear Teal coloured driving trousers, in support of the Ovarian Cancer Institute, for the entire month of March. The initiative is being generously funded by Duncan McPherson OAM and Michael Taranto as part of the promotion of the Pryde's Easifeed Great Southern Star which is run in conjunction with the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute Girls Night Out. Once again, it presents an opportunity for the industry to display its leadership in supporting community causes and messages that are so close to many people's hearts. Well done to all the girls who are supporting this great initiative. And while on the subject of the Great Southern Star stand by for an announcement of two highly recognised international identities who will play an ambassadorial role for the series. Major release scheduled for next week. International Expansion Over recent months there been some debate regarding the strategic importance of building international relationships and promoting the export of HRV product into overseas jurisdictions and vice versa. In 2012/13 HRV generated more than $600,000 in International Rights Product Fees from the export of our product for wagering in overseas jurisdictions. For the first half of 2013/14 those International Rights Product Fees have increased by 68%, therefore HRV forecast generating in excess of $1 million in revenue from the export of our product this year. When we consider that the French market wagered around AUD$300,000 into the win/place pools alone for the three Trotting races exported on Hunter Cup night, it's likely this forecast could grow even further. In addition to exporting our product overseas, under these reciprocal arrangements, we've seen a recent expansion of product imported from Sweden and France into our own wagering market. Over the past few months this has resulted in $500,000 in harness wagering turnover on the Victorian tote, from which HRV derives direct revenue and market share benefit. With further expansion planned, it's important the industry understands we operate in a global racing and wagering environment and strategically it is of significant value to our bottom line. Josh Duggan - Victorian Representative Josh Duggan has been selected to represent Victoria in this year's Australasian Young Drivers Championship to be run in conjunction with the 2014 Inter Dominion in Sydney. Representatives from each State and the two New Zealand Islands will participate in a 10 race series in NSW from February 25, culminating in a final heat on Inter Dominion Grand Final Day. It is always a great experience for the young drivers. HRV last won the Championship in 2012 when Ellen Tormey was successful in Perth. We wish Josh well - seen here photographed receiving his Big V colours from Chairman, Ken Latta and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Craig Ondarchie.   Milestones Congratulations to Nathan Cahir who drove his 100th winner at Hamilton on January 29. Young guns Matt Craven and Michael Stanley are within reach of 500 winners, both currently in the 480's. Get Well Paul Sad to hear of the severe injuries suffered by Paul Morrissey at his Bendigo property as a result of a training accident. Paul is currently in intensive care in Bendigo Base Hospital with broken bones and head and spinal injuries. We wish Paul a full recovery. Vale HRV passes on its condolences to members of the Jack family, many of whom are involved in the industry, on the passing of patriarch Robbie Jack. Robbie was a stalwart in the Riverina as a trainer, driver and administrator. He was 81. Did You Know? HRV will be honouring the retirement of champion Melpark Major this Saturday night, February 15 at Tabcorp Park Melton. He will lead out the field for the Inter Dominion Heat with Amy Tubbs in the sulky. Melpark Major won $980,000 in stakes, having won a Victoria Cup and a host of other feature races. He will enjoy retirement on owner Don Smith's Melton property.

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