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Trafalgar harness racing trainer Chris Hunter said he was relatively confident going into today's Yarra Valley trots meeting that his mare, Feel The Rhythm, could win if she put her best hoof forward. She did that, with Chris Alford aboard from the pole, the Elsu-Rhythmaka mare scoring her first ever win at start number 46, leading all the way over 2150m in a mile rate of 2:00.2. Hunter joined Trots Media's Cody Winnell to chat about the jubilation of Feel The Rhythm's maiden win. For the trivia buffs, it was the first time Alford has ever driven a free-legged pacer to victory. Hunter said he took the hobbles off Feel The Rhythm in her races recently and it hade a huge difference. He's always worked the mare free-legged and clearly she is enjoying the freedom. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Another step up, another convincing win. Betty Tauber's Elrama N ($3.20) rose to the occasion in Friday (December 23) evening's harness racing featured $15,500 top-level conditioned pace at The Meadowlands, using a strong first-over push through the far turn to reel off his third win in a row.   Brett Miller was unhurried early on with the 7-year-old Elsu gelding, settling in fourth as Alberto Contador N (Jim Marohn, Jr.) and Rufo (Drew Monti) alternated on the lead through early splits of :27.2 and :55.4. At race's midpoint, Elrama N began his first-over ascent, charging boldly after Rufo, forcing a :28.3 third quarter, and pushing to the fore at head-stretch. After putting away Rufo, Elrama N edged clear of a brief bid from the second-over Windsun Stetson (Joe Bongiorno) and ultimately held sway by three-quarters of a length for a 1:51.4 score. El Bloombito (John Campbell) rallied down the grandstand side off third-over cover to narrowly take second over Alberto Contador N, who held third from his pocket trip.   Michael Russo trains Elrama N, now a 23-time winner. For Miller, the driving win was one of five on the program.   The early 20¢ Jackpot High Five was captured again in the night's fifth race, as 130-1 shot Miramontman (Steve Smith) sustained late gains to take fourth behind the favored trio of Toatsmygoats ($10.60, Andy Miller), Pansformative (2-1, Bongiorno), and Hugh Hefner N (2-1, Marohn) to spur a $5,834.08 score. UF Larry Alltheway (9-1, Tyler Smith) rounded out the 8-7-2-10-9 combination. The late Jackpot High Five will see $10,891.52 carry over to Thursday's card.   Total handle for the 13-race program was $2,868,800.   Live racing returns to the Big M with a 10-race card on Thursday (December 29), and programs on Friday (December 30) and Saturday (December 31) evenings to round out the 2016 season. Post time each night is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Is it a fracture, a bone chip or is it nothing at all? Harness racing connections of Arms Of An Angel will not know the full extent of her mystery knee injury until after Christmas. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton will have a vet scan her knee again next Wednesday and hopefully give the pair some clarity on the issue. In the meantime, however, connections will have to wait for a diagnosis on their mare which could potentially be career-ending. "It's all a bit surreal at the moment but we haven't given up hope," Shane said. "At this stage we don't know the full diagnosis of her injury but whatever the outcome we'll be giving her every chance to make a racetrack return if we can." Just last Wednesday the Trittons made the grim discovery that there was a problem with the daughter of Elsu who is one of the fastest mares outside of North America. "She has been bright, eating well and jogging well but just wasn't 100 per cent right when she fast-worked," Shane said. "We had the vet look over her and they weren't happy with how her knee was when flexed. "The scan came back unclear and we just have to wait for things to settle in her knee before we can scan it again. "It could be fractures or even bone chips so it could be very serious or not serious at all. "She definitely did it in her last start . . . she has been known to do a few things wrong but not to gallop during the run like the way she did and her overall run after that incident was disappointing." Arms Of An Angel galloped for a short distance at the 1300m mark when leading in the Group Three Teeny Teeny Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on December 10 and subsequently finished sixth. "One thing I've learned with horses is to not panic early," Shane said. "There is not a lot we can do at the moment but to keep her boxed up in the stable. "We'll know more next week."   AMANDA RANDO

She hasn’t raced in four months but following her head-turning trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday talented harness racing mare Arms Of An Angel is ready to race. ‘Team Tritton’ has earmarked the Group Three Les Chant Cup on September 24 at Menangle as her most likely debut for the season. “After the Les Chant Cup there is the Ranji Bill Stakes for her and we’ll be aiming to contest a lot of those mares’ races with her,” trainer Shane Tritton said. “This whole preparation she has been sick and unhealthy and it may take a few starts for her to get going.” However, it looked as though Arms Of An Angel has put that setback behind her after rating a slick 1:50.6 in her recent official hit-out. “She pulled-up super after that,” Tritton said. “I had not planned on her going that hard at the trials but she had other ideas. “We were going to trial her again but if she is going to go that hard we may as well put her around in a race.” After a big season progressing from a C0 to Grand Circuit company, Arms Of An Angel looks to have another big year ahead. The Ladyship Mile or the Miracle Mile are the long term aims while Tritton has nominated the daughter of Elsu for the Inter Dominion along with stablemate Lombo Kotakinabalu and others. “I’ve nominated a few for the Inter Dominion and we’ll assess things in a month,” Tritton said. “We’ll see how strong the series will be and where the horses rank and take it from there.” WATCH ARMS OF AN ANGEL'S RECENT TRIAL HERE Amanda Rando

The Harness Racing team of Graeme Anderson and Rory Mcllwrick have a huge chance of picking up four winners at today's Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting. Starting off in race 3 with 4yo Gotta Go Cullect gelding, Hunters Collect, who was recently purchased by Rory, out of the Murray Brown stable. Hunters Collect galloped behind the mobile gate last Monday, and was subsequently pulled up. He draws a handy in barrier 3 and has been put up as a $6.00 FF chance with the NZ Tab. With Anderson's record of turning horses around, you would think this fella will be breaking maidens in the coming weeks. Fast forward to Race 7, and Anderson lines up smart 4yo Panspacificflight gelding Arden's Concord, who was seen powering home last start. He recently switched back to the Anderson barn, after winning 3 races for West Plains based trainer Matt Saunders. The Tab have him as a $2.20 FF favourite, while recent Rangiora winner Parramatta is at $3.30 for driver/co-trainer Terry Chmiel. Even from a tricky barrier, he still looks tough to beat and could be a possible anchor for pick 6 players. In race 9, 5yo Four Starzzz Shark gelding Four Starzz Shiraz will look to make it back to back win after he darted up the lane to record his 6th career victory. His massive early speed negates his wide barrier and you should see another short priced Anderson runner, salute the judge. Currently $3.00 FF With everything going to plan earlier on, junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and trainer Graeme Anderson could be looking at four winners for the night if Elusive Flight was to capture heat 2 of the Forbury Park claimers series. A $9,000.00 claimer, the 7yo Elsu gelding Elusive Flight is owned by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin and is another runner who has drawn tricky in barrier 9. He is currently $2.20 FF, while a former Anderson trained runner Laughing Cavalier, who was claimed last week, will start for the first time for new connections and new trainer/driver Andrew Armour. Andrew Fitzgerald

God Forbid N registered her second straight victory at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, kicking home with a wicked personal last half of 53.2 to take the $15,500 featured pace for harness racing mares while establishing a new mark of 1:50.1.   The daughter of Elsu followed the lively backstretch cover of Scandalicious as that one went first-over after early splits of 26.4 and 56, then was left uncovered when Scandalicious was able to get around pacesetting Sayitall BB, a Breeders Crown winner at three, to the 1:23 3/4 pole.   Driver Andrew McCarthy, like the mare a Down Under "import" (although he comes from the other side of the Tasman Sea, in Australia), then asked for more from God Forbid N, and his charge soon drew up to Scandalicious, then convincingly outkicked her through the lane by 2¼ lengths to give McCarthy his third sulky success of the night. Trainer Aaron Lambert co-owns the winner, now 3 for 6 since coming to this country, with Kenneth Tucci and Kenneth Schwartz, and off her two Pocono showings, the sky's the limit for the talented God Forbid N.   George Napolitano Jr. won races 11 and 14 to give him three wins on Tuesday night, and 16 for the four-day racing week at Pocono (5 Saturday and Monday, 3 Sunday and Tuesday). He also had 4 at Philly Saturday afternoon and 3 there Sunday afternoon, for 23 sulky victories in the four-day stretch between the two tracks 100 miles apart on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.   PHHA / Pocono    

She's a current star of Harness Racing in Sydney, but hot pot Arms Of An Angel is in doubt for the 4yo Diamond section of the Cambridge Harness Jewels. What we know so far: *The Elsu mare finished last in her trial today at Menangle *Pulled up with an extremely high heart rate *Privately timed to run, 1:54.4 *Connections have ordered a full veterinary inspection for tomorrow *A Jewels start is very unlikely at this stage *The NZ TAB have suspended their futures market on the 4yo Diamond   Andrew Fitzgerald    

Reil Quick, a harness racing mare which has basically came back from the grave, scored the biggest win of her career, with a fast finish to win the $10,000 2016 Trotsguide.Com.Au Country Graduation Series final (2230m). On course veterinary surgeon Roger Haensel listed as ‘questionable’ Reil Quick’s future after attending the mare fractured a knee during a race at Globe Derby in May last year. Owner Ian Shephard, himself a tribute to perseverance, and Kadina trainer Tyson Linke, decided to have a second operation to attempt to give the daughter of Elsu the best possible life. “I was a bit hesitant for the second operation but when I was told she would be in discomfort without it decided to go ahead and credit to Tyson and his family for getting her back racing again,” Shephard said. After a long slow build up, Reil Quick resumed at Victor Harbor at Easter, then had sound runs in the heat and semi-final of the Graduation before starting from gate one in the final. Driver Wayne Hill drove hard to keep the lead early before deciding to take a sit behind the favourite Glenferrie Flyer. Second favourite Frostyflyer came around to challenge Glenferrie Bunter and the pair stepped up the pressure down the back straight with a 28.4 third quarter. Hill took Reil Quick ($14.20) to the outside rounding the home turn and the mare sprinted home in 29.6 to score a two metre win from Frostyflyer ($2.90) with Glenferrie Bunter ($1.60 fav) a short half head away third. It was a masterful drive by Hill, and the second leg of a treble on the night. Shephard, a solicitor and former director of Harness Racing South Australia, has been blind for many years but always head to the track when his horses race. He lives at Moonta and has several horses on his property which, despite his blindness, attends to daily. About 12 months ago he had the misfortune to have his wife and life partner Rose pass away but continues to be a passionate supporter of harness racing and the Linke stable. He was able to pick up Reil Quick for just $4000 at a Melbourne sale. Tyson Linke explained the mare had a cut on a leg when offered as a yearling which had turned off prospective buyers. “We spoke with SA vet Toby Ryan and he said he did not see the wound as being a long term problem so we got her with one bid,” Linke said. “While that injury was fine she has had had knee problems but now is probably as sound as she has ever been but it did cost her chances at the Southern Cross series both as a two and three-year-old.” Reil Quick now has 12 wins and 11 placings from just 34 starts for stakes in excess of $46,000. by Graham Fischer

Victorian harness racing trainer Adam Kelly has had a lot of success during his annual vigils to Tasmania and at Devonport last Sunday night he almost made it a clean sweep with his three runners. Kelly's classy open class horse Five Star Anvil made a one-act affair of the free-for-all scoring comfortably from his three rivals. A disappointing line-up given the pressure trainers have ben placing the governing body to frame more free-for-all races. Nevertheless it was a convincing win and one that pleased local driver Rohan Hillier who partnered all three of his runners at the meeting. "The horse won easily but I think anyone in the grandstand could have driven him and won," Hillier said. "Five Star Anvil is in Tassie specifically for the Easter Cup at the end of the month so he'll line up in an Easter Cup prelude next Sunday night and then go the Easter Cup a fortnight later." Kelly's other winner was Highview Ruler (Elsu-Highview Courage) that won the Linx Coffee Van Pace over 2297 metres, also with Rohan Hillier in the sulky. It was Highview Ruler's Australian debut and the four-year-old could not have been more impressive. Highview Ruler had five starts in New Zealand with his best effort a third at Gore at his last appearance in New Zealand in October last year. "Highview Ruler is a very nice horse and I'm sure he will be winning better races than the one he won tonight," Hillier said.   Kelly's consistent mare Starzzz Of Icon was a game second to the in-form Shelley Barnes-trained mare Angel or Demon who made it four wins from as many starts this time in.   Peter Staples

Miracle Mile placegetter Arms Of An Angel will represent Australia at the New Zealand harness racing Jewels in June. Officials issued an invitation to the connections of the Australian four-year-old mare and it was quickly accepted with trainer Shane Tritton confirming the daughter of Elsu will also be targeting the Taylor Mile at Alexandra Park on April 22. Arms Of An Angel has recovered remarkably well from her effort on Sunday and Tritton will look towards Menangle in the coming weeks to keep her 'ticking over' until her trip across the Tasman. "I've got seven weeks until the Taylor Mile, we had been working really hard with her prior to the Chariots Of Fire about teaching her to relax in her races and that all went out the window over the past few weeks," Tritton said. "What I need to do now is start tinkering with her gear in an attempt to get her to come back to Lauren after an early burn and that is what I will do in her next few starts in Sydney." The Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle in June is another target for Tritton this season. "Everything works out pretty well by the looks of it, we've got the Taylor Mile in April, the Jewels in the first week of June and then we have three weeks until the Len Smith Mile. "After the Len Smith Mile I think she will have deserved a good break and then I'll sit down and look at what to do with her next season." Tritton is considering leaving Arms Of An Angel with New Zealand trainer Mark Jones during the month of May as he and Lauren Panella head to the USA. "Lauren and I are getting married on May 22 and we are having a bit of a reverse honeymoon with a week in Las Vegas in the first week of May. Originally the plan had been to have a week in Vegas, a week in New York and a week in Hawaii with the wedding at the end but now with Arms Of An Angel we might have to cut short the trip. "If she settles in with Mark and he is happy to look after her while we are away it might still work itself out but we're going to have to be a bit flexible with our plans now." Tritton has also showed interest in taking talented two year old Blue Moon Rising to New Zealand for the Jewels. The youngster was impressive on debut at Bathurst before winning again at Menangle. "We'd definitely be interested in taking him too but he probably has to keep on winning to keep his name up in front of the selectors. "The plan is to take him to Goulburn and then maybe Young and if his form warrants it and the invite is forthcoming then we would be very keen for him to go." 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. Greg Hayes    

It is not uncommon for North Canterbury harness racing trainer Robbie Holmes to have a wry smile on his face these days as his racing team have hit a real purple patch in the last few weeks. He has changed nothing at home or on raceday but the wins continue to come at a regular rate in recent weeks and Robbie is just enjoying the change of luck he is experiencing at the moment. Last night at Addington Raceway he lined up the handy C1 pacer Gabby's Star and like most of the Holmes runners lately he didn't disappoint. A touch slow away, Robbie sent him forward to try to grab the lead but Royal Caroline and Colin De Filippi was having none of it and these two went head to head for the opening 800 metres before Gabby's Star made it to the front. Robbie kept the tempo up with Gabby's Star in front and had most of the field off the bit and chasing on the home turn but a couple of swoopers started to fly home late but Gabby's Star had enough in reserve to just hold out Happy As Larry and Jonny Cox. Gabby's Star paced the 2600 metres from a stand in a smart 3:18 with tidy closing sectionals of 58 and 27.9 Robbie was impressed with the run of the Elsu four year old. " He has had to work really hard for that first 800 metres to get to the front and that made him a bit of a sitting duck really." " But he has dug deep in the straight and held on well so plenty to like about the run." " This horse has had absolutely no luck lately, what with shocking draws or being held up at a crucial time so I decided to take luck out of play tonight and go to the front and press on." "He definitely deserved that victory on how he has been going lately," Robbie said. While last nights victory was on the all weather surface at Addington, Robbie was keen for Gabby's Star to concentrate on grass track racing when ever possible. " He loves the grass this fella, it just suits him down to the ground and overall he is better on that surface." " I think there is a few more wins in him yet the way he has been racing his last few starts," Robbie said. Postscript - Robbie made it two wins for the night when Clean Break won the C1 and faster trot later on the programe. Robbie also indicated to Harnesslink in the ringaround earlier in the week that Markim at Methven was his best winning chance for the weekend. Harnesslink Media  

When Protectionist won the Melbourne Cup in 2014, Aziz Kheir or Ozzie as he is known to his friends, celebrated with his fellow owners, one of the special victories thoroughbred racing can provide. All owners dream of winning the biggest races and there is none bigger in Australia than the Melbourne Cup. Enjoying success in the sport of kings, Kheir could be excused for concentrating on another Melbourne Cup success however the only race that is on his mind is the Miracle Mile. Kheir and good friend Karlos Farah have already raced some very promising standardbreds. Horses like Magical Telf, Macha, Mustang Mach and Chilli Palmer were all part owned by the pair and while they have enjoyed success they dream of winning harness racing's 'Holy Grail', the Miracle Mile. That dream may just come true on Sunday February 28, as the pair have bought a ten percent stake in Arms Of An Angel, the Shane Tritton trained mare that produced an outstanding finish in Saturday night's Chariots Of Fire. The daughter of Elsu missed the start by five lengths but made up plenty of ground late to snatch third behind boom kiwi Have Faith In Me. Farah was discussing horses on Twitter on Sunday night when the major owner in Arms Of An Angel, Zac Cornell became involved in the conversation. "We've never met but I've followed the success of horses that Zac has owned like Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo," Farah said. "I jokingly sent him a message and offered to swap him a share in one of my horses Macha for a share in Arms Of An Angel and while Zac didn't take me up on my offer, we did discuss whether he was interested in selling a share in her. "Her performance on Saturday night in the Chariots is the best performance I have ever seen in harness racing by a beaten horse, it was phenomenal and when I had the opportunity to purchase a share I jumped at it." Farah and Kheir agreed to purchase ten percent from Cornell and the excitement was enough to keep Farah up all Sunday night. "I couldn't sleep, I kept saying to Ozzie we just have to finish this deal tomorrow morning, this is our chance to own a horse that has a legitimate chance of winning the Miracle Mile. "It happened so fast neither of us had time to tell our partners so we took them out for dinner on Monday night to break the news to them over a couple of bottles of wine." Farah made contact with trainer Shane Tritton and driver Lauren Panella and is already working on his attire for Miracle Mile day. "I'm going to have to wear a pink shirt or a pink tie because Lauren drives in the pink gig. "Ozzie and I can't wait to get to Menangle on Sunday week, it is going to be very special." The story continued on Monday afternoon when Cornell received a large number of phone calls after it was announced he had sold ten percent of the mare. Cornell decided to relinquish another ten percent to former AFL umpire and harness racing enthusiast Matt Leppard. Cornell has since confirmed he will not be selling anymore shares. "I owned 90 percent originally and Matt Sinclair owned ten but now I've sold 20 so I still have 70 percent and it gives me the chance to race the horse with some good people," Cornell said. Terry Henderson has completed the rare Melbourne Cup/Miracle Mile double previously. He part owned dual Miracle Mile winner Chokin and also raced 1995 Melbourne Cup winner Doriemus. Can Kheir add his name to the list? We will find out on Sunday February 28. Greg Hayes

Leading into tonights harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the $50,000 Hondo Grattan Stakes was all the talk amongst the pundits with the Chariots Of Fire looming large on the horizon. It was a field chock full of some of the best four year old colts and geldings in Australia but in the end it was left to the brilliant mare Arms Of An Angel to give them a start and a beating in the group two feature Lauren Panella pushed the go button from barrier ten with Arms Of An Angel and they blazed to the front in a blistering 25.6 which is low flying at any stage of a race. Allowed a second quarter of 30 seconds, Panella let arms Of An Angel stride through the third quarter in 27.7 before unleashing another smart quarter in 27.4 to stop the clock in a brilliant 1:50.7. Amaretto held on for second to complete the domination by the mares while Aztec Bromac finished well late for third to be the first male home. Hot favourite Cruz Bromac flashed late for fifth but put in a few fancy steps near the 400 metres which cost him any winning chance. While Arms Of An Angel was the winner of just two from twenty three in New Zealand, the daughter of Elsu has been a revelation since crossing the Tasman and joining the Shane Tritton barn. The winner of her last five for Tritton, Arms Of An Angel has recorded three miles in 1:50 and change in those five wins and is without doubt the best mare racing in Australia at the moment. To blaze an opening quarter in 25.6 from barrier ten and still go on and win the race in 1:50.7 is an outstanding run and brings her right into contention for races such as the Chariots Of Fire  The big question now is can she take the step up in a race such as the Chariots Of Fire against the likes of Have Faith In Me? Have Faith In Me had an easy time of it later in the night in the FFA Pace in 1:52 but ran home in a very quick 54 and 26.2 and still looked to have something in reserve at the finish. Whatever happens, Arms Of An Angel has certainly proved a bargin purchase for her new owners in Australia. Harnesslink Media 

The radar is now definitely on the Nevele R/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks Final for impressive Winton winner Scarlett Falcon.   The Elsu filly lead after two hundred metres of the Southland Vehicle Sales Mobile Pace and easily beat Bootie Bromac by two and a quarter lengths.    Scarlett Falcon owned by Cedric Coll and Kevin Cloag and is out of the three win Live Or Die mare Genuine Franco. She arrived as a young horse at trainer Stephen McNally's property to be broken in.     "She's always shown enough but we didn't ask too much of her when she was two." "She was just a bit big but qualified late as a two year old." Every time she's gone off the property she's shown something," he said.     From barrier four McNally guided the filly out and took the lead off favourite Picobello early in the race.   "There was no plan set in concrete but she did leave the gate nicely without asking too much of her so from there it was the best place to be really." "She's got a bit of speed but feels as though she could stay a bit better."   Part owner Cedric Coll had to lead the filly into the birdcage and clip her up with the lead rope before returning her to her box after the race.    "She's lovely to drive but she's a real handful to walk around. It's just her. I think she'll grow out of it slowly."   McNally plans to visit Southland again later in the season to ensure Scarlett Falcon has the two required runs in Southland to qualify for the $45,000 Group Two Southland Oaks Final.   Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing    

The David Hewitt trained Bon Accord Gal has put together a very strong harness racing record in a short time. The five-year-old daughter of Elsu has won eight of her thirteen career starts and bad manners have cost her victory in four of her five defeats. The only mare to have beaten Bon Accord Gal when she has paced throughout an entire race is the Shane Tritton trained Arms Of An Angel and regular driver Brad Hewitt is looking forward to a rematch. "I think if you swap the barrier draws around when they met it would have made it interesting, Arms Of An Angel is potentially a star mare but we think our mare is every bit as good as her," Hewitt said. "I have a really big opinion of Bon Accord Gal, she did it very easily on Saturday night when she won at Menangle and the Ladyship Mile qualifiers in February are her target." Bon Accord Gal is raced by Phil and Denise Thurston and was purchased from the New Zealand yearling sales. "Phil and Denise have a number of horses with us, after they purchased her out of the sales they sent her to us to try and get her going. "She's always been a bit silly and highly strung, she's also had a few little issues with her knees but we've got on top of those." In time, Hewitt expects Bon Accord Gal to overtake Sweet Molly Oshea as the family's leading mare. "I said to Dad (David) a month ago I thought Bon Accord Gal was as good if not better than Sweet Molly OShea, definitely over a mile because Bon Accord Gal has a lot more brilliance and speed. "Over distance Molly has proved in Queensland how good she can go, she lacks a bit of high speed and that's all that lets her down." Bon Accord Gal was the first leg of a driving double at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night for Hewitt with Tullow providing him his second victory on the night. "Saturday night was probably the best he has gone for me, he was three wide for the first half and they ran a very quick couple of sectionals. "We'll keep taking him back to Menangle on Saturday night and depending on how he is going we might put him into the Chariots of Fire heats, I think he can run 1:51.0 with everything run to suit." Greg Hayes

When former New Zealand trained mare Arms Of An Angel recorded a mile rate of 1:50.7 winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon, harness racing trainer Shane Tritton contemplated taking the daughter of Elsu to Western Australia. Tritton will fly out to Perth with Inter Dominion entrants Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye later this month and considered putting her on the plane also to compete in the feature mares races being run at Gloucester Park during the carnival. After discussing the decision with majority owner Zac Cornell, Arms Of An Angel will remain in New South Wales and will continue to race through her grades. "We had a good long think about taking her to Perth but I think it is in the best interests of the mare that she remains at home and continues to work her way through the grades," Tritton said. "She has obvious ability but she is a handful and still has a lot to learn so I'd like to see her race through to metropolitan company and if she warrants a crack at qualifying for the Ladyship Mile then that is what her target will be." Arms Of An Angel raced 23 times in New Zealand for two victories and Tritton admitted he was surprised at the improvement the mare has shown since arriving. "This is all on Zac, he is the best judge of a horse I know, he found her in New Zealand and flew himself over to drive her then made an offer to buy her. "He didn't pay a lot for her in relation to what some people pay for horses from New Zealand but he has a tremendous eye for a horse, he purchased Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo after watching them and they are probably the best two horses I've had in my stable." Tritton spent the early part of this week in Perth exploring different training facilities for the upcoming Inter Dominion. "The horses will be stabled at Gary Hall's property, the set-up is very similar to what the horses have at home right down to the track where they will work. "I'm really excited by the Inter Dominion, Mach Beauty was brave on Saturday night at Menangle and I think he has proved that he is getting back to somewhere near his best." Mach Beauty and Easy On The Eye are scheduled to start in Friday week's group two Smoken Up Sprint at Melton before flying to Western Australia two days later. "I'm looking forward to it, I'll spend most of my time in Perth during the Inter Dominion while Lauren (Panella driver) will fly back and forth so she is going to earn plenty of frequent flyers points that's for sure. Greg Hayes

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