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Drouin West harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan stands a good chance of continuing his great run of success in the rich Australian Pacing Gold series. Gary and his wife Debbie prepared Queen Of Pop to win the Two-Year-Old Fillies Final last year, and also won the same division with Musical Delight in 2012. In 2015, they have three live chances across the divisions of the rich event. Most Happy Cullen, owned by a big Gippsland syndicate, contests a Semi-Final of the Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings division in Sydney this Saturday night. After a solid workout at the Warragul Pacing Bowl last Saturday morning, Most Happy Cullen is ready to perform his best, and leaves for Sydney on Wednesday. In his racetrack debut at Melton recently, Most Happy Cullen came from well back to finish an impressive second in an Australian Pacing Gold Heat. Most Happy Cullen is a son of former brilliant Gippsland mare Jazzam, bred and raced by the Fusinato family. The hardest to beat in the Colts and Geldings division appears to be the top Kiwi youngster Waikiki Beach - ironically also bred by the Fusinato's, being out of their other top race mare Cyclone Betty. Most Happy Cullen and Waikiki Beach spent plenty of time together as youngsters - Most Happy Cullen was able to match it with Waikiki Beach when the yearlings tore around the paddock, so it will be interesting to see how they measure up on track when they meet again. The Quinlan stable won both heats of the Fillies division of the Australian Pacing Gold staged at Melton last Friday night with Sahara Sunrise and Magical Delight. Sahara Sunrise had run some nice races without winning before her breakthrough victory on Friday, while Magical Delight was having her first race start. Both horses raced on the pace throughout and won nicely, well rated by driver Chris Alford. The $322,000 Colts and Geldings Final will be staged at Menangle in Sydney on Sunday, April 26, while the Fillies do battle for the same stake closer to home at Melton on Saturday, May 2 after Semi-Finals a week earlier.   Kyle Galley

It might turn into a very Quinlan Easter this Sunday at Warragul when the family shoot for a unique Country Cups harness racing double. Gary Quinlan, uncle of Jodi, will take his relatively lightly raced four-year-old, Scruffy Major, to Gippsland for the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup.

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