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Top trainer Emma Stewart took over the mantle for the most number of wins prepared in a season in Australia when Tiger Storm won the fourth race at Warragul trots on Sunday afternoon. It was only the second horse Stewart had raced at the Warragul Pacing Bowl during 2018, but Tiger Storm's victory goes down in the record books with the success bringing up 300 victories for the season for the stable, passing the previous mark of 299 wins set by Queensland horseman Bill Dixon in 2010/2011. Tiger Storm ran a a short-priced favourite on Sunday, and went straight to the front at the start of the race for driver Chris Alford, one of four wins on the day for the master horseman who himself has set a national record for winners driven this season. Alford's quartet of victories enabled him to secure the Warragul Driver of the Year title for the fifteenth time. Three of those victories came for Gippsland horseman Gary Quinlan, who was once again crowned Trainer of the Year at Warragul. His winners on Sunday were Scruffy Marshall, Starofsahara and Emiliana. Feature race on Sunday was the Women in Trotting Tribute, to acknowledge the involvement of females past and present in harness racing. The race, for female drivers only, attracted seven starters, and, fittingly, local reinswoman Casey Parker drove the winner, Rocknroll Gold. It was Parker's biggest racetrack success so far, having been a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre. Competitors in Sunday's Women in Trotting Tribute staged at Warragul -photo Matt Walker Fellow local Simone Walker drove Montenero to produce a local Quinella. The winner is trained by Michael Hughes, who produced a double on the day, after Express Yourself won the Trotters Handicap. Hughes has recently settled into a new property at Iona, and Sunday's victory by Express Yourself was the first winner from the new facility. It was also the first race success for Michelle Seamons, another past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre, who owns the talented five-year-old mare. Gippsland trainer Steve Austen was a proud man after his horse Priddy Easy won the first race of the day. Four months ago Priddy Easy suffered a nasty chest injury after a paddock accident at Austen's Labertouche property. He and his wife Karen have nursed the horse back to health, and Sunday's victory was the third for the pacer, which has also run nine minor placings. Greg Sugars drove Priddy Easy on Sunday - his wife Jess trained Fong Nien to win the sixth event to bring up a double for the top reinsman.   Kyle Galley

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Gary Quinlan under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that Mr Quinlan presented ‘Most Happy Cullen’ to race at Cranbourne on 19 April 2018 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria

Gippsland trotting trainers have enjoyed a great start to the month, with the prospect of more success at next weekend's Warragul meeting. There were three local wins at Geelong on June 5 - Drouin West horseman Gary Quinlan won two races with Rocknroll Pearl and Professor Tom, while three-year-old trotter Sovereign Minx scored her maiden win on the same night for Trafalgar trainer Chris Hunter. At Cranbourne last Thursday night, Warragul horsewoman Jenni Lewis produced Miss Intense to win the final race on the program, while Cranbourne trainer Michael Hughes was also a winner earlier in the night with Bettor Beau. At Kilmore last Tuesday night Feel The Rhythm backed up her recent good form to score her third victory, giving further success to the Chris Hunter barn. And at Melton on Wednesday afternoon (today), Gary Quinlan produced another double, with two-year-old Sahara Tiger, and three-year-old Roll With Rocky, which, like stablemate Professor Tom, is raced by local owner Grant Rathjen. The Sunday, June 24 race meeting at Warragul features the $10,000 Ken Miller Memorial, and the $10,000 Traralgon Pacing Cup, with strong local entries expected in both of these races and the support card. Kyle Galley

The count towards harness racing reinswoman Jodi Quinlan's mighty milestone - 2000 winning drives - initiated more than two decades ago with a swoop down the straight on the first day of winter. It was June 1, 1992, when trainer Gary Quinlan’s six-year-old gelding by Windshield Wiper led a concession driver on to Cranbourne’s course to tackle the Sky Channel Stakes. Zephyr Lad had placed only once in his last eight starts and was a 20/1 pop, having drawn the outside of the front row, with the 2/1 favourite Five Ply, trained and driven by trots legend Ted Demmler, among those on his inside. For some it was just another manic Monday, for Zephyr Lad’s 17-year-old reinswoman it was a nerve-racking opportunity. “I used to get terribly nervous when I first started,” Jodi Quinlan said. “The first winner was very nerve-racking. I think I was sitting in the one-one and just happened to get out around the turn at Cranbourne and sprint home. It was a really close finish.” A short-half-head separated Zephyr Lad from Lord Of Rohan, but it was enough for Quinlan to break her duck in just her fifth start. “I was that nervous, it was all a bit overwhelming at the time.” It was the only victory Zephyr Lad would produce in his last  23 starts, despite also passing through the hands of renowned drivers Chris Alford, Gavin Lang, Brian Gath, Ross Sugars and Matthew Harding. Also notably, Zephyr Lad was not only trained by Quinlan’s uncle Gary but part-owned by her grandfather Alby, an insight into the outstanding family support that gave her an initial leg up. “Mum and dad had gallopers and I lost my father just before I turned 15 and went into trotters because that was what was available to me,” Quinlan said. “My uncle Geoff Walker took me under his wing early on and carted me all over the country side to drive Highland Bomber. “Geoff was the one who was prepared to put me on early doors. He was a very good horseman, really good at breaking them in. He was the one who stuck up for me early on.” And Quinlan is also quick to credit uncle Gary, who gave her opportunities on key drives, exposure that would fast-track her career. That included Our Millers Road, who Quinlan said “really ran for me”. “(Our Millers Road) was the first one who got me out there at the Valley. My two uncles and mum have been the backbone of where I got too today,” she said. “I obtained a lot of outside drives from (Our Millers Road) and that helped me outdrive my claim. As much as Geoff started me off and got me going, my time as the stable driver for Gary for many years gave me that next step and led to me moving to Melton and starting out on my own.” Quinlan’s opportunities enjoyed a steady incline, peaking in 2002-03 when she would drive 990 starters for 162 winners and 258 placegetters. Her greatest win would come in the following November when she piloted Sokyola to the $550,000 SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile for trainer Lance Justice.  “I look at it as a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Quinlan said. “(Owner) Colin Croft was the reason I drove Sokyola, he promised one day that he would put me on a good horse and it just happened to be Sokyola. You have to pinch yourself even now to think that I’ve won a Miracle Mile.” They are now milestones amid a milestone, having carried Quinlan to 2000 wins last Wednesday when steering her three-year-old colt, Somebeachshadow, to victory by a head at Kilmore. It was a formidable achievement some 25 seasons in the making. “Im proud of the achievement that I’ve been able to do that,” Quinlan said. “I’m very lucky to have had so much support. I’m the one who gets all the accolades and the one who drives them, but it has taken a lot of dirt and tears to get to this stage and you need the support of a lot of people in the industry.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Veteran Gippsland harness racing horseman Gordon Turner has been successfully racing horses at Warragul for decades, and has unearthed another smart horse in Scruffy Marshall. The three-year-old turned in an impressive debut victory at Warragul last Wednesday, streaking clear of the opposition in the closing stages to win by 16 metres. Gordon bred the son of Art Major, out of his former handy race mare Magic Music, who has left three race winners from only three foals. Curiously, the mare has produced two race winning pacers and a race winning trotter. Scruffy Marshall is trained by Gordon's son-in-law Gary Quinlan. Gordon expects Scruffy Marshall to win better races, as he has always had a high opinion of the horse. After Wednesday's win, he said he has always thought of Scruffy Marshall as his "Derby horse." While he might not contest the upcoming Victoria Derby series after just one start, the other three-year-old feature races later in the season could be a suitable prospect. Scruffy Marshall's victory bought up two wins in a row for the Quinlan stable, after their horse Omy Son continued his good recent form with a win in the Trotters Handicap. Omy Son has won three of his last four starts. Gippsland trainers dominated the six race program last Wednesday. As well as a win for the Michael Hughes trained Narreeva, Hurricane Stride and Our Eduardo Denario were both trained by fellow Cranbourne trainer Jayne Davies. Captain Bronzie was the only visitor to salute in the third event. Former top horseman Glen Tippet was spotted in the crowd on Wednesday, catching up with family and friends. Tippet trained the 1996 Warragul Cup winner Kildonnan, and was impressed with the facilities at the Pacing Bowl at his first visit back for many years. Racing returns to Warragul on Wednesday, February 15. Kyle Galley

Gippsland pacing fillies Magical Delight and Courageous Call will compete in the $150,000 Harness Racing Victoria Oaks at Melton this Saturday night. The Gary Quinlan-trained pair qualified for the event after excellent performances in their heats last week. Raced by large syndicates of local trots followers, Magical Delight and Courageous Call will both start at good odds in Saturday night's race, which has drawn together an outstanding field of young horses. No doubt connections are thrilled just to be represented in such a prestigious event, regardless of the result. At the Yarra Valley meeting on Monday, Gippsland was well represented throughout the day. Gary Quinlan scored another winner, with Professor Tom scoring for owner, Warragul Harness Racing Club stalwart Grant Rathjen. Trafalgar horseman Chris Hunter produced the quinella in the trotters' race. Lazy Sunday won after an eye-catching run at Warragul on Cup day, narrowly defeating stablemate Slancio. Hunter's son Glenn drove the winner, and both horses will compete against each other again this Saturday night in the Victorian Square Trotters Association Cup Final at Melton, where Glenn will have the pick of the drives. Local horseman Matt Cormick produced Mor Laag to win the feature event on the program at odds of over $51. Cormick trains his horse at Carrum Downs but his family have been involved in trotting locally for many years. Mor Laag has a habit of winning at big odds on occasion, although his last victory at Warragul in January was less of a shock for punters, as he started an $8 chance. Meanwhile the trots return to Warragul this Monday, ahead of a further meeting on May 2. Heats of the Ken Miller Memorial event will be staged. Local trainers will be strongly represented in Monday's heats, all keen to qualify their horses for the final of the race run in honour of a great local trotting supporter. Monday's meeting kicks off just after Noon. Kyle Galley

Yarragon harness racing trainer Rob Evans had the historians reaching for the record books after his horse Into You led throughout to win at the Warragul Pacing Bowl last Tuesday afternoon. The general feeling was that it had been a few years since Rob's previous winner as a trainer - and a look back at the results showed a lull of over three decades. Rob had last tasted success thirty one years (and four days) before - when his horse Tara Wealth won the Darley Grange Beginners Pace at Warragul on January 15, 1985. Although it has been an extremely long time between drinks for Rob, he has spent much of that time away from the trotting sport. It has only been in the last 18 months that he has returned to training, taking his time with four-year-old pacer Into You, who rewarded his patience with her first win on Tuesday. The lightly raced mare possibly should have won before Tuesday, having turned in a few good minor placings in her short career. An improving type, Into You should win further races, ensuring her trainer won't have to wait too long for his next taste of success. Rob prepares his horse from a training track he constructed on the property of fellow horseman Rob Trickey, across the road from the Yarragon Football Ground. Into You is the first horse to be trained on the relatively new track. The track design skills of Rob Evans have attracted interest among local trotting participants - he is currently constructing a new training track on the property of Drouin West horseman Gary Quinlan, to be built along the lines of the recently redeveloped Warragul Pacing Bowl track. The eight events on Tuesday produced plenty of success for Gippsland trainers. Trafalgar trotter Lazy Sunday claimed an overdue first race win in a division of the Trotters Handicap for the Hunter family. Glenn Hunter took the reins for his brother Brett, the mares owner, and their trainer father Chris. Young Gippsland horseman Matt Cormick also returned to the winners' list when Mor Laag scored its third win from 62 starts in race four. Matt drove numerous winners as a junior reinsman, before taking a break from the sport. He has recently returned to racing and prepared Mor Laag, owned by his grandfather, veteran trainer Des Kelly, to the horse's first victory since July 2014.   Mor Laag had trialled well at Warragul recently in preparation for the seven-year-olds first race since November. Cranbourne trained pacers performed well at the meeting with Rocknroll Gold winning the first race for trainer Michael Hughes, and Fiftyshadesofbrown turning in another honest performance to win a division of the Trotters Handicap for trainer Allan Lousada. Terang horseman Darren Cole made a long trip across to compete - he was impressed with the Warragul facilities and the journey home was a happy one after Spot Ona Shadow won the fifth event. Accountability scored in the Claiming Pace for Bacchus Marsh trainer Denis Grieve and driver Zac Phillips. Drouin West mare Ymbro Toto continued her good run at Warragul with another victory in the last race. The mare won at the previous Warragul meeting in December for owner Danny Ymer and trainer Gary Quinlan. Guests of the Warragul Harness Racing Club on Tuesday included members of the Donvale Tunstall Probus Club. Harness racing at Warragul takes a break now in preparation for the Warragul Cup meeting on Easter Sunday, March 27. Kyle Galley

A big day of harness racing is planned for Warragul this coming Wednesday. There were enough entries for nine races, with the first to run at 1:14pm, and the last due just after 6pm. A number of local businesses are taking advantage of the meeting to hold their Christmas break-up functions, and the Warragul Harness Racing Club expects a big attendance given the forecast fine weather conditions. Star local pacer Mister Wickham is drawn to compete during the day, depending on the outcome of his race tomorrow night (Saturday) at Melton. Drouin West trainer Gary Quinlan will be well represented on the day with four starters, including Ymbro Toto, a mare which has had her issues but is expected to turn in a good performance this time around. Races look fairly even throughout the day, particularly the third event, where the winner could be well hidden. Veteran local pacer Melton Little Max, lining up for race start 247, could be a chance of victory if things go his way from an awkward barrier draw. Local horseman Rob Evans has his first starter on his home track for many years when Into You contests race one, at just her second race start. There is free entry to all patrons at Wednesday's raceday. Kyle Galley

Gippsland horse Professor Tom won a consolation of the rich Breeders Crown series at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday night. Bred and owned by long serving Warragul Harness Racing Club committeeman Grant Rathjen, Professor Tom finished strongly to win. The two-year-old is trained by Drouin West's Gary and Debbie Quinlan and was driven by Gavin Lang. Professor Tom is out of the Rathjen family's former brilliant race mare Petes Dream. On Sunday afternoon another Gippsland bred, Our Waikiki Beach, extended its winning sequence to 12 in capturing the Colts and Geldings Final. Bred locally by the Fusinato family, and trained and owned in New Zealand, Our Waikiki Beach heads home undefeated in his first season of racing. Our Waikiki Beach is from the Fusinato's top mare Cyclone Betty. Pearcedale pacer Hectorjayjay, winner of the Warragul Cup earlier this year, won the Entires and Geldings feature, while Cranbourne horse Cruisin Around ran third in the trotting Colts and Geldings Final. These and other horses trained in the region look set to produce an exciting future for Gippsland harness racing.   Kyle Galley

Drouin West harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan has a big team of horses engaged across the rich Vicbred Super Series finals staged at Tabcorp Park Melton this Friday and Saturday night. Charlie Runkle will compete in the two year old trotting final on Friday night, while stablemates Courageous Call, Magical Delight, Professor Tom and Emiliana are all drawn to compete on Saturday. Longwarry trainer Lee Evison has Mister Wickham qualified for a three year old final, and local Michael Hughes also harnesses up Cruisin Around. Warragul Cup winner Hectorjayjay also starts in one of the finals. Meanwhile, Melton horseman Lance Justice won the Traralgon Cup at Warragul on Monday with Phil Monty. Phil Monty scored in a three way photo finish at the well attended meeting.   Kyle Galley

Although Bart Lightning is having his first race start in the Glenview Park Trotters Handicap at Warragul on Monday, the harness racing seven-year-old is already well and truly familiar with the racetrack surroundings. For the last 18 months, Bart Lightning by the SJ's Photo horse Zooma has served his apprenticeship as a teaching horse for the Gippsland Harness Training Centre. Between sixty and seventy students have gained their initial experience at driving behind Bart Lightning, either on their own, or in the Centre's double seater sulky. A perfect, placid teaching horse, Bart Lightning is the first point of contact for new students, as they learn about the sport of trotting, including unfamiliar subjects such as gearing up of horses, training methods and trackwork. "He's always been for everyone, for their first contact," GHTC trainer Jenni Lewis said. "He's not the bravest horse around, but he is the most trustworthy and versatile." Since arriving at the Centre via part-owner/breeder Trevor Brown in July 2013, Bart Lightning has done countless laps of the Warragul Pacing Bowl. But it is only now that Jenni has the confidence to place the horse in a race. Bart Lightning made a mistake in a barrier trial at Warragul last Saturday, but did win a trial on the track the previous week. Local horseman Gary Quinlan has been steering Bart Lightning in his recent trials, helping the horse build his confidence. Jenni would have sought the services of Gary for the race drive on Monday, however he gave away race driving some years ago. Top horseman Chris Alford will take the reins on Monday. Ironically, Bart Lightning's stablemate, Golden Phaeton, also aged seven, will too make his race debut in Monday's event. Although she is not going into the race overwhelmed with confidence about the chances of the two horses, Jenni is pleased that the Centre has trotters at the races again, as it has been a couple of years since a squaregaiting horse has sported the stable's silks. Over the last decade, horses such as Selsdon and Drop Of Paradise (both winners of Horse of the Year at Warragul), have been among the best trotters produced by the Centre. An influx of student enrolments in recent times has seen the numbers of horses at the Centre increase. Recent additions to the barn include fast class pacer Mediation, and youngster Mystic Castle. Currently there are 20 full-time students enrolled at the Warragul facility, with a further 15 secondary school students participating in the once-a-week VET in Schools program. Many students past and present will be on track on Monday to see the pair of trotters compete. Meanwhile, the Traralgon Pacing Cup is the highlight on a bumper nine-event card on Monday. The race recognises the twenty-year history of the trotting sport at Traralgon, and runs at 3:02pm. Longwarry pacer McNiven looks well placed in the event, after a solid effort in winning a barrier trial at Warragul in fast time last Saturday. Champion reinsman Chris Alford trains and drives Stormed Out, and Chris is in pursuit of his fifth winning drive in a Traralgon Pacing Cup. Chris drove the last race winner on the old Traralgon track. Such has been the response from trainers to Monday's card, the first race will run at the early time of 11:42am to accommodate the big program. Strong entries have been received for all races on the day with 93 horses drawn across the nine events. Picture attached of Bart Lightning in training mode at the Gippsland Harness Training Centre at Warragul.   Kyle Galley

The annual Traralgon Pacing Cup highlights the next harness racing meeting at Warragul on Monday afternoon, June 29. A C4-C6 pace over 2210 metres, this year's edition is sponsored by, and carries a Cup to the winning owner. Run at Warragul for the past 10 years, the Pacing Cup recognises the two decade period from 1975 to 1995 when harness racing was staged at Traralgon. In the lead-up to the event, the Warragul Harness Racing Club Facebook page is sharing video and photo memories of the Traralgon days. Top reinsman Chris Alford has won several Traralgon Pacing Cup races both at Traralgon and Warragul, and no doubt will have a drive in this year's event. Alford also has the honour of having driven the last winner on the old Traralgon track 20 years ago. Gippsland pacer Artique is another likely competitor in the event - trainer Gary Quinlan won two Pacing Cup's in the old Traralgon days with Pinball and Sharazar. Gary's father-in-law Gordon Turner won the first race run at Traralgon in November 1975. An excellent support program is on offer at the June meeting, including the Hygain 3YO Pace Final from heats run at Cranbourne on Sunday, June 21. Nominations close at Noon on Wednesday, June 24. Kyle Galley

Charlie Runkle and Princess Phoenix won last night’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton for harness racing two-year-old trotters. Charlie Runkle (by Angus Hall out of Star Spangled Banner) took out the colts and geldings’ final for trainer Gary Quinlan and driver Chris Alford, while trainer David Aiken and reinsman son Josh combined with Princess Phoenix (by The Pres out of Dodo Rocket) to win the fillies’. From gate two Charlie Runkle showed gate speed from the 1720m start and easily found the pegs after polemarker Sundons Courage galloped away. Alford handed up to Aiken on Skyflyer and waited for his turn along the sprint lane, Charlie Runkle finishing fast for a 3.4-metre victory in a rate of 2:00.6. “(He) came out really well and got a bit keen being his first time under lights, but he was travelling well at the turn and once the sprint lane opened he got to it like an old pro,” Alford said. Race favourite Cruisin Around ran third after covering ground three wide with no cover. Princess Phoenix rated 2:03.7 for her win. At the 400m she was eased three-wide by Aiken but was still 15m off frontrunner Truscott Law, who had trotted opening quarters of 32.7, 31 and 30.3. Princess Phoenix sprinted sharply and went on to put her opposition away with apparent ease due to an impressive 400-metre burst. “She’s a fast filly. I said the other day she might be a pretty serious filly. And she’s confirmed that,” Josh Aiken said. Plenty of punters found both the Home Grown winners, each backed in late to $3.30. “I think the owners might have tipped a few into her on the way here,” Aiken quipped. Aiken explained Princess Phoenix had fired up during the warm-up but relaxed better when the mobile started to roll. “It’s very daunting for the babies to come here under the lights. She turned it on a bit during the preliminary but once they were scoring up she became a racehorse.” Truscott Law held down second while Maoris Got Muscle and reinsman Caleb Lewis finished third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

He has taken a big step towards his destiny, but talented youngster Emiliana still has a long way to go before he extends his family’s tradition. Successful upon debut at Yarra Valley, Emiliana stems from a clan littered with top shelf performers. By Art Major from Milagro, Emiliana is related to stars such as Stunin Cullen, Il Vicolo, The Unicorn, Gotta Go Cullen, Smooth Falcon, Reba Lord, Veste and Laurella. Thrilled with the gelding’s victory, trainer Gary Quinlan believes Emiliana is capable of bigger wins. “You can’t take much from a maiden two-year-old win, but everything he has done suggests there is a lot more to come from him,” Quinlan said. “At this stage we have barely scratched the surface with him. He’s shown plenty of potential, so know we just have to hope he can fulfil it.” Driven by Nathan Jack, Emiliana led throughout from barrier six to complete a soft nine-and-a-half metre win from Fleshing, with Pablo Santanna a metre-and-a-half away third. “That was a pretty nice run,” Quinlan said. “He put in a roughie on the corner, but got himself balance and going again pretty quickly. “He still hasn’t had the whip turned on him or the plugs pulled and has been doing it easy at the trials and now at his debut, so that’s another promising sign.” With the Vicbred Super Series the main target, Quinlan will find a suitable lead-up race for the freshman. “I’ll give him one more run then put him in a Sires’ heat,” Quinlan said. “If he can prove competitive in that series he also has the Breeders’ Crown towards the end of the season.” PAUL COURTS

Twelve months ago harness racing trainer Gary Quinlan celebrated a victory in the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle when Queen Of Pop scored at the odds of 30 to 1.  Mark Purdon’s filly Supersonic Miss was expected to win the rich final comfortably after annihilating her rivals in the semi final but could only finish fourth. This year’s lead up to the APG for two year old colts and geldings is eerily similar.  Kiwi trainer Mark Purdon has the raging hot favourite, Our Waikiki Beach that is yet to taste defeat and Quinlan’s entrant Most Happy Cullen is given very little chance of winning by the bookmakers. “I didn’t think Queen Of Pop was a chance of beating Supersonic Miss last year in the final and I actually thought my filly may have been better placed in the consolation but everything fell into place and we got the win in the big one,” Quinlan said. “It is the same this year, I can’t see how my horse Most Happy Cullen can turn the tables on Our Waikiki Beach but I’m happy to be in the APG anyway.” Most Happy Cullen squeezed into the final field after running fifth in Saturday night’s semi final behind Our Waikiki Beach. “We were 30 metres off the winner in the semi but to be honest I was a little bit concerned going into the race because I thought Our Waikiki Beach might lead and get a very comfortable middle half and that doesn’t suit my horse, he needs to sit on the back of a solid tempo.” “I was really pleased with Most Happy Cullen, he got a bad check on the first turn but recovered well and chased hard in that final (26.6 second) quarter.” While Quinlan will be cheering his runner home on Sunday afternoon he confirmed he does have a soft spot for Our Waikiki Beach. “Debbie and I prepared Our Waikiki Beach for the sales, we both had a lot of time for him, he would free leg on the jogger and it didn’t surprise us that he has turned out to be a nice horse.” “The horse was bred by the Fusinato family and they have been clients of ours for about 25 years and have put together a really nice band of broodmares.” The Fusinato family also retain a 50% share in Most Happy Cullen after they bred the son of Christian Cullen. “He is a full brother to Jazzam and I think with a bit of time he is going to be a really nice horse.” “It is going to be a big weekend for the stable, we’ve got two fillies in the APG semi finals on Friday night so hopefully it is a good one.” Sydney reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick will retain the drive after partnering the two year old on Saturday night in the semi final. Greg Hayes

Obviously Victorian harness racing couple Gary and Debbie Quinlan would like to continue their strong affiliation with the rich Australian Pacing Gold series. The duo have captured two of the last three editions of the fillies’ division, scoring with Musical Delight in 2012 and her half-sister, Queen Of Pop, last year. As for this season’s running, the Quinlans annexed both fillies’ heats at Melton last Friday night with Sahara Sunrise and Magical Delight. The latter youngster has become the stable’s sentimental favourite due to the ill-health of breeder Geoff Fothergill. “We’d love to see both fillies win for their owners, but Magical Delight has a bit of a story behind her,” Debbie said. “She was bred by Geoff Fothergill, but sadly due to a kidney disease he’s had to sell his horses. “We happened to be at Benstud and when Gary saw this filly he made an inquiry whether she was up for sale. “Geoff owned her and her dam, Modern Girl, which he loved, but he had to sell them and sold the mare with foal at foot. “Within 10 minutes of her win the other night, Geoff was on the phone congratulating us.” Driven by Chris Alford, Magical Delight impressed at her debut run when accounting for Jilliby Jitterbug and Rockstar Angel in 1:58.2 for the 1720 metres. Also partnered by Alford, Sahara Sunrise rated 1:59.9 to beat Tricka Treat Lombo and Gallifrey Mystique to register her maiden win from five starts. PAUL COURTS

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