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Emily Suvaljko has notched up her 200th winning drive, giving Corey Rogers his first training win with his maiden pacer, Addisyn, when the pair teamed up in race 3 at Collie on Sunday, March 7. The win from the double-west-bred mare, was the icing on the cake for the Byford based trainer, with Addisyn being bred and owned by Corey Rogers and his family. “It feels great having bred her, broken her in with dad and now finally getting that win, it just feels great,” he said. “I am so proud of her, after everything she has gone through, and to still have the drive to be a racehorse.” After sustaining a serious injury as a yearling, there was doubts whether the now 4-year-old would ever make it to the racetrack. “She [Addisyn] tore her leg apart as a yearling and needed 12 months of rehabilitation as it got infected and wouldn’t heal. There was a 50/50 chance she would never race.” Rogers said. “There were times during this period where she wouldn’t let anyone near her. It has taken a lot of time and TLC to get her back.” The short-priced favourite started from barrier four and led from start to finish, pulling away from her rivals for an easy win, spacing the field by 40 metres. “I actually felt very calm on the day. Everything leading into the race with her was just perfect and I thought with any luck, she would run well.” Rogers said. Emily Suvaljko’s drive on the winner sees her bring her total wins up to 200 in just three short years, which according to Harness stalwart, Alan Parker, makes Emily the third fastest in the state to notch up that number of wins. “It was a great feeling, even better to get it on Corey Roger’s horse, which was his first ever training winner. My Nanna and Grandad were there to see it, which made it even more special.”  Said Suvaljko The Suvaljko family started the meeting off with a bang, with Shannon Suvaljko steering the Craig Hynam trained Mybrotherskeeper to victory in the first. Part two of the Suvaljko show continued in to the second race, with Sarah and Joseph pairing up with Fifo, who defeated stable mate and last start winner, Ark of Rock, giving Sarah Suvaljko a race quinella. Shannon went on to close the meeting with the strategically driven, winning drive on the Matt Scott trained, Miracle Max. Busselton based couple, Reece Kaptein and Kayla Trewenack went head-to-head in race seven, with their runners Major Michelle and Adda Girl giving the duo a race quinella, with Kaptein’s runner Major Michelle being too strong for her rivalling stable mate. “We thought Major Michelle would lead and win, I just told Reece that I need to connect the tow rope, but my main aim was for mine to step, then worry about the race, but the quinella wasn’t something we thought would happen, so it was pretty cool” Trewenack said. “There was a bit of banter before the race, but just super stoked to get first and second in any order,” Kaptein said. “But we did watch the race separately” he joked. Collie Harness Racing Club has two meetings remaining, with plenty of standing start action on Sunday April 4 and the Collie Cup on Sunday April 18.   by Ashleigh Paikos

The last meeting at Gloucester Park for 2020 will be run on Thursday night and members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident of ending the year with a bagful of specials. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot guru Pat Harding are confident Taroona Bromac can end the year with a victory. “New Zealand import Taroona Bromac, co-trained by Greg and Skye Bond, impressed when he led and ran second to stablemate Justasec at Gloucester Park last Monday,” Manning said. “Barrier two has boosted Taroona Bromac’s prospects of breaking a six-run losing sequence. He showed a lot of potential when winning twice at Christchurch and now has a career record of 13 victories from 30 starts. Six of his wins have been at Gloucester Park.” And Harding, who looks likely to add another longest-priced winner title to his CV, agrees. “It has been a tough year for tipsters and punters alike and this New Year's Eve meeting looks like being more of the same,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race nine with Taroona Bromac coming out of barrier two. There's not a great deal of exposed form in this race, but a last-start second and a good barrier draw gives this horse a great chance.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, who has a stranglehold on this year’s tipping contest, and Guild president Wayne Currall, who pulled off the impossible by tipping the card last week, believe punters can fill their pockets early doors with smart two-year-old Finvarra. “My best bet comes up in the first with Finvarra, who has drawn favourably in gate two,” Wishart said. “Brilliant debut then had to face the breeze last run when he showed great determination to hang on for third. Well drawn and should lead and win. Let’s hope it’s another big night for punters.” Currall is singing from the same hymn sheet. “I expect Gary Hall Jr to send Finvarra straight to the top in the opening event,” Currall said. “The American Ideal colt eventually wrested the lead away from rivals and ran them ragged at his debut victory at Pinjarra earlier this month when he scored by more than 10m in a slick mile rate of 1:54. This is a better field but he can record his second win from three outings.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Thats Perfect, despite his horror draw. “It’s always pretty tough to win from the outside barrier, but I’m confident that Thats Perfect can overcome the disadvantage of starting from the No. 1 barrier and win race three on Thursday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet on a good, competitive program after putting in a marvellous effort to finish fifth behind Vivere Damore in the Christmas Gift when he had no luck at all and ran on from last at the bell.” TABradio’s Hayden King, who is poised to take second place in the tipping competition, has made Black Jack Zac his star bet for the meeting. “Black Jack Zac is flying,” King said. “The polemarker Destined To Rule is a slow beginner, so even though Blackq Jack Zac doesn't fly out, I think he will get to the front. He should close 2020 out on the right note.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinaror Ryan Havercroft has opted for classy squaregaiter Princess Mila as his best bet. “Princess Mila looks the measuring stick in the Trotters Cup,” Havercroft said. “She has been consistent since arriving from Victoria and the 30m handicap holds no fears after stepping safely and winning from 20m two starts ago in metropolitan company.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes brother David can end the year on a high with Baylan Jett in  “Baylan Jett finds a winnable race and has early speed,” Young said. “He should get close enough to them and can win this.”   VALUE BETS ERNIE: Just Makemine Diamonds has not won in her past 15 starts, but showed a glimpse of form when she ran fourth after starting from the second row at Gloucester Park on December 18. Has now drawn gate one and is in line for her 10th win. PAT: My value bet comes in race six with the Ross Olivieri-trained Just Makemine Diamonds. With Chris Voak aboard and the barrier one draw, I think she can give punters a nice return. WARREN: Jesse Allwood is in great form and put in a good effort in a handy field here on  Monday. I think this race sets up well for him. Great each-way bet. WAYNE: Old Maximum Demand will line up for his 242nd and final start at headquarters on Thursday night and wouldn’t it be fitting if the rising 14-year-old bowed out a winner. I’ll be having something each way on the old bloke. KEN: For value, I suggest Mr Kiwi, unplaced at his past five starts, to be prominent in race nine in which he is capable of showing up strongly, despite his awkward draw at barrier six. He had a tough first-up run when eighth behind Free To Air last week and he will be improved by that effort. HAYDEN: Roll With Me has trialled up well. Although drawn awkwardly, he cannot be disrespected and will be further improved from last week's first-up effort. RYAN: The Kraken just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and I’d expect improvement from this draw. It’s a strong field so we get a price about a good horse from the best draw. MATT: War Spirit is a big price, but his form is good enough to win this at a big opening price. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and many more winners in 2021.   Wayne Currall

“Gardys Legacy is the best horse and he’s shown he has the most class,” said champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr when declaring the Justin Prentice-trained pacer had the ability to overcome a backline draw and win the $80,000 Allwood Stud Farm Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’m happy with the draw at barrier eleven (No. 2 on the back line),” said Hall. “He should be able to follow the leader Longreach Bay, who flies out, and then I’ll try to keep in front of as many of the other runners as we can. “His latest run when Justin drove him, and he finished second to Magnificent Storm on Tuesday of last week was super. Justin was happy with that run and said that Gardys Legacy felt like he was back to his best. He’ll be hard to beat.” Longreach Bay, trained by Peter King and driven by Maddison Brown, revealed sparkling gate speed to lead easily from the No. 1 barrier last week on his way to winning a Westsired event from Keptain Courageous and Aristocratic Star. Drawn the prized barrier one is ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown’s Rich And Spoilt gelding Adda Pocket Rinse, who reappeared after an absence of six and a half months when he started from the inside of the back line, trailed the pacemaker Longreach Bay and finished a well-beaten fifth behind that pacer last Friday night. He possesses good gate speed and has led and won at Bunbury and Pinjarra. The Prentice stable also has a good second string runner in Aristocratic Star, who will start from the outside of the back line with Stuart McDonald in the sulky, and trainer Matt Scott and Shannon Suvaljko will be hoping for Miracle Max, a winner at five of his nine starts, to cause an upset. Miracle Max will start from the No. 4 barrier. He started from the outside of the back line last Friday night when he overraced in sixth position, four back on the pegs, before finishing a well-beaten fourth behind Longreach Bay. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond go into the event with a two-pronged attack with Manifestly Excesiv (Dylan Egerton-Green from the outside of the front line) and Poisedtopounce (inside of the back line, with Ryan Warwick in the sulky). Manifestly Excesiv, a winner at seven of his 19 starts, faces a tough assignment from the outside barrier, but Poisedtopounce, who has won at each of his past five outings, all in stands, boasts a splendid record of 19 starts for 11 wins and two second placings. He is certainly capable of figuring strongly in the finish.   Ken Casellas

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 3, 2020 - Takter harness racing farm is in need of experienced general maintenance help: Mechanically inclined, operate tractors and other farm equipment, grass mowing, upkeep of different types of farm machinery and overall farm facilities. Salary depending on skills and experience. Contact Christina Takter by phone 609-636-3747 or by email Courtney Stafford

MILTON, October 28, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced plans for added distance races and a change to the post-ten starting spot as part of pilot harness racing projects beginning November 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Beginning Friday (November 1), all races at Woodbine Mohawk Park will now score nine across the gate with post-ten starting in the second-tier. The start of November will also launch a project to contest a race nightly at the distance of a mile and three-eighths (1 3/8) with 11 starters. The mile and three-eighths races will receive a purse increase and all starters will receive money. Posts ten and 11 for the added distance races will start from the second-tier. These pilot projects are scheduled to run through the remainder of the calendar year. An update on the projects will be given prior to the start of the 2020 live racing season.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Winton Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Addington Friday. September - Harness First4 - $6K Bonus First4 Race 4 Addington Friday.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 27 September World first to be held at Addington Raceway this Friday In a world first, the Addington Catch Driver Championship will be held at Addington this Friday night. Players of Catch Driver who are oncourse can enter the heats, and if they win the final will win a trip to Mooloolaba for two courtesy of Addington Raceway and Westview Racing! Plus other great prizes on offer too! To enter you must register with Jess Smith at HRNZ before 12noon Thursday 26 September. Entrants will be drawn after that. Register by emailing Hello Everyone, It is all go at Addington!  We are pretty much racing every week up until Cup Week!  We have exciting racing ahead with the Road to the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup underway and the Road to the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot soon to commence! Below we have outlined all the fun areas for the week.  Be sure to read what is available and visit to book your spot and to be part of the magic! CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ TROTTING CUP DAY – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! A big congratulations to Christchurch Casino, our naming rights sponsor and principal partner, on celebrating their 25th anniversary in November!  Please join Christchurch Casino and Addington Raceway as together we offer an exceptional range of places to toast their anniversary and enjoy Australasia’s biggest harness racing day. #letscelebrate #nzcup19 GENERAL ADMISSION You will be right in the heart of the action to view all races on the trackside grassed area or via big screens.  Venture into The Edge Public Village to have an epic experience in The Edge Activation Garden.  Thanks to The Edge, there will also be a phone charging station to keep you up to date with your social media and betting. The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition are now open and will be held in The Edge Public Village.  If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.  You will be at crossroads of what to do between races!  Make sure you check out the Speights Beer Garden with your mates as The Rock will be on course with their ‘Beat The Bar Activation Challenge’. Check out our crossroads signage in The Edge Public Village to choose a bet you won’t forget at one of our many totes.  For refreshing beverages and delicious treats, race over to our bars and some of Christchurch’s top international food providers. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on The Edge Public Village Stage will be ..…… avoid FOMO, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 2019 General Admission Ticket Prices: Earlybird (2 September to 31 October) – $25 per person + booking fee Standard (1 to 12 November) – $35 per person + booking fee At the gate (12 November) – $45 per person (cash only)   Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  There are only 100 tickets available in the public stand (uncovered), so be sure to get in quick!  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  LINDAUER LAWN You will be making a beeline to the sought after revamped Lindauer Lawn to watch spectacular racing, fashion finals and presentations from the lawn, or via an elevated view from the rooftop. But wait, what is Lindauer doing this year? For the first time, Lindauer are giving the first 100 people on course an elaborate glam gift.  Prior to entering the Lindauer Lawn be sure to stop, a complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing ready people! For delicious treats and thirst-quenching refreshments, make sure you trot over to one of our many bars and food offerings. To make a bet you won’t forget, race over to one of our tote operators who will be happy to assist. Addington is also raising the stakes!  Only those who purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket will be in to win!  But, to win what…watch this space! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Stage will be……??? All will be revealed about Addington’s prize and entertainment on the Lindauer Lawn & Rooftop via our social media pages!  Make sure you follow us to be the first to hear everything that will be on offer in this fabulous area. Please note this is an R18 Area. Guests will be age-verified. 2019 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Price: Lindauer Lawn (available 2 September until sold out) – $75 per person + booking fee Oops, you were after Corporate Hospitality as you wish to provide the ultimate hosting experience to thank valued clients, staff, and friends, and to network with business leaders who attend this iconic event every year? That’s fine, for further details or to book visit TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  Be in to win – book your spot! PLEASE NOTE This is an R18 Event Fully licensed venue and no food or alcohol is able to be brought on course SHOW DAY RACES – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone.  There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   So be sure to pop along and celebrate elite racing at its best on one of NZ’s richest race days. Racing highlights of the day are the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All and the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot.  The NZ Kidz Kartz Final is definitely a crowd pleaser for all ages. This year we will have again having a FREE kids’ entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo. There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Show Day Races headline act on the Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. Yay – children aged 14 years and under are FREE.  Be sure to get in quick as numbers are limited. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) Spectators will be open to everyone after the last race. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!   Alexandra Park News – Friday 27 September Save time, book online [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online     Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Tenders close 14 October, please send all tenders before then to   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Faulty Towers at The Races- October 3rd at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to:    Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4. Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners. Minimum stake on Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000. If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468 Kaikoura TC Stallion Tenders Thanks to ALABAR NZ, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender: One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000) One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000) Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 For enquiries and copy of Tender Form please contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351 615 or email on   Southern Harness Website Southern Harness is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.

Monticello – The New York Sire Stakes concluded it 2019 Stakes harness racing schedule for the year at Monticello Raceway as 2 year old trotting colts pulled down the curtain.  A track record was equaled and Jason Bartlett won 4 of the 8 races on the afternoon. In the first heat of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $51,000 saw 5 trotters go to post, Bourbon Express left first from post position 3 and had 5 lengths on the field after an opening quarter of 29.2, Bartlett then applied the brakes with a second quarter of 31.2 and reached the half in 1:00.4 with Chaptiama (Smedshammer) and Sky Castle (Charlie Norris) in tow.  Bourbon Express still had 2 lengths on the pack as they passed the ¾ pole in 1:30.4, he extended the lead to 3 lengths at the top of the stretch.  Pocket sitter Chapiama unleashes a 28.4 last quester to close the gap on Bourbon Express who won by a neck in 2:00.0.  It was the 3rd Sire Stake win of the season for Bourbon Express who upped his seasonal earnings to over $103,000.  The son of RC Royalty was driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko and owners Salvatore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko.  The win for Bartlett was to be his first of 4 on the afternoon. Bourbon Express                                        --Geri Schwarz photo In the second division worth $52,000, the 1/5 heavy betting favorite Barn Holden started from post 5 in the 6 field was content to let co favorite Berkery J cut the mile. Berkery J tripped the timers in 28.3, 59, 1:28.4 and scored a wire to wire win and equaled the track of 1:58 with a last quarter of 28.3   The well bred son of Chapter Seven – Southwind Catlin, was a $205,000 yearling purchase for owner Ken Jacobs and is trained by George Ducharme.   The win was a new lifetime mark for Berkery J who won a NYSS earlier in the year at Yonkers.  Hobbs (Greg Merton) finished 2nd followed by Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who was 3rd. 2 divisions of the Excelsior A class saw Clear Sailing (Credit Winner – Let-Er-Rumble) earn his maiden win for Dan Daley after sitting the pocket behind the favorite Book Seven, he scored in 2:00. Conquest AS (Conway Hall – Cordele AS) was not deterred by post 7, as the Anette Lorentzon pupil lead every set of the way, winning in 2:00 for his first lifetime win with Jason Barlett  the helm. In Excelsior B action, Crazy For CJ (Crazed - Godiva Linda) extended his win streak to 5 in a row for owners Chasing Dreams Stable of Victor NY, the son of Crazed is trained and driven by Claude Huckabone, he won in 2:01.3 and paid $2.90 to win.  Discus Hanover extended his win streak to 6 in a row, the son of Credit Winner – Dancing Flames has been dominant in the County Fair Circuit won his division in 2:03.1 with the Jason Bartlett in the bike   Shawn Wiles

THE final round of heats for the Nic Dewar Memorial series for junior drivers will be held at Young on Wednesday night. This series consists of five representatives from both New South Wales and Victoria in Blake Micallef, Codi Rauchenberger, Miranda McLaughlin, Jordan Seary and James McPherson as well as Abbey Turnbull, Brad Chisholm, Mitchell Frost, Marika Eriksson and Tayla French. The series began at Shepparton on March 5,wins going to both NSW drivers Codi Rauchenberger and Blake Micallef. Rauchenberger steered home the Terry French-trained Joeys Hangover in the first heat while Micallef scored in the second heat with the Chris Svanosio-trained Major McRae. It was an emotional win for Micallef having been best friends with Dewar, who sadly passed away in a car accident last year. “It was a pretty special win, especially because all of Nic’s family made the trip down to Shepparton,” the young reignsman said.  “It would be a thrill to win any series but this one would be extra special since it’s named after Nic.”  Heading into the final two heats, Micallef has drawn barrier one on the Dennis Picker-trained Miss Fernandez and a tricky barrier 10 on trainer Anthony Winnell’s Beautifulvengeance.  “I’m happy with the horses I’ve drawn so being quite evenly matched fields let’s just hope for a bit of luck to go our way,” Micallef said. Micallef and Rauchenberger are currently tied on 27 points, with the first heat scheduled for 6:43 pm local time.   AMY REES

“SHE’S got a bit of ability” could be an understatement from trainer Greg Rogers. Registering her eighth victory from 12 starts when triumphant at Globe Derby yesterday, Kitsilano boasts an average winning margin of 30-and-a-half metres. With two seconds also to her credit, Kitsilano has been a cut above her local rivals. As such, Rogers is planning another interstate trip with the daughter of Armbro Variable – one he hopes will be blessed with better fortune than last season. During her previous Victorian campaign Kitsilano finished a handy fourth in a Vicbred heat before an unplaced effort in the Final. “She seems to handle them here alright,” Rogers said. “The next step is to take on the fillies in Victoria and see how we can go. “There is a fillies’ race in Melton in a fortnight we will head to. We might come home with our tail between legs, but you don’t know if you don’t go. “Last time she didn’t travel well, had just gotten over a cold, and everything went wrong. “For the Final we had trouble with the float, so she was on the road longer than expected and I think she’d had enough for the day by the time she raced.” Driven by Rogers’ son, Ken, during her latest win, Kitsilano was eased away from the pole to settle midfield as Lilirene led from barrier two. Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the filly dashed to the lead on her way to an effortless 13-and-a-half metre win from Naked Majesty, with Stuey D four-and-a-half metres away third in 2:03.4 over 1800 metres. “He did it very easily,” Rogers said. “Ken never moved on her or pull the plugs. “She works as good as the pacers at home, but she’s just got to take it to the races. That said, her point-to-point speed is incredible. “Ken said as soon as she was broken in she would be one out of the box and she’s just gone on from there. “At the moment it’s just about keeping her balanced in her races as she gains experience.” Harness Racing SA

Mister Bushido, a lightly-raced six-year-old, will make his Australian debut when he starts from barrier six on the front line in the $20,000 TABtouch Race Replays Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He arrived in Perth from New Zealand just over four months ago and is being prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr for his breeders and owners Syd and Shona Brown, who race champion pacer and Fremantle Cup favourite My Field Marshall. Mister Bushido was trained in New Zealand by Tim Butt, who said that the Bettors Delight gelding’s strength was his ability to produce a powerful finishing burst. “He’s a pretty handy sort of horse, is good and honest and should pay his way here,” said Butt. “He’s probably more of a finisher late in the race.” Mister Bushido, who will be driven by Stuart McDonald, has not been produced at trials. His latest appearance was in a 1980m event at Addington on August 17 last year when he was trained and driven by Jonny Cox. He was restrained from barrier seven, raced in seventh position and went five wide on the home turn before finishing sixth in a field of eight behind the brilliant pacer Ana Malak. His most recent win in a career of 21 starts for four wins and five placings was six starts ago when he rated 1.55.5 in beating Joey Maguire by a half-head over 1950m at Addington. It was a most impressive victory. He started from barrier 14 the outside of the back line and was a $23.80 outsider. He was 12th at the bell and 11th with 600m to travel before he charged home, out six wide, to get up and win in the final stride. He won at his previous start, also over 1950m at Addington, when he was restrained at the start from barrier eight, was eighth at the bell and seventh on the home bend before surging home, four wide, to get up and beat the favourite Cindy Bromac by a neck, rating 1.57.6, with a final; quarter in 27.7sec. Mister Bushido’s chief rivals on Friday night appear to be his stablemate Liberty Rose and the Colin Joss-trained eight-year-old Lagoon Stride. Liberty Rose was an odds-on favourite last Friday night when she started from the No. 2 barrier, set the pace, but was kept under pressure by Mary Catherine, who overraced in the breeze. She wilted after final quarters of 27.6sec. and 28.1sec. to finish third behind the fast-finishing Lady De La Renta and Mary Catherine. Liberty Rose is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable run this week and will take plenty of beating. Lagoon Stride has not been successful for 34 months, but he should pay to follow after he set the pace and refused to give in when a fighting second to Bronze Seeker over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week.   Ken Casellas

January 3, 2019 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was the Prix Hersilie at Paris-Vincennes (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) that saw 18/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor-Lady de Bearegard) score timed in 1.12kr for driver Matthieu Abrivard. Loic Bernard Martin owns and trains the 12 time winner in 62 career starts for 307,430€ earned. 20/1 Tesauro (7g Filipp Roc) took second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was the 7.4/1 Generaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof) that had Frank Nivard piloting the Peter Untersteiner trainee. The 2/5 favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was fourth for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, coming into this event with six wins in his eight starts in France. 16/1 Beppe AM (8g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo) completed the top five with owner/trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The exact order Q+ payoff was 2,051€ for a 2€ wager. Cocktail Julino Cocktail Julino and connections The day’s monte feature was the Prix de Mauleon (purse 35,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) and the 1.14.1lr timed victory went to 5.4/1 odds Flaya du Saptel (4f Speedo Graffiti) handled by jockey Benjamin Rochard for trainer J.M. Monclin.  The winner recorded her second win in 11 outings and bested 1.2/1 favorite Fraction Jenilou (4f Village Mystic) with Eric Raffin in the irons for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The 8.1/1 odds Fiora Gerdreene (4f Akim du Cap Vert) gained third money for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Flaya du Saptel The Prix de Covet-le-Chateau (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters, 10 four and five year old female starters) saw the 23/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) score timed in 1.15.6kr, her third victory in 12 starts in FR. Trainer Miguel X. Mestre Suner was at the lines for owner P.J. Pascual Lavanchy. 10/1 Fairy White (4f Ouragon de Celland) was second for driver Anthony Barrier and breeder/owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. Third home was 7.4/1 Fever (4f Rolling d’Heripre) and teamster Tony Le Beller for Ecurie de Tremont. Florida Sport On Christmas Eve at Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) a two year filly record was equaled in the Pr. Fine Anno (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart), two year olds). Amour A Belle (2f Voltigeur de Myrt-Emme Emme-King Conch) scored timed in 1.13.4kr with a well-timed late rally engineered by pilot Vincenzo Luongo. Al Capone Strecca (2m Napoleon Bar-Ambretta Bar-Ganymede) was second for Alessandro Gocciadoro and pacesetter A Sexybomb Par (2f Yankee Slide-Vivacissima Par-Harvard Yard) took the third check. The winning filly is owned by Scuderia Santese. Amour A Belle PMU, LeTrot, Gaet, Napoli Agnano files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Two meetings remain for the 2017-2018 season and they will be both held in Hobart with racing later this afternoon and again on Friday. Todd Rattray leads the state drivers’ premiership on 87 wins from Ricky Duggan on 77 and Rohan Hillier with 76 victories for the season. As for the trainers’ title, Ben Yole has 117 wins and is a clear leader from Todd Rattray on 71 and Juanita McKenzie in third sport on 32. The Stars Illegal Immigrant – top win by this Troy Hillier-trained and driven pacer in the C4 to C6 Pace in Launceston on Friday night when he came from last to notch up his sixth Australian win in a slick mile rate of 1min 57sec for 2200 metres. The gelded son of American Ideal looks set to rise through to the free-for-all ranks and be competitive in many of our feature races next season. Ima Ginger Rogers – proved she’s on track for a number of country cup races leading all the way to win a C3 and better standing start race over the 1680-metre journey. Admittedly it is uncommon to see a standing start race over the sprint trip but the Steven Davis-trained mare broke the track record that was jointly shared by star pacer Fleet Express and Scooterwillrev. Mornings – handy all the way winner of the Cliff Robins Memorial. It was the first Tasmanian start for the Dawn Ofa New Day filly who had recently joined the Ben Yole stable and raced up to her good trial win in Hobart five days prior. Art Frenzy – nothing went to plan for this Craig Van Dongden-trained and Mark Yole-driven pacer who struck the sulky wheels during the race causing the gelding to over race, making Mark Yole’s job harder was the fact that the connection strap for the off side hopples broke during the event which shows Yole’s skill to get the pacer over the line first in 1min 57.8sec, which made the win more impressive. Tisu Bombbelle – the five-year-old mare broke through for her first win of the season and kicked off a big weekend for driver Gareth Rattray and trainer Melissa Maine. The Latrobe based duo announced their engagement on Sunday via social media. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Ima Ginger Rogers, Smilin Geoff and All The Way Mae. Mark Yole – driving double; Mornings and Art Frenzy. Ben Yole – training double; Mornings and Giant Steps. Marc Butler– training double; Western Glory and Adele Said. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Taurisi 55.54s, Star Chamber 55.95s, Alaphilippe 56.21s, Destreos 56.29s and Rocknrollhighlight 56.48s. A total of 26 starters broke 58.00-seconds for their last half mile and you can view sectionals from every runner at the meeting and all Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Art Frenzy $11 into $4.80, El Jays Monet $10 into $4.80 and Ima Ginger Rogers $4.80 into $4.20. Defied The Drift: Mornings $2.70 out to $3.40, Tisu Bombelle $3.00 out to $3.60 and Taurisi $3.50 out to $4.00. Missed: Destreos $26 in to $16 and Karalta Kruise $26 in to $19. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. The first trial was won by Timely Soveregin who showed good standing start manners to lead from out side of the front row in an overall time of 2mins 49.8sec. The first half of the last mile was recorded in 65.7secs with the last two quarters being recorded in 30.1s and 28.7s. Timely Sovereign won by four metres over Olivers Mate, who recovered quickly after galloping out in a mile rate of 2mins 7.2sec. Trial two was a combined two and three-year-old event over 2150-metres and Scottsdale trainer Grahame Hayes continued the north-eastern themer of the morning when his unraced Four Starzz Shark filly, Lille, showed a good turn of speed in the home straight to pick up the leader Selfrighteousboy by three metres. It was a slow early tempo with the first half of the last mile recorded in 70.3secs before speeding up during the final two quarters in 30.2s and 29.9. The mile rate was recorded in 2mins 13.4 sec. The final trial only seen the two starters with the Troy Hillier trained and driven Four Ex Dan rolling straight to the early lead with Ready To Fire electing to take the trail. It was Ready To Fire and driver Mark Yole having to much speed in the home straight to win by two metres with the last mile being run in quarters of 32.2s, 31.2s, 30.4s and 30.1s. Week Ahead It’s all happening in Hobart this week with racing being held both tonight and again on Friday evening. Tonight’s card is a restricted class meeting that sees all races carrying the conditions for horses that have won less than $3,000 in their last three starts prior to acceptance time which means a number of starters have been finishing at the top end of their most recent starts. Two pacers that have been placed in their last two starts are Major Callum and Rocknrollhighlight who clash in the R6 to R9 Pace. Major Callum finished second to The Aussie in a strong C4 and better standing start event in Hobart two starts ago before finishing less than two-metres behind Smilin Geoff in Launceston on Friday. The Brooke Hammond trained gelding has had 48-starts on the Hobart circuit for three wins and 20 placings. Rocknrollhighlight is one of many starters on the programme and has been placed in strong races at her most recent starts including a second to Usain Jolt in Hobart two starts ago before finishing third in a C7 and better Discretionary in Launceston at her most recent effort. The first of seven races tonight kicks off at 17:15 with all races to be shown on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing’s Live Stream Service. The Tasmanian Pacing Club also races again on Friday night where Laredo Torpedo steps out for the first time since joining the Juanita McKenzie stable when he lines up in race three, a strong C1 or better standing start event. The only time we have seen the Bettors Delight gelding raced in the state was when he finished third behind Scooterwillrev and Harjeet in the 2017 Tasmanian Derby. Laredo Topedo’s most recent racing has been in New South Wales including being defeated a head two starts ago at a Tuesday meeting at Menangle in a slick 1min 52.9sec The action in Hobart kicks off with a competitive two-year-old event at 16:59 with all races to be telecast on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing ‘s Live Stream. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 Horse 7 Devendra Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead, Race 5 Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit and Horse 7 The Bettormack, Race 10 Horse 4 Sultan Fella. Albion Park – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 2 El Major, Race 4 Horse 8 Jerrys Jet, Race 5 Horse 6 Fioki.   Duncan Dornauf

April 22, 2017 - “Trotteurs” were back in harness racing action Saturday on the turf at Martinique Madinina (Hippodrome de Carrere Martinique) with the Prix de Caen (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) going to 50 meter penalized Titan Pierji (10g Jardy-Kora Pierji) timed in 3:53 over the rain drenched turf course and in a pouring rainstorm. Titan Pierji now has won four of his five 2017 starts for owner/trainer/driver Lora Duplessis-Kergomard. The 25 meter handicapped Vlatou des Salines (8g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) rallied for second reined by Jean Luc Langeron, also the trainer. Third home was Tyran du Vautour (10g Fan Quick-Katia des Vautour) driven by Jean Pierre Loury for trainer Abdon Rene Colas. In the Prix de Cabourg (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) the winner placed by disqualification was Tosca du Logis (10f Islero de Bellouet-Maria du Logis) driven by Alexandre Faivre for owner/trainer Edmond Langeron. 25 meter Quamalox de Guex (13g Dahir de Prelong-Esyptia de Salomon) was placed second for driver/trainer/owner Benoit Magdeleine. Trotting action occurs monthly on a mixed trot/gallop program at the Hippodrome. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Encat (purse €25,300, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Tano Fohle SM (5m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione up. The sharp trotting colt recorded his 15th victory in 22 starts. Showmar (6m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) rallied from his third spotted position to be second and Sharon Gar (6f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) held on for third after being the pacesetter. At Jagersro on the January 14 V75 program, aged mares raced for 100,000SEK first money over 2140-2180 meters distance handicapped. Victory was impressively earned by 40 meter penalized Red Rose America (7f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) clocked in 1.13.6kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the 5.4/1 winner for trainer Jeanette Hansen for her 18th win in 45 starts, now for 3,858,474SEK earned. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, with third to the pacesetter Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Marc-Dream Vacation) handed by trainer Thomas Uhrberg. JetSet was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Also on the Jagersro card was the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.13.3kr timed winner was 42/1 Obi Wan (11g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) for Flemming Jensen, his 25th win in 87 starts for 3,710,565SEK earned. Dreams Take Time (8m Andover Andover) took second for Peter Untersteiner, ahead of Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star) and Torbjorn Jansson. The Prix d’Amerique qualified Anna Mix finished seventh and veteran Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.13.2kr timed (distance 1640 meters autostart) and 1.3/1 Aron The Baron (5g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Jeanette Hansen and owners Panamera Racing/J.G. Hansen. British Steel (6g Kadabra) was next for driver Erlend Rennesvik, ahead of Even’s First Boy (8g Ken Warkentin) with driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

He expected a good performance, but even harness racing trainer Bob Butt couldn’t help being impressed by the win of Matatoki on Friday night at Addington. And the scary thing is that the imposing son of Revenue should only improve with a run under his belt. Fresh up since the end of January the showy chestnut surged to the lead from just off the speed inside the final 500 metres and went on to win impressively by one and three quarters lengths from a fast-finishing Jean Sebastien. The half-brother to the ill-fated Kahdon has always been held in high regard by Butt but the journey has been far from plain sailing. “He’s had a few issues along the way and then when I took him to Auckland he got quite crook,” Butt said. “It ended up being a lung infection and I decided the best move was to give him a good break. Being a three-year-old there was no rush to get him back to the races. “I just brought him up slowly and let him tell me when he was ready to go the races. “He was pretty forward for tonight so I expected him to go well, but he impressed me with the way he did it.” The win gave Butt his sixth training success for the season and with a horse like Matatoki and also the exciting Hall Of Fame working their way through the grades, things should only get better. Butt is currently working around eight horses from his Woodend Beach stable and has a number of young horses to come back into work in the near future. “I’ve been pretty lucky, I’ve picked up some great owners who have backed me and I’m enjoying doing my own team of horses. “I’ll get up to around 14 I think which is quite a lot, but I’m excited by it.” Hall Of Fame, an impressive winner on debut, will return to the race this weekend as well, in the last race at Timaru on Sunday. And Butt is expecting a big performance from him too. He beat Superfecta, who won impressively last night, in a Rangiora trial last week and although drawn the second line on Sunday, he should be hard to beat. “I’m really happy with him, it won’t be easy from the draw. He got really crook up North as well. “It was pretty serious there for a while and it really knocked him but he seems good now.” Matatoki’s win was just one part of a great night at the office for Butt. He drove the winner of both of the Australian Breeders Crown heats held as non-totes before the meeting. The first came on three-year-old trotter, Conon Bridge who looked a lot more like his old self when beating My Amour and Blood And Whiskey comfortably. “He relaxed beautifully tonight, usually it doesn’t take much to get him keen and up on the bit. “Ricky came around me with a lap to run and he came back to me nicely and then when I asked him to sprint he really let down and found the line. “It certainly felt like the old Conon Bridge.” Wilma’s Mate provided the other winner for Butt, who also went close to winning the last with Junior. Both trotters are trained by Paul Nairn who said at this stage a trip to Australia for the Breeders Crown was likely. Early on in the night’s proceedings Dexter Dunn notched up his 200th win for the season when he won the maiden trot with Dusky Eyre. After a week of being stuck on 199 the current World Champion was relieved to hit the double ton. “It’s really only been the one meeting, so it wasn’t worrying me too much, but it is nice to get there.” Dunn added another win later in the night when he saluted with Donegal Rundlescreek. His father Robert, and brother John, also had a good night out winning three to cut the margin between them and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen down to 12. They won with Freedom Fighter, Franco Cristiano and Letspendanitetogetha to take their tally to 111. The All Stars did pick up a winner too when Superfecta turned in a massive effort to win an action packed junior drivers’ event. Matt Markham

Harness Racing Fans called for a dead-heat but the judge gave Rockmemama the nod by the barest margin in today’s three-year-old fillies final of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge. Just when Eye See Diamonds (Nathan Jack) looked set to win, Rockmemama dived at her and scored a last-stride win, rating 1:52.4 with even-money favourite Heavens Trend a plucky third after racing without cover for most of the journey. In a day of upsets, it was a popular win for Newcastle reinsman Mark Callaghan as there was a sprinkling of money for the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven as she started at $7.90. It was the stringbean Callaghan’s first Group One success. Likewise for trainer Darryl Thomas, who is based at Sawyers Gully. “Yes that was quite a thrill,” said Callaghan. “Darryl seems to be able to get this horse to peak at just the right time. “That’s what he did for Bathurst and she won with authority and this was her fourth run in again today and she’s peaked again and she’s won again. “I thought we’d either be behind the leader or three back on the fence and I wasn’t too concerned either way  . . . as long as we were tracking the good horses - and we were, I knew I’d be right there. “So it all worked out well. “They ran a quick last half so she did a good job to get over the top of them.” Callaghan has three young boys who help out around the stables. All three were on hand to cheer and there were even a few tears on the pedestal as they savoured their father’s biggest win. Michael Court

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