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Victorian harness racing trainer David Miles is going back to Bathurst for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to qualify a runner in the Gold Crown and Gold Tiara finals.  Miles last ventured to Bathurst in 2001 with talented pacer Wine Me Up, but a move to the new 1000-metre track has meant a return to the carnival. “Wine Me Up was a good horse, but he just didn’t handle the old track at all, so it turned me off and I didn’t even bother paying up for the carnival for a few years,” Miles said. “But with the move to the 1000-metre track it has changed things. “I’ve got Bold Comment Lombo in the Tiara and Time Keepa Lombo in the Crown and I think both of are nice horses.” As the names suggests, both are raced by well-known and respected owner Mick Lombardo. “Mick sent me six horses this season and these two are the first two to get to the track,” Miles said. “They are all nicely-bred stock and it is great to be training for Mick.” Two-year-old filly Bold Comment Lombo has raced once, which resulted in a third at Kilmore. “She is a very nice filly… she is a little bit fizzy, but is a bit above average too,” Miles said. “If she does everything right and has no bad luck then I would be very disappointed if she didn’t finish first or second in her heat that’s for sure.” Time Keepa Lombo was impressive on debut at Ballarat and will be looking to keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in his heat on Saturday night. “He was great at Ballarat,” Miles declared. “He’s by Lombo Pocket Watch and he is rangy and leggy, but like his dad he carries himself well and has a bit of a presence about him.” HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales is offering services to several star stallions via auction. New season sire Caribbean Blaster heads the crew, with support coming from former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch and leading producer Village Jasper. Bids can be place online via and are expected to attract plenty of attention. A multiple Group One winning son of Bettors Delight, Caribbean Blaster is standing for Alabar at Yirribee Pacing Stud for a fee of $2750. Australia's only 'Million Dollar Baby', Lombo Pocket Watch is also based at Yirribee, where he stands for a price of  $2200. Rounding out the Yirribee supported auction, Village Jasper - the sire of winners of more than $34 million in Australia and New Zealand - has an asking price of $3300. Interested parties can start bidding today at - HRNSW Media

This beautiful 400 acre standardbred nursery on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River has long been recognised as one of Australia's premier harness racing stud farms. Established in 1985 by Rod Woodhouse and the late Ian Walsh, Yirribee has earned its reputation for excellence over the last thirty years through hard work and professional management. The 400 acres are fully irrigated and the paddocks, fencing and stables have all been purpose built to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses on the stud. Yirribee Pacing Stud bred their own mares with an eye to the yearling sales where they have built up a reputation as genuine sellers of quality yearlings, having sold numerous classic winners over the last 30 years. Yirribee Pacing Stud is looking forward to the coming season with real confidence. Not only is the stud environment in outstanding condition but the stallion roster is exciting to say the least. Still run on a day to day basis by its co-founder Rod Woodhouse with help from Dianne Sutherland, Yirribee's success is in no small part due to the longevity of most of the staff employed at the stud. The well regarded stud master Roger Strong has been at Yirribee since 1998 and with Rod and Dianne gives the stud that vital experience needed to run such a large operation. The on farm pregnancy rate of 94% is testament to their knowledge and experience. With the stud being in such close proximity to the airport, Yirribee is able to send semen anywhere in Australia and know that it will reach its destination the same day. In 2011 Yirribee established a new quarantine area to allow for the exportation of semen to New Zealand in recognition that Australia and New Zealand now operate as a single market in the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. So the infrastructure and the staff at Yirribee are first class and this season they have the stallions to match.  One stallion that has them really excited with the new breeding season approaching is Million Dollar Cam. Million Dollar Cam 1:50.4 ($969,792) who stood in North America for several years, has been having a stellar season in both hemispheres this year. That shouldn't come as any surprise to Australian breeders as Million Dollar Cam was a two and three year old of the highest class, winning the famous Little Brown Jug in 1:50.2 on the half mile oval, defeating both Art Major and Mach Three. The horse that started the ball rolling this year was PH Supercam 1:51.1h ($717,222) who won the $567,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Series Final at Yonkers in a very quick 1:52.3 on the half mile oval. PH Supercam is the latest in a long line of quality horses sired by Million Dollar Cam in North America joining the likes of PH Jackpot 1:49.4f ($745,643) Mr Saratoga 1:49.4s ($705,017), Deuces And Jacks 1:51.2f ($626,084) and Play It Wynn 1:50.4s ($588,715) to name just a few of the horses that have helped Million Dollar Cam to accrue $21,816,457 in stakes to date. Million Dollar Cam is also having a great season in Australia with his first crop of two year olds. With a crop numbering just 60, his juveniles have been making Australian breeders sit up and take notice as they have been prominent in all the major stakes races. The headline act amongst them so far has been Its Only Rocknroll 1:55.5 ($96,910) who won the $125,000 New South Wales Breeders Challenge Final for colts and geldings. Throw in the smart filly Ameretto 1:56.9 ($49,675) Milliondollar Wave 1:57.6 ($35,743) and Karalta Impulse 2:03.4 ($23,165) and Million Dollar Cam is chalking up some pretty impressive numbers. Million Dollar Cam has had 21 two year old starters to date for 6 winners of $240,008 which is a great launching pad for his stud career in Australia. Million Dollar Cam - Little Brown Jug But Million Dollar Cam is not the only stallion that Yirribee has high hopes for this breeding season. Pet Rock 1:47 ($1,985,820) will be standing his first season in Australia this year and this brilliant son of Rocknroll Hanover has so much to offer Southern Hemisphere breeders. His world records of 1:48.1 on an half mile track and 1:47.2 on a five eights track establish one thing beyond any doubt. You don’t run such incredibly quick times on small tracks unless you have a flawless gait. Pet Rock raced and beat the best colts of his year on his way to earning $1,985,820. Not only does he have the performance on the board, but he is bred in the purple as well. He is the fastest son of the great sire, Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3m ($3,069,093) whose stock have won in excess of  $65,665,136 to date and is from a daughter of Artsplace in Casual Beauty 1:54  who has left four in 1:55 at stud. The Rocknroll Hanover over an Artsplace mare cross has been sensational in North America with six of his eight millionaires being bred on that cross. It all adds up to Pet Rock having all the credentials to make it as a sire which is obviously how the North Americans see him as he served 140 mares at Midland Stud in Ohio in his first season. Pet Rock - World record on a five-eights track Backing these two sires up are a string of proven sires which include; VILLAGE JASPER - Has already sired 658 winners who have won $30,921,212. There is not much more needs to be said really. He is a top sire of both fillies and colts who continues to leave high class horses. LOMBO POCKET WATCH - Really only has the one crop of four year olds to represent him on the track as he went back to the racetrack after that season. So far that crop has had 25 winners for stakes of $570,084 including such smart types as Big Ben Lombo 1:57 ($53,374), Clancys Fobwatch 1:56 ($59,768), Magic Moment Lombo 1:57.4 ($51,320) and Lombo Keepa Secret 1:57.6 ($43,663) so Lombo Pocket Watch has made an encouraging start as a sire. JOHN STREET NORTH - Has proven to be a great bread and butter sire with 181 winners to date for stakes totalling $6,305,319. He has sired 14 $100,000 winners including such smart types as Fourmore 1:56 ($273,348), Flite Dynasty 1:55.8 ($183,840), Go Go Bop 1:57.5 ($183,490) and No More Drink 1:56.1 ($163,529). Looks great value at $1,000 (gst inclusive) RIVER KHAN - Another sire who has done a good job with 147 winners to date for stakes totalling $4,375,906. What he can do is leave that real top liner such as About To Rock 1:58.5 ($553,395,) Mighty River ($425,560) and Muddy River 1:59.4 ($207,313). MR FEELGOOD - Only available via frozen semen from Queensland this season after standing at Yirribee last season. Off to a great start in Queensland and has all the credentials to make a top sire. Yirribee Pacing Stud should be very proud of the outstanding siring group it has assembled for the 2014/2015 breeding season. There is something there for everyone and every budget. Going by the depth of the stallions available, one would expect that Rod, Dianne and Roger are going to be very busy this breeding season. Harnesslink media

On Sunday SA BOTRA will host their annual fundraiser "Xmas in July" to be held at the Globe Derby this Sunday starting at noon with the special guest of honor being champion New Zealand reinsman Anthony Butt. Hall of Famer Butt, who has achieved most things in the sport of harness racing including New Zealand, Auckland, Hunter, Rowe Cups and four Inter Dominion finals in a stellar career to date.  Butt, will be interviewed by race caller Jim Jacques in what should be great entertainment. Also during the afternoon you will have a chance to bid on one of nine stallion services that will go under the hammer and in that line up is some of Australia’s most sort after sires: Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard, Lombo Pocket Watch, Gotta Go Cullect, Western Edition, Tiz A Masterpiece, Art Official, Elsu BG’s Folly, Cullen’s Legacy and Artesian. Tickets are just $40 and includes a three-course meal so please contact Lois Randall on 0402978424. by Gary Newton   

BOTRA Golden Nursery Final night, while damped by the weather, still had a good crowd gathered to see some of the best 2 year old colts & geldings do battle in the harness racing final.   Both Hez The One and Blackntan went into the $25,000 final undefeated but it was Hez The One e (by Jeremy's Jet out of Summer Fairytale -by California Cam) who found the front early and led all the way while his main rival and short priced favourite Blackntan eyeballed Hez The One for a greater part of the race. The pressure was on all the way but when Blackntan began to tire it was left to The Dapper Don and Hilltop Delight to issue strong challenges. In the drive to the line Hez The One mustered every last ounce of courage he had to give. He managed to hold on to take the prize. On the line his lead had been reduced to 1m but that was more than enough to hold his unbeaten mantle.   Hez The One is trained by the very affable Rebecca East. Hez The One is owned and was bred by Graham Cole. Mr. G. F. McDonald is also listed as a part owner of Hez The One.   Hez The One looks set for bigger and brighter things and he certainly looks to have a lot of upside about him.   The fillies ALABAR Golden Nursery Final was taken out by Victorian Call Her Julie trained and driven by David Jack, (by Lombo Pocket Watch out of Lady Jillet Lombo by Mach Three)..   Throughout the race Call Her Julie was tracked by the highly fancied, Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda. Call Her Julie and Secret Agenda waged a two horse war from the 300m mark but Call Her Julie held sway with Sazee and Caroline Bay who galloped out of the gate making up many lengths as did Unveiled who put in an outstanding effort to finish close up to third and fourth place getters. Unveiled lost a mountain of ground soon after the start, and was tailed off at the very least, 60m. At the end of the race Unveiled was in the chasing group of horses, 30m behind the winner.   Gary Newton      

Local unbeaten harness racing two year old Blackntan treated his rivals with contempt in winning his heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Friday night.   Blackntan drew the back line but driver Mark Billinger drove the odds on favourite through to be in the running line going out of the straight the first time, but then elected to take off and go to the breeze where he was able to contract the race outside leader Teddy Jasper.   Billinger poured on the pressure down the back the last time and the son of Always A Virgin raced away to win untouched by 11 meters it was his first run since winning the Kindergarten Stakes in February.   Trained by John Hill at Globe Derby Blackntan is the only horse Hill has in his yard, Hill pick the youngest as a yearling at local breeder Viv Clark property, Hill had the choice of two and went with Blackntan and his judgment has proved to be spot on as the gelding has now strung together four wins from his only four starts.   The other colts & gelding heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery went to south east trained Hez The One a son of Jeremes Jet who had won at his only two previous starts at Victor Harbour and Mount Gambier. Driver David Harding put the colt into the race early when he moved around from last from his backline draw to get outside the leader Amightyfinehorse with odds on pop Lombo Del Rosso pocketed on his inside on the final turn the Amightyfinehorse broke for no apparent reason when it looked the winner at the time, Lombo Del Rosso was checked at the point, that left Hez The One with a six meter break on the corner and he held that margin to the line to win from the favourite.   The fillies heats went to Amen an Art Major filly who led all the way to win by 22 meters and the final heat to Victorian trained filly Call Her Julie a daughter Lombo Pocket Watch trained and driven by David Jack Gary Newton    

The first round heats of the much sought after Snowball Series for C0 class horses four year old and older were held at the Charlton Graduation class meeting on Monday December 9, 2013. A unique series where stake levels increase as the series progresses - Heats $3,000, Semi-finals $5,500 and the Final $10,500 Heat one over 2100 metres was taken out by Great Western trainer/driver Kerryn Manning's Washington VC/Robyne Measure 4-Y-0 gelding Willow Robyn in a rate of 1-59.9. Beginning brilliantly from gate four, Willow Robyn a prohibitive $1.10 favourite, led throughout to street his rivals in winning by 18 metres over a death-seating Sassy man and Playing The Ace. Heat two saw South Australian visitor Sparks On Nudgee, a four year old daughter of Life Sign and Big Brown Eyes successful in a rate of 2-01.2. Driven by Greg Sugars for Globe Derby Park trainer Andrew Mitton, Sparks On Nudgee was sent out with a rush from gate three, but was unable to head off the polemarker Miss Toolern Vale, with Sugars easing to take a trail. Using the sprint lane in the shadows of the post, Sparks On Nudgee ($3.20) finished best to gain the day by a head from Shes Even Cooler (one/two - three wide home turn), with Miss Toolern Vale a half neck away in third place. Smart Lombo Pocket Watch/Road To Paris four year old gelding Clancys Fobwatch snared Heat three in the fastest rate 1-57.7 from gate three. In what was a great staying test, Clancys Fobwatch ($2.10) trained at Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh) by Ross Sugars and driven by Greg, raced outside the highly fancied Seven And A Half (gate four), before prevailing by a half neck in a thrilling duel all the way up the running. Tearitup which led out before being eased to follow Seven And A Half finished 37.4 metres away in third place. Two Semi-Finals over 2190 metres will be held at Maryborough on December 18, with the 2200 metre Final at Ballarat on December 26. Len Baker  

Odds on a new driver and trainer will join list of winners of Golden Nugget Chris Lewis, who will drive Heez On From barrier 12 in Friday night's Group One Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship, is the only driver in this year's field who has won the race previously. Lewis won with Vero Prince in 1987, Flashing Star in 1994, Saab in 1998 and Dasher VC in 2010. He trained Vero Prince with the other three all being freelance drives. Similarly, Gary Hall is the only trainer to have previously trained a winner of the Golden Nugget courtesy of Gold Ace in 2011 where took over the horse for a WA campaign aimed specifically at the race. Hall's superstar pair of The Falcon Strike (2001) and Im Themightyquinn (2008) were both beaten in their respective Golden Nuggets before going on to far greater heights in subsequent seasons. This year Hall is represented by two starters in My Hard Copy and Northview Punter which have both drawn awkwardly and will need their fair share of luck to give Hall a second Nugget win as a trainer. Eastern States trained horses have got a remarkably good strike rate in the Golden Nugget with 14 of the previous 33 runnings of the race seeing the winner come from outside of Western Australia. With the likes of Chilli Palmer, Nowitzki and Bit Of A Legend drawn between barriers one and four there is a fair chance the record will stand at 15 of 34 after this week's race. Previous winners Lancaster Park Golden Nugget 4yo Championship      Date                       Winner                           Trainer                        Driver  6/02/1981       JUSTIN HANOVER         A L (Tony) Peacock      A L (Tony) Peacock      12/02/1982      SINN FEIN                      G D (Greg) Harper       G D (Greg) Harper       11/02/1983      CLASSIC GARRY          G D (Greg) Harper       F R (Fred) Kersley      20/01/1984      YARRACOOLA               T B (Trevor) Warwick    T B (Trevor) Warwick    8/02/1985       MORANO MAGIC NZ      T B (Trevor) Warwick    T B (Trevor) Warwick    7/02/1986       VANDERPORT                D F (Don) Murphy        A (Anne) Frawley        13/02/1987      VERO PRINCE              A C (Chris) Lewis       A C (Chris) Lewis       12/02/1988      OUR MAESTRO NZ      R V (Bob) Knight        V J (Vin) Knight        10/02/1989      SINBAD BAY                  R V (Bob) Knight        V J (Vin) Knight        15/12/1989      WESTBURN GRANT    V W (Vic) Frost V W (Vic) Frost 25/01/1991      ADMIRAL HOLLIDAY NZ     B A (Bryan) Rogers      B A (Bryan) Rogers      24/01/1992      IMPRESSIONIST NZ     T E (Ted) Demmler       T E (Ted) Demmler       22/01/1993      VALLEY CHAMP             D T (Des) Parr  G E (Gary) Hall (Snr)   28/01/1994      FLASHING STAR           C L (Colin) Cummins     A C (Chris) Lewis       27/01/1995      SLICK VANCE NZ          R (Reg) Trevean T B (Trevor) Warwick    8/12/1995       BEEFY T NZ                     J P (John) Green        R J (Rod) Chambers      6/12/1996       MON POPPY DAY ***     R J (Rod) Chambers      R J (Rod) Chambers      5/12/1997       SALINGER                       F R (Fred) Kersley      F R (Fred) Kersley      18/12/1998      SAAB                                R A (Ross) Olivieri     A C (Chris) Lewis       10/12/1999      COUNTESS KALA NZ        N J (Noel) Keiley       L B (Lindsay) Harper    15/12/2000      SEELSTER SAM NZ     D W (Dennis) Wilson     D W (Dennis) Wilson     14/12/2001      MANIFOLD BAY             G K (Grant) Crane       G (Gavin) Lang  13/12/2002      TRICKY VIC NZ             M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed 20/02/2004      TE KANARAMA              G R (Graeme) Watts      G R (Graeme) Watts      8/04/2005       TARTARY GLADIATOR   K F (Kevin) Keys        K F (Kevin) Keys        16/12/2005      GEE WHIZ FIZZ             S D (Steven) Burton     R (Ryan) Warwick        15/12/2006      MR YANKEE NZ            G D (Greg) Harper       K K (Kade) Howson       14/12/2007      LOMBO POCKET WATCH      P R J (Paul) Fitzpatrick        G J (Gavin) Fitzpatrick 28/11/2008      SCHINZIG BULLER     G D (Greg) Harper       K K (Kade) Howson       27/11/2009      BONAVISTA BAY            E J (Emma) Stewart      M B (Mark) Reed 26/11/2010      DASHER VC NZ            R A (Ross) Olivieri     A C (Chris) Lewis       25/11/2011      GOLD ACE NZ               G E (Gary) Hall (Snr)   G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr)   7/12/2012       IM VICTORIOUS NZ        M G (Michael) Brennan   J K (Justin) Prentice                                   *** True Takeoff - 1st but disq swab                                                    Alan Parker Assistant Manager - Harness Racing  

The first feature night meeting of the season in the Riverina will be held at Wagga on Friday night as the countdown continues to the peak time of the racing year. Yirribee Stud race night has attracted seven races with $46,000 prizemoney and $20,000 in stallion bonuses on offer. The feature race is the Ian Walsh Memorial which honors the life of the former Wagga Harness Racing Club president who was also a former partner in Yirribee Stud. It's the biggest line-up of bonuses Yirribee has offered to five of its nine stallions. The winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial will not only receive the major share of $8000 prizemoney but a free service to former champion Mr Feelgood valued at close to $5000. Aqua Luvy is likely to start favorite for the Ian Walsh Memorial from barrier three representing in-form combination Jackson Painting and Blake Jones. Painting had four winners at the previous Wagga meeting and again has a strong hand. The field for the Million Dollar Cam Classic also has plenty of quality with last start Menangle winner Lucys Penny opposed to the talented Northern Line and in-form Scottish Glamour and Goforzoe. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee, which will stand a record nine stallions this season, has reported a strong response to its stallions particularly since the new bonuses for breeders was announced earlier this month. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

One of the biggest stallion services incentives in New South Wales or Victoria has been finalised by Wagga's Yirribee Stud for its harness racing meeting next month. The deal was finalised yesterday with six of Yirribee's stallions having free services attached for races at Wagga on Friday night, September 27. It's the biggest single involvement by Yirribee for a race meeting and certainly one of the largest in the country with over $20,000 in services on offer as bonuses for winners. On top of prizemoney for the meeting, stallion services to former Inter Dominion and Little Brown Jug winner Mr Feelgood ($4950) and dual Australian sires of the year Village Jasper ($3300) and Armbro Operative ($3300) will be won. It's a huge coup for harness racing with the meeting expected to be inundated with quality nominations. Yirribee Stud principal Rod Woodhouse said it was a major bonus for owners and trainers to start their horses at the meeting. "The services are to some of the best stallions available and some owners will receive them as a bonus if their horse wins at Wagga that night," he said. "Mr Feelgood is one of the best pacers of all time and we are delighted to have him at Yirribee this season." Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Graeme White said it was a major offer from Yirribee and the owners of the stallions involved. "There will be some very fortunate owners receive these stallion services for no cost if their horse wins," he said. "Yirribee is one of the major studs in the business and Wagga would like to thank Rod Woodhouse for getting behind this meeting and making the services available." The free service to Mr Feelgood will be won by the connections of the winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial. Mr Walsh, who is the late president of the Wagga Harness Racing Club, and Woodhouse started Yirribee Stud some 25 years ago. "We want to acknowledge Ian's contribution to harness racing in Wagga and the region with a bonus that is fitting of the race," he said. The Ian Walsh Memorial was held last year with prizemoney of $8000 plus the service to Mr Feelgood on offer. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee will stand a record nine stallions this season.    Harness Racing New South Wales  

Its Breeders Crown  semi final time at Ballarat on Saturday and South Australian best 2 & 3 year old  fillies  have both fared badly  in the barrier draw, the Aaron Brown trained Lombo Keepa Secret, who is unbeaten in South Australia since joining Brown’s yard has drawn two on the back line is a strong heat that features star filly and dual Oaks winner Firth, Southern Cross Final winner Getya Wings Out  and Tasmania pair Nola Mayhem and Delightful Christian who has  won on both sides of the Tasman.   Lombo Keepa Secret. a daughter of 2006 Breeders Crown champion Lombo Pocket Watch, has won all five starts for Brown including an effortless victory in the $10,000 BOTRA 3yo fillies final last week, Brown obviously thought his stable star need another run as he fronted at trails Sunday morning with the filly and she was push out by driver Ryan Hryhorec running her last half mile in 59 seconds.   Hryhorec has his star 2 year old  filly Flagbearer engaged in the 2 nd semi-final, but the daughter of  Courage Under Fire has drawn the outside gate but the small field of eight . Flagbearer  who is trained by Hryhorec, has won 6 of her 7 starts with her only  defeat coming when she had gear failure and paced roughly. During her juvenile season Flagbearer has claimed the Southern Cross Final and the BOTRA Nursery Pace last week.   Both fillies will have a strong chance to qualify for the Breeders Crown Final Super Sunday at Melton on August 18th   by Gary Newton

Bunbury harness racing trainer Frank Bonnett has a strong Golden Nugget prospect in Another Vinnie, who caused an upset when he stormed home from last to score an impressive victory in the Alltools WA Pty Ltd Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Most punters considered that John of Arc was a certainty and he was sent out a hot favourite at 5/2 on after he had won brilliantly at seven of his eight starts in Western Australia. But John of Arc had a tough run, three wide early and then in the breeze, before wilting to fifth behind the ultra-consistent Another Vinnie, a neglected 27/1 tote outsider who started from the No. 3 barrier on the back line and was kept at the rear by Aaron Beckett while the early pace was hectic, with polemarker Desgerrado setting the pace from Jungleface Jake, who overraced and pulled hard in the breeze in the early stages. John of Arc then applied considerable pressure on Desgerrado in the middle stages, and with the first two 400m sections of the final mile whizzing by in 28.6sec. and 28.9sec. it was obvious that those two three-year-olds would be sitting ducks for horses coming from behind after having had soft runs. This proved the case. Another Vinnie was last in the field of ten at the bell as he followed the three-wide run of his stablemate Guns With Cows. Desgerrado (second fancy at 6/1) withstood all challenges before Another Vinnie charged to the front 120m from the post and beat him by a length, with Big Ben Lombo coming from three back on the pegs to be third. The final two quarters were covered in only 30.3sec. and 29.6sec. and Another Vinnie rated 1.57.2. Another Vinnie has already earned $165,112 from 12 wins and 11 placings from 34 starts for breeder-owner Les Coulson and he looks an ideal type to contest the rich Golden Nugget in late November. Another Vinnie, by Legacy Of Power, is out of Coulson’s former good race mare Vinnies Sister, who had 82 starts for 13 wins, 19 placings and $123,335 in prizemoney. IM THEMIGHTYQUINN TO SPELL BEFORE CONTESTING THE NEW ZEALAND CUP Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn completed his current preparation with an effortless win in the 2130m Del Basso Smallgoods Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and will now go for a brief spell before heading to Christchurch to contest the rich New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 12. And after that Im Themightyquinn will travel to Sydney for the Miracle Mile at Menangle before returning to Perth for the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup. Im Themightyquinn was favourite at 3/1 on and Gary Hall jun. did not bustle him out from the No. 3 barrier on the front line and was content to settle him in the one-out, one-back position. Polemarker Please Release Me (second fancy at 13/2) led for the first 120m before Chris Lewis sent veteran Has The Answers (12/1) to the front. The lead time was a slow 38.8sec. and Lewis put on the brakes and let Has The Answers amble through the first 400m section of the final mile in an extremely slow 32.3sec. This dawdling pace prompted Gary Hall jun. to vacate the one-out, one-back position and send Im Themightyquinn forward, three wide, with 1050m to travel. Im Themightyquinn quickly moved alongside Has The Answers and the tempo lifted sharply, with the third quarter going by in 28.3sec. Im Themightyquinn got his nose in front at the 220m mark and he surged away to win by one and a half lengths from the fast-finishing Please Release Me, who had trailed the pacemaker throughout. Has The Answers held on to be 1m away in third place. Im Themightyquinn sprinted over the final quarter in 27.1sec. and he rated 1.57.8 as he took his record to 101 starts forn51 wins and 31 placings for earnings of $4,370,716. OUTSIDER HUGH VICTOR RUNS ON FROM THE REAR AND SMASHES TRACK RECORD Hugh Victor, a half-brother to top-flight pacer David Hercules, bounced back to his best form when he finished powerfully from the rear to win the 1730m Gate Bar And Bistro Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night. After being unlaced at his two previous starts, Hugh Victor was overlooked by punters and returned $58.90 on the tote for a $1 investment. The race was run at a fast tempo and Hugh Victor, trained at Byford by David Thompson, rated a slick 1.56.9 which set a track record for two-year-olds over 1730m. The previous record of 1.57.4 was held by Harriet Elisabeth (a stablemate of Hugh Victor) and Modigliani. Hugh Victor started from the outside (barrier five) on the front line after the scratching of Lukey and Racey American and this certainly made his task easier. Morgan Woodley got Hugh Victor away swiftly and the gelding raced four wide early before he wisely decided to restrain him back to last in the field of ten. Woodley immediately positioned Hugh Victor on the pegs while Jacksagrinner set a fast pace, with the 5/4 on favourite Soho Starr applying plenty of pressure in the breeze. Mister Jadore, second favourite at 9/4, was sent forward from the rear at the 1000m mark by Chris Lewis and the third 400m section of the final mile was covered in a blistering 27.8sec. Woodley bided his time and eased Hugh Victor off the pegs 270m from home and switched the gelding four wide approaching the home turn. Hugh Victor sprinted strongly and won by a half-length from the gallant Mister Jadore, with a length back to Soho Starr. The final quarter was covered in 29.9sec. Hugh Victor has raced 13 times for two wins, five seconds and $29,934. He is the fifth foal out of the Golden Greek mare Like A Dame (36 starts for three wins, 12 placings and $10,312). David Hercules is the best of Like A Dame’s progeny, earning $700,114 from 26 wins and 25 placings from 76 starts. Like A Dame’s first foal, Smiling Angel, won at her final three starts, at Bunbury, Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in May and June 2009 before being retired to stud with a record of six wins, 13 placings and $47,294 from 31 starts. Like A Dame’s dam, the Victorian-bred unraced mare Hold Tight, produced five winners, including Fake Embrace, who had 178 starts for 37 wins, 40 placings and $240,249. Hold Tight’s dam Stormy Port was the mother of Albuquerque, who amassed $322,630 in prizemoney from 15 wins and ten placings from just 35 starts. Albuquerque won the Australian Gold for two-year-old colts and geldings at Moonee Valley in April 1993 before winning the Tasmanian and South Australian Derbies and finishing third in the Victoria Derby in 1994. MIGHTY FLYING THOMAS HAS KALGOORLIE SPRINT IN HIS SIGHTS Tough New Zealand-bred five-year-old Mighty Flying Thomas maintained his grand form when he scored a fighting all-the-way victory in the 2536m McInerney Ford Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Bickley trainer Peter Anderson is planning to set the gelding for the 1750m Mount Eden Mile in Kalgoorlie next month. Mighty Flying Thomas possesses dazzling early pace and is ideally suited over sprint trips. He is proving an excellent purchase for Ian and Hazel Brandon, Ian Sermon, Lee Bunney and Ken Casellas, with his first 12 WA starts producing five wins and three placings for stakes of $35,624. The son of Falcon Seelster had 27 starts in New Zealand for six wins, seven placings and $40,039. Mighty Flying Thomas was favourite at 6/4 on after his strong all-the-way win at Northam and an extremely close and unlucky third behind Pacific Warrior in the John Higgins Memorial the previous Friday night. From barrier No. 2 on the front line Morgan Woodley had Mighty Flying Thomas in front from polemarker What God Knows after 250m and after the first two 400m sections of the final mile in 30.9sec. and 31.1sec. Mighty Flying Thomas sped over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.9sec. before fighting grimly to win by a head from 20/1 chance Justlikelindt, who finished determinedly after enjoying the perfect passage in the one-out, one-back position. Lord Diego (11/2) finished strongly from eighth in the middle stages to be a close third. The win completed a double for Woodley and gave him his 998th victory in an outstanding career. Friday night’s event renewed a keen rivalry between Mighty Flying Thomas and Lord Diego. In his final five starts in New Zealand early in 2012 he clashed four times with Lord Diego at Manawatu. Mighty Flying Thomas led and won easily from Lord Diego over 2000m on February 7, 2012 and then the honours were with Lord Diego, who won over 2500m and 2000m at his next two starts, with Mighty Flying Thomas finishing third and second. In their final clash in New Zealand, on February 23, Lord Diego finished second and Mighty Flying Thomas third behind Rangatiki. Mighty Flying Thomas is the fourth foal out of the In The Pocket mare Fleets Pocket, who was retired after four unplaced runs as a two and three-year-old. Fleets Pocket’s third foal is Flying Pocketlands, who has amassed $425,548 from 20 wins and 29 placings from 89 starts. He has won six races in New Zealand, ten in Victoria and four in New South Wales. RODRIGIO COMPLETES A SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR BRENNAN New Zealand-bred five-year-old Rodrigo completed a successful week for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan when he finished strongly to win the 2130m Happy 50th Birthday Glen Mortimer Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rodrigo, a 26/1 outsider, was driven perfectly by Justin Prentice before scoring by a length from the fast-finishing Sir Swanky (9/1), with Bettor Still (12/1) a close third. This win followed successes by Brennan with Pocket Change at Gloucester Park on the previous Monday and 33/1 chance Extreme Bromac at Northam on Thursday night. Gary Hall jun. drove Pocket Change and Chris Playle got up with Extreme Bromac after the gelding had worked hard in the breeze all the way. Prentice got Rodrigo away speedily from the No. 5 barrier and the gelding was trapped three wide for the first 400m. But then I Am Legend (3/1) had to accelerate quickly to hold out outsider Romulus, who charged forward, four wide, to issue a spirited challenge for the lead. Romulus got almost a length in front of I Am Legend after 500m, but was unable to cross to the lead. This powerful challenge left a big gap behind I Am legend and Prentice gleefully was able to angle Rodrigo across to the pegs to follow the pacemaker. My Jasami started a three-wide move 1050m from home and he moved to third at the bell. Romulus continued to fight on in the breeze and he got to a half-length lead with 550m to travel. But I Am Legend fought back to regain the ascendancy. Prentice then was able to ease Rodrigo off the pegs approaching the home turn and the gelding finished boldly to surge to the front and win easily. The final two quarters were covered in 28.4sec. and 29.3sec. and the winner rated 1.58.1. Copagrin, favourite at 6/4 at his first appearance after a brief let-up, settled in ninth position and was ninth, three wide, at the bell. He was forced very wide 300m from home and battled on to finish sixth. Rodrigo, owned by Mark Salathiel, is a winner of ten races in Victoria and now has had eight WA starts for one win and two placings to take his record to 64 starts for 12 wins, 23 placings and $95,193. His maternal granddam Fern Glen produced Maheer Lord, who raced 197 times for 34 wins and 46 placings for stakes of $515,470. Maheer Lord, trained and driven by Grant Williams, won the group 1 WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in January 2006, beating Ohoka Ace by a nose, with No Blue Manna in third place. BETTORS FIRE GIVES HARPER HIS FIRST TRAINING SUCCESS Kyle Harper landed his first winner as a trainer when he drove New Zealand-bred four-year-old Bettors Fire to a smart win in the 2130m Caduceus Club Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Bettors Fire, making his Australian debut after winning 11 times from 30 New Zealand starts, was a solidly-supported 6/4 on favourite from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. However, Bettors Fire was kept out at the start by polemarker Ardens Southee (15/2), but the 23-year-old Harper was quite content to race without cover, with the first two 400m sections of the final mile being covered in a slow 32.3sec. and 30.2sec. The tempo increased in the final circuit and the final quarters were covered in 28.2sec. and 28sec. with Bettors Fire on terms for most of that lap before getting to the front about 80m from the post. Her rated 1.57.4 in beating Ardens Southee by a half-length, with 12/1 chance Franco Hendrix finishing solidly to be a length away in third place after trailing the leader all the way. Bettors Fire, owned by Frank Ranaldi, looks set for a successful career in WA. He is still a Metropolitan maiden, with earnings of $84,392 from 12 wins and seven placings from only 31 starts. He has emulated the performance of his dam Sparks A Flyin by winning at his Australian debut. Sparks A Flyin won the group 1 New South Wales Oaks at Harold Park in March 2001 at her first start in Australia. She was retired with earnings of $510,133 from 21 wins and 20 placings from 78 starts. EL MACHINE GIVES HOWSON ANOTHER WIN IN A PURPLE PATCH Talented reinsman Kade Howson has struck a purple patch and he kept up the good work by driving El Machine to a stylish victory in the 2536m Lancaster Park Westbred Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And then he travelled to Bunbury on Saturday night where he landed Boy O Boy, a fast-finishing winner at 5/1 over the 54/4 favourite Conniving Major Dave. These two winners gave the 25-year-old Howson ten winners from his past 23 drives, the others being Apache Cruiser and Multibet (at Pinjarra), El Machine and Balleybofey (Northam), Northern Fox (Gloucester Park) and Eerie Iris, Ohoka Samson and Miss Madoff (Bunbury). Howson, whose first winner was behind Lobo at Bunbury on July 9, 2004, now has driven in 2473 races for 286 wins, 240 seconds and 226 thirds. Howson trains El Machine at Pinjarra and races the Elsu four-year-old in partnership with reinsman Michael George. El Machine, favourite at 5/4, started from the back line and settled at the rear. Telham Lane led for the first 200m before Match To The Fuse took over, and then Kim Prentice sent the well-supported 5/2 chance Soho Monza to the front after 450m. Howson sent El Machine forward after a lap and the gelding moved to the breeze at the 1350m mark. He then travelled well before getting to the front 230m from home and winning by a neck from 6/1 chance Sparkling Seelster, who came home determinedly from fourth at the bell. Soho Monza held on for third. The winner, who rated 1.58.5, is still classified as an M0-class performer who looks set for many more wins. He has already earned $81,690 from 12 wins and ten placings from 33 starts. His dam Fashion Statement raced 22 times for three wins (one in Kalgoorlie and two in Geraldton) and three placings for stakes of $6290. KING CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH A CITY QUINELLA Pinjarra trainer Chris King celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday, reflecting on a wonderful quinella result at Gloucester Park the previous evening when Lord Lombo set the pace and held on to win the 2130m Cowden Ltd Pace by 1m from stablemate Leda McNally. Lord Lombo, a 13/2 chance, caused a false start by galloping from the No. 1 barrier in the score-up and checking Benjamin Banneker. Then, at the second attempt, Nathan Turvey got Lord Lombo away smartly and the six-year-old gave a bold frontrunning exhibition. He dashed over the final 800m in 57.6sec. and won by 1m from Leda McNally, a 6/1 chance driven by Chris Voak, who trailed the pacemaker before finishing fast. Hez The Bart Man, favourite at 11/8, had a tough run in the breeze and fought on grandly to be 1m away in third place. Benjamin Banneker, second favourite at 9/4, was seventh at the bell and was looming as a danger approaching the home turn when he was badly checked and broke into a gallop before dropping back to finish last in the field of eight. Lord Lombo, a winner of two races in South Australia, eight in Victoria and one in New South Wales, has had 20 starts in WA for six wins and four placings. He has earned $135,472. By Blissfull Hall, Lord Lombo is out of Lady Lara Lombo, who earned $51,120 from five wins in Victoria and one in NSW from 42 starts. Lady Lara Lombo’s dam Decethree Lombo produced nine winners, including her first foal Lombo Skyrider, who earned $841,611 from 63 wins and 84 placings from 321 starts. Decethree Lombo’s dam Misty Maiden had 37 starts for 12 wins, 11 placings and stakes of $245,449. She then produced eight winners, including Lombo Pocket Watch, a winner of $1,522,638 from 45 wins and 17 placings from 83 starts. Misty maiden’s dam Smooth Gale produced seven winners after racing 45 times for 14 wins, ten placings and $56,707. TALK ABOUT MACH TOO STRONG AFTER ENJOYING A PERFECT TRIP Octogenarian trainer Bill Horn produced four-year-old Talk About Mach in fine fettle for the 1730m Retravision WA Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when she enjoyed the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Arch On Fire before finishing fast to snatch victory from that pacer. The win of Talk About Mach, a 9/1 chance, gave Kyle Harper the first leg of a double. He later scored with Bettors Fire. Arch On Fire (11/4) set a solid pace and sprinted over the final 800m in 56.7sec. But she was unable to hold out Talk About Mach, who surged to the front in the final 15m and rated 1.56.8. The Victorian-bred Talk About Mach, is owned by Dennis Connolly and is the only foal out of Talking Safe, who raced 21 times in Victoria for two wins, seven placings and $10,150. Talk About Mach, the winner of the Dainty’s Daughter Classic in February 2012 and third behind Sensational Gabby and Southern Legacy in the WA Oaks three months later, has earned $83,102 from seven wins and 12 placings from 39 starts. MARATHON LOOMS AS THE NEXT CHALLENGE FOR NIPPERINGHALL The $25,000 Marathon Handicap over 3309m next Friday night is the likely target for six-year-old Nipperinghall after Serpentine trainer Chris Brew drove him to a decisive victory in the Nova 93.7 Handicap over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Nipperinghall (7/2) has struck top form, with two wins and a close second from his past three starts and he appeals as a strong stayer. Polemarker Frankie Maguire led for the first 500m on Friday night when Brew gave Nipperinghall plenty of time to settle before sending him to the front. Anvils Big Punt and Rockyourbaby each had turns in the breeze, with neither threatening any real danger. Shardons Rocket, the backmarker off 30m, issued a strong challenge in the final circuit before battling on into fourth place. Frankie Maguire enjoyed sitting behind the leader and ran home gamely to be a 5m second, with Arden Bannister finishing strongly into third place after racing three back on the pegs. Nipperinghall has had 66 starts for 11 wins, eight placings and $68,316. by Ken Casellas  

The two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday July 11, with Shepparton racing during the afternoon and Ballarat at night.

Next Sunday afternoon SA BOTRA is holding one of its biggest harness racing fund raisers of the year when it hosts their Christmas In July function at Globe Derby Park with special guest speaker Gary Hall Senior, apart from the fun and good time to be had over lunch with Hall, breeders will have a chance to pick up a bargain at the annual stallion auction.

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday April 24 at two of the most popular venues - Maryborough in the afternoon and Ballarat at night.

Menangle Park harness racing trainer trainer David Thorn shared his stable runners around and landed the first two features of the day on Inter Dominion Grand Final day (Sunday March 3).

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