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Going back-to-back in Australasia's greatest harness racing sprint race was never going to be easy. Yet King Of Swing made it look that way with another remarkable Group 1 success in tonight's $1m Garrards Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven superstar did everything he had to in surging to a two-and-a-half metre win over stablemate Expensive Ego (David Moran) and Wolf Stride (Anthony Butt). The predicted early fireworks never really eventuated as The Black Prince held the front from gate one before King Of Swing moved up to his outside and quickly worked past him to take the lead. Watch the race replay click here! To be honest the rest of them were never a chance to run down the superstar son of Rocknroll Hanover as he rated 1:49.1 to win virtually as he pleased. "He's such a smart horse . . . and he's a pleasure to drive," said Luke. "He's had a fairly easy week with plenty of swimming and a few canters and he was right on his game tonight." McCarthy explained that as a professional driver he had a job to do and like the other drivers had to keep his mind on the job and not let the pressure be a factor. "I have so much confidence in this horse . . . he's just a superstar," he said. "He has stamina, he has speed and is just so strong and we really haven't found the bottom of him yet. "Winning a race like this is just such a thrill. "I know it's hard to compare horses from different eras and I've driven some good ones. "But King Of Swing is close to being the best horse I have driven. "And he just keeps getting better; he's unreal." While the race is renowned for the speed it brings, King Of Swing didn't let the others into the race. After a 26.6s first split of the mile he was actually able to 'walk', by his standards in the second split, which was a leisurely 28.6s. That left plenty of fuel in the tank as McCarthy upped the ante with a 28.1 third split before zooming home in 25.9 to give nothing else a chance. Expensive Ego tried hard and lost no admirers with his plucky second while Wolf Stride was one of the few to make ground late for third, albeit four and a half metres behind the second horse. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

ALL week the harness racing experts have been lamenting his absence from the $1m Miracle Mile. And Mach Shard certainly added to that argument with a scintillating win in tonight's $100,000 Ainsworth Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven former Kiwi raced right up to expectations when he romped away from stablemate Star Galleria (Jack Callaghan) and Burnham Boy (Blake Fitzpatrick), rating 1:53.2 in a four-metre win which had class written all over it. Watch the race replay click here! It was a nice consolation success for the six-year-old and Luke later paid tribute to champion New Zealand trainer Barry Purdon for sending the horse across to their stable to chase some of the rich plums on offer here. "With a little bit of luck, he'd have been in the Miracle Mile but he didn't get a clear shot at them until too late last week," he said. "The way he was travelling I knew he would be in the finish and just needed a clear shot at them; he followed Bright Energy and had a lovely run into the race. "I knew he'd finish really well. "He's here to stay and hopefully he'll continue to improve, and we can chase some of the big races along the way. "He's just a lovely horse." McCarthy would agree he might be the perfect horse for next year's Miracle Mile. And the way he put this field of stars, with the race normally regarded as a Miracle Mile consolation race, no-one would argue his credentials. The speed went on early over the mile with One Change, Kowalski Analysis and Balraj jostling for the front and the early honours. While One Change (Shane Graham) held firm, Balraj settled third before coming one off and racing without cover for the rest of the journey. Stablemate Bright Energy landed a one-one trail and Mach Shard finished up with a charmed run in the box seat. From there he looked the winner a long way from home and had little problem rounding them up in the straight. Star Galleria ran home well for second spot with Burnham Boy coming from three back on the pegs t o grab third, just ahead of the fast-finishing Western Sonador. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

HE came, he saw and he conquered. That was the simple equation when superstar New Zealand trotter Majestic Man put paid to Australia's harness racing best trotters with a stunning win in tonight's $50,000 Aquagait Equine Centre Trotters Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. And he did it easily. Majestic Man made it three Group 1 successes on this trip to Australia and even facing two weeks in quarantine when he heads home won't dent the joy of showing Australia what they are up against if they have any hope of heading over there later in the year to take on Majestic Man on his home turf. It was a race of changes and as usual it never went the way many expected when Arnold (Luke McCarthy) and Red Hot Tooth (Chris Alford) both missed away at the start while Majestic Man and Victorian visitor Pink Galahs did just the opposite. Pink Galahs forced Brad Williamson and Majestic Man to lower the handlebars probably earlier than they had expected - or wanted to - as the pair went straight into battle when the starter said go. Yet Majestic Man was on his best behavior and was able to hold the lead from barrier three and turned the race into a procession when he won with ridiculous ease, beating another Victorian Always Ready (Blake Fitzpatrick) by six metres, with Pink Galahs (Matthew Craven) a nose away in third place, in a 1:53.5 mile rate. Watch the race replay click here! Earlier Pink Galahs became unsettled in the parade ring and almost landed on her backside when she reared up before going on to the track. That resulted in a vet check with meant the race went a little later than expected. But really there were no excuses for the beaten brigade . . . Majestic Man was just too strong. "That was great and just the icing on the cake for our trip to Australia," said Williamson. "It's been a really nice trip for both of us. "It's never easy winning Group 1s and I must admit Mark Purdon has relegated me to second place in a few of the big ones back at home in New Zealand. "To come here and win a few is just so good and we're over the moon with the way the horse has gone since we've been here in Victoria and now in New South Wales." For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

Newcastle Mile winner The Black Prince and former Tasmanian pacer Ignatius were the biggest harness racing winners when the marbles were drawn for next weekend's $1m Garrards Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Black Prince's chances were enhanced when he drew barrier one for Australasia's biggest sprint race while Ignatius, a prolific winner at Menangle during his two and three-year-old years, suddenly became a serious chance in the race after drawing gate two. King Of Swing drew gate six but will probably come from gate five when the second emergency One Change comes out of the race. Had King Of Swing drawn closer to the pegs he would have almost certainly started a long odds-on favourite in the race but may now have to work a little harder to exert his superiority. With the revamped market he was listed as a $1.40 favourite. Tonight's Ladyship Mile winner, Kiwi mare Stylish Memphis will again have to come from near the tail of the field after drawing the outside of the front line, gate 10, but should come into eight when the reserves are taken out. The final draw is: The Black Prince (Bettors Delight - It's My Style - McArdle) $21 Ignatius (Roll With Joe - Ashkalini - Art Major) $11 One Change 2nd em (Bettors Delight - Changedown - Falcon Seelster) $51 Expensive Ego (Rock N Roll Heaven - Art Start - Perfect Art) $6.50 Alta Orlando (Courage Under Fire - La Ja Joconde - Totally Western) $14 King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover - Twist And Twirl - Artsplace) $1.40 Wolf Stride (Rock N Roll Heaven - Lilic Stride - Art Major) $11 Mach Shard 1st em (Mach Three - Sly Shard - Panorama) $41 Out To Play (Art Major - Play Bill - Presidential Ball) $41 Stylish Memphis (Bettors Delight - Memphis Melody - Badlands Hanover) $12   by Mandy Madern Club Menangle

The three heats of tonight's NSW Derby didn't really bring any surprises as the harness racing favourites secured their spots in next weekend's Group I New South Wales Derby final. Some talented three-year-olds were at Tabcorp Park Menangle to do battle - and they took no-nonsense approaches as they went on their winning ways. Patsbeachstorm won the first heat as an odds-on favourite and his win made up for a horror week for trainer-driver David Moran, who was forced to miss the Miracle Mile with his stable star Lochinvar Art. Patsbeachstorm settled three back on the pegs behind Act Now and Watts Up Sunshine and when nothing came up to box him in, Moran was able to make his run exactly when it suited him as Patsbeachstorm downed Act Now and Watts Up Sunshine in a 1:53.5 mile rate. To watch Patsbeachstorm win click here. And fellow Victorian Clayton Tonkin looked to have a future star to take the place of his injured superstar Ride High when Idyllic cruised around in the second heat in a leisurely 1:57.4 mile to secure his spot in next week's $200,000 NSW Derby final. The fact they were almost four seconds slower than the first heat was irrelevant, Idyllic did the job in style and that was all that mattered. "He's quite casual, I was tapping him along," said reinsman Luke McCarthy, who took the reins for Tonkin. "The best he travelled was when Amanda Turnbull [Lyrical Genius] came up beside him and he grabbed the bit and finished the race off really nicely then. "You could feel he was travelling well and had the horse outside him covered so I didn't bother pulling the blind, so we have that up his sleeve for next week's final." To watch Idyllic win click here. The third heat saw yet another favourite, local hope Tasty Delight for Brian Portelli take the lead and run them along as he pleased before cruising home in a 1:55.9 mile rate to beat Kashed Up and Jacks Hawks, just ahead of Kimble. After a first half of his last mile in 60.4 seconds (splits of 31.3 and 29.1), Portelli was able to up the ante going up the back straight and he was never in danger of being run down as he crossed the line with six and three-quarter metres to spare from the runner-up Kashed Up who shot through on the inside to nail second right on the line. To watch Tasty Delight win click here. With the three short-priced favourites all through to next week's finale, the barrier draw should be all important with Tasty Delight bound to be well-fancied to add another feature to his resume. Mandy Madern

Australia's most improved pacer Wolf Stride 'strode' into the $1m Miracle Mile tonight with a stunning harness racing victory in the Allied Express Logistics Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle. In a driving finish Wolf Stride (Rock N Roll Heaven - Lilac Stride - Art Major) got up in the last few bounds to beat front-runner Alta Orlando (Luke McCarthy) and rails-hugging former Kiwi Mach Shard (John McCarthy), who just edged out Turn It Up (Shane Graham) for third place. Last week's Terang Cup winner travelled up perfectly to Sydney, according to his trainer-driver Anthony Butt who admitted the horse had come a long way in a fairly short time for owners, harness racing fanatics Emilio and Mary Rosati. "This horse has always stepped up when we've asked him to . . . he just keeps getting better and better," said Butt. "Pre-race he can be a bit of a boy but when the starter says 'go' he knows what to do and he's actually a lovely horse to drive in a race. "This should stand him in good stead for the next 12 months. "Often the hardest thing to do is to get into the Miracle Mile. "Now we've done that we can enjoy it and hope for the best on the big night." The action came thick and fast with Alta Orlando (Luke McCarthy) and Kowalski Analysis tackled each other for the early lead with Alta Orlando prevailing. Wolf Stride settled back in about sixth spot and showed his true colours with a mighty finish in the straight to nail his rivals and win by a head in a scintillating 1:49. That alone was enough to ensure he'll be one of the toughest to beat in next Saturday's $1m Garrards Miracle Mile. To watch the video replay of Wolf Stride winning click here.  The second Miracle Mile qualifier saw King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover - Twist And Twirl - Artsplace) do exactly what everybody expected, cruising to an almost casual 1:49.5 win, defeating Out To Play (Greg Sugars) and One Change (Shane Graham) with the plucky Ignatius a close fourth. "He felt really good tonight and that run should get him just perfect for next week's big one," said winning reinsman Luke McCarthy. "I'm relieved and happy to qualify. "He's naturally quick out so I let him get there and he raced nicely after that - and he just felt super in the run." To watch the video replay of King Of Swing winning click here. That ensured six more automatic qualifiers for the Miracle Mile: Wolf Stride (Rock N Roll Heaven), Alta Orlando (Courage Under Fire) and Mach Shard (Mach Three) from the first qualifying sprint; King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover), Out To Play (Art Major) and One Change (Bettors Delight) from the second sprint with those horses joining The Black Prince (Bettors Delight) and Expensive Ego (Rock N Roll Heaven) in the big one with two more choices to come. For full results of tonight's program click here. Mandy Madern

FOR the majority of the harness racing industry, it’s the ‘bread and butter’ races that really matter.   So owners and trainers will be thrilled to hear Club Menangle has announced quite substantial increases to those regular races by adding to the levels of metropolitan prizemoney.   The changes, which commence from 1 November 2019, include: • Minimum prizemoney on a metropolitan program rising from $11,000 to $14,000; • Tier-3 prizemoney going up from $16,000 to $18,000; • Tier-2 prizemoney races will increase from $22,000 to $24,000; • The premier club will also introduce a second $20,000 division of the M0 each month.   But wait, there’s more!   There will also be some changes to the “Where Horses Fly” Country Series.   The finals of that popular series will now be run on alternate weeks and an additional race will be added to each of these programs.   This ensures that country participants still get the opportunity to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle while not reducing the racing opportunities for the pool of metropolitan horses.   Through the cooperation of Club Menangle and Harness Racing NSW, these changes will add $750,000 to the metropolitan prizemoney distribution over the course of a full year.   Club Menangle has already worked with HRNSW to increase midweek prizemoney from $7,500 per race to $9,000.   At the other end of the racing scale, the Club has again combined forces with HRNSW to run the Ainsworth Miracle Mile for $1 million.   According to Club Menangle CEO Bruce Christison:   “While it is vital that we offer incentives to race at the elite level, it is just as important that we improve stakes for the horses that are racing week-in and week- out at the metropolitan level.   “The Club continues to work closely with both the participants and HRNSW as evidenced by the agreed need to increase opportunities for mares, which has been facilitated by the recent introduction of additional open-class mares’ racing.   “Whilst it is always a priority to maximise prizemoney, our Club also has a responsibility to its members to ensure that these levels are affordable and sustainable.   “This year we saw prizemoney return to the levels of two years ago and the increases announced today will take prizemoney to record highs.   “Since the sale of Harold Park we have experienced changes in financial markets never seen before, which have resulted in record low interest-rate levels.   “I am pleased to say that decisions made by the board and management over the past two years have seen strong investment performances over that time, despite the challenging environment.”   Christison explained that the Club would continue to monitor the performance of its investment fund.   “With the ongoing pressure on wagering-related revenue the Club will continue to look at ways of diversifying revenue streams with the latest example the introduction of the seven-day a week club, due to open in January,” he said.   “The prizemoney increases announced today, combined with the introduction by HRNSW of the $1m TAB Pace in May next year, reinforces the position of NSW as the premier harness racing state.”   Mandy Madern Social Media & Trot Guide Co Ordinator Club Menangle

HE'S regarded as one of Victoria's leading young reinsmen. And Victorian Zac Phillips showed Menangle racegoers why he deserved that rating with a clever drive to win the first heat of the NSW Oaks with outsider Tangoingwithsierra ($18) at Menangle tonight. Phillips had the daughter of Sportswriter perfectly poised behind the leader Two Times Bettor with a lap to go before getting himself into the action and surging to the front in the straight the final time for an impressive one and three-quarter metre win over Enchanted Stride with Lady Rocknrolla a further one and half metres back in third place. The winner ran her final mile in 1:57.7 with splits of 29s-29.4-28.5 and 27.8 as she showed a touch of class to fight off the fast-finishing placegetters with plenty of heart. Just half an hour later leading Victorian trainer Emma Stewart struck again when outstanding filly Kualoa made a one-act affair of heat two of the Oaks. Crossed by Tom Butt's classy filly Cheesy Fingers at the start of the 2400m mobile, Chris Alford refused to panic with Kualoa and settled just behind the speed. Then, as the field went up the back straight the final time, Alford decided he couldn't wait any longer and released the brakes on Kualoa and began serving it up to Cheesy Fingers. Kualoa hit the front about 850m from home and proceeded to put his rivals to the sword, surging to the line an 11.5m winner over the fast-finishing Our Road To Mecca (Mat Rue for Ahmed Taiba), who nabbed Cheesy Fingers (Anthony Butt) right on the line to take second spot. With a mile rate of 1:56.7, barring a terrible draw, Kualoa looks certain to start favourite for next week's NSW Oaks final. The final Oaks heat saw a patient drive by star reinswoman Nat Rasmussen, settling near last with another of the All Stars' team's up and comers in Our Princess Tiffany, before launching in the straight the final time with a devastating sprint. Despite giving the leaders a healthy start turning for home she rounded them up in a twinkling and sprinted to a one-metre win over Arabella Star (Zac Phillips) with early leader Miss Streisand (Chris Geary for Roy Roots jr) third in a 1:56.9 mile rate. Fourth placegetter Swimsuit Edition (Luke McCarthy) earned the final spot in the Oaks field with the fastest fourth of the three heats. The Oaks finalists are: Our Princess Tiffany, Arabella Star, Miss Streisand, Swimsuit Edition, Tangoingwithsierra, Enchanted Stride, Lady Rocknrolla, Kualoa, Our Road To Mecca, Cheesy Fingers. (1em) Miss Halfpenny.   FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON 0438-398-251.   Mandy Madern

Chariots Of Fire champion Poster Boy was the biggest winner tonight after the barrier draw for the $1m Ainsworth Miraclle Mile. The Emma Stewart-trained four-year-old drew the dream No 1 barrier, right next to New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer, who drew two to add the icing on the cake to his Allied Express Sprint win earlier in the evening, which sealed a spot in the big race for the plucky Bettors Delight-bred five-year-old. Chase Auckland became the third pacer from Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's All Stars stable (with Thefixer and Spankem) when given the surprise wildcard spot into the final field and he too got lucky again when he drew barrier three for next Saturday night's big Group One. The final field for Saturday night's biggest harness race of the year is: 1. Poster Boy by Somebeachsomewhere 2. Thefixer by Bettor's Delight 3. Chase Auckland by Auckland Reactor 4. Yayas Hot Spot by Jeremes Jet 5. Our Uncle Sam (em1) by Sportswriter 6. My Alpha Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven 7. Spankem by Bettor's Delight 8. Tiger Tara by Bettor's Delight 9. My Field Marshal by Art Major 10. Cruz Bromac (em2) by Falcon Seelster.   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON 0438-398-251.   Mandy Madern  

A STUNNING track and class record by the Emma Stewart-trained Demon Delight has set up an enthralling NSW Derby next week after three heats were run at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. Demon Delight set a world record over 2400m for a pacer, coming from fourth at the bell to beat the highly-rated Muscle Factory with a devastating sprint in the straight. While Victoria Derby winner Muscle Factory (Lauren Tritton) tried to kick away on the turn after racing without cover for most of the race, Amanda Turnbull brought Demon Delight with a mighty finish to score by an incredible eight and a quarter metres. That broke the mighty Smolda's world record over the 2400m journey, which was covered in 2:48.0 and a mile rate of 1:52.6. War Dan Delight (Luke McCarthy) was an eye-catching third and the front-running Hardhitter grabbed the final spot in the Derby by finishing the fastest fourth of the three heats. Earlier promising Victorian visitor Centenario set next week's NSW Derby on its' ear with what was at that stage, a world record run for a three-year-old in winning the first of the three heats. Taken straight to the front by master reinsman Chris Alford, Centenario bowled along in front with slick quarters of 29.3-28.9-28.5 and home in a stunning 25.8 to rate a slashing 1:54.3 mile rate, blitzing the previous record for a three-year-old set by Atomic Red. Centenario's task was made a little easier when second favourite Hurricane Harley (Amanda Turnbull) put in an impromptu gallop at the start before putting in sterling effort, coming from last to finishing third, with Malcolm's Rhythm finishing second after getting a lovely run behind the leader. The second Derby heat saw another Victorian visitor Laura Crossland win a spot in next week's rich final with her current stable star Lochinvar Art. Crossland signed up one of Australia's best reinsmen Luke McCarthy for the drive and the former Bathurst boy didn't let her down with a dashing all-the-way win with the son of Modern Art. McCarthy made his intentions clear right from the beginning and despite a wide draw, took Lochinvar Art straight to the top and dictated terms in a masterly display, rating 29.2 and 29.7 for his first two quarters of the mile, leaving plenty of petrol in the tank for the run home. With a third split of 28.8, Lochinvar Art then put the pedal to the metal and ran a 26s quarter to put his rivals to the sword, beating Max Delight (Todd McCarthy for David Aiken) and Fourbigmen (Chris Alford for Emma Stewart) with a 1:54.5 mile, just two-tenths of a second outside of Centenario's earlier track record run. The final field for the NSW Derby, with barrier draw to come, is Centenario, Malcolms Rhythm, Hurricane Harley, Lochinvar Art, Max Delight, Fourbigmen, Demon Delight, Muscle Factory, War Dan Delight and Hardhitter. FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON 0438-398-251.   Mandy Madern

BRING on Round Three! There is a horse that ain't too frightened of the mighty Tiger Tara . . . and his name is Thefixer. The New Zealand Cup winner darted up on the rails to beat Tiger Tara in November's New Zealand Cup and the Kiwi star, with star reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen aboard, was at it again at Menangle tonight winning the Allied Express Sprint, the first of two qualifying races for the Miracle Mile. Thefixer had to earn his stripes, coming from one-out and one-back to register another victory over Australia's best pacer, nabbing Tiger Tara right on the nine to score by a head in a 1:50.7 mile rate. While Tiger Tara will be revved up and ready for next week's return bout in the Ainsworth Miracle Mile, it was the way that Thefixer found the line which will have harness fans assured that next week's $1m Group One is anything but a one-horse race. Taken straight to the front by Todd McCarthy at the start from the inside barrier, it was expected to be a cakewalk for Tiger Tara, chasing his sixth win in succession. After a 28.1s first split of the mile, Todd was able to back off the speed with a 29.5 second split, suggesting the son of Bettors Delight would have too much pace in the run home. The speed went on with a 26.9 third split and as they dashed home in 26.2 Thefixer came with a dash and knuckled down over the last 100m to score by a head from 'The Tiger', with Cash N Flow (Luke McCarthy) one and three-quarter metres back in third place. The winner's stablemate Ashley Locaz was a close fourth. The second Sprint, the Canadian Club Sprint saw an upset right from the start when Kevin Pizzuto's other big hope Majordan bombed the start, losing almost 100m before finishing well out of the placings. The race went to New Zealand's No.1 stable, the All Stars, with Mark Purdon spearing Spankem straight to the front and leading all the way for an impressive victory. With little mid-race pressure, Purdon was able to back off the speed after a 26.1s first split with a 30.4 second quarter and a third split of just 29.4. That enabled the Bettors Delight four-year-old to dash home in 25.6s for a 1:51.5 mile rate in defeating outsider My Alpha Rock (Lauren Tritton) and the winner's stablemate Cruz Bromac (Natalie Rasmussen). That meant six of the eight spots in the Miracle Mile were decided with Club Menangle directors heading into conference to decide the rest of the field. Those already qualified were Newcastle Mile winner Yayas Hot Spot, Chariots Of Fire winner Poster Boy and the first two home in the two sprints, Thefixer and Tiger Tara, Spankem and My Alpha Rock.   FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON 0438-398-251.   Mandy Madern

EVERY now and then harness racing throws up a Cinderella story which makes people love the sport and even more than they already do and want to become more involved. It took all day for that to occur in today's NSW Breeders Challenge finals and there was no more popular winner than Elle Yeah, who gave Bigga (near Crookwell) trainer-driver Dennis Picker his first Group One success when he took out the four-year-old mares' final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. While everyone expected odds-on favourite Cherry Stride to make a one-act affair of the $100,000 Group One, Picker certainly didn't see it that way and came with a well-timed run in the straight to run down Cherry Stride to score by a neck on a 1:52.2 mile rate. While Cherry Stride fought back strongly in the straight, Elle Yeah had done a lot less work and prevailed narrowly with unwanted outsider Rocknroll Emma running a plucky third. "I've had a few horses with these owners over the past five or six years but I have to admit I never expected anything like this to eventuate," grinned Picker. "Yes, this is my first Group One and it is something I'll remember for a long, long time to come." Owner-breeder Matt Nagle was just as overcome as Picker with the victory. "I'm just stunned," he said. "This is incredible, unexpected and much appreciated . . . this has been a wonderful experience and I hope there are more times like these to come."   Mandy Madern     8 4:39pm HES WATCHING NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1) 1609M $100,000 4YO Mares. PBD/M/PBD/C. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 ELLE YEAH      Fr1 1 Dennis Picker Dennis Picker   $ 12.50   PRBT SWAB   BROWN MARE 4 by ALWAYS A VIRGIN USA out of RUN AWAY ELLE (VILLAGE JASPER USA)  Owner(s): M T (Matthew) Nagle  Breeder(s): M T (Matthew) Nagle 2 CHERRY STRIDE      Fr4 4 KerryAnn Turner Robert Morris HD $ 1.70 fav  PRBT GS L SWAB 3 ROCKNROLL EMMA      Fr7 7 Michael Formosa Cameron Hart 7.40 $ 115.70   RAS SWAB 4 DONT THINK TWICE      Fr10 11 Jason Grimson Jason Grimson 8.10 $ 6.00   PRBT RAS 5 MAKE MINE HEAVEN      Fr6 6 James Rattray James Rattray 8.40 $ 43.20   RES 6 SHEZ SUGARSWEET      Fr9 9 Blake Fitzpatrick Blake Fitzpatrick 9.10 $ 64.70   PRBT RAS 7 MILLION DOLLAR GEM      Fr3 3 Brett Woodhouse Gavin Fitzpatrick 10.20 $ 22.50   PRBT 8 ROYAL STORY      Fr5 5 Bernie Hewitt Bernie Hewitt 26.30 $ 13.90   3WE WF 9 RUBIES FOR TASH      Fr8 8 Bruce Harpley Bruce Harpley 41.50 $ 32.40   PRBT GS 10 SHEZALLAPPLES      Fr2 2 David Thorn Jim Douglass 42.80 $ 6.40   VXAR QUER Scratchings   HIGH ROLLING 10 IM ALL COURAGE 12 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:52:2 Mile Rate: 1:52:2 First Quarter: 26.9 Second Quarter: 29.4 Third Quarter: 27.9 Fourth Quarter: 28 Margins: HD x 6.9m  

PATIENCE paid off for one of Australasia's most accomplished reinsmen at Menangle today when four-year-old gelding Let It Ride staked his claim as one of the best four-year-olds in the country. Anthony Butt decided to take no part in a desperate early battle for the lead between San Domino, Pretty Hot and the well-backed Atomic Red in the opening stanza of the NSW Breeders Challenge final for four-year-old entires and geldings. In one of the quickest opening halves ever recorded at Menangle (53.2s) consisting of splits of 26.5 and 26.7, there was literally no quarter asked for or given as Atomic Red eventually worked his way to the front. Sadly for the Turnbull stable that left him a sitting shot for something coming from back in the field and that happened to be Let It Ride, who came with a swooping run to score running away in a slashing 1:49.4 with a closing split of 27.7s. That was almost a second faster than Cruz Bromac had gone earlier in the afternoon in winning the Len Smith Mile. If the Butt brothers, trainer Tim and reinsman Anthony were disappointed with the run of My Field Marshal in finishing second in the Len Smith, that was soon forgotten as Let It Ride thrust his name up alongside Jilliby Kungfu as one of the best four-year-olds in this part of the world. Let It Ride scored by six and three-quarter metres from Conviction with Joes Star Of Mia third and Jilliby Bandit close behind them in fourth position. "You never get tired of winning Group One races like this," said Tim Butt, who has one of the best records in big races in this part of the world. "Every big race brings a different set of challenges, usually a different set of owners and every horse is different. "This bloke is pretty talented and to win this Group One was a great achievement for this horse. He could not have gone any better today."   Mandy Madern     7 3:59pm ALWAYS B MIKI NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD ENTIRES & GELDINGS FINAL (GROUP 1) 1609M $100,000 4YO Entires and Geldings. PBD/M/PBD/C. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 LET IT RIDE NZ      Fr10 12 Tim Butt Anthony Butt   $ 2.60 fav  PRBT RAS SWAB   BAY GELDING 4 by ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN USA out of LOVE A GAMBLE (NZ) (BETTORS DELIGHT USA)  Owner(s): A M Batten, S F Kaplan, V G Duncum, B Masson, Red & Blue Syndicate, G A Ayers  Breeder(s): N F Nixon, M Carson 2 CONVICTION      Fr7 9 Steve Turnbull Mitch Turnbull 6.70 $ 21.30   SWAB 3 JOES STAR OF MIA      Fr4 6 Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull 7.90 $ 16.20   SWAB 4 JILLIBY BANDIT      Fr8 10 Margaret Lee Glen Craven 11.10 $ 6.70   PRBT GS 3WE 5 ATOMIC RED      Fr9 11 Steve Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 11.90 $ 3.10   PRBT GS 4WE 3WM WF L 6 HIDDEN COURAGE      Fr6 8 Steve Turnbull Nathan Turnbull 16.50 $ 85.20   PRBT RAS 7 PRETTY HOT      Fr2 2 Bernie Hewitt Bernie Hewitt 24.40 $ 20.80   GS L SLM 8 SAN DOMINO      Fr5 7 Kari Males Rodney Petroff 32.70 $ 8.70   PRBT GS WF L UTHL QUER VXAR NAR 9 SECLUDED BEACH      Fr1 1 John Tapp Jim Douglass 33.80 $ 61.30   PRBT SO 10 PAY ME SAM      Fr3 3 Paul Fitzpatrick Gavin Fitzpatrick 38.30 $ 29.80     Scratchings   ASTRIDE 4 NIKALONG HENRY 5 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:49:4 Mile Rate: 1:49:4 First Quarter: 26.5 Second Quarter: 26.7 Third Quarter: 28.5 Fourth Quarter: 27.7 Margins: 6.7m x 1.1m  

EVEN rival reinsmen could not believe their eyes. The short-priced favourite for today’s TAB.com.au Len Smith Mile was gone as soon as the starter let them go. Soho Tribeca went into a full stretch gallop just as the mobile arm let them go and suddenly this whole Group One feature completely changed complexion. My Field Marshall found the front but his reinsman Anthony Butt had no hesitation handing up the front to Cruz Bromac (Chris Geary) in that frantic run to the first turn. After that the young man who is regarded as one of the finest young horsemen in the land, Geary was able to dictate terms to suit himself and Cruz Bromac did the rest. His trainer Kevin Pizzuto later relayed how confident he was going into the Len Smith Mile: “He worked so well when I fast-worked him yesterday morning I actually told the owner he was a moral,” grinned Pizzuto. “As a matter of fact we were so confident we probably won more on the punt then the race was worth so it’s been a pretty good result all around.” Owner Denis Zavitsanos also paid tribute to Pizzuto: “He’s only had the horse for less than a month and he’s already taken him to the next level,” said the part-owner. photo by Ashlea Brennan Photography Geary was also stoked after scoring the biggest win of his fledgling career: “The owners could have more an older more experienced driver on him but they stuck by me and I have to give them a big thank you for trusting me with such an important drive,” he said. “Kevin said the horse was going really well and he’d have him ready to win and he’s rarely wrong.” After coming out of the gate in 26.4s, Geary was able to back the speed off with a fairly leisurely middle half of 57.2s (splits of 28.9 and 28.3) which meant the son of Falcon Seelster was able to dash home in 26.4s for a 1:50.1 mile. Cruz Bromac finished up scoring a four and a half metre win over My Field Marshall, who tried hard but couldn’t run him down after getting clear late in the straight, while Mach Doro was a strong third, just ahead of Gotta Go Ya Hu. And another feature race was headed home to one of Australia’s most successful stables – the Kevin Pizzuto barn. As for Soho Tribeca? He trailed home a long last.   Mandy Madern     6 3:26pm TAB.COM.AU LEN SMITH MILE (GROUP 1) 1609M $100,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 CRUZ BROMAC NZ      Fr6 7 Kevin Pizzuto Chris Geary   $ 25.90   GS L QUER SWAB   BAY GELDING 6 by FALCON SEELSTER USA out of CROWN DEFENDER (NZ) (LIFE SIGN USA)  Owner(s): D Zavitsanos, P M O'Shea, Z D O'Shea, J Zavitsanos, W R Viney  Breeder(s): Bromac Lodge Ltd 2 MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ      Fr1 1 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 4.60 $ 5.40   PRBT SWAB 3 MACH DORO      Fr3 3 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 7.60 $ 23.80   PRBT HUE SWAB 4 GOTTA GO YA HU NZ      Fr5 6 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lachie Manzelmann 7.90 $ 79.60   PRBT D/F$400 UW 5 CELESTIAL ARDEN NZ      Fr4 5 KerryAnn Turner Robert Morris 8.90 $ 28.80   RAS 6 TACT TATE NZ      Fr7 8 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 9.60 $ 33.80   RAS 7 MAJORDAN      Fr9 10 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 11.70 $ 12.30   PRBT 3WE WF QUERP VXAR NAR 8 FRANCO NELSON NZ      Fr10 11 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 12.50 $ 18.40   RAS 9 MATCH IN HEAVEN      Fr8 9 Paul Fitzpatrick Blake Fitzpatrick 14.70 $ 48.70   PRBT 10 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr2 2 Michael Stanley Michael Stanley 375.90 $ 1.40 fav  PRBT HOSU GO WI VXAR CR SD7D SDVC Scratchings   CHARLAVAL 4 ULTIMATE ART 12 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:50:1 Mile Rate: 1:50:1 First Quarter: 26.4 Second Quarter: 28.9 Third Quarter: 28.3 Fourth Quarter: 26.5 Margins: 4.6m x 3.0m  

Star Kiwi mare Delishka led the charge at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight as the three of Australasia's best harness racing mares earned spots in one of Club Menangle's biggest features races. Delishka ($5.80) scored an exciting 1.5m win over fellow New Zealand mare A Piccadilly Princess (Luke McCarthy) with outsider Miss Riviera Belle (Chris Geary) third in a 1:51.1 mile rate. Trainer Brad Mowbray offered the drive to Blake Fitzpatrick in the Group 3 Cordina Family Sibelia Stakes and must have been thrilled with the leading Sydney horseman's effort. Fitzpatrick timed his run to perfection and Mowbray may now find it difficult to hand the drive to anyone else in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile to be run at Menangle on Miracle Mile night, February 24. Club Menangle Racing Manager David Wonson was quick to announce that all three placegetters would now be invited into the Ladyship Mile, joining two other qualifiers from previous feature races run in New Zealand and Victoria. Partyon, which led and compounded to finish last in the Sibelia Stakes tonight had already earned her spot in the Ladyship thanks to an earlier win at Alexandra Park in Auckland while Our Golden Goddess also guaranteed her invitation with an impressive win over Partyon in the Group 1 Alabar Ladyship Club at Melton last month. That gave Club Menangle five certain starters with at least three more to be decided next week when the club hosts the $40,800 Group 3 Garrards Robin Dundee Stakes. The end result will make it one of the most exciting features of Miracle Mile night with all the top mares likely to be there for what is bound to be a stunning clash of some mighty mares. Delishka 5 8:20pm CORDINA FAMILY SIBELIA STAKES (GROUP 3) 1609M $40,800 Mares. RBD. Mobile Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 DELISHKA NZ  $ 24,000   Fr1 1 Brad Mowbray Blake Fitzpatrick   $ 5.80   DFTR GM SWAB   BAY MARE 4 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of BALISHKA (NZ) (BADLANDS HANOVER USA)  Owner(s): J G Knight, M J Mowbray, B K Mowbray  Breeder(s): E W Knight, B K Mowbray 2 A PICCADILLY PRINCESS NZ  $ 6,000   Fr3 3 Mark Purdon Luke McCarthy 1.50 $ 2.50 fav  PRBT 3 MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ  $ 4,000   Fr5 5 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Chris Geary 2.70 $ 41.90     4 MY RONA GOLD NZ  $ 2,000   Fr4 4 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 4.80 $ 4.80   GS 5 IMA MYSTERY GIRL  $ 800   Fr7 8 Jarrod Alchin Jarrod Alchin 5.00 $ 72.50   PRBT COTFB RAS 6 EYE SEE DIAMONDS  $ 800   Fr6 7 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 5.40 $ 23.30   RRSU RES HU QDT 7 MY LUCKY BELLE NZ  $ 800   Fr9 10 Ashlee Grives Ashlee Grives 5.90 $ 117.20   RAS 8 CULINARY DELIGHT NZ  $ 800   Fr8 9 Mark Callaghan Todd McCarthy 9.80 $ 58.60   RES 9 ROCKER BAND NZ  $ 800   Fr10 11 Mark Jones Anthony Butt 10.00 $ 85.40   HOSU HOAS WI RAS 10 PARTYON NZ  $ 800   Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Andy McCarthy 11.20 $ 3.50   GS L QUER VXAR NAR (L) Scratchings   BETTORTHANSPECIAL 6 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:51:1 Mile Rate: 1:51:1 First Quarter: 26.6 Second Quarter: 29.3 Third Quarter: 27.8 Fourth Quarter: 27.4 Margins: 1.5m x 1.2m   Mandy Madern  

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