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The big harness racing day at Maryborough today with its sole focus on the straight out trotter is akin to the holy grail for followers of the squaregaiter. The jewel in the crown today was the $75,000 Victoria Trotting Derby which drew together the best Australian three year old trotters with the undisputed New Zealand champion three year old Speeding Spur. Speeding Spur's main problem was that he drew barrier 13 which was the outside of the second line in the ten horse field. Due to scratchings there was only four runners on the front line and Josh Dickie, the driver of Speeding Spur took advantage of the small front line and sent the son of Pegasus Spur forward from the start and grabbed the lead within the first 200 metres. Blue Sky Commander settled into the trail behind Speeding Spur with My Arya facing the breeze. Second favourite Illawong Armstrong circled the field mid-race to sit outside Speeding Spur but he really latched on and as a result there was no let up in the hot speed as he pulled himself into the ground. Turning for home Speeding Spur still held the front but was being attacked on all sides. Blue Sky Commander and Kerryn Manning were issuing a challenge up the passing lane after their soft trip while Amarula and John Caldow were finishing on stoutly centre track. However as he has done all season in New Zealand, Speeding Spur kicked bigtime when he was challenged and was drawing away again at the line with Josh Dickie giving a little victory salute as he hit the line. Blue Sky Commander ran into second with Amarula battling the last bit to run third. Amarula's run was full of merit as she did have a short gallop in the score up but was with the field at dispatch. Speeding Spur trotted the 2690 metres in 3:21.8, a mile rate of 2:00.7 which was a new track record. Trained by Josh and John Dickie at Clevedon in South Auckland, todays win by Speeding Spur was his 11th from 14th starts as a three year old and took his seasonal earnings over the $250,000 mark. His win today from barrier 13 after being attacked savagely mid race in track record time is further proof if any was needed that he is a superstar in the making. New Zealand breeders would have had a big smile on their faces post race as the first three home were all bred in New Zealand and that carried on the great record that New Zealand bred trotters have in Australian age group classics. Harnesslink Media    

The trotters take centre stage this weekend as Maryborough and Harness Racing Victoria celebrate the time-honoured Redwood Carnival. Three huge days of trots action got under way today, will continue tomorrow (watch all the action from Saturday's non-TAB Redwood day two live streamed online here) and will climax Sunday with the running of the Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Trotters Derby and Redwood Classic. Tonight we're racing at Tabcorp Park with the Tabcorp Park Melton Cup Final and the Conect Blacks A Fake Free-for-All the feature races. Tomorrow night Kilmore takes the Saturday night spotlight with three TAB Breeders Crown heats scheduled. – Cody Winnell (Manager Communications and Media, HRV)   Did you follow Jason Bonnington's Good Form Game Plan last Friday and Saturday night? If so, here's what happened!    The tipsters had the choice of Tabcorp Park Melton tonight or Redwood Day Sunday this week for their $20 play of the weekend. Here's what they thought... Follow the leader board each week to see how much money will be donated to the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute after Feb 28, next year. $20 All-Up Win Melton Friday Night R2 No. 8 Oh Johnny B Good R8 No. 7 Miley Rose R9 No.6 San Carlo   Flexi Quaddie Melton Friday Night $20 for 27.77% 1st Leg: 1,2,5,8 2nd Leg: 3,4,5,8,11,12 3rd Leg: 6,8,9 4th Leg: 7 $20 place Maryborough Sunday R6 No.3 War Dan Destroyer (fixed odds $7.15 @ TAB) $20 All-Up Melton Friday Night R1 No.2 McNiven R9 No.6 San Carlo Bit of a space omen in Race 4 at Melton tonight… so let's got $5 each-way on both No. 4 Apollo Thirteen and No.5 Rowdy Rocket.  Another big profit last week with Jason, Cody and The Omen all profiting! Above are the overall standings so far.    New season club memberships on sale now The access-all-meetings Trots Card – Victorian harness racing’s must-have card for owners and fans – is a key component of the 2015-16 club membership packages. Club membership packages are on sale now for season 2015-16, with prices ranging from $25-$100 and clubs offering a variety of different entitlements for members.     The Country #Trots Run of the Week PROVOCATOR and trainer/driver Geoff Martin didn’t quite emulate Scott Torney’s celebrations of a week ago in winning the Neatline Homes Pace at Shepparton in the last race on Wednesday, but he still would have been chuffed. The $3.70 race favourite drew the pole, settled leader’s back behind Milady Denver before using the sprint lane to score by 1.8m in a mile rate of 1:59.3. The four-year-old gelding is by Kenneth J from Seductress.          

Redwood Day at Maryborough this Sunday is one of most keenly anticipated dates on the Australian harness racing calendar. Two trotting only meetings are being held on Friday and Sunday this week with the two Group 1 races on the Sunday being the highlights This year there is another strong contingent of Kiwi trotters involved but to say they have received the visitors draw is an understatement. There are three Kiwi trotters involved in the $50,500 Redwood Classic for two year olds but all of them have drawn in the carpark. The outstanding Muscles Yankee filly High Gait has drawn the best of the Kiwis at barrier 6 and she will probably move into barrier five if the emergency doesn't get a start. After her recent trial at Menangle where she broke 1:56 for the mile with ease, High Gait looks the one to beat post draw. The Paul Nairn trained Conon Bridge has copped the worst possible marble for a horse who can be a touch unruly, drawing one on the second line. Up till now the son of Raffaello Ambrosia has started from the unruly position in all his mobile starts and his draw on Sunday means the Nairn camp will be crossing their fingers through the first 100 metres. The third of the Kiwi runners in the two year old Redwood Classic is Missandei and the daughter of Angus Hall is right out in the carpark at five on the second line. Missandei won her only start since crossing the Tasman but the draw makes her task to beat High Gait again very difficult. The other Group 1 on Sunday is the $75,000 Victorian Derby and the outstanding New Zealand three year old Speeding Spur is another Kiwi to be handed a horror draw. Speeding Spur will start from six on the second line and will need all favours from out there to be a winning chance. Arya will start from barrier four so she instantly becomes a great each way chance while the top local Illawong Armstrong has also drawn the second line but his last win over Arya was outstanding and with any luck early he will be a big threat.. Harnesslink Media

Kvintet Avenger will be awarded the Maori’s Idol Trophy for the 2014-15 harness racing season at the Victorian Square Trotters Association’s annual presentation night at Maryborough on October 19.  Trained by Brent Lilley, Kvintet Avenger, by Love You out of Nobes Hanover, won three races and finished with two more minor placings from five races in the series to accumulate 15 points, finishing two points clear of Action Kosmos (nine starts in the series for two wins and three minor placings for 13 points), with Neville Vaughan third after winning three races in the series from five starts to score 12 points. Kvintet Avenger’s connections will receive a trophy plus a $1000 voucher at the Melton Saddlery, which is a proud sponsor of the Maori’s Idol Trophy Series. MAORI'S IDOL TROPHY SERIES 2014-15 1st: Kvintet Avenger (5:3-1-1) 15 points 2nd: Action Kosmos (9:2-2-1) 13 points 3rd: Neville Vaughan (5: 3-0-0) 12 points 4th: Quite A Moment (7: 1-3-1) 11 points Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Well known harness racing breeder Robert Watson says Soho Madeleine is “pretty special”.   The West Australian harness racing supporter, who owns a large team of horses with several stables throughout the country, said Soho Madeleine’s last-start win at Maryborough was full of merit.   “You just have to see that last start, the way she circled the field, it really showed what she’s capable of,” he said.   Soho Madeleine (by Bettors Delight out of Magic Maddy Lombo) lines up today at Maryborough in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for two-year-old fillies from barrier seven over 2190m.   Trained by Belinda McCarthy and driven by Luke McCarthy, the full sister to New South Wales champion Suave Stuey Lombo has already shown plenty of promise, winning a heat of the Gold Tiara before running third in the final from an extreme back-row draw.   “She should be hard to beat in the Vicbred, unless (Mark) Purdon has one hidden away somewhere,” Watson quipped.   Watson also races Soho Lexington, who is in at Mildura tonight in the first heat of the 2YO Colts and Geldings Vicbred Super Series for trainer/driver Michael Stanley, and Soho Tribeca, who upstaged The Sparrow Hawk at Cranbourne on Sunday.   “The team’s going well,” he said.   Soho Madeleine comes up against last-start Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic winner Whirily School tomorrow, the Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Courage Under Fire/Mayhappen winning four out of five races to date.   Others in the Maryborough heat tomorrow are Whenthegroundshook for Larry Eastman and Chris Alford, Courageous Call for Gary Quinlan and Nathan Jack, Diamond Jasper for Paul Grech, Tricka Treat Lombo for David Miles and Kenfury Lass for David Van Ryn and Haydon Gray.   CODY WINNELL

Australia’s best three-year-old harness racing pacer Menin Gate is ready to go again. The last start winner of the Group One  $200,000 Victoria Derby at TABCORP Park, Melton on February 7 was sent straight to the paddock with connections bypassing the New South Wales Derby the following month. Following his freshen-up, the strapping son of Somebeachsomewhere is set to trial this weekend. Trainer Larry Eastman will venture to Maryborough on Sunday where his stable star will commence his latest campaign. “He will trial this weekend," Eastman said. "He’s in very good order and everything looks good for a big campaign ahead. I actually rolled him after the trial session last weekend at Maryborough and he felt great, he’s very well within himself." Menin Gate is being prepared for the Vicbred Super Series and a possible Queensland Derby campaign before ending the season with the Australasian Breeders Crown series. The Vicbred Super Series Final is scheduled for July 4 at Melton. Eastman is looking at Vicbred Super Series heat on May 22 at Ballarat. “The Vicbred is the first priority for him this campaign," Eastman said. "The Queensland Derby is definitely on the radar because of two reasons, Lynette and I love going to Queensland and we have some very good friends up there, plus the prizemoney has been boosted greatly this year. “In fact, the whole carnival up there has been bolstered and we were looking at the $100,000 Nursery Fly race, but it is scheduled for the same night as the Vicbred Final. If things don’t go plan with the Vicbred series, at least we have a back-up plan. “The Queensland Derby is scheduled two weeks after the Vicbred series, so it fits in well. We’re planning on being there and we might even look at the Oaks with Morton Plains too because that prizemoney has also gone up.” Menin Gate has amassed close to $200,000 in stakes to date after winning seven of his nine starts. - CHRIS BARSBY

It is the best move I have made... That’s the call from harness racing owner Charlie Debono when discussing his decision to send promising pacer Another Safari to power couple Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. Debono co-owns Another Safari with his son, Brett. Since joining the duo’s stable Another Safari has won five of his seven starts, with a second and fourth also to his credit. The pacer’s latest victory came at Maryborough yesterday when he outstayed his rivals in 1:59.6 with Gavin Lang in the cart. “They are doing wonders with him,” Debono declared. “I couldn’t be happier. “He got crook on me as two-year-old and didn’t really recover from it even at three. “He had the better part of a year off and has now only come good again this season.” With no major targets in mind for the four-year-old, Debono stated he will leave all plans up to Stewart and Tonkin. “I’ve got no schedule for him,” Debono said. “It’s up to Emma and Clayton. “They’re doing a great job and there is no point in me interfering…that’s why you send them horses.” By former tough pacer Safar – which was also trained by Stewart and Tonkin – Another Safari is from Debono’s former top mare, Living Angel. A member of the Peter Manning team, Living Angel won 23 races, including the Ararat, Echuca, Stawell and St Arnaud Cups. At stud, Living Angel boasts two starters for two winners, with Debono training the mare’s first winner, Teejay Cullen. To Debono’s dismay, the gelding was limited to 28 starts, which netted five wins and three placings. While he is happy to have Another Safari at the Stewart/Tonkin base, Debono also enjoys training as a hobby. “I like to have one or two in work,” Debono said. A passionate industry supporter, Debono’s introduction into harness racing was unusual to say the least. Spending his younger days “riding hacks” around Melton, Debono first crossed paths with standardbreds when he noticed a trainer preparing one of his stable members and basically thought the man in question had lost the plot. “I was riding hacks at the time and we would go all over the place, but I saw a bloke going around and around in circles and I thought he was crazy,” Debono said. “As it turned out that bloke was Frank Scicluna in his Kams Revenge days and little did I know how good she was.” Debono then received the misleading advice that eventually changed his life and passion for the industry. “I had a mate of mine come up to me in the late 1980s when the country was going through the recession, and he said I should buy a harness horse as they are giving them away,” Debono declared. “So I went out and got a colt, which I named Amanadas Bear, and have been hooked since. “He never won a race, only running a few placings, but it was enough to get me right in. “I soon bought more horses and have had a lot of fun. “I like to do a bit of the training myself and now I’m the crazy bloke who goes around and around in circles as I work my horses.” PAUL COURTS

Riverina trained harness racing pacer Bettermatch was successful in the season's first two-year-old event at Maryborough on Thursday afternoon. What was so impressive is that the Kenneth J first starter stopped the clock at a 1:55.8 seconds mile rate for the 1680 metres. Driven by Nathan Jack Bettermatch is trained by Colin Thomas, the same man who puts the polish on smart pacer Business In Motion. Business In Motion took out the Leeton Breeders Plate final in 2013 and Thomas has his current star ready for the $25,000 event. "We always knew he was above average and I didn't travel 500km's to Maryborough just to give him a run," said Thomas. "He'd won his three trials and we hadn't really asked him for an effort. Today he was asked and he responded." Bettermatch will no doubt be set for the June 2015 NSW Breeders Challenge with eligibility provided by having a NSW based mare in Lively Match. The mare was purchased by Robert and Patricia Wakeman as a claimer for $1,500 at Junee in 2009. "I've paid him up for most of his races including the Bathurst Gold Crown," he said. Thomas said Business In Motion had had his fair share of issues in the past but is happy with where he is at. "I had a lot of trouble with him after suffering leg issues but he seems to be over that now," he said. Along with Business In Motion and Bettermatch Thomas has a further five 2YO's in the stable. "I like racing the two-year-olds early in the season; we take our time and get to know a bit about them, that's why I knew Bettermatch was ready today." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Classy harness racing performer Im Corzin Terror will be given a light week before continuing to follow the country cups circuit. Trainer Amanda Grieve revealed her plans following Im Corzin Terror’s tough victory in yesterday’s Maryborough Cup. That effort followed last week’s strong second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in the Kilmore Cup. Im Corzin Terror’s win also saw the son of Western Terror successfully defend his Maryborough Cup crown. “He’s had two pretty hard runs in the space of seven days, so I will likely give him a few days off now,” Grieve declared. “I will play it by ear when I see how he pulls up tomorrow. “At this stage he won’t go around in the Smoken Up Sprint next week.” As for the plans ahead, Grieve has marked the Cranbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo Cups on Im Corzin Terror’s agenda. Im Corzin Terror annexed last season’s Bendigo feature in stylish fashion. “The Cranbourne and Ballarat Cups in the first two weeks of December are the main aim with him now,” Grieve said. “After that he has the Bendigo Cup and maybe the Victoria and Hunter Cups as well. “In between I will find what I can and we’ll see how he goes.” Driven by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Im Corzin Terror was checked slightly soon after the start from his 20-metre back mark, which saw him caught three-wide as Highview Conall, Cut For An Ace and Hilltop Hustler led. Sent to the ‘death seat’, Im Corzin Terror received cover during the middle stages before being angled there-wide again at the bell. Quickly ranging up to the front runner, Im Corzin Terror sustained a strong sprint to complete a six-metre win from Hilltop Hustler, with Jaccka Clive a head away third. “That was a super run,” Grieve declared. “He went huge. “I was a little worried down the back as he had done so much work, but he just kept finding and did it easy in the end.” Covering the last half in 56.2 seconds, the seven-year-old rated 2:01 for the 2690-metre stand, with his time just four-tenths of a second outside Reba Rajah’s track record established in 2006. PAUL COURTS

Quite A Moment’s strong affiliation with Victorian harness racing’s trotting capital has continued. Already a feature race winner at Maryborough, Quite A Moment returned to the provincial circuit this afternoon to annex the club’s Trotters’ Cup. Quite A Moment’s two other appearances at Maryborough netted thirds in the Victoria Derby and Central Championship Final. As for her latest victory, the Ross Sugars-trained squaregaiter began badly from the tapes to settle at the tail of the field as Action Kosmos, then Kvintet Avenger led. Gaining a three-wide trail during the latter stages, Quite A Moment sprinted to an eye-catching metre-and-a-half win from Action Kosmos, with Kvintet Avenger three-and-a-half metres away third. With Sugars’ reinsman-son, Greg, in the cart, Quite A Moment rated 2:03.8 for the 2690-metre stand. Bridesmaid in four of her last seven starts – including last week’s Kilmore Trotters’ Cup – the daughter of Quite Easy broke a drought from the winners’ circle to take her record to 12 wins and 24 placings from 54 starts. Pleased with the five-year-old’s performance, Sugars will continue to aim Quite A Moment at the rich country cups circuit. PAUL COURTS

Reigning Maryborough Pacers’ and Trotters’ Cups champions Michael Thomas and Im Corzin Terror will return to defend their harness racing crowns. Michael Thomas is chasing consecutive wins as a squaregaiter, while Im Corzin Terror will be out to retain his pacing title. Michael Thomas led throughout for trainer Lisa Miles last year to account for Paparazzi Snapshot and Lightning Joy in the 2690-metre event. Successful off the front line, Michael Thomas, which is first-up from a 10-month spell, faces a 10-metre handicap this time around. The Kari Males-trained Tsonga is the only other handicapped runner and will share the back mark with Michael Thomas. Boasting four wins from five starts for trainer Brent Lilley, former European stallion, Kvintet Avenger remains the one to beat as he aims for his second Cup triumph of the season. Kvintet Avenger captured the Swan Hill Trotters’ Cup in fine style a fortnight ago. Lilley has a high opinion of the son of Love You and is working the six-year-old towards key targets such as the V L Dullard Cup and Great Southern Star. As for Im Corzin Terror’s task at hand, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding will have to overcome a large field and a 20-metre handicap. An eye-catching second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in last weekend’s Kilmore Cup, Im Corzin Terror is primed for a win after four runs this campaign. Like she did with Guaranteed, prominent horsewoman Emma Stewart will be looking to extend Im Corzin Terror’s bridesmaid status. Stewart, who prepares her team with Clayton Tonkin, will be represented by Hes Kinky and Goodtime Mike. Stewart is one of three trainers with dual representation, with Itdontmattertome and Highview Conall from the Amanda Turnbull stable, while Lance Justice has Im Barney Rubble and Machin Out engaged in the feature. PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing Victoria will pay out Vicbred bonuses totalling $46,000 to the winners of eight races at Maryborough this Thursday. The Maryborough Harness Racing Club will host a non-winners day for Vicbred eligible horses, with horses who are yet to record a win in their career racing for bolstered prizemoney thanks to HRV and race day sponsor Harness Breeders Victoria. Harness Breeders Victoria has contributed $250 towards the stake money for each race, while every successful owner on the day will receive a free winning photograph courtesy of the Maryborough club. HRV CEO John Anderson said the day provided owners and their maiden horses an opportunity to race for lucrative prizemoney. “These owners have paid up to be part of the Vicbred series however they haven’t won a race in the lucrative Super Series or received their first win bonus. By conducting this ‘maiden’ meeting connections now have the opportunity to race for substantial prizemoney,” Mr Anderson said. “The racing is sure to be ultra-competitive and we’re thankful also to Harness Breeders Vic for pitching in $250 to the stake money for each race, and the Maryborough club who will donate a photograph of the winner to each successful owner. “These bonuses are a great initiative and a very popular way to support our owners, who are the lifeblood of our great sport.” Maryborough club secretary/manager Les Chapman is looking forward to the “maiden race day”. “It’s wonderful to be able to give the owners of these horses, who are yet to win, the opportunity to win a race that carries significant prizemoney and provide them with a winning photo to hang on the wall and mark the occasion,” Chapman said. “This is the fourth time we’ve had the opportunity to run this meeting and it has always been very well supported. “It will be a very competitive day’s racing.” Great Western trainer/driver Michelle Wight says the non-winners day is a great initiative. “Absolutely brilliant,” she said. “It’s another opportunity for owners to pick some great prizemoney and being a Vicbred bonus it’s great to reward home-bred horses.” Wight will put the polish on three-year-old trotter Somebuddylikeyou, which broke several times on debut but still ran fourth at Maryborough first-up, and pint-sized filly Ithappensinvegas in the two-year-old pace. “I bred and own both horses so potentially it could be a huge pay day,” Wight quipped. “It’s a great initiative.” Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

The three best male two year old trotters in Australia landed in the same Breeders Crown heat at Maryborough this afternoon and the least favoured of the trio upset his more fancied competitors and made a real statement with the final only three weeks away. Shared Interest, a son of Angus Hall was a runners chance before todays race but now looms as a genuine winning chance on August 24th. Hot favourite Eljaykay Phoenix ($110,569) who had won his last six straight sped to the lead from barrier five for driver Joshua Aiken while Shared Interest and Nathan Jack lobbed the trail from barrier one. Illawong Armstrong ($49,012) who had won four from six this season before today, dropped back early from barrier seven for trainer/driver Jodi Quinlan. Eljaykay Phoenix upped the tempo with a lap to go at the same time that Illawong Armstrong tried to improve from well back in the field. Why he made it up to Eljaykay Phoenix's wheel at the 500 meters mark, the son of Majestic Son was under pressure soon after and turning for home Eljaykay Phoenix looked to have the race in safe keeping. However why all this was going on, Shared Interest had managed to hold the back of Eljaykay Phoneix and once they straightened for home he sprinted through on the inner to good effect for a notable victory.  It was the first victory for Shared Interest at just his third lifetime start and breathed some life back into the Breeders Crown final which up to today had appeared Eljaykay Phoneix's to lose. Shared Interest trotted the 2190 meters from the mobile in 2:46.8, a mile rate of 2:02.6 with smart closing sectionals of 57.6 and 28.8. Illawong Armstrong battled away in the home straight but was over 20 meters back in third. Angus Hall had a great day all round with his stylish 2 year old filly  Endsino winning her Breeders Crown heat comfortably earlier in the day. The way the heats are playing out, Angus Hall could be in for a huge day at the Breeders Crown finals.  Shared Interest Endsino Harnesslink media

Maryborough was a happy hunting ground for trainer Andy Gath today – the Long Forest harness racing horseman qualifying two horses for the two-year-old trotting fillies Breeders Crown final. Gath’s rising stars Endsino (by Angus Hall out of Jauriol) and Naked Majesty (by Majestic Son out of Starcus) both saluted in their crown heats, with Andy’s wife Kate driving both winners. Endsino started long odds-on in her heat and never looked like getting rolled, leading all the way in a mile rate of 2:04.2 to score a 7.7-metre win over Glenferrie Burn. Naked Majesty won by 3.3m in her heat, overpowering early leader Meadow Valley Road late in the race. Gath sat quietly aboard Naked Majesty behind the leader, the filly peeling to the outside in the stretch to win in a rate 2:05.7. Fabrication recorded a half-neck win in the second heat of the two-year-old colts and geldings crown, defying a fierce challenge from runner-up Kyvalley Boomerang in the home stretch. Driven by Daryl Douglas for Tatura trainer David Abrahams, Fabrication found the front early and controlled the race before Kyvalley Boomerang launched his claim late. Kyvalley Boomerang got on terms with the leader 100 metres from home but it wasn’t to be, the early leader kicking on gamely to earn a ticket into the crown final. King of the trotters, Chris Lang, prevailed victorious with One Over Da Moon in the three-year-old trotters second heat. The colt by Majestic Son cruised around the field early to find the lead before going to the line with a 2.1-metre advantage over runner-up Four Lillies, with underrated Coimadai Lodge hitting the line hard out wide for third. Shared Interest announced himself a major player in the two-year-old colts and geldings’ division with a comfortable heat win over race favourite Eljaykay Phoenix. Driven by Nathan Jack, Shared Interest cruised up to the long odds-on elect at the 400m, eventually peeling into the sprint lane to shoot clear for a 3.3m win. Eljaykay Phoenix battled on for second, but has clearly come back to his rivals somewhat after dominating throughout the Vicbred Super Series, while Illawong Armstrong was third beaten 22.1m. Our Twentyten took out the final Breeders Crown heat for the day, the Brent Lilley trained and Rodney Petroff driven son of Muscles Yankee 3.7 metres too strong for Claudys Princess in their three-year-olds heat. Filly Claudys Princess punched the breeze throughout and battled on gamely for second, while Asdenro secured a beaut run on the leader’s back and was a clear third. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) and 90A(2.9)(a) against licensed trainer Mr Anthony Peacock and ARHR 196A(1)(ii), 190(1), 204, 187(2) and 239A against licensed stablehand Mr Chris Hillman.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Peacock and Mr Hillman related to a post-race urine sample taken from the horse ‘Azumah The Booma’ after it finished first in Race 6 the ‘Central Goldfields Shire 3YO Pace’ at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. Mr Peacock was the registered trainer of the horse at this time and Mr Hillman had been authorised to present the horse to race at Maryborough on behalf of Mr Peacock. ARHR 190(3) reads as follows: If a person is left in charge of a horse and the horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1), the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample collected from ‘Azumah The Booma’ revealed the sample contained the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone Hemisuccinate. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in Sydney reported confirmation of these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. Mr Peacock pleaded not guilty to the charge under ARHR 190(1), however was subsequently found guilty to the charge. After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6,000 upon Mr Peacock. Mr Peacock was fined a further $250 under ARHR 90A(2.9)(a) for failing to ensure Mr Hillman had held an appropriate licence prior to and on 24 April 2014.  Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 190 and ARHR 196A(1)(ii), which reads as follows; A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance: (ii) which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. Mr Hillman made admissions during the investigation to the administration of the product solu-cortef approximately 48 hours prior to Azumah The Booma racing at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. After considering submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a disqualification of Mr Hillman’s licence for a period of 6 months. Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to ARHR 204 for carrying out the duties of a stablehand for a considerable period of time leading up to and including 24 April 2014, whilst not being the holder of a relevant licence. The HRV RAD Board imposed a disqualification of Mr Hillman’s licence for a period of 1 month, which was ordered to be served concurrently with the disqualification imposed under ARHR 196A(1)(ii). Mr Hillman pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 187(2) for giving false information to stewards when initially interviewed by HRV Stewards on 16 May 2014 where he advised that he was unable to explain the presence of the prohibited substance in the urine sample collected from ‘Azumah The Booma’. For this offence, the RAD Board imposed a fine of $1000. Mr Hillman also pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 239A for failing to advise Mr Peacock of the administration of solu-cortef, which has led to a breach of the Australian Rules of Harness Racing as the treatment failed to be recorded in Mr Peacock’s log book. For this offence the RAD Board imposed a fine of $250. Under ARHR 195, the HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Azumah The Booma' be  disqualified from Race 6 at Maryborough on 24 April 2014. Harness Racing Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board

Harness racing fans have a soft spot for Master Kiesey – and why wouldn’t you? The 13-year-old won his 19th race on Saturday at Maryborough’s non-TAB meeting, defeating Ballan Road by 3.4m in a rate of 2:08.9 over 2190m. Driven by Grant Campbell, Master Kiesey stepped superbly and led from start to finish at start number 310. “He’s been a great horse for us,” trainer Brian Kiesey said. “He’s as sound as a bell and he’s enjoying life and enjoying his races. He still gets around all the yearlings at home and gives them hell,” he quipped. Kiesey said Master Kiesey would race on next season as a 14-year-old. “We don’t knock him about. You never see him get hit with the whip. He eats well and he loves his racing,” he said. Kiesey said his philosophy was to give horses plenty of time to find their feet before taking them to the racetrack. He pointed to a trotter he is working with at the moment who has been in work for three years but is yet to race. “She’s never been to the track. When I first got her she was a lunatic. But now she’s easy to drive and she’s going to be pretty good when we get her to the racetrack.” He also mentioned Apple Beach, which he acquired from the Jayne Davies stable before turning her into a trotter. “I’ve just had to teach her to trot,” he said. “That’s what this season is all about. Next season will be about her winning races. “It took 18 months to get Apple Beach going, but now she’s leading and getting away nicely in races.” Despite her poor strike rate (one win from 50 starts), optimistic Kiesey says punters should keep following the daughter of Life Sign. “She’s the best horse I’ve had in 35 years. Next year it’ll be about her winning races.” By Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

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