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Victorian harness racing trainer Brent Lilley will aim two of his rising trotting stars at the NSW Oaks and Derby in the coming weeks at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The former kiwi horseman had Daenerys Targaryen in this week's Oaks and despite not racing since December 2013 he is confident of a strong showing. "I was undecided on whether to nominate her but I was told they were looking for fillies for the Oaks and after my filly's strong performance at the trials last week I thought she would be up to it," Lilley said. "She trialled at Melton on May 12, she finished second behind Stunning Jasper but the margin between them was only a half head, she hit the line full or running which was good to see because she is coming back from a pulled muscle in her back." Daenerys Targaryen won the Redwood Classic at Maryborough last season when trained by Mark Purdon. "She has plenty of ability and to get her ready for this campaign she has been doing plenty of work on the treadmill and I have also had her doing plenty of swimming as well." "After the NSW Oaks I will concentrate on the Victoria Oaks as well." Stablemate and New Zealand Northern Trotting Derby placegetter Twentyten will be aimed at the NSW Trotting Derby. "He is a very talented trotter, he beat the best in New Zealand before he ran third in the Northern Derby and I think he is going to be very competitive in any race he competes in here in Australia." "He will go towards the Victorian Derby after he races in Sydney and then I will get him ready for the Breeders Crown so he has still got a few features to go before the end of the season." The Gr. 1 NSW Trotting Derby will be held on Saturday May 31 at Tabcorp Park Menangle. By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing  

Lovers of the squaregaiter will be enthralled by Wednesday’s meeting at Maryborough – home of The Redwood, when six of the nine races on the program are for trotters.  With Redwood Day (July 20) not all that far away, the program will feature four races for the Two Year Olds – two heats for Fillies and Two for the Colts & Geldings of the $10,325 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic over 1690 metres, with some beautifully bred youngsters facing the starter for the first time.  No doubt connections will be eagerly looking forward to participating in the big race should they perform admirably.   Heats of the $7,505 Glenferrie Farm Sweetheart Trotters Mobile for four and five year olds - T0 Only and T1 to T3 class over 2190 metres will also be an attraction on the day.  The T1 to T3 class sees Dizzyinterest, Pride Of Sundon, Frances Annie, Rosemma and I Dreamt It all do battle in an interesting contest which is race eight on the program – last leg of the Quaddie.  Racing commences at 12.22pm.  At Ballarat on Wednesday evening, race seven – the Brett Knight Pace for C6 & C7 class over 2200 metres which is the third leg of the Quaddie and second leg of the Daily Double highlight’s the meeting.  Here we see a clash of the Emma Stewart pair Johnny Quid and Hes Kinky doing battle against former stablemate Fearless Leader and Andy Gath’s Quadentate, plus Narra Operative which returned to form when a huge second at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday.  By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)  

The 2014 edition of the Breeders Crown Series kicks off early in June as heats begin Australasia wide. Interstate and New Zealand heats are being held prior to the Victorian ones, with June 6 being the commencement date as the Three  Year Old Colts & Geldings and Two Year Old Fillies do battle at Port Pire. A week later June 13, sees the Two Year Old Colts & Geldings and Three Year Old Fillies compete at Globe Derby Park, while the Two Year Old Trotting Colts & Geldings and Two Year Old Fillies step out at Addington, along with the Three Year Old Trotters. Other Heats are to be held all over the country and New Zealand through to August 4 – see schedule in the June/July Harness Racer. The first Victorian Heats are listed as : Two Year Old Colts & Geldings  -   Shepparton July 29 Two Year Old Fillies  -  Ballarat July 26 Three Year Old Colts & Geldings - Bendigo July 31 Three Year Old Fillies  - Kilmore July 30 Two Year Old Trotters (C & G)  - Maryborough August 4 Two Year Old Trotters (Fillies)  - Maryborough August 4 Three Year Old Trotters  - Maryborough August 4 Repechages will be held on August 6, 7 & 14 for various sexes at Geelong, Kilmore & Maryborough All Semi-Finals will be held on August 16 at Ballarat All Consolations will be held on August 21 & 22 at Tabcorp Park Melton The huge Grand Final Day at Tabcorp Park Melton for all classes will be Sunday August 24 Following a sensational day at Bray Raceway Ballarat last year, the Ballarat Trotting Club are delighted to once again retain the hosting of  the Semi-Finals. All categories will create great interest and those to watch out for include : FOUR YEAR OLDS  Adore Me, Chilli Palmer, Flaming Flutter, Bliss Man, Frith, Im Smouldering, Nowitski and Blitzthemcalder. THREE YEAR OLDS Bling It On, Asendro, Bespoke Artist, One Over Da Moon, Motor Smoker, Niki Franco, Hectorjayjay, Barynya, Claudys Princess, Mindarie Priddy, Major Crocker, Whereibylong and Claudys Princess. TWO YEAR OLDS Kept Under Wraps, Padrisimo, Queen Of Pop, Rosie Oreilly, Alta Orlando, Joannes A Delight, Linda Lovegrace and Follow The Stars. To view the heat schedule click here:  http://www.breederscrown.com.au/abc/index.cfm/2014-series/race-schedule/ By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)

HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Ahmed Taiba. Mr Taiba pleaded guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 173(1) that reads: A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates. The particulars of the charge being that in Race 2 at the Wedderburn meeting at Maryborough on 20 January  2012 Mr Taiba placed a win bet on the horse Wahush, via a Betfair betting account listed in his name, when he then drove Wahush in the relevant race. After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $1500. Mr Taiba also pleaded guilty to a charge under ARHR 239A that reads as follows: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charge being that during the period of February 2009 to November 2013, Mr Taiba was at all relevant times the account holder of 3 separate wagering accounts with Sportsbet, Betfair and Tabcorp. During this period, Mr Taiba was negligent in allowing the access and use of such accounts to family members and or associates for betting purposes, when Mr Taiba then participated as a driver in such races. After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $500. In imposing each penalty, the HRV RAD Board acknowledged Mr Taiba’s guilty plea, co-operation in relation to the investigation and a previous unblemished record in 20 years as a licensed participant in the harness racing industry. HRV RAD Board Hearing – Alison Chisholm HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed ‘A’ Grade Trainer Mrs Alison Chisholm. 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 Mrs Chisholm related to a pre-race blood sample taken from the horse ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ prior to it competing in Race 3, the ‘Stan & Bernice Lythgo Pacers Handicap’, at Maryborough on 20 February 2014.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample collected from ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’’ revealed the sample contained a prohibited substance, that being alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to the charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $7,000 fine upon Mrs Chisholm.  In imposing this penalty, the HRV RAD Board noted Mrs Chisholm’s early guilty plea, co-operation with the investigating Stewards and clean record over a period in excess of 20 years as a licensed participant. Under ARHR 195, the HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ be disqualified from Race 3 conducted at Maryborough on 20 February 2014. Harness Racing Australia

The ALDEBARAN PARK NATIONAL MONTE SERIES continues at Maryborough on Monday Afternoon. Daryl Douglas (17 points) continues to make ground on injured leading rider Haley Toulmin (23 points) with another win on MOTU YOUNG JACOB on Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star Night and Douglas has the chance to make further ground on old-timer ANDYS FAVOURITE on Monday. From limited opportunities champion Danish rider Nicole Marsing holds third place on the table with nine points. With seven races to go the race for leading rider is well and truly alive, where the winner will receive a trip to Scandinavia courtesy of Aldebaran Park. Tune in to RSN or catch the action on SKY at 1:16pm on Monday afternoon. H Toulmin 23 D Douglas 17 N Marsing 9 Y Lagarde 6 M Gee 5 M Campbell 4 B Wood 2 M Jaques 1 B Carey 1 M Crosby 1 C Sutherland 1        

With the announcement last week by the Premier the Hon. Dr. Dennis Napthine that the Victorian Government have extended further funding support to the VICBRED Platinum program, details are now finalised with regard to the inaugural running of the VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series. The additional series has been designed in consultation with Harness Breeders Victoria and the Victorian State Government and will specifically support Victorian bred and branded 2YO & 3YO horses who are yet to win stakes above a prescribed total stakes threshold of $6,000 at acceptance time for the heats (excluding VICBRED First Win Bonuses). Stakes for the races will be spread more broadly with winners taking 50% of the total stake and the balance shared down to last, ensuring that stakes are shared at the grass roots. The inaugural VICBRED Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Series, to be conducted in May, will comprise of divisions for colts & geldings and fillies, and will be run for both pacers and trotters. Due to the requirement to conduct this new series within the current financial year and an already congested feature race schedule, the Tatlow series will be relocated and be run later in the season at a time yet to be confirmed. Each division of the new series will comprise of $10,325 Heats into $50,000 Finals. The schedule for the inaugural series will be as follows: Thursday 8 May (Bendigo) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Heats ($10,325) Thursday 15 May (Geelong @ Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 16 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) Wednesday 21 May (Maryborough) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings and 2YO Trotting Fillies Heats ($10,325) Friday 23 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Pacing Fillies Final ($50,000) Friday 30 May (Tabcorp Park) - 2YO Trotting Colts & Geldings Final ($50,000) and 2YO Trotting Fillies Final ($50,000) To compete horses will need to be VICBRED Platinum eligible (VICBRED and Branded in Victoria) and must not have won more than $6,000 in total stakes at acceptance time for the heats. The inclusion of this new 2YO series and a similar 3YO series in September will see an additional $750,000 allocated to the VICBRED Platinum Program over the next 2 years. This is over and above the already successful VICBRED Platinum Country Series, Mares Sprint Championship Series and Metropolitan races. By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria)

Former New Zealander Unico Crown was again the victor in Heat Two of the prestigious Tontine Series for Trotters T0 or better class over 2590 metres at Stawell on Monday February 3. A winner of the first round heat at Geelong on January 27, Unico Crown was again eligible to compete due to a paucity of numbers accepting for the race and scored in almost identical fashion. Trained at Lara by Dean Braun and driven by Chris Alford, Unico Crown as he did at Geelong began swiftly from the 10-metre mark to lead and was never headed, defeating Craig Demmler’s smart gelding Glenferrie Typhoon which raced outside him for the majority of the trip when first up since August, going down by 3.6 metres in a rate of 2-08.9, with Will Atone (20 metres) 44.1 metres away in third place after making a mistake hitting the back straight on the final occasion. Unico Crown four year old gelded son of Monarchy and Sunny Gem will now head to the $7,000 Semi-Finals to be conducted at Terang this Sunday, with the $30,000 Final to take place at Ballarat on February 14. Last season’s very smart Yankee Spider/Rockolina gelding Miracle resumed in the Grampians Estate 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap  over 2175 metres and as expected was untroubled to score. Trained and driven by Bolinda’s Chris Alford for owner Dolores Murphy, Miracle an almost faultless trotter, led throughout from the pole, winning with something in hand over Bacardi Breeze which trailed, moving to the outside on turning to fail by 1.5 metres in a rate of 2-10.8. No Trumps No Glory (three back along the markers last lap was a further 16.5 metres away in third spot. Miracle hadn’t been seen since finishing fourth in The Redwood at Maryborough on July 14. Mingbool (Mount Gambier) trainer/driver David Drury has a terrific strike rate when he crosses the border and landed the Renown Silverware Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1780 metres with four year old Blissful Hall/Art For Art Sake gelding Big Gorilla. Driven with aggression from gate two, Big Gorilla led throughout to record a 4.8 metre victory in 1-59.4 over Evil Trickster which raced outside him, with Jerry Marshall (one/one) dropping down to use the sprint lane on straightening to finish third 1.8 metres away. Heywood co-trainers Kevin Brough and Bec East have their team firing on all fours at present and snared the Brian Gunnell Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 1780 metres with ever reliable Total Truth/Mama Tembu gelding Always Wantano in a rate of 2-00.8. Starting from the extreme draw, driver Matt Craven sent Always Wantano forward from near last racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker My Mach Scooter for the final circuit. Gaining the upper hand on straightening, Always Wantano scored by 3.4 metres in advance of Bungalally Boy which trailed the leader easing wide on turning, with My Mach Scooter weakening to finish third a head away. The Kaye Matthews Tribute a C1 class race over 2175 metres named in honour of the late Kaye Matthews an administrator with the club for a number of years, went the way of Long Forest trainer Andy Gath’s most consistent Mach Three/Fingers Crossed four year old mare Lems Cameo. Driven by wife Kate, Lems Cameo (gate four) made an unsuccessful bid for the front running as the mobile gate pulled away, but couldn’t head off Sorority Sister (gate two). Gaining cover shortly after when Cullen Time moved to race in the open, Lems Cameo enjoyed a perfect passage. Easing three wide in the last lap, Lems Cameo sprinted sharply to lead on the home turn, before racing away to record a 12.8 metre victory from Franco Seelster from last off a three wide trail in the final circuit, with Additallup flying home late for third after being shuffled back from three back the markers when Beau Ciel ahead of him was held up for a clear passage. The mile rate 2-02.7. Childers Cove duo Ange and Clare McDowell made a long awaited return to the winners list, when four year old Blissful Hall/Childers Elite gelding Masterofthurles (unplaced in six starts prior) greeted the judge in the Mussett Upholstery Pace for C0 class over 1780 metres. Despite racing without cover from gate three for the entire trip, Masterofthurles outstayed his rivals in defeating Glenway Hustler which led and Rose Devine (one/one) in a rate of 2-01. Great Western’s Michelle Wight was victorious with Armbro Operative/If Iseeyouinheaven five year old mare Shanira in the Pyrenees Smallgoods Pace for C1 class over 1780 metres. Given every opportunity one/one from gate five, Shanira when eased three wide at the straight entrance, finished best to score by a half neck over a death-seating Khaleesi and Tipperary Seelster which led in a rate of 2-01. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Semi-Final day of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships hosted by the St Arnaud HRC at Charlton on January 15, were impacted by scratchings resulting in small fields contesting a number of the races due to the extreme heat conditions prevailing all throughout the State. Four runners contested the first Pacers Semi, with victory going to four year old Union Guy/Bold Sapphire gelding Sapphire Swayze for Riddell trainer Adam Kelly and stand in reinsman John Caldow. Enjoying a sweet passage trailing the leader and favourite Bushrod with both horses coming from the 10 metre mark, Sapphire Swayze when eased away from the markers in the last lap, sprinted like a gazelle to lead running into the final bend to defeat the rank outsider Red Riverbed along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Bushrod a disappointing third after hanging away from the inside in the last lap. The mile rate 2-08.3. Semi number two consisted of seven starters, with Orrvale trainer Steven Duffy’s above average four year old McCardle/Nuclearaccelerator gelding Almost El Eagle greeting the judge in 2-01.3. Driven by John Caldow, Almost El Eagle stepped cleanly from barrier three to trail the surprise pole line leader Dynamite Dude, with Boyz Talk being sent forward after a slow beginning from 10 metres to park in the open. Charging home along the sprint lane, Almost El Eagle coasted to the wire 2.9 metres in advance of Nimble Jack (one/one – three wide last lap), with Dynamite Dude weakening to finish third 2.9 metres away. The first Semi of the Trotters saw only six starters, with Junortoun trainer/driver Scott Dyer’s four year old Bacardi Lindy/Oh Yes Indeed gelding The Boss man an impressive victor. Slowly away from barrier two, The Boss Man settled three back along the inside, with the favourite Unico Crown bounding straight to the front from the pole. Given an easy time by Chris Alford, Unico Crown always looked the one to beat judging on his brilliant heat performance at Bendigo. The other highly fancied candidate Quite A Moment (last season’s Breeders Crown winner) possied five back along the markers from a 30 metre backmark, moving to be one/one at the bell when The Boss Man eased away from the inside. Ambling up to Unico Crown on the home turn, The Boss Man was strong at the finish even though the margin was only a head, scoring in a rate of 2-07. Quite A Moment finished 10.1 metres away in third place. Six also contested the second Semi with the winner being Bendigo trainer David Van Ryn’s four year old Bacardi Lindy/Belstar gelding Belmac Cody much to the delight of Pyramid Hill resident Teddy Carmody and partners. Driven by Haydon Gray nephew of the trainer, Belmac Cody galloped away from the pole, settling three back along the markers in a strung out field with the roughie Featherfoot Sun leading from barrier two, being trailed by 20 metre marker Man Of The World. Taken back a spot mid-race after Invasive made a lightning move from four back the markers to assume control from Man Of The World which had moved around Featherfoot Sun, Belmac Cody left the markers to race in the open at the bell. Pushed three wide in the last lap when Invasive shifted ground enabling Man Of The World to lead into the straight, Belmac Cody ran to the wire strongly to score from Man Of The World and Invasive in a mile rate of 2-07.5 Both Finals each worth $25,000 will be held at Maryborough next Monday January 20. Unfortunately several horses will miss out on a spot due to their non penalty scratching from the Semi’s due to the heat. Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

CENTRAL VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE AT MARYBOROUGH Heats three of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships continued at the Wedderburn HRC fixture held at Maryborough on Monday January 6, with Sapphire Swayze taking the C2 or better class pacers division over 2190 metres and Mallee Trapper the T0 or better class trotters over 2690 metres. Four year old Union Guy/Bold Sapphire gelding Sapphire Swayze was ultra impressive in his victory, returning a mile rate of 2-01.6 for the standing stat event. Trained by Adam Kelly at his new Riddell complex, Sapphire Swayze first up since June with stable reinsman Gavin Lang aboard, stepped cleanly from 10 metres to settle four back along the markers in a strung out field, with pole marker Whata Avenue pouncing straight to the front as the tapes released. Easing away from the inside to park in the open racing for the bell, Sapphire Swayze in a twinkling of an eye exploded to the front in the back straight with the race safely in his keeping. With Lang just sitting there in the straight, Sapphie Swayze coasted to the wire 4.8 metres in advance of Whata Avenue who struck to her task well, with Boyz Torque (three wide last lap) a further 10 metres away in third place after a tardy beginning. Popular Portarlington trainer Gary Bailey a devoted follower of the squaregaiter, received a boost when home bred six year old Wind Cries Maori/Trappers Girl gelding snared the trotters division. Driven by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Mallee Trapper was quick to begin from a 30 metre handicap, going forward to surprisingly arrest the lead away from the last start Melton winner Invasive at the judge on the first occasion. Rated to perfection, Mallee Trapper defied all challengers to defeat the co 50 metre backmarker Loveyougoodboy (three wide last lap) by 1.1 metres, with Invasive a disappointing third after having every chance along the sprint lane a half head away in third place. The mile rate 2-05.8. Gary has been recuperating from a more than painful knee operation. Semi-Finals will be held at the St Arnaud HRC meeting at Charlton on Wednesday January 15, with the Finals at Maryborough five days later on Monday January 20. One of the highlights of the day was the victory of exciting Blissful Hall/Weona Rena four year old entire Bliss Man in the Wedderburn Motel Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres. Trained in the western part of the state at Hawkesdale (Hamilton District) by Graham Gee for wife Christine, Bliss Man again taking a concession for Terang’s Jason Lee was quickly away from inside the second line to press forward and park outside the pacemaker Aleppo Tiger (gate two). Pouring on the pressure in the last lap, Bliss Man cruised to the front on the final bend to score by 4.9 metres in a rate of 1-55.6 over Our Eastwood Cullen (four wide last lap) from near last, with Aleppo Tiger holding down third 3 metres away. It was Bliss Man’s 9th victory in 15 race appearances, the last six in succession. By Len Baker for Harness Racing Victoria

Maryborough in Central Victoria - home of the trotter held a 10 event card on Monday December 23 which featured no less than five events devoted to the squaregaiter. Redwood winner Daenerys Targaryen returned to the winners list in the Highland Heavy Games 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres. Now in the care of Brent Lilley at Bolinda, Daenerys Targaryen with Greg Sugars in the sulky wasn't pushed at the start from gate six, before striding clear to lead for the majority of the trip, defeating Sister Of Sonoko (one/one at bell) from near last by 2.4 metres, with the first starter Maybelina using the sprint lane from four back the markers to finish third. The mile rate 2-06.4. St Arnaud trainer Brian Kiesey provided an upset result when six year old Life Sign/Abby Beach mare Apple Beach scored in the Showstoppers @ Princess Park New Years Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2190 metres, paying Supertab odds of $59.00. Driven by Michael Bellman, Apple Beach having her first outing in almost 12 months (January 7 2013), galloped away from the extreme draw settling at the tail of the field along with The Yankee Clipper which was badly away and Pride Of Sundon who was slow to begin, with the hot favourite Rosemma leading from gate three. Still last prior to the home turn, Apple Beach produced a barnstorming finish out wide to blouse Rosemma by a head in 2-08.1 which surrendered to Pride Of Sundon mid-race before easing off his back on turning. Tommy Kay (three back the markers at bell) used the sprint lane to finish third. The Highland Dancing Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres went the way of five year old Goodboytruscott/Truscott Photo gelding Loveyougoodboy for Muckleford trainer Chris Angove. Trotting faultlessly on this occasion after making several mistakes in recent outings, Loveyougoodboy starting from a 40 metre equal backmark with Im Demimondaine, was immediately sent forward by Josh Duggan to park outside the front line pacemaker Kingofthedesert. Taking care of the leader approaching the home turn with Im Demimondaine issuing a challenge, Loveyougoodboy prevailed by 3.9 metres in a rate of 2-05.4, with A Stylish Jewel (three back the markers) third. Sutton Grange trainer Ross Graham's improving Zooma/ImaBarbie Girl five year old gelding Brother Of Sonoko broke his maiden status at start number six, when successful in the Side Show Alley New Years Day Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-05.1. Given a lovely trip one/one from gate two for Daryl Douglas with the hot favourite Hachashaq leading from the pole, Brother Of Sonoko when eased three wide on the final bend, raced clear on straightening to record an easy 8.3 metre victory in advance of My Turn My Turn from last, with Redcavier third after following the winner throughout. Seven year old Grinfromeartoear/Hyclass Souix mare Paparazzi Snapshot recorded her 8th victory in 54 outings by taking the Chieftain Andy Brumby Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres. Starting from the 40 metre mark after taking a mares concession, Paparazzi Snapshot with Kerryn Manning in the sulky, wasn't bustled in the early stages, settling at the rear of the field as the polemarker Mygreekkalesa stepped to the front at barrier rise. Moving three wide in the last lap, Paparazzi Snapshot proved much too strong for Gluteus Major off a three wide trail last lap and Idle Suntime which followed the pair home. The mile rate 2-04.3. By Len Baker                                                            

The first thing that strikes you when you take a close look at the credentials of Bacardi Lindy is how beautifully bred he is. By one of the all-time great sires and now sire of sires in SJ’s Photo, Bacardi Lindy is the first foal from the brilliant Valley Victory mare in Rum Boogie a USTA 2 Year Old filly of her year (T3 1:55 $900,000). Sold at Tattersall’s for $115,000 as a yearling, he was followed through the ring by the next three foals of Rum Boogie who all made over $100,000 with one Lindys Chosen One making $235,000. Troubled throughout his racing career by an injury sustained as a yearling, he still managed to take a best time of US1:52,4 and earn in excess of $200,000 in a short racetrack career. Imported down under straight off the racetrack by Ross Simpson from Karamea Farms, he served good books in his first two seasons at stud which resulted in foal crops of 48 and 28. At this time Ross Simpson decided to relocate to Canterbury in NZ and took Bacardi Lindy with him. Standing at the famous Roydon Lodge alongside the two leading trotting sires in NZ in Sundon and Monarchy made getting mares very difficult for the unproven sire. In his first year in NZ he served 25 and 13 in Australia, while in his second he served just 13 in NZ and 12 in Australia.  At this point, with his stock starting to show up in Australia, Bacardi Lindy was relocated to Morley Park in Victoria and with the success that his first two crops have had, it was a wise move. With his oldest crop just turned four, he has already had 17 starters from that crop including such smart trotters as The Boss Man ($48,000) Bellmac Kody ($35,000) Basil Knight ($20,000) and Lochaber ($17,000). And from his second smaller crop of now 3 year-olds (28) he has had eight starters including the very smart Claudys Princess ($51,000) who won 3 of 5 as a 2 year-old including a defeat of the New Zealand two-year-old of the year Daenerys Targaryen in a Breeders Crown heat at Maryborough, also the promising Barefoot Sally who has had two wins from two starts this season.  Bacardi Lindy’s promising start to his siring career has been recognised by Australian breeders last season by attracting a book of 91 mares, the most of any Trotting stallion in Australia by 46 mares. Taking everything into account, Bacardi Lindy has made a very promising start to his siring career and the future looks bright for this speedy BLUE BLOOD. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire

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  

Peter Manning’s Armbro Invasion/Free Rider 3-Y-0 gelding Weregonnarock brought up four wins in a row by taking out the Seelite Windows & Doors Vicbred Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Friday November 22, but not before giving his supporters heart flutters. In what was a superb performance, Weregonnarock galloped away from the pole as the start was effected settling a long last, with Thekiwikid working to the front. Commencing a forward move three wide racing for the bell, Weregonnarock was left on a limb until he exploded to the front on the final bend and raced away to record a brilliant 18.6 metre victory in advance of Ships Shui (three back the markers) and Ballan Road from mid-field in a rate of 2-03. Western District (Hawkesdale) trainer Graham Gee’s very smart Blissful Hall/Weona Rena 4-Y-0 entire Bliss Man chalked up his 6th victory when successful in the Redpath Tyres & Battery Service Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres. Taking a concession for Terang young gun Jason Lee, Bliss Man was sent forward from outside the front row to lead for the majority of the trip in easily accounting for Zedaguy which trailed after leading out, with Rosy Ogrady Lombo (one/one) last lap third. The mile rate 1-55.1. Jason was to finish the day with a double after piloting cousin Matt Craven’s Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Real Desire/Explosive Franco gelding Dont Tell Jim to victory in the Bristol Hill Motor Inn Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres. First up since July, Dont Tell Jim enjoyed a cosy passage on the back of the leader Rapid Art Beat after the favourite Bettor Move galloped in the back straight on the first occasion. \Using the sprint lane, Dont Tell Jim sailed to the front in the shadows of the post to score from the pacemaker and a death-seating Exsalont in a rate of 2-00.6. Congupna trainer Danny Ferris has a potential top liner in Bacardi Lindy/Strapon filly Barefoot Sally who made it two from three when successful in the Yield Boko @ Aldebaran Park 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres. Driven by Chris Lang (Jnr), Barefoot Sally starting solo on the second row, possied one/one trailing the favourite Spidergrace (gate six) which shadowed the pacemaker Riegle Deception (gate four). Easing wide on straightening as Spidergrace got the better of the leader, Barefoot Sally ran home stylishly to register a 1.2 metre victory over Spidergrace, with Rumbaron third after trailing the front runner. The mile rate 2-03.8. Eight year old Dream Vacation/Maori Princess gelding Maori Vacation snared the Red Samurai Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2190 metres for veteran Stanhope trainer Malcolm Shaw. Driven by Gavin Lang, Maori Vacation first up since August settled mid-field in the moving line after starting from 20 metres, with old timer Kingofthedesert leading from the pole. Set alight three wide racing for the bell, Maori Vacation had little difficulty in parking outside the leader and was always travelling kindly. Surging to the front approaching the home turn, Maori Vacation had plenty in hand at the finish, winning by 1.7 metres from Balletto (four wide home turn after a bad beginning) and Imagunnadogood (three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-06. The Adam Kelly/Gavin Lang (Coimadai) combination were successful with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 In The Pocket/Lite Jade mare Lite Jagermeister in the Maryborough & District Advertiser Pace for C5 & C6 class over 1690 metres. Taking advantage of a mares concession, Lite Jagermeister (gate four) was sent forward to obtain the front running racing for the bell off the pole marker Night Affair. Travelling smoothly for the rest of the journey, Lite Jagermeister coasted to the wire 5.3 metres in advance of Night Affair in a rate of 1-56.3, with The Unionist (three wide last lap from last) running home strongly for third. Len Baker

At long last it was “cheers‘nbeers” time for the members of the Orange & Green syndicate when their 5yo mare Metrofromelle scored a solid victory at Stawell on Monday afternoon, in the Stanley Anyon Memorial C1 Pace Final.  It’s been a long time waiting for many members of the syndicate which last tasted success with Slammin Stan at Maryborough, way back in December 2007. Sam ran a few minor placings after that then headed off to SA but in the years since, the owners had had their patience severely tested, trying out a number of (sorry, too slow) horses with trainer Ashleigh Herbertson. A couple of months ago, the Herbertson team suggested the syndicate take on a going horse that was showing consistent form out on the racetrack. So at the end of September, Metrofromelle remained in her Burrumbeet stable but became the new hope of the Orange & Green after being purchased from her breeders, Equine Body Therapy Pty. Ltd. From 7 starts since, the black daughter of Metropolitan and Elleovalooka has continued her honest efforts with a victory, 3 seconds and a fourth and hopefully, plenty more fun to come. And just for the record, the syndicate, consisting of Coughlin Park lawn bowlers, West Side Horsham regulars and their family/friends; includes Dennis Wade, Ian Ryan, Titch Thompson, Howard Schier, Athol Cowan, Neville Marra, Col Henry, Vin Mellington, Kevin Cramer, John Robertson, Tim Nihill, Craig Decker, Pat Hennessy, Wally Besselaar, Jarrod Logan, Luke Besselaar, Ken Schurmann, Tony Logan and manager, Arch Besselaar. With Terang reinsman Glen Craven taking the reins, Metrofromelle began smartly from gate 4 and raced kindly outside the leader Beau Ciel throughout, but still proved too strong over the final stages. The mare finished 3 metre clear of Venus Williams (Greg Sugars) with Beau Ciel (Emma Hamblin) battling on for third in a rate of 1:57.8 for the 1780 metre trip. Monday’s event honoured the memory of the late Stan Anyon, who was a both a quiet achiever and true legend of the Stawell Harness Racing Club. The former trainer, driver & farrier was instrumental in the formation of the Club in 1956 and gave more than 50 years of outstanding service as a committee member, volunteer & track curator, before his passing in 2009. All going well, Metrofromelle will return to Laidlaw Park for the twilight, Stawell Cups fixture, on Sunday December 1st to contest a heat of Vicbred Platinum Mares Championship. TONY LOGAN

Underrated Great Western trainer Warren Bird has picked up a smart performer by the name of Death Defying which greeted the judge in the Sign Online Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2175 metres at the Stawell HRC fixture on Monday November 18. A recent addition which scored for the stable on debut at Maryborough on November 3, Death Defying a five-year-old daughter of Life Sign and Lombo Luvbird starting from a 30-metre equal backmark began swiftly for reinsman Greg Sugars to settle one/one on the back of Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher (20 metres) which raced in the open covering Candy Digger (10 metres). When Sunnyandcher gained the upper hand to lead on the final bend, Death Defying immediately pounced and raced clear in the straight to score by 2.5 metres in advance of the local hope Baltimore Boy which trailed the winner all of the way, with Sunnyandcher 5.9 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-06.2. It was Death Defying’s fourth victory in 11 outings. Kyneton trainer Mario Callus was victorious with four-year-old Four Starzzz Shark/Taras Gift gelding Tenfour, taking out the Stawell Dry Cleaners Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Tenfour led throughout from gate three and although headed in the shadows of the post by Sassy Man along the sprint lane after trailing, fought back like a caged lion to gain the day by a half head in a rate of 2-02.6 to break his maiden status at start number 24. The heavily supported I Am Mister Red finished third after facing the open. Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Bibby caused an upset in the first leg of the TAB Quaddie, when seven-year-old Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around gelding Hellovanite snared the Stawell Farm Supplies Pace for C4-5 class over 2175 metres. Given an easy time from gate two trailing the leader Seven Nations inside him with the red-hot favourite Kickittochris racing in the open after starting outside the front row, Hellovanite trained at Stawell by breeder Owen Martin at one stage of his career, used the sprint lane to gain the day by 1.3 metres over Kickittochris, with Kiwi Rage (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third. The mile-rate a slick 2-00.3. Burrumbeet (Ballarat) trainer Ash Herbertson is a regular competitor at most Stawell meetings and landed the Stanley Anyon Memorial Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres with ultra-consistent five-year-old Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle who chalked up her fifth win in 33 race appearances. Driven by Matt Craven, Metrofromelle (gate four) raced outside the pole line leader Beau Ciel for the entire journey, proving the better stayer on the day to defeat Venus Williams along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker, with Beau Ciel weakening over the concluding stages to finish third. The margins 3.1 metres by 1.4 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.8. The sprint lane was the place to be on straightening throughout the day and another winner to benefit from it was much travelled five-year-old Life Sign/Velvetsledgehammer gelding Mayorofshinetown for Mt Gambier’s Kevin Von Duve in the Lillies & Lattes Restaurant Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Having start 67, Mayorofshinetown with Terang concessional reinsman Tim McLean in the sulky, settled on the back of the heavily supported pole line leader Mystic Soldier who was kept honest all through the race by the last start Swan Hill winner Blude Master. Gaining an inside passage on turning, Mayorofshinetown finished best to blouse a game Blude Master by a half-head, with Tres Hombres (three wide last lap) finishing hard to be a head away third in the most thrilling finish of the day. The mile rate 2-02.4. Peter Manning rarely goes home from Stawell without a winner and iron four-year-old gelding Boyz Torque kept the record intact when successful in the Stawell Florist Pace for C2-3 class over 2175 metres. Driven by daughter Michelle, Boyz Torque (Union Guy/Hot Reaction) was sent forward from gate two on the second line to park outside the pacemaker Amberlu Angus which led easily from the pole. Joining the leader on the home turn, Boyz Torque having his 60th outing, raced away in the straight to score easily by 4.5 metres over the fast finishing Mister Rufus from mid-field in a rate of 2-03, with Garibaldi Union a stablemate of the winner third after racing wide from the bell. Len Baker

Underrated Great Western trainer Warren Bird has picked up a smart performer by the name of Death Defying which greeted the judge in the Sign Online Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2175 metres at the Stawell HRC fixture on Monday November 18. A recent addition which scored for the stable on debut at Maryborough on November 3, Death Defying a 5-Y-0 daughter of Life Sign and Lombo Luvbird starting from a 30 metre equal backmark began swiftly for reinsman Greg Sugars to settle one/one on the back of Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher (20 metres) which raced in the open covering Candy Digger (10 metres). When Sunnyandcher gained the upper hand to lead on the final bend, Death Defying immediately pounced and raced clear in the straight to score by 2.5 metres in advance of the local hope Baltimore Boy which trailed the winner all of the way, with Sunnyandcher 5.9 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-06.2. It was Death Defying’s 4th victory in 11 outings. Kyneton trainer Mario Callus was victorious with 4-Y-0 Four Starzzz Shark/Taras Gift gelding Tenfour, taking out the Stawell Dry Cleaners Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres. Driven by Daryl Douglas, Tenfour led throughout from gate three and although headed in the shadows of the post by Sassy Man along the sprint lane after trailing, fought back like a caged lion to gain the day by a half head in a rate of 2-02.6 to break his maiden status at start number 24. The heavily supported I Am Mister Red finished third after facing the open. Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Biiby caused an upset in the first leg of the TAB Quaddie, when 7-Y-0 Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around gelding Hellovanite snared the Stawell Farm Supplies Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2175 metres. Given an easy time from gate two trailing the leader Seven Nations inside him with the red-hot favourite Kickittochris racing in the open after starting outside the front row,  Hellovanite trained at Stawell by breeder Owen Martin at one stage of his career, used the sprint lane to gain the day by 1.3 metres over Kickittochris, with Kiwi Rage (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third. The mile rate a slick 2-00.3. Burrumbeet (Ballarat) trainer Ash Herbertson is a regular competitor at most Stawell meetings and landed the Stanley Anyon Memorial Pace Final for C1 class over 1780 metres with ultra-consistent 5-Y-0 Metropolitan/Ellovalooka mare Metrofromelle who chalked up her 5th win in 33 race appearances. Driven by Matt Craven, Metrofromelle (gate four) raced outside the pole line leader Beau Ciel for the entire journey, proving the better stayer on the day to defeat Venus Williams along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker, with Beau Ciel weakening over the concluding stages to finish third. The margins 3.1 X 1.4 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.8. The sprint lane was the place to be on straightening throughout the day and another winner to benefit from it was much travelled 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Velvetsledgehammer gelding Mayorofshinetown for Mt Gambier’s Kevin Von Duve in the Lillies & Lattes Restaurant Pace for C1 class over 2175 metres. Having start 67, Mayofshinetown with Terang concessional reinsman Tim McLean in the sulky, settled on the back of the heavily supported pole line leader Mystic Soldier who was kept honest all through the race by the last start Swan Hill winner Blude Master. Gaining an inside passage on turning, Mayorofshinetown finished best to blouse a game Blude Master by a half head, with Tres Hombres (three wide last lap) finishing hard to be a head away third in the most thrilling finish of the day. The mile rate 2-02.4. Peter Manning rarely goes home from Stawell without a winner and iron 4-Y-0 gelding Boyz Torque kept the record intact when successful in the Stawell Florist Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2175 metres. Driven by daughter Michelle, Boyz Torque (Union Guy/Hot Reaction) was sent forward from gate two on the second line to park outside the pacemaker Amberlu Angus which lead easily from the pole. Joining the leader on the home turn, Boyz Torque having his 60th outing, raced away in the straight to score easily by 4.5 metres over the fast finishing Mister Rufus from mid-field in a rate of 2-03, with Garabaldi Union a stablemate of the winner third after racing wide from the bell. By Len Baker  

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