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Bad Boy Brad’s ascension continued on Saturday night in front of a large harness racing crowd at Tabcorp Park Melton, taking out the 2017 Exclusive Homes Maltese Cup. The Diane Giles trained six-year-old produced a withering sprint for driver Lance Justice to capture the silverware in a stirring four-way finish, with first through to fourth separated by not much more than a long head. The Gunbower Cup winner has already won six races from 21 starts this season, Bad Boy Brad’s assessment climbing from C7-M0 to M3-C12. Video: Re-live Bad Boy Brad's Maltese Cup win Bad Boy Brad (Righteous Hanover-Bubbas Babe) rated 1:54.1 to overhaul south-west Victorian pair Jivin Cullen (trained by Brad Hunt and driven by Glen Craven) in a photo finish officially by a half-head, with a head further back to Roy George (Matthew Craven) and another head to Upanatom (David Aiken/Mark Pitt) in fourth. Bad Boy Brad launched late down the outside against a 27.7 last quarter and a 28 secs third split and looks destined for bigger assignments again. Long Forest husband and wife team Andy and Kate Gath secured a winning double and three second placings for the night, successful with trotters Clover Mac (Dream Vacation-Clover Lass) in the SEW Eurodrive Trotters Handicap in 2:00.3 from the 2240-metre standing start and Posseidon (Fling It-Maori Acacia) in the Rayner Real Estate 3YO Trot over 1720m in 1:59.8. Click here to view all results from Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night Click here to listen to the winning drivers on HRV YouTube  Cody Winnell

The pacer nicknamed “Brad” after Brad Pitt for his “pretty face” has turned his “Pee-Wee Herman” body into the “all-round package”, says harness racing trainer/driver Lance Justice. After driving Bad Boy Brad to victory in yesterday’s Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup Justice said his partner Dianne Giles, who trains the six-year-old gelding, “had a taste for cups and would be targeting more of them”. Justice acknowledged the $25,000 Trots Country Cups bonus, powered by Trotsownthemoment.com.au, describing it as “a pretty attractive bonus”. “I’d say they’re all on the radar now,” Justice said of the upcoming country cups. Bad Boy Brad settled back in the field in the 2630-metre race before Justice got on to the three-wide train in the last lap and was well within striking distance within 10m of the lead at the top turn. On straightening Chris Alford was throwing everything at Pepe Bromac first-up from a spell, but the fitter Bad Boy Brad flattened out strongly and found the line impressively. Pepe Bromac was 3m away second and Diamond Ace for John Newberry worked home for third, beaten 7.1m. “About three months ago Brian Kiesey actually said to me ‘that horse will make a cups horse … he’s got the speed’ and at the time (Bad Boy Brad) was only a C4. I said ‘I hope you’re right Brian’,” Justice said. “After he won so well at Melton the other night I said to Dianne I’ve never been to a Gunbower Cup so let’s put him in.” Justice admitted he had some difficulty finding the Gunbower track initially, the GPS not working as well as one would hope, but the victory made the five-hour road trip worthwhile. Justice spoke glowingly of the job Giles has done training Bad Boy Brad, the son of Righteous Hanover-Bubbas Babe overcoming several difficulties to get to this point in his career. “She’s made him really,” Justice said. “The horse has had more spells than races and he’s taken a fair bit of tinkering and lots of different training techniques at home to overcome a few things. Dianne has really sorted him out.” The Trots Country Cups Championship next heads to Stawell on December 4, followed by Geelong on December 10, Wedderburn on December 11 and Cobram on December 27. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has once again assembled a good line up of stallion services for its 2013 Red Ochre Stallion Service Tender according to organiser Brett Wrigley. We have some excellent stallion services up for grabs thanks to the generous sponsorship of the studs involved. Interested buyers should start bidding now on the web at www.dubboharnessclub.com.au Wrigley said he would like to remind buyers that all funds raised from the tender support the prestigious Red Ochre Mares Classic Cup series which is conducted each year during the Dubbo Carnival of Cups. Online bidders can secure services to the listed stallions provided they are the highest bidder at the close of auction which is 4pm on Friday 18 October 2013. Stallion Services up for auction include: Grinfromeartoear @Alabar Bloodstock, Cammibest @Burwood Stud, John Street North @ Yiribee Stud, Righteous Hanover @Rosswood Stud & Major In Art service donated by Lester Hoy. The Club would like to thank the abovementioned donors who have all been long time supporters of the Red Ochre Classic. The Club encourages those with mares to support their sponsors who have been extremely generous given the current breeding climate, adding this event would not be possible without their support. Wrigley would also like to inform bidders that all bids are automatically uploaded to the website as they are submitted, so please support the Dubbo Club and Red Ochre Mares Classic and start bidding today. If you are interested in placing a bid for a service but don't have access to a computer or internet contact Brett Wrigley at the Dubbo Club on 0407 995 930 or Lester Hoy 0457 647 919 who will lodge bids on your behalf. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Rosswood Stud and Bathurst Harness Racing Club are proud to be joining forces to host a race meeting on the 29th August 2012.

It came as no surprise that Blazin N Cullen won at Christchurch's Addington Raceway in New Zealand last Friday (July 20) night. The 2-year-old colt has rich maternal bloodlines, so much so his close harness racing rellies have been some of North America's top pacers and stallions.

Adam Johnson has a love affair with harness racing. As he puts it you have to love horses to train in Nova Scotia because - 'it's certainly not a money making venture in the Canadian maritime province'.

Thursday's Horsham harness racing meeting had a strong Great Western flavour, with Peter Manning and daughters Kerryn and Michelle all successful during the afternoon.

The widow of one of New Zealand's greatest ever harness racing pedigree analysts is getting a bit desperate. When Kevin Coutts passed away on January 16 he left his wife Pam a Tight Connection mare named Tight's Sight. Now Pam has been forced to virtually give the 15-year-old mare away.

Exciting pacer David Hercules has resumed after a spell in dazzling form with three brilliant victories from three hatness racing starts. But he faces a serious challenge from Crombie when he contests the $35,000 Bazzo Real Estate Four-Year-Old Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Graduates of the annual Tasmanian harness racing yearling sale have enjoyed a healthy run of success both on the Island and the mainland down through the years.

The rocky road to success got a little less bumpy for the connections of Jinja Gal when the former Two Year Old Harness Jewels Ruby winner made her way back into the harness racing winners circle at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club meeting held today (Sunday November 28).

Harness racing super sire in the making "Bettors Delight" looks set (in the current 2010/2011 breeding season) to challenge his own record of 546 mares that he bred in the 2006/2007 breeding season. That year he bred 345 in New Zealand and 201 in Australia.

Stallion Station this year boasts a stallion roster without doubt the envy of the world when it comes to harness racing stallions. Boasting 15 world class stallions, including proven sires, Mach Three, and Courage Under Fire, who are now well entrenched at the top of most sire lists.

Veteran Meltonian Graeme (Daddy) Lang was in the winners stall on two occasions at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Thursday (September 2), with home bred Wagon Apollo/Melancholy Star 6-Y-0 gelding Star Wagon taking the Tennotrump Back Straight Trotters Handicap for T0 to T2 class over 2150 metres and 4-Y-0 Righteous Hanover/Tanabi mare Tiana Bromac the Bush's Produce Stores Pace for C1 class over the same harness racing journey.

Following concerns being expressed by the Western Australia Harness Racing Owners Association and WAHarness Racing BOTRA about the proximity of the Alabar Gold Bracelet Classic for 2yo filliesto the re-scheduled Breeders Crown heats the dates have been further reviewed.

It was a popular start to day one of the two day Marlborough Harness Racing Club's meeting being held at Waterlea Racecourse when local trainer Dean Hunter produced Mo Hahn to win race one on the card.

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