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Stewards today (Thursday) opened an inquiry into the result of Race Six- the Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club Pace Final, at Stawell on December 23, 2009.

Smythes Creek (Ballarat) harness racing trainer Peter Tonkin's 5-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Keeping Watch entire Watchmefella returned to his best form at Stawell on Wednesday December 23, when successful in the Yaruga Trotting Complex Great Western Pace for C5 & C7 class over 2175 metres.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club held a compact fixture at Laidlaw Park Stall on Monday September 21, with horses from the Westen District dominating. Kolora (Terang) trainer/driver Barry Beasley opened the day's proceedings, when victorious in the Bacardi Lindy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2590 metres with his honest 5-Y-0 Dream Vacation/Fiduciary gelding Jim Gee Fletcher in a slow mile rate of 2-10.3.

Maiden Gully (Bendigo) trainer Corry Van Ryn combined with Kilmore based Damian Wilson to capture the traditional lead-up to next week's Redwood - The $10,000 Maori Legend at Stawell on Friday July 10, with Amelia Darling, a filly by Kadabra from the very good New Zealand trotting mare Africa having start number ten.

Concerns for the viability of gaming venues in Stawell and St Arnaud have been raised by the Northern Grampians Shire Council. The concerns follow a proposal by the State Government to change gaming laws, which would affect ownership of gaming machines in clubs and hotels.

Stawell in the afternoon and Ballarat at night were the two Victorian meetings on Thursday and listed are the highlights. Ballarat owner/trainer Mick Kennedy would have been "over the moon" when his 5-Y-0 Mon Poppy Day/American Laughter mare Its Shanballyboct broke her maiden staus in the MHRC Pace for C0 class over 2175 metres at Stawell.

The usual two meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday May 13, with Stawell racing in the afternoon and Bendigo at night, with the nearby Great Western area dominating at the Stawell fixture, with Peter Manning, Kerryn Manning and Jamie Stewart all providing winners during the afternoon.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club in Victoria has expressed its concerns about the future of both harness racing and its gaming venue in Stawell. Even the Northern Grampians Shire Council has now joined the fight to save venues, including the St Arnaud Community Club which could also be in danger if the proposed changes to gaming laws are introduced.

Eleven year old stallion Warrior Kye proved that age is no bar, when victorious in the Fosters Mensland Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2175 metres at the Stawell fixture on Monday April 27.

Favourite backers had a ball at the Stawell meeting held on Monday February 23, with no less than seven of the eight races going to outright elects. Eight year old ex-Kiwi mare Hanginthere ($3.00) started the ball rolling when victorious in the Ararat Advertiser Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2590 metres.

A dashing win in this afternoon's Mocka's Garden Service Stawell Pacing Cup has booked Keayang Hanover a place in Sunday week's SEW-Eurodrive Kilmore Cup. Along with its $25,000 purse, this year's Stawell feature carried a lucrative ballot exemption from the time-honoured Kilmore event, which Terang trainer Marg Lee said she would be utilising with Keayang Hanover.

When Count De Lira was showing promise as a young horse, Great Western trainer Matt Clarke told friends that the gelding would one day win him a Kilmore Cup. It was a comment made purely in jest, mainly out of Clarke's love affair with possibly the most famous of all country cups.

A four-win haul over two meetings at Stawell and Echuca has brought Daryl Douglas within two wins of equalling Kerryn Manning's Australasian driving mark.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club has gained approval to proceed with a fauna and flora study at the Stawell racecourse.

Rockbank trainer Barry Garbutt has been around horses for what seems to be an eternity, having limited success and would have been "over the moon", when his Continentalman/Sun Jewel filly Continentalclassic snared the $10,000 Maori Legend for 2-Y-0 Trotters over 2175 metres at Stawell - a prelude to this Sunday's Redwood.

When members of the Pace family set off from their Balliang base on Monday July 14 to contest two races at the Stawell fixture that afternoon - little did they realize what was to eventuate.

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