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The time-honoured harness racing Tontine Pacers Series has been given a fresh new look for its 31st birthday. With the generous support of Decron Hoof Care, stakemoney for each of the heats has received a healthy $2000 boost and the series format has also been tweaked slightly.

The name Manning regularly appears in the winners list at Terang harness racing meetings, usually it is Peter or daughter Kerryn, however at the Terang fixture on Tuesday January 31, it was Michelle, another of Peter's daughters who stole the show - landing the quinella in the Terang CRT Store 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with Longtan Liberator and Pacquiao, while also taking the Barastoc Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class with Idle Suntime.

Mt Pleasant (Ballarat) trainer Ronnie Jewell who stables at nearby Ross Creek, received a great early Christmas present at the Terang harness racing meeting on Tuesday December 20, winning a stable double with half brothers Fist Of Rage and Scarred taking their respective races, both bred and raced by son Brent and driven by Daryl Douglas.

Terang was the venue for Wednesday harness racing, where a small compact six event card was held. St Arnaud harness trainer Brian Kiesey's iron mare Candy Digger scored in the Barastoc Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres when having her 6th outing in a 12 day period.

Hamilton harness racing trainer/driver Caleb Lewis was successful with 8-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Limited Lawyer mare Dressedforsuccess in the Squires Supermarket Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2180 metres at Terang on Wednesday October 19.

Terang in Victoria's South-East Western District was the venue for Thursday harness racing and most punters were given a hammering with couple of long priced winners saluting.

Former Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley is having a ball since settling in Victoria and enjoyed a super harness racing day at his home track Melton on Thursday with a training double - Sir Clive in the Pacers Handicap and much improved Whos Mistake in the Warrnambool Harness Racing Club Pace Final for C1 class which qualified in the heats held at the track the previous Friday.

Melton harness racing trainer Ken Tippet scored a unique double on Wednesday June 8, winning the Stan Kick Life Member Trotters Mobile at the Maryborough fixture during the afternoon with Earn Sum Dough and the 1st Heat of the Ararat Colonial Lodge Motel Tontine Trotters Series at Terang in the evening with Umgawa, both four year old geldings owned in the same interests.

Training a treble of winners is nothing new to Great Western's Peter Manning and that's what happened at the Terang harness racing fixture on Tuesday March 28, with Going Commando, Rough And Tumble and Effective Torque all greeting the judge.

The Terang harness racing fixture on Tuesday March 8 looked in grave danger of not going on, when torrential rain commenced falling an hour or so before the first race. Stewards in their wisdom decided to put the first event back a race to monitor the situation and once the rain eased, a further track inspection was taken resulting in the meeting going ahead.

The biggest meeting of the year for the Terang Harness Racing Club was held at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday, featuring the $25,000 Terang & District Co-Op Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2680 metres, supplemented by the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2680 metres.

Having steered both horses to Group 1 glory, champion Victorian harness racing driver Gavin Lang was understandably torn when forced to choose between Village Of Dreams and Captain Joy as his drive in Saturday night's $25,000 Terang and District Co-Op Pacing Cup.

Star three-year-old pacer Our Major Mark may not be at the forefront of harness racing trainer/driver Mark Purdon's thoughts approaching Saturday night's(February 12) Harry Whiting Memorial Silver Vase at Terang, but there's a very good reason why not.

Woorndoo harness racing co-trainers Bob and Brendan Mahncke took the honours at Tuesday's Terang meeting with a stable double courtesy of a pair of four year old mares - Lynden Esprit in the 1st Heat of the D & M Heffernan Memorial Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres and Another Clare in the Barastoc Trotters Handicap over 2180 metres, with Brendan holding the reins on both.

A dream came true at Tuesday's Terang harness racing fixture, when young Terang reinsman Tim McLean landed his first winner at his first race drive, taking out the Marquee Bookings Cup Night Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres aboard 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Abbey gelding Please Yourself.

Former HRV Board member Geoff Senior who now resides at Warrnambool by the sea, did quaddie punters no favours at the Terang harness racing fixture held on Wednesday December 15, but was all smiles following the event after his 10-Y-0 Vintner/Tartan Lady gelding Bottledinscotland snared the major prize in the first leg - the Barastoc Cool Command Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2180 metres at Supertab odds of $21.60.

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