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Outstanding four-year-old Alta Christiano has broken down again and plans for him to contest the $200,000 Chariots of Fire at Menangle on March 2 have been abandoned. "He worked on the track at home on Saturday morning and pulled up sore," said leading trainer Gary Hall sen. "He has torn the suspensory ligament in the near foreleg, above the previous injury and was treated by the vet. this (Tuesday) morning. Hall had held high hopes of Alta Christiano winning the Chariots of Fire to make amends for the defeat of champion Im Themightyquinn, who finished a head second to Maffioso in the Chariots of Fire in July 2009. The New Zealand-bred Alta Christiano has raced only 11 times for seven wins and one placings for $241,614 in prizemoney. He is undefeated at three Western Australian starts early last year, inlcuding the Western Gateway Classic and WA Derby. Soon after that Alta Christiano tore his near fore suspensory ligament and in July he was fighting for survival after an adverse reaction to stem cell surgery. Earlier in the year he fractured a pastern during a race at Addington. by Ken Casellas  

Western Australia trainer Michael Brennan won a gold medal for Australia at the Athens Olympics in 2004 as a member of the Mens’ Hockey Team and is hoping to add a Miracle Mile to his trophy cabinet when Im Victorious competes in Australia’s premier sprint on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park.  Brennan has already had some massive highs in harness racing with Im Victorious including a win in the WA Derby but acknowledges the thrill of the race track and the hockey field are worlds apart.  “The feelings are completely different, you feel the same elation when you have success but when I played hockey I was always in control, I knew what had to be done to be successful. “In harness racing as soon as the horse walks onto the track it is out of my hands and it is all up to the driver, it is totally different to be relying on someone else to experience that winning feeling.” Brennan represented Australia over an eight year period, playing his first game in 1996 before retiring after winning the gold medal in 2004 and coincidently has drawn barrier eight in his first crack at the Miracle Mile. “I must admit I was disappointed after the draw but as I keep telling myself the barrier is only where they start from and not where they finish, I’m really happy with how he has travelled across and I’m expecting him to run a very good race.” "He had a trial at Menangle on Tuesday to top him off and I’m hoping he can do Western Australia proud by running a great race on Saturday night.” Smoken Up is the horse to beat according to Brennan after he drew barrier one. “He is a super horse, his win at Menangle on the weekend was great, he is going to be in front and is going to take a lot of running down, I’m just excited to be in the race and to be competing against the best.” Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales  

At a function at Sandaford Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley yesterday, Im Themightyquinn was announced as Western Australia's Harness Horse of the Year for 2012/13. It was the gelding's fourth successive win in the award and capped yet another remarkable season where the son of Washington VC put together 12 wins and three seconds from 17 starts for season's stakes of $982,490. His wins included a third successive Inter Dominion final, the WA Pacing Cup and Auckland Cup and topped off his national awards as Australian Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Grand Circuit Champion. Also presented yesterday were the Age Category Awards for two and three-year-olds. Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year was won by the Westbred daughter of Kenneth J - Im Bella Jay which won the Group One Westbred Classic before finishing third in the Group Three Gold Bracelet Stakes and finished with a season's record of seven starts for three wins and two seconds and stakes of $82,544. The category for Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year was taken out by another Westbred in the Grinfromeartoear gelding Mister Jadore which won the Group One Sales Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic, finished second in the Group One Pearl Classic and third in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes with a season's record of 14 starts for six wins, four seconds and two thirds for stakes of $158,054. The New Zealand bred Bettors Delight filly Bettor Dreams won the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award on the back of a 1:54.6 win at Pinjarra and outstanding seconds to Australian 3yo Filly of the Year Frith in the Group One WA Oaks and to Gota Good Lookadda in the Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Her 11 starts for the season yielded four wins, three seconds, one third and stakes of $67,035. Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year honours went to the outstanding New Zealand import Alta Christiano which was unbeaten at his only three Western Australian starts which included wins in the Group One WA Derby and Group Two Western Gateway Stakes and WA stakes of $169,030. Aiden De Campo was presented with the Youth Achievment Award after a breakout season where he drove 100 winners for the first time while Dylan Egert-Green was presented with his trophy for winning the RWWA Rising Stars Series. Gary Hall Junior drove 242 winners for the season to take out the Leading State Driver Title while his father Gary Hall Senior took out the Leading State Trainer Title with 192 winners. Alan Parker  

Western Australia's leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. has the distinction of having prepared two millionaire pacers in The Falcon Strike and Im Themightyquinn and now he looks set to add a third, with Alta Christiano giving every indication that he will quickly develop into a superstar.

His connections might have paid NZ $500,000 for him but after Alta Christiano's emphatic victory in last night's (Friday April 19) West Australian Derby harness racing trainer Gary Hall Sr said he wouldn't sell him now - not even for $1 million.

Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. describes Alta Christiano as "the perfect horse" and is confident the New Zealand-bred colt will prove mighty hard to beat in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The barrier draw for Friday night's Group One $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby has added more intrigue to Western Australia's premier harness racing three-year-old event at Gloucester Park.

Richly-talented New Zealand-bred harness racing three-year-old Alta Christiano has made a remarkable recovery from a fractured pastern and is working so well that trainer Gary Hall sen. gives him some hope of contesting the WA Derby at Gloucester Park on April 19.

Olympic gold medallist Michael Brennan achieved his greatest success in harness racing when Im Victorious gave a powerful frontrunning display to win the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night (April 20).

Harness Racing Victoria pacers, Soho Valencia and Mr Nickel, are out of tonight's (Friday April 20) $200,000 Sky Racing Western Australia Derby after failing to secure a birth on a flight to Perth last night.

2012 V75 Inter Dominion champion, Im Themightyquinn will make a return to Gloucester Park this Friday night (April 20) where the feature harness racing event is the $200,000 Group One Sky Racing WA Derby.

Shipwreck strolled to his second harness racing feature win in the space of 15 days when he set a slow early pace and sprinted home fast to beat Blissfull Boy by two lengths in the $20,500 Brear And Doonan Autumn Gift at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Victorian colt Crombie, who came to Western Australia late last year with a losing sequence of 10, caused a minor harness racing upset when he was driven brilliantly by Morgan Woodley to score a thrilling victory over hot favourite David Hercules in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night (April 16).

New Zealand-bred gelding Why Live Dangerously (In New Zealand called 'Live Dangerously') gave a sample of his class and qualified for a start in the $200,000 WA Derby on April 16 when he relished his pacemaking role and scored an easy harness racing victory in the Sky Racing WA Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park last Thursday night.

Consistent colt Grinjaro staked his claim for the $200,000 Sky Channel WA Derby on April 16 when he scored an effortless all-the-way harness racing victory in the Heineken Derby Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Speedy three-year-old David Hercules bounced back to top form and burst into serious contention for the $200,000 Sky Channel WA Derby on April 16 when he gave a sparkling frontrunning exhibition to crush his harness racing rivals in the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

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