Aussie 2YO’s fire-up at Melton

SMYTHES CREEK SENSATION Peter Manning’s Great Western stable has long been regarded the best yard for young horses, but Peter Tonkin’s Smythes Creek property could be closing the gap. Horses trained out of Tonkin’s stable, just outside Ballarat, dominated the 1720m Australian Pacing Gold heats for 2YO colts and geldings at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Friday…

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Class prevails at Mildura

MISTER ZION, SAMMY MAGUIRE, WIN CUP HEATS The cream rose to the top in Tuesday night’s Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup heats, April 6. The series’ two best-performed entrants, Mister Zion (4g Red River Hanover-Cross Lady) and Sammy Maguire (5h Mach Three-Mystic Gold, both booked their place in Saturday night’s $A50,000 Group 2 final…

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Jodi Quinlan Warragul queen

JODI QUINLAN QUEEN AT WARRAGUL Jazzam didn’t do her chances of a start in the Ladyship Mile any harm with victory in Sunday’s $A25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup, completing a dream day for former local girl Jodi Quinlan in the process. Quinlan, who grew up in Drouin before moving to Melton, secured Warragul’s feature cup…

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HRV new chairman appointed

SUCCESSOR TO NEIL BUSSE ANNOUNCED Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing Rob Hulls today announced the appointment of Ken Latta as the new chairman of Harness Racing Victoria. Mr Hulls said Mr Latta joined Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) from executive roles with the Metropolitan Fire and Emergencies Board and Victoria Police. “Mr Latta has an…

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Victoria’s latest millionaire

NZ-BRED SMOKEN UP SURPASSES $1 MILLION IN EARNINGS Smoken Up attaining millionaire status was something largely overlooked in the wake of the unforgettable Watpac Inter Dominion final at Menangle earlier this month. The $120,000 the Lance Justice-trained former Kiwi picked up for running third behind Blacks A Fake and Monkey King took his earnings to…

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Lanercost NZ-bred Aust Derby winner

AUSTRALIAN DERBY WINNER BRED AT PREBBLETON Lanercost, who emulated his sire Courage Under Fire by emphatically winning the Australian Derby on Sunday, has now won $A230,059 from humble beginnings in Canterbury. The colt, bred at Prebbleton by Mike Stratford, has now raced only 17 times for 14 wins, two seconds, and a third. Photo: Lanercost,…

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Interdominion Final field

FAVOURITE MONKEY KING DRAWN FIVE The NZ-trained contingent have drawn from midfield outwards for the $1 million Watpac 2010 Interdominion Pacing Grand Final at Menangle Park, NSW, on Sunday. Series favourite Monkey King will start from barrier five in the Final, to be run a 7pm (NZ time). Queensland champ Blacks A Fake, shooting for…

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