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Monthly Archives: August 2015

North Island Prove too Strong Again

Tony Herlihy may have been the North Island captain and star of the show at Alexandra Park on Friday night but all three of his training successes has a southern element to them. Herlihy captained the six-man northern team to victory in the popular Island Of Origin series, reining two winners himself during the six-race series and three overall for ...

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Hector on Song at the Crown

THE couple of tears were those of relief. Simone Walker was starting to wonder when he star pacer Hectorjayjay was going to win a “major” after so many big runs and near misses. It came when he exploded along the sprint lane to brilliantly snatch the Group 2 Breeders Crown 4YO Championship for entires and geldings at Melton yesterday. “Oh, ...

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The Crown Win that Nearly Wasn’t

NICOLE Molander had one hell of a scare. Her exciting young trotting filly almost “threw away” her Breeders Crown final before it even started. Only a front row draw and the fact Reina Danzante checked some runners drawn behind her which caused a false start and gave her a second crack at Group 1 glory. “She was like a different ...

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Menin Gate Punches Strong Again

THE arguments are over – Menin Gate is simply a better horse than Follow The Stars. Not only does he hold a 4-0 advantage from their four clashes, but Follow The Stars couldn’t get near him after a much easier run in the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings final at Melton. It was a rare blip on a day ...

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Golden Day for the Kiwis at Melton

The most amazing training year in the history of New Zealand harness racing has ended as it should — with an exclamation mark from our greatest ever stable. Trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen won three more group ones at the Breeders Crown yesterday, headlining one of the most successful days in New Zealand harness racing history. All told six ...

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Changes to the training process of attaining a licence in NSW

All participants obtaining a trainers or drivers licence must complete a training course under the Rules of Harness Racing.  Up until recently participants had been required to complete a TAFE course but due to the withdrawal of vital funding, the cost of completing the respective courses would have increased by 1500%. HRNSW has completely overhauled the process.  Under the new ...

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Gippsland’s Professor Tom outsmarts his rivals

Gippsland horse Professor Tom won a consolation of the rich TAB Breeders Crown series at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday night. Bred and owned by long serving Warragul Harness Racing Club committeeman Grant Rathjen, Professor Tom finished strongly to win. The two-year-old is trained by Drouin West’s Gary and Debbie Quinlan and was driven by Gavin Lang. Professor Tom is out ...

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Hawkesbury track to receive overhaul

The Hawkesbury training track is an important facility for a number of trainers in north-western Sydney.  The track itself will receive a much needed upgrade with HRNSW CEO Mr John Dumesny confirming repair work will begin Monday September 7 and will take a week to complete. The track will be resurfaced while drainage issues will also be rectified during the ...

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HRV, Equivets join forces to boost breeding resources

Harness Racing Victoria has joined forces with Equivets Victoria to develop a range of resources aimed at assisting breeders and potential breeders to promote the horse population in Victoria. The breeding industry is vital to the sustainability of Victoria’s harness racing industry, which currently contributes $422 million to the state’s economy, $226 million in household wages and is responsible for the ...

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Alford, Lang split metro title after grandstand finish

Following Reina Danzante’s win on Sunday at Melton someone congratulated reinsman Chris Alford on winning the metropolitan drivers’ premiership. But Alford knew his work was not yet done. “I said ‘Nah, that sneaky bloody (Gavin) Lang … he’s got one in the last. Don’t be surprised if that gets up’,” Alford quipped on Harness Review tonight. “As we turned for ...

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