Menin Gate and King Denny have turned back the clock to record stunning victories in Friday night’s Swan Hill pacing and trotting cups.
Form and injuries have meant it has been a long time since either of the pair graced the winner’s circle, but the duo set up tantalising tilts at this year’s Inter Dominion series with the wins.
All trots fans will be able to share in the delight of Victorian harness racing's night of celebration with the 2017-18 Gordon Rothacker Medal to be broadcast live at thetrots.com.au.
The stakes have rarely been higher for horses like Flaming Flutter who are jostling for a Trots Country Cup, with the coveted race prizes also a potential golden ticket to December's Inter Dominion.
Geoff Webster's much-loved nine-year-old make his long-awaited return in tonight's 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup, his first hit-out in Victoria in more than 12 months.
It is time for New Zealand’s strongest stable to get serious again, so expect a sea of blue winning colours at Addington tonight and Ashburton on Monday as champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen start their countdown to Cup week.
While the stable has already won Cup lead-ups with Thefixer, Dream About Me and Cruz Bromac they haven’t unleashed many of their lower grade and age group stars so far this season. But that changes this weekend.
If Gottashopearly can produce a minor miracle and qualify for December’s TAB Inter Dominion series, he’ll be positioned to become the pride of Tamworth.
For the duration of the three-week ID18 series at least, the Country Music Festival preparations will take backseat as the Richard Williams-prepared steed takes on the best in Australasia’s premier harness racing series.
There will be a few trainers and owners looking to improve their horse’s ID18 rankings at Trots HQ on Saturday night, among that number is Kyabram horseman Mark Watson, who's hoping for continued improvement from two runners at different stages of their careers.
Watson will gear up former star juvenile Brallos Pass in the Welcome Pridmore Electrics! Pace over 2240m and promising three-year-old Prosecco Boy in the 1720m Prydes EasiFeed 3YO Pace Final.
Menin Gate trainer Michael Stanley is just looking for a competitive hit out from his new star recruit in Friday’s 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup.
But it wouldn’t surprise him if the horse pulled off a first-up win.
More than 50 members of the Swan Hill Football Netball Club will attend the 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup trots this Friday night as part of Harness Racing Victoria’s Grassroots Gold campaign.
The second lot of rankings have dropped for the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion pacing and trotting championships, with Tiger Tara enjoying a bump off his Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup win.
Kevin Pizzuto's Grand Circuit winner has leapfrogged Let It Ride into second on the rankings but Chicago Bull's retain top billing ahead of his New Zealand Trotting Cup campaign.
Murtoa owner-trainer Laurie Young and Horsham driver Aaron Dunn combined to bring up the maiden victory of Allawart Bob in the Trackside Bar & Bistro Trotters Handicap at Stawell on Sunday afternoon.
The six-year-old gelding had posted top-four placings in his previous six outings and was finally rewarded for his consistency with an easy 6.7-metre success at his 10th start.
Will there be an early Christmas in the What The Hill Swan Hill Trotters Cup?
Woodlands Stud in conjunction with Kilmore Harness Racing Club and Swan Hill Trotting Club has a bonus of a free service to the exciting new trotting stallion What The Hill for winning both trotters cups.
Gary Hall Senior is hoping a change of trainer can transform Chicago Bull from a Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup runner-up to a New Zealand Cup winner.
The pride of Perth arrives in New Zealand on Thursday and is likely to stay a month with the NZ$800,000 Cup at Addington on November 13 his main aim.
A large Australian contingent was on hand to watch Cruzado Dela Noche cause a 30/1 upset when landing the 40th running of the US$1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot from Lionel and Up and Quick.
It was the race that was supposed to be a field of dreams for Victorian trotter Sparkling Success before injury derailed his campaign when on the verge of flying out for the New York trot.
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