Graham: Is there a Jewels in the Crown?Latest

11 June 2021

THE Harness Jewels certainly lived up to some high expectations in my book last weekend! 

Whilst the weather wasn’t perfect, it certainly didn’t dampen what was an extremely entertaining day of racing. Even the best cards generally have a race or two that may not live up to extreme levels of excitement, however, that could not be said for Cambridge’s meeting. 

Star after star rolled on to the 1000-metre circuit in search of Group 1 success and, although the prizemoney may have been on a decline from prior years, very few big names were absent.  

Bonnington: Saint or sinner - the path to a perplexing winnerLatest

08 June 2021

IN recent years, the validity and veracity of eye-witness testimony when leveraged in legal proceedings has been widely scrutinised and sometimes discredit entirely. 

And anyone that witnessed the fourth event at Melton Saturday night will now recognize why. 

Where do we start here? 

Hamilton: Jewels delight, 'that' protest, Spankem's horror startLatest

07 June 2021

Adam Hamilton's latest column takes a look at the massive Group 1 meeting from Cambridge in New Zealand, the hotly-debated protest from Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night and Spankem's disappointing return to Australia.

Guerin: Hayden hoping for more memorable homecomingLatest

05 June 2021

For the man thrust into NZ harness racing’s hottest seat, his second homecoming at Cambridge on Sunday simply has to go better than the first.

In fact, it should go a lot, lot better for Hayden Cullen.

Cullen trains four of the hot favourites at the IRT Jewels meeting, where nine $100,000 Group 1 races will be decided.

Jenkins: Who reins supreme? Here's my leading lightsLatest

02 June 2021

Winning major races comes via hard work, collaboration and everyone playing their role to a tee.

A horse needs to have some god given ability thanks to it’s breeding - or the odd freak of nature who defies all the breeding buffs - a trainer is tasked with giving the horse the very best care and therefore the very best chance come race day and the driver’s job is to make split-second decisions to give the horse every chance of victory.

Each role is crucial and none any less important than the next.

Time Is Money: Stanley pair in promising formLatest

13 May 2021

Mick Stanely's Burrumbeet team appears to be ticking along nicely, with two of his runners topping sectionals charts last week.

The first of those was the talented Drain The Swamp, who backed up his dominant win at Geelong with an eye-catching third in the Signature Clean 4 You 3YO Vicbred Pace at Ballarat.

Your Voice: Breeders' statement to "oppose" Stallion LevyLatest

11 May 2021

Eleven breeders have co-authored the following to Harness Racing Australia, in regards to its April 16 announcement titled 'Proposed Stallion Levy to Fund $2m Additional Prizemoney'.

The letter's being published here in thetrots.com.au's new space, The Forum, which is designed to encourage conversation in the sport.