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Hamilton: Majestuoso a major boost to Queensland carnival
Mon May 23 2022

Hamilton: Majestuoso a major boost to Queensland carnival

The already super strong Victorian raid on the Queensland Constellations could get another huge boost.

In a surprise twist, trainer Andy Gath said he was looking to head north with Australia’s top trotter Majestuoso.

Hamilton: Eureka our chance to reach for the mountains
Mon May 16 2022

Hamilton: Eureka our chance to collectively reach for the mountains

HARNESS fans only need to look to the Everest to see what a great thing slot races can be.

This year’s Everest is still four months away, but during the week we had racing headlines about not one but two horses – Mazu and Eduardo - being locked-in for slots.

Hamilton: Kate to run streets of New York for EB Research
Mon May 9 2022

Hamilton: Kate to run streets of New York for EB Research

What a week for Kate Gath.

First, she upstages Ladies In Red for the second time aboard Tough Tilly, then she reveals she is running the New York Marathon. Now she prepares to drive Catch A Wave in the Group 1 APG Gold Bullion Final at Melton on Saturday night.

Hamilton: Justice 'makes' it again on big stage and I love to see it
Mon May 2 2022

Hamilton: Justice 'makes' it again on big stage and I love to see it

IT is a touch more than 22 years since John Justice held aloft Shakamaker’s Melbourne Inter Dominion trophy.

Now he’s aiming at the great race, but this time with an emerging trotter in Mufasa Metro.

I’m loving the fact Justice is back as a feature race player.

Hamilton: We've got our slot race, but what comes next?
Mon Apr 25 2022

Hamilton: We've got our slot race, but what comes next?

Now The TAB Eureka has been launched and demand for slots is astronomical, what’s the best way to allocate them?

All we know for sure at this stage is naming rights sponsor TAB gets a slot as part of its deal.

So that leaves nine.

I’ve got no doubt there will be more than 20, maybe lots more, legitimate expressions of interest for those remaining slots.

Hamilton: Night like no other as Vic pair deliver Easter miracle
Tue Apr 19 2022

Hamilton: A night like no other as Victorian pair deliver Easter miracle

IT wasn’t until he was in the parading ring for the last race when the significance of the night started to hit Mark Pitt.

He’d already driven eight winners at Launceston last Saturday night and was aboard Captain Rival for a perfect nine wins from nine drives.

“That’s when I got a bit anxious for a moment, but as soon as I went out on to the track I just treated that last race like any other race,” he said.

Hamilton: Can the Aussies strike first in New Zealand's The Race?
Mon Apr 11 2022

Hamilton: Can the Aussies strike first in New Zealand's The Race?

It is great to see such a strong Aussie flavour in the first harness slot race run in this part of the world.

There are four Aussie raiders – Alta Orlando, Mach Dan, Majestic Cruiser and Stylish Memphis – among the nine runners in Thursday night’s $NZ900,000 The Race at Cambridge.

Hamilton: Stewart stars ready for three-state autumn assault
Mon Apr 4 2022

Hamilton: Stewart stars ready for three-state autumn assault

WHILE all the hype is around Ladies In Red’s return, it’s just one of many things on the plate for premier trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin.

Ladies In Red, and Tough Tilly for that matter, will either trial this week or next as they prepare for the Australian Gold 4YO heats at Ballarat on April 27.

Hamilton: The world awaits, but Jet's staying grounded for now
Mon Mar 28 2022

Hamilton: The world awaits, but Jet's staying grounded for now

The lure of a home ground Inter Dominion will keep our trotting “Queen” Im Ready Jet here for at least the rest of this year.

Hamilton: Lochinvar Art and Ladies In Red race targets revealed
Mon Mar 21 2022

Hamilton: Lochinvar Art and Ladies In Red race targets revealed

KING Of Swing’s retirement puts even more importance on Lochinvar Art making a successful comeback, but we are going to have to be patient when it comes to Arty?

The former Hunter and Victoria cups winner will return to work later this month, but plans to tackle the huge Queensland Constellations during winter have been shelved.

The focus is on having Lochinvar Art primed for the Victoria Cup in October and then Melbourne's Inter Dominion series in November and December.

Hamilton: The King says goodbye with crowning glory
Tue Mar 15 2022

Hamilton: The King says goodbye with crowning glory

King Of Swing’s final act was more than just his historic third Miracle Mile win.

After he ran fifth in the Inter Dominion final on December 11 – his only unplaced run in 33 starts for Team McCarthy – the jury was certainly out on where he sat with the greats of the sport.

Hamilton: Wipe-out has Bondi ready to get back on board
Mon Mar 7 2022

Hamilton: Wipe-out has Bondi ready to get back on board

VICTORIAN young gun Bondi Lockdown is the big winner from the Miracle Mile wash-out.

While the one-week postponement shouldn’t impact many runners negatively, an extra week to prepare is just what trainer-driver Aaron Dunn needed with Australia’s most exciting pacer.

Hamilton: King produces the performance of a champion
Mon Feb 28 2022

Hamilton: King produces the performance of a champion

King Of Swing lifted to the challenge.

Just a week after I posed the question whether he deserved to be talked about in the same breath as modern greats like Blacks A Fake, Lazarus, Im Themightyquinn and others, the “King” answered it emphatically.

His win in last Saturday night’s Group 1 Allied Express Sprint was something to behold.

Some will say I've got egg on my face, rather I'm thrilled. I had an itch the "King" needed to scratch for me. And he did.

Hamilton: Lock Bondi in for the Mile! And should we hail the King?
Mon Feb 21 2022

Hamilton: Lock Bondi in for the Mile! And should we hail the King?

Three things say Bondi Lockdown MUST get a berth in the Miracle Mile.

First, it’s your eyes. Everyone saw how astonishingly big his second in the Chariots Of Fire was. He worked hard in that record-smashing 24.3sec first quarter and was still only beaten 1.6m in the fastest Chariots ever run. 

Hamilton: Vic four-year-olds bring the fire to northern Group 1
Mon Feb 14 2022

Hamilton: Vic four-year-olds bring the fire to northern Group 1

VICTORIA is superbly placed to continue its proud and fantastic record in Australia’s marquee four-year-old race, the $250,000 Group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle on Saturday night.

Six of the 10 finalists are Victorians – Bondi Lockdown, Bettor Call Me, Beyond Delight, Rock N Roll Doo, Spring In His Step and Better Eclipse - and ahead of the barrier draw at lunchtime today, four of the first five in betting are trained in Victoria.

Hamilton: That was fun! Let's pick up the pace for a two into one
Mon Feb 7 2022

Hamilton: That was fun! Now pick up the pace for a two into one

SHOULD we build on the magic and difference of the What The Hill Great Southern Star and create a pacing equivalent?

It’s not unchartered waters, we’ve had one before with the defunct El Dorado series and one of North America’s most iconic races, the Little Brown Jug, is a heat and final series on the same day at Delaware, Ohio.

Hamilton: Opinions divided over dramatic Casey Classic protest
Mon Jan 31 2022

Hamilton: Opinions divided over dramatic Casey Classic protest

Protests almost always divide opinions and Expensive Ego being stripped of another big win certainly did that at Melton last Saturday night.

In a quick Twitter poll I ran yesterday, 42 per cent agreed with the stewards’ decision, 40 per cent disagreed and 18 per cent said it was a “50/50” call.

Hamilton: An amazing Cups weekend - let's do it all again!
Mon Jan 24 2022

Hamilton: An amazing Cups weekend - let's do it all again!

LET’S have the same again, please.

That was one heck of a weekend of feature race, starting with yet another stirring WA feature and rolling into a PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup for the ages.

But what makes it even more exciting is the racing calendar paves the way for a repeat in just under two weeks.

Hamilton: Arty no Loch as champ tries to get back in the groove
Mon Jan 17 2022

Hamilton: Arty no Loch as champ tries to get back in the groove

LET’S not sell short the enormity of challenge confronting David Moran and Lochinvar Art.

In the moments after his terrific first-up second at Shepparton, it was easy to assume he will pick-up where he left off almost a year.

We all want it, but it’s not a given.

Hamilton: Can Victorian princess prove herself the best by Mile?
Mon Jan 10 2022

Hamilton: Can Victorian princess prove herself the best by Mile?

LET your mind wander ahead a little to February 26.

They are scoring up for the Group 1 Ladyship Mile at Menangle, the new girl on the scene Ladies In Red is coming up, there’s the defending champ Stylish Memphis for Jack Trainor, now Anthony Butt is getting the queen-bee Amazing Dream up to the gate, Maajida and Spellbound are just about ready as well.