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Hamilton: Amazing mare has sparkle back ahead of Vic Cup
Mon Sep 13 2021

Hamilton: Amazing mare has sparkle back ahead of Vic Cup

CHAMPION mare Amazing Dream looms as the key fresh player in Victoria’s upcoming feature races.

And, incredibly, trainer Nathan Purdon gets the vibe she may even have improved off her Group 1 victories during a huge Queensland winter campaign.

Hamilton: The King ready for Vic Cup mission
Mon Sep 6 2021

Hamilton: The King ready for Vic Cup mission

The past 24 hours have been huge for the Victoria Cup.

It will be awesome to see the untapped General Dodge take on the likes of Wolf Stride, Out To Play, Western Sonador and others in the new $100,000 Group 1 VHRC Caduceus Classic (1650m) at Bendigo on Saturday night.

Hamilton: Where do we stand with our upcoming carnivals?
Mon Aug 30 2021

Hamilton: Where do we stand with our upcoming carnivals?

These certainly are strange and challenging times.

With no signs of the pandemic easing in NSW and Victoria, there’s been lots of talk about what it means for the massively boosted Victoria Cup Carnival and NSW Inter Dominion series.

While it’s important to pause and assess things, the show will and must go on.

If that means both carnivals being less than what we hoped, then so be it.

Hamilton: Emma and Clayton ready to rumble with Group 1 guns
Mon Aug 23 2021

Hamilton: Emma and Clayton ready to rumble with Group 1 guns

Get ready for a Group 1 splurge from the powerhouse Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin barn.

Banglez’s Group 1 victory at Kilmore on Saturday night, is set to kick-start a romp for Stewart and Tonkin with dozens of their best horses just weeks away from returning to the races for the plethora of Victorian major races for the rest of the season.

It starts tonight (Monday) when young pacing stars Ladies In Red and Major Moth return from long stints out with trials at Melton. Out To Play, Fourbigmen and About Time are others expected at the trials tonight.

Fast-forward another week and Stewart/Tonkin will unleash truckloads of its best young pacers at the Melton trials, headed by one of Australia’s most popular pacers, three-year-old filly Tough Tilly.

Hamilton: Could this exciting French import be Butt's next star?
Mon Aug 16 2021

Hamilton: Could this exciting French import be Butt's next star?

THE man who dominated trotting with megastars like Lyell Creek, Take A Moment, Vulcan and others thinks he’s found his next top-liner.

Tim Butt is confident French import Holzarte Vedaquais has the talent, but now it’s a matter of building the ringcraft to be a major player in Australia’s biggest trotting races.

Whether that happens in time for our biggest trotting races early next year remains to be seen.

Hamilton: Victoria to rock October as state classics draw stars
Mon Aug 9 2021

Hamilton: Victoria to rock October as state classics draw stars

WHEN Harness Racing Victoria moved the Victoria Cup to October four years ago I thought it was lunacy.

I was wrong.

The stars have still turned-up and all four winners in the October timeslot have been superstars: Lennytheshark (2017), Tiger Tara (2018), Bling It On (2019) and Lochinvar Art, who beat King Of Swing and others last year.

But this Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup will be next level because it’s about so much more than just the Cup itself.

Hamilton: Bond preparing for Mighty trip, Crews to travel another Maori
Mon Aug 2 2021

Hamilton: Bond preparing for Mighty trip, Crews to travel another Maori

TOP WA trainer Greg Bond has his sights set on the new-look Victoria Cup Carnival.

Bond and wife Skye will use the next month or so to settle which of their stable stars will chase features like the Victoria Cup, Derby and Oaks as well as the mares’ features.

Heading the contenders are former WA Cup winner Mighty Conqueror, emerging star Minstrel, classy mare Wainui Creek and three-year-olds like Dont Bother Me None, Jett Star, Boorah and Newsy.

Hamilton: The stars and highlights from a magical carnival
Mon Jul 26 2021

Hamilton: The stars and highlights from a magical carnival

It was the carnival that had it all.

When Racing Queensland enhanced it’s winter carnival, adding a few new Group 1 features and bolstering stakemoney, it hoped to become a real destination event of Aussie harness.

It’s only taken one year and defied all the travel hassles of a pandemic to do so.

The chorus of praise from participants likened the TAB Constellations Carnival to the glory days of the Inter Dominion when participants and fans would gather from all parts of Australia for great racing and celebrate the sport.

Hamilton: No ifs or buts as reinsman reminds of champion status
Mon Jul 19 2021

Hamilton: No ifs or buts as reinsman reminds of champion status

WHAT a treat it has been watching Anthony Butt in action during the past few weeks in Queensland.

It is well-established he is a champion, but the way he has driven in the big races at Redcliffe and Albion Park during this stunningly successful Queensland Constellations Carnival has been something to behold.

His mix of aggression, poise and split-second decision making has been sublime. Then again, this is a guy who’s won seven A. G. Hunter Cups, 37 heats or finals of the Inter Dominion, three NZ Cups and countless other major races.

Hamilton: Cran's class shines through in Rising Sun defeat
Mon Jul 12 2021

Hamilton: Cran's class shines through in Rising Sun defeat

CRAN Dalgety is a class act.

The champion Kiwi horseman allowed himself a moment to digest KRUG’S fourth placing behind AMAZING DREAM in the inaugural Group 1 The Rising Sun, then quickly switched into celebration-mode.

This wasn’t about Krug, Dalgety or what might have been … it was Nathan Purdon’s moment and Dalgety wanted it to be special. The pair go way back.

“Nath and I are close, he’s like a brother. We’re staying up here together and it’s great to be kicking around with him again,” Dalgety said. “He’s worked for me on three different occasions and we were even in a training partnership back home (NZ) for a while.

Hamilton: Rising Sun intrigue, Pink Galahs stars, Sonador steps up
Mon Jul 5 2021

Hamilton: Rising Sun intrigue, Pink Galahs stars, Sonador steps up

DAVID Brick is entitled to take some time to himself this week to savour the huge success his brainchild, The Rising Sun, is even before it is run for the first time.

Simply, it’s the best “new” race harness racing has seen since the Miracle Mile was first run and won by Kiwi mare ROBIN DUNDEE way back in 1967.

It’s an inspired concept, especially the three-year-old wildcard factor and preferential draw element. The proof is in the pudding with the chatter leading into the race and how strong the field will be.

Hamilton:  Rising Krug announces himself on Aussie soil
Mon Jun 28 2021

Hamilton: Rising Krug announces himself on Aussie soil

THERE’S a bit of a Cox Plate feel to this new race, The Rising Sun.

The interest around what, if any three-year-olds will run in the Cox Plate, is always a huge talking point and the quirk factor of having two 3YO wildcards spots in The Rising Sun – largely a race for four-year-old pacers – has given it a whole new dimension.

Young Kiwi sensation KRUG showed he will add so much to the race, especially the way he so impressively won the Redcliffe Derby last Saturday night. You can go much better than he did, doing a power of work and slicing 0.8sec off the all-aged track record.

Hamilton: Shock and awe as WA sensation makes Vic Cup claims
Mon Jun 21 2021

Hamilton: Shock and awe as WA sensation makes Vic Cup claims

WA pacing sensation SHOCKWAVE is just what the Victoria Cup needs.

After 18 months of limited interstate and Kiwi raids because of COVID-19, having a serious new buzz horse come across and take on the best from the eastern states in a serious Group 1 feature will be a real treat.

Shockwave has it all and he’s poised to dominate his own patch judging by last Friday’s stellar comeback win, but is he more than just a big fish in a little pond? Time will tell.

Hamilton: No expense spared as stars get ready to rise
Tue Jun 15 2021

Hamilton: No expense spared as stars get ready to rise

AUSTRALIA’S most exciting pacer EXPENSIVE EGO will kick-start a massive six weeks of Queensland racing with a surprise early appearance at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Team McCarthy will also unleash its buzz new pick-up SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS at the same meeting.

“There are good races for both of them, they are both headed towards The Rising Sun (July 10),” driver Luke McCarthy said. “The way they are graded, both can run in support races rather than the Lucky Creed (free-for-all) this week.”

Hamilton: Jewels delight, 'that' protest, Spankem's horror start
Mon Jun 7 2021

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

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.

Hamilton: Kate and Tilly's special bond strengthens even more
Mon May 31 2021

Hamilton: Kate and Tilly's special bond strengthens even more

KATE Gath and Tilly Wilkes still haven’t met, but the friendship already runs so deep.

It the moments after TOUGH TILLY’S biggest and most dominant win so far, Saturday night’s $350,000 Group 1 Australian Gold final, Gath looked down the barrel of the Trots Vision camera and said: “Hi Tilly, I’m so excited for you.”

When Gath’s night was finally over and she turned on her phone, the first text message she saw was from Wilkes, thanking her for drive on Tough Tilly and congratulating her.

Hamilton: Team Tilly set for 'night we've been waiting for'
Mon May 24 2021

Hamilton: Team Tilly set for 'night we've been waiting for'

THIS will be a special night for the TOUGH TILLY team.

It’s the first time the big group of 30, including the “face” of the filly, young Tilly Wilkes, will all gather trackside to cheer for their superstar in the $350,000 Group 1 Australian Gold 3YO final at Melton next Saturday night.

Because of COVID-19, the Tough Tilly team has been restricted to meeting and watching her races together away from the track.

Hamilton: Sack sprint lane, QBRED airborne and all hail champs
Mon May 17 2021

Hamilton: Sack sprint lane, QBRED airborne and all hail champs

THE time has come to ditch sprint lanes.

When they were first introduced in Australia, the “sell” was increased turnover and better perception for the sport.

There’s no evidence either have eventuated.

What sparked me to raise the sprint lane debate again – it’s certainly not the first time I have – is the massive surge of interest and betting turnover on Mildura.

Hamilton: Knight to remember for Mannings as Chubb fires
Mon May 10 2021

Hamilton: Knight to remember for Mannings as Chubb fires

“THAT was a bit like the good old days.”

Those were Kerryn Manning’s words in the moments after teaming-up with her father, Peter, for their first Group 1 win together in 11 years with PLYMOUTH CHUBB at Melton last Saturday night.

And weren’t those good old days special, when Peter was the “King of the Kids” for his stunning success with juveniles then showed his versatility by taking KNIGHT PISTOL from a rogue to a Group 1 trotting megastar.

Hamilton: Contenders aplenty for Arty's title
Mon May 3 2021

Hamilton: Contenders aplenty for Arty's title

THE door is open and the contenders are coming knocking.

When LOCHINVAR ART was ruled out for the rest of this year with injury, the crown as Australia’s best was up for grabs.

Sure dual Miracle Mile winner KING OF SWING justifiably inherits the number one seeding, but the challengers are coming thick and fast, headed by EXPENSIVE EGO.