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29 February 2024
Beginners' Luck for Busselton Breeder
It’s been a case of beginner’s luck for Busselton trainer-breeder Reece Kaptein, whose first broodmare in Belturbet NZ was the dam of a multiple Group 1 winner. “Reece bought her to race but after three starts she broke down, so he decided to breed from her,” Kayla Trewenack,...
29 February 2024
Club Menangle launches two weeks of Group 1 racing with the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles
The Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles, Australia’s premier Harness Racing event, returns this Saturday at Club Menangle with the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots of Fire, for two weeks of high stakes racing and vibrant festivities. The opening night will feature Australia’s best four-year-old...
29 February 2024
Early TAB Eureka Watch On Menangle
SLOT holders in the world’s richest pacing race, the $2.1mil TAB Eureka, will be glued to some of the major races at Menangle on Saturday night. With just one locked-in so far – Never Ending for Soho Standardbreds – nine slot holders still need to find their horse. And so many of the...
29 February 2024
Key Changes to 2024 Tab Eureka
THERE are two key enhancements to the 2024 TAB Eureka. In the days after the mighty mare Encipher won the inaugural running of the $2.1mil race at Menangle last September, Harness Racing Australia promised a full review. “We were open about that. We wanted and sought feedback for all sections of...
29 February 2024
Purdon Lauds Chariots Depth
CHAMPION Kiwi trainer Barry Purdon has won a record four Chariots Of Fire and insists he will have to upstage “as strong a Chariots as we’ve seen” to add a fifth victory at Menangle on Saturday night. Purdon, a New Zealand Hall of Famer, won three of the first five Chariots with Ginger...
29 February 2024
Gloucester Park Preview Friday 1 March 2024
Fortune smiles on The Bettor Side An unexpected slice of fortune has enabled promising pacer The Bettor Side to gain a start in the $125,000 APG WA Sales Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night --- and he gets an excellent chance from barrier No. 4 to win the 1730m...
29 February 2024
Mark Purdon gets the 'first laugh' with Chariots barrier draw
IT’S shaping as one of the most competitive fields of four-year-olds ever gathered at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Yet champion New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon had the ‘first laugh’ when his boom four-year-old Dont Stop Dreaming drew the coveted two barrier when the final field was drawn...
29 February 2024
A Charlton double for Albert Cefai in unfamiliar territory
It was a case of beginner’s luck for Melbourne based harness racing trainer Albert Cefai when he made the long trek to Charlton for the first time earlier this week. Cefai, who trains a small team at Rockbank, was forced to look at alternatives for his veteran pacer River Patrol and trotter Fling...
28 February 2024
Bumper fields for WA Sales Classics night
Friday night’s two and three-year-old Sales Classics headline a bumper night of pacing at Gloucester Park. The $125,000 2YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic (1730m) and 2YO Filles Sales Classic are the main events of the evening, following the heats last week. The Robbie Williams-trained Mysta...
28 February 2024
Reed sees Sales similarities in Ruby Lou as threepeat beckons
Trainer Mike Reed will be looking to record his third consecutive win in Friday’s APG 2YO Fillies Sales Classic (1730m), when he has the talented Ruby Lou line up in the event. Reed, who won the race in 2022 and 2023 with Cabsav and Water Lou respectively, ensured he would have reprsentation in...
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