26 October 2011 - The locals starred at Lord's Raceway on Tuesday night winning all three trotting races on the eight event card. Bendigo Harness Racing Training Centre's trainer Roma Pocock harnessed up the first of the trio, winning the Freedom Tank Trotters Handicap with 10-year-old Mister Jonas, driven by Daryl Douglas. Mister Jonas which doubles a a training horse for students at the school training centre led from start to finish. Father and son team Len and Graeme Maher partnered up for the second Trot victory with their homebred ultra consistent perfomer Jindalbie in the BHRC Members Trot and Sedgwick's Ross Graham made it a Bendigop clean swep in the trotting races, winning the BHRC Ladies Committee Trot with Completed Family. Mister Jonas win was his first in two years with his previous triumph at Maryborough back in November 2009. The gelded son of Extrovert is a veteran of 104 race starts and has now recorded six lifetime victories. Eight-year-old gelding Jindalbie has now won two of 38 starts but has also registered nine second placings and been third five times. "He's no champion but he is honest," trainer Len Maher said. Driver Graeme thought he may have added another runner up prize to Jindalbie's record. "Right on the line I thought she (Prettygirl Lassie) may have got us," he said. Huntly's Ashley Manton used the sprint lane and Prettygirl Lassie speared home hard just failing by a half head. The Graham family owned Completed Family broke through for its first victory in eight race starts. The Keystone Salute gelding started the race favourite and ginished strongly. - David Aldred
15 October 2011 - Bendigo's grey flyer Summanus used the sprint lane to snatch victory in the final few strides at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Tabcorp Park hosted a fundraising night for local girl Tiffany Murray and the grey provided Bendigonians with something to cheer about. In the Tiffany Murray Purple Army Pace the Jet Laag gelding driven by trainer Glen Comensoli scored a half neck victory in a driving finish which saw a quarter of a length separate the first three home. Comensoli gave Summanus the run of the race behind the leader and saved his best shot for the final 100 metres. Into the straight, the driver stoked up Summanus for the sprint lane drive and he zipped through to wear down leaders Lord Lombo and Heza Panamach with Good Jasper finishing strongly. Summanus beat Good Jasper (Caleb Lewis) by a half neck with a neck back to Bendigo's Heza Panamach (Daryl Douglas). Dougals was edged out of a major victory in the previous race when top mare Make Mine Cullen was beaten a head by Broadways Best in the Golden Wattle Cup and earlier in the night Nagambie's Chris Lang Jr trained his first Group winner when Miss Warbucks, raced by his partner Haley Toulmin, scored in the 2Construct RC Freestone Trotters Cup (Gr3). Lang Jr, who has a remarkable record in this race winning the past fours editions, drove the 9yo Sundon mare to victory at odds of $43.60. - David Aldred
15 October 2011 - Off the back of Make Mine Cullen's narrow defeat in Friday night's Golden Wattle Cup at Melton, Strathfieldsaye trainer Glenn Douglas will launch a three prong attack on tonight's $30,000 Nyah Pacing Cup.
The Douglas trio Showdownatmidnight, Jukebox Music and Bold Cruiser each go into the race with a shot at winning the standing start feature. Glenn's champion reinsman brother Daryl drives last start Melton winner Showdownatmidnight, a former Central Victorian Championship winner and a country cups veteran. The son of D M Dilinger's last start victory over Village of Dreams and Kid Coconut from a standing start was one of the pacer's best performances for some time with the 8yo gelding sizzling home in a 27.5 final quarter. In the Nyah Cup Showdownatmidnight will leave from six off the front line. One position inside of him is stablemate Jukebox Music, a Melton winner three starts back and a last start runner up at Mildura. Glenn Douglas will pilot the 6yo Christian Cullen gelding. The stable's veteran Bold Cruiser has plenty of frequent travel points and is no stranger to Nyah winning the Cup in 2007. In his glory days Bold Cruiser won a Moonee Valley Cup, Hobart Cup, Kilmore Cup, Renshaw (Penrith) Cup and Mildura Cup but these days his performances are mixed. Since winning at Menangle in August, Bold Cruiser has raced three more times at Menangle and once at Melton with his best effort a third placing. John Caldow will steer Bold Cruiser, a winner of close to $600,000 from the 10 metre handicap. Bold Cruiser has a 25% winning strike from a standing start. In the Nyah Trotters Cup local squaregaiters Barneys Invasion and Unbundled will carry the local flag. It's a tough, studded with up and coming stars. Paul Morrissey's Barney's Invasion looked back in top form at Bendigo last start, the Longlea 9yo winning over 2650 metres. Unbundled trained at Maiden Gully by David Van Ryn, will be driven by Leigh Sutton. The Conch De Ville 6yo's last win was in July at Kilmore. - David Aldred
9 October 2011 - Make Mine Cullen was brave in defeat, going down by just a half neck to Lets Slash An Burn in the $25,000 Geelong Rocket on Saturday night. Trapped three wide out of the gate, Daryl Douglas went forward and parked the champion Bendigo mare outside the leader Our White Knight, providing Greg Sugars driving the Geoff Webster trained Lets Slash An Burn with the one out and one back chair. Entering the straight in the metric mile, Make Mine Cullen wore down Our White Knight but was imediately challenged by Lets Slash An Burn. The duo went to the line together with Lets Slash An Burn ($8.50) getting the last nod in to defeat the Glenn Douglas trained Make Mine Cullen ($3.30) with the $2.30 race favourite Melpark Major (Amy Tubbs) steaming home to grab third spot 2.1 metres from the winner. Bendigo owners celebrated success at the Geelong meeting with Buriton Bailey getting the judges decision by a head in a thrilling SEW Missle Pace Final. The race for C1 pacer went right down to the wire with the Anthony Crossland trained and driven Buriton Bailey ($10.40) scoring by a head from Action Royale ($4.60 - Nigel Milne). The victory was Buriton Bailey first in four Australian starts. The former New Zealand gelding by Tinted Cloud made its local debut on 4th September, finishing second at Bendigo. - David Aldred
6 October 2011 - Bendigo’s best mare Make Mine Cullen tackles her first feature race this season on Saturday night en route to possibly another crack at Sydney’s rich Miracle Mile next month. The six-year-old mare lines up against a classy field in the $25,000 SEW Eurodrive Geelong Rocket (1609m) at Beckley Park. Make Mine Cullen was right in the mix in last year’s historical Miracle Mile won by Smoken Up in a record time of 1:50.3. The mare finished fifth, right on the heels of the first four Smoken Up, Blacks A Fake, Villagem and Mr Feelgood and trainer Glenn Douglas said this week that the 2011 edition is still pencilled in on the mares agenda. “We have it on the list and we’re thinking about it, her performances over the next few weeks will ultimately determine where we put her, the Miracle Mile is a possibility again,” Douglas said. “As always, we will also be closely targeting the mares races, they’re her speciality and we will place her where we think she can win, we will see what happens.” Douglas said Make Mine Cullen’s closing sectionals when fourth to Smoken Up in the 2240 metre Preux Chevalier at Tabcorp Park, Melton in 1:55.4 rate on 23 September was “very good”. “Those closing sections were smart and she was making ground from the back of the field, chasing good horses.” Douglas said. “The absence of Smoken Up in the Geelong Rocket field makes it a little easier this time but horses like Decorated Jasper and Melpark Major never makes it easy for you. I’m happy with my mare and we will give this race a real shake.” Nine horses will contest the Geelong Rocket and Make Mine Cullen has drawn the front line gate six. Melpark Major will leave from the outside of the front line and Decorated Jasper goes from the inside of the second row, gate 8. Make Mine Cullen’s last win was in the Our Maestro FFA at Melton in July. She had a let-up and has raced four times since, finishing runner up to Heza Buzzin in the Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate Pace on 19 August and third to Karloo Mick in the Spring Cup at Menangle, 27 August before her last start fourth. - David Aldred
4 October 2011 - Leading local trainers Glenn Douglas and Ross Graham will fly the flag for Bendigo in the two Group races to be staged at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night. Graham will be the first cab off the rank with Sassy Pinevale out to regain her best form in the Group 3 NAB Scotch Notch Memorial Trot, a $20,000 handicap over 2760 metres. The race has attracted a classy line-up and Bendigo’s champion driver Daryl Douglas will steer Sassy Pinevale from a 20 metre handicap. The six year-old mare has three top trotters behind her in the handicap, Danny Cash and Earl of Mot share the 30 metre line and the backmarker off 40 metres is Don King. At three starts this season Sassy Pinevale has failed to produce her best form. In July she scored back-to back wins in the Cranbourne Trotters Cup and the Matchmaker Mile at Maryborough. In the $50,000 Group 2 Melton Plate XXIII premier local trainer Glen Douglas will harness up two starters, the in-form Heza Trick and the country cups specialist Our Hillview Gold. Heza Trick has posted four wins in country Victoria and two seconds at Melton from just six Australian starts and the Badlands Hanover gelding certainly looks a horse on the way up. Our Hillview Gold, also a son of Badlands Hanover hasn’t produced anything like his best form this season but he is capable of a quick turn-around. Last season Douglas harnessed Our Hillview Gold up for 11 wins including the Country Cups at Charlton and Ouyen (Mildura track) and the Spring Championship at Melton. - David Aldred
3 October 2011 - Junortoun trainer Bruce Morgan took out the Bendigo Harness Racing Club’s Trainer of the Month Award for August with his stable duo The Dreamtime and Ruby Slippers both posting winning performances away from their home track last month. On Wednesday night the two girls will only have to travel across the road to Lord’s Raceway to race and Morgan could be celebrating a home track double. Ruby Slippers, a daughter of Morgan’s former champion mare Mother Courage, posted her first victory at her most recent outing at Maryborough on 29 August. The 3yo filly was given a sprint lane ride home by ace driver Greg Sugars to beat the promising Long Black in the 1690 metre final race of the season for two-year-olds. Morgan was full of praise for the filly after the race. “She is getting better as she matures and could win better races,” he said. Ruby Slippers’ dam Mother Courage won $460,000 during her career including four Group One races and a Bendigo Pacing Cup. Ruby Slippers has only raced six times and has been a top three finisher twice. On Wednesday night she is drawn perfectly at gate two in the first race the Bendigo Members 3yo pace (1650m) and Greg Sugars is back on board. Another champion reinsman, local Daryl Douglas takes the drive on Morgan’s up and coming star, 4yo mare The Dreamtime, also a last start winner. A daughter of Dream Away USA and the very good mare Indigenous, The Dreamtime has raced just three times for a win and two second placings. The mare looked real smart winning a 3CO at Maryborough on 24 August over the 1690 metre journey and was runner up to Cullen Bromac at Melton at her previous start just six days earlier. The Dreamtime will start on the inside of the second row in the final race, the WIN TV Bendigo Pace (2150m). - David Aldred