Breeders Crown Final 2018


Stress Factor, Sleepee, Our Show Gait, Our Princess Tiffany, Hurricane Harley, Ride High, Speak No Evil and Kyvalley Clichy have all saluted as Australasia's star-studded juveniles stepped out at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight for the TAB Breeders Crown finals.

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Eight Group 1s and two Group 2s were won in a $1.4 million-plus showcase of elite trots racing.

We savoured every moment with's blog, which shared the winning words from connections.

11.20pm: Enjoy this fantastic video wrap of tonight's memorable finals.

10.40pm: The night's capped with Rockon Bye winning the last for reinsman Geoff Webster and trainer Greg Norman, whose mare claimed the Always B Miki Alabar Breeders Crown Graduate Cup.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Geoff Webster: 'It's been a long time since the Norman-Webster combination's been together. When Greg asked me to drive the filly, I knew she goes pretty nice so I had to get it right eventually, I didn't have any luck last week. She got an easy lead time and the first quarter wasn't special, then she dashed up really nice.'

Trainer Greg Norman: 'Very special to win tonight. My (late) Dad (Reg) used to come to all the Breeders Crown's and loved it. To win one with her tonight is very, very special. She's a very nice horse and done the job tonight. She's had no luck, she's been racing well and going well. Tonight it all fell into place and is just nice to win a race.'

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10.10pm: She's a very good mare Carlas Pixel, again proving that with a dominant performance in the Nevele R Stud Breeders Crown Championship.

A $1.20 shot, Carlas Pixel sat parked and then worked to the front to run away with the Group 1, capping a great night for reinsman Mark Pitt and a win for trainer Dean Braun.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Mark Pitt:'This is a night to remember for sure. It's great to come out on these night's and be very successful. It's the biggest highlight of my whole career that I've been driving, on a night like this to be able to drive three winners. Every time she steps out she puts her good foot forward, she's never really run a bad race in her life, every time she goes out she just gets a little bit better. It was a little bit of a tricky one, whether we were going to find the lead or whether we were going to have to sit parked. I didn't want to get into a speed war early for no reason and was happy just to let her work her way forward.'

Trainer Dean Braun: 'She went from a maiden three-year-old January last year to a M8 now, Ladyship Mile winner, she's a fantastic mare. Every time we have taken her out she's just got better and better. She's just got an amazing constitution, she never really gets sick. She just one of those horses, she's a pleasure to train and the owners are really really good people. She's a star. She's got a motor as big as herself, but really really proud of her tonight.'

10pm: Kyvalley Clichy has survived a protest to win the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, securing a fourth Group 1 on the night for reinsman Chris Alford and a third for trainer Brent Lilley.

Short-priced favourite Always Ready controlled the tempo throughout, but come the final straight wasn't able to hold off its challenges and Kyvalley Clichy emerged from leader's back to win.

There was a significant delay in finalising the result, with Kate Gath - who steered Dream Mastar to an impressive second - protesting after Kyvalley Clichy lost stride and galloped over the line in the closing stages. Stewards dismissed the protest.

Owner Jim Connelly: 'I'm extremely happy. This is a race I've been very fortunate in over the last 18 years. I'm just very lucky and hope the luck continues.'

9.10pm: Emma Stewart has tied Bill Dixon's all-time record for most wins in a season, recording number 299 for 2017-18 with Speak No Evil saluting in a lightning quick Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown final for three-year-old fillies.

Speak No Evil worked to the front and kept a willing pace that few could match, with Angel Of Arts battling on well for Mick Stanley from leader's back to claim second.

The victory is a third Breeders Crown for the night for both reinsman Chris Alford and Stewart, and a second for owner-breeder Lauriston Bloodstock.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Chris Alford: 'It took a while to work to the front but the lead time wasn't too bad. We really got trucking when Mark (Reed on Our Angel Of Harlem) got outside us. He kept the speed on, his filly was really strong and brave but Maggie just kept sticking her head out and didn't want to lose. Thankfully she was nice and relaxed and even though he was pressuring her she was doing it quite comfortably. She's had an amazing season really, winning this and winning Vicbred and an unlucky second in the Oaks as well, you can't ask much more.'

Clayton Tonkin: 'She's a super filly and has done a terrific job all year. She's just got natural speed, great racehorse and she just gets the job done every time. I know when Bill sent her to us he said you've got high standards because both of her (half sisters Musical Delight and Queen Of Pop) won Group 1s and won Golds. She's done the job. We love her. She's a special filly.'

Owner-breeder Anne Anderson: Top Tempo's been a wonderful broodmare for us. Unfortunatey or fortunately, I don't know which, the fillies all take after their mum, so they can be difficult. So full credit to Clayton and Emma for persevering with her. She's a great filly on the race track, she's all business.

8.40pm: Ride High has obliterated a quality field, producing a 25.7 final quarter to win the highly anticipated IRT Breeders Crown Series for three-year-old colts and geldings.

Mark Pitt worked to the front, with Colt Thirty One happy to sit leader's back while Poster Boy took up the breeze and Ignatius three-wide for the final lap.

The heads of state were all there but come the last 50m there was only one, with Emma Stewart's Ride High saluting in a 1:55.2 mile rate.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Mark Pitt: I was a litte bit surprised that the front was there. Colt Thirty One is a marvellous horse in front, you can't discredit any of the horses, but we got there pretty easy and were able to control it. He's done it with ease this horse. He is only lightly raced and every time he goes out he just keeps getting better and better. He's very versatile, he's got a lot of high speed and he's very tough. I was a little bit surprised there weren't a lot of challenges but the tempo was very genuine and I suppose it made it hard for the backmarkers to get into it.'

Trainer Emma Stewart: 'He's very special to us, for him to win I'm very excited. (Owner-breeder Peter Gleeson) has been a terrific supporter of ours, he's got a terrific breed of horse. This fella's a half brother to Rocknroll Magic, who's a super filly herself, so to be able to have horses like that, they're hard to come by. We've had him since he was a yearling and he took a bit of time to mature. Peter's great like that, we had all the time in the world with him, we just let him mature and he's only had a handful of starts and he just keeps getting better and better.'

8.10pm: Reputations were only enhanced with Wrappers Delight controlling and ultimately dominating the Hygain Breeders Crown Championship and The Storm Inside enormous from his back row draw. Ipl satta app yahoo.

Both have December's Inter Dominion in the frame and that wouldn't have been shaken tonight.

A popular victory for reinswoman Kima Frenning, trainer David Aiken and owner Domenic Martello, who has made no secret of his want for a Breeders Crown.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

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Driver Kima Frenning: 'I just got absolutely no words, I'm just shaking my head. I'm so grateful that I get to drive him and Aiks just done an amazing job with this horse to get him where he is today. It's just been such a cool ride to be on and to stand here today and win a Breeders Crown is just ridiculous.

'He's just one of them who doesn't stop trying. Last week I was rapt with him, even though he got beat I couldn't have been more happy with him. I just knew the way he's been racing that he's going to keep improving. He was awesome tonight.'

Trainer David Aiken: 'He was really good. It's just a relief when they are expected to win and they do. He's done a really good job. He'll have a little break now and hopefully get him ready for the races in the next couple of months. He's got speed and he's strong. He's going to run into some nice horses, the second horse there (The Storm Inside) was ridiculously good, they're going to have a few good clashes over their time. Inter Dominion this year, home track, we are hoping we might have a couple of horses but he's going to be the flagship.'

Owner Domenic Martello: 'This is legit a dream come true. To win a Breeders Crown is what I've been trying to do for many years. The big stables keep beating me, it was so frustrating. It's been a long road, we've contested plenty of these races and haven't ever been able to win one. I've never touched a Breeders Crown trophy, I'm a bit superstitious, and didn't want to touch one until I've won one.'

7.40pm: An extraordinary battle as Hurricane Harley snatches Centenario late to win a brilliant edition of the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown final for two-year-old colts and geldings.

It's win number 297 for Emma Stewart as she produces the quinella, with Mark Purdon's Im Anothermasterpiece running a super, luckless race to finish third,

A mile rate of 1:55.8 includes a last half mile in 54.6 as reinsman Mark Pitt and Hurricane Harley turn the tables on Vicbred winner Centenario.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Mark Pitt: 'It's a great relief that one. There's a lot of pressure going into that race tonight, there's some great horses in it. It probably didn't really go to plan, but as you know plans don't always go to plan out there. We didn't really want to burn him off the arm, because we probably could never have got across Centenario. We tried to get in behind, but that wasn't there and we had to go to plan A, B and C. When it comes to these big races you just have to believe in the horse a lot, I believe in him tonight and he showed me how good he is.'

Trainer Emma Stewart: 'When he had to make a couple of runs in the race I thought he'd probably find it a little hard because he's generally not over-tough, so when Centenario was in front and he had to make a few moves I was a little bit worried for him. I thought Harley was always going to be hard to run down if he was close enough, but when he had to go a bit extra it was a credit to the horse, he really dug deep and deserved to win.'

7.10pm: How big Our Princess Tiffany as she sits in breeze and wins after a terrific battle with Kualoa in the Always B Miki Alabar Breeders Crown final for two-year-old fillies.

The two favourites had to work as they shuffled forward, with Kualoa rolling into the lead and Our Princess Tiffany the breeze and they brawled to the line, with Enchanted Stride running a big race to finish a close third for trainer/driver David Miles.

That's now three of the last four for Purdon in this category, a huge effort.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Trainer-Driver Mark Purdon: 'She was very courageous and full credit to her. She took quite a bit out of herself overracing, which surprised me a bit. Down the back I just let her roll, so we got down the back pretty good. We were both off the bit at the quarter, but it was just survival of the fittest.

'I just let her come out on her own because I thought if I didn't come out early I was going to be parked and I thought I'd rather just have her nice and relaxed if I could. On the clock she's done exceptionally well.

'A good group of owners who have been with me a long time, so it gives you a great pleasure when you win for them races like this. This is a wonderful series and great to be part of, you are dealing with all the best horseman right throughout Australia.

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Purdon on Alford's season: 'Outstanding, phenomenal, I've never seen anything like it. He's not slowing down at all and at his stage he's going as well as ever.'

6.40pm: The Kiwis get one with Our Show Gait narrowly clipping Moonshine Linda to win for reinsman Mark Purdon and trainer Regan Todd, who claimed his first Group 1, in the Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown for three-year-old trotting fillies.

A big result for owner Cheryl Rasmussen as the Majestic Son filly comes from the one-one to overcome third-placed The Great Redeemer and leader Pretty Majestic to win, with Moonshine Linda's sprint lane burst falling just short.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Mark Purdon: 'It's really the first serious trip away for Regan, he's done a lot of work under Mark Jones with Master Lavros, who took him a lot of places, but this is his first trip on his own account and he's done really well. Raced by Cheryl (Rasmussen), I'm sure she will be tuning in tonight and getting a great thrill.

'I was a bit concerned, Gavin (Lang) was coming home good there, but she was just lucky enough to hold on. She has probably come into her own this last six weeks with the trip away, she's really thrived and done well and it's really made her.'

Trainer Regan Todd: 'To do it on my own is pretty special. Mark and Natalie quite liked (Our Show Gait), but she had to have bone chips taken out of her knees, so I was very very lucky (to get her).'

6pm: Two down and that's already a Group 1 double for champion reinsman Chris Alford, whose exceptional season continues.

That one meant a lot to 'The Puppet', who gave his fair share of fist pumps after saluting for trainer and wife Alison, who also part owns the horse with her mum Vicki Woodhouse.

It was a cracking drive from Alford, who let the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting filly champion balance up in the breeze before taking leader Emerald Stride's back mid-race.

David Miles broke the race open on the leader and only Sleepee could go with him, eventually overruning the brave front runner.

It was also a ripping result for breeder Colin Murphy, who's had such a magical time with the Alfords' trotter Wobelee.

Connections talked Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Chris Alford: 'She's surprised us right from day one. We didn't think she would make it to the two-year-old. All credit for this must go to Alison, because after Stawell I said she was going out in the paddock to miss the Redwood and the Breeders Crown because I think she will be OK next year. She had a couple of days off and she was bucking and kicking, Alison said you better bring her back in, so we did and here we are now. Pretty unreal, she used to bowl along really good at home, first trial she got beaten probably 200 and just wouldn't go. I thought 'oh, we've made a blue here', but she just keeps getting better.

'She came out OK (tonight), but I didn't really want to push her because I didn't know if she was ready for that. I was quite happy just to sit outside the leader and make it a dash up the straight. I got cover .. we were able to drop in for the trail, which probably helped us, but she still had to be good enough to peel off the leader in a 28 last quarter.'

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Trainer/owner Alison Alford: '(Colin) was kind enough to give us the opportunity to lease (Sleepee) and mum jumped in and took a share with me. It's a little bit surreal, I never thought I'd own one, I always wanted to own one, and I said to Chris on Thursday I'm starting to get a bit nervous. He said I could have told you that on Monday.'

5.30pm: Stress Factor had it all to himself to claim the night's first Group 1 - the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings.

The Kiwi recruit added the Crown to the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby, having gone three from three in Australia for trainer Brent Lilley, reinsman Chris Alford and the big group of owners who snapped him up.

Stress Factor got home in 27.8 to win from Chris Svanosio's duo Anywhere Hugo and Kyvalley Finn, filling two of the first three places a huge effort by Svanosio who followed on from a magical night last night with Sparkling Success and Margaret Jean.

Connections talked to Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race:

Driver Chris Alford: 'He's done a super job since he's been here. Credit to the owners for buying him, he's done as well, if not better, than expected. He came out nice and he settled really well in front. He was pricking his ears most of the way. He did have a really good kick at the top of the straight because he relaxed so well. Super job, I'm very happy for the connections and Brent.'

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Trainer Brent Lilley: 'It's their grand final at the end of it. He's a lovely horse this fella, we probably just got him at the right time. He's been well managed, Mark Purdon had him and then we left him in the care of Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis back home before we got him here. A lot of people to thank.'

Owner Fred Crews: 'I've won a Breeders Crown free for all for the trotters, but not one of the younger races. This has always been my aim to win the big trophy and go for a ride in the carriage, so we've achieved it tonight.'

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