MOUNT GAMBIER - Saturday 2nd April 2022
RACE 1: Bendigo Community Bank - Mount Gambier Pace
ROYAL APOLLO (5) was a last start winner at Mount Gambier defeating MASSIMO MILLY by 6.1 metres. He is a strong chance against this field tonight.
MASSIMO MILLY (2), IRISHMURPHY (6) and TRUE BLUE ROSE (4) are also chances.
RACE 2: City of Mount Gambier Pace
MY PURPLE PATCH (4) has shown some impressive signs over the early stages of his career. He has had three starts for two wins and one placing. If he brings his best run tonight he will be hard to beat.
HE WILL WANTANO (1) will run a strong race from the inside draw.
THE STYLIST (6) ran third behind SWEET AMERICAN last start at Horsham. He is a threat against this field.
WATCHME RUN (3) is also a chance.
RACE 3: 2022 TAB Mount Gambier Pacing Cup
STRATOFORTRESS (5) ran second in the Ouyen Cup last start and was beaten a half head behind EQUITY STRIDE. He was a winner in the Gawler cup two starts back. He will be too good for this field if he brings his best run.
STEAM CLEANED (1), ASSASSINATOR (9) and SECRET JACK (8) are also chances.
RACE 4: Stuckey Electrical Contractors Pace
SHE WILL WANTANO (1) has been racing consistently recently. She will love the inside draw and run a strong race against this field.
VICTORY MEDAL (5) has been racing well for the Shane Loone stable and was a last start Globe Derby winner.
CAPTAIN MANNERING (4) will be a threat if he can bring his best run.
NOOSA BEACH (2) is also a chance.
RACE 5: 2022 Matthews Petroleum Mount Gambier Gold Cup
DONT NEED AN EXCUSE (5) ran second behind ROYAL SPEECH last start. He has won two of his last four starts. If he can lob into a nice position from the tricky draw he is going to be a major chance.
ROYAL SPEECH (4) looks the main danger after an impressive win in the heat last week.
ASH PARK (1) and BETTER STEAM AHEAD (2) are also chances.
RACE 6: Baxter Hire Equipment Pace
BIEN HOA (1) has been knocking on the door for a victory recently. He gets his perfect chance from the inside draw against this field tonight.
RACE 7: Vale Col Gilmore - Life Member Pace
MARTIN MAGIC (1) experiences a drop down in class tonight and gets the benefit of the inside draw. He looks dangerous.
ALOOK TO LIKE (4), BETTORBEWRIGHT (6) and CEEULATER (5) are also chances.
RACE 1       5-6-4-3 
RACE 2       4-1-6-3
RACE 3       5-9-1-3
RACE 4       1-5-2-6
RACE 5       5-1-4-2
RACE 6       6-1-3-2
RACE 7       1-4-5-6
RACE 1        5-3-6-2
RACE 2        4-1-7-6
RACE 3        5-2-8-9
RACE 4        1-5-2-4
RACE 5        6-5-1-4
RACE 6        3-1-6-2
RACE 7        1-6-5-4
Race 1: Commercial Hotel Strathalbyn Pace
ONE NIGHT AT THEMILE (2) is going for three wins in a row after two impressive wins in three days last week at Globe Derby. He should be able to lead tonight. Once he leads he will be very hard to run down.
ELLEKER HANOVER (11) will run home strongly and pose a major threat against this field.
CELESTIAL DAYBREAK (5) and OUR MAJOR JACK (8) are also chances.
Race 2: Jive Cafe Pace
DELIGHTFUL GNP (4) has had a few runs back from a spell. She ran second behind VICTORY MEDAL last start and is edging closer to a win.
BET IM SPECIAL (6) is another who is edging closer to a win.
LETS GET SHORTY (1) will appreciate the inside draw.
LETS GO THERE (8) is also a chance.
Race 3: TAB Venue Mode Pace
MOTU PREMIER (7) has the tough draw to contend with. His first up run at Mildura was solid. He looks ready to win against this sort of field.
WRANGLER (8) has been unlucky not to win a race since coming to South Australia. Tonight could be his night.
BREACH THE BEACH (6) and JUST CAPPY (4) are also chances.
Race 4: Happy 85th Birthday Don Thomas Pace
ROCKING WITH CHARM (4) could cross down and find the front tonight. There is speed underneath him, but he does have the most effective draw. If he hits the front early will be hard to run down.
MANONTHEMOON (8) should run a strong race against this field.
PICKLE IT (2) is racing well but will dislike the draw.
SOHO BOB (1) has the right draw but will most likely be a short price and is a massive risk against this field.
Race 5: Bagnato Horse Transport Trotters Handicap
MASS DESTRUCTION (7) experiences a step down in class tonight after racing against C K SPUR in recent weeks. If he brings his best run will be too good for this field.
GHENT (2), MIRACLE RISING (8) and REDRIVERDEBBA (4) look the next best.
Race 6:Vale Dominic Barbaro Pace
VALDEMAR (6) was a last start winner when he defeated GROWLERS LAST by 8.4 metres. His form since coming to SA has been good.
ATREACHEROUS (4) is a major threat against this field. She was a last start winner when she defeated SUNFINE by 2 metres.
SPANMATILDA (3) and MAMMA KASS (1) look the next best.  
RACE 1       2-11-8-5
RACE 2       4-1-8-3
RACE 3       4-7-5-6
RACE 4       1-2-4-7
RACE 5       7-4-8-2
RACE 6       4-6-3-5
RACE 1        2-11-8-1
RACE 2        1-4-6-8
RACE 3        8-7-6-5
RACE 4        1-2-8-7
RACE 5        4-7-3-8
RACE 6        4-6-3-1
Industry Notice: Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
Industry participants are advised that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has been identified in a commercial piggery in South Australia. JE is an Emergency Animal Disease and is notifiable as it can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes, but occurs most commonly in pigs and horses.
JE is an acute mosquito-borne viral disease with a natural transmission cycle in waterbirds. Disease can occur in pigs and horses when bitten by infected mosquitoes.
It is important to note that direct horse to horse or horse to human transmission does not occur.
In horses, the disease is typically mild with symptoms including fever, lethargy and reduced appetite. Jaundice and neurological signs, such as unsteadiness or difficulty swallowing may develop in more severely affected cases.
Basic measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of exposure of horses to mosquitos include:
  • Using physical barriers such as light rugs and hoods during peak periods of mosquito activity (between dusk and dawn)
  • Reducing mosquito breeding sites on the premises by removing standing water;
  • Using fans and automatic overhead misting systems to reduce mosquito numbers in stables; and
  • Using mosquito repellents;
It is thought that recent heavy rains and higher than average rainfall in Australia have provided ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

More information relating to Japanese Encephalitis in humans can be found here.

How to identify the disease in horses:
In horses many cases are subclinical, meaning that they can be infected but not show signs of the disease. Most clinical disease is mild, however more severe encephalitis can occur which may be fatal.
Signs include an elevated temperature, jaundice (yellow gums, whites of the eye etc.), lethargy, anorexia (loss of appetite) and neurological signs which can vary in severity.
Neurological signs can include incoordination, difficulty swallowing, impaired vision and agitation.
While reports of the disease in other species are rare, overseas the disease has been reported in donkeys.
Horses are known to be a ‘dead end host’. They do not carry a blood infection that will re-infect mosquitoes.
JE virus is a nationally notifiable disease which means if you suspect an animal is showing signs of the disease, you must report it.
To report suspicions for Japanese Encephalitis infection, contact your vet or ring the emergency animal disease hotline on 1800 675 888 - This will put you in touch with your state or territory’s agriculture department.
Trainers and horse owners are also encouraged to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds near their horses, such as stagnant water, to reduce the chances of them being bitten.
Symptoms to look for in horses
Many horses infected with the virus are asymptomatic.  Most cases showing symptoms are mild, however severe encephalitis can cause death.
Common symptoms in horses and donkeys include:
  • elevated temperature
  • lethargy
  • decreased or no appetite
  • jaundice
  • neurological such as incoordination, wobbliness, hyperexcitability
  • difficulty swallowing or impaired vision.
Japanese encephalitis virus infection is a notifiable disease in all states and territories in Australia. State and territory which means if you suspect an animal is showing signs of the disease, you must report it.

Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline
Call us to report any serious or unusual symptoms or behaviour in your livestock or birds.

Freecall 1800 675 888
Tomorrow on the 1197am Harness Show we pay tribute to Dominic Barbaro.

John Coffey pays tribute to one of the greatest sires to stand in Australia Village Jasper.

Toby McKinnon previews the Mount Gambier Cup meeting.


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