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Methven fixed odds movers 04-12-16

Methven harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45pm Race 1 - A huge mover in the first is Medusa $30 - $8.50 and she is easily the best backed over Time For Diamonds $3.50.   Race 2 - An even spread on the win 'book' here with Red Moon Rising $2.70 the best backed over Unico Enchantress $2.90.   Race 3 - It's all one way traffic here on the win 'book' and it's on Shards Halo $6.00 - $3.90 but best backed in multi betting is Dancing In The Dark $3.50 - $4.00.   Race 4 - Best backed is Sky City King $13 - $12 over Playingintheshadows $3.70. In multi betting the $2.30 favourite Mossdale Rose is racing away.     Race 5 - No More Change $10.50 - $8.00 is the best backed over Julia Lady $12 - $10. Emily Brunt $4.20 leads multi betting over Missinmemate $4.20.   Race 6 - Galleons Royale $7.60 is the best backed over BK Dawn $19.   Race 7 - Vincent $1.70 - $1.60 has been smashed in win & multi betting and judging by that early money this race is over.   Race 8 - Le Lievre's Gift $8.00 - $7.00 is best backed over Harrysul $9.60. In multi betting it's all one way traffic on Marcoola $1.40.   Race 9 - Run Boy Run $12 is best backed over the $2.40 favourite Augusta.    Race 10 - Mossdale Conner $10 is best backed over Franco Texas $12 but the $1.65 favourite Chase The Dream easily leads multi betting.    Race 11 - Motu Lightning Miss $17 is best backed over Benji Mara $13.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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Hot pots to dominate grass track features

Two of the more quiet achievers of the Cup Week undercard look set to dominate separate grass track features today at Methven. Impressive four-year-old Chase The Dream will start a short priced favourite in the Methven Green Mile for the pacers off the back of his stunning fresh up victory on Show Day at Addington. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained pacer hasn’t been sighted since the performance but will strip a fit and ready horse when he walks out onto the green top this afternoon with Rasmussen in the bike. Despite having never raced on grass before, the striking individual opened up a warm order favourite in the one mile event ahead of Classie Brigade who will be out to go one better than his second last weekend at Orari. The Nigel McGrath trained pacer was a brave second and has the advantage of a good barrier draw to work forward early and make the others try and chase him. “He’s been brilliant this week,” McGrath said. “I’ve taken him out for a bowl on the beach a couple of times and he’s really impressed me with how he has felt.” Franco Texas will hold many keys to the race with his blistering gate speed as Jess Young looks to go back-to-back in the race after winning with Quick As A Trick last year. He’s back to defend his title too, but will start from the outside of the front line with John Dunn pressing the go button early a high possibility considering the gelding’s high cruising speed. The enigma of the race is without doubt, Mossdale Conner. A former winner of the race, he will be looking to bounce back to form over the shorter distance after disappointing last week. “He’s just not going like he can,” driver Ricky May said. “Hopefully the one mile will suit him and we can see the best of him.” Mossdale Conner starts from one on the second line. Earlier in the day, Marcoola, like Chase The Dream, will start a hot favourite in the trotting Green Mile. The progressive trotter was a brilliant second behind Monbet on Cup Day and comes into this week with the aid of having won a workout on the Methven track last weekend. He is one of three runners in the race for Ken Ford who will also line up Amaretto Sun and grass track toff, Zachary Binx. Super Selector – By Matt Markham Race 1: Time For Diamonds, China Express, Lola Leigh, Dragon’s Sister Race 2: Red Moon Rising, Unico Enchantress, Novak, All About Henry Race 3: Dancing In The Dark, Shards Halo, Curlimore, Mr Woodlea Race 4: Mossdale Sue, Playingintheshadows, Sky City King, Jay FM Race 5: Missinmemate, Julia Lady, Mrs Browns Boys, No More Change Race 6: Debaneyre, Jean Sebastien, All Star Angus, BK Dawn Race 7: Vincent, Franco Tristan, Bevan’s Cullen, Dana Duke Race 8: Marcoola, Amaretto Sun, Le Lievre’s Gift, Harrysul Race 9: Myidealson, Augusta, Run Boy Run, Magical Mitch Race 10: Classie Brigade, Chase The Dream, Mossdale Conner, Johnny Eyre Race 11: Cruzy Dude, Motu Lightning Lass, Regal Major, Crackabella Best Bet: Red Moon Rising (Race 2) Value: Motu Lightning Lass (Race 11)

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Ford has a strong hand in the Methven mile

Harness racing trainer Ken Ford holds a strong hand in todays Methven Trotters’ Green Mile, with three representatives in the dash for cash. The HARAS DES TROTTEURS TROTTERS GREEN MILE has a stake of $15,000 with a $2,000 bonus up for grabs if the national grass track record over one mile of 1:58.6. Stable star Marcoola is probably the stables best chance of winning the race having been set for the grass feature after almost beating Monbet at Addington on Cup day last month. The good looking Sundon 4yo horse will be driven in todays feature by Clint Ford who has driven the horse in all of his nine wins to date. Marcoola had a look at the Methven grass surface last Sunday at the workouts and won under a strangle hold after sitting parked for the last 1000m.     Marcoola winning at the Methven workouts last Sunday Ken's chances do not end there as he also has Amaretto Sun and Zachary Binx engaged and both have handy records on the grass surface. Later in the day the pacers also race over the short trip in the METHVEN FOUR SQUARE SUPERMARKET Green mile where the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen trained Chase The Dream is the red hot favorite to win. A $2000 Bonus will be added to the winning stake if the winner breaks the grass track Mile record of 1.56.5 in that race.   Harnesslink Methven Feature Selections Race 8        Marcoola, Ameretto Sun, Valmagne, Harrysul  Race10       Chase The Dream, Franco Texas, Quick As A Trick, Classie Brigade   Harnesslink Media  

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No Auckland Cup for Strike The Gold

If you backed last night’s (Friday) feature winner at Alexandra Park - Strike The Gold - to win the Auckland Cup at the same venue on December 31, then rip your ticket up now. The 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding opened up paying $201 to win the coveted Group One event when the ‘futures odds’ were made public on Friday. But trainer Franklin Ray Green said Strike The Gold and stablemate Killer Queen, who finished second in race four last night, will do their future racing in Sydney – but still under the Lincoln Farms ownership. “Even though I nominated Strike The Gold for the Auckland Cup it was a business decision in the end that will force us to withdrawhim from the big race. “I doubt if they will ever come back home because they are much better handicapped over there. I think Strike The Gold would be a C4 or C5 and Killer Queen a C2. It’s just not worth it racing against the good ones here any more. We would be lucky to get our expenses back,” Green said. Strike The Gold added another $8,024 to his bank account when winning the $13,000 Total Waterproofing Handicap for the R77 to R104 Pacers. In fact it was a brilliant front-running drive from David Butcher which ensured Strike The Gold’s one-and-a-quarter length victory over Better B Amazed (25m) and Tony Herlihy (MNZM). “That was a nice drive from David. He was on the only horse who started off the front and he set such a solid clip that back-markers couldn’t peg him back. “He’s a lovely horse who has rebounded very well from his problems,” Green said. There were only four starters in the 2700m standing start event. Strike The Gold was the only pacer off the front and stopped the clock in 3:21.1 (mile rate 1:59.9) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58.5 and 29.5. It was Strike The Gold’s sixth career win in 31 starts. He’s also placed six times and won $84,920 in stakes. He paid $6 to win. “He’s not bad for a horse who has six to eight screws in his legs. He’s recovered well from those fractures and has developed into a nice pacer. “It will be sad to see them both go but it’s a business decision and we want to do the best by their owners,” said Green. The duo will race in the Paul Fitzpatrick colours largely at Tabcorp Menangle. Green said there were no specific races that the owners were targeting. “They just want to win races with them over there and we are sure the Fitzpatricks will do a good job with them both,” Said Green. Strike The Gold is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D Cotterill, Mrs A Cotterill, and G Cotterill, while six-win pacer Killer Queen is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D James, M J Brereton, K J Bell, S Beckett, I A Middleton, J R Dias, and B P Rabbitt. They were bred by D G Moore and Kelvin Home Holdings Limited respectively. Lincoln Farms paid $75,000 to Moore for Strike The Gold at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, and $30,000 the following year the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch. “It will be sad to see them go but we always have others to look forward too. Our two 3-year-olds Spring Campaign (third) and Alta Intrigue (seventh) returned from spells tonight and I’m really happy with where they are at. “They have some nice races ahead of them and I’m also excited about our 2-year-old crop, especially a Bettor's Delight - Castellina Lover (by McArdle) colt named Recco Lover,” Green said. Duane Ranger

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm   Race 1 - Best backed  early is Whatasista $8.00 - $6.00 over Red Hot Poker $9.20.    Race 2 - Toll Gate $2.90 - $2.60 holds the most win money early over Jimmy Nga $5.60 and Lorretta Franco $6.00.   Race 3 - Trouble Giero $3.50 has taken a $3,500 bet at $3.50 and is easily the best backed early.   Race 4 - Culley Backy $2.40 easily leads multi betting over Pat Campbell $4.80.   Race 5 - Gershwin $3.00 leads multi betting over Eyre I Come $3.20.   Race 6 - Alta Orlando $2.20 is all punter's want in multi betting.   Race 7 - Clasina Maria $2.40 - $2.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Nui Toc Tien $3.90 and Aymar $4.80 are equal in multi numbers with Nui Toc Tien holding more on the win 'book'.   Race 9 - Zimfandel $7.80 - $5.50 leads win & multi betting over Seduce Me $8.00 and Crystal Caprice $2.60.   Race 10 - Some solid early win support here for a longshot in Man I'm Good $17.   In the Drivers Challenge best backed early is Nathan Williamson $3.60.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness Racing Waikato has received the best possible Christmas and New Year’s present. New Zealand ‘pacing’s pin-up boy’ – Lazarus is coming to Cambridge Raceway on January 6 to compete in the Group Two $60,000 Waikato Flying Mile. Co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon confirmed his nomination with HRW staff yesterday afternoon (Thursday). The winner of 19 of his 22 starts (placed in other three) and $1.49m in stakes, will have his first race back in the mobile mile (1609m) event since winning the coveted New Zealand Cup at Addington Raceway on November 8. Harness Racing Waikato’s Business Development Manager, David Branch was almost doing handstands and termed the news is as big as when Christian Cullen (Danny Campbell), Auckland Reactor (Purdon), and Adore Me (Purdon) lined up in the HRW’s most prestigious pacing event back 1999, 2009, and 2015 respectively. Adore Me set the race and track record of 1:51.69 when she won. Lazarus will by-pass the Group One $250,000 Auckland Cup on December 31 in favour of Cambridge. Thereafter the 4-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight will then embark on an Australian campaign which includes the Group Two $50,000 Hondo Grattan at Tabcorp Park Menangle on January 21; the Group One $400,000 Victoria Cup at Melton's Tabcorp Park on January 28; and the Group One $200,000 (4YO) Chariots of Fire at at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 11. "We are really excited to hear Lazarus is coming to our meeting. Cambridge loves a champion and I'm sure the community will get involved. Hopefully we can attract the same big crowds that Christian Cullen, Auckland Reactor, and Adore Me brought us," Branch said. Lazarus’s co-owner Trevor Casey said his co-owners wanted to give the club the opportunity to promote 'Laz' coming to their Raceway. “The Cambridge Club has always looked after me and I’m just so happy to support them. 'Barney' (Waikiki Beach) will also be in Cambridge at that time as well, but will not race. "Maybe we could get him on-course too," Christchurch-based Casey said. Waikiki Beach has won 23 of his 24 starts and ran second in the other. He has banked $846,720. Casey co-owns him with Mrs C M Rasmussen. Casey co-owns Lazarus with Phil & Glenys Kennard and Kevin Risely. “It would be so good if there was a big crowd to come and see him. We are working on an ‘owner-for-the-day promotion’ with him. “We just think it would be good to give the harness community a chance to see a champion,” Casey said. Branch said his Club would be getting behind the champion and doing all they could to get a big crowd for January 6. “This is big news. Lazarus and Monbet are our harness racing stars at the moment and it’s only right that as many Waikato locals and other visitors get to see him close up,” Branch said. “This is a great chance for us to capitalise,” he added. Lazarus has won eight Group One events and four Group Twos. An amazing feat considering he only started racing 22 starts ago on December 19, 2014 with a half-length win on debut at Alexandra Park. Duane Ranger

Jeremy Young could finally step out of Mark Purdon’s shadow on New Year’s Eve, and if he does he will realise a lifetime dream for both himself and his late mentor and friend Bryan Newberry. “I rode on the coat tails of Mark for many years when I worked for him. I tasted Group One victory on many occasions thanks to him and it felt great. “Now I just want to have a taste of what it's like to have a Group One starter in my name. It's always been a dream to line a horse in an Auckland Cup or New Zealand Cup, and if it does happen I will be there to give the others a fright. “If we are good enough to get in my fella can definitely upset a few,” Young said. The Franklin trainer was referring to Brydon Ideal’s nomination for the Group One $250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park on December 31. Young said it would be an absolute honour to have Newberry’s yellow and purple colours line up in a Cup. “I know Bryan has had some nice horses in his time including open class pacers Colonel Brydon, Brydon Delight and Rum Brydon, but this would be special to have Brydon Ideal line up in the big race. “He was the last horse that Bryan had anything to do with. He enjoyed watching him race. It would be an honour for Bryan’s horse to make the final 15,” stressed Young who works a team of about 10 at Pukekohe. Newberry passed away on April 20 of this year. Young trained five winners for him in his final season – the last of them being Brydon Ideal when he won a C3 to C7 pace at Alexandra Park on April 15. Newberry owned and bred the American Ideal gelding. “The biggest thrill I got with Auckland Reactor was when Mark (Purdon) and I took him up close and personal to his fans, but I can honestly say that winning any race for Bryan was right up there with that Auckland Reactor experience simply because it made Bryan so happy – and he deserved to be happy in his final years,” Young said. Auckland Reactor won the 2009 edition of the great race and Young remembers the great thrill he got when he was ‘Reactor’s’ strapper. “They were great times I will never ever forget. I travelled all over with the champion and I’m grateful for my years with Mark. I learnt so much. “But now is the time for me to come out of his shadow and have my own Group One starter. Brydon Ideal is eight now and this will be his last chance,” Young said. “If he doesn’t line up this year I don’t think he ever will,” He added. Brydon Ideal was one of 26 nominations for the Auckland Cup on December 31 when the nominations were released last Friday. “He’s got to make the field yet but I couldn’t be more pleased with his first-up third for four months at Alexandra Park last Friday (November 26). “For him to go 2:40.6 after just one trial gives me a lot of confidence. Sure he will be an outsider if he makes the field but the further they go the better it will suit him. All he needs is a hot pace,” said Young. The 43-year-old Franklin horseman said he would not be frightened off by the big guns. “I know some of Mark and Natalie (Rasmussen’s) horses are absolute freaks but there’s no point in lining up against them if you are going to be scared off. “If I make the field I’m going into the race to at least place. If you go in being beaten that’s what will happen. Upsets can occur in racing and my fella won’t be outclassed as much as what the tote will say,” Young said. "He's an underrated stayer," he added. He said he would continue to campaign Brydon Ideal throughout December with the hope of making the final Auckland Cup field. “I’ll be blown away if he makes it. Hopefully it will be new direction in my career. I started with just American Empress when I went out on my own. “And she has now qualified for the Group One ($150,00 Alabar) Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final. That’s so satisfying, and to have two horses line up in Group One races on New Year’s Eve would be unbelievable,” Young said Duane Ranger

Whether or not  last season’s Horse of the Year, Monbet, makes it back onto the track this season is sitting in limbo. The Dominion Handicap winner of last month will undergo a minor operation on Tuesday to have a bone chip removed from a knee after it was discovered following his Group One double during Cup Week. Co-trainer Greg Hope, who trains with his wife Nina, said the bone chip was only a minor issue, but it was something he felt needed to be sorted out. “It’s nothing too serious, but it’s there and we are better off getting on top of it,” Hope said. “We had him x-rayed after Cup Week and it came up there. He’ll have it removed on Tuesday.” After the operation, Monbet will be required to be boxed for up to six weeks which leaves the rest of his season in doubt according to Hope. That means no Australia for the Great Southern Star and even races like the Rowe Cup, which he won last year, are also in doubt. “We obviously won’t be rushing him, there’s no need too. “We will give him the time he needs and then bring him up and see where we are at before making any decisions.” The loss of Monbet is another blow for the open class trotting ranks who continue to be depleted by injuries. Speeding Spur is still on the sidelines and the news from the Stent camp isn’t encouraging. His co-trainer, Colin DeFilippi confirmed last night that there had been another setback on the comeback trail. “His leg has blown up again, so I’m not really sure where we are at. “We won’t be doing anything for at least couple of weeks.” Master Lavros is on the right path to make it to Auckland which is encouraging but the ball is firmly in the court of Marcoola who will head to Methven on Sunday and then to Auckland. While it was a tough week for the Hopes, they did gain some small consolation when Everybody Knows continued his march towards open class with another strong victory last night at Addington. The diminutive trotter worked hard during the final lap of the race but was too good for his opposition, picking up his third win in his last five starts. HRNZ News

Cullen Who should provide horseman Ken Barron with compensation in the fifth heat of the invited brother drivers series at Oamaru on Saturday. Barron and Leo O’Reilly have to sit out the heat as only 10 horses accepted, but Barron is the co-trainer with brother Tony of top prospect Cullen Who. They also have Gotta Del in the race. Gotta Del is not the least of chances. Nathan Williamson has drawn Cullen Who, who heralded an early win when second to Benicio at the New Zealand Cup meeting. Cullen Who was responsible for the pace that resulted in Benicio running the 1950m (mobile) in a swift 1.54.3 mile rate. Barron, who teams with his brother Clark for the drivers series at Oamaru, is aboard  The Persuader in the sixth and final heat. The Persuader, trained at Oamaru by Eion Latimer, has won on grass at Motukarara. Clark is driving  the Barron-trained Compliant in the same race. The fourth heat marks the return to racing of Sam Galleon, winner of three of his four starts this season. Trainer Phil Williamson gave Sam Galleon a spell after his last start win at Winton on September 4 as he felt he had advanced  rapidly through the grades. Sam Galleon had experience on grass when based at Cromwell  in January. He will be driven by Gerard O’Reilly. Williamson  also has Bobbins (Nathan Williamson)  in the same heat and he has been caring for Soney Beatt (Jay Abernethy). A 20m handicap should not trouble Alta Orlando in race 6. He won decisively over 2600m from 10m at Washdyke last time out, his second start since joining the Dunn stable at Woodend Beach  and his second after two years away from racing. He was a class act at two and three  with wins in the Welcome Stakes, Yearling Sales Open and two heats of the Sires’ Stakes from the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. He has won five of his 10 starts. Delightful Dash, a proven performer on grass, ran second to Alta Orlando at Washdyke. Boomer Bailey is back on his favourite hunting ground. Boomer Bailey has gained four of his seven wins at Oamaru, divided between the grass and all-weather tracks. He won on  both surfaces at Oamaru last season and on the grass at this meeting two years ago. The 6yr-old has not won since May but he has been placed in six of his last seven starts. He ran third on grass  to Buster Brady and Franco Texas at Orari last Saturday for owner-trainer Graeme Telfer. Graduate Under Fire, another grass track specialist, is resuming. He has won his races  from the Dunn stable but his Hilderthorpe owner (near Oamaru) Ray Beale has brought him to hand for this race. Tayler Strong

​Winning moments are priceless in the racing game but harness racing driver Matt Anderson has been given a new context on how precious every minute of life is. Anderson left for Perth on Thursday to represent New Zealand in the Australasian Young Drivers' Championship which begins on Friday night. The 24-year-old will drive with the silver fern on his chest and the thoughts of seven-year-old leukemia sufferer Isaac Southerton​ in his heart. Anderson, who will be joined in the New Zealand team by Robbie Close, Brad Williamson and Kyle Marshall, knows he is in a privileged position to represent his country, so wants to use the opportunity to give something back to those who are not so fortunate. READ MORE: * Spirit Eclipse overcomes odds for win at NZ Cup Day * Three months in Ronald McDonald House for Timaru mum * Ronald McDonald House a home away from home * Record effort to claim classic * Lazarus could be one of the greats after destroying field by 10 lengths He will donate his driving fees from the week long series in Western Australia to Ronald McDonald House South Island - which doesn't receive direct government funding - plus $10 from every driving fee he earns until the end of January. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Finn Southerton gives Lazarus a brush. One of Anderson's sponsors, McMillan Equine Feeds, will also donate $5 per drive through the same period and Anderson is pestering other drivers to join in. The 24-year-old has no affiliation with Ronald McDonald House but came across it when he did "a bit homework" to find a suitable charity. "I'm really fortunate to have been given this opportunity so it's nice to be able to use it to help others, especially families who are going through a tough time," Anderson said. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Junior driver Matt Anderson is donating his driving fees from the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship to Ronald McDonald House South Island. A visit from Isaac's family, who are currently staying at Ronald McDonald House, to Anderson's workplace has him even more engaged with the cause. Wellington mother of three Adele Southerton​, who lost her own mother to cancer six years ago, has been staying at Ronald McDonald House since October. They were given the life changing news of Isaac's leukemia at 9pm on October 10 and were told to be ready to fly to Christchurch early the following morning with their bags packed for a minimum of six months. "It's not something you process, there is no time, it just happens," Southerton said. Isaac's younger siblings, Lucy (4) and Finn (2), are also in Christchurch. ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Adele Southerton, with her children Finn and Lucy, visit Matt Anderson to see what he does at All Stars Racing Stables. Southerton said it was obviously an incredibly difficult situation but the support of the staff at Ronald McDonald House and meeting families who are in similar situations was a true blessing. "When you see a family like that face to face and you see what they are going through it changes the way you think. If you put your feet in their shoes and walk their path it's very emotional and sobering," Anderson said. Early next year, Isaac faces a possibly life-saving stem cell transplant in addition to extensive chemotherapy but his chances of survival are only around 50 per cent. "It gets tough at times but you have to keep going," Southerton said. "Isaac handles it all very well." The transplant will mean six to eight weeks in Auckland. "It will be March before we get home," she said. Lucy or Finn could play an important part in saving their brother's life, with the family soon to learn if either of the pair are suitable to be donors for Isaac's transplant. Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Matthew Mark says he has been blown away by the generosity and compassion of Anderson who walked in off the street to introduce himself and get a closer look at what the facility achieves. Courtesy of Mat Kermeen  

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:30pm   Race 1 - Firenze $2.60 leads win betting over Beg Hall $4.20.     Race 2 - A huge move here is on Tuscany Miss $4.80 - $3.80 with the $1.60 favourite Bonnie Joan also having strong support.   Race 3 - The only runner wanted here is Lydia Ko $4.60 - $2.70.   Race 4 - Royal Jester $3.00 - $2.60 is easily the best backed on the win 'book' over the longshot It's A Deal $30 - $18.   Race 5 - Easily the best backed runner today in multi betting is Riccardo $1.12. In win betting he is the least backed runner holding just $4.00 at $1.12.   Race 6 - Fatima Siad $3.70 leads multi betting over Cmeerock $4.20.   Race 7 - Donegal Bettorgretch $1.75 - $1.65 leads win & multi betting easily.    Race 8 - Stroke Of Luck $4.40 leads win betting over American Tart $2.90.   In the Drivers Challenge Blair Orange $2.20 is the best backed  over John Dunn $1.90     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Auckland harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:30pm Race 1 - Brydon Ideal was late scratched at 11:08am today with a 10% win deduction applied to bets placed prior to the scratching time. The place market has been refunded due to only 4 starters. All the multi money is on the $1.45 favourite No Doctor Needed.     Race 2 - Only two runners wanted here on the win 'book' & they are Juice Brogden $2.90 - $2.40 & The Brooklyn Brawler $9.00 - $4.80 but in multi betting it is all on Juice Brogden.   Race 3 - The Almighty Johnson $2.00 is huge in multi betting with Commander In Paris $10.50 the best backed in win betting.   Race 4 - Star Galleria was late scratched at 10:45am this morning & a win deduction of 50% & place of 26% applies to any bets placed prior to the scratching time.   Killer Queen $13 is best backed on the win 'book' but in multi betting it's no surprise to see Motown $1.50 racing away.    Race 5 - C K Spur $2.10 leads multi betting easily over Sertorius $19 with Gintaras $20 best backed on the win 'book'.    Race 6 - Gupta's Cullen $4.40 - $3.90 leads win betting over Kaitlyn $15.    Race 7 - Poppy Drayton $2.40 - $2.30 leads multi betting easily over Harper Franco $4.60.   Race 8 - Megamind $7.50 - $4.80 easily leads win betting over Valle De La Luna $4.60.   Race 9 - Best backed on the win 'book' is Booming Jet $4.20 over Rocknroll Princess $3.30 with the later easily leading multi betting over Booming Jet.    In the Drivers Challenge Maurice McKendry $6.00 is a huge liability for the 'book'.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Victoria-based Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley has never won a Group One event at Alexandra Park, but he is hoping that will all change before the end of the year. In fact on the last day of 2016 Lilley will line up his star trotter Kyvalley Blur in the Group One $80,000 National Trot at Alexandra Park and that's the race Lilley wants to nail. After a win and then two thirds during (NZ) Cup Week, Lilley has already termed Kyvalley Blur’s New Zealand campaign a success. “He’s more than paid his way, and apart from being slow away from a handicap at Kaikoura, it’s been well worth him coming over. I’ve been back and forth and will do so again in December. “The horse is being looked after by my partner Tracey at her Dad, Barry Cullen’s stable at Morrinsville. Bob Butt did a wonderful job with him down south,” Lilley said. “I’m grateful to everyone who has helped the horse in New Zealand,” he added. The former Cantabrian horseman said Kyvalley Blur’s first-up win at Alexandra Park on October 7 will put him in good stead for his two races in Auckland. “The opposition might not be as tough as what he will meet this time around but I was really pleased with the way he won and came through that race first-up in New Zealand. “David (Butcher) did a good job that night and we will be asking him again if he wants the drive,” said Lilley. He said Kyvalley Blur will have three races in the North Island before heading back to Australia to tackle the Aussie Grand Prix in late January and then the Great Southern Star on February 4. “He will line up at Auckland on December 16 and 31 and in between those races he will start at Cambridge Raceway on Christmas Eve. Then he will head home,” Lilley said. The black 9-year-old Chocolatier gelding impressed Butt at the Rangiora Trials yesterday (Tuesday) when beating Arya and Master Lavros by two-and-a-half lengths each. “Bob said he felt real nice and came home real good in 58 and 27.5. That’s very encouraging and with Monbet not heading to Auckland I think we have a real chance of going close in the National Trot,” said Lilley. Kyvalley Blur ran third behind Monbet in the two Group One events at Addington Raceway. In the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All he got within two lengths of the champion and then three days later was just under six lengths behind him in the Dominion Trot. “It would be fantastic to win a Group race over here. He’s won the Group One Bill Collins Trot Mile (2013) and has placed numerous times in other Group races. “If any horse deserved a Group race in New Zealand then it’s this fella,” said Lilley. Kyvalley Blur has raced 87 times for 20 wins, 36 placings and netted $383,108 in stakes. He made his with a second at Kilmore on May 8, 2011. “He’s lovely horse to have around and we are looking for home to come – hopefully after he has done the business in the North Island. “Whatever happens the decision to come over has been well worth it. he’s already proven he can go the Alexandra Park way around. I’m looking forward to the second phase of his New Zealand campaign,” he said. Lilley has won nice stake money at Alexandra Park previously. In 2014 he trained Zedalite (Rod Petroff) to run a nose-second behind Superbowlcheerleader in the Group One $100,000 Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park. The American-bred Kyvalley Blur is owned by J W Connelly and was bred by C T Cone. Duane Ranger

A pacer who started the year as a seven-year-old maiden could top it by beating Group One performers at Alexandra Park tonight. That is the amazing story of Brydon Ideal, who trainer Jeremy Young believes can give him a shot at the best ever night in his short training career tonight. Young only has a team of six racehorses plus a few babies he is breaking in yet has four at tonight’s meeting and all are at least place chances. “Things are turning the corner. I only have a small team but they are racing well and I am getting interest from some new owners, so it is an exciting time,” says Young. “I am in this for the long haul, it is what I love doing. Especially when you are taking horses to Alexandra Park that are competitive.” Young can definitely place and maybe even win with Harper Franco (race seven) and Circus Boy (race eight) but it is earlier in the night where his brightest hopes lie. American Empress has been racing better than her rivals in race two and is rated good enough to contest some of the elite three-year-old fillies races over the next month. “And she will be improved by her run last week so this could be the week we can drive her aggressive,” says Young. “She has to be a good show.” But the undoubtedly star of his small stable and one of the great stories of the northern pacing year is Brydon Ideal, who was an unheard of old maiden this time last season. Troubled by issues his entire career, Brydon Ideal has thrived with Young’s TLC and has won five times in 2016, including beating talented mares like Arden’s Choice and Aliante. He returned with a sharp third to Walkinshaw last Friday and takes on recent New Zealand Cup starter No Doctor Needed and national record holder Bettor B Amazed, albeit with a handicap start in race one. “I think he can win but the start will be crucial for him,” admits Young. “He hasn’t had a lot of stands but he has been all right and I have given him some more practice this week. “If he can step and hold his position and they go hard he will be hard to beat.” No Doctor Needed and Bettor B Amazed are both returning from the Cup carnival, as is Star Galleria later in the night. He is looking to bounce back in race four after being savaged in the Sires’ Stakes Final. Star Galleria has a new driver tonight in Zac Butcher, with Tony Herlihy committed to one of his own stable. Also coming home from the south is Realmein in tonight’s main trot and if he can trot throughout he will find race three a lot easier than chasing Monbet around Addington in record time. After the Alexandra Park and Addington meetings are finished harness punters have some serious fare in Perth to stay awake for, with the final three heats of the Inter Dominions as well as star four-year-olds Mr Mojito and Piccadilly Princess representing New Zealand in group races. Michael Guerin

It's the ‘calm before the Group and Listed storm’ at Alexandra Park on Friday, but some of the big guns will show their faces at 'Northern Headquarters on Friday night. There will be 11 Group races and one Listed event at the December 9, 16 and 31 meetings. Star Galleria, one of the North island's best 3-year-olds, will have a busy December at Alexandra Park with the Group Two $50,000 Alabar 3YO Classic on December 16, and the Listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 3YO Open on New Year's Eve his main targets. The above average son of Art Major will start from gate five (of seven) in Friday night’s $13,500 Teng Tools Mobile for the R69 to R82 rated pacers. Star Galleria is currently ranked R75. Co-trainer, Simon McMullan wants Star Galleria to return to the form he had before finishing sixth in the $160,000 Sires Stakes Final at Addington Raceway on November 8. “We couldn’t be happier with him now. He has travelled back well and thrived since. We spoke to Tony (Herlihy MNZM) after that race and he was a bit disappointed he didn’t kick on and finish in the top four. “He just didn’t stick on like we thought he could. Sure it was a quality field but we were hoping for better,” said McMullan who co-trains Star Galleria with Steven Reid at Pukekohe. Star Galleria set a very solid clip out in front in the 1950m mobile Group One feature on Cup Day and was then mauled by the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen duo of Ultimate Machete and favourite More The Better. Star Galleria finished just over 10 lengths from the winner and McMullan knew he was better than that. “They went real quick (1:52.6 mile rate) and that day the good draw actually turned out to be a bad one for us because we did all the work in front on a New Zealand record pace,” McMullan said. Star Galleria has won three of his five starts including once over Friday’s 2200m mobile. He won his previous Alexandra Park and Cambridge Raceway starts before heading to Christchurch. ‘We are confident he will go a good race. Even though he’s not quite 100 per cent fit he will be in the next few weeks with all of the rich racing that lies ahead of him at Alexandra Park. “He goes into Friday’s race with a nice workout win behind him,” McMullan said. Star Galleria beat Hug The Wind, Kenrick, Alta Las Vegas, Joanednobettor, Vasari and Franco Cristiano in last Saturday’s 2050m mobile Workout at Pukekohe. Reid settled Star Galleria fourth along the markers before going to sit parked at the 900m before Hug The Wind went around and gave them cover at the 600m. In the lane Star Galleria pounced out of the one-one to win going away by one-and-a-quarter lengths. He stopped the clock in 2:38.2 (mile rate 2:04.1) and home in 57.2 and 27.1. McMullan was rapt with the acceleration the gelding displayed in the final 150m – a trait which stand him in good stead on Friday. “That run was encouraging and if he can repeat that he will be tough to beat. In saying that the Dickie horses do concern me,” McMullan said. By that he meant Bettor Think Quick and Motown who have drawn three and seven respectively. “Bettor Think Quick went real good when finishing third after a spell last start and Motown has won six races and is nearing a $100,000 earner. He has also placed in a Group One race (Emerald 3yo Jewels).. “They are the biggest dangers. Our other fella in the race – Mo Casino – could place if things went his way,” McMullan said. Star Galleria will be driven by Zac Butcher on Friday. Regular pilot Herlihy is committed to his stable runner, Bonnie’s Khaleesi. Meanwhile, December is the Auckland Trotting Club's busiest and biggest month. The big races on offer are: December 9: Group Three $30,000 Summer Cup Group Three $30,000 Caduceus Club Northern Breeders Fillies & Mares Stakes December 16: Group Two $75,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship 3yo Fillies Stakes Group Two $40,000 Lyell Creek Stakes for the open class trotters Group One $100,000 Rosslands Queen of Hearts Fillies & Mares Pace Group Two $50,000 Alabar 3yo Classic Group Two $40,000 Franklin Cup December 31: Group One $150,00 Alabar Sires Stakes 3yo Fillies Final Group One $80,000 National Trot Listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 3yo Open GROUP ONE $250,000 TRILLIAN TRUST AUCKLAND CUP.   Duane Ranger

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Methven harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45pm Race 1 - A huge mover in the first is Medusa $30 - $8.50 and she is easily the best backed over Time For Diamonds $3.50.   Race 2 - An even spread on the win 'book' here with Red Moon Rising $2.70 the best backed over Unico Enchantress $2.90.   Race 3 - It's all one way traffic here on the win 'book' and it's on Shards Halo $6.00 - $3.90 but best backed in multi betting is Dancing In The Dark $3.50 - $4.00.   Race 4 - Best backed is Sky City King $13 - $12 over Playingintheshadows $3.70. In multi betting the $2.30 favourite Mossdale Rose is racing away.     Race 5 - No More Change $10.50 - $8.00 is the best backed over Julia Lady $12 - $10. Emily Brunt $4.20 leads multi betting over Missinmemate $4.20.   Race 6 - Galleons Royale $7.60 is the best backed over BK Dawn $19.   Race 7 - Vincent $1.70 - $1.60 has been smashed in win & multi betting and judging by that early money this race is over.   Race 8 - Le Lievre's Gift $8.00 - $7.00 is best backed over Harrysul $9.60. In multi betting it's all one way traffic on Marcoola $1.40.   Race 9 - Run Boy Run $12 is best backed over the $2.40 favourite Augusta.    Race 10 - Mossdale Conner $10 is best backed over Franco Texas $12 but the $1.65 favourite Chase The Dream easily leads multi betting.    Race 11 - Motu Lightning Miss $17 is best backed over Benji Mara $13.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
Two of the more quiet achievers of the Cup Week undercard look set to dominate separate grass track features today at Methven. Impressive four-year-old Chase The Dream will start a short priced favourite in the Methven Green Mile for the pacers off the back of his stunning fresh up victory on Show Day at Addington. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained pacer hasn’t been sighted since the performance but will strip a fit and ready horse when he walks out onto the green top this afternoon with Rasmussen in the bike. Despite having never raced on grass before, the striking individual opened up a warm order favourite in the one mile event ahead of Classie Brigade who will be out to go one better than his second last weekend at Orari. The Nigel McGrath trained pacer was a brave second and has the advantage of a good barrier draw to work forward early and make the others try and chase him. “He’s been brilliant this week,” McGrath said. “I’ve taken him out for a bowl on the beach a couple of times and he’s really impressed me with how he has felt.” Franco Texas will hold many keys to the race with his blistering gate speed as Jess Young looks to go back-to-back in the race after winning with Quick As A Trick last year. He’s back to defend his title too, but will start from the outside of the front line with John Dunn pressing the go button early a high possibility considering the gelding’s high cruising speed. The enigma of the race is without doubt, Mossdale Conner. A former winner of the race, he will be looking to bounce back to form over the shorter distance after disappointing last week. “He’s just not going like he can,” driver Ricky May said. “Hopefully the one mile will suit him and we can see the best of him.” Mossdale Conner starts from one on the second line. Earlier in the day, Marcoola, like Chase The Dream, will start a hot favourite in the trotting Green Mile. The progressive trotter was a brilliant second behind Monbet on Cup Day and comes into this week with the aid of having won a workout on the Methven track last weekend. He is one of three runners in the race for Ken Ford who will also line up Amaretto Sun and grass track toff, Zachary Binx. Super Selector – By Matt Markham Race 1: Time For Diamonds, China Express, Lola Leigh, Dragon’s Sister Race 2: Red Moon Rising, Unico Enchantress, Novak, All About Henry Race 3: Dancing In The Dark, Shards Halo, Curlimore, Mr Woodlea Race 4: Mossdale Sue, Playingintheshadows, Sky City King, Jay FM Race 5: Missinmemate, Julia Lady, Mrs Browns Boys, No More Change Race 6: Debaneyre, Jean Sebastien, All Star Angus, BK Dawn Race 7: Vincent, Franco Tristan, Bevan’s Cullen, Dana Duke Race 8: Marcoola, Amaretto Sun, Le Lievre’s Gift, Harrysul Race 9: Myidealson, Augusta, Run Boy Run, Magical Mitch Race 10: Classie Brigade, Chase The Dream, Mossdale Conner, Johnny Eyre Race 11: Cruzy Dude, Motu Lightning Lass, Regal Major, Crackabella Best Bet: Red Moon Rising (Race 2) Value: Motu Lightning Lass (Race 11)
Harness racing trainer Ken Ford holds a strong hand in todays Methven Trotters’ Green Mile, with three representatives in the dash for cash. The HARAS DES TROTTEURS TROTTERS GREEN MILE has a stake of $15,000 with a $2,000 bonus up for grabs if the national grass track record over one mile of 1:58.6. Stable star Marcoola is probably the stables best chance of winning the race having been set for the grass feature after almost beating Monbet at Addington on Cup day last month. The good looking Sundon 4yo horse will be driven in todays feature by Clint Ford who has driven the horse in all of his nine wins to date. Marcoola had a look at the Methven grass surface last Sunday at the workouts and won under a strangle hold after sitting parked for the last 1000m.     Marcoola winning at the Methven workouts last Sunday Ken's chances do not end there as he also has Amaretto Sun and Zachary Binx engaged and both have handy records on the grass surface. Later in the day the pacers also race over the short trip in the METHVEN FOUR SQUARE SUPERMARKET Green mile where the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen trained Chase The Dream is the red hot favorite to win. A $2000 Bonus will be added to the winning stake if the winner breaks the grass track Mile record of 1.56.5 in that race.   Harnesslink Methven Feature Selections Race 8        Marcoola, Ameretto Sun, Valmagne, Harrysul  Race10       Chase The Dream, Franco Texas, Quick As A Trick, Classie Brigade   Harnesslink Media  
If you backed last night’s (Friday) feature winner at Alexandra Park - Strike The Gold - to win the Auckland Cup at the same venue on December 31, then rip your ticket up now. The 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding opened up paying $201 to win the coveted Group One event when the ‘futures odds’ were made public on Friday. But trainer Franklin Ray Green said Strike The Gold and stablemate Killer Queen, who finished second in race four last night, will do their future racing in Sydney – but still under the Lincoln Farms ownership. “Even though I nominated Strike The Gold for the Auckland Cup it was a business decision in the end that will force us to withdrawhim from the big race. “I doubt if they will ever come back home because they are much better handicapped over there. I think Strike The Gold would be a C4 or C5 and Killer Queen a C2. It’s just not worth it racing against the good ones here any more. We would be lucky to get our expenses back,” Green said. Strike The Gold added another $8,024 to his bank account when winning the $13,000 Total Waterproofing Handicap for the R77 to R104 Pacers. In fact it was a brilliant front-running drive from David Butcher which ensured Strike The Gold’s one-and-a-quarter length victory over Better B Amazed (25m) and Tony Herlihy (MNZM). “That was a nice drive from David. He was on the only horse who started off the front and he set such a solid clip that back-markers couldn’t peg him back. “He’s a lovely horse who has rebounded very well from his problems,” Green said. There were only four starters in the 2700m standing start event. Strike The Gold was the only pacer off the front and stopped the clock in 3:21.1 (mile rate 1:59.9) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58.5 and 29.5. It was Strike The Gold’s sixth career win in 31 starts. He’s also placed six times and won $84,920 in stakes. He paid $6 to win. “He’s not bad for a horse who has six to eight screws in his legs. He’s recovered well from those fractures and has developed into a nice pacer. “It will be sad to see them both go but it’s a business decision and we want to do the best by their owners,” said Green. The duo will race in the Paul Fitzpatrick colours largely at Tabcorp Menangle. Green said there were no specific races that the owners were targeting. “They just want to win races with them over there and we are sure the Fitzpatricks will do a good job with them both,” Said Green. Strike The Gold is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D Cotterill, Mrs A Cotterill, and G Cotterill, while six-win pacer Killer Queen is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D James, M J Brereton, K J Bell, S Beckett, I A Middleton, J R Dias, and B P Rabbitt. They were bred by D G Moore and Kelvin Home Holdings Limited respectively. Lincoln Farms paid $75,000 to Moore for Strike The Gold at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, and $30,000 the following year the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch. “It will be sad to see them go but we always have others to look forward too. Our two 3-year-olds Spring Campaign (third) and Alta Intrigue (seventh) returned from spells tonight and I’m really happy with where they are at. “They have some nice races ahead of them and I’m also excited about our 2-year-old crop, especially a Bettor's Delight - Castellina Lover (by McArdle) colt named Recco Lover,” Green said. Duane Ranger
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