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Manawatu fixed odds movers 21-11-2017

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:40pm Race 1 - Dauntless $6.50 - $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with Sunny Bill $2.60 leading multi betting over Dauntless.      Race 2 - One Liner $6.00 - $5.00 leads win betting with Bettor Babe $1.90 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 3 - Lincoln Sky $27.00 & Marrera $18.00 - $15.00 are best backed runners on the win 'book' with Santanna Mach $1.50 easily leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Born Again Delight $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $1.95 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Madiba $61.00 - $17.00 is best backed in win betting with Rory McIlroy $6.00 leading multi betting over Lambros $2.70.   Race 7 - Dream To Reality $5.20 - $4.80 leads win betting over Cerberus $20.00 - $15.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Waingaro Mara $5.20.    Race 8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 9 - Lord Roydon $2.40 is best backed in multi betting over the stablemate Sol Invictus $3.10.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order:  R2 - Bettor Babe     $1.90  R8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 R5 - R Gee Bee      $1.95      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Lazarus,Harness racing

Lazarus draws badly

Things get serious from the very first heat of the Perth Inter Dominion. Barrier draws were always going to be important around the tight Gloucester Park track and Lazarus has copped a huge blow for Friday night. Lazarus landed gate nine – outside the front row – while one of the other big guns of the series, the much-improved Soho Tribeca, drew to stroll to the front from gate two. As amazing as it sounds, Lazarus may not even start favourite. The Aussie TAB opened Soho Tribeca at $1.90 and Lazarus at $2.10. Kiwis will find that hard to believe, but Soho Tribeca has been flying and the likelihood he find the lead over 2130m around Gloucester Park will see many Aussie punters line-up to back him to beat Lazarus. Tassie visitor Devendra, who led and won two heats of the 2015 Perth Inter Dominion, has the speed to hold the front from the pole, but you’d expect connection would be happy to take a trail on Soho Tribeca on opening night. He only other class factor is classy former Kiwi pacer Shandale, but he faces a big challenge from gate six. The upside for Lazarus is it looks like he will be able to keep working forward and find the spot outside the leader without having to spend too much petrol. But can he sit parked outside Soho Tribeca around Gloucester Park and beat him? If he does, Lazarus’ odds for the final will be slashed. It would be a hell of a statement. The other two heats will see raging hot favourites in 2015 Perth Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark (heat two) and reigning WA and Fremantle Cup champ Chicago Bull (heat three). Lennytheshark, sparkling in all three wins this season, is not only a class above his rivals, but also almost certain to ping straight to the lead from gate three. He opened a $1.20 favourite with the Aussie TAB. Chicago Bull has a bit more opposition, but his gate speed and barrier two should see him pounce on the front, dictate and win. He, too, will dominate the betting. The enigmatic All Stars’ pacer Have Faith In Me has gate five, while emerging Victorian San Carlo is out in barrier six. Chicago Bull opened $1.40 on the Aussie TAB from Have Faith In Me ($5.50) and San Carlo at $11. Adam Hamilton

Panspacificflight - Powerful and with explosive speed, harness racing

Panspacificflight's remarkable achievement

All eyes were on Addington on Tuesday, 14 November, Cup Day. But over the Tasman at a lowly harness racing meeting in Victoria a former New Zealand pacer won a race that provided his sire Panspacificf​light with a remarkable milestone. Arden’s Concord’s win at Ararat was the 100th for the progeny of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop of only 23 horses. Nineteen of them qualified and 14 individual winners, now six-year-olds, have gone on to win 100 races between them in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Panspacificflight is based. That’s the kind of start that Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre could only dream about when he secured the frozen semen rights to The Panderosa stallion in 2010. And the outlook was even brighter when Arden’s Choice, from Panspacificflight’s second crop, was a Group 1 winner at two and went on to win $280,000 in stakes. But racetrack performance has not translated into broodmare bookings and Panspacificflight may serve only about a dozen mares this season. “It’s disappointing that he can’t get more mares because he deserves a better go,” Brent says. “He’s done a fantastic job when you consider how few foals he’s had on the ground.” Just last week another promising Panspacificflight emerged with three-year-old Naholo, on debut at Ashburton, coming from last at the 800 metres to win in 2:56.3 over 2400 metres. The best-performed horse from the first crop is Wick, who won five times for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported to the US last year. He has won nine races there, including several at Yonkers, and has taken a best mile time of 1:51.6. Southern Pursuit, the winner of seven, is another now racing in the US. Little Rascal, still owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, won eight races at Addington and Alexandra Park before joining the free-for-all ranks in Melbourne where he has won four times. He rated 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group 3 event in September. Among the other multiple winners from the crop are Glenisla (14 wins), Last Flight In (11), Wattlebank Flyer (10), Straight Thru Blue (eight), Sir Mac’s Man (seven) and Arden’s Concord (seven). Arden’s Concord won six races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson before the Butterworths bought him last year and took him to Victoria. Away from the racetrack for a year, he had three placings for Kerryn Manning before breaking through for his first Australian win at Ararat. And Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator, who was arguably the most promising of them all, may yet add to his four wins. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before he broke down as a four-year-old, he’s now back in the McIntyre barn at Macca Lodge and ran a promising third fresh-up at Invercargill last month before breaking at the start in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury. Click here for further details. Harnesslink Media

Sky Tower,Harness racing

Nicely bred trotter gets first win

Sky Tower trained by Bruce Wallace at Chatton near Gore won his maiden trot at Wyndham today (Sunday). By Skyvalley out of the Shouldn't Do It, the six year old certainly has plenty of breeding. Shouldn't Do It is by Holmes Hanover out of Francis Jay Bee therefore a half-sister to millionaire trotter One Over Kenny (32 wins), One Kenny (19 wins) and One Under Kenny (11 wins). "He taken a bit to get going this horse but he's a half-brother to Ruby's Jewel which won five races. He's such a bloody clown because after a run you wouldn't think he'd had a race. You'd get him home and he'd be tearing round the paddock. He's caused himself an injury and also walks on his hind legs when you go to feed him," said Wallace.     Driven by Matty Williamson, Sky Tower began well. He initially trailed the leader before heading to the front with just over a lap to run and held on by a fast diminishing half a neck to beat Miss Moppet. Sky Tower and Matty Williamson holding out Miss Moppet and Matt Purvis   - Photo Bruce Stewart. "I might give him a weeks spell because he's had a few runs at the workouts and a few hard runs at the races. We might aim for the Christmas circuit. We'll have a bit of fun and then look at shipping him off to Australia I suppose."   Wallace says Ruby's Jewel is due to foal to Pegasus Spur and he's also working a nice two year old filly called Annie's Jewel. She is by Majestic Son out of Miss Afton. Miss Afton is a half-sister by Armbro Invasion to Frances Jay Bee.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Nota Bene Denario made up for his last start fifth at Winton in September when he easily won the Sir Lincoln At Alabar Pace at Wyndham today. Trainer driver Terry Chmiel said the three year old colt got sick when he was down here last, so there were reasons for his below par performance. But all that was forgotten when he lead for most of the 2400 metres and held on to beat the trailing horse Miss Waikiwi by a length and a quarter.  "He didn't feel as good in front. He was gawking around a bit but you have to be there in a maiden race (when you're the favourite). He just needed something beside him to keep him going. If something had come with him in the straight he would have gone a lot better. The next time I'll drive him from behind and you might see a different horse. He's still got a bit to learn. Hopefully he's going to get better," said Chmiel.  The three year old by Well Said was bought off Southland breeders Mark and Pauline O'Connor. As a young horse he was sent north by the O'Connor's to be trained by Regan Todd who was training his half-sister Kayteeoh Denario. He was bought after he qualified for Todd at the Chertsey Trials in September.  "Mark (Jones) drove him at the trials and he told me to buy him. I only drove him when they vetted him."   Since his Winton run he has been back to the trials twice, winning at Ashburton and running fifth in a strong field at the Cup trials at Addington. Coincidentally Detroit Lily trained by Todd ran second in the same Addington trial also won at Wyndham today. Beating Miss Waikiwi by a length and a quarter                - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He's a big horse and he's going to get better with a bit of time and racing."  Nota Bene Denario is owned by good stable clients Robert and Sharyn Symon who were on course with family to see the win. The Symons raced Gotta Go Cullect mare Nek Time from the Terry and Glenys Chmiel stable. She won eight races including the 2016 Southland Oaks, Gold Coast Oaks and Queensland Oaks. She also broke a New Zealand record when she won at Winton. She was recently retired from racing and was served by Bettor's Delight in January.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Kiwi On Show broke a Southland and course record for 1609 metres when she won today. Her time of 1-52.2 smashed the mares and all comers course record of 1-54.0 recorded in 2013 by Seabreeze Star. The previous Southland record of 1-53.3 was recorded at Winton in 2015 by Rocker Band. The New Zealand record for mares over 1609 metres is 1-51.1 and is held by The Orange Agent.  The record was set up by Betta Go Fernco which speared through from the second row. She was caught wide early before sitting outside the leader Kiwi On Show for a part of the fast run race. Betta Go Fernco eventually got to the lead with 700 metres to run. She only went down by three quarters of a length.  Kiwi On Show is royally bred being by Bettor's Delight out of Kiwi Ingenuity. Kiwi Ingenuity held the New Zealand mares record of 1-52.1 for five years from 2009 until 2014. Both horses look capable of performing well in the rest of the Empire Stallions Southern Belle Speed series and look promising for the $20,000 Final in April at Winton. Later on the programme Steiger broke the track record for 2400 metre stand when he won The Hunter Family Handicap Pace. His time of 2-57.2 was nearly two seconds faster that the previous record of 2-59.0 run by Char Do Neigh in 2016. By Bettors Delight out of a Holmes Hanover mare he was well suited by the fast pace of the race. For driver Kirk Larsen it was the third time he has won this race. His first winner was in 1988 when he reined Shapiro while in 2000 he trained and drove Lisa O to win.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Southland based driver Sheree Tomlinson became the first female driver to win the time honoured Dominion Handicap at Addington yesterday (Friday). The nineteen year old is the youngest driver to the win the race and just the second junior driver to win the Group One feature; the first being Anthony Butt who won it in 1987, driving Simon Katz. "It was so special and very emotional. As soon as they crossed the line I was pretty much in tears," she said yesterday after Amaretto Sun which is trained by her Grandfather Ken Ford won at odds of 91 to 1. Things looked promising at the start when she timed her walk up to the tape perfectly and began well to lead early, before The Foot Tapper then Great Things Happen took over leaving Amaretto Sun three back on the running line. "He just stepped so good. That's probably the best he's ever stepped in his whole career. I couldn't hand up to The Foot Tapper straight away because you have to let my horse run for that first 400 metres because he can buck. You just have to loose rein him for the first bit. I knew when The Foot Tapper got to the front he'd only hand to the best horse in the race. I saw Gavin (Gavin Smith on favourite Great Things Happen)coming and I knew he'd stay there." That's the way it remained until the field straightened for the run home at the end of the 3200 metre feature. "I had to tell myself heading up the home straight not to pull out and hope that I'd get a run inside the passing lane. It opened up, he got the run then he showed some high speed. Turning for home Dexter had Bordeaux on the bit with the plug out and he was travelling but he was tapping him up a bit. I thought that's alright. Then I thought Gavin would have put a few lengths on us but he was only half travelling. I thought if I get a run I should go close but I definitely wasn't expecting to win it."   I was in the last 50 metres that the inside run presented itself and the Sundon six year old let down nicely to beat The Foot Tapper by a length and a quarter. The win was celebrated by Tomlinson with a flourish of the whip. "There were so many things going through my head. I couldn't believe it. He's been so up and down in the last twelve months. He went super in the Ordeal Cup, he then had a couple of issues and we had to get the chiropractor to him." Although not overly confident about her chances in the Dominion there were signs that the horse was well pre-race.  "I couldn't even walk him around before the race he was that keen and full of himself. He tried to boot me out of the cart five or six times in the warm up. I think it's a habit he's got into. Once he's going and focussed on the job he's a beautiful horse to drive."  The last Southland based driver to win the Dominion was Nathan Williamson when he drove Springbank Richard to win in 2009. Before that you have to go back to Henry Skinner who drove Tobago to win in 1989.  "To us as a family the Dominion is like winning the New Zealand Trotting Cup. Grandad only really trains trotters."   Amaretto Sun has only ever been driven in his thirty six starts be either Sheree or her mother Amanda. Amanda drove him to win at his first start at Banks Peninsula in September 2015. The mother and daughter have each driven the gelding five times to win. Tomlinson, who works for Invercargill trainer Murray Brown, currently sits second behind Matt Anderson in the Junior Drivers Premiership and has been racking up the travel miles this season, venturing to Canterbury most weekends.   "Murray has been very good to me. I come up most weeks to Addington to drive on Friday night. If it wasn't for my Mum and Dad and Nana and Grandad helping me I wouldn't be able to do it. I really do appreciate it."  Tomlinson says the Green Mile at Methven on December 3rd is the horse's next target before he heads to Auckland with the main target The Rowe Cup. "I'm heading over for the Australiasian Drivers Championship in December and I think one of his races is when I'm over in Aussie. I'll have to sweet talk Grandad and miss that one. Mum may have to put on the colours and drive him." Sheree Tomlinson has driven forty six winners in the three seasons she's been driving. Her first winner was Little Mo at Oamaru in January 2016.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Wyndham harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:40am Race 1 - Sky Tower $2.90 - $2.50 is best backed over Our Gracie $4.80 with the former runner racing away in multi betting.   Race 2 - Unloaded $4.80 - $3.80 leads win betting over Champagne Bromac $8.50.   Race 3 - Rocking Robyn $3.80 leads multi betting over Wayward Roc $16.00.   Race 4 - Lundqvist $8.20 has taken some early win money with Eagle galleon $2.90 leading multi betting over Rydgemont Milly $4.20.    Race 5 - Martin McGuiness $28.00 - $21.00 the longshot has taken some early win money.   Race 6 - Detroit Lilly $2.00 is huge in multi betting but Raksbet $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 7 - Southbound Train $3.40 & Navajo Art $5.20 are level pegging in multi betting support.   Race 8 - Kiwi On Show $4.60 easily leads win betting with Black Regal Princess $3.20 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Bevan's Cullen $13.00 & Six Diamonds $5.20 are best backed in win betting.   Race 10 - Duke Of Wellington $2.20 is easily best backed in win & multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Another day another harness racing record on the lightening fast Addington surface.  This time it was Ultimate Machete who won this years Woodlands NZ Free For All by blazing around the Addington track in a 1-51.9 mile rate. In doing so Ultimate Machete reclaimed a record he also once held this time last year.  The 4yo by Bettor's Delight trimmed 0.4 of a second off the old 1950m mobile record set only a few days earlier by stable mate Chase Auckland in the NRM Sires Stakes Final. Ultimate Machete had to be the best to win the race, after sitting parked for the whole way and then wearing down the leader Tiger Tara in the shadows of the post. Driver Natalie Rasmussen wasn't worried about sitting parked saying after the race "I was happy to be there. He is so tough and is best rolling along so it suits him. I could see Jacks legend was just starting to battle and I was still traveling. A great effort" Tiger Tara was game in defeat after leading for most of the way for driver Todd McCarthy. He pinged to the lead from the start and kept up a steady tempo but was beaten by a tougher horse on the day.  Jacks Legend was only a nose back in third after trailing all the way. Ultimate Machete zipped over his last 800m in 54.6 with a final quarter in 26.9 seconds. Close finish, but Ultimate Machete (far left) to strong      -   All Stars Stable photo Amazingly the last seven times a New Zealand record has been broken over the 1950m mobile distance, they have all been broken by a horse trained by the Purdon/Rasmussen All Stars Stable. 1950m New Zealand Record history. Ultimate Machete 17/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-15.7 Chase Auckland 14/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.1 The Devils Own 12/05/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Lazarus 11/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Ultimate Machete 08/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.5 Have Faith In Me 11/11/2014 Addington Raceway 2-17.3 Auckland Reactor 10/11/2009 Addington Raceway 2-17.8   Ultimate Machete winning this years FFA   Harnesslink Media

In Christchurch.--- It has all the ingredients of a racing fairytale --- a young girl and the horse she loves triumphing against all odds on the biggest stage. And the joy 19-year-old Sheree Tomlinson felt as she won her family’s version of the New Zealand Cup, the $300,000 Dominion at Addington, yesterday was impossible to not to love. Tomlinson never went around a horse on 90-1 chance Amaretto Son, trained by her grandfather Ken Ford, sneaking up the passing lane to become the first female to win our greatest trot race. And all this on a horse who first brought Tomlinson to the attention of the punting public but a horse who needed an operation this time last year to keep racing. But there is only one problem with this girl loves life-changing horse storyline. “He is actually a bugger,” laughs Tomlinson. “He tries to kick me out of the cart every time I drive him. Not just race day, every time. “That is just him. So we have had our moments along the way. He is not easy.” So while he may not be the textbook equine hero, Amaretto Son gave the Tomlinson and Ford family their proudest moment in racing. They are trotting people through and through, breeding horse of that that gait as opposed to pacers and therefore they don’t dream of New Zealand Cups, they dream of the Dominion. “That is why I am so emotional, I can’t believe we, not me but the whole family, have won the race we want the most,” says Sheree. “Especially with this fella because he had those bone chip issues last season and he hasn’t been an easy horse for us.”Tomlinson may be a teenager with an infectious smile but she is no newcomer to the sulky, having been brought up through harness racing’s hugely successful Kidz Kartz programme. “That was a great way to get into racing and get out there on the track before I was allowed to drive properly but I can’t believe something like this has come so early in my career. “I am absolutely buzzing. It is all a bit of a blur.” Amaretto Son will now travel north for the plethora of major trots over the summer at a time when the open class ranks, shorn of Monbet, have a very open feel to them. That wasn’t supposed to be how yesterday’s Dominion turned out as Great Things Happen was a $1.50 favourite and when he jogged to the front in the early stages he should have been too good. But he was beaten at the 300m, leaving trainer-driver Gavin Smith wondering whether his stable star had suffered from a tying up problem as he took an age to recover after the race. While Amaretto Son was a crushing blow for punters in yesterday’s great trot, Ultimate Machete was simply crushing in the A$260,000 Woodlands Pacing Free-For-All. The four-year-old showed the benefit of coming in fresh after missing Cup day to sit parked outside Tiger Tara and Jack’s Legend, smashing the national all comers 1950m mobile record in the process. He will head off to Perth this week to join stablemate Lazarus at the Perth Inter Dominion series but Ultimate Machete will be aimed at the four-year-old support races worth a total of A$375,000 over the next three Fridays. By Michael Guerin

It was an upset of gigantic proportions. But it was also history in the making. Talented trotter Amaretto Sun and harness racing teenage driver Sheree Tomlinson proved victorious in today’s (Friday) Gr.1 $300,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap at Addington in Christchurch. Prepared by respected horseman Ken Ford, Amaretto Sun was friendless in the betting and saluted at odds of $91.20 while defeating The Foot Tapper and Monty Python in the 3200m stand-start classic, the biggest trotting event staged in New Zealand and first staged in 1911. Tomlinson, 19, becomes the first female driver to win the time-honoured trotting feature and showed patience beyond her youthful years when guiding the Sundon gelding to victory. The pre-race hype focused on Tuesday’s Trotting Free-For-All winner Great Things Happen with many expecting the giant trotter to repeat his crushing victory while the flashy Bordeaux was tipped to be his biggest challenger. When the strands released, Amaretto Sun pounced on the early lead before releasing The Foot Tapper while Great Things Happen quickly moved forward and tackled for the lead role. With Great Things Happen controlling the speed, there were little or no moves within the first mile of the event which had punters on good terms with themselves. The lead time was covered in 2:06.8. The first move in the race came via Bordeaux who moved three-wide with 1300m to run while Daryl Boko and Dark Horse joined the developing cover. But Great Things Happen continued to cruise in the leading role and posted sectionals of 29.1 and 29.5 seconds for the first half of the final mile. Approaching the home turn, Great Things Happen found little when challenged quickly by Bordeaux while The Foot Tapper and Amaretto Sun went to the passing lane with Monty Python and Harriet Of Mot both starting to charge deeper off the track. At the 100m mark, it was Amaretto Sun who struck the lead while The Foot Tapper, Bordeaux and Monty Python battled hard. Harriet Of Mot, who almost fell soon after the start, made a break in the final stages and cost itself a certain placing. At the finish, it was Amaretto Sun who sprinted best to score by over a length from The Foot Tapper with another half-length back to Monty Python in third while Bordeaux finished a close-up fourth. The final half was covered in splits of 29.4 and 29.7 seconds. The gross time was 4:04.7 – the mile rate was 2:03.0. It was well outside of the race record set twelve months earlier when Monbet trotted 4:00.7. Race favourite Great Things Happen weakened to finish 11th. "He felt good in the running and has so much speed. It felt amazing," Tomlinson said. “It’s very special for the family.” She added. Tomlinson is the granddaughter of Ford and the family has enjoyed tremendous success in recent times with outstanding trotter Marcoola. The shock result provided Tomlinson with her maiden Group One triumph and it’s a victory she will never forget. Amaretto Sun's sire Sundon won the Dominion in 1990. The next leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters takes place at TABCORP Park, Melton on January 27 with the running of the $300,000 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star. Chris Barsby

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 10:40am   Race 1 - Jaw D Nancy $7.20 is best backed on the win 'book' but Musculus $1.90 - $1.75 is huge in multi betting. Agatha Tyron is starting to attract some interest at $14.00.   Race 2 - Star Commander $8.80 - $5.50 leads win betting over the $1.35 - $1.30 favourite Major Shard who is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 3 - The early win mover here is Pantastic $8.20 - $6.00 with Shezacullengirl $4.00 the next best backed over Rakarover $8.80. Somejoy $3.20 easily leads multi betting over Pantastic & Shezacullengirl.   Race 4 -  The outsider Sundons Flyer $26.00 - $16.00 is the best backed in win betting with Ronald J $2.40 leading multi betting over Everybody Knows $4.50.   Race 5 -  Best backed is Mikey Maguire $5.00 - $4.60 over Bubble Gum $9.00 - $7.50 and Editorial $7.80.   Race 6 -  The Fixer $1.70 - $1.50 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Valmagne $23.00 - $21.00 leads win betting over Muscles Galore $2.70 with that runner leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 8 - Forgotten Highway $5.00 is best backed over James Dean $6.00 with that runner leading multi betting over Mongolian Storm $3.20.    Race 9 - Great Things happen $1.95 - $1.75 has taken a $2,000 bet $1.80 and easily leads multi betting going 4 to 1 in ticket sales over Bordeaux $3.70 - $4.20. Harriet Of Mot $13.00 - $11.00 has attracted some early win support also.   Race 10 - American Tart $2.60 - $2.40 is the best backed runner easily with bets of $1,250 at $2.60 & $1,333 at $2.50 the largest taken so far. Bonnie Joan $2.10 leads multi betting over American Tart.   Race 11 - Dream About Me $5.80 leads win betting over Ultimate machete $3.70 & Tiger Tara the $2.60 favourite. Tiger Tara is easily the best backed in multi betting over Dream About Me and Jack's Legend $3.50.    Race 12 - Aloka $4.20 leads win betting over Tennyson Bromac $6.00 & Bare Knuckle $3.40. In multi betting the only two wanted early in order are Funatthebeach $2.50 & Bare Knuckle.    The top 6 best backed multi runners in order: R9 -   Great Things Happen $1.75  R2 -   Major Shard $1.30  R6 -   The Fixer $1.50  R1 -   Musculus $1.75  R11 - Tiger Tara $2.60  R12 - Funatthebeach $2.50   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Jack's Legend gets the perfect chance to replicate the richest win of his career on an even bigger stage at Addington Raceway in Christchurch today. A driving masterclass from Zachary Butcher helped Jack's Legend cause a huge upset at the Harness Jewels in June when he blasted across to a shock early lead before trailing Ultimate Machete and waiting until late in the straight to surge past him via the passing lane. He meets Ultimate Machete again in the $260,000 NZ Free-For-All today but if Butcher wants to try those lead-then-trail tactics again he will probably end up following a different rival, Australian visitor Tiger Tara. The pair chased home Lazarus, who is absent today as he travels to the Perth Inter Dominions, in the New Zealand Cup on Tuesday and while Jack's Legend was impressive in second, Tiger Tara was the run of the race outside Lazarus. He was parked for much of the race before galloping and losing four lengths at the 800m mark when he jumped a mark left on the track by the Seal The Deal/Dream About Me meelee at the start of the race. Tiger Tara has developed high gate speed since being sold to Australia and driver Todd McCarthy says he will be using it today. "He gets off the gate well and loves to lead and run along so that will be the plan," he says. "And I think most of the other drivers would be keen to follow him because he will give whoever is in the trail their chance," says McCarthy. "I was thrilled with him in the Cup and he has come through it really well." For all the talent of Ultimate Machete and Dream About Me, if Tiger Tara leads with Jack's Legend trailing they have a huge advantage. The question of the $260,000 may be whether Jack's Legend has enough change up speed to slingshot Tiger Tara. Ultimate Machete can win but will have to do it the hard way while Dream About Me's nightmare week continues with her wide draw. The draws have been kind to Great Things Happen, though, in the $300,000 Dominion Trot as he secured the front line while key rival Bordeaux will have to start from the second line. There is little between the pair on raw ability but Bordeaux is at his most potent when able to lead and roll even sectionals, which now looks unlikely. Great Things Happen was awesome winning the Trot Free-For-All on Tuesday. Trainer-driver Gavin Smith says he has pulled up perfectly. "I got a blood [sample] done and it is even better than it was going into Tuesday," says Smith. "I have been thinking for a while it is a race in two between us and Bordeaux so to draw in front of him is a big advantage and I'll be keen to get to the front." Smith says punters concerned about Great Things Happen returning to standing start after the hustle and bustle of two recent mobile starts need not worry. "I can't remember the last time he galloped away. "In fact, I'd love the start to be a long one with some waiting around because he will just relax and then perk up when I ask him to go," says Smith. If Smith is right and Great Things Happen is able to lead, it is hard to see him getting beaten. Michael Guerin  

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Ashburton harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:20am   Race 1 - Queen Of Love $3.10 leads win & multi betting over Geena's Girl $3.10 - $3.30. Razor $6.80 is starting to attract some win support.   Race 2 - Come Dance With me $1.85 - $1.80 easily leads win & multi betting over Double O Heaven $4.50 - $3.80.     Race 3 - Noble Lavros $6.80 - $4.50 is best backed with the largest bet $1,000 at $5.00. Monarco $5.20 - $5.50 leads multi bets over Grand Princess $4.50 - $4.80 & Noble Lavros.   Race 4 - Naholo $3.70 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Summer Wealth $1.75 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 6 - Ranfurly Rulz $2.80 leads multi betting over Havinaravup $11.00.    Race 7 - Nui Ba Den $2.60 - $2.30 leads multi betting over Ideal Draw $3.60 with that runner leading early win betting over Playa Vista $14.00 - $11.00.    Race 8 - Kai Time $19.00 - $15.00 leads win betting over Time For Diamonds $12.50 - $9.50.   Race 9 - Bushido $2.50 - $2.20 easily leads multi betting with the win mover Christian Who $13.00 - $7.50.   Race 10 - Sheez Good $15.00 - $11.00 leads win betting over Pradas Ideal Dahling $5.50 with Petite's Blue Chip $3.30 leading multi betting over Zimfandel $6.00.   Race 11 - Some Legend $1.95 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order: R2 - Come Dance With Me $1.80  R5 - Summer Wealth $1.75  R11 - Some legend $1.95  R4 - Naholo $3.70  R9 - Bushido $2.20 R1 - Queen Of Love $3.10    Best backed runner in win betting is in race 2 'Come Dance With Me' $1.80.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:40pm Race 1 - Dauntless $6.50 - $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with Sunny Bill $2.60 leading multi betting over Dauntless.      Race 2 - One Liner $6.00 - $5.00 leads win betting with Bettor Babe $1.90 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 3 - Lincoln Sky $27.00 & Marrera $18.00 - $15.00 are best backed runners on the win 'book' with Santanna Mach $1.50 easily leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Born Again Delight $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $1.95 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Madiba $61.00 - $17.00 is best backed in win betting with Rory McIlroy $6.00 leading multi betting over Lambros $2.70.   Race 7 - Dream To Reality $5.20 - $4.80 leads win betting over Cerberus $20.00 - $15.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Waingaro Mara $5.20.    Race 8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 9 - Lord Roydon $2.40 is best backed in multi betting over the stablemate Sol Invictus $3.10.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order:  R2 - Bettor Babe     $1.90  R8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 R5 - R Gee Bee      $1.95      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
Things get serious from the very first heat of the Perth Inter Dominion. Barrier draws were always going to be important around the tight Gloucester Park track and Lazarus has copped a huge blow for Friday night. Lazarus landed gate nine – outside the front row – while one of the other big guns of the series, the much-improved Soho Tribeca, drew to stroll to the front from gate two. As amazing as it sounds, Lazarus may not even start favourite. The Aussie TAB opened Soho Tribeca at $1.90 and Lazarus at $2.10. Kiwis will find that hard to believe, but Soho Tribeca has been flying and the likelihood he find the lead over 2130m around Gloucester Park will see many Aussie punters line-up to back him to beat Lazarus. Tassie visitor Devendra, who led and won two heats of the 2015 Perth Inter Dominion, has the speed to hold the front from the pole, but you’d expect connection would be happy to take a trail on Soho Tribeca on opening night. He only other class factor is classy former Kiwi pacer Shandale, but he faces a big challenge from gate six. The upside for Lazarus is it looks like he will be able to keep working forward and find the spot outside the leader without having to spend too much petrol. But can he sit parked outside Soho Tribeca around Gloucester Park and beat him? If he does, Lazarus’ odds for the final will be slashed. It would be a hell of a statement. The other two heats will see raging hot favourites in 2015 Perth Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark (heat two) and reigning WA and Fremantle Cup champ Chicago Bull (heat three). Lennytheshark, sparkling in all three wins this season, is not only a class above his rivals, but also almost certain to ping straight to the lead from gate three. He opened a $1.20 favourite with the Aussie TAB. Chicago Bull has a bit more opposition, but his gate speed and barrier two should see him pounce on the front, dictate and win. He, too, will dominate the betting. The enigmatic All Stars’ pacer Have Faith In Me has gate five, while emerging Victorian San Carlo is out in barrier six. Chicago Bull opened $1.40 on the Aussie TAB from Have Faith In Me ($5.50) and San Carlo at $11. Adam Hamilton
All eyes were on Addington on Tuesday, 14 November, Cup Day. But over the Tasman at a lowly harness racing meeting in Victoria a former New Zealand pacer won a race that provided his sire Panspacificf​light with a remarkable milestone. Arden’s Concord’s win at Ararat was the 100th for the progeny of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop of only 23 horses. Nineteen of them qualified and 14 individual winners, now six-year-olds, have gone on to win 100 races between them in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Panspacificflight is based. That’s the kind of start that Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre could only dream about when he secured the frozen semen rights to The Panderosa stallion in 2010. And the outlook was even brighter when Arden’s Choice, from Panspacificflight’s second crop, was a Group 1 winner at two and went on to win $280,000 in stakes. But racetrack performance has not translated into broodmare bookings and Panspacificflight may serve only about a dozen mares this season. “It’s disappointing that he can’t get more mares because he deserves a better go,” Brent says. “He’s done a fantastic job when you consider how few foals he’s had on the ground.” Just last week another promising Panspacificflight emerged with three-year-old Naholo, on debut at Ashburton, coming from last at the 800 metres to win in 2:56.3 over 2400 metres. The best-performed horse from the first crop is Wick, who won five times for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported to the US last year. He has won nine races there, including several at Yonkers, and has taken a best mile time of 1:51.6. Southern Pursuit, the winner of seven, is another now racing in the US. Little Rascal, still owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, won eight races at Addington and Alexandra Park before joining the free-for-all ranks in Melbourne where he has won four times. He rated 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group 3 event in September. Among the other multiple winners from the crop are Glenisla (14 wins), Last Flight In (11), Wattlebank Flyer (10), Straight Thru Blue (eight), Sir Mac’s Man (seven) and Arden’s Concord (seven). Arden’s Concord won six races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson before the Butterworths bought him last year and took him to Victoria. Away from the racetrack for a year, he had three placings for Kerryn Manning before breaking through for his first Australian win at Ararat. And Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator, who was arguably the most promising of them all, may yet add to his four wins. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before he broke down as a four-year-old, he’s now back in the McIntyre barn at Macca Lodge and ran a promising third fresh-up at Invercargill last month before breaking at the start in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury. Click here for further details. Harnesslink Media
Sky Tower trained by Bruce Wallace at Chatton near Gore won his maiden trot at Wyndham today (Sunday). By Skyvalley out of the Shouldn't Do It, the six year old certainly has plenty of breeding. Shouldn't Do It is by Holmes Hanover out of Francis Jay Bee therefore a half-sister to millionaire trotter One Over Kenny (32 wins), One Kenny (19 wins) and One Under Kenny (11 wins). "He taken a bit to get going this horse but he's a half-brother to Ruby's Jewel which won five races. He's such a bloody clown because after a run you wouldn't think he'd had a race. You'd get him home and he'd be tearing round the paddock. He's caused himself an injury and also walks on his hind legs when you go to feed him," said Wallace.     Driven by Matty Williamson, Sky Tower began well. He initially trailed the leader before heading to the front with just over a lap to run and held on by a fast diminishing half a neck to beat Miss Moppet. Sky Tower and Matty Williamson holding out Miss Moppet and Matt Purvis   - Photo Bruce Stewart. "I might give him a weeks spell because he's had a few runs at the workouts and a few hard runs at the races. We might aim for the Christmas circuit. We'll have a bit of fun and then look at shipping him off to Australia I suppose."   Wallace says Ruby's Jewel is due to foal to Pegasus Spur and he's also working a nice two year old filly called Annie's Jewel. She is by Majestic Son out of Miss Afton. Miss Afton is a half-sister by Armbro Invasion to Frances Jay Bee.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing
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