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Locharburn wins latest trial

Locharburn looked strong winning his latest harness racing trial at Rangiora today. In the hands of world champion driver Dexter Dunn he began well then whipped around to lead with 1700m to go. Once in front the big 6yo horse by Christian Cullen was way too good in the run home and won easily without Dexter having to get too urgent up the home straight.  The winning time of 3:18.6 for the 2600m stand was very quick in the cold and windy conditions and his last 800m of 56.3 seconds was easily the quickest of the day. Locharburn is currently 4th in the cup rankings and is a $9.00 chance in the New Zealand Cup market at the TAB. Locharburn is likely to have his first start in the Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington on September 2   Watch the last 400m of the Locharburn Rangiora trial below.   Dominion Handicap bound Sunny Ruby won the major trotting trial today at Rangiora by an ever increasing seven lengths. The 5yo mare by top trotting sire Sundon, turned the race into a procession after finding the lead with more than a lap to go. Other Dominion Handicap aspirants Sheemon and Daryl Boko were also in the in the trial and were runing on at the finish albeit a long way from the winner Sunny Ruby who trotted her last 800m in a respectable 58.5 seconds. Sunny Ruby first....daylight second at todays trial   Harnesslink Media

Cup and Dominion first rankings released

The initial Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup and Haras Des Trotteurs Dominion rankings have been completed. 29 harness racing pacers were ranked for the ‘Cup’, while 42 Dominion-bound trotters had their merits weighed up in a three-hour meeting of industry officials yesterday (Tuesday). Last season’s Auckland Cup winner Have Faith In Me heads the NZ Cup rankings, while defending champion Master Lavros holds mandatory top billing amongst the Dominion aspirants, ahead of Monbet. Addington Raceway Racing Manager, Brian Rabbitt, offered his insight into the initial rankings. “The trotters were very tough to sort out. Obviously they are strong on numbers but the nature and the variance in form-lines made it quite challenging for the committee. The Cup was more straight-forward but although we have fewer nominations than usual, once we got them into their ranked order we could see the makings of another tremendously competitive ‘Cup’. “The club (The Met) would love to see increased Australian involvement in both races. The traditional borders within Australasian racing are diminishing and greater Australian representation in 2016 would continue that trend.”  Both the Cup and Dominion have an encouraging numbers of nominations from Australia – four and seven nominations respectively, which is sure to add further interest to the build-up and hopefully the features themselves. Messini (7) in the NZ Cup and Keystone Del (3) in the Dominion are the highest ranked of the Australians. As the case has been in previous years, the rankings will be updated regularly. The next meeting of the Rankings Committee will be held on 07 September, following the Maurice Holmes Vase meeting - the start of the ‘road to the Cup’. Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup 1     Have Faith In Me 2     Smolda 3     Tiger Tara 4     Locharburn 5     Mossdale Conner 6     Christen Me 7     Messini 8     Lazarus 9     Philadelphia Man 10   Franco Nelson 11   Mighty Flying Mac 12   Itz Bettor To Win 13   Costa Del Magnifico 14   Hug The Wind 15   Titan Banner 16   Franco Ledger 17   No Doctor Needed 18   Alleluia 19   Quick As A Trick 20   Cullect A Guiness 21   Brillant Strike 22   Seel The Deal 23   Expressive Victor 24   Didjamakem Bolt 25   Maverick 26   Lewy Risk 27   Expresso Martini 28   Idealindiamonds 29   Moonrock   Haras des Trotteurs Dominion 1      Master Lavros 2      Monbet 3      Keystone Del 4      Glenferrie Typhoon 5      Stent 6      Alley Way 7      Valmagne 8      Sheemon 9      One Over Da Moon 10    Habibti 11    Sunny Ruby 12    Jags Invasion 13    Quite A Moment 14    Kyvalley Blur 15    Daryl Boko 16    Vincennes 17    Zachary Binx 18    Harriet Of Mot 19    Sun Of Anarchy 20    Overanova 21    Harrysul 22    Scarrymcleary 23    King Denny 24    Le Reveur 25    Monty Python 26    Foray 27    Golden Gate 28    Paramount Dream 29    Waterloo Sunset 30    Amaretto Sun 31    Cool Cobber 32    Arya 33    Belles Son 34    Realmein 35    Pegasus Dream 36    Arran Chief 37    Bordeaux 38    My Tribeca 39    Springbank Eden 40    Sunset Peak 41    Quevert 42    Tornado Valley   HRNZ

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Christen Me building for cup tilt

Cran Dalgety’s not giving up on the hope of winning a New Zealand Trotting Cup with harness racing champ Christen Me just yet. But the West Melton horseman knows it’s going to take something special for the former Miracle Mile winner to usurp some of his much younger rivals who will head to the second Tuesday in November. In the hype of the likes of Have Faith In Me and Lazarus joining the Cup fray this season, Christen Me’s name has been sparingly mentioned. “We are very much the old boy on the block this year,” Dalgety said. “There’s some pretty impressive stock coming through which is going to make things pretty tough and we don’t want to be tackling them any earlier than what we have too that’s for sure.” Since his disappointing Queensland campaign, Christen Me has been ticking along quietly around the stables and probably could have been a contender in some of the early Cup lead up races. “It’s more of a case of me trying not to be too keen with him to be honest. “We could target all this early stuff and leave ourselves overdone come November so at this stage I’m thinking we won’t see him at the races too much before things get serious.” That could mean that Christen Me’s first appearance comes in the Ashburton Flying Stakes in October - leaving just a matter of weeks before the Cup. While he is still to sit down with Charlie Roberts and Vicki Purdon to discuss a campaign plan for Christen Me, Dalgety was pretty adamant that he didn’t believe the Perth Inter Dominion was on the radar. “It could end up being tougher than the New Zealand Cup from what I’m hearing. “So we are probably going to be better off here trying to pick up the big one at home.” In a small side story from the plans for Christen Me, the jury is still out on whether or not Dexter Dunn will be available to drive the gelding. Dunn, who returned from a successful holiday last week and will drive Franco Cristiano on Breeders Crown Final Day this weekend, is also the regular driver of Locharburn. There’s plenty of speculation circling about who the World Champion reinsman will drive. Dunn himself has remained certain that there would be no firm decision made until later into the respective campaigns. Blair Orange is the likely person to jump on Locharburn if Dunn goes Christen Me’s way. Locharburn will trial again today at Rangiora alongside Cup contenders; Tiger Tara, Franco Nelson and Idealindiamonds. Also in action out in North Canterbury today is open class trotters Sheemon, Jags Invasion, Sunny Ruby and Belle’s Son. Harness Jewels winning mare, Rocker Band will also make her first public appearance since her Cambridge win when she tackles a small field in a mobile event earlier in the day. Matt Markim - HRNZ

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Kaikoura changes to a two-day fixture

The annual Kaikoura Trotting Club meeting will now be a two-day fixture. They will race on both a Sunday and Monday at the end of October this year.  The Sunday meeting on the 30th October will be a six race programme and will field races of lower class horses, while the traditional Monday meeting will be a ten race programme held the next day on October 31st and feature the Kaikoura Cup, trotters cup and the $50,000 NZ Yearling Sales pace. Last year Arden Rooney won the Kaikoura Cup before going on to win the New Zealand cup eight days later. Arden Rooneys Australian owner Merv Butterworth (Butterworth Racing Syndicate) will possibly have two horses participating in this years Kaikoura Cup. Both Didjamakim Bolt and Itz Bettor To Win are earmarked for the important lead-up race before competing in the New Zealand Cup in November.  Arden Rooney winning the Kaikoura Cup 2015     Harnesslink Media

Dexter Dunn has answered a family SOS call to drive gifted three-year-old Franco Cristiano in Sunday’s Breeders Crown 3YO final at Melton. Dunn’s brother John is away with his young family on a Queensland holiday and also felt Franco Cristiano needed some “Dexter magic” after an inglorious semi-final run last Saturday night at Bendigo. “It would have meant me leaving the family to come back to Melbourne for the race and Dexter’s had more experience in these big races anyway,” John said. Franco Cristiano got into as short as $2.80 to beat Our Waikiki Beach in the Crown final, but all that changed after his semi-final flop and drawing gate 10 in the big one. Our Waikiki Beach is $1.10 from gate two on the Aussie TAB with Franco Cristiano out to $11 from gate 10. John Dunn said he knew he was in trouble 100m before the start of the semi-final. “He felt good in the score, but it all changed about 100m before release when he just started pace weirdly. I just had to nurse him,” he said. “He never felt any good at any stage of the race. “Even when I got around to sit outside the leader where I wanted so stay, he couldn’t quicken to hold the spot when another horse came around me. “It was surprising and disappointing after he ran such an encouraging race the week before against Our Waikiki Beach and Menin Gate.” Dunn said Franco Cristiano would have blood tests today (Monday). “Dad’s looking after him and we have to get the blood tests because he pulled-up with a really high heart rate,” he said. “We know on his best he would be very competitive in the final, but we’re just hoping he bounces back and shows his best on Sunday.”   Adam Hamilton

He wasn't on-course at Gore today but Rakaia trainer Warren Stapleton will no doubt be very satisfied that Trouble Del has delivered him with his 100th trotting win. Stapleton has trained a few good squaregaiters over the forty years of his profession, including the likes of Cedar Fella and October Pride. He part-owns Trouble Del with his son Dean who was looking after the team of six at Gore today. "Mum booked for her and Dad to go to the Gold Coast. They got back home last night and would have noticed there were no horses and no truck. We just slipped down to Gore with the team," said Dean.  Trouble Del qualified and originally raced for Mike Heenan who bred him.  "I got back into horses last year to help Dad when he was crook. We wanted some better horses so I bought him (Trouble Del) off Mike Heenan, a mate of mine. He's just taken a bit of time but he's always shown a bit. He's a bit of a pet at home."  The lightly raced six year old son of Brylin Boyz galloped at the start and had to make up twenty lengths to get onto the back of the leading bunch. By the 1400 metres mark driver Nathan Williamson had him trotting nicely in the one one. When Duchess Grace galloped Williamson hocked Trouble Del out to improve. He trotted home untouched to win by a length and a quarter from Foursharesmorebeers.  Trouble Del winning at Gore                                                  Photo by Bruce Stewart   After today's win Stapleton says they'll  be staying close to home and racing at Methven before heading across the mountain on a bit of a road trip to the coast.  "He loves the grass. We actually bought him for the grass circuit. He goes as fast on the grass as he does on the crusher dust. I haven't been to Westport for a few years. I'm a bit famous over there so I'm heading back. I can't wait. My bags are packed."   Trouble Del returning after winning at Gore                          Photo by Bruce Stewart At his previous start at Forbury Park Trouble Del sat parked for most the trip and was just run down by King Kone.  "He hasn't had much luck this time in. He's had broken gear but last week he went well at Forbury. Anyone watching that run would have backed him today."   Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness

There was noticeable improvement in five year old harness racing mare Sweet As as she commenced her five year old season with an impressive win at Gore today.   "She's strengthened up over the back end. We've left the spreaders off this year. Last year I thought she was good enough to be a 1-56 horse against the good mares but she was probably a wee bit weak. I knew she hated the spreaders but I was determined to keep them on because of her gait," said trainer Alan Paisley.   Paisley was confident of a good showing as the mare had been working well at home and at a private workout at the Wyndham track. Driver Rory McIIwrick was also confident.    "I just had a feeling and said to Alan that this could be the day. She just jogged it today and feels a bit stronger and sharper to add to the ability she actually has. She was hard to pull up. I just wanted to save my arms so we went another lap. She maybe looking for the two miles (distance)," said McIIwrick with a grin after the win. photo by Bruce Stewart It was the mare's second win in twenty six starts. She's owned by loyal stable clients Gad and Joan Carter who also had success with another Paisley trained mare Princess Delight which won four races and is being bred from. She has a Sir Lincoln two year old filly and is in foal to that sire.      Sweet As looks well placed to pick up another early season win in the next month.    "It was penalty free today so it's back to another C1," said her trainer.    Bruce Stewart

Kimberley Blakemore was quick to deflect a lot of the praise for her first winning harness racing drive at Addington on Friday night to her boss, Brendon Hill. The young horsewoman, who is originally from the North Island, picked up the first win of her career in the sulky with a well-time drive to get the in-form Rummage home in the junior drivers’ contest. And while she was showered with praise and admiration in the stabling block at Addington following the win, Blakemore was more keen to heap the compliments on Hill as opposed to giving herself some credit. “I couldn’t ask for someone better to work for,” Blakemore said. “Benny has been amazing and have put a lot of faith in me so it’s nice to get that first milestone in his colours. "He's just a a very kind and patient person who I have a lot of respect for. He's a really good horseman and I'm enjoying learning from him." Having just her 10th race day drive, Blakemore managed to work clear from a precarious position at the 400 metre mark to find clear air and charge home to run down Allison Sokke. “It’s all a bit surreal at the moment, it certainly hasn’t sunk in yet. “And it probably won’t until I have watched the replay about 100 times.” The daughter of well known North Island horseman, Danny Blakemore, there was no questioning what career path Kimberley was going to take. Her sister, Kelly and brother, Michael have also driven a winner - keeping the family line perfect. “I don’t think I beat Kelly in terms of the number of wins before my first, but I have beaten Michael so that gives me a bit of a bragging in the future.” After working for Phil Burrows for three months when she first moved South, Blakemore managed to land herself a role at Hill’s stable and hasn’t looked back. “Benny has been incredible part of my career. I wouldn’t be here without him that’s for sure.” It was a perfect night for Hill who won his second race when Missinmemate cleared a pocket late and charged home for Ricky May. In a typically patient drive from May, punters were nervous 100 metres from the post. But in a deft display of patience and timing, May was perfect in his judgement, getting the gap late and charging through. May’s victory on Missinmemate was only usurped by the patience shown on Seel The Deal to win earlier in the night. Again May left it until the last few strides to get up on the Greg and Nina Hope trained pacer who looked destined to run second to Woodlea Legend and Katie Cox. “He always felt like he was going to there, it probably looked a little worse than it way,” May said. “He’s come back really well.” May’s third victory came courtesy of Ranfurly Rulz who showed he’s finally close to living up to all the hype. Also from the Hope stable the speedy pacer was far too good for his opposition on Friday, dashing clear at the top of the straight to win impressively.   Matt Markham

He came, he saw, he conquered – and Sunday it’s going to take one heck of a run to prevent him doing it all over again in the harness racing Group 1 $185,000 Breeders Crown final. Mark Purdon’s super Somebeachsomewhere gelding Our Waikiki Beach run down talented front runner Iceenothink, from Larry Eastman’s camp, to win his IRT Breeders Crown semi-final at Bendigo. VIDEO: OWNER TREVOR CASEY DELIGHTED WITH HIS STAR'S WIN And the Victorian bred, New Zealand trained winner of 22 of his 23 starts looks to have a stranglehold on the competition after a favourable barrier draw placed him in gate two for Sunday's Tabcorp Park Melton final, outside only emergency Carter Bromac. Leading rivals, who also qualified in last night’s semi-finals at Bendigo, Spiritwriter (barrier 5), Kingofthestars (barrier 6) and Iceenothink (barrier 7) have drawn outside the Kiwi on the front row, while Rock Of America (barrier 8) will likely be on his tail. Highly rated Kiwi Franco Cristiano, who ran fifth in his heat, will start from the back row, as will semi-final winner Soho Tribecca. The latter had a shining moment at Bendigo, where he controlled the race after driver Chris Alford found the front from barrier six on the Jayne Davies trained American Ideal colt. “He’s been running in all the good races this year and just been falling short,” Alford said. “Tonight for him to win a semi of the Breeders Crown is terrific and onwards to the final now.” VIDEO: CHRIS ALFORD CHATS AFTER SOHO TRIBECCA TAKES HONOURS Soho Tribecca was brilliant out of the gates to cross Keep On Rocking from gate one, while $1.40 favourite Franco Cristiano had a much more modest start and was swamped from gate four, which left driver John Dunn three-wide until he crept to the breeze mid-race. Soho Tribecca by contrast was able to do his own thing and when they came knocking at the final bend it was only Geoff Webster’s Keep On Rocking, from the box seat, who threatened. “(Soho Tribecca) found the front pretty comfortably and the main thing was that he relaxed pretty well the first lap and got it pretty easy,” Alford said. “When the pressure come on and they wanted to get rolling along, if you fight him he doesn’t seem to finish off so I was happy to let him stride and thankfully he held on.” Soho Tribecca won by a neck in a 1:55.7 mile rate for owner-breeder Rob Watson. “He’s had a lot of horses over the years Rob and he does put a lot of money in and so he deserves every winner he gets,” Alford said. The mile rate was 0.5 quicker than semi-final two, which ran as expected with Iceenothink leading and Our Waikiki Beach taking his back from barrier eight. It was then a waiting game until the sprint lane opened for Purdon, who gave Our Waikiki Beach a gentle urging and he found the front to win by 2.9m in a 27.9 final quarter, delighting part-owner Trevor Casey. “We had to drive him that way and hope for luck,” Mr Casey said. “We got it and that was our main mission (tonight).” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Harness racing at Gore today and here are the early movers on the fixed odds book. R1 - A very quiet 'book' early but the two favourites Duchess Grace $2.90 and Trouble Del $3.10 dominate multi bets.   R2 - Easily the best backed is Green Fingers $10 - $8.00 but Lucas $6.50 is starting to attract  support.   R3 - The $2.70 favourite Really Desirable leads bot win and multi bets. The $17 shot Sweet As is next best backed.   R4 - No early win money action as yet but Madam Spur the $2.80 favourite is best backed in multis.   R5 - Seduce Me at $5.80 is best backed early.   R6 - The Mucho Macho Man at $2.60 is taking the early money and totally dominates multi bets over Honey Cullen at $3.50.   R7 - Highland Reign at $9.00 is best backed early in the win 'book' over Risk Factor at $3.40 who does lead multi bets.   R8 - All the money is for Nicaea Franco at $2.80 and she is dominant in multi bets.    R9 - Whoosh factor $4.40 - $3.80 has taken all the early money over Pulling The Strings at $4.00 - $4.20.   Best backed in order of multi betting as at noon raceday: R6 - Mucho Macho Man $2.60 R8 - Nicaea Franco $2.80 R3 - Really Desirable $2.70 R4 - Madam Spur $2.80

The three harness racing horses considered good things on the night, were highlighted at noon raceday (Gotta Go Ya Hu, Seel the Deal and Missinmemate) and all duly won.     If you had placed a $10 fixed odds bet at that time you would have received back $36. From noon to start time Gotta Go Ya Hu was backed into $1.26 from $1.50, Seel The Deal $1.50 - $1.40 and Misinmemate $1.50 - $1.25 and a $10 multi all-up at post time returned $22.05 with an all-up $10 tote win bet returning $25.20.   More often than not it does pay for punter's to consider taking fixed multi bets on the favourites earlier rather than later as these short priced odds-on favourites do take large bets late such as those listed below.   Taking the above favourites at noon rather than close to the start time of the first favourite  concerned would have resulted in $14 (40%) more for every $10 spent and often that can be the difference between a punters having a winning or losing night.   This won't always be the case but from past results by betting earlier punters do more often than not receive better odds on short priced runners, so it's definitely worth considering for the future.   Punter's finished slightly ahead of the 'book' on the night and we saw some inspired betting on a number of the favourites. We saw some big money come for Provocative Prince in race 8 and also for Zena Mac in race 9.    R1- The money came hard for the second placed runner Lindsay Castleton $2,000 & $1,000 at $5.00, $2,400 at $3.80 & $5,000 to place at $1.85. The largest bet on the favourite Kash Valley was $1,666 at $2.20. The winner was a good result with the 'book' only losing result on Lindsay Castleton.   R2 - Big bets on the favourite Gotta Go Ya Hu were $25,000 at $1.30 & $5,000 at $1.40. The hot favourite held 95% of the win money $1.55 - $1.26 so he was never going to be a good result but more importantly for punters their multis bets were off to a great start. The only other runner that attracted some money was Bakari $6.80 - $9.00.      R3 - McClinchie $5,000 at $3.20 & $1,000 at $3.10. Ranfurly Rulz $400 at $8.00.       The winner Ranfurly Rulz $7.00 - $8.00 was a small loss for us.   R4 - Alvira Hest took $2,000 at $6.00 (X2) and $500 at $8.00. The winner Craddock $10 - $16 was a great result for the 'book' with the only two losing results being the favourite Brads Kenny $3.30 and Alvira Hest the big mover $14 - $6.00.    R5 - Rummage $2,000 at $6.00.  We got dealt to on Rummage $5.40 - $5.50 and this ended up as our worst result on the night. Allison Stokke $8.20 - $7.80 finished 2nd and was our only other losing result so punters had this race well covered. It is not often that we have an opening favourite at $5.00 and that price was certainly enough to attract plenty of strong support.    R6 - Seel The Deal took bets of $10,000 at $1.45, $7,000 at $1.40 and $4,000 at $1.50. The favourite Seel The Deal held 88% of the win 'book' and the head wining margin was a costly one both on the win and multi 'books'.   R7 - Amaretto Sun took $4,347 at $3.30. The winner Amaretto Sun $2.60 - $3.10 was the only losing result on the win 'book' but at the 200m we knew we were gone.     R8 - Provocative Prince $5,000 at $3.00, $5,000 at $2.70 (X2), and $4,000 at $3.50.  With all the late money on Provocative Prince any other runner was going to be a good result and so it proved with Beyond Belief $10 - $16 taking the race out.    R9 - Missinmemate was best backed with big bets of $12,000 at $1.35 and $10,000 at $1.28. We don't see many maiden runners holding 97% of the win money but that was the case with the winner Missinmemate. We thought we had a show at the 300m but a gem of a drive by Ricky May over the final stages got the money home for punters.   R10 - Better Luck $700 at $7.50. Zena Mac $1,818 at $6.50, $2,000 at $5.00, $2,000 at $4.80, $2,000 at $4.50, $3,125 at $4.20, $2,000 at $3.60 and $2,000 at $3.40  We opened the winner long at $14 and he closed at $7.00 (4th best backed) but with the late surge for Zena Mac he ended up as a good result for the 'book'      In the Drivers Challenge $10,000 at $1.30 was placed on Ricky May which he won with 13 Points over Blair Orange on 9 points with Stephen McNally & Kimberly Butt finishing equal 3rd on 5 points.

Harness racing at Gore on Sunday starts the southern season in the deep south. With big fields and many horses coming in fresh with little trial and workout form, it will be a difficult to job to pinpoint where each horse is at in terms of picking a winner. With fields like that it is often better to stick with the bigger stables. Riversdale trainer Tony Stratford has four runners engaged and all are winning hopes. Mucho Macho Man is possibly the pick of them as far as ability goes. Tony thought enough of the horse to send him to Auckland for a 2-year-old race as a juvenile where the son of Mach Three finished fifth of six starters in a  race at Alexandra Park in December 2015. Ashleighs Flight, Ted Cady and Deceitndesire are also engaged and all have claims in their individual races. Blair Orange is making the long trip south to drive three of the Stratford runners and he also has a drive in every race all with good chances. He will be short on the fixed odds drivers book based on the number and class of the horses he is driving. Blair thinks his best drive at Gore is Really Desirable who has been racing at Forbury Park for her last eight starts. The 4yo mare and  daughter of  Real Desire has good gate speed and could lead of the gate in a field devoid of race day form.   Harnesslink Media Selections Gore Race 1: Duchess Grace, Trouble Del, Matai Jetstar, Loxi Clairborne. Race 2: Harriet Price, Swap Over, Dennis Lillee, Green Fingers Race 3: Really Desirable, Balius, Sweet As, Backseat Chick Race 4: Pyramid Magic, Sun's Invasion, The Jinja Ninja, Madam Spur Race 5: Seduce Me, Ted Cady, Tact Ollie, Thunda Down Unda Race 6: Mucho Macho Man, Honey Cullen, Ideal Art, Real Love Race 7: Jetsdream, Risk Factor, Ossessione, Franco Nixon Race 8: Frank The Tank, Skyfall, Justasip, Raphoe Race 9: Jabali, Whoosh Factor, Bold Ruler, Pulling The Strings Best Bet: Frank The Tank(Race 8) Value Bet: Harriet Price(Race 2)   Harnesslink media  

Shane Tritton isn’t one to get intimidated. Even when it means taking on the might of the Purdon/Rasmussen barn, Tritton thinks he has the horse to beat them. Tritton’s young star Tingira Beach is commanding favourite to win his Breeders Crown 2YO semi-final tomorrow night and set-up a showdown with Purdon’s young gun Pacing Major in the final. “We’ve had some luck this week drawing barrier one in the weaker of the two semis, so he only needs to run up to his recent form to win,” Tritton said. “I think he’s actually improved since he was last down in Melbourne and winning the Vicbred final.” Tingara Beach looks the leader and winner from the pole and is a $1.25 favourite in Aussie TAB markets. Pacing Major is $1.60 favourite from a back row draw (gate nine) in the stronger semi-final where Astride (gate one), Our Little General (seven) and Bettor Be Gold (12) have the talent to make it a contest. Looking ahead to the final, Tritton thinks Tingira Beach deserves top billing with Pacing Major. “I know the markets have Pacing Major favourite, but knowing how good my horse is, he will need to be something special to beat us,” he said. “He just keeps improving, has been working really well with some top horses of mine at home and I can’t wait for the final.” In other stable news, Tritton said his glamour mare Arms Of An Angel was ready to return. “She’s coming up well and will trial in the next two weeks,” he said. “We’ve been sitting her up in her work so she’s learning all the time. “She is only an M2 so we can take her through the grades for now then look at feature race options, but obviously the Ladyship and Miracle Miles are the long term targets.” Tritton also hopes to chase feature races with his new star, the injury-plagued Lombo Kotakinabalu. “He’s done a tendon three times, but he’s back flying and is sound as I’ve ever had him,” he said. “I said two years ago he could be a Miracle Mile horse and I just hope we can keep him sound long enough to run in the big races. “He’s won his past two starts in super time and without Lauren having to pull the plugs.” Adam Hamilton

Early fixed odds action on the harness racing at Addington tonight.   R1- A quiet win 'book' market with the best backed early Deva Jones $7.00 - $6.00 over November Guy at $3.90. The favourite Kash Valley is $2.30 - $2.10 due to number if multi bets going through her.   R2- Gotta Go Ya Hu at $1.50 has taken 97% of multi bets on the race and it's going to be hard to sell any other runner closer to post-time as he does look one of the best bets on the night.    R3 - The only runner they want early is Going To California $10.50 - $6.00 but the $3.60 favourite McClinchie easily leads multi bets early.    R4 - Another quiet early market but best backed is My Armour at $5.00.   R5 - Alison Stoke at $8.20 is the best backed over Hopeful Harriet at $6.60. No runner dominates early multi bets which reflects an even betting market which has a $5.40 favourite in Rummage.   R6 - No surprise to see the $1.60 favourite Seel The Deal totally dominating multi bets holding 92% of early tickets. Provocative Prince was scratched at 8:12am this morning and any bets placed prior to         that time will have 8% win & 10% place deductions applied. The place tote market pays two dividends (7 runners) on this race with the fixed odds paying three dividends on the  'Top 3' placed runners.    R7 - All early money is on Tornado Valley $8.80 - $7.00 and outside him there is little interest. The $2.60 favourite Amaretto Sun holds 62% of early multi bets over 16% on the $16 shot Kowhai Monarch.    R8 - The big mover here is Run To Hide $9.20 - $6.50 but he is only running 5th in held multi bets. Provocative Prince has also taken early money and is into $4.20 from his opening odds of $5.20 &        he does lead multi bets over the $3.60 favourite Dreamy Damien.    R9 - This is the quietest race win betting wise on the night but all they want (holds 98% tickets) in multi bets is the $1.50 favourite Missinmemate. Just like the $1.50 favourite in race 2 Gotta Go Ya Hu        the 'book' will struggle to sell outside the favourite on the win market.   R10 - A very even field to finish the card tonight see's little early interest. Crafty Cullen at $6.60 does lead multi bets over Precious Sara at $4.80.    Runners that in order hold the most multi tickets early are :  R9 - Missinmemate    $1.50 R2 - Gotta Go Ya Hu  $1.50 R6 - Seel The Deal     $1.60   Stephen Richardson

Harness racing at Addington tonight will see some big pools on offer. There is a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the pick six starting at 7:21pm and also a $40,000 starting pool on the last quaddie starting at  8:21pm. We preview the pick six which has some very tricky legs to negotiate in order to get a portion of the large pool on offer.   Leg 1 Possibly the most even race of the night as the field has a lot of depth and is a junior driver race. The favorite with the TAB on the fixed odds is Rummage showing a large $5.40 to win, proving just how difficult this race really is to sort out. We like Allison Stokke as she is in good form and normally begins well from the standing start. Include Mighty Flyin Deal, Go Fella Go, Hopeful Harriet, As Kiwi As, Mr Handleman, Waihemo Art and Chapter One   Leg 2 Seel The Deal beat a similar field last start and looks an anchor with the dangers being Woodlea Legend and Stunnin Dude   Leg 3 Another tricky leg here with a large even field of trotters to line up. Amereto Sun is in great form and won like a good horse last start. He has been freshened for this so must be included. Phils Gift got closest to Ameretto Sun last time so include him and Tornado Valley looks back in good form with an impressive win last start and is a threat with a similar run.   Leg 4 Provocative Prince should head forward here and will be hard to run down if he can lead. Dreamy Damian won well last start after he was driven aggressively and can win with a similar drive and Croft Bay is tough and has also been racing well.   Leg 5 We are quite happy to anchor Missinmemate here as well drawn and the mobile will suit.   Leg 6 Another very difficult leg of pick six and another race where the TAB bookies have a favorite around the $5.00 mark. You need to include as many here as budget allows but we have narrowed it down to six runners. Include Crafty Cullen, Missmatch, Mega Watt, Ask Me Art, Zena Mac and Better Luck   Pick Six Selections $15.00 for 10% Leg 1      4,6,10,11,12,13,14,15 Leg 2      9 Leg 3      6,12,13 Leg 4      6,11 Leg 5      1 Leg 6      2,3,5,9,12,13   Harnesslink Media        

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Locharburn looked strong winning his latest harness racing trial at Rangiora today. In the hands of world champion driver Dexter Dunn he began well then whipped around to lead with 1700m to go. Once in front the big 6yo horse by Christian Cullen was way too good in the run home and won easily without Dexter having to get too urgent up the home straight.  The winning time of 3:18.6 for the 2600m stand was very quick in the cold and windy conditions and his last 800m of 56.3 seconds was easily the quickest of the day. Locharburn is currently 4th in the cup rankings and is a $9.00 chance in the New Zealand Cup market at the TAB. Locharburn is likely to have his first start in the Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington on September 2   Watch the last 400m of the Locharburn Rangiora trial below.   Dominion Handicap bound Sunny Ruby won the major trotting trial today at Rangiora by an ever increasing seven lengths. The 5yo mare by top trotting sire Sundon, turned the race into a procession after finding the lead with more than a lap to go. Other Dominion Handicap aspirants Sheemon and Daryl Boko were also in the in the trial and were runing on at the finish albeit a long way from the winner Sunny Ruby who trotted her last 800m in a respectable 58.5 seconds. Sunny Ruby first....daylight second at todays trial   Harnesslink Media
The initial Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup and Haras Des Trotteurs Dominion rankings have been completed. 29 harness racing pacers were ranked for the ‘Cup’, while 42 Dominion-bound trotters had their merits weighed up in a three-hour meeting of industry officials yesterday (Tuesday). Last season’s Auckland Cup winner Have Faith In Me heads the NZ Cup rankings, while defending champion Master Lavros holds mandatory top billing amongst the Dominion aspirants, ahead of Monbet. Addington Raceway Racing Manager, Brian Rabbitt, offered his insight into the initial rankings. “The trotters were very tough to sort out. Obviously they are strong on numbers but the nature and the variance in form-lines made it quite challenging for the committee. The Cup was more straight-forward but although we have fewer nominations than usual, once we got them into their ranked order we could see the makings of another tremendously competitive ‘Cup’. “The club (The Met) would love to see increased Australian involvement in both races. The traditional borders within Australasian racing are diminishing and greater Australian representation in 2016 would continue that trend.”  Both the Cup and Dominion have an encouraging numbers of nominations from Australia – four and seven nominations respectively, which is sure to add further interest to the build-up and hopefully the features themselves. Messini (7) in the NZ Cup and Keystone Del (3) in the Dominion are the highest ranked of the Australians. As the case has been in previous years, the rankings will be updated regularly. The next meeting of the Rankings Committee will be held on 07 September, following the Maurice Holmes Vase meeting - the start of the ‘road to the Cup’. Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup 1     Have Faith In Me 2     Smolda 3     Tiger Tara 4     Locharburn 5     Mossdale Conner 6     Christen Me 7     Messini 8     Lazarus 9     Philadelphia Man 10   Franco Nelson 11   Mighty Flying Mac 12   Itz Bettor To Win 13   Costa Del Magnifico 14   Hug The Wind 15   Titan Banner 16   Franco Ledger 17   No Doctor Needed 18   Alleluia 19   Quick As A Trick 20   Cullect A Guiness 21   Brillant Strike 22   Seel The Deal 23   Expressive Victor 24   Didjamakem Bolt 25   Maverick 26   Lewy Risk 27   Expresso Martini 28   Idealindiamonds 29   Moonrock   Haras des Trotteurs Dominion 1      Master Lavros 2      Monbet 3      Keystone Del 4      Glenferrie Typhoon 5      Stent 6      Alley Way 7      Valmagne 8      Sheemon 9      One Over Da Moon 10    Habibti 11    Sunny Ruby 12    Jags Invasion 13    Quite A Moment 14    Kyvalley Blur 15    Daryl Boko 16    Vincennes 17    Zachary Binx 18    Harriet Of Mot 19    Sun Of Anarchy 20    Overanova 21    Harrysul 22    Scarrymcleary 23    King Denny 24    Le Reveur 25    Monty Python 26    Foray 27    Golden Gate 28    Paramount Dream 29    Waterloo Sunset 30    Amaretto Sun 31    Cool Cobber 32    Arya 33    Belles Son 34    Realmein 35    Pegasus Dream 36    Arran Chief 37    Bordeaux 38    My Tribeca 39    Springbank Eden 40    Sunset Peak 41    Quevert 42    Tornado Valley   HRNZ
Cran Dalgety’s not giving up on the hope of winning a New Zealand Trotting Cup with harness racing champ Christen Me just yet. But the West Melton horseman knows it’s going to take something special for the former Miracle Mile winner to usurp some of his much younger rivals who will head to the second Tuesday in November. In the hype of the likes of Have Faith In Me and Lazarus joining the Cup fray this season, Christen Me’s name has been sparingly mentioned. “We are very much the old boy on the block this year,” Dalgety said. “There’s some pretty impressive stock coming through which is going to make things pretty tough and we don’t want to be tackling them any earlier than what we have too that’s for sure.” Since his disappointing Queensland campaign, Christen Me has been ticking along quietly around the stables and probably could have been a contender in some of the early Cup lead up races. “It’s more of a case of me trying not to be too keen with him to be honest. “We could target all this early stuff and leave ourselves overdone come November so at this stage I’m thinking we won’t see him at the races too much before things get serious.” That could mean that Christen Me’s first appearance comes in the Ashburton Flying Stakes in October - leaving just a matter of weeks before the Cup. While he is still to sit down with Charlie Roberts and Vicki Purdon to discuss a campaign plan for Christen Me, Dalgety was pretty adamant that he didn’t believe the Perth Inter Dominion was on the radar. “It could end up being tougher than the New Zealand Cup from what I’m hearing. “So we are probably going to be better off here trying to pick up the big one at home.” In a small side story from the plans for Christen Me, the jury is still out on whether or not Dexter Dunn will be available to drive the gelding. Dunn, who returned from a successful holiday last week and will drive Franco Cristiano on Breeders Crown Final Day this weekend, is also the regular driver of Locharburn. There’s plenty of speculation circling about who the World Champion reinsman will drive. Dunn himself has remained certain that there would be no firm decision made until later into the respective campaigns. Blair Orange is the likely person to jump on Locharburn if Dunn goes Christen Me’s way. Locharburn will trial again today at Rangiora alongside Cup contenders; Tiger Tara, Franco Nelson and Idealindiamonds. Also in action out in North Canterbury today is open class trotters Sheemon, Jags Invasion, Sunny Ruby and Belle’s Son. Harness Jewels winning mare, Rocker Band will also make her first public appearance since her Cambridge win when she tackles a small field in a mobile event earlier in the day. Matt Markim - HRNZ
The annual Kaikoura Trotting Club meeting will now be a two-day fixture. They will race on both a Sunday and Monday at the end of October this year.  The Sunday meeting on the 30th October will be a six race programme and will field races of lower class horses, while the traditional Monday meeting will be a ten race programme held the next day on October 31st and feature the Kaikoura Cup, trotters cup and the $50,000 NZ Yearling Sales pace. Last year Arden Rooney won the Kaikoura Cup before going on to win the New Zealand cup eight days later. Arden Rooneys Australian owner Merv Butterworth (Butterworth Racing Syndicate) will possibly have two horses participating in this years Kaikoura Cup. Both Didjamakim Bolt and Itz Bettor To Win are earmarked for the important lead-up race before competing in the New Zealand Cup in November.  Arden Rooney winning the Kaikoura Cup 2015     Harnesslink Media
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