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Winton fixed odds movers 24-02-17

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Winton today as at 12:10pm Race 1 - Zoey's Gift $1.90 leads win betting over Jaccka Josh $1.80 but that runner just leads multi betting over the former runner. As the odds of those two runners would suggest no other runner is getting much support early.   Race 2 - Carnardly Remember $3.30 - $2.80 makes his debut for a new stable and although drawn the widest over the mile trip he has been well backed early. Pegasus Merrily $12 - $8.50 has also attracted some support.   Race 3 - Two Ply $4.20 is easily best backed in win and multi betting   Race 4 - Chinook Winds $3.80 leads win betting with Manuka Valley $3.50 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - Alta Shelby $2.80 is easily the best backed in win and multi betting and Manly $3.20 is starting to get some support in multi betting also.   Race 6 - Southbound Train $10 - $8.50 leads win and multi betting and even though the opening odds of $10 are well gone the current $8.50 on offer is looking like good overs come post-time. Locked Out Of Heaven $3.30 is currently running second in multi tickets sold which is a little surprising given the odds on those two runners.   Race 7 - This is a very open race judging by the early win money but multi support says Its Elvis $4.00 and President Roydon $3.60 will take money closer to post time.       Race 8 - Win money early is saying Santanna's Rocket $3.30 is just the best of good things here. Steiger $8.00 is next best backed on the win book.    Race 9 - Somejoy $4.00 leads multi betting over Venice Beach $7.50.   Race 10 - Rakarolla $3.50 easily leads multi betting over Havinaravup $4.80. Flashing On $13 leads win betting early.   Race 11 - Jimmy Mack $1.45 hasn't as yet taken a dollar on the win book but in multi betting he is everyone's multi anchor at the meeting       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The top North Island Junior Driver

Triple Century for Dickie

It might have been a lowly $2,000 non-tote trot but the Haras Des Trotteurs 2yo Mobile is one race Josh Dickie won't forget in a hurry. Dickie went into the 1700m mobile at Alexandra Park last night (Friday) with a 50-50 chance of achieving the his 300th career win. And he did exactly that behind the Muscle Hill filly,Star Of Oleysa, that he and his father, John, train at Clevedon. The only other starter was the Brent Mangos trained and driven Storm Cloud. Mangos too had a brilliant night driving five winners and training four. Between the duo Dickie and Mangos drove nine of the 12 races carded.  Owned and bred by Reg Caldow, Star Of Oleysa (who is out of the Pegasus Spur mare, Olesya) started from the ace draw and was aided by a gallop from Storm Cloud at the start. At the end of the 1700m Star Of Oleysa and Dickie stopped the clock in 2:15.6 (mile rate 2:08.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.2 and 28.9. Dickie was rapt. “It doesn’t matter what type of race it ts, it’s good to win any race. I’m delighted. I am a statistics man and this means a lot. One day I would dearly love to drive 1,000 winners and a lot more Group One events,” Dickie said. “I owe a lot to Dad and all the other owners and trainers for putting me on their horses,” he added. Dickie took eight-and-a-half seasons to achieve the milestone. His stake earnings currently sit at $2.8 million. The 25-year-old alsonotched up his 301st, 302ndand 303rd driving wins behind the Tony Herlihy (MNZM) trained Mr Euroman in the second event, and then combined with his Dad to co-train and drive the $2.80 favourite C K Spur to victory in race five. Then he nailed ninth eventbehind the Dickie trained Kate Black. “It’s been a great night all right. I’ve had some nice drives and landed in some nice positions. It’s been a night to remember. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” Dickie said. Meanwhile, Dickie Senior is just two wins away from the 500-training milestone after Star Of Oleysa’s first win at her third start (two previous seconds) and then C K Spur and Kate Black getting the chocolates. Dickie (John) has won 364 on his own and another 133with his son. His collective career earnings stand at $4.1 million. The Ray Green trained and David Butcher driven Northview Hustler caused a slight upset in the $30,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes/Rosslands 3yo Colts & Geldings Graduate (2200m mobile). The 3-year-old Bettor's Delight colt was the $12.20 fourth favourite and paced the 2200m mobile in a slick 2:40.8 (mile rate 1:57.6) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.3 and 28 even. It was his second win in five starts. The female equivalent – the $30,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes/Rosslands 3yo Fillies Graduette (2200m mobile) was won by the Gareth Dixon trained and Simon Lawson driven American Princess. The brown American Ideal filly, who was the $15.20 fourth favourite, won in 2:40.9 (mile rate 1;57.7) and home in 58.3 and 29 even. That was her first win in six starts. The $14,999 feature pace and trot were both won by Franklin reinsman Brent Mangos, who nailed the $14,999 Stables Cafe 2017 Franklin Cup Racenight Handicap for the R70 to R100 pacers with Maxim. He also trained Maxim, the 2014 Victoria Cup winner.Maxim has now won two of his three starts this campaign and has finished second in the other. ‘Mango’ repeated the dose in the $14,999 Franklin Long Roofing Handicap for the R67 to R109 (& claimers) trotters with the Tony Herlihy trained King of The Roses. Mangos’s third, fourth and fifth driving victories came via first starter, Culpeka in race three, Roi Des Gitans in the 10th event and then Smoldering Ashes in race 11. The Waiau Pa horseman also trained the trio. “It’s great to win any race but five is a bonus. It’s been a real good night. The team is going really well at the moment,” Mangos said. Duane Ranger

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How fast are you at gearing up?

Licence holders will next month have the chance to become a New Zealand Champion at gearing up their horses. The Manawatu Harness Racing Club will present the New Zealand Harness Racing 'Gearing Up Championship' in association with competition sponsor, Interislander. It will be staged at 'The Square', in down-town Palmerston North. The competition will be part of the 2017 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. Games founder and trustee, Steve Hollander, said he really wanted New Zealand licence holders to converge to the Manawatu. He said 'have a go' amateurs were also welcome to watch and see how the professionals did it rather than be thrown in the deep end, but they were also welcome to take them on. "The New Zealand Champs (for licence holders) will be held on Saturday March 11 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. It is the last event on Day One of the Games. The Powerco 'Have a Go' sessions (for anyone) will be run from mid- day to 3.30pm," Hollander said. "We are sure people will watch on as top the top trainers and drivers compete against the clock to fully gear up a harness race-horse ready for action. Before that amateurs can have a go themselves. Odds are they won't be able to beat the pros!" he added. Hollander said the winner would receive the prestigious "Blossom Lady Trophy' which had been sourced by John Doody from the Manawatu Harness Racing Club. Blossom Lady, who was the 1992 New Zealand Trotting Cup champion (and winner of 43 races and $1.3 million in stakes), was co-owned by a past chairman of Harness Racing New Zealand and former Palmerston North resident, Ralph Kermode. "It will be presented back to the Manawatu Harness Racing Club to reconfigure it as an enduring trophy for this event each year at the Games," said Hollander. He said the winner and two place-getters would also receive Interislander and Husqvarna prizes to a total value of $1,100, $600, and $450 respectively. Hollander said fourth, fifth and sixth place-getters would also receive prizes from other Games sponsors. "John can arrange free accommodation at a local motel for licence holders most likely on the Friday and Saturday night of the competition. It will be a case of first in first served," he said. Hollander said the competition would involve the full gearing up of a standardbred horse. "All the gear will be laid alongside the horse and competitors will be timed from start to finish. The fastest wins." Hollander also said all gear needed to be attached fully and correctly to the satisfaction of the judges. He said competitors did not need to bring any equipment - everything is supplied. Further information on the event can be obtained via John Doody on 027 235 4465. Duane Ranger

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Rapid rise to leading vendor

Taffy Ltd, a Winton (Southland) breeding entity, was the leading vendor by average with more than one lot at the premier yearling sale in Christchurch this week. Taffy Ltd began offering at the sale two years ago. Taffy Ltd, whose registered directors are Todd and Fleur Anderson, sold three lots this week for an aggregate of $320,000, an average of $106,666. The two colts and a filly were prepared by David Shadbolt at Broadfield (near Christchurch). The average for the PGG Wrightson two day sale was $27,562. “We were very pleased with the sale but we prefer to stay out of the limelight as we have not been in the business long,’’ said Todd Anderson. Taffy Ltd received a top price of $150,000 for a colt by Art Major from Cheer The Lady. He is the first foal of his dam, who won the  2012 NZ Oaks and  Australasian Breeeders Crown. The buyer was a client of the Pukekohe stable of Brent Mangos. The filly by Bettor’s Delight from Gotta Go Harmony  was bought for $120,000 by Burnham trainer Mark Jones. She was the top priced filly of the sale. Gotta Go Harmony won the Harness Jewels at two and her first two foals to race have been winners. The third of the trio, a colt by Mach Three – Beaudiene Bad Babe was sold to  Queensland agent Stuart Valentine for $50,000. The colt is the first surviving foal of Beaudiene Bad Babe, whose 22 wins including the Harness Jewels at four and the Southland Oaks. Taffy Ltd made their first offering at a premier sale two years ago when the company sold a colt by  from Beaudiene Bad Babe for $90,000 to  trainer Steven Reid. The colt died three months later. The company sold a filly by Betterthancheddar from Gotta Go Harmony for $50,000 last year. Beaudiene Bad Babe, Gotta Go Harmony and Cheer The Lady came into the ownership of Taffy Ltd after they had raced. Spreydon Lodge sold four lots at the premier sale for an average of $70,375.  A colt by Bettor’s Delight from San Rafaella contributed $190,000 to their aggregate of $281,500. The top priced lot of the sale was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati, of Sydney. Arden Lodge, operated by John and Judy Stiven at Tapanui (West Otago) had a stellar premier sale with a top price of $155,000 and an aggregate of $390,500 from seven lots sold for an average of $55,786. Trainer Cran Dalgety paid $155,000 for a colt by Art Major and the first foal of Rocknroll Arden, winner of the group three Caduceus Club of Southland Classic as a 2yr-old and second in a Sires’ Stakes Final at the same age. The stud sold a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Winter Rose for $80,000 to Victoria trainer Geoff Webster. The colt is a half brother to Rocknroll Arden, Bettor’s Strike(Victoria and Tasmania Cups), Arden’s Choice (Caduceus Club Classic) and Southwind Arden. Tayler Strong

The Auckland Reactor two-year-old filly, Miss Ethel Sunshine could hardly have been more impressive in her harness racing debut performance. On Thursday night at Addington she was simply too good for a strong field in the first heat of the Magness Benrow NZ Sires Stakes for two-year-fillies. She is now qualified for the Group 1 final to be held at Auckland on 28 April. The result may have come a day or so late to have an effect on the New Zealand yearling sales but, none the less, it was a hugely significant win in the burgeoning siring career of Auckland Reactor. Working to the front early, the daughter of Auckland Reactor skipped clear turning for home and found the line strongly to win by four lengths. She paced the 1950m journey in a 1:59.4 mile rate with a 57.4 last 800m and 28.9 final quarter. Bred and raced by John and Gaylene Tate of Christchurch, Miss Ethel Sunshine is from the race winning McArdle mare Miss Sunshine, a half-sister to the good performers Alberto Contador (second in the NZ Jewels as a two-year-old and now a 1:50.8 winner in USA) and Albuquerque (8 NZ wins). This is the family of the former outstanding filly Oaxaca Lass. Trained by Mark Smolenski and driven to Dexter Dunn, the daughter of Auckland Reactor will now be aimed at next weekend’s Group 3 NZ Leonard Memorial at Addington. Auckland Reactor already has 18 qualifiers to date and has five individual two-year-olds racing throughout Australia over this weekend. This augurs well for the siring future for Auckland Reactor. Especially so when it is remembered that he himself didn’t commence his race career until September as a three-year-old. A race he won – along with his next sixteen in a row! Miss Ethel Sunshine

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Auckland tonight as at 4:45pm Race 1 - A very even race and that's reflected by a quiet market early. Best backed in multi betting is Jomo $4.20.    Race 2 - The largest bet early is $1,000 at $3.20 on Alta Intrigue who is second best backed in multi betting over Zadaka the $2.90 favourite .    Race 3 - Whittaker $1.60 easily leads multi betting over Runrunjimmydunn $7.50 who does lead early win betting.   Race 4 - Alta Mach $5.50 a debut runner leads win betting over Culpeka $7.00   Race 5 - C K Spur took a $1,000 bet at $6.00 as soon as the market opened and also leads multi betting.   Race 6 - Gotta Go Dali Queen $2.30 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Prime Power $2.10 leads multi betting easily.    Race 8 - Maxim $2.60 is a clear leader in multi and win betting over Kenrick $10.50.   Race 9 - Real Torque took a $1,000 bet at $8.00 when the market opened and is now into $6.50 and she is best backed early over Vampiro $2.10 & Taihape Sunset $11.50.   Race 10- A very quiet market early with Caitlin's Surprise the best supported runner in multi betting.   Race 11 - Carlaw Park $6.50 leads win betting over Twentynine Twelve $12.50.   In the Drivers Challenge Brent Mangos has opened up as the $1.50 favourite over Maurice McKendry at $4.40.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing stallion Auckland Reactor sired his first New Zealand winner when Miss Ethel Sunshine easily won her first start at Addington last night.  In the hands of top reinsman Dexter Dunn the impressive filly soon led and cut clear turning for home to beat a good field of 2yo fillies winning untouched by 4 lengths. Miss Ethel Sunshine (Auckland Reactor - Miss Sunshine) paced the mobile 1950m in 2:24.8, a mile rate of 1:59.4. Trainer Mark Smolenksi has always said she possesses a lot of speed and she showed that tonight by jogging her last 800m in 57.5 and the 400m in 28.9.     Auckland Reactor will definitely make his mark as a stallion as his progeny start to get serious on the race track. The trial winners are continuing thick and fast and he has already sired a race winner in Australia. Auckland Reactor stands at Alabar Stud   Harnesslink Media  

Brent Mangos has had a successful week without even jumping in the sulky but he hopes to put the icing on that cake at Alexandra Park tonight. Mangos was one of the busier New Zealand trainers at the three days of yearling sales this week securing at least a dozen lots including a $150,000 colt out of the former top filly Cheer The Lady. “It has been a very solid week for us and we were really happy with what we got,” says Mangos. “We did the same last year and so far the now two-year-olds we got out of those sales are showing ability.” Two of those --- Culpeka and Jack Mac --- take on older horses in race four tonight, with Mangos saying the former can win on debut as he has plenty of x-factor. “They are only starting against the older horses because it is 1700m and won’t hurt them as they get ready for some of the good races coming up for their own age group.” But while rolling out the juveniles is always an exciting time for any trainer, it is Maxim who Mangos is looking forward to the most tonight. The former Victoria Derby winner for Barry Purdon is now with Mangos so he can do much of his training in the pool. His two starts since a three-year injury enforced layoff have seen a brave Alex Park second and then a huge win Wanganui, not a place you expect to see a horse of his calibre. “I took him there because after three years off he needs the racing and it was better than going to the trials,” says Mangos. “And it really helped. It has brought him on fitness wise and while his legs are still a bit day to day, I think he can win this week.” Maxim is a genuinely good horse and while 30m handicaps are never easy to overcome in pacing races at Alexandra Park, most of his dangers are likely to settle back in the field with him, which could be a huge help. On sheer class alone he is the horse to beat. Mangos was impressed with Vampiro’s maiden success last starts and suggests he can win race nine while Roi Des Gitans is rated an each way chance in the weakish fifth leg of Pick6. “And I am on King Of The Roses in the trot (race seven) and he is a good little horse who tries very hard so he has to be a show.” That trots features open classers Prime Power, who looks close to a win, and Foray, who should be greatly improved by his last-start resumption. The richest race tonight is the $30,000 Sires’ Stakes Graduette where Gotta Go Dali Queen is good enough to overcome her second line draw as she looks an Oaks class filly.   Michael Guerin

Three-year-olds will take centre stage at Alexandra Park on Friday night with two $30,000 races for the colts/geldings and fillies respectively. Both are New Zealand Sires Stakes/Rosslands-sponsored 2200m mobile events with the colts and geldings Graduate kicking off at 7.03pm (race 3) and the fillies Graduette starting at 8.21pm (race 6). One driver who would desperately love to win one or both heats is South Auckland reinsman Josh Dickie, who together with his father John, leases property off Rosslands Stud at Clevedon, and also works half a dozen of their horses. The owner of Rossland Stud, Kerry Hoggard passed away in Auckland in October 2015 when he was the Auckland Trotting Club president. But his wife Marilyn is still a strong supporter of harness racing and the Dickies, and thanks to her loyalty to the sport, Dickie (Josh) was able to pay $100,000 for Lot 72 – a Bettor’s Delight – Yankee Dream for a colt named Bettorstartdreaming at last Monday’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. “It would mean a lot if Master George could win for Marilyn at Alexandra Park on Friday, because she is such a wonderful lady and has put so much faith in us. She deserves every success that comes her way,” Dickie said. “And the colt can get some of it despite his lack of form in his last two starts,” he added. Dickie currently sits on 299 career driving wins and said he would especially love to nail win number 300 on behind Master George. The son of Bettor's Delight and Lizzie Maguire has drawn well in the Graduate but meets a nice field of quality 3-year-old pacers. “I like him. He’s had terrible draws since I won behind him at Cambridge on January 6. He gave me a real good feel that night and beat quite a nice field. I reckon he can get a slice of the cake from three,” Dickie said. The 25-year-old was also upbeat about the Steven Reid trained Could Be Good in the Graduette, but said the filly would have been a better winning chance had she not drawn the outside of the front line. “She strung two good wins together at Cambridge a few weeks ago and then was an unlucky fourth. She’’s gone real well since then and has quite a bit of speed to call on. “It’s just a shame she has drawn eight, so I’ll have to play the start by ear. If she gets a nice sit the others will knows she’s in the race.,” Dickie said. Dickie paid a tribute to the New Zealand Sires Stakes Board for putting its left-over money into 3-year-olds just below the top echelon. “If gives the 3-year-olds just below the guns a chance to race for good money and I take my hat off to the sponsors for that. It’s exactly what this game needs,” he said. Dickie said C K Spur (race 5) and Kate Black (race 9) were also good winning chances on Friday. “C K Spur has been racing out of his grade recently and the drop-back will suit him nicely, while Kate Black won well here a fortnight ago and has the draw (3) to go on with it,” he said. Duane Ranger

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington tonight as at 4:30pm Race 1 - Sundees Son $2.60 is best backed on the win book over Castlereagh $7.50.    Race 2 - Multi betting early is saying this is a very even race and while the $5.00 favourite Highland Reign is best backed on the win book she is only 7th favourite in multi betting which is lead by Canderdel $5.50 over Sans Le Sou $7.80.   A $5.00 favourite and it's only 7th early in multi betting is clearly saying this is a wide open race.   Race 3 - Baileys Knight $7.50 leads win betting over Bettor To be Tricky the $3.50 favourite with Lanikai $4.00 easily leading multi betting.    Race 4 - Easily the best backed runner on the win book is Ashley Locaz $3.50 over Ocean Ridge $3.00. The early win and multi money is saying Ashley Locaz's current odds of $3.50 could be the best price on the day.   Race 5 - Gracie Eyre $21 - $12 is the big mover here and best backed early.   Race 6 - Habibi Inta $3.70 is a clear leader in win betting with Enghien $1.65 the clear multi leader.   Race 7 - Sheeza Sport $8.50 is the win book's worst result early but is unwanted in multi betting with Liberty Rose $3.60 leading there over American Banner $5.00.   Race 8 - Torrid Bromac $3.30 dominates early multi betting over Star Fantasy $3.10. Franco Tai $11 is best backed in early win betting.   Race 9 - Bird Of Paradise $8.50 leads early win betting over Our Quinn $19 - $16 but the multi betting early is saying this is an even betting race..   Race 10 - Kingdom Come $5.00 leads multi betting over The Foot tapper $3.90.   Race 11 - Cleaver Green $2.05 is short on his recent form and that price reflects more the recent form of his rivals.   One astute punter has told us Beragio wins the race and not to leave him out of Pick 6, he's at $22.00 but it's a field where an double digit priced runner wouldn't come as any shock.    Cleaver Green holds 3 -1 in multi tickets over the next best which is January Jones $7.50 and 6 -1 over the next best Black Art $3.50.    Dexter Dunn $2.50 is best backed in the Drivers Challenge over the $2.10 favourite Blair Orange.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The babies come out to play tonight at Addington, but who holds the strongest claims is a relative unknown. Three races on the card are for solely the two-year-olds with a race for the trotters, one for the fillies and another for the colts and geldings - and all come with the usual tag of punter beware as anything is possible. The two-year-old trot, which opens up the night, is probably the easiest of the three based on the fact that most of the field have been to the races. Sundee’s Sun, who won on debut a fortnight ago, is a back while Majestic Hurricane and BJ Lindenny who placed behind him are also there. Well Defined, who is trained by Kevin Townley, got a few things wrong on debut, but did appear to have a good motor so followers will be hoping for a clean round this evening. In the first of the pacing events for the babies, the Robert Dunn stable holds a good hand with two impressive trial and workout performers in Tuapeka Trick and Henry Hubert. Tuapeka Trick is a Bettor’s Delight colt owned by the Westview Racing No.17 syndicate and he was looked above average when winning a trial earlier in the month. Henry Hubert is unbeaten in public, but will start from the outside of the front line in an event that also includes Sapling Stakes placegetter, Cullenburn and an All Stars first starter, Ashley Locaz. The two-year-old fillies event is a little tougher to work out with 12 fillies doing battle. Mark Jones has a strong hand in the race with two fillies, Liberty Rose and Sheeza Sport with the former looking impressive when winning a trial at Ashburton in a slick last 400 metres. American Banner, who has come up with the one draw has also been in good fettle at the workouts and trials. While the two-year-olds will create plenty of interest, the three-year-old trotters will also draw attention when they race for $17,500 in the Lone Star Sires’ Stakes 3YO Trot Prelude. Enghien, who was so good at Geraldine on Sunday, is back to take on Habibi Inta in what should be an instalment in the enthralling battle of these two exciting trotters for the season. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Majestic Hurricane Well Defined, Sundee’s Sun, BJ Lindenny Race 2: Canderdel, Ranfurly Rulz, Eastwood Cheiftain, Highland Reign Race 3: Lanikai, Bettor To Be Tricky, Bailey’s Knight, Wanted Man Race 4: Henry Hubert, Tuapeka Trick, Ashley Locaz, Cullenburn Race 5: Algranco Albyone, The Best Christian, The Director, Mt Hutt Harry Race 6: Enghien, Habibi Inta, Needle, Chevron’s Express Race 7: American Banner, Liberty Rose, Betterthansparying, Chromozone Race 8: Franco Tai, Righteous Brother, Torrid Bromac, Culley Backy Race 9: Our Quinn, She’s A Flyin, Bird Of Paradise, Crackamoa Race 10: Redwood Invasion, The Foot Tapper, Dusky Eyre, Prestine Race 11: Cleaver Green, Buldinganempire, January Jones, Nicky Anew Best Bet: Cleaver Green (Race 11) Best Value: Our Quinn (Race 9)

Mossdale Conner, winner of the group one Taylor Mile and 12 other races in New Zealand, has been sold to the United States and leaves NZ this week. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” said his owner-breeder Archie Affleck disclosing the sale. Mossdale Conner is the best horse bred and raced by Affleck in 30 years in the Standardbred business. Mossdale Conner, now a seven-year-old, has taken  the semi-retired Riversdale (Southland) farmer and his wife, Margaret throughout New Zealand and Australia to see the Bettor’s Delight – Mossdale Kara gelding race. Affleck rated the best of Mossdale Conner’s 13 wins as the 2015 Taylor Mile for four and five-year-olds at Alexandra Park.  Mossdale Conner raced 1.51.7, a NZ record, for the 1700m(mobile). Driven by Maurice McKendry, he was 8/7 in the betting but won by a length from the favourite Border Control. Tiger Tara was fourth and Sky Major eighth. Mossdale Conner (Ricky May) had won the Green Mile on the grass at Methven four months earlier in 1.59.3. Mossdale Conner delivered for the Affleck’s in their home province with his win in the $40,000 Northern Southland Cup at Invercargill 12 months ago. Last month he won the Roxburgh Cup on a slushy track after adding to his 40m handicap at the start. Affleck had a host of family members on hand to share the occasion. Trained at Woodend Beach by Greg and Nina Hope, Mossdale Conner amassed $461,714 in stakes from his 13 wins, 14 seconds, 13 thirds and 14 fourths from 73 starts. He had some notable minor placings: a third in a Harness Jewels at four; a third to Arden Rooney and Smolda in the 2015 NZ Cup; a  second to Tiger Tara in the 2015 NZ Free-For- All; a third to Lennytheshark and Smolda in the 2016 Victoria Cup and a fourth in the 2015 Auckland Trotting Cup. Affleck has had disappointment recently with an embryo transplant from Mossdale Kara failing to hold. She is now 14 and has not produced a foal since Mossdale Rose in 2013. The Hope-trained Mossdale Rose, a sister to Mossdale Conner, has won twice and placed four times from six starts. Mossdale Kara has also left the winners Mossdale Major, Mossdale Flynn and Mossdale Sue from a total of six foals. Mossdale Kara qualified but did not race. The daughter of In The Pocket is a granddaughter of Keyali, who won seven races for Affleck and Charlie Smaill in the late 1980s when trained by Ernie Lee at Wyndham Tayler Strong

The harness racing ringaround had a slower week last week with a couple of winners and a number of placings. The highest winning dividend last weekwent to John Curtin whose selection Romanite won first up in the North Island at Cambridge and paid $6.10 and $1.90 on the tote. This week there are four meetings with one in the North and three in the South. Auckland is on Friday night at Alexandra Park while the three southern meetings are Addington (Thursday), Winton (Saturday) and Hororata at Methven on Sunday Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   NZ Metro at Addington on Thursday night Cran Dalgety - Cran likes Bettor To Be Tricky as his best chance this week in Race 3 Gavin Smith - is opting for Algranco Albyone as his best drive at Addington in Race 5 Mark Jones - thinks that Sheeza Sport would be his best chance this week in Race 7 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Nicky Anew in Race 11   Auckland at Alexandra park on Friday night Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Spirit Of Delight as his best chance this week in Race 6 Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Step Up would be his best drive this week also in Race 6 John Curtin - John gives Cherry Bay a good chance of winning in Race 11   Winton on Saturday Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Zoey's Gift as his best this week in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - says My Rona Gold  would be his best chance in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Two Ply as his best chance also in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking Star Ruler as his best chance this week in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Its Elvis as his best drive this week in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Santanas Rocket would be his best drive this week in Race 8 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane thinks Lambourne Road would be his best drive in Race 10 Brent Barclay - Brent says his best drive would be Jimmy Mac in Race 11 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for Glenburn Joy as his best chance also in Race 11   For more tips at Winton click here   Hororata at Methven on Sunday Harnesslink Reporter - says Sky City King with the better draw is a good chance in Race 1 RaceChat - thinks Izmok is a good winning chance in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Enchantee is a good eachway chance in Race 3 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - thinks Johnny Eyre is a good chance back to grass in Race 8     Harnesslink Media      

Art Major went within a whisker of usurping super sire, Bettor’s Delight on the second day of selling at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch yesterday. Alabar principals will have been over the moon to calculate the statistics of their marquee stallion as he went stride for stride with the seemingly untouchable Woodlands Stud resident on what was a slightly improved day two. With 30 lots on offer, Art Major’s progeny produced an aggregate of $892,000 for the day - with an average of just over $40,500 and a clearance rate of above 73 per cent. Bettor’s Delight had 37 lots in the book with three withdrawn but still managed to a total of just over $1 million in sales for the day with an average of over $41,000 and a clearance of just above 70 per cent. Four of the day’s five top lots were by Art Major - the highest of them a colt from Rocknroll Arden who fetched $155,000 when purchased by Cran Dalgety. Cheer The Lady’s first foal, a colt, went for $150,000 to clients of Brent Mangos while half-brothers to start four-year-old’s Lazarus and Chase The Dream both went for $120,000. The only Bettor’s Delight to split them was a filly from Gotta Go Harmony who was purchased by Mark Jones for a band of his owners for $120,000. Jones joined the party late in bidding for the standout filly before eventually grabbing her following some healthy bidding. For Nigel McGrath, the $120,000 he found to secure the half-brother to Lazarus, who was a rig, was breaking new ground. “It’s the highest I’ve paid for one,” McGrath said. “I was the underbidder on the brother to Partyon on Monday so this is a bit of a consolation. “McGrath was still in the process of finalising ownership for the colt.” Trevor Casey stamped his authority early when grabbing the half to Chase The Dream, who incidentally was also a rig. Cheer The Lady’s first foal will remain in New Zealand after Brent Mangos played the role of purchaser for one of his clients. “I actually drove the mare a few times, and she has left an outstanding colt. “It’s getting into big territory for us, but we decided this year to cut back on the number of horses we buy and focus on some bigger prices so to get this one is reallypleasing.” All counted there were seven lots on the second day that fetched six figure totals. Greg and Nina Hope were proactive on the trotting front, buying three lots for the day including a close relation to one of their current stars, Enghien. They paid $54,000 for a Dream Vacation colt from Another Love who herself was purchased in foal from the sale of the late Carl Middleton two years ago then they also went to $50,000 to grab a Revenue colt from Harriet Hughes, making the colt a half-brother to Harriet Of Mot. There was a slight lift in sales on the day from Tuesday’s opening day in Christchurch. The two days ended with an average of just over $27,000 and a surprising clearance rate of 77 per cent. More than $11 million was spent over the three days   Matt Markham

The opportunity to work with some of the world’s best trotting stallions and mares and to leave New Zealand’s handicapping system well behind him are the reasons Sean McCaffrey will leave Cambridge in the middle of next month (March). The Waikato horseman has been living in Cambridge for 50 years, but said the lure to be farm manager at Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms in Ballarat, Victoria, was too great. “I went to the Sales with Pat last September and built up a good rapport with him. Then not long ago he asked me if I wanted to relocate to his magnificent farm and after some thought my wife, Joanne, and I agreed to move. McCaffrey said Anton Golino would continue as head trainer, while he would manage the 720 acre (almost 300 hectares) farm as well as conditioning the young horses at Yabby Dam Farms. “I will retain my property in Cambridge and Ross Payne will take over our team of about 15. It’s a good opportunity for him and he has the support of our owners. My wife will follow me once the loose ends have been tied up,” he said. McCaffrey, who is 57, has lived in Cambridge since he was seven. He said he had trained some very nice horses over the years, but the best of them was the 28-win ($780,386) multiple Group One winning trotter, Sovereignty. All up he has trained 442 winners ($3.7m) from 1986 to 2016 and 40 ($366,076) more with Ross Paynter this season and last. He’s also trained about 50 others overseas taking his tally well beyond the 500 mark. In the sulky McCaffrey saluted the judge 134 times ($903,524) between 1983 and 2017. However he wasn't always the stable's number one driver, often preferring to use Maurice McKendry. McCaffrey said he was looking forward to working for O’Driscoll’s elaborate and state-of-the-art Yabby Dam Farms. “I’m excited because I’ll be working with some of the best possible horse-flesh you could get. Pat has lured the best stallions and mares from all around the world,” he said. O'Driscoll said it was great to have someone with McCaffrey's experience on board. He said he would compliment the professionalism he had at his Farm. “The trotting world was undergoing something of a revolution as the best bloodlines of Europe and North America combined to produce horses of superior gait, outstanding speed and enhanced stamina. "Our mission is to provide Australian and New Zealand breeders with access to the best and most modern trotting bloodlines available in the world,” O’Driscoll said. He said his philosophy remains to continually evaluate and source the best available trotting genetics from around the globe and to make those genetics available to our clients, to assist them in breeding world-class Trotters in Australia and New Zealand." O’Driscoll said he had been busy over the past 12 months, having built the training and breeding facility in Ballarat, where we stand our French group winning stallion Used to Me. "Our roster of immaculately bred, race performed French stallions have continued to increasingly be influential with Love You being named ‘New Zealand Trotting Stallion of the Year’ and his son Monbet being crowned ‘New Zealand Horse of the Year’. "How can you not be excited about working with quality horse-flesh like that? That’s not forgetting the world-class 50 or 60 mares Pat also has on his property. “Sure the handicapping debacle was a reason why I’m leaving but the lure of Yabby Dam Farms and its state-of-the-art professionalism was the main reason,” McCaffrey said. Some of those mares include: La Coocaracha, Showmethemaori, La Biscuit, Donegal Flat, Calder Luck, Glenferrie Elixir, and from New Zealand - Kincaslough, Arboe, and Parisian Chic. Their best colt or gelding so far is the 17-win Ganymede (France) - Showmethemaori gelding, Vincennes. Duane Ranger

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Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Winton today as at 12:10pm Race 1 - Zoey's Gift $1.90 leads win betting over Jaccka Josh $1.80 but that runner just leads multi betting over the former runner. As the odds of those two runners would suggest no other runner is getting much support early.   Race 2 - Carnardly Remember $3.30 - $2.80 makes his debut for a new stable and although drawn the widest over the mile trip he has been well backed early. Pegasus Merrily $12 - $8.50 has also attracted some support.   Race 3 - Two Ply $4.20 is easily best backed in win and multi betting   Race 4 - Chinook Winds $3.80 leads win betting with Manuka Valley $3.50 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - Alta Shelby $2.80 is easily the best backed in win and multi betting and Manly $3.20 is starting to get some support in multi betting also.   Race 6 - Southbound Train $10 - $8.50 leads win and multi betting and even though the opening odds of $10 are well gone the current $8.50 on offer is looking like good overs come post-time. Locked Out Of Heaven $3.30 is currently running second in multi tickets sold which is a little surprising given the odds on those two runners.   Race 7 - This is a very open race judging by the early win money but multi support says Its Elvis $4.00 and President Roydon $3.60 will take money closer to post time.       Race 8 - Win money early is saying Santanna's Rocket $3.30 is just the best of good things here. Steiger $8.00 is next best backed on the win book.    Race 9 - Somejoy $4.00 leads multi betting over Venice Beach $7.50.   Race 10 - Rakarolla $3.50 easily leads multi betting over Havinaravup $4.80. Flashing On $13 leads win betting early.   Race 11 - Jimmy Mack $1.45 hasn't as yet taken a dollar on the win book but in multi betting he is everyone's multi anchor at the meeting       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
It might have been a lowly $2,000 non-tote trot but the Haras Des Trotteurs 2yo Mobile is one race Josh Dickie won't forget in a hurry. Dickie went into the 1700m mobile at Alexandra Park last night (Friday) with a 50-50 chance of achieving the his 300th career win. And he did exactly that behind the Muscle Hill filly,Star Of Oleysa, that he and his father, John, train at Clevedon. The only other starter was the Brent Mangos trained and driven Storm Cloud. Mangos too had a brilliant night driving five winners and training four. Between the duo Dickie and Mangos drove nine of the 12 races carded.  Owned and bred by Reg Caldow, Star Of Oleysa (who is out of the Pegasus Spur mare, Olesya) started from the ace draw and was aided by a gallop from Storm Cloud at the start. At the end of the 1700m Star Of Oleysa and Dickie stopped the clock in 2:15.6 (mile rate 2:08.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.2 and 28.9. Dickie was rapt. “It doesn’t matter what type of race it ts, it’s good to win any race. I’m delighted. I am a statistics man and this means a lot. One day I would dearly love to drive 1,000 winners and a lot more Group One events,” Dickie said. “I owe a lot to Dad and all the other owners and trainers for putting me on their horses,” he added. Dickie took eight-and-a-half seasons to achieve the milestone. His stake earnings currently sit at $2.8 million. The 25-year-old alsonotched up his 301st, 302ndand 303rd driving wins behind the Tony Herlihy (MNZM) trained Mr Euroman in the second event, and then combined with his Dad to co-train and drive the $2.80 favourite C K Spur to victory in race five. Then he nailed ninth eventbehind the Dickie trained Kate Black. “It’s been a great night all right. I’ve had some nice drives and landed in some nice positions. It’s been a night to remember. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” Dickie said. Meanwhile, Dickie Senior is just two wins away from the 500-training milestone after Star Of Oleysa’s first win at her third start (two previous seconds) and then C K Spur and Kate Black getting the chocolates. Dickie (John) has won 364 on his own and another 133with his son. His collective career earnings stand at $4.1 million. The Ray Green trained and David Butcher driven Northview Hustler caused a slight upset in the $30,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes/Rosslands 3yo Colts & Geldings Graduate (2200m mobile). The 3-year-old Bettor's Delight colt was the $12.20 fourth favourite and paced the 2200m mobile in a slick 2:40.8 (mile rate 1:57.6) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.3 and 28 even. It was his second win in five starts. The female equivalent – the $30,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes/Rosslands 3yo Fillies Graduette (2200m mobile) was won by the Gareth Dixon trained and Simon Lawson driven American Princess. The brown American Ideal filly, who was the $15.20 fourth favourite, won in 2:40.9 (mile rate 1;57.7) and home in 58.3 and 29 even. That was her first win in six starts. The $14,999 feature pace and trot were both won by Franklin reinsman Brent Mangos, who nailed the $14,999 Stables Cafe 2017 Franklin Cup Racenight Handicap for the R70 to R100 pacers with Maxim. He also trained Maxim, the 2014 Victoria Cup winner.Maxim has now won two of his three starts this campaign and has finished second in the other. ‘Mango’ repeated the dose in the $14,999 Franklin Long Roofing Handicap for the R67 to R109 (& claimers) trotters with the Tony Herlihy trained King of The Roses. Mangos’s third, fourth and fifth driving victories came via first starter, Culpeka in race three, Roi Des Gitans in the 10th event and then Smoldering Ashes in race 11. The Waiau Pa horseman also trained the trio. “It’s great to win any race but five is a bonus. It’s been a real good night. The team is going really well at the moment,” Mangos said. Duane Ranger
Licence holders will next month have the chance to become a New Zealand Champion at gearing up their horses. The Manawatu Harness Racing Club will present the New Zealand Harness Racing 'Gearing Up Championship' in association with competition sponsor, Interislander. It will be staged at 'The Square', in down-town Palmerston North. The competition will be part of the 2017 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. Games founder and trustee, Steve Hollander, said he really wanted New Zealand licence holders to converge to the Manawatu. He said 'have a go' amateurs were also welcome to watch and see how the professionals did it rather than be thrown in the deep end, but they were also welcome to take them on. "The New Zealand Champs (for licence holders) will be held on Saturday March 11 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. It is the last event on Day One of the Games. The Powerco 'Have a Go' sessions (for anyone) will be run from mid- day to 3.30pm," Hollander said. "We are sure people will watch on as top the top trainers and drivers compete against the clock to fully gear up a harness race-horse ready for action. Before that amateurs can have a go themselves. Odds are they won't be able to beat the pros!" he added. Hollander said the winner would receive the prestigious "Blossom Lady Trophy' which had been sourced by John Doody from the Manawatu Harness Racing Club. Blossom Lady, who was the 1992 New Zealand Trotting Cup champion (and winner of 43 races and $1.3 million in stakes), was co-owned by a past chairman of Harness Racing New Zealand and former Palmerston North resident, Ralph Kermode. "It will be presented back to the Manawatu Harness Racing Club to reconfigure it as an enduring trophy for this event each year at the Games," said Hollander. He said the winner and two place-getters would also receive Interislander and Husqvarna prizes to a total value of $1,100, $600, and $450 respectively. Hollander said fourth, fifth and sixth place-getters would also receive prizes from other Games sponsors. "John can arrange free accommodation at a local motel for licence holders most likely on the Friday and Saturday night of the competition. It will be a case of first in first served," he said. Hollander said the competition would involve the full gearing up of a standardbred horse. "All the gear will be laid alongside the horse and competitors will be timed from start to finish. The fastest wins." Hollander also said all gear needed to be attached fully and correctly to the satisfaction of the judges. He said competitors did not need to bring any equipment - everything is supplied. Further information on the event can be obtained via John Doody on 027 235 4465. Duane Ranger
Taffy Ltd, a Winton (Southland) breeding entity, was the leading vendor by average with more than one lot at the premier yearling sale in Christchurch this week. Taffy Ltd began offering at the sale two years ago. Taffy Ltd, whose registered directors are Todd and Fleur Anderson, sold three lots this week for an aggregate of $320,000, an average of $106,666. The two colts and a filly were prepared by David Shadbolt at Broadfield (near Christchurch). The average for the PGG Wrightson two day sale was $27,562. “We were very pleased with the sale but we prefer to stay out of the limelight as we have not been in the business long,’’ said Todd Anderson. Taffy Ltd received a top price of $150,000 for a colt by Art Major from Cheer The Lady. He is the first foal of his dam, who won the  2012 NZ Oaks and  Australasian Breeeders Crown. The buyer was a client of the Pukekohe stable of Brent Mangos. The filly by Bettor’s Delight from Gotta Go Harmony  was bought for $120,000 by Burnham trainer Mark Jones. She was the top priced filly of the sale. Gotta Go Harmony won the Harness Jewels at two and her first two foals to race have been winners. The third of the trio, a colt by Mach Three – Beaudiene Bad Babe was sold to  Queensland agent Stuart Valentine for $50,000. The colt is the first surviving foal of Beaudiene Bad Babe, whose 22 wins including the Harness Jewels at four and the Southland Oaks. Taffy Ltd made their first offering at a premier sale two years ago when the company sold a colt by  from Beaudiene Bad Babe for $90,000 to  trainer Steven Reid. The colt died three months later. The company sold a filly by Betterthancheddar from Gotta Go Harmony for $50,000 last year. Beaudiene Bad Babe, Gotta Go Harmony and Cheer The Lady came into the ownership of Taffy Ltd after they had raced. Spreydon Lodge sold four lots at the premier sale for an average of $70,375.  A colt by Bettor’s Delight from San Rafaella contributed $190,000 to their aggregate of $281,500. The top priced lot of the sale was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati, of Sydney. Arden Lodge, operated by John and Judy Stiven at Tapanui (West Otago) had a stellar premier sale with a top price of $155,000 and an aggregate of $390,500 from seven lots sold for an average of $55,786. Trainer Cran Dalgety paid $155,000 for a colt by Art Major and the first foal of Rocknroll Arden, winner of the group three Caduceus Club of Southland Classic as a 2yr-old and second in a Sires’ Stakes Final at the same age. The stud sold a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Winter Rose for $80,000 to Victoria trainer Geoff Webster. The colt is a half brother to Rocknroll Arden, Bettor’s Strike(Victoria and Tasmania Cups), Arden’s Choice (Caduceus Club Classic) and Southwind Arden. Tayler Strong
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