Day At The Track
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Negus in the box seat

Colleen Negus is very much in control of the New Zealand Amateur drivers Championship being held this weekend heading into the last day of racing today at Rangiora. The amateur horsewoman picked up success in Friday night's  one and only heat at Addington on board Eja Patron to give herself maximum points ahead of today’s two heats and with the plumb drive on Highland Reign today, she’s got a great opportunity to make it two wins for the series and, potentially, claim the overall title. Alan Edge, who finished second in Friday night’s heat, may lead the charge for those trying to chase down Negus this afternoon with his two drives today both hailing from the stable of Bruce Negus who could clean sweep the series as a trainer with a number of chances. Edge will drive Gerald in the opening heat today from a good draw which will see him a likely early leader with good gate speed and he then hops on board the in-form Living Legend in the second heat. North Islanders, Cheree and Sheryl Wigg both have strong chances in the second heat of the day with Sheryl on Waihemo Art and Cheree on Gabby’s Delight, who should get a nice run on the markers. Adam White has the drive on Take After Me in the second heat giving him a good chance to push for higher honours while Todd Woodward also has two strong drives for the day in That’s Bettor in the opening event and then Eastwood Cheiftain in the second. Away from the amateur driving championship, the watch will be very much on Colin DeFillippi as he edges closer to that magical 2000 win mark in the sulky. His victory on Hotdiggetycullen in Friday night at Addington took him to 1997 career NZ wins. He has three chances today with the best of those the talented Cullen’s Joy who will be looking to go one better than the first up second at Oamaru last weekend in a talented-filled maiden event early on in the day. He then has two each-way chance drives for Robbie Holmes to close out his day in Dragon Sun at Tehoro Dazzle, both of whom are good chances based on their best ability.   Super Selector - Matt Markham 1: #13 That’s Bettor, #2 Gerald, #3 Franco Calpih, #6 Caesar’s Quest 2: #4 Mr Farenheit, #10 Jerry Garcia, #9 Lord Roydon, #1 Kai Time 3: #1 Take After Me, #6 Highland Reign, #12 Pat Campbell, #11 Gabby’s Star 4: #5 Cullen’s Joy, #9 For The Corz, #15 Hot off The Press, #8 Come Dance With Me 5: #11 Missinemate, #5 Courageous Becqui, #9 Handsome Hero, #3 Just Ben 6: #1 Redwood Invasion, #14 Craddock, #12 He’s Like The Wind, #6 Sarah Palin 7: #5 Junkyard Mase, #12 Theboyslightup, #9 Save The Day, #6 Magical Mitch 8: #8 Oona, #2 Tehoro Dazzle, #13 All Settled Down, #12 Westar Bella 9: #4 Late Mail, #1 Rocknroll Magic, #8 Bevan’s Cullen, #6 Distinctive Del 10: #1 Hilarious Magic, #12 Ace High, #4 Bushido, #10 Novak Best Bet: Hilarious Magic (Race 10) Value: Missinmemate (Race 5)

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Spotlight on Southland trotter of the year

With her win today Spotlight The Valley looks to have wrapped up the Caduceus Club of Southland Trotter of the Year title. The Robert Wilson trained five year old mare has won four races this season and has been placed numerous times. She did her early education for Wilson before he decided that he liked her enough to buy her. "We worked Spotlight The Valley and De Vito on the Balfour track as young horses. We bought De Vito for the Balfour Syndicate and Spotlight The Valley for the Sunbeam Syndicate," Wilson said. From the twenty metre mark driver Blair Orange settled the Skyvalley mare four back on the inside while Mass Invasion made the pace. With 1600 metres to run Orange moved Spotlight The Valley off the inside running line to sit parked. At the top of the straight she took charge and won easily by a length and three quarters from a late charging Jen Jaccka. "She just keeps trying. We've been coming back over the last few weeks because we've had our eye on the Southland Trotter of the Year (award). With that win today we're just about clear I would say."  Wilson, who has been a long time harness racing administrator for the Northern Southland Trotting Club has now trained eleven winners this season - his best in the six years he's had a licence.   "It's been my passion for many many years and it's good to be doing things on the other side (training) of things now." Photo - Bruce Stewart With the season nearly over he says Spotlight The Valley may find it hard to compete in the future in handicap races in this country.  "I think she's the sort of horse that would do a fantastic job in Australia. She'd probably be in the money most weeks."  Seven of Wilson's eleven winners have been driven by Blair Orange.  "This year I've given him first option on every horse I've had at the races. Often he's got drives for Paul Court or Mark Jones and I understand that but we've gone good together."  Meanwhile Wilson's focus shifts to Ashburton in seven days when he has his first runner at the Harness Jewels. Eagle Galleon which is owned by him and good friend Gary Allen will start in the Group One $100,00. McMillan Feeds Four Year Old Ruby. He'll be driven by Dexter Dunn.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

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Moves like Jagger

Giant five year old mare Machjagger is tough but needs a good draw to show her best ,according to Ryal Bush harness racing trainer Brett Gray. "She does go good when she gets a good draw and she probably hasn't had one since she won at Waikouaiti," he said after the Justa Tiger mare won her third race at Ascot Park today. Driver Tim Williams took the mare straight to the lead and she held on to beat My Georgie Boy by two and three quarter lengths. "She's just better on top. She's often hard to get there because she doesn't have a lot of gait speed."    Machjagger winning her third race at Ascot Park                              - Photo Bruce Stewart Gray was quick to give some of the credit for todays win to Oreti Beach trainer Paul 'Tank' Ellis.  "She's been out on the beach for the last couple of weeks with Tank wading in the water. She's had a bit of a big leg and Tank's done a great job. It's been good giving her an environment change to keep the wheels rolling. She's also had a few feet issues. A bit of beach therapy does wonders."  Machjagger is part owned by Stu Sloan of Tussock Creek who was on-course to see the mare win today. She's out of the Mach Three mare Mach N Elle which is also the dam of eight win gelding Darcee. The win was the twenty second for Gray who leads the Southland Trainers Premiership by five wins over last year's winner Nathan Williamson.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

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Invercargill fixed odds movers 27-05-2017

Invercargill harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 2 - Dipendra $4.50 is best backed over Moniburns $21.   Race 3 - Lausanne Lass $15 - $8.50 is best backed over Jacks N Jazz $16.   Race 4 - Laura Bush $6.20 leads win betting over November Guy $11 - $9.50.   Race 5 - Canardly Remember $12.50 - $7.00 is best backed over The Best Christian $2.20.   Race 6 - Fern Lea $2.80 easily leads win betting over Delightful Dani $3.90.   Race 7 - Poppymalda $2.30 leads win & multi betting.    Race 8 - Royal Tribute $2.50 - $2.20 is the only runner wanted here.   Race 9 - Wayward Roc $2.50 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 10 - The High Achiever $5.00 leads multi betting easily.   Race 11 - Shezacullengirl $3.30 - $3.00 is the only runner wanted in both win & multi betting.   Blair Orange $7.00 is the best backed driver in today's challenge     Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

The two day suspension of Nathan Williamson for a whip-rule violation at Oamaru on Sunday has provided his right hand man Matt Purvis with a pretty attractive book of drives at Invercargill on Saturday. Although domiciled in the south since the beginning of the season, none of the five wins recorded by junior driver Purvis this term have been achieved in Southland and only one has been for a trainer from within the province. He has seven drives on Saturday, all seven are for Southland trainers and five of them are for Williamson. Not surprisingly, Purvis rates Poppymalda in the Southland Farm Machinery Fire Of 2016 R53 to R90 trot, his best if the day. The six year old is unbeaten in two starts since returning from a break, which began in December 2015 following a tendon injury in her right (off) hind leg. Purvis has been part of the comeback. “I drive her every day,” he said. Third at the previous Ashburton Jewels, Poppymalda clearly has the quality to make it a hat-trick but off 45 metres over only 2200, it won't be easy in a useful 12-horse field.  “She usually pings the gate, I hope we can make use of that,” said Purvis who takes the reins of Williamson runners in all three of the day's trots. The consistent Denn Nee Nose Best takes her place in the Nothing Runs Likes A Deere up to R53 Trot. Used early from the eight-draw last week to lead then trail, the mare produced her usual honest finish for fourth. From the handy four-barrier this week she looks a top hope again. Svelt contests the Southland Farm Machinery & Tractor Hire South Trot for non-winners and has drawn the ace. The filly, raced by Williamson's wife Katie, had her first raceday experience last week and went away well from one on the second line but broke after about 250 metres when being eased off the back of the runner in front of her. It was later ruled Svelt should have started from seven off the front and she was declared a non-runner. “She's come a long way in a short time and has got ability,” said Purvis, “I won't punch her out, I'll look after her, if she holds together she can be in it.” First starter Born To Run contests the John Deere 9R Series Tractors Mobile Pace for non-winner males. The two year old is a half-brother to Dancing In the Dark, a winner for Purvis at Timaru in November. Both are co-owned by his father John. “He's still green but has got a motor, we've got a high opinion of him but eight's not an ideal draw.” Purvis drives Gangnam Style in the Southland Farm Machinery Home Of John Deere R58 to R68 Mobile Pace. Two starts back the four year old finished second at Forbury Park after leading early and trailling for the final 1300 metres.  Handy early last week, he was shuffled back and had too much to do in the straight. “He hasn't been getting the most economic runs but with the right trip he can be in it,” said Purvis. His first outside drive comes on Tangled Up In Blue for Brent McIntyre. The son of Panspacificflight goes from barrier two in the John Deere 8R Series Tractors up to R46 Mobile Pace. “His run last week was better than it looked and from a good draw we should get up on the speed, that's his go,” said Purvis whose other outside drive is Steve Baucke's Delight My Soul in the John Deere 6R & 6M Tractors R54 to R57 Mobile Pace. Her 13-draw continues the run of outside marbles that have dogged the four year old since her win three-starts back. “She had no luck from wide draws at Addington but has a good burst with just one run and should be in it,” Purvis remarked. Mac Henry

If there are racing gods, it appears they take multi bets. Because either that or a remarkable set of coincidences have seen many of the long-term favourites draw almost perfectly for next Saturday's Harness Jewels. And while there is often a twist in the last week heading into the Jewels, there could be as many as seven odds-on favourites at Ashburton’s $1.2million meeting. Of the six odds-on favourites before the draw, all have drawn the front row for their mobile mile assignments, with four of them to start from barrier three or inside. The two others, Enghien (barrier seven in three-year-old Ruby) and Spanish Armada (likely to start from six in the three-year-old Diamond) are not natural gate flyers so are probably better suited drawn wider on the front line. The huge winners from the draws were Piccadilly Princess, who gets the ace in the four-year-old mares’ pace while Spankem will be red hot in the juvenile boys pace from barrier two. Ultimate Machete is perfectly placed at barrier three in the three-year-old male pace while last-start disappointment Elle Mac will be odds-on again from barrier two in the juvenile female pace, especially with key rival Dizzy Miss Lizzy drawn the inside of the second line. That leaves probably two truly open punting contests in the two-year-old and four-year-old trots, where the more favoured runners have had mixed luck with the draws. The hardest horse of the entire meeting to price must have been Heaven Rocks in the four-year-old make pace even though he was always going to be starting from the unruly. While most horses conceding a start to near open class rivals around Ashburton over a mile would have no chance, he is a freakish talent and will still be first pick for many. He was as low as $1.50 in pre-draw markets and remained there but with stablemate Waikiki Beach drawn to try and lead from barrier six expect pressure to come on his $4.20 opening quote. Heaven Rocks will have his final public work at the Ashburton workouts today where he takes on nearly forgotten stablemate More The Better, who heads to the Jewels without a race start in nearly three months. But the most anticipated workout today will be the three and four-year-old trot, where Lemond and long-time Jewels favourite but dramatic last-start failure Marcoola clash in a field that also contains Habibti Inta, Chevron Express and Missandei. Wilma’s Mate will contest a handicap trot head while northern three-year-old trot entrant C K Spur will take on the pacers at tomorrow’s (Saturday) Pukekohe workouts. By Michael Guerin Here are the full fields for the Harness Jewels; Ashburton Trotting Club Inc         Saturday  3  June Radio    Meeting:   HARNESS JEWELS 2017 (Day 1) at Ashburton Raceway Chairperson of Stewards: Nick Ydgren Compressed Report TAB Minibook TAB Booklet Custom Racebook Runner Index Track Map Track Weather Radio Trackside   TAB details (Meeting 8): Doubles - Races 2 & 3; 4 & 5; 6 & 7; 8 & 9 Trebles - Races 1, 2 & 3; 4, 5 & 6; 7, 8 & 9 Terminating Pick6 - Races 4-9 inclusive guaranteed to $100,000 terminating Quaddie - Races 2-5 inclusive with a starting pool of $10,000; 6-9 inclusive First4 - Races 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9 all with a starting pool of $10,000          Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m  Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m  Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m  Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m  Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m  Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m  Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m  Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m  Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 610 2 f     Chevrons Reward   R53 1 Front Gavin Smith P B Burrows   2 11114 2 f     Elle Mac   R85 2 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 623285 2 f     Caitlyn Clarke   MR55 3 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   4 236558 2 f     A Lister   MR50 4 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 17732 2 f     New York Rain   R61 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 04641 2 f     Angel Of Harlem   R55 6 Front   R B Ward   7 210993 2 f     Bettor Joy   R59 7 Front Dexter Dunn C T Dalgety   8 314576 2 f     Purest Silk   R57 8 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   9 2327 2 f     Shenandoah   MR54 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 151 2 f     Dizzy Miss Lizzy   R68 10 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   11 112F4 2 f     Lady Chatto   R63 11 Front   T G Butt   12 5331 2 f     Repartee   R54 12 Front Nathan Williamson Mrs K V Price & F J Price   13 21354 2 f     Sweet Mary   R54 13 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   14 602050 2 f     Reklaw's Gem E1 MR45 U1 Front John Dunn R J Dunn            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Caitlyn Clarke to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, New York Rain to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach         Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 323P0 2 c     Majestic Hurricane E1 MR51 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 12 2 g     Springbank Lachie   R60 2 Front   P M Williamson   3 110360 2 g     Sundees Son   R56 3 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   4 12 2 f     Aoraki   R56 4 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   5 31 2 g     Majestic Connies   R54 5 Front   P M Williamson   6 450670 2 g     Imperial Whiz   MR44 6 Front Alan Clark A L Clark   7 1121D5 2 g     Paramount King   R56 7 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   8 722552 2 g     BJ Lindenny   MR52 8 Front   D J Bennett   9 41 2 g     Marquis De Sade   R52 9 Front David Butt P C Nairn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 143410 2 c     One Muscle Hill   R63 10 Front Mark Purdon Mrs N C Molander   11 811827 2 g     Castlereagh   R56 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 46314 2 f     Renezmae   R55 12 Front Dexter Dunn J D Harrington   13 321223 2 g     More Shades Of Gold   R56 13 Front Todd Mitchell D W & Mrs C McGowan   14 1011 2 g     Majestic Man   R65 U1 Front   P M Williamson            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Paramount King to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach, One Muscle Hill to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, More Shades Of Gold to Brad Mowbray at Russley         Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 126452 4 m     Piccadilly Princess   R120 1 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   2 775490 4 m     Cullen Who   R75 2 Front Ken Barron K & T Barron   3 132452 4 m     Hopes And Dreams E1 R70 3 Front   G J Anderson   4 121380 4 m     Hard Days Night   R56 4 Front Kimberly Butt(J) Mrs L M Jones   5 240088 4 m     Bronze Over   R88 5 Front Bob Butt R J Butt   6 660565 4 m     Arden's Choice   R96 6 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   7 572352 4 m     Queen Bee Bardon   R67 7 Front Craig Thornley B A Waldron   8 136416 4 m     Ultimate Desire   R81 8 Front Dexter Dunn B K Mowbray   9 253000 4 m     Cmeerock   R68 9 Front Tim Williams R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 911652 4 m     RR Sand Dollar   R74 10 Front Blair Orange P T Court   11 259320 4 m     Glenferrie Classic   R75 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 12P101 4 m     Rocknroll Princess   R73 12 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   13 122177 4 m     Kayteeoh Denario   R68 13 Front   R W Todd   14 802098 4 m     Hopeful Harriet   R64 14 Front   R W Todd            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Arden's Choice to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, Rocknroll Princess to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 211222 3 f     Delightful Memphis   R101 1 Front   M P Jones   2 222116 3 f     Patanjali E1 R64 2 Front Stephen McNally T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   3 121557 3 f     Juice Brogden   R68 3 Front Nicky Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott   4 6X5302 3 f     Major Rocket   R62 4 Front   C T Dalgety   5 321611 3 f     Gotta Go Dali Queen   R84 5 Front Maurice McKendry F D Cooney & T R Hopkins   6 691149 3 f     Delishka   R71 6 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   7 131411 3 f     Spanish Armada   R110 7 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   8 231376 3 f     Seaswift Joy   R88 8 Front Jim Curtin M I Shinn   9 35X363 3 f     Utmost Delight   R69 9 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 317458 3 f     Step Up   R65 10 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   11 533485 3 f     American Empress   R62 11 Front Sailesh Abernethy J M Young   12 115144 3 f     Partyon   R110 12 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   13 111122 3 f     Bonnie Joan   R98 13 Front   C T Dalgety   14 334110 3 f     Shezza GNP   R73 14 Front   K & T Barron            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Juice Brogden to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Utmost Delight to Paul Court at West Melton, Step Up to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach, American Empress to Steven McRae at West Melton         Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 213975 3 c     War Machine   R58 1 Front Derek Balle D M Balle   2 732242 3 g     President Roydon   R62 2 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 921132 3 f     Chevron Express   R82 3 Front   C T Dalgety   4 480131 3 f     Ruthless Kayla   R60 4 Front Samantha Ottley K T Fairbairn   5 121543 3 g     C K Spur   R74 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 218690 3 f     Regal Love   R60 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 111111 3 g     Enghien   R110 7 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   8 51D 3 f     Kissmeimloaded   R58 8 Front Jack MacKinnon(J) J A MacKinnon   9 284310 3 g     War Spirit   R56 9 Front   K D Townley   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 153551 3 g     BD Khaosan   R58 10 Front Jonny Cox T D Bagrie   11 909272 3 c     Habibi Inta   R66 11 Front Blair Orange P C Nairn   12 354642 3 f     Needle   R70 12 Front Colin DeFilippi C J & J DeFilippi   13 528202 3 g     Muscles Galore   R52 13 Front John Dunn C D & Miss A D Edmonds   14 333201 3 f     One Bid Buys E1 R55 14 Front Megan Teaz J L & Mrs M A Teaz            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    War Machine to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Kissmeimloaded to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 204 2 g     Bright Diamond   MR50 1 Front Gavin Smith G D Smith   2 211131 2 c     Spankem   R85 2 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 208X 2 c     Royal Tribute   MR49 3 Front   P T Court   4 8478 2 g     Bailey Major   MR48 4 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 310 2 c     Star Commander   R54 5 Front   N R McGrath   6 42 2 c     Liberal Arden E1 MR51 6 Front   T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   7 13327 2 g     The Black Prince   R57 7 Front Todd Macfarlane T A Macfarlane   8 42148 2 c     Aloka   R62 8 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   9 131124 2 c     Alta Maestro   R85 9 Front   R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 128512 2 g     Ashley Locaz   R60 10 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   11 142362 2 c     Culpeka   R59 11 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   12 33633 2 c     Fizzing   MR52 12 Front   C T Dalgety   13 292355 2 c     All U Need Is Faith   R59 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 651213 2 c     The Devils Own   R75 14 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Royal Tribute: BL-Off    Legend      Horse Movements:    The Black Prince to Jamie Gameson at Burnham         Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing geldings & entires. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 306630 4 g     Don Domingo   R69 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 1015X3 4 g     Mr Mojito   R107 2 Front Kerryn Manning Ms K E Manning   3 742212 4 g     Bettor Ops   R86 3 Front Kirk Larsen K N Larsen   4 617345 4 g     Eldolar   R72 4 Front Scott Phelan Miss A M Donnelly   5 869141 4 g     Buster Brady   R105 5 Front Dexter Dunn K J Austin   6 442223 4 g     Waikiki Beach   R128 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 254157 4 h     Ears Burning   R96 7 Front Nigel McGrath N R McGrath   8 222203 4 g     Mo Casino   R69 8 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   9 512116 4 g     Cash N Flow   R100 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 213352 4 g     Sparkling Delight   R73 10 Front Gerard O'Reilly G D O'Reilly   11 723423 4 g     Crackamoa   R67 11 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   12 414516 4 h     Max Phactor   R82 12 Front David Butcher M G Berger   13 341019 4 g     Mighty American E1 R70 13 Front   K & T Barron   14 P11211 4 g     Heaven Rocks   R120 U1 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Mr Mojito: BL-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Buster Brady to Regan Todd at Woodend Beach         Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 420429 4 m     Wilma's Mate   R104 1 Front David Butt P C Nairn   2 901524 4 g     Trouble Giero E1 R62 2 Front Stephen McNally B J White   3 213101 4 g     Gentleman Sir   R80 3 Front David Butcher L C Driver   4 1P1011 4 m     Dark Horse   R89 4 Front Nathan Williamson N P Williamson   5 062223 4 m     Sundons Flyer   R67 5 Front Blair Orange B R Negus   6 902121 4 g     McLovin   R71 6 Front Amber Lethaby R H Jenkins   7 4157X0 4 h     Marcoola   R115 7 Front Clint Ford K B Ford   8 212416 4 g     Temporale   R102 8 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   9 015836 4 g     Justamollyarcher   R55 9 Front Sheree Tomlinson(J) R H Jenkins   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 312664 4 g     Lemond   R89 10 Front Colin DeFilippi R O Paynter   11 972145 4 g     Beg Hall   R61 11 Front Kimberly Butt(J) T G Butt   12 502851 4 m     Missandei   R82 12 Front Samantha Ottley B R Negus   13 565411 4 g     Eagle Galleon   R53 13 Front Dexter Dunn R E Wilson   14 741103 4 g     Red Hot Poker   R60 14 Front John Dunn G C Telfer            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    McLovin to Mark Jones at Burnham, Temporale to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, Lemond to Colin & Julie DeFilippi at Broadfield         Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 833352 3 g     Rhythm N Blues   R71 1 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   2 502236 3 c     Mongolian Storm   R76 2 Front   P T Court   3 132212 3 c     Ultimate Machete   R110 3 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   4 181X21 3 g     Thefixer   R85 4 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 232125 3 c     More The Better   R102 5 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   6 869716 3 g     Jack's Legend   R83 6 Front Barry Purdon B Purdon   7 111167 3 g     Let It Ride   R84 7 Front Craig Thornley T G Butt   8 215123 3 g     Forgotten Highway   R80 8 Front Nathan Williamson M P Kerr   9 113312 3 g     Eamon Maguire   R100 9 Front Dexter Dunn G J Anderson   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 591101 3 c     Mongolian Hero   R91 10 Front   P T Court   11 622294 3 g     A G's White Socks E1 R77 11 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   12 121400 3 g     Tiger Thompson   R73 12 Front Jim Curtin B K Mowbray   13 809811 3 c     Stars Align   R95 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 184224 3 g     Shineonucrazydiamond   R72 14 Front Nathan Purdon(J) C T Dalgety            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Jack's Legend to Jeff Whittaker at Springston

Alan Mason and Neville Simpson, life members of the Oamaru Harness Racing Club, have extended their association as owners of Majestic Connies, the 2-year-old trotter who qualified for the Harness Jewels with his win at Invercargill on Saturday. Majestic Connies joined his stablemates Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie among qualifiers for the $100,000  Harness Jewels. The trio are trained  at Oamaru by Phil Williamson, who has also qualified on a time basis the 2-year-old trotter The Commando (CR Commando – Castleton’s Jewel) this season. Majestic Connies, Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie are by Majestic Son, who has seven progeny qualified for the 2-year-old trotter section of the Harness Jewels. Majestic Son has sired Harness Jewels trotting winners King Denny(at three and four) and One Over Da Moon (at two). Williamson bought Majestic Connies for $9000 at the PGG Wrightson premier yearling sale last year when  the colt out of Sunny Connie colt was offered by Mike Stevens and the estate of his wife, Glenis. Mason, Simpson, Peter Evans, a member of the committee of the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club and the Wagovi syndicate (managed by Gordon Stewart, of Cromwell) subsequently became the owners. “I have now won 21 races racing trotters out of the Williamson stable,” said Mason. Lets Get Serious, Galleons Triumph, All Action Man and Hengroen are among his winners. Lets Get Serious has been the star performer with 10 wins, including the 2006  NZ Trotting Championship. Lets Get Serious, whom Mason bought for $2500 as an unraced rising 3-year-old at a mixed sale in Christchurch was sold to Joe Muscara, of New York  when rising six. Lets Get Serious was exported and won 28 races in the United States and Canada. He returned to NZ to win two races as a 9-year-old at Alexandra Park for Mark Purdon and Grant Payne before returning to North America to win another four races, taking his total to 44 and $1 million in stakes. Simpson, who has been involved with the administration of harness racing in Oamaru for 50 years, won races with the trotters Supernatural (four) and Royal Braemar (three) in the 1980s. He bred Supernatural (by Jack Chance), a half brother to Royal Braemar (by Regal Yankee). Supernatural was trained at Duntroon (north Otago) by Stewart Sutherland and won his first race at Invercargill in 1983. Majestic Connies is the second foal of Sunny Connie, who won two races, both at Forbury Park as a 4yr-old in 2011 when trained by Robert Anderson. She was driven in those wins by Matthew Williamson, who drove Majestic Connies in his win. Her first foal, Sunny Monarch (by Monarchy) qualified as a 3-year-old last season. Sunny Connie is a half sister by Continentalman to Dragons Den, who won six when trained by Anderson and one in Perth. Driving engagements for the Williamson 2-year-olds in the Harness Jewels have yet to be decided. “I have three sons (Matthew, Brad and Nathan) and they will have first call,” said Phil. Matthew also drove BJ Lindenny to finish second to Majestic Man, driven by brother Brad in the $55,000 NZ Sires Stakes Championship at Addington last Friday. That win justified the $6000 late entry fee by owners the Griffins syndicate. Brad has also driven Springbank Lachie to win the NZ Trotting Stakes. Springbank Lachie was showing symptoms of a cold after he finished second, eight lengths from One Muscle Hill in the Yearling Sales Final at his subsequent start and he has been treated. Zoey’s Gift, the winner of two of her five starts and third in the NZ Trotting Oaks last time out for the Williamson stable has been transferred to Australia by Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati. Zoey’s Gift was sent to Auckland for the Northern Oaks but she did not come to hand in two workouts. Tayler Strong Harness Racing New Zealand

For many of harness racing’s biggest names the most important goal today isn’t a win at Addington or Alexandra Park. Because while both premier tracks race tonight, the focus for many will be where their stars draw in next week’s Harness Jewels. The draws for the $1.2million day will be conducted just after noon and should be on the HRNZ website by 12.30pm. For most heading to the Ashburton super meeting, the draws will be the difference between a possible placing or just making up the numbers. Mike Berger is a prime example. The Cambridge trainer races Max Phactor in the feature at Alexandra Park tonight before he flies south next week for the four-year-old Emerald. “For horses like ours the draw is everything,” admits Berger. “We know we might not be able to beat Heaven Rocks or even Waikiki Beach but if we draw well and he can use his gate speed he can run a place for sure. “But if he draws poorly he could go 1:52 and have no chance.” Berger says the much-improved entire deserves his shot, especially after finishing fourth to Lazarus in the Taylor Mile. “One of the reasons we are going is the new race, the Uncut Gems, is worth $40,000 down there two weeks after the Jewels and he could also start in that.” While Max Phactor has the gate speed to be perfectly suited by the 1700m of race seven tonight, Berger surprisingly rates Lusty Mac his better chance in the race. “She is one of the best horses I have ever trained, but she has had her issues along the way. “If they go hard she can win, even from the widest barrier draw.” Driver Zac Butcher will also have his eye on the HRNZ website this afternoon before heading to The Park. “I think I’ve got four Jewels drives and the draws will be crucial,” he offers. “If a mare like Arden’s Dream can draw well then we have a chance of beating Piccadilly Princess. If she doesn’t then it becomes a lot harder. “The same goes for Caitlyn Clarke, Jack’s Legend and Utmost Delight so its always interesting when you see where you draw for the Jewels.” While Butcher won’t be getting too confident about his drives next week, he rates Opoutama in race eight tonight as very hard to beat. “She has good gate speed and it has taken horses like Juice Brogden and Gotta Go Dali Queen to beat her lately so this race looks ideal.” By Michael Guerin

As a dam, she’s already considered as being highly successful, but the real calling for Rob The Nest may just come as a grand-dam if this year’s Four-Year-Old Ruby at next week’s Harness Jewels is anything to go by. The dam of super trotters, Sonofthedon and Thedonson, will have three of her descendants contesting the $100,000 4YO Ruby at next weekend’s Harness Jewels meeting in Ashburton. Eagle Galleon, Wilma’s Mate and Ruby leader, Temporale will all line up on June 3 and will do so as cousins with all three coming from half-sisters who all hail from Rob The Nest. Former Harness Racing New Zealand chairman, Gary Allen, who bred Wilma’s Mate’s dam, Mybrotherwasastar and Eagle Galleon’s dam, Galleon’s Assault and also raced Rob The Nest was particularly proud of the achievement. “For three half-sisters to all have a runner in the Jewels is quite an effort,” Allen said. “It’s been a wonderful family for a long time.” Neil Munro, who raced Rob The Nest with Allen, bred Whosinthenest who is the dam of Rowe Cup winner Temporale. For Allen, Jewels Day and the 4YO Ruby will bring dual roles. For the first time he will be able to enjoy the day as a racing enthusiast away from the shackles of being a required for a dignitary role as part of the HRNZ board. There as a breeder, Allen is also in as an owner with Eagle Galleon. The Robert Wilson trained four-year-old began the season as a maiden but will find himself next week taking on horses who have won multiple Group One races in their careers. “It’s very exciting to have him there,” Allen said. “In the last month or so, he has very much matured as a racehorse, we never probably thought he would be a chance of making it to be honest. “But he’s got better each time he’s stepped out and it’s going to be very exciting to have him a part of the day.” Dexter Dunn has been booked to drive the horse but Allen was being very realistic about his chances. “I think it would be a pipedream to think that we could win it, but if he’s running on at the finish I will be over the moon.” Eagle Galleon is a $101 chance in the Ruby while cousins Temporale ($5.20) and Wilma’s Mate ($3.90) are much more favoured. By Matt Markham

The best driving talents in the New Zealand amateur driving ranks will take centre stage in Canterbury this weekend as part of the 2017 New Zealand Amateur Driving Championships. The first of three heats to be held over the next three days opens proceedings tonight at Addington Raceway with 12 drivers competing for national glory before heading to Rangiora on Sunday for a further two heats. Six drivers each from the North and South Island will take part in the annual series with some hugely successful names filling the roster over the three races. The South Island line up of Mike Maynard, Richard Sissons, Adam White, Colleen Negus, Todd Woodward and Alan Edge have close to 100 amateur driving wins between them along with a number of open driving victories. Woodward leads that tally with more than 220 driving wins in his career. From the North Island; Warren Rich, Cheree and Sheryl Wigg, Danny Blakemore, Jeff Darby and Gerry Cronin will do the business. Early advantage for the series looks to sit with Sissons who has drawn Take After Me for North Canterbury trainer, Glen Scott, in the opening race of the championship. Meanwhile it will be a case of blowing out any final cobwebs for a number of horses at tonight’s Addington ahead of next weekend’s Harness Jewels. A number of horses going around at tonight’s meeting will be in action next weekend. There will be a lot of eyes on the talented Don Domingo who returns after being late scratched from last weekend’s Premier meeting. He hails from the in-form Ken and Tony Barron stable and will be looking for a good hit out ahead of the four-year-old Emerald in eight days time. With the one fire Blair Orange in the bike, the son of American Ideal has come a long way in his debut season, winning three races from his 10 starts. Life won’t be easy from a widish draw over the 1950 metres, especially with some strong opposition to contend with. Orange will have a good handle on some of his strongest opposition with two other runners hailing from the Barron brothers stable, Runaway Three and Amazon Lily. He has also been in the sulky to drive Malik to victory in his last three starts for Paul Court. The talented pacer will have Ricky May in the bike tonight as he looks to make it four wins in a row from the unruly drawn on the outside of the second line. Matt Markham’s Addington Selections Race 1: Take After Me, Franco Caliph, Eja Patron, Handlebar Hank Race 2: Hashtag, Bubble Gum, Nicky Anew, Debnita Rose Race 3: Regal Assassin, Idle Moose, Spots Gold N Girl, Elvis P Race 4: Rum In The Sun, Reign On Me, Native’s Lasting Love, Tehoro Dazzle Race 5: Moonrock, Superfecta, Usain Colt, Donegal Carrickfinn Race 6: Don Domingo, Celestial Arden, Bet On Rascal, Rocknroll Princess Race 7: Needle, BD Khaosan, Sundon’s Flyer, Donsmedad Race 8: Tupelo Mississippi, Midfrew Tarpediem, Vinny Gambini, Takitimu Express Race 9: Bright Diamond, Gentle Giant, Indiana Dreaming, Bettor Aim Race 10: Duplicated, Daylight Robbery, English Rose, Pirate Bay Best Bet: Duplicated (Race 10) Value: Bright Diamond (Race 9) By Matt Markham Harness Racing New Zealand

Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins only have one horse nominated for tonight's meeting at Alexandra Park - and Gotta Go Dali Queen can win. "She's got a heap of gate speed but we won't be asking Maurie (McKendry) to bust her gut. We just want to get her around safely and then head to the Jewels," said Hopkins. The 25-year-old Taupaki horseman will have his first Jewels starter as a co-trainer and owner. He has a half-share in Gotta Go Dali Queen with her Northland breeder, Sue Martin. "It's a bit of an honour to own and train one good enough to qualify for the Jewels. We will be trying to win on Friday but the Jewels is where it's at. After her Jewels run she will be tipped out and then we will do it all again when she comes back from a spell," Hopkins said. "The 2018 Jewels at Cambridge will be her priority next season," he added. Cooney and Hopkins have had one Jewels starter. That was last year when Eclipse Me finished 12th in the 3-year-old Diamond for pacing fillies at Cambridge Raceway. Gotta Go Dali Queen will line up in this year's 3-year-old Diamond with McKendry in the bike. She is ranked eighth and netted $39,139 in stakes in 2016-2017 - $273,315 less than top qualifier, Spanish Armada. Hopkins said he approached Martin a couple of years ago just as she was shifting further north. He said he made a deal with her on a couple of horses – one of which was Gotta Go Dali Queen. “She’s a lovely filly and Maurie has done a splendid job with her since day one. he’s really looked after her. She’s got the draw to go close tonight – and we certainly want to win, but there will be no gut-buster for her with Ashburton next week her main and final mission for the season,” Hopkins said. Gotta Go Dali Queen is the second of four foals out of the Christian Cullen - Elect To Live, Martin trained four-win mare, Gotta Go Harmony. That now 10-year-old mare won the Harness Jewels Group One 2-year-old Diamond Pace back in 2009. Gotta Go Dali Queen has won four of her 11 starts and placed in three others. She started her career with a debut win at Alexandra Park on September 2 (over tonight's 2200m mobile) in 2:43.1. The talented bay, who won very well (from gate eight) over the mobile mile at ‘The Park’ on May 12, has won all four of her races at northern headquarters, and has nailed three wins and placed twice in five starts over tonight's 1700m mobile. The $14,999 Pakauranga Hunt Landowners Mobile for the R76 to R97 pacers will be no easy assignment for Gotta Go Dali Queen. She is an R77 ranked pacer taking on horses who are rated in their 80s and 90s. Bet Out Of El (Andre Poutama), Alta Intrigue (Zac Butcher), Jo's Dream (Todd Mitchell), and Lusty Mac (Philip Butcher) all look the toughest for Gotta Go Dali Queen to get past. In fact the Mike Berger trained Lusty Mac is the highest ranked pacer in the nine-horse field. Her 97 rating is eight points higher than the Amanda Kiddie trained Jo's Dream. By Duane Ranger Harness Racing New Zealand

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:25pm Race 1 - Itsokbeingbetter $4.80 is easily the best backed over Bugalugs $7.50.   Race 2 - Themailman $4.20 leads multi betting over Marquis Eyre $3.80 & Our Wicklow $4.80.   Race 3 - P Tomado $4.40 leads win & multi betting over Madiba $4.50.   Race 4 - Arizona Atom $2.30 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Armabluechipboy $14 - $11 is best backed over Marshall Star $3.00.   Race 6 - Danke $7.00 leads win betting over Commando One $10.50 - $7.50.   Race 7 - Sasha Banks $2.30 easily leads multi betting over Itsokbeingbetter $5.00.   In the Drivers Challenge Peter Ferguson is best backed over Mark Johnson $3.90 & Andre Poutama $3.90.   Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

Here are the harness racing shadow fields for the nine Group 1 races being held at the Ashburton Trust Harness Jewels next Saturday, June 3. Please note these fields could be subject to change - depending on any withdrawals before the final field is drawn at noon tomorrow NZT. These final fields will be available on www.hrnz.co.nz around 12.30pm tomorrow (Friday). If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself on the details below or Darrin Williams on 03 964 1192. Click here to view the fields.  

Bets of the week ringaround this week is a bit light as our harness racing betting man Bevan is in Hospital and unable to file the good news.   So here goes, the boss will try to keep you all up todate.   Last week Tony Herlihy thought that Ultimate Angel was a good place bet ! Well she won and paid $10.70 to win and $3.40 for the place.   Jim Curtin got Paravani home at Oamaru paying $6.40 to win.   The big win for the week was John Morrison picking Leading The Way at massive odds of $15.00 and $4.60 for the place.   Rory Mcllwrick produced a huge win with Clifton Tactic who paid $19.00 for the win and $4.00 for the place.   I believe that we had 5 winners for the week and three of those were at big odds.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Five meetings this week;   Manawatu - Thursday night.   Jay Abernathy - Thinks that The Mailman can win Race 2.   Auckland - Friday night.   Andre Poutama -  I can win Race 7 with Bet out of Ell    Kyle Marshall - Drawn post two in Race 9 Kyle thinks he can first up for a while, with Ideal World   Tony Herlihy - Says that Franco Hamilton will be hard to beat in Race 10..   Addington - Friday night   Mark Jones - Says that Spooky in Race 2 will be hard to beat   Blair Orange - His pick of the week is in Race 3 and it is Idle Moose who drew post 5.   Gavin Smith - Believes that Rocknroll Princess even from post 11 will win Race 6.   Invercargil - Saturday   Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz can win Race 3   Nathan Williamson  - Thinks that  Svelt in Race 4 can win first up in her career.   Rory mcllwrick - Says he can win Race 4 with Pegasus Hanover   Andrew Suddaby -  It looks as though we can trifecta this Race 4 as Suds says he will win with Noble Gamble   Shane Walkinshaw - Thinks that Fern Lea can win from post 1 in Race 6.   Matthew Williamson - After two good fourths will win with The Arbitrator in Race 8.   Brent Barclay -  From post 8 in Race 11 Brent thinks he can win this race with Young Conqueror    Brad Williamson -  In Race 11 also Brad says he will be hardest to beat with Six Diamonds   Rangiora - Sunday   Bob Butt - It is a first starter but Bob believes he can win with Save The Day in Race 7.   John Morrison - His pick this week is in Race 10. He is driving Sky City King for Terry McMillan and gives it a real chance.          

A $40,000 Pick6 will be up for grabs at Manawatu Raceway this evening and what better person that to get a winning insight into the harness racing meeting than the ‘King of Palmy’ - Stephen Doody. The man nicknamed ‘Noddy’ trained Armabluechipboy to win the seventh race by two-and-a-three-quarter lengths from a worse draw on the first day (Tuesday), and rated the 4-year-old as his best winning chance at today's meeting. Armabluechipboy, a Santanna Blue Chip gelding, has had 33 wins for five starts and four placings and has drawn ideally at one in race five tonight. Doody has six horses entered for the meeting. Here’s what he had to say about the half dozen. Race 1: CD Express (9) – "She’s a two-year-old filly who is only nominated for this race to give her a run before we tip her out. We want her to get experience racing in big fields. She’s quite a capable girl but will be better for the experience. In saying that she can run of over the top of them if she gets the right run. Note: CD Express qualified 4.1 seconds under time in a one-horse trial at Manawatu Raceway on May 2.” Race 4: Narelle Franco (4): - "She was disappointing on the first day after trailing and you would have to take her on trust here. If the right Narelle Franco turned up she could place. Race 4: Sumthin Special (9): - "She should go better after yesterday’s run. She’s better than that and I’d rate her an each-way chance in this race. She won well at Hawera three starts back.” Race 5: Armabluechipboy (1) – "He is a great follower of speed and won very well from nine here yesterday. That was a bold run and I think he can repeat the dose if he gets a clear run through from one. Four of his five wins have been on the track. He’s also won three times over the distance. Go again." Race 6: Xtra Time (3) – "She is going to find this race a bit tough and I think the ones out the back will get the better of her. She's only an R49 rated horse who went okay for fourth (of six) on the first day. That was her first run and she needs more race-day experience." Race 6: Commando One (4) – "She is a nice enough trotter who can finish in the first three here. The mare has finished two nice seconds in her last two Manawatu starts. She has the draw to go close again today.” By Duane Ranger

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Colleen Negus is very much in control of the New Zealand Amateur drivers Championship being held this weekend heading into the last day of racing today at Rangiora. The amateur horsewoman picked up success in Friday night's  one and only heat at Addington on board Eja Patron to give herself maximum points ahead of today’s two heats and with the plumb drive on Highland Reign today, she’s got a great opportunity to make it two wins for the series and, potentially, claim the overall title. Alan Edge, who finished second in Friday night’s heat, may lead the charge for those trying to chase down Negus this afternoon with his two drives today both hailing from the stable of Bruce Negus who could clean sweep the series as a trainer with a number of chances. Edge will drive Gerald in the opening heat today from a good draw which will see him a likely early leader with good gate speed and he then hops on board the in-form Living Legend in the second heat. North Islanders, Cheree and Sheryl Wigg both have strong chances in the second heat of the day with Sheryl on Waihemo Art and Cheree on Gabby’s Delight, who should get a nice run on the markers. Adam White has the drive on Take After Me in the second heat giving him a good chance to push for higher honours while Todd Woodward also has two strong drives for the day in That’s Bettor in the opening event and then Eastwood Cheiftain in the second. Away from the amateur driving championship, the watch will be very much on Colin DeFillippi as he edges closer to that magical 2000 win mark in the sulky. His victory on Hotdiggetycullen in Friday night at Addington took him to 1997 career NZ wins. He has three chances today with the best of those the talented Cullen’s Joy who will be looking to go one better than the first up second at Oamaru last weekend in a talented-filled maiden event early on in the day. He then has two each-way chance drives for Robbie Holmes to close out his day in Dragon Sun at Tehoro Dazzle, both of whom are good chances based on their best ability.   Super Selector - Matt Markham 1: #13 That’s Bettor, #2 Gerald, #3 Franco Calpih, #6 Caesar’s Quest 2: #4 Mr Farenheit, #10 Jerry Garcia, #9 Lord Roydon, #1 Kai Time 3: #1 Take After Me, #6 Highland Reign, #12 Pat Campbell, #11 Gabby’s Star 4: #5 Cullen’s Joy, #9 For The Corz, #15 Hot off The Press, #8 Come Dance With Me 5: #11 Missinemate, #5 Courageous Becqui, #9 Handsome Hero, #3 Just Ben 6: #1 Redwood Invasion, #14 Craddock, #12 He’s Like The Wind, #6 Sarah Palin 7: #5 Junkyard Mase, #12 Theboyslightup, #9 Save The Day, #6 Magical Mitch 8: #8 Oona, #2 Tehoro Dazzle, #13 All Settled Down, #12 Westar Bella 9: #4 Late Mail, #1 Rocknroll Magic, #8 Bevan’s Cullen, #6 Distinctive Del 10: #1 Hilarious Magic, #12 Ace High, #4 Bushido, #10 Novak Best Bet: Hilarious Magic (Race 10) Value: Missinmemate (Race 5)
With her win today Spotlight The Valley looks to have wrapped up the Caduceus Club of Southland Trotter of the Year title. The Robert Wilson trained five year old mare has won four races this season and has been placed numerous times. She did her early education for Wilson before he decided that he liked her enough to buy her. "We worked Spotlight The Valley and De Vito on the Balfour track as young horses. We bought De Vito for the Balfour Syndicate and Spotlight The Valley for the Sunbeam Syndicate," Wilson said. From the twenty metre mark driver Blair Orange settled the Skyvalley mare four back on the inside while Mass Invasion made the pace. With 1600 metres to run Orange moved Spotlight The Valley off the inside running line to sit parked. At the top of the straight she took charge and won easily by a length and three quarters from a late charging Jen Jaccka. "She just keeps trying. We've been coming back over the last few weeks because we've had our eye on the Southland Trotter of the Year (award). With that win today we're just about clear I would say."  Wilson, who has been a long time harness racing administrator for the Northern Southland Trotting Club has now trained eleven winners this season - his best in the six years he's had a licence.   "It's been my passion for many many years and it's good to be doing things on the other side (training) of things now." Photo - Bruce Stewart With the season nearly over he says Spotlight The Valley may find it hard to compete in the future in handicap races in this country.  "I think she's the sort of horse that would do a fantastic job in Australia. She'd probably be in the money most weeks."  Seven of Wilson's eleven winners have been driven by Blair Orange.  "This year I've given him first option on every horse I've had at the races. Often he's got drives for Paul Court or Mark Jones and I understand that but we've gone good together."  Meanwhile Wilson's focus shifts to Ashburton in seven days when he has his first runner at the Harness Jewels. Eagle Galleon which is owned by him and good friend Gary Allen will start in the Group One $100,00. McMillan Feeds Four Year Old Ruby. He'll be driven by Dexter Dunn.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  
Giant five year old mare Machjagger is tough but needs a good draw to show her best ,according to Ryal Bush harness racing trainer Brett Gray. "She does go good when she gets a good draw and she probably hasn't had one since she won at Waikouaiti," he said after the Justa Tiger mare won her third race at Ascot Park today. Driver Tim Williams took the mare straight to the lead and she held on to beat My Georgie Boy by two and three quarter lengths. "She's just better on top. She's often hard to get there because she doesn't have a lot of gait speed."    Machjagger winning her third race at Ascot Park                              - Photo Bruce Stewart Gray was quick to give some of the credit for todays win to Oreti Beach trainer Paul 'Tank' Ellis.  "She's been out on the beach for the last couple of weeks with Tank wading in the water. She's had a bit of a big leg and Tank's done a great job. It's been good giving her an environment change to keep the wheels rolling. She's also had a few feet issues. A bit of beach therapy does wonders."  Machjagger is part owned by Stu Sloan of Tussock Creek who was on-course to see the mare win today. She's out of the Mach Three mare Mach N Elle which is also the dam of eight win gelding Darcee. The win was the twenty second for Gray who leads the Southland Trainers Premiership by five wins over last year's winner Nathan Williamson.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing
Invercargill harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 2 - Dipendra $4.50 is best backed over Moniburns $21.   Race 3 - Lausanne Lass $15 - $8.50 is best backed over Jacks N Jazz $16.   Race 4 - Laura Bush $6.20 leads win betting over November Guy $11 - $9.50.   Race 5 - Canardly Remember $12.50 - $7.00 is best backed over The Best Christian $2.20.   Race 6 - Fern Lea $2.80 easily leads win betting over Delightful Dani $3.90.   Race 7 - Poppymalda $2.30 leads win & multi betting.    Race 8 - Royal Tribute $2.50 - $2.20 is the only runner wanted here.   Race 9 - Wayward Roc $2.50 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 10 - The High Achiever $5.00 leads multi betting easily.   Race 11 - Shezacullengirl $3.30 - $3.00 is the only runner wanted in both win & multi betting.   Blair Orange $7.00 is the best backed driver in today's challenge     Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)
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