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Wairio fixed odds movers 25-03-17

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Wairio today as at 12:00pm Race 1 - Galleons Glory $1.90 leads multi betting over Jaccka Josh $2.40 and these are the only runners wanted. Both of the favourites currently hold the same amount of money on the win book.   Race 2 - Clockwork Orange $15 - $13 is best backed on the win book over Celebrity Easton $8.50.    Race 3 - All You Need Is faith $1.70 is racing away in multi betting and is also best backed on the win book.   Race 4 - Bring Back Buck $12 - $10 leads win betting over My Georgie Boy $4.50 with Dali Bread $3.20 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - Caballo Blanco $15 - $13 leads in betting with the $7.20 chance Rocking Robyn leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Manuka Valley $3.40 is best backed in both win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Zoey's Gift $2.00 easily leads win & multi betting.    Race 8 - Leah Mac $13 leads win betting with Betta Go Fernco $3.10 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Eamon Maguire $2.00 easily leads multi betting but Seaswift Joy $3.30 is best backed in win betting early.    Race 10 - Melina Lowe $9.20 - $7.00 is best backed in win betting over Magicol Delight $3.80 who easily leads multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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3-year-olds to the fore

Three three-year-olds dominate pre-race discussions for the Southland Standardbred Breeders Mobile Mile at Winton on Saturday and one of them is Seaswift Joy, but her co-trainer Gordon Lee doesn't see it is as that simple. The scratching of Gotta Del will reduce the field size to six and Lee sees them all as threats, including Seaswift Joy's stablemate Royal Counsel who hasn't raced for 11 months.. “She was retired but didn't get in foal, we've had her back a bit over a month, she is shaping up very very well, we're very pleased with her, she's not out it,” said Lee, who trains the former Southland Oaks winner with his brother Colin, Royal Counsel's driver on Saturday. Gordon Lee will be in the sulky of Seaswift Joy and is also pleased with her. “She is going from strength to strength, has raced against most of the best three year old fillies and proven herself.” Seaswift Joy has the four draw with Eamon Macguire and Delightful Memphis outside of her. An added bonus for the two fillies, Seaswift Joy and Delightful Memphis is the $2000 attached to the stake for the first of them to finish. On a day known in the south as Wairio Mile day and previously staged in the spring, all 10 races on the programme are mobile miles. The Lees have Art Exhibit in the Southern Vet Centre Southern Belle Speed Series heat and her chances will be improved by having drawn two. “She's a frustrating horse but if she is handy in the running and doesn't have to be used up, she is a chance,” Lee said. Their other rep is Jeremy Jones, drawn one in the Morris Contracting Ltd Mobile Mile. “He was a surprise favourite at Wyndham, especially being a first starter, and was a bit disappointing,” Lee said of the three year old who broke early and galloped out of contention. “He's got the draw and not the ringcraft but if he did everything right he could run in the money.” Clark Barron has two in the same race and from the draw favours A Smart Excuse who tries a mile for the first time. “He's been knocking on the door, got a good draw, I hope the mile suits, I think it will,” he said. First starter Dali Bread represents Barron in the same race and the three year old goes from three on the second line. A son of Dali, he qualified in 2:45.7 a fortnight ago and won by 10 lengths. Barron said there is an element of risk with a first starter but as an introduction to racing he favours the distance. “Sometimes they are run off their feet but generally a mile is okay first up for a young horse.” The Rakauhauka trainer also has two in the Otautau Vets Ltd Fillies and Mares Mobile Mile and once again favours the one with the best draw, Manuka Valley over first starter Final Excuse. “It makes a big difference,” he said of the draw. “Manuka Valley is as honest as they come, (driver) Blair (Orange) has had a good run on her. Final Excuse has a lot of ability, she can run but is a bit highly strung, not sure of her manners and the draw is against her.” Rakarolla is the sole Barron rep left in the Southland Standardbred Breeders Mobile Mile. The five year old was on debut when he gained the first of his four wins, beating Rocker Band over a mile at Winton, and has won twice on the track since. “He'll give an honest account of himself but is against some very good three year olds,” Barron said. One of them, Eamon Macguire, relegated Rakarolla to runner up at Invercargill a fortnight ago in a 1:56.9 mile. Tayler Strong

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Alta Maestro claims NZ record – Donnelly gets 100 wins

Alta Maestro saved his best career performance for Cambridge Raceway last night (Thursday) when smashing the New Zealand 1700m mobile record for 2-year-old pacers. The Art Major - Alta Camilla colt lowered More The Better's record set at Alexandra Park by 0.3 of a second. His time of 1:59.7 even beat Better B Amazed’s national mares' record of 1:59.9 that she set at Alexandra Park last April. Trained by Robert Dunn, Alta Maestro went into the race having won two of his three races. His only blemish came last start at Alexandra Park when he finished third behind Mach Shard and Spankem in the Group One $100,000 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes. He sat parked that throughout that night when he was one-one in the betting. He was again the warm $1.60 favourite last night. Driver Dexter Dunn praised the colt’s performance in last night’s first heat of the $20,000 Garrards New Zealand Sires Stakes heat. . “He’s back on track now. We were attacked early on but he felt awesome throughout the race. It was only in the final 50m I had to keep him up to his work. He couldn’t have been more impressive. “He was travelling so fluently throughout. The New Zealand record was a bonus,” Dunn said. Alta Maestro set a sizzling mile rate of 1:53.3 and sprinted his final sectionals in 56.6 and 28.3. He had four-and-a-half lengths to spare over the second placed second favourite, Culpeka and Brent Mangos. Dunn said he had driven some nice 2-year-olds in his career including Smiling Shard and Bit Of A legend and rated this fella not too inferior to them at the same time early in their careers. “He’s only had four races but what he’s shown us so far, he’s going to be a very handy 2-year-old. He just felt so fluent tonight. He wasn’t quite himself last start,” said Dunn. Alta Maestro is now ranked second behind Mach Shard for the Group One $200,000 Emerald 2yo Jewels Final at Ashburton on June 3. All his major 2-year-old races will now all be in the South Island. There's the Group Two $40,000 Welcome Stakes at Addington Raceway on April 7; the Listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sales Final at Addington on May 12; and the Group One $170,000 Garrards Sires Stakes Final, also at Addington Raceway on May 19. “He’s got an exciting schedule ahead and tonight’s race has put him in good stead for those big races down south. Dad has always had a lot of time for this fella and I can see why. “He relaxed really well in front and just felt like a good horse. He seemed to really enjoy tonight’s race. We will find out in the next couple of months as to where he sits in the 2-year-old pecking order, but from my opinion he’s right up there,” Dunn said. Alta Maestro is owned by Tinwald couple Stuart and Elizabeth Leadley and was bred by the Alta Breeding Company Limited at Waiau Pa. They paid $100,000 for him at last year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. Meanwhile local trainer Arna Donnelly notched up her 100th career training victory when the Andre Poutama driven Bet Out Of El won at $14.60 odds in the 10th race. Donnelly was aboard stablemate, No Way Else, who finished eighth. Bet Out Of El paced the 2200m mobile in 2:40.2 (mile rate 1:57.2) and came home in 57.2 and 28.7. It was the 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding's fourth win in nine starts. All up Donnelly has now trained 100 winners from 946 starters since 2003. She's also placed 184 times and banked $681,640 in career stakes. It was her 20th win from 115 starters this season. Donnelly has also driven 158 winners since 1998. Duane Ranger  

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Addington fixed odds movers 24-03-17

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 1:00pm Race 1 - Majestic Hurricane $1.90 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 2 - Forgotten Highway $2.30 is the best backed with the largest bet $5,000 at $2.50.   Race 3 - McLovin $46 - $35 and Missandei $10 are the best backed runners.   Race 4 - Shineonucrazydiamond $2.50 easily leads multi bets.   Race 5 - An even field on paper and early betting reflects that with no dominant win or multi favourite but Donegal Carrickfin $4.50 does lead multi betting over Late Mail $8.80.   Race 6 - Locharburn $2.30 leads multi betting over Usain Colt $4.80.   Race 7 - Habibiti Ivy $4.50 - $4.00 leads win betting over Quiet A Moment $8.00.   Race 8 - Let it Ride $2.20 & Riccardo $2.10 are the only two runners wanted in multi betting with Let It Ride going 2 - 1 over Riccardo number wise.   Race 9 - Lightworkofit is the big mover $12 - $7.00 and is easily the best backed runner.   Race 10 - The Bus $2.60 is easily the best backed runner on the win book over Supreme Banner $8.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Auckland today as at 12:50pm   Race 1 - The best backed runner in both win & multi betting is Majestic One $10.50 - $8.50.    Race 2 - Franco Hamilton $5.80 leads win betting with the $2.40 favourite Double Twist $2.40 easily leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Mr Good And Evil $5.50 easily leads win betting with C K Spur dominant in multi betting.    Race 4 - Alta Intrigue $1.65 leads win and multi betting with the largest win bet $1,400 at $1.65.   Race 5 - Northview Hustler $1.95 hasn't taken a dollar on the win book but in the multi book he is the only runner punter's want to be on.    Race 6 - It's one one way traffic here on the $1.50 favourite Bettor Joy with the largest bet $10,000 at $1.50.   Race 7 - Lemond $3.10 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Whitecliffe Chapel $15 is best backed over Kate Black $18.00 but Juice Brogden $1.65 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 9 - Oklahoma Thunder $8.00 leads win betting over Eye Lash $4.50.   Race 10 - Art Work $3.20 leads win and multi betting over Luis Alberto $3.30.   Best backed runners in multi betting (in order): R6 - Bettor Joy $1.50  R8 - Juice Brogden $1.65  R4 - Alta Intrigue $1.65  R3 - C K Spur     $2.30      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The Alexandra Park Driving Premiership means a lot more to Zac Butcher than what people think. “I don’t get enough drives to win the New Zealand premiership and Alexandra Park is my home track. Whoever wins that title is usually right up there as one of the best going around in the North island. “That is very important to. I’ve had a really good season so far and I’m desperate for that to carry on going into the last third of 2016-2017,” Butcher said. The 25-year-old Clevedon horseman has reined home 19 winners from 125 drives at Alexandra Park this season. He’s also placed on 37 times and has a healthy 0.2773 strike-rate. Both Butcher’s father David and Tony Herlihy (MNZM) are second with 18 wins apiece. “If I can stay ahead of Tony (Herlihy MNZM) the rest should take care of itself. He’s won the title so many times and to beat him would be some mean feat. I told Dad that and he said that he was the one I should be looking out for. “I joked to him saying that if I was ahead of Tony I’d be ahead of him,” Butcher laughed. “I’ll be dirty if I dropped behind Dad. He’s one driver I really want to beat. We have a big family rivalry when we get out there. Ben and I always want to beat Dad,” he added. Butcher’s above average season can largely be put down to his boss Barry Purdon also being the leading trainer at ‘The Park’ with 22 wins – three clear of his brother-in-law, Herlihy. “I’ve been driving some very good horses this year and I’m grateful to Barry and his owners for having faith in me. I’ve also picked up quite a few quality outside drives which have been helpful. I can’t thank all the owners and trainers enough,” Butcher said. One outside trainer was Mark Jones, who provided Butcher with another Group One victory in 2016-2017. Butcher drove the Jones trained Rocker Band to win the Group One $100,000 Ladyship Cup at Melton's Tabcorp Park on February 17. "That was the highlight of the season so far and I'm so thankful for getting that drive. I still love what I do and I love where I work. I'm always hungry for wins, no matter where I drive," Butcher said. Nationally, Butcher has driven 36 winners from 209 drives and is eighth on the New Zealand Driving Premiership with. He has also placed 36 times and he has earned $423,529 in stakes in 2016-2017. His UDR strike-rate sits at a very good 0.3179 - 0.344 higher than his father, but Butcher Senior has driven 44 winners this season and sits fifth on the New Zealand Driving Premiership. "It's always great to beat Dad at anything, but at the same time I will always respect what he's achieved. Only the very best reinsmen drive 2,200 winners," Butcher said. Butcher (Zac) has topped the 100-win mark once in 10 seasons of driving. That was in 2011-2012 when he saluted the judge 114 times and banked a personal best $882,293. His strike rate of 0.2718 that year was much less than what he's achieved this season. All up Butcher has driven 547 winners from 4,135 starters since 2009. He's also placed on 979 occasions and has career stake earnings of $6,080,246. His lifetime UDR is 0.2393. The 2017 Alexandra Park Drivers Premiership as of today March 22 – (Driver, Starts, Wins, Seconds, Thirds, UDR) 1) Zac Butcher 125, 19,15, 22, 0.2773. 2) David Butcher 140, 18, 21, 21, .0.2619. 3) Tony Herlihy 124, 18, 15,17, 0.2581. 4) Maurice McKendry 138, 18, 10, 20, 0.2190. 5) Brent Mangos 101, 17, 12, 7, 0.2574. Duane Ranger

Greg Hope isn’t letting the might of a pacer like Locharburn stop him from thinking that Usain Colt can be a force to be reckoned with in tonight’s feature pace at Addington. The Woodend Beach horseman, who trains alongside his wife Nina, will line the Harness Jewels runner-up in the Rating 80 and faster handicap pace, against five other runners. “It looks a nice race for him to be competitive in,” Hope said last night. “Because he’s still a wee bit one dimensional in the way he races we might need a few things to go our way but I’ve been really happy with him this week.” Locharburn will be the undoubted favourite for the race, despite having not won in his last eight starts. The Kevin Chapman trained runner was installed a $2.30 favourite last night by TAB Bookmakers. Usain Colt opened at $4.80 on the second line of betting with Alta Orlando the next in line at $5.00. The Hopes will also have a strong hand in the feature trot of the night with Quite A Moment and Gershwin. The latter is on the path to next week’s Four and Five-Year-Old Trotting Championship but showed he’s not far away with an impressive trial performance behind Marcoola last week at Rangiora. “He was pretty good judging by the clock, but was still wanting to do the odd thing wrong along the way. “This week will really tidy him up for next week though.” Quite A Moment has come through her first run back from Australia in fine fettle and Hope is confident of a big showing from the Group One winner when she steps out tonight. “She’s come on quite a bit with that run and I’ve been really happy with her so she will run another good race.” Quite A Moment will have to though with a strong pair from the Paul Nairn barn lining up to try and take the prize. Wilma’s Mate, who dominated in Australia in the latter stages of last season is back on the track and there will be plenty of interest in how she comes back to it with a bit more age on her side. Nairn also have Habibti Ivy in the race who is looking to make it three from three this time in. Wilma’s Mate was $2.70 last night with Habibti Ivy at $4.00. Despite sitting second on the trainers’ premiership with a healthy 64 wins next to their name, the Hope pair are refusing to buy into the conversation that they could be premiership contenders this season. They sit two wins behind Robert Dunn currently with another win back from them being held by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “We aren’t going to have the horsepower over the Winter I don’t think so we aren’t letting it worry us too much. With a best season tally of 71, the pair do look well on track to usurp that total before August rolls around. In that time they should also notch up a notable milestone in their career with 500 wins just around the corner. Greg already has 500 next to his name, but the next one is he and Nina combined. “It will be nice to achieve when we get there, it’s been a great run.” The stable also has chances tonight from Burn Off, Unico Legend, Bella Jones and Daiquiri.   Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Majestic Hurricane, Castlereagh, Well Defined, BJ Lindenny Race 2: Forgotten Highway, Unico Legend, Bettor To  Be Tricky, The Honey Badger Race 3: Lavros Jack, Arnold, Chevron Express, Needle Race 4: Articulight, Shineonyoucrazydiamond, The Bachelor, Sans Le Sou Race 5: Selena Franco, Bella Jones, Midfrew Tarpediem, Late Mail Race 6: Locharburn, Usain Colt, Benicio, Alta Orlando Race 7: Quite A Moment, Wilma’s Mate, Habibti Ivy, Belle’s Son Race 8: Let It Ride, Riccardo, Young Conqueror, Queen Bee Bardon Race 9: Sugar Cane, Rum In The Sun, Beg Hall, Muscles Galore Race 10: The Bus, Debnita Rose, Supreme Banner, Sharknado Best Bet: The Bus (Race 10) Value: Sugar Cane (Race 9)

One of the North Island’s most promising squaregaiters will revert back to his original heavy shoes in order to win Friday’s feature trot at Alexandra Park. The Ross Paynter trained Lemond will be vying for his sixth career win, and fifth at ‘The Park’, in the $14,999 Dawson Harford & Partners Handicap for the R55 to R109 trotters. Lemond is ranked R81 and will start from the unruly mark on the 20m handicap. “He’s the best horse I have trained and he can go a long way if we can just get him to go away with them cleanly. We have tried to lighten up his shoes this week and have gone back to the original heavy ones he used to wear. “He needs weight to trot away and we are hoping this will solve the problem. If he steps cleanly I definitely think he can win on Friday,” Cambridge-based Payne said. Because of his tardy beginnings, Payne said he would target mobile races as the season developed. “Our main goal is the mobile (Group One $80,000) Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park the week before the Rowe Cup. I’ve spoken to his owner (Charlie Hunter) and we both agreed that because he’s just four he will have plenty of time to race in a Rowe Cup. “He needs to improve his standing start manners before we even think about taking on the guns over two miles. It’s not completely written off though. It will depend how he goes in the Anzac Cup,” Payne said. Payne said he had kept the work fairly light on this week following a tough couple of runs at Alexandra Park earlier this month. “He followed up his win and third there with a gallop a couple of hundred metres after the start a fortnight ago. Then he put in a big run for third before he was disqualified. “We took his blood after that race and nothing came back. We are hoping a change in shoes will do the trick this week.” Lemond was favourite last start and ran on well behind Temporale (Tony Herlihy MNZM) and Prime Power (Todd Mitchell). Temporale isn’t in this week’s field but Prime Power will start from the 40-metre back mark. “If he behaves himself I know he has got the speed to go close. He’s got a big motor and lovely gait once he’s up and running. He seems bright and ready to go, so here’s hoping,” said Payne. Lemond has raced 19 times for five wins, six placings and has banked $57,961. The Love You - Cipollini (by Sergio Hanover) gelding has had 14 starts at Alexandra Park for four wins and three placings. He is yet to win over Friday's 2700m stand but has placed twice from seven attempts. He has a won three times and placed on four occasions from 12 standing starts. Maurice McKendry will again do the driving. "He's my best winning chance on Friday, but my 3-year-old filly goes all right, but will probably need a run or two to warm into it,” Payne said. That filly is Rave Nation - a daughter of Muscle Mass and Merckx (by Dream Vacation) who will start from gate 12 in the first event - the $8,113 Annual caduceus Club Golf Day Mobile for the maiden trotters. Rave Nation broke and finished last when third favourite on debut on October 14 last year. She was driven by Herlihy that night and the Ardmore maestro will do the steering again. The filly did win a three-horse Workout at Cambridge on March 11 with a 2:15.7 mile rate. "I think it will take or two or three runs for her to find her feet but when she does she also has the gait to win a few," Payne said. Duane Ranger

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Cambridge today as at 5:00pm Race 1 - Romanite $2.60 is easily the best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - Only two runners are wanted in multi betting here Saint Michael $2.30 and Primus Inter Pares $3.40.   Race 3 - American Empress $2.40 is huge in win and multi betting with little interest in any of her rivals early.   Race 4 - Dreamy Nights $7.50 - $6.50 is best backed early on the win book but in multi betting it's all one way traffic for Maheer Mister $3.20.   Race 5 - King Of Rock $8.00 leads win and multi betting over Itsnowornever $10.50.   Race 6 - Il Pirata $4.50 leads multi betting with Precious Moment $4.00 leading win betting.   Race 7 - Culpeka $5.20 - $3.80 is best backed in win betting over The Black Prince $8.50 but in multi betting the $1.45 favourite Alta Maestro is the only runner punter's want to be on.   Race 8 - Ring The Till $4.80 leads win betting with Pay me Overs the $3.30 favourite the clear multi leader.   Race 9 - Lola Jones $8.00 - $3.50 is the biggest mover on the card so far and is a bad liability for the book and she is also a clear multi leader early.   Race 10 - Ideal Roman $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 11- Miss Kitty $2.20 easily leads multi betting.        Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Tom Richardson, a standardbred breeder and owner for 41 years is being rewarded for perseverance with the filly Lady Chatto, the New Zealand-trained representative in the $A104,000 final of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst on Saturday night. The 2-year-old pacing filly is unbeaten in two starts—the  group three $24,000 Leonard Memorial Stakes at Addington and a heat of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst on March 15. ‘’Potentially she is the best I have bred,’’ said Richardson (74), a semi-retired property developer. The Tim Butt-trained Lady Chatto is in the Final with  the barrier draw (six) in her favour to down My Sweetchilliphilly. Lady Chatto won the fifth of six heats by 21.6m in a 1.57.5 mile rate for the 1730m (mobile) which was overshadowed by My Sweetchilliphilly winning the final heat by 22.3m in a 1.55.3 rate. The 1064m Bathurst track with a 186m straight has been in use since 2014 when it was built on a new location. Richardson and his wife, Loretta, of Saddle Hill (near Dunedin) are in Bathurst for the series. “We are here for the fortnight to attend the functions. It was pretty tough competition in the heats (six) and 15 horses had won races,” said Richardson. “Tim  Butt talked us into making the trip with Lady Chatto when were faced with a late entry payment of $15,000 for the Sires’ Stakes in NZ.” Lady Chatto had been staked for the Bathurst Crown series as a foal  and NZ Sires’ Stakes when consideration was given to entering her for the premier yearling sale. “We were up for $15,000 to start in the Sires’ Stakes when we missed a payment and I think it is a better system in Australia where they assume you are remaining in a series unless you withdraw,’’ he said. The NZ Sires’ Stakes Board took legal advice to set up their system as they are not a governing body able to enforce payments. The Pink Bonnet at Menangle and Breeders Crown are other opportunities for Lady Chatto in Australia. Richardson bred Lady Chatto from a mating of American Ideal and Lady Lozza (Mach Three – Be Reasonable) who won him races at Invercargill and Omakau  when trained  at Ocean View by Stu Campbell. Lady Chatto was foaled when the Richardsons lived in Central Otago for two years after buying the  former Chatto Creek golf course. Lady Lozza died after foaling Lady Chatto, her third foal.  Kim Taylor, of Mosgiel, bred the first two, both fillies by Big Jim who are yet to be registered. “Lady Lozza died in a freak accident last year with a broken leg. She was nine months in foal to American Ideal,’’ said Richardson. Richardson began breeding from the family in 1976  with Cheer Leader (Smooth Hanover – Granny). “Lady Chatto is the fifth generation from her branch of the Regina family,’’ he said. Cheer Leader left Cruising, who won him two races  raced in partnership with Invercargill trainer Roy Henley before being sold to North America. “Cruising ran fifth in a NZ Derby (1983, won by Mighty Me) after locking wheels. He should have run third. We sold him later that year for $50,000 which was big money.” Richardson, as a member of the Fleetfoot syndicate, had his first win with the pacer Bonny Saga at Gore in 1976. The Tempest Hanover – Raven’s Whisper mare won three races when trained by Clarrie Woodward at Edendale. Bonny Saga left the minor winners Pilgrim and Meteorite. Richardson paid $90,000 for the American – bred filly by No Nukes – Emerald Breeze at the National Bloodstock International yearling sale in Auckland in 1987. He was then living in Invercargill and raced the filly, Nukes Emerald  as a member of the Neither Confirm Nor Deny syndicate. Trained by Jack Smolenski, the filly foaled in March, 1986, won first up at Invercargill when a mere 23 months old, She then finished second to Diplomacy (trained by Roy and Barry Purdon and driven by Mark Purdon) in  the $120,000 International Classic, a sale race for her age group in Auckland. The syndicate returned Nukes Emerald to North America and she won 17 races and $139,000 there, taking a record of 1.56.8. She perished in a stable fire in Ontario in 1992. My Sweetchilliphilly, trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton and driven by Chris Geary, is also unbeaten in two starts. The daughter of Betterthancheddar – Tact Philly was bred at Ashburton by Melissa Tapp and exported unraced to Australia in January. The Bathurst Gold Crown series has been staged by the Bathurst Harness Racing Club since 1987. New Zealand trainers have won  the Final for colts and geldings with Master Musician (1990, Robert Dunn and driven by Robert Mitchell) and Another Party (Mark Purdon and Tony Herlihy). Lady Chatto will be driven by Butt’s brother, Anthony. The filly was taken to Australia by Anthony’s daughter, Kimberly and she returned to NZ on Tuesday when Tim was back to oversee Lady Chatto. Tayler Strong

New Zealand’s three racing codes – New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ) – have endorsed the proposed changes to the Racing Act announced by Racing Minister Nathan Guy today. The proposed amendments would clear the way for the introduction of a Race Fields product fee which is expected to have substantial benefits for all codes. “This represents a significant step forward for our industry and is something all industry bodies have been advocating for some time,” NZTR chairman Dr Alan Jackson said. “The proposed changes will make the industry more competitive in an increasingly complex wagering market and provide real benefits for our stakeholders. “We thank and congratulate the Minister for his work on this vital project.” HRNZ Chairman Mr Ken Spicer also welcomed the announcement. “This is a significant development for the New Zealand Racing Board and the wider racing industry, with the aim of providing a level playing field in an increasingly competitive wagering environment. “The internet respects no borders and this legislation will ensure any wagering operator taking betting on NZ racing pays a product fee for that privilege. “This will provide a legitimate and overdue funding source that will help sustain and grow stakes within the industry for the benefit of our participants. I congratulate the Minister on his efforts in leading this significant development.” GRNZ Chairman Mr Craig Rendle added his support. “The export market is an important growth area for greyhound racing, and indeed all racing, and the introduction of a royalty fee for overseas operators to use our products will help strengthen our future, and the contribution we make as an industry to New Zealand. “The Minister’s plans to amend the Racing Act are a significant milestone for the industry, and I congratulate all involved in progressing it to this stage."

The harness racing ringaround had an ok week last week with a few winners and a number of placings The highest winning dividend last weekwent to Geoff Knight whose selection Seduce Me won at Waimate on Sunday and paid $4.40 and $1.70 on the tote. There are five meetings this week with two in the North and three in the South.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Cambridge on Thursday night Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Step Up would be his best drive this week in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks his best chance this week could be Bettors Pocket in Race 9 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - likes Lola Jones tonight at Cambridge also in Race 9 John Curtin - John thinks Shadow Pass has the draw to win tonight in Race 10   Auckland on Friday night Jay Abernethy - Jay is says Judes Gem would be his best this week also in Race 2 Dylan Ferguson - Dylan is going for  Tact Ollie this week also in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Cobra Banner as his best chance this week in Race 5 Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks Wrangler would be his best chance also in Race 5   Addington on Friday night Blair Orange - Blair is going for Majestic Hurricane as his best chance this week in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says Burn Off would be his best this week in Race 2 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks Let It Ride would be the hardest to beat in Race 8        Wairio mile day on Saturday Brent Barclay - Brent thinks Jaccka Josh would be his best chance this week in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Zoey's Gift as his best this week in Race 7 Andrew Suddaby - thinks Simple Pleasure would be his best chance this week in Race 8 Mark Jones - Mark thinks Delightful Memphis would be his best chance in Race 9 Brad Williamson - Brad likes Six Diamonds as his best chance this week in Race 10   For more tips for Wairio go to Southland Harness Racing   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Bob Butt - Bob is going for Homebush Lad as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Chloe on its trial form can go close also in Race 3 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is picking Junkyard Mase as an each way chance also in Race 3 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Little Bad John as his best chance this week in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Leading The Way in Race 7 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Shadow Rider can win on Sunday in Race 9   Harnesslink Media

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! How about that Lady Chatto?! Looking to remain unbeaten in the G1 Gold Tiara at Bathurst on Friday. We caught up with her breeder Tom Richardson to hear how his patience with his breed has paid off! Also in this edition of Breeder's Weekly: * Question & Answer with Phil Williamson | 500 Trotting Wins * Chairmans Report | John Mooney * Frozen Semen | The Double Edged Sword & Much More! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/37Ouco Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid

Even a holiday in Rarotonga won’t stop Jeremy Young coming back to Cambridge Raceway tonight (Thursday) to watch his flagship horse do the business. The Pukekohe trainer left for the Cook Islands last Friday and desperately wants American Empress to finish in the top two in race three. The daughter of American Ideal will start from gate three (of seven) in the fifth heat of the $20,000 Nevele R 3YO Fillies Series. The Group One $140,000 Final will be run at Addington Raceway on May 12. "It's my last chance to qualify her for the big race. I know there might be a Nevele Consolation if she doesn't make it. "That would tighten her up nicely for the (Group 1 $150,000) New Zealand Oaks the week later. That is her main targets this season and then of course the Jewels in Ashburton not long after," said Young, who returns to New Zealand on Wednesday night. American Empress is currently fourth on the 3YO Diamond Harness Jewels leader board. "The filly means a lot to me," he added. By that Young said American Empress was his 'flagship' horse - the one he first went out and got new owners for after his main stable client and good friend Bryan Newberry passed away in April 2016. Young paid $8,500 for American Empress at the 2014 Weanling Sales. Her owners are Hazel van Opzeeland (Prebbleton), Kenneth Moore (Onehunga), Paul Curran (Pukekohe), and the Zinnycef Syndicate. “I’ve got owners from all parts of the country involved and I’m just so glad they’ve got a decent horse,” he said. American Empress was bred by John Green. “I like her chances on Thursday because outside of Party On and Spanish Armada I think the 3-year-old fillies are an even lot. There are some nice age group horses who can all go well. “I didn’t see her trial on Saturday but from what Sailesh said she got the best possible trial going into race-night,” Young said. Abernethy never had to pull the plugs as American Impress beat Kiwi Tintin and Delightful Zen by a head and half a head in a R55 to R75 workout at Pukekohe on Saturday. She is an R61 pacer and boasts the highest ranked in Thursday’s field. American Empress trailed Delightful Zen and Andrew Sharpe throughout and then the pair had a speed dual 400m from home with the Young trained filly having too much stamina at the finish. She paced the 2050m mobile (left handed in 2:38.5 (mile rate 2:04.4) and home in 58.5 and 28.6. “Even though I didn’t see it I’m rapt with that. I think she is good enough to make the final, but she can be a bit slow away at times. She will need to do a bit to stay in touch, but in saying that she has drawn well (3) and it’s only a small field,” Young said. The 44-year-old Franklin horseman said he loved sport and saw racing as no different. “When you play a sport you want to play it to the best of your ability, and as a trainer I have only ever wanted a horse to race and compete well in Group 1 company. “I rode on the coat tails of Mark for many years when I worked for him and was Auckland Reactor’s strapper. I tasted Group One victory on many occasions thanks to him and it felt great. Now I want that feeling again – in my own name,” Young said. American Empress’s only win came when she beat recent Group One Northern Oaks runner-up Juice Brogden in a $12,000 maiden at Alexandra Park on December 2. She drew the ace that night and sprinted the 2200m mobile in 2:41.5 (mile rate 1:58.1) and last 800m and 400m in 56.7 and 27.9. That time would go close to winning tonight's feature pacing event. American Empress has now had 14 starts, for one win and seven placings. She has won $42,736 in stakes. “We will have all guns blazing on Thursday. Her trial win has put her in good stead for this week. It’s just so rewarding to have a horse good enough to contest these races,” Young said. Duane Ranger

Lewy Risk has won both of his workouts since New Zealand Cup week but his trainer Lew Driver still thinks he will be a run short on Friday night at Alexandra Park. “He won his first trial back in December (2:02.2 mile rate) and then he cut his foot open. He kicked out at a water-bath at Kumeu and had to have a bit of his hoof cut out. “It’s grown back and I can assure you we only have troughs and no baths at the property now. He just gets a bit full of himself when he’s going well. He has a tendency to lash out a bit,” Driver said. Then last Saturday at Pukekohe Raceway the Elsu gelding won a seven-horse R60 to R83 workout over the 2050m mobile (right-handed) in 2:37.8. He got there by a nose from Rocknroll Lincoln and paced a 2:03.8 mile rate and came home in 57 even and 27.2. "I was pleased with that run. He's completely over his foot injury now, but I would have liked to have got one or two more trials into him before Friday's race. "I've been waiting and waiting for a mobile start for him and this is his first opportunity this week. I'd say three or four weeks down the line he will be at his prime," Driver said. "In saying that he could win on Friday. He never stops surprising me. He's a real enigma though, and just gets too full of himself sometimes" he added. Lewy Risk has drawn six (of eight) in Friday's $14,999 IRT Mobile for the R72 to R90 pacers. He is rated R83. The 7-year-old bay will be driven by James Stormont who got him home in Saturday's Workout. The last time he raced Lewy Risk finished second last in a $18,00 Free-For-All on Show Day and three days prior to that run he also ran second last in Lazarus's New Zealand Cup. “You just never know with him. He’s as bright as a button, which at times can be a worry. Whatever he does on Friday he will improve a heap on the run. We will just hang around with him in Auckland and look for mobiles. “I can’t go anywhere because I have a nice team of unraced 2-year-olds and yearlings coming through the ranks,” Kumeu-based Driver said. Now that Lewy Risk is seven, Driver has his fingers crossed that he could emulate the feat of his former pacing star, Gaelic Skipper. “He ran second in the Inter-Dominion grand final and also won the Cambridge Flying Mile when he was nine so I’m hoping this fella can also get better with age. “It’s just a matter of keeping your fingers crossed with him and hoping he gets around all right. He flaps a knee, cross-fires, and wears spreaders, but I know he can pace and run good times when he’s right. “You just never know with him though. I just want him to get around safely and improve on what he’s done of late,” Driver said. Lewy Risk has raced 60 times for eight wins, 13 placings and has banked $111,282. His most memorable performance to date was when finishing second in the Group Three Rangiora Classic in 2015. He is owned by Driver and was bred by Alabar Stud. Matt Markham

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Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Wairio today as at 12:00pm Race 1 - Galleons Glory $1.90 leads multi betting over Jaccka Josh $2.40 and these are the only runners wanted. Both of the favourites currently hold the same amount of money on the win book.   Race 2 - Clockwork Orange $15 - $13 is best backed on the win book over Celebrity Easton $8.50.    Race 3 - All You Need Is faith $1.70 is racing away in multi betting and is also best backed on the win book.   Race 4 - Bring Back Buck $12 - $10 leads win betting over My Georgie Boy $4.50 with Dali Bread $3.20 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - Caballo Blanco $15 - $13 leads in betting with the $7.20 chance Rocking Robyn leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Manuka Valley $3.40 is best backed in both win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Zoey's Gift $2.00 easily leads win & multi betting.    Race 8 - Leah Mac $13 leads win betting with Betta Go Fernco $3.10 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Eamon Maguire $2.00 easily leads multi betting but Seaswift Joy $3.30 is best backed in win betting early.    Race 10 - Melina Lowe $9.20 - $7.00 is best backed in win betting over Magicol Delight $3.80 who easily leads multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
Three three-year-olds dominate pre-race discussions for the Southland Standardbred Breeders Mobile Mile at Winton on Saturday and one of them is Seaswift Joy, but her co-trainer Gordon Lee doesn't see it is as that simple. The scratching of Gotta Del will reduce the field size to six and Lee sees them all as threats, including Seaswift Joy's stablemate Royal Counsel who hasn't raced for 11 months.. “She was retired but didn't get in foal, we've had her back a bit over a month, she is shaping up very very well, we're very pleased with her, she's not out it,” said Lee, who trains the former Southland Oaks winner with his brother Colin, Royal Counsel's driver on Saturday. Gordon Lee will be in the sulky of Seaswift Joy and is also pleased with her. “She is going from strength to strength, has raced against most of the best three year old fillies and proven herself.” Seaswift Joy has the four draw with Eamon Macguire and Delightful Memphis outside of her. An added bonus for the two fillies, Seaswift Joy and Delightful Memphis is the $2000 attached to the stake for the first of them to finish. On a day known in the south as Wairio Mile day and previously staged in the spring, all 10 races on the programme are mobile miles. The Lees have Art Exhibit in the Southern Vet Centre Southern Belle Speed Series heat and her chances will be improved by having drawn two. “She's a frustrating horse but if she is handy in the running and doesn't have to be used up, she is a chance,” Lee said. Their other rep is Jeremy Jones, drawn one in the Morris Contracting Ltd Mobile Mile. “He was a surprise favourite at Wyndham, especially being a first starter, and was a bit disappointing,” Lee said of the three year old who broke early and galloped out of contention. “He's got the draw and not the ringcraft but if he did everything right he could run in the money.” Clark Barron has two in the same race and from the draw favours A Smart Excuse who tries a mile for the first time. “He's been knocking on the door, got a good draw, I hope the mile suits, I think it will,” he said. First starter Dali Bread represents Barron in the same race and the three year old goes from three on the second line. A son of Dali, he qualified in 2:45.7 a fortnight ago and won by 10 lengths. Barron said there is an element of risk with a first starter but as an introduction to racing he favours the distance. “Sometimes they are run off their feet but generally a mile is okay first up for a young horse.” The Rakauhauka trainer also has two in the Otautau Vets Ltd Fillies and Mares Mobile Mile and once again favours the one with the best draw, Manuka Valley over first starter Final Excuse. “It makes a big difference,” he said of the draw. “Manuka Valley is as honest as they come, (driver) Blair (Orange) has had a good run on her. Final Excuse has a lot of ability, she can run but is a bit highly strung, not sure of her manners and the draw is against her.” Rakarolla is the sole Barron rep left in the Southland Standardbred Breeders Mobile Mile. The five year old was on debut when he gained the first of his four wins, beating Rocker Band over a mile at Winton, and has won twice on the track since. “He'll give an honest account of himself but is against some very good three year olds,” Barron said. One of them, Eamon Macguire, relegated Rakarolla to runner up at Invercargill a fortnight ago in a 1:56.9 mile. Tayler Strong
Alta Maestro saved his best career performance for Cambridge Raceway last night (Thursday) when smashing the New Zealand 1700m mobile record for 2-year-old pacers. The Art Major - Alta Camilla colt lowered More The Better's record set at Alexandra Park by 0.3 of a second. His time of 1:59.7 even beat Better B Amazed’s national mares' record of 1:59.9 that she set at Alexandra Park last April. Trained by Robert Dunn, Alta Maestro went into the race having won two of his three races. His only blemish came last start at Alexandra Park when he finished third behind Mach Shard and Spankem in the Group One $100,000 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes. He sat parked that throughout that night when he was one-one in the betting. He was again the warm $1.60 favourite last night. Driver Dexter Dunn praised the colt’s performance in last night’s first heat of the $20,000 Garrards New Zealand Sires Stakes heat. . “He’s back on track now. We were attacked early on but he felt awesome throughout the race. It was only in the final 50m I had to keep him up to his work. He couldn’t have been more impressive. “He was travelling so fluently throughout. The New Zealand record was a bonus,” Dunn said. Alta Maestro set a sizzling mile rate of 1:53.3 and sprinted his final sectionals in 56.6 and 28.3. He had four-and-a-half lengths to spare over the second placed second favourite, Culpeka and Brent Mangos. Dunn said he had driven some nice 2-year-olds in his career including Smiling Shard and Bit Of A legend and rated this fella not too inferior to them at the same time early in their careers. “He’s only had four races but what he’s shown us so far, he’s going to be a very handy 2-year-old. He just felt so fluent tonight. He wasn’t quite himself last start,” said Dunn. Alta Maestro is now ranked second behind Mach Shard for the Group One $200,000 Emerald 2yo Jewels Final at Ashburton on June 3. All his major 2-year-old races will now all be in the South Island. There's the Group Two $40,000 Welcome Stakes at Addington Raceway on April 7; the Listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sales Final at Addington on May 12; and the Group One $170,000 Garrards Sires Stakes Final, also at Addington Raceway on May 19. “He’s got an exciting schedule ahead and tonight’s race has put him in good stead for those big races down south. Dad has always had a lot of time for this fella and I can see why. “He relaxed really well in front and just felt like a good horse. He seemed to really enjoy tonight’s race. We will find out in the next couple of months as to where he sits in the 2-year-old pecking order, but from my opinion he’s right up there,” Dunn said. Alta Maestro is owned by Tinwald couple Stuart and Elizabeth Leadley and was bred by the Alta Breeding Company Limited at Waiau Pa. They paid $100,000 for him at last year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. Meanwhile local trainer Arna Donnelly notched up her 100th career training victory when the Andre Poutama driven Bet Out Of El won at $14.60 odds in the 10th race. Donnelly was aboard stablemate, No Way Else, who finished eighth. Bet Out Of El paced the 2200m mobile in 2:40.2 (mile rate 1:57.2) and came home in 57.2 and 28.7. It was the 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding's fourth win in nine starts. All up Donnelly has now trained 100 winners from 946 starters since 2003. She's also placed 184 times and banked $681,640 in career stakes. It was her 20th win from 115 starters this season. Donnelly has also driven 158 winners since 1998. Duane Ranger  
Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 1:00pm Race 1 - Majestic Hurricane $1.90 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 2 - Forgotten Highway $2.30 is the best backed with the largest bet $5,000 at $2.50.   Race 3 - McLovin $46 - $35 and Missandei $10 are the best backed runners.   Race 4 - Shineonucrazydiamond $2.50 easily leads multi bets.   Race 5 - An even field on paper and early betting reflects that with no dominant win or multi favourite but Donegal Carrickfin $4.50 does lead multi betting over Late Mail $8.80.   Race 6 - Locharburn $2.30 leads multi betting over Usain Colt $4.80.   Race 7 - Habibiti Ivy $4.50 - $4.00 leads win betting over Quiet A Moment $8.00.   Race 8 - Let it Ride $2.20 & Riccardo $2.10 are the only two runners wanted in multi betting with Let It Ride going 2 - 1 over Riccardo number wise.   Race 9 - Lightworkofit is the big mover $12 - $7.00 and is easily the best backed runner.   Race 10 - The Bus $2.60 is easily the best backed runner on the win book over Supreme Banner $8.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
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