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Waipa fixed odds movers 20-01-2018

Waipa fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Scanreco Bay easily leads multi betting over Vanhalem $6.00.   Race 2 - Brooks Belle $6.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Delia May $2.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Mass Destruction $14.00 - $9.00 is the early mover in this race with Secretofthesea Smile $3.50 leading win betting.   Race 5 - Cha Cha B $4.50 is the best backed runner in multi betting over Mrs Zippy $4.20.   Race 6 - Primus Inter Pares $6.50 - $5.50 leads win & multi betting over Aoraki $3.20.   Race 7 - Somewhereinbrooklyn $3.80 easily leads multi betting over Jamieson Shard $4.00.   Race 8 - Classie American $3.50 leads multi betting over Brydon Ideal $8.50.   Race 9 - Positano $1.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 10 - Charlie Harper $6.00 leads multi betting over Jude's Gem $6.50.   Race 11 - Tahlia Franco $6.00 easily leads multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Heaven Rocks,Harness racing

Harness briefs - 20 January 2018

Vincent is out of the Ballarat Cup tonight with some concerns over swelling on his leg. Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars website, I've taken Vincent out of the Ballarat Cup after I noticed a slight swelling on the nearside front this morning. He is not lame or anything and I am fairly confident it is something minor. You just don't take risks with horses like him" "He was out in the paddock and whether he has just rolled the wrong way or knocked it getting up you can't say but it is not that far from the suspensory and we wouldn't risk racing him until it was completely cleared up. We will get the experts to have a look and check him out because you can never be 100 per cent sure with these sort of injuries just how much is involved with them. But from the outside to my eye it seems a fairly minor problem at this stage." I can't really add much more . just that we are taking the ultra "safe but sure" route with him. Heaven Rocks is still in the Ballarat Cup for the All Stars and a great chance. Natalie said, "Saturday night will be interesting for Heaven Rocks especially now.  "He was a bit ordinary at times early in the week but he has come right and worked well this morning. The draw of course is the question You would hardly credit he would come off the unruly and draw one !. "I guess it is simple enough really. He will get out of the gate and take a forward position which I will definitely be trying for or he will end up out the back and with the job in front of him. You can never be quite sure with him as we all know but I think he will give them something to think about if he begins  or races as well as he can. One thing I think we can say is that he will be better left handed than at Auckland a track that doesn't really suit him. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Better B Amazed ran a 1-54.1 mile rate when winning last night at Alexandra Park. The speedy mare had to be good to win in the small field, sitting parked outside the leader Northview Hustler and outstaying him to win by a head at the line. Tony Herihy has another good 2yo filly in his barn after his A Rocknroll Dance filly Miss Streisand backed up some strong trial form to win easily.   Miss Streisand led all the way and rated 1-59.8 for the mobile 1700m. The final 800m was cut out in 56.6 seconds, without Tony having to get too serious over the final stages. Miss Streisand winning last night. Harnesslink media

Art Major and Alan Galloway

Art Major staying Down Under

Alabar is thrilled to announce that they’ve completed an agreement with Blue Chip Farms and the Art Major Syndicate that will allow Art Major to permanently stay in Australia. He will no longer shuttle back to North America. Alabar believe this is in the best interests of Art Major and will hopefully, not only prolong his career at stud, but will also give him the best chance of a well-deserved, long and enjoyable retirement. Art Major is now nineteen years old and, while be is hale and hearty, the decision to alleviate him of the need to shuttle for back-to-back stud seasons is a pre-emptive one made with his welfare at heart. As many will know, Art Major did have a health issue this season - but this was not age-related and is now completely resolved. Art Major staying in Australia will also allow a window of time to freeze semen from him. Starting his Southern Hemisphere career with Pepper Tree Farm in 2005 before shifting to Alabar in 2008, Art Major has enhanced the breed and the lives of so many people. Breeders, yearling sales preparers, vendors and purchasers, owners, trainers, drivers and racegoers have all benefited from one of the most commercial and successful sires of all-time. The sire of the winners of over $170 million to date, Art Major continues to raise the bar. His current star, Vincent may well be the greatest downunder horse he’s sired in his illustrious career so far. With Art Major now staying in Australia, we look forward to many more great moments with a horse that means so much to us and to so many of our clients and friends. Harnesslink Media  

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Auckland fixed odds movers 19-01-2018

Auckland fixed odds movers as at 2:00pm Race 1 - Gupta's Cullen $2.10 - $1.95 is the best backed runner in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - The Crown Jewels $13.00 leads win betting with Sertorious $3.80 leading multi betting over Geena's Success $2.40.   Race 3 - Ideal Lass $6.00 leads win & multi betting over Bettor Step Aside $3.40.   Race 4 - Girls On Film $1.70 easily leads multi betting over the longshot Jomo $21.00. Angus Burga $14.00 - $9.50 leads win betting.   Race 5 - The only runner wanted in win betting early is Tiger Swift $4.50 - $4.20 with Ideal Star $3.90 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - American Empress $1.90 leads multi betting over Juice Brogden $2.20.   Race 7 - Better B Amazed $3.20 leads multi betting over Step Up $7.50 & Utmost Delight $2.90.   Race 8 - The only runner wanted in multi betting is the $1.60 favourite Miss Streisland.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Marlborough fixed odds movers as at 10:45am Race 1 - I W McNik $5.20 leads win betting over Dolly Jones $13.00 - $11.00 with Red Hot Rocket $13.00 - $10.00 leading multi betting.   Race 2 - Caviar Star $3.60 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Key Reactor $1.60 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with the best backed runner on the win 'book' Awayovernight $8.50.   Race 4 - Scotlynn Justis $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   Race 5 - Lavros Texas $4.50 leads multi betting over Miracle Rising $4.00.   Race 6 - Rainy River $4.50 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 7 - Black Art $3.90 - $3.70 leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Diamonds N Cash $3.60 leads multi betting over Red Moon Rising $4.20.   Race 9 - Run Boy Run $3.20 is the only runner wanted in early win betting.   Race 10 - Vinny Gambini $5.50 leads win betting over Saying Grace $3.30 & Jackalack Sue $18.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Better B Amazed might have found the right race to kick off the final leg of her career tonight. The national-record-holding mare is getting close to retirement, with the group one Breeders Stakes at Addington in a few months her last shot at the highest honour before she retires for what will be a very commercial broodmare career. After a difficult summer during which she missed her main aim, the Queen Of Hearts, Better B Amazed has pleased trainer Steve Telfer in her recent work and finds herself back over her favourite distance at Alexandra Park tonight. She has won five of her seven attempts over 1700m, twice beating open class stablemate No Doctor Needed under those conditions in the spring. Tonight she meets a mixed bag of horses assessed well below her, an out of sorts Motown and Northview Hustler, who ran out of his skin to finish fifth in the Auckland Cup last start. Sprint races at Alex Park are often tricky, particularly from wide draws, but if they go hard Better B Amazed can start her final campaign with a win. Telfer holds a big hand at tonight's first Alex Park meeting of the year with winning hopes in three other races, not bad considering there are only six pacing races on tonight's eight-race card and Telfer doesn't train trotters. The markets for trotting races are often dominated by trainers John and Josh Dickie and they will have a huge hand to play in the two trots tonight with Sertorius (race two) and Girls On Film (race four). Sertorius meets some in-form rivals but is far better than his current assessment while Girls On Film is living up to her huge sales price and looks the early Trotting Oaks favourite. Later in the night the first juvenile fillies race of the season will see Miss Streisand start a warm favourite after she smashed most of her opponents at workouts recently. Meanwhile, Auckland Cup winner Vincent has been scratched from tomorrow night's A$100,000 Ballarat Cup after bumping a leg yesterday. "At this stage it is only as a precaution and we will have an ultrasound taken to see how serious it is," said co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen. "But we are hoping to still get him to the Chariots of Fire in Sydney next month." New Zealand still has Heaven Rocks in the Ballarat Cup and Spankem and The Devil's Own in strong Victoria Derby heats tomorrow night. Michael Guerin

A new trotting race for three year old fillies has been programmed in March - a first for Southland. Sponsored by Haras des Trotteurs, the $20,000 Southland Trotting Oaks will be run over 2200 metres from behind the mobile at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday 10th March. The race is two weeks prior to the Group Two New Zealand Trotting Oaks. "Southland is a good fit for the race. It's a very strong standardbred nursery. Pat (Haras des Trotteurs principle Pat Driscoll) was very keen to develop and support fillies races. You also get good support as a sponsor in Southland. They appreciated your support and you tend to get that back more so than other centres. I've dealt with Bill McDonald (President of the Northern Southland TC) previously and he's very big on making sure the sponsors get values for their sponsorship," said Haras des Trotteurs General Manager Jonathan McNeil.     The race will also be actively promoted by the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders who are keen to promote what has become the 'growing gait' in New Zealand harness. McNeil says there are other initatives which make trotting a significant part of the future of the industry here. "The main focus of the operation is to grow the fillies races. We're involved in the trotting side of the Sires Stakes now. A part of that agreement was that the Sires Stakes Board look at developing a trotting fillies series for the Sires Stakes."   He says that there are about 200-250 trotting fillies bred every year and if owners are presented with races like the Southland Trotting Oaks, then that will help grow the industry. "If we can develop our trotting horses to a higher level and go forward it opens up a bit of a market. It's a long way from that at the moment but if we could produce the same world class trotters as we do pacers it would be great." He says the Australians are also looking at ways to generate strong overseas revenue from trotting.  "Every Monday night at Melton they make the last races trotting races. They're beamed into France lunch time Sunday. There's a million dollar turnover on those races from France. From a Haras de Trottuers point of view, once we start getting more horses with French sire lines, the French are going to recognise the pedigrees so you'll end up growing the market." Haras des Trotteurs Principal Pat Driscoll is also keen to look at sending young trotting fillies over to New Zealand to help support the cause.  "He's not afraid to send them over there and race them but only if it works. Right horses at the right time. You can't just go over there for one race. You need a few options if you have a bad day." Hara des Trotteurs stand eleven trotting stallions and the one McNeil is most excited about is Used To Me the first French Group winner to stand in Australasia. He only has a small first season crop but they look very promising.  "He had two starts here in Australia as well for two wins. Of this twenty two years old Anton's (Yabby Dam Farms trainer Anton Golino) best two year old fillies are both by Used To Me. So we're really excited about that. Potentially this horse has got a lot of up side. He stands in the flesh here and we shipped him to New Zealand just to get him up and running."  Orlanda Vici is another French stallion McNeil is excited about. "His oldest New Zealand progeny have just turned two. The people that've got them are really liking them. There's only a few." So things are in place for the Southland Trotting Oaks to begin another chapter in the Southern Harness story.   Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson is one who should be keen to support the event. He has four qualified or race winners that are eligible to start - Kenny's Dream, Majestic Galleon, South Park and Our Foxy Lady.  And as for the day - it's added to an already mouth watering day of harness racing with other races including the three Group Three races - Southern Lights, Caduceus Club of Southland Two Year Old Fillies Mobile and Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup. There's also the Super Nuggets Finals worth $20,000. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing 

Since War Machine has been with Gore trainer Tony Stratford his formline has been near perfect - 2111011. The giant four year old trotter impressively won again at Wyndham today. In the Clark Barron Racing Stables Handicap Trot driver Dexter Dunn had the gelding nicely placed in the one off running line. At the 400 metres he moved off the back of Too Cool and finished stoutly down the outside to beat Grey Power by three quarters of a length.  "He's a pretty versatile trotter. The other day he did it from the top end but today he showed with a sit, that his speed is pretty wicked too. He's still learning and a bit green in his races. In that final 200 metres he can let down," said Dunn after the win. War Machine beating Grey Power. Nathan Williamson can't bare to watch - Photo Bruce Stewart Dunn says War Machine is doing a good job in the south but at some stage he'll need to be tested against the better quality trotters in the Canterbury region.  "Wolfie (trainer Tony Stratford) says he'll probably have just one more start and have a freshen up. He's done a good job this prep and I guess he'll be heading up the road (Addington) at some stage." War Machine is raced by Kenny and Jo Baynes who are having a great season with their trotters. The couple also own War Admiral which has won two of his five starts. He's also been driven by Dunn. "He's got a lot to learn yet. The ability is definitely there. Looking at him he looks like a four year old. He just has to learn to race in the field and come off other horses backs. It's just about more practice."    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  War Machine winning yesterday

The Brian Norman trained Ace Commander capitalised on a good trip to win the R40 R53  Trot at Wyndham this afternoon. The four year old Monarchy gelding was trained last season by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before being transferred south to Norman who has a share in the horse.   "I wanted to have a crack at getting into the Jewels last season so I sent him north. Things came a bit unstuck. He actually had a hairline fracture in his back off hind leg. He was probably hanging before he left here and I think it was the reason he hung all the time. It's pinned now and he drives as straight as," said Norman. He returned to Norman last year and made his debut for the Takakopa trainer at Gore at the end of last year.   "I was confident in his ability (today) but it was whether he was fit enough. He's still pretty round. We raced at Gore just to try and get some weight off him and he wasn't really a winning chance that day. He had a trial at Gore on Friday, beat Golden Gate so that improved him. That run today would also improve him so hopefully we're going forward." Ace Commander is out of the Sundon mare Aceofdiamonds which won seven races for Sam Moore. She's left a number of winners, the best being Sky Commander which won three races here for Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray before he was exported to Australia. He's won a further thirteen races there and has been placed in a number of group races including second to Speeding Spur in the 2015 Group One Victoria Trotters Derby. He was initially trained by Brian Norman before being bought by Merv Butterworth and transferred to the Gray stable.  "Sky Commander was a brilliant trotter. Whatever you asked him to do he'd do and keep going all day. This fella was a wee bit flighty but he got more speed and he's good this year."  Ace Commander (7) beating Scarlett Lane by a neck - Photo Bruce Stewart. Norman says he's currently training twelve horses on his 540 acre farm at Tahakopa in the Catlins. He has a clay based undulating track in a paddock which he says is okay for older horses but not ideal to educate younger stock. "I use the beach and go to Wyndham with the young ones. The horses love it down there but it's hard going. You just have to travel everywhere. I come to Wyndham once a week and just work around the track." Meanwhile local Wyndham committee man Brendon Fahy scored a double on his home course today. Raksbet a nicely bred Bettor's Delight filly out of Raksplace won her maiden race against the three year old fillies and older mares by a length and three quarters. She's a half sister to Raksdeal, Raksmach and Rakarolla.  Raksbet (5) beating High Line by a length and a half - Photo Bruce Stewart. Raksbet is trained by Clark Barron. Later in the day Rakarover won for Fahy and trainer Peter Hunter. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  Ace Commander winning at Wyndham

The connotations are many, the implications are huge. Harness racing Good Form analyst Blake Redden deep dives into Saturday night's PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup, runner-by-runner, with an updated version post Vincent's scratching. 1: Heaven Rocks – Arguably the most talented horse in the field. A lovable rogue who could make a meal of it at the start and need plenty of luck or alternatively if he does things right he may lead into the first bend and never be caught. He raced straight past Vincent in the Auckland Cup before becoming his own worst enemy and handing the race back on a platter. If he is crossed early by Major Secret then look for him to get off the pegs and work to the breeze mid-race to keep the pressure on. 2: Shadow Sax – One of the rising starts of the field. Niggling issues kept him away from the track for much of his four-year-old season but he continues to step up to every challenge at five and was an impressive last start winner of the South Australian Cup. He’s a local trained by the state’s leading trainer Emma Stewart. Tactics will be most important. If he can find the front then he will become the horse to beat in many peoples eyes. 3: Bernie Winkle – A sit sprinter who would lap up a strong tempo throughout. He can’t win the race but with a touch of luck he may run into fourth or fifth. 4: Major Secret – A noted quick beginner that may try to fire off the gate and lead early. He was run down by an inferior horse in the Cobram Cup and he’d have to reach a new peak to knock off some of his rivals here. Another local who is a stablemate to Shadow Sax. 5: The Faithful – Was quickly racing through his grades before tackling the Bendigo Cup last time where he was outclassed. This looks even harder. 6: Vincent – SCRATCHED I've taken Vincent out of the Ballarat Cup after I noticed a slight swelling on the nearside front this morning. He is not lame or anything and I am fairly confident it is something minor. You just don't take risks with horses like him" "He was out in the paddock and whether he has just rolled the wrong way or knocked it getting up you can't say but it is not that far from the suspensory and we wouldn't risk racing him until it was completely cleared up. We will get the experts to have a look and check him out because you can never be 100 per cent sure with these sort of injuries just how much is involved with them. But from the outside to my eye it seems a fairly minor problem at this stage." I can't really add much more . just that we are taking the ultra "safe but sure" route with him. Natalie - Allstars site 7: Mister Wickham – Appears the type of horse who improves as the level of racing. He was terrific when running second in the Bendigo Cup but he’d need plenty to go right to be in the frame here. 8: Lennytheshark – Once the king of Australasian harness racing, he’s seceded that title in recent times to the mighty Lazarus. He has trialled well enough leading into this and there’s some chance his efforts in the Inter Dominion in Perth were better than they look on paper but given the second row draw he’d need to be at his best to prove all the doubters wrong again. 9: It Is Billy – Another local, trained by Mick Barby and driven by Anne-Maree Conroy. He’s often threatened at this level without winning a really big race. It’s hard to see him doing any damage given it’s such a strong renewal of the Pacing Cup. Race Overview: With the shock scratching of Vincent the race becomes a true test of tactics. Heaven Rocks hasn’t been made to run the gate on too many occasions but he hasn’t looked hopeless when he has done so. If he does score up with them then Shadow Sax and/or Major Secret will need to be flying into the first bend to cross him. If Major Secret is first across to the pegs then expect him to hand-up to Shadow Sax with Heaven Rocks off the pegs to do the work mid-race. Lennytheshark may end up in a range of different positions in transit depending on what eventuates after the start but as the only one off the second row, Puppet will be able to assess his options early. It’s hard to see him giving the two market leaders a start and a beating but you can never count out a champion. Blake Redden

Harness Racing events at Hilux Rural Games  The Hilux Rural Games this year will once again be held in Palmerston North, with the dates being 10 and 11 March, and special opening events in Fielding on Friday 9 March. Last year harness racing was a new sport added to the games roster and this year it will feature as a part of the opening events on the Friday with the Harness Racing New Zealand sulky race at 11.15am on Manchester Street in Fielding. The race will be for teams of four over a distance of 400m, finishing off at the clock tower in the centre of Fielding. Last year over 6,000 people attended the opening event, and this year they are expecting a crowd of over 10,000 as local schools from the region are attending thanks to generous sponsorship with transport. The games receive coverage on MediaWorks, TVNZ and NZME broadcasts, along with extensive coverage by Fairfax media. They are attended by big names in sport including last year’s guest of honour Dame Valerie Adams, who took out the NZ Gumboot Throwing Championship. An initiative that originally started in 2014, the rural games have become a highlight on the calendar for those wanting bragging rights over their peers in the racing and rural sector. But also opens a whole new audience to the skill and craft of those in the rural and racing communities with thousands attending over the two-day event in The Square. At the heart of the games are a series of traditional sports attracting top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia. You can expect to see several national and world champions battling for the prestigious Hilux New Zealand Rural Games titles. Together with Sport New Zealand and rural sports associations around the country the games developed exciting new formats for sheep shearing, speed fencing, speed tree climbing and other traditional sports. They also play host to the ANZAXE Wood Chopping Championship, New Zealand Harness Racing Gearing Up Championship and the NZ Rural Highland Games ‘Heavies’ Trans-Tasman Competition that has been so popular in previous events. Jay Abernethy was the inaugural winner of the New Zealand Harness Racing Gear Up Championship last year, an event that attracted a lot of interest and new faces to the product. He intends to return to defend the trophy, which is a stunning gold cup won by Blossom Lady during her career. This year there will once again be a large array of fantastic prizes on offer (including the trophy), and expressions of interest are being called for from the harness racing community. Entry to the contest is free and assistance with accommodation can be arranged. “We would really love to attract as many entries as possible from around the country,” said event founder Steve Hollander. “It’s a great chance to promote the sport, but also a lot of fun. And we can help them out with accommodation and any queries they have. It would be a great opportunity for junior drivers, amateurs and cadets,” he added.  The Harness Gearing Up Championship will be held on the Saturday at 4.30pm, and also offers the public a chance to have a go at gearing up a Standardbred which was an extremely popular event last year. Manawatu Harness Racing have been huge supporters of this event, providing the sulkies and gear and horses for the relative events. Entries close Sunday 18 February. For further information please contact Karen Hollander by emailing Karen@hollander.co.nz Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Wyndham fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 -  Ash the $2.60 favourite is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.    Race 2 -  Raksbet $6.00 leads win betting but in multi betting High Line $2.40 is racing away over the rest of the field.    Race 3 -  Franco June $5.50 leads win betting over an opening longshot in Duff McKagan $19.00 - $11.00. In multi betting Walk Like A Man $3.00 leads over Hunterton $5.80 & Loma Jaccka $5.80   Race 4 - A very quiet win 'book' early while in multi betting Majestic Connies $5.50 leads over Davey Mac $4.20 & Ace Commander $5.20.    Race 5 - Samskara $2.40 - $2.10 easily leads win & multi betting. The Maroon Marauder $13.00 - $10.00 has attracted some early win support.    Race 6 - War Machine $2.40 is the only runner wanted in win betting. The win 'book' on this race is very quiet early.   Race 7 - Vin Scully $3.30 easily leads win betting over Rafty Roo $11.50.    Race 8 - Groomsman $4.20 leads multi betting over Rakarover $4.00.    Race 9 - The only early win money has come for Bontz $12.00 - $9.50 & Gotta Del $6.80 - $5.50.    Race 10 - Funatthebeach $2.00 is racing away in multi betting with Master Moonlite $3.50 leading win betting over the favourite.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)        

There is some great harness racing action this week including a rare double grass track meeting at Marlborough. There is also grass track action for the north at Te Awamutu on Saturday. Wyndham race on Thursday this week with Auckland and Marlborough on Friday.  Last week on the ringaround Lance from racechat had the best winning dividend when Major Classic easily won and paid $6.00 and $2.30 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Wyndham on Thursday Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Lis Amore would be his best chance this week at Wyndham in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says his best drive would be Lis Amore in Race 2 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Samskara at Wyndham in Race 5 Brad Willamson - Brad says his best drive would be Vin Scully at Wyndham in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Rakarover as his best drive today in Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks that Idealistic Lass would be his best chance this week in Race 9 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Funatthebeach as his best chance at Invercargill in Wyndham in Race 10   Marlborough on Friday (Grass) Jim Curtin - Jimmy thinks his best drive would be Caviar Star at Marlborough in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Miracle Rising as his best chance this week at Marlborough in Race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive this week would be Motu Better be Quick in Race 6 Mark Jones - Mark thought Black Art  looked like a great bet back in grade this week at Marlborough in Race 7   Auckand on Friday Night Todd Macfarlane - Todd thinks Tiger Swift would be his best chance this week at Auckland in Race 5 John Curtin - John thinks Utmost Delight would be a great winning chance at Auckland in Race 7 Andre Poutama - Andre - says his best drive would be Jo's Dream at Auckland also in Race 7 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Arma Indie can go close to winning at at Auckland in Race 8   Waikato Harness on Saturday (Grass) Racechat - Lance thinks that Burt munro is a good winning chance at Te Awamutu in Race 6 Scott Phelan - Scott thinks that Whale Rider would be his best chance this week in Race 9 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Charlie Harper will be hard to beat on grass in Race 10   Harnesslink Media  

Superfast Maggie, a three-year-old trotting filly trained by Henriette Westrum, provided sire Superfast Stuart his first winner when she won easily for driver Jamie Keast at the Timaru harness racing club meeting yesterday. Superfast Stuart won 15 races and ran 31 places in 128 raceday starts in America. He earned $279,347 in his career and clocked a time of 1:54.2 Michael Heenan from Trouble Lodge Stud imported Superfast Stuart 5 years ago after becoming interested in his sire Kadabra. “Superfast Stuart was a very good racehorse, but it was his breeding that really got me.” said Heenan “I started reading about his sire Kadabra, and became very fascinated in him.” “He was an absolute champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire.” As a racehorse, Kadabra enjoyed incredible success, winning 25 of 36 lifetime starts for earnings in excess of $2.1 million. His wins included the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Breeders Crown. But, he missed out on racing in The Hambletonian through a missed payment. His progeny include World-beating trotter Bee A Magician (1:51) who won 45 races and over 4million in stakes before being retired early last year. Superfast Stuart’s dam, Great Expectations (Garland Lobell) was also no slouch notching up 10 wins and $209,824. Yesterday Superfast Maggie gave nothing else a chance by leading all the way and winning well in a 2-03.4 mile rate. The speedy filly trotted her last 800m in 59.0 seconds and beat the Nicole Harris trained Grand Princess by a length at the line. Superfast Maggie winning at Timaru yesterday   Harnesslink Media

A new format of this year’s New Zealand Premier Standardbred Yearling Sale to be held in Christchurch on February 13 and 14 has provided a unique new opportunity for potential buyers. Due to popular demand the Christchurch Sale has now been broken up into specific categories, commencing with the Premier Trotters Sale at 4pm on February 13. The Premier Pacing Sale starts on February 14 at 10am, and is followed with the Premier Yearling Sale Supplementary Sale at 4.30pm. With this new format it allows trotting enthusiasts an early session in which to see the yearlings paraded at 11am (the pacing consignment will follow) and then the opportunity to bid on all trotting stock in one session. “With the huge growth in the interest in trotters it made sense to look at how we could best showcase that stock to their market,” said Bruce Barlass of PGG Wrightson Standardbred. “We have seen in the first instance how much the trotters are filling fields, particularly in the likes of Auckland, and the breeding numbers around them are increasing each season. Not only that but the quality of trotting bloodlines we are seeing available from all around the world is adding to a huge lift in numbers and quality on offer for buyers. The demand for trotters is going up.” The new format has received positive response from the industry. “The vendors were keen for us to find ways to showcase not only trotting stock, but the pacing stock also, to the right audience and we feel that this is the ideal way to do that,” Barlass explained. Barlass expects whatever happens this year with the trotting sale to only improve next year, as the positive numbers are in the wings for upcoming sales entries. One added incentive to be present for the early session also is the fact that Steve Davis will auction all of the trotting consignment on offer. “Steve has kindly offered to do the first session as he has commitments at sales in Australia the following day. So he has promised to be there for the first day so he can still be a part of our sale and we are thrilled he can help out,” said Barlass. Full sale information, catalogue order details and yearling tour dates can be found by visiting the PGG Wrighston Standardbred website www.standardbred.co.nz The sales will also be live streamed on their website again this year. Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  

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Waipa fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Scanreco Bay easily leads multi betting over Vanhalem $6.00.   Race 2 - Brooks Belle $6.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Delia May $2.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Mass Destruction $14.00 - $9.00 is the early mover in this race with Secretofthesea Smile $3.50 leading win betting.   Race 5 - Cha Cha B $4.50 is the best backed runner in multi betting over Mrs Zippy $4.20.   Race 6 - Primus Inter Pares $6.50 - $5.50 leads win & multi betting over Aoraki $3.20.   Race 7 - Somewhereinbrooklyn $3.80 easily leads multi betting over Jamieson Shard $4.00.   Race 8 - Classie American $3.50 leads multi betting over Brydon Ideal $8.50.   Race 9 - Positano $1.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 10 - Charlie Harper $6.00 leads multi betting over Jude's Gem $6.50.   Race 11 - Tahlia Franco $6.00 easily leads multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
Vincent is out of the Ballarat Cup tonight with some concerns over swelling on his leg. Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars website, I've taken Vincent out of the Ballarat Cup after I noticed a slight swelling on the nearside front this morning. He is not lame or anything and I am fairly confident it is something minor. You just don't take risks with horses like him" "He was out in the paddock and whether he has just rolled the wrong way or knocked it getting up you can't say but it is not that far from the suspensory and we wouldn't risk racing him until it was completely cleared up. We will get the experts to have a look and check him out because you can never be 100 per cent sure with these sort of injuries just how much is involved with them. But from the outside to my eye it seems a fairly minor problem at this stage." I can't really add much more . just that we are taking the ultra "safe but sure" route with him. Heaven Rocks is still in the Ballarat Cup for the All Stars and a great chance. Natalie said, "Saturday night will be interesting for Heaven Rocks especially now.  "He was a bit ordinary at times early in the week but he has come right and worked well this morning. The draw of course is the question You would hardly credit he would come off the unruly and draw one !. "I guess it is simple enough really. He will get out of the gate and take a forward position which I will definitely be trying for or he will end up out the back and with the job in front of him. You can never be quite sure with him as we all know but I think he will give them something to think about if he begins  or races as well as he can. One thing I think we can say is that he will be better left handed than at Auckland a track that doesn't really suit him. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Better B Amazed ran a 1-54.1 mile rate when winning last night at Alexandra Park. The speedy mare had to be good to win in the small field, sitting parked outside the leader Northview Hustler and outstaying him to win by a head at the line. Tony Herihy has another good 2yo filly in his barn after his A Rocknroll Dance filly Miss Streisand backed up some strong trial form to win easily.   Miss Streisand led all the way and rated 1-59.8 for the mobile 1700m. The final 800m was cut out in 56.6 seconds, without Tony having to get too serious over the final stages. Miss Streisand winning last night. Harnesslink media
Alabar is thrilled to announce that they’ve completed an agreement with Blue Chip Farms and the Art Major Syndicate that will allow Art Major to permanently stay in Australia. He will no longer shuttle back to North America. Alabar believe this is in the best interests of Art Major and will hopefully, not only prolong his career at stud, but will also give him the best chance of a well-deserved, long and enjoyable retirement. Art Major is now nineteen years old and, while be is hale and hearty, the decision to alleviate him of the need to shuttle for back-to-back stud seasons is a pre-emptive one made with his welfare at heart. As many will know, Art Major did have a health issue this season - but this was not age-related and is now completely resolved. Art Major staying in Australia will also allow a window of time to freeze semen from him. Starting his Southern Hemisphere career with Pepper Tree Farm in 2005 before shifting to Alabar in 2008, Art Major has enhanced the breed and the lives of so many people. Breeders, yearling sales preparers, vendors and purchasers, owners, trainers, drivers and racegoers have all benefited from one of the most commercial and successful sires of all-time. The sire of the winners of over $170 million to date, Art Major continues to raise the bar. His current star, Vincent may well be the greatest downunder horse he’s sired in his illustrious career so far. With Art Major now staying in Australia, we look forward to many more great moments with a horse that means so much to us and to so many of our clients and friends. Harnesslink Media  
Auckland fixed odds movers as at 2:00pm Race 1 - Gupta's Cullen $2.10 - $1.95 is the best backed runner in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - The Crown Jewels $13.00 leads win betting with Sertorious $3.80 leading multi betting over Geena's Success $2.40.   Race 3 - Ideal Lass $6.00 leads win & multi betting over Bettor Step Aside $3.40.   Race 4 - Girls On Film $1.70 easily leads multi betting over the longshot Jomo $21.00. Angus Burga $14.00 - $9.50 leads win betting.   Race 5 - The only runner wanted in win betting early is Tiger Swift $4.50 - $4.20 with Ideal Star $3.90 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - American Empress $1.90 leads multi betting over Juice Brogden $2.20.   Race 7 - Better B Amazed $3.20 leads multi betting over Step Up $7.50 & Utmost Delight $2.90.   Race 8 - The only runner wanted in multi betting is the $1.60 favourite Miss Streisland.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
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