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Last weeks harness racing bookie report

This week's Bookie Update thanks to Richard Wilson Thursday – Addington A lot of support for three Ken & Tony Barron trained runners on Thursday night.  Thankfully, 2 out of three winning avoided a disaster for us.  Bettorbeontoit was the first of them, opeing @ $2.40 into $1.95.  $3,200 @ $2.20 & $5,000 @ $2 were the largest of plenty of bets on him.  Over The Love was the other Barron winner @ $2.10 into $1.70.  $5,600 @ $1.75 the largest bet there after $1,800 @ $2.10. $2,000 @ $1.95 & $2,000 @ $1.90 had forced the price in.  Shezza GNP was the one that let us off the hook.  She was $2.10 into $1.75 with $2,000 bets @ $2 & $1.85.  Also missing the mark were $5,000 bets on Dexter Dunn in the Driver Challenge @ $1.42 and London Delight @ $3.70. Friday – Auckland Friday night a bit tougher for punters than Thursday.  The best bet was $1,000 on Sundees Sun @ $4.60.  English Rose @ $2.90 and Opoutama @ $2.60 hardly moved but maybe they should have come in as there were plenty of happy punters after their races.  The miss of the night was Classie Brigade.  He was backed as if unbeatable.  $4,400 @ $1.45, $10,000 @ $1.38 & $7,200 @ $1.35 the largest bets on him. Friday – Forbury Park $5,000 Debnita Rose @ $2.20 was the best bet @ Forbury.  She was strongly backed in from her opening $2.60 price as were the winners of the previous 2 races, Ohoka Johnny @ $2.80-$2.40 and Machs Mareta @ $4-$3.60.  A couple of big misses early in the programme where Kiwi Cusher was $4.80 into $3.40 & Motu Top Mach was very solid including a $4,000 bet @ $1.55. Sunday – Oamaru Punters finished the week with a flourish on Sunday.  Sikx of the eight winners were shorteners from their opening quotes.  The best bet was $5,000 Franco Santino @ $1.95 and a couple of $1,000 bets on Sweeney Todd @ $3.60 were pretty lucrative after some nervous moments midrace.  The biggest move of the day was the first-starter Naiya Franco $2.90 into $1.95.  Providing some relief for us was Race 5 where Aran Chief was a well backed favourite including $2,000 @ $2.90 and Red Hot Poker was $8.80 into $5.50 whilst the winner, Beond The Horizon @ $8.80 out to $10. Multi of the Week: $50 Boxed Multi on Friday night Massive Metro (7) @ $3.40 Sundees Son (U1) @ $4.20 How Great Thou Art (3) @ $2.40 (Missed) Bettor Step Aside (2) @ $3 Madison Jane (2)10 @ $3.90 (Missed) Dismara (2) @ $5.50 Machs Mareta (5) @ $4 Glenisthebettor (4) @ $3.20 (Top3) Aveross Ferrari (1) @ $3.50 (Top3) Returned $8,932.20 (even with 2 misses)   HRNZ Marketing

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Trotting Inter Dom returns alongside pacing series

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today officially announced the return of the time-honoured Inter Dominion (ID) Trotting Championship.   The ID Trotting Championship was placed in a period of hiatus after the win of I Can Doosit at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2012, no longer forming part of the annual Inter Dominion carnival in following years in New South Wales and Western Australia.   However, the recent decision by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) to rescind a previous motion “preventing the use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship” paved the way for the current Inter Dominion hosts – HRV, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) – to reinstate the ID Trotting Championship.   “It is a wonderful outcome for the trotting gait, to have the Trotting Inter Dominion reinistated alongside the pacers’ Inter Dominion,” HRV CEO David Martin said.   “There has been significant growth in trotting in recent years and the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale produced strong results.   “The Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has a rich history and has been won by some famous horses, including Sundons Gift, who went back-to-back at Moonee Valley in 2009 and 2010, Lyell Creek, Pride Of Petite, True Roman and Scotch Notch.   “We’re proud to announce the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will feature as a key part of our ID18 line-up of races and we look forward to hosting the best trotters in Australasia as they target this illustrious series.”     Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) President Nick Youngson celebrated the decision.   “The promotion of the squaregaiter through the Inter Dominion series has always been enormously important and the VSTA wishes to thank HRA and the Inter Dominion hosts HRV, HRNSW and HRNZ for this action,” Mr Youngson said.   “We can’t wait to see the best trotters vying it out for the Inter Dominion trophy at Ballarat, Cranbourne and Tabcorp Park Melton later this year.”     CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

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A rare chance to view Bettor’s Delight

Woodlands Stud are opening their gates to the harness racing industry for an open day on Sunday, 30th September.   A rare opportunity for lovers of harness racing who wish to view the boutique breeding establishment and their imposing stallion roster.   Woodlands Stud is welcoming two new stallions, Downbytheseaside and What The Hill, to their already impressive stallion roster in the new season which makes it the perfect opportunity for potential breeders to inspect these stallions in the flesh.   Of course, it is also a chance to view World Class stallion Bettor’s Delight at his Southern Hemisphere home. An opportunity that can’t be missed!   The other stallions being paraded on the day will be Sweet Lou, the handsome stallion with plenty of recent hype, gun sire American Ideal who continues to stay amongst our top sires in Australasia and resident stallions Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.   “Woodlands Stud are thrilled to be able to give the industry a chance to come and see our top-class operation. We see it as our way to thank the industry for their support over the years as well as giving visitors a chance to see some of the best stallions of our time,” said Stacey Markham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Woodlands Stud.   “We have made the date work in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand’s Conference and Annual Awards dinner which is being held at Alexandra Park the night before. We will put on a bus to and from Alexandra Park on Sunday for anyone who wishes to come out to the open day,” Markham said.   There will be a breakfast and drinks provided and at the time of the open day there will also be an abundance of foals on the ground for viewing.   Giveaways and prizes will be drawn throughout the event for those in attendance, including a free service to one of the stallions.   In Brief: Woodlands Stud Open Day Date: Sunday 30 th September 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD2, Papakura   RSVP’s are a must for catering purposes, please contact Stacey Markham on stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz or 021 595 492. Please note also that as there are quarantine areas on the farm there will be some restrictions in place on the day.   Stacey Markham

Doing it the hard way to win

Robert Dunn knows his team are going to need to do it the hard way to win at Alexandra Park tonight. But he says that might actually suit a couple of them. Dunn is New Zealand's only true inter-island trainer, with a group in the north year-round while son John looks after a larger Canterbury team. The pair have been able to make something many have tried but few have perfected work, having run second on the premiership the last five years, only the All Stars standing in the way of them consistently being our leading stable. Dunn has only 10 horses at his northern base, having sent another 12 back to the South Island to recover from a virus. "We got hit hard by the viruses that have been hanging around up here this season so we sent a whole lot of horses home to be spelled," says Dunn. "Then they can train up down there and come back when the time is right. "It is not as easy winning races up here as some people might think, the racing is hard and because the fields are small it is easy for horses to get up in the grades quickly. "But I am happy with how the northern stable has gone and we have a foothold now before the stakes are set to go a lot higher next season so our long-term plan is coming together." Although Dunn is acutely aware the ability to race handy is often crucial at Alexandra Park, he says Woodstone (race five) and Sundees Son (race seven) are good enough to get back tonight and still win. Woodstone has been outstanding since coming north but will give his rivals a start in the $40,000 Uncut Gem Trot, a Jewels consolation. "I think he is a horse better not rushed early and able to get into a rhythm," says Dunn. "He was massive winning last week and while this is a good even field he can win again. "He really loves it right-handed, which is another big factor in picking which horses to bring north." Woodstone will have to beat four reps from the Michelle Wallis-Bernie Hackett stable, who won three trots at Alexandra Park last Friday and have been two of the biggest supporters and therefore beneficiaries of the ATC's emphasis on trotting races in the last two years. All 31 of their wins this season have been with trotters seeing them lead the national premiership for the gait. Sundees Son is way better than his formline indicates and with peak concentration he can beat the older horses. "He is good enough to win but he needs to be looked after early and not get into trouble, which he is pretty good at doing." The Dunns won't have to rely on such luck with Billy Badger in the $40,000 Uncut Gems for the male pacers, with the talented pacer likely to try to lead and make hot favourite Classic Brigade chase him, which could make them a solid quinella bet. Michael Guerin

Glamour three-year-old, Chase Auckland returned to the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen on Monday, 11 June. He’s reported to be looking a picture and is ready start work to build towards his four-year-old season. The star son of Auckland Reactor last stepped on to a racetrack on the 9th of March when he scored an emphatic victory in the Group 1 Woodlands Northern Derby at Alexandra Park. He was then put aside due to curbing a hock. Even though his untimely minor injury meant he missed the NZ Derby and Harness Jewels, Chase Auckland will still be a short priced favourite to win the NZ Three-Year-Old of the Year title. Owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate he won 8 of 9 starts including other eye-catching victories in the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Final (3yo colts and geldings) and, New Zealand’s richest race for three-year-olds, the NZ Yearling Sales Series Final. With $392,329 in stakes he was the second only to Lazarus as the highest stake earner in New Zealand for the season. The delight of the Alabar Racing Syndicate members was one of the feel-good stories of the harness racing season. No doubt the syndicate members, their supporters and harness racing followers in general will be counting down the days until his return. Even in the absence of his flag bearing son, Auckland Reactor has continued to build on his early siring success. With two new two-year-old winners in the last week, Auckland Reactor is now up to seven individual two year-old winners for the season – all of which are in Australia. These new winners were Heir To Zanzibar at Mildura and Watch Me React in 1:59.5 at Narrogin. They boost Auckland Reactor up to an impressive 41 individual winners to date in his burgeoning career. They include two Group 1 winners and one Group 1 placegetter. Three of his winners have won in sub-1:55 and 28 have won in sub-2:00.   Alabar Stud  

In a major move New Zealand Bloodstock, a leading thoroughbred auction sales, air freight and insurance company, announces plans to expand into the standardbred market offering a full complement of auction sales and ancillary services. It’s a significant development that will see the New Zealand Standardbred industry benefit from NZB’s existing business capabilities, world renowned brand, and top class service levels. To be run as a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, NZB Standardbred plans to deliver a comprehensive sales calendar, diverse range of complimentary services, and market-leadingpromotional activity in a welcomed move for the New Zealand Standardbred industry. “Over the last several months we have had numerous leading industry players suggesting and encouraging us to enter the Standardbred industry,” commented NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook. “It’s a big challenge and may take a little time, but I truly believe we can help take this industry to another level. The staff and I are really excited about being able to better service this market.” Standardbred vendors and buyers can expect to see a number of enhancements under the NZB umbrella including access to a range of bloodstock, finance, air freight and insurance services, along with increased promotion to domestic and international markets. Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman and Canterbury breeder, Ken Spicer, welcomed the news. “New players entering the harness racing industry can only be beneficial.” “New Zealand Bloodstock has a wealth of experience and a worldwide reputation as a leading bloodstock company. Their experience with other arms of their business, such as insurance, air freight and finance can only be of additional value." “I applaud their decision to spread their wings and enter the Standardbred industry.” The first standardbred sales to take place under the NZB Standardbred banner will be the 2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sales in February, with sale sessions to be held at both Christchurch and Karaka. About New Zealand Bloodstock New Zealand Bloodstock is a leader in bloodstock auctions, private sales and supporting services tothe thoroughbred market. Since 1995, New Zealand Bloodstock has provided auction sales, bloodstock, insurance, finance and airfreight services to customers worldwide. New Zealand Bloodstock is a privately-owned business based at Karaka with representation throughout New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. For more information contact us on +64 9 298 0055, reception@nzb.co.nz, or visit us online at www.nzb.co.nz   

Winter is here but there are still four meetings programmed in again this week, starting with the NZ Metro meeting at Addington tonight. Auckland and Forbury race tomorrow night ,then the weekend harness racing heads to Oamaru on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Stephen Richardson who thought Mr Good And Evil would go close to winning at Auckland last Friday night. Mr Good And Evil did win and paid $4.30 and $2.40 on the tote.  The TAB have injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night which will be worth playing into as the four races have bigger than average fields with the chance of a big dividend. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   NZ Metro at Addington on Thursday night. Bob Butt - Bob is going for Prestonpans as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive this week is Miss You at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Sheza GNP as his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Zoned Scarlett as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Samskara can go close to winning in Race 6 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Izzy Dagg would be his best chance this week at Addington in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Bettor Babe would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 4 John Curtin - John thinks Miracle Rising would be a winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Brookes Belle as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Forbury on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Bono Hest might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent says that Diane Lorena would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Grey Power at Forbury in Race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Doubt Me Not as his best drive this week in Race 4 John Morrison - John says that Sea Rover would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Craig Ferguson - Craig says his best drive this week is No More Change at Forbury in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance this week at longer odds at Oamaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Some Excusesomewhere would be a good chance at Oamaru  in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff is going for Ferritts Sister as his best chance this week at Oamaru in Race 8 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Go Kiwi as his best drive this week at Oamaru also in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

Reynold Henkel has been appointed to the new role of Functions Operations Manager at Alexandra Park. He brings extensive experience in the hospitality and events sector having held a range of senior operational management positions over nearly 20 years. As well as roles involving Wellington’s largest event venues, well-known New Zealand restaurants and the defence force, Mr Henkel has industry experience from South Africa, Germany and England including training as a patisserie chef with the French school, Le Cordon Bleu in London. “The diversity of functions at Alexandra Park and the sheer potential of its event space attracted me to this position. However, the real game changer for me was the ‘Urban Village’ that’s currently under construction. This is an exciting development which will feature some great food and beverage operators to strongly complement Alexandra Park’s existing meetings and events offering,” said Mr Henkel. As Functions Operations Manager, he has overall responsibility for the functions team and the department’s execution of its many service and logistical requirements. Reporting to the Food & Beverage Manager, he is responsible for product and service quality as well as delivering on the needs of Alexandra Park guests. He will also work closely with the Race Night sales and marketing team. Chief Executive Dominique Dowding says the appointment is yet another positive reflection on Alexandra Park’s successful functions and events business. “Alexandra Park has a great and growing reputation when it comes to delivering a wide range functions with our food and service attracting very positive feedback all the time. However, despite some seriously solid growth in recent years, we never stand still. “Reynold’s arrival signals that Alexandra Park remains totally focused on continuously improving its offering and ensuring our many and highly valued guests enjoy a great experience from beginning to end,” says Ms Dowding. The new Functions Operations Manager arrives at a busy time with many functions and events set to take place at Alexandra Park, including its Mid-winter Christmas parties which are selling out fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July.    Cameron Brewer

The man who for so long dreaded talking about winning the national driver’s premiership has now opened up about going one step further. Because Canterbury horseman Blair Orange says he is now targeted good mate Dexter Dunn’s record number of wins in a season of 229. Orange is guaranteed winning his first premiership this term sitting 25 wins clear of Dunn, who will head to the United States for a long working holiday if and when his visa is finalised. So Orange finds himself on 208 wins for the year, needing 22 more to set a new mark and likely to drive at 20 more meetings before August 1. With Dunn possibly out of the picture soon and Orange getting the pick of the drives at most meetings, his target of just over one win per meeting not only looks realistic but almost likely. “For a long time I didn’t think about the premiership too much and just got on with driving and I definitely didn’t think about the record,” said Orange. “But now it looks like the premiership win might be mine I needed a new goal and the record is the logical one. “I am not going to change anything but if I keep going at the rate I have been I think I am about 50-50 to get to the 230. “But it is more in my mind now and I will be driving at all the meetings I can and obviously not taking a holiday until after the end of the season. “It is so rare you get a shot at something like this I might as well have a go but I won’t be traveling any more than I do because I travel enough now.” Orange says that travel can leave him flat on comedown Mondays but after a few days of normal stable work and a game of squash on Wednesday night he is refreshed and good to go for what is often four straight days driving from Thursday through to Sunday. This Friday he will come to Alexandra Park, mainly to partner hot favourite Classie Brigade in a $40,000 race even though the meeting at Forbury Park the same night would probably be more profitable premiership and record wise. While he rates himself even money to crack the 230 mark, Orange is far more certain to pass Dunn’s personal best earnings record for a season in New Zealand. Orange’s drives have earned $2,218,279 this season whereas Dunn’s best is $2,256,372, under $40,000 away. But Dunn would have a far better overall best season financially has he has consistently tasted group one success in many of Australia’s richest races in the last five years. Even if he eclipses both Dunn’s wins tally and best ever NZ stakes season, Orange still has over $110,000 to earn to break the record for the richest domestic season by a New Zealand driver. That is, somewhat surprisingly, held by David Butcher, whose drives earned $2,328,344 in 2008-09, even more remarkably from only 94 wins. As for Dunn, the 10-time premiership winner, he going to win even in finishing second this season. “Around about Christmas Dex and I made a deal, the one who won the premiership and got to go to the World Driver’s Championships in Sweden next year has to pay half the other one’s airfares there. “So while it looks like I might go there to compete, I’ll have to pay half Dexter’s airfare for him to come along and enjoy himself.” Michael Guerin

Richard Wilson from the TAB with last weeks harness racing bookie update. Thursday – Cambridge Not many large bets to report from Cambridge.  Franco Empire was well backed @ $2 & scored nicely in R3 but the best backed runner on the night was Some Change in R5.  Almost $20,000 was held in win bets on him @ $2.40-$1.90. Friday – Nelson Another quiet meeting for big bets @ Nelson but a well placed $50 on The Jandel Machine @ $81 provided a $4,000 profit.  Some decent collects provided by Pembrook's Passion @ $9.50-$7.50 & Storm Prince was very solid in the last @ $3.20-$3.30.  The best backed runner on the card was Saying Grace @ $2.20-$1.85. Friday – Auckland A good old plunge came off on Friday night.  Alta Leonie was strongly backed as soon as the markets opened on Thursday night.  $900 @ $5.50 and $2,500 @ $2.80 were the best of a heap on bets on her.  Also strongly backed on the night was Classie Brigade @ $1.95-$1.50.  The best bet on him was $8,500 @ $1.70.  Also providing a nice return was $500 on Bubbles O'Leary @ $8.  Saving our bacon were a $10,000 bet on Megamind @ $2.40, $5,000 Geena's Girl @ $3.60 & $3,800 Geena's Girl @ $3.40. Saturday – Invercargill Another quiet day in terms of big bets on Saturday.  Punters on the mark with Glens Of Tekoa very solid @ $2.70, Born To Boogie @ $3.60 into $3 and Dachy $5 into $3.80.  Strongly backed in the last was Repartee @ $3.10-$2.70, but a bad tyre problem there let us off the hook with Franco Huntington $28-$41 a good result. Sunday – Nelson Punters had the midas touch on Sunday at Nelson.  The best bets were $5,000 Change Is Good @ $2.70 and $10,000 on the outside Saddlecloths in R5 @ $1.71.  A couple of horses redeemed themselves from Friday.  Saying Grace @ $2-$1.75, $2,000 or $3,000 bets @ each of $1.90, $1.80 @ $1.70 & Johnny White @ $3-$3.30 was hit late @ $3.30.  The only result that went our way was R1 where Bettor Trenz wasn't wanted by punters @ $4.50-$5.80 whilst Three Ideas was popular @ $2.20-$1.95. Multi of the Week: (placed May 7th) $200 ending on Sunday: Another Masterpiece @ $2.50 (Jewels Futures) Enhance Your Calm @ $2.30 (Jewels Futures) Winterfell @ $1.80 (Jewels Futures) Justify to win the Triple Crown @ $4 Returned $8,280

The qualifying period for the 2018 McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Junior Driver Championship finished today with the last day of racing being held yesterday at the Nelson Harness Racing Club meeting.   The final spot for the South Island team was on the minds of Ben Hope and Matt Purvis who both had a good chance to make the Championship. Purvis won race one on the card but with placings in race three and four for Hope he came out on top, only two points ahead of Purvis.   The North Island drivers have been set in stone for a while now with Alicia Harrison and Luke Whittaker making their first Junior Championships.   Joining the North as well we have Benjamin Butcher, Dylan Ferguson, Tony Cameron and Jack MacKinnon.   Along with Ben Hope for the South we have leading Junior Matt Anderson, Sheree Tomlinson, Kimberly Butt, John Morrison and Mark Hurrell.   This year the leading junior driver at the end of the qualifying period (June 11) will compete in the competition wearing the McMillan Equine Feeds Silks. This driver will be Matt Anderson.   The Championship will once again be held at two venues: Thursday July 12 at Forbury Park and Friday July 13 at Addington Raceway.   If you have any questions regarding this year’s Championship please contact me on the details below.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc ( 03) 964 1212  ( 027) 636 4355     PO Box 459, Christchurch 8140 (03)  964 1205 

Southland harness racing trainer Aaron Swain gets a thrill out of training winners for new owners because he knows they're the future of the industry. The win by Sadhana today for owners Hayden Stronach, Connor Hillis, Shane Stronach and Scott Leader all started with a phone call from one of Swain's good mates.  "One of my mates said he he had some workmates who were keen on getting into a horse. The All Age Sales were the next day," Swain who shares in the ownership said. He bought the Western Ideal filly which is out of the In The Pocket mare Gem Power, for $4,200 and since then she's been the apple of her new owners' eyes.   "They come to see her once a week in the paddock and give her a pat. They've never owned a horse in their lives and hardly ever went to the races until this girl came along. They're probably the best bunch of owners you could have. They pay you the day after you send the bill. They all come to every single workout and trial." Happy Faces with Judy Pangiotidis (Lady In Red) who's just retired after 32 years serving drinks at Ascot Park      - Photo Bruce Stewart. Gem Power won once, and at stud left Ideal Power which won four races which included two heats of the Nevele R Fillies Series. Sadhana qualified at Central Southland Raceway in September last year and according to Swain has taken time to mature.  "She didn't show me too much early but she turned a corner and has got better as we've gone on. She'll get better with more racing."  For most of the race driver Nathan Williamson had Sadhana parked and at the end of the 2200 metres under a hard drive she toughed it out to beat Divine Justice by a neck.   Bruce Stewart Soutland Harness Racing

Invercargill horseman Shane Walkinshaw doesn't train too many horses these days due to the fact that harness racing isn't his full-time employment. Today at Ascot Park the only horse he has in his stable - Glens Of Tekoa - easily won an MR 45-MR50 mobile 2200 metre race. From barrier five the Sir Lincoln gelding bobbled for a few steps before settling in the last three on the outside. With 1300 metres to run Walkinshaw sent the three year old forward when the speed was eased. He sat parked for a short period before Key Reactor which was three wide and hanging, finally gave him cover inside the last 600. With 300 metres to run Walkinshaw worked Glens Of Tekoa out three wide and he let down nicely to beat Bush Man by a length and a half.   "He was travelling super the whole way. We ended up getting a nice run so it all helped," Walkinshaw said. Glens Of Tekoa winning for trainer driver Shane Walkinshaw - Photo Bruce Stewart. He's out of a family that hasn't left too many winners recently but extends back in pedigree to good horses like Bachelor Star, Main Adios, Bionic Star and Main Star which were all bred and developed by Alister Kerslake.  "I've had him since he was two. I've always liked his attitude. He's got a great temprament and wants to race. If they've got the will to do it, you can't ask for much more. I had to wait on him but he's strengthened up nicely as a three year old. He'll be better next year too. I might give him one start at Forbury and then flick him out."  Walkinshaw, who trains his horses out of Mark and Debbie Shirley's barn trained his last winner, Give Me The Night at Ascot Park in December 2015.  He ended the day driving two other winners, Magnetic Watch and Franco Huntington and now sits on 297 driving wins. Meanwhile the Southland Drivers Premiership is going down to the wire with Brent Barclay on 40 winners, three ahead of last seasons premiership winner Nathan Williamson.    Bruce Stewart Soutland Harness Racing

Tapanui trainer Matt Saunders knows how to turn a horse's formline around and that was demonstrated today at Ascot Park when Pete's Dash beat Doubt Me Not by half a neck. Saunders has had Pete's Dash for about four weeks before which he was raced out of Steve Clarke's barn. The gelding's last start at Forbury when he ran second for Saunders indicated his fortunes were changing. Although he like most trainers likes to train up and coming horses, he also likes the challenge of spotting horses that he thinks he can improve.  "I look for horses that have run between fourth and tenth at Addington, are running good times and are not too far behind the winners. There's a bit of a drop to a rating 40 in Southland. Horses like him are cheap and handy to finish the season down here and improve what has been a pretty average season for me up until now," he said.   Prior to joining the Saunders team the Changeover four year old's best run was a fourth at Banks Peninsula in March.  "I haven't changed anything really. Just a change of scenery. He's bloody fit and in great nick. This week he hadn't done much because it snowed. Maybe he was fresher because I couldn't work him." Driver Mark Hurrell settled Pete's Dash off the pace early until the 1500 metres when he decided to move forward three wide. He was caught wide for the length of the home straight and Hurrell had to rein the gelding up and pull the air plugs with a lap to run. He sat parked for the last lap. And in a hard drive to the line Pete's Dash beat Doubt Me Not by half a neck with another half a head back to Dismara who'd tried to lead all the way.  Pete's Dash (6) and Mark Hurrell getting up to win at Ascot Park - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He's still got quite a bit to learn. Peter Hunter (fellow Southland trainer) said the Changeovers get better with age. They haven't got a lot of speed but they're pretty tough." Today's meeting was the last of the season in Southland and now the focus turns to the Forbury Park Winter season.  "I may take him up to Forbury for a run or two and get rid of him but I may bring him back. I'm not sure."  It was Saunders' twenty fourth career win and his third for this season but he looking forward to the return of some of his better horses such as Betstars Blue Jean. "She's a good horse. She's just taken me a long time to figure out and I did towards the end. Simply Dreaming who was the Southland Two Year Old Of The Year last season has had a long spell because he wasn't right over Christmas. Blarney Babe is a nice maiden." Saunders moved to Tapanui at the start of last year to run the local Four Square store and mixes working in the shop with training horse at the Tapanui Racecourse.  "It's good because it keeps me fresh. The sheep are about to go on the track for a month so it means I can have a holiday because I can't work horses. I'm really enjoying the mix actually." The former Highlander and Southland Stag outside back says there are a few similarities between training for rugby and training race horses.  "The breed has changed and you don't need to work them for so long. I do a bit more speed training and working my horses a bit more like a galloper - sprinting hard at the end of a jog. Its like the back end of footie training where you don't do too much leading into a game." Pete's Dash was bred by Clive and Rona McKay and is out of the Holmes Hanover mare Sensitive Poplar. She has left good types in Nemesis (5 wins), Lauramegan (7 wins) and Clive (6 wins). Pete's Dash is raced by The Sue Ping Syndicate, Bratk Syndicate and Saunder's wife Joleen.    Bruce Stewart Soutland Harness Racing

After 13 months in the harness racing wilderness Classie Brigade is back where he left off --- trying to beat Buster Brady. The forgotten horse of the open class scene returns at Alexandra Park tonight after over a year on the sidelines with mystery lameness. “He has had every test known to man and we still don’t know what was wrong with him,” admits trainer Nigel McGrath. “But the main thing is he is fine now and ready to race. “He has had a long slow build up, done a heap of swimming and had three workouts. “Obviously nothing gets them as fit as racing and the small field could be tricky but he is ready to go well. But the tactics and tempo of the race could decide things.” Classic Brigade is in tonight’s last race at Alexandra Park to prepare for a $40,000 Uncut Gems race next week, a kind of Jewels consolation race which is a very juicy carrot on the relatively bare winter landscape. Tonight he finds himself against a familiar foe. When Classic Brigade last raced 13 months ago he ran fourth to Buster Brady in the Winter Cup, the start before he just beat him home. And the pair look set to dominate again tonight. Buster Brady is now trained by Barry Purdon and has an obvious fitness edge tonight and with the race only having four starters, whichever of the two favourites is able to dictate to the other will probably win. But while that fitness edge means there probably shouldn’t be much between the pair in the market, on sheer class Classie Brigade is the better horse. A race earlier former Jewels winner One Over Da Moon faces an interesting challenge in the main trot, having to overcome a 40m handicap over 2200m, something very few horses have accomplished at Alexandra Park.   Michael Guerin

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This week's Bookie Update thanks to Richard Wilson Thursday – Addington A lot of support for three Ken & Tony Barron trained runners on Thursday night.  Thankfully, 2 out of three winning avoided a disaster for us.  Bettorbeontoit was the first of them, opeing @ $2.40 into $1.95.  $3,200 @ $2.20 & $5,000 @ $2 were the largest of plenty of bets on him.  Over The Love was the other Barron winner @ $2.10 into $1.70.  $5,600 @ $1.75 the largest bet there after $1,800 @ $2.10. $2,000 @ $1.95 & $2,000 @ $1.90 had forced the price in.  Shezza GNP was the one that let us off the hook.  She was $2.10 into $1.75 with $2,000 bets @ $2 & $1.85.  Also missing the mark were $5,000 bets on Dexter Dunn in the Driver Challenge @ $1.42 and London Delight @ $3.70. Friday – Auckland Friday night a bit tougher for punters than Thursday.  The best bet was $1,000 on Sundees Sun @ $4.60.  English Rose @ $2.90 and Opoutama @ $2.60 hardly moved but maybe they should have come in as there were plenty of happy punters after their races.  The miss of the night was Classie Brigade.  He was backed as if unbeatable.  $4,400 @ $1.45, $10,000 @ $1.38 & $7,200 @ $1.35 the largest bets on him. Friday – Forbury Park $5,000 Debnita Rose @ $2.20 was the best bet @ Forbury.  She was strongly backed in from her opening $2.60 price as were the winners of the previous 2 races, Ohoka Johnny @ $2.80-$2.40 and Machs Mareta @ $4-$3.60.  A couple of big misses early in the programme where Kiwi Cusher was $4.80 into $3.40 & Motu Top Mach was very solid including a $4,000 bet @ $1.55. Sunday – Oamaru Punters finished the week with a flourish on Sunday.  Sikx of the eight winners were shorteners from their opening quotes.  The best bet was $5,000 Franco Santino @ $1.95 and a couple of $1,000 bets on Sweeney Todd @ $3.60 were pretty lucrative after some nervous moments midrace.  The biggest move of the day was the first-starter Naiya Franco $2.90 into $1.95.  Providing some relief for us was Race 5 where Aran Chief was a well backed favourite including $2,000 @ $2.90 and Red Hot Poker was $8.80 into $5.50 whilst the winner, Beond The Horizon @ $8.80 out to $10. Multi of the Week: $50 Boxed Multi on Friday night Massive Metro (7) @ $3.40 Sundees Son (U1) @ $4.20 How Great Thou Art (3) @ $2.40 (Missed) Bettor Step Aside (2) @ $3 Madison Jane (2)10 @ $3.90 (Missed) Dismara (2) @ $5.50 Machs Mareta (5) @ $4 Glenisthebettor (4) @ $3.20 (Top3) Aveross Ferrari (1) @ $3.50 (Top3) Returned $8,932.20 (even with 2 misses)   HRNZ Marketing
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today officially announced the return of the time-honoured Inter Dominion (ID) Trotting Championship.   The ID Trotting Championship was placed in a period of hiatus after the win of I Can Doosit at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2012, no longer forming part of the annual Inter Dominion carnival in following years in New South Wales and Western Australia.   However, the recent decision by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) to rescind a previous motion “preventing the use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship” paved the way for the current Inter Dominion hosts – HRV, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) – to reinstate the ID Trotting Championship.   “It is a wonderful outcome for the trotting gait, to have the Trotting Inter Dominion reinistated alongside the pacers’ Inter Dominion,” HRV CEO David Martin said.   “There has been significant growth in trotting in recent years and the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale produced strong results.   “The Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has a rich history and has been won by some famous horses, including Sundons Gift, who went back-to-back at Moonee Valley in 2009 and 2010, Lyell Creek, Pride Of Petite, True Roman and Scotch Notch.   “We’re proud to announce the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will feature as a key part of our ID18 line-up of races and we look forward to hosting the best trotters in Australasia as they target this illustrious series.”     Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) President Nick Youngson celebrated the decision.   “The promotion of the squaregaiter through the Inter Dominion series has always been enormously important and the VSTA wishes to thank HRA and the Inter Dominion hosts HRV, HRNSW and HRNZ for this action,” Mr Youngson said.   “We can’t wait to see the best trotters vying it out for the Inter Dominion trophy at Ballarat, Cranbourne and Tabcorp Park Melton later this year.”     CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA
Woodlands Stud are opening their gates to the harness racing industry for an open day on Sunday, 30th September.   A rare opportunity for lovers of harness racing who wish to view the boutique breeding establishment and their imposing stallion roster.   Woodlands Stud is welcoming two new stallions, Downbytheseaside and What The Hill, to their already impressive stallion roster in the new season which makes it the perfect opportunity for potential breeders to inspect these stallions in the flesh.   Of course, it is also a chance to view World Class stallion Bettor’s Delight at his Southern Hemisphere home. An opportunity that can’t be missed!   The other stallions being paraded on the day will be Sweet Lou, the handsome stallion with plenty of recent hype, gun sire American Ideal who continues to stay amongst our top sires in Australasia and resident stallions Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.   “Woodlands Stud are thrilled to be able to give the industry a chance to come and see our top-class operation. We see it as our way to thank the industry for their support over the years as well as giving visitors a chance to see some of the best stallions of our time,” said Stacey Markham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Woodlands Stud.   “We have made the date work in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand’s Conference and Annual Awards dinner which is being held at Alexandra Park the night before. We will put on a bus to and from Alexandra Park on Sunday for anyone who wishes to come out to the open day,” Markham said.   There will be a breakfast and drinks provided and at the time of the open day there will also be an abundance of foals on the ground for viewing.   Giveaways and prizes will be drawn throughout the event for those in attendance, including a free service to one of the stallions.   In Brief: Woodlands Stud Open Day Date: Sunday 30 th September 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD2, Papakura   RSVP’s are a must for catering purposes, please contact Stacey Markham on stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz or 021 595 492. Please note also that as there are quarantine areas on the farm there will be some restrictions in place on the day.   Stacey Markham
Robert Dunn knows his team are going to need to do it the hard way to win at Alexandra Park tonight. But he says that might actually suit a couple of them. Dunn is New Zealand's only true inter-island trainer, with a group in the north year-round while son John looks after a larger Canterbury team. The pair have been able to make something many have tried but few have perfected work, having run second on the premiership the last five years, only the All Stars standing in the way of them consistently being our leading stable. Dunn has only 10 horses at his northern base, having sent another 12 back to the South Island to recover from a virus. "We got hit hard by the viruses that have been hanging around up here this season so we sent a whole lot of horses home to be spelled," says Dunn. "Then they can train up down there and come back when the time is right. "It is not as easy winning races up here as some people might think, the racing is hard and because the fields are small it is easy for horses to get up in the grades quickly. "But I am happy with how the northern stable has gone and we have a foothold now before the stakes are set to go a lot higher next season so our long-term plan is coming together." Although Dunn is acutely aware the ability to race handy is often crucial at Alexandra Park, he says Woodstone (race five) and Sundees Son (race seven) are good enough to get back tonight and still win. Woodstone has been outstanding since coming north but will give his rivals a start in the $40,000 Uncut Gem Trot, a Jewels consolation. "I think he is a horse better not rushed early and able to get into a rhythm," says Dunn. "He was massive winning last week and while this is a good even field he can win again. "He really loves it right-handed, which is another big factor in picking which horses to bring north." Woodstone will have to beat four reps from the Michelle Wallis-Bernie Hackett stable, who won three trots at Alexandra Park last Friday and have been two of the biggest supporters and therefore beneficiaries of the ATC's emphasis on trotting races in the last two years. All 31 of their wins this season have been with trotters seeing them lead the national premiership for the gait. Sundees Son is way better than his formline indicates and with peak concentration he can beat the older horses. "He is good enough to win but he needs to be looked after early and not get into trouble, which he is pretty good at doing." The Dunns won't have to rely on such luck with Billy Badger in the $40,000 Uncut Gems for the male pacers, with the talented pacer likely to try to lead and make hot favourite Classic Brigade chase him, which could make them a solid quinella bet. Michael Guerin
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