Day At The Track

Tonight at Addington we see the Group 1 Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship.   The race is set to go at 7.01pm and here we showcase the horses that are racing at Group 1 level!!   Congratulations to all of the connections getting a chance to contest this year's Championship- we wish you all the very best of luck!

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Addington tonight with a twelve race program starting at 4:27pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Addington selections 9th April 2021 Best Bet:  R10 American Pride Best Value:  R3 Artatac    Race 1 Bright Glow got the job done for Harnesslink followers at Motukarara and not without a place chance in this.Paying overs again..… Sundons Flyer has lost her form of old but would be hard to beat if anywhere near her best. Upset chance…… Regal Attire coming in fresh but looks hard to beat on trial form. Needed.….. Miss Crazed ok run last start and has trialled well. Big chance if she steps and lands handy to the speed Selections:  Miss Crazed (12),   Bright Glow (3),   Regal Attire (10)   Sundons Flyer (8)   Race 2 Fire Fox has a tricky draw but has raced well here in the past over the distance. Hard to beat here if he can get handy before the home turn..……. Lifes A Beach running good races and beat a good filly last start. Can go on with it but draw not great …… Franco Stefan never gets much luck in his races but top driver booked. A good winning chance with a soft run in transit…… Five Star General racing better than the form suggests but tricky draw. Place chances look best Selections:  Fire Fox (13),  Franco Stefan (6),   Lifes A Beach (8),   Five Star General (12)   Race 3 Artatac should be fitter now and one of the better horses in the race. Liked at good odds….. Bettor Call Me disappointed last start but drawn best here. Give another chance from the draw….. Bettor Grunter good beginner who was tidy here two starts back. Top three player…. First Class terrible draw but respect the stable. Not the worst at nice odds Selections:   Artatac (12),   Bettor Call Me (1),   Bettor Grunter (2)   First Class (17)   Race 4 A Delightful Act trialling well and just needs to go away with the field to be a good top three chance here. ….. Italian Lad has a reputation and in great form. Liked even from the wide draw….. Longview Lady not a great draw but she has speed and and ran on well last start. Could upset with a good run in transit.…..   Braeview Kelly freshened and well suited to this race. One of the better chances in the field Selections:   Italian Lad (8),   Braeview Kelly (1),   A Delightful Act (2)   Longview Lady (5)   Race 5 Majestic Chick manners not great but has the speed. Should go close to the top three with no mistakes in the running…... Mikemaro ok here last start and goes ok on the track. Could upset with a good run in transit. Include….. Sioux Princess nice run last start and will be fitter but tricky draw. Has to included on previous form. Needed..….. Time In A Bottle racing well in strong fields. Good beginner always a chance in these standing start races Selections:   Time In A Bottle (9),   Sioux Princess (13),   Mikemaro (6)   Majestic Chick (10)   Race 6 Bolt For Brilliance beat most of these last start with quick sectionals. Hardest to beat again here….. Muscle Mountain stronger now and looks very hard to beat in this. Should run in the placings with no mistakes….. Sundees Son class horse who looked a run short last start. Adds to the puzzle and can win….. Oscar Bonavena good run fresh and will be fitter. Can win with a cosy run and another good chance in what is turning out to be a cracking race. Selections:   Bolt For Brilliance (1),   Muscle Mountain (3),   Sundees Son (6),   Oscar Bonavena (8)   Race 7 Franco Mac good win fresh and strike rate driver on board. Major player here….. Akuta Kindergarten winner who looked to have plenty in reserve when winning last start. Good chance from the draw….. Cosmic Major respect the stable and form is good with a first and second in his first two runs. Include here….. Mr Ibiza form in the north was good and drawn ok. Hard to see him beating the favourites but has place claims at good odds Selections:   Akuta (1),   Franco Mac (5),   Cosmic Major (4)  Mr Ibiza (3)   Race 8 Five Wise Men terrible draw but racking up the wins against similar fields. Hard to beat again here….. Love N The Port mobile will suit and he looked a bit unlucky last start. Good place chance at nice odds…..         Outamyway draw not great but has the motor. Will need luck but a place chance at longer odds and top driver booked….. Wanna Play With Me has been disappointing but getting fitter and a better run last start. Upset chance here Selections:   Five Wise Men (7),   Love N The Port (1),   Outamyway (6)  Wanna Play With Me (2)   Race 9 Krug beat these easily last start but tricky draw. One of the better chances in the race ….. American Dealer racing well and hardly ever out of the money. Can run top three……. Ragazzo Mach has speed but will need luck from the second row draw.. If the pace is hot he can win…. Shan Noble looks to have as much ability as most in this field and racing well. Draw hurts but has claims Selections:  Krug (9),  American Dealer (13),   Ragazzo Mach (15)    Shan Noble (8)   Race 10 American Pride racing well but manners still a question mark.. Serious player with no mistakes and change of driver suits….. Missalyssa drawn to lead early and has been unlucky. Winning claims here with a front row draw……. Andoverlov better run last start and top driver booked. Needed…. Majestic Lavros coming in fresh from a tricky handicap but has the ability. Tote the guide Selections:  American Pride (12),  Andoverlov (9),   Missalyssa (7)    Majestic Lavros (14)   Race 11 Self Assured racing well and hardly ever out of the money. Best in the race at good odds….. Amazing Dream draw no help but has beaten most of these before and favourite distance. Needed here……. Pembrook Playboy could be the fastest horse in the race and unlucky last start. Can win with a good run in transit…. Tango Tara likes the distance and a bit underrated. Upset player with the right run Selections:  Self Assured (8),  Amazing Dream (7),   Pembrook Playboy (6)    Tango Tara (3)   Race 12 Folklore good draw and dangerous with a sit. Can win at good odds….. Samhara draw will help and step up in class will not worry him. He looks the early leader and needed here……. Oliver North good stayer who is over the odds. Any pace in the race and he can run top three…. Surfers Delight building up a tidy formline. Has winning claims if he can find the front  early Selections:  Folklore (1),  Samhara (4),   Oliver North (13)    Surfers Delight (3)   Harnesslink Media

With three Group Ones and two Group Twos, race meetings don't come much bigger than Friday's meeting at Addington. Headlining the night is the Livamol New Zealand Trotting Derby at 7.59pm and the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Pacing Derby at 8.29pm, as well as the Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship. Among those in action will be some of the sport's biggest stars, Sundees Son, Oscar Bonavena, Bolt For Brilliance, Self Assured, Amazing Dream and Krug, to name a few. To mark the occasion HRNZ has produced an 'Addington Premier Night Form Guide' with fields, bet selections and previews on the group races to help you navigate your way through the 12-race programme. Racing kicks off at 4.27pm with the last set to go at 9.56pm. You can download your copy here to read or print it out.   Harness Racing New Zealand

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Auckland today with a seven race program starting at 6:39pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good afternoon of racing. Auckland selections 9th April 2021 Best Bet:  R3 Gaz Man Best Value:  R1 Lord Popinjay   Race 1 Lord Popinjay (8) Aldebaran Flame (13) Constellation (3) Queen Of Strathfield (2)   Race 2 Cashlodo Flybye (3) Down The Hatch (12) Sweet Chariot (1) Smokinhotcheddar (9)   Race 3 Gaz Man (8) The Big Bird (10) Saint Michel (7) Liaison (1)   Race 4 Alta Wiseguy (4) Mimi E Coco (6) Lord Verde (2) Cya Art (10)   Race 5 Kango (2) Christianshavtime (3) South Coast Arden (4) Dance Time (5)   Race 6 Cya Doit (6) Commander Cathy (1) Art Nouveau (4) Hail Lucius (7)    Race 7 Temporale (6) Invictus (2) Kay Cee (5) Forget The Price Tag (4)   Harnesslink Media

It’s NZ Derby night at Addington on Friday. Here we look through some of the quality fields and Group features on the harness racing card. The first of the Group 1 races is due to go at 7.01pm with the running of the Fred Shaw Memorial Trotting Championship. It promises to be one of the more exciting races of the night as we see Sundees Son, Oscar Bonavena and Bolt For Brilliance clash along with the progressive and talented Greg and Nina Hope trained pair of Midnight Dash and Muscle Mountain. The game mare Vacation Hill is also here but draws an outside barrier. There’ll be no mercy, the race most likely a war of attrition. Show us your guts and show us your heart. May the best trotter win. The Avon City Ford Welcome Stakes is due to run at 7.29pm for a stake of $50’000 over the 1980m sprint distance. On first look you’d imagine that Akuta will be hard to beat given his Southern win in the Kindergarten Stakes although he’ll face tough opposition from both Franco Mac and Cosmic Major. Arden’s Horizon makes the trip down after a Alexandra Park victory and will have options from the front line draw. The Livamol Trotting Derby at Group 1 level is the next feature on the card and sees a class field assembled for a 2600m mobile trotting event. The tote favourite comes in the form of the Craig and Aimee Edmonds trained Five Wise Men. Wise men have dictated that the son of Muscle Hill should go out shorter on the tote than the rest and rightfully so after his run of victories of late. He’ll operate from the #7 draw with J Dunn guiding him around the track. You’d  think that the 2600m distance would sort the quality out from the pretenders in this and we should see the best crowned barring any errant manners. Love N The Port, Leaf Stride and Son Of Patrick should all be respected on exposed form. Arguably the feature on this great card of action comes around at 8.29pm in the form of the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Pacing Derby. Former winners of the event include Caduceus (1953) Noodlum (1974) Westburn Grant (1989) and Courage Under Fire (1999) while the All Stars barn have dominated much of the recent history of the race with Fly Like An Eagle, Border Control, Have Faith In Me, Lazarus, Vincent and Ultimate Sniper all winning the event in the last decade. The pre-race talk this year has been dominated by the Chrissie and Cran Dalgety trained Krug, an animal of immense ability, his last three wins have all been superb. He, like most of the field, will be tested by the 2600m distance although you’d have to think that the further they go the better his chances. The Hayden Cullen team is spearheaded by It’s All About Faith who has been well down on his best over recent weeks. His ability to settle mid-race will no doubt prove crucial to his chances late in this. Other chances lie with the R J Dunn team and the underrated Got You Covered, the horse has been burdened by some horror draws of late but has been finishing off his races better than most and could be the giant killer if able to find himself close to the action come the final furlong. B D Joe, the Telfer trained son of Roll With Joe, also demands respect with his late charge to the line last time sure to get a few people interested in his chances. Luke John (drawn #2) and Ragazzo Mach (drawn #15) would have to be included in thoughts also. While it would seem Krug holds sway over the field this is an interesting edition of the Derby all the same. The last feature on the card comes up at 9.28pm. The IRT Superstars 4YO & 5YO Pacers Championship at Group 2 level will be a helter-skelter affair over the 1980m distance. The field is a good one and has attracted a strong contingent of open-class types. The impressive Cranbourne, as tough as they come, looms as one of the main chances along with the J Curtain trained Tango Tara who’ll benefit from a nice draw. Other chances in this field come in the form of the Cullen trained Self Assured and Amazing Dream with both animals knowing how to win at the highest of levels.  The explosive speed of Pembrook Playboy may been seen late as he’s drawn wide while Belmont Major (drawn #1) will most probably receive an economical run throughout and have something to offer his followers late. A fine night of premier racing at Addington.   Ben McMillan 

Cran Dalgety’s attitude to Krug drawing the outside of the front in tonight’s $200,000 Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby is refreshingly simple. “As long as he didn’t draw the inside of the second line I was going to be happy,” says Dalgety. While some might argue barrier nine, which will become eight with the emergencies out, isn’t much better Dalgety says he has the horse power to handle it. “I see mainly positives from there,” he said. “At least out there he is master of his own destiny and he probably can’t find bad luck. So if he is good enough he can still win.” Krug has already shown he can do freakish things when in the zone as we all saw in the Northern Derby when he half bolted on Tony Herlihy but still smashed his opponents. It is a similar field tonight and key rivals like Ragazzo Mach and American Dealer have drawn the second line but there is still plenty of gate speed in B D Joe (4), It’s All About Faith (5) and Shan Noble (8) between Krug and the marker pegs which is where so many Derby winners come. Dalgety says he won’t be giving Blair Orange any driving instructions but with six horses drawn behind him on the second line he would envisage Orange won’t be pulling back. So can Krug work for maybe the first 800m and win the Derby? “I think he can because he is better than when he won the Flying Stakes two weeks ago,” says Dalgety matter of factly. “I always expected he would be because I eased off him after his Derby win up in Auckland and he was going to improve on what he did after the Flying Stakes. “But I am surprised how much he has improved. His work on Monday was at another level and he is a fair way better than he was last start.” That would suggest if Krug, and it is a huge IF, he can muscle his way to the front then this is his Derby to lose. But if he can’t that would most likely mean horses like B D Joe, It’s All About Faith or Shan Noble had got there first and their drivers were willing to roll the dice. That might cost them the race but it could also cost Krug.. and punters. The most likely sweeper would be American Dealer if the leaders play rough and hard early while Ragazzo Mach trialled on Tuesday and broke 55 seconds for his last 800m so can be forgiven his last start loss.  But so often Derby winners come from the marker pegs and two horses who could end up there are B D Joe first and then Shan Noble potentially getting the lead off the increasingly-confusing It’s All About Faith.  There is little doubt Krug is the best horse in tonight’s Derby and his draw may not matter.  But there is a reason only the elite win both our Derbys, because it is so hard to do and you almost certainly have to be an open class star of the future to complete the classic double.  Maybe Krug is.   TOP OF THE TROTS: THESE TROTTERS CAN MAKE YOU MONEY PUNTING INB NZ TONIGHT 1: Bolt Vs Son: Bolt For Brilliance (Addington R6, No.1) appears to hold the aces over Sundees Son (6) in the NZ Trotting Champs because from the one draw he has the option to lead or at least stay in front of his arch rival. The way they both trotted last start, if Bolt For Brilliance is in front and dialled in then Sundees Son will need to improve two lengths to beat him so the $2.80 bookie quote is very fair. 2: The anchor: Five Wise Men (R8, No.7) has been so dominant over this three-year-old crop this year it is hard to find a horse to beat him in the Trotting Derby. He has looked all along like he would be even better over distance so the step up to 2600m suits and it is surprising he opened at $2.30 because he will probably start in the red. 3: Manners the key: Both Gaz Man (8) and Call Me Trouble (12) could gallop in race three at Alex Park and that would ruin their chances over 2200m. But one of them, maybe both, should get it right and if they do one of them should be winning so they make sense as a split bet, probably more heavily weighted toward Call Me Trouble. 4: American Pride (Addington, R10, No.12): Needed the run fresh up and gets Mark Purdon back in the sulky tonight. Has crucial 10m advantage over the other favourites which could make the difference tactically. 5: Temporale (Alex Park, R7, No.6) may face a 20m handicap over 2200m but he only only has four rivals and he did beat Bolt For Brilliance fair and square last start. Small fields can be tricky but with any drag into the race he might be too fast for them as his handicap may really only mean settling last.   by Michael Guerin

NZB Standardbred graduate Highgrove (NZ) (Love You) showed incredible harness racing talent winning the $28,200 Group Three Majestic Son New Zealand Two-Year-Old Trotting Stakes (1980m) at Addington last week.  Despite losing valuable ground early, the Robert Dunn trained two-year-old confirmed his star status by running to an emphatic four and three-quarter length victory in the first stakes event of the season for two-year-old trotters. Highgrove was purchased by Dunn at NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch for $34,000 from Laura Smith’s draft. The stunning victory by the son of Love You meant the trotter kept his unbeaten record intact, cementing his status as one of best two-year-old trotters in New Zealand. Initially he galloped and drifted out of camera shot as the mobile left. The two-year-old quickly caught up with his rivals and tacked on to the back of the field before driver John Dunn started a three-wide move. After racing outside the leader, Highgrove took over at the 600m before powering to his brilliant stakes victory. Last week’s event is the first in a string of feature races Highgrove can target. Highgrove’s three outstanding wins to date make him the early favourite for the $75,000 Harness Million Listed 2YO Trot (1980m) at Addington on 14 May. The two-year-old can then contest the Group Two Lone Star Sires' Stakes 2YO Trotters Series at Addington just a week later. Highgrove’s three career wins have assured him of a start in the Group One Harness Jewels Two-Year-old Ruby Trot at Cambridge on 6 June. The star trotter currently sits well clear at the top of the qualifying rankings for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend feature. A full brother to Highgrove was offered at the recent 2021 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales at Christchurch. Like Highgrove, the Love You colt from Focus on Me (NZ) (S J’s Photo) was prepared by Laura Smith and purchased by Canterbury trainer Tom Bagrie for $39,000. Vendor L. Smith Purchaser Diamond Racing Breeding Love You x Focus On Me (NZ) Sale 2020 Christchurch National Yearling Sale, $34,000 Bred by Tavistock Breeding Limited   NZB Standardbred

Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn was presented with the ideal opportunity at the Banks Penninsula Trotting Clubs meeting at Motukarara Monday ( April 5 ), to farewell stable employee Devon Van Til on the highest of notes behind stable runner High Flying Harry in race nine on the program.   The talented young reinswomen failed to spoil her leaving party as she expertly steered the three year old son of Bettor's Delight to a three quarter length victory over the economically driven Caesars Quest, and the fast finishing Duffy Hollow in the McMillan Feed Barn-Trainer Of The Year Mobile Pace.   For the 29 year old the victory was bittersweet, being her last drive under the guidance of the country's leading stable. "I've learnt so much over the past two and a half years for from Robert and all the team, and in particular Johnny (Dunn). I can't thank them enough for their guidance, but it's time to move on and learn more from someone else now," van Til said.   The smile on her face after the line was hard to disguise for the former top equestrian rider, who's naturally competitive streak gives her the perfect platform to launch a career as a harness racing driver. "I've always strived to win, and yesterday was such a good feeling, I want more of it. I know it won't be easy, but I'm determined to succeed, or at least give it my best shot," she said.     While van Til had previously enjoyed a successful career in show jumping, representing the South Island and winning numerous Champion Hunter titles, harness racing offered the perfect challenge to further her career and continue her love of horses. "I was managing the Birchbrook Equestrian Centre for Dave and Cath Butt and got to know the harness racing crew through them. I've always loved sport and competition. I had one drive in the sulky down at the beach behind a horse called Letspendanitetogetha, and I was hooked."    For the Breckon Racing Syndicate owned High Flying Harry, his most recent win should have come as no surprise to punters following a string of minor placings and a consistent formline. Although at odds of 12-1, it seemed to surprise a few. After drawing wide behind the gate, van Til elected to go forward rather than fight the big gelding, a decision which proved to be the winning of the race for the pair. "I didn't want to fight him, so I just let him do his thing. I was lucky enough to get cover into the strong wind down the back, and getting the run late worked out perfect for him. He's a much better horse chasing them, then being left in front on his own," she said.   So where to now for Devon van Til?   "I'm keen to stay in harness racing, and learn from as many people as I can. For now I'll take a short break, help my partner Steve (Dolan) with his horses, and hopefully squeeze in a few hunts before I take on another full time role."   Devon van Til has had 14 drives to date, with a win and six minor placings for a UDR of .2619.   Harnesslink Media

Meagan Dampier-Crossley is Harness Racing New Zealand’s latest acquisition - and she is all about traceability, which is an important part of HRNZ’s overall commitment to animal welfare. Meagan will focus on the InfoHorse section of the HRNZ website to update the status of horses when they leave the racing industry. It’s part of HRNZ’s initiative to improve the traceability of Standardbreds. Meagan has her spreadsheet at the ready and will be contacting owners, trainers and other licence-holders throughout the country. “I’m just getting my feet under the table and I’m excited to get started.” Meagan comes to HRNZ after spending the last 13 years as a mother. She has an extensive background in all things equine. A qualified vet nurse she has also been a South Island rep for a horse massage therapy company, and even rode trackwork in Toowoomba during a four year stint across the Tasman in the early 2000s. “I have been riding horses since I was a kid.” We are excited to welcome Meagan to the HRNZ team, and she will be contacting owners and trainers over the coming weeks to talk with them about their horses.   Harness Racing New Zealand

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Progressive filly The Honey Queen will be out to continue her burgeoning form line when she contests the Nevele R Filles Series Heat 5 Mobile Pace (1700m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The daughter of Group One-winning mare Tosti has won three of her nine starts to date, and placed in two others, including a runner-up effort in the Gr.1 Northern Oaks (2700m) two starts back. She subsequently went on to post her third win at Alexandra Park last start and trainers Brian and Gareth Hughes have been pleased with her progress. “She has come through her last race well and she seems well in herself,” Gareth Hughes said. “She is coming along quite nicely, she keeps improving. “It was an awesome run in the Oaks to finish second and her next start, where she won, she went well again for (driver) Tony Cameron. “I am very happy with the way she is going.” The Honey Queen has drawn the outside in the seven-horse field on Thursday, but Hughes is hoping her class will prevail. “It always makes it a bit tougher when you draw out wide down there,” he said. “She is a class filly and hopefully she can overcome it.” All going to plan, The Honey Queen is on a path towards Addington Raceway next month for the Gr.1 Nevele R Fillies Series Final on May 14, and the Gr.1 The Breeders NZ Oaks a week later. “She is nominated for the Oaks down south and that would be the sort of races will be looking at after tomorrow, all going well,” Hughes said. The Ardmore stable will also be represented on Thursday by Nudist Beach in the IRT. Your Horse. Our Passion Mobile Pace (2200m). The son of Sunshine Beach has been freshened since his sixth-placing at Cambridge last month and Hughes is hoping for an improved performance. “He had a little freshen-up after his last run,” Hughes said. “He has drawn six, which makes it a bit tougher, but he always puts his best foot forward for us, although sometimes you need a bit of luck.” View the Cambridge fields click here!

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Cambridge today with a nine race program starting at 5:13pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Cambridge selections 8th April 2021 Best Bet:  R1 Rosie Best Value:  R4 Joshua Richard   Race 1 Rosie (12) High In The Sky (7) Tramps Like Us (8) Wynberg Watch  (6)   Race 2 Montana Storm (3) Tuxedo Bromac (2) Dynamite Dez (6) Louie The Punter (9)   Race 3 King City (7) Faith In Manchester (8) Emma Joy (4) American Muscle (5)   Race 4 Joshua Richard (1) Hooray Henry (5) The Fisherman (4) Loutenant (6)   Race 5 The Honey Queen (7) Allamericanlover (6) Santa Maria (1) Mia Ragazza (4)   Race 6 Pull The Other Leg (7) Tartan Robyn (9) Mailman (5) Ohoka Achilles (8)    Race 7 She Reigns (11) Rydgemont Son (10) Presidential Jewel (8) The Last Gamble (1)   Race 8 Montana Jet (3) Nudist Beach (6) Ideal Prince (5) Bodrum Boy (9)   Race 9 Express Play (1) Sing To Me (3) Pocket Book (5) Hawthornden Hunk (2)   Harnesslink Media

Welcome to the Addington Raceway News update for April 7 2021 with Greg O'Connor and Darrin Williams, ahead of their massive Premier meeting this Friday night.       Addington Raceway

A big change is coming to the way Standardbreds are identified in the future. This season foals have been both microchipped and branded but from next season they will be microchipped only. The change is all about traceability and animal welfare as well as embracing technology which is changing and improving all the time. HRNZ has put together a video explaining what the changes mean for horses, trainers and other licence-holders and how microchipping will work.   HRNZ

Down Under Pacer proves tough in latest harness racing victory. Never Say Never N a very well bred son of Bettors Delight from mare of strong bloodlines Maid In Splendour showed big heart when winning at Hoosier Park in Illinois on Saturday. The 8yo settled fourth in the single file running line throughout the running and peeled from a pocket to start a solo run towards leaders at the half mile mark, which was reached in 55.2 seconds. Turning into the stretch the leader shot clear but driver Trace Tetrick urged Never Say Never N right the way up the long straight of Hoosier Park to hit the lead just strides before the winning post and win in a time of 1:51.1. Tyler George trains the down under gelding that took home the $27,250 prize money. In his down under racing career this colt only had five race starts for one win but impressed throughout to soon be exported to the United States.    Tuesday 30th March Dover Downs DE Need Luck N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $8,000   Monticello Raceway NY Epaulette A – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $6,700   Northfield Park OH Rub Of The Green N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $6,800   Saratoga Harness NY Gunpower N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $6,750 Waimac Attack N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $7,700 Kiwi Tintin N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $3,850   Yonkers Raceway NY I’m Benicio N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $10,500 Galante N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $17,000 Mighty Santana N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $15,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Benhope Rulz N, 3rd Alta Leroy N   Western Fair Raceway CA Fcee N – Time: 1:59.3, Stake: $4,400 Firebby A – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $7,000   Wednesday 31st March Northfield Park OH Mackeral A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $5,200 Dixie Star N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $3,600   Saratoga Harness NY Rckaroundtheclock N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $5,100 Dibaba N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $7,200 Gina Grace N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $3,600   Thursday 1st April Dover Downs DE Trojan Banner N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $9,000 Bad Boy Brad A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000 Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $14,000   Monticello Raceway NY Our Regal Ideal A – Time: 2:00.0, Stake: $2,600 Machtu A – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $3,900   Yonkers Raceway NY Motu Moonbeam N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $12,000 Bronskimackenzie A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $22,000 Jossie James A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $15,500   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Ready To Rumble N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $11,000   Friday 2nd April Freehold Raceway NJ Majestic Sunrise A – Time: 1:59.0, Stake: $5,000   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN El Jacko N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $10,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Billy Badger N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $8,800   Meadowlands NJ Bettor Not Bitter A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $8,750   The Meadows PA Dream Out Loud N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,200   Western Fair Raceway CA Smoke N Reactor N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $10,000 Flossie N – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $9,000   Saturday 3rd April Freehold Raceway NJ Statesman N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $7,875 Mister Spot A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $7,700   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Never Say Never N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $27,250   Meadowlands NJ Bechers Brook N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $13,500 Franco Totem N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $16,500 Colossal Stride A – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $27,500   Miami Valley Raceway OH Statham N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $10,000   Northville Downs MI Salty Robyn N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $8,000 Classic American N – Time: 1:59.0, Stake: $4,400   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Foo Fighter N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $16,000 Tam Major A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,200   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

John Dunn on way to season’s best Two decades after his first season, John Dunn is poised for his most successful season yet. He reined home winner number 100 for the season with the Gavin Burgess-trained Rocknsnap at Banks Peninsula on Monday. It’s the fourth time he’s hit three figures in one season and he now looks set to eclipse his previous best of 109 in 2016. He’s had 1265 wins altogether since his first, Scotlynn Jag at Franklin in 2001. “I’m not going too bad,” Dunn said post race, adding his best victory was probably Sundees Son’s win the Dominion.   Dexter also shows winning ways John Dunn’s brother Dexter also had a good weekend, with a hat-trick of wins in races 10,11 and 12 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. As of the weekend he had 111 wins for the year to have him eighth overall with the fourth highest stakes total of $1,155,908 ($NZ 1,640m).   Dibaba goes 7 in a row A change of scene has very literally produced a massive change in fortune for Dibaba and her Australian-based Kiwi trainer Jack Trainor. Last season the mare went 51 races without winning but after a move from Western Australia to a much kinder handicapping system in New South Wales she has now gone seven from seven. At the weekend she won at Penrith paying $1.04. The horse should not be confused for the former Chmiel-trained pacer who won seven from 26 here before being sold to North America.   Dan Patch on canvas What is being billed as a rare painting of one of harness racing’s great champions is being offered up for auction in the USA. It’s by noted artist Gean Smith and it depicts the champion horse of the early 1900s Dan Patch winning at Readville Trotting Park in Massachusetts. Dan Patch was the sport’s undoubted superstar at the time, remarkably winning all 73 races he contested. The painting will go under the hammer in Arizona this weekend, with the top bid currently at $US1250.   Club News - Methven The Methven Club is gearing up for its penultimate meeting of the year on Sunday April 11 at the picturesque Mt. Harding racecourse. It will be a mainly low key meeting with the highlight being the Woodlands Mt.Hutt Cup run over 3,000m for the developing staying types. The theme of the day will be club members, with all members invited to the Goodwin Lounge for a day of light refreshments, a few giveaways and a chance to reminisce about days of old. At this stage it is hoped all life members and past presidents will be present and available for a chat. Included is one gentleman talented enough to drive in a race against legendary reinsman Peter Wolfenden,run in a race against New Zealand’s best ever runner Peter Snell and play provincial rugby against New Zealand’s most famous footballer Colin Meads. Anyone wishing to come who is not a member simply needs to duck into the secretary’s office fill in a form and pay $15 to join the club and thus eligible to enter the Goodwin Lounge on the day. See you Sunday at Mt. Harding at 12 noon where remember the sun always shines - Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club.   Harness Racing New Zealand

Magness Benrow - Heats 2 & 3 In the two-year-old Magness Benrow Fillies Sires’ Stakes second heat at Auckland on March 26 it was an Always B Miki quinella, the first wins by his progeny in this country. Montana Glory won from Miki Montana, with both horses trained by Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan. True Fantasy has improved on her second on debut to book a place in this month’s Magness Benrow 2YO Fillies Sires Stakes’ Series final.  It was a Hayden Cullen-trained trifecta, with the Bettor’s Delight filly beating Suntan and A Bettor You in Saturday’s third heat at Addington.   A Bettor You had already secured a place in the final by beating True Fantasy at Addington on March 24.    The pair join Play Philly and Montana Glory as the four horses that have now qualified for the final at Alexandra Park on Friday April 30.  NZ Sires Stakes Series 'Road to the Final' update: Magness Benrow 2YO Fillies Series 38 Nevele R Fillies Series - Heat 4 Lifes A Beach’s big upset win has booked her a place in the Nevele R Fillies Series Final at Addington in May. The Tony Barron-trained Bettor’s Delight filly made it win number two from 13 starts when she downed hotpot Bettor Twist in the fourth heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series over 1980 metres at Addington last Friday night (March 26). Lifes A Beach paid $62.40. The win confirms her a start in the final at Addington on May 14, along with fellow heat winners Darling Me, Braeview Kelly, and Better’s Tart. NZ Sires Stakes Series 'Road to the Final' update: Nevele R Fillies Series 43 Garrard's Horse and Hound 2YO C & G Series - Heat 1 & SSQ2 Franco Mac is through to the Garrard’s two-year-old Colts and Geldings Sires’ Stakes final on May 21. Driven by Natalie Rasmussen Franco Mac won the first heat at Addington on March 24 in his raceday debut, from Hayden Cullen trained stable-mate and favourite Cosmic Major. Series favourite Akuta automatically made the final also with his win in the Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham.  Akuta had been heavily favoured to win on debut after trialing well in Canterbury and is the third to make the final along with Montana DJ and Franco Mac.     NZ Sires Stakes Series 'Road to the Final' update: Garrard's Horse and Hound Series 38   NZ Sires Stakes