Auckland Reactor at $5 for New Zealand Cup

05:48 AM 03 Sep 2012 NZST
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Harness racing 'Fixed Odds' are out for the NZ Trotting Cup. The Bookies have made Auckland Reactor a $5 favourite. Terror To Love $6, Sushi Sushi $7, Gold Ace $10. For all the odds go to https://www.tab.co.nz/racing/#199

Group 3 Maurice Holmes Vase this Friday night kicks off the Cup build-up officially. The new Group 3 race has attracted the following nominations. Franco Emirate, Franco Ledger, Lord Marmaduke, Mach Banner, Mister Presley, Ohoka Texas, Pure Power, Rangataua Ray and Stunin Cullen. Noms have been held open for the meeting though so there is scope for more tomorrow morning.

Nicky Chilcott's 500th win last Friday night at Auckland. First woman to win 500 harness races in New Zealand. If you missed it over the weekend David Butcher will represent NZ in the 2013 World Drivers Championship in France.

Mah Sish and Terror To Love sharp at trials today at Addington. Pure Power led them up and ran a bit wide in the straight but he set up a startling time of 3.13.7 on a chilly, blustery day in Chch. Mah Sish ran up the passing lane with Terror To Love hot on his hammer, never pulling out.

Quality Invasion won the main trot trial well. He beat Clover Don who was solid in second by 3/4 of a length. Vulcan caught the eye running on very late for fourth. A more sedate time of 3.24.7 for them but they brushed a 400m in 27.7 and Quality Invasion was first of the big names to make a move in the heat.

Young at Heart series concludes this Friday at Addington. The popular series has given new purpose to many 6yo and older horses in recent weeks. So much so that further ways to utilised this group of horses are being explored by HRNZ. This Friday a competitive field has been assembled with winning and placed form running across all runners. The $10,000 final will be a great boost for one horse's career. Interestingly the average age for the race on Friday night just under 7 years old.

Group 3 Maurice Holmes Vase this Friday night kicks off the Cup build-up officially. The new Group 3 race has attracted the following nominations. Franco Emirate, Franco Ledger, Lord Marmaduke, Mach Banner, Mister Presley, Ohoka Texas, Pure Power, Rangataua Ray and Stunin Cullen. Noms have been held open for the meeting though so there is scope for more tomorrow morning.

Andrew Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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