Harness Racing New Zealand's 'Weekender'

05:10 AM 02 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Here's the latest news from Harness Racing New Zealand:

Gary Allen in Final of Survivor Challenge:

It's down to the last week and Gary Allen takes on Christchurch Casino Challenger #4. Gary's three selections tonight in the last here races at Alexandra Park are Jerry Lee, Raydon and Supremacy.

Christchurch Casino Challenger #4 has gone for Go Diego, Ray and Supremacy. Gary is pinning much of his hope on Jerry Lee who steps out of a strong form race where he ran the best closing sectionals. Of course it comes as no surprise that Raydon is on trial for a visit to Christchurch over Cup Week. The five-metre respite in handicap and the benefit he derived from his first-up run will hopefully be compelling in what is otherwise an even-looking field.

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Topshelf Attitude can lock in the 13th spot in the Sires Stakes Final:

With Topshelf Attitude and Bettor Rock On being equal in Sires Stakes qualification. The defining point will be on overall performance, at nomination time (next Tuesday). Topshelf Attitude tonight has the chance to gain the ascendancy tonight in Race 7 at Alexandra Park. A placed run may be good enough? From barrier two he looks a top chance to make the dais.

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From the Twittersphere:

Fence Talk reported this morning that Ohoka Texas is being vetted for racing in the USA and as a result may be withdrawn from the NZ Trotting Cup.

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NZ Cup Update:

Devil Dodger has been withdrawn from the NZ Trotting Cup. Reports are he's been sold to overseas interests.

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Horse Updates:

Choise Achiever - was found to have an acute respiratory infection after blood tests were taken following his poor showing at Kaikoura on Monday. Sovereignty has been treated for ulcers following his below par performance at Ashburton on Labour Day. Both Gold Ace and Auckland Reactor have been passed fit by their respective vets leading into tonight's Louisson Handicap. One scratching tonight is Ten Too. A vet test revealed a soft tissue injury to his off fore leg.

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THE BOX SEAT NZ CUP DAY SPECIAL:

Sunday 11/11/12 11:00am The Box Seat Special - LIVE, Replays Monday 12/11/12 8:00am, Monday 12/11/12 21:00, Tuesday 13/11/12 8:30am

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TRACKSIDE AT THE TRIALS - CUP TRIALS SPECIAL (Viewing Times):

Fri 09 Nov 06:00am, Sat 10 Nov 07:00am, Sun 11 Nov 10:00am, Mon 12 Nov 07:00am, Tue 13 Nov 07:30am

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NZ Cup Timeline:

Nominations for all races 1.00pm Tuesday 6 November. At 2pm 6 November Withdrawals close for the NZ Trotting Cup. The field will be drawn at this time and released. Remaining withdrawals completed 10.00am Wednesday, except for the Graduation Final which will be completed 30 minutes after the last race at Rangiora HRC on Thursday the 8th. The Final NZ Trotting Cup Rankings will be released around 9.30am on Monday 5 November. HRNZ will be distributing an e-newsletter, form guide, online selections and other pertinent information on Thursday 8 November.

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Twitter:

We at HRNZ are working hard to push information, new and racing information through our Twitter feed we encourage all to get involved with Twitter and follow us and the many other racing people on there. A fantastic network is developing. Great for news, staying up with the play or information on the punt you can find us @HarnessRacingNZ. Currently we have around 900 followers and want to push past 1000 as soon as we can.

Andrew MORRIS (HRNZ)

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