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Latest NZ Cup and Dominion Trot Rankings

03:27 PM 08 Oct 2019 NZDT
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The New Zealand Cup Trophy and The Dominion Trophy,Harness racing
The New Zealand Cup trophy and The Dominion trophy

The big news surrounding Addington's feature harness racing rankings this week is undoubtedly Oscar Bonavena, who turned in a herculean performance to book his spot in the Dominion - coming from a relatively low ranking of 27.

Oscar Bonavena showed tremendous character to recover from an early break and wear down defending Dominion champ Marcoola in the shadows of the post to take the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup and third place in the rankings (automatic qualifier). The only other move of note within the trotters' section was Theodosia, who continued her recent renaissance with a stylish win in the mid-grade handicap trot.

Not a lot has changed in the NZ Cup rankings despite there being several race winners to consider. Spankem who won the Canterbury Classic was already locked for a start but moved up a spot by virtue of Tiger Tara's withdrawal. As a result of a stellar return to form, Henry Hubert, who placed second to Spankem, now slots into 5th on the rankings, with the first three home in the Classic given automatic qualification for our great race. Third placed Classie Brigade moves nowhere as he's already qualified for a start as a result of his Maurice Holmes Vase win.

The other pacing winners across the week were Gran Chico, Cullenburn and Robyns Playboy. All three have moved up, sitting 19th, 20th and 21st respectively.

Other withdrawals from the Cup and Dominion include: U May Cullect, The Bus, Sagwitch, Ronald J and Nottingham K Two.

We can expect to see some more changes to the Rankings next week, following the sustaining payment, which is due Wednesday at 3.00pm.

View the full rankings here.


Courtney Clarke

Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator

Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

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