The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association Chairman, John Mooney, congratulated the Auckland Trotting Club on putting together a wonderful night's harness racing tonight (9th December) at Alexandra Park.
"Their innovative open nomination process, meets the demand from owners to place their horses in evenly graded fields.
This should also suit the punters and hopefully the club will be rewarded with a good turnover," Mooney said.
"Particularly pleasing are the three high class fillies and mares races for a combined stake of $132,000," he added.
First race for the fillies is the Group 2 Caduceus Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes (Race 7, 8.05pm).
Classy filly O Baby is resuming after a spell, set to take on the likes of previous season rivals, Dancing Diamonds and Veste.
The Group 3 Caduceus Club Northern Breeders Stakes (Race 9, 9.08pm), sees glamour mare Carabella take on a strong field including a returning De Lovely and Aussie Raider Forever Gold.
The Caduceus Club has been a long-time supporter of the industry and in particular this race (since 1992).
The supporting race for fillies and mares, the Meadow Fresh Mobile, has no shortage of quality mares in attendance.
Group 1 winner Paradise City looking to add to her winning tally this season, plus strong performer Southwind Arden and resuming Maid in Splendour adding to the mix of mares looking to take home a share of the $20,000 stakes on offer.
The NZSBA wish the Auckland Trotting Club well on a fantastic night of racing. To the breeders and owners of runners, the best of luck.
Kiely BUTTELL (Executive Manager NSBA)