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Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington today with a ten race program starting at 12:15pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington. Addington  Sunday 23rd August 2020   Race 1 Glacier Coaster has ability and has been racing in stronger fields. Should be hard to beat here at good odds.…… Jimmy Cannon running on nicely the last few starts and only needs a run close to the pace to go close to winning this.… Touche fairly reliable and he should be in or near the lead early. Can win .... Alexy running some top races and still some life in those old legs but draw a concern. Place chances best Selections:  Glacier Coaster (12),   Jimmy Cannon (7),   Touche (6),    Alexy (8)   Race 2 Bitamuscle decent trial form and trainer can get them running first up. Top selection here……. One Over All another going ok at trials and will be better for hhis first up run where he galloped…… Outamyway ok behind the stablemate at trials and top driver booked. Needed…… Royal Pride has a bit of ability but tough field here. Can run top three with no mistakes. Selections:  Bitamuscle (3),   One Over All (9),   Outamyway (7),   Royal Pride (6)   Race 3 Susie Reignmaker fresh up for strike rate stable and top driver stays on. Watch the tote for any moves.….. Kerala Star tidy finish from back in the field last start. Winning claims if he can stay handy….. Mark O'Ronga should get a run through from the draw and has been racing better fields. Can win…. Magic Mike also getting fitter and not the worst here. Winning claims. Selections: Susie Reignmaker (6),   Kerala Star (3),   Mark O'Ronga (1),    Magic Mike (5)   Race 4 Vin Scully fresh up for strike rate stable and trial was good. Needs to bring his a-game but can win….. Mordecai has been unlucky in previous runs and mobile suits. Goes close with a good run in transit….. Four Starzzz Shiraz good trailing draw here and he is a player if he can clear traffic…. Magical Matty also a good beginner who goes ok at this venue. Place chances best. Selections: Vin Scully (2),   Mordecai (4),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (10),    Magical Matty (3)   Race 5 Sugarinspice 2000m stand should suit and should step ok. Good winning chance…… Tequila Sunset manners a concern but will be a chance if she can get around with no mistakes. Can run top three… Take After Me his last couple of starts have been quite good and he will be fitter. No surprise to see him in the money here….. Rogie Falls has been freshened and he is usually in the top half a dozen placegetters.  Might be over the odds and can win. Selections:  Rogie Falls (3),   Take After Me (7),   Tequila Sunset (2),   Sugarinspice (1)   Race 6 Mossman classy at best and was good last start. Should run top three and top selection here ….. Deja Blue tidy form against strong fields and has been freshened. Can run in the money here if close enough to the pace turning for home.…… Le Tissier getting fitter after racing in good form in his latest few runs. Could be the early leader and needed here.… King Arthur running good and draw suits. Place chance best. Selections:  Mossman (10),   Deja Blue (6),   Le Tissier (4),    King Arthur (2)   Race 7 American Sniper coming in fresh and form has been good in similar fields. Will go close to winning this with a peak effort……. Percy stand a slight concern but second last start was ok. Winning claims.… Madame Frost racing well but still a question mark over her manners. Has a good chance of running in the money if she can step and run early….. Midfrew Luisianabeau good win last start and should handle the rise in grade. Can win. Selections:  American Sniper (9),   Madame Frost (5),   Percy (7),    Midfrew Luisianabeau (2)   Race 8 La Reina Del Sur big run to place last start. Top selection here and should win…….       Scrappylittlenobody coming in fresh but raced well in age group races last campaign. Could surprise at good odds with a good run in transit.… Carnegie Hall wide draw but has gate speed. Can make a mistake but winning claims with manners….. Gold Chain has been disappointing previously but good maiden win last start. Include here Selections:  La Reina Del Sur (2),   Scrappylittlenobody (3),   Carnegie Hall (7),  Gold Chain (11)   Race 9 Unico Gem always thereabouts and would win this on her best form. Should run top three with manners……. Atrenne strikes a draw to suit and winning claims at nice odds with a run close to the pace..… Magical Mali coming in fresh but would be a chance at huge odds if he could step to the front early. Place chances best….. Jake good late finish last start. Has claims if he can get handy before the turn. Selections:  Unico Gem (4),   Atrenne (6),   Jake (14)    Magical Mali (10)   Race 10 Look Sharp disappointing last start but would win this on her best form. Should run top three with a good run in transit……. Lydia strikes a draw to suit and winning claims at nice odds with a run close to the pace..… I Am Adaline stikes a winnable race and she will go forward early. Can win….. Diamond Edition likely to get a good run in transit from the draw and has winning claims if the pace is on. Selections:  Look Sharp (4),   Lydia (11),   I Am Adaline (5)    Diamond Edition (2)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Team Telfer is ready to kick off what they hope proves to be a successful Canterbury raid that continues in to the spring at Addington on Sunday. Left-handed racing has led to trainers Steve and Amanda Telfer sending Major Mac and Secret Deal south from their Papakura stable. The pair are not suited to right-handed racing, so will be based in Canterbury for the foreseeable future and it is expected they will be joined by more of their stablemates. “Neither of them go right-handed, so we were thinking of sending them down there,” Steve Telfer said. “When we got locked down up here it just meant we sent them a couple of weeks earlier than we were originally going to.” “We will have more coming with the fillies heats and the Harness Millions and races like that coming up.” “And later on Triple Eight could be down there ahead of [the] Ashburton [Flying Stakes].” Major Mac will have just his second start in the 2600m mobile conditions of race 3 after battling niggling injuries. “He has shown ability all the way through, but he has had injuries that have limited his starts,” Telfer said. “He can do a little bit wrong and he needs to get better at a few things.” “But he has definitely got ability and 2600m should suit him.” Major Mac has had a strong grounding ahead of his resumption on Sunday with five workouts following the national lockdown. The 4yr-old ran fourth to The Banker, who ran second in his next start at Cambridge, in the latest of them. John Dunn will drive both Major Mac and Secret Deal. The Telfer team opted to start the latter out of his grade in race 4 so that Dunn was available to steer the 5yr-old. Secret Deal has also had a strong grounding in workouts and trials recently. The pacer went on to have one start before heading south when seventh behind Captain Nemo at Cambridge a month ago. “Last start he went a bit rough, but we think we are well on top of the reason for that.” “He has had quite a few trials over the last 12 months and he has always trialled quite strongly.” Telfer took a light-hearted approach when queried about having a maiden taking on a 14 win horse in Four Starzzz Shiraz in Sunday’s 1980m mobile. “The best thing about that is he won’t know it,” Telfer quipped. Trotting master Paul Nairn steps out two first starters that have trialled well leading in Sunday’s meeting. Well related 3yr-old Bitamuscle will debut in race 2 after impressively wining two trials. Nairn confirmed that the Muscle Hill trotters has some of the family ability his brother Lotamuscle and half-brother Andoverlov have shown. “I am pretty happy with him and I was pleased with him at the trials,” the trainer said. “His manners will be a big part of it, we have given him a bit of practice at home behind the gate.” “But, ringcraft – you can’t get it in five minutes.” “In saying that his manners seem pretty good and he is trotting pretty well.” Outamyway got within a length and a quarter of Bitamuscle in his only public appearance at the Rangiora trials. In that heat, the pair beat Venus Tyron who has gone on run a second at Addington earlier this month. “He has improved since his trial and he is working as good as the other horse,” Nairn said. “At home there is not a lot between them, so it will come down to the way the race is run.” “He seems like a nice staying horse.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

The old timers used to say that patience was the only thing in racing that didn’t cost much and Olivia Thornley proved the theory last night at Addington. The astute young driver has always favoured the “soft hands, quiet aggression” approach to her driving and as with all youngsters sometimes it has cost her. But lessons well learned and what a beaut drive to get Aqua Sancta home at Addington. Olivia pushed forward early, settled in the trail and was then caught three back. But until the 600m she sat in her usual calm manner but eased off the fence at the right time and was trailing the leading contenders at the home turn. A good place to be. Then she capitalised, surging forward, the blinds working to help the enthusiasm of the horse who had been disappointing last start, to give Olivia a well deserved win. A natural horsewoman off the track, Olivia is an increasing presence on it and with the continued backing from Mark and Natalie looks in for a lot more success yet. It was a great result all round for All Stars in their debut for the night with Aladdin coming off the trail to run down What’s Your Secret on a slushy track but still breaking 28 for the last 400m and running 2.27 overall. “He was really good” Mark said of the winner. “He had the run but as I said in the preview I think he needed more racing than we thought and he has kept improving which is a big thing. Good to win a race for Jean and Bill too” Natalie wasn’t disappointed with What’s Your Secret by any stretch. “Look, she went really good. I was quite thrilled with her actually. She did the work and fought on strongly..I can’t wait to get her in behind and let her sprint home (parked on debut) and while i am not comparing her to the top fillies we have had at this stage I really like her and I think she has a future at higher level” Natalie’s enthusiasm on a cold night didn’t end there. Rock Legend’s Sires Stakes heat placing had her buzzing. “I was just thrilled with that. I mean he had to work into the open and work hard and he ran on well. He booked his trip to Auckland (Sires Stakes heat) on that run. “Horses like him that keep improving with every run are exciting” Mark was in no way disappointed with Its All About Faith who trailed winner Krug and fought on strongly. You got the impression he is looking forward to the next clash between the two which may not happen until the Sires Stakes Final. But the pair seem headed for more great clashes. “I was a wee bit surprised Krug went to the front like that” Mark said suggesting the stable’s pre race map was different from the outcome. “However we got the run after that and he was not good enough on the night. But actually I was thrilled with him” Tim was not disappointed with Delightful Dude but “hoped for a little more” and Olivia who got cover behind Natalie with Stag Party though his was a fair effort at this stage of his career.   Courtesy of All Stars Stables

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Krug will take bragging rights and the favourites tag north to Auckland for the Sires’ Stakes and Harness Millions series after his dominant win in the Garrard’s Sires Stakes Series No.37 Heat 2 Mobile Pace (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday. The contest was billed as a match race between Krug and It’s All About Faith, with the latter backed into $1.40 favouritism by punters after drawing barrier three in the six-horse field. But it was the Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety-trained Krug who had the superior gate speed and was able to cross his archrival for the lead from his outside gate. Driver Blair Orange set an honest pace up front and Krug was able to maintain his advantage until the end, winning by 1-1/4 length, despite a bandage unravelling down the straight. “We had a bit of surface water on the track, so he just got into it and it slipped down and started to come off,” Purdon said. “But it didn’t interfere too much, he’s well gaited and is pretty sensible, so it was nothing really.” Purdon was delighted with the win and said there is still a fair bit of improvement left in the exciting three-year-old. “It was definitely his biggest task to date and he certainly stepped up to the mark,” he said. “When he got to the front he was always going to be hard to beat. “He will benefit from the run again. We didn’t do too much with him from his trial. We backed off his work a bit this week and he did it more on natural ability tonight more than being screwed down and ready to go.” Purdon will now head to Auckland next week with Krug and he said he may take stablemate Alta Sensation, who tailed the field home in Friday’s heat. “We will look at travelling up on Tuesday,” Purdon said. “How he gets through that will determine if we look at going to the next heat, but we will let him tell us what he wants to do. “We may take Alta Sensation north with him. There are a couple of class races and the trip away might just make him grow up a little bit. “It was a big step up for him from a maiden race to take on the best three-year-olds in New Zealand. He finished back a bit but we weren’t expecting him to be super competitive. “It was a yardstick to see how he is going forward and to see where he stands against the better ones.” Kentuckiana Lodge recorded a winning double on Friday when Fabrizio won the Lamb and Hayward Mobile Pace (2600m) by 3-1/2 lengths. “He is a pretty smart horse,” Purdon said. “He is an up and coming four-year-old and has taken on free-for-all horses in his last two starts and has handled it well. “He won very easily tonight, we were rapt with him. He is another horse that is pretty exciting.”

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Ashburton trainer Brent White is looking forward to kicking-off One Apollo’s season in the Airpark Canterbury Handicap Trot (2600m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night. The Group Three winner has finished runner-up in two recent trials and White believes he is in for an exciting spring. “He has had a couple of nice hit-outs at the trials and I was more than happy with him last week,” White said. “He didn’t need to go as fast as we did, but we were only following them around. He hit the line nicely, but he still has a lot of improvement in him.” The five-year-old son of One Over Da Moon will start from the back mark of 30m and White said he will need to step away cleanly in order to feature on Friday night. “All of these trotters run time and if they do that up front that will make it hard for him off that handicap,” he said. “Gerard (O’Reilly, driver) has jumped back in the cart this week because Ricky (May) got a suspension. Hopefully he goes well first-up.” One Apollo was in fine form earlier this year, winning four races last season, culminating with a half-length victory over Winterfell in the Gr.3 4YO & 5YO Trotting Championship (2600m) at Addington Raceway in March. “He was flying and it was the one year you would have liked the Jewels to have been on and he would have been a chance,” White said. “But there are more serious things going on in the world. “I was rapt with his end of season form. As long as we can get back to running those sort of times I will be more than happy.” White is hoping to target a couple of feature trot races this spring and believes his seven-win trotter is up to adding a third stakes victory to his tally. “We are hoping that he will be good enough to go around in all of the good trotting races and we will just keep our feet on the ground and take it one step at a time,” he said. “He has probably come back a bit later than the faster class horses, but we have taken our time with him. He seems good and I think he will be more than competitive.” While White is excited about the prospects of One Apollo heading into spring, he said he may have unearthed another promising trotter by his sire. “I have got another three-year-old trotter by One Over Da Moon that I like called Samanthas Moon,” he said. “She is just going to take a bit of time but she is doing a nice job and might be seen around Christmas time.”

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    An emerging rivalry is set to resume at Addington Raceway on Friday night when Krug and It’s All About Faith contest the Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Series No. 37 Heat 2 (1980m). See full series schedule here It will be the first time the pair will meet since the now Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety-trained Krug beat out the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained It’s All About Faith in the Gr.1 Cardigan Bay Stakes (1700m) at Alexandra Park in March. The pair have each been undefeated in their two starts this preparation, but Mark Purdon believes his charge will be hard to beat on Friday after drawing three, while Krug will start from the outside barrier in the six horse field. “It’s All About Faith has turned the corner this year,” Purdon said. “He’s a bit mature now having to have that enforced break (as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown). “I was pleased with him the other night and his training has been very good since that run. He will certainly take a lot of beating I would expect from the draw. “I thought he (Krug) was the best two-year-old last season but it will be an interesting contest on Friday night. We are a bit lucky with the way the draws have fallen.” Purdon will also line-up last-start winners Delightful Dude, Rock Legend, and Stag Party in the same heat and he thinks they are evenly matched heading into Friday’s assignment. “Krug and It’s All About Faith look the two better horses in the field, but I am sure the third money will be a good even contest,” Purdon said. “They are all in a good place. They have trained well this week, but it will all depend on how the race is run.” The All Stars team will also line-up Aladdin and What’s Your Secret in the IRT – Your Horse. Our Passion. Mobile Pace (1980m). Both three-year-olds finished runner-up last start, but Purdon is leaning towards What’s Your Secret to secure her maiden victory at just the second time of asking. “They are both going well, particularly What’s Your Secret,” Purdon said. “That was a particularly good effort on debut. She had a tough run but was right there in the finish. She did very well, so you would have to respect her as probably our number one pick in that race.” Stablemate Aqua Sancta disappointed when finishing seventh last start, but Purdon is expecting a better showing from the four-year-old entire in the Spectators Bar and Bistro (Junior Drivers) Mobile Pace (1980m). “I was disappointed with him last start, but he has trained well this week,” he said. “We just have to turn the page and expect a better performance from him.”

After 26 years at Harness Racing New Zealand, Darrin Williams has resigned to take up a new job at Addington Raceway, as their Racing Industry Manager.  "For me it's going full circle, having spent 10 years at Addington all those years ago, I left to join HRNZ and now I'm going back," said Williams.  During his time at HRNZ Williams has held a number of positions. He was Customer Services/Promotions Officer, then Handicapper for 16 years, before being Racing Manager. He then took on the Racing and Marketing Manager's position in 2017.   “Racing has been a huge part of my life and will continue to be. I couldn’t imagine not being involved in things like Cup week etc,  though from now on it will be from a different perspective,” said Williams.   “He has a wealth of experience and knowledge and we will miss him,” says HRNZ Chief Executive  Phil Holden, “but he is not being lost to the industry that he has been involved in for so long. We wish him all the best.”   Williams will officially change stables in a month.   HRNZ

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    The newly formed training partnership of Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety is going from strength-to-strength. The pair took just two horses to Addington Raceway on Friday night and recorded a perfect result, landing a winning double with Alta Sensation and Im A Gigolo. It doubled their season tally to four wins from just 12 starts and they are rapt with the way their partnership has begun. “It’s been great and hopefully it continues,” Dalgety said. “Two starts for two winners, you can’t beat that.” Alta Sensation kicked off proceedings when taking out the Airpark Canterbury Mobile Pace (1980m) by three-quarters of a length over Chubby Checker, with a further 3-3/4 lengths back to Off The Edge in third. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was pushed forward early by junior driver Sarah O’Reilly to take an early lead, which she subsequently relinquished to take the trail behind Chubby Checker. The pair were able to take advantage of the passing lane and comfortably accounted for their rivals. “He was perfectly driven by Sarah,” Dalgety said. “Alta Sensation has been working well and his last few starts had been good, so we were certainly hoping for good things and then the race panned out perfectly.” Just three races later Dalgety and Purdon were back in the winner’s circle with in-form four-year-old Im A Gigolo. The son of Sweet Lou had pleased his connections with his two recent placings and finally rewarded them with a victory in the IRT – Your Horse. Our Passion. Mobile Pace (1980m). “He has certainly improved,” Dalgety said. “We changed a few things around with him as he was a bit disappointing a few months ago and I think we have got on top of everything with him. “We were thrilled with him last week and he just topped it off tonight. That was very pleasing.” While Dalgety was pleased with the stable’s results on Friday night, she admitted she shared a sigh of relief with her fellow Cantabrian trainers after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement earlier in the evening that the region would remain in Level 2. With Auckland still under Level 3 restrictions, Dalgety said she is feeling slightly anxious about whether Group One winner Krug’s northern campaign will occur later this month. “We are a little bit on edge waiting on what will happen with COVID-19, but I am pretty pleased that we can keep racing,” she said. “We want to head up to Auckland in a few weeks, so we will just have to see how that pans out. “We are going to take Krug up for the Sires Stakes and the Harness Millions Sales Series. We have got a heat at Addington next Friday night, so we are hoping to send him up on a truck after that heat. “It’s just week-by-week at the moment and we are just hoping it goes ahead.”

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Like a fine wine, Splash Cola is just getting better with age. The 10-year-old daughter of Sundon will contest the Lamb & Hayward Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday and while trainer Regan Todd isn’t expecting a lot from his charge first-up, he is hoping she can make a solid start to her preparation. “She seems really good. She has been trialling up well, but will be in need of the run,” Todd said. “She is as ready as she can be without a race, but it’s a pretty hot field on Friday.” Splash Cola has drawn three in a small but select field of six, which includes Group One winner Enhance Your Calm, Group One performers Majestic Man and Heavyweight Hero, Group Three winner Pres The Belle, and stakes winner Ruthless Kayla. Splash Cola has recorded 11 victories to date, with her career highlight coming in February this year when winning the Gr.3 Summer Trotting Free-For-All (1980m) at Addington Raceway. She had been set to retire to the broodmare paddock last year, however, she missed to Father Patrick, which proved to be a blessing in disguise. “She got served last year by Father Patrick and she missed because it got quite late,” Todd said. “If she did get in-foal we wouldn’t have had a New Zealand record or those last two wins, so it was probably a bit lucky.” Todd has been pleased with the way she has returned and he is hoping to add to her stakes tally this spring. “She went great at the start of the year,” he said. “She seems a lot happier horse now, so hopefully she can carry that form on this prep. “There is another free-for-all in two weeks’ time and we will keep chipping away until Cup week. “If she steps up and goes the way that she was we might aim her at a race like the Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile (Gr.3, 1609m). But we will just play it by ear.” Todd will also line-up a trio of runners in the McMillan Equine Feeds Fillies & Mares Mobile Pace (1980m) on Friday. “Canstar is fresh-up,” Todd said. “She did a good job last time in. She has got a good draw (3), so she should find the pylons from there and be a place chance. “Gemma Mac was a bit disappointing last start, so she has had a bit of a freshen-up. “Cheezel has been racing really well, she just hasn’t had much luck.” Todd said his runners are hard to split, but he is leaning towards Cheezel as his stable’s best chance of the night. “There’s not much between them all, but if you had to pick one, with race fitness it would have to be Cheezel,” he said.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with a nine race program starting at 5:43pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington. Addington  Friday 14th August 2020   Race 1 Paramount Princess coming out of a strong age group field last start and from a strike rate stable. Will be very hard to beat.…… Royal Pride has been running on in tough fields and getting fitter with racing. Can win if the favourite makes a mistake……. One Over All well bred and having his first start. Trials have been ok and place hopes here….. The Good Doctor stable and driver always worth a dollar and this fella can trot but this field could be a bit strong for him. Place only Selections:  Paramount Princess (1),   Royal Pride (3),   One Over All (9),    The Good Doctor (4)   Race 2 Glenthorne coming in fresh here and field not strong. Good winning claims if he can land the front early……. Alta Sensation another going ok with an ok draw to work with. Include here…… Chubby Checker good workout win recently and top driver on board. Tricky draw though but include…… Woodlea Diego has a bit of ability and drawn to follow the possible leader. Can place with a cosy run on the fence. Selections:  Glenthorne (5),   Alta Sensation (3),   Chubby Checker (8),   Woodlea Diego (1)   Race 3 Shan Noble looked good running home late last start. Has a reputation and should go close to winning this. Top selection here…… Got You Covered was finding the line ok last start and will be improved. Has winning claims.…. Stephs Boy early gallop cost him last start but money was on. Not the worst here and can place …… Riveered from a respected stable but not as good as his stablemate. Place chances best. Selections   Shan Noble (2),   Got You Covered (8),  Stephs Boy (3),  Riveered (9)   Race 4 Enhance Your Calm big run to win last start in a strong field. Top selection here….. Majestic Man tidy run for second last start and small field will help. Top three player for sure….. Heavyweight Hero good fifth at first start from a long handicap. Much better here and can win…. Pres The Belle not the worst last start behind Enhance Your Calm. Top three player here. Selections:  Enhance Your Calm (2),   Majestic Man (6),   Heavyweight Hero (4),    Pres The Belle (5)   Race 5 Aqua Sancta has raced well in similar fields before but hard to catch. Don’t mind him today, top selection….. Carlos Bromac has a lot of ability and good third last start. Needs the pace on and one run at them but can run top three… Im A Gigolo Tried to run them ragged last start and nearly got there. Getting fitter and top three player here….. Kensington Bill likely to go back from the tricky draw. Can lob a place with a good run in transit. Selections:  Aqua Sancta (4),   Carlos Bromac (7),   Im A Gigolo (8),   Kensington Bill (9)   Race 6 Heisenberg he did too much work last start but well placed off the one draw. Likely to head forward and will be hard to beat if he can find the front early ….. Vintage Cheddar coming in fresh with good course stats. Top three player at longer odds with luck in the running.…… Henry Hubert getting fitter after racing top fields his first two runs back. Winning hopes here if he can get handy early…… Nandolo running good races only need a good trip in transit to be a place chance here. Selections:  Heisenberg (1),   Vintage Cheddar (7),   Henry Hubert (8),    Nandolo (6)   Race 7 American Pride back to the mobile a big assist here. Will go close to winning this with manners……. Andoverlov very disappointing last start but dangerous with a run close to the pace. Good winning claims.… Jimmy Carter mobile will help and he is in good form. Draw not great but he will be running on….. Aorangi runs the odd cracking race and mobile a help here. Over the odds and can place Selections:  American Pride (6),   Aorangi (3),   Jimmy Carter (10),    Andoverlov (4)   Race 8 Folklore one draw a big assist here. Will go close to winning this with a cosy run on the fence……. Spellbound two good seconds to ready her for this. Dangerous with a run close to the pace and good  winning claims.… Sugar Loaf has been running good races with no luck. Draw not great but she will be running on and could win if put in the race before the home straight ….. Cheezel could get a nice sit on the fence and bomb them late here. Place chances best Selections:  Folklore (1),   Spellbound (5),   Sugar Loaf (8),  Cheezel (10)   Race 9 Bossmaro wide draw but has been in good form. Top driver booked and can win……. Arden Messi locked wheels last start and has a driver change here. Dangerous with a run close to the pace. Good winning claims.… Sweet Loress will be better for the last start run. Draw not great but she will be running on….. Blue Chip Delight drawn to be a good place hope in what is an even field. Selections:  Bossmaro (7),   Arden Messi (4),   Sweet Loress (6),    Blue Chip Delight (1)   Harnesslink Media

1. Driving and training milestones  What a week it’s been for Tim Williams. He reined home winner number 500 with Down To The Bone's success at Addington on Friday night. The team of Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson also had a milestone of note, chalking up training success number 100 when Christianshavtime won at Auckland. They first started training together in 2008.  Amanda Telfer (who trains with her brother Steve) had her first New Zealand training success when Cloudy Bay also won at Auckland. Mimi E Coco was another winner for the combo later in the night. 2. Muscle Hill flexes at the Big M The progeny of champion sire Muscle Hill dominated Hambletonian day with four winners, including one at huge odds, at the Meadowlands. Ramona Hill won the Hambletonian itself, with Sorella taking out the Oaks, Zenith Stride winning at 87-to-one in the Peter Haughton Memorial and When Dovescry taking out the Dr John Steele Memorial. 3. Newcomer to Williamson barn Two-win trotter Miss Moppet has had a significant change of trainer. The six-year-old Majestic mare has joined Phil Williamson’s operation at Oamaru, after being trained by Matt Purvis in Canterbury. The horse’s last win was at Addington last October. 4. A trio of Terrys  Three-time New Zealand Cup champion Terror to Love has produced a lot of stock since his heroics on the track, some have hard “case” names. Regan Todd has trained Terry (Terror to Love – Carania) to one win from nine starts. He also has a three-year-old gelding with the same breeding, called Terry’s Brother and there's another young filly named Terry’s Sister. All were bred by and are owned by G.F, M.M, and M.G.M. Case. 5. Level 2 for Kurow  The Kurow Harness Racing Club’s Sunday meeting at Oamaru will be the first to be held outside Auckland, Cambridge, Addington or Invercargill since the end of lockdown. The feature race, the Kurow Cup, is set to go at 3.29 under Level 2 conditions (public excluded). 6. Kaikoura Club fund-raiser Thanks to Alabar, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender:  One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000)  · One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000)  Tenders close at 5pm on Friday 11th September 2020. For enquiries and copy of Tender Form please contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351 615 or email on ger.stanbury@xtra.co.nz 

The hot favourite for next month’s rescheduled Sires’ Stakes Final will contest next week’s Addington heat even though he probably doesn’t have to. And co-trainer Nathan Purdon says he is happy to have a three-year-old race to target with Krug, even though it is oddly on the way to the two-year-old Sires’ Stakes Final. As we all know the unique situation of having the two-year-old final early in the horse’s three-year-old careers came about when the group one, usually held at Addington in May, was canned because of Covid lockdown. It will now be held at Alexandra Park on Thursday September 17, a week before the first Harness Millions Final (the former Sales Series Pace) is held at the same track. The fact both races were able to get off the ground at all and our young horses can then roll straight into the actual three-year-old Sires’ Stakes heats for the Addington final in November and the Sales Series at Alexandra Park on New Years Eve is one of the great miracles of harness racing coming out of lockdown. And was undoubtedly a lot harder to pull together than harness administrators get credit for. But what many won’t know is there are only two heats of the series at Addington on August 21 and Alexandra Park on September 3 to be run before the final as three were run last season. Kinda. Because of time restrictions meaning a full set of heats couldn’t be run the first actual Sires’ Stakes heat at Addington held in March still counts while the final Young Guns heat at Alexandra Park in February and the Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham in March are now also counted as Sires’ Stakes qualifying races. They carry slightly less weight, with the winners of the three actual heats getting first ranking, then the Young Guns heat and Kindergarten winner next rank, then the Sires’ Stakes second placegetters and so on. That means should they want to take their place at Alexandra Park in the final, First Class and Better Call Me (Addington heat), American Dealer and It’s All About Faith (Young Guns heat) and Delightful Dude (2nd in Kindergarten won by First Class) are all qualified. With a double up in First Class and Delightful Dude (third in the Addington heat) it means that even counting back to third, after three of the qualifying races run there are only five finalists. Two of the other third placegetters won’t be in the final with trainer Graeme Anderson confirming he will be keeping American Lightning (third in Kindergarten) home in the South Island cause he wasn’t paid up while Platinum Stride, third in the Young Guns heat, is now trained in Sydney. With more double ups likely, there is a very real chance fourth in a heat could get you into the final, which is great news for punters taking the $2.30 about Krug to win the final because that is where he finished in that Addington heat way back on March 20. So while he will contests next week’s heat if he happened to be unlucky or even had to be scratched for any reason, Krug will almost certainly qualify for the final regardless. “We actually want to go to the heat anyway,” says Purdon. “He has won his last two easily but he can’t keep racing those good older horses on their way to open class every week so dropping back to three-year-old company will do him some good. “Then all going well at Addington he will head to Alexandra Park for the two finals up there and we are looking at taking at least another couple up as well. “But it is real pleasure to train a horse like him. He is definitely better now than at the back end of his two-year-old season last campaign. “He is more than a little bit special.” The Addington heat will be very strong and it will be interesting to see whether last week’s stunning winner It’s All About Faith returns for another clash with Krug. And while the north many not have the big bangers their September third heat could also be very strong with First Class and American Dealer there, along with recent winners Mr Fantastic, Marathon Man and Nevada and the likes of Hot And Treacherous, who was back at the workouts last Friday set to be there. The 2020 Sires’ Stakes Final, to be contested by a field of three-year-olds 1000kms from its usual track and four months late, should be worth the wait.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    Immediately after notching his 500th winner, Tim Williams quickly got to work on next half tonne when driving Zambia to victory at Addington on Sunday. The Canterbury reinsman took no chances with the Paul Kerr trained 4yr-old, spearing him to the front where he held out a late challenge from runner-up Magic Mike. The victory took Williams to 501 wins in New Zealand after he notched his 500-win milestone behind Down To The Bone at the same track on Friday night. It was appropriate that the special moment came behind a Robert Dunn trained pacer as he was the man that gave Williams his start in the sport. And it came well before the driver first saluted the judge in Dunn’s colours with Easy Armbro at Rangiora in 2007. “Even before I drove my first winner for Robert, he gave me first trial drive and my first workout drive,” Williams said. “He has been like a second father to me.” “In the school holidays, [his sons] John and Dexter and I would hang around at the stables – it was what we did.” “Obviously my partner, Aimee, is John’s wife’s sister - so, there is a really tight connection there.” Williams had a successful stint in Invercargill at Wayne Adams’ stable after completing his time as a junior driver with Dunn. Next came a crucial career move to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s All Stars stable. That brought a serious upgrade in horse power and opportunities in big races. Williams had made the most of the chances he has worked for, racking up 14 group 1 wins. When pressed to pick a favourite, he chose his first – Have Faith In Me’s 3yr-old Sires Stakes Final in 2014. “If I had to choose one I would go with my first,” Williams said. “Being a Christchurch boy, New Zealand Cup day is our biggest day.” “To do it there in front of my family and friends was pretty special.” Williams did not stop once he get a taste of group 1 glory. By the end of the same season he had won the Northern and New Zealand Derbies and a Harness Jewels title with Have Faith In Me. And another special filly helped him round out a whirlwind 12 months with six group 1 titles. Williams had a special bond with Dream About Me, who won a 2yr-old Sires Stakes Final and Harness Jewels to set up an incredible five season career. “She was a great mare.” “And I think the best thing about her was she was able to do it right from when she was two through until her last start when she was six and ran 1.50 in her last start.” Williams clearly gets to sit behind classy horses, but he does not take it for granted and strives to improve his driving skills. “Obviously I get to drive some nice horses.” “There is a balance there and the key is not to overdrive them” “I still talk to Mark and Natalie about driving quite a bit and tap in to their knowledge, obviously because they are both masters.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Jonny Cox, Ricky May, Alana Cameron, Kerryn Tomlinson & Gerard O'Reilly give us their best drive for Sunday at Addington.   Harness Racing New Zealand

By Jonny Turner    Magic Mike can help Mitchell Robertson build on the successful start he has made to his training career at Addington on Sunday. The Templeton horseman has just completed his first season in partnership with father, Peter, racking up eight wins. Though pleased with that effort, Robertson is looking forward to building on it this season. Magic Mike could set the platform for a successful twelve months if his debut third for driver Tim Williams at Invercargill three weeks ago is anything to go by. The 4yr-old was caught three wide during a quickening of the race speed before working to the parked position and fighting on for third behind impressive debutante Maximus Prost. “We were pretty pleased with that run because we sort of thought he still might one hard run away from full fitness,” Robertson said. “And he didn't travel or settle in down there as good as we’d have hoped.” “So we're pretty pleased with the run taking those things into account.” The likely improvement from his debut they will see Magic Mike steps out from barrier 2 in race 4 has the Robertson stable hopeful of a big second up run. “We are thinking – slash hoping – that he will have improved, so that should hopefully make him pretty hard to beat.” Magic Mike goes up against his stablemate, Fomo, who was just fair when fifth for Williams at Ascot Park last week. Though the performance may not truly reflect her ability. “She has got her share of ability, but her gait is not perfect,” Robertson said. “Tim said she was travelling pretty well at Invercargill, but she ran out up the straight and didn’t want to take the passing lane.” “Hopefully the bigger track at Addington might help her.” Williams will not drive either of the Robertson team, instead he will be behind Zambia for trainer Paul Kerr. Blair Orange takes the drive behind Magic Mike and Robbie Close will steer Fomo. Williams will drive Im Jimmy James for the Robertson stable in race 9. The 7yr-old looks to have an ideal opportunity to get back to winning form after drawing barrier 2 in the 2000m standing start. Im Jimmy James was third behind American Lightning at Ascot Park before running sixth behind Ideal Rule at Addington the following week. “I am thinking the 2000m stand should suit him,” Robertson said. “His run at Invercargill was pretty good behind a smart horse.” “I was a little bit disappointed in his next run, but he was backing up for the third week in a row.” “He has had a week off race, so hopefully he should be better on Sunday. Ladbrooks trainer Dean Taylor has a key hand to play in race 2 with Jake and Spirit Of Arden. Spirit Of Arden got things horribly wrong on debut early last month, but looked much better when second in a recent Ashburton trial. “He has just got a few hang ups - he hit the footrests and he panicked completely in his first start,” Taylor said. “He has trialled up quite good and done things right since, but if things go wrong he gets very stirred up.” Spirit Of Arden is a 4yr-old half-brother to smart performers Bettor’s Strike, Southwind Arden and Rocknroll Arden. Taylor is hopeful that in time the horse could do his dam, Winter Rose, proud. “I am picking he is going to be a very good stayer one day.” Jake has featured in the thick end of most of his 11 starts. His last start fourth behind Ashes To Ashes, after sitting in the trail, may have disappointed his backers, but it did come after in a sharp step up in distance from 2000m. “His last run was his first run over 2600m,” Taylor said. “He did go hard early and it might have just caught up with him at the finish.” “But, he is very genuine.” Robbie Close will drive Spirit Of Arden and Ken Barron will steer Jake. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Promising pacer Arden Messi will be vying to add another win to his tally at Addington Raceway on Sunday when he contests the Allied Security (Junior Drivers) Mobile Pace (1980m). The Grant Payne-trained four-year-old has already tasted victory in his four career starts, and finished runner-up on two other occasions. Tim Williams has done the steering on all four occasions, but junior driver Mikayla Lewis will hop in the cart on Sunday in the junior driver event. Payne has been delighted with the way the son of Bettor’s Delight has been progressing in his first racing preparation and he said he was pleased with the gelding’s last start runner-up effort at the Christchurch track last week. “He’s been going really good,” Payne said. “He is a horse on the improve. Every time I take him off the place he just seems to get better. “He just got a bit lost in front (last start) I thought. It’s the first time he has been in front, he is a lot better with a bit of cover.” All four of his starts have come after the COVID-19 lockdown period, however, Payne said he took plenty of improvement from the enforced break. “I gave him a break when we had to and he came back much better,” Payne said. “I was really surprised with how much he had improved. “I am sure after another break he will come back better again.” Payne believes his charge is the one to beat on Sunday and he has every confidence in Lewis. “I will just leave it up to Mikayla, I don’t want to put any pressure on her,” he said. “If he gets an economical trip he will be very hard to beat.” Payne doesn’t have any set plans with Arden Messi at this stage, but he believes he can make his way through the grades. “He will tell me when he needs a break,” he said. “At the moment he is just thriving on his work so we will just press on.” Arden Messi is not the only southern-bred horse that is exciting Payne at the moment. “I am working about a dozen at the moment,” he said. “I have got a very nice three-year-old by Rock N Roll Heaven that I really like from Joyfuljoy’s family. “I bought him as a yearling from the sales. He is a lovely going horse and he has qualified.” Reflecting on last season’s tally of six wins, Payne said he was pleased with his small team’s efforts. “I only train a small team here, so I was pretty happy.”

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