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Thursday night’s Magness Benrow Sires’ Stakes Fillies Heat (1980m) at Addington is shaping as a crucial lead in to NZB Standardbred’s lucrative Harness Million Sale Race Series. Up and coming fillies will take on proven two-year-old performers when a classy group of nine graduates from NZB Standardbred’s 2019 National Yearling Sale take to the track. Northern raiders Show Me Heaven (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) and Miss Hathaway (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) will be out to continue their fine form and boost their hopes of qualifying for the $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Fillies Pace (1980m), run as a late two-year-old race on Friday 2 October. Show Me Heaven opened her campaign with a strong win at Addington earlier this month for trainers Steve and Amanda Telfer. Miss Hathaway, who won on debut at Alexandra Park before venturing south, adds to the strong hand the Telfer stable has in Thursday night’s race. Show Me Heaven is set to start as one of the favourites after drawing barrier 2, while Miss Hathaway has a bigger challenge in front of her from barrier 9. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable line up two strong winning chances, including last season’s Group Three Leonard Memorial Stakes (2000m) winner Town Echo (NZ) (Art Major). She has prepared for her first start as a three-year-old by competing strongly against older horses in a recent Rangiora workout. Avana (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) also lines up on Thursday night for the All Stars stable after running a good fourth in the previous South Island heat of the Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Fillies Series at Addington earlier this month. La Rosa (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) ran fifth in the same race when rattling home from the rear. The Mark Jones trained filly started from barrier 9, but is much better situated in barrier 6 on Thursday night. The Robert Dunn stable will hope to boost the Harness Million credentials of two fillies when he starts Off N Gone (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) and Passion And Power (NZ) (Art Major). The smart pair have contrasting draws with Off N Gone, a winner of her last two starts, to start from barrier 3. Passion And Power’s chances will be impacted by the early tactics of her fellow NZB Standardbred graduate, Endless Dreams (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere), whom she starts behind from barrier 1 on the second line. Iksaka (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), a placegetter in both of her career starts, will start outside Off N Gone in barrier 4.   NZB Standardbred

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 an eleven race program starting at 5:07pm 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  Thursday 17th  September 2020   Race 1 Manhattan has been impressive at trials and top driver booked. Looks the winner in this field.…… Vesnina also good at trials and has a big motor. Good winning chance.… Bizzie Lou going to get a cosy run on the fence and is a first four player from there…….. Aimee's First Meddle trials have been good and stable firing. Tote the guide but has claims Selections:  Manhattan (3),   Vesnina (10),   Bizzie Lou (1),    Aimee's First Meddle (6)   Race 2 Down To The Bone forgive the last start run. Good winning claims here……. Arden's Reality has ability and big swing in draws. Good place chance at big odds in this field…… Koenigsegg running good races and fence draw suits. Good winning claims here if he can clear traffic…… Only In America ok on the track and draw is ideal. Top three player. Selections:  Down To The Bone (6),   Arden's Reality (1),   Koenigsegg (11),   Only In America (3)   Race 3 Five Wise Men he broke on grass at Methven after trialling well. Tote the guide but top winning chance….. Queen Elida good last campaign in strong fields. Has to be a good chance here….. Royal Pride drawn badly but has been running good races on the track. Needs luck but can win…. Queen Of Strathfield gets a tidy draw which should suit here. Form suggests she is a major player. Selections:   Five Wise Men (4),   Queen Elida (8),   Royal Pride (9),   Queen Of Strathfield (5)   Race 4 Need You Now big effort to beat most of this field last start and looks ready to go this week. Top winning chance….. Sugar Loaf better run last start from the good draw and fancied again to lead here. Has to be a good chance in this field….. Spellbound racing well against these mares and should be hard to beat.…. Enchantee tricky draw but in good form. Place claims best in even field. Selections:   Need You Now (9),   Sugar Loaf (3),   Spellbound (5),   Enchantee (6)   Race 5 Town Echo change of stable and will start favourite here. Hard to beat in this field…… La Rosa better draw to work with this week after a late finish from the back at her last start. Can win with a good run in transit… What's Your Secret getting better with racing but tricky draw. Include… Avana draw suits and big on ability. From a strike rate stable and over the odds. Selections:  Town Echo (12),   La Rosa (6),   What's Your Secret (15),   Avana (5)   Race 6 Kahress in top form last campaign and no reason she won’t be in the top three again here after a promising trial. Needed….. Wanna Play With Me getting better with racing and likely leader early. Can run top three…… Orlando Magic ok at trials and stronger now. Could stick on for a place at decent odds.… Sods Law runs some good races in sprint trips and could surprise at decent money here Selections:  Kahress (7),   Wanna Play With Me (3),   Orlando Magic (6),   Sods Law (10)   Race 7 Got You Covered good form and weaker field here. Can win if he can land closer to the speed early.……. Ned Kelly going ok and cosy fence draw. Liked at good money.… Twilight Bromac has not lived up to his first start second. Over the odds with top driver booked and could surprise.….. Major Moose getting fitter and has run some good races recently. Stable respect but place chances look best. Selections:  Got You Covered (5),   Ned Kelly (10),  Major Moose (6),  Twilight Bromac (11)   Race 8 A Bettor Act tidy trials run and should be running top three here. Top selection ……. Heisenberg has performed well here in the past but tricky draw. Good winning chance in this field if he goes forward early.… Mongolian Cavalry strikes a tricky draw but big on ability. Will be finishing over the top of them late….. Stars Tonight can do it tough in his races but this is a top field. One for longer odds Selections:  A Bettor Act (5),   Mongolian Cavalry (7),   Heisenberg (8),  Stars Tonight (9)   Race 9 Rydgemont Son looked the winner here last start but blew out late. Can win with a good run in transit……. Overzealous going well in stronger fields. Draw not the best but can win if she can clear traffic..… Majestic Chevron getting fitter and a top three finish looks on the cards if she goes forward early. Include….. Sioux Princess she looked a run short last start but has ability. Could provide an upset at even from the tricky draw. Selections:  Rydgemont Son (12),   Overzealous (10),   Majestic Chevron (8)    Sioux Princess (11)   Race 10 Champagneandwine easy win last start and change of driver. Should be very hard to roll here if she can get near the lead early……. Terrier decent effort last start and has won here before. Winning claims and opened over the odds.… Flamboyant conditions of the race suit and he is a good beginner. Include in combinations….. Sister's Delight great draw and forgive last start seventh. If she can lead early and then trail she is a place player here at long odds. Selections:  Champagneandwine (7),   Terrier (12),   Flamboyant (2)    Sister's Delight (1)   Race 11 Jawbreaker good win last start and this is no harder. If he can get a good run in transit then he is a big winning chance……. Chubby Checker decent effort last start and getting fitter. Winning claims at good odds.… Zambia racing out of his skin and draw suits. Might start favourite here and can win….. The Falcon running good races and should be there abouts. Needed Selections:  Jawbreaker (4),   Zambia (3),   Chubby Checker (7)    The Falcon (2)     Harnesslink Media

Most interest in the fillies heat of the Sires Stakes on Thursday is likely to centre on Town Echo making her All Stars debut but Natalie warns against reading too much into the fact she has switched from What’s Your Secret to drive the newcomer. “Really it was Mark’s drive but he is in Auckland and when we got the filly we agreed that one of us would drive her in the series. That is the reason Jim Curtin is on What’s Your Secret and I think he will suit her” Town Echo is still getting to know All Stars and vice versa. “She worked well this morning (Tuesday) but she has a tricky draw and it is not as if she is just going to go out and win it. She will need some luck. She won’t want to be out working during the running” Natalie said. “I would have liked if better if we had got her a little earlier and could have run in an earlier heat. It is either qualify or she is out with this race” “Actually of ours I think it will come down to the run they get. What’s Your Secret has done nothing wrong. She doesn’t have a great draw but it might suit her to be held up for a run. And Avana shouldn’t be overlooked. She has had some tough draws and I think she will be a better filly when she gets the opportunity to get on the pace. Her win down south showed she has the ability” Wanna Play With Me and Major Moose are both coming off disappointing runs but expect better this time. “I think there was a bit going on with both of them last start. We had had a bug around at home. Major Moose has to be competitive in a maiden race. He worked good enough this morning. He is a bit of a lazy bugger at home but he should go well. Wanna Play With Me is up against boys again but she is trotting well at home”   Courtesy of All Stars Stables

The punters loss at Addington last Friday will be Oamaru’s gain for the Hannon Memorial this Sunday. Because that is where New Zealand Cup favourite Self Assured heads to test out how he enjoys being off the unruly for the first time. The Auckland Cup winner cost punters a fortune when he galloped away in the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup at Addington last Friday, losing all chance. It was the third time in a row he had missed away but was far worse than the first two, never getting into the race. Trainer Mark Purdon immediately put the five year-old on the unruly and sees whether he stays there or not for the New Zealand Cup in November will depend on his manners in coming starts. “He really galloped quite badly the other day so I think it is the best thing for now,” said Purdon. “But we don’t need to panic. He has three or four starts before the Cup and we can see how he is going away before we make a decision on whether he stays there.” The first of those will be the Hannon this Sunday, a race Self Assured was initially set to bypass but he will now contest since he didn’t have a race last Friday. That means he will clash with returning stablemate Spankem but one-time favourite Princess Tiffany is less likely to go there and her entire New Zealand Cup campaign could be in doubt. She has been brave but struggling against the boys and looks better off against her own sex than in a hard 3200m on Cup Day. But if Self Assured remains on the unruly that could affect his NZ Cup hopes as he is as good as a 10m handicap he could potentially end up giving away to the likes of Copy That and Spankem. Meanwhile, Purdon is happy with how second favourite It’s All About Faith has travelled north for the Sires’ Stakes Final at Alexandra Park this Friday, with today’s draw crucial for he and Krug because if either drew the second line that would almost certainly hand the other favouritism.   Michael Guerin

Sundees Son shot back to the top of New Zealand’s trotting ranks on a big night for trainer Robert Dunn when bolting in to win his second consecutive Ordeal Trotting Cup on Friday. The multiple group 1 winner unleashed sensational closing sectionals to leave a top class line up strung out all around the Addington track when taking out the group 3 feature for driver John Dunn. Sundees Son’s five and a half-length demolition job ended a frustrating year for the Dunns and owners Colin and Nancy Hair. After establishing himself as the country’s top trotter two seasons ago with a hat-trick of group 1 wins in the Anzac Cup, Rowe Cup and Harness Jewels, things went pear shaped for Sundees Son after his win in last season’s Ordeal Cup. “He has always had a few niggling problems and we have always had to give him small breaks here and there,” Robert Dunn said. “But last season he just wasn’t himself and we put him in the paddock.” “He is a horse that tells us when he really is right.” “When you drive him you can tell he is in the zone and when he is, he is just unreal.” After making a mistake in his first run back this season, the 6yr-old trotter showed he was feeling somewhere near his best with a brilliant Rangiora trial win last week. Robert Dunn said the credit for resurrecting Sundees Son career should go to his son and South Island stable manager, John, together with his father in law Craig Edmonds. “Craig loves the horse and he drives him a lot in his work.” The challenge for the Dunn team now is to keep Sundees Son at his mental and physical best while getting him fit enough for his big target – the Dominion. “We just have to space his races now so he doesn’t have any niggling problems,” Robert Dunn said. “And it will take some work.” “We will have to keep racing him, we can’t wrap him up in cotton wool, the Dominion is over two miles [3200m].” “So, we will put a plan in place to get him 100% right on November the 13th.” Sundees Son scorched his last 800m in 55.9sec, which was the fastest last 800m of all of Friday night’s races bar one. The fastest came when the Dunn trained Classie Brigade reeled off a scintillating 54.6sec split when holding out a late bid from runner-up Di Caprio to win the New Brighton Cup. The 8yr-old’s victory in the 2600m group 3 feature was reward for his three excellent placings behind Self Assured this season. Though he was hardly in doubt of missing a start, the win guaranteed Classie Brigade entry in to New Zealand’s most famed race on the second Tuesday in November. And with that will come a chance for redemption. “It was a great win, he has got great manners and he is a genuine New Zealand Cup chance,” Dunn said. “He could have won it last year, he ran in to a dead end behind Spankem, he had check off his wheels and come back around Cruz Bromac again.” “But, that is the way racing is and he is a cup winning chance this year, for sure.” While Classie Brigade, who led easily after just 100m, has clearly got his standing start manners in check, the New Zealand Cup favourite Self Assured has not. The red hot New Brighton Cup favourite took no part in Friday night’s pacing feature when galloping wildly at the start. Trainer-driver Mark Purdon requested the 5yr-old be put on the unruly for future standing starts after his wayward display. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn has had a great night at the office winning both feature races on the card at Addington tonight. After a close second two weeks ago in the Maurice Holmes Vase, underated pacer Classie Brigade has gone one better and deservedly claimed the Group 3 Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup tonight in the hands of top driver Blair Orange. Orange shot Classie Brigade (Bettor's Delight - Trigirl Brigade) straight to the lead from the standing start 2600m and proceeded to run a 1-58 mile rate off the front with a blistering last half of 54.8 seconds, effectively ending the chances of the horses behind him. Di Caprio and John morrison got closest from the trail, running the winner to a half head at the line.  The race had a sensation at the start when hot favourite Self Assured broke and would not settle, eventually finishing a long and lonely last for driver Mark Purdon. The trotting feature of the night also went to a Robert Dunn trained runner. Sundees Son was back at his brilliant best thrashing a good field of trotters to win the Group 3 Alabar Ordeal Trotting Cup, a race he also won last year in similar fashion. After a good beginning from barrier one, Sundees Son (Majestic Son - Stardon) had a nice run three back on the fence before driver John Dunn moved to the parked position at the 900m mark and from there he ran his opposition into the ground sprinting his last 800m in better than 56 seconds to win by five and a half lengths at the line. John Dunn said after the race the smart trotter was back to near 100%, "He trialled up really good at Rangiora and if he feels 100% then he is a scary horse to drive. "He wanted to go and I let him run down the back. He has got a big motor and wouldn't stop," he said. Sundees Son trotted the 2600m stand in 3-16.0 with a closing 800m in a scintillating 55.63 seconds and a closing 400m in 28 seconds.   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Drawing barrier 1 has thrown a curveball at Sundees Sun ahead of the classy squaregaiter attempting to defend his Ordeal Trotting Cup crown at Addington on Friday night. The Robert Dunn trained trotter is clearly feeling fit and ready enough to win the 2600m group 3 feature if his excellent recent trial win at Rangiora is anything to go by. The 6yr-old powered to an impressive victory from a 40m handicap in a faultless display for driver John Dunn. That effort came after the Sundees Son galloped in his first run since last year’s New Zealand Cup Carnival in late July. The task to get things right on Friday night got a little more tricky when the group 1 winner drew the ace barrier. However there is confidence in that Sundees Son can rise to that challenge and finally show how good he really is. “He is generally pretty good from a stand, it could be tricky, but lately he has been really good,” Robert Dunn said. “It can be a tricky draw, it could be good for him or it could go against him big time.” “I have seen trotters that never go away in their lives step really nicely from one, so it is just one of those things.” Aside from any queries about that draw, the Dunn camp could not be happier with Sundees Son. “Johnny is really pleased with him, he thinks he is back to his best,” Dunn said. “He has trialled good and since he has had the time off he has been trotting like he was when he was going good.” Sundees Son will have to beat out two of his stablemates to defend his Ordeal Trotting Cup title in Woodstone and Pres The Belle. Pres The Belle has gone three reasonable races this time in and has upped her fitness levels with each one. “She is getting better all the time, a couple of her first runs were not as good as usual, but I think she is getting fitter all the time,” Dunn said. “And as the season goes on I think she will get back to where she was last campaign when she was very, very good.” Woodstone had to give classy 4yr-old Ultimate Stride a 20m head-start last week when fourth. The 7yr-old has improved from that run after recently relocating from Dunn’s North Island stable. “He has only just got down to the beach – he should improve with his last run and he has come through it very well.” The Dunn trained Classie Brigade was the winner of last month’s Maurice Holmes Vase until Self Assured put up stunning performance to snatch victory short of the post. The 7yr-old has placed in all three of his clashes with his main rival this seasons after his brilliant standing start manners have put him on the speed. Classie Brigade starts on front line in barrier 10 in Friday night’s New Brighton Cup which should give him another opportunity to test Self Assured. “He would have to be the best standing start horse in the country, as far as the open class horses go,” Dunn said. “10 can be a tricky draw, he will have to go away fast enough to cross them, but we think he can.” “And if he can do that it would be ideal because he loves being up on the pace.” Self Assured’s heroics were set up by his blundering start in the Maurice Holmes Vase. Like Sundees Son, drawing an inside barrier (2) has the potential to make stepping away a tricky task. Trainer-driver Mark Purdon has reported that his camp have been giving the New Zealand Cup favourite standing start practice since his big last start win. Self Assured starts alongside his stablemates Princess Tiffany and Another Masterpiece in Friday night’s pacing feature. The Dunn stable also start Henry Hubert in the race. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day for equine veterinarian Donna Williamson, but she makes sure to have time to train her small team of standardbreds. The South Canterbury trainer is being kept busy running Belmont Park, but she is looking forward to getting off her property on Friday to head to Addington Raceway with Group Three performer The Dominator. The seven-year-old trotter will contest the Gr.3 Alabar Ordeal Trotting Cup (2600m) and Williamson said she is pleased with The Pres gelding after recording a win and a placing in his last two starts. She was particularly impressed with her trotter’s last start efforts when placing behind Heavyweight Hero when he set a 2600m mobile New Zealand record of 3:12.13. “That was fantastic,” Williamson said. “Particularly the time they ran and the level of the company. We were really pleased with that.” Williamson is a little bit wary of The Dominators rivals on Friday night, but she has every confidence he can be competitive once again. “He seems very well, so fingers crossed, but the competition has got a bit rich,” she said. “I am pleased with him. He has been unreliable in the past, but hopefully we have got it right now. We have been on the right track for a couple of starts now.” The Dominator’s main aim for the spring is the Gr.1 Dominion Trot (3200m) for which he would gain automatic entry if victorious on Friday. “He is nominated for the Dominion, which he broke in last year. Hopefully another year of maturity will help settle him and he will trot all the way in that.” While excited about The Dominator’s prospects this season, Williamson is also looking forward to the future with a couple of his stablemates. “I have a three-year-old filly called Belmont Diva, who is a full-sister to Belmont Major. We are hoping to get her to the trials this prep,” she said. “We have also got a three-year-old full-sister to Winterfell and she is just jogging at the moment and will go in the cart in the next 10 days. She will hopefully be exciting, but is a work in progress.” There is plenty to looking forward to with her training, but Williamson’s focus over the next few months will be mostly on the broodmares foaling down at her Timaru property. “We had a foal at 1am on Thursday morning and another one four days ago. That is just the start of another 50-odd to come, so that will keep me busy,” Williamson said. “At this time of year the broodmares come first and the racehorses fit in around whatever else is happening. That is one of the reasons why I only train our own. “But we fit it in, as long as there is daylight you can get something done.”

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 5:32pm 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 11th  September 2020   Race 1 Fire Fox going to win last start but was green and just missed. Well placed here and should be winning.…… Kerala Star running good races and getting fitter. Can run top three with a cart into the race at the right time.… Ned Kelly has been ok at his last few and over the odds. One to boost exotics... Arden's Ace running on ok last start and decent draw. Can upset with a good run in transit Selections:  Fire Fox (8),   Kerala Star (6),   Ned Kelly (12),    Arden's Ace (3)   Race 2 Cardinal Sin has been good last couple of races but tough draw. Can finish top three again here……. Down To The Bone has ability and will be stronger now. Good winning chance in this field…… Luella goes the odd good race and big money on offer. Likely to be running on. Chance at odds…… Oliver North good win last start but tricky draw. Not the worst and has a place chance with a good run in transit Selections:  Cardinal Sin (9),   Down To The Bone (8),   Luella (6),   Oliver North (7)   Race 3 Rum In The Sun good second on the track last start but wide draw a worry. Major player in this field with no mistakes.….. Jimmy Carter disappointing last start but give another chance. Good upset hope in this ….. Sioux Princess always a chance in these mobile sprint races. Can win if she can stay trotting early….         Far From True coming in fresh but wide draw. Trial was ok but place chances best Selections:  Rum In The Sun (6),   Jimmy Carter (4),   Sioux Princess (11),  Far From True  (7)   Race 4 Beyond Words good win last start and draw the only worry. Can win with a cart into the race before the home turn….. Swell Time good fighting second last week and weaker field here. Needed….. Melody's Mischief form is good and top driver booked. Winning claims if she can land in front early…. Ideal Rule gets a tidy draw which should suit here. Place claims best in this field. Selections:   Beyond Words (9),   Swell Time (8),   Melody's Mischief (6),   Ideal Rule (3)   Race 5 American Pride will start a short favourite but stand start an issue. Should go close if he steps away cleanly …… Madeleine Stowe disappointing run last start but drops in grade here.Top three player and over the odds … Sundons Flyer another who will appreciate the stand and drop back in grade. No surprise to see a good showing here at good money… The Player has been unlucky and should step to the front here. Include Selections:  The Player (6),   Madeleine Stowe (7),   Sundons Flyer (8),   American Pride (5)   Race 6 Bitamuscle running some big races and will be fitter now. Can win again….. Regal Attire a bit disappointing last start but well placed here and has a reputation. Should run top three…… Time Up The Hill has had a freshen up and has a lot of speed. Winning claims in this field… La Reina Del Sur going ok but stablemate looks better. Place chance Selections:  Bitamuscle (5),   Regal Attire (6),   Time Up The Hill (4),    La Reina Del Sur (2)   Race 7 Self Assured huge win last start and don’t see how they can beat him here. Just wins.……. Princess Tiffany going ok but will need to bring her manners. Only running for second place here.… Vintage Cheddar tough draw to overcome but up to placing with a good run in transit.….. Classie Brigade getting fitter and has run some good races recently but place chances look best in this field. Selections:  Self Assured (2),   Princess Tiffany (1),   Vintage Cheddar (8),  Classie Brigade (10)   Race 8 Tango Tara draw an issue but getting fitter and holds his form ok. Winning claims here at longer odds……. Heisenberg building a good formline and will head forward early here. Good winning claims if he can find the front.… Tyron's Bit Of Lemon coming in fresh but strikes a good draw. Winning claims if he can trail all the way….. Burlington taking a while to come back into best form but has ability. Place claims best Selections:  Tango Tara (13),   Heisenberg (8),   Tyron's Bit Of Lemon (1),  Burlington (7)   Race 9 Heavyweight Hero big on ability and drawn to lead early.  Should be hard to beat……. Sundees Son he looked in good form at the trials but draw may not suit. Good chance of running in top three here with manners..… Majestic Man getting fitter and a top three finish looks on the cards here. Include….. Woodstone he looked a run short last start and top driver booked. Could provide an upset at long odds. Selections:  Heavyweight Hero (2),   Majestic Man (7),   Sundees Son (1)    Woodstone (12)   Race 10 Aqua Sancta disappointing last start but change of driver. Should be very hard to roll here if he can get some cover midrace……. The Falcon decent effort last start and freshened up. Winning claims from the draw.… Braeview Kelly forgive last start error and she is big on ability. Tough field but can win….. Star Of Timpany has been freshened up and drawn well. If she can lead early she is a major player here. Selections:  Aqua Sancta (9),   The Falcon (2),   Star Of Timpany (3)    Braeview Kelly (7)   Harnesslink Media

The new sponsors of New Zealand’s greatest trotting race could be forgiven for not being totally impartial as they watch it this November as champion trotting stallion Majestic Son will have plenty of his own representatives in the race that now carries his name. The $270,000 Majestic Son Dominion Trot will be held at Addington on November 13, universally known as Show Day and the second of Addington’s two mammoth Cup Week meetings. Majestic Son could have such superstars as Inter Dominion champion Winterfell, Rowe Cup winner Sundees Son, and current Dominion favourite Majestic Man in this year’s Dominion, and the stallion’s ownership group say they would love him to sire the winner of his own race. “That would be the ultimate for us and given the depth of his progeny hopefully heading for the race this year he’s certainly in with a chance,” says Canada-based owners' spokesman, Dave McDonald. “We are extremely proud of everything Majestic Son has achieved both on and off the race track. His record Down Under where he has been leading stallion multiple times reflects the standing Australasian breeders hold him in.” McDonald says “the sponsorship is a chance for Majestic Son’s ownership group to contribute back to trotting in New Zealand at a difficult time. It’s our opportunity to thank everyone for their great support of the horse. We all know the current Covid-19 situation around the world, so we feel supporting this race is a way of us investing back in the industry when many involved are doing it tough. We are acutely aware of the stature of the Dominion as the premier trotting event in New Zealand and that increased our desire to be involved. Since we joined with Alabar it has taken Majestic Son to a new level. Their professionalism and ability to promote the stallion has been world class.” Addington’s Racing Secretary, Brian Rabbitt said “It’s great to have Majestic Son as the sponsor of our most prestigious trotting race. He has made a huge impact on the sport and this has been recognised by his owners choosing to support their race.” The road to the Majestic Son Dominion Trot starts in earnest at Addington this Friday with the winner of the Alabar Ordeal Trotting Cup exempt for the ballot for the Dominion, as will be the winner of the Stevie Golding – Harcourts Canterbury Park Trotting Cup and the first three place getters in the NZ Trotting Free-For-All on IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, November 10. Winterfell, as the Inter Dominion champion, is already guaranteed a start in the Majestic Son Dominion Trot. Markets for New Zealand’s richest trot are already open at while tickets for Addington Cup Week go on sale this Thursday at 9.30am. Nominations for Majestic Son Dominion Trot close at 3pm (NZ time) on Wednesday 16 September. For any question on this media release, please contact Brian Rabbitt –

Your stable star returning from a big race with a heart complaint, even a minor one, is rarely a laughing matter. But once trainer Greg Hope established A G’s White Socks had taken no harm from an atrial fibrillation in his comeback race at Addington two weeks ago, he admits to seeing the funny side. In a racing stories too odd to make up, A G’s White Socks suffered the relatively common atrial fibrillation in the feature race at Addington and had to be pulled up by driver Ricky May. The reason that was so remarkable is because the last time May had driven A G’s White Socks in a race May all but died from a far more serious and sudden heart issue which left him needing an emergency helicopter ride and an operation. That was at Omakau on January 2 so the last two times the southern pair have joined forces for a race it has been a disaster. Now May and A G’s White Socks are both fine, trainer Hope admits everybody has seen the funny side. “You wouldn’t believe it could happen first to Ricky and then to the horse, even though they are different things,” said Hope. “Once we all go over the shock of it all we have given Ricky a bit of a hard time about it all in good fun. I have been telling him I hope the trainer isn’t next.” Hope says the vets who examined A G’s White Socks after the Addington incident said they are seeing more atrial fibrillations in horses, with plenty of theories as to why, including the new spring grass. A lot of horses have suffered a fibrillation in races and never been affected by it again and Hope expects that to be the case when A G’s White Socks and May unite for third time lucky in the Avon City Ford Cup at Addington this Friday. “I think he will be fine but I can’t see him being at his peak fitness because he was obviously pulled out of that race and then missed three days work while we had him diagnosed,” said Hope. “So he is very much on the way up.” A G’s White Socks meets red hot New Zealand Cup favourite Self Assured on Friday, with the latter again drawing an inside barrier at two, which may be less than ideal considering his standing start manners so far this season. Self Assured is a $1.85 favourite to win the $540,000 IRT NZ Cup at Addington on November 10, with northerner Copy That now $3.40 after his stunning Alexandra Park display last Thursday. The pair are likely to meet for the first time in the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on October 26. Hope and wife Nina also have Matua Tana in a star-studded Alabar Ordeal Cup this Friday and he pleased them at the Methven workouts on the weekend. “He has got the motor to run with these horses but his manners need to keep improving.”   Michael Guerin

Brilliant wins from star three-year-olds Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) sent the anticipation ahead of their clash in the inaugural running of NZB Standardbred’s Harness Million Sale Race Series to a new level over the weekend.  Krug fired first with a tough win on Thursday 3 September in scintillating time at Alexandra Park in heat two of the Garrard's Sires Stakes Series (1700m). The Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety trained pacer worked hard from barrier 12, before finding the front at the 500m and fighting strongly in the straight to hold out fellow NZB Standardbred Yearling Sales graduate American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal). Purdon admitted after the win he thought drawing wide on the second row could have been enough to see Krug taste defeat for just the third time in his career. “It was pretty impressive - I didn’t really expect him to win tonight,” the trainer told HRNZ. “Starting from the outside of the backline over a shorter trip and to overcome an obstacle like that was a pretty good effort.” Krug, a son of Bettor’s Delight from two time Group Two-winning mare Champagne Princess (NZ) (Soky’s Atom), stopped the clock in fast 2.00.9 and produced a slick 1-54.4 mile-rate for the 1700m event. The Ray Green trained American Dealer showed he would be a threat to Krug in the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m) at Alexandra Park on 25 September when getting within a head of the winner in an exciting finish. The runner-up’s stablemate Captain Nemo (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) held third ahead of another Harness Million aspirant in Hot And Treacherous (NZ) (Captaintreacherous). Though they finished out of the placings, the next trio of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained pacers hit the line impressively to show they could figure in the series final. Stag Party (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), Nevada (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and Aladdin (NZ) (Sweet Lou) each ran on strongly with eye-catching finishes in the quickly run affair. Thursday’s night’s Garrard's Sires Stakes Series (1700m) heat was always going to be a strong reference for the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m), with 11 of its 12 runners graduates of the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales. On the Alexandra Park undercard, B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe) also boosted his Harness Million stocks with a maiden victory over 2200m. It’s All About Faith maintained his position as the number one challenger to Krug with a powerful win for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen at Addington on Friday 4 September. The three-year-old beat a field of more experienced and race hardened opposition over 1980m in style when producing a smart winning time of 2.22.2 and mile rate of 1.55.5. Purdon, who drove the sire Captaintreacherous and Group One-winning mare Veste (NZ) (Christian Cullen), said the race was just what his colt needed ahead of the Harness Million final at Alexandra Park later this month. “He pleased me – he ran it out right to the line in a good time, a good mile rate, so I’m quite happy.” Purdon and Rasmussen have three more contenders for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m), who did not step out this weekend. Rock Legend (NZ) (Roll With Joe), Pace N Pride (NZ) and Shan Noble (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) have all shown they are on track for the $200,000 Listed event by producing excellent form for the All Stars Stable this season. At Addington on Sunday 6 September, Show Me Heaven (NZ) (Somebeachsomewhere) burst into reckoning for the $150,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Fillies (1980m) at Addington on Friday 2 October. The Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained filly led throughout to record a smart maiden win over 1980m. Fellow Harness Million aspirant Shanika (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) was third. Two of favourites for the 2YO Fillies final, Avana (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and La Rosa (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) showed they were in good form leading in to next month’s race with third and fourth placings respectively in heat two of the Magness Benrow NZ Sires’ Stakes Series Series for 3YO Fillies (1980m) at Addington on Friday 4 September.   NZB Standardbred

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Luminosity’s win at Addington Raceway on Sunday capped what can only be described as a bloody good week for Greendale trainer Bruce Hutton. The Canterbury horseman has been through a rough couple of years with cancer and earlier this week he was given some positive news from his specialist. “I had a stem cell transplant for lymphoma cancer in January,” Hutton said. “We had a really good report on Wednesday and everything looks good. The hematologist gave me a five-star rating when I was talking to him on Wednesday. All the tests are showing that things are good.” Hutton had previously undergone chemotherapy five years ago, however, the cancer resurfaced 18 months ago and Hutton began a yearlong path to undergo a stem cell transplant. “I had a round of chemo about five years ago and then I went into remission,” Hutton said. “I got a bit back 18 months ago and it was a 12 month process of treatments from there. “I spent three weeks in hospital in January while they did the transplant. You have to stay in an immune environment because your system is compromised.” While Hutton has been through a lot in the last five years, he has a positive outlook and is looking forward to the future. “The front window of your car is bigger than your rearview mirror for a reason, so you have to look forward not backwards,” he said. “We are out to seeing the specialist every six months now, so at this stage it is all systems go.” Buoyed by the positive news on Wednesday, Hutton was looking forward to lining up his consistent trotter Luminosity in the IRT. Flying Your Horses To The Cup Mobile Trot (1980m) on Sunday and he was delighted when she recorded her maiden victory. “She is pretty royally bred, so it always looks better if they can get into the stud book with a win to their name. We are pretty pleased about that,” Hutton said. Driven by Jim Curtin, the six-year-old mare sat parked for the majority of the race, but kicked clear of her rivals turning for home and recorded a four length victory over Trixton Time, with a further half-neck back to Aristocrat in third. Race favourite Royal Pride was held up by a tiring The Good Doctor, but Hutton believes his mare would have been too good even if he had found clear running room. “It was a good run and she had to do a bit of work,” Hutton said. “It was a bit weaker field than the one she faced the other night, but she could have won any of her last six or seven starts. “She just hasn’t had the rub of the green. But today I think she would have been too good even if the favourite did get a better run.” Luminosity was bred by Hutton, who co-owns her with stable client Brent Smith. “Brent Smith has been an owner since I started training 30 years ago and he has stuck with me through thick and thin,” Hutton said. “It’s a thrill to get a win for him, but unfortunately he couldn’t see it today.” Hutton won’t have to wait long until Luminosity’s progeny hit the track, with her two-year-old Love You colt having already joined his barn “He’s a work in progress,” Hutton said. “Leo O’Reilly broke him in for me when I was out of action in January. He is a lovely horse, but he just doesn’t have the idea about trotting yet. “He has had five or six months off in the paddock and he is back in now and seems to be clicking on a bit now.”

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    The Maroon Marauder has placed in his last three starts and trainer Brad Mowbray is hoping he can continue his good run of form in the IRT. Your Trusted Airfreight Co. Handicap Pace (2600m) at Addington Raceway on Sunday. “He seems pretty bright,” Mowbray said. “He raced well the other day (when finishing third). “He got a pretty good trip and we were rapt with him. He is a pretty happy old horse, he doesn’t worry about much.” The son of Washington VC will start from behind the 10m mark and Mowbray is confident the eight-year-old will step away well. “He has been beginning pretty well, so I would like to think he will do the same on Sunday,” he said. “Usually it depends on how the race is run for how Matty (Williamson) will drive him.” Mowbray is relatively confident with his charge and labelled him as his stable’s best chance of the day. “He has got to be a chance in that field,” he said. Stablemates Might Reactor and Spicy Girl Becqui will contest the IRT. World Leaders In Equine Airfreight Mobile Pace (2600m). Mighty Reactor pleased Mowbray with his last start win, while Spicy Girl Becqui has not had a lot of luck of late. “I was really pleased with Might Reactor last start,” Mowbray said. “He had half an excuse around the corner when the leader came back on him, but he got off his back and ran up the straight really well. “He seems to have come through the run well. It is a step up in grade, but he has got a nice draw (1). “Spicy Girl Becqui broke a hopple last Sunday. 2600m and drawing wide (8) is not her cup of tea, so she will go back on Sunday and hopefully she will get a bit of luck and run home well.” Mowbray’s final runner of the day, West Wing, has been struggling to find form and Mowbray said he will need plenty of luck in the IRT. Supporters Of Harness Racing Mobile Pace (1980m). “He galloped away and took no part last Sunday,” Mowbray said. “It’s hard to get a line on him, but he’s back to the mobile with a handy draw (3), so it will be just take him on trust.”

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 12:20pm 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 6th  September 2020   Race 1 I'm Jimmy James had a tough run early last week and that told over final stages. Well placed here and can win.…… Rake Sheryl Wigg takes the reins and that is a good push here. Winning claims.… Off The Edge  has been ok and at his last few and comes up with a tidy draw. One to boost exotics... Susie Reignmaker running some decent races but jumps up in grade. Can upset with a good run in transit Selections:  I'm Jimmy James (7),   Rake (13),   Susie Reignmaker (4),    Off The Edge  (1)   Race 2 Shards In Manhattan has been good at workouts and top driver booked. Top selection here……. Simply Shaz trials good and should get a good run in transit. Needed here…… Deja Blue good run Friday and likely to be running on when the others are stopping. Place claims best…… Booraa has a bit of ability and drawn to get a run through early. Can run top three with a soft trip in transit. Selections:  Shards In Manhattan (4),   Simply Shaz (1),   Booraa (11),   Deja Blue (5)   Race 3 Royal Pride top form and beat most of this field last start. Should be winning here.….. Trixton Time getting better with racing and top driver on. Can win if the favourite makes a mistake ….. Luminosity running good races without a lot of luck. Major player if she is handy turning for home…. Crown Range coming in fresh but some of these might be a bit too seasoned. Gear change will help and outside place hopes at big odds. Selections:  Royal Pride (4),   Trixton Time (5),   Luminosity (7),  Crown Range (9)   Race 4 Le Tissier running on late last start and well drawn here. Can win and top selection….. Scotlynn Beach Boy good run to place last start and draw only concern. Could start favourite and will be hard to beat….. Christian Command stable change wight be the making of him. Can run top three at decent odds…. Hayden Bromac coming in fresh for new stable and big watch on the tote. Can upset. Selections:   Le Tissier (5),   Scotlynn Beach Boy (8),   Christian Command (13),    Hayden Bromac (12)   Race 5 Reflectionsofmylife racing well in strong fields. Likely to run first or second here …… Four Starzzz Shiraz races ok at Addington and mobile stats good. Top three player … Mighty Reactor another who will appreciate the mobile and draw. No surprise to another good showing here… Hes Fast And Furious ok last start and well drawn but place hopes only here. Selections:  Reflectionsofmylife (3),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (4),   Mighty Reactor (1),   Hes Fast And Furious (5)   Race 6 Faith No More good win to clear maidens and will be fitter now. Can double up….. Sugarinspice big second last start and good chance to go one better. Will start favourite and hard to beat…… Jaguar Bay getting fitter and form is good. Winning claims in this field… Rachmaninov going ok but hard to see him winning. Can place Selections:  Faith No More (9),   Sugarinspice (8),   Jaguar Bay (11),    Rachmaninov (2)   Race 7 Pay Me Visa has been unlucky and top driver booked. Top selection in this field.……. The Kaik gets into a winnable race and forgive last start. One for longer odds who can win.… Only In America racing ok and up to taking this out with a good run in transit. Include….. Ideal Rule getting fitter but place chances look best in this field. Selections:  Pay Me Visa (3),   The Kaik (7),   Only In America (10),  Ideal Rule (4)   Race 8 Mighty Looee drawn to lead and last start third was in a strong field. Winning claims here……. Better Fly coming in fresh off the back of some big efforts last campaign. Good winning claims if she can get handy from the bad draw.… The General tidy finish last start in a strong field. Should get a good run and can place….. Champagneandwine taking a while to come back into form but has ability. Place chance from good draw. Selections:  Mighty Looee (6),   Champagneandwine (4),   The General (11),  Better Fly (9)   Race 9 Chief Of Staff big on ability and has been unlucky. Liked today and should be hard to beat……. She's Allthe Craze Was making good ground last start and conditions suit here. Good chance of running in top three..… Call This Fun big on ability but manners the problem. Can finish into the placings with no mistakes….. Tehoro Dazzle going ok and will go forward early. Can place at good odds. Selections:  Chief Of Staff (6),   She's Allthe Craze (10),   Call This Fun (4)    Tehoro Dazzle (9)   Race 10 Tiger Moth been racing in better fields. Liked today and should be hard to beat……. Highland Reign at her best would be a big chance here but out of form. Chance of running in top three at long odds..… Paul's Verdict likes to lead and drops in grade. Has claims if he can lead with no attackers midrace….. Swap Over getting ready for grass track racing and tricky draw. One for longer odds. Selections:  Tiger Moth (12),   Highland Reign (9),   Paul's Verdict (4)    Swap Over (7)     Harnesslink Media

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Michael Cation will be hoping it won’t be déjà vu once again for Deja Blue when she races at Addington Raceeway on Friday night. The consistent pacer has placed in nine of her 22 starts, including all six starts this preparation, and Cation has his fingers crossed she can finally breakthrough for her maiden win in the Lamb & Hayward Mobile Pace (1980m). The five-year-old daughter of Mach Three has drawn the ace barrier on Friday and Cations said she should get an ideal trip from that position. “She has got some gate speed, so she should find a handy position,” Cation said. “Terry (Chmiel, driver) knows here really well now and he drives her well. He will take advantage of that draw.” Cation has been pleased with the way his mare has been performing and he expects her to be right in the finish once again. “She is enjoying racing, is fit and well, and is jumping out of her skin. She is pretty professional in what she does,” he said. “We are doing our best every week, we just come across a better horse on the day. It would be nice to get a win, she definitely deserves it. “We are enjoying being competitive and it makes going to the races a lot more fun. “I do expect her to win a race and she has run times where up a grade she would still be competitive.” Cation said Deja Blue does suffer from a respiratory issue, but she hasn’t let that stop her. “She has to wear the nose peg, she has got a wee breathing issue and come the business end (of races) that isn’t helping, but it’s not an excuse either. She does run the time,” Cation said. “For a horse that has got a wee issue, she tries really hard and makes up for it.” All going to plan, Deja Blue is set to back-up at Addington Raceway on Sunday in the IRT. Your Horse. Our Passion Mobile Pace (1980m). “She backs up and the draw (5) is favourable. She has been lucky in that respect, with front row draws all the time,” Cation said. “If she comes through Friday okay, and I expect her to, I think she will perform well again on Sunday. “She will then go out for 10 days and we will rebuild for later in the spring.” Cation races Deja Blue with good friend Maclolm Shinn, for whom he used to assist several years ago. “I bought her privately from Dennis Bennett. She went through the sales and never got a bid,” Cation said. “Malcolm did a lot of the prep and broke her in and handed her back as a three-year-old and we went from there.”

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