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Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 1:00pm Race 1 - Majestic Hurricane $1.90 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 2 - Forgotten Highway $2.30 is the best backed with the largest bet $5,000 at $2.50.   Race 3 - McLovin $46 - $35 and Missandei $10 are the best backed runners.   Race 4 - Shineonucrazydiamond $2.50 easily leads multi bets.   Race 5 - An even field on paper and early betting reflects that with no dominant win or multi favourite but Donegal Carrickfin $4.50 does lead multi betting over Late Mail $8.80.   Race 6 - Locharburn $2.30 leads multi betting over Usain Colt $4.80.   Race 7 - Habibiti Ivy $4.50 - $4.00 leads win betting over Quiet A Moment $8.00.   Race 8 - Let it Ride $2.20 & Riccardo $2.10 are the only two runners wanted in multi betting with Let It Ride going 2 - 1 over Riccardo number wise.   Race 9 - Lightworkofit is the big mover $12 - $7.00 and is easily the best backed runner.   Race 10 - The Bus $2.60 is easily the best backed runner on the win book over Supreme Banner $8.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 2:10pm   Race 1 - Lord Roydon $4.00 is best backed over Reign On Mer $6.80 and also leads multi betting over Jaw D Nancy $3.70.    Race 2 - Better Vision $3.00 leads win & multi betting with win money also for Supreme Banner $7.20 - $6.50.   Race 3 - The only runner wanted here is the $2.10 - $2.00 favourite The Devils Own.    Race 4 - The biggest early mover on the meeting was Mt Hutt Harry $8.50 - $6.00 and he easily leads win betting but Sparkling Delight $5.20 is going 3 to 1 in multi tickets over him.   Race 5 - RR Sand Dollar $2.10 is huge in multi betting numbers wise and is also best backed in win betting. Outside the favourite Clive $6.80 - $6.20 is attracting some interest.   Race 6 - A quiet market in what look's on paper a very even contest. Gee Up Neddy $6.00 does lead win betting early over Destiny Jones $3.50.   Race 7 - Spanish Armada $1.25 is racing away in multi betting and is also best backed on the win book even at the short odds.   Race 8 - A G's White Socks $3.50 just leads multi betting over Letspendanitetogetha $5.50 and is also best backed on the win book.   Race 9 - Menewa $5.50 - $5.00 easily leads win betting and is best backed multi wise over Arnold $3.90.   Race 10 - Mighty American $4.20 - $3.70 leads win betting easily over the longshot Vera's Delight $21 - $17.   Race 11 - Jay FM $6.50 - $5.20 leads win betting over Sarah Kate $8.50.   Best backed in multi betting order wise: R7 - Spanish Armada $1.25  R5 - RR Sand Dollar   $2.10  R3 - The Devils Own  $2.00  R11 - Debnita Rose   $2.40   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing in the South Island enters a new phase tonight with the implementation of the new points based rating system replacing the traditional handicapping system. After seven months of trials in the North Island, the new system is, of this week, fully functional across the country with Addington getting the first bite of the cherry in the South Island tonight. Harness Racing New Zealand have spent a good part of the last two months providing presentations to industry participants in an effort ensure as many facets of the industry are on top of the new system and what it will entail ahead of its debut. The guiding principles for the new system as readily available on the Harness Racing New Zealand website and are accessible to anyone who might want to gain a better understanding of the system and its intricacies. There’s been a frank admission from the handicapping department that they expect the system to be a work in progress as things find their feet. While the trial in the North Island raised a number of issues, there is also expectation that the South Island will throw up it’s own teething problems. The basic wishlist for the new system is to see a more even spread across the board when it comes to horse strength and to see more horses racing horses of a similar ability. This should, in turn, lead to more even racing with less raging hot favourites and every horse gaining the possibility to extend their racing career in New Zealand. All three South Island meetings this weekend have gained an extra race to what was initially programmed which, although not necessary of direct result of the new system, is a positive move in the opening week. Tonight’s Addington meeting sees good even fields throughout the night with plenty of difficult races to figure out. One race that will buck the trend however is the Nevele R Fillies heat which looks set to be dominated by high class three-year-old filly, Spanish Armada. Fresh off the back of her third in the Northern Oaks a fortnight ago, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly will start a short order favourite from her middle of the front line draw. She does come up against her old arch-rival Delightful Memphis who will be looking to bounce back from a failure in the wet at the Hororata meeting. The winner of that race, Seaswift Joy, is also in tonight’s fixture and will start from the outside of the front row due to having already won a heat of the series. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Lord Roydon, Jaw D Nancy, Sunny CJ, One Over Da Stars Race 2: Little Bad John, Hashtag, Sharknado, Hurrikane Poker Race 3: Tuapeka Trick, The Devils Own, A Lister, Major Shard Race 4: Sparkling Delight, Lanikai, Shineonyoucrazydiamond, Crackamoa Race 5: Celestial Arden, RR Sand Dollar, Hopeful Harriet, Clive Race 6: Belles Son, Jayceekay, Destiny Jones, Gee Up Neddy Race 7: Spanish Armada, Delightful Memphis, Seaswfit Joy, Mossdale Rose Race 8: Alta Orlando, AG’s White Socks, Alta Ronaldo, Benicio Race 9: Arnold, BD Khaosan, Rum In The Sun, Menewa Race 10: She’s A Flyin, Sans Le Sou, Mighty American, Royal Jester Race 11: Jay Jayz Boy, Debnita Rose, One Off, The Best Christian Best Bet: Arnold (Race 9) Value: She’s A Flyin (Race 10)

Vicki Purdon is keeping realistic about the sale of the horse who shot her back into the harness racing limelight. News has filtered through this week of the sale to North America of outstanding pacer Christen Me who has struggled to recapture his best form in the past 12 months. And for Purdon, who co-owned by the 11-time Group One winner with Charlie Roberts, it’s bringing mixed emotions. “Obviously there is a bit of sadness there that he’s going,” she said. “But at the same time he has given myself, Paul and Mary Kenny and Charlie Roberts a wonderful ride for such a long time too. So I’m also excited about the next chapter for him and hope that he goes over there and does a great job.” The news was a bit of a bolt from the blue for the industry with Dalgety suggesting that next month’s Easter Cup could potentially be the pacer’s last start. But the wheels have obviously gained motion quickly and the sale is now official. Despite some word about that they would retain a share in the gelding, Purdon confirmed that wasn’t going to be the case. “We have decided not to keep a share in him, so he’s completely sold.” That also negates the opportunity for Christen Me to return to New Zealand following the completion of his racing days in North America with the decision on what happens post-career ultimately up to his new owners. Christen Me leaves New Zealand as one of the greats of the past decade. After beginning his career with Mark Purdon and Grant Payne he found his way into the Cran Dalgety stable and would win his first eight starts in Kentuckianna Lodge colours. As a four-year-old, he raced 15 times for 13 wins and two seconds as well as two Australian victories. He won the Taylor Mile, The Messenger and the Jewels - the latter arguably one of his best performances on Kiwi soil after drawing badly on the second row and working hard the entire trip three wide in a 1:51.5 mile. But it was his five-year-old career that will go down as his greatest. He won the Hunter Cup, sitting parked, over a distance that many said he couldn’t handle and then returned to the following year to add to Miracle Mile, sitting outside Beautide, and the Victoria Cup to the mantle. “That would have to be the highlight for me,” Purdon said. “Winning those big races over there, especially the Hunter Cup after everyone kept telling me he couldn’t go the distance. “Just having him at the races was great though, we had some wonderful times.” In 68 starts down under, Christen Me won 32 races, placed 21 times and won close to $2.5 million in earnings. Now he gets the chance to revitalise himself in America and hopefully recapture some of that form that made his almost invincible here. Matt Markham

She probably didn’t get the national recognition she deserved but Southland mare Leyava certainly did a great job as a broodmare for the Sellars family of Myross Bush. There are plenty of horse tales about where horses have come from and how luck was involved – right place right time. This is the story of Leyava and begins in the early 1940’s at Seaward Downs just east of Invercargill. “They had a rabbit board that came around fumigating rabbits. It was a unit drawn by a horse. My father (Jack Sellars) asked the rabbiters what the horse was. They told him it was a good racehorse named Fortune’s Favourite. And that Davie Todd trained it. He rang Davie, who said yes he did train it, that it was no bloody good but it was a good family. So Dad ended up paying 25 pounds for her,” said Andrew Sellars. Once in the paddock the family who were relative newcomers to the breeding of Standardbreds, had lengthy discussions about which stallion to choose before deciding to send her to Indianapolis, three times New Zealand Cup winner. From that mating Pollyapolis arrived in 1946. “An old friend of the family Jack Winter trained her initially before she went to Wes Butt. She won six races.” Once Pollyapolis’s racing days were over Jack Sellers started breeding from her and she left a number a nice horses including Trigside (Flying Song) which won a Gore Cup (1963), and Va Vite which won ten races. By that time Jack Sellars had also bought from George Youngson, Rustic Maid. She became the dam of twelve winners including 1950 New Zealand Cup winner Chamfer, and 1946 New Zealand Derby winner Free Flight. “Dad was keen to breed a filly at the end of her career. He said to me that he wasn’t going to breed off two horses and asked if I wanted to take Polly (Pollyapolis) saying I could get a foal from her. I thought that was pretty good. Initially I was going to go to U Scott but I was advised because he was in such demand that if I missed out on getting in foal you didn’t get any refund. I thought I can’t afford that. Clem Scott advised me to go to Garrison Hanover. From that we got Leyava.” A racing partnership between father and son was formed and Jack and Andrew Sellars began racing the mare. “She had ability, but had a poor attitude to racing. Dave Kerr trained her and she won two races and had numerous placings. After she finished racing I took her over on my own for breeding.”       The name Leyava is a combination of Andrew’s wife Shirley and daughter Avalon’s names. “We nearly lost her before we got her in foal the first time. She was on the property here and my neighbour had stored some bags of wheat. She pushed the door open and got an oversupply of wheat into her system. She was very close to dying. The neighbour rang Cliff Irvine in Christchurch and asked him what we should do. He said get her into a good muddy watery area and let her stand in there for a couple of days and she came right. We don’t know why it worked but you never questioned Cliff Irvine.” Her first foal was Sassenach by Young Charles. “I trained him as a two year with the help of Henry Skinner. Maurice Skinner had him for a few weeks just to get him used to company. I took him to a few trials and then sent him up to Jim Winter to train on a training arrangement.” He soon showed Winter that he had ability as a three year old and had his first start on Cup Day in the Riccarton Stakes, finishing third when driven by Doug Watts. He won four races at that age including the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Clubs Three Year Old Championship. “All the best three year olds in the South Island were in that race. He lost seventy yards at the start and won by three lengths in a New Zealand record time for three year olds. It was an outstanding performance.” Bob Young at that point had taken over the driving. “He was a very astute man. A real old Scotsman. We weren’t punters but after the Riccarton Stakes we had two or three hundred pounds in stakes money. He was in the Cross Stakes at New Year. I said to Jim that we should just put that stake money on him because he should win that race. We put it on but he broke up badly and he just made up a few places. Jim who was not used to big punting was a bit upset at my suggestion. He mentioned it to Bob who said God if I’d known that I would have tried a bit harder. He thought he could have still won but was just saving the horse.”   The following year as a four year old he won six races and started in the 1971 Interdominions Series at Addington. “He was only a four year old. He won his first two heats and ran second in his third heat. He was the second highest qualifier for the final behind Holy Hal another Southlander.” The final was won by Junior’s Image who was later disqualified after returning a positive swab. The promoted winner was Stella Frost. As a five year old, Sassenach returned to racing at Ashburton in October before progressing to the Cup meeting in Christchurch raced then over four days. “He was throwing his head around a lot and Bob Young couldn’t steer him. One vet suggested that it could have something to do with the seed out of the grass. Jim threw a nose guard on him on the third night and he duly won and was roundly booed because he’s been pretty well backed on the first two days.” He came out on the last night of what was a four day cup carnival and won the Ollivier Handicap against the Cup horses. He then travelled north for the Auckland Cup and ran fifth on a wet track showing signs of soreness. “He was sent home to me and I pottered around with him and treated his legs. I took him to Riverton on the old grass track and won the Riverton Cup with him. Apart from Riverton, which was an equalisator meeting, I couldn’t quite get a win with him.” Then export agent Bob McArdle approached Sellars and he was sold to Canada in June 1976. Sassenach winning as a three year old at Addington His New Zealand race record was 78 starts for 12 wins and 6 seconds and 6 thirds. Leyava’s second foal Ryal which was by Canny Scot was also racing and winning races at this stage. Jim Dynes had bought him as a weanling. He was also fashioning a good racing record and ended up winning 8 races including the New Zealand Autumn Stakes and Canterbury Free For All in 1973. He raced against what was a vintage group of open class pacers like Robalan, Speedy Guest, Young Quinn, Hi Foyle and Arapaho. “He went to America and won forty odd races over there.” Shavande was Leyava’s next foal. He was by Hundred Proof and was trained by Andrew from his property on Roslyn Road just out of Invercargill. “He was as good as any of the horses she’d left. He had a very bad attack of strangles. Peter Williams (Vet) did a hell of a good job to save him.” After being nursed back from this major setback he won a double at Wyndham. “He also won a Gore Cup and he was sold to America. Doug McNaught thought he was an outstanding horse. He was on his way to cup class no doubt about that.” The next foal from the mare was Hi Lo’s Forbes colt Stylist. “He had some ability but was bad in his gait when tried at high speed. Jim Dynes took him over to try and straighten him out. They won a race with him and one for me.” Lumber Dream was the next port of call for Leyava and that mating produced another colt named Profiteer. “The most intelligent horse I ever had. He was cunning with brilliant speed.” He was trained initially by Sellars and recorded his first win at Wyndham in November 1977 winning by three lengths, running the 2400 metres in 3-08. “Peter Wolfenden phoned me wanting to buy him but I said he was too good to be selling.” A year later although still racing well, Profiteer was starting to win the battle of the wills in the south so he was sent to Gavin Hampton in Canterbury to train. “He was sent up prior to the Reefton Cup which was the richest C2 race in the country at that time. He won that race and came back and won two races at Addington. Then Lucky (Profiteer) worked Gavin out so he came back down here.” At that point Sellars had to reinvent the horse’s training and racing regime.         “I knew the whip and Profiteer didn’t go together so I got wee Austin Stack to drive him. He was a quiet wee driver. He got placing after placing with him but never won. He was running off long marks and doing not too bad so I whipped him up to Addington and I won with him. I got Paul Hampton (Gavin’s son) to drive him because I thought the horse would know Gavin. I’ve never yelled so loud for a horse.” Profiteer finished his career in March 1982 and commenced a short career in the stallion barn. He sired 35 live foals and left three winners - Auburn Profit (6 wins), He’s A Gun (5 wins) and The Developer (2 wins). “He was never going to get a lot of mares because he was a cheat, but a very fast one.” Socialite (Armbro Del) was the mare’s next foal. She was unraced. Zabadak (Nevele Bigshot) was the next off the Leyava production line. He initially won five races for Henry Skinner including an impressive double at Wyndham in March 1981 culminating in the 3200 metre Wyndham Cup. “Peter Davis drove him. Henry drove him to win on the first day but he decided to drive another horse in the stable (Eden’s Joy off 40 metres 6th). Peter took him straight to the front and donkey licked them (4 ½ lengths in 4-11.0 over 3200 metres on slushy track). At the time it was a Southland record.” At the end of that season Skinner decided he wasn’t going to carry on training. “Allan Devery phoned me and said would I consider sending Zabadak there as he was getting a bit more serious about training professionally. I said yes as long as he took another horse called Stampede. Henry had qualified Stampede. Allan wasn’t very sure about it so he rang Brendon Fahy, a good friend of mine. Brendon told him that if Zabadak won four races for him next season Stampede would win seven so Allan took him.” It was the beginning of a very fruitful relationship between Sellars and Devery. “Allan was an outstanding conditioner and trainer and he won the next seven races with him (Zabadak). He won all eleven races with Stampede.” One race that remains in Sellars memory was the day Zabadak won at the Canterbury Park Trotting Club meeting in January 1983. “He tried to kick Gavin (Hampton) out at the start. It was a mile race. He’d decided that they weren’t going fast enough in the lead up and he started bucking and kicking. He was kicking himself right out the back by five and six lengths. He settled down and caught the field and Gavin, who could be pretty severe when he wanted, decided to send him around the field at the half. He beat the likes of Hands Down. That’s the sort of horse he was. On his day he could beat anything.” His most important win was in the Firestone Cavillino Stakes on Cup Day 1983. He won eleven races from 64 starts banking $53,325 in stakes. At that point Zabadak’s younger brother Stampede had also finished his racing career. He also won eleven races including the Interdominion Consolation, and he finished second in the Kaikoura Cup and third in an Easter Cup. Sellars was keen to give him a shot as a stallion. “I was keen for him to have that chance. He was a beautiful horse with a lovely nature. He had arthritic knees which restricted him a little bit as a racehorse.” He notched up a moderate record as a sire, helped by two quality horses in Defoe and Stands To Reason. “At the height of his career he (Stampede) had 194 mares. It was the season when Defoe had won the Lion Red Mile and was dead unlucky not to win the Messenger. And Brendon Fahy’s horse Stands To Reason won the $150,000 Sires Stakes Final in Auckland (1990).” Post Stampede Leyava had just two more foals, both fillies Saligna (Lumber Dream) and Sakina (Son Of Afella) and that’s when a breeding arrangement with Brian West began. “We had a few mares. Brian suggested that he would take them all up there, look after the stud side of it and prepare the progeny for sale. It never worked out that great. I can’t blame Brian as he used good sires. It was one of these breeds that seem to mix better with sires like Nevele Bigshot, Hundred Proof and Canny Scott.” The horse market back in the mid 80’s was relatively buoyant and in February 1986 Sellers was offered big money for the unraced Saligna and Sapele. “Sapele was trained by the Lees. She was about to go to the trials when I was approached by Paul Davies on behalf of John Curtin to see whether he could buy these two Lumber Dream mares. I said no because I didn’t want to let two Lumber Dream mares go out of this breed. Anyway I put a price on them $100,000 for Saligna (Lumber Dream –Leyava) and $60,000 for Sapele (Lumber Dream – Socialite). He bought the $100,000 one. I sent the other one (Sapele) to stud and she died.” From eleven named foals Leyava left seven winners of fifty five New Zealand races.  A grand record for a mare that was bred from a mare bought from the Rabbit Board. Although the breed has faded somewhat, like many of the old pedigrees in this country there are still a number of mares that trace back to Leyava being breed from. Brian West is breeding from a Mach Three mare named Titled who is a great granddaughter of Leyava. She has a qualified two year old called His Royal Harness who is trained by Chris McDowell and a Stunin Cullen yearling filly. West is also breeding from two other granddaughters of Socialite in Flashbang (McArdle- Susan Who) and Famous Lover (Dream Ahead – Susan Who).   Well that’s the Leyava story, and it’s really only half the tale because of course foundation mare Pollyapolis’s other filly Va Vite (by Young Bob) has also plenty of upside to her stud career. She left Largs (Lordship) the dam of Glen Moria (10 wins) and handy performers Calton Hill (Smooth Hanover) 5 wins, and his full sister Churnside also 5 wins. But ………….. another story for another day perhaps.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Blair Orange combined with one of his biggest supporters to register a notable milestone on the weekend. After a 17-year association as driver and trainer, Orange and Mike Austin reached 100 wins together when Idle Monkey crossed the line first early in the days proceedings. Austin was one of the first to give Orange a big crack in the sulky and the pair have never looked back since winning their first race with Black Mist at Addington in March of 2000. There have been 39 individual winners over the time and plenty who have made significant contributions to the 100 wins along the way too. Austin’s two outstanding trotters, Ado’s Invasion and Toomuch Todo account for 18 of the wins between them for the former winning eight times with Orange in the sulky while Toomuch Todo won 10. Others to have made significant contributions to the tally have been Tart N Tights (6), Idle Wishes (6), Meniscus (6) and also Annsmenan (5). Toomuch To Do’s victory in the Group 2 Canterbury Park Trotting Cup and Ado Invasion’s victories in the Cambridge Trotters’ Flying Mile and City Of Sails Free-For-All, also at Group Two, have been notable highlights. Idle Monkey’s win on Sunday was the first of what was to be a golden few hours for Orange as he claimed four winners on the programme. He also won with RR Sand Dollar for Paul Court, Eyre I Come for Mark Jones and then completed the day by winning the Group Two Sweet Lou Leonard Memorial on the Tim Butt trained, Laddy Chatto. It was Orange’s sixth win in the two-year-old fillies feature having previously registered victories with Delightful Memphis, Dancing Diamonds, Highview Ebony, Lancome and Idanceallnight. An American Ideal filly from Lady Lozza, Lady Chatto is raced by Tom and Loreatta Richardson who were on hand to witness the debut victory on Sunday afternoon. Orange’s quartet of wins at the meeting took him to 116 wins for the season, 10 wins shy of current premiership leader Dexter Dunn. Sunday’s second feature, the Cheviot Cup, was taken out by Motu Premier. The Merv and Meg Butterworth owned pacer made it two cups in as many weeks after winning at Hororata seven days earlier. Treated to a perfect front running drive from Tim Williams, Motu Premier held too many guns for opposition winning strongly in a slick time.  Matt Markham

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 11:30am Race 1 - Bonnie Highlander $6.80 leads win betting over Izmok $3.50.   Race 2 - Little Bad John $2.70 - $2.20 is easily the best backed runner over the big mover Hurrikane Poker $14 - $5.50.   Race 3 - Agatha Tyrone $4.50 is easily the best backed runner over The Foot Tapper $3.80.   Race 4 - Algranco Albyone $2.50 - $2.10 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 5 - Missandei $4.40 and Oona $6.50 are the bast backed runners early.   Race 6 - Trailer Park Girl $2.40 - $2.10 clearly the only one wanted in win and multi betting here.   Race 7 - Belles Son $8.00 is best backed in win betting over Quiet A Moment $3.60.   Race 8 - Motu Premier $1.80 - $1.60 is just a winner according to the early market read on this race.     Race 9 - Sweet Mary $16 is best backed over Lady Chatto $5.20.   Race 10 - Gotta Go Ya Hu $2.40 leads multi betting with Cable Beach $3.30 best backed on the win book.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

He knew she was better than average, but even Mark Smolenski couldn’t help but be surprised by the debut effort of Miss Ethel Sunshine last week. And the filly, who credited Auckland Reactor with his first New Zealand success as a stallion, will get the chance to show her trainer again when she steps out in the time-honoured Leonard Memorial this afternoon at Addington. It will be another step up for the rangy filly, but everything she did on debut would suggest she is more than capable of handling the challenge from the inside of the second row. “She probably doesn’t show that much at home,” Smolenski said. “But we did draw a bit of confidence from a trial run at Ashburton where she ran a bit of time and you always know you are going ok when Dexter is happy with things.” Dexter is, of course, Dexter Dunn and Smolenski has long given up on being surprised when the champion reinsman gets on one of his horses and says they are in with a show. “He’s done it a couple of times on my horses before, he’s jumped in the sulky and said that he thinks we can win this when I have been thinking we didn’t have much hope. “And he’s usually pretty right too.” Dunn will have to call on all his skills with Miss Ethel Sunshine from the barrier draw especially with her apparent strongest rival, Liberty Rose, drawn up well on the front line. The Mark Jones trained filly made up stacks of ground behind Miss Ethel Sunshine to finish second and with a little more luck this week, she’s expected to be quite hard to beat.  The Geoff Dunn trained, Rohza, who was third in the same race has the advantage of the inside barrier draw which will see her come right into contention although a lead all the way approach would leave Miss Ethel Sunshine most likely sitting on her back. Today’s other feature, the Cheviot Cup will see Locharburn back in action. The big pacer, who has been plagued by injuries all season, will reunite with Dexter Dunn for the race, starting off 35 metres. Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have a strong hand in the race with Motu Premier and Alta Ronaldo both in action while Maverick and the Robert Dunn pair of Alta Orlando and Letspendanitetogetha have all got chances as well. Super Selector – By Matt Markham Race 1: BD Khaosan, Izmok, Bonnie Highlander, Spurred By Success Race 2: Debnita Rose, Little Bad John, Sharknado, Scotlyn Harry Race 3: The Foot Tapper, Agatha Tyron, Sugar Cane, Daiquiri Race 4: Rena Bay, Algranco Albyone, Patanjali, Honour The Bet Race 5: Redwood Invasion, Brad’s Kenny, Missandei, Idle Monkey Race 6: Trailer Park Girl, RR Sand Dollar, Port Delight, Ollayntambo Race 7: Quite A Moment, Eyre I Come, Everybody Knows, Belle’s Son Race 8: Locharburn, Motu Premier, Alta Ronaldo, Alta Orlando Race 9: Miss Ethel Sunshine, Liberty Rose, Rozha, Sheeza Sport Race 10: Cable Beach, Gotta Go Ya Hu, Celestial Arden, The Honey Badger Race 11: Articulight, She’s A Flyin, Hard Day’s Night, Booming Jet Best Bet: Cable Beach (Race 10) Value: Redwood Invasion (Race 5)

Harness racing nominations have recently closed for the 2017 The Breeders NZ Pacing Oaks. 35 pacing fillies have been nominated, including Petacular from Australia who was runner up to the unbeaten Partyon in last Saturday night’s NSW Oaks. Their current fixed odds prices (NZ Dollars) will be released by the TAB early next week. Please note first withdrawals (sustaining fee) are due on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at 3pm (NZ time). For full details on the breakdown of stakes, conditions, and the nomination form, please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338 9094.   KERYN MCELROY BUSINESS & MARKETING MANAGER

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 11:55am Race 1 - Eja Patron $4.80 is best backed on the win book over Highland Reign $4.00 with that runner leading multi betting.   Race 2 - Over The Love $2.50 is easily best backed in win and multi betting and is looking as though he could start shorter closer to post-time.    Race 3 - Hidden Desire $14 is best backed over Selena Franco $4.00.   Race 4 - Run Riot $2.50 has taken bets of $2,000 at $2.60 and $1,000 at $2.80 and is clearly the best backed runner.   Race 5 - Sparkling Delight $7.20 is best backed over A G's White Socks with that runner all they want in multi betting.   Race 6 - Gunpowder $3.20 is easily best backed in win and multi betting.   Race 7 - Shineonucrazydiamond $8.50 - $7.50 has attracted the most interest win wise early with The Bachelor $2.50 racing away in multi betting interest.   Race 8 - A quiet market early with Rocknpop $9.00 the best backed runner.   Race 9 - Debnita Rose $1.65 is the only runner wanted in multi betting and could start around $1.50 judging by the early support.   Race 10 - Born Again Delight $3.50 leads multi betting over Blue Chip lad $3.80.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

While the heavy-hitters strut their stuff at Alexandra Park, the pressure is on New Zealand Derby aspirant, The Bachelor to show some form at Addington tonight. The Tim Butt trained runner is the sole representative of the nominations for the Derby at the Addington meeting with a hoard of starters up in Auckland preparing for the Great Northern Derby next weekend. Unsighted since running fourth behind All You Need Is Faith back at the end of September, the son of Art Major will be without doubt in need of a run as he heads to headquarters tonight. But a solid trial a fortnight ago, in behind two other classy three-year-olds in Pacing Major and More The Better, will see the gelding strip a lot fitter than what many might expect him to. Also in his favour is the current form of Butt, who has really hit the ground running in 2017. He’s trained eight winners in the two months of the year as he slowly begins to rebuild to an impressive looking racing team. He will have a double pronged attack on the seventh race tonight with The Bachelor joined by stablemate, Mt Hutt Harry who will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after a strong maiden victory last time. Purchased out of the Methven stable of Danny McKendry for a modest amount after just one workout on the grass at Methven the son of Vintage Master looks to have plenty of scope, and a rather big future. He will start from the pole spot in the mobile event with Kim Butt in the sulky while Craig Thornley will wear the Syd and Shona Brown colours on The Bachelor. When the second round of withdrawals closed this week for the $200,000 Group One event, The Bachelor’s named was joined by 21 others who are still in the mix for the race. The market is being dominated by the All Stars classy three-year-olds Vincent and Ultimate Machete with Tiger Thompson and More The Bettor the only other runners in single figures in the fixed odds market. That could change at Alexandra Park tonight with some quality three-year-olds, including Tiger Thompson doing battle ahead of the Great Northern Derby. The Brad Mowbray trained runner will take on fellow Derby aspirants; Jack’s Legend, Rakapuka Ruler, Stars Align, Pacing Major, Alta Intrigue, Billy Badger and Mongolian Hero while More The Bettor will take on the older horses in the most tightly assessed pace of the night. Addington Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Eja Patron, Sweet Loress, Handlebar Hank, Illegal Immigrant Race 2: Over The Love, Reign On Me, Rum In The Sun, Ruthless Kayla Race 3: Clarendon’s Last, Bella Jones, Selena Franco, Tahlia Franco Race 4: Run Riot, Supreme Banner, Sky City King, Asset Control Race 5: Queen Bee Bardon, A G’s Whitesocks, Star Fantasy, Sparkling Delight Race 6: Gunpowder, Benji Mara, Rah De Rah, Real South Race 7: The Bachelor, Bailey’s Knight, Mt Hutt Harry, Micky Gee Race 8: All Settled Down, Ace Commander, Kingdom Come, Tehoro Dazzle Race 9: Real Obsession, Debnita Rose, Pretty Janice, Scotlyn Made Race 10: Born Again Delight, Blue Chip Lad, Elite Excuse, Got A Beauty Best Bet: Run Riot (Race 4) Value: All Settled Down (Race 8)

The harness racing ringaround had an ok week with a couple of winners and a number of placings. The highest winning dividend last weekwent to Andrew Suddaby whose selection My Rona Gold won at Winton and paid $3.70 and $2.10 on the tote. This week there are six meetings with three in the North and three in the South. Auckland is on Friday night at Alexandra Park along with Addington, while the weekend sees Wyndham on Saturday. On Sunday Cheviot race at Addington and Stratford also have a grass meeting. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Taranaki on Thursday John Curtin - John thinks Admiral's Flight is a good chance first up in the North in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Up All Nite as his best chance this week in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks Kate Jackson would be his best chance at Taranaki in Race 7 Tony Herlihy - Tony is going for Walkinshaw as his best chance in Race 6   Alexandra Park on Friday Joshua Dickie - Josh thinks Mongolian Hero has a good chance at Auckland in Race 5 Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Heavyweight Hero would be his best drive this week in Race 10   Addington on Friday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Selena Franco in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Bella Jones as his best chance also in Race 3 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week is A G's White Socks in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Anika Lindenny as his best this week in Race 6 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks Mt Hutt Harry will be hardest to beat in Race 7 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best chance is Titanium at Addington also in Race 7   Wyndham on Saturday Mark Jones - thinks that Arranlea would be his best chance this week in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent says his best drive would be Chinook Winds in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for Bull Hayes as his best chance in Race 4 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - thinks Tact Rousey is a good chance at Wyndham in Race 5 Andrew Suddaby - says Don't Pass i'm Fast  would be his best chance in Race 11   For more tips for Wyndham click here   Cheviot at Addington on Sunday RaceChat - thinks No Fears is a good chance at Cheviot in Race 1 Bob Butt - Bob likes Sharknado as his best drive this week at Cheviot in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Little Bad John as his best chance also in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Sundons's Flyer is his best chance in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - says Trailer Park Girl with the better draw can win again in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Cable Beach as his beat chance this week in Race 10   Harnesslink Media          

After second withdrawals were taken, a pleasing number of 21 top class 3YO pacers remain in contention for the Group One $200,000 Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby held at Addington on Friday,7 April.   Nominations are headed up by Vincent, winner of the NSW Pacing Derby, followed by stable mate Ultimate Machete, runner up in the same event, and winner of this season’s Sires Stakes and Sales Series Finals.   All 21 horses current fixed odds prices as below         The fixed odds prices can also be viewed at:  https://www.tab.co.nz/racing/#995   Be sure to be on track as there are a total of five Group Races being run throughout the evening and over $500,000 in stakes on offer.   For more details on the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Derby, please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call the Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.   KERYN MCELROY BUSINESS & MARKETING MANAGER  

Since its introduction in 2012, the now famous Addington Met Multiplier has been the focus for many owners and trainers as a way to add real value to their normal harness racing activities. This coming Friday night however will set new ground when at least six individual runners will be rewarded with the $7,500 bonus, adding an additional $45,000 in returns for connections. Addington Chief Executive Dean McKenzie commented, “The Met Multiplier Bonus has made a significant contribution to the horse numbers that race at Addington on a regular basis and it ensures those connections that frequently attend are rewarded for their loyalty. We have paid just south of $1m in bonuses since its inception including nearly $330,000 directly to trainers” “The reason horse numbers are so important to a Club is that they are the key wagering revenue driver, which in turn underpins our ability to offer over $8m in stakes and bonuses here at the Raceway this season” “Having at least six individual sets of connections qualify on Friday night shows just how popular the concept has now become and is a timely reminder as to the benefits that are available right now in racing at Addington on a regular basis” On Friday night Tufflittlerooster, Illegal Immigrant, Ranfurly Rulz, Stop Means Stop, Heavenly Love and The God Botherer all qualify for the $7,500 bonus as does Fatal Reunion if it gets a start in Race 8. In addition, Franco Caliph, Highland Reign, Gunpowder, Sicilian Secret and BK Dawn also qualify if they can notch a win.   

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington tonight as at 4:30pm Race 1 - Sundees Son $2.60 is best backed on the win book over Castlereagh $7.50.    Race 2 - Multi betting early is saying this is a very even race and while the $5.00 favourite Highland Reign is best backed on the win book she is only 7th favourite in multi betting which is lead by Canderdel $5.50 over Sans Le Sou $7.80.   A $5.00 favourite and it's only 7th early in multi betting is clearly saying this is a wide open race.   Race 3 - Baileys Knight $7.50 leads win betting over Bettor To be Tricky the $3.50 favourite with Lanikai $4.00 easily leading multi betting.    Race 4 - Easily the best backed runner on the win book is Ashley Locaz $3.50 over Ocean Ridge $3.00. The early win and multi money is saying Ashley Locaz's current odds of $3.50 could be the best price on the day.   Race 5 - Gracie Eyre $21 - $12 is the big mover here and best backed early.   Race 6 - Habibi Inta $3.70 is a clear leader in win betting with Enghien $1.65 the clear multi leader.   Race 7 - Sheeza Sport $8.50 is the win book's worst result early but is unwanted in multi betting with Liberty Rose $3.60 leading there over American Banner $5.00.   Race 8 - Torrid Bromac $3.30 dominates early multi betting over Star Fantasy $3.10. Franco Tai $11 is best backed in early win betting.   Race 9 - Bird Of Paradise $8.50 leads early win betting over Our Quinn $19 - $16 but the multi betting early is saying this is an even betting race..   Race 10 - Kingdom Come $5.00 leads multi betting over The Foot tapper $3.90.   Race 11 - Cleaver Green $2.05 is short on his recent form and that price reflects more the recent form of his rivals.   One astute punter has told us Beragio wins the race and not to leave him out of Pick 6, he's at $22.00 but it's a field where an double digit priced runner wouldn't come as any shock.    Cleaver Green holds 3 -1 in multi tickets over the next best which is January Jones $7.50 and 6 -1 over the next best Black Art $3.50.    Dexter Dunn $2.50 is best backed in the Drivers Challenge over the $2.10 favourite Blair Orange.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The babies come out to play tonight at Addington, but who holds the strongest claims is a relative unknown. Three races on the card are for solely the two-year-olds with a race for the trotters, one for the fillies and another for the colts and geldings - and all come with the usual tag of punter beware as anything is possible. The two-year-old trot, which opens up the night, is probably the easiest of the three based on the fact that most of the field have been to the races. Sundee’s Sun, who won on debut a fortnight ago, is a back while Majestic Hurricane and BJ Lindenny who placed behind him are also there. Well Defined, who is trained by Kevin Townley, got a few things wrong on debut, but did appear to have a good motor so followers will be hoping for a clean round this evening. In the first of the pacing events for the babies, the Robert Dunn stable holds a good hand with two impressive trial and workout performers in Tuapeka Trick and Henry Hubert. Tuapeka Trick is a Bettor’s Delight colt owned by the Westview Racing No.17 syndicate and he was looked above average when winning a trial earlier in the month. Henry Hubert is unbeaten in public, but will start from the outside of the front line in an event that also includes Sapling Stakes placegetter, Cullenburn and an All Stars first starter, Ashley Locaz. The two-year-old fillies event is a little tougher to work out with 12 fillies doing battle. Mark Jones has a strong hand in the race with two fillies, Liberty Rose and Sheeza Sport with the former looking impressive when winning a trial at Ashburton in a slick last 400 metres. American Banner, who has come up with the one draw has also been in good fettle at the workouts and trials. While the two-year-olds will create plenty of interest, the three-year-old trotters will also draw attention when they race for $17,500 in the Lone Star Sires’ Stakes 3YO Trot Prelude. Enghien, who was so good at Geraldine on Sunday, is back to take on Habibi Inta in what should be an instalment in the enthralling battle of these two exciting trotters for the season. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Majestic Hurricane Well Defined, Sundee’s Sun, BJ Lindenny Race 2: Canderdel, Ranfurly Rulz, Eastwood Cheiftain, Highland Reign Race 3: Lanikai, Bettor To Be Tricky, Bailey’s Knight, Wanted Man Race 4: Henry Hubert, Tuapeka Trick, Ashley Locaz, Cullenburn Race 5: Algranco Albyone, The Best Christian, The Director, Mt Hutt Harry Race 6: Enghien, Habibi Inta, Needle, Chevron’s Express Race 7: American Banner, Liberty Rose, Betterthansparying, Chromozone Race 8: Franco Tai, Righteous Brother, Torrid Bromac, Culley Backy Race 9: Our Quinn, She’s A Flyin, Bird Of Paradise, Crackamoa Race 10: Redwood Invasion, The Foot Tapper, Dusky Eyre, Prestine Race 11: Cleaver Green, Buldinganempire, January Jones, Nicky Anew Best Bet: Cleaver Green (Race 11) Best Value: Our Quinn (Race 9)

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