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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)

Two confident John Dunn drives netted perfect results in two of the big races at Addington on Friday night. Dunn grabbed the Premier Mares Championship with Better Be Amazed and also took home the Summer Cup with Captain Dolmio. North Island visitor, Better Be Amazed - who is trained by Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick - picked up a much deserved big race win after producing so many great efforts in similar races during her career. “She deserves it,” Dunn said. “She just keeps going.” Dunn worked around the field during the mid stages and held too many guns for C A Penny and the pace-making, Ultimate Desire who filled the minor placings. Earlier in the night though Captain Dolmio announced himself as a future open class star with his front-running effort to win the Summer Cup. The Southland owned pacer ran a hot field into the dirt and will now be pointed at the Easter Cup. “He’s got a great heart, and he did that all tonight with a bandage hanging round his legs. “The two miles of the Easter Cup should really suit him too.” Dunn was also over the moon with the effort of Alta Orlando who flew home late for fourth. The stable also picked up a win with Letspendanitetogetha who helped extend the Robert Dunn lead on the trainers’ premiership. Mark Jones had double the reason to smile following the night’s feature trot. Jones trained the winner, Eyre I Come, but also took great satisfaction out of the performance of Master Lavros, who was mighty in defeat with his effort for third. The Burnham horseman refused to let the performance of his star trotter stand in the way of Eyre I Come’s effort though. “I’m rapt for Grant Hatton, he’s just in love with the horse,” Jones said. “And it’s been a testing one for him, because we’ve been told by more than one person that he would never race again. “The ability has always been there, he’s just had some bad luck with injuries, both of his knees are buggered.” Eyre I Come looked the goods a few years back when he produced a stunning performance to win on Cup Day but that’s when the bad luck started. He will now head towards Auckland and a shot at the Group One double of the ANZAC Cup and the Rowe Cup. Master Lavros will be there too. “He will probably have 10 days off now and then come back for Auckland, I was very happy with him tonight.” Master Lavros was attacked throughout the race by Marcoola, but kept fighting strongly, going down for second narrowly to Everybody Knows who split the Jones pair. Spanish Armada made light work of her $146,000 assignment in the opening race of the night - NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Fillies Final. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly, who was driven by Rasmussen, led from arch-rival Delightful Memphis and showed all her class to win comfortably. “She’ll be on a plane to Auckland this week,” Rasmussen said. “I’m really happy with her at the moment.” Spanish Armada has now won 10 of her 13 career starts and picked up more than $540,000 in stakes.   Matt Markham  

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Addington today as at 5.15pm   Race 2 - Let It Ride $2.20 is huge in multi betting but best backed on the win book is Baileys Knight $15 - $9.50.   Race 3 - Another $2.20 favourite Habibti Ivy $2.20 is racing away in multi betting with the best backed runner Gershwin $6.00.    Race 4 - Culley Backy $7.20 - $6.00 is best backed early on the win book.   Race 5 - Marcoola $1.55 is huge in multi betting.    Race 6 - The best backed multi runner at the meeting early is Tiger Thompson $1.21.   Race 7 - Captain Dolmio $4.80 is the best backed runner over Christen Me $3.30.   Race 8 - Raukapuka Ruler $2.20 is easily the best backed runner in win & multi betting. Don Domingo $4.60 is starting to attract support.   Race 9 - Heaven Rocks $2.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting and also is a clear best backed on the win book.   Race 10 - Better B Amazed $3.60 is best backed over Queen Bee Bardon $19 & Ultimate Desire $5.60.   Race 11 - Chevron Express $2.20 is racing away in win & multi betting .All Settled Down $9.00 is starting to get some early money.   Race 12 - Bettor To Be Tricky $3.00 leads win betting over Franco Hampton $4.80 & Cruzy Dude $8.50.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

If you are worried about Marcoola’s fitness heading into his comeback at Addington tonight don’t be. Because driver Clint Ford says the naturally athletic trotter has been keeping himself fit in track work. The exciting four-year-old hasn’t raced since a rare disappointing performance at Alexandra Park on December 31, when he over-raced and stopped in the National Trot. But he has been brilliant over sprint trips this season, a massive winner over a mile at Cambridge on Christmas Even while he pushed Monbet to a nose over tonight’s 1950m distance in the NZ Trotting Free-For-All in November. Taking on race hardened rivals like Master Lavros and the enormously-improved Everybody Knows tonight he could be short of his best but Ford says Marcoola will be fit enough to be driven accordingly. “He keeps himself fit,” he explains. “He is just that type of horse. On Saturday I worked him over three miles and wanted him to do nice even sectionals but he wanted to go too fast. “So he has had some good blowouts and I have also given him some speed work. “He only had a week or 10 days off after Auckland so he will be right in this.” With Monbet spelling and Speeding Spur staying in the north, Marcoola has a class edge over most of his southern rivals and if he approaches even money tonight he becomes backable. On a night when serious racing returns to Addington for the first time since Cup week, Classie Brigade looks to continue his dynamic form in the Summer Cup. He has gone from chasing Lazarus last season to emerging as a genuine open class force this term, his last-start win at Invercargill the second fastest 3200m ever paced in New Zealand. That will have earned him a stack of respect and while he probably can’t dominate the race he has to be favoured again even against more glamour types like Christen Me and Locharburn. Christen Me finds himself in a race he can win but you wonder if he still remembers how to do that while Locharburn trialled well last week and could be a value option for new driver Robbie Holmes. The problem for him could be the presence of Captain Dolmio, who runs so hard on the speed that any lack of race fitness in his rivals is usually exposed. The meeting is crammed with high class younger horses taking each other on in the grade races, none more so than last season’s Harness Jewels winner Heaven Rocks,   who returns in a hot race nine where he will relish the return to the mobile. The richest race of the night, the $150,000 Sales Series Fillies Pace has drawn a disappointingly small field, with Spanish Armada continuing her somewhat one-sided battle with Delightful Memphis, with the scoreline 8-2 in the former’s favour. Michael Guerin

A $15 chance for tonight’s Premier Mares’ Championship at Addington, Hopeful Harriet isn’t being given much hope of success. But that’s not stopping the dour mare’s trainer, Regan Todd, from thinking she can get herself in on the action if things happen to fall in the right places for her during the Group 2 $40,000 event. A brilliant winner of the Marlborough Cup two starts back, the diminutive mare has shown a real liking for a dog fight and may get conditions to suit tonight from a good barrier draw. “Her win at Blenheim showed she is capable of doing it,” Todd said. “I wouldn’t read too much into her last start, in fact I think we will forget it, and just base it on what she did when she won. “I’ve been really happy with her work this week so hopefully we are on the right track.” Drawn barrier three, Hopeful Harriet has the slight disadvantage of having two speedy mares drawn inside her in Bronze Over and C A Penny, but there’s some confidence she can hold her own out of the gate if she needs to. “I’ll be leaving it to Robbie (Close), he can judge things once they are out there. But if we had to ask her to run a bit early I think she would. “Ideally it’s a case of getting ourselves into the best possible spot and seeing what happens from there. “But I’d like to think she’s a bit of a chance, it’s not a field of stars, just some nice honest mares.” Todd has just one other runner engaged at the meeting in Righteous Brother who, despite some strong recent efforts was opened at $33 last night due to the fact he takes on an incredibly strong field including the likes of; The Honey Badger, Rakapuka Ruler, Don Domingo, A G’s Whitesocks and Cash N Flow. “He’s probably a place chance at best in a field like that, but he’ll begin quick and put himself in the race.” Todd will be able to get his most high-pressure moment of the night out of the way early too when Master Lavros steps out in the Summer Trotting Free-For-All. As the pseudo trainer of the two-time Dominion winner, Todd knows better than anyone how the big trotter is progressing. And he’s been pretty happy this week. “I’ve noticed he’s stepped up a bit since that last run, his work yesterday (Wednesday) was very good I thought. “But it won’t be easy from out wide over 1950 so we will just be happy if he does everything right and gets around safely and pulls up sound.” Life won’t be easy for Master Lavros though with Marcoola returning to the mix for the event while other good performers like Harriet Of Mot and Everybody Knows are also engaged in the race. Super Selector - Addington - By Matt Markham Race 1: Spanish Armada, Delightful Memphis, Trendy Bromac, Pick My Pocket Race 2: Bailey’s Knight, Let It Ride, Hilarious Magic, Articulight Race 3: Le Reveur, Hey Yo, Habibti Ivy, Gershwin Race 4: Mrs Browns Boys, The Valiant, Culley Backy, Our Quinn Race 5: Marcoola, Master Lavros, Everybody Knows, Harriet Of Mot Race 6: Tiger Thompson, Gotta Go Ya Hu, Real Obsession, Wanted Man Race 7: Classie Brigade, Captain Dolmio, Christen Me, Locharburn Race 8: Rakapuka Ruler, Don Domingo, A G’s Whitesocks, Cash N Flow Race 9: Heaven Rocks, Ears Burning, Cable Beach, Buster Brady Race 10: Queen Bee Bardon, Better B Amazed, CA Penny, Hopeful Harriet Race 11: Chevron Express, All Settled Down, Lavros Jack, Redwood Invasion Race 12: Franco Hampton, Bettor To Be Tricky, Molly Sims, Makers Mark Best Bet: Tiger Thompson (Race 6) Value: Hey Yo (Race 3)

Owner and breeder Colin Hair can now boast a perfect record when it comes to racing two-year-old trotters. He’s one for one. The Kaiapoi based enthusiast, who holds the position of finance chair on the board of Harness Racing New Zealand had never had a starter in a two-year-old trot, despite an association with trotters that spans back over many years. “For one reason or another, I’ve never raced one,” Hair said. “The family is traditionally one that gets better with age, so that might have something to do with it. “But it’s nice to have finally ticked it off for sure.” Hair’s first foray into the world of baby trotters came at Addington on Friday night when Sundees Son stepped out for the Robert Dunn stable with Ross Houghton in the sulky. The son of Majestic Son overcame a skip, hop and jump in the score up to race his way to the lead early and never looked back. “He races without a crupper,” Houghton said. “And as we were going forward I noticed that the saddle had slipped right up onto his shoulders so he’s done well to keep trotting. “It was a good performance, we just need to teach him to be a racehorse now.” With a victory first up - worth over $4,000 - the pressure is now off for the gelding and Hair is quite excited by that prospect. “We don’t have to chase for a Harness Jewels spot or anything now, we’ve got the money in the bank so we can just work on getting him sorted. “I think after that performance tonight we can look at races like the Sires’ Stakes.” The fifth foal of three win mare Stardon, Sundees Son has a bit of breeding behind that traces right back through a lot of Hair’s success as an owner and breeder. Stardon was a daughter of Chiquita Dee who left open class trotter, Uncas who is now plying his trade in Australia. “He’s doing a good job over there, my intention is still to bring him back at some stage.” With just the two broodmares at home, the breeding side of things is relatively quiet at the moment. Sundees Son is the only racehorse currently too, although we will see Woodstone step up in the near future. He’s a three-year-old son of The Pres who qualified last year in impressive fashion at the Cup Trials beating subsequent race winner, Gentleman Sir. Prior to that he had produced three tidy seconds behind the very talented Arnold. “He can certainly trot a bit, so I’m looking forward to having him back on the track.” Sundee’s Son’s victory last night took Houghton to six winners for the season, his best tally since 2003 when he was a junior driver and picked up 11 wins. The victory also kept the Dunn stable at the top of the trainers’ premiership, albeit now in a tie with the Greg and Nina Hope stable on 56 wins each after they picked up a double last night. Matt Markham

Popular horseman, Craig Thornley, has a few good chances to put more ticks in the win column for the season tonight at Addington. With 22 wins on the board for the season, Thornley is well poised to post his best figures for a number of seasons in the sulky. Those numbers could receive a boost tonight with two very strong chances in Lavros Jack and Queen Bee Bardon alongside some other handy steers. “It’s a decent looking book, so hopefully we can get a couple of results,” Thornley said. Queen Bee Bardon has been a revelation in the summer months for Ashburton trainer Ben Waldron with the penny appearing to finally have dropped on the fledgling four-year-old mare. Her four starts this season have netted two wins a second and a third with her last start victory at Addington the best of the lot. She had the aid of a good barrier draw on that occasion and tonight meets a much stronger field, but her current form looks strong enough to make her more than competitive. “She’s had her battles, but Ben seems to be finally getting on top of them. “It won’t be easy from the barrier draw but you have to like the way that she has been going, she’s got a bit of ability.” It’s been a confidence building thing with Queen Bee Bardon and it’s very much the same with Lavros Jack. After taking a few starts to get the racing caper sorted out, the Russell Kennedy trained trotter is flying currently. An introduction to mobile racing looks to have been a big assist to him as he struggled to find his feet early in stand starts. His seventh last time out was a lot better than the placing would suggest as he weaved his way through from back in the field to make up stacks of ground late in the piece. “He was a run short for that race, so he should have come on with the run. “But it was a great confidence building race for him, he got in amongst everything and never put a foot wrong. “He’s got a big motor and is getting better and better every time he goes to the races.” Lavros Jack will start from the outside of the mobile arm due to being on the unruly from behind the mobile but his motor should take him a long way toward winning the race if the manners come. Thornley also has good each way drives tonight on Loretta Franco in the last race of the night and Ranfurly Rulz earlier in proceedings for the Greg and Nina Hope stable.   Addington Selections – By Matt Markham Race 1: Castlereagh, Majestic Hurricane, Well Defined, Thank You Race 2: Missinmemate, Speedy Mach, Johnny White, Compliant Race 3: Firenze, Madam Spur, Kingdom Come, Sugar Cane Race 4: Let It Ride, Real Obsession, Grand Rainbow, Mr Kalypso Race 5: Stars Align, Kitura, Reaza Grunter, Bella Jones Race 6: Alta Orlando, Mossdale Conner, Maverick, Cullen Who Race 7: Lavros Jack, Benchmark, Arditi, Missandei Race 8: A G’s Whitesocks, Queen Bee Bardon, Bailey’s Rock, Cable Beach Race 9: Master Lavros, Everybody Knows, Hey Yo, Harriet Of Mot Race 10: Hilarious Magic, Pick Me Pocket, Mighty American, Sans Le Sou Race 11: Loretta Franco, Camwell Park, Blue Chip Lad, The Golden Cross Best Bet: Let It Ride (Race 4) Value: Loretta Franco (Race 11) 

Greg and Nina Hope gave up being surprised by Everybody Knows a long time ago. So when the dour little trotter stepped out on Friday night in an underdone condition and beat a handy field of trotters, there was a little bit of head shaking from the Woodend Beach camp, but not too much shock. “He’s done that for most of his career,” Greg Hope said. “When you least expect him to go a great race, he’ll go out and run something like he did just then.” Unsighted since winning in December 16, Everybody Knows extended the winning sequence to three on Friday night when he took full use of a quiet run on the markers and snuck up the fence to win. “With nothing serious under the belt I thought we might be a bit vulnerable, but it panned out beautifully.” The Quite Easy gelding has now eight of 38 career starts. There’s always been a belief within the Hope stable that he would make it to open class at some point, but no one probably expected it to play out the way it has. “I’ve known he’d make it to the top grade, but I just thought he’d do it through the back door. “But it’s snuck up on us a wee bit.” Everybody Knows will now be aimed and the Four & Five Year-Old Trotting Championships before taking on the big guns in some of the other open class trotting features at Addington. “He follows speed pretty well, so he should be able to hold himself up well in those big races.” Cullen Who enhanced her claims as a broodmare later in the night on Friday when she rated 1:55 for the mile to win the 1950 speed event. The Ken and Tony Barron trained mare, who was a $100,000 purchase, was too good for her rivals, running them into the deck to win from Superfecta. Blair Orange handled the mare on Friday night and she was the first leg of a driving treble for Orange as e went on to win with Reaza Grunter and Idle Monkey in the next two races. His effort was only matched by Dexter Dunn who managed to win with Absolutely Delight, Raukapuka Ruler and Chevron Express. Matt Markham

A drop back from Country Cup racing at Rangiora on Sunday should see Linton Shard tough to roll in the main event on a rare Friday afternoon at Addington Raceway. The Cran Dalgety trained pacer, who lacks nothing in the size department, went down fighting against a strong field in Sunday’s Rangiora Cup on the grass track - beaten only by Imola, Stroke Of Luck and Karanga Red Fantasy. That form should bode well for him heading into an even C2-C3 pace today. A winner of three of his 17 career starts, the half-brother to Smiling Shard and Pemberton Shard might not reach the heights his siblings managed, but he should be in for a good summer around the traps. Dexter Dunn will combine with the gelding again as he looks to peg back Blair Orange’s eight win lead on the drivers’ premiership/ While a standout on recent form arguably, Linton Shard won’t get it all his own way. There’s a bit of depth to the 2600 metre field including in-form pacers Franco Tai and Letspendanitetogetha. The former is running consistently good races for Terry and Glenys Chmiel and off the front mark will give those behind him something to chase. Letspendanitetogetha has won his last two with Craig Smith in the sulky. John Dunn takes the drive tonight. Meanwhile, Weedons horseman Nigel McGrath is keeping things even in his career. As well as being on 470 training wins, McGrath is also on 470 driving wins. He’s got a big month and a bit ahead and should be getting close to at least the training milestone come the end of the season with a strong racing team around him. Today he has My Wee Man and Special Change in an early maiden and then an in-form One Big Fella who tackles the last race of the evening. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Muscles Galore, One Over Da Stars, Chevron Express, Dragon’s Sister Race 2: My Wee Man, Wall Street Wolf, Waimac Attack, Titanium Race 3: Ice Crusher, Missinmemate, One Direction, Mighty American  Race 4: Ruakapuka Ruler, Culley Backy, Distinctive Del. Mrs Browns Boys  Race 5: Idle Monkey, Little Mo, Sundon’s Flyer, Astrapi Race 6: Cullenz Diamond, Stop Means Stop, Toll Gate, Mac Toddy Race 7: Smithy, Franco Tai, Letspendanitetogetha, Linton Shard Race 8: Debaneyre, Sugar Cane, Forgot To Remember, Galleon’s Royale Race 9: Letsgotothehop, Kitura, Time Traveller, Unico Enchantress Race 10: Remiss, Nui Toc Tien, Joey Maguire. As Kiwi As Best Bet: My Wee Man (Race 2) Value: Ice Crusher (Race 3)

Gavin Smith didn’t want to be one of those people who gets stuck in the nervous nineties for too long. Three months was long enough as it is, so when Imola took apart a tidy field of pacers in Sunday’s Rangiora Summer Cup, the North Canterbury horseman allowed himself a sigh of relief as he notched up the 500th driving win of his career. It’s been a long 12 weeks, but Smith can head into the busy Christmas and New Year racing period with the weight off his shoulders now and just enjoy the fact he has achieved something that only a small percentage of drivers get the privilege to do. “I certainly didn’t want to get stuck on a mark for too long,” Smith said. “It’s nice to have finally reached 500 wins, a bit of a relief, but a pretty cool feeling at the same time.” It was fitting too that Smith was able to reach the milestone on one of his own horses as the training side of his harness racing career has become a major thing in the past few years. Based out of the immaculate Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Ohoka, Smith’s success in the past few seasons as a trainer has been excellent and he’s slowly building a consistent and more than capable team of horses around him. Sunday’s winner Imola is the perfect example of that. The Jereme’s Jet gelding won once in 10 starts as a three-year-old but has come back this season and performed with distinction, winning four of his 14 starts so far and placing on a further two occasions for stake earnings of close to $25,000. He’s also picked up a Met Multiplier cheque from Addington Raceway worth $7,500 – making for a profitable month and a bit for his owner, Aaron Johnstone. “We targeted getting the met multiplier and probably raced him at Addington a bit too much to get him there. “He’s actually been racing really well for most of the season, but getting away from Addington has probably helped him a bit too.” Smith said the Nelson Cup in January was a potential target now for the progressive pacer. His 500th win comes almost exactly 15 years after his first, Went Motoring for Jeff Whittaker at Methven. His 61 winners last season was a personal best tally for a 12 month period and coupled with 28 training wins, things are ticking along quite nicely.  Matt Markham

Harness racing fixed odds movers at Addington as at 4.15pm Race 1 - The $2.30 favourite Raukapuka Ruler easily leads win and multi betting over Augusta $2.80 - $3.00.   Race 2 - Nicky Anew $4.80 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Flashing Diamond $8.60.   Race 3 - Mossdale Conner $2.20 leads multi betting over Ears Burning $3.90 and these two are the only runners wanted early.   Race 4 - Vinny Gambini $4.20 - $3.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Wanted man $10 - $7.00.   Race 5 - Kingdom Come at $12.50 - $11 is the best backed on the win 'book' over McLovin $3.00.   Race 6 - Master Lavros $1.70 is huge in multi betting holding 203 ticket's compared to the next best Hey Yo $6.00 who holds just 7 tickets.    Race 7 - American Tart $2.10 has drawn out wide but that hasn't stopped punter's jumping on in both win & multi betting. Crackabella $5.60 has also attracted some win money.   Race 8 - Franco Saxon $7.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Franco Tai $7.00 with the $3.20 favourite Letspendanitetogetha $2.90 - $3.20 the best backed in multi betting.   Race 9 - Donegal Bettorgretch $3.40 is best backed on the win 'book' over Le Lievre's Gift at $6.80 with Everybody Knows $3.50 - $4.00 best backed in multi betting over Lothario $3.90 - $3.40.   Race 10 -Wozniacki $5.80 is best backed on the win 'book' over Millwood Daisy $6.50.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

He’s chasing Group race success in Auckland but Mark Jones can be forgiven for all his attention being focussed on a five horse race at Addington tonight. That five horse race, worth $13,000 compared to the $220,000 his four horses in Auckland are racing for, has the potential to be one of the most important of the Burnham trainer’s season. His stable star, two-time Dominion Handicap winner, Master Lavros returns to the races from injury early on in the night at Addington and where he heads to next will very much depend on what the outstanding trotter shows both on the track and when he walks out of his box on Saturday morning. Auckland for the National Trot on New Year’s Eve is still an option, but a trip to Central Otago is a possibility too. “We will let him dictate what happens next,” Jones said. “A lot of it is going to depend on how his leg is after the run. Both options are on the table.” The return race has been marred by scratchings, leaving Master Lavros with just four opponents to face but Jones should get a good enough indication on where the gelding is at. “It’s really another glorified trial for us, of course we are there to win but there is a bigger picture too.” The stable will also be represented tonight at Addington by the ultra consistent Ruthless Success. In Auckland, Rocker Band and Delightful Memphis will tackle Group racing while The Bus and Real Torque tackle other races on the programme. Delightful Memphis has come up with barrier one in the Peter Breckon Memorial - a key result if she is to down the colours of Spanish Armada once again. “I still don’t think there is anything between the two of them, but we’ve got the draw this week so we will have to look to make the most of it.” Rocker Band, by her trainer’s admission, probably can’t beat Dream About Me. But she is a real hope of running second behind her. “She’s going great guns at the moment and from that draw we should get our chance.” The Bus was late scratched last week after jumping shadows during his warm up but a strong workout win on Saturday has Jones confident he’s got a horse who can be a player in the Young Guns series. Super Selector Addington - By Matt Markham Race 1: Ruakapuka Ruler, Myidealson, Augusta, Mighty American Race 2: My Wee Man, Belmont Jet, Webby Vanderquack, Nicky Anew Race 3: Ears Burning, Mossdale Conner, Alta Orlando, Maverick Race 4: Letsgotothehop, Vinny Gambino, Loretta Franco, Hayden’s Meddle Race 5: McLovin, Fireze, Jean Sebastien, Kingdom Come Race 6: Master Lavros, Daryl Boko, Hey Yo, Waterloo Sunset Race 7: American Tart, Crackabella, Emily Blunt, Runaway Star Race 8: Torrid Bromac, Letspendanitetogetha, Franco Saxon, Eh Ef El Race 9: Le Leivre’s Gift, Everybody Knows, Lothario, Donegal Bettorgretch Race 10: Curlimore, Gunpowder, Wozniacki, Atchoo Best Bet: Curlimore (Race 10) Value: Le Leivre’s Gift (Race 9)

A record number of harness racing nominations were received for the Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby that will be held at Addington on Friday, 7 April next year. This prestigious race will be held at Addington on Friday, 7April 2017. The 49 horses nominated are listed below. Their current fixed odds prices (NZ Dollars) will be released by the TAB early next week. Please note first withdrawals (sustaining fee) is due on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at 3pm (NZ time). 3YO Pacers nominated for the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Derby are; 1. Burst Out Laughing C0 2. Dream To Reality C0 3. Hayden’s Meddle C0 4. Hurrikane Poker C0 5. Johnny White C0 6. Kamwood Kid C0 7. Let It Ride C0 8. Letsgotothehop C0 9. Locked Out Of Heaven C0 10. Micky Gee C0 11. Motu Meteor C0 12. Santanna Mach C0 13. Speedy Mach C0 14. Warloch C0 15. Whittaker C0 16. Acceptance C1 17. Accumulator C1 18. Afterdinnerspeaker C1 19. Alta Intrigue C1 20. Big Mach C1 21. Eamon Maguire C1 22. Forgotten Highway C1 23. Franco Hampton C1 24. Gotta Go Ya Hu C1 25. Jack’s Legend C1 26. Mongolian Storm C1 27. Raptors Flight C1 28. Raukapuka Ruler C1 29. Red Moon Rising C1 30. Regal Major C1 31. Riccardo C1 32. Rory McIlroy C1 33. Spring Campaign C1 34. Stars Align C1 35. The Bachelor C1 36. The Governor C1 37. The Honey Badger C1 38. Tiger Thompson C1 39. Wrangler C1 40. You Gotta Have Faith C1 41. Billy Badger C2 42. On The Rantan C2 43. Star Galleria C2 44. Vincent (AUS) C2 45. Mongolian Hero C3 46. Vasari C3 47. Pacing Major C4 48. Ultimate Machete C4 49. More the Better C6     KERYN MCELROY    

It’s unlikely that high quality mare Nek Time will ever race again. The Terry and Glenys Chmiel trained four-year-old was set to resume at Addington on Friday night off the back of a strong trial victory at Ashburton last Tuesday but all that was thrown out the window late last week. After impressing in her trial, Nek Time was completing fast work and Chmiel noticed she was lame in a hind leg. “It didn’t look to serious, but something was clearly troubling her,” Terry said. “Our vet happened to be out looking at another horse and she said we should do a scan just to be sure and it revealed that she has a hole in her hind suspensory. “I’ve got no idea how it happened as it’s not something you usually see with pacers. We just can’t figure it out.” The prognosis is that Nek Time is a 50/50 chance of racing again, but Chmiel said initial chats with the mare’s owners, Robert and Sharyn Symon, suggested that she may be retired and an attempt may be made to serve her this breeding season. “She could potentially race again, but I’m thinking it will be unlikely because she is so valuable as a broodmare. “It’s a bloody shame really because she was going along pretty nicely so the news made for a pretty long weekend.” It’s a big blow for the Chmiel stable as Nek Time was their flagship horse and she also gave them plenty of highs last season as a three-year-old including wins in the Southland, Gold Coast and Queensland Oaks. Last season alone she won seven races and close to $140,000 in stakes - not a bad effort considering she comes from the same crop as dominant fillies Piccadilly Princess and Dream About Me. “She’s the horse that made getting out of bed to go and work the team in the morning easy. “She’ll be pretty hard to replace.” The fastest of the progeny of Gotta Go Cullect, Nek Time has a 1:54.7 mile rate next to her name so will be a valuable broodmare no matter which stallion she is sent to. Matt Markham

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:30pm   Race 1  - The $3.10 favourite Blade is a clear leader in multi betting early over Living Legend $5.20.   Race 2 -  Hey Yo $4.80 is best backed in win betting with Tornado Valley $3.30 leading multi betting.    Race 3 - Ears Burning $6.80 & Usain Colt $6.60 lead win betting with Classie Brigade $2.10 going 2 - 1 in multi betting tickets over Ears Burning.   Race 4 - Going To California $3.80 - $3.60 leads win betting with Christopher Banner $3.40 leading multi betting over Mach's Terminator $7.00.   Race 5 - Thisismylastflight $2.10 is all punter's want in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Beg Hall $3.40 - $3.20 is easily the best backed early over Bear's Rest $13.   Race 7 - The two favourites Ice Crusher $2.60 & Letspendanitetogetha $3.40 is all punter's want here in win betting & in multi betting Letspendanitetogetha leads over Ice Crusher.    Race 8 - Loretta Franco $3.00 is best backed over Toll Gate $2.90 with the former leading multi betting.   In the Drivers Challenge Ricky may $5.00 is best backed over Blair Orange $2.40.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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