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Addington harness racing  'Fixed Odds' early money as at 10:00am raceday.   Race 1- The best backed runner at the meeting is McClinchie $1.65 - $1.50 with $2,200 at $1.65 the largest bet so far. McClinchie is also the best backed horse "number wise" in multi betting. The rest of the field in race 1 is struggling to attract any early money which would suggest that the favourite McClinchie could close at around $1.40.    Race 2- Very little action early in the win 'book' and in multi bets in this race. Just A Dude $7.00, Family Knight $28 and Shay Scott $8.00 are the best backed early.    Race 3- Only two runners they want in multi bets with Shineonucrazydiamond $2.10 leading over Never Say Never $3.00. In the win 'book' Afterdinnerspeaker $13 - $9.00 is the best backed.    Race 4- She'sa Tricky Bridge $19 - $13 is best backed but in multi bets the best backed easily is Omar Shariff $2.05 over Rummage $2.10.   Race 5- This is the quietest race in the win 'book' early with the $2.00 favourite Perissa slightly leading multi bets over Vanhalem at $5.50.   Race 6- The only runner they want to be on early is Dana Duke $7.60 - $6.00 and he does lead multi bets over the last start unlucky runner in Croft Bay $4.20. Dexter Dunn is back on Dana Duke and he has won on two of his three wins so doubt that's what is driving the early support.   Race 7- Solid early support on Twelve Monkeys has seen her odds move into $6.50 from $7.00 and she is the only runner attracting any early money. Best backed number wise in multi bets is Shpeedy $18 over Jean Sebastian $5.50.    Race 8- The second best backed runner at the meeting is Major Rocket $3.50 - $2.60 and she is the only runner wanted in multi bets. Her current odds of $2.60 do look short but the early weight of win and multi money verse her rivals would suggest she could close at around $1.80 - $2.00.    Race 9- An even spread of win money but there isn't enough action to get a good line early as to where late money will come. The favourite The Publisher $2.30 is dominant in multi betting over Benji Mara $5.60.   In early multi betting number wise and in order:   McClinchie race 1 Major Rocket race 8 Omar Shariff race 4 Shineonyoucrazydiamond race 3    Stephen Richardson - TAB

Two additional harness racing nominations have been received for this year’s New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington on November 8. Addington Raceway bosses elected to leave the nominations open for an extra week for the Cup, the Dominion Handicap and their Show Day Futurity Series after they officially closed last week. Harness Jewels placed mare Expressive Victor, has been added to the list for Paul Court - joining stablemate Brilliant Strike. The other runner is now Australian pacer, Itz Bettor To Win.  The gelding who was trained by Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen for the first part of his career and won a Kindergarten Stakes as a two-year-old is owned by Merv and Meg Butterworth.  The popular Australian couple were the successful owners of last year's Cup winner, Arden Rooney and will be shooting for back-to-back victories this year.  In the Dominion Handicap, Australian trotter Glenferrie Tycoon has joined the fray for Andy Gath. Glenferrie Tycoon joins;  Kyvalley Blur, Sun Of Anarchy, Overanova, Keystone Del, Vincennes and My Tribeca as the Australian nominations. NZ Cup: Moonrock, Alleluia, Brilliant Strike, Hughie Green, Idealindiamonds, Lewy Risk, Seel The Deal, Didjamakem Bolt, Expresso Martini, Costa Del Magnifico, Maverick, Quick As A Trick, Cullect A Guinness, Franco Nelson, Hug The Wind, Titan Banner, Franco Ledger, No Doctor Needed, Christen Me, Have Faith In Me, Lazarus, Locharburn, Messini, Mighty Flying Mac, Smolda, Tiger Tara, Philadelphia Man, Mossdale Conner, Itz Bettor To Win, Expressive Victor. Dominion Handicap: Kyvalley Blur, Sun Of Anarchy, Overanova, Quevert, Sunset Peak, Tornado Valley, Bordeaux, Le Reveur, Springbank Eden, Alley Way, Arran Chief, Golden Gate, Harriet Of Mot, Jag's Invasion, Monty Python, Paramount Dream, Realmein, Waterloo Sunset, Zachary Binx, Amaretto Sun, Belles Son, Daryl Broko, Scarrymcleary, Arya, Cool Cobber, Foray, Habibti, Harrysul, Keystone Del, King Denny, Master Lavros, Monbet, One Over Da Moon, Quite A Moment, Sheemon, Stent, Sunny Ruby, Valmagne, Vincennes, My Tribeca, Glenferrie Tycoon.   HRNZ News

Last week’s Alabar Super Series events, which have become a real feature on Addington Raceway’s harness racing calendar, was the 12th occasion these races have been conducted over the last four years. Designed to reward those horses and connections that support Addington Raceway on a regular basis, the success of these $23,500 events can be seen in the quality of the fields that contest them and a look at past results makes for interesting reading. Average tote win dividend is approximately $7.50 Largest win dividend was $36.30 when now course mile record holder Vice Chairman was victorious in 2013 Shortest win dividend was last week when Stars Align saluted at $1.20 22 individual trainer(s) have won the 36 Alabar Super Series events held Purdon/Rasmussen with 9 and Terry/Glenys Chimiel with 4 head the multiple wins category Horses trained (or co-trained) by Craig Edmonds, Nigel McGrath and Cran Dalgety have all scored on more than one occasion Southland domiciled horses have an impressive strike rate when taking home 3 victories from very few starters (Tas Man Bromac, Wick and Costa Del Magnifico) Every starter presently earns at least $500 just for starting The next Alabar Super Series night has been scheduled for October 7. KERYN MCELROY  

Fixed odds report from Addington harness racing on Friday. With 5 first favorites and 3 second favourites winning from the 10 races it was tough going for the ‘book’ but the game changer for us was the hot favourite in race 6 ‘Luisanabelle Midfrew’ ($1.55 – $1.40) finishing 2nd to ‘Aquickone’. Overall punter’s came out slightly ahead of the ‘book’ on the night.   Race 1-  The late money came for our opening favourite ‘Waihemo Art’ once he got out from $4.40 - $5.00 ($4.80 tote) and he closed as our worst result over the winner ‘Go Fella Go’. The late money also came for the winner $8.50 - $7.00 (tote $7.40) and he also closed as a bad result for the ‘book’ so it didn’t really matter which way the head winning margin went, it was always going to favour the punters. We didn’t take any large bets on the winner with $285 at $7.80 the largest but a lot around $100 - $200. The largest bet on the race was $2,000 at $5.00 on ‘Waihemo Art’.   Race 2-  Our worst result on the night was ‘Dreamy Damien’ $3.90 – $3.50 (tote $3.40) with the largest bet taken on him being $5,000 at $3.50. The 2nd horse ‘Pass The Speights’ $6.50 - $8.00 was a great result for us but to be fair every runner was, due to the late money that came for the favourite. The winner was heavily backed also in multi bets and at a lay price of $3.51 he was a runner at that price that could do some serious damage.   Race 3 – The favourite ‘Stars Align’ $1.35 - $1.20 (tote $1.20) was the only one they wanted with the largest bet $15,000 at $1.20 returning a $3,000 profit but luckily for us this punter didn’t take the $1.35 on opening and saved us paying out another $2,250. With 84% of the money on the favourite it was hard work selling any other runner. If the money taken on the favourite was placed on the tote due to no fixed odds market he would have closed at $1.00 so that opening $1.35 even though short was surprisingly good money. This was 3 out of 3 winners to open above the closing fixed and tote odds. It’s a swings and roundabout scenario on opening odds value compared to fixed odds and tote odds. If you put $10 on the first 3 winners on the opening fixed odds your return would have been$447.50 against closing fixed odds of $294 and tote odds of $301.90.              Race 4- Finally a result went the right way for the ‘book’ with ‘Sunny Bill’ $3.90 - $5.00 (tote $4.00) a great result and the only losing result was the favourite ‘Kash Valley’ $2.40 - $2.50 (tote $2.60) who finished 2nd. Largest bets on the race were $4,500 at $2.40 and $2,000 at $2.50 ‘Kash Valley’.   Race 5- The winner ‘Mr Mojito’ $1.25 – $1.23 (tote $1.30) was a small winning result for the ‘book’ with some late money taken on the winner’s stablemate ‘Superfecta’ once we got him out from $4.60 - $6.50 (tote $6.70).   Race 6- The favourite ‘ Luisanabelle Midfrew’ $1.55 – $1.40 (tote $1.30) was a shocking result for the ‘book’ multi and single win wise but luckily for us she couldn’t withstand the challenge of ‘Aquickone’ $7.50 - $8.00 (tote $7.30)  and she did save the night for the ‘book’. $4,000 and $2,400 at $1.40 were the two largest bets on the favourite.     Race 7- The winner ‘Nicky’s Logic’ $6.00 - $5.00 (tote $4.40) did close a small losing result for us with $700 at $5.00 the largest bet taken on her.  ‘Millies Creek’ (13th) $4.60 - $4.20 easily closed as the worst result. Some large bets came for ‘Millies Creek’ with $5,000 at $4.60 the largest.   Race 8 – ‘Hey Yo’ $6.00 - $6.00 (tote $5.10) closed a slight losing result but ‘Brads Kenny” $7.00 - $6.50 was easily the worst result for the ‘book’ so even though the winner was a losing result we were happy to take it. When pricing this market it was on paper an even field but punter’s were right on the mark with the first two home. A $2,000 bet at $6.50 on ‘Brad’s Kenny’ was the largest bet taken on the race.   Race 9-  The winner ‘Sans Le Sou’ $7.50 - $10 (tote $10.50) was a drifter and closed as  a good result for us. The huge mover was the favourite ‘Mach’s Terminator’ $3.60 - $2.70 (tote $2.40) with the largest bet taken $1,600 at $2.70 and he closed as our only losing result. . Race 10- The winner ‘Michelangelo’ $4.80 - $4.00 (tote $ $3.60) closed a good result for the ‘book’ with the 3rd placed runner ‘Bakari’ $10 - $3.80 easily closing the worst. The opening $2.90 favourite ‘Cullenz Diamond’ was late scratched which resulted in around a 33% deduction on any bets placed prior to her scratching time of 9:10pm racenight.   Stephen Richardson

A horse set to become a racing rarity by competing without a whip has been tragically killed on the way to the races.   Otago trainer Nora Bishop was left stunned today when she lost her favourite harness horse Hudson Sully in a motor accident near Moeraki.    Bishop was transporting four of her racehorses to tonight’s Addington meeting when she ran off the road and is still unaware how the accident happened.   “I don’t know what went wrong and I am all right, but I lost my favourite horse,” says the small time trainer.   The horse killed in the accident was nine-year-old battler Hudson Sully, who would have been having his 153rd start at Addington tonight.   He was never going to be a star but had won seven races and over $50,000.   But he was to have undergone a rare trial tonight, Bishop planning to race him without his driver having a whip.   And if Hudson Sully had performed to his usual level, Bishop was considering racing all of her horses in future without whips.   While the trainers of horses applying to race them without a whip is not unheard of it is rare and had   Hudson Sully performed well tonight then Bishop’s stable could have been an interesting test case at a time when whips in racing look certain to come under more scrutiny.   “Ideally, if I knew they would race as well and try as hard, I’d like to race my horses without whips and Sully was the one I wanted to start that with because he tried so hard.”
 Another of Bishop’s horses was hurt but not seriously in the accident and Bishop continued on to Addington to race two more members of her team.   “But we are in shock. It has been a horrible day.”
    Michael Guerin

Today we preview the pick six at the Addington harness racing meeting that has a starting pool of $40,000. Leg 1 Mr Mojito looks an anchor the way he won last week. He showed he can step well from a stand and should be too good in this field with similar manners. Leg 2 Luisanabelle Midfrew again looks an anchor in a field weaker than she has been racing in the past. The smaller field size gives her options and she should be too good either leading or coming from the back. Leg 3 Here is where it gets a bit tricky with the last four legs all looking to have many chances. Kotare Kasai looks one of the better hopes in this field and has been tipped by driver Gavin Smith as one of his best chances for the week. Other chances we like are Nicky's Logic, Millies Creek and Thisgirlisonfire.  Leg 4 A very tricky trotters leg with a lot of depth in the field. Take as many as you can afford but we have narrowed it down to Oona, Hey Yo, Brads Kenny, Kowai Monarch, The Silver Fox and Jean Sebastian Leg 5 Junior driver races are usually hotly contested and this race looks tough to predict, however we have narrowed this leg down to four runners with four of the more experienced drivers. Include Mach's Terminator, Vera's Delight, Flying Heather and San Le Sou. Leg 6 Not the easiest of legs and a good spread required here as a lot of good trialists coming in fresh. Include Cullens Diamond, C'est L'heure, Bakari, and Michelangelo   $20.00 for 10% Leg 1      8 Leg 2      9 Leg 3      2,6,8,12 Leg 4      5,11,15,16,17,18 Leg 5      3,6,7,11 Leg 6      2,5,8,12   Harnesslink Media    

After short break in the harnesslink bets of the week ringaround along with some staffing changes, we will be back in the new season with an even bigger and better account of the drivers best chances for the coming weeks racing. From next week we will endeavor to have this page out and published before 10am each Thursday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. This week there are three harness racing meetings in New Zealand and we will have the drivers best selections for them available on Friday afternoon. Alexandra Park – Friday night Peter Scaife - Says that Vibhuti will be hard to beat in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Says the the well bred 2yo filly Shieldmaiden will be hard to beat in Race 4 John Curtin - Thinks Ultimate Angel will improve this week and is a real danger in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Says that his best chance this week is Bonnie Khaleesi in Race 5 Todd Mitchell - Believes that Doudleodeano can beat Tony's pick in Race 5 Todd MacFarlane - Bullish on the chances of Harrysul in Race 6 Sean McCaffrey - Really likes Norvic Ruby in Race 8 Geoff Small - Hopes that Everlasting Grace (as lease is expiring) can win this week in Race 8 Scott Phelan - Just back from a holiday and says Trilogy will win Race 9 Steve Richardson (TAB) – Thinks George can win after being freshened in Race 10    NZ Metro at Addington on Friday night Ricky May - Says that Cruzy Dude will be hard to beat in Race 1 Blair Orange - Holidaying in Fiji but thinks with a drop down in class Ranfurly Rulz will win Race 4 Tim Williams - Gives a chance to his only drive tonight in Northview Betta in Race 7 Harnesslink workout reporter -- Gives Franco Tristan a good chance of winning his first start in Race 9 Nathan Williamson - Has no drives this week but says he cannot see Stars Align getting beaten in Race 10   NZ Metro at Addington on Sunday Robbie Holmes - Says that Fulham Royale will be hard to beat in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Even from the second row Gavin thinks that he can win with Donegal Jimmy Dave in Race 4 Bob Butt - Says that Easy Rider can win Race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks that Tornado Valley will win if he steps in Race 6 Mark Jones - Mark says that his pick of the week this week is Glenferrie Classic in Race 7 Harnesslink video reviewer – Thinks Dreamy Damian is a great each way chance in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

FRIDAY 29 JULY $50,000 Terminating harness racing turbo Pick6 Leg 1 at 8:06pm: Addington Harness, Race 6 Leg 2 at 8:16pm: Alexandra Park Harness, Race 6  Leg 3 at 8:06pm: Addington Harness, Race 7 Leg 4 at 8:46pm: Alexandra Park Harness, Race 7 Leg 5 at 8:06pm: Addington Harness, Race 8 Leg 6 at 9:17pm: Alexandra Park Harness, Race 8   Leg 1 Mr Mojito looks the anchor of the night if he can step away from the stand. He seems a sensible type but most of his racing has been from the mobiles.He will be too good for the rest if he can step and race handy.   Leg 2 The two open class trotters Mum’s Pride and Harrysul look to have a strangle hold on this race starting off even marks from behind the mobile against the lower class trotters.   Leg 3 Luciano has won his last three starts and the last two against similar opposition to this field. He could prove to be too tough again, but it is a tricky field and it is worth throwing in a couple of backups. Soapbox almost beat Luciano two starts ago and has a better draw to contend with so needs to be included. The other two Brendon McLellan trained horses Mr Handleman and Vera’s Delight were both good last start and the extra distance of this race will suit so both need to be included here.   Leg 4 The sprint trip of 1700m will suit the two Barry Purdon trained runners of New Years Jay and Hug The Wind and we think you only need those two horses in this leg.   Leg 5 Another tricky leg over the sprint for the C1 trotters from behind the mobile.  Cuddly Jess has the draw and flashed home late last start so possibly the pick of them here. Also include Craddock who won easily like a horse going places last start. Blood And Whisky from the powerful Robert Dunn stable and My Amour from the Greg and Nina Hope stable also need to be included and can win. Total Exposure with Colin DeFilippi driving is also a runner’s chance in this field.   Leg Six We have gone shorter in a few of the earlier legs so can afford to put in a few extra’s in this leg. Include Will Desire coming in fresh for the Geoff Small stable, Turnbulls who won well at the trials last week, Chevrons Easy who was in devastating form sitting parked and winning easily last week, Norvic Ruby looks to be coming back into form and is a good mare when right and Everlasting Grace also in good form and worth putting in here.   $20.00 for 10%            CONFIDENCE RATING 75% Leg 1      1 Leg 2      6,8 Leg 3      1,4,7,8 Leg 4      3,5 Leg 5      1,7,8,12,14 Leg 6      2,3,6,7,8   Harnesslink Media

After another satisfying financial performance in the 2015-2016 harness racing season, Addington is pleased to announce that total stakes and bonuses are set to rise over $400,000 for the upcoming 2016-2017 season to $8.1 million. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Chair Barry Dent comments, “A cornerstone of our current business model is to ensure regular and sustainable increases in returns to stakeholders are made whenever possible and with the last financial year being another good one for the Club we are pleased to be able to again reaffirm this approach for the upcoming 2016-2017 racing season”. He added, “This latest increase will see total stakes and bonuses rise to $8.1 million, with this amount up by 29% since 2012. With flat industry funding throughout this period, the funds for these increases have been predominantly sourced from strong performing non-racing activities conducted by the Club”. The focus of these increases sees the minimum stake set to rise to $8,000 in combination with opportunities to race for $13,000 available to all classes at most non-Premier Addington Raceway meetings. Eight Premier meetings will again be held with minimum stakes of $20,000 per race. Feature event increases include New Zealand’s richest race for trotters, the Haras Des Trotteurs Dominion Trot rising to $260,000 and the Woodlands NZ Pacing FFA also pushed up $10,000 to $260,000. Both events are scheduled to be held on Show Day, which clearly remains New Zealand’s second largest day of harness racing, behind Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. The now famous Met Multiplier Bonus of $7500 and Breeders Bonus of $500 per win have also again been confirmed for the 2016-2017 season subject to the normal terms and conditions. The 2015-2016 season saw nearly $310,000 paid collectively in bonuses to qualified connections. Dean McKenzie

A trying season for Harness Racing Driver Stevie Golding will finish with a deserving championship crown. The 25-year-old, in his final days in the junior ranks has come from behind to win the New Zealand junior drivers' championships at Addington on Friday night. Twelve months ago Golding was locked in a battle with Robbie Close for the national juniors' premiership - a contest that ended in a tie. But with just 19 wins this season, Golding's final year as a junior, has not reached those dizzy heights with Brad Williamson a runaway premiership leader on 70 wins. "It's a good achievement to get in the series, I was happy to just be in it," Golding said. Golding, who described the championship win as "a massive thrill" felt the series looked even on paper but admits he was happy with his three drives when the fields came out. "Obviously I didn't think I could just go out there and win it but I did like the look of what I had." One of the biggest thrills for Golding was knowing that his name would be up with the illustrious list of drivers who have gone to prominent careers in the industry after winning the championship. The win was fitting for Golding who lost his final chance to win the Darren DeFilippi Memorial when Donsmedad was a late scratching when she injured herself in the float on the way to the track. Golding is currently studying real estate papers for another career option but will continue to drive as much as possible next season. Just like in 2014, the third heat ended in heartbreak for Dylan Ferguson. Ferguson won heat two with with $65 shot Eja Patron for Russley trainer Brad Mowbray and a second in the opening heat with The Silver Fox put him in the box seat. Going into the final heat he lead with 29 points, as he did in 2014, but could only manage 11th place with Sauchiehall​ to finish on 31 points. At the other end of the field, Golding and the Benny Hill-trained Pay Me Way was able to win the final heat to move Golding from 17 to 34 points. Ferguson's 31 points was enough to hold onto second and Darren DeFilippi Memorial winner Katie Cox took out third with 27 points. Mat Kermeen

We are getting through the winter well so far with the top spring horses jogging up and a small racing team. We are concentrating on next season's two year olds of course and I have a high opinion of them. Even better than last year's crop and I rated them right up there. Such good pacers most of them are. They are running easy 800m in about 20 at this stage but so many of them are so well gaited I am sure they will have the speed to match. Janet and I are "house sitting"  for Mark and Natalie at the moment and its a beautiful place to live. Moving out again will be the hard part ! My highlight for the season -and there were a lot of highlights for the stable-is Have Faith In Me's Auckland Cup win. It was a great performance but added to that and Tim's drive was the work that had gone into getting him right for the standing start. For quite a while he was very tricky in that department but the extra work paid off that time. I don't know whether he will win Horse of the Year because I think sometimes the horses who do well early in the season probably have a lower profile at the end of the season but whoever of the two win both of them will be deserving winners. Another special highlight was the number of quinellas and even trifectas Mark and Natalie ran in the big Group One races. It is very hard to do that any time and this season again it happened quite a lot of the time. They really are great trainers anddrivers. I have never worked for better and I've worked for some top men back home. My biggest disappointment ? Probably Vincent going amiss when he looked so promising as a two year old. But the good newsis he will be back. I have to say my job has been made a lot easier by the staff we have here. They work together well and they work hard and we have those sort of people from bottom to top. We have particularly good travelling staff too which makes you sleep better at night when horses are a long way from home-they are usually the really valuable ones. I think this is the best staff I have worked with here and it just makes your job so much easier especially at times like this when you are in charge. I am just hoping things will carry on the way they are until Mark and Natalie return and things get really serious for the new season. It has certainly been a great one this season. Duane Marfisi

A projected total of $70,000 in stakes is available at the NZMTC harness racing meeting held at Addington on Friday, 5 August for the 12th Alabar Super Series for lower grade pacers & trotters. The three races on the 5 August provide the following opportunities for; C0 pacers prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 C1 to C2 pacers prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 C0 to C2 trotters prior to racing on 15 May 2016 – Stake $23,500 ALL STARTERS in these races are to RECEIVE A MINIMUM STAKE of $500.  Conditions; To qualify to start in these races, owners horse(s) must have started at least twice at a NZMTC Race Meeting between 21st May 2016 and 31st July 2016. Opportunities to race at NZMTC to ensure your horse(s) qualify for the Super Series; Friday, 8 July Friday, 15 July Friday, 22 July Friday, 29 July Sunday, 31 July General Information; There is no enrolment fee payable. Field selection will be based on a points system. Full details and conditions of the up and coming Alabar Super Series can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at or contact Brian Rabbitt, Richard Bromley or Colin Steele at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. The next round of the Alabar Super Series is to be confirmed, but tentatively it will be held on Friday, 7 October 2016. Keryn McElroy  

Harness Racing trainer/driver Bob Butt may have won the feature at Phar Lap on Sunday but his second win of the day was the most satisfying. Butt topped off a big weekend by winning the Timaru Winter Cup when driving Easy Rider to victory for his parents David and Catherine Butt who train the winner of four races at their Woodend Beach base. However, Hall Of Fame's win in the last race, a c1 pace, gave Butt a race-to-race driving double but more importantly a training win of his own. An eight length winner on debut at Addington in October, Half Of Fame went to Alexandra Park for the Christmas carnival but was never able to show his best.  "I took him up north and he got really crook so I had to give him a long spell," Butt said. The Rocknroll Hanover three-year-old was a one and three quarter length winner in a c1 pace on Sunday - his first start since December 18. Sunday's win was a major relief for Butt as the talented pacer returned to form. Butt said Hall Of Fame is likely to have one or two more starts before being sent for a spell in preparation for a cup week campaign. Easy Rider was quick away from the front tape in the Timaru Winter Cup and Butt drove him hard to beat Well Armed to the lead but with just over a lap to run he give it away when Blair Orange sent Highview Freddy, who started off 20m, forward. "Highview Freddy's always better in front so I knew if I could hold the lead he would be coming around at some point." Easy Rider was then able to sit in the trail until he was let loose up the passing lane. "He's just that sort of horse, if he gets that perfect run he's always dangerous," Butt said.  Easy Rider, raced by Tony McGrath, beat home Highview Freddy by a head with a further length back to Well Armed. The Art Official four-year-old made it back-to-back victories after winning a c1-c2 junior drivers race at Rangiora in the hands of Matt Anderson on June 19. Hall Of Fame's win was Butt's second training win over the weekend with Matatoki winning a c1-c2 trot at Addington on Thursday night to give him a 100 per cent success rate with just the two runners being lined up. Matatoki was Butt's third driving win at Addington with earlier wins coming in Breeders Crown heats behind the Paul Nairn-trained pair of Conon Bridge and Wilma's Mate. Matatoki is likely to have another start before also being spelled for cup week. Matt Kermeen

2016 Harness Racing Cadet of the Year final is just around the corner. The majority of the day will be held at Addington Raceway on Wednesday 6th July starting at 10.30am through until 3pm. Supporters and spectators are more than welcome. Click here to view the COTY Booklet with more information on our four finalists, Erin Isherwood, John Morrison, Kim Blakemore and Chelsea Faithful. Good luck to you all! HRNZ

He expected a good performance, but even harness racing trainer Bob Butt couldn’t help being impressed by the win of Matatoki on Friday night at Addington. And the scary thing is that the imposing son of Revenue should only improve with a run under his belt. Fresh up since the end of January the showy chestnut surged to the lead from just off the speed inside the final 500 metres and went on to win impressively by one and three quarters lengths from a fast-finishing Jean Sebastien. The half-brother to the ill-fated Kahdon has always been held in high regard by Butt but the journey has been far from plain sailing. “He’s had a few issues along the way and then when I took him to Auckland he got quite crook,” Butt said. “It ended up being a lung infection and I decided the best move was to give him a good break. Being a three-year-old there was no rush to get him back to the races. “I just brought him up slowly and let him tell me when he was ready to go the races. “He was pretty forward for tonight so I expected him to go well, but he impressed me with the way he did it.” The win gave Butt his sixth training success for the season and with a horse like Matatoki and also the exciting Hall Of Fame working their way through the grades, things should only get better. Butt is currently working around eight horses from his Woodend Beach stable and has a number of young horses to come back into work in the near future. “I’ve been pretty lucky, I’ve picked up some great owners who have backed me and I’m enjoying doing my own team of horses. “I’ll get up to around 14 I think which is quite a lot, but I’m excited by it.” Hall Of Fame, an impressive winner on debut, will return to the race this weekend as well, in the last race at Timaru on Sunday. And Butt is expecting a big performance from him too. He beat Superfecta, who won impressively last night, in a Rangiora trial last week and although drawn the second line on Sunday, he should be hard to beat. “I’m really happy with him, it won’t be easy from the draw. He got really crook up North as well. “It was pretty serious there for a while and it really knocked him but he seems good now.” Matatoki’s win was just one part of a great night at the office for Butt. He drove the winner of both of the Australian Breeders Crown heats held as non-totes before the meeting. The first came on three-year-old trotter, Conon Bridge who looked a lot more like his old self when beating My Amour and Blood And Whiskey comfortably. “He relaxed beautifully tonight, usually it doesn’t take much to get him keen and up on the bit. “Ricky came around me with a lap to run and he came back to me nicely and then when I asked him to sprint he really let down and found the line. “It certainly felt like the old Conon Bridge.” Wilma’s Mate provided the other winner for Butt, who also went close to winning the last with Junior. Both trotters are trained by Paul Nairn who said at this stage a trip to Australia for the Breeders Crown was likely. Early on in the night’s proceedings Dexter Dunn notched up his 200th win for the season when he won the maiden trot with Dusky Eyre. After a week of being stuck on 199 the current World Champion was relieved to hit the double ton. “It’s really only been the one meeting, so it wasn’t worrying me too much, but it is nice to get there.” Dunn added another win later in the night when he saluted with Donegal Rundlescreek. His father Robert, and brother John, also had a good night out winning three to cut the margin between them and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen down to 12. They won with Freedom Fighter, Franco Cristiano and Letspendanitetogetha to take their tally to 111. The All Stars did pick up a winner too when Superfecta turned in a massive effort to win an action packed junior drivers’ event. Matt Markham

Invercargill based harness racing junior driver Sheree Tomlinson achieved her 8th career win and first at Addington Raceway tonight when she was successful on Amaretto Sun who is trained by her grandfather Ken Ford. In her first season as a Junior Driver, Tomlinson has thrived in the deep south after teaming up with Murray Brown and all roads lead to her being the no 1 junior in the deep south with current premiership leader Brad Williamson and Craig Ferguson in their last season of driving. It also adds to a wonderful season for the West Melton based Ford who thanks to top trotter Marcoola has surpassed his previous best of 14 (2004) to post 19 wins this season. Sent around the field to sit parked, Amaretto Sun proved too strong for Monnay(Brad Williamson) and Kowhai Monarch(Sam Ottley). Amaretto Sun In the Junior Drivers event, Matt Anderson and the All Stars trained Superfecta absolutely destroyed their opponents. After swinging sideways at the start and adding at least 40 metres on to their task, Anderson will quick to tack on the bunch. Thanks to a hot speed up front, Anderson was happy to sit back before launching at the 700m and looping the field to run away and win by 2 ½ lengths. Mr Handleman(Craig Ferguson) and Jewelz(Nicole Harris) were seen storming home from well back to run 2nd and 3rd. Superfecta Meanwhile, Smart 3yo Franco Cristiano beat a brave G I Joe to record his 6th career victory for trainer Robert Dunn and driver John Dunn. Sitting back and letting it all unfold in front of him, Dunn let his charge down powerfully in the home straight to grab the All Stars trained G I Joe just before the post. That win made it 3 for the night for Robert Dunn after Freedom Fighter made a dominate return to the racetrack and Letspendthenighttogether saluted. That will help Robert on his mission towards the premiership as he now sits 12 wins behind and is hoping for a big Forbury Park meeting tomorrow. Franco Cristiano Andrew Fitzgerald

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