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Arran Chief was the 100th winner of the Met Multiplier at Addington Raceway on Friday, 27 May. With a substantial total of 100 pacers or trotters having now won the Met Multiplier since inception in August 2012, means Addington has contributed $750,000 to this bonus scheme alone. The Met Multiplier was designed to encourage trainers to support the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) with a lucrative incentive for the connections. To win the $7,500 Met Multiplier bonus, a horse has to only start at NZMTC meetings a minimum of 15 times over a 12 month rolling period and be placed 1st or dead heat for 1st in one of those qualifying starts. Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt commented “the Met Multiplier has been a big winner for owners, trainers and the club.  We have seen an increase in horse numbers and our starter numbers continue to track above the national average which is a positive result.  Addington intends to keep the scheme going especially as more and more owners and trainers are seeing the merit in it.  Last Friday Night was a perfect example of this because if Gunpowder, Aveross Brachole, Clover Mac, Here We Go Again and Donegal Jimmy Dave had all won their race they would all be receiving the $7,500 bonus.” Full details and conditions of The Met Multiplier Bonus can be found under the Racing – Promotions and Incentives section or contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Keryn McElroy Business & Marketing Manager Addington

Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen's all-conquering All Stars stable has  been smacked with a significant blow eight days out from the Harness Jewels. The All Stars stable has been unstoppable in premier meetings at Addington Raceway over the last couple of weeks, but with three of their best chances striking shocking draws for the Jewels at Cambridge on June 4, that could change. Dream About Me, Spanish Armada and Titan Banner are three of the biggest losers from Friday's barrier draws. Dream About Me, who was a $1.35 favourite pre-barrier draw for the three-year-old Diamond following her brilliant win in the Group I New Zealand Oaks on Saturday, has come up with the worst possible draw. The star filly will start from the inside of the second line but will follow out Killer Queen, who has gate speed. Dream About Me, now $1.95, has held on to favouritism but only just over stablemate Golden Goddess ($2.30). Nek Time has a reasonable draw of barrier four but will need to cross All Stars runners Piccadilly Princess (two) and Golden Goddess (three) to find the lead. Spanish Armada is short at $1.45 for the two-year-old Diamond from her second line draw but with main rival and second favourite Delightful Memphis ($4.50) drawing wide on the front line, she still holds the upper hand. All Stars runner More The Better is a $1.60 favourite from his second line draw in the two-year-old Emerald but he could get a nice drag through behind stablemate Ultimate Machete.   Pacing Major is second favourite at $2.30 but his chances seem much more remote than his price suggests from the inside of the second line. Purdon and Rasmussen's runner in the four-year-old Emerald, Titan Banner ($2.70), has drawn the outside of the front line and to make matters worse, main rival Field Marshal ($1.70) will start from the ace. The All Stars stable looks a big chance in the three-year-old Emerald with favourite Heaven Rocks ($1.95) drawing barrier five and the forgotten runner in the race, Chase The Dream ($2.80), leaving the mobile arm from barrier seven. Marcoola looks to have the three-year-old Ruby at his mercy with a handy draw.  The Ken Ford-trained runner has barrier five but will likely move into barrier four when emergency Sea Eyre comes out. Unbeaten his his last seven starts and already a dual Group I winner this season, the $1.16 favourite should cross to the front easy enough and will be tough to beat in the hands of Clint Ford. Rocker Band's chances in the four-year-old Diamond has taken a massive hit with drawing the inside of the second line. The big winner from the draw is Democrat Party, who will move into barrier four presuming emergency A Damn Good Excuse comes out. Now back in the care of Barry Purdon​, Democrat Party has been made a $2.30 favourite with main dangers Expressive Victor ($11), Better B Amazed ($6) and On The Town ($7) starting outside Rocker Band ($10) on the second line. Monbet​ ($1.10), who was so dominant he was left out of the pre-barrier market for the four-year-old Ruby, has drawn the outside of the front line but driver Ricky May told Trackside Radio he did not think it would stop the Greg and Nina Hope-trained trotter from winning. Harriet Of Mot's ($26) chances appear all but gone after she drew the inside of the second line but second favourite Sunny Ruby ($4) and driver Gavin Smith with have plenty of options from barrier two. The Hope's other big show, Enghien, has been shortened to $1.18 on the back of coming up with barrier three in the two-year-old Ruby. Mat Kermeen

Tonight’s harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway sees Noel Kennard’s "GoHarness" syndication brand unveil a new Syndicate. The GoHarness team have been a revelation to the industry and currently have four different syndicates up and running, and pride themselves on the fact that every horse they have taken to the races has been successful on at least one occasion. That record doesn't look like disappearing anytime soon with their latest syndication horse Franco Saxson set to debut in race 2 at Addington tonight. Purchased off Spreydon Lodge several weeks ago, the 3yo Live Or Die gelding was a handy recent trial winner at Ashburton for trainer/driver Jonny Cox. "I have plenty of time for him, he's a lovely relaxed horse and he pleased me with his trial. He arrived in wonderful condition from Steven McRae (Spreydon Lodge) so we've just had to keep him ticking over" said Jonny. "The draw isn't a great help, especially over 1950m but if the luck goes our way I wouldn't be surprised if he won" Franco Saxson is owned by the "Staxofun syndicate" and there are still shares available. Astro Boy also resumes for GoHarness and Cox at Rangiora on Sunday. "He came to the end of it last time, so we spelled him and he has come back really well. He's had a couple of workouts and trials to get ready for this, he actually missed away at the trials the other day but usually he's a good beginner. From the front line he should get a nice enough trip and be thereabouts" said Cox. Astro Boy races for the “Double The Fun” Syndicate who also raced Western Art who unfortunately picked up a career ending injury. At his best Western Art was a handy winner of the Nelson Cup at the club’s early January meeting. Another recently set up was the “Buy, Race and Sell” Syndicate. Involving 50 shares with just the one lump sum payment, which the GoHarness name have become well known for, the Syndicate looks to win a few races with each horse first before hopefully flicking them on for a tidy profit. All horses for the Buy, Race and Sell syndicate are trained by Ken Barron. Barron currently has Order Online and Regal Grin in work for the GoHarness team. Order Online was a handy maiden winner at the start of the month and provided an instant return for Syndicate members after only having purchased the 3yo Washington VC gelding off Clark Barron a few weeks earlier. Regal Grin finished 2nd at the trials last week and the son of Grinfromeartoear is defiantly one to look out for over the next few weeks. Andrew Fitzgerald

For the 100th time, someone at Addington Raceway tonight is going to go home $7,500 better off win, lose or draw. The Met Multiplier, a bonus based incentive that rewards horses who have raced at harness headquarters 15 times in a 12 month period and secured at least one victory, tonight will reward it’s 100th recipient. The bonus carries a purse of $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owner and $2,500 to the trainer. Introduced in August of 2012, the Met Multiplier has proved a popular foil in attracting horses to Addington week in, and week out and has undoubtedly helped with their numbers during leaner times. Tonight, Arran Chief is likely to get the honour of becoming the 100th winner of the Multiplier – meaning $750,000 has been handed to owners and trainers in the past four years for just racing at Addington Raceway. He’s had 14 starts at Addington in the last 12 months and picked up a victory. That victory incidentally came in the Darren DeFilippi Memorial Handicap Trot last year when he was handled to perfection by Jessica Young to win by the narrowest of margins. The Andrew Faulks trained square-gaiter goes around in the fifth race at tonight’s meeting – but there is a chance by the time he steps out onto the track that the 100th Met Multiplier may have already been paid out. A number of horses have completed the required number of starts but are missing the required victory. The Bruce Hutton trained, Gunpowder can snare the prize by winning the opening race of the night – a task made difficult by the inclusion of the exciting Mr Mojito from the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable. Aveross Brachole can do the same a but later on for David Pearce too. In the same race as Arran Chief, Clover Mac is also in line for the Multiplier if he is able to win. The Colin DeFilippi trained runner is a model of consistency and isn’t without a big chance of winning the fifth event. Here We Go Again and Donegal Jimmy Dave are others who can pick up the prize if they are successful tonight. Brian Rabbitt, head of the racing department at Addington, said the Met Multiplier had been a wonderful incentive for him when it has come to doing his fields. “It’s really been quite incredible,” he said. “And while there might not have been a lot of notable horses who have picked it up over the years there have been a lot of horses who have shown up week in and week out and it’s a nice way to reward them for doing that. “Tonight is an interesting one just because of the all the different things that could happen. We have never had a meeting where there could be potentially five winners of the Multiplier on the same evening. “It could be an expensive night,” he quipped. Matt Markham

Mark Purdon is warning punters Dream About Me is no certainty at the Harness Jewels. The winner of 14 races from just 15 starts has been crunched into $1.35 favouritism in the pre-barrier market for the three-year-old Diamond, following her almost unbelievable win in the Group I New Zealand Oaks on Saturday. Purdon, who co-trains the Bettor's Delight filly with Natalie Rasmussen, said the win was easily a career-best performance at Addington Raceway but believes the barrier draws will play a key role in the Group I Jewels on June 4. Dream About Me's form in the Oaks is leading to comparisons with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's 2014 New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Adore Me.  And if the winner of more than $750,000 in stakes does draw poorly, Purdon is rejecting speculation that she only has to line up to win. "I wouldn't say that over a mile at Cambridge. The draws will be crucial and the other two fillies (Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princes) are very good to so you wouldn't want to have too much bad luck," he said. Purdon and Rasmussen along with Dream About Me's owners will not be drawn into a decision on heading across the Tasman for the Breeders Crown until the Jewels are out of the way. "We'll probably make final decisions after the Jewels. "She's had a great season and there are the mares' races for next year so it will come down to whether we go that way (Breeders Crown) or set her for those mares' races here nest season," Purdon said. Dream About Me settled second to last in Saturday's Oaks from her second line draw but with around 1500m to run Purdon was on the move around the field, three wide without cover. It took the pair more than half a lap to get to the breeze in driving rain and windy conditions and Purdon admitted after the race he was questioning whether the filly had enough left in the tank to finish off the 2600m trip. "I thought it would come down to a dour sort of stayers' race and the last furlong would be down to the survival of the toughest and thankfully it turned out she was the toughest." Purdon was helped by the tiring Amazon Lily giving him the opportunity to duck into the trail behind leader Golden Goddess before taking an inside run to win by half a length. "She's just exceptional," Purdon said of Dream About Me. Golden Goddess is a $3.40 chance for the Jewels with the third All Stars stablemate Piccadilly Princess ($6) the only other runner in single figures. The All Stars stable trained the trifecta in the Sires Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings with More The Better again edging stablemate Pacing Major. More The Better is a $1.80 favourite for the two-year-old Emerald at the Harness Jewels with Pacing Major at $2.50. Titan Banner, a newcomer to the Purdon and Rasmussen stable, has moved into a $2.50 second favourite for the four-year-old Emerald following his upset win over Christen Me in the Winter Cup. Christen Me did start 20m behind Titan Banner, formerly trained by Graeme Anderson, and only went down by a neck. Field Marshal, who is recovering well following a bout of colic last Tuesday, remains Emerald favourite at $1.65.     Purdon and Rasmussen trained six of the 12 winners at Addington with Bettor Be Gold, The Manipulator and Heaven Rocks joining the three feature winners. Purdon drove five winners with Rasmussen picking up one. The All Stars stable then picked up a Group II placing at Menangle when High Gait finished second in the New South Wales Trotting Oaks on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Purdon's son Nathan picked up his first training win on Saturday night when Ohoka Punter, formerly trained by Tony Herlihy, won his the first start of his Queensland campaign. Mat Kermeen

Bring on Cambridge. And the Harness Jewels. That’s the thinking of Kyle ‘Jock’ Austin following the victory of his star three-year-old Buster Brady in the Sires’ Stakes Sophomore Classic. And there were plenty of people walking around a rather damp Addington Raceway this afternoon thinking along the same lines. The big pacer, who hadn’t been seen at the races since running 8th behind Lazarus in the New Zealand Derby, showed all his impressive qualities to hold of all challenges and win the second running of the $40,000 event. And Austin knows he’ll take a better horse to Cambridge in a few weeks for the wide open 3YO Emerald. “He will improve a lot with that run, I’m sure of it. “He’d had the trial to get ready for this, but a race under his belt will really bring him forward again.” That alone will have to bring the horse into contention for Jewels glory. Without Lazarus and Waikiki Beach the category is anyone’s for the taking. Rated an $8 chance to win the Group One event, Buster Brady showed his versatility today by going back at the start and looping the field with a lap to run for Dexter Dunn. “He’s still got a lot to learn, but there’s a heap of ability there,” Dunn said. “He just feels like a really good horse. Those others came up to him and he just kept giving in the run to the line. “There’s a big future ahead for him.” The win was massive for Austin and the biggest of his career. He only trains a small team of horses at any given time but is renowned for taking horses to the races who are ready to win. A son of Real Desire and Kacie Marie who Austin trained to win one race in 14 starts, Buster Brady has now won four of his 8 career starts. “At this stage he won’t be seen again until Jewels Day, he was actually supposed to be heading up in the next few days but they’ve cancelled the trip because of the weather so I’m not sure when we are going to get up there.” There was a slight amount of irony in the result with Buster Brady’s regular driver, Blair Orange going down by a small margin with his charge Swamp Major who led and then trailed the winner. Major Ben emerged late from the pack to finish in third position with stable mate GI Joe in fourth. Classie Brigade was beaten into fifth position after blowing out 100 metres from the post. He will derive plenty of benefit from the run looking ahead to Cambridge. Buster Brady Matt Markham

Ray Faithful will be entering uncharted Harness Racing territory when he unleashes his exciting free legger, The Big Boss, at Addington next Saturday (21 May). “Having a free legged pacer, for me its just unique,” said Faithful, who has won 12 races at Addington with seven different horses, including a group one, but they've all warn hopples. He said tried them on The Big Boss throughout his development but in the end decided he was better without them. That was never better illustrated than at Ascot Park on Diamonds Day when ran his rivals off their feet, shaving more than a second off Highview Tommy's Southland record for a 2700 metre mobile. The American Ideal gelding  stopped the clock at 3:18.2 and immediately after the race Faithful said he'd be set for a $20,000 C1 and C2 four year old and older stand on 21 May. About three weeks after the Invercargill race, Faithful had the Big Boss at the Winton Workouts and described his run as “pretty good”. Credited with running the 2400 metre trip from behind the mobile in 3:01.9, Faithful said The Big Boss was timed to go his last mile in 1:56, last half in 54.5, quarter in 26.5 and went pretty nice. The Big Boss is raced by Northern Southland enthusiasts Ken (Scotty) Scott, David (Noddy) Orr and and Orr's new wife Jane, previously Jane Pritchard. Orr said that when he was president of the Northern Southland Club, media personality Johnny Turner – also from Northern Southland - referred to Orr as the big boss. The name appealed to Scott who said “that sounds like a pretty good name for the horse”. Scott had previously had success with the likes of Pump Action and Hellboy, and with Pumped Up who was trained by Dave Jones of Rakaia for two of his wins. Through his ongoing association with Jones, Scott got to see The Big Boss as a foal when his breeder Ray Ancich was selling. “He wanted the foal, I bought into it, and he said if I pay the transport I can have the mare,” Orr said. “Jane got her share as a birthday present (on 28 March 2012).” Orr found out later that his second cousin, the late Ronnie West of Balfour, had bred Petronella, fourth dam of The Big Boss. Faithful said his ongoing involvement began when The Big Boss was weaned. He recalled him in a paddock at Orrs with three or four others and seeing him pace free legged and keeping up with his mates who were galloping. Orr recalls Faithful staying with him one stormy night when The Big Boss was three and noticing next morning he was on the wrong side of the fence. “There had been strikes of lightning, he had a big gash in his knee, we got the the vets but it couldn't be stitched,” said Orr, who along with Jane had to attend to the wound daily for the next two to three months until it closed up. “He got sour on us and didn't like us in the end. We were using manuka honey but he kept licking it off so we had to use another rub. You can still see a bit if a scar.” Faithful finally gave up on hopples when The Big Boss wouldn't stretch out. “He had a long hopple buy just wasn't comfortable, 67 inches was too tight,” Faithful revealed. The Big Boss finally made it to the workouts just before Christmas last year and had his first trial on 8 January at Winton. Sent out free legged, he galloped just before the mobile pulled away. “It cost him about 90 metres but he won so I knew he was good,” said Faithful, who resisted pressure to put hopples on for his next trial. Instead, he took the reins himself. The result was an all the way win. Like his Addington mission, The first start of The Big Boss was from a stand. He went away safely, Faithful hopes the same will apply next week but knows its not a given. His previous Addington wins have been Preiswert - 1993 & 1996, Imperiora – 1996: twice & 1997, Tartan Lady -1999 (group one New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Stakes), Feverish 1999, English Elegance - 2000: three times, Asdean - 2004, and Lord Forbes - 2008. Mac Henry

Pacing Major’s fading hopes for Harness Racing juvenile of the year could be about to get a much-needed boost. But anything short of a win in Saturday’s $170,000 Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington could all but end his shot at freshman glory. Pacing Major, part owned by thoroughbred training great Jim Gibbs, started the season looking the sharpest of his age group but has played second fiddle or worse to stablemate More The Better in their last four clashes. That includes being runner-up in both the Young Guns Final at Alexandra Park and the Sales Series Pace at Addington last Saturday. Pacing Major came from off the speed last week but has the advantage of barrier three in this week’s 1950m group one, with his stablemate alongside him at barrier four at the daytime meeting. If Pacing Major can turn the tables on Saturday and then again at the Harness Jewels, he could still sneak the juvenile title. But if More The Better beats him on Saturday he will hold a 6-2 winning record over Pacing Major and the Jewels result may be irrelevant to the horse of the year voting. One of the pair is almost certain to head to Australia for the Breeders Crown in August but that doesn’t effect horse of the year voting as the awards are presented in early August before the Crown is held later that month. Even with his recent dominance, More The Better only slightly shades Pacing Major in Jewels betting, one at $2 the other $2.40. Golden Goddess has a clear advantage in the draws for Saturday’s NZ Oaks, having drawn perfectly on the front line while Dream About Me and Piccadilly Princess are on the second line. Habibti Inta gets a front line draw in the $60,000 Sires’ Stakes Trot while arch rival Enghien faces a huge task from the inside of the second line. And Christen Me gets one more New Zealand start for the season after only copping a 30m handicap in the Winter Cup, a dream result for the $2.4million earner. Michael Guerin

Nek Time has done everything to justify her booming reputation but will need to go to the next level at Addington on Saturday. The smart filly gets her first Harness Racing Group I start of the season in the New Zealand Oaks when she takes on the All Stars star trio. Co-trainers Terry and Glenys Chmiel knew there was something special about Nek Time from the time she walked into their Leeston stable but the Group II Southland Oaks and Listed Harness 5000 winner faces her toughest test of the season in the Oaks. This season Nek Time has been cutting out times and performances the Chmiels always knew she was capable but the Mark Purdon​​ and Natalie Rasmussen-trained trio of Dream About Me, Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess, who made up the trifecta in last Saturday's Group I Nevele R final, are a much tougher prospect. Drawing barrier 13 has not stopped bookmakers opening Dream About Me a $1.75 favourite with Golden Goddess (barrier two) at $2.60 and Piccadilly Princess (barrier 12) $5.50. "They do look like exceptional fillies and will take a power of beating," Terry Chmiel said. Nek Time, who did not race in the Nevele R, is a $26 chance from her outside draw of barrier eight. "If we could run in the top five from that draw we would be over the moon." But there is some cause for confidence that Nek Time could be the biggest danger to a All Stars trifecta. The Gotta Go Cullect​ filly, who races in the colours of owners Robert and Sharyn Symon, has not been sighted on race day since her Southland Oaks win (April 17) but has been active at the trials. "Her last two trials have been really good and her works been very consistent," Chmiel said. In her most recent trial on at Motukarara (May 9), Nek Time sprinted home from last at the bend to run into a close fourth behind Christen Me. She was good enough to run against the likes of Dream About Me in Group I company at two and finish fourth in the Harness Jewels, but Chmiel said there is no comparison to where Nek Time is at now. "She's grown a lot and she's really come on this season, she looks super," Chmiel said. This season, the ultra consistent filly has been a revelation with five wins and five placings in just 12 starts. Chmiel believes the tough filly's best chance in the Oaks is if someone goes really hard off the front line and pushes the speed early. "If they go 3:09 or 3:10 it will be right up her alley, anything around a 1:53 mile rate will suit her," Chmiel said. He expects Nek Time's driver Dexter Dunn to look to slot in around mid field. "You can't go right back because once you are behind them (Dream About Me and Piccadilly Princess) you will never get it back so hopefully he can slot in somewhere and maybe move before them." Following Saturday's run in the Oaks, Nek Time will head north for the Harness Jewels (June 4). Nek Time, the New Zealand record holder for a filly or mare from a 2400m mobile (2:53.00), is an $18 chance in the pre-barrier Jewels market. Presuming she comes through that run in good order, Nek Time is likely to head to Queensland for the $20,000 Gold Coast Oaks (July 2) as a lead up to the Group I $75,000 Queensland Oaks seven days later. Mat Keermen

Christen Me is likely to return to Addington next Saturday for the 3200m Winter Cup. Trainer Cran Dalgety confirmed the champion pacer is likely to return to Addington following his easy one-length win in a c4-open class pace on Saturday. Dexter Dunn settled Christen Me at the rear of the field from his wide draw but began a move to sit in the breeze with a lap to run. He jogged home in a 55.6 (seconds) half to beat a fast finishing Titan Banner who could become a genuine player in the 4-year-old Emerald at the Jewels from his new surroundings at the All Stars barn. Christen Me paced the 1950 in 2:21.7 with a mile rate of 1:59.6. The winner of more than $2.3m in stakes will head to Sydney following next week's run at Addington with his main aim being the Group I Len Smith Mile at Menangle on June 26. If the son of Christian Cullen, raced by Charlie Roberts and Vicki Purdon​, comes through his Sydney campaign in good order, he is a chance to head to the Queensland carnival before heading home to be set for the New Zealand Trotting Cup.  "We'll let the horse tell us if he'd ready for that (Queensland)," Dalgety said.   Christen Me Mat Kermeen

Normal service has resumed. Dream About Me has improved her record to 13 wins from 14 starts with an emphatic return to form in the $140,000 Group I Nevele R fillies final at Addington on Saturday. ​If she wanted to make a statement that her first loss in 13 starts was just a small bump in the road, bouncing back with a Group I in national record time is a good way to do it. She reinstated her reputation as the best 3-year-old filly in the country when pacing the1950m in 2:18.10 to go under the national record of 2:18.2 set by The Orange Agent in the same race 12 months earlier. The time was exceptional given the blustery conditions at Addington. It was a dramatic return to form for Dream About Me following her first career defeat at Addington on April 29 when she was second behind stablemate Golden Goddess. The Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen-trained filly by Bettor's Delight out of Splendid Dreams is part of Charlie Roberts' high-class breeding operation at Woodlands Stud. She is raced by Roberts, his wife June and their daughter and son-in-law Mary and Paul Kenny. Even the usually reserved Purdon was all smiles as he heaped praise on the star filly.   In between the smiles and congratulations it was clear that Purdon and Rasmussen were over the moon to get the real Dream About Me back. Purdon confirmed Dream About Me will be back for another Group I start at Addington next week in the Group I New Zealand Oaks in her final start before the Harness Jewels. "It's hard to say there would be further improvement in her after that but I think she's definitely back to her old self," Purdon said. Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princess were far better than average when running into second and third to give the All Stars stable the trifecta but were one-and-a-half and three lengths behind Dream About Me. "The other two are very good fillies but she's just another level again," Rasmussen said. Purdon said it was a lack of race fitness that tripped her up in her first defeat when she was well beaten by Golden Goddess. "I wasn't rapt with her Monday but I was a lot happier (with her work) on Thursday," he said of Dream About Me. Fittingly Dream About Me joins a list of standout fillies to win the race with The Orange Agent, Venus Serena, Adore Me, O Baby and Carabella​ taking out the previous five editions. Dream About Me Mat Kermeen

An All Stars domination of the feature 2-year-old race at Addington was only missing the White Stripes'   rock ballad Seven Nation Army being blasted over the loudspeakers on Saturday. The all-conquering stable of Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen filled the trifecta in the Listed $200,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2-year-old final won by favourite More The Better from Pacing Major and Ultimate Machete. The sheer gravity of having seven runners, more than half of the 13-strong field, became clear following the race when their runners returned to their section of the Addington stables. It was all hands on deck for stable staff and anyone else who could be roped in. Having one 2-year-old good enough to gain a start in the race would be enough to satisfy most trainers but a repeat of the domination is likely in next Saturday's $170,000 Group I Sires Stakes final over the same distance. The All Stars stable are also odds-on to dominate the 2-year-old Emerald in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on June 4. More The Better's one-and-a-quarter length win was a special one for Purdon who races the colt with his father, Roy Purdon and Sir David Levene. But amongst his jubilation, Purdon said there was little if anything between the Bettor's Delight colt and runner-up Pacing Major. He believes the pair will be tough to split in their two remaining Group I assignments this season. More The Better (Purdon) started from the ace with Pacing Major and Rasmussen starting from a second line draw "You would have to say there's very little between them on that," Purdon said. "They are both very good colts." Both halves of the training partnership agreed it could be a case of change the draw and change the result. "My guy came home great, I couldn't be happier with him," Rasmussen said. More The Better cut out the 1950m trip in 2:18.70 with a mile rate of 1:54.4 and closing sectionals of 57.4 and 26.0. More The Better Mat Kermeen

Four years ago Noel Kennard’s dream to introduce an affordable way of horse ownership kicked into gear. And today, on the same day that GoHarness Syndication lined up its first runner – Franco Harrison, the ever-growing brand is in with more than just a runners’ chance of getting their hands on their biggest victory to date. Harriet Of Mot will take on a strong field of trotters in the Lone Star Riccarton Sires’ Stakes Aged Trotting Classic this afternoon at Addington, looking to put the final stamp on what has been a whirlwind season for the exciting four-year-old trotter. Soundly beaten into second last weekend behind the equally as a promising Great Things Happen, Harriet Of Mot tonight gains a 10 metre relief from the handicapper and will head to Addington a lot fitter than what she was last week. “We knew she would probably need the run,” co-trainer Aimee Edmonds said. “But I didn’t think they would go that quick to be honest. If she had happened to win that race with the time she went she would have broken Kincaslough and Habibti’s national record. “So that run will have definitely done her the world of good for this week.” Edmonds, who trains in partnership with her father Craig, said it had been a case of letting the lightly framed mare find her own way in the proceeding last week’s appearance. “She had the next day off, and then an easy time of it for a couple of days. “But she has bounced back from the run really well and I know we are going to be taking a different version of her than what we did last week.” With high speed and just as much staying prowess, John Dunn, who has been astutely placing the mare in her races, will have some decisions to make once he has settled his charge into her work. “Her speed is ridiculous when she is saved up for one run, but she can be just as good doing a little bit of work.” Great Things Happen, who has now won his last five races for Gavin Smith, is there again today and will be sure to make thing interesting. There’s a mutual respect in both camps for each other’s charge too. “I’ve got a lot of time for Harriet Of Mot,” Smith said last week. “She’s an incredible trotter, there’s a lot of respect there.” Edmonds too was complimentary of her biggest rival ahead of today. “Gavin’s horse is going so well at the moment and was very good last week. “He’s going to be awfully hard to beat again.” Bookmakers opened Great Things Happen with a $1.80 quote while Harriet Of Mot opened at $3. The Edmonds combination have a chance at big race success earlier in the day too when Muscles Galore, the half-brother of Harriet Of Mot, tackles the PGG Wrighton New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Final for two-year-old trotters. The son of Monarchy got it all wrong last time out, but Edmonds was prepared to forgive and forget. “Johnny (Dunn) said he got pretty fired up so we have taken the blinds off him this week. “He’s got enough ability to match it with them if things go our way I thought his Rangiora run was great I thought.” The Greg and Nina Hope trained, Enghein, is the warm order favourite for the $65,000 event with the Gavin Smith pairing of Di’z Luck ($5.50) and Miracle Rising ($4.80) the only other two horses in single figure prices on the fixed odds market. Enghein opened at just $1.55 last night. Muscles Galore is a $15 chance. HRNZ MEDIA

Champion pacer Christen Me is likely to make his first start at Addington in more than seven months on Saturday. Trainer Cran Dalgety faces a nervous wait to see if a c4 to open class mobile over 1950m will get off the ground on Saturday but nominations are looking positive. The reigning horse of the year has missed the majority of the season with a lingering virus but Monday's impressive trial at Motukarara was further evidence he is close to being back to his brilliant best. The West Melton trainer said his star pacer was showing no ill effects from the virus. Christen Me made a sensational winning return in the Rangiora Classic on April 24 and is on track for the Group I Len Smith Mile at Menangle on June 26. "At this stage we are very happy with him, we'll just have to cross our fingers that he gets a start this week," Dalgety said. The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club had nine nominations for the race on Monday afternoon but the deadline was extended to 10am on Tuesday. There was some concern the inclusion of the more than $2 million earner may be enough to scare a couple of others away and the race is unlikely to go ahead with fewer than seven runners. There is an option the following week, but Dalgety is not so keen on the 3200m of the Winter Cup given Christen Me will be off a sizeable handicap. Dalgety said even if the 7-year-old son of Christian Cullen does gain a start on Saturday he is still likely to start in a lead-up race at Menangle a week before the Group I. Heading to the Queensland Carnival is a possibility if Christen Me can impress in Sydney. Dexter Dunn settled Christen Me at the rear of the six strong field in Monday's trial but followed up stablemate Lightning Mach in the running line with a lap to run, then sprinted home to win by a length over stablemate another Fifth Edition. Dunn gave the run his tick of approval. "He felt really good and he was nice and relaxed," he said. Christen Me paced the 2200m on the grit at Motukarara in 2:51.8 with a mile rate of  2:05.6 and closing sectionals of 56.8 and 28.8. Fifth Edition has not been sighted on race day since December 2014 due to suffering the effects of a bone chip but is likely to return before the end of the season.   Mat Kermeen

Weedon’s based trainer Nigel McGrath has set his sights on the Harness Jewels with smart 3yo Ears Burning. Well supported by punters at Addington today, the 3yo Grinfromeartoear colt didn’t disappoint his followers with a dominate win in the 7th race of the afternoon. “He’s won really nicely; we had to burn around to find the front but he was strong after that. There is a super series race for him next week and then hopefully a jewels start” said McGrath. Currently 12th on the Jewels leader board , Ears Burning will drop back to 13th with the return of the All Stars runner Chase The Dream who is making his way back to New Zealand after competing in the WA Derby. The Super Series race Nigel refers to is the C0 and Faster Mobile pace which Ears Burning sneaks into, while it is a preferential barrier draw meaning he will pick up an average draw, there wouldn’t be many, if any horses to fall into those conditions that are going as good as he is. Meanwhile, McGraths star colt and Jewels leader Classie Brigade has had a wee freshen up and is preparing well for his Jewels challenge. “He will have one trial and go to the Jewels” said McGrath. Ears Burning Great Things Happen put pay to a handy trot field today when he boomed up the passing lane for trainer/driver Gavin Smith. Today’s victory was the Love You geldings 5th in a row and 7th career win, and pushed him up to 18th in the Jewels standings, just under $3,000.00 shy of the 12th placed, Greg/Nina Hope trained Everybody Knows. Owned by E J Edwards and Sara Smith, Great Things Happens was the first foal out of 7 win S J’s Photo mare Calamity Gal, who was trained by Gavin for her last two career starts. Today’s winning time of 3.17.4 was impressive, but so was the run of runner up Harriet Of Mot, who’s amended time from her 30m back mark was 3.16.4 and put the writing on the wall for the 4yo mare to be very competitive at the Harness Jewels. Her performance capped off a great day for Noel Kennard’s GoHarness Syndication’s brand when recent purchase Order Online won for trainer Ken Barron and the GoHarness Buy Race & Sell Syndicate. The 3yo Washington VC gelding was purchased out of the Clark Barron stable earlier last month and delivered a great mothers day victory for some owners. GoHarness always have shares available so don’t hesitate to get in contact with them, their details can be found at Great Things Happen Order Online Andrew Fitzgerald

Canterbury junior driver Darren Keast’s night went from disappointment, to absolute joy. Happy to have 2 drives at “headquarters”, Keast was looking forward to his drive in the junior drivers only race, behind the Jamie Gameson trained Sauchiehall. That’s where the disappointment began. Standing perfectly at the tapes the first time, another runner Shelly Ann started playing up causing a significant delay. With that runner sent to the unruly, the restart was all set to go when Sauchiehall dug her heels in and refused to move. After another delay, the 4yo mare was declared a late scratching by stewards and Keast was on his way back to the stables. “It was disappointing because when they let the tapes go to send me back to the stables, she actually stepped away off her mark. I definitely felt she was a top 4 chance in that field” said Darren. With his next drive, Saramon starting directly after the junior driver’s race, Keast was quick to regroup and focus on his upcoming assignment. Saramon a 4yo Gotta Go Cullen gelding trained by Yaldhurst trainer Leonne Jones drew nicely in barrier 3 and with his good gate speed was up contesting the early pace with Lucky Three (Henderson Hunter). With a lead time under 23 seconds, they certainly were humming. “I was quite happy to lead the entire race, but we were running early and I was confident my fella could get up the passing lane at the business end” “We only walked home, but he’s pretty tough and stuck his head out at the right time. He actually won a penalty free invited drivers race a couple of months back so it was just a matter of time before he won a maiden” said Keast. Leased by Ms H Westrum, P J Cusdin, D I O’Neill, B J Slagter, W Thompson and N G Pugh, Saramon was having his 10th race day start and 2nd win for trainer Leonne Jones from just the 5 starts. “I’d like to thank all the owners, including my step mum Henrietta Westrum for sticking by me and allowing me to drive him, hopefully he can continue on his success and they can have some more fun with him” With his first winner coming behind the Nigel McGrath trained Jeanie Pops at Addington back in September 2015, tonight’s win doubles Darren’s career numbers. In his first year of Junior Driving, from 26 drives, he has managed 2 winners and a 3rd. “It’s great to get another winner, seeing the joy and excitement it brings to owners is well worth it” Andrew Fitzgerald

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