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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 www.allstarsracingstables.com

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 addington.co.nz 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

For the 5th time in his Harness Racing career, leading New Zealand driver Dexter Dunn has saluted on his 200th season winner. Many were expecting Dunn to pick up that milestone at Forbury Park last week (23rd June). The West Melton based driver headed to Forbury needing just the two wins, but could only manage the one. Dunn was successful on Lightning Mach for Cran Dalgety in the feature race for the night, but also picked up four second placing. Straight back on the road, Dexter arrived at Blenheim last friday needing just the one win from eight drives. Driving several runners for long time employer Cran Dalgety and father Robert Dunn, it would be no secret that Dunn would love to bring up his 200th win in one of their colours. But as a shock to all, Dexter couldn't manage a win and had to wait for today's Addington meeting to bring up his 200th. Driving Dusky Eyre for Katiki Beach trainer Ricky Allen, Dunn was off the mark quickly and in his favourite position, in front. From there on Dunn was able to hand up to faviourite Westy Boyz and was always traveling a winner at the turn. Hardly moving in the bike, Dunn captured win number 200 for the 3rd time in a row and 5th time in his career. Andrew Fitzgerald.

Dexter's Harness Racing Digits Career NZ wins: 1764. Record: 220 wins in the 2011 season. Highlights: World Driving Champ; Auckland Cup, Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup (twice), NZ Free-For-All. Dexter Dunn hates the number 199. The champion reinsman is not superstitious and has few other bugbears when in the sulky but he admits he will be disappointed if he doesn’t leave Addington tonight with 200 wins,hopefully more for the season. Dunn reined winner 199 for the term at Forbury Park last Thursday so has hardly been stranded on his bogey number but even a week is too long. “I realise I’ll almost certainly get the 200 for the season and probably a few more but I hate being on 199. “I finished on 199 for the season two years in a row (2012,13) and it was really annoying. “I’d rather only drive 190 winners in a season than get that close and miss. “But I’ve got a good book this week and really I should get there.”
 Dunn says while he has a handy book early tonight, it is On The Rantan in race nine who is his best winning chance. “I know he is only a two-year-old taking on older horses but he is pretty good,” says Dunn. “I worked him on Tuesday and he worked like a winner. “And he has very good manners for a young horse so if they go hard early, which I think they will, he might have too much speed.”
 On The Rantan is being aimed as a Breeders Crown campaign in Victoria and would want to go very close to winning tonight to warrant the expense of an Australian campaign. Dunn also rates Rapid Flight in race two a top chance tonight while he suggests punters follow Time Traveller (race three) even though he thinks he might have to settle for second tonight. “He is up against a horse of Dad’s (Robert Dunn) called Freedom Fighter who they think a lot of and it probably should win.”
 Robert Dunn also provides one of the star attractions of tonight’s meeting in Franco Christiano, who is held in huge regard by his trainer.  Franco Christiano resumed with a win at Blenheim last Friday and is also being set for the Breeders Crown but he faces a tricky assignment tonight from a wide draw against the in-form G I Joe among others. Meanwhile, Dexter says while he hopes to get to 200 in a season for the fifth time in his career tonight, he doesn’t expect to challenge his New Zealand record 220 from 2011. “I am driving in Brisbane the next three Saturdays, which means missing three Sunday meetings back here,” he said. “And then I am away for the last two meetings of the season as I am going to drive in Wales and Ireland then have a short holiday. “But getting 200 plus wins is more than enough. As long as it isn’t 199 again.
 Michael Guerin

Harness Racing trainer Brendon McLellan is back in Canterbury and hoping to go one better than last year. The Southland horseman arrived in Christchurch on Tuesday night with a four horse contingent to contest winter racing at Addington and around Canterbury over the next month. The main target is the South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series which begins next week with the first heat and culminates at the end of the month with an $11,000 Final. The series is available for horses graded up to the C1 level before the close of nominations for the first heat on Friday, July 8 provided they were registered as being trained in the Southland region prior to May 1, 2016. McLellan had moderate success in the series last year with Wick winning two of the four heats before finishing second to the exciting four-year-old Tact Tate who has since gone on to do good things in Australia. “It’s a good series, especially with very no options at home other than Forbury,” he said. “It certainly makes it worth coming up and having a crack anyway.” Three of the McLellan team will line up tonight at Addington to kick off their campaigns. Maiden pacer Luciano meets an even looking maiden field early on in the night and is expected to improve with the run. “I’m picking he’d be a run short, he does go ok though and will improve.” Mr Handleman, who raced in a heat of the South of the Waitaki Series last year goes around in the junior drivers’ event with Craig Ferguson in the sulky. “He’s a bit of an in and out sort of horse. He’s got some ability, but he doesn’t always put it out on the track. “We’ve gone back to the stand because he can begin when he wants too. “He’s here for the Series so we will know where we are at after this week anyway.” The third runner is the consistent Vera’s Delight who has been handed a tough barrier draw of nine in a 1950 metre mobile event for fillies and mares. The field includes Glenferrie Classic, Smoke N Fire, Donegal Rundlescreek, My Cash and Kotare Kasai so won’t be an easy task. “She’s got a job in front of her from out there, it’s going to be pretty tough. “But she does go alright and is more than capable, she will take some benefit out of the run too.” McLellan is based at the Woodend Beach branch of the Mark Jones stable while in Canterbury and will split his time between there and his home base in Southland. He is travelling down to Forbury on Friday to drive Vera Mac from his own stable and also Robyn Kim in the opening race of the night. Meanwhile the $3,000 bonuses offered for the First 4’s at Sunday’s abandoned Marlborough meeting have been transferred to tonight’s meeting meaning there’s extra reason to get involved throughout the night. With big even fields there’s every possibility of a few jackpots during proceedings which could see pools get significantly large as the night progresses. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Westy Boyz, Deva Jones, Fira Sunset, Brylin Rose Race 2: Rapid Flight, Stunning Deal, Dalness Mac, Sheeza GNP Race 3: Freedom Fighter, Art I Am, Regal Grin, Big Buddie Race 4: He’s Like The Wind, Matatoki, Jean Sebastien, We’ll Meet Again Race 5: Kashana, Glenferrie Classic, Smoke N Fire, My Cash Race 6: Superfecta, Franco Nate, Woosh Factor, Mighty Empire Race 7: Franco Cristiano, GI Joe, Hypervelocity, Innocent Artist Race 8: Amaretto Sun, Clover Mac, Gee Up Neddy, Tornado Valley Race 9: Letspendanitetogetha, On The Rantan, McClinchie, Gabby’s Star Race 10: Junior, Ballymore Boy, Returntorocknroll, Franco Hamilton Best Bet: Freedon Fighter (Race 3) Value: Kashana (Race 5) Longshot: Franco Hamilton (Race 10) Matt Markham

Freak Harness Racing Trainer Paul Nairn will take two runners to Addington Raceway tomorrow. But don't bother jumping in the car and heading to the local Tab to back them, because his runners Conon Bridge and Wilma's Mate are only there to contest heats of the non tote Australasian Breeders Crown. 3yo Raffaello Ambrosio colt Conon Bridge is up against Blood n Whiskey (Robert Dunn) and My Amour (Greg & Nina Hope) in the first of the non tote events. If the Tab opened up a market you would expect to see Conon Bridge a short priced favourite on the back of his jewels placing. His stable man, Wilma's Mate, a 3yo Pegasus Spur filly owned by Richard Cornelius only has to compete against the Gavin Smith trained Oona. Again she should be winning after her jewels placing. Both runners are to be driven by Bob Butt who looks to have a massive show of picking up a treble when he lines up his own runner Matatoki in race four. A talented 3yo by Swedish stallion Revenue, Matatoki is on the look out for a penalty free win before the end of the season. While his last start was in January a handy recent trial at Ashburton has him well in commission for a winning resumption. With those three races out of the way, Butt will drive Gee Up Neddy in race eight for Yaldhurst trainer Leonne Jones. His recent form has been in top class races and before that the 5yo gelding was a super winner at Rangiora. Butt will also drive Race 1 - Aunty Jan - Phil Burrows Race 10 - Junior - David & Catherine Butt Andrew Fitzgerald

It’s a case of so far, so good for exciting 3-year-old pacer Franco Cristiano. Everything has gone to plan since the Robert Dunn trained son of Bettor’s Delight impressed in his first race day appearance in over seven months when winning at Blenheim Harness Racing Club on Friday. The only fly in the ointment came on Sunday when the meeting was abandoned due to surface flooding on the track taking the opportunity for two quick wins away from his connections. Dunn’s stable vet, Sam Taylor gave the gelding a pass with flying colours after a full examination yesterday upon his return to Woodend Beach and it’s now all systems go as they push toward a race at Addington on Thursday night. “It’s certainly great to have him back,” Robert said from Auckland yesterday. “You always worry about horses who have had injuries like he has but it would appear that the time off might have helped him. “That’s the best I think he’s raced on Friday. He’s never going to be perfect, but it’s a lot better than what he was like. “I still wonder if a lot of his problems were because of the injury, something wasn’t right with him and we can maybe now pinpoint it to the hairline fracture in his pastern.” The plan going forward very much depends on the outcome of Thursday night where Franco Cristiano takes on a stronger field than he raced on Friday. The line up includes Hypervelocity, GI Joe and Innocent Artist so he will need to be on top of his game. “We won’t make any firm plans until after Thursday probably, but it’s pretty likely he will head to the Breeders Crown heat after that. “And that in itself will be a good measuring stick for where we are at because Heaven Rocks will be there as well and from what I have seen of him, he’s a pretty special horse.” That heat for the 3-year-old colts and geldings is set down July 15. The abandonment of Sunday’s meeting won’t have helped Dunn’s chances of pegging back Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen in the trainers’ premiership. They are now 14 wins behind and were expecting a couple more to be added on Sunday. “We needed a real good day on Sunday to bring us right back into it I think. “And we could have had one of those days but that’s racing. “It’s going to take something special now I think, but we aren’t out of it. Mark and Natalie will race horses over the next few weeks with Breeders Crown heats and the like, but we’ve got numbers around the place and the plan is to keep pushing toward them and see what happens.” Dunn has 19 horses engaged at meetings between Addington, Forbury and Auckland early on in this week’s racing with a further nine nominated for the Timaru meeting on Sunday. The All Stars in contrast have two runners; GI Joe and Superfecta at Addington and then The Manipulator at Timaru. Matt Markham

It was a night for the young guns of the Canterbury Harness Racing Industry last night at Addington Raceway. It all started with Harrysul's win in the feature trot of the night, driven by Junior Driver Stevie Golding for his employers Greg and Nine Hope. While it's not uncommon to see Golding saluting in the Hope's blue colours, it was a significant win for Stevie, who is set to leave the Hope's Woodend Beach operation to start a career in Real Estate. It's been a quite season for Golding with just the 18 wins this season after his premiership equaling total of 42 wins last season. Golding shared the New Zealand Junior Drivers Premiership with Robbie Close after both finished on the same amount of winners. The lose of Golding leaves a gap at Greg and Nina Hopes Woodend stables. Another trainer to be on the search for a Junior Driver is Southland based Nathan Williamson. Junior Driver Sheree Tomlinson finished 2nd to Harrysul with her drive Amaretto Sun for grandfather Ken Ford. Harrysul Darren Keast, employed by West Melton Trainer Cran Dalgety continued on his stunning recent form picking up his 3rd winner in the last 2 weeks. Keast was successful on the Leonne Jones trained runner, Going To California, who has been going super of late without much luck. Involved in the early burn, Keast was able to slot into the trail behind the favourite Gotta Del. Able to push off the pegs down the back, the 5yo Art Major mare was dressed up with nowhere to go at the 500m mark, before Keast was able to sneak through a gap and chase down Flashing On (Brad Williamson) and Martin John (Victoria Atherton). The 2600m trip was cut out in a slick 3.13.7 with a mile rate of 1.59.8. The margins were a Nose, 2 ½ lengths and ¾ lengths back to Bird Of Paradise in 4th for Katie Cox and Barry Ward. Going To California One of the upsets of the night belonged to Rangiora based Trainer/Driver Jack Harrington, when he produced Hey Yo to win the C1 trot. Owned by D S Harrington (Jack's Father), Ashley McKay (Jack's Partner) and Gold Star Racing No 1 Syndicate, Hey Yo gave Harrington his first driving win on his own team as well as his 2nd career training victory. With McKay also having a share in the second favourite He's Like The Wind (Gavin Smith), who faded to finish at the rear of the bunch after working hard from a bad draw, Jack will now have bragging rights over Smith. The 4yo mare was successful back in October 2015 at Addington Raceway for Blair Orange. Hey Yo Andrew Fitzgerald  

Tim William's Tips GI JOE  looks hard to beat again at Addington. He has had a good week and lets face it he was good enough to run in the classic races earlier so he should be up to this class all going well.  He won fairly easily at Ashburton and should have another start or two before the end of the season.  He is my only drive on Friday. We had a couple of expensive yearlings come back from Diane's down south, relations to Pacing Major and Fight for Glory. They didn't go cheap so it will be interesting to see how they go. We have had a busy week but a good one overall with a lot of the yearlings now getting schooled up. Our racing team will be fairly light as usual and I think Augusta might go into the spelling paddock after Friday. That has yet to be decided. The Manipulator is back on Sunday and Mr Mojito has resumed work with us and will be ready for a race or two before the end of the season, Matt Anderson's Message AUGUSTA  looks a real good chance on paper though I wouldn't describe him as any special at this stage of his career. He is quite a big horse who is going to benefit a lot with a spell and he will probably have one after Friday. He is a good chance but if he were to be beaten it wouldn't affect my opinion of him. I am giving a push to CELESTIAL ARDEN even though I can't see GI Joe beaten really I think my drive might be the quinella. I am quite bullish about its chances really and he could be a bit of value too.  GOTTA DEL is my other drive. One start for one win is hard to beat but there is a step up in class here. We won't die wondering. The plan is to use the draw so we will be going forward and we will see what happens. Reprinted with premission www.allstarsracingstables.com

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