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Nominations for the Canterbury Breeders NZ Oaks on the 16th of May have been released.  Venus Serena heads up a 24-strong nomination. The race has also attracted Australian interest with expat Kiwi Nike Franco among the nominations for her Victorian trainer Dean Braun. To view all of the nominations for the Group One feature click here GED MOOAR MARKETING AND COMMERCIAL MANAGER  

Art Union should not be lining up for career start number two in the Resource Recycling Technologies NZ $8,000 Pace for 2-year-olds at Addington Raceway on Saturday. In fact he should have been retired long before his racing career started. Trainer Cran Dalgety said the well-bred Art Major colt could easily have been wandering around in a paddock now retired from what he termed a “one in a million” injury. “He could have been racing for us three months ago, but we lost valuable ground with him. If you raced a thousand times you wouldn’t see what happened to the poor buggar in a trial at Ashburton back in December. “He was in the one-one and the parked horse came back on him and he got his foot stuck up in the cart and fractured his hock,” Dalgety said. Vets then told the West Melton horseman there was little or no chance of Art Union ever racing again. They did toy with operating and putting a screw in his leg but Dalgety opted against it. “I told the vets if he was out in the wild he wouldn’t be able to get operated on, so we just swum him. It’s a bit of a miracle but time, swimming, and Mother Nature have cured it,” Dalgety said. “Well fingers crossed it’s cured. He’s shown no signs of distress and has bounced back well from his win the other night,” he added. Art Union won his Motukarara Workout on April 5 and then his Rangiora Trial two days later before making a winning debut at Addington Raceway last Friday (April 11). The brown colt was backed into a $3.20 favourite and never looked like losing the $8,000 Spectators Bar & Bistro Open ‘Til Late Mobile Pace. He won the 1950m mobile by 1-1/4 lengths in 2:24.2. Mile rate: 1:58.9. last 800m: 57.2. Last 400m: 27.4. Art Union was eased back early, improved to be parked at the 900m and then drew clear inside the closing 100m proving too strong for Dana Duke (Gavin Smith) and Abbey Cullen (Stephen McNally). “His dam Sparks A Flyin (21 wins and $627,218) was a very good horse winning several big races here and was a New South Wales Oaks winner. She also went 1:51 in America. She was also 3yo Filly-Of-The-Year and just keeps popping them out for the Wakefields (owners and breeders),” Dalgety said. Art Union is a half-brother to earlier classy performers, Diomedes (1:57.5), Empyrean (1:56.2), Bettor’s Fire (1:57.4) and Safedra (1:56.3). Last Friday he became the fifth sub 2:00 winner from Sparks A Flyin (1:52). Dalgety said he would race him in the Sires Stakes heat at Addington after this weekend’s mission, and if he still didn’t have enough money in the bank he could possibly head north to qualify for the 2yo Emerald Final at the Harness Jewels meeting at Cambridge Raceway on May 31. “He’d be right up there with some of the best colts I’ve trained. He has really bulked up since coming back from his injury. He now looks like a 3-year-old. “He’s a tall and long legged creature. Almost thoroughbred like. He’s certainly no flash in the pan,” Dalgety said. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ)

The new Breeders’ Bonus scheme that commenced on 17 January this year is proving to be a real winner amongst breeders who have won a race at Addington. With six New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) race meetings being held over January, February and March and 56 races eligible for the bonus of $500, 34 bonuses have been paid out at a total of $17,000. This equates to a high 60% pay out on the qualifying races. Kiely Buttell, Executive Manager of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association commented that “32 new members have joined the Association since January and we can put that down to the new bonus scheme. At only $89.95 for an annual subscription and the chance to earn $500 each time your horse wins, many breeders have taken advantage of the opportunity. Both The Met and the NZSBA have received excellent feedback and jointly we are delighted to reward members’ efforts in breeding winning racehorses.” The scheme is open to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race held at an NZMTC meeting at Addington Raceway, subject to conditions. They will be eligible for a $500 bonus payment. Full terms and conditions are available at or Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Executive Manager                

When it comes to Premier Meetings, think Purdon and Rasmussen. The dynamic duo have a staggering 20 horses engaged to race at Addington tonight and are bound to pick up multiple winners on the card. Among their team are Bio Marinus, King Denny, Rocknroll Arden, Hug The Wind, Te Amo Bromac, and Derby hopefuls, Messini, Isaiah, and Alleluia. The latter will compete in the Group Two Vero Flying Stakes were he will meet a smart field including Tiger Tara and Locharburn, however Purdon Jnr is  confident he will be highly competitive. “His work on Wednesday was absolutely super,” said Purdon’s son, Nathan. “I think he is possibly the quickest horse I have ever driven.” And while that statement wouldn’t mean much coming from your average teenager, Nathan is no ordinary eighteen-year-old, having already driven the likes of Adore Me, Smolda, and Fly Like An Eagle in trackwork, among many others. “And Messini and Isaiah have been racing well so they are sure to be competitive again,” he added. Purdon jnr also likes the chances of Hug The Wind in the last race, although he warns that both of his stablemates, Te Amo Bromac and Tokohoka, are nice types. “He is a very nice two-year-old who trialled really good on Monday,” said Purdon. “He should be very hard to beat.” Meanwhile, top trotter Master Lavros should bounce back to winning form in tonight’s 4 & 5YO Trotters Championship. “I was very happy with how he trialled on Monday and I think he will take a lot of beating,” said Jones. By Mitchell Robertson

Anthony Butt is delighted to be back behind the Nigel McGrath trained Joanne's A Delight at Addington on Friday night (March 28). The brilliant Canterbury reinsman will renew his association with the talented daughter of Bettor's Delight in the fourth heat of the $18,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes 2yo Fillies Series. Butt drove her on debut when Joanne's A Delight ran second behind Fight For Glory, but he had to hand the reins over to Dexter Dunn last Saturday due to his Australian commitments. "She would be one of the best fillies I've driven in quite a few years now. She has the all-round game. Stamina, speed, and manners," Butt said. Joanne's A Delight displayed all those attributes when having her second start at Ascot Park in Invercargill on Saturday. The brown filly got her revenge over Fight For Glory in the Group Three $25,000 Caduceus Club of Southland Nevele R Stud Fillies Classic, but she also set a new track record for 2-year-old fillies. The $52,000 purchase at the last year's Premier Yearling Sale stopped the clock in 2:04.4. Western Dream's previous 1700m mobile record was 2:05.3. She set that in April 2005. "Nigel has done a brilliant job with her. He has always liked her and hasn't rushed her - trialling her when he should. I like her toughness and she has given me every indication that she will go on with it," Butt said. Although drawn the outside of the front row Linda Lovegrace looks the hardest for Joanne's A Delight to beat. Another contender, Supriya has also received an unfortunate draw, one outside Joanne's A Delight on the second row. Previous heat winners were: Democrat Party (Alexandra Park); Fight For Glory (Addington Raceway); Bettor Be Supreme (Alexandra Park). The fifth and final heat will be staged at Forbury Park on April 17 with the $150,000 Group One final at Alexandra Park on Rowe Cup night - May 9. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ E-News)

Don't get too carried away with the royally bred Bettor Think Twice when assessing chances for Friday night's PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series 2yo Fillies Graduette at Addington Raceway - Click here to view the field. Trainer Cran Dalgety said he was treating the night's richest race as a $18,500 trial, and believed the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Fight For Glory had the race all parcelled up. "My girl is as green as what I am, and like me needs a bit of time. She's not race hardened enough yet but hopefully come the Jewels Final she will be fizzing," the West Melton horseman said. "I can't see any of them beating Fight For Glory," he added. The $78,000 purchase at last year's New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch is the first of three Bettor's Delight foals out of the three-win Christian Cullen - Inspiring Dash mare, Rona Lorraine . She won the Group One Nevele R Stud Caduceus Club 2yo Fillies Classic, and also won Friday's Sales Series Graduette race - both in 2008. "It would be nice to pick up some crumbs behind Mark's horse, but after a few Sires Stakes heats and more race experience I think she will develop into a nice filly," Dalgety said. Bettor Think Twice, who will be driven by Dexter Dunn, has drawn two - one outside the favourite. With two races under her belt Fight For Glory is the most experienced pacer in the six-horse field. She won her only start at Addington, when making her debut as a $1.60 favourite on February 14. The Art Major filly then finished a neck second behind stablemate, Supersonic Miss and Blair Orange at the Cheviot meeting on March 2. The best of the rest appears to be the last start workout winner (mile rate: 2:04.5), the Nigel McGrath trained and Anthony Butt driven Joanne's A Delight. By Duane Ranger *Supersonic Miss, who beat Fight For Glory on debut, has had a setback which could affect the chances of an Australian campaign next month. The impressive Leonard Memorial winner did herself a mischief rolling her her box. She had been on the short list to go to Australia with Follow The Stars but no that could be in doubt. At this stage there is no substitute though Mark and Natalie have not ruled out a travelling companion for Follow The Stars.

Bob Sandford has owned standardbreds since the mid-1970s, but he and his wife Jennifer only started to get serious about ownership in the early 1990s. Now almost a quarter of a century later the Canterbury couple have arguably the best 3-year-old pacing filly and colt going around at present. Both Tiger Tara and Venus Serena have are last start Group One winners, and the Sandfords, who are both 72, still say they can’t quite believe that both champion pacers have really come into their own in 2014. “We are over the moon. We have spent several decades trying to get a top-line horse and now we have two. It’s quite unbelievable really. It’s a dream come true,” Sandford (Bob) said. With the Harness Racing New Zealand Awards still a few months away the Sandfords must surely rate as warm favourites to win their first ‘Owner-of-the-Year title. “I must have owned about 60 plus horses over the years and last week’s (Woodlands Northern) Derby is the richest race I have won. We flew up to Alexandra Park to watch Tiger Tara win. “We were also on track the week before to watch ‘Venus’ win the (Northern) Oaks. It’s been an incredible couple of weeks,” Sandford said. To be fair it’s been an incredible couple of seasons. Since making her debut in February 2013 Venus Serena has won 11 of her 16 starts and placed in three others for $503,622. This includes four Group One victories, a Group Two and a Group Three. The four Group Ones came via the Nevele R Caduceus Club 2yo Fillies Classic at Alexandra Park on April 19; the Magness Benrow Sires Stakes 2yo Fillies Championship at Alexandra Park on May 3; the Ashburton Guardian 2yo Fillies Harness Jewels Diamond at Ashburton on June 1; and the Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks for 3yo fillies at Alexandra Park on February 28. Tiger Tara has won seven of his 18 starts and placed in seven others for $277,375. This comprises two Group One victories – the NRM Sires Stakes 3yo Final at Addington Raceway on November 12, and of course the Woodlands Stud Northern Derby at Alexandra Park on March 7. Sandford said he was introduced to ownership by his late brother Brian, who bred many good horses over the years, including the 10-win ($588,106) son of Mach Three, Fiery Falcon. “The first horse I owned was Tarbar in the mid-1970s and then my brother and I owned Tarsudi. I dabbled in a few more over the years but it wasn’t until about 1990 when we started to buy two or three a year from then on,” Sandford said. He said 2002 Wellington Cup winner Agios Nikolaos (eight wins) was one of the better horses he owned. He also rated Rocket Reign (14 wins) and his full brother Cullens Reign (eight wins) as another couple of his well performed pacers. “The two that are going around at the moment have the potential to be my best. I think they will race against each other one day but not this season. “Ultimately I’d love to win a big Cup with one of them. They both stay pretty well so it’s not an impossibility. I’d really like that for Geoff and Jen,” Sandford said. Geoff is Geoff Dunn, Sandford’s trainer since 1992. “He’s a great horseman and has done a wonderful job with my horses over the years. ‘Tara’ and ‘Venus’ are very much evidence of his great horsemanship,” Sandford said. Cheviot born and Christchurch Boys High School educated Sandford said he bought two fillies at this year’s yearling sales and bought back a half-brother to Venus Serena named Bettor Bolt (bettor’s delight – Inspiring Dash). The two fillies are named Nikita Banner (Bettor’s delight – Corporate Banner) and Flyingretna (Mach Three – Gretna’s Girl). They also bred Venus Serena from their Falcon Seelster mare, Inspiring Dash, who won five races for Dunn. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

Addington’s Met Multiplier has proven extremely popular since its inception some 20 months ago. Twenty-five pacers or trotters have now earned the Met Multiplier bonus with $7,500 paid out to each qualifying horse’s owners and trainers. The “Met Multiplier Honour Roll” shows harness horses right across the classes in both pacing and trotting gaits from a diversity of stables. Current total pay-out is at $187,500 for the new initiative. The scheme is designed to encourage trainers to support the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) with a lucrative incentive for the connections. To earn a Met Multiplier a horse has to start at a (NZMTC) meeting 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. So that means that your horse has 12 months to have the 15 starts and gain one win from when it first starts at a NZMTC meeting. E.g. A horse that has its first start at Addington on  14 March 2014 must have a minimum of 15 starts at NZMTC meetings and be placed first in one of those starts by 13 March 2015. Horses that have had more than 15 starts and are yet to win can still qualify as long as they win a race within their 12 month period and at the same time satisfy the 15-start criteria within that time period. Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt said “that the initiative has proved to be a winning formula for the club, owners and trainers. We have seen an increase in horse numbers and our starter numbers are tracking above the national average which is a positive result. It is intended to keep the scheme going especially as many owners and trainers are taking advantage of it and there are several horses very close to earning a cheque for their connections.” Full details and conditions of The Met Multiplier Reward can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at or contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.  Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington  

Talented two-year-filly Supriya became Changeover’s first ever winner when she easily disposed of her five opponents in the first race at Winton today. Driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Cran Dalgety, Supriya spaced her rivals by 5 & ½ lengths to win in a time of 2.00.0 over the one mile journey. Supriya’s maiden win came at just her second start. Her debut resulted in a tidy fifth in a heat of the Sires Stakes. Supriya, who is likely to contest some of the two-year-old fillies features later on in the season, is owned by the Beeintowin syndicate which is managed by Addington Raceway’s Ged Moor. Mooar, who was formerly employeed by Nevele R Stud, has always been of the opinion that Changeover would do a very good job at stud. Although Supriya was his first winner, plenty of Changeover’s other progeny are showing huge promise, including Oneover, who was a super second in the fourth heat of the Young Guns. He will be a great chance of giving Changeover his second winner when he competes in the NZ Yearling Sales Series Graduate at Alexandra Park on Friday. The 2.4 million-dollar earning son of In The Pocket currently has 17 qualifiers all up, including smart qualifiers, Atchoo, Nuala, Bold Ruler, and Prince Of Pops, who has placed twice from just two starts. Other smart winners on the Winton card today were: Perfect Sunrise, Millwood Pink Lady, Jocy Jaccka, I Smart, and Cyclone Kiwi. By Mitchell Robertson

Following two very successful runnings of the Seasonal Super Series held at Addington in 2013 the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) will stage a third Super Series on Friday 2 May, 2014.   The two rounds of the Series held in October and December last year proved to be very successful with a good level of runners (an average of 13 starters) competing in both the finals and consolations.   It was encouraging to see a “spread” of winners from a wide range of trainers taking out their share of the stakes, providing a number of different owners with a healthy return. As well as some current top 20 premiership placed trainers including Robert Dunn, Terry and Glenys Chmiel, Ken Barron, Tim Butt, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen cashing in, wins were achieved by Peter Bagrie, Brian Fahey, Gavin Cook, Craig Edmonds, Alex Hastie and Noel Taylor. Total stakes paid out in the new Series will result in $316,500 including the May round.   The third Series, to be staged also at Addington, will once again cater for lower grade horses with projected stakes totalling greater than $100,000 over six events.   There will be opportunities for:    C0There will be opportunities for:    C0 pacers at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500    C1 to C2 pacers at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500    C0 to C2 trotters at 21 December 2013 – Stake $23,500   Consolations for these races will be run should numbers warrant, with each consolation carrying a total stake of $12,500. All starters in the open race (final) are to receive a minimum stake of $500 and all starters in the consolations will receive a minimum stake of $250.   Field selection will be based on a points system.   To qualify to start in these races on 2 May 2014, a horse must have started in at least one race at a NZMTC meeting between 17 January 2014 and 24 April 2014. There is no enrolment fee payable.   It is the intention of the NZMTC that a similar series will take place later in the year on 8 August 2014 under like conditions.   Full details and conditions are to follow and will be able to be viewed at from Friday 21 February. Alternatively, please call Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.   Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager Addington  

The Hororata Trotting Club will return to its roots in 2014 with their annual race meeting to be held in the countryside, at the picturesque Mt Harding Racecourse in Methven. The club has had to look for an alternative venue to Addington Raceway, where they have raced since 2002, due to two large events taking place in the Addington vicinity on the night of Friday, Feburary 21. The Hollies will be rocking out the stage at the CBS Arena and the Crusaders will kick off their Super Rugby campaign at AMI Stadium against the defending championship side, the Chiefs. The logistics of holding a race meeting on the same night as both of the events were near impossible, so Hororata sought out to shift their meeting and settled with Methven. The Mt Harding Track, which is nestled under the Southern Alps, with Mount Hutt as it’s backdrop, closely resembles a return to the norm for the Hororata Club, who until 1984 raced on a grass track surface of their own before shifting to Ashburton, and then onto Addington. Club president, Bruce Hutton, said the decision to go to Methven was a simple one, once they had approval from the Methven Trotting Club to do so. “Methven is about as close as we can get to racing at home so it was always a logical option,’’ he said. Just 20 minutes drive from Hororata, the meeting, which will be held as a Friday afternoon event, is expected to draw a decent sized crowd with plenty of interest already, from both areas. Hutton said one of the most pleasing parts about the shift was that there was no need to make any changes to their normal racing programme, other than shifting from a night meeting to day, including keeping their heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series. In a New Zealand first, the series, which has seen some of the best female pacers to grace the track compete, will hold a heat on a grass track racing surface over the speed distance of one mile. “It’s really pleasing that we could keep that particular race and I think the fact its on the grass will make it a real unique race.’’ Classy filly, Libertybelle Midfrew, who was a gallant third behind top filly, Venus Serena at Ashburton on Saturday is touted as a potential starter in the race as she tries to earn herself a spot in the Group I Final at Alexandra Park. Also on offer will be the running of the Mountain River Processors Hororata Cup for a stake of $14,999. First race is set down for 12.25pm with free entry onto the course. [Matt Markham | The Press [Sports & Racing Journalist]

Venus Serena is not only the best filly that John Dunn has ever driven, but the 30-year-old said she was close to being the best pacer he had sat behind. The 3-year-old daughter of Mach Three looks destined to provide Dunn with another big-race victory when they line up in Friday’s Group One PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3yo Fillies Championship at Addington Raceway. With a stake of $175,000, the 1950m mobile is the richest event on Friday’s 12-strong race-card. Up until her last start sixth at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve (the $150,000 Group One Alabar Stakes Final), Venus Serena had won her last three races in a row. “I was rapt with her run that night. I thought it was massive actually because she got an interrupted run and still ran on strongly at the end. “We got checked and ended up five deep on the fence and then she got on the three-wide train. She did well to get as close as she did. On that run and her workouts win on Saturday, I think she will be hard to beat again,” Dunn said. Venus Serena was full of running at last weekend’s North Canterbury workouts, finishing a head second behind the talented Smolda, who lines up in race seven on Friday. She paced the 2000m mobile in 2:25.9. Mile rate: a slashing a1:57.3 with slick last 800m and 400m sprints of 54.5 and 26.7 seconds. Venus Serena has drawn seven of 14 on Friday, and Dunn said he would be asking the question of her early in the race. “I’ll take the race as it comes, but I think I will be going forward with her fairly early on. I want to put her into the race,” the Canterbury reinsman said. Trained by Dunn’s uncle Geoff at West Melton, Venus Serena has now won eight of her 13 starts – three of them at Addington and three over Friday’s distance. The classy brown filly has provided Dunn (John) with three of his four Group One victories. They were the $150,000 2yo Fillies Diamond on Harness Jewels day at Ashburton on June 1, 2013; the $150,000 Sires Stakes 2yo Fillies Championship at Alexandra Park on May 3, 2013; and the $100,000 Caduceus Club 2yo Fillies Classic at Alexandra Park on April 19, 2013. “She’s a lovely filly. She’s certainly the best filly or mare that I have sat behind, probably the best male or female. She’s got amazing high speed and is an equally good stayer. “She raced really well over the shorter trips last season and I know she will cope with the longer distances as she gets older. She just feels like a top racehorse,” the Kaiapoi horseman said. Dunn is having one of his best seasons in 13 years of driving. He’s already driven 50 winners and placed 93 times from 326 drives in 2013-2014. He looks destined to beat his personal best tally of 102 wins recorded last year. Toughest for Venus Serena to beat will be the Barry Purdon trained and Tony Herlihy (MNZM) driven Ideal Belle, and the Nigel McGrath trained and Matthew Williamson driven Libertybelle Midfrew. The evening’s only Group One event – the $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares again looks an Adore Me benefit. The 4-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare has drawn ideally at four and Mark Purdon is likely to send her to the lead early and again give her opponents a pacing lesson. If successful it will be her 16th win in 18 starts and fifth from sixth this season. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

Last Friday night (17th January 2014) was the first race meeting of 2014 for the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club and also the start of the much anticipated $500 Breeders' Bonus initiative. Four bonuses were won on the night. The NZMTC and the NZSBA congratulate the NZSBA members who each won $500: Spreydon Lodge, breeder of Fernleigh Rebel, winner of the Gotta Go Cullen Mobile Pace for three-year-old and older C0 Pacers. Russell and Carolyn Nelson, breeders of Crackaheiny, winner of the Active Electrical Mobile Pace for four-year-old and older C2 to C3 pacers. Alta Breeding Co Ltd (Tony Dickinson), breeder of Alta Jerome, winner of the PGG Wrightson Sale of the Stars three-year-old and older C1 pacers. Gaby and Julie Maghzal, breeders of Lothario, winner of the Hydroflow Trot for three-year-old and older C1 trotters. The $500 is paid to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race at a NZMTC meeting, held at Addington Raceway. Kiely Buttell, NZSBA's Executive Manager said "it is never too late to join the NZSBA. An $89.95 membership fee could give breeders an instant $500 return! " Full terms and conditions are available at or Kiely Buttell, NZ Standardbred Breeders' Assn  

This Friday sees the first night of harness racing for 2014 at Addington, and heralds the new breeders’ bonus scheme for members of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association (NZSBA) for races staged by the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC).  Breeders have long been asking for bonuses, and both the NZSBA and NZMTC are pleased to be able  to respond positively to this request. As the NZSBA is a driving force for breeders, NZMTC is delighted to partner with them to reward their members’ efforts in breeding winning racehorses. The scheme is open to any member of the NZSBA who breeds the winner of a totalisator race held at an NZMTC meeting at Addington Raceway. They will be eligible for a $500 bonus payment. Full terms and conditions are available at or Ged Mooar, Addington Kiely Buttell, NZ Standardbred Breeders Assn  

Addington is pleased to announce the second running of the Pre-Christmas Day Maiden Bonus race on its first Premier Night of harness racing in 2014 on Friday 31 January. The race will be eligible for pacers who were assessed as C0 as at Christmas Day 2013. Field selection will be based on points earned in all Totalisator races in New Zealand from 25 December 2013 up to and including 27 January 2014. Points will be awarded as follows: 5 points for a 1st placing, 3 points for a 2nd placing, 2 points for a 3rd placing 1 point for each start in that period. The race will be conducted with a preferential barrier draw based on: assessment then earnings using the track grid. The Pre-Christmas Day Maiden Bonus will carry a stake of $15,000 and run over 1950m from a mobile start. Further details will be available in the Harness Racing Weekly within the NZMTC Programme for 31 January 2014. Alternatively, please call Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley on (03) 338 9094.

Addington is pleased to announce the second running of the Pre-Christmas Day Maiden Bonus race on its first Premier Night of harness racing in 2014 on Friday 31 January.   The race will be eligible for pacers who were assessed as C0 as at Christmas Day 2013.   Field selection will be based on points earned in all Totalisator races in New Zealand from 25 December 2013 up to and including 27 January 2014. Points will be awarded as follows: 5 points for a 1st placing, 3 points for a 2nd placing, 2 points for a 3rd placing and 1 point for each start in that period. The race will be conducted with a preferential barrier draw based on: assessment then earnings using the track grid.   The Pre-Christmas Day Maiden Bonus will carry a stake of $15,000 and run over 1950m from a mobile start.   Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt said “this initiative provides owners and trainers with an ideal opportunity to race their horses at the conclusion of the New Year circuit for a healthy stake for those horses that meet the criteria. It’s a race that is programmed for those horses that have won or perhaps even won twice since Christmas Day but also for horses that are still maidens.”   Further details will be available in the 8 January edition of the Harness Racing Weekly within the NZMTC Programme for 31 January 2014. Alternatively, please call Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley on (03) 338 9094.   Ged Mooar    

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