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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

Harness Racing Trainer Robert Dunn, who trains in an unofficial partnership with his son John, had 103 wins for the season going into last night’s Forbury Park meeting, 17 behind the Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen stable. Just a week ago the gap was much bigger, but the Dunns had a nine-win week and now Robert says the premiership is still possible. “We basically have three bases going,” he told the Herald. “We have six horses based near Forbury Park, where they race almost every week until the end of the season. “We have a nice team up here in Auckland and a good Canterbury team, which is about to be boosted by the return of Franco Christiano, who we think is the bee’s knees. “Before last week I thought we couldn’t catch them but if we can have another big week before the end of the month we have a shot going into July.”
 Dunn’s hopes of a first premiership win should be boosted by the Purdon-Rasmussen stable powering down to virtually only their Breeders Crown horses after Addington tonight. “We will have the Breeders Crown horses and maybe two others going over the winter,” Purdon confirmed. So Dunn is doing his math. “Mark and Nat will probably win most of the Breeders Crown heats here they contest, although we have Franco Christiano against Heaven Rocks so that will be no gimme for them,” says Dunn. “So they could easily end up on 125 or 126 for the season. That would mean we need to train at least 22 more, maybe even 25 but it is not impossible.”
 Ironically, Dunn’s best winning chance at Alexandra Park tonight is Bevan’s Cullen, who was trained by the All Stars until two starts ago. “He can definitely win again, while Natural and Cherry Bay are racing well and will win again over the winter. “But the one who has really improved is Formula One, who won’t start race this week but can win again soon.”
 Any success at Alexandra Park tonight for Dunn could be cancelled out by G I Joe (race six) and Augusta (race nine) for Purdon-Rasmussen at Addington tonight. While the premiership battle heats up of more immediate interest to punters is the $75,000 jackpot at Alexandra Park tonight. It starts early on race four and brings together three trot races, two paces for grass track performers and a form-packed 2200m for the fillies and mares. There aren’t many, if any, anchors so percentage betting looks the way to go as a small divvy is unlikely. Meanwhile, unbeaten New Zealand pacer Our Waikiki Beach is looking increasingly unlikely to get a start in his Breeders Challenge semi final at Menangle tomorrow night, meaning he will miss the A$150,000 final on Sunday week. Our Waikiki Beach’s connections missed the nomination time by six minutes on Tuesday, forcing him to last in the rankings and being an emergency in the semis. No rivals have been scratched yet. Purdon said no decision will be made on where the glamour colt goes next until Sunday at the earliest. Michael Guerin

Harness Racing trainer Cran Dalgety might have left last week for his Australian campaign with Christen Me, before heading off on holiday. But that won’t stop the West Melton trainer picking up a win or two at Addington Raceway tonight. Dalgety will line up talented 2yo On The Rantan, who was smashed in by punters on debut to start a short price when beating Motu Meteor at Rangiora. Since then the Bettor’s Delight gelding has impressed at the trials On The Rantan's recent trial Once again to be driven by the country’s leading reins man Dexter Dunn, On The Rantan will start from barrier 4 in race 3. Currently a $1.55 Fixed Odds favourite, he should give Dalgety his first winner for the night. Safely through that assignment, Dunn & Dalgety combine in Race 4 with first starter Rapid Flight who was seen making up good late ground in her recent trial. The 2yo Bettor’s Delight filly owned by Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd will start from barrier 6 in a handy fillies and mares mobile pace over 1950m. Rapid Flight Her main danger looks to be the Greg & Nina Hope trained Dalness Mac, who stormed home at Ashburton after being locked away on the markers. With a good trip, she certainly has the speed to boom right past them. Hope will also line up Harrysul and Phil’s Gift in the feature trot of the night. Harrysul is first up since November last year, while Phil’s Gift steps back significantly in class for tonight’s assignment. His run two starts back for 4th behind Le Reveur is great form, considering that runner came out and won at Alexandra Park last weekend. Phil's Gift, 4th behind Le Reveur Andrew Fitzgerald

The future participants of New Zealand's Harness Racing industry completed in the annual Cadet of the Year competition at Addington Raceway today. Today was the 3rd runner of the competition which is run by the Natalie Gameson and the Education department of Harness Racing New Zealand involves: A time trial (without a watch) Name the gear. Name the feed. Points of the horse. General knowledge test. Confirmation Name the face First Aid Poisonous Plants Farrier Gear The response from everyone involved was positive and there were plenty who were looking forward to finding out if they had qualified for the Grand Final to be held in Christchurch on the 6th of July. Heats have been or are to be run in Invercargill and Auckland. “It was a great afternoon and some of the events were quite challenging. It was fun to drive around Addington Raceway for the first time” said Mikayla Lewis. “I think it's a great idea and puts us out of our comfort zone which is a big plus” said Shaun McNaulty “It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. The time trial was my highlight” said Ashleigh Royal Andrew Fitzgerald

Brent and Sheree McIntyre from Macca Lodge, Riversdale, Northern Southland will have overall naming rights to all Trained South of the Waitaki Races held at Addington this year. Their Trained South Of The Waitaki Winter Warmer Series will consist of three heats to be held at NZMTC on 8, 15, 22, and the final on 29 July, for total stake money of $35,000. To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a: Trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May 2016. The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to C1 as at the closing of nominations for heat one. The first three place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the Final. Macca Lodge Trained South of the Waitaki River Show Day Race This will be the second year Macca Lodge will be sponsoring this race on Show Day for 3YO and older C1/C2 pacers. It will be run over 1950 metres, with a mobile gate start for a stake of $20,000. Information about Macca Lodge can be found at maccalodge.com. Full details and conditions of the up and coming Macca Lodge Trained South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at addington.co.nz or contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Keryn McElroy Business & Marketing Manager Addington

Franco Saxon. Add him to your 'Race Tracker' and remember the name, because the way the Jonny Cox-trained runner won his maiden at Addington Raceway last Friday night was spectacular and certainly won't be his last time visiting the winner's circle.                             Owned by the recently-launched goHarness 'Staxofun' Syndicate, the performance from the 3yo Live Or Die gelding even impressed commentator Mark McNamara. "There's a debut win," said McNamara as Franco Saxon crossed the line to win by a half-head over West Point (Ken Barron), with a length back to Junior (David & Catherine Butt) in third. Starting from barrier 9 in the 1950m mobile, Franco Saxon was always going to have to do plenty of work to win - and that's exactly what he did. Away well, Cox soon had him marching forward to find the parked spot. With the three-wide train still coming, Cox was determined to keep the parked spot for the remaining 800 metres. "It was a tricky draw to work with, but we got a good drag up behind Sam (Ottley) to land outside the leader," said Jonny. "He turned up in great condition from previous trainer Steven McRae and trialled nicely at Ashburton when he won. He's a nice horse, but that performance showed us he has got the ability to go through the grades." Despite being under pressure and looking gone at the 400m point, Franco Saxon showed great tenacity to rally past the leader Dancinginthedark and hit the front. With the heavily-backed West Point and Blair Orange darting up the lane, it appeared as if the goHarness team would have to settle for a brave second but 'Sax' had other ideas and stuck his head out to grab the victory. "It's a dream start for the Staxofun Syndicate," said Co-Manager Johnny Robinson. "We've had a lot of members of our previous syndicates coming into Saxon, as well as another large group of first-time owners - which is not only great for us, but it promotes harness racing for the fun that can be had for very little outlay."" Robinson said there are still shares available in this latest syndicate launched by goHarness, priced at $730 each which is the equivalent of just a dollar a day. "The one-off fee gets you a share in Franco Saxon for two whole years, with no other payments needed, and if the horse is still performing well enough at the end of our two years with him there's also the possibility of the syndicate being extended. "He's a decent-sized fella, and we expect him to improve with more racing and as he grows into his frame," Robinson added. Friday's win by Franco Saxon was the first for Cox since he began training from his new base at Fred & Joy Morris's Yaldhurst property, called Yaldy Farm. "It's a wonderful property, with great paddocks and boxes as well as a nice track. They also have a pool, which is a great asset for the training programmes of some of my horses," Cox said. Shifting north from Dunedin 18 months ago, Cox originally worked for Ken Barron before switching to the Michael House stable in the mornings while doing his own team in the afternoons. "It was time to branch out and concentrate on having a team of my own. I've got eight in work at the moment and there's room for a few more," Cox said. Cox trained 52 winners in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons when in partnership with Amber Hoffman at Westwood Beach, just out of Dunedin. The pair trained Jaccka Justy to win the 2014 Dominion Handicap, providing Cox with his biggest training and driving success to date. An accomplished driver, Jonny is currently on 460 career victories and has saluted the judge on 28 occasions so far this season, while he has trained 26 winners from just the 282 starters on his own. Cox was also a dual winner of the Junior Drivers' Premiership in 2005 and 2006. Andrew Fitzgerald                

Win, lose or draw on Friday night Andrew Faulks and Ray Warwick were assured a victory at Addington with Arran Chief. As the 100th horse to claim the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s incentive scheme, the Met Multiplier, the trainer and owner combination were guaranteed $7,500, but Faulks wanted, and knew he could get, the whole kit and caboodle. So that’s exactly what he did. On top of the $7,500 bonus, Arran Chief also collected a further $5,500 for their efforts when he made a mockery of his rivals in the feature trot of the night winning comfortably, with Faulks in the bike. “It didn’t surprise me, he’s actually been going good races behind some pretty nice horses,” Faulks said. “So I thought he could go pretty close if things went our way and that’s exactly how it panned out, we got the right trip and he felt great the whole way.” The Sundon gelding, who Warwick also bred, brought up the sixth win of his career from 36 starts. His four starts leading into Friday night had seen him beaten behind Destiny Jones, Le Reveur, Great Things Happen and Sunny Ruby so he was facing a notable drop in grade. That didn’t stop punters from letting him slide out to a $36 win price on the tote – a stunning price considering some of his recent performances. In order to qualify for the Met Multiplier horses are required to start at New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meetings on 15 occasion and win once in a 12 month period. Arran Chief’s victory came last season when he won the Darren DeFilippi Memorial Trot in the hands of Jess Young. He won’t be eligible to return to defend the title this year, and Faulks isn’t exactly sure where he’s going to place him. “He’s up in the grades now. Every time he’s won he’s been only a couple of starts away from a drop back. “But we will find races for him here and there, he seems to really enjoy racing at this time of the year too which is good. “He’s got a few more wins in him yet I think.” Faulks’ good night on Friday extended to Sunday when he produced yet another upset winner in Alvira Hest. The talented trotting mare was subjected to a Ricky May special as she never past a horse inside the final 400m, coming from well off the speed up the inside of everyone to win clearing away in emphatic fashion. The daughter of Angus Hall now comes into serious contention for the Joan Belcher Fillies and Mares Speed Series with the win. Matt Markham

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

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