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North Canterbury harness racing trainer Robbie Holmes went into last nights Summer Cup for trotters at Addington Raceway with Aile Rouge with one aim and that was to get a line on where he fitted in amongst the best trotters in Canterbury at the moment. Robbie thought if he could finish in the first five with Aile Rouge in such a strong field at just his second start back from a spell he would be a happy man. Two minutes and twenty four seconds later he was saluting the judge as he came back to the winners circle and still getting over the shock of winning the $27,000 race. Away well from barrier two, Robbie quickly settled Aile Rouge into the trail behind Sunny Ruby and then he was posted three back on the inner when Monty Python went to the front at the 1400 metres mark. Bottled up three back on the inner as they turned for home, Aile Rouge got a lovely gap on the outside of Sunny Ruby and flew the last bit to win by half a length going away. Aile Rouge trotted the 1950 metres in a smart 2:24.3, a mile rate of 1:59 with closing sectionals of 58 and 29.1 Robbie was thrilled with the performance. " We only started Aile Rouge in this race and not in race 3 to let Clean Break who was on the ballot in race 3 get into the other Alabar Final for trotters as we thought he was a real chance in that race." "The aim with Aile Rouge in the Summer Cup was just to get a line on where he stood in the pecking order amongst the good trotters and we were hoping for a first five result at best. " He has really sprinted when the gap opened up and was going away at the finish," Robbie said. The son of Love You had been a star during winter racing at Addington but this was a big step up in class to what he had been racing. Robbie thought a couple of things were in his favour tonight. " He is really quick off the mobile and the distance was right up his alley." " The 2600 metres is a bit far for him most of the time but he loves those 1950 races and his record shows that. " I am thrilled for Jenny (owner) as she has had horses with me since I started training and she deserves a good horse," Robbie said. Aile Rouge Harnesslink Media  

Twelve months ago leading harness racing trainer/driver Gavin Smith was seriously thinking about giving the training side of the industry away. His team was constantly having problems and not performing on raceday and Gavin was at his wits end trying to get on top of the issues. Fast forward twelve months and Gavin's team is flying and he is on track to have his best season in the bike since he started as a junior driver. " The move to Ohoka has been great and from day one there the team has been on the improve." " I have plenty of young ones coming through as well so things are looking really good for the future," Gavin told Harnesslink last night. In the course of that conversation, the chances of Gavin's trainee Tangos Delight in the $40,000 Premier Mares Championship at Addington Raceway came up and Gavin was surprisingly bullish about her chances. " There is no The Orange Agent or Fight For Glory involved and I think with the right run she can get a bit of it," was Gavin's view pre race. Away well from barrier four, Gavin quickly slotted Tangos Delight into the trail behind Lightning Mach and Dexter Dunn and put the mare to sleep. Mid race attacks by Democrat Party and Rocker Band split the field up from the 800 metres and passing the 500 metres mark Gavin was able to move off the inner and onto the back of Democrat Party. Democrat Party mastered Rocker Band 150 metres out but at that point Gavin angled Tangos Delight into the clear and she quickly swooped on by for a decisive win. It was an inch perfect drive by Gavin which got the reward it deserved. The daughter of Bettor's Delight paced the 1950 metres in a very quick 2:20, a mile rate of 1:55.5 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 28.9 and last nights win took her lifetime earnings over the $73,000 mark. " Since Cup day this mare has been going super every start." " In her last five starts she should have won a couple of them but she has had no luck at all and the driver stuffed it up a couple of times as well." " She can follow speed all day and she is lethal with one run at them like that," Gavin said. Gavin is just thankful that he still has the mare in his barn. " The plan with Ronnie (owner) earlier in the season was to try to win a race with her before having her served but she has been racing that well we had a change of plans." " The way she is going I don't think she is finished yet," That was the biggest stakes race ($40,000) that I have trained the winner of so that was a big thrill as well," Gavin said. The Gavin Smith barn has been firing on all cylinders all season as the UDR of 3237 shows and it there are no signs of it slowing down at this stage. Harnesslink Media    

When it comes to people being passionate about harness racing, Canterbury owner John Mooney would be up there with the best. John wears his heart on his sleeve for all to see and in the countdown to last nights $150,000 PGG Sales Final at Addington Raceway he was struggling to control his emotions. Not only did John have a runner in the race but he had a serious winning chance in the well performed filly Luisanabelle Midfrew and he was nervous to the point of distraction. From the time John took her home from the yearling sales at Christchurch, the daughter of American Ideal had faced one hurdle after another in her racing career. " I had just sold Libertybelle Midfrew to Perth and she was going through the sales ring when Matty Williamson texted me to say what a great looking filly she was." "On the spur of the moment I decided to keep her." " When Nigel McGrath sat behind her for the first time, the first thing he said to me when he hopped out of the cart was that keeping her was the best decision I had made in a long time," John Mooney explained when speaking to Harnesslink last night. Second to Arden's Choice on debut and then subsequently second to Dream About Me in the $138,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final at Alexandra Park, Luisanabelle Midfrew was expected to be a big player on Harness Jewels day at Ashburton but failed to flatter at any point,finishing twelfth. "She was really sick at Ashburton and she was very lucky to survive, "She had an attack of small intestine colitis and it was touch and go for a while." " Just when it seemed she was on the mend,she had a relapse and all but died for a second time," John said. Trainer Nigel McGrath knew he faced major hurdles getting Luisanabelle Midfrew back to best form but nursed her through her first few runs back on the track. " The whole aim of this campaign was the Sales Race and I didn't want to put her under any serious pressure leading into that race. " She may have looked disappointing to people at times but we were working to a plan to have her spot on for one race. " I stepped up her workload in the last three weeks and her work leading into last nights race had been super," Nigel said. Away well last night for regular driver Matty Williamson from barrier two, Luisanabelle Midfrew led for the first 700 metres before handing up to the well supported front runner Killer Queen. From there she looked to travelling as good as anyone and when the passing lane appeared, Luisanabelle Midfrew was through in a flash and quickly put the race beyond doubt, coasting down to the line an easy winner. " Nigel had her spot on tonight, she felt the best she ever has." " The plan was to lead early and then hopefully hand up to Killer Queen who would get us to the passing lane and and the plan worked a treat." "I couldn't believe how easily she was travelling off the back straight." " She knocked off a bit when she went clear but she had plenty left in the tank at the finish." Matty said. Nigel McGrath was full of praise for his trainee. " She has been through so much but she is a very smart filly and it showed tonight." " Going forward we just have to look after her and not knock her about too much." " Something like the Southland Oaks is probably better for her at this stage of her comeback than taking on the very best," Nigel said. John Mooney post race was like a man who had just won Lotto, with the excitement of the win written all over his face. It was great to see that harness racing can still excite such passion. Harnesslink Media  

Terry and Glenys Chmiel have always held Nek Time in high regard since they purchased her privately for stable clients as an early two year old. The daughter of Gotta Go Collect has always looked well above average and her fourth in the Harness Jewels at two was just reward for a filly that never had much luck at times last season. Prior to tonights race at Addington Raceway, she hadn't been further back than fourth in seventh starts at three but had disappointed co -trainer Glenys Chmiel at Marlborough recently. " Even though she went near enough,I thought on her work she would win at least one of the days." "It was only when we got home that we found that she had a bad lung infection so her runs under the circumstances were super." " Her work at home since she has been treated has been really good so I thought she would be hard to beat tonight," Glenys said.  With Terry committed to stablemate Franco Tai, who better to warm the seat  that Dexter Dunn, the countries leading driver.  In the first score up, Nek Time went into a wild gallop and caused a false start but Dexter had no hesitation in staying in his original barrier of three in the second attempt at a start. " The gallop in the score up on the first attempt was my fault as she was a bit fresh and I put her on the gate way to early." " I was confident she would be fine on the second attempt if I didn't rush her on to the gate," Dexter told Harnesslink post race. Sent straight to the front by Dexter at the restart, Nek Time took a trail behind stablemate Franco Tai after 200 metres but was out again 200 metres later to reclaim the lead. Going past the 800 metres mark, Dreamy Damien and Colin De Filippi went up and looked Nek Time in the eye and they sizzled down the back straight in 26.9. Going past the 400 metres Nek Time had shook off Dreamy Damien but the challengers were coming wider out. Half way up the straight RR Sand Dollar stuck its neck in front but Nek Time refused to lie down and lifted inside the last 100 metres to fight back and claim an outstanding victory. Not only was the manner of the win top class but the times she ran were just superb. Nek Time covered the 1950 metres in 2:19.2, a mile rate of 1:54.8 with a brilliant last 800 metres of 54.5 and 400 metres of 27.6. Glenys was all smiles as she ungeared the filly. " This filly has very high speed but she is also as tough as they come." " She doesn't know how to give in and I knew she would fight back, " Glenys said. Terry wasn't sure if she had  got up from where he was on Franco Tai. " I couldn't tell from where I was but I know how tough she is." " You can get up to her but getting past her is another matter,"  Terry said. The Chmiels were especially happy to have taken out the $40,000 PGG listed event. " That is the biggest stakes race we have won as trainers so its a real thrill, "Terry said. The manner of the victory tonight suggests Nek Time is a live chance in some of the bigger fillies races later in the season. Harnesslink Media.  

Anyone assessing this years crop of three year old colts and geldings would place Lazarus at the top of the pile with Chase The Dream his greatest challenger but as the season has gone on Classie Brigade has slowly but surely started to close the gap on the All Stars pair. His run tonight in the $23,500 Alabar Super Series Final at Addington Raceway was just further confirmation of the improvement he has made since his third placing in the New Zealand Sires Stakes Final on Cup Day. Driver Ricky May settled him three back in the running line early before shooting around to sit parked with a round to go as Blair Orange and Buster Brady looped the field to lead. Classie Brigade sat on Buster Brady's wheel until 200 metres from home where he easily worked clear and went on for a comfortable 1 1/4 length victory from a game Buster Brady and Bite The Bullet who closed late up the passing lane. Classie Brigade cut the 1950 metres out in a sizzling 2:20.4, a mile rate of 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 57.2 and 29.1 in the warm windy conditions. Ricky May was full of praise for the son of Bettor's Delight. " He just keeps on getting better this horse ever time I drive him." " I didn't mind sitting in the death with him tonight as he concentrates better there than he does when he is in front". " He still can knock off a bit when left in front early but he is getting better all the time in that respect." " I think he is the next best three year old after the All Stars pair and I think he has closed the gap since Cup time." " He does go good the Auckland way round so I think he is a chance of getting some of it at Derby time the way he is going," Ricky said. Ricky May is never one to get too bullish about a horse's chances so his comments would suggest that Classie Brigade will be a major player in the Woodlands Stud Northern Derby on March 11th. Harnesslink Media  

Addington are excited to announce renowned stallion proprietors, Diamond Creek Farm, USA are the proud new sponsor of the Group One $200,000 New Zealand Derby. Adam Bowden, CEO of Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to be partnering with Addington. “We are a firm supporter of the breeding industry in the Southern Hemisphere and sponsoring the prestigious New Zealand Derby is an excellent fit for us as our stallion ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ is the first pacer in the harness racing history to be the winner of 3 consecutive sub 1:48 races, with two of these being Canadian Derby’s.”  Adam continued to state “after A Rocknroll Dance served a full book in 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere, he was then able to stand in the Southern Hemisphere at Nevele R/Alabar Studs. There he was bred to over 300 mares between New Zealand and Australia, making him an in demand stallion. Upon returning to the states for the 2015 year, ‘Dance’ has once again been fully booked. With such an outstanding first crop in both hemispheres, ‘A Rocknroll Dance’s’ continued success and popularity looks bright.”  This year Sweet Lou followed his stable mate and travelled down under, joining the roster at Woodlands Stud. “By partnering with studs in the Southern Hemisphere, the potential reach of these great champions will be limitless.” stated Adam. ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby will be held at Addington on Friday, 8 April.  For more details on nominations and conditions of ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.  Keryn McElroy

Lin Lang is a name that is quickly becoming known throughout the racing world downunder as the deeds of his horses with the "Mongolian" prefix find their way to the winners circle more and more. Through his company Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry Ltd, Lin has been very active in establishing branches in most equine fields. The thoroughbred champion Mongolian Khan is his obvious flagbearer but his harness racing side of the racing empire has also had a good start downunder. Brilliant Strike 1:55.3 ($122,164) has flown the flag initially and this seasons two year old Mongolian Hero has looked very promising with a gallant  third in the two year old race at Addington Raceway on Friday night but surprisingly he is not among the nominations for this weekends Sapling Stakes. Instead the Paul Court stable have nominated another youngster owned by Lin Lang for this weekends Group 3 juvenile classic in the form of Mongolian Storm and judging by his performance today at the Addington trials, he looms a major winning hope. Purchased for just $16,000 at last years New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch, Mongolian Storm has won his last four trials and workouts and has seemingly improved off each run. The son of Courage Under Fire settled well back in the running today for driver Blair Orange but when he asked him for an effort at the 200 metres, the response was immediate and he raced past a couple of handy two year olds in Kiwi Bloke and Time Traveller in a few strides and shot clear, winning easily by 3 1/2 lengths. The closing sectionals off the front in the very blustery conditions of 57.8 and 28.4 were smart but Mongolian Storm would have bettered those by a margin and gave the impression there was more left in the tank. At this point there are only seven nominations for the Sapling Stakes which has seen the closing time for nominations extended until 9am on Tuesday. The All Star barn holds three of those in the form of More The Better, Pacing Major and You Gotta Have Faith and hold a very strong hand but the manner of the trial win today by Mongolian Storm would suggest Lin Lang may be celebrating come Saturday night. Harnesslink Media

The harness racing trials at Addington Raceway today unearthed a few more promising types but the one that really took our eye amongst the qualifiers was the three year old, Bet On A Rascal. A son of champion sire Bettor's Delight, Bet On A Rascal flew the tapes in the 2000 metres standing start qualifier and preceded to set a very solid tempo which had him clear of the field most of the way. Passing the 800 metres mark, trainer/driver Kevin Chapman upped the ante and he quickly put daylight between himself and the rest and Kevin's main concern from there was keeping the very green youngster's mind on the job. In the very blustery conditions, Bet Of A Rascal paced the 2000 metres in 2:35.2 which is four seconds inside the required time with closing sectionals of 59.1 and 30.7 as he coasted home 10 lengths clear. A half brother to such smart types as Skippy Rascal 1:54.8 ($87,719), Twilight Rascal 1:55.4 ($66,444) and Fiery Rascal 1:59 ($61,044), Bet On A Rascal seems to have inherited all the family ability. Kevin Chapman was impressed by today's effort. " He has only had a couple of soft workouts and a trial in the slush at Rangiora last week before today and hasn't woken up to the racing game yet." " He is quite a nervy horse at home around the stables but once he gets out there on trial day so far he has been really settled and sensible." " He is a beautifully gaited horse, typical of the Bettor's Delight's and with a bit more time and experience, he will do a good job," Kevin said.  It was a well timed performance today by Bet On A Rascal as Kevin and Barbara Chapman have a Rocknroll Hanover filly named Rock Me Gently from Bet On A Rascal's half sister Twilight Rascal 1:55.4 ($66,444) for sale at Christchurch on the second day of this years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale. Kevin's stable star, the brilliant Lochaburn went around later in the day for an effortless win but  is having trouble finding a suitable race at present. " Some people think I should have him over in Australia on the Grand Circuit but after 14 months out with injury he hasn't got the racing miles under his belt  to be there at this point." "He is too good a horse to take any chances with," Kevin said. Harnesslink Media

The legendary New Zealand Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Roy Purdon was all smiles last night as his promising two year old More The Better cemented favoritism for next Saturday's Sapling Stakes at Ashburton with a narrow but impressive victory in the  two year old race at Addington Raceway. The beautifully bred son of Bettor's Delight from a full sister to the former champion Christian Cullen was thought to be slightly underdone by his connections going into last nights race and was considered vulnerable to both his stablemate Pacing Major and the the Paul Court trained Mongolian Hero. Wide early for driver Tim Williams in the 1950 metres event, More The Better assumed control from Pacing Major and Ricky May at the 1300 metres and applied plenty of pressure, running the next two quarters under 30 seconds. Blair Orange brought Mongolian Hero out to challenge at the 600 metres and sat on More The Better's wheel and these three smart two year olds drew away to fight out the finish. Most of the way up the straight it appeared that first Mongolian Hero and then Pacing Major would get the better of More The Better but it was not to be with the colt proving too strong in a tight finish. Pacing Major was a head away second with a further head back to a very game Mongolian Hero. More The Better paced the 1950 metres in a very sharp 2:22.5, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 56.6 and 27.1. More The Better was purchased out of last years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Christchurch by Mark Purdon for $62,500 and he subsequently gifted his father a half share. Roy has since taken long time friend and racing partner David Levine into his share as well and it appears they are in for a big season with the colt. Last night Roy was struggling to remember the last time he had won a race as an owner at Addington. "Well its too long to be honest." "Probably back when Mark Roy was winning the Derby." " I won the Oaks down here with Pacific Flight about the same time." "David is very excited and I have to say it is great to win a race down there again," Roy said. The gap between drinks is significant with Mark Roy and Pacific Flight which were both co-owned by Roy winning the Derby-Oaks double in 1993 in the hands of Mark Purdon. Driver Tim Williams was suitably impressed with the winning effort. "It looked tight in the end but he was cruising half way down the straight and might have eased up a bit." "I expect he will go to the Sapling Stakes now," Tim said. With the Sapling Stakes only a week away,last nights three placegetters all gave their supporters plenty of encouragement heading forward to next weeks classic. Harnesslink Media    

With just a week to go before the time honoured Sapling Stakes is run at Ashburton Raceway a two year old race has at last got off the ground in Canterbury. Seven runners will go round in the 1950 metres mobile event at Addington Raceway tonight but on exposed form at trials and workouts there are really only four live chances. As per normal, the All Star barn has the two leading chances involved in More The Better and Pacing Major. More The Better put in a huge performance on debut at Alexandra Park to only just go under by half a head to the dual race winner Alta Intrigue but that was back in mid December so his race fitness is a slight query. Pacing Major was just as impressive on debut at Alexandra Park, also going under by only half a head after they dashed home off the front in a blistering 26.2. With a run at the races under their belt, these two have a distinct advantage experience wise over most here. Tim Williams found it hard to separate the two colts leading into tonights race. "More The Better has had longer away from the races than Pacing Major and I guess there will be interest in which is the better prospect." "I guess More the Better was my choice in some ways but there is not much between them and it was just I had worked with him a bit more while Natalie has handled Pacing Major." "I would have to say More The Better would probably be better judged next week (Sapling Stakes)." "That is the race that will tell us exactly where he is at." "But I don't think there is anything in it just that Pacing Major has had a race more recently," Tim said. Cran Dalgety has a debutante in the son of Somebeachsomewhere in Shineonyoucrazydiamond who has looked very promising at trials recently. An $80,000 purchase at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale, he has looked a quick improver and with a handy draw and Dexter in the bike he appeals as the logical horse to make up the trifecta. The other interesting runner is the Paul Court trained son of Mach Three in Mongolian Hero who raced very greenly on debut at Alexandra Park but really impressed at workouts at Motukarara on his return south, brushing home in a sharp 27.7 when winning last Saturday. So an All Star quinella again looks on the cards with the Dalgety and Court runners the obvious dangers to the favoured duo. Harnesslink Media

The second stepping stone in the timeline for three year old harness racing pacers heading towards the 2016 Muscara Standardbreds New Zealand Derby to be run at Addington on Friday 8 April was Wednesday 20 January where by the First Withdrawal / Sustaining fee was due. At this stage 27 horses still carry a nomination for the prestigious Group One Race that has a stake of $200,000. One notable withdrawal is the unbeaten Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained (Our) Waikiki Beach for whom at present is campaigning in Australia and has some rather large assignments over the upcoming months. The Rolleston based training partnership still have five runners in contention, spearheaded by the pre-race favourite Lazarus who is at a $2.20 quote on the fixed odds market with the TAB. Second Withdrawal / Sustaining fee is due Wednesday 24 February 2016. Any horse not nominated, may upon making the final late nomination fee of $5000 plus GST per horse become eligible. This fee is due no later than 1pm New Zealand time on Monday 4 April. A full list of current nominations can be viewed at www.hrnz.co.nz A fixed odds book on current nominations is available at www.tab.co.nz For further information contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at Addington’s Racing Department on 03-338-9094. Keryn McElroy  

Harness racing trainer Kyle Austin knows what it is like to own a top horse having raced the very talented Nutwood 1:50.6 (8wins) over twenty odd years ago and he now has one in his care that looks to be blessed with the same abundance of ability. Buster Bailey is the horses name and the three year old son of Real Desire gave Addington racegoers a glimpse tonight of why he is held in such high regard by both Kyle and driver Blair Orange. Staying out of the early fireworks from barrier three, Buster Bailey was sent forward to grab the lead with just over a lap to go by Blair, though not without a fight with Dream Damien. These two went clear on the home turn but Buster Bailey was always travelling the better and although racing greenly in the straight still had half a length to spare at the finish. The time of 2:22.5 was super impressive in the cold conditions, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 27.6. Kyle is enjoying the ride just as much this time as he did with Nutwood. " It is so hard to get a really smart horse so I am rapt to have Buster in the stable." "After I sold Nutwood, I struggled to find a winner for quite a while so it is nice to have another smart one." Kyle said. With only a handful of starts off the place in his short career, there would appear to be plenty of upside to Buster Bailey. "I gave him a few runs off the place at two but he was pretty immature and I put him aside in the end." " He only qualified in early November at Addington so you would like to think he has plenty of upside." " That win tonight was penalty free but our big aim is the $23,500 Super Series Final on February 12th which is a maiden front for him," Kyle said. As to be expected with a three year old who looks well above average, the bloodstock agents have been hovering but no business is close to be done at present. " No one has made me a firm offer to date but I am not sure I want to sell anyway." " It has been a long time between drinks and I am really enjoying it," Kyle said. However that pans out, Kyle has one very talented three year old in his care. Harnesslink Media  

The first of this season's non tote races for two year old trotters in the South Island was held at the harness racing meeting at Addington this evening and as expected a couple of the stock of Muscle Mass ran the quinella though maybe not in the order that most pundits had expected. The filly Willie McGoogan in the hands of part owner Matthew Williamson led early from barrier one as most of the rest of the field trotted rough or broke. The Roddy Butt trained Custodian had a short gallop early with driver David Butt letting him find his feet before settling third in the running line. Willie McGoogan looked to have them in trouble across the top but when Custodian was switched back to the passing lane in the straight, he quickly got on terms and was half a head to the good at the finish. Five and a half lengths away Eyrish Mist and Dexter Dunn held on well for third in front of another daughter of Muscle Mass in Needle. Roddy Butt was impressed with the effort from his inexperienced young trotter. " He has never galloped at trials or workouts but most of those around him were offstride tonight and I think he just reacted to what was happening around him." " After that he has trotted really well and it was a good effort to pick the leader up," Roddy Butt. Plans are in place for the gelding to take on the better two year old trotters later in the season but first he is due a short break. " If we don't give him a couple of weeks off now, then he won't get a break for the rest of the season." " I think he is good enough to be competitive against the good ones later on if I look after him now," Roddy said. Willie McGoogan was game in second and was fighting back strongly at the finishing line. Matthew Williamson was happy with the run but not so much his own drive. " She has done everything right and was coming again at the finishing line but maybe I have driven her a bit quiet." " I think if I had put the pressure on a lot further out, she may have won the race." " Having said that, Roddy's horse has gone great because we have got home in 28.1 off the front and he has come from off the pace," Matthew said. With a couple from the All Star barn going super at the trials as well as a Love You colt from the Paul Nairn barn, suggests that this years two year trotters division looks to have a lot of depth to it. Harnesslink Media

Last season, harness racing junior driver Brad Williamson had one of those seasons where nothing went right. The harder he tried, the worse he went and the head was down a bit when you talked  to him. What a difference a few months makes as Brad is completely dominating the junior driving ranks with displays of skill that make him  a driver to follow. Tonight Brad had the drive on Monty Python at Addington Raceway and even though he had drawn barrier nine, the public had made him the favourite. Wide early, Brad settled into the trail behind Clean Break and Robbie Holmes after an early burn and once the passing lane became available it was all over as Monty Python bolted in over Arran Chief and Sonoflindenny. Brad was happy with a job well done. " I thought that  Monty on the dropback was a class above them and barring accidents he would be very hard to beat." "I really wanted to lead but was more than happy to take a trail behind Robbie on Clean Break as I knew he would get me to the passing lane," Brad said. The win was number  24 for the season for Brad which leaves him 11 clear of Craig Ferguson in second place on the junior drivers list. Brad is confident the good run will continue. " Dad has got a good team of horses that will win there way through the grades so I think the good run can continue.."` "I am aiming at 60 wins for the season so I am on track at this stage of the season." The next race on the card for Monty Python is the big trot at Omakau and Brad is pretty confident about his chances. "Monty Python is a lot better than people think and I am not worried about the rise in class" " I think that Monty Python can upset them at Omakau and with the preferential draw  he comes right into the picture," Brad said The way Brad has been consistently winning races this season, it may pay to follow his advice for races in the new year. 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The All Stars barn regularly sweep all before them at harness racing meetings in New Zealand but it is not that easy for the young reinsman tied to the stable. They get the odd drive on stable runners in junior drivers events or fill in when the leading stable reinsmen are away at Auckland for the classic races. So it was tonight at Addington Raceway when Conversion broke his maiden duck for the All Star junior reinsman Matt Anderson. Matt slotted him into a lovely one by possie from barrier four  and Matt didn't  have to move until they got to the home corner. Eased out three wide on the corner, Conversion just went on by and won with a lot in reserve. He paced the 1950 metres in a quick 2:21.4, a mile rate of 1:56.6 with closing sectionals of 57.3 and 28.7. The three year son of Christian Cullen and the former high class racemare Coburg 1: 56.7 ($205, 176) looks to have a bright future. The win tonight by Matt continues the great run that he has been having this season with a UDR of 2731 that any driver would be very happy with. Matt has a plan this season. " I am very keen to make the Australasian Junior Drivers Championship and I am right up there at the moment." " Whenever it fits in with Mark and Natalie I have been taking drives up north and down south with the aim of getting the top spot to qualify." " It is very competitive amongst the junior drivers but if I can keep getting the outside drives  I give myself a chance of winning the top spot," Matt said. So any trainers out there from Northland to Bluff, if you need a top junior driver for an upcoming race Matt is more than likely available. Harnesslink Media 

Addington is pleased to announce the Legends Lounge located on the top floor of the Metropolitan Stand at the Raceway & Events Centre is to be known as the “Terror To Love” from 1 January 2016. A champion pacer, the great Terror To Love won a total of 16 races at Addington. He became only the third horse in history to win three New Zealand Trotting Cups and made that second Tuesday in November his own from 2011 to 2013. The famous name joins fellow champion pacers Blossom Lady and Christian Cullen who also have their names associated with function rooms at Addington. Earlier this year Addington named the 3200 metre starting point the “Terror To Love Starting Point.” Adding to his three Cup wins he also took out an Easter Cup run over 3200 metres. Met Chairman Barry Dent commented “it is entirely appropriate that Legends be renamed after Terror To Love given his achievements at Addington.”Terror” was a champion horse and had grown into an Addington crowd favourite. Additionally, Terry McDonald, the owner of “Terror”, has been a wonderful supporter of Addington and it is just great to be able to acknowledge Terry as well as his wonderful stallion.” The new name was officially announced and acknowledged at the recent Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Owners function held on Sunday 8 November at Addington where Terry McDonald was present along with supporters and guests. Ged Mooar

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