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Ketaki Bhave-Khotkar has been recently appointed Events Sales Manager at the home of harness racing Alexandra Park. She has previously held positions at Vodafone Events Centre and the Stamford Plaza Auckland. For the past 18 months, she has been Alexandra Park’s Business Development Manager. Alexandra Park chief executive, Dominique Dowding, says Ketaki has a proven sales record and a passion for customer service. “Ketaki will bring plenty of experience to this role and is super excited. Our strategy is to keep growing our functions and events business both in size and reputation. This newly created role and Ketaki’s appointment to it will help us achieve that,” says Ms Dowding. Ketaki Bhave-Khotkar started as Events Sales Manager on 7 August. Her promotion follows Jacqueline Macleod being appointed to another role within the organisation after five successful years in the functions team. Also recently announced, Kate Vautier was appointed Events Coordinator. As well as co-ordinating events, she will be responsible for securing functions business and managing relationships with clients. She has a background in retail sales with considerable customer service experience. She has managed events including charity comedy nights, anniversary celebrations, and VIP parties. Kate joins Alexandra Park’s functions sales team after recently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at AUT. Her double major included Event Management. She will to report to Ketaki Bhave-Khotkar. Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt says Kate Vautier, who started on 31 August, has hit the ground running given Alexandra Park’s busy programme of events over the coming months. For bookings or information on functions or events phone (09) 630-5660, email or visit

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:10pm Race 1     All the money has come for first starter Agincourt who is in to $1.80 from an opening quote of $4.50.  Agincourt is easily best backed in both FF win and multi-betting. Race 2     Whitehaven Beach is best backed in both FF win and multi-betting and is in from an opening quote of $8.00 to $2.90 Some money early for Positano Race 3     Best backed in this race is Tehoro Hazel $8.80 to $7.00 Mortician is in from $8.80 to $7.50 with Shay Scott leading multi betting. Race 4     Ardent Lustre has been well backed early, but best backed in the FF win is Count Landeck in from an opening of $10.00 to $7.50. Leading multi betting is Bopper Jet. Race 5     There is a big move here for Solid Gold who easily leads both FF win and multi-betting and is in from $2.30 to $1.85. Race 6     This race is a quiet market early with best backed in FF win being Royal Willie at $4.80 Race 7     Acceptance leads both win and multi-betting and is the only runner wanted at $2.50 Race 8     Leader in FF win is Hug The Wind in from $4.50 to $3.20 with No Doctor Needed leading multi-betting over Better B Amazed Race 9     Another quiet market early. Best backed in FF win is The Almighty Johnson with Forfeathers leading multi-betting. Race 10    Spirit Of Love is best backed and leads multi-betting over Madam Secretary.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Alexandra Park, the home of harness racing in the North Island, has been named a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 - Central. Chief executive Dominique Dowding says Alexandra Park’s entry focused on the marketing success of their significant new urban village development, currently under construction on Green Lane West. Within 18 months of launching the development, Alexandra Park had sold all 246 apartments in stage one and two, achieving nearly $300m in sales by late last year. Research confirmed that from all the off-plan projects in Auckland, Alexandra Park achieved the highest values and was the fastest selling. Ms Dowding says being a finalist was a credit to the Auckland Trotting Club’s board, management team, staff, and key project partners such asColliers International. Alexandra Park’s urban village marketing strategy was ground-breaking, with its look and feel breaking from tradition and its clever targeting achieving the exact desired demographics. At the same time, it was backed by a strong internal communications programme which ensured the development got off the ground and stayed on track. “Marketing was key to our apartment sales and critical to the success of our ground-floor leasing for retail and hospitality. But it was more than that. We were one of the first examples in Auckland of a completely master-planned luxury lifestyle apartment product located in suburban context. We also broke the mould by convincing the likes of well-established locals and empty nesters to opt for apartment living which was quite a sea change for Auckland.” The chief executive says for a membership-based sporting organisation to receive this business acknowledgement in a largely corporate arena reflects just how comprehensively and successfully the club has commercially transformed in recent years. Alexandra Park congratulates all category finalists and looks forward to the gala dinner on 14 November for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 - Central. For a full list of the Westpac Business Award finalists click here. For further information contact, Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or (09) 630-9700  

An evening of designer fashion, gourmet food and harness racing brought to you by Alexandra Park and MitoQ in support of the Cancer Society NZ. Alexandra Park is turning yellow for the month of September in support of the Cancer Society, with the feature of its Daffodil Night being the much-anticipated spring fashion event on Friday 15th September in the Tasman Room. Fresh off the tail wind of New Zealand Fashion Week come the latest collections from leading NZ designers, Adrienne Winkelmann, Andrea Moore, Moontide NZ, Danielle Power-Silk, I AM, and Sabatini, with hair by Stephen Marr and makeup by M.A.C. Approximately 300 guests will arrive to a complimentary glass of bubbles, and over a gourmet three course meal, enjoy a fun packed evening of harness racing and the latest collections woven effortlessly in-between. Man about racing and town, Michael Guerin, will MC and guide guests through the action on the catwalk and the track. The Silent Auction will provide opportunities to obtain, amongst other delights, some unique designer garments, or a Jeep for a week with a night away at The Glass House at Kauri Mountain Point Estate. Guests will each take home a deluxe goodie bag. MitoQ, the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, has proudly come on as Naming Right’s Sponsor to support the Cancer Society and the fashion and beauty industry. Already renowned for making New Zealanders feel good by recharging the body’s cellular batteries (the mitochondria) with the science of MitoQ, the business has now also launched into the beauty field through a range of ground-breaking anti-aging skincare products. Denise Gray, Marketing Manager of MitoQ says: “With a high energy fashion show, supporting the Cancer Society NZ and great fashion and beauty brands, it was an obvious fit for us. As an aside, our product is so good, MitoQ is being used for horses in helping their performance and recovery so we really are covering all bases.” On the night, Stephen Marr will be talking about a new, special charity project and MitoQ will introduce its beauty range. Dominique Dowding, CEO of Alexandra Park says: “Alexandra Park is enthusiastic about supporting the Cancer Society. MitoQ Fashion at the Park is a glamorous and fun night out with a wonderful cause – gather your friends and colleagues together and come and enjoy the most glamourous activation on our racing calendar.” Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt says: “Alexandra Park Fashion shows have become much anticipated highlights, occurring twice yearly in our racing calendar. MitoQ Fashion at the Park on 15th September will be our 4th fashion event and tickets have been selling fast. $20 from every ticket sale will be donated, plus the proceeds of the silent auction will be going to the Cancer Society.  We thank all our sponsors for their generosity in supporting the cause.” Cameron Brewer (021) 828-016 For sales or attendance queries - please email: Danielle: or call (09) 889 6762  

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:30pm Race 1    Best backed is Bro Fawkes S in both FF Win and multis. Race 2     Alta Shangri La is well backed here and ihas come in from $2,40 to $2.30 Race 3     George has been heavily backed and is now into $4.60 from an opening price of $7.20 Race 4     Recco Lover holds all the money in both FF win and multis Race 5     First starter All American is best backed here in both FF win and multis Race 6    Dance Time holds all the money in multis.  Franco Hamilton has also been well backed and has moved from $10.00 in to 8.50 Race 7    Largest bet is $1000 in this race on Waytogo at $5.00 Race 8    Yagunnakissmeornot is the only horse wanted and is in to $1.50 from an opening quote of $1.55 Race 9    American Brave is the big mover here and has moved from $2.10 in to $1.85 with the largest bet $3000 at $1.95   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)      

Last week was an ok week for the ringaround which produced a couple of winners and several placegetters again. The best winning dividend went to Ricky May when Rockaball  won at Addington and payed $6.40 to win on the tote. There are three meetings programed this week with Auckland starting the racing on Thursday night. At Addington on Friday, the first night of the Kiwi Punters Championships is being run, with Forbury holding their first meeting of their season on Sunday.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Alexandra Park on Thursday night. Jay Abernethy - Jay says Jude's Gem is his best drive this week at Alex Park in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Recco Lover is a good winning chance again in Race 4 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks All American can win this race for Josh Dickie in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Spring Campaign as his best drive in Race 6 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week is Ohoka Maximus in Race 7 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best chance is Yagunnakissmeornot in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Craig Ferguson - Craig is going for Chief Kapai as his best chance this week in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin says Admiral would be his best chance this week also in Race 1 Ricky May - Ricky thinks Donsmedad would be his best drive at Addington in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week is Art Union at Addington in Race 7 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Art Union is a good winning chance in Race 7 Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Joey Maguire as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 8 Harnesslink Reporter - says Vintage Beach can go a good race fresh up in Race 9 Terry Chmiel - Terry is opting for Martin John as his best chance at Addington in Race 10   Forbury on Sunday Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance this week is Scarlett Lane in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Get Real on Sunday in Race 4 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for No More Change as her best drive this week in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Lorretta Franco also in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 9   Harnesslink Media

Eight months on from being announced as the new Racing Manager at the Auckland Trotting Club, Regan Cotter says he’s optimistic about Alexandra Park’s future and New Zealand harness racing generally. With 1 August marking a new racing season, the board at Alexandra Park took the strategic decision to direct any extra industry funding straight into substantially lifting its stakes. “Now no race has a total stake less than $12,000, and it goes up from there. It’s a $14,500 minimum for the race-winners’ class and $17,000 for our highest rated trotters and pacers. Again, those are minimums. Our stakes are up significantly from what we were offering last season and well above any minimum the gallops offer,” says Mr Cotter. Alexandra Park’s higher stakes are already helping to lift its field numbers for its Friday night meetings. Another boast has been the extra race nights Alexandra Park has been allocated this season - up to 41 from 37. “The ongoing challenge is the small horse pool we have in the North Island. So, collaboration between trotting clubs is increasingly important. We want to maximise the use of the horse pool and not cannibalise it and each other. “We work very closely with Cambridge which has 25 race nights and there’s Manawatu which races on 24 nights. Then there’s some in the likes of Taranaki that race once a year or so. But the important thing is we work together to coordinate things as best we can.” Also helping is the fact that his predecessor and previous boss at Alexandra Park, Kevin Smith, moved onto be a Handicapper at Harness Racing New Zealand, and now also oversees programming for the North Island. Mr Cotter says increasing participation from the South Island is also important. “Having the vision to lift stakes significantly will make horse ownership and participation more viable. With most harness racing based in the South Island, we want a bigger piece of that action. If we ever got to $30,000 stakes for example, South Island owners and trainers would start setting up satellite stables near Auckland, as well as send their horses north for more races. That’s the power of rising stakes!  “Stakes also improve the punting experience as fields lift from five, six or seven to eleven, twelve and thirteen horses so you get better competition and a more interesting sport.” As well as stakes, the number of race nights, and improving interclub collaboration, Mr Cotter says the racing department is working closely with the marketing team at Alexandra Park. “Maybe it’s a reflection of my youth, but I’m fully aware we’re also in the business of entertainment in fiercely competitive Auckland. We’ve got to make the Friday Night Trots a viable and attractive option for young people. Our marketing team with all its advertising, hospitality events and theme nights is doing exactly that and getting some great results.” Also sponsorship is up at Alexandra Park including naming rights, advertising hoardings, and corporate sponsorship packages. While its functions centre hosts about 1,000 gatherings each year. He says the club’s relentless work to improve the prospects of racing is starting to be realised, helping to silence even the most pessimistic. He believes the construction of Alexandra Park’s new urban village development will make a huge difference to the sustainability and profile of the sport. “For me the apartment development is huge for us. Not only will the extra revenue enable the board to keep lifting the stakes and improving our facilities, but just think of all the extra exposure for harness racing. There will be literally hundreds of people living next to a live racing track, with many having spectacular views on Friday nights from their balconies. Not to mention the thousands of Aucklanders that will frequent all the new restaurants and cafes within the urban village.” In January, he was dubbed arguably the youngest person to ever hold such a role in harness racing history. Since then 27-year-old Regan Cotter says he’s worked hard to create an environment of openness and positivity. “I’m the go-to person for the owners, drivers, and trainers and am constantly liaising with all the different industry bodies. I’ve tried to instigate a culture where people can openly raise any issues with me and that’s working well. In our industry, it seems very easy for people to get negative, so I’m always keen to get ahead of that where I can.” Mr Cotter says open communication includes Alexandra Park sending out regular emails to its stakeholders and members and everyone working hard to better engage with what is an ageing industry.  The club’s latest initiative is to hold training seminars at the Franklin Park Training Centre, which Alexandra Park amalgamated with a few years ago to provide affordable full training facilities near Pukekohe. “As well as offering up opportunities for owners and trainers, we’re also working more closely with our junior drivers and getting them more involved in our Friday night operations. “That includes paying some of them to be the starter’s assistant, or to help with the judges or mobile drivers, with time-keeping or whatever needs to be done. It’s all about training up the next generation so we have enough skills and experience to keep running these Friday nights into the future.” Mr Cotter sits on the Youth Council for Harness Racing New Zealand – an initiative by the national body to also help meet the challenges an ageing industry presents. He says an array of subsidies and schemes to support those under 30 are now well advanced. As well as junior driver races every second meeting, another thing to draw attention recently was a Monte Saddle exhibition race where riders sat on the backs of trotters and were given a mobile start. He says Alexandra Park will look to deliver more exhibition races and entertainment drawcards to help make their Friday nights a more interesting proposition. It’s also no coincidence that Auckland Cup Day on 31 December is heavily promoted and catered for as a family day out. “We’re all about harness racing, with Alexandra Park’s board, management, and chief executive Dominique Dowding dedicated to ensuring harness racing has a strong and sustainable future right here in the middle of Auckland. “That’s why it’s critical this place is run as a business, and because it is Alexandra Park’s now getting some real runs on the board. At the same time, many in the harness racing industry are working better together, and believe me that’s no mean feat. All in all, there’s a lot to be positive about,” says Regan Cotter. For further information visit  

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:30pm Race 1 - Banner Of Art $2.40 just leads multi betting over Spirit Of Love $8.20 but is yet to attract any serious win money. Best backed on the win 'book' has been Carlaw Park $9.00 and Spirit Of Love $8.20.   Race 2 - My Generation $3.20 & Royal Lincoln $3.60 are the only runners wanted in multi betting.   Race 3 - He's Like The Wind $2.20 easily leads multi betting over Shay Scott $4.50.   Race 4 - A huge mover & easily the best backed runner on the card is the debut runner American Brave with the largest bets $700 at $15.00, $1,000 at $10.00, $1,500 at $7.50, $2,000 at $4.80 & $510 at $3.60. This is one plunge horse that the 'book' will be hoping doesn't live up to half of his name. Joint favourites at $3.30 Recco Lover $3.30 & Miss Keesha lead multi betting.           Race 5 - M T Pockets $5.00 leads win betting with Alta Shangri La $2.70 leading multi betting over the former.   Race 6 - Curlimore $14.00 - $9.50 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Aramis $3.30 - $3.00 has been well backed and easily leads win betting but easily the best backed in multi betting is Dance Time $2.50.    Race 8 - Yagunnakissmeornot $2.30 leads multi betting with the win 'book' quiet early.    Race 9 - No Doctor Needed $4.50 leads win betting over Northview Hustler $7.20 with Hug The Wind $4.10 easily leading multi betting.   Race 10 - The Crown Jewels $2.10 leads multi betting over Our Petite Lady $8.80.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

This week racing starts to hot up again with the Southland harness racing season kicking in on Sunday.. Last week was a quiet week but the ringaround still produced a couple of winners and several placegetters The best winning dividend was Run Boy Run at Kurow who payed $2.50 to win on the tote. There are three meetings programed this week with Addington on Thursday night, Auckland Friday night and Gore on Sunday.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Addington on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Rocknroll Nevin as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 1 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Glengarry Rose would be an eachway chance in Race 3 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Matau Gem as his best chance this week also in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim thinks that Van Laddie would be his best chance this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Idle Moose as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky thinks his best drive this week would be Rockaball at Addington in Race 7 Terry Chmiel - Terry is opting for Martin John as his best chance tonight in Race 9   Alexandra Park on Friday night Todd Macfarlane -  Todd is going for Banner Of Art this week as his best chance in Race 1 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks Royal Lincoln can win this race for David Butcher in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - says My Generation can go close to winning at Alexandra Park also in Race 2 Jay Abernethy - Jay says He's Like The Wind is his best chance this week at Alex Park in Race 3 John Curtin - John thinks No Doctor Needed is a good winning chance fresh up in Race 9   Gore on Sunday Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Scarlett Lane as his best drive this week in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew thinks his best drive would be Highview Justice at Gore in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Sam Galleon on Sunday in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Loretta Franco is a good winning chance at Gore in Race 4 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane thinks his bestd rive this week is Shawami Lass also in Race 4 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for No More Change as her best drive this week in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Martin McGuinness in Race 7 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best drive this week is Tas Man Bromac in Race 8 Craig Ferguson - Craig is going for Rocking Robyn as his best chance this week in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Idealistic Lass at Gore also in Race 9 Kirk Larsen - Kirk thinks his best chance this week is Arthur Lowe at Gore also in Race 9   Harnesslink Media

Alexandra Park is delighted to announce that a record number of harness racing 'Christmas At The Races' hospitality evenings will be held later this year, with eight dates now confirmed for November and December.  The popular Christmas At The Races events will take place on Fridays 17 and 24 November and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December as well as Thursday 30 November and Saturday 16 December. “We are so excited to be expanding these wonderful evenings, with people now also having a Thursday and Saturday option. They make for the perfect work Christmas party! However, we’re encouraging organisations not to sit back. History shows that our tickets sell fast, with many sold already,” says Danielle Upton, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. She says Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages, exciting harness racing, and an all-round fun night out. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy some live entertainment. “Not only are we providing more dates to choose from, but we’re giving people plenty of options when it comes to location, the type of hospitality package, and cost. “Larger groups can hire a whole room for a private function if they want. Plus we’re selling ‘premium package’ tables and individual tickets to the likes of our Top of the Park and Tasman Rooms. While from just $68 per person you can enjoy hospitality in the Rutherford or Hobson rooms. And we’re selling tickets for our lovely balcony tables, so there’s certainly something for everyone,” says Ms Upton. Regardless of the dining package people decide, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous Christmas-style buffet, says Alexandra Park Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt. “Believe me the food is delicious and plentiful. We get a lot of positive feedback which is not surprising given the huge effort our executive chef Richard Harrison puts into the menu. At the same time, there’s always plenty of atmosphere and some great viewing spots on offer to watch our harness racing under lights,” he says. Alexandra Park’s marketing campaign this year is aimed at those who have been tasked with organising their work Christmas party, with the message: ‘Everything you need, sorted with one booking’! Alexandra Park’s internationally-themed cuisine race nights continue with Thai Night on 22 September, and Tropical Nights on 13 and 27 October. For further information on Christmas At The Races and other upcoming events, or for bookings, please call (09) 631-1165, email or visit Joel Reichardt: (021) 786-034

Harness racing fixed odds report from Alexandra Park held last Friday.   From the nine races four 1st favourites and three 2nd favourites won so overall it was a good night for punters in most of the races . The 'book' managed to make a small profit for the night but if the 2nd placed favourites Max Phactor and Recco Lover had of won punters would have finished well ahead.   The biggest winning mover on the night was Pakipaki $3.20 - $2.00.     Race 1 - Parker opened $1.80 and closed $1.75 ($1.70 tote close) and was the worst result on the 'book' and was heavily backed in multi betting. The only other losing result was Tahlia Franco (4th) an opening $12.00 - $11.50 chance.    Race 2 - Valour Lustre opened at $17.00 and closed $18.00 ($19.80 tote close) and was the 'book's best result on the night. Easily the bast backed was Max Phactor (2nd) $2.90 -  $2.60.       Race 3 - Tehoro Hazel $4.50 - $3.80 ($4.20 tote close) wasn't wanted in early betting but was certainly well backed late and was the worst result for the 'book'. The only other losing result was The Crown Jewels (6th) $3.00 - $3.10.   Race 4 -  Marcy Runkle $4.20 - $3.80 ($4.20 tote close) was the late mover but was  a small winning result with the closing $1.90 - $1.85 favourite Recco Lover (2nd)  the only losing result.   Race 5 - Blood & Whisky (12th) a $13.00 - $10.00 opening chance was the worst result over the late mover He's Like The Wind (8th) $4.50 - $3.80 with the $3.00 - $4.00 ($4.30 tote close) winner Angus Burga a good result   Race 6 - The winner Three Kisses $3.90 (tote close $4.00) was a losing result for the 'book' but easily the worst result was Ultimate Angel (4th) $5.20     Race 7 - Majestic Ali $15.00 - $16.00 (tote close $17.10) was a good result with the $3.10 - $3.20 favourite Yagunnakissmeornot (4th) easily the worst result.   Race 8 - Dance Time $1.65 - $1.45 (tote close $1.40) was easily the best backed runner on the night and won like a closing $1.40 favourite should. The only other losing result was Minstrel Boy $16.00 - $12.50 (3rd).    Race 9 - The early money came for the winner Pakipaki $3.20 - $2.00 (tote close $2.00) and she kept taking money right up to post-time and was the 'book's' only losing result.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

A Monte Saddle qualifying trot was held at the Alexandra Park harness races on Friday night and drew a field of three starters. Meander With Pegasus trained by Jay Abernethy led all the way and held off the challenge of Cool Son in the straight to win by a half a head. Cool Son did well to get as close as he did after galloping at the start and losing a large stretch of ground. The race was run under Mobile conditions a rare sight for monte racing in this country.       MONTE SADDLE QUALIFYING TROT   Distance: 2200m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast       Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Trainer 1 1 Meander With Pegasus 1 fr 3-05.0 J H Abernethy 2 4 Cool Son U2 fr 3-05.0 J A Cole 3 3 Way To Go U1 fr 3-09.2 J H Abernethy Scratchings SCR 2 Speedy Earl 2       SCR 5 The Scruff U3             Margins: 1/2 head, 21 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-15.3 Last 800m: 61.4 Last 400m: 30.5     Harnesslink Media

Northern harness racing trainer Steve Telfer trained three winners last night at Alexandra Park giving him a share of the lead in this seasons trainers premiership. Three year old Parker (American Ideal - Pepper Potts) was Telfer's first winner in the first race of the night. After settling back in the running for driver David Butcher, Parker proved too strong when mounting a big run from the 600m and holding on to win by more than a length.  Rolleston owned Valour Lustre gave Telfer a double in the very next race. Valour Lustre a seven year old mare by McArdle, was previously trained in Canterbury by her owner Ivan Court. Court sent Valour Lustre up north in June and she has thrived, winning her last two races quite easily for driver Andre Poutama. Last night (Friday) she raced on the outer before springing out at the 400m and running a very quick 55.8 for her last 800m to hold off the favorite Max Phactor in the run home, Hot favorite Dance Time was Telfer's third winner of the night. A very well bred 3yo by Rock N Roll Heaven out of classy mare Time To Fly, Dance time is a half brother to four race winner Check In (Mach Three - Time To Fly) who is also trained by Telfer at his Papakura base. Dance Time won narrowly but well for driver David Butcher. He trailing for the majority of the race before angling wide on the turn and holding on to beat a fast finishing My Generation by a neck at the line.  Look for him to run in the feature 3yo races later in the year.       Harnesslink Media

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:15am Race 1 - The $1.80 favourite Parker is easily the best backed runner in multi betting with M T Pockets $6.00 - $5.00 best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 2 - Max Phactor $2.90 - $2.50 leads win betting with the largest bet $1,200 at the opening odds. Northview Hustler $4.00 - $3.80 is also attracting some early win support. Max Phactor is currently going 2 - 1 in multi tickets over Northview Hustler.   Race 3 - The Crown Jewels $3.00 easily leads multi betting.   Race 4 - Recco Lover $1.90 is second best backed runner on the race card in early multi betting and he just leads win betting over the filly Marcy Runkle $3.60. The only other runner attracting some win support is the debut runner Tamara Gold $7.00.   Race 5 - He's Like The Wind $4.20 and Angus Burga $3.10 are the only runners taking multi bets early with the former leading slightly.   Race 6 - Ultimate Angel $5.20 leads win betting with the $3.90 favourite Three Kisses leading multi betting over the former runner and Lambros $15.00.    Race 7 - Yagunnakismeornot $3.10 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 8 - Dance Time $1.60 is the only runner wanted here in win & multi betting & he is the best backed runner money and ticket wise in multi betting on the card early.           Race 9 - Pakipaki $3.20 - $2.30 is the best backed runner on the race card in early win betting and easily leads multi betting over Kaitlyn $3.50 & Opoutama $4.80.   The first five bets taken on opening in order were: R2 - Max Phactor $300 at $2.90 R1 - M T Pockets $200 at $6.00 R6 - Lambros $20 at $15.00 R6 - Ultimate Angel $200 at $5.20 R8 - Dance Time $300 at $1.65   Best backed runners early in multi betting in order are: R8 - Dance Time $1.60  R4 - Recco Lover $1.90  R1 - Parker $1.80  R9 - Pakipaki $2.30 R2 - Max Phactor $2.50 A $10 all-up multi on the above runners at the current odds would return you $314    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

It was a quiet week last week for the harness racing ringaround with three winners selected. Matthew Williamson had the best dividend last week when Alderbeck won at Oamaru on Sunday and paid $2.30 to win on the tote. More winter racing for the ringaround this week but the quietest week of the year with only two meetings programmed. Auckland Trotting Club hold their first meeting of the season at Alexandra Park on Friday night, as do Rangiora who are racing on Sunday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Auckland at Alexandra Park on Friday night. John Curtin - says Parker can win again at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - is going for Tehoro Hazel at Alexandra Park in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Marcy Runkle is his best drive tonight in Race 4 Jay Abernethy - Jay says He's Like The Wind is his best chance this week in Race 5 Kyle Marshall - Kyle thinks his best chance this week could be Danke also in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Ardent Lustre as his best drive tonight in Race 8 Todd Macfarlane -  Todd says Kaitlyn would be his best drive this week in Race 9   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Bettor Backim is a chance at good value in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says her best drive this week would be Speedy Mach in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim is opting for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Bella Veloce as his best chance this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair thinks that Turkish Trousers is his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Sam Galleon would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - says Supreme Banner can go close to winning at Rangiora in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Redwood Invasion would be his best chance in Race 8 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Medusa also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

Hughies Sister is nothing like her big brother – the 2015 Auckland Cup runner-up, Hughie Green, but it appears they do possess one thing in common - their mother’s ability to pace. That’s the opinion of her new co-trainer Gareth Hughes. As of August 1, the 31-year-old officially joined forces with his father Brian (Bunty) at Ardmore. He has, however, been working alongside him for much of his life. The Bunty Hughes trained Alta Serena was a multiple Group One winning mare, who won 21 races and $593,618. Hughie Green is her third and most successful foal with 11 wins here and four in Australia (A$227,438). His full Art Major sister, Hughies Sister (foal number five), won effortlessly the right-handed way around at the Pukekohe Workouts yesterday (Tuesday). The Hughes’ trained filly was having her first start as a three-year-old. Hughes (Gareth) liked his first sniff of victory with his father – albeit a low key winter workout.  “She couldn’t be more different to her older brother. For one, she’s not as big, and two she also has a completely different nature. She’s kinder. “The filly is a real work in progress. Every time she has stepped off the track she has gone better. She has a lot of stamina and tries hard, which is encouraging. That’s all we can ask for,” Hughes said. Driver, Josh Dickie, trailed with Hughies Sister and they were then three-deep before going to sit parked at the 800m. They then cruised home to win the maiden 2050m mobile by a length stopping the clock in 2:41.7 (mile rate 2:06.9) and came home in 60.6 and 28.2. Hughies Sister qualified 1.3 seconds under time (left handed) at Pukekohe on November 26. Hughes said she would finally make her race-night debut at Alexandra Park on August 25. He hopes by then he will have officially trained his first winner. Hughes and his father have two horses nominated for Friday’s first meeting of 2017-2018 at Alexandra Park, and he thought either of them could break his duck. Tony Herlihy (MNZM) will drive Marcy Runkle from gate five in race four, while Todd Macfarlane will steer Kaitlyn from barrier three in the last of the nine races. “I think they are both good each-way chances. It would be a great way to kick off our training career together if either, or both of them won. “It’s a bit of an honour to be training with Dad. He’s taught me a lot over the years and given me a lot of confidence with the horses. He’s also put a fair bit of trust in me. Not many people get to work with their fathers. It’s a privilege,” Hughes said. The well-bred Marcy Runkle (Mach Three - Pullover Brown) should start one of the favourites after finishing fourth and then second (both from gate one) at Alexandra Park on July 14 and 21. Both of those starts were over the 1700m mobile and the step up to 2200m should suit her nicely. Kaitlyn can also go close in the $14,500 NISBA Winter Bonus Fillies & Mares Pace. Her only win came on the track and over Friday’s distance back in November - when she also drew the ace. Her most recent form-line of 2-2-4 says it all really in what looks a match-race with the Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson trained Pakipaki (Philip Butcher), who has drawn three spots wider at six (of seven). Duane Ranger

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