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The days of consolation races look over for Luke John. And that means stepping up against the best three-year-olds around for the Christmas carnival at Alexandra Park next month. The son of Mach Three made it three wins in his last four starts with his most professional victory yet against older rivals at Alexandra Park on Friday night. He worked to the lead early for Tony Herlihy and had an in-form pacer in Jack Ryan covered around the home bend and won like a horse heading places. That means stepping into the big time, something he only just missed three starts ago. Luke John was an emergency for the Sales Series Pace, the delayed two-year-old version, won by Krug in September but won the consolation that night instead. Now as a horse set to be rated in the 60s band the days of consolations are over and that suits Shane Robertson, who not only owns a share in Luke John but trains him in partnership with Logan Hollis. “That is his big goal now, the three-year-old Sales Series Final on New Years Eve,” says Robertson. “He can head there via the Alabar Classic a couple of weeks earlier so he is up against the best ones now.” Robertson and his fellow owners have had some tasty offers for Luke John but he remains with them and their timing may well prove to be ideal. While races like the Sales Series and Alabar are always tough to win they may lack some of the biggest names this season after the delayed and elongated two-year-old divisions so exactly who of the Canterbury stars makes it north is still unsure. Regardless of what happens in December, Luke John looks to have a good future because staying looks more his forte so it would surprise to see him not in at least of the Derbys in the second half of the season. Whether he is the stable star for Robertson and Hollis will be a good battle in itself over the summer as they have Christianshavtime back at the workout on Saturday and he looks an open class horse in the making. “We think he will make his way there but maybe not next month,” says Robertson. “We we aren’t aiming him at the Auckland Cup this year, but those sort of races will be the plan all going well next season.”
 One horse who looks certain to be in that Auckland Cup is South Coast Arden, who made it three wins from four starters this season winning Friday’s main race off a 25m handicap. He was sent on a searching mid-race run by trainer-driver Brent Mangos and held out Dina Brown late, pacing 3:22 for the 2700m amended. With his only defeat this term having comes at the hooves of Copy That, South Coast Arden could take plenty of catching for any horses chasing him off handicaps over the Christmas carnival. The night’s other feature went to Sertorius in the main trot, making it back to back wins after sitting parked and outstaying stablemate Tricky Ric.   By Michael Guerin

Welcome to the Harness Analyst segment where we preview all the harness meetings with tips and selections for all races. Harness racing hits Alexandra Park today with a nine race program starting at 6:19pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a massive day of racing. The content and data on this page is provided for informational purposes only   Alexandra Park selections 20th November 2020 Best Bet: R9 General Montana Best Value:  R3 Sing To Me   Race 1 Bettor Twist big win over these horses last start and repeat is on the cards here. Should run  first or second.…… Darling Me top run for second last start and better draw here. Should fill the quinella with the stablemate..… Ariella has been disappointing and only running for place money here……Enjoy Me nice win fresh but a big jump in class here. Place chances best Selections:  Bettor Twist (3),   Darling Me (2),   Ariella (1)   Enjoy Me (4)   Race 2 Luke John racing back into form against top fields . Can run top three here from the draw and top selection.……. Emmber plenty of ability but drawn wide. Track will suit and winning claims here at nice odds …… Vespa disappointing last start after a gallop but better than that. Drawn well and can run top three…… Jack Ryan getting fitter with racing and has been racing better fields. Always running on just needs to be put in the race to place here…… Selections:  Luke John (4),   Jack Ryan (7),   Vespa (1),   Emmber (8)   Race 3 Sing To Me running good races but tricky draw. Liked here at nice odds….. Ruby Mach respect the stable and gets a nice draw to work with. One of the leading chances in this field  ….. May Delight tidy run last week and draw will help. Can run in the top three…. Shezadeal nice draw and not the worst in this field. Place chances best….  Selections:   Sing To Me (8),  Ruby Mach (4),   May Delight (1),  Shezadeal  (3)   Race 4 Lexi T good draw to work with and an easier field than last start. Winning claims here with manners ….. Natty Pagger better draw and will go forward early. Can run top three in this field….. Sir Henry Castleton has the game to beat a field like this and good third two starts ago. Needed….. Rosie running on last start and seems reliable at the start. Can run top three here Selections:   Lexi T (2),   Natty Pagger (9),   Sir Henry Castleton (5),   Rosie (6)   Race 5 Franco Nandor conditions suit here and he has had a freshen up. Good winning claims at nice money.…. Pocket Book disappointing last start but give another chance. Should be thereabouts and at good odds…… Apieceoflou tricky draw but looks to have the measure of most of this field on ability. Can win with a cart into the race… Smokinhotcheddar a bit in or out with form but has the ability and drawn for a run through early. One for longer odds Selections:  Franco Nandor (7),   Apieceoflou (11),   Smokinhotcheddar (10),   Pocket Book (6)   Race 6 Tricky Ric has been running ok races and had a freshen up. Hard to beat in this field if he can find the front early….. Peakz Luck running on ok last start and should appreciate the inside draw. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Presidential Jewel good draw and good beginner. Look for her to be in the trail and can run top three…. Xebec getting back into top form and manners the only concern. Can win if he trots all the way….  Selections:   Tricky Ric (4),  Xebec (6),   Presidential Jewel (2),  Peakz Luck (1)   Race 7 South Coast Arden has been running big races and handicap should be no bother. Hard to beat in this field if close enough on the home turn….. Lady Cherokee got back at Cambridge last start but driver change and drawn well. One of the leading chances at nice money  ….. Callie's Delight good win last start and good beginner. Look for her to be near the front in the running and can run top three…. Dina Brown getting back into top form but first standing start. Can run top three with manners….  Selections:   Lady Cherokee (2),  South Coast Arden (7),   Callie's Delight (6),  Dina Brown (5)   Race 8 Special Way likely to head for the front and and will be very hard to beat with a safe getaway. Good winning chance….. Cepheus likes to race near the lead but tricky draw. Racing well and can run top three ….. Play Footsie has been disappointing recently but good draw and will be running on. Can place at nice odds…. Crazy has trialled ok but manners a worry. Not the worst at good odds if he brings his a-game…..  Selections:   Special Way (2),   Cepheus (7),   Play Footsie (1),   Crazy (5)   Race 9 General Montana likely to head for the front and will start a short favourite here. Should win….. Outlaw Man has been running good races and should be a top three player here from the draw….. Jimmy The Irishman  a good second last start and can go on with it. Include…. Jaccka Lucas runs the odd good race but place chances best here….. Selections:   General Montana (6),   Outlaw Man  (2),   Jimmy The Irishman  (4),   Jaccka Lucas (5)   Harnesslink Media

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Cambridge trainer Ross Paynter took two horses north to Alexandra Park’s meeting on Friday night and he almost went home with the perfect result. Expensive Crumpet started the night in perfect fashion when winning the Dunstan Speedfeed Summer Series Trot (2200m). The daughter of Quaker Jet made a slow but solid start and driver David Butcher was able to find a handy position four back on the fence before securing the one-one behind Tobruk. Butcher asked her to improve three-wide turning for home and Expensive Crumpet was able to run over the top of her rivals to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Tobruk, with a further 1-1/2 lengths back to Rosie in third. Paynter was pleased with the result and said he was relatively confident heading into the race despite his charge breaking last start. “It was on the cards,” Paynter said. “She had been racing really well. “David drove her perfectly. She probably should have won last start, she was getting a nice trip, that’s when she tapped a knee and had a gallop. “Her runs before that were pretty good really.” Later on the card, stablemate Anditover nearly caused an upset when going down by just over a head to Sertorius in the Hydroflow Handicap Trot (2200m). Paynter was pleased to see Anditover put it all together on Friday night after breaking at the Auckland track when first-up a fortnight ago. “It was really good because the first run back he had a little gallop out of the gates, so we didn’t really get a race under his belt at all,” Paynter said. “He was probably just short of a run tonight but he went well. He sat outside the leader for a good majority of it and only went down by just over a head (in third). “He just keeps coming. He is a real little stayer and tries his guts out. He is a pretty handy horse when he is right.” The five-win gelding will now be set for some targets over the Christmas-New Year period, while Paynter said Expensive Crumpet will likely head to the spelling paddock. “We may give Expensive Crumpet a break because there are some nice mares races coming up later in the year, so if we don’t give her a break soon she probably won’t get one,” Paynter said. “We plan to aim Anditover for Christmas racing with the better stakes. He should be coming into his own by then.”

Trainer Steven Reid is hoping the aggression of a rival can gift Shes No Lady a winning shot in the $120,000 Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championship at Alexandra Park tonight. Shes No Lady has a habit of being in the right place at the right time, winning the juvenile filly of the year title last season because she won the only major fillies race staged before Covid hit. She was also in the right place last week when she was able to lead and outsprint many of the fillies she meets tonight, including Bettor Twist, in the final heat of this series. But she also has the motor to make the most of good fortune, with driver Zac Butcher suggesting to Reid after last Friday’s win he has now a very good filly on his hands. What does worry Reid is barrier one on the second line, which could led to a perfect trail or being pushed back. That is where Reid hopes aggressive driver Andre Poutama inadvertently helps. Poutama trains and drives Ideal Sports Girl who has drawn the ace, meaning She No Lady follows her out from the mile start point. Last week Ideal Sports Girl showed great speed before Shes No Lady wrested that back off her and Poutama is a driver rarely scared to roll the dice. “Andre knows how to rate them in front and I am sure his filly has the speed to lead,” explains Reid. “So then our fate might be in his hands a little. If he stays in front and runs a long then I think our filly has a real chance. “But if he chooses to take a trail, which of course he has every right to do, then we might be giving some good horses a start from three back.” Those good horses Reid refers to are all from the Purdon/Rasmussen stable with Darling Me, Bettor Twist and What’s Your Secret all impressive here last Friday. The All Stars rate Bettor Twist their tougher filly but Darling Me the more brilliant at this stage and if the latter can run to the front early from barrier seven then she will probably win on a track where her mother Adore Me starred so often. But if the front liners burn too hard early then the race will set up for Bettor Twist and/or Shes No Lady. Reid’s other big chance tonight in Star Galleria also faces what looks a bad draw in the main pace on all mile night but it should prove irrelevant. The former Auckland Cup placegetter only faces five rivals in race nine and should be able to cross them at the start because he is so quick off the gate. From there he should win. “Toddy (Mitchell) is back driving him because I tore my hamstring and I won’t give him exact instructions but I’d expect him to be able to cross if he wants to.” Star Galleria is likely having his last start in New Zealand tonight as he is booked to fly to Sydney in 10 days to join the all-conquering Craig Cross stable, where the mainly mobile mile racing should suit him. While mile racing at Alexandra Park, with its short run to the first bend, would seem to set up for those drawn well that hasn’t been the case at the all-mile nights staged over the last 18 months, with horses able to overcome all sorts of draws. That could also be the case in the open trot where Credit Master has drawn the outside of the front line but looked very happy bolting in here last week on a track that used to trip him up. — Courtesy of NZ Herald   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Andre Poutama will be hoping to live every trainer’s dream when he lines-up Ideal Sports Girl in the Gr.1 Magness Benrow Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championship Mobile Pace (1609m) at Alexandra Park on Friday. It will be the young trainer’s first tilt at Group One glory and he may have the horsepower to produce an upset result in the Auckland feature. Ideal Sports Girl takes a solid form line into the race, having won two of her last three races and placed last start behind Friday rival Shes No Lady at Alexandra Park last week. The daughter of Sportswriter burnt off the gate to secure an early lead in that race and was then given a perfect trip in the trail before running on to finish third. She has drawn the ace barrier on Friday and Poutama is hoping she can get a similar run from that position. “She has always had great gate speed,” Poutama said. “I knew she would be able to get off and cross them and I planned to get a bit of cover, so it worked out well. “The plan is to get a similar trip on Friday and she can definitely finish in the top four from the trail again. “I know she is going to be able to get off the gate, it’s just a matter of who to hand to.” Poutama is looking forward to Friday and said it is a rewarding feeling to be competing in a Group One with a horse he has handled since a yearling. “It’s exciting,” he said. “I have pretty much had her from day one. I broke her in, so it’s good to have taken her all the way through to a Group One. “It was a bit of a buzz the first time she won at Cambridge and then she came out and won another one. “Even if she came in the top four I would be pretty rapt.” Ideal Sports Girl had three starts as a juvenile for a placing on debut and Poutama said her COVID-19 enforced break from racing really helped to bring her on. “She came up well as a two-year-old and had a couple of races, but just took a bit of time. She has still got a little bit of growing to do,” Poutama said. “The time off definitively helped her and she just seems to be getting better and better.” Poutama will also line-up Rastasburn in the McGregor Bailey Chartered Accountants Mobile Trot (1609m) and Smokinhotcheddar in the United Cleaning Services Mobile Pace (1609m). “Smokinhotcheddar has got a lot of ability,” he said. “She has just got to get it all right. She just had a bit of a skip last week where the mobile is parked and I think she just had a look at the tyre marks and jumped out at it. “The times that she has been running around at Auckland are good enough to say she can win another one. She sat parked to win her maiden and she did that pretty comfortably, she just needs to do it properly, she has definitely got the speed. “With Rastasburn you never know what he is going to do. He is a head scratcher. We have changed his work a lot and hopefully that will help him. He is just on trust really.”

Just metres into the Sires’ Stakes Trot Championships on Friday driver Tony Herlihy looked down and knew he was in trouble. The tyre on the inside sulky wheel behind his exceptional trotter Bolt For Brilliance was going flat. “I couldn’t believe, it started straight after the start and I thought, well this is about the only way he could get beat,” lamented Herlihy. But 2000m later concern turned into joyous disbelief as Bolt For Brilliance was still able to wear down a truly talented rival in Cracker Hill, trotting his last 800m in 54.6 for one of the more remarkable trotting wins seen at The Park in recent years. That Bolt For Brilliance could trot that sort of time to win proves he is a top class horse who should win an open class group one. But the fact he could do with the inner tube coming out of the tire and then seizing up the wheels, more seriously from the 800m mark, was the performance of a special horse. “I don’t think I have ever had that happen and still win before,” said Herlihy, our most successful ever driver. “Nothing happened to him at the start, it just started going down and I thought we were in trouble. “We were a bit lucky that it didn’t really come off the rim and wedge into the sulky frame until the 800m but when they are trotting that sort of time it is incredible to think he could still win.” It simply confirmed what two recent national records have suggested, that Bolt For Brilliance is not only the best of this four-year-old crop but potentially one day the best trotter in Australasia. He will now go for a spell, missing Cup week, and be aimed at the National Trot at Alexandra Park on New Years Eve. He was the King of the Park on a night when the young fillies provided the other highlights. Shes No Lady won the final heat of the delayed juvenile fillies Sires’ Stakes, using her gate speed to lead and hold a brave Bettor Twist at bay. “I know the draw helped but Zac (Butcher, driver) came back and said she felt like a good horse tonight,” said co-trainer Steven Reid. “And that gives us confidence heading into the final and what could be a long season ahead for these fillies.” Darling Me was allowed to bypass the heat to race in a grade race and she was brilliant pacing her last 400m in 26.5 seconds to beat former stablemate Nevada. “They are very different type of fillies,” said trainer Mark Purdon. “Bettor Twist might be tougher and Darling Me have more high speed.” Later in the night South Coast Arden overcame a tricky trip to stamp himself as an open class horse by downing Star Galleria and On The Cards in the 2200m mobile. He was crossed out of the gate, not because of lack of gate speed but because he got too keen, forcing Brent Mangos to take hold of him. That saw him settle three back on the inner and there was some hairy moments for those who backed him into favouritism but he muscled his way into the clear at the 400m and was simply too good for the more established stars. Mangos had toyed with the idea of making a late payment to get South Coast Arden into the New Zealand Cup but with the four-year-old only really looking up to this grade in the last two weeks the final late payment is now prohibitive. “So he will probably stay up here where he is racing so well,” said Mangos.   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    A burgeoning rivalry is forming between top four-year-old trotters Bolt For Brilliance and Cracker Hill. Bolt For Brilliance beat Cracker Hill in the Gr.1 2YO Ruby Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway last year and he once again came out on top last week at Alexandra Park when lowering the national record for the 2200m mobile to 2:39.6 when winning the Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Final Mobile Trot (2200m). The pair will meet again at Alexandra Park on Friday night in the Gr.2 Haras de Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship Mobile Trot (2200m). Cracker Hill’s trainer and driver Brad Williamson was pleased with the gelding’s last start performance and he is hoping for another bold showing on Friday. “He seems to have come through it well,” Williamson said. “He has been eating up well, is looking well, and has trained on well. “Fingers-crossed he goes as good as he did last time. “They lowered the New Zealand record so it was a super performance.” Bolt For Brilliance will be vying for his fifth consecutive win on Friday but Williamson is hoping Cracker Hill can spoil his party. “With the form that he (Bolt For Brilliance) is in he is clearly the one to beat,” Williamson said. “Whether or not we can turn the tables on him I am not sure. We are just hoping we can get ahead of him on the line. “Cracker Hill is in the race with a chance, but Bolt For Brilliance will certainly be hard to beat.” Williamson has enjoyed his time up in Auckland with Cracker Hill, but he is looking forward to heading back to Oamaru after Friday’s assignment in preparation for the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All (1980m). “I have been up here with the horse the whole way through and I have been staying at Josh and John Dickie’s,” Williamson said. “They have got a state of the art training facility, so we are pretty lucky to be able to call on them when we come up here. “Cracker Hill will head home after Friday and his next start will be the free-for-all on Cup Day, that’s the main target for him. “With his gate speed he is well suited to sprint mobile racing, so if he got a good draw I think he will be a good each-way chance.” Williamson is in his fourth season of training and he said it is great to have a horse of Cracker Hill’s quality in his barn so early in his career. “It’s good to have a horse like him,” he said. “Those nice races are the ones we all want to be in and good horses are quite hard to find, so I am quite lucky to have one.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Alexandra Park tonight with a ten race program starting at 6:19pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races tonight for Alexandra Park.   Race 1 Luke John has been very good his last couple and small field helps. Winning claims in this field and top selection.……General Montana third last start in a stronger field. Likely to go forward and can win with a soft lead.… Captain Nemo  ok last start but will have to come from back in the field. Can place…….. Colin Bromac stuck on ok last start and will be improved. Place chances best Selections:  Luke John (4),   General Montana (3),   Captain Nemo  (5),    Colin Bromac (6)   Race 2 What's Your Secret has been racing top fields and gets in well here. Should be winning this……. Outlaw Man has ability but tricky draw. Good place chance at nice odds in this field……    Shanlou first starter with ok trial form. Trainer has a good strike rate with his starters…… Bettor Listen has not been showing much lately but better than that. Could surprise in what is an even field behind the favourite Selections:  What's Your Secret (5),   Outlaw Man (8),   Shanlou (3),   Bettor Listen (11)   Race 3 Kimkar Dash has been running good races against better fields and nice finish here last week. Hard to beat here….. Peakz Luck another dropping down in grade with good form. One of the leading chances in the race  ….. Lady Be Good draw not great but she has a ton of ability. Winning claims with no mistakes early…. Emma Frost conditions should suit here with a good draw to work with and a driver change. Running on last start and good chance at nice odds. Selections:   Kimkar Dash (12),   Peakz Luck (11),   Emma Frost (4),   Lady Be Good (7)   Race 4 Down The Hatch looks ready to go this week and impeccable formline. Top winning chance and over the odds again….. Mr Fantastic top win last start and he should land near the leaders early. Include in this lineup.. Christianshavtime racing well against stronger fields but tricky draw. Major player with a cart into the race before the home turn…. Dina Brown good form against similar fields. Will be hard to beat with luck in the running Selections:   Down The Hatch (1),   Mr Fantastic (4),   Christianshavtime (11),   Dina Brown (6)   Race 5 Bettor Twist top form in the south against strong fields. Should be winning this…… Ariella drawn to stay handy but has been a bit disappointing. Watch the tote but has winning claims… Avana getting better with racing but terrible draw. Top three player if she can get close to the leaders before the home turn turn…          Shes No Lady good draw and racing ok against similar fields. Can upset with a trail in the race. Selections:  Bettor Twist (8),   Shes No Lady (1),   Avana (12),   Ariella (2)   Race 6 Bolt For Brilliance in top form and beat these same horses comfortably last start. Looks the winner….. Cracker Hill getting better with racing and likely leader early. Quniella looks on the cards with the favourite…… Ultimate Stride looks to have a big motor but running for place money here against the two big guns .… Midnight Dash in a nice patch of form and another top four placing looks his best chance Selections:  Bolt For Brilliance (4),   Cracker Hill (2),   Ultimate Stride (5),   Midnight Dash (3)   Race 7 Darling Me has good southern form and this looks a winnable race for her. Should run first or second ……. Taipo going ok and gets an ok draw. Could surprise at good money here.… Nevada not great the last couple against top opposition but has been freshened. Can run top three. Jack Ryan stable respect but manners a concern. Has claims with no mistakes Selections:  Taipo (5),   Darling Me (2),  Nevada (3),  Jack Ryan (4)   Race 8 Pretty Majestic battled last start but in a strong field and getting fitter. Good stats on the track and good winning chance……. Invictus big run to win last start but manners a concern. Can run top three with a swift beginning and a fast pace..… Kay Cee has been racing better fields and top three finish looks on the cards if she goes forward early. Include….. Credit Master better than most of these but 40m handicap a worry. Could provide an upset if he gets a good run in transit. Selections:  Pretty Majestic (7),   Credit Master (8),   Kay Cee (6)    Invictus (2)   Race 9 Dance Time mobile specialist with a good draw. Over the odds and can place……. Gambit gets the front row draw and better placed here. Can upset if they go hard all the way and paying great money..… Star Galleria disappointing last start but better than that. Should be running on at the finish and can win….. On The Cards outside draw but has gate speed and the ability to win a race like this. Give one more chance Selections:  Dance Time (2),   Gambit (4),   Star Galleria (5)    On The Cards (6)   Race 10 Constellation good second against a similar field last start and drawn to get a good run. Can win…. Cyber Attack manners are a concern but looks the winner with a safe getaway...… Dolly P has ability but needs to trot all the way to be a major player here. Needed ….. Just Plain Lucky has been slow away in most of his races. Top four chance with manners. Selections:  Constellation (2),   Cyber Attack (8),   Dolly P (6)    Just Plain Lucky (5)   Harnesslink Media

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Joshua Dickie’s Clevedon Barn has been a popular northern base for a number of southern raiders of late and two of them will be hoping to take home some northern riches on Friday night. The Brad Williamson-trained Cracker Hill and Phil Williamson-trained Ultimate Stride have settled in well at Dickie’s and will contest the Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Final Mobile Trot (2200m) at Alexandra Park. “They have settled in like they have been here before,” Dickie said. “They are good doing horses and they trialled really well at Pukekohe last week. They both seem really well.” Dickie will take the reins behind four-year-old entire Ultimate Stride who takes a picket fence form line into Friday’s contest. “He has won his last seven, with a couple of them being Group One races,” Dickie said. “He is pretty tough. I got a good feel of him last Friday at the workouts. He is a horse Phil thinks a lot of and he has given him a big rap which gives you a lot of confidence.” While Dickie is looking forward to getting in the cart behind the southern raider on Friday, he is excited about the prospects of a couple of his own runners at Alexandra Park. In form trotter Mexicana will be vying to make it back-to-back wins when she lines-up in the Happy Birthday Trevor Casey Lone Star Handicap Trot (2200m). The daughter of Muscle Mass had four prior placings from as many starts and Dickie expects another bold showing from the filly after drawing the one marble. “She has trained on well,” he said. “I expect a good run. It’s only her second look at the tape, but she is pretty sensible. If she trots away she should be hard to beat. “It is a bit tricky when you do draw one, being the first to turn in, but she has got a good head on her shoulders.” It will be Mexicana’s final hit-out before joining Luke McCarthy’s stable ahead of a Breeders Crown campaign. “She is quite a nice trotter who is off to Melbourne next week to take on some races over there,” Dickie said. “She has got the Redwood Classic on November 1 and then a Breeders Crown heat and all going well the Breeders Crown Final later in November.” With COVID-19 travel restrictions in place Dickie is unable to head to Australia, but he believes she will suit McCarthy’s barn. “It’s disappointing, but you can’t do a lot about it with the current circumstances,” Dickie said. “I would have loved to be taking her over and driving her over there, but it’s not going to happen this year unfortunately.” Later on the Alexandra Park card, Dickie will line-up Kay Cee and Daisy Hill in the Majestic Son at Alabar Handicap Trot (2200m). “Kay Cee is going really well,” Dickie said. “He is just genuine and ran third to Bolt For Brilliance last start. He was last turning for home and was the only one to make ground to run third. “He trotted a great post-to-post time and the race suits him. Starting off 30m and Temporale has got to give him an extra 25m, so that should make it a bit better for us. “He is a real trier that horse, he never goes a bad race. He will give another good sight.” Dickie holds more reserved expectations with Daisy Hill who finished unplaced last start after a couple of victories. “Daisy Hill was disappointing last start,” he said. “We have treated her for a few things since then, but she hasn’t line-up for over a month now. Her form prior to that was really good. “She is a trotter that if you catch her on the right night she has got a lot of ability, but she just has a few issues. “She is good enough to trot away and make it hard for the rest of them. She is really tough. I am pretty happy with her progress since that last run.” Meanwhile, Dickie is hoping maiden trotter Cyber Attack brings his manners on Friday when he lines-up in the Peak At Alabar Trot (2200m) after galloping away at Cambridge last weekend. “Cyber Attack let me down on Saturday night,” Dickie said. “He blew the start to bits. He is just learning and will take a few runs I think. “He trotted really well at Auckland when he ran second. He is a horse to keep following. Once he works it out he should do a nice job. “There is another maiden in there that goes really well (Mountain Mass), one of Tony Cameron’s, it should be the one to beat. “But if Cyber Attack trots away he should get some money.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Alexandra Park tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:29pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races tonight for Alexandra Park.   Alexandra Park Friday 9th October 2020 Race 1 Mountain Mass has a decent motor and trials and workouts say he should be running top three here. Will start favourite…… Constellation getting fitter with racing and has raced well in similar fields in the past. Can win if close enough on the turn ..… Cyber Attack forget last start as he galloped away. Chance to atone with no mistakes……..Ruby Ridge needs to bring her a-game but good enough to place in this field if she does things right early. Selections:  Mountain Mass (2),   Constellation (4),   Cyber Attack (3),    Ruby Ridge (5)   Race 2 Down The Hatch draw suits and really good form. Over the odds here and hard to beat……. Eastanbull getting fitter with racing and mobile will suit. One of the better chances in this field from the draw…… Ferritts Sister no luck last start but has gate speed and should land close to the lead. Could surprise at nice money…… Marathon Man building up a good run of form and has winning claims here with a good run in transit. Selections:  Down The Hatch (2),   Eastanbull (1),   Ferritts Sister (5),   Marathon Man (6)   Race 3 Taipo tricky draw but has a decent motor. Looks a good winning chance in this field if he goes forward early….. Bettor Listen good second last start and a good chance to go one better here. Needed….. Apieceoflou knocked over on the turn last start and has been racing well in strong fields. Top three player in this race…. Mia Ragazza tidy draw and has been ok at trials. Must be included. Selections:   Taipo (8),   Bettor Listen (7),   Apieceoflou (10),   Mia Ragazza (4)   Race 4 Mexicana drawn to lead and can win if he can find the front. Top selection….. Lexi T tricky draw but likely to begin well. Can win if close enough on the turn….. Uncle Louis running ok races but manners not great. Not the worst and has winning claims with no mistakes …. Emma Frost has been competitive in similar fields. Place chances best here Selections:   Mexicana (1),   Uncle Louis (13),   Lexi T (7),   Emma Frost (4)   Race 5 Bad To The Bone easy win last start and front row draw here. Should run top three with luck in the running…… Kango racing well against strong fields and tidy formline. Should be in or near the top three from the draw… American Dealer tricky draw but race form good against the best age group. Needed here..… Christianshavtime should get a run through from the draw and good win last start. Go again Selections:  Bad To The Bone (6),   Kango (1),   American Dealer (7),   Christianshavtime (10)   Race 6 Bolt For Brilliance top trotting gelding who won easily last start running down a Rowe Cup winner. Top selection here.….. Cracker Hill reportedly not as good the Auckland way around but still a big chance here and he could be the early leader. Can win…… Ultimate Stride picket fence formline and a big motor. Adds to the puzzle..… Midnight Dash form is good against the best horses. Third or fourth looks his lot here Selections:  Bolt For Brilliance (2),   Cracker Hill (3),   Ultimate Stride (4),  Midnight Dash (1)   Race 7 Copy That best horse in the race who should win this. Top selection……. Mach Shard could give the favourite some cheek if he found the front early. Standing start his forte ….. Star Galleria running on well late last start but probably running for place money only here….. Triple Eight getting better with racing but needs to get handy to show his true class. Place chances best Selections:  Copy That (4),   Mach Shard (5),   Star Galleria (8)    Triple Eight (6)   Race 8 Kimkar Dash racing ok and drawn the front. Top three player here at nice odds……. Kay Cee good form in similar fields and has winning claims..… Daisy Hill has been solid in similar races and conditions suit. Winning claims with manners….. Lady Be Good good win last start but up in grade here. Place chances best here. Selections:  Kimkar Dash (6),   Daisy Hill (8),   Kay Cee (10)    Lady Be Good (2)   Race 9 Millwood Billie good win two starts ago and might try for the front early here. Can win with leading tactics……. Sky Delight good draw and might get a cosy run on the fence. Can win from there...… Mr Fantastic racing well in strong fields and has winning claims from the fence draw. Needed….. Romanee has the draw to suit and has been freshened. Can place at good money Selections:  Millwood Billie (8),   Sky Delight 1),   Mr Fantastic (9)    Romanee (12)   Race 10 Chablis big on ability and drawn ok here. Top three player at nice odds……. Captain Nemo these conditions suit and runs have been better than they look on paper. Can win and might start favourtie here..… Happy Place has performed well in similar fields in the past and drawn well. Good winning claims….. Kayla Maguire wide draw but up from Canterbury and has gate speed. Upset chance here Selections:  Chablis (1),   Captain Nemo (9),   Happy Place (4)    Kayla Maguire (7)   Harnesslink Media

Rather than be worried about the tougher task Cracker Hill faces at Alexandra Park this Friday young trainer Brad Williamson says he is excited by it. Williamson and his exciting machine take on just four rivals in the $85,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Trot on Friday night but it is still one of the most anticipated races of the season so far. Not only has Cracker Hill looked open class material but so have all of his rivals, particularly Bolt For Brilliance and Ultimate Stride, trained by Williamson’s father Phil. And Cracker Hill has been potentially been the biggest loser out of the Sales Series Trot being moved because of Covid. “Had this race been run back when it was supposed to be I think it would have been a bit easier,” laughs Brad. “Ultimate Stride wouldn’t have been ready for it and back then I think my horse was going better than Bolt For Brilliance back in April/May. “But I think it is great for racing and for trotting to see five good horses but especially three that are already proven in open class.” Williamson has been looking after Ultimate Stride for his father alongside Cracker Hill in the north where they are stabled with Josh Dickie, who will catch driver Ultimate Stride this Friday. “We took them both to the workouts at Pukekohe last Friday and while we only gave them a quiet run they were both good and finished alongside each other. “They both handled right handy ok and I think it won’t bother them this week.” Williamson is confident Cracker Hill will have the gate speed to cross to the lead early and says that is crucial because being his first time right-handed he wants him on the marker pegs. “That will be a big help and I won’t be scared to stay in front if we get there. “I have huge respect for all the others but if we are in front and they come and beat us, so be it.” The race will be a hard one for bookies to line up as Cracker Hill would have been favourite six weeks ago but Bolt For Brilliance has been outstanding lately. The question will be whether he has any gate speed and if not whether he can come from behind the southerners. Friday’s meeting also hosts the Holmes D G, with the likes of Copy That and Mach Shard and will be the first Alexandra Park meeting in two months to have the crowds back on track. With Auckland moving to Level 1 on Thursday racing effectively has no restrictions so owners and the public can attend all meetings of all codes. Racing officials and the public will be hoping that continues for a long, long time. Like forever.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    Northern reinsman Josh Dickie has landed the sought after drive on trotting star Ultimate Stride ahead next month’s most anticipated match up in trotting. A suspension has forced regular driver Matthew Williamson out of the sulky behind the blueblood squaregaiter in the first of his two epic clashes with Bolt For Brilliance and Cracker Hill. Ultimate Stride is staying at Dickie’s property leading in to the Sales Series Final for last season’s 3yr-old trotters on October 9, which has already led to the horse getting some special treatment. “Josh said he was quite thrilled to be driving the horse,” trainer Phil Williamson said. “And he said he has put him in his number one box, too.” Ultimate Stride travelled north alongside Cracker Hill over the weekend. Both horses have been under the care of Cracker Hill’s trainer Brad Williamson since leaving Oamaru. With a trip to Australia already under his beat, Ultimate Stride is a seasoned traveller and arrived in Auckland in excellent order. “He has arrived in Auckland 100%,” Williamson said. “We just took a blood [test] off him to check he has arrived fit an well and he hasn’t got any bugs or anything.” “Safely through a good report on that I will trial him at Pukekohe on Friday.” As most would expect from a Williamson trained trotter, Ultimate Stride has been well-schooled ahead of his right-handed debut at Alexandra Park. He and Cracker Hill both had a private workout at Forbury Park going in the Auckland direction before leaving the South Island. Ultimate Stride’s clash with Cracker Hill and Bolt For Brilliance is being talked up as the most anticipated clash not just in trotting, but across each gait and age group, so far this season. It is easy to see why, with Ultimate Stride remaining unbeaten since returning from injury following his two group 1 wins in Australia last year. In his injury-enforced absence for much of last season, Cracker Hill dominated his 3yr-old rivals in the South Island. The anticipation ahead of the two Oamaru trotters heading north hit a new level on Friday night when Bolt For Brilliance smashed the allcomers national record for a 2200m stand at Alexandra Park. Williamson admitted taking on the Tony Herlihy trained star will be no easy task for Ultimate Stride. “Bolt For Brilliance is a very good horse and he deserves to be the favourite right now.” “To go a two-minute mile rate [2-00.4] for a 2200m stand is incredible.” “And he has beaten Temporale, who has won a Rowe Cup and is pretty good over sprint trip.” Matthew Williamson will reunite with Ultimate Stride when he clashes with Bolt For Brilliance and Cracker Hill for the second time in the Sires Stakes Final at Alexandra Park on October 23. The trotter will then head back to Oamaru with the hope he can start in the Dominion. Ultimate Stride’s $4 odds in the race’s fixed odds market might suggest he is highly likely to start in the event. However, Williamson has a warning for punters. “The punters should be careful because of his ranking.” “We have to be away for these races in Auckland and they are not qualifying races for the Dominion.” “So, it is going to be hard to move his ranking up and there is a chance he could miss out.” Ultimate Stride was ranked 20th when the order of entry for the Dominion was released last week. The first three horses home in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All on New Zealand Cup Day are guaranteed a start in the 3200m feature. Williamson said Ultimate Stride could head to the group 1 event to qualify, but it may not be ideal for such a young trotter to do so and race in the Dominion just three days later. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) confirmed his star status and made history at Alexandra Park on Friday night when producing an explosive sprint to win the first-ever running of an NZB Standardbred Harness Million event. Driver Blair Orange’s early decision to hand the lead to main rival It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) and Mark Purdon, proved a masterstroke when Krug outsprinted the pacemaker to win the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final (2200m). Chrissie Dalgety etched her name in to NZB Standardbred’s history books as both the trainer and part-owner of the inaugural winner of a NZB Standardbred Harness Million Final. Dalgety, who trains in partnership with Nathan Purdon, went in to the race hopeful Krug would get the chance to show his best. And she got her wish thanks to Orange’s bold tactics. “It was very, very exciting,” Dalgety said. “Going in to the race I was just hoping he wouldn’t have any bad luck. In most big races that can happen – you can go sensationally and still not win, you just don’t know until you’re out there.” Krug was knocked down to Dalgety and her husband Cran’s Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd for $155,000 at NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch in 2019. Though his speed and stamina suggest he is clearly an impeccable physical specimen, it is not just Krug’s athletic physique that makes him so good. “Cran eyed him up at the sales, he has impeccable breeding and he is a beautiful horse,” Dalgety said. “His personality is just outstanding, I kind of feel like he is half human sometimes.” Krug’s brilliant manners and calm demeanour helped him relax perfectly in to the trail after It’s All About Faith’s early burst to take the front. The star pacer came in to the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final when going down narrowly as the hot favourite to race rival American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) in last week’s $128,000 Group One Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m) at Alexandra Park. Rather than the defeat denting the Dalgety-Purdon camp’s confidence, the trainers made the most of the situation. “Everyone just expected him to come out and win last week,” Dalgety said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are, everyone is beatable. So, I think it took a bit of pressure of us, really.” Krug cleared out to win by three and three-quarter lengths over Its All About Faith. Stonewall Stud’s B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe) ran a game third after working around the field to sit parked for the last lap of the race. Last week’s Group One winner American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) produced another strong performance when running on strongly in to fourth placing. Krug’s victory gave the honour of being crowned vendor of the first ever win in Harness Million history to Canterbury horseman Mark Smolenski’s Smolenski Stables. The Bettor’s Delight colt, from former top class racemare Champagne Princess (NZ) (Soky’s Atom), was bred and sold by the estate of Smolenski’s father, the late leading trainer and driver, Jack Smolenski. Attention now turns to next Friday's meeting at Addington where the running of both the NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Fillies and for 2YO Trotters will be contested.    NZB Standardbred

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Ray Green Is expecting much of the same from his gun pacer Copy That when he contests the Franklin Long Roofing 2020 Spring Cup (2200m) at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The American Ideal entire has strung together four wins from as many starts this preparation and Green can’t see that picket fence form line ending this week, despite his wide draw. “You can’t fault what he has done,” Green said. “He has done some spectacular stuff and long may it continue, I don’t see why it won’t. “He has drawn the outside (9) but as long as he steps well, which he has been doing, and doesn’t get inconvenienced by anybody, he should race as good as he has been racing which makes him hard to beat.” Copy That is currently the $2.50 favourite in the TAB’s futures market for the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) in November and Green has yet to decide when he will launch his southern assault. “We will just see how he goes on Friday,” he said. “He may stay for the Holmes DG a week later or we may just head south. It depends how he pulls up after Friday night.” One stablemate that could join him on that trip south is last start Gr.1 Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m) winner American Dealer. The son of American Ideal finally got the better of favourite Krug after three prior meetings, including finishing runner-up to the Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety-trained three-year-old a fortnight prior. “It was a great win,” Green said. “He’s come through it well. He has got a good system and recovers pretty quickly. “He’s a hard horse to beat is Krug, he did it tough but we bested him last week, I don’t know about this week though.” Krug has drawn the ace barrier in the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Colt and Gelding Final (2200m) on Friday, while American Dealer has drawn fourth on the second line. “I think we might be pushing it a bit with the draw,” Green said. “But that’s horse racing, you have got to take the rough with the smooth. “He will go a good race, he always does, but he is up against it with the draw.” American Dealer will be joined in the race by stablemate Captain Nemo, who finished eighth in the Sires’ Stakes Final. “Captain Nemo is a work in progress,” Green said. “He is a very nice horse, but I don’t think we will see the best of him until we get up around the Derby distances around the New Year. “That is when he will come to the fore.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Auckland again tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:56pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. The content is provided for informational purposes only Auckland Friday 25th September 2020 Race 1 Luke John easy win here last start and small field will help. Top selection.…… General Montana tidy second last start but second could be his lot again this week ..… Alta Wiseguy  out of form but racing top fields and a drop back here.…….. Cya Art some here might be too strong and minor place chances look best Selections:  Luke John (5),   Alta Wiseguy  (1),   General Montana (4),    Cya Art (3)   Race 2 One Majic Kenny generally a good beginner and has a big motor. Good winning claims if he can get handy early on……. Peakz Luck running on well on most of her races. Strong field but a place chance with a good run in transit…… Natty Pagger can not fault the formline and getting fitter. Place claims here are best again…… Havehorsewilltravel good fourth last start and a weaker field here. Great chance to run in the top three. Needed Selections:  One Majic Kenny (10),   Peakz Luck (4),   Havehorsewilltravel (9),   Natty Pagger (7)   Race 3 Jack Ryan good draw and his runs on the track this campaign have been good. Looks a good winning chance at nice odds ….. Texas Tiger been racing ok in strong fields but tricky draw here. Still a good chance at nice odds….. Ferritts Sister better when saved for one run at them. Could surprise at nice odds with the right trip…. Shes No Lady tidy draw and will probably start favourite here. Winning claims Selections:   Jack Ryan (4),   Texas Tiger (8),   Ferritts Sister (11),   Shes No Lady (3)   Race 4 Miss Slippers narrowly beaten by a consistant type last start and stand suits here. Can win at decent odds with luck in the running….. Take The Monarch could get a cosy trip from the draw and was finishing ok after a break last start. Good winning claims….. Uncle Louis running good sectionals but manners a concern. Not the worst and has winning claims with a clean getaway …. Majestic Harry decent draw but a bit of a grinder. Can run top three if they go hard up front Selections:   Miss Slippers (3),   Take The Monarch (2),   Uncle Louis (13),   Majestic Harry (6)   Race 5 Krug big run to just miss last start and drawn to lead and run. Top selection here…… Bettor Call Me big run here last week and tidy sectionals. Paying good money and should be in or near the top three  from the draw… It's All About Faith drawn to be a good winning chance and one of the major threats to the favourite. Include … American Dealer beat this field last start from a better draw and now drawn second line. Is over the odds but place chances best. Selections:  Krug (1),   Bettor Call Me (9),   It's All About Faith (6),   American Dealer (13)   Race 6 Christianshavtime in top form and getting fitter. No reason he won’t be in the top three again here from the draw. Top selection….. Mimi E Coco getting better with racing and drawn to be a major player here. Can run top three at good odds…… Tommy Lincoln only fair at last start but stronger now and coming out of strong form races.  Possible leader and a chance at nice money.… Fabrizio form does not reflect his true ability. Can run top three with his mind on the job Selections:  Christianshavtime (3),   Mimi E Coco (5),   Fabrizio (12),   Tommy Lincoln (8)   Race 7 Copy That keeps on winning and this race should be no different. Looks the one to beat and likely leader……. Mach Shard gets in off the front and these are his favourite conditions. Needed ….. Gambit another with a good finishing burst. A top three finish looks on the cards at big odds if he can have one last run at them off a strong pace….. Triple Eight good second last start and stand no issue. Place chances best here Selections:  Copy That (9),   Mach Shard (6),   Gambit (4)    Triple Eight (10)   Race 8 Bolt For Brilliance  big effort to win here last start and should keep improving. Will be hard to beat here……. Midnight Dash  likely to get a good run on the fence. One of the better chances in the race from the draw..… Temporale has been solid in similar races and distance suits. Has claims if he goes forward early….. Vatican Hill has been ok from better draws. Could upset at big money with the right run Selections:  Bolt For Brilliance  (4),   Temporale (2),   Midnight Dash  (1)    Vatican Hill (7)   Race 9 Apieceoflou has been racing top fields and this is easier. Should be very hard to roll and getting fitter now. Top selection here……. Bondi Shake running ok races and small field helps. One for longer odds in this race...… Bettor Listen coming in fresh but workouts have been ok. Good winning claims here….. Raven Banner respect the stable first starters and this is a winnable race. Include Selections:  Apieceoflou (4),   Bondi Shake (7),   Bettor Listen (8)    Raven Banner (9)   Race 10 Smokinhotcheddar big on ability and draw the only concern here. Should be hard to beat and top selection……. Commander Cathy good finish last start and she looks a good winning chance in a weaker field..… Spirited Belle has performed well in similar fields in the past. Include in combinations….. Polka Delight galloping ruined her chances last start but well placed here. Win chance with a good run in transit Selections:  Smokinhotcheddar (9),   Commander Cathy (6),   Polka Delight (2)    Spirited Belle (5)     Harnesslink Media

Harness racing fans can expect early fireworks when a star-studded field attempt to make history by winning NZB Standardbred’s first ever lucrative Harness Million Race Series event at Alexandra Park on Friday night.  The barrier draws for the inaugural running of the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final (2200m) are set to see the favourites Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) in an enthralling battle that will be crucial in deciding the first name initiating the Harness Million legacy.  Krug, who was recently crowned the New Zealand 2YO Pacing Colt Or Gelding of the Year at the NZB Standardbred New Zealand Harness Racing Awards, will start as the hot favourite for the race after securing the prized ace draw in barrier one. Krug will clash again with American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) after running second to him in last week’s $128,000 Group One Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m) at Alexandra Park. American Dealer faces a bigger challenge to lead, as he did in his standout victory, after drawing barrier four on the second row this week. It’s All About Faith, who nosed out last week’s fourth placegetter B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe), will see a turnaround in circumstances when moving to the front row this week in barrier six. That gives driver Mark Purdon the option to challenge Krug for the lead in the early stages. How that early challenge plays out and what kind of run It’s All About Faith, Krug, American Dealer and B D Joe can secure after that should decide the race winner. “The top four are very good horses and it is going to be the run that separates them,” Purdon said. “It’s All About Faith is possibly going to be racing outside Krug this week, so he is going to have to be on his game.” Purdon takes confidence in to the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final after It’s All About Faith’s strong effort to work around the field and run third in last week’s Group One Sires’ Stakes Final. “He did more work than the two that beat him home and he wasn’t far from them,” Purdon said. “So, I was pleased with him.” Purdon and Rasmussen start a stellar line up of five horses in Friday night’s history making feature. Aladdin (NZ) (Sweet Lou) looks a big player for the trainers after his eye-catching performance to flash home from last on the home turn to run fifth behind American Dealer last week. Aladdin will track through B D Joe at the start from barrier two on the second row. The All Stars stable also start Delightful Dude (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), Bettor Call Me (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and Nevada (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) in the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final. The inaugural event is set down as Race 4 starting at 7.53pm on Friday night at Alexandra Park.     Horse Draw Comments Trainer Driver Krug 1 The well-performed Krug (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) has won seven of his 10 starts with two second placings and $136,000 in stakes. Krug will attempt to continue his brilliant form after recently being crowned New Zealand 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year. Krug was purchased by Kentuckiana Lodge for $155,000 from Smolenski Stables at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.  Nathan Purdon & Chrissie Dalgety Blair Orange B D Joe 2 Up-and-coming B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe) is another serious contender for the Listed Harness Million Series race. The Steve and Amanda Telfer trained gelding won his second start and placed fourth in last weekend’s Group One Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m), in his third start. B D Joe was secured for $65,000 from Brent Smith by Stonewall Stud.   Steve & Amanda Telfer  Tony Herlihy Meetmeinsorrento   3 Meetmeinsorrento (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) won his last start for trainer Graeme Rogerson, tallying up two wins and a second placing from four starts in total. He was picked up for $32,000 by Rogerson Bloodstock from the draft of Breckon Farms at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.    Graeme Rogerson  Dylan Ferguson (J) Luke John  4 Last start winner Luke John (NZ) (Mach Three) could continue his form this Friday and take out the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m) at Alexandra Park. Trained by Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson, the Mach Three colt was purchased for $21,000 from White Stables at the 2019 National Yearling Sale. He has now earned $12,350 in prizomoney.  Logan Hollis & Shane Robertson   Delightful Dude   5 Delightful Dude (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) has now claimed one first, two seconds and a third placing from eight starts, winning $17,245 in prizemoney. Flying the flag for All Stars Racing, the gelding cost $80,000 as a yearling and was secured from Belmont Park's draft.  Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Scott Phelan It's All About Faith 6 Impressive performer It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) is a star graduate who has now claimed four wins, two second placings and one third from just eight starts. A main season rival of Krug, It’s All About Faith was also a finalist for New Zealand’s 2019-20 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding of the Year. He has now earned $66,104 in prizemoney and was secured for $130,000 from Breckon Farms in 2019.  Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Mark Purdon Mr Fantastic 7 Trained in partnership by Steven Reid and Simon McMullan, Mr Fantasic (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) was purchased for $62,500 from Woodlands Stud at the 2019 National Yearling Sale. The exciting Harness Million prospect has had two wins and one second placing from just five starts.  Steven Reid & Simon McMullan Zachary Butcher Captain Nemo 8 Captain Nemo (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) was bought for $110,000 by Lincoln Farms from Price Bloodstock. He has won one of his 10 starts, placing third on another two occasions and earning just over $13,000 to date. Ray Green Andre Poutama  ------- Second Line ------- Bettor Call Me   9 By titan sire Bettor's Delight, the promising Bettor Call Me NZ) has picked up one win, two seconds and one third from his six starts to date. He was secured for $50,000 by All Stars Racing from the draft of Breckon Farms.  Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Brent Mangos Aladdin 10 Jean Feiss owned Aladdin (NZ) (Sweet Lou) has claimed one first, a second and a third placing earning more than $12,000 in stakes. He was a close fifth in the Group One Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final (1700m) last weekend. Aladdin was bought for $140,000 from Woodlands Stud at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.  Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Olivia Thornley (J) Nevada 11 Racing in the Vela white and blue hoops, promising gelding Nevada (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) is compiling a good race record, having claimed one first placing, a second as well as a third from six starts and $12,965 in prizemoney to date. He was bred by the late Charles Roberts and was purchased for $40,000 by Sir Peter Vela as a yearling.  Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Joshua Dickie Rock Legend 12 Scratched     American Dealer 13 Group One-winning graduate American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) will be looking to secure back-to-back victories in the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m) on Friday night. The Ray Green trained pacer showed himself to be a complete racehorse when taking out the Group One Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final (1700m) for driver David Butcher last week. His win became the latest in a lengthy list of Group One performers bred by leviathan breeder, the late Charles Roberts. Ray Green David Butcher Hot and Treacherous 14 Trained by Brian and Gareth Hughes, Hot And Treacherous (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) will be fighting for the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Colts & Geldings (2200m), set to be held at Alexandra Park this weekend. The gelding has had two wins from five starts and earned $15,678 in stakes. He was purchased for $60,000 from Brackon farms at the 2019 National Yearling Sale. Brian & Gareth Hughes Maurice McKendry Romanee 15 Romanee (NZ) (Bettor's Delight) comes into this race with promising form, securing two wins, one second placing and one third from just seven starts. He was bought by trainer Graeme Rogerson for $34,000 from Woodlands Stud in 2019.  Graeme Rogerson Peter Ferguson     NZB Standardbred

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