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Robert Dunn knows his team are going to need to do it the hard way to win at Alexandra Park tonight. But he says that might actually suit a couple of them. Dunn is New Zealand's only true inter-island trainer, with a group in the north year-round while son John looks after a larger Canterbury team. The pair have been able to make something many have tried but few have perfected work, having run second on the premiership the last five years, only the All Stars standing in the way of them consistently being our leading stable. Dunn has only 10 horses at his northern base, having sent another 12 back to the South Island to recover from a virus. "We got hit hard by the viruses that have been hanging around up here this season so we sent a whole lot of horses home to be spelled," says Dunn. "Then they can train up down there and come back when the time is right. "It is not as easy winning races up here as some people might think, the racing is hard and because the fields are small it is easy for horses to get up in the grades quickly. "But I am happy with how the northern stable has gone and we have a foothold now before the stakes are set to go a lot higher next season so our long-term plan is coming together." Although Dunn is acutely aware the ability to race handy is often crucial at Alexandra Park, he says Woodstone (race five) and Sundees Son (race seven) are good enough to get back tonight and still win. Woodstone has been outstanding since coming north but will give his rivals a start in the $40,000 Uncut Gem Trot, a Jewels consolation. "I think he is a horse better not rushed early and able to get into a rhythm," says Dunn. "He was massive winning last week and while this is a good even field he can win again. "He really loves it right-handed, which is another big factor in picking which horses to bring north." Woodstone will have to beat four reps from the Michelle Wallis-Bernie Hackett stable, who won three trots at Alexandra Park last Friday and have been two of the biggest supporters and therefore beneficiaries of the ATC's emphasis on trotting races in the last two years. All 31 of their wins this season have been with trotters seeing them lead the national premiership for the gait. Sundees Son is way better than his formline indicates and with peak concentration he can beat the older horses. "He is good enough to win but he needs to be looked after early and not get into trouble, which he is pretty good at doing." The Dunns won't have to rely on such luck with Billy Badger in the $40,000 Uncut Gems for the male pacers, with the talented pacer likely to try to lead and make hot favourite Classic Brigade chase him, which could make them a solid quinella bet. Michael Guerin

Winter is here but there are still four meetings programmed in again this week, starting with the NZ Metro meeting at Addington tonight. Auckland and Forbury race tomorrow night ,then the weekend harness racing heads to Oamaru on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Stephen Richardson who thought Mr Good And Evil would go close to winning at Auckland last Friday night. Mr Good And Evil did win and paid $4.30 and $2.40 on the tote.  The TAB have injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night which will be worth playing into as the four races have bigger than average fields with the chance of a big dividend. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   NZ Metro at Addington on Thursday night. Bob Butt - Bob is going for Prestonpans as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive this week is Miss You at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Sheza GNP as his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Zoned Scarlett as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Samskara can go close to winning in Race 6 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Izzy Dagg would be his best chance this week at Addington in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Bettor Babe would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 4 John Curtin - John thinks Miracle Rising would be a winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Brookes Belle as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Forbury on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Bono Hest might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent says that Diane Lorena would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Grey Power at Forbury in Race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Doubt Me Not as his best drive this week in Race 4 John Morrison - John says that Sea Rover would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Craig Ferguson - Craig says his best drive this week is No More Change at Forbury in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance this week at longer odds at Oamaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Some Excusesomewhere would be a good chance at Oamaru  in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff is going for Ferritts Sister as his best chance this week at Oamaru in Race 8 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Go Kiwi as his best drive this week at Oamaru also in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

Reynold Henkel has been appointed to the new role of Functions Operations Manager at Alexandra Park. He brings extensive experience in the hospitality and events sector having held a range of senior operational management positions over nearly 20 years. As well as roles involving Wellington’s largest event venues, well-known New Zealand restaurants and the defence force, Mr Henkel has industry experience from South Africa, Germany and England including training as a patisserie chef with the French school, Le Cordon Bleu in London. “The diversity of functions at Alexandra Park and the sheer potential of its event space attracted me to this position. However, the real game changer for me was the ‘Urban Village’ that’s currently under construction. This is an exciting development which will feature some great food and beverage operators to strongly complement Alexandra Park’s existing meetings and events offering,” said Mr Henkel. As Functions Operations Manager, he has overall responsibility for the functions team and the department’s execution of its many service and logistical requirements. Reporting to the Food & Beverage Manager, he is responsible for product and service quality as well as delivering on the needs of Alexandra Park guests. He will also work closely with the Race Night sales and marketing team. Chief Executive Dominique Dowding says the appointment is yet another positive reflection on Alexandra Park’s successful functions and events business. “Alexandra Park has a great and growing reputation when it comes to delivering a wide range functions with our food and service attracting very positive feedback all the time. However, despite some seriously solid growth in recent years, we never stand still. “Reynold’s arrival signals that Alexandra Park remains totally focused on continuously improving its offering and ensuring our many and highly valued guests enjoy a great experience from beginning to end,” says Ms Dowding. The new Functions Operations Manager arrives at a busy time with many functions and events set to take place at Alexandra Park, including its Mid-winter Christmas parties which are selling out fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July.    Cameron Brewer

After 13 months in the harness racing wilderness Classie Brigade is back where he left off --- trying to beat Buster Brady. The forgotten horse of the open class scene returns at Alexandra Park tonight after over a year on the sidelines with mystery lameness. “He has had every test known to man and we still don’t know what was wrong with him,” admits trainer Nigel McGrath. “But the main thing is he is fine now and ready to race. “He has had a long slow build up, done a heap of swimming and had three workouts. “Obviously nothing gets them as fit as racing and the small field could be tricky but he is ready to go well. But the tactics and tempo of the race could decide things.” Classic Brigade is in tonight’s last race at Alexandra Park to prepare for a $40,000 Uncut Gems race next week, a kind of Jewels consolation race which is a very juicy carrot on the relatively bare winter landscape. Tonight he finds himself against a familiar foe. When Classic Brigade last raced 13 months ago he ran fourth to Buster Brady in the Winter Cup, the start before he just beat him home. And the pair look set to dominate again tonight. Buster Brady is now trained by Barry Purdon and has an obvious fitness edge tonight and with the race only having four starters, whichever of the two favourites is able to dictate to the other will probably win. But while that fitness edge means there probably shouldn’t be much between the pair in the market, on sheer class Classie Brigade is the better horse. A race earlier former Jewels winner One Over Da Moon faces an interesting challenge in the main trot, having to overcome a 40m handicap over 2200m, something very few horses have accomplished at Alexandra Park.   Michael Guerin

Roxanne Visser has been appointed Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. She has previously held positions as an operations manager and sales consultant in Auckland and brings overseas experience in the conferencing and event industry. Ms Visser has been Senior Wedding & Function Coordinator for Tres Jolie Wedding Venue in South Africa. She has also project managed health and wellness events and was Conference & Event Co Coordinator at the Cabanga Conference Centre in South Africa. "My career started off in events and so the opportunity to get back into the industry really appealed to me. What's more I've always had an interest in racing having grown up on a stud farm in South Africa. This role at Alexandra Park ticks a lot of boxes including working with a great team," she says. Her responsibilities include running the Friday Night race night themed-events such as the upcoming Mid-winter Christmas parties and Christmas at the Races in November and December. Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt says the appointment is yet another positive reflection on Alexandra Park's successful functions and events business. He says Ms Visser's experience in weddings will also be invaluable given Alexandra's great reputation in hosting weddings particularly large ones. "Roxanne brings a passion for customer service and has plenty of experience in working in a fast-changing and multi-tasking environment with numerous and competing deadlines. Her excellent communication and organisational skills are already being put to good use given all that's happening at Alexandra Park over the coming months," he says. Alexandra Park's popular Mid-winter Christmas parties are selling out fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July. For bookings or information on functions or events phone (09) 630-5660, email enquiries@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz Contact: Joel Reichardt - Sales & Marketing Manager - (021) 786-034.   Cameron Brewer  

"Syndicates offer Kiwis an affordable way to race well-bred horses trained by top trainers. They also provide great networking opportunities and most importantly they're a lot of fun," says Andrew Jamieson, Syndicate Manager at the Auckland Trotting Club. He says the Auckland Trotting Club's 2019 Syndicate is now open and is selling fast. This follows the club choosing three leading New Zealand trainers to select and buy three horses at the yearling sales earlier this year for syndication. Each young horse comes with great breeding and much promise. "Our 2019 Syndicate will be racing three well-bred yearlings by top sires Bettor's Delight, American Ideal and up-and-comer Alta Christiano." The three horses people now have a chance to own and race are called Bet West, Christianshavtime and Alta Redeemer. The latter is a half-brother to recent Addington winner Alta Orlando and will be trained by Robert Dunn. Syndication, or shared ownership, is fast becoming the most popular means for people to race horses. Mr Jamieson says as an authorised syndicator, the club has a great track-record when it comes to establishing and overseeing successful horse racing syndications. Advertising is now underway, with the call going out: 'Ever wanted to own and race a pacer?' He says over 30 shareholders have been locked in already, with many more making enquiries and impressed with the quality of the horses on offer. Auckland Trotting Club's Racing Manager Regan Cotter says the club is committed to ongoing increases to stakes, making joining a syndicate an even more exciting proposition. What's more he says there's no bigger thrill than watching your own horse compete. "Key to harness racing's future is lifting ownership and involvement regardless of anyone's level of expertise, budget, or prior interest. Syndicates play a big part in that," says Mr Cotter. To find out more about syndication, the three horses, or have an information pack sent to you, visit: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates/ or contact Andrew Jamieson on (09) 238-9212, (021) 253-8765 or ajamieson175@gmail.com www.alexandrapark.co.nz Andrew Jamieson - Auckland Trotting Club Syndicate Manager - (021) 253-8765 Regan Cotter - Auckland Trotting Club Racing Manager - (0272) 491-205          

Steven Reid finds himself between a rock and a hard place on the best horse racing at Alexandra Park in Auckland tonight. But that doesn't mean punters still shouldn't back Star Galleria in the event of the night, race seven. Tonight, Alexandra Park hosts its only all-mile race meeting, which is ideal for horses such as Star Galleria, who is one of the favourites for the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on Saturday week. Having beaten some of the elite horses in the country and finished fourth in the Auckland Cup, the best version of Star Galleria would be good enough to overcome barrier eight, even though the Alexandra Park mile start point is less than ideal. But Reid, like most of the trainers heading to the Jewels, would prefer an easy run rather than anything that will give his charge a headache eight days out from a $150,000 race. To make matters worse, with regular driver Tony Herlihy sidelined with broken ribs, Reid will do the driving himself, meaning he will have to make the crucial decisions. "Obviously, I want to win and still think he will but I am not really sure what to do from barrier eight," admits Reid. "If I go out hard and everybody inside him does, too, then he could have a really hard run, which is hardly ideal. "But if you go back to last and nobody moves then he might end up in a position he can't win from. "So I think I have to have a couple of plans. Maybe the first one is let him roll off the gate and see what happens inside him, looking to get handy. Or drop back to last and then just take off at the 800m and get handy because he should be good enough to win if he only has to sit three wide the last 800m." That could make for a nervous watch for punters who take the short odds but Reid is so happy with how his four-year-old trialled last weekend it may not matter. It just means $2 should be your line in the sand for punting. Reid has his other Jewels-bound four-year-old in the same race, with high class mare Utmost Delight drawn one on the second line. "She is very well too and worked brilliantly on Wednesday morning," he says. "So she can win but probably only if Opoutama holds the lead from the ace draw and I don't think that will probably happen." On a night where punters should be cautious about backing any Jewels runner who could get a hard run, Reid has some depth to his five starters. "I think Double O Heaven can win race five if she lobs the trail while punters should forgive Bubble Gum [race two] his last start, he will definitely improve as he all but choked down in that race. "And Puma Road is working well enough to go close in race three so they all have realistic chances." It is a former Jewels winner who looks the bet of the night, bad barrier and all, with One Over Da Moon (race eight) a standout on sheer class and his exceptional record in Alexandra Park sprint races. Michael Guerin

A rare racetrack injury dripping in deja vu could cost champion horseman Tony Herlihy his shot at harness racing's last major meeting of the season, the Harness Jewels. Herlihy, the most successful harness racing driver in New Zealand history, spent Friday night in hospital after breaking four ribs, one of them in two places, in a race fall at Alexandra Park. The fall looked innocent enough, with a rival outside Herlihy checked into his horse C K Spur, who fell sideways and Herlihy was dislodged from the sulky landing on his side. C K Spur would eventually be all right, but because he was prone on the track for a few minutes the race was abandoned by stewards in the middle stages and no re-run. For Herlihy the incident was eerily almost identical to the other most serous race smash he has had in his career — 23 years ago. He was thrown from the cart when driving subsequent Auckland Cup winner Sharp And Telford in a Sires' Stakes heat on October 13, 1995 at he same position of the Alexandra Park track. "You wouldn't believe it, that was almost the exact same spot I came off Sharp And Telford all those years ago and broke the same ribs," said Herlihy. "They might take a little longer to heal now though as I am a bit older. "Back then it took me two weeks to be back driving, the doctors are telling me this time it could be six weeks and they might be right." That would mean missing the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on June 2, where Herlihy's most favoured drive would be high class four-year-old Star Galleria. "I am not saying that is certain but I'm pretty sore at the moment. "I've been lucky in my carer because I have only had a couple of bad smashes but for them to be in almost exactly the same place is hard to believe." Co-trainer Josh Dickie said C K Spur has a minor laceration on a leg but will be fine. Michael Guerin

Alexandra Park’s Mid-winter Christmas parties are back with bookings coming in fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday harness racing nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July.  “Once again our Mid-winter Christmas parties are selling really well with a lot of people this year buying their tickets through our website,” says Alexandra Park Sales & Events Coordinator, Danielle Upton. She says the June and July parties really appeal to groups of friends, colleagues, and families keen to come in from the cold, have a lot of fun, and enjoy the generous hospitality and warm surroundings. Described as exceptional value, Alexandra Park’s Mid-winter Christmas party packages start from just $68 per person, with parties set to be hosted in the Top of the Park, Tasman, and Rutherford rooms. “As well as our delicious all-you-can-eat carveries and buffets, the racing under lights is always spectacular. We’ve got some prime inside viewing spots overlooking the track and there’s always plenty of atmosphere.”   Ms Upton says the function rooms will be beautifully themed and there’ll be live entertainment afterwards. Private rooms are also available with both the President’s Suite and Hobson Room on offer showcasing excellent views of the track. “You might be celebrating the shortest day or the end of the financial year. Whatever the reason, our Mid-winter Christmas parties are increasingly attended and we get so much positive feedback.” For further information or to purchase Mid-winter Christmas tickets visit https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on or telephone (09) 631-1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz She says Alexandra Park’s race night hospitality events continue to grow in popularity and are proving key to attracting new audiences to the Friday Night Trots. The internationally-themed cuisine race nights also continue with French Night on 25 May. General admission into Alexandra Park as well as car-parking and race books remain free on Friday night. www.alexandrapark.co.nz For further information contact: Danielle Upton (027) 475-1508

Forbury Park  – Thursday 9 May Nine race card starting off at 4.36pm. Don’t forget to check out our oncourse dining options in our Sports Bar and Bistro!   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone It is all go this week at Addington. There is definitely something for everyone, whether it is enjoying the excitement of the races on Friday, cheering on the Crusaders on Saturday and/or shouting your fabulous mother to Spectators on Mother’s Day.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters  11 May (5-star Race Meeting) We are excited to welcome the Rt Hon Winston Peters this Friday.  It is fantastic Addington is able to host the Minister for Racing at one of our 5-star Race Meetings.  It is definitely going to be a great night of racing with nearly $400,000 of stakes on offer. Good luck to all the connections and happy punting everyone! NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS!   TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/   Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July.   ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 4 May Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/050432rs.htm . MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/   UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Winton – Saturday 12 May FINAL WINTON HARNESS RACING CLUB MEETING ON SATURDAY The final meeting of the season for the Winton Harness Racing Club takes place at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Saturday (12 May) with a ten race programme scheduled from 11.25am. Highlights include the $12,000 Ryal Bush Transport Ltd Nugget Final over 2400m and the Murray Gray Memorial Trot. Admission to the course will be free and on course patrons can also be in to win with two lucky losing ticket draws courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen of Nightcaps after Race 6 on the day.    Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley.  “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. Mother’s Day catering will be available oncourse for those who wish to make bookings to bring their family along to enjoy the atmosphere in the Grey Way Lounge. Just contact the club on 03-684-3400.   Important Information for Harness Jewels connections Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels   OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 25th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU.   LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

The Auckland Trotting Club is taking a dramatic approach to becoming the country's premier harness racing club by turning every race night into a premier meeting. The ATC will boost stakes for all meetings next year to be at what is now the premier level, an increase of $40,000 per meeting. For now, New Zealand premier meetings have minimum $20,000 stakes and from next March that will be the average stake at Alexandra Park for all meetings. ATC president Bruce Carter has announced starting March 2019 the club's normal Friday night meetings will consist of two $25,000 races, two $15,000 races for maidens or those for the weak 40-50 rating band and the rest of the races will be worth $20,000. That means the non-group races at Alexandra Park from next March will average $20,000. "The stakes are based on nine-race programmes at our meetings and they will be guaranteed, we won't be relying on external funding from things like the race fields legislation which we can't control," says Carter. "We realise stakes have to go up because costs continue to go up and we want to show this commitment now. "We need more horses racing at Alexandra Park. At the moment that number is about 9.3 per race on average and we aim to get that to 11 per race and then more after that. "That is crucial to helping boost turnover but also make the industry more sustainable for trainers." The two $25,000 race guaranteed each night will usually be for the tightest class pacing and trotting races, meaning some meetings in winter races mere two or three-win front races will carry the $25,000 stake. "We realise how hard it is to keep those intermediate grade horses in the country because owners get tempted to send them offshore or sell them. "But this should mean those horses who are in that grade or just below the best open class horses can race here every meeting for usually $25,000 at never below $20,000, which makes them very viable." The new stake levels will catapult Alexandra Park further ahead of the pack Australasian-wide but their greatest problem is still field sizes. "It is remarkable, we can't attract rating 40-50 horses for plenty of meetings now racing for $14,000 whereas trainers will race at Cambridge, instead, for a lot less than that. "And the thing about it is, they are still racing the same horses, rating 40-50s, who are hardly the stars of the game," says Carter. "So I think some trainers and owners could look at their attitudes to racing here and hopefully this will help with that." The ATC will not raise stakes for their actual premier meetings but the most comforting part of Carter's announcement is that it isn't reliant on the New Zealand Racing Board reaching its financial targets, which are being hampered by the delays to the race fields legislation being passed. The money will come from the completion of the of the two major real estate developments at Alexandra Park, with their commercial and residential spaces. The first tower has already been significantly delayed but almost all the owners of the apartments pre-purchased are sticking with the development as they have increased in price since they were originally purchased. "The delay is unfortunate but were circumstances beyond our control but we are confident we will have the first building open in the New Year," says Carter. "And with that money coming online I want to thank the board and management who have worked incredibly hard to make this all happen." The latest series of increases in stakes means Alexandra Park have almost doubled stakes in five years. On the up - Alexandra Park have announced their highest stakes level increases. - From next year all meetings at Alexandra Park will have an average stake of $20,000. - The first real estate development at Alexandra Park should, after delays, be open in the New Year. Michael Guerin

Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May   Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters will be at Addington on Friday 11 May (5-star Race Meeting) Enjoy our Trackside Dining package, our ultimate race event experience with our guest speaker Rt Hon Winston Peters. This promises to be a fabulous night so make sure you secure your booking for this special event. Price $80 + GST per person and includes: Premium beverage package which includes wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Platters on arrival with gourmet buffet dinner. Allocated table seating. TAB facilities, trackside TV’s and racebooks.  Contact us on 03 338 9094, or email info@addington.co.nz to reserve your spot for a fun and memorable night out at the races! MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes,please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 11, 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effect advertising price varies. (dependent on group size). Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Spectators is offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051132pg.htm  May 11 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 We look forward to hosting you soon. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care and travel safe. From the Addington Team.   Invercargill – Saturday 5 May The Invercargill Harness Racing Club host an eleven race programme at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday (5 May). The day is also the opening day of duck shooting here in the south so what better day for the ladies to gather a few friends and have their own day out at the races.The first race is scheduled for 11.23am and the last at 4.58pm. A Level One Restaurant & Bar voucher to the value of $50 will be won by lucky draw from all losing tote tickets after Race 6 at 2.02pm while also after Race 6 a free bag of lollies will be handed out to all the children on course at Punters Corner in the public grandstand. Other southern harness racing dates to the end of the season are as follows: Winton Harness Racing Club - 12 May Gore Harness Racing Club - 19 May Invercargill Harness Racing Club 26 May, 4 June and 9 June.   Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The Timaru HRC is thrilled to advise that the following female drivers will take part in their annual Mother’s Day female driver races on May 13: Kirstin Barclay, Kimberley Butt , Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young. Emergency: Glenys Chmiel The drivers contacted have been very excited about being involved, especially the young new horsewomen coming through the ranks. It is also pleasing to highlight our experienced women drivers who are having a good driving season e.g. Amber Lethaby, Katie Cox, Sam Ottley.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

Richard Wilson from the TAB with last weeks harness racing bookie update. Wednesday – Cambridge A quiet start to the week at Cambridge.  The worst result for us came via one of the longer priced winners in Magical Miss.  She opened @ $19 & was backed into $12.  Kiwi Tintin was very solid @ $3.80, Tickle Me Pink got the job done in R1 @ $1.35-$1.40 and punters were also onto Agioncourt @ $4.  The largest miss of the meeting was $1,500 Linc's Bute Girl Top3 @ $1.60. Thursday – Timaru @ Addington A late surge of support for Queen Bee Bardon was the story of Thursday night.  $4,000 & $5,000 bets on her @ $2.70 netted nice profits.  Pat Campbell & Better Decision were other well backed favourites that score for punters.  A couple of bets that lessened our pain were $5,000 Tall Poppy @ $3.10 and $3,300 One Apollo @ $3.70. Friday – Auckland Rowe Cup & Messenger night was a mixed bag on Friday night.  Winterfell bolted home to justify his short price in the Northern Derby, a $10,000 bet @ $1.35 there.  $1,000 on Sex On Fire @ $4.60 was also very lucrative.  Races 3 & 4 were interesting in that two horses in each held most of the win money with the one with slightly less on getting home, they being Habibi Inta & Kayla Marie.  Eamon Maguire in the Messenger & Star Of Montanna in the last were other very well backed winners.  Race two proved to be the best for us with $5,000 on Henry Hubert @ $2.70 & $3,600 Top3 Rain Man @ $1.55 both missing out.  Enghien was well backed in the Rowe cup but Speeding Spur also had support @ $4.20-$4.40. Saturday – Ashburton Abandoned. Sunday – Invercargill Diamonds day on Sunday & there were quite a few big bets.  A great win for the locals in the Southern Supremacy Final by The Duke Of Wellington but that wasn't good for us.  Bets of $1,000 @ $4.50 & $2,000 @ $4.40 the best of many on him.  $2,000 Especial @ $4.20, $5,000 Franco Santino @ $1.95 Top3 and $10,000 A Bettor Act @ $1.42 also got the money.  The biggest miss of the day was Black Ops.  $4,000 bets @ $1.50 & $1.45 as well as another $10,000 @ $1.45 were the tip of that Iceberg.  My Wee Man attracted bets of $3,000 @ $3.70 & $3,700 @ $3.60 & helped us out somewhat. Multi of the Week: $50 @ Auckland on Friday Sex On Fire @ $4.60 Kayla Marie @ $3.40 Eamon Maguire @ $3.10 Speeding Spur @ $4.20 Returned $10,182 Courtesy Richard Wilson (TAB)

It was cool and it was very calculated. That’s the best summation of Speeding Spur following his harness racing victory in tonight’s (Friday) Gr.1 $150,000 Reharvest Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park, Auckland – the 100th edition. The father/son combination of John and Josh Dickie timed their run at the North Island trotting feature with pinpoint accuracy with their much lauded six-year-old entire. Already a winner of six Gr.1 events prior to tonight, this is the race that the Clevedon based duo desperately cherished and he delivered a comfortable victory defeating Monty Python and Temporale in the 3200m stand-start feature. Stepping safely and swiftly, young Josh Dickie applied immediate pressure to Monty Python and gained an easy lead soon after the start although outsider The Almighty Johnson briefly challenged within the first 600m of the event. Race favourite Enghien also began safely but drifted back before settling in the second half of the big field. The lead time was covered in 2:00.8. As the field worked inside the final mile, Speeding Spur led the way from Monty Python in the trail but the moves from back in the field were coming with Destiny Jones peeling three-wide which was followed by last week’s Anzac Cup winner Lemond. The first quarter of the final mile was covered in 32 seconds. Entering the home straight to reach the bell lap, Ricky May set Enghien alight three-wide while defending champion Temporale tracked up behind him. Passing the winning post with a circuit left to run, Dickie made the call to allow Enghien to stride clear in front which left Temporale providing cover for Lemond while Monty Python was pushed a spot further back against the pegs. The second quarter was covered in 29.2 seconds. With the major players occupying the key front-end positions, the pressure only intensified. Enghien led the way down the back straight and traveled strongly but his rivals were starting to close the gap. The third quarter was posted in 29.1 seconds. Approaching the home straight, Enghien drifted slightly up the track which presented a great passage for Speeding Spur. With Dickie driving aggressively, Speeding Spur raced clear from a game Temporale who gave strong chase while Monty Python and Lemond started to wind up. At the finish, Speeding Spur scored by a margin of ¾ length from Monty Python with a further 2 lengths back to Temporale in third placing. Enghien finished 7th. The final section was covered in 29.8 seconds. The overall time was 4:08.2 with the winning mile rate covered in 2:04.8 – well outside of the race record set by Stent three years ago at 4:03.6 (2:02.4). “This victory is very special and deeply satisfying given what this horse has gone through over the past couple of seasons. He’s incredibly talented and possesses a deep desire to win every time he starts, this is a team effort and many have played a huge role to achieve this dream.” Winning driver Josh Dickie said. Overall, Speeding Spur has won 20 of his 40 starts with earning close to $800,000. The victory catapulted Speeding Spur into second place on the Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters leaderboard with 108 points while the Victorian trained Sparkling Success gripped to victory with 160 points. Chris Barsby

After being good enough to run second to unbeaten stable mate Princess Tiffany last week, honest filly Kayla Marie gained a deserved win in the 2yo fillies feature at Alexandra Park tonight. Kayla Marie was simply too good for the opposition in tonights Group One $150,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes final. Driver Natalie Rasmussen settled back early before making a move mid race to land the park position with 700m to go. In the straight Kayla Marie asserted control early in the run home and cruised to the line to win by nearly a length, beating early leader Havtime and driver Zachary Butcher. Natalie was thrilled with the effort and said after the race, "From the draw I was just a little bit lucky they went hard early and I got around them pretty cheaply. "The wee filly felt great in the run tonight and that run last week tightened her up nicely for this evening. "She has been a bit of a bridesmade in her races and really deserved that win tonight," she said. Kayla Marie set a New Zealand record for a 2yo filly, blasting over the 1700m mobile in 2-01.2 which equated to a mile rate of 1-54.7.  The last 800m was cut out in 57.6 and the last 400m in 27.9 seconds. The All Stars Stable also won with smart trotter Winterfell, who easily accounted for a smart field of trotters in the 2018 Breckon Farms Northern Trotting Derby. Natalie Rasmussen drove Winterfell and for the second week in the row he was too strong for runner up Majestic Man who again battled on well for second. Kayla Marie winning the fillies feature   Harnesslink Media  

It might seem strange two of Auckland's greatest staying races are so dependent on what happens at the start, three or even four minutes before the finish. But the start might be the winning and losing of the two biggest group ones at Alexandra Park tonight. Both the $150,000 Rowe Cup and $100,000 Messenger have enough depth to make them even but their natural lead-up races last Friday — the Anzac Cup and Taylor Mile — suggested trainer Greg Hope has the horse to beat in both. A G's White Socks led, trailed and bolted away with the Taylor Mile and has the draw to potentially do something similar in the Messenger, while Enghien has been so good in his last two starts, including the Anzac Cup when he was pushed off the track down the back straight, he is clearly the trotter to beat in the Rowe Cup.   But both face very obvious challenges in the early stages of their races. A G's White Socks might, and it is only a might, have the gate speed to hold Eamon Maguire and Star Galleria at the start of the 2700m mobile Messenger and if he does Hope will be reluctant to see driver Ricky May trail like he did last week. "I think if we hand the lead to Eamon Maguire then he will hand to his stablemate (More The Better) and we are three deep on the markers and in trouble," says Hope. "Ricky and I have discussed it and we are of the mind that if he leads we will want to stay there and take our chances." A G's White Socks's two recent group one wins, the other being the Easter Cup three starts ago, have been when he trailed and the possibility of him wanting to lead throughout if he can hold fast beginner Eamon Maguire at the start, sets the tone for a competitive race. While most major Alexandra Park staying races are won by the horses saving ground on the markers, any early battle could play into the hooves of Star Galleria, who emerges as the value in the race. But Eamon Maguire, still a very new recruit to the All Stars, was the run of the race when second in the Taylor Mile and if he crosses straight to the front he has all the options. The start of the Rowe Cup may not be as much about options as manners, with Enghien still very much a work in progress and one who has had very few standing starts on a full front line in his career. That could mean some early nerves for both he and punters tonight but Hope is confident he will handle the stand. "He is actually a very sensible horse and can begin quickly," says Hope. "When he did gallop from a stand three start ago it wasn't his fault, he got a shock when horses rushed up behind him because he had blinkers on. "But I am confident he will get it right and I am sure he is better than when he ran second in the Anzac Cup last Friday." That, coupled with the mixed form of many of his rivals, makes Enghien the horse to beat but you can make each way cases for Speeding Spur (draw and career record), Lemond (blazing Anzac Cup win) and Harriet Of Mot (occasional bursts of brilliance). The two other group ones tonight are vastly different. It is silly to bet against Winterfell in the Trotting Derby while the Sires' Stakes Championship has been thrown wide open by the unfortunate scratching of Princess Tiffany.   Michael Guerin

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