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The Tony Herlihy trained and driven Forget The Price Tag will be a huge chance of repeating last weeks impressive harness racing win on the track when he lines up in the Rating 58 to 84 Hydroflow Handicap Trot tonight at Alexandra Park. Last week Herlihy gave the classy 4yo a lovely run on the outer before launching on the turn and winning comfortably in 3-32.4 for the 2700m. This week the distance is a shorter 2200m and although Forget The Price Tag gets a 10m handicap it may not matter judging by the ease of his win in last weeks race. Hardest to beat look to be the Robert Dunn trained Bonnie Highlander who gives Forget The Price Tag a 10m headstart and a fresh up Heaveyweight Hero who is off the 30m back mark. Forget The Price Tag (Majestic Son-Yankeedoosie) was bred by Breckon Farms and at this years New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale Breckon Farms are offering a Muscle Hill colt (Doosie Do) from a race winning Love You sister to the dam of Forget The Price Tag. Doosie Do (Lot 53) Harnesslink Media    

A Pukekohe workout last Saturday suggests punters should be careful supporting Belle Of Montana too enthusiastically in her return to racing at Alexandra Park tonight.  Because while she might even be the best three-year-old pacing filly in the country the December fillies triple crown winner could be vulnerable in tonight’s Nevele R heat.  Belle Of Montana has been one of the finds of the harness racing season, going from unheard of maiden to group one winner in three months and twice beating last season’s champion filly Princess Tiffany along the way.  She has explosive speed but faces a different challenge at barrier seven tonight in a race where she could settle close to last and main rival Chevron Supreme could lead, and trainer Barry Purdon admits that could be a problem.  “If she (Chevron Supreme) is in front and we are well back and having to make our own luck, over 1700m that can be very tricky,” says Purdon, who also has Havtime in the race.  “I couldn’t be happier with my fillies and we know how good Belle Of Montana has been but Chevron Supreme could be hard to catch if she was able to lead and it is always hard when your horse has had a bit of a break from racing and then they have to chase.”  Chevron Supreme’s motor is not in doubt but her attitude sometimes has been but she was on her best behaviour during last Saturday’s workout when she led, trailed and then blazed over her last 400m in 26.6 to easily beat Belle Of Montana, who wasn’t knocked around in second place.  So punters would want close to $2 to be getting value about Belle Of Montana winning tonight from her draw. Purdon also expects a good performance from Mach Shard in race two tonight in which he comes in well under the handicaps conditions and a return to his best form would make him very hard to beat.  Meanwhile, a change of plans for unbeaten three-year-old Ultimate Sniper is a win for Alexandra Park and a loss for Menangle.  The Sires’ Stakes and Sales Series winner was going to head to the NSW Derby on March 2 but will now not make that trip because of a change of travel schedules so he will instead be aimed at the Northern Derby at Alexandra Park on March 8.  So he will effectively swap places with stablemate I’m Anothermasterpiece, who was to have returned from Australia for the Northern Derby but will instead stay there and take in the NSW Derby. Michael Guerin

As part of the annual Team Teal campaign, Alexandra Park will be hosting a fundraising event on Friday 1 March to coincide with Northern Oaks night. Some of New Zealand’s biggest media and sports personalities have jumped at the chance to take part in a dual sulky event during the night, all in the name of assisting the fight against Ovarian Cancer. All Black Legend Frank Bunce, Edge radio Breakfast host Dominic Harvey, former X Games inline skating star and TV host Brooke Howard-Smith, and Rugby journalist and presenter and former Black Fern, Melodie Robinson are four of the six competitors to be confirmed so far. With two more exciting names to be announced prior to the event! All four are thrilled to be able to help raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer research, but for Melodie Robinson the cause hits very close to home. Robinson lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer and is pleased to be able to take part and help other women and families who might have to face a similar journey with the disease. Tickets for our fundraising dinner are $65 per person, with $5 going towards the Team Teal campaign. There will also be opportunities on the night to donate in person. Tickets will include an elegantly crafted buffet dinner and dessert and great giveaways on the night. The main aim of the Team Teal campaign to raise awareness around Ovarian Cancer and the fact it has no obvious symptoms. So it is crucial that all women and their families are aware. All funds raised go toward funding research by the Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group in the fight against Ovarian Cancer. So be sure to rally your friends together and support this great cause! The night will also compliment a fundraising night on Friday 8 March (Northern Derby night) to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. For more information on how you can book tickets for these exciting race nights please contact Alexandra Park - 09 631 1165 or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz   HRNZ Marketing

Yesterday the Price family of Winton had one on those magical days that are rare in harness racing when Perfect Stride and Pearl Harbour each won their juvenile races at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Pearl Harbour won a heat of the Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Young Guns Fillies Series while Perfect Stride, which they bred with John’s parents Roger and Helen Price, won its two year old race. “It’s lovely to see the babies stepping out. We’re pretty proud,” Katrina Price said. Pearl Harbour was broken in and developed by John and Katrina, qualifying the Somebeachsomewhere filly at Winton in mid December. She was then sent north to Barry Purdon’s stable with the aim of starting her in the Young Guns Fillies Series. This is not the first time they’ve sent a filly north to Purdon’s. Democrat Party as a two year old was sent north in 2013. She won at her first start and subsequently in March 2014 won the Young Guns Fillies Final. “John spoke to Barry during the week and he was pretty bullish heading into the race. He thinks she’s very strong and has plenty of speed. He was worried about the draw and he wasn’t sure what Scott (driver Scott Phelan) would do off the gate.” John and Katrina have been very patient with Pearl Harbour knowing the potential was always there but that it needed managing. “She was pretty hot when she was being broken in. Here at home we’ve done lots and lots of slow work. When we broke her in she did a couple of months of walking. We took her a few times to the Winton track and Nathan (Williamson) came and drove her. She had a workout and a trial and the first time he deliberately pulled her back just to educate her. In her trial there were only two runners so she when to the front. At that stage Nathan said she would have lots of gate speed but he didn’t want to pull that switch. From day one she knew how to race and had that real competitive streak.” Pearl Harbour The Prices have entered Captain Nemo (Lot 360) which is a three quarter brother to Pearl Harbour in next month’s NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch. He’s by first season sire Captaintreacherous. Price says that Captain Nemo was a late foal that’s going to appreciate time. “He’s at least at the same stage as Pearl Harbour was. He’s a big rangy horse with a completely different brain on him, laid back, relaxed - a big cruisy dude.” The win by Pearl Harbour was also a bonus for West Otago breeders John and Judy Stiven who bred her dam Arden Caviar. The Stivens have a Bettors Delight filly by Arden Caviar’s full-sister Rocknroll Arden in the sale and Southwind Arden which is also owned by them has a Captaintreacherous colt in the catalogue.     Arden's Delight and Captain Arden - Photos Supplied  The Prices bought Arden Caviar from the Stivens after she was withdrawn from the yearling sales in 2013 due to having a skin complaint. “She had speed but just didn’t have the racing brain. That family has so much depth to it. When you look at Winter Rose, the job she’s done and you go further back with horses like Bella’s Boy - It was a family that we really wanted to get into.” Arden Caviar has a Betting Line colt on the ground and she has been served again by Captaintreacherous. “In speaking to David James at Empire (Empire Stallions), the Captaintreacherous’s have a completely different attitude to the Somebeachsomewheres. We’ve had three Somebeachsomewhere’s and they’ve all been pretty hot. You’ve just had to be careful with how you develop them.” The Price’s other success last night, Perfect Stride, (formally named Chicago Cub) was bred by John, Katrina, Roger and Helen Price and was the top selling lot at last year’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. Perfect Stride Added to the magical day was a workout win at Winton by Perfect Stride’s half-sister Rockabilly Blues. She’s won two of her three starts and will resume her racing career at the Invercargill Cup Meeting this Saturday where she’ll line up in the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown. It’s great to see Southern Bred Southern Reared Two Year Olds having success on a premier track in Auckland. Bruce Stewart

At first glance Raptors Flight looks to be one of the greatest downgraders of the harness racing season at Alexandra Park tonight.  But even though he drops back from an Auckland Cup to an intermediate grade race that doesn’t make the five-year-old the certainty it may suggest.  The Barry Purdon-trained pacer has taken on Turn It Up and some of the best horses in the country his last two starts, far from disgracing himself with a seventh and a ninth in the Franklin and Auckland Cups.  He sneaks into tonight’s main pace with the concession claim of junior driver Nathan Delany and while he is down enormously in class, these days that often doesn’t matter as much as the run you get at Alexandra Park.  The reality is even two-win horses can break the once daunting 2:40 for 2200m mobile, with a race rival tonight in American Empress pacing 2:37.8 last start winning on New Years Eve.   So if Raptors Flight gets back off the speed and a rival like American Empress can let loose with a sub 2:40 time tonight then any horse, even one who has been racing the elite, is going to struggle to come wide and win.  “He definitely has a chance because he is a nice horse but these type of races can be tough because they can all run good time these days,” says trainer Purdon.  That suggests American Empress might actually be the better bet in a race where another down in grade, Check In, also claims and like Raptors Flight could win with the right run.  Earlier in the night Purdon has one of the favourites in Pearl Harbour in the first fillies heat of the Young Guns series and he admits it is hard to line up the form.  “She has gone some good workouts and has the ability to win it is hard to know what to expect from the others with them all on debut,” says Purdon.  American Empress’s trainer Jeremy Young could be the trainer to follow tonight as not only does he has have her but two other winning chances in The Stunning Nun (race seven) and Best Western (race eight).  The last race should see a continuation of one of the trends of the season so far with three-year-old trotters too slick for their older rivals, with Vatican Hill, Tricky Ric and Fortunato all three-year-olds who look better than maiden grade.   Michael Guerin

Two legends of New Zealand racing shared a remarkable Auckland Trotting Cup victory with Turn It Up at Alexandra Park last night. But sadly only one of them was there to see it. Turn It Up did what no pacer had ever done before, winning Auckland’s richest harness race at just his ninth start. Still just a baby he led almost throughout for champion trainer-driver Mark Purdon and unleashed a 54.3 second last 800m to beat a brave Star Galleria and Ashley Locaz, leaving harness insiders wondering just how far Turn It Up can go. But with every step he takes on that path there will be an air of sadness as one of the men who he was purchased for as a yearling won’t be there to enjoy it. His former co-owner Neil Pilcher was one of the best known and popular owners in New Zealand racing, having shook the hands of probably half the horsepeople in the country during his decades transporting horses. He was a major owner for the All Stars Stable until he passed away just a few months ago before he could see Turn It Up win what would have been the first Auckland Cup for the man affectionately known as Pilch. “Neil loved the stock of Courage Under Fire and this was the one we bought that particular year for him so obviously we are sad he is not here to enjoy it,” said Purdon. Pilcher’s brother Lee has taken a small share to keep the family connection there but one of the other owners of Turn It Up might have created a unique piece of New Zealand racing history all of his own last night. Jim Gibbs is a thoroughbred training Hall of Famer and universally respected after a wonderful career as a galloping trainer and has now owned an Auckland Cup winning pacer 30 years after training Spyglass to win the thoroughbred racing equivalent.  I won an Auckland Cup with her and was beaten a narrow margin a couple of times but this is a lot of fun,” said Gibbs, whose wife Ann also shares in the ownership of Turn It Up. Joining them in the winner’s circle was Gibbs’s son Chris, who five days earlier co-trained Danzdanzdance to win the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie, continuing the impressive family doubles. While Turn It Up’s win was expected the shock of the night came in the group one National Trot when Massive Metro outsprinted hot favourite Marcoola up the passing lane. He was beautifully handled by Todd Mitchell to give trainers Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett one of the most satisfying wins of their careers. “This means a lot to me because this horse’s dam, Paris Metro, gave me my first group in this race 14 years ago,” said Wallis. Marcoola did himself no favours galloping in the score up but driver Clint Ford was making no excuses. He would have settled back anyway and didn’t lose that much so we were beaten by the better horse on the night.” There were no such dramas with Ultimate Sniper as he led throughout to win the $200,000 Sales Series Pace while Belle Of Montana divebombed Wainui Creek in the last stride to win the $150,000 Sires’ Stakes Championships. Earlier in the day favourite punters were left with a black eye and then a bleeding nose when first $1.10 chance Smooth Deal galloped and tailed off in the two-year-old race while Oscar Bonevena was a costly failure after an early gallop in race three.   Michael Guerin

Farrier come trainer Richard Aubrey has been waiting his entire career for tonight. Because for the first time in his 20 years in harness racing, Aubrey can see the group one mountain top. The mountain in question is the $150,000 Sires’ Stakes Championship at Alexandra Park and Aubrey’s exciting three-year-old filly Wainui Creek has emerged as potentially the horse to beat. She has looked an elite-level talent over the last six weeks and was a brave third on her northern debut two weeks ago.  Aubrey, who shoes horses for a job and trains horses on the side with his wife Julia, is adamant Wainui Creek will be better than last start and the filly has already cleared the toughest of obstacles. Because in most pacing group ones trainers like Aubrey can only dream of beating the All Stars but after Princess Tiffany went sore, the country’s leading stable doesn’t have a runner in tonight’s filly’s feature. “Obviously that is a huge help,” says the Cantabrian. “And I think we have a real chance. She was as good as any filly in the race when she ran third here sitting parked last start and she was still big in condition. “She is better now and at her peak. I’ve never won a race worth more than about $40,000 before so yes, I’m a bit excited.” Wainui Creek’s best chance of winning would be if early favourite Chevron Supreme got crossed from the ace, meaning last-start winner Belle Of Montana wasn’t guaranteed the trail. If Belle Of Montana gets that trip she becomes the filly to beat. But for Aubrey and Wainui Creek it is a case of so far, so good.   Michael Guerin

Ken Ford has never been happier with his trotting bodybuilder Marcoola than he is heading into tonight’s $100,000 National Trot at Alexandra Park. And that spells huge trouble and maybe certain defeat for his rivals in the group one. Not that Canterbury trainer Ford coined the nickname Bodybuilder for Marcoola, the trotting star of the New Zealand summer. That is hardly Ford’s style, not the way they do things on the farm down south. “Somebody called him that the other day,” he laughs. “We have some visitors come out to where we are staying and they said that horse looks like a bloody bodybuilder, the way he is all muscled up and glistening. “So I took that has a compliment. This time of year, with the sun on his back and being a stallion, he looks super. “And he is as well as I have ever had him going into a race.” Those words won’t give rival trainers a lot of comfort after Marcoola was breathtaking beating an even better field than the one he meets tonight in the $300,000 Dominion at Addington last month. He then brought that form north to jog away with the Lyell Creek two weeks ago, suggesting he is just as comfortable right-handed. Both wins came after driver Clint Ford was able to balance Marcoola up early then launch him about 1000m from home before disappearing into the distance. Similar tactics looks likely tonight as he has drawn wide so will probably look for cover early and the most nerve-wracking section of the race may be when Ford decides to push the go button. If he is able to stride to the lead he should win, if he has to raced parked outside a high class rival like defending champ Temporale that will at least even things up. Temporale struggled for part of the spring but looked far more like the horse who won this race 12 months ago when he dominated the Flying Mile at Cambridge last Monday. With his natural gate speed he looks the likely first favoured leader tonight and with the advantage of the marker pegs and some question marks over key rivals who galloped at Cambridge he is the obvious danger to the favourite. One trainer confident her National Trot rep will be better tonight than at Cambridge is Michelle Wallis with Massive Metro, although he couldn’t be much worse as he didn’t even score up from the ace last Monday. “He used to be good left-handed but we have put so much work into getting him to go well right-handed he didn’t like being back left-handed,” explains Wallis. “I think back to Alexandra Park he will handle the ace draw this time and should be handy on the markers, which will give him his chance.” Before his Cambridge brain fade, Massive Metro was a luckless and fast finishing fifth against a similar field in the Lyell Creek and if he races up to that form and can cut the corners tonight he appeals as the place value. Amaretto Sun and Lemond were also not on their best behaviour at Cambridge but were group one winners last season so add to the puzzle behind the bodybuilding favourite.   Michael Guerin

Tony Herlihy is heading to Auckland Trotting Cup night with two serious group-one winning drives but if he needs a pre-race reality check he will only need to look left. Because there outside him in both the Auckland Cup and National Trot lie the enormity of the tasks in front of Star Galleria and Temporale. The pair come into their respective group one races on Monday’s twilight card in improved form after messy spring campaigns. Star Galleria (Auckland Cup) started the season on a high but lost form and was later diagnosed with an entrapped epiglottis, which has been operated on and the five-year-old is bouncing back to sharp form. He stormed home into second at Alexandra Park last start and the best version of him can be a player in the Auckland Cup, even if 3200m may not be his most natural distance. But while he has drawn ideally at barrier three, if Herlihy turns his head left in the seconds before the start he will see four members of the All Stars army drawn directly outside him, including dominant favourites Dream About Me (barrier five) and Turn It Up (six). “I was really happy with him (Star Galleria) last start and I think he can get some of it but I think everybody knows how tough Mark’s (Purdon) horses will be. “They are racing so well and are very hard to beat in these big races so while we have a chance it is hard to be confident.” That same applies but probably without quite as much trepidation for Herlihy’s stable star Temporale as he defends his title in the $100,000 National Trot. He struggled with minor issues in the spring and Herlihy had to take the cautious approach when working the big trotter but he looked back to something like his best winning the Flying Mile at Cambridge on Christmas Eve. “He felt good there and was able to get handy while a couple of others galloped so it worked out well,” said Herlihy. “He feels back to top form now and he is coming into this well.” Temporale has the gate speed to go forward from barrier four and could even lead but Herlihy’s confidence is tempered by the recent form of Marcoola, who looks certain to be launched by driver Clint Ford at some stage. “He really is racing well, like a top horse,” says Herlihy of Marcoola. “And he seems to be very free-running when it gets going at the moment so he should make it a staying test.” So as stunning as Marcoola has been in his last two wins it is hard to envisage any of his rivals getting in his way if he gets a head of steam up so if he races up to his Dominion and Lyell Creek winning form his widish draw of barrier seven might prove irrelevant.   Michael Guerin

Taking on the hottest field of the night from the outside draw over a mobile mile isn’t usually the easiest path to a confidence-boosting win at Alexandra Park.  But Star Galleria has three major factors on his side as he attempts to do just that in race two tonight.  While undoubtedly one of the fastest pacers in the country, Star Galleria’s season has been tracking downward since a fresh-up win in September and he was eventually sent for an operation on an entrapped epiglottis straight after the New Zealand Cup.  He returned off a harsh mark in the Franklin Cup a Alexandra Park last Friday night so trainer Steven Reid took the reins and cut corners on his way to finishing sixth but tonight he is racing to win before the Auckland Cup on December 31.  “I’d love him to get a confidence-boosting win,” said Reid.  “He hasn’t had an easy season but he felt a lot better last Friday and had I pulled the right rein he might have finished third.  “But having missed some racing and with there being 17 days between last week and the Auckland Cup he needs another race so I am thrilled this one got off the ground.” The outside of the front line can be a shocker for horses and punters alike in mobile miles at Alexandra Park with it short run to the first bend but Star Galleria has plenty in his favour.  Not only he is rated 28 points above his rivals but his sprint record is phenomenal, with six wins and two placings in eight starts while in another bonus regular reinsman Tony Herlihy jumps back on.  If Herlihy got serious early the five-year-old would probably have the speed to blast past his rivals and give punters a comfortable watch but with a few stayers in the race he can probably afford to be more patient as the speed should be on.  If the best version of Star Galleria turns up he should win, with only Sicario looking a serious danger on their overall career form. After all, less than 11 months ago Star Galleria beat Sicario’s superstar stablemate Heaven Rocks in the Flying Mile at Cambridge.  Some of the small fields tonight could bring others facing wide draws into play, especially as most of the races have no, or very small, second lines, meaning horses drawn wide don’t have to go too far back.  Another with a clear class advantage on her rivals but a wide draw is former Jewels-winning trotter Missandei in race seven.  Half of her eight career wins have come from behind the mobile and while she galloped early in the Lyell Creek Stakes last Friday she drops a long way in class tonight and if she behaves might be too quick. Michael Guerin

The connections of last season’s champion juvenile pacing filly Princess Tiffany are leaving no stone unturned to try and get to the bottom of her underwhelming start to the season.  Unbeaten last season when she won the Jewels and Breeders Crown, Princess Tiffany has finished third and fourth at Alexandra Park the last two Fridays, costing punters a fortune and confusing her trainers.  So she has been sent to Matamata’s Veterinary Services clinic for scintigraphy, a process in which dye is injected into a horse before scanning to pinpoint areas of possible soreness.  While it used to be relatively rarely used on racehorses it has become more commonplace and the All Stars, who train Princess Tiffany, will sometimes send their horses for the scanning process at the end of long campaigns.  But Princess Tiffany is just beginning her campaign and has a $150,000 Sires’ Stakes Championship, for which she could still be favourite, at Alexandra Park on December 31.  So her scintigraphy is to try and work out why she is racing below her best. “Mark (Purdon, trainer) thinks something might be annoying her but we can’t work out what, which is where the scintigraphy is so good,” says stable traveling foreman Matt Bowden.  “We are not thinking it is anything serious but at least this way we will know and we are still confident of getting her to the Sires’ Stakes Final.” Princess Tiffany’s expensive failure last Friday and the horrible mid-race smash in her event somewhat detracted from the emergence of unheralded filly Belle Of Montana.  She is now a group two winner after just four starts for trainer Barry Purdon and paced the 2200m mobile in a very slick 3:28.3, quicker than both her stablemates Dream About Me (Queen Of Hearts) and Ultimate Sniper (Alabar Classic) as they won the other major 2200m mobiles on the night.  While the fields for the December 31 meeting won’t be out until December 27, there has already been a big shortener in the markets for the group ones with Marcoola now into $1.75 to win the National Trot.  He moved into a $1.90 after destroying his opposition in the Lyell Creek last Friday and is even shorter now as second favourite Speeding Spur has been ruled out of the race. “He has had a really busy time obviously with the Inter Dominion so we will freshen him up now and then all going well head back to Australia for the Great Southern Star,” says co-trainer Josh Dickie.  There must also be doubts after Luby Lou, who sits on the fourth line of betting, making it to the National Trot as she has yet to race this season and her only chance of a lead-up race would be $50,000 Flying Mile at Cambridge on Christmas Eve.   Michael Guerin

Surgery could determine whether leading North Island junior reinsman Ben Butcher drives again this summer.  The talented young horseman was left with a broken clavicle after a dreadful race smash in the Ladyship Stakes at Alexandra Park last Friday.  Butcher was driving Flying Steps who could not avoid Gibson Girl, driven by his father David, who fell in front of him down the back straight for the last time.  Three-year-old pacing filly Macey Maguire, driven by Jack MacKinnon, was also brought down in the incident and fractured her neck, leaving vets with no choice but to put her down.  Butcher was the other one of the three drivers seriously hurt and was discharged from Auckland hospital that night and able to return home to Cambridge but can not work as he has his arm in a sling.  And it will not be until he sees a specialist this week he finds out whether he can and will have surgery on the broken bone.  “It sounds like if I have surgery then I might be able to be back driving in two months,” Butcher says.  “But initially the nurses at the hospital said three months.  “It has been a bit painful but I also know it could have been a lot worse. I actually knocked my head when I came down too but the shoulder took most of the impact and obviously my helmet helped. So not hurting my head badly is the most important part.”  Butcher only recently returned from representing New Zealand in the Australasian Young Drivers Championships after a break-out season last term that saw drive 37 winners and start regularly mixing it with the open drivers at Alexandra Park. He says he remembers the whole of Friday’s incident and realises it is part of racing so his focus is on finding the shortest path back to the races but will still miss the busy holiday period and the opportunities that come with it.   Michael Guerin

Bettor's Delight colt Smooth Deal was sensational in winning the first harness racing heat of the Breckon Farms Young Guns series at Alexandra Park tonight. Driven aggressively by trainer Mark Purdon the showy two-year-old headed forward off the mobile gate and finally made the lead with a lap to go. You could tell at the 400m Purdon had a handful of horse and when his major opposition and favourite Perfect Stride paced roughly at the turn the race was all but over and Smooth Deal cruised to the line still full of running.  The time for the mobile 1700m was 2-02.9 which equated to an impressive mile rate of 1-56.3 with the last 800m cut out in 56.5 and the final quarter in 27.1 seconds. Smooth Deal is by champion sire Bettor's Delight from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace. Bred and sold by Woodlands Stud, Smooth Deal was a $230,000 yearling at last year's Australasian Classic Sale selling as Lot 57 and purchased by Jean Feiss and what a judge Jean Feiss is proving to be. Some years ago she went to six figures at an Australian sale - not usual then - to buy an Art Major colt. His name was Vincent. She topped the NZ sale two years ago paying over $200,000 for a colt known as Jesse Duke - a Group One winner as a two year old. The next year she came back and paid another top price $230,000 for the best colt in the sale, named Smooth Deal. Bettor's Delight showed once again how dominant he is as a sire with the first and third placing sired by him and the second placing was by Woodlands Stud new stallion Sweet Lou, but from a Bettor's Delight mare. Smooth Deal is the fourth foal and fourth winner (all by Bettor's Delight) from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace, a super record for any mare and makes Linda Grace now, one of the best producing mares in New Zealand. Her first foal is the Group One winning race mare Linda Lovegrace (1:51.4 placed with earnings of $265,433) who incidentally has a first foal entered in the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019. Entered by Breckon Farms, this Somebeachsomewhere colt from Linda Lovegrace named Lovesomewhere, is sure to be a most sort after yearling. Somebeachsomewhere (now deceased) is one of the world's greatest producing sires. With only seven crops racing in North America he is rewriting the record book with outstanding numbers. He is already the sire of over $110 million in progeny earnings in North America with average earnings per live foal of an astounding $139,441. Yes that is right, every foal born of racing age has an average earning record of $139,441, simply hard to believe. Somebeachsomewhere (by Mach Three) is the current leading sire of three-year-olds in North America with progeny earnings of $8,643,963. The next best producing sire is American Ideal with earnings of $4,314,519. Somebeachsomewhere has double the earnings of the next best producing sire. Here is the list of leading three-year-old sires in North America for 2018 as at the 14th of December;                                                      Starters Sire in 2018 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 107 $8,643,963 AMERICAN IDEAL 84 $4,314,519 BETTORS DELIGHT 90 $3,838,824 SHADOW PLAY 83 $3,628,952 SPORTSWRITER 110 $3,409,798 MACH THREE 84 $3,292,133 ART MAJOR 78 $3,148,482 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 70 $2,861,999 WELL SAID 75 $2,423,241 A ROCKNROLL DANCE 56 $2,005,508 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 59 $1,974,872 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 35 $1,900,758 PET ROCK 74 $1,885,744 ROCKIN IMAGE 75 $1,821,298 DRAGON AGAIN 60 $1,683,899 IM GORGEOUS 15 $1,264,305 ROLL WITH JOE 48 $1,175,035 SO SURREAL 36 $1,045,256 MCARDLE 43 $1,019,792 BIG BAD JOHN 39 $916,737 For a full catalogue reference of this Somebeachsomewhere colt Lot 47 Lovesomewhere click here.  Her second foal is another Group placed mare called Gina Grace who has raced in three Countries, New Zealand and Australia and now in North America. Gina Grace paced a winning time of 1:51.8 in Australia and has won $320,825 to date still racing in North America. Her third foal is the gelding (He) Bettor Step Aside 1:54.5 ($59,000) Harnesslink Media   Smooth Deal winning the first two-year-old race in New Zealand for 2018/2019   BRECKON FARMS YOUNG GUNS SERIES (HEAT 1) MOBILE PACE, $23,500, 2YO, 1700m    (Qualifying Time: 2-13.4)   For 2-year-old pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Sex (fillies drawn inside colts and geldings) using the track grid. Refer series conditions. Video  Weather: Fine     Track: Fast      Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 8 Smooth Deal 8 fr 12,500.00 2/2 2-02.9   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 4 Double Or Nothing 4 fr 4,000.00 6/5 2-03.7 3.70 D J Butcher R W Green 3 1 Perfect Stride 1 fr 2,000.00 1/1 2-03.8 4.50 Z E Butcher R W Green 4 9 Mach Da Vinci 9 fr 1,500.00 3/3 2-03.9 4.90 J I Dickie P T Court 5 3 Prince Of Pleasure 3 fr 1,000.00 4/4 2-04.1 6.10 A G Herlihy MNZM A G Herlihy MNZM 6 6 Stavros The Terror 6 fr 500.00 7/7 2-04.6 8.40 J R Dunn P T Court 7 7 Sir Tiger 7 fr 500.00 8/8 2-04.6 8.40 A P T Poutama R W Green 8 10 Eagle Watch 10 fr 500.00 10/9 2-05.2 11.40 T W Mitchell M G Berger 9 2 Art Christian 2 fr 500.00 9/10 2-05.7 13.80 L G Hollis L G Hollis & S M Robertson 10 5 Jeremy Wells 5 fr 500.00 5/6 2-10.0 35.60 T M Williams J D Harrington $23,500.00         Divs: $3.40. $1.50. $2.70. $1.20. Quinella $24.20. Trifecta $107.10. TAB Double[races-3,4]:(1,8) $4.70. TAB Conc.:(1,4) $6.70. First4 $326.30. Margins: 3 3/4 lengths, 3/4 length, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-56.3 Last 800m: 56.5 Last 400m: 27.1 Placed Horses:       Smooth Deal 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Double Or Nothing 2016 2 B g Sweet Lou - Love A Gamble   (by Bettor's Delight)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Ltd, R G Fleming, Mrs S B Fleming, N McAlister, R S Best    Breeder: Ms A Van Der Beek    Perfect Stride 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Chicago Blues   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: E & M Stride Corp.    Breeder: F J Price,Mrs K V Price,F R Price,Mrs H L Price  

Canterbury trained trotter Marcoola has broken the New Zealand 2200m mobile record tonight when easily winning the Gr2 Lyell Creek Stakes at Alexandra Park. Trained by Ken Ford and driven by part owner Clint Ford the Sundon 5yo was beaten for early speed in the race by Maurice McKendry and Lemond and ended up three deep on the fence before zipping to the lead with a lap remaining.  In the straight Marcoola had far too much gas for the opposition running clear and winning by more than 3 lengths without being pushed. Clint Ford said after the race he could not do much about getting crossed at the start, "I tried to hold them out but they were too quick for me. When the train started coming I thought I better get moving and he held on good in the end. "He was touching the wheels a bit during the race as well. Usually he clears them but I think he was just stretching out so well tonight. The winning time of 2-41.3 broke the old New Zealand record of 2-41.9 set by Habibty Ivy in April last year. Marcoola will have his next run on New Years Eve at Alexandra Park in the Gr1 $100000 National trot and will bypass the Cambridge Mile on Christmas Eve.     Harnesslink Media

If you are considering a Mark Multi at Alexandra Park tonight tread cautiously. Because while champion trainer Mark Purdon will provide favourites in up to five of the races on the premier night, he has reservation about two of his biggest names. Purdon is looking after the domestic team tonight before heading to Victoria tomorrow morning to partner favourite Spankem in the Inter Dominion Pacing Final, where he has been prepared by partner Natalie Rasmussen, who will drive Cruz Bromac in the same race. There will be plenty of punters willing to multi up all sorts of All Stars-trained runners over the weekend but Purdon says any time he brings a horse to Alexandra Park for the first time there is an element of the unknown. And that applies to both Ultimate Sniper in the $50,000 Alabar Classic and Turn It Up in the $50,000 Lincoln Farms Franklin Cup. Ultimate Sniper was stunningly good winning the Sires' Stakes Final at Addington last month and will have Tony Herlihy sitting in for Rasmussen tonight but the $1.35 might be a little short. "We all know how good he is but he has never raced right-handed and he hasn't been 100 per cent comfortable yet when working that way," says Purdon. "He should be better on the bigger track at Alexandra Park but I wouldn't be saying he will just win because he has to overcome that hurdle first." Turn It Up is one of the more exciting pacers in the country and it took Interdom star Cruz Bromac to beat him in the NZ Free-For-All last start but he hasn't raced for four weeks and also hasn't been right-handed. "We have four good chances in that race and while he might be the best of them I can't separate them with any confidence, again because he hasn't raced right-handed. "So a horse like Ashley Locaz could be hard to beat, he had to be very good to win like he did here last week." Purdon's confidence levels boost closer to 100 per cent when discussing Dream About Me in the Queen Of Hearts and Princess Tiffany in the Ladyship Stakes. The latter lost her unbeaten record when third in a similar field last Friday but is better drawn and with natural improvement should win, although Wainui Creek is an exciting rival. Dream About Me held off stablemate Elle Mac in their lead-up race last Friday and a similar racing pattern and result looks likely in tonight's group one, especially with main rival Utmost Delight drawn wider than the favoured pair. Purdon and his army of punting followers won't just have eyes for Alexandra Park, with Ultimate Machete returning to mobile racing at Addington tonight too, where A G's White Socks and Alta Maestro will test any chinks in his armour. Back at Alexandra Park, Marcoola has the draw and the gate speed to dominate the $50,000 Lyell Creek Trot and he would only need to turn up in his Dominion winning form of a month ago to make the $1.90 quote look luxurious.   Michael Guerin

TAB Jackpots Pre-Christmas Bonuses on NZ Early Quaddies Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday between now and Christmas there will be a Bonus Early Quaddie on a NZ meeting: Thoroughbreds: $20k Bonus Early Quaddie every Saturday Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Friday night AND Sunday Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Thursday evening Bonus Pools Thu 13 Dec Addington Dogs: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie Fri 14 Dec Alexandra Park Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie Sat 15 Dec Te Rapa Races: $20k BONUS Early Quaddie Sun 16 Dec Rangiora AND Winton Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddies Pick Six  Thu 13 Dec $40k Guaranteed at Palmerston North Night Harness Fri 14 Dec $25k Guaranteed TURBO at Alex Park/Addington Night Harness Interdominions Interdominion Harness @Melton: A$110k BONUS Quaddie Races 5, 6, 7 & 8.   Manawatu Harness Racing Club - Thursday 13 December First race at 5.16pm. Features a $40,000 Pick Six.    Addington Raceway - Friday 14 December Hello Everyone, The countdown is on for Christmas.  Do you need to order Christmas Goodies, or organize a get together prior to the end of year.  If so, we can help!  ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING has Christmas Treats available to purchase!  Our Chefs have made delicious Christmas cakes, mince tarts and steam puddings for you to order online.  Please visit our website to make your life easy leading up to the big day.    https://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/    As you could imagine Christmas at the Races is extremely popular.  If you are still looking for something, we have options available for Friday 14 and 21 December.  Friday 14 December Experience a Christmas Party like no other! Friday week we have a phenomenal festive atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment and of course great harness racing action on the track.  Options start from $75 per person.  End of Year Celebration ~ 21st December Races  Get your colleagues, friends and family together for one of the last working days of the year, and relax and unwind on the Lindauer Lawn from 2pm while watching the races.  Package includes: Christmas-themed BBQ buffet, allocated outdoor seating with umbrella, live entertainment between races and cash bar facilities. Only $38 per person. UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/121432pg.htm - Friday 14 December https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/122132pg.htm - Friday 21 December (Tentative) 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 14 December and Saturday 15 December  Christmas At The Races popular as ever Alexandra Park’s eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings set down for November and December are selling fast but there’s still time. “Our three November evenings are probably where we’ve got the best availability. However individuals, businesses and organisations need to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. The 2018 Christmas At The Races evenings will take place on Fridays 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 15 December. The incredibly popular nights are promoted as the perfect work Christmas party with a gourmet buffet, stunning décor, and great entertainment including a visit from Santa himself!. Holly packages remain available from $70 per person, as do the delightful Mistletoe packages at $115 with the option of track-view dining outside on the Epsom Balconies. Also, still available are the premium Pohutukawa packages in the Tasman Room from $140 which include a premium drinks package. However, Pohutukawa packages in Alexandra Park’s level five Top of the Park venue, priced from $165, are now limited but with some availability still on 21 December. Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz Inter Dominions 2019 at Alexandra Park Dates confirmed are: Heats Friday 29th November Tuesday 3rd December Friday 6th December Final Saturday 14th December ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com 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 HRC - Sunday 16 December WINTON THE FOCUS OF TROTTING FRATERNITY Central Southland Raceway in Winton is the focus for harness racing over the next few weeks with three of the four remaining meetings of 2018 held at the course. The Winton Harness Racing Club host meetings at the course on 16 and 31 December while the Wairio Trotting Club hold their annual Christmas meeting and Cup Day on Saturday 22 December. The first of the three meetings is the Winton Harness Racing Club Christmas Races at the course on Sunday 16 December. The club have a ten race programme from 12.20pm with the feature races, the AON Insurance Equine Stakes and the Ryal Bush Transport Mobile Pace. There is a great day of free entertainment for the kids with mini jeeps, a bouncy castle and a lolly scramble with Santa all part of the fun. On Saturday 22 December, the Wairio Trotting Club will hold their Christmas Races at the course from 12 noon. The feature race is the Otautau 4 Square Supermarket Wairio Cup while Santa Claus will pay another visit to the course and there will be a lolly scramble and other children’s entertainment including $2 mini jeep rides. After the Christmas rush is over relax in a picnic atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy a laid back afternoon with the Winton Harness Racing Club. The other meeting prior to the end of the year is a fun filled day for all at Gore on 27 December.   Cambridge Raceway - Club to mark Centenary in style A great night of summer racing with plenty of atmosphere promises to entertain racegoers attending Cambridge Raceway’s January 11 meeting next year, which will mark the centenary of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Incorporated racing club. Established in 1919, the club has become an integral part of the Cambridge community. Not only has it become the epicenter for racing in the region, its facilities have also been widely utilised, including as a training camp for the New Zealand military during World War II. To mark the milestone, the club plans to celebrate in style with the night taking on a 1920’s Great Gatsby and Peaky Blinders theme and racegoers are encouraged to dress-up accordingly. “We want to make a really big night of the centenary meeting,” Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch said. “It’s all going to be dress-up, the whole place will be decked out in a 1920’s theme. “We want to create a great atmosphere and pack the grass verge out along the front of the grandstand with hospitality, the Skyline Lounge will also be open, the Alf Walsh Lounge will take on a speakeasy vibe for the night and we will also have our Colts and Fillies Club to entertain the children. “We’re not only celebrating racing at Cambridge but also the past 100 years of the Cambridge township and we’re involving the Cambridge Community in the promotions and the race night. “There will be a 1920s themed window dressing competition in the lead up to the event.” The night will also offer a great card of racing, including the Gr.2 Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) and the Gr.3 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m), which have been specifically moved to mark the celebration. “Traditionally they have been on that earlier January meeting, but this will space it out a bit more from the Auckland (new year’s eve) meeting, so hopefully we will get a few of the better horses from the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m),” Branch said. The Waikato Flying Mile has been a key race for the club, with its inaugural running in 1966, and plenty of quality graduates have gone on to perform at elite level. “It’s always a race that has brought the crowds,” Branch said. “I remember Christian Cullen when he won the race, and going through the past winners it’s a pretty impressive roll of honour.” Other notable winners include champion pacers Young Quinn, Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance, while recent winners include race record holder Adore Me (1.51.6) and current world-beater Lazarus. Branch said there has been many highlights for the club in its 100 years, including the running of the Harness Jewels every second year since its inception, but the construction of the grandstand in the 1970s has been the club’s biggest achievement. “The Jewels has definitely been a highlight, but building the grandstand has been the biggest highlight for the club,” Branch said. “The Jewels this year has been the biggest highlight for myself as chief executive of the club and also retaining it for 2020. There has been a lot of learning from this year’s event, so we’re excited to see what we can offer in 2020. “We have got a fairly new team at the raceway and everybody is keen and wanting to move the place forward, which is fantastic.” The gates to Cambridge Raceway will open at 5pm on January 11, with racegoers encouraged to dress-up for the 1920’s theme. For more information visit this page – Cambridge Raceway   Central Otago Trotting Club News - 2 January The Central Otago Trotting Club is proud to announce two exciting competitions which will soon be live on their facebook page! Witches of Westview competition  Be in to win a share in a syndicate of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ courtesy of Nigel Armstrong & Central Otago Trotting Club. This is your opportunity to ‘own’ a share in your own racehorse from 2nd January 2019 through to ………………… You will not have to contribute any money at any stage to pay for the syndicate. This is an opportunity to be involved in racing up to 6 horses throughout New Zealand. At the end of it you may even receive a pay-out – if the horses do well enough, though we can’t guarantee that. This is a fantastic no risk opportunity for you to experience the thrill of racing as an owner. To enter you all you need to do is type Witches in the comments, tag a friend and share the Facebook page. On race day entries will be drawn against a horse (in a yet to be specified race) in a sweepstake manner. The winning and 2ndplace getting horses in that race will receive a share each. In the event of a dead heat for 2nd, the club will try to get an additional share, otherwise it would be decided by coin toss. Entries close 30 Dec 2018 Terms & Conditions of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ Open only to females Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Must be on course at Omakau Racecourse, 2 January 2019 to pick up prize or will it will be redrawn. Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For full terms and conditions see ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ rules. ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ compliments of Kirk & Michelle Larsen This competition will give you a phantom share of a racehorse at Omakau on 2nd January 2019. The winner will receive complimentary admission and carpark tickets for 4 people. At the course once you have identified yourself at the secretary’s office you will receive 4 complimentary race books, you will be treated like an owner throughout the day. A COTC committee member will take you to meet the trainer and horse. You will be invited to watch the race from the owners & trainers stand. If the horse is a winner, then you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with it. The club will put $50 each way on the horse for you – if you win the dividend is yours. After the race you will receive an invite to the president’s bar. To enter all you have to do is type Own the Moment in the comments, tag a mate and share the facebook page. Entries close on 24 Dec 12 noon If you are excited about owning a share in a syndicate, follow the link Terms & Conditions of ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Will be drawn on 24 Dec 2018 Must be on course on the day to collect prize – 2nd Jan Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For all full terms and conditions see the Facebook Page.    Southern Harness News - Online Noms from 1 December The Southern Harness Racing Board has made a directive from 1st December ALL nominations must be made online. This will act as confirmation of your nominations. With Southern Harness Racing now preparing race fields for over 70 meetings this historical process of receiving manual nominations by phone is an inefficient use of staff resources.  With the workload, this manual process also increases the risk of errors being made. Note: This is for nominations only and all other communication will be as in the past. Nominations will need to be done through the Trainers Login Password on the HRNZ Website or by login on your phone by downloading the app.  Please watch the tutorial below: https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/infohorse/hrnzapphowto.htm If trainers wish to have training on the use of online nominations please contact the Southern Harness office and this will be arranged for you. FINALS – NUGGET, LADYSHIP AND GOLD CHIP SERIES After a successful Nugget Series and culminating in a Super Nugget Final for a $20,000 stake, the Board has gone further and introduced a Ladyship Series for fillies and mares. All these series finals have a stake of $12,000 and Super Finals for $20,000. All winners of Finals gain automatic qualification for the Super Finals. Dates are: Super Nugget Final (Pacers) – 9th March 2019 (NSTC) Ladyship Stakes Final (Fillies & Mares) – 6th April 2019 (Invercargill HRC) Gold Chip Final (Trotters) – 13th April 2019 (Winton HRC) For full conditions of these series please refer to Raceday Programmes. STAKES INCREASE All Races programmed rated R60 & faster will be carrying a stake of $14,999 (irrespective of gait).  This is to reward the faster classes horses in the area and a continual increase in stakes in Southland to keep the horses locally and not offshore.   Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.   The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.   The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019. Chris Craddock Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420         Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill    HRNZ Marketing

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