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Harness racing trainer Ray Green always seems to have a smart two year old or two each season and has become known as one of the best two year old conditioners around. So when Ray tells you he has a bit of time for a juvenile, it pays to take notice. The two year old in question is Zach Maguire who lines up for his second lifetime start at Alexander Park on Friday night. A $34,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic yearling sale, Zach Maguire made a good fist of his debut when a close up third to the smart Sir Ritchie. Ray thinks he still has one or two little kinks to iron out with the Bettor's Delight colt. " He is not the finished product yet but he is getting better all the time." " The one attribute of his that I really like is his high speed" "He is a colt with a big future and being a Bettors Delight he should just get better and better with racing." " He's a keeper," Ray said. Ray was going to have two babies in tomorrow night but it looks like he may have to scratch his other runner, the Mach Three filly Tuapeka Sky. " She came out of the paddock lame so I will just have to get her checked out." " It is a shame because I have a lot of time for her." " She also has a lot of speed and I think will develop into a lovely three year old next season," Ray said. One thing that has changed at the Lincoln Farm setup recently has been a change in the stable driving arrangements. Ray was quick to dismiss any talk of bad blood in the change. " A lot of the new syndicates we have set up are requesting we put up some of the leading drivers and so to accommodate them we have made the change." At this point in the main we are using David and Zac Butcher," Ray said. Ray Green has a great record with young horses and this years crop headed by Killer Queen and company look sure to keep his name to the fore over the next twelve months. Harnesslink Media 

NSW harness racing reinsman Robbie Morris had very little luck during the Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC) in New Zealand over the weekend. The popular reinsman finished ninth overall after driving in six of the seven heats during the Championship with his best result a fourth at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Throughout the Championship the average odds of horses driven by Morris was 20 to 1, however the 23 year old still left New Zealand on a winning note driving $81 chance Sioux Nation to victory in the final race, a non AYDC event, at Timaru on Sunday afternoon. "It may have not been part of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship but it was still a great feeling to drive a winner in New Zealand," Morris said. "I really enjoyed the experience, it was a great opportunity for me to represent New South Wales and I would like to thank HRNSW for the opportunity." Morris had never driven in New Zealand previously and had his first experience driving on a right handed track when he competed at Alexandra Park. "It was fantastic that the drivers were given the opportunity to drive at both of the big tracks in New Zealand, I have watched so many races from Addington and Alexandra Park, it was a thrill to get the chance to drive on both of them." Having driven 72 winners in NSW with more than three months still remaining in the current season, Morris will return to Australia and aim towards his season goal of 100 winners. "I've driven 100 winners each season for the past three years and that is a goal I will be aiming at between now and the end of the season. "I will be back driving at Menangle on Tuesday afternoon but it was good to see the team back home in Australia get a winner on Saturday night with Stormont Czar winning with Rickie Alchin driving." - HRNSW Media

This years Lone Star Riccarton Australasian Young Drivers Championship got under way at last nights harness racing meeting at Cambridge and the defending champion Andre Poutama immediately showed that he wasn't going to give up the title without a real fight. This years series is being run over seven races at four race meetings across New Zealand and last night saw the first two of those seven races run. First blood went to the defending champion Andre Poutama from New Zealand who settled Sapphire Castleton in the trail behind the pacemaking Tereskova driven by Tom Buchanan from Western Australia and then used the passing lane to good effect to nail Tereskova right on the line. Silver Stream off 50 metres with Dylan Ford from Tasmania in the bike ran on well to grab third in front of Madam Simone and Jake Webster from South Australia. The second heat saw New Zealand's South Island representative Robbie Close grab the early lead with Balius with the hot favourite Forever An Angel and Josh Aiken sitting in the death seat after Robbie wouldn't hand up the front with Balius. Passing the 800 metres Forever An Angel went into a wild gallop and caused a bit of carnage back in the field which left Balius clear in the lead. The only danger was Elusive Edgar with Dylan Ford in the bike in the trail and try as they might, they couldn't run down Balius.  Mach Cullen and Andre Poutama flew home late for third after copping a interrupted run with Stars Star and Jake Webster running on into fourth. Robbie Close can count himself a little bit fortunate to win the race as he copped a $250 fine  from stewards for squeezing Elusive Edgar up when crossing to the lead early. After the first two heats the points table sits like this. Andre Poutama     26  Robbie Close        21 Dylan Ford           21 Tom Buchanan     18 Jake Webster       14 Robbie Morris        9 Michele Neilson     7 Josh Aiken            6 Trent Moffat           6 Ben Butcher           4 The series continues tonight at Alexandra Park before shifting to Addington tomorrow and Timaru on Sunday Harnesslink Media  

This seasons Australasian Young Drivers Championship gets under way at tonights harness racing meeting at Cambridge Raceway in New Zealand with six drivers from Australia and four from New Zealand involved in the series. Ten of the best rising talents of the driving ranks across two countries will square off in a seven race series across four race meetings after which a winner will be crowned.   Things kick off at Cambridge tonight with two heats before the group head to Alexandra Park tomorrow night for two more heats.   They then shift down New Zealand to the South Island and Addington Raceway where they will have one heat on one of the bigger days of racing on the New Zealand calendar before the competition winds up with two heats at Timaru on Sunday.   Representing New South Wales this season is Robbie Morris and he is thrilled to have been given the opportunity.   "Ever since I have been involved in harness racing I've always dreamed of representing my state"   "It's a real privilege to do so"    " My dad drove in the series a long time ago so I'm rapt to be following in his footsteps."   " These series come down to the luck of the draw a bit with what horse you draw in the ballot but I will be giving it my best shot."   "I haven't been to New Zealand before so I am looking forward to it,"   " Kerry Ann (Turner) and I have watched a lot of racing from New Zealand on Sky so it will good to have a look around," Robbie said.   Robbie Morris has already racked up 72 winners this season in New South Wales and looms as one of the favourites to take out the overall title in New Zealand.   Harnesslink Media

On paper tonights $145,000 Rowe Cup for elite class trotters at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked a one horse race with Stent in outstanding form and a clear favourite. Plenty of pundits were concerned about it being his first standing start for nearly five months and the 3200 metres was another query that was also regularly mentioned in the lead up to the race. As it turned out Stent trotted away brilliantly for Colin De Filippi from the stand to grab an early lead over Alley Way and Matthew Williamson. Mark Jones was away well with the defending champ Master Lavros and worked forward and took over the lead from Stent after 700 metres. There was no loitering in front as Mark Jones looked to take a bit of the speed out those in pursuit of Master Lavros and he kept the tempo up the whole way. Applying even more pressure as they went past the 400 metres mark, it was clear as they turned for home that Master Lavros only had one serious challenger and that was Stent who waited for the passing lane to lodge his challenge. These two knuckled down to fight it out and Stent got in the deciding stride to claim his first of the big 3200 metres cups To Master Lavros's credit it took Stent every inch of the straight at Alexander Park to get his head in front right on the line. Alley Way was 2 3/4 lengths back in third which was a great effort first up in the big time and there was a further four lengths back to One Over Da Moon in fourth. Stent trotted the 3200 metres from a stand in a very quick 4:03.6, a mile rate of 2:02.4 with closing setionals of 57.9 and 28. The time was a new race record, taking one point six seconds off the old record held by I Can Doosit. Colin De Filippi was very emotional on returning to scale, fighting back the tears. " My father won this race forty years ago and it really means so much to me to win this race." " It is a race I have wanted to win for a long time so its very special." " I can't say enough about what a great owner Trevor Casey has been to train for." " Even when things weren't going that well early in Stent's career, Trevor never even once questioned what I was doing" " He deserves all the success he is having," Colin said.  It has been a stellar season for the son of Dream Vacation with tonights win his 13th from just 18 starts this season with earnings of $637,216. Harnesslink Media

A lot of harness racing pundits (us included) had doubts about the ability of Sky Major to bounce back from an horrendous overland trip in the Taylor Mile last week and come from the outside of the second line to beat the great field assembled for the $100,000 New Zealand Messenger. But as horses with that touch of real class can do, Sky Major produced probably his best run at Alexandra Park to run  over the top of them late and snatch the win right on the line. As expected hot favourite Ohoka Punter with Tony Herlihy in the bike easily led from barrier one from Tiger Tara and Mossdale Conner  challenging for the lead with Beyond The Silence in the trail. Mossdale Conner settled in the parked out position while Tiger Tara and Gerard O'Reilly snuck into three back on the inner. Sky Major with Zac Butcher in the bike had settled back in the running line but when horses made their moves three wide, he progressed to be three back in the running line. The field pretty much stayed in that order until 1100 metres from home when Australian visitor Messini went round three wide but couldn't get into the parked position and was left out there for the rest of the race. As they turned for home Ohoka Punter looked all over the winner, but first Tiger Tara burst along the passing lane to claim him and he was quickly joined out wide by a flying Sky Major who had got a lovely drag into the race on the corner. At the finishing line there was only a nose in it but Sky Major had got there by half a head and in the process confirmed himself as a starter in this years Harness Jewels. Tiger Tara was very game in second having been involved in the early burn while Ohoka Punter was slightly disappointing in running third after getting his own rules in front. Sky Major paced the 2700 metres in 3:15.6, a mile rate of 1:56.5 with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 27.8. The time was a new race record, taking two tenths of a second off the old race record held by Tintin In America Zac Butcher was thrilled to have won another race for his boss Barry Purdon.   " Barry is just a master at setting horses for these Group 1 races." " This horse was all out last week but he has got him here tonight in great order." " The horse has gone super but it wasn't until the last 50 metres that I thought we may get up." " I am absolutely thrilled," Zac said.   With that win under his belt, Sky Major will now head to the Harness Jewels where he is a major chance to become the first horse to win three Harness Jewels crowns. Harnesslink Media  

Harness racing royalty is the only way to describe the Scuse Me family these days as it continues to dominate a lot of the Group races in New Zealand. The latest star to hit the headlines is the unbeaten two year old filly by Bettor's Delight, Dream About Me who was a warm favourite for the $138,000 two year old Sires Stakes Final for fillies at Alexandra Park tonight. Dream About Me missed a race last week with a hoof abscess but punters hadn't forgotten her dominant win in the Young Guns Final. As expected Luisanabelle Midfrew flew the gate to lead early before handing up to Dream About Me with 1100 metres to go. The speed had been pretty torrid early but there was no let up in the tempo as second elect Arden's Choice was posted three wide in the open. With 600 metres to go Mark Purdon took Arden's Choice to the death seat but Dream About Me still seemed to be cruising as they went past the 400 metres mark. As they turned for home Dream About Me kicked clear and seemed to pretty much stroll to the line with Tim Williams hardly moving in the bike. At the line she was 1 3/4 lengths in front of  Luisanabelle Midfrew who used the passing lane to good effect to run second with a gap back to a game Arden's Choice in third. A minor highlight of the race was the run of Sophisticated Lady who came from last at the 400 metres mark to run fourth. Dream About Me paced the 1700 metres in 2:01.4, a mile rate of 1:54.9 with closing sectionals of 56.2 and 27.6. The time was a new New Zealand record, taking a tenth of a second off the time set by the champion filly Bettor Cover Lover. Tim Williams was very confident heading into the race. " She is a high class filly and she is just getting better every time she goes to the races." " I missed the early speed duel and got the lead quite easily and she was always travelling after that." " She knocked off half way up the straight and I never pulled the ear plugs so she had plenty left,"Tim said. Tonight's victory was the latest big win in a huge season for the young reinsman but he was quick to deflect any praise from himself to the stable. "Driving horses of this quality makes my job really easy and most of the credit has to go to the team at All Stars," Tim said. Charlie Roberts bred the half sister to Christen Me and races her with his family and he must pinch himself daily at how the ride justs keeps on going with the Scuse Me breed at the moment. Harnesslink Media  

The first of the Group 1 races at tonights big harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park was the $80,000 Northern Trotting Derby which looked a two horse race on paper and for once that's how it played out. Habibti Ivy and Blair Orange led early as expected before handing up to the warm favourite, Speeding Spur with co-trainer Joshua Dickie in the bike. The main danger to Speeding Spur in Monbet with Ricky May in the bike settled into the one by one early on the back of the smart Prince Fearless and that was the running order up front for the first lap. With just over a lap to go Arya and Mark Purdon worked around to the death seat, forcing Monbet back a further place to three back in the running line. Speeding Spur really upped the ante down the back and the first horse to feel the pinch was Prince Fearless who started to struggle to hold Arya's back which forced Monbet and Ricky May to come out three wide. Speeding Spur really upped the ante on the corner and straightened four lengths clear with Monbet and Arya still finishing on. Late in the piece Monbet took a lot of ground off Speeding Spur but the son of Pegasus Spur was never in any danger of being beaten. Arya never gave up and stuck on well for third in front of Prince Fearless who kept whacking away to finish fourth. Speeding Spur trotted the 2700 metres in 3:25.4, a mile rate of 2:02.4 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.7  Joshua Dickie was in awe of the performance of Speeding Spur. " I knew he would better than last week but he just felt super tonight" " His work during during the week had been great and we were pretty confident tonight." "Dad has done a great job of having him peak for the Derbies and a lot of the credit must go to him," Joshua said. Trainer John Dickie was all smiles post race. " We had him a bit short last week but this week he was right on the mark. "I was really confident going into the race and he didn't let us down," John said. The plans for Speeding Spur for the rest of the season are already set. " He will go to the $75,000 sales race at Addington on May 15th and then to the Harness Jewels two weeks later, " John said. Monbet put in another huge run for second, making up a lot of ground on the leader off a 56.3 last 800 metres while the run of Arya was much more in keeping with her ability. Harnesslink Media  

With the four Group 1 races at tonight's harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park, we here at Harnesslink decided to do a runner by runner preview of all the Group races. This is our preview of this years Rowe Cup 1) Springbank Sam  -  Starts: 63    Wins: 17   Secs: 8    Thirds: 8    Life: $287,036  Back to a stand this week which he is much more comfortable with. Placed second in this two years ago and has a great record over 3200 metres. Has been in good touch in his last few starts and we like him as a first four chance. 2) Alley Way  -  Starts: 42    Wins: 11    Secs: 10    Thirds: 3    Life: $90,124 Up and comer who had no chance from the draw last week. Can really fly the standing start and looks the early leader and from there will hand up to one of the favourites which makes him a legitimate trifecta and first four player. Driver very confident he can be in it so don't discard. 3) Stent  -  Starts: 59    Wins: 27    Secs: 16    Thirds: 5    Life: $1,027,413 The best trotter in Australasia who deserves to be favourite here but there are several little question marks in this race. This will be his first standing start for nearly five months so that is a worry and of course this race is over 3200 metres which is the distance at which he is most vulnerable. Class and a great driver in Colin De Filippi will get him a long way but no past the post certainty. Include in everything. 4) King Denny  -  Starts: 21    Wins: 9     Secs: 3    Thirds: 0    Life: $202,499  Has really come of age on this campaign and his run last week after being used early was huge. The distance is right up his alley but the issue here is his poor standing start manners. He has yet to go away with the field this time in although he has got better in this respect and is not losing as much ground as he was. Needs to go away with them to be a winning chance so we only have him in as a trifecta and first four player. 5) Mum's Pride  -  Starts: 11    Wins: 8    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $95,901 The find of the season in the trotting ranks but this is his biggest test to date by far. Has great standing start manners which is a big plus here but with only 11 starts lifetime one does worry about the ringcraft a bit. James Stormont is not afraid to be aggressive as a driver but we still think this horse is twelve months away from reaching his peak. Trifecta and first four chance for us. 6) Master Lavros  -  Starts: 39    Wins: 15   Secs: 5    Thirds: 3    Life: $379,154 Last years winner of this race who has been in the wilderness since that win. Trotting the best that we have seen him in his whole career in this campaign and looks to be enjoying his racing again. Can be a bit hit or miss from a stand but we think in his present frame of mind he is a big player here. Loves the 3200 metres and likes Alexandra Park. Include in everything.  7) Sheemon  -  Starts: 54    Wins: 16    Secs: 17    Thirds: 10    Life: $473,792 Right at the top of his game at the moment and loves Alexandra Park. Has beaten Stent at their last two meetings at Alexandra Park in Group 1 races and a game second in this race last year as a four year old. A much better horse as a five year old and with Dexter in the bike he will be given every chance to go one better this year. Include in everything. 8) Flying Isa  -  Starts: 55    Wins: 17     Secs: 5    Thirds: 4    Life: $479,192 Back from a successful stint in Australia but up against it here. Better from a mobile than a stand and we would prefer at a distance a bit shorter than 3200 metres. We find it hard to see him as a threat to the favoured trio. Outside first four player at best for us. 9) Dr Hook  -  Starts: 87    Wins: 17    Secs: 13    Thirds: 11    Life: $434,613 An outstanding trotter who is in the twilight of his career. Will appreciate the move back to a stand but it is still hard to see him being a major player here. Not for us 10) One Over Da Moon  -  Starts: 33    Wins: 11     Secs: 3    Thirds: 2    Life: $179,956  Really nice trotter who is taking on the best trotters around this campaign. Has gone a couple of good races this time in but has several question marks beside his name tonight. We have doubts that 3200 metres really suits him and at his last standing start he broke badly and took no serious part. Not for us. 11) Kincaslough  -  Starts: 30    Wins: 10     Secs: 3    Thirds: 3    Life: $122,986  Has had a very long season to date being around since September and signs of that present in her last few runs. Very capable mare and back to a stand which she much prefers. Did go her best race for some time last week, running on well late but a few here look sharper to us. Outside first four chance at best. SELECTIONS How can you go past Stent in his present form. He does have a few question marks beside his name this week but he is not a millionaire by chance. The two main dangers for us are Master Lavros and Sheemon who quinelled the race last year. Both look to be right in the zone at the moment and just need the rub of the green to threaten Stent. Behind these three are a group who are trifecta and first four players if things go their way in the running. We would  include King Denny, Mums Pride, Alley Way and Springbank Sam in combinations with the three above. Harnesslink Media

With the four Group 1 races at the Auckland Trotting Club's harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park tomorrow night, we thought it only proper that we here at Harnesslink did an in-depth preview of all the Group 1 races. Here is our preview of the New Zealand Sires Stakes final for two year old fillies. 1) Sophisticated Lady  -  Starts: 4    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $8,253 Huge run first up to run second to Northern Velocity but didn't handle the very wet track at Invercargill at her second start and it seems to have flattened her a touch. Sat parked in the Caduceus Club Final last week and didn't give it away so not the worst here by any means. From the draw we think she is a trifecta and first four chance. 2) Nek Time  -  Starts: 4    Wins: 1   Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $9,927 This filly has always shown a bit of promise but greenness in her earlier starts has cost her. Last start win against the maidens was full of merit but it is a big step up here. The distance of 1700 metres is more her go but still only an outside first four player for us 3) Killer Queen  -   Starts: 6    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $17,335 This filly started out with a huge private reputation but to date has not really lived up to it. She did seem a lot more comfortable left handed when winning her last start at Cambridge. Back to Auckland we struggle to see her beating a few here. Outside first four player at best for us. 4) Luisanabelle Midfrew  -  Starts: 2    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $8,613 Outstanding run first up against Arden's Choice and Northern Velocity in which she split the two All Stars runners at Addington over 1950 metres after leading. Led again at Auckland at her second start but didn't cop the 2200 metres as well as people thought she would. Back to 1700 metres here and she looks the likely leader from barrier three so a definite trifecta and first four player for us. 5) Dream About Me  -  Starts: 3    Wins: 3    Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $67,400  This unbeaten half sister to Christen Me looks to have inherited all the family ability if her first three starts are anything to go by. Her last win in the Young Guns Final was just outstanding and in that kind of form it is hard to see her beaten here. Slight query in that she missed last week's race with a hoof abscess but stable very confident she will be spot on. The one to beat. 6) Sem's Delight  -  Starts: 5    Wins: 1()    Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $18,282 Nice filly who won her second start at Addington with a touch of class. However that win did look to take the edge off her a wee bit and her next couple of runs were disappointing. Her last start at Auckland was a lot better with her running on from well back for fifth and just over a length from third. Outside first four player for us. 7) Arden's Choice  -  Starts: 6    Wins: 2     Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $95,156 Brilliant win last week and the big danger to Dream About Me. Had some ringcraft issues in some of her earlier races but since Mark hopped into the bike she is two form two and looks top class. Has a lot of bottom to her so you can use her in a race so draw not as bad as it seems. Clear second pick for us. 8) Chevrons Champion  -  Starts: 4    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $7,920 Smart filly who beat the older horses first up at Addington before getting involved in a big battle for the lead at Invercargill and finishing fourth after a very hard run. Her last run at Addington against a top field was good without being outstanding after a cosy run throughout. Draw here makes it really difficult but Dexter on board makes her an outside first four player.                                                                     SECOND LINE 9) Poppy Maguire  -  Starts: 4    Wins: 2   Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $30,423 Filly that has tended to fly under the radar at times. Not up to Arden's Choice or Dream About Me but capable of beating the rest with a run to suit. Not sure if the draw is a help or a hindrance but on her record to date she is a trifecta and first four player for us. 10) Gamma Lady  -  Starts: 4    Wins: 1    Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $30,670 The best of the northern fillies this season with a great run for second in the Young Guns Final. Her next trial after that was terrible as was her next race start where she raced yards below her previous form. Her only outing since then was at the workouts last weekend where she ran second to the very talented Shandale and looked a lot more like her old self. If the real Gamma Lady turns up tomorrow night then she is a major trifecta and first four player. 11) Northern Velocity  -  Starts: 5    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $50,124 Lovely big filly who is probably not as sharp as some of her stablemates when sprinting but will keep running on when some of the others are stopping. From this draw she needs the speed to be on from the start to be a chance of rolling Dream About Me and Ardens Choice and we are not convinced that is going to happen here. Still a clear third pick for us on what she has shown to date.   SELECTIONS The top pick for us is without doubt Dream About Me who is all class. Just as clearly second pick for us is Arden's Choice who has come on in leaps and bounds lately And keeping the first three in the All Stars barn sees us with Northern Velocity as a clear third pick after her big wins at Addington and Invercargill. To make up those first fours we would throw in Sophisticated Lady, Luisanabelle Midfrew, Poppy Maguire and Gamma Lady. Harnesslink Media

On the big night of harness racing at Alexandra Park tomorrow night we have four Group 1 races and we are going to do previews of them all. This is our preview of the New Zealand Messenger Championship. 1) Ohoka Punter  -  Starts: 27    Wins: 15    Secs: 5    Thirds: 5    Life: $590,033 Huge run from well back to finish third in 1:51.7 mile rate for 1700 metres last week. This weeks distance of 2700 metres is more to his liking but we would rather he hadn't drawn barrier one. We think he will hand up to Border Control who is not known to hand up to anybody so he should get the perfect run in the trail. The horse to beat but no past the post certainty. 2) Tiger Tara  -  Starts: 33    Wins: 11      Secs: 7    Thirds: 6    Life: $397,974 Smart run from a bad draw in the Taylor Mile and much better off in that regard this week. Died in the wool stayer who loves the speed on all the way and liable to get that this week. Has gate speed so may have a dig for the lead but drawn to get a good run regardless. Must include for all trifecta and first four takers. 3) Border Control  -   44    Wins: 18    Secs: 15    Thirds: 5    Life: $549,986 Another huge run last week after he was wide early and then parked out the rest of the journey in a 1:51.7 mile rate. Has taken a while to come back to his best after a long injury break but right in the zone now and this distance is right up his alley. We think he will try to lead and he is such a noted front runner that we don't think any driver here will try to hold him out. Will give a great sight and a major player from this draw. 4) No Doctor Needed  -  Scratched 5) Dalton Bromac  -  Starts: 16    Wins: 10      Secs: 3    Thirds: 1    Life: $98,728 Great run from barrier eight last week where he was wide for the first 600 metres in a race run in New Zealand record time. Ricky May felt he blew out with 100 metres to go last week and Benny Hill has admitted he made an error and the horse was less than 100% going into the race. You know that won't be the case this week and with the scratching of No Doctor Needed, Dalton Bromac comes into barrier four which makes him a major player in this. Include in everything. 6) Mossdale Conner  -  Starts: 43    Wins: 11     Secs: 11    Thirds: 4    Life: $208,161 Brilliant performance last week to destroy the New Zealand record for 1700 metres over all of these horses he faces here. Good record at the 2700 metres distance so don't discount just because of the draw as has high gate speed and can go forward from here. Great trifecta and first four chance. 7) Te Kawau  -  Starts: 28    Wins: 10   Secs: 7    Thirds: 6    Life: $96,224 Newcomer to the meeting who has a great overall record but just seems off his best in his last few starts to us. Good record on the track and over the distance but the draw is a killer for him as we think he will have to go back early which makes it very hard to get amongst it. Not for us 8) Messini  -  Starts: 37    Wins: 15    Secs: 9    Thirds: 2    Life: $296,884 Very disappointing last week from barrier one but he did have an excuse. Hit a knee and broke on the final turn last week which cost him any chance at his first start right handed. Am sure that Brent Lilley will have worked on that this week and Dexter is still on board. One to throw in to build up those first fours                                                                             SECOND LINE 9) Beyond The Silence  -  Starts: 24    Wins: 8    Secs: 7    Thirds: 2    Life: $89,985 Even though he didn't get much luck in the running last week, he didn't run on that well in the straight in our opinion. Liable to end up in the trail or three back on the back on the inner at worst but we still find it hard to see him as a major player here. Not for us. 10) Ideal Success  -  Starts: 25    Wins: 9     Secs: 2    Thirds: 2    Life: $58,180 Has been on a golden run on the Country Cups circuit but this is a completely different ballgame here. The distance won't worry him but the depth and the quality of the opposition will. Deserves his place here but in saying that we don't think he is a first four player. Not for us. 11) Isaiah  -  Starts: 36    Wins: 13     Secs: 5    Thirds: 11    Life: $582,992 Worked hard early last week and still ran on well over the last 200 metres after he got shuffled back a bit. Can do plenty of work in his races and stick on and this distance is much more to his liking than last week's mile. Draw makes it hard for him but definite trifecta and first four player for us. Don't overlook. 12) Sky Major  -  Starts: 37    Wins: 13     Secs: 7    Thirds: 5    Life: $614,869  No chance last week after he was posted three wide in the open for the last 1000 metres in a race run in record time. This is not his favourite distance and we would much prefer him the left handed way of going where he has had most of his big race wins. Class will take him a long way but we think he is a trifecta and first four chance in this field from this draw. SELECTIONS Five year olds have an obvious advantage in these mixed races and our selections reflect that. Ohoka Punter is the obvious one to beat from the draw but we see two main dangers to him winning One is the super stayer Border Control who is in great form and the other is Dalton Bromac who will be the big improver out of last weeks race. For trifecta and first four players include Tiger Tara, Mossdale Conner, Isaiah and Sky Major Harnesslink Media                                                                        

This weeks harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park is one of the best of the season in New Zealand with four Group 1 races on the card. We thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each of the Group 1 races. First up is the $80,000 Breckon Farms Northern Trotting Derby 1) Paramount Dream  -  Starts: 8    Wins: 3     Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $13,138 Very nice filly who has won three from just eight starts so ability is there. The draw and Tony Herlihy in the bike are a plus but this race while small in number has huge depth. Outside first four chance for us in this field. 2) Habibti Ivy  -  Starts: 8    Wins: 3     Secs: 0    Thirds: 4    Life: $44,484 This filly just continues to get better with every run. Has used plenty of petrol off the gate to lead in her last two starts but this week from barrier two it will be a lot easier for her to grab the early lead before handing up to either Speeding Spur or Monbet. A couple here may be half a metre better but it is a fine line and from the draw she is a big chance. Include in everything. 3) Speeding Spur  -  Starts: 14    Wins: 8    Secs: 2    Thirds: 2    Life: $141,623  Without a doubt the horse to beat in this race. Left a touch fresh last week but still had enough in the tank to hold out a game Monbet. Will be much improved this week and at a distance much more to his liking. Drawn inside his main danger and has gate speed so the one they have to beat. 4) Monbet  -  Starts: 13    Wins: 6     Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $99,041 Outstanding young trotter who started the season in great fashion but an injury prior to the Southern Derby meant he went into that race underdone so that run full of merit. Great performance last week to sit parked the whole journey and run Speeding Spur to a nose but yet again he has drawn outside that horse. We think the only way Monbet can beat Speeding Spur over 2700 metres is to beat him out of the gate. He does have high gate speed but debatable weather he has enough to cross Speeding Spur. The main danger to the favourite and a definite winning chance. 5) Prince Fearless  -  Starts: 12    Wins: 3     Secs: 4    Thirds: 0    Life: $102,974 The enigma of this years field for sure and hard to know what to expect. More than capable of matching it with Speeding Spur and Monbet but his first start right handed last week was not flash with an early gallop. The funny thing is after the early gallop, Prince Fearless trotted beautifully the Auckland way round and made up a huge amount of ground on a hot pace. From barrier five Natalie can let him settle early over the 2700 metres and then work into the race and for us he is a must have for quinella,trifecta and first four players.  6) Arya   -  Starts: 17    Wins: 10     Secs: 3    Thirds: 1    Life: $161,336 After a handful of starts in Australia this season in which she was unbeaten, Arya disappointed first up back in New Zealand in the Trotting Oaks with an average run for fourth. Much improved last week in the Sires Stakes final where she again ran fourth but in a much stronger field. Did get a lovely run in the one by one the whole way so hard to see her winning this but a trifecta and first four chance for us. 7) Yagunnakissmeornot  -  Starts: 15    Wins: 7  Secs: 2    Thirds: 4    Life: $55,458  Never out of the money in her first thirteen starts but her last two have been a touch disappointing. Should have finished closer than fifth from a soft run on the inner from barrier one last week and hard to see from this weeks draw how she can turn the tables on a few here. Rough first four player for us at best. 8) Rock Tonight  -  14    Wins: 2      Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $20,666 The ability is not the question here, it is the manners and ringcraft. Broke twice in the score up last week and then once during the race which at this level is terminal. Already handicapped by being on the unruly so hard to see him here as a major player here. Not for us. SELECTIONS Top pick from the draw has to be Speeding Spur who over a distance he loves will be very hard to beat. The clear second pick for us is Monbet who has the all round game to threaten Speeding Spur but needs a touch of luck having drawn outside his main rival. After that Habibti Ivy and Prince Fearless look the main challengers but hard to see either beating both Speeding Spur and Monbet Arya as cover for first four players. Harnesslink Media  

The All Stars Harness Racing Stables juggernaut is really hitting top gear this week with horses racing in Group  races on both sides of the Tasman.   Over the course of Thursday through Sunday, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will line up 23 horses at five race meetings from Addington to Menangle and most of those runners have a big winning chance.   Most interest will centre on Our Waikiki Beach in the A$322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final at Menangle on Sunday where after drawing barrier one and the withdrawal through injury of his biggest danger in Goodtime Sammy, Our Waikiki Beach looks incredibly hard to beat.   On the same programme the All Stars barn has the rejuvenated pacer Our Smolda lining up in the Len Smith mile and while Beautide is a deserving favourite, Smolda will test him in his present form.   At Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night, the All Stars barn has two runners and both are big winning chances.   The smart two year old filly MacKenzie goes round in the $30,000 semi finals of the Australian Pacing Gold while the outstanding three year old colt Follow The Stars goes around in the $25,000 Caduceus Club Cup.   On the other side of the Tasman, the All Stars barn is represented at three meetings in New Zealand with runners in all of the big races.   At Addington on Thursday night the top two year old Chase The Dream lines up in a $25,000 heat of the New Zealand Sires Stakes which is notable for the New Zealand debut of the very smart Shane Tritton trained Salty Robyn.   Later on in the evening on Thursday night the All Stars barn is lining up Fight For Glory, Classical Art, Supersonic Miss and Linda Lovegrace in a heat of the Nevele R Fillies series and with those four top fillies involved they should dominate the race.   At Alexandra Park on Friday night, the All Stars barn have ten runners involved starting with Prince Fearless and Arya in the $80,000 Great Northern Trotting Derby in which for once the All Stars duo are probably only running for place money against Speeding Spur and Monbet.   The All Stars barn has four runners in the $150,000 Sires Stakes final for two year old fillies and three of them look big winning chances.   The unbeaten half sister to Christen Me in Dream About Me looks very hard to beat but her stiffest competition is likely to come from her stablemates Arden's Choice and Northern Velocity.   In the $100,000 New Zealand Messenger, the All Stars barn has two runners who are both big winning chances in Border Control and Isaiah.   That is followed by King Denny in the $150,000 Rowe Cup in which he looks to be a good each way chance and then in the last race of the night they have Willow, who on last weeks winning run would look a good thing in this race.   On Sunday the All Star barn have four runners in Petite One, Kept Under Wraps, Light Fingered and The Manipulator in grade races and going by their last start efforts, all four would be big winning chances.   Looking at that list of starters over five meetings in two countries with a lot of the races carrying Group status is just another reminder if one was needed of what an outstanding training partnership Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are.   Harnesslink Media  

Last nights $100,000 Anzac Trotters Cup at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked to be another easy scalp for Stent after he drew barrier five which gave his trainer/driver Colin De Filippi a lot of options. The distance was right up Stent's alley and the way the draws had played out it was hard to see who would beat him. Master Lavros led easily from barrier four with King Denny and Mark Purdon sliding across from barrier seven to face the breeze and in doing so giving Stent the prized one by one sit. Then Mark Purdon did something that no one expected and attacked Master Lavros for the lead. The two star trotters drew clear by several lengths before Mark Jones on Master Lavros conceded the lead to King Denny. That move changed the whole complexion of the race with Stent now having to sit parked with his arch rival Sheemon hard on his back in the one by one. King Denny applied the pressure a long way from home and was still travelling well as they turned for home. Stent leveled up to King Denny just after straightening for home but Dexter Dunn on Sheemon had stalked him the whole way and flew late to grab Stent right on the post with the winning margin a mere head. Master Lavros finished on well up the passing lane to grab third just in front of the pace making King Denny. Sheemon trotted the 2200 metres in 2:42.4, a mile rate of 1:58.8, with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.5. The winning time was a new New Zealand record, taking sixth tenths of a second off the old record held by Royal Aspirations. Dexter Dunn was quick post race to heap praise on the son of Monarchy. " We did get a great trip but he still really dug in up the straight" " I think it was his will to win that got us over the line because it is never easy to run past Stent." " He has gone great all season and won a heat of the Great Southern Star and then had no luck in the final so he deserves a win like this." "The two miles of the Rowe Cup next week won't worry him because he is pretty adaptable so he has to be a big chance," Dexter said. From a Rowe Cup point of view the race last night did throw some light on what should be one of the races of the season. Stent was huge last night in defeat but so were Master Lavros and King Denny. Master Lavros lost a bit of ground around the last bend but found the line really well and the 3200 metres is right up his alley while the run of King Denny to finish so close after doing so much work early was a real sign that he can be a player at this level Harnesslink Media  

The big four year old feature the $100,000 Taylor Mile at tonights harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park was wide open after the barrier draw and trying to pick a winner was really hard. When the gate left, Maurice McKendry shot the son of Bettor's Delight Mossdale Conner to an early lead and applied the blowtorch right from the start. Dalton Bromac worked to the death from barrier eight before handing up to Border Control who found the death seat with 1000 metres to go. Sky Major improved three wide but Mark Purdon was not handing up the death seat and Sky Major was left out there for the rest of the race. Meanwhile Maurice continued to roll along in front with Mossdale Conner and was still traveling well as they turned for home. Pinching a couple of lengths as they turned for home, Mossdale Conner had enough in reserve to hold out a game Border Control by a length with Ohoka Punter flying home late for third in front of another big finisher in Tiger Tara. Mossdale Conner paced the 1700 metres in 1:58.1, a mile rate of 1:51.7 with closing sectionals of 55.4 and 28. The time was a new New Zealand record, taking 1.6 seconds off the previous record held by Gold Ace and every runner in tonights race went under the previous record. The first four home were all by siring sensation Bettor's Delight, Mossdale Connor, Border Control, Ohoka Punter and Tiger Tara. Trained at Woodend by Greg and Nina Hope, Mossdale Conner is usually driven by Ricky May but with Ricky committed to Dalton Bromac, Maurice McKendry picked up the drive in the Group 1. Maurice was all smiles post race. " I was lucky to pick up the drive because Ricky was committed to another horse." "Greg asked me to drive him at the trials last week and I was really impressed as he went 2:42 for 2200 metres and had plenty left at the finish." "Greg offered me the drive after the trial so that worked out good." " I just let him roll along in front and as I thought he would, he found plenty in the straight," Maurice said. The way he won tonight, Mossdale Conner comes right into calculations for the New Zealand Messenger next week. Note: Followers of the weekly ringaround on Harnesslink would have been laughing all the way to the bank tonight after Maurice McKendry gave out $20 shot Mossdale Conner as his bet of the week. Harnesslink Media      

The $113,406 Woodlands Stud/ Caduceus Club two year old Fillies Classic at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park tonight was meant to be a walk in the park for the daughter of Mach Three in Northern Velocity after her high class stablemate Dream About Me was scratched due to a hoof infection. No one told one of the other stablemates of Northern Velocity in Arden's Choice who even though she had beaten Northern Velocity at her last start was only the second elect on the tote. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Matthew Williamson led early from barrier five as Northern Velocity and Natalie Rasmussen settled into a lovely trail on her back. Arden's Choice with Mark Purdon in the bike settled well back early before ending up in the one by one with 1200 metres to go. With no mid race moves Luisanabelle Midfrew was not pressured in front and upped the pressure from the 800 metres with a quarter down the back in 29. As they turned for home Mark Purdon looped them with Arden's Choice and shot clear and put the race to bed quickly, racing away for a 4 1/4 length victory with Mark Purdon sitting quietly in the bike. Northern Velocity was held up by a tiring Luisanabelle Midfrew and by the time she got clear the bird had flown but she ran on well for second with Bettor Love Me a further 2 1/2 lengths away in third. Arden's Choice paced the 2200 metres in 2:44.4, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 56.6 and 27.6 Mark Purdon was happy with the continued improvement shown by the daughter of Panspacificflight. " She is getting better with every start and she never looked like doing anything wrong tonight." " She feels like a filly with a lot of bottom to her and I think the further she goes the better she will perform." " The Stiven family bred this one and I am sure Noreen was looking down from above, cheering us on, Mark said. The win by Arden's Choice continued a really good run for the stock of Panspacificflight lately who have been winning races on both sides of the Tasman with great regularity. Harnesslink Media       

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