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Champion trainer Mark Purdon appears to hold all the aces at Alexandra Park tonight but he admits he doesn't know how most of those cards will fall. Purdon starts his annual northern summer assault at tonight's meeting while partner Natalie Rasmussen is tearing up the Inter Dominions in Victoria with Cruz Bromac and Spankem. Purdon will have the favourite in four races tonight, with the hottest certain to be champion filly Princess Tiffany, who returns in race three. "Like any horse coming back she will be better for the run and that always makes them vulnerable but on class she should still win," offers Purdon. But things get a bit more complicated after that, with the All Stars having multiple runners in the other three races. The most obvious appears to be the opening event where a race fit Jesse Duke clashes with last season's leading juvenile Another Masterpiece. "I think Jesse is the better chance because he is fit and I don't think Another Masterpiece would want to be taking him on this early in his campaign." But the battle between top mares Dream About Me and Elle Mac in the Breeders Stakes may not be as obvious as it looks, even though Dream About Me finished third in the NZ Cup last start and is favourite for the Auckland Cup. "I think Dream About Me deserves to be favourite on what she has done but I worked them together the other day and the way Elle Mac sprinted up the straight right alongside her there might not be much in it. "I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Elle Mac beat her." The standing start and racing luck could play the major role for not only Purdon's trio but all the big names in the $30,000 Summer Cup. The best performed horses like Jack's Legend are off 20m over 2200m and while that doesn't mean he can't win it does make him vulnerable to the tempo of the race especially if there are no mid-race moves and a 55-second last 800m off the front. Purdon says any of his trio Ashley Locaz, All U Need Is Faith or Sicario could win and the fact he has chosen to drive All U Need Is Faith over Sicario is not any guide to their chances. "They are all good four-year-olds who could win but the first thing is getting away safely and then who has the luck because I really can't choose between them." Add in On The Cards, Mach Shard, Northview Hustler and rejuvenated veteran Lets Elope and the race looks a beauty.   Michael Guerin

Harness racing driver Kyle Marshall has been suspended after the JCA found he had diminished the chances of Crackared, a horse he drove in to 10th place at Alexandra Park on the 16th of November 2018. As well as the three day suspension Marshall was also fined the sum of $250. He is allowed to resume driving after the completion of racing on the 11th Decmber 2018. Full details below: NON RACEDAY INQUIRY Informant: Mr J Muirhead - Senior Stipendiary Steward Respondent: Mr K Marshall - Open Horseman Information No: A10255 Hearing Date: 30 November 2018 Hearing Venue: Alexandra Park Judicial Committee: A Smith (Chair) – A Godsalve (Committee Member) Rule No: 869(3)(g) Also Present: Mr S Mulcay, Stipendiary Steward Mr N McIntyre, General Manager of Stewards Charge: Diminishing Chances Plea: Denied WRITTEN RESERVED DECISION DATED 4 DECEMBER 2018 This Non Raceday Inquiry relates to a race (Race 2) at the Auckland Trotting Club race meeting at Alexandra Park on 16 November 2018. Following the running of race 2 “E & M Hopkins Who Dared To Dream MBL Pace 2200m”, an Information was filed pursuant to rule 868(2).  The informant, Senior Stipendiary Steward J Muirhead, alleged that Mr K Marshall ‘failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure his horse (CRACKARED) was given full opportunity to win the race or obtain the best possible position and/or finishing place during the middle stages by electing to challenge the leader which resulted in CRACKARED tiring to finish in 10th place beaten 28.6 lengths.’ Rule 868(2) provides; Every horseman should take all reasonable and permissible measures at all times during the race to ensure that his horse is given full opportunity to win the race and or to obtain the best possible position and/or finishing place. Mr Marshall signed the Information A10315 indicating he did not admit the breach and wished to defend the charge. Due to the serious nature of the breach Mr Marshall was advised of his rights to seek an adjournment to take advice and/or prepare submissions if required. Further to this it was established that Mr Marshall wished to call a witness, Ms Cheree Wigg, the trainer of CRACKARED, but she had left the racecourse for the evening. The JCA Committee adjourned the hearing to be re-heard at a date and time confirmed by the JCA Executive Officer. The adjourned date for the hearing was determined to be Friday 30 November 2018 at 4.00pm. Prior to the reconvened hearing, advice was received via a letter from M Godber, General Manager, RIU to Mr J Muirhead that pursuant to rule 1108 (2) Mr K Marshall was to be served with a further charge in relation to his drive on CRACKARED on 16 November. The new charge was a breach of Rule 869(3)(g). The Hearing was reconvened at Auckland on Friday 30 November 2018. The hearing commenced with the Committee confirming with Mr Marshall that he was in receipt of the new Information A10255 and confirming that he had signed the information on the 22 November 2018. Mr Marshall endorsed the Information indicating that he did not admit the breach and wished to defend the charge. Information A10255 alleged that Mr Marshall drove CRACKARED in the middle stages of the race in a manner capable of diminishing the chances of his mare winning. Rule 869(3)(g) provides; No Horseman in any race shall drive in any manner capable of diminishing the chances of his horse winning Senior Stipendiary Steward, J Muirhead sought permission from the Committee to withdraw Information A10135 under rule 1105. The Committee hearing this Non Raceday Inquiry is the same Committee as the Raceday Committee. The Committee viewed the subject race 'live' and heard some submissions on that night when these matters were put before it. It was therefore our decision to leave both Informations 'in situ' until a time in the hearing had been reached when we believed we could properly decide if we could proceed with Mr Muirhead’s request and withdraw one of them. Mr Muirhead produced a detailed summary of the RIU’s submissions, The following Documents were furnished with the Committee and entered as Evidence. Mr Marshall also received the same documents. • A copy of RIU submissions • A copy of information A10255 • A letter to Mr Muirhead from M. Godber (General Manager RIU) authorising Mr Muirhead to charge K Marshall with a breach of Rule 869(3)(g) • A copy of the race result along with sectional times • A copy of previous race results of CRACKARED • A copy of the Veterinary Surgeons report on CRACKARED • A copy of CRACKARED’s race performances SUBMISSIONS (Informant) 1 Background 1. Stipendiary Stewards conducted an investigation into the driving tactics adopted by Mr Kyle Marshall, licensed horseman, the driver of CRACKARED in Race 2, the Eddie & Marge Hopkins “Who Dared To Dream” Mobile Pace, 2200m at the Auckland TC’s meeting on the 16 November 2018. 2 The video coverage of the race was interpreted as follows. 2.1 CRACKARED drew barrier draw 2 behind the mobile gate outside MISTY MEMORY (Junior Horseman L Whittaker) which drew barrier 1. Both horses showed high gate speed and contested the lead. 2.2 Mr Marshall desisted from his challenge for the lead with CRACKARED about 400m after the start allowing MISTY MEMORY to ease the pace in the lead on the running line. The first sectional (591 metres after the start) known as the “lead time” was an extraordinary 40.1 sec. 2.3 The next sectional between the mile (1609m) and the 1200m was run in 32.3 sec with the lead horse MISTY MEMORY reducing the pace. 2.4 From inside the 1400 CRACKARED was allowed to be improved forward by Mr Marshall and at about the 1300 metres was racing on par with MISTY MEMORY and again Mr Marshall challenged for the lead. His mare is unable to complete the challenge but despite this Mr Marshall encourages his charge with the whip and reins and continues to attempt to improve forward placing his mare under extreme pressure, beyond its capability, from the 1200 metres until well inside the final 1000 metres, approximately 950 metres. 2.5 CRACKARED was inclined to lay in under pressure passing the 900 metres losing some momentum. This sectional between the 1200m and 800m (3rd quarter of the last mile) was run in a quick 28.9 secs. From inside the 1200 metres WHITEHAVEN BEACH (C Smith) improved 3 wide to Mr Marshall’s outside. This horse was travelling more easily improving forward at a rate with which he could not compete with. But despite this, Mr Marshall, continued to pressure his mare instead of giving it some respite. CRACKARED after rounding the bend balanced up improving marginally inside the 800 metres racing one out without cover. 2.6 Approaching the 500 metres the mare had had enough and was weakening and was no longer competitive. The Stewards say Mr Marshall had set his mare a task beyond its capabilities leading up to this point of the race. This he has done through displaying bad judgement driving in a manner capable of diminishing the chances of his mare winning. 2.7 Of particular concern was his decision making process between the 1300 metres until approximately the 950 metres considering the exceptionally fast “lead in time” for this race. 2.8 CRACKARED from inside the final 400m was quickly drifting back through the field, momentarily placed in tight quarters at approximately the 300 metres by improving runners, before continuing to drift back finishing in 10th placing 28.6 lengths in arrears of the winner.(appendix 1) 2.9 CRACKARED was vetted following the race in question. The duty vet found no abnormality which could have contributed to the mare’s lack of performance other than it was still blowing hard on examination 15 minutes after the race which Stewards suggest is consistent with being over exerted during the running. 3. Race Sectionals for Race 2, ATC 16/11/18 • 3.1 Lead Time 40.1 (fastest leadtime recorded this season to date) • 3.2 1st 400m last mile 32.3 • 3.3 2nd 400m last mile 28.9 • 3.4 3rd 400m last mile 30.2 • 3.5 last 400m last 29.7 4. Lead Times for 2200m mobile races at Alexandra Park. 32 Mobile 2200m races this season 2018/19 to date with the average Lead Time being 42.6sec, the fastest being 40.1 sec and the slowest 45.6 sec. 5. Race 2 class rating of R42 to R49. 6. CRACKARED’s Race Performances attached. 7. Rule 869(3)(g) “No Horseman in any race shall drive in a manner capable of diminishing the chances of his horse winning” Further to these submissions Mr. Muirhead advised the following; CRACKARED was subject to a Horse Incident/Examination Report at the request of Stewards. This came about due to concern around Mr Marshall’s drive, the fact that the horse stopped quickly and it was the win favourite for the race. The vet advised the Stewards there were no abnormalities with the horse, and during her examination 15 minutes after the race it was noted that the horse was still blowing hard. The Stewards believe that this was due to the exertion that the horse was put under during the race. Mr Mulcay submitted evidence by way of a written summary of the films, these details are recorded below. Mr Mulcay took the opportunity to exhibit the alleged breach via the films. He identified the horses MISTY MEMORY driven by L Whittaker and CRACKARED driven by Mr Marshall. 1. The event was over 2200m from a mobile start 2. MISTY MEMORY (L Whittaker) drew barrier 1 and CRACKARED (K Marshall) drew barrier 2. 3. Both runners showed gate speed with CRACKARED being driven along but was unable to cross MISTY MEMORY, which was not placed under any discernible pressure to hold the lead. 4. K Marshall persisted with the challenge for the first 400 metres before relenting and easing to sit back off MISTY MEMORY racing down the back straight however the lead time was run in an extremely fast 40.1 seconds. 5. K Marshall then allowed CRACKARED to roll forward approaching the 1400 metres to race on terms with the leader entering the front straight to receive the bell with the first quarter of the last mile being run in 32.3 seconds. 6. Driver C Smith then shifts WHITEHAVEN BEACH out off the back of CRACKARED passing the 1200 metres and improves forward to the outside of the two leaders with K Marshall then commencing to urge CRACKARED forward in an attempt to again wrest the lead from MISTY MEMORY and continued applying pressure until entering the turn near the 950 metres where WHITEHAVEN BEACH was able to cross CRACKARED before then improving to the lead. It is this section of the race that the Stewards take issue with Mr Marshall’s drive which has resulted in the amended charge under rule 869(3)(g) being laid. 7. The 2nd quarter was completed in a fast 28.9 seconds – primarily due to Mr Marshall’s decision to drive CRACKARED forward to attempt to wrest the lead and Stewards submit that driving in this manner was not only capable of diminishing CRACKARED’s chances of winning but in fact did diminish the mare’s chances of winning given that it was clearly under pressure near the 500 metres before commencing to give ground. 8. CRACKARED was then inconvenienced briefly when BANNER OF ART (J Abernethey) shifted ground to its inside near the 400 metres but was clearly a spent force before weakening further to finish in 10th place beaten 28.6 lengths in an overall time of 2.47.0 which was approx. 6 seconds slower than the winner. 9. CRACKARED subsequently underwent a post race Veterinary examination which revealed no clinical abnormality Mr Mulcay also had the following to add. The decision of Mr Marshall to drive forward at the1200 metres in combination of the early exertion of CRACKARED when challenging for the lead over the first 400m resulting in an exceptionally fast lead time of 40.1 seconds, was not only capable of diminishing the chances of his mare winning, but it did diminish the chances of his horse winning. Mr Mulcay said that Mr Marshall had other options available to him at this stage of the race. He stated one option was to allow WHITEHAVEN BEACH to improve around him without trying to again take the lead off MISTY MEMORY. Mr Mulcay’s opinion was that this was a far better option however Mr Marshall elected to drive forward. Mr Mulcay identified that at approximately the 950m CRACKARED commenced to lay in and lost some momentum, as WHITEHAVEN BEACH crossed to the lead. Mr Mulcay showed that as the field passed the 800 metre point Mr Marshall sits back for a brief period before again attempting to drive forward. Mr Mulcay said CRACKARED is a spent force approaching the 500m and starts to give ground. Mr Mulcay made comment and provided a summary of CRACKARED’s recent racing history. The detail provided analysis of CRACKARED’s previous position in running, with some lead up times and sectionals. Mr Mulcay made particular reference to a previous performance by CRACKARED, when driven by Mr Marshall, with CRACKARED winning on the 14 September 2018. Mr Mulcay explained the race was conducted at Auckland, was over 2200m and CRACKARED drew barrier 2, the same as the race in question. Mr Mulcay listed and advised the leadtime that particular night was 43 seconds. The first quarter 32.0 sec, 2nd quarter 31.2 sec, 3rd quarter 28.2 sec,4th quarter 28.1 sec. Mr Mulcay submitted that in this particular race on 14 September Mr Marshall was able to get an uncontested lead on CRACKARED and record a comfortable lead time of 43 seconds which is almost 3 seconds slower than the night in question. He said that the 2nd quarter which was the section of the race of concern to the Stewards, which had resulted in the charge being laid was a further 2.3 seconds slower than the night in question. Following the comfortable tempo in the race on the 14th of September, CRACKARED was able to sprint home to win the race. Mr Mulcay advised that these race comparisons highlighted the difference in drives by Mr Marshall on the horse CRACKARED and that this was taken into consideration by the Stewards when determining to proceed with the charge under 869(3)(g) During cross examination Mr Marshall queried the Stipendiary Stewards as to whether CRACKARED had been vet checked after her previous races given her performances and beaten margins. In response Mr Mulcay advised the vet checks were discretionary and it was unlikely that CRACKARED had been vetted in her previous starts. Mr Muirhead added that Stewards were drawn to CRACKARED’s performance as she was the win favourite and due to the manner in which she was driven, which was seen as not appropriate. He also stated that when the Stipendiary Stewards look to consider serious charges, they will vet check a horse to eliminate any potential health issues. In response to a question from the Committee Mr Muirhead confirmed that a driver could request a vet check on the horse they were driving if they were concerned with its performance. SUBMISSIONS - (Respondent) Mr Marshall confirmed to the Committee that he had decided not to call any evidence or witnesses on his behalf. Mr Marshall confirmed that he had previously driven CRACKARED in its performance on 14 September and it won easily. Mr Marshall queried the relevance of the evidence in relation to the early stages of his drive, with regard to the fact that the Information stated that the charge related to his drive on CRACKARED in the middle stages of the race. It was suggested to Mr Marshall by the Committee that what may transpire in the early stages of a race could have a bearing on what occurs later in a race and all evidence could be considered. Mr Marshall advised that he had recently had CRACKARED in work at his stables and had driven her in work so “knew what she was like and she could be a hard horse to drive” Mr Marshall advised that the plan was to lead, as the horse was a better leader than it was a chaser which was exhibited when he had won previously on CRACKARED and he said that CRACKARED felt good during the warm up. Mr Marshall said he had done the form for the race and the horse drawn inside him, MISTY MEMORY (L Whittaker), had shown no previous speed in any of its races. On this basis Mr Marshall said that he thought his best chance to win the race was to lead. Mr Marshall explained that as he left the gate, he got CRACKARED going to try and cross MISTY MEMORY and got half a length ahead of MISTY MEMORY, however half way around the bend he realised he wasn’t going to get the front, so he pulled back. Mr Marshall acknowledged they did go a quick lead time but suggested that was the lead horse, not CRACKARED which was a length off MISTY MEMORY as the lead time was recorded. Mr Marshall said that they then eased the pace to run 32.3 for the next quarter. AS the field raced past the 1200m Mr Marshall identified WHITEHAVEN BEACH “Pull out” in attempt to move forward to the lead. Mr Marshall reiterated his early comments that he thought CRACKARED was a better leader than a chaser. Mr Marshall said he did not want to hand up to WHITEHAVEN BEACH and wanted to stay parked. He also said that he realised that he couldn’t hold the lead which was his intention, so eased back. At this stage in the race Mr Marshall thought CRACKARED was going easily but suggested that with WHITEHAVEN BEACH going past CRACKARED, that “her mindset may have changed” which had happened in previous races. Mr Marshall said he tried to get her back on the bit for a few strides but she did not do this and commenced to give ground. He said that the general rule is that you should not drive your horse out unless you are going to finish in the top 5 and he had horses outside him, so stopped driving and persuading his horse. Mr Marshall also commented that he had locked wheels and was trying to get out of people’s way by pulling his horse back. In cross examination Mr Muirhead referred to Mr Marshall’s comments in regard to CRACKARED being a better leader than a chaser. Mr Muirhead said that the trainer of CRACKARED, Ms C Wigg, when questioned on 28 November regarding CRACKARED’s performance stated on record (recorded in the Stipes report) that CRACKARED performed best when surrounded by other runners. Mr Muirhead asked Mr Marshall whether instead of going forward at the 1200m given the fast 40.1 lead time whether he had a plan “B”. Mr Marshall said that he felt he was only running for 100m of the 400m and his plan “B” was to sit parked. In this regard Mr Marshall said he felt that he had done less work than both the horse inside him (MISTY MEMORY) and the horse outside him (WHITEHAVEN BEACH) at the 1200m and felt that he had not diminished the chances of his horse during this stage of the race. Mr Marshall contested that he had not run the 40.1 sec. lead time, as he was not the leader when the lead time was taken. Mr Muirhead conceded that CRACKARED may have been a length off MISTY MEMORY, when the lead time was taken but this still attributed to a time of 40.3 secs which is still very fast. In response to a question from the Committee in regard to the early stages of the race, Mr Marshall confirmed that he was aware that he was going a lot quicker than he would normally have driven early, on a horse of CRAKARED’s class. SUMMARY - Mr Muirhead Mr Muirhead put to the Committee that CRACKARED had used all of its reserves early and as a result it could not be competitive in the later stages of the race. He also said that by not taking into consideration the extraordinary fast lead time of the race, Mr Marshall showed bad judgement by attacking MISTY MEMORY again for the lead between the 1200m and the 950m. In the opinion of the Stipendiary Stewards Mr Marshall did not show good judgement and exercise a plan “B”, which should have been to take a more conservative and less aggressive approach in the middle stages, to give his mare every opportunity of winning given the early lead time. Mr Muirhead said that Mr Marshall persisted with his tactics when he should not have, it was apparent a long way from home that CRACKARED was struggling and that this was a result of Mr Marshall’s driving not the horse’s performance. Mr Muirhead said that Mr Marshall made a bad decision to continue on, when he knew or should have known that he could not reach the lead and he should have restrained his horse. Mr Muirhead submitted that based on the balance of probabilities Mr Marshall had over driven and over competed with his horse in the middle stages of the race and therefore has diminished his mare’s chances of winning the race. Mr Muirhead said that the view of the Stipendiary Stewards is that the charge should be upheld under rule 869(3)(g) which states No Horseman in any race shall drive in any manner capable of diminishing the chances of his horse winning. Summary - Mr Marshall Mr Marshall said that at no stage during the race did he believe he diminished his horse’s chance of winning and generally if the race was considered a speed duel two drivers would be charged. Mr Marshall said that when he won on CRACKARED the winner’s time was a length slower than this race. Mr Marshall stated that when he left the gate he did a bit of work, restrained his horse and then went to plan “B”, realising they had gone quickly he buttoned off to a slow quarter, which evened things up and gave his horse a breather. Mr Marshall said that when WHITEHAVEN BEACH came alongside him he wanted to maintain his position to give his horse the best chance during the last 1000m. Mr Marshall said he did not believe he diminished his horse’s chances at this stage of the race and at the 600m his horse knocked off, with Mr Marshall choosing not to continue driving it out. Mr Marshall said the type of horse CRACKARED was meant that when it was beaten it was beaten and in the last 400m he locked wheels and tried to get out of people’s way. After hearing all evidence, the Judicial Committee granted permission to the Stipendiary Stewards under rule 1105 to withdraw information A10135. Reasons for Decision The Committee identified that from the mobile arm Mr Marshall drove his horse CRACKARED forward with the intention of leading. Sitting on Mr Marshall’s inside was MISTY MEMORY driven by L Whittaker who was clearly not going to relinquish the lead. CRACKARED got approximately 1 length ahead of MISTY MEMORY but was unable to cross to the lead. The early tactics adopted by both drivers resulted in the field being strung out very quickly and resulted in a very fast lead time of 40.1 seconds. (the fastest recorded at Alexandra Park this season). After easing through the next quarter we observed again Mr Marshall pushing forward at the 1300m in an attempt to take the lead. As CRACKARED drew alongside the leader MISTY Memory, the horse on CRACKARED’s back, WHITEHAVEN BEACH, came forward into a 3 wide position and put more pressure on the leading horses, eventually crossing them and getting down to the markers. During this part of the race we observe Mr Marshall driving his horse aggressively in a manner intent on holding or crossing to the lead. The quarter was again run a quick 28.9 seconds. It is of concern to the Committee that after sitting parked in a very quick lead time that Mr Marshall did not attempt to gain cover or provide his drive with a more economical run with the intention of being competitive at the finish of the race. Instead Mr Marshall seemed determined to continue to push forward despite other options being available to him. After considering all of the evidence and examining the films of the race it is the Committee’s decision that Mr Marshall’s drive fell well below the level expected from a senior driver and that in doing so he did diminish the chances of his horse winning and therefore was in breach of rule 869(3)(g) Penalty Submissions Mr Muirhead asked that the Committee have regard for the gravity of the offence, including the charge, the importance and outcome of the race and whether race goers were affected by the offence. He said CRACKARED finished 10th, 28.6 lengths from the winner. CRACKARED was the win favourite and clearly Mr Marshall’s drive affected the outcome of the race. Mr Muirhead said it was a low grade race and this could be considered when assessing penalty. In relation to Mr Marshall defending the charge, Mr Muirhead said that no discount could be given in mitigation. Mr Muirhead produced Mr Marshall’s record which showed no previous breaches of this rule in 1500 drives in New Zealand and as such Mr Marshall is an experienced horseman. Mr Muirhead said that the Stipendiary Stewards viewed this as a negative when assessing penalty as an experienced horseman should be less likely to make a mistake of this nature. Mr Muirhead made reference to the requirement to maintain the Integrity and public confidence in Harness Racing. He suggested that drivers’ decisions need to be made in a manner so as not to diminish their horses’ chances of being competitive. Mr Muirhead submitted that in this instance the Stipendiary Stewards would suggest that a starting point of 15-20 drives be applied due to a driver breaching rule 869(3)(g) and displaying bad judgement. He also said that the Stipendiary Stewards would ask that a suspension is imposed. Mr Muirhead referred to the JCA guidelines in relation to a breach of rule 869(3)(g) the guidelines are as follows; 869(3)(g) – Diminishing Chances • Miscounting Rounds                  15 Drives or $750 fine • Race Duelling                            40 Drives or $2000 fine • Incompetent Driving                  60 Drives or $3000 fine Mr Muirhead put it that the Stewards’ view was that it was a low end breach in terms of the offence and that Mr Marshall had displayed bad judgement in the wrong part of the race. In the Stipendiary Stewards’ opinion a bad judgement offence should have a similar starting point to that of miscounting rounds. Mr Marshall said that he would prefer a fine and agreed with Mr Muirhead that it was a low level breach. Mr Marshall said that if a suspension was to be imposed he would prefer to take any suspension immediately. The Committee also clarified with Mr Marshall that it was his right if he chose to defend a charge and would not be penalised for doing so.  Reasons for Penalty The JCA penalty guideline in relation to a breach of Rule 869(3)(g) provide the following; 869(3)(g) – Diminishing Chances • Miscounting Rounds                15 Drives or $750 fine • Race Duelling                           40 Drives or $2000 fine • Incompetent Driving                 60 Drives or $3000 fine In this particular case the Committee had to determine where the starting point should commence based on the specific circumstances of the breach. The Committee felt that on this occasion the incident could not be compared to race duelling despite Mr Marshall showing poor judgement. As such the committee has set a starting point accordingly. The committee set the starting point at 17 drives. There were no aggravating factors. The Committee sees the level of the offence at a low level and has regard for Mr Marshall’s overall good driving record. In determining how many drives would equate to a 1 day suspension, the committee viewed and analysed Mr Marshall’s recent driving record, where it was apparent the Mr Marshall was averaging 2-3 drives in Auckland and 5-6 Drives in the Central Districts. Having taken all factors into consideration the committee determines that an appropriate penalty to be that of 3 days. In addition to this Mr Marshall is fined $250. Penalty Mr Marshall had his Open Horseman licence suspended after the completion of racing on the 30 November until after racing on 11 December. In addition to this a fine of $250 is imposed. Costs There was no application for costs submitted by the RIU. As this matter was heard on Raceday there will be no order for costs from the JCA. A Smith Chair

Tony Herlihy has been in this position enough times to know Lemond holds a big advantage over his stable star Temporale at Alexandra Park. Because while the group one-winning pair may be drawn alongside each other in the main trot, even the slight edge of Lemond having draw inside his arch rival should be enough to tip the sprint in his favour. Lemond and Temporale have one of New Zealand’s racing most unheralded rivalries, having bumped heads since their three-year-old days three seasons ago. They are so evenly matched after 18 clashes the score is nine-all, with the pair having quinealled five races so it doesn’t take much to tip the scale one way or the other. Temporale’s trainer Tony Herlihy admits in race four tonight it could be Lemond who holds the aces. The pair last met two weeks ago in the Dominion at Addington in which Lemond was a brave third and Temporale a battling ninth, with Herlihy disappointed in his big trotter even though he went into the race after a slight setback. But more importantly tonight is the fact Lemond has that slight draw advantage in a race where whoever can stay in front of the other looks set to dominate. “I know it might not seem like much but that gives him the advantage this week,” says Herlihy. “If we both trot off the gate safely then he might be able to get a better run so I think I’d favour him over my horse just slightly this week.”Add in promising up and comers in Massive Metro and Hey Yo and the trot looks the best race on a night which also features New Zealand’s first tote Monte trot.  While Herlihy, our most successful ever driver, won’t be saddling up for the Monte he likes the point of difference they provide and will be an interested spectator. “I’ve got nothing bad to say about them, I’ve seen them in Victoria and it is good to have something different.”  Away from Temporale his focus will be on trying to continue his strong start to the summer which sees him in a four-way tie as the leading North Island trainer, with 10 wins for the season so far. He expects to start the night well with Forget The Price Tag, a smart three-year-old trotter last season who looks headed further than most of his rivals in race one.  He has been solid rather than spectacular at recent workouts but if he trots all the way he should win. Herlihy rates Mr Yips in race five as his best chance of the night.  He looked talented against handy opponents last season, has matured and is trialing well so looks an anchor in the $40,000 turbo Pick6 spread between Alexandra Park and some good races at Addington. Michael Guerin

Don't bother asking Michelle Wallis why New Zealand's leading trotting stable would bother with Monte races, which have their historic first tote event of the modern era at Alexandra Park tomorrow night. Because for Wallis and husband Bernie Hackett, the question should be, why wouldn't they bother with them? Monte racing is a harness race, almost always for trotters, with the riders on top like jockeys and they are popular in Europe and Scandinavia as well as a point of difference in Victoria, Australia. While race eight at tomorrow night's meeting may only be a $6000 start to tote Monte racing in New Zealand for trainers like Wallis and Hackett, Jay Abernethy and Derek Balle, it is the culmination of a two-year battle to get to this stage. Wallis and Hackett have two in the race and while that means racing for far lesser stake money than usual at Alexandra Park, the benefits are three-fold. "For a start these races will have their own handicapping system so if a horse wins if doesn't affect their rating back in normal races," explains Wallis. "And we have found it really beneficial for some horses, it freshens them up and changes their attitude. "Some horses we try it with don't like it and we don't persist but a horse like Makarewa Jake, we gave him his first Monte trial last year when he was battling as a normal trotter and it turned him right around. "He came out and won his next sulky race." The other benefit is giving some horsepeople who for whatever reason don't drive in races the chance to ride in them, either rekindling or igniting an interest in harness racing. "When you have stablehands who work really hard and they want to experience racing but don't want to drive in races, then this is another way to keep them involved and give them that thrill, which is why a lot of people are involved with horses," says Wallis. "And we have seen that with the galloping people already involved in the Montes." For Wallis that person is her 17-year-old daughter Tyla, who will have her first tote ride tomorrow night. "She can't wait and that enthusiasm is infectious. I think they are a great thing for trotting, they are an international part of the industry and also something different." Alexandra Park is committed to a series of Monte races over the summer and Harness Racing New Zealand has established rules around who is eligible to ride, handicapping systems and even riding weights. Wallis says the latter is nowhere as important as in the enormously more competitive thoroughbred industry when a 5kg weight difference in jockeys is considered huge. "We have found the weight doesn't seem to matter too much as long as it is not a huge difference. "And with a horse like Majestic Ali we found she was more likely to trot throughout in a Monte even though she was galloping in normal races because of the extra weight over her shoulders keeping her down." Montes can have a reputation for being messy affairs until the horses gain experience but they are also a popular export product to countries like France, where New Zealand harness racing needs to start tapping into its next overseas revenue stream. So who wins the first tote Monte in New Zealand? "To be honest, both ours have a chance but the one to beat might be Show Of Faith. From the trials I have seen she has grown a leg since they put the saddle on her," says Wallis. SADDLING UP • Monte racing is harness horses, usually trotters, competing under saddles with riders like jockeys. • It is popular in France and Scandinavia and has been running in Victoria, Australia, for several years. • Tomorrow night's tote race at Alexandra Park will be the first of its kind in New Zealand in the modern era.   Michael Guerin

AB 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 There is a $5,000 Bonus Late Quaddie on Cambridge Harness this Wednesday night in addition to the Pre-Xmas Quaddie promotion. Bonus Pools Wed 28 Nov Cambridge Harness: $5k BONUS LATE Quaddie on the last four races  Thu 29 Nov Addington Dogs: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie  Fri 30 Nov Addington Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie  Sat 01 Dec Wanganui Races: $20k BONUS Early Quaddie  Sun 02 Dec Methven Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie Pick Six  Thu 29 Nov $40k Guaranteed at Forbury Park Night Harness Fri 30 Nov $40k Guaranteed TURBO at Alex Park/Addington Night Harness Interdominions Sat 01 Dec Interdominion Harness: A$7k BONUS First4 Interdominion Heats Tue 04 Dec Interdominion Harness: A$7k BONUS First4 Interdominion Heats   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness - Wednesday 28 November  An eight race programme starting at 5.38pm. There is a $5,000 Bonus Late Quaddie on Cambridge Harness this Wednesday night in addition to the Pre-Xmas Quaddie promotion   Forbury Park - Thursday 29 November An eight race programme starting at 5.39pm.    Alexandra Park - Friday 30 November 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 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 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 16 November and 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   Addington Raceway - Friday 30 November Hello Everyone, The Silly Season is upon us, and we are excited our first Christmas at the Races is this Friday!  Be sure to come along for a great night out.  December Christmas at the Races  - Experience A Christmas Party Like No Other! – Limited Options Remain This year races on the 6, 8 & 14 December have a phenomenal festive atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment and of course great harness racing action on the track.  Whatever your group’s size, budget or style, we can cater to make sure everyone has a fabulous time.  Options start from $75 per person.  Call 338 9094 to book. 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. Call 338 9094 to book. Wishing to organize food easily leading up to the Silly Season? - ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING can help out by delivering tasty food straight to your office, stables and/or home.  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   http://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/.   For further details please call 338 9094.  MET MULTIPLIER $7,000 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/120632pg.htm - Thursday 6 December https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/120832pg.htm - Saturday 8 December https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/121432pg.htm - Friday 14 December (Tentative) 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.   Oamaru - Saturday 1 December Brothers In Arms Raceday, now on the all weather surface at Oamaru. First race 12.12pm.    Methven Trotting Club - Sunday 2 December The Methven Trotting Club’s Christmas meeting is this Sunday and the locals have been busy sprucing up the course and surrounds for the big day. Feature races are the Methven Four Square Pacers Green Mile and the Neumann’s Tyres/Fast Track Insurance Trotters Green Mile both have been spectacular contests in recent years and this year is sure to be no different. The track is in great order and hosted some 180 horses at last Sundays Trials with fast times the order of the day. The club has organized plenty of Christmas activities for children and adults alike with bird in a barrow races, best hat and barbeque contests, lolly scrambles, egg and spoon races and numerous giveaways. The club is progressing the development of excess land along the back straight with some of these sections likely to be marketed in the coming year.The objective being to safeguard the future of the club financially. The theme of the day will be to acknowledge the huge contribution made to the club over the years by the local Harrison family who recently lost club patron  Tom Harrison. Tom along with his father and brothers have supported the club both as horse trainers, owners and administrators for a huge amount of time and it will be lovely to see many of the current members of the family on-course Sunday. Sadly the club also lost longtime and extremely popular committee member Bernie Davidson after a long illness Bernie’s good humour and courage made a deep impression on us all and we also would like to acknowledge his contribution. The club always supports a local charity and this meeting racebook gold coin donations will go to the Methven Play Centre. So see you at Methven Sunday for great racing, great scenery and old fashioned country hospitality - Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   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.   Kawatiri Trials Day (Westport) - December 8 The Westport Trotting Club is holding their Kawatiri Day Trials on Dec 8th.  Nominations by Thurs 6th to Karen O’Dea 021 0306146 or k.odea@xtra.co.nz   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

Two of the most promising pacers in the north should provide punters with a Pick6  kick start at Alexandra Park tonight. After the highs of Cup week in Christchurch last week tonight’s meeting and the grass track fixture at Geraldine tomorrow give harness punters a more relaxed vibe before the Inter Dominions kick off in Victoria next week and the Alexandra Park summer carnival starts to pick up momentum. But that doesn’t mean tonight’s meeting lacks class. On The Cards (R6, No.6) headlines a smart field while Revolver (R4, No.8) looks one of the sharper lower grade pacers in the north and a horse who could end up in the better four-year-old races at the back end of the season. Revolver is unbeaten in two starts for trainer Tony Herlihy and while he hasn’t raced since April he has looked very sharp and even stronger than last season in his two recent workout wins. “I am happy with where he is at and even though he has a wide draw he feels very forward,” says Herlihy. “But it is hard to be confident from the draw.”Revolver does however come into tonight’s first leg of Pick6 with a reputation and would seem a horse most rivals drivers would be happy to trail should Herlihy choose to use him early. On The Cards was used plenty early last start but was stunning winning in a far easier grade and looks Barry Purdon’s next good open class horse.  He broke 3:20 for 2700m mobile last start and while he meets a better field tonight he has a big advantage in the draws over stablemate Mach Shard while the scratching of potential early leader Tennyson Bromac suggests On The Cards could end up in front, from where he should win.  The southern harness focus is on Geraldine for one of the first grass track country cups of the summer and brings together some serious Cup week players, none more so than Alta Maestro and Forgotten Highway.  Alta Maestro was brilliant winning in the intermediate grade last Friday but Forgotten Highway was a luckless eighth in the New Zealand Cup and his earlier form suggest he is a real open class force, particularly away from the absolute elite so he is the horse to beat. Michael Guerin

Alexandra Park - Friday 23 November 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 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 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 16 November and 21 December. Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet. She says Alexandra Park’s exclusive President’s Suite can also be hired for private parties, with availability remaining on both 16 and 30 November as well as 21 December. 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. 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   Invercargill HRC - Friday 23 November TOP DRIVERS SET FOR BORDER CLASH AT ASCOT PARK RACEWAY    Border rivalry will be to the fore when the What The Hill Drivers Challenge takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Friday (23 November). The challenge repeats last year’s successful format where a team of six from North of the Waitaki took on a team from South of the Waitaki. The North of the Waitaki team took the team honours on that occasion spearheaded by a former Southlander now domiciled in Canterbury, Gavin Smith, who took the Individual honours. However both teams were tied on points going into the final heat so it was a close run thing. As the defending champion Smith returns as part of the north team this year joined by Ricky May, Blair Orange, Samantha Ottley, Tim Williams and Jim Curtin. Attempting to wrest the silverware back onto this side of the Waitaki is the South of the Waitaki team led by the Williamson brothers – Nathan, Matthew and Brad along with Brent Barclay, Craig Ferguson and Allan Beck. The invited drivers compete in four heats with points allocated to the first five home on each occasion with 10 points for a win, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. Each driver receives the points they accumulate towards finding an individual champion while their points also go into their teams score to find the champion team. The event is a twilight meeting with the first race timed to start at 3.38pm. It is a perfect night to come out and enjoy some top class racing. Admission to the course will be free. One punter will take home a meal voucher from Level One Restaurant & Bar in Invercargill when a draw of all losing on course tote tickets is made after Race 6 while also after race 6 all children on course receive a free bag of lollies.   Geraldine TC - Saturday 24 November. Entry to this race day is free for owners, owners have been sent an email with details about the free entry and race book available for owners. The club will also be hosting owners hospitality before each race. For full information on the day please visit the Race Day office.   Banks Peninsula TC - Sunday 25 November At Motukukara Racecourse.    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

Welcome to November everyone... It's that time of year where everything starts to really heat up - our upcoming meeting this Friday (16 November) will kick off the first of eight 'Christmas At The Races' meetings for us here at The Park and despite the dreaded 'Santa Cap' being back in action right up until our final C.A.T.R meeting on Friday 21 December, this period of racing really is a great opportunity for us all to showcase our sport to the wider viewing audience and convert the 10,000+ attendees we will host during this period into regular race-going harness racing fans! Friday 16 November will also mark the night that the new 'ATC Coloured Saddlecloths' are introduced into the racing action here at The Park - these are the same saddlecloths that are used with success throughout Australia and with many of our C.A.T.R guests having never placed a bet before, it is envisaged that these new coloured saddlecloths will help counteract some of the barriers that are currently prohibiting these new attendees to The Park from getting involved in the racing action from a punting side of things! Last year we had a couple of trainers/drivers put their hands up and kindly volunteer 5 minutes of their time to do a quick meet-and-greet with some of these groups - providing an industry insight for these patrons and a few tips for these new punters to follow throughout the night! If anyone would like to be involved with a similar thing this C.A.T.R please don't hesitate to get in touch with Regan - this would be a great way for trainers to showcase themselves to the wider general audience and you never know - you may just get an owner or two from it which would be great for everyone involved :) As mentioned in October's newsletter, the ATC will be re-introducing the parading of all horses in numerical order into the birdcage and also onto the track in the coming weeks - with the meeting of December 7 when this will fully enforced into racing policy here at the ATC. Further communication will be sent out to all those concerned in the coming weeks on the processes around this and how it will be managed/actioned. Digital clocks have now been installed in the stables and so there will be no excuses to miss out on being a part of this! If you have a known fractious horse and you feel it will be detrimental to both the horse & birdcage procedure to be parading prior to entry onto the track, please advise either Regan or the Stipes of this. Another item that the ATC has decided to action into our racing policy is for no talking between drivers once horses have entered onto the track prior to race commencement. At a time when we need to be highlighting and promoting the integrity in our sport, the ATC have decided that there is no need for drivers to be talking to each other once on track (in all instances other than where a driver needs to communicate with another due to an immediate safety issue). Again, this will be actioned into ATC racing policy as of the meeting of December 7 in order to allow for the smooth & successful implementation of these new policies but we encourage all participants to get used to both this and the numerical birdcage procedure over the remaining meetings in November so that come December 7 everyone is well ahead of the game and ready to kick this off in style! The ATC want to promote the professionalism in our sport and this is an integral part of ensuring that we are maintaining standards that promote & enable this to occur. There will be one more ATC O&T newsletter before the year's end however we would like to kindly remind all of those connections who have horses that may be on a path to 2018 Auckland Cup and/or National Trot Group One glory that initial nominations for both of these races close 11.00am on Friday November 30 - these can be given to Regan @ the ATC Racing Office on either 09 631 1163 / 027 249 1205. Please note that no initial nomination or sustaining payments are required if received by this date so no matter how likely you feel you are to be there come the big day on NYE, you have to be in it to win it so why not chance your arm, give your horse/s a nom and see how 2018 can end on a winning note! The tentative programme for this meeting of December 31 (and all of December for that matter) are currently available online at HRNZ and full race conditions for these Group One features can be found there. Looking ahead to the remaining three meetings for November and below are a few things to note down in your diary in terms of programming and what you can look forward to sinking your teeth into! - There is a junior drivers 2700m handicap trot programmed for the meeting of November 16 for up-to-R65 trotters - The meetings of November 16 & 30 both have a 2700m R60 & faster handicap pace programmed. We have been aiming to programme a standing start for these R60+ horses at the trials/workouts at Franklin over the past month or so and we will continue to do so over the balance of November & into December to help all horses who may have not seen the tapes prepare for these races. - Another Monte Saddle Trot has been included for the programme of November 23. Again this race will be dependent of the balance of nominations received for the approved race licence for this meeting - however with a Monte programmed for the Saturday meeting's of December 8 & 15 you get the feeling it won't be long now until the first Monte tote race is run here @ The Park. For any queries relating to the Monte races (and how to qualify your horse if you are interested), please speak to ATC Racing Committee Chair & Board Member Derek Balle. - The F&M race for the meeting of November 23 will be a 2200m handicap pace with a maximum back mark of 20m - this will be programmed as a R40-75 & (R76-80 with a junior concession claim) F&M's race and has being programmed in this way to see if greater support for these races can be garnered to help them get off the ground. - The first 2YO race for the season has been included for the programme of November 30 (subject to nominations) - The junior drivers race (pace) on the programme of November 30 has had the rating band extended to now include the R40-65 rated pacers. As usual, this race will include the standard field selection policy of preference going to those horses who have not previously won a penalty free drivers race & where possible and to mix the balance of the R40-65 open races, this race will be selected from the top rating downwards. A note for trainers & drivers - if you have any concerns over the condition of the track on racenight please direct these concerns directly to Todd Macfarlane (Chair of the Horsemen's Association). Todd and the ATC track staff communicate regularly on racenight and should there be any concerns over the condition of the track, these will be communicated to the track staff via Todd and rectified in a timely manner. Also a reminder for all drivers on racenight - could please remember to warm-up your horse on the outside of the track - this helps to minimise any deterioration to the inside of the track and the subsequent issues that comes with such effects. We wish everyone a great November and hope that together we can make the next two months great viewing for all involved! As always - if you ever have any queries relating to anything racing here at the ATC, please don't hesitate to give Regan a call! Regards, Regan Cotter Racing Manager 09 631 1163 027 249 1205 Additional information The SAAC (Stable Area Awareness Course) for children aged 6-14 years will take place 1 hour prior to the start of the first tote race on the first meeting of each month here at The Park. Children who pass this course will be issued with a temporary pass which will admit them to the stables when under the supervision of an adult. They will then be issued with photo ID and a lanyard for easy access on racenight (when again under the supervision of an adult). Children are permitted to turn up on the night to partake in the course but we do ask that parents/guardians let the club know (Racing Manager Regan Cotter) when their child will be attending to assist us through this period. Upcoming S.A.A.C (Stable Area Awareness Course for children aged 6-14) course dates as follows - Friday November 16 Friday December 7 If you have any questions relating to any of the H&S procedures & policies please don't hesitate to contact Regan or ATC H&S Manager Shane Primrose - shane.primrose@alexandrapark.nz / 09 631 1189 Programmes Programmes for November & December (tentative) are now online @ http://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/programm.htm Upcoming November & December Race Meetings @ The Park Friday November 16 Friday November 23 Friday November 30 Friday December 7 (G3 Summer Cup & Northern Breeders Stakes) Saturday December 8 Friday December 14 (G1 Queen Of Hearts) Saturday December 15 Friday December 21 Monday December 31 (G1 Auckland Cup & National Trot) Upcoming Trial & Workout dates For those of you who like to get in early and see the videos ASAP (prior to the official results been entered) please remember the race videos can be viewed on http://m.hrnz.co.nz/ (note these will be available via this link once Magness is able to upload the videos onto the HRNZ website). Saturday 17th November - Workouts - Franklin Saturday 24th November - Trials (RH) & Workouts - Franklin Saturday 1st December - Trials (RH) & Workouts - Franklin Tuesday 11th December - Workouts - Franklin Tuesday 18th December - Trials (RH) & Workouts - Franklin Saturday 22nd December - Trials (RH) & Workouts - Franklin Saturday 29th December - Workouts - Franklin   What's On @ The Park       Indulge in our amazing Christmas-themed all-you-can-eat buffet with beverage packages available     Nothing wrong with a bit of competition! Place your bets & feel the thrill with live harness-racing     The night goes on! Live DJ to follow in the Alex Bar & Eatery after the racing action       Get excited! We've got spot prizes to giveaway throughout the night. Are you feeling lucky?     Ooo-la-la! We'll have a photographer making the rounds, snapping shots & creating your Christmas memories     Ho! Ho! Ho! Top the night off with a visit from the jolly man himself who may be merry enough to dish out some pressies!           Want to be away from the crowds and in your own intimate setting for this years Christmas Party? We can provide the venue, food, drink and decorations... Just let us know when! Take the stress out of planning, contact us today & let's get started before it's too late! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO   From Weddings to Conferences, School Balls & Leavers Dinners. We have spaces and accompanying packages to suit all. • 8 function rooms • Accommodate up to 500 guests • Delicious, varied in-house catering • Selection of beverage packages • Decoration options • AV hire CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO   P: 09 630 9718 | E: events@alexandrapark.co.nz     Our Christmas Day Lunch is a definite crowd pleaser! Featuring a delicious buffet and a huge range of beverages to suit. We're excited for you and your family & friends to celebrate Christmas at Alexandra Park. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO   Auckland Cup Day is coming up fast and we want you there! Don't know what to do with the kids? Bring them along! We have the ultimate FREE family fun day planned with an amazing activities & entertainment line-up! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO     Alexandra Park Raceway Green Lane West, Epsom, Auckland      

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 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 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 16 November and 21 December. Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet. She says Alexandra Park's exclusive President's Suite can also be hired for private parties, with availability remaining on both 16 and 30 November as well as 21 December. 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. Cameron Brewer

Chicago Bull has stamped himself as the one to beat for the New Zealand Cup on November 13, following an impressive win in the Garrard's New Zealand Pace (2200m) at Alexandra Park this afternoon. The gelding was competing in his first standing start event and was slow away after the start. The six-year-old was able to slowly work his way back in touch with the rest of the field on the first lap, before making his way to the breeze past the winning post the penultimate time. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr then poured the pressure on Jack's Legend, who was his nearest rival in the market, before he went on to win by two-and-a-half lengths.   Tim Walker

Gary Hall knows two things heading into Chicago Bull’s Alexandra Park debut tonight — he has the best horse in the race, and that may still not be enough to win. Hall is one of the biggest stars in Australian harness racing, doing most of the driving for the superstar team trained in West Australia by his father Gary senior.  “Junior” as he is universally known has unofficially taken over the training duties as Chicago Bull counts down to the New Zealand Cup in two and a half weeks, with tonight’s race a chance to keep him fit and get some much-needed standing start experience.  But while Hall is happy with the last-start Victoria Cup runner-up he admits there are some concerns tonight.  “I don’t really like the idea of a 20m back mark over the 2200m,” he says.  “It could make he race really tricky and it is also his first standing start, so while I’d be surprised if he blew it, he could settle last.  “That means we could be chasing for a while in his first start right-handed so there are a few things against us.” Hall says last season’s Inter Dominion runner-up has been working well right-handed and if this race was at his home track of Gloucester Park he would be red hot but the reality is punters should be careful with him tonight.  A crucial stage of the race will be the start because if Jack’s Legend can step safely from his 10m handicap and stay in front of Chicago Bull then he has a tactical advantage, especially if the field slows at any stage and it looks the lead is there.  Two runs back into his Cup campaign, Jack’s Legend should be fit enough to win and looks the best bet if Chicago Bull’s presence pushes him toward $3-$3.50.  Chicago Bull isn’t the only group one winner facing a stiff handicap tonight as Lemond and Temporale share a 50m backmark in the main trot but such has been their dual dominance of similar races in the past whoever settles in front of the other will probably still win.   Michael Guerin

Western Australia’s superstar pacer Chicago Bull will break fresh ground when he makes his first appearance in a standing-start event, in a $17,000 stand over 2200m at Auckland’s Alexandra Park on Friday night. The champion six-year-old, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, looks vastly superior to his six rivals and should notch his 40th victory at his 61st start in a race. Chicago Bull will start from the maximum back mark of 20m, with his chief rivals Lets Elope and Jacks Legend the two off the 10m line. Chicago Bull is a well-behaved and laid-back character who has begun smoothly in his only two appearances in standing-start trials and Hall is confident the brilliant gelding will be on his best behaviour behind the barrier strands. This will be a valuable lead-up for Chicago Bull before he contests the $800,000 New Zealand Cup, a stand over 3200m at Addington in Christchurch on Tuesday November 13. Lets Elope and Jacks Legend are also nominated for the big race. One of Chicago Bull’s toughest opponents in the New Zealand Cup will be Tiger Tara, who led all the way and beat Chicago Bull into second place in the 2200m Victoria Cup at Melton two Saturdays ago. Lets Elope is a ten-year-old in the twilight of his career of 158 starts for 25 wins and 45 placings for earnings of $559,129, while five-year-old Jacks Legend has raced 28 times for six wins and 12 placings for stakes of $329,131. Lets Elope and Jacks Legend clashed in a 2700m stand at Alexandra Park on October 12 when Lets Elope, a 16/1 chance off 10m, raced in third place on the pegs for the first lap before dashing to the front and going on to win at a 2.1.6 rate from the fast-finishing Jacks Legend. The final 800m was covered in 55.4sec. and the last 400m in 27.5sec. This ended a losing sequence of 33 fort Lets Elope, whose previous victory was in a $20,000 Free-For-All over 2190m at Mildura on April 8, 2017. Jacks Legend has a losing sequence of ten, with his most recent victory being in a 2700m stand at Alexandra Park in October last year. Two starts before that, Jacks Legend won the Group 1 Emerald for three-year-old colts and geldings, starting at 45/1 and beating hot favourite Ultimate Machete.   Ken Casellas

Gary Hall is hoping a change of trainer can transform Chicago Bull from a Victoria Cup runner-up to a New Zealand Cup winner. The pride of Perth arrives in New Zealand on Thursday and is likely to stay a month with the $800,000 Cup at Addington on November 13 his main aim. Had Chicago Bull won the Victoria Cup at Melton last Saturday he could well have threatened for favouritism in New Zealand’s greatest harness race but he had to settle for a well-beaten second behind Tiger Tara, who is also bound for Addington but will race at Menangle this Saturday first. Hall’s usually unshakable confidence was initially dented by the Victoria Cup defeat. “I first glance I thought he was disappointing,” he admits. “But then when I analyzed it and the lead time was so slow, it was like sitting parked outside Tiger Tara over a mile. “You are not going to win doing that and obviously we didn’t. But at the top of the straight our fella was all done and he still fought on really well for second. “So he can still win the New Zealand Cup.” Not that Hall will have as much input as usual into Chicago Bull’s preparation with his son and regular driver Gary junior taking over the hands-on training for almost all the New Zealand campaign, albeit in an unofficial capacity. “Gary is going over with him this week and staying right through until after the New Zealand Cup, he won’t be coming back to drive here in Perth. “Gary actually did most of the training with Quinny (I’m Themightyquinn) when he raced in the Inter Dominion in Auckland in 2011, which we ended up winning after Smoken Up was disqualified.  “So he thinks he is the man for the job so I will only come over a few days before the Cup,” laughs Hall. Chicago Bull flies into Auckland in the hope the Auckland Trotting Club will hold the programmed open class race at Alexandra Park next Friday as his final lead-up to the Cup.  With Star Galleria already in the south and Northview Hustler and No Doctor Needed nominated for the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on Monday the northern open class stocks will be getting pretty thin by next week.  But Let’s Elope and Jacks Legend, who quinellaed last Friday’s Holmes D G, are likely to accept for next Friday along with a few others and the Auckland Trotting Club have been keen to support pre-NZ Cup open class racing in recent years so the race should get off the ground.  “That would be ideal for us because he needs the standing start practice, he has never been from one in a race,” says Hall.  “He has had a couple of trials over here from a stand but that is a lot diferent from a race.” Chicago Bull versus Jacks Legend is very much a spring treat for Alexandra Park regulars as they were both runner-ups to Lazarus at the highest level last season, Jacks Legend in the New Zealand Cup and Chicago Bull in the Inter Dominion.  The pair staying in the north for their final lead-up races also adds to the intrigue of an already fascinating New Zealand Cup, which in recent years has seen most of the top chances race each other and establish a clear pecking order before they get to Addington.  That won’t be the case this season because while some of the Cup favourites like Ultimate Machete and Dream About Me will head to Ashburton on Monday others like Star Galleria and Methven Cup winner Cruz Bromac will bypass that race, ensuring lots of varying formlines heading into the Cup.   Michael Guerin

Alexandra Park is hosting its popular Tropical Nights on Fridays 12 and 26 October, with a $1,000 travel voucher to be won. To be held in the premier Top of the Park venue, attendees on both nights will be treated to the tastes of tropical paradise and be entered in to win the travel voucher. "Our Tropical Night dining packages start from just $65 per person including a spectacular all-you-can-eat buffet, a night of tropical fun, and the best views in the house," says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. She says given the relatively limited number of tables and tickets available for these two Fridays, all Tropical Night attendees have a good chance of winning the $1,000 travel voucher. The draw will take place during the 26 October evening. "Our executive chef has designed a sumptuous tropical-inspired buffet menu which will completely transport your taste buds. Then there's of course exciting harness racing under lights and atmosphere galore!" To secure tickets phone (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit the website where the full Tropical Night menu, which includes several enticing desserts, is online https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/tropical-nights-2018/ Situated on the fifth floor, Top of the Park boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking the track. As well as a delicious tropical buffet, all packages include free entry to Alexandra Park, free parking and free race-books. The evenings start from 5.30pm. In November and December, Alexandra Park will host eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings. Bookings are already strong, with the Christmas events set to take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. www.alexandrapark.co.nz   Cameron Brewer

Many of you are probably in the same boat as all of us here at The Park trying to figure out where on earth 2018 has gone! In saying that though, you can't really complain when the sun & daylight has replaced the chill and darkness! Spring racing really kicked into action last Friday night on our Cancer Society Daffodil Raceday - which also coincided with the second of our 'mile night's' which once again provided a very entertaining and competitive night of racing action. A big thanks goes to everyone involved in these nights so far - the support that we have received from both owners and trainers has been fantastic and really has allowed us to create a new level of hype around these nights. A big congratulations goes to the connections of Mortician who was victorious in the mile trot - earning himself and his connections a national record for his efforts. And no we haven't missed (how could you possibly forget) the heroics of the Ray Green trained and Andre Poutama driven Northview Hustler with his all-the-way victory in the Spring Cup. It was a superbly rated drive from Andre and made for one heck of a finish down the straight. It was great to see (and hear) the winning connections showing such emotion as victory edged closer come the final 200m - highlighting the thrill that harness racing ownership has to offer. We wish all the connections of the Northern trained NZ Cup aspirants the very best of luck as they prepare for the second Tuesday of November - we'll be cheering for you all! October has two meetings for the month, on the 12th & 26th respectively and we can assure you that there won't be any shortage of action-packed entertainment on track. Club officials have been in touch with Gary Hall Snr and if all plays out as expected over the next few weeks,  the star of WA Chicago Bull will be gracing us with his presence on the night of October 26th as he makes his way also down to Addington for the NZ Cup. Other features on this night will be Heat 1 of the Alabar Sires Stakes series for 3YO Fillies & Heat 4 of the McMillan Equine Feeds Series for the 3YO C&G as well as the much anticipated Monte Saddle trot tote race. The Monte horses and committee behind getting these races off the ground have been grinding away in preparation for this historical event and we are looking forward to seeing them on track. It must be made mention though that this race will only be run should nominations not hold up for the balance of the 10 race licence on this date. The ATC has made a commitment to programming at least three Monte tote races for $6K throughout October-December and should this not get off the ground on the 26th, another has been programmed for November 23 with the programmes of December 8 & 15 (both Saturday meetings) to include a Monte race too. Other points of note to make for connections is the programming of a 3200m handicap trot for R40 - 60 trotters on the programme of October 12. Again this race will be subject to nominations but it would be great to get the support the mile trot did so we can continue to programme these types of races that offer something a little different from the norm and a great viewing spectacle and something for punters to sink their teeth into. A claimers only race has also been programmed for this night for horses with a claiming price of up to $10K and it would be great to get this off the ground. Racing for a stake of $14,500 against like animals, why not put a claiming price on your horse and see how you go - or even better, should the race get off the ground, round-up a group of your mates and put in a claim - the best part is you can all come back to the track the following meeting and see your new pride and joy already racing under your name! The highlight of October 12 will no doubt be the $20K Kerry Hoggard Memorial - The Holmes DG & after last Friday's running of the Spring Cup, it promises to be another not-to-be-missed event. Looking forward to the coming months and there is plenty to talk about (however we will cover all of this off in November's edition of the ATC O&T newsletter). Below are a few things to note down in your diary for November & early December -  - The first 2YO race for the season has been included for the programme of November 30(however again subject to nominations) - There is a junior drivers 2700m handicap trot programmed for the meeting of November 16 for the up-to-R65 trotters - The junior drivers race (pace) on the programme of November 30 has had the rating band extended to now include the R40-65 rated pacers. As usual, this race will include the standard field selection policy of preference going to those horses who have not previously won a penalty free drivers race & where possible and to mix the balance of the R40-65 open races, this race will be selected from the top rating downwards.  - The programmes of November 16 & 30 both have a R60 & faster handicap pace included in them - so if you have a horse who falls into this category and may not have seen the tapes before, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Regan when nominating for the workouts to express your interest in having a go behind the tapes. - An amateur drivers race will be included in the programme for both Saturday December 8 & 15 for a stake TBC.  The club will measure the success of these races and the support they receive however it is envisaged that throughout the winter months of June-August 2019 an amateur winter series will be programmed here at The Park. Conditions and ratings bands for both the December races and the proposed winter series in 2019 are also still TBC. ​Going forward (and confirmation of this will be communicated to all horsemen/women prior to this coming into force) the ATC have decided that the birdcage procedure of parading in numerical order prior to going on track will once again be re-instated. Countdown clocks will be installed throughout the stables prior to the commencement of this to help allow for the smooth transition of re-instating this protocol. Coinciding with this will be the introduction of new colored saddlecloths (similar to that used at a majority of Metropolitan tracks in Australia). These are due to arrive in the next few weeks and will allow for greater interaction between punters and our racing product. A note for trainers & drivers - if you have any concerns over the condition of the track on racenight please direct these concerns directly to Todd Macfarlane (Chair of the Horsemen's Association). Todd and the ATC track staff communicate regularly on racenight and should there be any concerns over the condition of the track, these will be communicated to the track staff via Todd and rectified in a timely manner. Also a reminder for all drivers on racenight - could please remember to warm-up your horse on the outside of the track - this helps to minimise any deterioration to the inside of the track and the subsequent issues that comes with such effects. Regan Cotter Racing Manager 09 631 1163 027 249 1205 Additional information The SAAC (Stable Area Awareness Course) for children aged 6-14 years will take place 1 hour prior to the start of the first tote race on the first meeting of each month here at The Park. Children who pass this course will be issued with a temporary pass which will admit them to the stables when under the supervision of an adult. They will then be issued with photo ID and a lanyard for easy access on racenight (when again under the supervision of an adult). Children are permitted to turn up on the night to partake in the course but we do ask that parents/guardians let the club know (Racing Manager Regan Cotter) when their child will be attending to assist us through this period. Upcoming S.A.A.C (Stable Area Awareness Course for children aged 6-14) course dates as follows - Friday October 12 If you have any questions relating to any of the new H&S procedures & policies please don't hesitate to contact Regan or ATC H&S Manager Shane Primrose - shane.primrose@alexandrapark.nz / 09 631 1189 Programmes Programmes for October & November (tentative) are now online  @ http://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/programm.htm Upcoming  Race Meetings @ The Park Friday October 12 - (The Holmes DG) Friday August 26 Upcoming Trial & Workout dates For those of you who like to get in early and see the videos ASAP (prior to the official results been entered) please remember the race videos can be viewed on http://m.hrnz.co.nz/ (note these will be available via this link once Magness is able to upload the videos onto the HRNZ website). Saturday 6th October- Trials (RH) & Workouts – Franklin Saturday 13th October- Trials (LH) & Workouts – Franklin Saturday 20th October - Workouts – Franklin Saturday 27th October- Trials (RH) & Workouts – Franklin

Daffodil Race Night this Friday at Alexandra Park will proudly support the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Alexandra Park's Daffodil Race Night on 28 September is part of the New Zealand Racing Board's Daffodil Racedays 2018. Now in its fifth year, the nationwide initiative has already raised more than $50,000 for the Cancer Society. "It's fantastic to see the racing community coming together again this year for Daffodil Racedays. The money raised for the Cancer Society will go towards vital cancer research and provide practical help, care and comfort throughout New Zealand," says Cancer Society of New Zealand CEO Mike Kernaghan. "Thanks to events like Alexandra Park's Daffodil Race Night, every dollar raised is used to help New Zealand and New Zealanders beat cancer," he says. Dining packages for the 28 September Daffodil Race Night start from $65 per person, and Alexandra Park will donate $10 from every ticket sale to the Cancer Society. To be hosted in the Tasman Room, the evening will include entertainment, spot prizes, an amazing buffet, plenty of harness racing action under lights, and some wonderful guest speakers. "There will be also be mascot running around for selfies while out on the track there'll be celebrity races with New Zealand rugby legend Stephen 'The Beaver' Donald at the centre of it all," says Alexandra Park Sales & Events Coordinator, Roxanne Visser. "We're encouraging people to gather their friends and colleagues and reserve a table today. It's going to be such a fun night for a great cause," she says. For more information or to secure tickets phone (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/daffodil-race-night-28th-september/. General admission into Alexandra Park as well as car-parking and race books remain free on Friday race nights. www.alexandra.co.nz   Cameron Brewer

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