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Cup week is over and now grass track harness racing gets cranked up in earnest. Both Canterbury grass track meetings this weekend have drawn big even fields and the weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday and Sunday.  It was another good week for the ringaround last week with several winners selected. Brad Williamson had the highest dividend when Two Ply won at Wyndham and paid $15.80 and $3.60 on the tote. This week there are five meetings with two in the north and three in the south.   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Santana Mach this week at Manawatu in Race 1 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks that R Gee Bee would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Captain Kirk as his best drive this week at Manawatu in Race 7   Invercargill on Friday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Bella Sara at Ascot Park in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Kansas City Jim as his best drive this week at Ascot Park in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance today could be Wayward Rock in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Foo Fighter at Ascot Park in Race 6 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best drive this week is Deliska at Invercargill in Race 7 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Rakarover as his best chance this week also in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Bettor Option at Invercargill in Race 8   For more tips for Invercargill click here!   Alexandra Park on Friday night Stephen Richardson - Steve thinks Lovely Bundy can win at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Sweet N Fast at Auckland in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Will Take Charge as his best chance this week also in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Culpeka will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Shandance as his best chance this week in Race 5   Geraldine on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks The Dominator can go close to winning at Geraldine in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Saving Grace as his best drive this week at Orari in Race 6 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best drive this week is Betterthanspraying in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Monty Python as his best drive this week in Race 10   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Cole Porter as his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 9 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn would be his best chance at Motukarara in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn is a good winning chance in Race 11 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Friend as his best chance this week at Motukarara also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media

We are half-way through cup week 2017 with some great racing still to come, including the $300,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap on Friday along with an abundance of fanastic supporting races. Last week Tony Herlihy had the best winning dividend, when Classy Chapel won the last race at Cambridge and paid $6.10 and $2.20 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. Ashburton on Thursday John Curtin - John says Come Dance With Me will go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Noble Lavros is a chance at Ashburton in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Major Hippie can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 11   Addington on Friday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Agatha Tyron as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Some Joy at Addington in Race 3 Bob Butt -  Bob says his best chance this week is Ronald J at Addington in Race 4 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 9 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Dark Horse in the Dominion Handicap Race 9 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Delishka as his best drive this week in Race 10 John Morrison - John likes the chances of Seaswift Joy at Addington in Race 10 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks Tiger Tara can go close in the NZ FFA on Friday at Addington in Race 11   Auckland on Friday night Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Sea Of Gold as his best chance this week in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Hot Flush would be a place chance this week also in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Caitlyn Clarke at Auckland in Race 4 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Lemond as his best chance this week in Race 6 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Motown will be hard to beat in Race 7   Wyndham on Sunday Craig Ferguson - Craig thinks his best drive this week could be Rocking Robyn in Race 3 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Larch as his best drive this week at Wyndham in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Two Ply at Wyndham in Race 5 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Gotta Good Looker at Wyndham in Race 6 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Navajo Art at Wyndham in Race 7 Racechat - Lance thinks that Millwood Daisy is a good winning chance at Wyndham in Race 8 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best drive this week is Black Regal Princess also in Race 8 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Duke Of Wellington as his best chance this week in Race 10   Harnesslink Media  

Alexandra Park’s popular Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings are quickly selling out. Tickets are still available, but Alexandra Park Sales & Events Coordinator Danielle Upton is urging people and organisations to act now to avoid disappointment. The Christmas At The Races evenings will take place on Fridays 17 and 24 November and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December as well as Thursday 30 November and Saturday 16 December. “Most of our dates have now sold out, but the good news is we still have availability on Thursday 30 November and Friday 22 December, and some limited space on Saturday 16 December,” says Ms Upton. “Our Holly packages start from just $68 per person, through to our more premium Pohutukawa packages in the likes of Top of the Park. We’re also selling tickets for our balcony tables, so there’s certainly something for everyone. And regardless of the package you decide, everyone gets to enjoy our sumptuous Christmas-style buffet.” Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages, exciting harness racing under lights, some great viewing spots, and an all-round fun night out. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy some live entertainment. “There’s always plenty of atmosphere, making Our Christmas At The Races evenings the perfect work Christmas party. Despite us putting on extra evenings this year, these tickets are proving hot again. With only three nights out of the eight still available, anyone interested really needs to move quickly.” Sales & Marketing Manager, Joel Reichardt, says Alexandra Park’s marketing campaign this year has worked a treat - aimed at those who have been tasked with organising their work Christmas party, with the message: ‘Everything you need, sorted with one booking’! Mr Reichardt says dining packages for Auckland Cup Day on New Year’s Eve are now also available. Hosted in the Tasman Room, tickets to the sumptuous buffet dinner range from $60 per person through to $110 for premium beverage packages and prime viewing. On 31 December, there’ll also be plenty of free family activities, and then after the races a fireworks display and performance by band Split Second. For further information or bookings for Christmas At The Races or the 2017 Auckland Cup, please call (09) 631-1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz. For further information contact: Joel Reichardt - (021) 786-034

There is some great harness racing action again this week, with the highlight being the Sires Stakes Heat at Addington on Friday night along with some great supporting races. Sheree Tomlinson had the best winning dividend last week when Sundons Wish won at Invercargill and paid $5.10 and $1.40 on the tote. Now only 12 days until Cup day at Addington for 2017.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Manawatu on Thursday Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive tonight at Manawatu could be Sunny Bill in Race 1   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Madam Secretary would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Express Play as his best chance this week in also in Race 2 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Caitlyn Clarke at Auckland also in Race 2 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Triple Eight will be hard to beat in Race 7 John Curtin - John thinks Our Rosa will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for No Fears as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 3 Bob Butt - Bob says that his best drive this week is Ronald J at Addington in Race 9 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Pat Stanley as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Pat Stanley is a good winning chance in Race 11 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Burst Out Laughing as his best drive this week also in Race 11   Timaru on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Agatha Tyrone can go close to winning at Timaru in Race 3 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Joey Maguire as his best chance this week at Timaru in Race 9   Riverton on Sunday Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks that Gotta Good Looker would be his best drive this week at Riverton in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Father Christmas at Ascot Park in Race 4 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Larch as his best bet this week at Ascot park in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Grace O'Malley at also in Race 6 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Lite Percussion at Riverton in Race 7 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for Triple VC as her best drive this week in Race 10 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be The High Achiever this week at Riverton in Race 11 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Rakarover as his best drive this week also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media

Members of the Auckland Trotting Club formally received and signed off their 2017 Annual Report at the harness racings organisation’s Annual General Meeting this week. Chief Executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding, says considerable progress has been made on the club’s number one strategic priority to reinvigorate harness racing. This was helped by the fact that all 246 apartments in the club’s mixed-use development had sold unconditionally - raising nearly $295 million, with the ‘urban village’ on Green Lane West now well under construction. “The ongoing development of Green Lane West will ensure the club can keep revitalising both its venues and products going forward. For example, by 2018/19 the club will be receiving additional revenue via the likes of its new retail leases,” says Ms Dowding. Auckland Trotting Club president Bruce Carter says the past year was one of continued improvement for the club’s financial position, with a substantial uplift in the valuation of its total assets. This follows recent rezoning approval and subdivision consent for the rest of Alexandra Park’s Green Lane West frontage. “The club has increased its net asset base to $164m in 2017 and is one of the strongest asset-based racing clubs in New Zealand, something its members can be proud of,” he says. Overall the club reported a net surplus of over $6.5m for the 2016/17 financial year. It also reported an operating profit after depreciation and amortisation of $69,000 – which was $519,000 better than the $450,000 loss budgeted for the same period. Mr Carter reported on the growth in stakes, with the club’s goal to increase them further over the next five-years.  This year with the help of the NZ Racing Board, the club increased the minimum stake per race at Alexandra Park to $12,000 - the highest for a harness racing club in New Zealand. He says further increases to stakes will be made possible with the completion of the development. He thanked members for their ongoing support and reassured them the board and staff are fully committed to ensuring the Auckland Trotting Club’s core ideals are upheld. Ms Dowding reflected on the changing racing scene in recent decades, and how in 2013 the club’s board and management embarked on an ambitious and aggressive strategy with the vision to ensure future sustainability and control its own destiny. Since then, enormous work has gone into reshaping and extracting the highest and best use of the club’s land holdings. “Four years ago, when the strategy was deployed, we had a declining racing industry, funding had plateaued, over $16m in deferred maintenance, an asset that was in dire need of revitalisation, and an organisation that had flat-lined through a lack of reinvestment. “Today there are positive signs for our industry via the growth in funding, stakes and an extremely bright future for the business of the Auckland Trotting Club. An increase in industry funding has not only enabled an increase in our stakes, but the number of race meetings has also increased from 37 to 41 for the 2017/18 season.” The Annual Report showed that demand for Alexandra Park’s functions facilities and its meetings business continues. In 2016/17 the food and beverage division earned around $6.2m in revenue, with the function centre contributing around $4.6m of that. The functions team managed over 867 events, achieving occupancy levels consistent with the previous year. Race night dining grew strongly with revenue per race night up 16% on the previous year. While the sponsorship team was successful in attracting $790,000 of revenue - an increase of 6.5%. The club’s commissions from its onsite TAB increased following a staggering operating result. In the past year the TAB at Alexandra Park lifted its turnover from $15.7m to $22m - an annual turnover that puts it $10m higher than its closest TAB competitor and cements it as New Zealand’s largest. The club’s property division contributed $2.6m in revenue this year up from $2.3m in 2016. This was driven by an increase in income from the club’s existing rental properties and by strong parking revenues including from visiting campervans during the Lions Tour. Overall operational savings were also reported, and a commitment was made that costs will continue to be challenged throughout the organisation. Ms Dowding says 62% of the club’s total revenue is now generated by other departments outside of racing which continues to grow. Nonetheless at 38%, racing income growth remains important. Field sizes have increased from 9.3 to 9.7, while the amalgamation in recent years to create the Franklin Park Training Centre continues to deliver, with the numbers of horse training at Pukekohe lifting on average from 120 to 240. Looking forward to the coming year, the club will ensure the development is completed, as well as roll out its new strategic plan for the next five years – again in the name of sustaining harness racing into the future. In racing, the club aims to continue to raise the numbers of owners, young trainers and drivers helped by a continued lift in stakes, as well as work to attract and grow new audiences. On other aspects of its business the club will continue to improve customer service, focus on driving overall sales and additional revenue streams, as well as review its current assets and venues. With the opening of its urban village from next year, including new restaurants and cafes, the club is determined to “bring back Alexandra Park as an attractive destination”. At the Annual General Meeting, Auckland Trotting Club members voted on the election of board members and the return of Bruce Carter as president. Members also voted in a new constitution, and were advised that a decision around whether to roll out a further stage of the club’s urban village development would be made later this year or early next year after a review of market conditions. www.alexandrapark.co.nz Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or (09) 630-9700

Auckland harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:55pm Race 1 - The best backed runner in win and multi betting is All Over The Stars $3.70 - $2.80 with the largest bet $1,000 at $3.70.   Race 2 - The longshot American Empress $24.00 - $14.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Moving Money $11.00 - $7.50 with Step Up $3.20 leading multi betting.    Race 3 - Baquero $1.70 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Shady Sadie $3.70 is best backed on the win 'book' & also leads multi betting.   Race 5 - Conway Beach $1.60 is racing away in multi betting support with Ideal lass $8.20 - $7.50 leading win betting.    Race 6 - King Of Swing $4.20 leads multi betting over Think About Me $5.00 & American Brave $4.80 who is the best backed runner on the win 'book'.   Race 7 - Bare Knuckle $3.40 - $2.20 is the best backed runner on the card in win betting with the largest bets $833 at $3.40, $500 at $3.00, $704 at $2.70, $1,333 at $2.50, $1,538 at $2.30 & $1,666 at $2.20.    Race 8 - Jack's Legend $1.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting. The $1.60 favourite The Fixer came out at 9:34am & 50% win & 24% place deductions will be applied to any bets prior to the scratching time.    Race 9 - Hypervelocity $4.00 - $3.60 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with Acceptance $5.50 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 10- Ohoka Maximus $7.50 - $6.80 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book'.    Race 11 - The $2.20 favourite Lemond easily leads win & multi betting.   Best backed multi runners in order: R5 - Conway Beach $1.60  R7 - Bare Knuckle $2.20  R3 - Baquero $1.70  R8 - Jack's Legend $1.80 R6 - King Of Swing - $4.20    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

It is not often punters see a new name among the big gun drivers at Alexandra Park on a Friday night but they will tonight. But the more serious-sounding Zachary Butcher will bring the same huge talent levels to the sulky he has for the last 10 years as happy-go-lucky Zac Butcher. With 582 career successes in New Zealand, Butcher is well on his way to becoming one of our great reinsman and already sits alongside his father David and Tony Herlihy as the most feared drivers at Alexandra Park. But it was his mother's influence that saw Butcher officially change his work name to Zachary starting from tonight's meeting.   "We were out as a family recently and Mum said she had always meant for me to be called by me real name, Zachary, and not Zac but it just got shortened when I got into the racing game," explains Butcher. "As you get older I think you appreciate your family more and if Mum wants me to be called Zachary then that is how I want to be known. "And its a different kind of name. I don't mind being different," he laughs. Butcher hold key hands in two of tonight's main races, the Sires' Stakes heat with Mach Shard and the handicap pace with New Zealand Cup contender Jack's Legend but he expects vastly different runs. "Jack's Legend is going great but I can't see how he got handicapped 20m from winning last start and it makes it nearly impossible over 2200m," he says. "So unless there are a few gallopers up front we are going to be chasing and he will need some luck. "But Mach Shard has a good draw and some gate speed so he will be handy over 1700m and that is a big plus." Mach Shard was one of our more talented juvenile pacers last season and looked in need of his comeback race at Cambridge but gets his chance tonight, especially with Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing drawn the second line over the sprint trip. Add in Recco Lover, South Beach Arden and the rapidly-improving American Brave and the heat has real depth, with the latter and Mach Shard the pair who need the most prominent placings to guarantee a start in the $200,000 final at Addington on Cup day. Best bet: Thefixer (R8, No.1): Huge run sitting parked last start and fitter tonight. Improving: American Brave (R6, No.2): Getting better with every start and up to tonight's test. Trainer change: All Over The Stars (R1, No.5): Talented and now with Tony Cameron, who works for Tony Herlihy. Michael Guerin

There is some great harness racing action again this week, with the highlights being the Alabar Kaikoura Cup Flying and Majestic Son South Bay Trotters Cup at Kaikoura on Monday.  Gavin Smith had the best winning dividend last week when Great Things Happen won the mile race at Ashburton paying $4.10 and $1.70 on the tote. This week there is a good spread of selections split between the five meetings programmed. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. Forbury on Thursday night Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Our Gracie at Forbury in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Overarm as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 2 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Silver Dale at Forbury in Race 6 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks that Fiery Ferret would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 7   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Moving Money would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Step Up will be hard to beat also in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks Destined For Heaven is a good winning chance also in Race 2 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be George if he is on his best behaviour in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Will Take Charge as his best drive this week in Race 10   Invercargill on Sunday Blair Orange - Blair says that Sarah Burt would be his best drive this week at Ascot park in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best drive this week would be Sundons Wish in Race 3 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be Erin Jaccka this week at Ascot park in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Eja Patron as his best drive this week also in Race 5 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Larch as his best bet this week at Ascot park in Race 6 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Sportzstar at Invercargill in Race 9 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Franco Santino in Race 10   Kaikoura on Sunday Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Pembrookes Passion as his best chance this week in Race 4 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Dorie Delight at Kaikoura in Race 5   Kaikoura on Monday Mark Jones - Mark is going for Belle Of Brooklyn as his best chance this week in Race 1 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive this week is Motu Bettor be Quick also in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks Donegal Davy Boyd will go close to winning at Kaikoura in Race 3 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Mongolian Storm as his best drive this week in Race 6 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Bordeaux can go close to winning at Kaikoura in Race 7   Harnesslink Media  

Alexandra Park’s popular dining packages for Auckland trotting Cup Day on New Year’s Eve have now been released and interest has again been strong. “We’re telling people that if they want a table for New Year’s Eve to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Danielle Upton, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. Tickets to the sumptuous buffet dinner range from $60 per person through to $110 for premium beverage packages and prime viewing. Hosted in the Tasman Room, the spacious venue has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows offering a fantastic view of all the racing action. Bookings are only required for the Tasman Room. The Alex Bar & Eatery and The Lyell Creek Lounge will also be open, offering more casual dining options. “Auckland Cup Day will again be a fun family afternoon with entry into Alexandra Park free, along with free parking and race books. There’s plenty of great reasons to come along, enjoy the sun and the last afternoon of 2017 before your New Year’s celebrations start up for the night.” Kicking off from 2pm on New Year’s Eve, there will be food trucks, ice creams, activities, face painting and much more. Premier racing will take place from around 3pm to 8pm followed by a fireworks’ display after dark. Chief Executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding, says the spectacle of some of the country’s best harness racing, as well as plenty of off-track attractions will ensure a big crowd and a fun day on Sunday 31 December. For Tasman Room tickets phone (09) 631-1165; email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz; or visit https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/auckland-cup-day-2017/ Ms Upton says Alexandra Park’s Hobson and President’s rooms remain available for large private groups to hire to enjoy Auckland Cup Day. In the meantime, on Friday 27 October Alexandra Park is hosting another Tropical Night from its Top of the Park venue, with dining packages starting from $60 per person. That night a fantastic trip to Vanuatu for two flying Air Vanuatu and staying at Mangoes Resort & Restaurant is up for grabs. Alexandra Park is also getting set to host eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings -  on Fridays 17 and 24 November and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December as well as Thursday 30 November and Saturday 16 December. Ms Upton says December is fast selling out, with tickets and tables still available for the Christmas At The Races evenings in November. For further information on Alexandra Park’s Tropical Night, Christmas At The Races, or 2017 Auckland Cup Day, visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz Joel Reichardt – Sales & Marketing Manager - (021) 786-034.

Jack's Legend is still well in contention for this years Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup, after winning the fourth running of the $20,000 Holmes DG, a race named in honour of late ATC president Kerry Hoggard. Trained by top harness racing trainer Barry Purdon, Jack's Legend was thirteenth in the Cup rankings yesterday, but will improve quite a few spots after last nights win.  Jack's Legend (Bettor's Delight - Larissa Rose) was driven last night by Zac Butcher, who had the Bettor's Delight 4yo in front from the start, before running very quick last sectionals to hold on and win by a short margin. Jack's Legend ran the 2700m stand in 3-25.7, with a closing 800m in 55.3 and 400m in 27.9 seconds. Later in the night, Butcher and Purdon also combined to win with Raptors Flight, who beat stablemate Opoutama by a neck in 2-43.1 for the 2200m mobile. Jack's Legend winning last night ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Top harness racing driver Blair Orange has increased his lead in the national drivers championship, after driving three winners at Addington on Thursday night. Orange who is driving like a man possessed, won with B D Love, Amazon Lilly and Star Commander on Thursday and he has a great chance of increasing his lead with drives in every one of the eleven races today at Gore.  He also has several drives at Methven on Sunday. Blair is currently sitting on 38 wins for the season, 23 wins clear of second equal placed David Butcher, Dexter Dunn and Matthew Williamson who have all had 15 wins each. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Classy mare New Years Jay has been retired after fracturing a hind cannon bone. The daughter of Washinton VC was lightly raced, but still managed to win eight races from thirty life-time starts.   Harnesslink Media

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:10pm Race 1 - Will Take Charge $3.00 - $2.50 easily leads win & multi betting over Jack Nicholson $2.60.   Race 2 - The $1.33 favourite Somethingaboutmary easily leads multi betting. Ohoka Maximus $6.00 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' over the longshot Front Page $29.00 -$26.00.   Race 3 - Angus Burga $6.20 - $5.50 leads win & multi betting. Tehoro Hazel $4.50 is starting to take some money on the win 'book'.   Race 4 - The early win money has come for American Empress $19.00 - $12.00 with the $2.80 favourite Accumulator the next best backed runner and he also leads multi betting over Italian Delight $2.90.   Race 5 - American Brave $3.50 - $3.20 easily leads early win betting and also leads multi betting over On The Cards $3.20 & New York Rain $3.20.   Race 6 - My Cash $10.50 leads win betting over Onedin Amethyst $2.20.   Race 7 - Gentleman Sir $3.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with Shady Sadie $13.00 leading win betting.   Race 8 - Cash N Flow $3.60 - $3.00 is the best backed runner in win & multi betting over Maxim $9.20 - $8.50.   Race 9 - Raptors Flight is the $2.20 favourite and is racing away in multi betting.    Race 10 - Caitlin's Surprise $3.20 is clearly the best backed runner in multi betting over Galleons Victory $4.80.   Best backed multi betting runners in order: R2 - Somethingaboutmary $1.30  R1 - Will Take Charge $2.50  R9 - Raptors Flight $2.20 R8 - Cash N Flow $3.00  R5 - American Brave $2.90  R7 - Gentleman Sir $3.20    Harnesslink Media 

Last weeks harness racing saw the bets of the week ringaround go through a rather lean patch, but we still managed three winners and several place getters. The best winning dividend went to Gerard O'Reilly who selected No Fears as his best chance. No Fears won at Timaru and paid $3.20 to win on the tote. This week we have a good spread of selections split between the four meetings programmed. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Addington on Thursday night Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive this week is Cole Porter in Race 2 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Monty Python as his best drive this week in Race 8 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Patanjali as his best chance this week in Race 9 Ricky May - Ricky thinks that Goodlookin Chic would be his best drive this week in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair says that Star Commander would be his best drive this week in Race 10 Mark Jones - Mark also thinks that Star Commander looks a winner at Addington in Race 10   Alexandra Park on Friday night Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks his best drive this week is Jack Nicholson in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Miss Holigan is a good place chance this week also in Race 1 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Eyesdown And Looking as his best drive this week in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Rubens will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Gore on Saturday Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be Make My Day this week in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Fleur Galleon as his best drive this week in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Bettor Option at Gore in Race 4 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Lite Percussion as his best drive this week in Race 6 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Jacks N Jazz at Gore also in Race 6 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Poppymalda in Race 9   Methven on Sunday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Ready To Bloom can win fresh up at Methven in Race 2 Racechat - Lance is going for Make Us Grin as a good winning chance in Race 4 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Sky City King at Methven in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Red Moon Rising as his best chance this week in Race 11   Harnesslink Media            

The harness racing ringaround was in good form last week with six winners and a number of placings again.  Kyle Marshall had the best dividend last week when My Generation got home at Alexandra Park and paid $8.00 and $1.70 on the tote. There are four meetings this week, with one in the North and Three in the South. The highlight this week is the premier meeting at Addington on Friday night, where Lazarus and Heaven Rocks do battle in preparation for the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup in November. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often.   Cambridge on Thursday night Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Master George can win at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Spring Campaign as his best drive this week in Race 9 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best drive on Thursday is Franco Lennox also in Race 9 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Our Rosa is a good chance at Cambridge in Race 10   Addington on Friday night Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks Majestic Moment can go close to winning Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Eden Creek as his best chance this week in Race 3 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Poppymalda in Race 5 Bob Butt - Bob thinks that Wilma's Mate would be his best drive at Addington also in Race 5 John Curtin - John thinks Chase Auckland will win again at Addington in Race 6 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says his drive Golden Gate could be his best at Addington in Race 9   Northern Southland at Ascot Park on Saturday Mark Jones - Mark says that Si Si Senior would be his best chance this week in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be Erin Jaccka this week in Race 8 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Benio Ben as his best drive this week in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Seniorita Margarita as his best drive this week in Race 11 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Silver Dale at Ascot Park also in Race 11   Timaru on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive this week is No Fears in Race 1 Racechat - Lance is going for Nerve Of Steel as a good winning chance in Race 3 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Baileys Knight as his best bet this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair says that Mongolian Mars would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Playboy's Brother as his best chance this week in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Leading The Way at Timaru in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

The Inter Dominion is set to make a shock return to New Zealand with Alexandra Park almost certain to host the series. Harness racing's glamour event hasn't been held in New Zealand since 2011 and was thought to be lost to this country for ever after neither Addington or Alexandra Park expressed interest in holding it again when the series went up for three-year tender in 2012. Since then it has been held at Menangle for three years and completes its third year in Perth this December but the Herald understands it will return to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland on rotation from next year. While harness racing bosses won't confirm the move, the reality is the series will either start that three-year rotation - probably Melbourne next year, then Auckland and ending in Sydney - or disappear. Tenders for the rights to hold the series closed this week and West Australia did not put in a bid. South Australia and Tasmania can't afford to hold the series and Queensland didn't join in on the joint Victoria-NSW-New Zealand bid as the state goes through some transitions. So with the tender being the only option for the Inter Dominion council, they either approve that bid or the historic series, often seen at the pinnacle of harness racing's trans-tasman rivalry, will cease to exist. The New Zealand third of the bid is being led by Harness Racing New Zealand and they have asked the Auckland Trotting Club whether they will host it at Alexandra Park, almost certainly in 2019. ATC president Bruce Carter has confirmed his club are keen as long as the funding numbers add up. Addington bosses were understood not to be keen to host the series yet as it will remain in the late November-December time slot, which would be too close to their New Zealand Cup meeting, starting two weeks after the NZ Free-For-All. The three-way joint venture has been led by Harness Racing New South Wales and would likely see two rounds of heats and a Grand Final, which in Auckland's case would probably all be on Friday nights. While exact stake levels are still a way off being finalised, it is believed the Final stake at Auckland at least could be $500,000. The return of the series to Auckland would be timely. Alexandra Park is in a vastly superior financial position to what it was when they stepped into host the series under Addington's banner just weeks after the Christchurch earthquakes in February 2011. HRNZ boss Edward Rennell says Addington haven't ruled out hosting the series again should the new three-organisation bid become the long-term future of the series. Queensland could also be keen to be involved in a future rotation. But the series coming to Auckland would set up a dream two months of harness racing in New Zealand, with Australasia's best pacers able to come for the NZ Cup carnival, Inter Dominion and stay for the Auckland Cup on December 31. By Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:15pm Race 1    Agincourt is best backed on the FF win book and is leading multis over Caitlyn Surprise. 33% win deductions apply for the late scratching of All Over The Stars. Race 2    Quiet market early here but MT Pockets  is best backed in the FF win and Multi-betting from Bopper Jet Race 3    Puma Road is taking all the money and is leader in both FF win and multis from Love  Race 4    Ohoka Maximus is best backed in the race from $8.80 to $5.50, however there has been a big move for Magilligan Point in this race in from $28.00 to $4.00.   Race 5    Lynbar Rose is best backed with Three Kisses leading multibets over Ask Again. Race 6    Quiet market early in this race but Shady Sadie is best backed in the FF win and Multi-betting leader is Angus Burga Race 7    American Brave is best backed early $6.50 to $3.50 with Accumulator leading multis from American Brave. Race 8    Jack's Legend is all the punters want in this race and is leading FF win and multis Race 9    Even race here with the last three in the book well backed. Yagunnakissmeornot leads multis from The Almighty Johnson Race 10  Alta Maestro $2.20 to $1.75 is starting to take some solid money and is best backed in FF Win and multis. Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

There are plenty of reasons Jack’s Legend shouldn’t win tonight’s Spring Cup but one important reason he can --- speed. Last season’s Harness Jewels three-year-old winner returns in tonight’s 2200m standing start at Alexandra Park taking on race-hardened rivals with just one trial under his belt. Considering he has never raced in a standing start race and has actually only won four times, Jack’s Legend hardly looks well rated considering he gets only a mere 10m start from 14-race winner No Doctor Needed and Hug The Wind, who has 12 victories to his name. Further back on the 20m mark are New Zealand’s most improved mare Better B Amazed and former Victoria Derby winner Maxim, back from a winning Australian campaign. So while the field is small it contains enough depth that any deficiencies in Jack’s Legend’s manners or fitness could be exposed. So why would you back him? Two very good reasons. Training legend Barry Purdon is convinced Jack’s Legend is a genuine New Zealand Cup contender and secondly in recent season’s our better three-year-olds have stepped up to the best older horses at four. Lazarus was the most graphic example last season but had plenty of back-up from Dream About Me while Have Faith In Me went from top three-year-old to Miracle Mile winner two seasons ago. Jack’s Legend wasn’t our best three-year-old last season but beat many of them in the Jewels and these days to be a serious three-year-old in New Zealand you need to be blessed with exceptional talent, more than many of the older horses who simply work their way to open class. Driver Zac Butcher was pleased with Jack’s Legend’s effort to beat Maxim at the workouts at Pukekohe last week and thinks the young gun can step well enough to determine his own chances. “I think he will be safe and then if we roll along it makes it harder for those behind us over 2200m,” says Butcher. “But I am sure he is up to them because he is that fast and he races well fresh.” The start is always crucial in 2200m stands but especially so tonight, as how many rivals Jack’s Legend can put between himself and Better B Amazed could decide the race. Better B Amazed has improved three to five lengths on last season and trainer Steve Telfer is using tonight to decide whether he takes her to the A$200,000 Victoria Cup in two weeks. “She is holding her form well since that last win but it is one of those races where we could know our fate after 200m,” says Telfer. “If they spread out and we are last, it becomes very hard but if we can get handy enough at some stage she can win. But she doesn’t have to win to go to Victoria.” Telfer also has No Doctor Needed, who will driven by junior Jack MacKinnon, and Valor Lustre in the same race, with Jack’s Legend’s trainer, Purdon has Hug The Wind, another possible NZ Cup contender, so field position and the tactics that allows to unfold will be pivotal. One of the most interesting horses at The Park tonight is Group One-winning trotter Eyre I Come, who has been sent north searching for a Wallis-Hackett beach training miracle as he continues to battle soreness. At his best he would win the 1700m mobile feature trot but may have lost an inch of his speed edge whereas Yagunnakissmeornot has found hers. Michael Guerin

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