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She had every right to get beaten, but the class and fighting qualities of Ashburton filly Better’s Tart prevailed and provided the highlight of the Southern Harness scene so far this season. “From what she did today she’s got a future. It was only her third start and it was a pretty tough run,” said driver Sam Ottley. From a wide draw Ottley wasn’t able to get cover and sat three or four out until sitting parked with a lap to run. “They all punched up and made us work a bit but that’s competitive racing isn’t it.” Ottley said the Brent White trained filly wasn’t overly fazed at being posted wide. “She was very relaxed. Typical Bettor’s. She dropped the bit wherever I put her. Down the back straight she was still relaxed and entitled to get tired but to her credit she picked the bit up in the straight and wouldn’t let anything pass her.” The winning margin at the end of the 2200 metre mobile was three quarters of a length with second favourite Magic Mike running second.   Bruce Stewart

King Of Trumps looks to have a bright future – he won well on debut at the Northern Southland meeting at Ascot Park today. He was taken straight to the front by driver Brad Williamson and while some of the more favoured runners struck trouble, the talented American Ideal gelding stayed on nicely to beat Tommy Waterhouse by two and a half lengths with Speights On Tap running third. King Of Trumps was bred locally by Russell Morton and is out of the McArdle mare Queen Of The Crop. The three year old gelding is closely related to the handy New York Town. He’s owned by Black along with stable helpers Craig Milne and Paul McEntyre, and the partnership payed $17,000 for him as a yearling. “I had New York Town a few years ago and he did a good job. Craig (Milne) and I spotted him (King Of Trumps) at the sales. I was saying stop (bidding) and Craig carried on. It’s good for Russell. He’s got a full brother to him at the sales. The win today by this horse should help the price a bit,” Black said. King Of Trumps had a couple of workouts as a two year old but was immature and was turned out. “I’ve always like him. He’s always had speed and he’s tough too, and he showed that today. He’s still a bit green but he’ll come to it. He’ll have a few days off now and we’ve got a bit of time before the Supremacy if he’s not sold.” Black’s two stable stars Vintage Cheddar and Get Lucky are down to start again at Winton next week. “Really happy with them. The Central Otago Cup will be for Vintage Cheddar and there’s a nice trotting race for Get Lucky.”   Bruce Stewart

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Invercargill today with a twelve race program starting at 3:18pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Invercargill selections 13th January 2021 Best Bet:  R12 Croesus Best Value:  R9 Aveross Majesty Invercargill selections 13th January 2021   Race 1 Sacred Mountain not far away from the placings in stronger fields. One of the leading chances in this lineup….. Galleons Future tidy second last start and seems ok at the start. Good winning claims…… It's Summertime has run some good races but manners a concern. No surprise to see him in the money at good odds if he trots all the way….. Dem Bones Dem Bones running on well last start and only needs a safe beginning to be in the money again here Selections:  Dem Bones Dem Bones (8),   Sacred Mountain (9),   Galleons Future (3)   It's Summertime (6)   Race 2 Noosa Beach going well before disappointing last start on grass. Has to be a big chance here but will need luck from the draw.……. Jaffie J building a reasonable form line and looks a good win hope again here. Has to be included…… The Naenae Express throws in the odd good race but tricky draw. Place chances look best but has claims…… Shezdawon has been disappointing but not the worst in a weak field. One for longer odds Selections:  Jaffie J (12),  Noosa Beach (9),   The Naenae Express (13),   Shezdawon (11)   Race 3 The Night Watchman last run better than it looks on paper. Better draw and good chance at nice odds….. Vintage Rose good third a couple of starts ago and she has run time on the track. Has to be included here….. Lilac Becky good third last start and will be improved. Can run top three here….. Archman has been disappointing but getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   Vintage Rose (15),   The Night Watchman (5),   Archman (4)    Lilac Becky (1)   Race 4 Maudarchy quick beginner who will take some catching if she can land the front from the front row draw. Top selection here….. Funky Monkey racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Miss Crazed an early gallop cost her last start. Can win with her best manners….. Madrik effort for new stable last start and another with a good chance if he trots all the way. Needed Selections:   Maudarchy (7),   Madrik (3),   Miss Crazed (11)   Funky Monkey (10)   Race 5 Seventh Heaven tricky draw but Canterbury raiders have a good record here and trial form is very good. Needed….. King Of Trumps in good form at trials and good draw. Winning claims and tote the guide….. Rock'n Kiwi drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win fresh up..….. Bettastar good at workouts and respect the stable. Another first starter with winning claims in an even field Selections:   Bettastar (5),   Rock'n Kiwi (1),   Seventh Heaven (11)   King Of Trumps (2)   Race 6 Emerald Abbey conditions suit and drawn well. Good winning claims and can run top three.…. Lynryd Skynryd nice draw and plenty of ability. One for the leading chances and will give a good sight in front here…… Wrecking Ball tricky draw but has a big finish when saved for one run at them. Place chances best..… Beta Than Love should be quick off the gate and will get a soft run. Winning claims Selections:  Emerald Abbey (2),   Lynryd Skynryd (3),   Beta Than Love (4),   Wrecking Ball (8)   Race 7 Jimmy Cannon building into fitness and well drawn. Upset chance at good odds…. Gabby's Star usually holds his form ok and paying good money. Would be no surprise to see him in the placings here if back to his best….. Tony The Pony has been fair the last couple but lobs up every now and then at good odds. Could upset in the right mood…. Insarchatwist getting better with racing and form is good. Has to be included from the good draw Selections:   Gabby's Star (15),  Insarchatwist (3),   Tony The Pony (10),  Jimmy Cannon (1)   Race 8 Better's Tart good win last start and will be fitter. Stable in form and will be hard to beat if she goes forward early….. Change At The Top good last start and better drawn here. One for longer odds in this….. Rakarippa tricky draw but good last start. Should be close to the placings with luck in the running….. Onedin Hurricane should get a run through early from the draw and form is ok. Needed Selections:   Better's Tart (6),   Rakarippa (9),   Onedin Hurricane (10)  Change At The Top (2)   Race 9 Aveross Majesty racing well and paying great money. Distance suits and will be hard to beat if he can get handy before the home turn….. Tweedledee racing well and good stayer who should appreciate the 2700m. Can run top three at nice odds….. Sekkie Monkey getting to be a bit of a headache at the start but has speed. Can go close with manners ….. Afterburner good run last start and very speedy. Hard to beat here if he can get near the lead early Selections:  Aveross Majesty (10),  Tweedledee (12),   Afterburner (3)    Sekkie Monkey (8)   Race 10 Rocknroll King drawn for a soft run on the fence but will need luck. Winning claims at good odds with a trail all the way….. Watch Me Now running on last start and should get a run forward early. Good winning claims….. Yankee Party tricky draw but good win last start. One of the leading chances here and has  to be hard to beat….. Love On The Rocks in good form and drawn to get a run through early. Quick improver who can win Selections:   Watch Me Now (7),   Yankee Party (6),   Love On The Rocks (10)   Rocknroll King (1)   Race 11 Sentry freshened for this and has a big reputation. Top selection here….. Wolfenstein racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Benio Ben has run some good races on the track and well drawn. Tote the guide but has claims….. Tulsa Jaccka drawn for a soft run on the fence and has a good sprint. Needed Selections:   Sentry (5),   Wolfenstein (11),   Tulsa Jaccka (1)   Benio Ben (2)   Race 12 Flight Crew tricky draw but big on ability. Manners a bit of a concern but no surprise to see her winning this….. Croesus in good form at trials and has been racing better fields. Winning claims and will start favourite….. Baileys Diamond drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win with a god run in transit..….. El Dorado good last start and respect the stable. Will need luck from the draw but has winning claims Selections:   Croesus (7),   Baileys Diamond (5),   Flight Crew (11)   El Dorado (12)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    A cool and calm drive from Kerryn Tomlinson helped her pay tribute to her late great-grandmother when Miss Crazed produced a brilliant effort to win at Ascot Park yesterday. Tomlinson wore a black armband during yesterday’s meeting in memory on her great grandmother, Shirley Stokes, who died in Canterbury on Tuesday. Stokes is the mother of Dianne Ford, wife of Canterbury trainer Ken Ford. Stokes was a big supporter of her great grandchildren - Tomlinson and her sister, Sheree. Tomlinson was eager to pay tribute to her great grandmother when driving for the first time since her passing at yesterday’s meeting. “She was a massive supporter of ours,” the junior driver said. “She followed all of the races and she would always watch Sheree and I on TV.” “She would yell at the TV and cheer us on.” “Her sons own a lot of granddad’s horses, too.” Miss Crazed looked to be building nicely towards delivering Tomlinson and her family a special win until she galloped 1500m from home in yesterday’s 2700m event. “She started hanging around the bend and she hit her knee,” Tomlinson said. “She is still green and she has still got a bit to learn.” The break cost the mare about eight lengths and set her a big task to get up and win with a lap to go. The four-year-old’s assignment got even bigger when she drifted further off the lead at the 800m when the leader King Of The North skipped four lengths clear of the field. Tomlinson worked Miss Crazed back into the race at the 400m and she safely negotiated the same bend she galloped on earlier. With three lengths to make up on King Of The North on the home turn, the junior driver was hopeful, rather than confident she could pull off a special win. “I was really hoping she would get there,” Tomlinson said. “She just kept coming, it was a good effort.” Tomlinson and her sister will again seek to honour their late great grandmother at Motukarara on Sunday. Ken Ford lines up four horses at the Akaroa Trotting Club meeting and his family shares in the ownership of each of them. Kerryn drives Mordecai (race 3) and That’s The Story (race 10). Sheree will drive Uno Mia (race 3) and Hope For Love (race 5). Miss Crazed’s win completed a double for trainer Phil Williamson, who prepared first starter Celebration Stride to win race 1. Miss Crazed’s victory followed another standout performance – Kagee VC’s epic effort to win race 2. The seven-year-old saved the best performance of his career for his 80th start when sitting parked for the entirety of his 2200m assignment in very blustery conditions. Trainer Doug McLachlan admitted he did not see the powerful staying effort coming. McLachlan is Kagee VC’s fifth trainer and he came to his Myross Bush stable with a reputation for being highly strung. But the longer the pacer has stayed, the better his attitude has got. McLachlan puts much of the credit down to the work of down to his partner, Sylvie Crighton, who owns Kagee VC.

Sylvia Crichton loves Kagee VC and her partner Doug McLachlan who trains the gelding, reckons her pampering has made the gelding into the consistent performer he’s become. “He’s Sylvia’s horse. She absolutely spoils him and it’s great what a bit of loving can do,” he said after the horse’s fifth win. The Washington VC seven year old started his career with Matt Saunders, had a short stint with Ascot Park trainer Murray Brown, and was also trained by Paul Ellis. “I got him off Artie Shirley. I went down to his place to get another horse and asked him about a little black horse that was there. I ended up with him at home instead of the one I went to get.” In today’s race despite trying to get to the front twice in the hands of John Morrison, Kagee VC had to sit parked outside leader Swift Robyn. “He did attack a couple of time so his run was commendable. He’s a funny wee horse. He’s aggressive. If he gets back in the field he can lose interest.” On the pedigree side Kagee VC goes back to open class pacer Elmer Gantry the winner of eighteen races. McLachlan says he doesn’t train the horse in the cart at all. “I never work him in the cart. He’s always on the lead with Franco Huntington. No matter what Franco’s going he goes with him.” Racing in Central Otago appears to be the horse’s next target. “I think this wee horse will suit Roxburgh.” Meanwhile Brown’s trainer Des Baynes looked to have another promising race horse in Might Be Me. The American Ideal mare was hunted out of the gate for the first time in her short career and still had enough in the tank at the end of her race to win the $12,000 Fear The Dragon Ladyship Final. She was rated superbly by driver Blair Orange.   Bruce Stewart

Smart qualifier The Hornet put his poor debut behind him and scored like a quality horse at the Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park today. The three year old trained by Tony Stratford at Gore is owned by Kevin and Jennifer Walsh, who bought The Hornet’s dam Sally Franco in foal to Gold Ace. “He (The Hornet) was a lovely foal, very athletic. He’s a big fella and both Tony and I think his best season will be next year,” said Kevin Walsh. The gelding was broken in by Doug McLachlan before he went to Stratford. He qualified nicely in 3-02.3 at Central Southland Raceway in October before he debuted on the same track two weeks later. He was posted three wide in that start and weakened to run ninth. “This is the first horse we’ve had with Tony. He’s got that touch. We also had New Zealand’s best driver (Blair Orange) on him today.” The Walsh’s youngest son Chris holds a trainers license. His only winner was with Great Success mare Cum Laude. She’s the dam of Postgrad Success which won her first start for Kevin and Jennifer and Gore trainer Brian Norman. They also raced Caprock gelding Captain Hugh. He was trained by Colin Devery and was placed twice as a two year old before being exported to Australia where he won twenty eight races. Kevin and Jennifer also owned Mattuity gelding Young Marmion which won it’s only start for Ryal Bush trainer Murray Gray before also heading off across the Tasman. The Walshs are also breeding from In The Pocket mare Maria Die Monti which has just foaled a colt by Downbytheseaside, and Roman Goddess, a young Mach Three mare that’s part of the Tact family. But Kevin’s interest in horses goes further back than that. “My grand uncle owned a horse called Matchem which won the South Island Jump at the show grounds in Invercargill in 1942, 1943 and 1944. I’ve always had a love of horses.” Meanwhile Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson scored a trotting double when first starter Celebration Stride won on debut and talented mare Miss Crazed overcame a midrace break to get up and win her second race. The Crazed mare looks to have unlimited talent. Junior reinsman Jamie Campbell won his eighth race when he partnered the Gordon and Colin Lee gelding Melton Mafia to win the Ryder Roofing –Aparima Mobile Pace. Dark Horse underlined her talent when she put the disappointment of breaking in the Dominion Handicap behind her today, winning her eleventh race and bringing her wins at Ascot Park to five. She overcame a fifty metre handicap to win the Bill Keast Memorial Handicap by two lengths and was brought another success to the well-travelled Griffin Syndicate and the Seafield Trotting Syndicate. The day was capped off when the locally owned Yorokobi won for Paul and Brendon Duffy. The Bettor’s Delight gelding was initially educated by Kirk Larsen before heading to Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd.   Bruce Stewart

By Jonny Turner    Humble Ladd went to a new level with his winning double at the New Zealand Cup Carnival and he is ready to continue that brilliant form at Ascot Park today. The Phil Williamson trained trotter was one of just two horses, alongside Southland pacer Vintage Cheddar, to win on both New Zealand Cup Day and Show Day. Those victories have seen the six-year-old continue a steady rise from smart intermediate grade trotter to one that is effectively in open class. Williamson puts Humble Ladd’s transition down to him benefitting from a combination of having hard racing under his belt and having had time to strengthen. “I would say it is a bit of both,” the trainer said. “He is just a horse that has continued to improve.” “This season he has come back really good.” “Right back in his first start back from lockdown he ran second to Ultimate Stride and it was mighty run.” “So, he has been going good for a while now.” Humble Ladd starts from the 40m mark in race 7, today’s feature 2700m trot. That gives him a 10m head start on his main rival, already established open class mare Dark Horse. Williamson thinks Humble Ladd’s handicap is within his winning range. “On paper he has got to be hard to beat.” The Williamson stable will roll out yet another smart trotter owned by Emilio and Mary Rosati in race 1 in Celebration Stride. The three-year-old brings solid trial and workout form, having sparred with his smart stablemate Love N The Port several times. Though the latest of Celebration Stride’s public appearances were back in June, Williamson has no concerns about the trotter’s fitness levels ahead of his debut. “He is probably just better than those [rivals].” “In saying that he didn’t race as a two-year-old because he just wasn’t quite up with the good two-year-olds.” “At the time Leaf Stride would have been too good for him.” “But he should be giving that field a hurry up.” Celebration Stride looks to only need to trot throughout to beat the terribly out of form group of maidens he clashes with over 2200m. And the horse’s manners suggest that should not be a problem. “He has got good manners, that is the best thing about him,” Williamson said. The Williamson barn is hoping for improved manners from Miss Crazed in race 3. The four-year-old has galloped in each of her three starts this time in. Though she could have forgiven slightly for missing away in her last start after a horse jumped in front of her, Williamson was still unimpressed. “It was just a horrific performance, but I am expecting Miss Crazed to step up and be the one to beat.” Williamson expects Miss Bamboocha to be the hardest horse for Miss Crazed to hold out in her 2200m mobile assignment. “Miss Bamboocha is not a bad horse, she is a bit in and out, but on her best day she can run a bit of a race.” “But all things being equal Miss Crazed should smash them.” “It is a mobile and I am pretty happy with the way things are progressing with her.” Kerryn Tomlinson drives Miss Crazed in today’s race for junior drivers. Matthew Williamson will drive both Humble Ladd and Celebration Stride.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Invercargill today with a nine race program starting at 2:54pm. We highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data is provided for informational purposes only Invercargill selections 3rd December 2020 Best Bet: R1  Celebration Stride Best Value: R5  La La Land   Race 1 Celebration Stride in great form at trials and from a strike rate stable. Should be hard to beat and top selection here.…… Tease My Tartan been racing better fields and reliable from the stand. One of the leading chances here..… Whangamata last couple have been disappointing but better placed in this field off the front row draw. Place chance…… Kiwi Heir racing herself into form and can run top three here with manners Selections:  Celebration Stride (7),   Tease My Tartan (6),   Kiwi Heir (10)   Whangamata (3)   Race 2 Swift Robyn nice draw here and good win last start. Needs a good run in transit but can win again.……. Iwanadancewitsumbody plenty of ability and has been unlucky. Front row draw will help and can win at good odds…… Major Menace disappointing last start but will be running on. One for longer odds…… Tetrick runs the odd good race and should receive a nice run in the race. Place chances best. Selections:  Iwanadancewitsumbody (3),  Swift Robyn (4),   Major Menace (6),   Tetrick (1)   Race 3 Miss Crazed plenty of ability but manners not great. Would probably be winning this with a safe getaway ….. Helluva Way good draw and probably the leader in the race. Can run top three in this field….. King Of The North has the game to beat a field like this and has been racing better fields. Can win  with manners….. Miss Bamboocha running on last start and weaker field here. Place claims Selections:   Miss Crazed (7),   King Of The North (8),   Helluva Way (5),   Miss Bamboocha (6)   Race 4 Lynryd Skynryd good beginner who was good last start. Top selection in this field….. Tommy Waterhouse good draw and racing into form. Will be hard to beat….. Lei Miss has the ability and first start from new trainer. Could surprise with a good run in transit….. Ideal Robyn ok last start and drawn the ace. Place chances best at longer odds Selections:   Lynryd Skynryd (3),   Tommy Waterhouse (4),   Lei Miss (13),   Ideal Robyn (1)   Race 5 La La Land conditions suit here and he should get a good run through from the draw. Good winning claims.…. Glenledi Captain good third last start and this no harder. Terrible draw but needed…… Melton Mafia tricky draw but has been racing ok. Could upset at nice money..… Archman a bit in or out with form but has the ability and drawn to get a run in the trail. Needed Selections:  La La Land (11),   Glenledi Captain (12),   Melton Mafia (7),   Archman (1)   Race 6 Clifton Jessie no luck last start but give another chance. Not the worst here at huge odds….. Might Be Me big drop in grade but tricky draw. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Tac Mac wide draw but getting fitter with racing. Might head forward early and can run top three…. Insarchatwist racing ok and will go forward early. Winning claims….. Selections:   Might Be Me (8),  Tac Mac (7),   Insarchatwist (6),  Clifton Jessie (12)   Race 7 Humble Ladd has been running some big races in top fields and this race suits. Can win again…. Grand Princess looks the early leader and ok last start. Can run top three  ….. Tweedledee  in good form and gets a big headstart on the favourites. Good winning chance if they go hard up front…. Dark Horse racing into form and conditions suit here. One of the leading chances in the race even from the big handicap…. Selections:  Humble Ladd(9),  Tweedledee   (5),   Dark Horse (10),  Grand Princess(1)   Race 8 Jody Direen likely to head for the front and will catching with no mid race attacks. Can run top three here….. Santanna Mach last start was a good second and top driver booked. Tricky draw but has winning claims ….. I'm Trouble good staying type suited to a fast run race which he will get here. He will be finishing on if the pace is on all the way. Include…. Mighty Flying Art wide draw but track and distance suit. Good winning claims….. Selections:   Mighty Flying Art (8),   Jody Direen (6),   Santanna Mach (7),   I'm Trouble (11)   Race 9 Yorokobi good draw to work with and will head forward early. Last run ok and he should be winning this ….. Franco Huntington tricky draw but in good form. Can run top three in this field ….. Onesmartfella fast beginner who has the ability to compete well in a field like this. Can upset the favourite….. Ivana Legacy has a big sprint when saved for the last run. Place chances best here Selections:   Yorokobi (6),   Onesmartfella (2),   Franco Huntington (7),   Ivana Legacy (11)   Harnesslink Media

The last couple of weeks have not been easy for Southland owner Brendon McIntyre. As an integral part of the What Ever Syndicate which raced Franco Ledger, he was saddened when the stallion died suddenly at Macca Lodge earlier this month. “It was a pretty good death if you’re going to have one. It was painless. I was always worried about him because he served mares naturally. If he got injured because of that someone was going to have to make a tough call one day,” McIntyre said. However his Somebeachsomewhere gelding Port Au Prince which won today may have helped soften the loss a little. Trainer Driver Peter Hunter settled the gelding at the back of the second half of the field before letting him slide forward with just over a lap to run to sit parked. “Pete talked about it before the race. If they slackened off he was going to get round them and take luck out of play.” When the leader Leconte started to get reined, Hunter took Port Au Prince to the lead and he went down to the finish to beat favourite Lynryd Skynryd by three and three quarter lengths. McIntyre who races the gelding with his wife Jaque bought Port Au Prince from breeder Ron Croon “We liked him at two, but racing didn’t get off the ground (for that age group) and when it did he was probably ready for a spell.” Franco Ledger is gone, but McIntyres, Peter Hunter and his wife Jo who is Brendon’s sister, have a promising two year old called Justalittlesip by the stallion. “He’s just having a spell at the moment but he’ll come back and we’ll give him an opportunity. He ticks all the boxes at the moment. From what we’ve been told and from what we’ve seen all the Ledgers have got great manners.”   by Bruce Stewart

By Jonny Turner   Trainer Brent Shirley heads to his home track happy with his horses and happy with the drivers he has drawn in Wednesday’s drivers’ series at Ascot Park. Shirley starts both Onesmartfella and Lala Land in the five-race competition dubbed a ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, which pits a team of leading male and female drivers against each other. In race 7, the fifth heat of the competition, Lala Land randomly drew Shirley’s number 1 stable reinsman Nathan Williamson. The four-year-old comes into the 2200m event after running second to Major Punter earlier this month. Shirley hopes the addition of sliding blinds to Lala Land’s gear can help him go one better. “He is looking really well and training really well.” “He is up on the bit and I think he has improved a bit since I gave him a bit of a let-up.” “It was a good run last time and he has got Nathan on, which is a big bonus.” “I have put the sliding blinds on him, so hopefully that will help a bit, too.” Onesmartfella comes into race 5 without being tested in his last start at Winton, when held up throughout the run home. With the success Shirley has had with Ricky May in the past, the trainer is hoping for a chance of luck on Wednesday. “I have had a great strike rate with Ricky over the years, he drove quite a few winners for my father.” “The horse has got a good draw and he has got pull down blinds on, so he should get every chance.” “He was very unlucky last time, the start before that he was disappointing, but I think he got away on us.” “He seems a lot sharper now.” Shirley will start Tac Mac in race 8, an event outside Wednesday’s drivers’ series, with Blair Orange in the sulky. The three-year-old comes into the Nugget graduation final after running down the track in a hotly contested race on Show Day at Addington. Tac Mac clashes with Ragazzo Mach, who has turned heads in his two career starts. Shirley knows what kind of challenge that is, but he is hopeful his filly can be competitive. “The trip to Christchurch did her the world of good, she seems really good since she got home.” “I have been really happy with her work.” “She probably can’t beat Ragazzo Mach, but if Blair can bit of respite during the run there is no reason she can’t go a good race.” Orange, May and Williamson are part of the ever-evolving Ascot Park drivers’ series that now pits a team of male drivers against a team of reinswomen. The trio will compete alongside John Morrison, Mark Hurrell and Brent Barclay. The women’s team is made up of Samantha Ottley, Sheree Tomlinson, Sarah O'Reilly, Kirstin Barclay, Ellie Barron and Kerryn Tomlinson.

By Jonny Turner    Victorian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth will take winning form into the New Zealand Cup after enjoying success at Ascot Park on Sunday with Prince Envy. The couple, who race the favourite for the country’s biggest race, will be hoping Copy That can produce something similar to the impressive seven and three-quarter length win their Brett Gray trained trotter dished out in race 3. Though the Butterworths’ two horses look to have very little in common, they both appealed to the keen eye of their Australian owners. The Butterworths purchased Prince Envy out of Canterbury as an unraced five-year-old, who had had plenty of workouts without taking the final step to make the races. “Merv rang me up and said I have got a bit of a project horse, but don’t worry he has got ability,” Gray said. While Butterworth was vindicated in his opinion of the horse with his huge victory, it has been a testing road to the winner’s circle for Gray. Prince Envy galloped and out of his first two starts before his polished victory on Sunday. “The horse has been doing my head in, to be honest.” “Just because he has been getting it wrong at the start.” “We know he has got the ability there, so it has been a bit frustrating.” “Hopefully now he can go on with it a little bit.” Gray produced the quinella in race 3 with Peregrine running second to Prince Envy. After getting the winner’s manners in check, Gray will now have to work on Peregrine. The three-year-old galloped at the 500m before staging an impressive recovery to take second. The Butterworths’ good eye for a horse has also led to them having the favourite for the New Zealand Cup. They purchased Copy That after towards the end of his two-year-old season and could get the ultimate reward for their judgment in Tuesday’s 3200m feature. The four-year-old was previously raced by Deborah Green, the wife of Copy That’s trainer, Ray Green. The pacer will be the veteran Pukekohe trainer’s first New Zealand Cup runner. Gray will be among those cheering for Copy That when the tapes fly on Tuesday afternoon. “I would love for Merv and Meg to win it.” “They have been great for Southland [harness racing] and have been very good to me.” “They always have three in work with me and they were two of the people that helped get me started.” Gray tasted more success of his own later on yesterday’s Ascot Park card when Memphis Tennessee took out race 9. The five-year-old dropped in class after running into Robyns Playboy and Pembrook Playboy in his last two starts and it showed when he cleared out to win by three lengths for driver John Morrison.

Trainer driver Tim Robertson got plenty of satisfaction from Miss Jessica’s win at Ascot Park today. He raised the whip just after the finish line as the five year old trotting mare scored her second win in a career’s spanned thirty two starts. “She just needed time to grow into her frame,” Robertson said. He trains a small team of nine horses at his Makarewa stable with help from his father Leith. “She (Miss Jessica) just does a lot of slow work, and a lot of it. Dad does most of the jogging and I do most of the fast work.” A second placing three starts ago indicated Miss Jessica wasn’t too far away from getting her second win. “She’s been working well all week and I was expecting a big run, but you can never be too confident with her because she makes up her mind on what she wants to do in that last 800.” After getting away well Robertson had the mare handy early –  either two or three back on the inside. Within the last 600 metres Miss Jessica was moved off the inside to challenge the leader Helluva Way. Turning in she took over the lead and held on to beat King Of The North by a neck. It was Robertson’s seventh winning drive. His first was at Wyndham in April 2008 when Blue Eden jointly trained by himself and Leith won. Robertson comes from a chefing background having worked at the Kelvin Hotel and Eat on Windsor. “I left that about 18 months ago.  I’m a truck driver in the morning delivering to the restaurant and I still do three shifts a week at the local restaurants just to give them a hand.” Partner Anne-Maree Fulton and children Grace and Amelia were on-course today to see the win. “It was good to have them here. They don’t normally come to the races.” Racing Minister capped off some good form when he won his second race for Myross Bush trainer Doug McLachlan. He got up to beat Bunter’s Dream by half a length. Auckland Reactor gelding Tiger Moth in only his third start for new trainer Lyndon Bond, won the R40-R45 Mobile Pace. The six year old started his career with Bond’s uncle Graham. Prince Envy which had been backed and beaten in his first two starts won his first race for Australian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth. Trained at Ryal Bush by Brett Gray the five year old Majestic Son gelding lead for most of the trip for driver Nathan Williamson and bolted in,  winning by seven and three quarter lengths from stable mate Peregrine which made up a stack of ground after breaking in the running. Peter Hunter produced Glenledi Captain to win his maiden race. Taken straight to the front (where most Somebeachsomewhere progeny run well) the four year old was too strong for Leconte winning by six and a half lengths. Glenledi Captain’s stable mate Port Au Prince was a close third. A big drop in class helped Whatwillbeewillbee win the main trotting race of the afternoon. He’s raced against better quality horses in his recent outings and led all the way for driver Jonny Cox to hold out a late run from Tweedledee. The Wayne Adams trained Tulsa Jaccka came with a late run to nab El Dorado in the Level One Restaurant and Bar Mobile Pace. This was her nineteenth start and third win.   by Bruce Stewart

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Invercargill today with a ten race program starting at 12:05pm. We highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data is provided for informational purposes only Invercargill selections 8th November 2020 Best Bet:  R5 Glenledi Captain Value Bets: R7 Ivana Legacy   &  R8 Sherwood Maggie Race 1 The Peaky Blinder  slightly out of form but strikes a winnable race for him here. Top selection in this field.…… Miss Jessica nice draw and she has run some cheeky races in her last half a dozen starts. One for longer odds and can upset… Helluva Way out of form but on his best day would compete well here. Can upset with a soft run in transit…….. King Of The North running ok races without a lot of luck. Place chances best here Selections:  The Peaky Blinder  (6),   Miss Jessica (3),   Helluva Way (7),    King Of The North (8)   Race 2 Bunter's Dream pacer with form who should be running top three here. Could go forward early and hard to beat from the draw.……. Hazer has ability, and the draw might be an assist following the likely leader. Good winning claims with a trail in the race …… Hurricane Banner money has been on the last couple and drawn ok here. Can upset at longer odds …… Robyns Shadow getting fitter with racing and nice draw to contend with here. Winning claims Selections:  Bunter's Dream (1),   Hazer (9),   Robyns Shadow (2),   Hurricane Banner (4)   Race 3 Changearound has been running good races from bad draws. Hard to beat drawn barrier one with the top driver on board….. Swift Robyn has not had a lot of luck with draws in her races but gets a better barrier here. Can upset at good odds with luck in the running  ….. Major Menace slightly disappointing last start but has been unlucky. Can place at longer odds…. Dallas Grimes nice inside draw for a soft run in transit and has been racing ok. Winning claims here Selections:   Changearound (1),  Swift Robyn (3),   Major Menace (4),   Dallas Grimes (9)   Race 4 Peregrine stable/driver combo does well on the track and look for a strong showing here at nice odds on fixed. Top selection ….. Sacred Mountain likes to race near the lead and could be hard to catch if she found the front early. Winning claims….. Emdeegee disappointing at the races but prepared to give another chance. Has ability and could upset…. Prince Envy going well at workouts but drawn badly. Big chance if he brings his manners Selections:   Peregrine (7),   Emdeegee (11),   Sacred Mountain (6),   Prince Envy (13)   Race 5 Glenledi Captain conditions suit here and she is a major player in this field. Good winning claims and top selection.…. Port Au Prince going ok in strong fields. Should be thereabouts from the draw with luck in the running…… Kase trial form is ok and from a strike rate stable. Watch the tote for moves but has claims.… Arlo Maguire drawn for a cozy run on the fence and workouts good. Include at longer odds Selections:  Glenledi Captain (7),   Port Au Prince (1),   Kase (12),   Arlo Maguire (10)   Race 6 Tweedledee has been racing strong fields with merit. Should be a good winning chance in this lineup . ……. Ardee Trouble has ability and the draw and should be handy early . Good winning claims from the new stable…… King Cassidy out of form but on his best day could win this. One for longer odds…… Whatwillbeewillbee good beginner who is the likely leader early. Place chances best here Selections:   Tweedledee (6),   King Cassidy (7),   Ardee Trouble (1),   Whatwillbeewillbee (3)   Race 7 Ivana Legacy has been running good races from bad draws and better draw here. Hard to beat in this field….. Sweet Lizzie good draw and very classy. Should be running top three here  ….. El Dorado draw not great but is tough. Can go forward and inject some speed into the race. Tote the guide to his chances…. Rah De Rah nice draw and has been racing ok. Winning claims at big odds if the pace is on all the way Selections:   Sweet Lizzie (4),  Rah De Rah (2),   Ivana Legacy (1),  El Dorado (6)   Race 8 Sherwood Maggie workout form is strong and drawn to get a run through early. Can upset at good odds….. Insarchatwist likes to race near the lead and could be hard to catch if she found the front early from the wide draw. Winning claims….. Arco bit disappointing last start. Has ability and could place with luck in the running…. Suzie Rocks racing ok but tricky draw. Winning claims if she can clear traffic Selections:   Sherwood Maggie (11),   Insarchatwist (8),   Suzie Rocks (9),   Arco (7)   Race 9 Memphis Tennessee racing well in top fields but drawn wide. Can win and top selection….. I'm Trouble races best near the lead and early tactics vital to his chances. Winning claims at nice odds….. Jody Direen racing well and she could go forward early here. Needed…. My Mate Ben racing his way back into form. Chance at nice odds if he is handy early and shorter distance suits Selections:   Memphis Tennessee (8),   I'm Trouble (4),   My Mate Ben (6),   Jody Direen (5)   Race 10 Major Punter change of trainer and unbeaten so far. Looks the winner in this field…… Gabby's Star tricky draw but racing ok. One for longer odds….. Hampton win last start very good and fence draw. Can run top three if he can clear traffic….. I'm Watching You good win last start and has been freshened. Needed Selections:  Major Punter (5),   I'm Watching You (2),   Hampton (9),   Gabby's Star (7)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    It will be a case of the calm before the storm at Ascot Park on Sunday as the harness racing nation counts down with its final meeting before the New Zealand Cup. Ryal Bush trainer Peter Hunter will head to the Invercargill track with three strong eachway chances on the 10-race card. Hunter has a link to the New Zealand Cup through his brother Henderson, who trained and drove the 1978 winner, Trusty Scott. Hunter’s father, the late Adam Hunter, part-owned the horse that downed fellow Southlander and favourite Sapling in the 3200m feature. On Sunday, Hunter will seek more modest, but thoroughly deserved victories. The trainer-drive will hand over the reins to Brent Barclay to drive his consistent pacer Glenledi Captain in race 5. The four-year-old drops in grade in the 2200m event after clashing with quality types in his last start in a Nugget graduation final, won by Sentry. “He is a pretty honest horse and he didn’t have much luck in his last start,” Hunter said. “And it was a pretty good field.” Drawing barrier 7 is not a concern for Glenledi Captain, with Hunter preferring he started there than too close to the markers. “The draw should suit him more than if he’d drawn on the inside.” “He is a big horse, so it just gives him a bit more room.” “It will be up to Brent to make a decision on what he wants to do from there.” Hunter will drive Port Au Prince, who starts from barrier 1 in his clash with Glenledi Captain in race 5. The three-year-old has gone three solid races to start his career, with two of them coming in strong events won by Ragazzo Mach and Gayle Force. Hunter is leaning towards Glenledi Captain as the stronger of his stable’s chances but said there was not a lot between the pair. Though that is mainly because the learnings Port Au Prince has picked up from his three career starts have not yet made him the complete racehorse. “There is not a lot between them, but I would say Glenledi Captain would be the better chance because he has been there and done that.” “Port Au Prince is a little bit greener.” “His first two starts were good then his last star was fair, but in saying that he was only a couple of lengths off them.” “That is sort of where he is at, but he is getting close [to winning form].” Hunter also starts Bunter’s Dream from the ace draw of barrier 1 in race 3. The five-year-old comes into the 2200m event after running second to 15-race winning veteran Four Starzzz Shiraz at Forbury Park. With three placings in her five starts this time, Bunter’s Dream is closing in on a win and she should go close to grabbing her elusive second career victory on Sunday. “She holds her own out of the gate,” Hunter said. “From one she should get every chance, it is the shortest way home.” “There are a couple in there that go pretty good – Racing Minister and Hazer.” Racing Minister freefalls back in grade after competing in the Southern Supremacy Stakes Final at Ascot Park last week. Hazer comes into the race after running good placings in his last two starts.

Dashing Major (NZ) (Art Major) produced a scintillating turn of speed to become the latest stakes race-winning graduate of NZB Standardbred’s 2019 National Yearling Sale at Ascot Park on Thursday.  The Robert Dunn trained three-year-old sprinted off the back of the favourite Ragazzo Mach (NZ) (Mach Three) on a sizzling 26.8sec last 400m to win the Group Three Diamond Creek Farm Classic (2200m) on Southland’s biggest day of harness racing. Out of Inspiring Dash (NZ) (Falcon Seelster), Dashing Major was purchased by Mr NR McGrath for $37,000 from Ken and Anne-Marie Spicer’s Rosedale Farm draft at the 2019 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Driver John Dunn praised Dashing Major’s effort to make up ground and win the race on such a fast last 400m. “It was a good effort to get there when they were running the last quarter that quick,” the reinsman said. Just a nose separated the first two horses home in the $30,000 Diamonds Day feature, with Arden’s Ace (NZ) (Art Major) rounding out a trifecta for NZB Standardbred graduates with his third placing. Dashing Major will now seek Group One glory in the Woodlands Stud Sires Stakes Series Final (1980m) on New Zealand Cup Day. “He will go straight in to the Sires Stakes Final on Cup day now,” Dunn said. “It is going to be hard for him racing Krug and those good ones.” “He is still green but hopefully this trip is the making of him.” Dashing Major qualified for his Group One target after running an excellent third behind star three-year-olds Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) and It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) on debut in a heat of the Garrard’s Sires Stakes Series. He is a half-brother Arden’s Ace’s dam, former star race mare and seven-time Group One winner, Venus Serena (NZ) (Mach Three). Arden’s Ace has a good chance of joining Dashing Major and the big line up of NZB Standardbred graduates in the Woodlands Stud Sires Stakes Series Final running fifth in the same race. NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale purchases make up an incredible 14 of the top 15 qualifiers for the New Zealand Cup Day feature.   NZB Standardbred

By Jonny Turner    In a far bigger surprise than his strong front-running win in the Group 3 Southern Supremacy Stakes at Ascot Park on Thursday, trainer Mark Jones revealed the New Zealand Cup is the next target for Burnham Boy. The pacer showed off his staying power to win Jones the second of Southland’s flagship three-year-old features, just minutes after Stylish Memphis took out the Southland Oaks Final. After Burnham Boy ran to a victory in a 2700m mobile, it’s natural for Jones to look for another staying test for the pacer. Few would have predicted the trainer would have revealed he has had his eye on the New Zealand Cup. Especially considering Burnham Boy is not nominated for the 3200m feature. But the Jones was quick to point out that it made sense to target New Zealand’s greatest race. “He hates 1980m races and that is all that is around for him,” Jones said. “I would start him in the cup if he made the field – we would pay the late entry fee.” “It is probably more for the owners than anything else, but he is a good stayer and he would run a good two miles [3200m].” Burnham Boy is not the only horse Jones is attempting to make a last-ditch effort with to qualify for a New Zealand Cup Week feature. The trainer will start Majestic Lavros in the South Bay Trotters Cup at Kaikoura on Monday in the hope he will qualify for the Dominion. Burnham Boy banked enough to cover a late entry payment for the New Zealand Cup thanks to a well-judged front running drive from Samantha Ottley. Jones had a plan to lead and play to his pacer’s staying strengths ahead of the Southern Supremacy Stakes Final. And he even told media of that plan in a pre-race interview. “I told the press before the race what the plan was, so Sam only had to read it and drive to instructions,” Jones quipped. When pressed for a more serious assessment of the drive, Jones heaped praise on both Ottley and Ricky May, who also gave Stylish Memphis a perfect run in the trail. “Both horses were driven perfectly and that is why they are out there and I am sitting in the stands.” Jones’ red-letter day, winning both the Southland Oaks and Southern Supremacy Stakes continued the brilliant start he has made to the new season. Earlier this month he produced La Rosa to win the Harness Million for two-year-old fillies at Addington. “It is a great result, especially when you set the horses for these races.” “We have come down here plenty of times before and got beat, but today we were lucky enough to get the job done.” Jones is not the only trainer eyeing a late run into the New Zealand Cup following Diamonds Day. Owner Neville Cleaver is keen to press on to the 3200m event after Franco Santino equalled the aged male pacers’ 2200m track record at Ascot Park. Franco Santino took out Diamonds Day’s fast class event for older horses when producing a gritty effort to win in a 2.39.6 time. The Nathan Williamson trained and driven pacer will need a good bump up from his 21st place ranking on the latest order of entry for the New Zealand Cup is he is to start in the race.

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