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Punter's shouldn't be surprised if Auckland Reactor comes out and wins this Friday night's $400,000 Auckland Cup, despite pulling himself into the ground in the final lead-up, warns harness racing trainer Mark Purdon.

Former Down Under FFA harness racing pacer Awesome Armbro took a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 winning tonight at Mohawk Raceway (Saturday July 10th) at only his fourth start since arriving at Isac Waxmans barn in Toronto on the 28th of May this year. Other highlights on the nights program were the three driving wins by Luc Ouellette and Scott Zeron.

Ontario harness racing trainer Isaac Waxman didn't hesitate paying the $10,000 supplementary fee to get former Kiwi pacer Awesome Armbro into this Sunday's (June 27) $170,000 Des Smith Classic Pace at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The 29th running of the Classic has attracted six of Canada's high-speed older pacers.

He might have spooked and paced roughly in the score-up on his Canadian debut, but former Kiwi free-for-all pacer, Awesome Armbro has made up for that misdemeanour with a second-up harness racing victory in a $24,000 Mile at Mohawk Racetrack last Saturday (June 19).

Top New Zealand free-for-all pacer Awesome Armbro is starting to turn heads in Canada. The former Geoff Small trained gelding was sold and exported to Canada on May 28. Seven days later he won a Mohawk harness racing qualifier by eight lengths in 1:53.3 (see video).

Chris Barsby will take over from David Fowler as the chief harness racing broadcaster in Queensland from August 2010. However, the 30-year-old is more than one of Australia's best commentators, he's also a radio and TV host, as well as a harness racing journalist.

Friday's $500,000 Auckland Trotting Cup has emerged relatively unscathed from Sunday's brutal Interdominion Pacing Final, with favourite Monkey King now a certain starter. The Interdominion runnerup had been under a slight cloud after Sunday's record run at Menangle left him with a cough, but Canterbury harness racing trainer Brendon Hill says a veterinary examination has cleared Monkey King to take his place on Friday at Alexandra Park.

The New Zealand TAB's harness racing bookie, Steve Richardson (pictured), was at Alexandra Park last Friday night (March 5) to get all the inside information on this week's $500,000 Woodlands Northern Derby. He has released his odds for this week's Group One Final.

Monkey King's magical harness racing season looks set to end on a high after the super pacer drew perfectly for Friday's $500,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup. The multi-millionaire will start from barrier three and was last night quoted as a $2.20 chance by the TAB, although he could start even shorter on the night.

One of New Zealand's most aggressive reinsmen is conceding the chances of a weekend harness racing treble could be dictated by the tactics of those around him. David Butcher has established a reputation for being proactive, rather than reactive, but says that isn't the way to tackle his three massive tasks this weekend: the A$1 million Interdominion Final, the $150,000 Pascoes Northern Oaks and the $50,000 NZ Herald Free-For-All.

Canterbury harness racing driver Anthony Butt says one of his greatest foes could become his secret weapon as he defends his Inter Dominion title with Mr Feelgood on Sunday (March 7). Last year's winners on the Gold Coast heads into the $1million Watpac Final at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, facing another potentially horror draw at barrier nine.

New Zealand's only driver in the Interdominion Pony Trot - Michael Blakemore - is proud to be wearing the Kiwi colours but after two races at Harold Park last Friday night the Kumeu Kidz Kartz Club member knows he's got the job ahead of him in Sunday's Grand Final.

Having your Interdominion favourite draw outside his two biggest rivals would hardly seem ideal. However, Canterbury harness racing trainer Brendon Hill now believes it could be the best thing to happen to Monkey King heading into Sunday's A$1 million final at Menangle, outside Sydney.

Triple harness racing millionaire Blacks A Fake might have copped the best draw at the $1 million Inter Dominion barrier Draw function in Sydney last night (Monday) but New Zealand Cup winner Monkey King is still a warm favourite on the New Zealand TAB to win the great race.

Three-times Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake has drawn the best of the favoured runners in 'Harness Racing Australasia's' $1 million Inter Dominion Grand Final at Menangle Raceway next Sunday (March 7). The Natalie Rasmussen trained 9-year-old has drawn perfectly at three for the 2300m mobile.

The pressure of trying to get I Am Sam into a second-straight Watpac Inter Dominion Final hasn't told on Alan Tubbs. The Bacchus Marsh trainer has been able to laugh off some good-natured ribbing from his New South Wales hosts - the Fitzpatricks - as he prepares for tomorrow night's (Saturday) second round of heats at Newcastle.

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