Last week was a bit quieter for the ring-around with just Matthew Williamson, Ricky May, Ken Barron, David Butt, and Tony Herlihy tipping out winners. Hopefully we can top that performance this week Cambridge - Thursday Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Present Arms - race three. Josh Dickie: Rates juvenile Monterey Jack as good each-way prospect in the sixth race on the card. Alexandra Park - Friday Scott Phelan: Thinks Cyamach, who was an impressive last start winner, can repeat the dose in the fifth race on the card. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for Ace Moment in the fourth event. Addington - Friday Craig Thornley: Thinks capabale type Al's Courage will measure up well in what is a very strong line-up - race seven. Samantha Ottley: Would love to win the Darren DeFilippi Memorial and thinks she can with Jayceekay - race seven. Ricky May: Has opted for Dalton Bromac who was super impressive when winning his South Island debut. - race eight. Anthony Butt: Rates Gotta Go Artelect as a good each-way chance in the same event. Blair Orange: Has opted for Franco Tevez, who finished third last start, in the ninth event at Addington. Oamaru - Sunday Matthew Williamson: Has opted for Monnay, who has been herculean when overcoming back handicaps to win his last two starts. He will attempt to do that again in race five. Mark Jones and Jonny Cox: Both think smart filly Goodness Gracious Me, who was super at the recent Motukarara workouts, will prove very hard to beat in the seventh race. Nathan Williamson: Has selected capable three-year-old Onedin Mach, who races well when in a fresh state. He will take all sorts of beating in the ninth race.
Kristie Hill has always wanted to campaign a horse at Alexandra Park and now thanks to her father Brian and enigmatic trotter Sunchita, she fulfilling that dream. Hill snr, who trains in Nelson, took Sunchita to Auckland and Kristie took over the reins a couple of days before the 6-year-old mare had her first race at Alexandra Park last Friday. Sent out a $3.40 second favourite and under the guidance and driving exploits of Tony Herlihy, the daughter of Sundon never looked like losing. Away well from her 10 metre handicap, Sunchita settled handy to the pace before Herlihy sent her forward to find the lead at the 500 metre mark from where she simply out-trotted her opponents – winning by 1 ½ lengths. It was Sunchita’s third consecutive win, fifth this season, and seventh in a career spanning 51 starts. She’s now banked $52,101. “She had to earn her trip up north and prove to us she was worthy of going up there and she did that at Nelson.’’ Hill senior said. “I have campaigned Single Lord and McShane up there before but this is the first time Kristie has been in Auckland with one of our team. “She has lots of friends up there and she always believed Sunchita would go well that way around because that’s the only way we train her back home.’’ He said Sunchita would have two more starts at Alexandra Park over the next two Fridays before returning home. The father and daughter combination both believe the often frustrating trotter has finally turned the corner and put it all together on the track. “If she keeps improving the way she is, well who knows she could start in the Dominion Handicap in November, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but that is the goal. “It’s every trainer’s dream to have a horse line up in either the Dominion or Rowe Cup.’’ Kristie is staying with Steve and Ann Phillips in Waiau Pa, while Sunchita is being stabled half an hour away at Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis’s Waiuku barn. “She loves being beach trained and the wet track on Friday would have suited her, she has really turned the corner now,’’ Kristie said. “We haven’t made too many changes to her gear. “Once upon a time she either finished first or last because of her tendency to gallop. “I think we can put her recent improvement down to maturity.’’ Hill, who is the former Education Manager for Harness Racing New Zealand, said the stakes at Alexandra Park also swayed their decision to bring Sunchita north. “The money on offer was too good to resist and I always wanted to bring her up here because I felt she would go better this way around. “It was a great performance first-up and a brilliant drive by a brilliant reinsman.’’ Hill is a graduation driver who has won 12 races since 1998. She has also placed 38 times from 293 starts for $93,897 in stakes. Two of those wins have come aboard Sunchita while Blair Orange and Jimmy Curtin have also won on her twice prior to Herlihy’s victory on Friday night. Hill said she wasn’t tempted to jump in the sulky and have a drive around Alexandra Park on this trip and was happy to leave the driving duties to Herlihy. “No I won’t be getting in the sulky when I’m up there, why would you put me in the sulky when one of the best drivers in the world can do the business?” Brian and Kristie own Sunchita and also bred her. She is the third of six foals (and most successful) out of Hills’ three-win Dancing Master mare, Carmenchita, who was also trained by Hill. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
Promising young horseman, Tim Williams, will join All Stars stable in the new season as a replacement for Blair Orange. "I put a proposition to Tim last week and he rang me on Thursday to accept the position'' Mark said. "We both feel he will be an ideal fit for our stable. He has already driven for us with success and he impresses as a young man with a very professional approach to his job. "We expect that he will start with us in early August'' Unlike Blair who had not driven for All Stars before his appointment Tim, 23, has proven success with All Stars. He won the Kindergarten Stakes with Messini and a Cheviot Cup with Southwind Arden. Mark and Natalie's decision to entrust him with such drives indicated he was a man on the All Stars short list. He is a former winner of the New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship and has long impressed with the potential he had to reach the top. Tim was working for Robert Dunn at the same time as his childhood friend Dexter Dunn (the Dunn and Williams families have business connections going back 50 years) and while he made the most of his opportunities with horses like Kabet and Jamie Gameson-trained Here We Go Again, he moved to Southland in 2012 to further his scope.He already has 189 wins and over $1.5m in stakes in the bin and with a lot more to come. By David McCarthy (Courtesy of ALL STARS RACING STABLE)
Last week was a great one for the Harnesslink ring-around with Matthew Williamson, Ken Barron, Scott Phelan, Josh Dickie, Jonny Cox, Craig Thornley, Ricky May, Anthony Butt, and Blair Orange all tipping out winners. Here are this week’s selections: Cambridge - Thursday Simon Lawson: Expects Ton Tine to win again – race five. Alexandra Park – Friday Steve Richardson (Harnesslink): Thinks Russley Haste will prove very hard to beat in the fourth race on the card. Scott Phelan: Has opted for the in form Cyamach in the Winter Cup - race seven. Forbury – Friday Mark Jones: Has declared Lady Mackendon as the biggest cert he has ever taken to the races. “It’s like Master Lavros in a maiden trot. Only a bad drive will get it beat.” Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Rip Roaring - race two. John Dunn: Expects smart juvenile Robbie Burns to make it two wins from as many starts – race four. Josh Dickie: Has just an average book of drives this week, but rates Russet Norkotah, who will be at any old odds, as the best of them - race five. Matthew Williamson: Thinks Al Razza will prove very hard to beat again – race ten. Nathan Williamson: Will go head-to-head with brother Matthew, with the talented Sheeza Shark in the same event. Rangiora – Sunday Blair Orange: Rates Zakspatrol as his best chance of the week – race seven. Terry Chmiel: Has opted for That Guy Finn, who will shoot for three wins in a row in the same event – race seven. Ricky May: Has opted for smart three-year-old Explosive Art, who has been coming along in leaps and bounds in recent starts – race eight. Ken Barron: Thinks Livura will prove hard to beat in the ninth race on the card. Jonny Cox: Has a decent book of drives, but rates Galleon’s Triumph as the best of them – race eleven. Anthony Butt: Is bullish about the chances of smart 2yo Field Marshal in the last event on the card.
Overport Lodge harness trainer Mark Jones brought up his 300th training win when Strike On Command responded to a clever drive from good mate Blair Orange at Marlborough on Sunday, June 22. Strike On Command and driver Blair Orange. They delivered the 300th training win for trainer Mark Jones at Blenheim on Sunday. The milestone caps Mark’s sixth and most successful season as a professional trainer. This was his 68th win for the season, taking the stable earnings to $738,993, with mutliple Group One winning trotter Master Lavros the big breadwinner. “Its been a good season. We’ll be a bit down next season as a lot have been sold and we’re a bit light on numbers,” Mark said. Strike On Command, nutted out of first by Motu Prince Of Peru in the dying stages on the first day, was able to be saved a shade longer for his final sprint on the second day in the C2-3 A1 Drycleaning and Laundry Mobile Pace. Pacemaking favourite Al’s Courage had dashed clear inside the final 200m and looked to have the result in safe keeping but Blair had other ideas after giving his charge a good run on the outer. He lifted Strike On Command over the final 100m to win going away by half a length in a useful 2:00.1 mile rate for the mobile 2300m, the leaders last 800m in 57.5s. Strike On Command, a consistent 3YO McArdle colt, has now raced 22 times for five wins and eight placings (including six seconds) for $31,382 in stakes. Raced by Australian owner Kevin Stanley, Strike On Command is the first foal from Noble Strike (1:56.8h, US), who numbered a PGG NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies South Island Graduette win and a Nevele R Fillies Heat among her two NZ wins for Ian and Malcolm Shinn. The OK Bye-TK Swift mare proved a consistent winner in North America, notching another 15 wins, earning the equivalent of $149,602. She is a half-sister to other big USA winners in Time Flies (1:52, US; 36 wins incl. 32 in the US for $624,230 career winnings) and Ultimate Pursuit (1:51.6, US, 44 wins incl. 38 in the US). Time Flies is the dam of former Overport Lodge 2YO winner Glenferrie Magic (1:59.1, 1700m), who showed much potential winning once from three starts before having her race career cut short. Strike On Command is bred to be above average. He belongs to the same family as other big winners _ Slybye (1:52.4, US, 31 wins in NZ, Aust & US), El Cabalero (1:54.4, US, 17 wins incl. 12 in the US), Algranco Alive (1:56.2 mile rate, 1650m, 10 Aust. wins) and Flak Jacket (1:54, US, a former NZ Kindergarten Stakes winner at two, 12 wins in NZ, Aust. and the US). By Jeff Scott (Courtesy of MARK JONES RACING)
Last week the ring-around produced five winners including Kowhai Sunrise (Mark Jones), who romped in at odds of $6.10. Let’s see what racings leading lads have got for us this week. Forbury Park – Thursday Gavin Smith & David Butt: Have both opted for Eagles Nest, who is a lot better than his form suggests. However, he does run into a couple of smart types in Media Queen and Smokin Bird – race three. Stephen McNally: Has opted for Bonora Boy who will also attempt to break maidens in the third event. Nathan Williamson: Thinks the consistent Nickelson will get some money again tonight – race four. Matthew Williamson: Has a good book of drives, but rates Al Razza as the best of them – race nine. Tim Williams: Thinks Memorable can get a slice of the pie in the last race of the card. Alexandra Park – Friday Ken Barron: Has opted for last start winner Real Intentions as his bet of the week. She also competes in the first event. Scott Phelan: Thinks Prince Of Pops, who was an impressive last start winner, can double the dose on Friday. – race one. Josh Dickie: Has opted for debutant Connoisseur, who has been impressive at the trials. He competes in the third race on the card. Blenheim– Friday Jonny Cox: Thinks capable trotter Free Dreams can win his stable debut – race five. Craig Thornley: Rates the chances of Al’s Courage, who was very good on both days of the Nelson circuit. Ricky May: Rates Franco Salisbury as his best drive of the week – race eight. Terry Chmiel: Thinks Swarovski will prove very hard to beat in the eighth race on the card. Anthony Butt: Is very bullish about the chances of Motu Prince Of Peru – race eleven. Blenheim - Sunday Blair Orange: Has opted for Vice Consul, who will come into the meeting fresh on the second day. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Vice Consul
Usually the milestone victory takes the longest to get, but super reinsman Blair Orange made light work of his first season century when guiding Donsmedad to victory in the second race at Addington last night. “Mike Austin is actually the trainer that I have been driving for, for the longest, so it was probably pretty fitting that I brought up my 100th winner for the season is his colours,” said Orange, who heads off on holiday to Singapore in a fortnight. “I finish at All Stars before I go to Singapore and then when I get back I have a wee break before starting at Ken (Barron’s) at the start of the new season,” he advised. Orange’s previous best driving tally was 81 winners in a season, which he achieved in 2012. “It’s been a great season all-round with a couple of Group One victories amongst the 100,” said Orange, who produced a rare victory salute after Donsmedad had crossed the finishing line. “I think I have only saluted on three or four occasions before so it definitely was pretty important to me,” he added. Orange then went on to thank all the trainers that have supported him this season, paying special thanks to his good mate Mark Jones, and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Blair Orange then notched up his 101st winners for the season in race four aboard Someardensomewhere for his soon-to-be former bosses Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “It is definitely going to be the end of an era when I hang up my boots at All Stars but I am looking forward to what lies ahead,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson
A low-key Ashburton Trotting Club meeting at Addington tonight should become one of the biggest nights in Blair Orange’s career. The leading horseman will head into tonight’s racing just one win shy of reaching his 100th driving win for the season – the first time the popular horseman has achieved the feat. It’s been a standout season in the sulky for Orange who well and truly surpassed his previous season best of 81 winners two months ago. With seven drives at tonight’s meeting, Orange has plenty of chances to reach the ton during the night, but many expect it to come early in proceedings when he teams up with Someardensomewhere for his soon-to-be former bosses Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Orange will finish up at New Zealand’s leading stable at the end of the month before connecting himself to the West Melton stable of Ken Barron in the new season. A milestone in the infamous blue and silver colours of Purdon would seem the most fitting result considering the impact the stable has had on Orange’s career – but from barrier nine over the 1950 metres the task isn’t going to be a simple one. The three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is good enough to overcome the small hurdle – but fresh up after not having raced since the end of December only adds to the mix. And it’s for that reason that a horse who was beaten by 46 lengths at her last start who may give Orange his best chance of the night. Up and coming trotter Jayceekay will be looking to atone for a last start flop, when she gave up the challenge a long way from home against a rampant Idle Bones – by helping Orange reach the 100 mark. The John Boylan trained mare has freakish ability when in the right frame of mind and if on song tonight will prove very tough to hold out in a graded trot for the C1 to C2 Trotters. She returned to the workouts at Motukarara last weekend and was a comprehensive winner suggesting the failure when last time produced might be able to be put down to a simple off night. Orange’s remaining drives for the night all have strong each way chances in their respective races including Jaccka Len for his good mate Mark Jones who has provided him with a large number of his winners this season. The Book of Blair for tonight at Addington Race 1: Jimmy Hoffa Race 2: Donsmedad Race 4: Someardensomewhere Race 5: Jayceekay Race 6: Washington Express Races 7: Strike On Command Race 8: Jaccka Len By Matt Markham (Harness Racing New Zealand)
Last week the ring-around produced four winners, all at relatively good value. This week we have a smaller ring-around than usual due to some technical problems, however I am sure it is still chock-a-block with winners. Forbury – Thursday Nathan Williamson: Thinks Nickelson can give Father Christmas a run for his money in the fifth event tonight. John Dunn: Expects Alta Jerome to be hard to bowl from his handy barrier draw in race number six on the card. Tim Williams: Rates the chances of Queen Of The Crop in race eight. Matthew Williamson: Is very bullish about the chances of Lionel’s Meddle in the claimers’ event – race eleven. Alexandra Park – Friday Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Te Amo Bromac – race one. Josh Dickie: Rates the chances of Stellar Kamwood in the fourth event. Todd Mitchell: Rates the chances of Cyclone Prince, who finished sixth in the 3YO Emerald. He looks the one to beat in race number six. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for Norvic Nightowl, who finished a creditable fourth in the 4YO Emerald. – race eight. Ashburton@Addington – Friday Ken Barron: Expects Mighty Major to prove very hard to beat in race one on the card. Blair Orange: Thinks he can bring up his 100th winner for the season aboard Someardensomewhere – race four. Cambridge – Sunday Scott Phelan: Thinks Megs First is a strong each-way chance in race eight. Simon Lawson: Rates the chances of Ton Tine in the same event. Ashburton – Sunday Ricky May: Has opted for The Emperor Robyn, who looks well placed in the first event on Sunday. Mark Jones: who found some good place value in Eastburn Mara, has opted for Kowhai Whiz in the fourth event.
On Friday the progeny of Carmenchita won two races on the Nelson card and today it was Putting On The Glitz’s turn. The first of the Walton Hanover mares’ winners was two-year-old Expresso Martini, who was a game winner for driver Blair Orange after being taken on in front on several occasions. Expresso Martini, who is a son of Bettor’s Delight, is trained by Mark Jones and is owned by the Met Eight Syndicate. He has now won one of his five starts and placed on a further three occasions. Putting On The Glitz’s second winner for the day was Secret Lotion, who notched up back-to-back wins at the Nelson meeting when winning in the hands of Samantha Ottley. She has won two of three starts since joining the Woodend stable of Robert Dunn and placed second on the other occasion Secret Lotion is a Courage Under Fire full-sister to Group One winning mare Secret Potion. Other well performed progeny of Putting On The Glitz, who is a half-sister to the well performed American mare Silver Lined Pocket, include four-win pacer How Do Mate. By Mitchell Robertson
Last week the ring-around produced six winners including Jewels champions Monbet, Venus Serena, and Supersonic Miss. Let’s see what good oil some of harness racing’s leading lads have come up with for us this week. Forbury Park – Thursday Jonny Cox: who has been enjoying a purple patch of form, has opted for Expressive Art in the third race on the card. Sam Ottley: Thinks Smoken Roman will prove very hard to beat in the fifth race on the card. Matthew Williamson: Rates Al Raza as a very good each-way chance on the seventh race on the card. Nathan Williamson: Thinks the very consistent Nickelson is a good each-way chance again – race eleven. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for the Phil Williamson trained Monnay in the same event. Alexandra Park – Friday Todd Mitchell: Thinks Princess Sophia, who is dropping back from Harness Jewels Company, can give a sight in race four. Ken Barron: Rates the chances of Pacquiao, who was a luckless fifth in the 4YO Emerald – race five. Jay Abernethy: Thinks Equulei can get herself into the finish of the last race on the card. Nelson – Friday Mark Jones: admits he doesn’t have a great team in this week, but rates Eastburn Mara as the best of them – race two. Anthony Butt: Has a tidy book of drives at Nelson but rates capable trotter Gregory R as the best of them – race five. Blair Orange: Has opted for smart mare Sunchita in the same event. John Dunn: Rates stable newcomer Cindi Arma the best of what is a very good book of drives on Friday – race six. Tim Williams: Think Here We Go Again is a very good chance in race nine provided she steps away. Craig Thornely: Has opted for Al’s Courage, who was huge in fifth last start after missing away. He looks the one to beat in the last race of the card. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Madiba Magic – race twelve.
Smoke N Santanna, untroubled to justify his $1.70 favouritism in the C1 French Bakery Mobile Pace at Addington on Friday, May 23, ended his two-year-old racing on a high. The promising Santanna Blue Chip colt from good racemare Smoke N Mirrors promises to come back better next term. “Its been quite good with the owners (Pete, Debbie and Patricia Smith), who have turned down good money for him,” said trainer Mark Jones. “He could go next week again but will have six weeks out,” he said. Smoke N Santanna notched his second two-year-old win from six starts, earning $15,225, but with handicapping concessions returns to maiden status next term. “I might look at taking him to Auckland for a maiden. He might qualify for the 3YO Sires Stakes too,” Mark said. Smoke N Santanna wasn’t disgraced, finishing fifth in Hug The Wind’s $156,400 Garrards Sires Stakes 2YO Final at Addington at his second-to-last start. Hug The Wind rated a slick 1:56.8 for the mobile 1950m, with Smoke N Santanna pacing 2:22.1 (1:57.2 mile rate) finishing 2.6 lengths from the winner. Smoke N Santanna relished a return to grade racing when wrapping up his juvenile racing. He led from the three gate for driver Ricky May, winning untested by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:23.5 (1:58.4 mile rate), quickening over his last 800m in 57.1s and his closing 400m in 28.4s. The win edged earnings for the Overport Lodge stable over $700,000 for the season. The Mark Jones stable moved to 64 wins for the term, for earning of $705,147, when stablemates Remiss (first) and Cavallo Volante (third), resumed from layoffs in a C0 pace at the Banks Peninsula meeting at Addington on Sunday, May 25. Live Or Die 4YO mare Remiss made the most of her front row draw in the Burnside Contractors Ltd Mobile Pace. Once fully balanced after the opening 200m, she sped to the front for driver Blair Orange, then trailed Rise And Shine from the 1200m. Remiss was much too good with a sprint lane finish, winning without being extended by 1 3/4 lengths from Lavros Cash and Cavallo Volante (wide). Previously twice placed from eight starts, she rated 2:01.2 for the 1950m, the leaders running their last 800m in 59.9s. By Jeff Scott (Courtesy of MARK JONES RACING)
Last week was an adequate one for the ring-around with just, Blair Orange, Nathan Williamson, and yours truly selecting winners. Let’s see if we can add to that tally this week. Forbury Park - Thursday Matthew Williamson: Thinks Cullen's Finest looks well placed in the second race on the card. Blair Orange: Has opted for Doves Veecee, who is now with Jamie Gameson. He was an impressive trialist earlier in the month and looks hard to beat - race five. Ricky May: Rates the fresh-up Even Flo as a very good each-way bet - race seven. Mark Jones: Has opted for capable two-year-old Pomme Roy, who was unlucky in last week’s Sires Stakes Final. Expect him to lead and win race nine. Alexandra Park - Friday Scott Phelan: Rates Berlusconi as his best bet of the week - race four. Simon Lawson: Thinks that The Wonkey Donkey, with manners, can win race six on the card. Todd Mitchell: Has opted for smart three-year-old Cyclone Prince, who looks well placed on Friday night - race eight. Anthony Butt: Thinks smart filly Joanne’s A Delight can lead and win the Sales Series Final - race nine. Jay Abernethy: Has opted for The Early Wicket, who finished a nice second on debut - race twelve. Josh Dickie: Thinks Katieellen Castleton can provide some value in race twelve. Addington - Friday David Butt: Expects One Over Da Moon, who was sensational in the Northern Derby after making an early break, to prove too good in race five on the card. Colin DeFilippi: Has opted for smart mare Elusive Chick, who is now back with Derek and Adele Jones. She has trialled up super in preparation for her resumption and looks the one they all have to beat- race six. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Elusive Chick - race six. Samantha Ottley: Thinks the consistent Spell, who has finished second in her last three starts, can breakthrough for her second win - race eight. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Rates the chances of Lucky VC, who downed a smart type in Mach Winger at a recent trial - race ten. Winton - Sunday Jonny Cox: Has opted for stable newcomer Pay Me Quick, who looks a good each-way chance in the maiden Claimers Final - race two. Nathan Williamson: Thinks Spash Cola, who produced a herculean performance to win her debut, can repeat the dose - race four. Clark Barron: Has selected Strategic Miss, who looks a strong chance in an average C0-1 line-up - race five. Andrew Armour: Thinks Trial By Jury, who finished second on debut, can go one better on Sunday - race six. Addington - Sunday Dexter Dunn: Expects Delightful Dash, who downed a nice field last start, to win again on Sunday - race two.
Last week the Harnesslink ring-around produced four winners as well as a string of minor placegetters. Let’s see if we can add to that tally this week: Cambridge - Thursday Simon Lawson: Thinks handy two-year-old Blinding Light will prove hard to in the first race on the card. Todd Mitchell: Rates the chances of Jovani, who was a good fresh up second - race one. Manawatu - Friday Stephen Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for Kilkeel Lady as his bet of the week - race three. Addington - Friday Terry Chmiel: Thinks that That Guy Finn will give him his best chance of greeting the judge this weekend - race three. Blair Orange: Has opted for Jayceekay, who backed up his dazzling debut win with a cracking third last start. He looks the one to beat in race five. Ken Barron: Likes the chances of smart two-year-old trotter B D Love in the same event - race five. Colin DeFilippi: Thinks the consistent Rise And Shine can break through for a maiden win - race nine. John Dunn: Is bullish about the chances of smart two-year-old Say My Name in the Sires Stakes Final - race ten. Jonny Cox: Thinks Jaccka Justy will prove hard to beat despite his 40 metre handicap - race eleven. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Messini - race twelve. Invercargill - Saturday Tim Williams: Will be Popular if he can rein the filly with that exact name home in the first race on the card. Nathan Williamson: Thinks handy trialist Splash Cola can kick her career of with a win - race four. Andrew Armour: Is bullish about the chances of the very capable B D Windermere - race nine. Matthew Williamson: Rates capable trotter Zhenya as his bet of the week - race twelve. Oamaru - Sunday Ricky May: Has opted for Mach Winger on the back of a dazzling performance at the Ashburton trials - race five. Mark Jones: Thinks Juneamy Castleton looks well placed in race six on the card. Anthony Butt: Thinks smart two-year-old Field Marshal can make it back-to-back wins despite his wide barrier draw - race nine.
Last week the ring-around produced six winners including, Waitoto Express ($6.40), Doubleodeano ($6.10), and Lancewood Lizzie, who was backed in from an opening quote of $9 and ended up starting a warm favourite. Let’s see what good oil we can dig up this week! Cambridge - Thursday Todd Mitchell: Expects Jovani, who was a luckless fresh-up sixth, to prove hard to beat from her ace alley - race three Simon Lawson: Is bullish about the chances of two-year-old Blinding Light, who will shoot for two from two in the sixth race on the card. Jay Abernethy: Is expecting the inform Beta B Quick to go another good race - race nine Josh Dickie: Expects Giuliana Rancic to make a winning debut on the back of some handy trial form - race ten Alexandra Park - Friday Blair Orange: Expects in form trotting mare Paramount Queen to carry on her winning way- race one. Scott Phelan: Rates Pretty Awesome as his best drive this week - race three. Anthony Butt: Has opted for Joanne's A Delight, who was a brilliant third after dragging a flat tyre last week - race four. David Butt: Thinks a few gear changes and the extra distance can see One Over Da Moon claim Group One glory in the Northern Trotting Derby - race six. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Thinks Franco Nelson, who has recorded some very good sectionals in his last two starts, is a very good chance in the NZ Messenger - race seven. Forbury - Friday Matthew Williamson: Has opted for Imperial Ace as his best bet of the week - race two Nathan Williamson: Thinks Nothingforthemedia is a very good chance at odds in the same race - race two Jonny Cox: Is bullish about the chances of Play Action, who was a very good second behind a smart type last start. Take a boxed quinella and trifecta with the three of them? - race two Mark Jones: Thinks Jaccka Len can cap off some consistent form with a win in race five on the card. Tim Williams: Has opted for Never Sighted, who looks very hard to beat on debut off the back of some super trials performances - race seven Addington – Saturday Dexter Dunn: Thinks Speights Girl will take all sorts of beating in the first race on the card. Ricky May: Has opted for the talent Monbet as his bet of the week - race five Craig Thornley: Rates Playaway as a good each-way chance - race six John Dunn: Thinks Say My Name can give Alta Orlando a run for his money in the Sales Series Final – race ten. Timaru - Sunday Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Field Marshall - race three Samantha Ottley: Rates Spell, who has been very good in her last two outings, as her best chance of the week - race six Gavin Smith: Thinks Waihemo Art can get some money in what looks an average maiden line-up - race nine. By Mitchell Robertson
Last week the ring-around produced seven winners, with Mark Jones, Stephen Richardson, Blair Orange, David Butt, Simon Lawson, Terry Chmiel, Jonny Cox, and Ricky May all producing the goods. Let’s hope for a repeat performance this week! Forbury Park - Thursday Andrew Armour: Has opted for Al Raza, who will look to go one better after a nice debut second - race two. Jonny Cox: Is bullish about the chances of Tagataese, who smashed his rivals in a penalty free maiden claimers race last start. He competes in the third race on the card. Tim Williams: Has opted for the consistent Waitoto Express, who should add to his bank balance on Thursday - race five. Matthew Williamson: Had the choice of three drives in the last race at Forbury but opted for Lionels Meddle, who looks well placed in the tenth race on the card. Alexandra Park - Friday Blair Orange: Is bullish about the chance of Full Speed Ahead, who was an emphatic winner at Addington last start - race one. Todd Mitchell: Has opted for the smart Doubleodeano, who looks the main threat to Full Speed Ahead. - race one. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Rates the chances of smart filly Lancewood Lizzie, who is now trained by Barry Purdon - race four. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Linda Lovegrace - race five David Butt: Thinks One Over Da Moon can make the most of his ace alley in the Northern Trotting Derby - race eight. Ken Barron: Expects star trotting filly Majestic Time to prove very hard to beat in the Northern Trotting Derby - race eight. Anthony Butt: Will take the reins behind Aussie raider Zedalite, who was a very good second in the Anzac Cup last week - race ten. Nathan Williamson: Has taken The Wonkey Donkey north and expects him to be very competitive in the last race on the card. Addington - Friday Mark Jones: Thinks two-year-old Smoke N Santanna will be very hard to beat in what looks an average maiden line-up - race one. Gavin Smith: Thinks the consistent Naughty Maravu can be competitive despite his tricky barrier draw - race eight. Thames@ Alexandra Park - Sunday Josh Dickie: Has opted for Live At Speed, who drops back from a handy fifth in a much stronger field last start - race one. Jay Abernethy: Rates Riverboat Sue as his best chance of the week- race five. Ashburton – Sunday Ricky May: Believes Franco Salisbury, who was a fast-finishing fourth last start, will prove hard to beat from his ace alley – race seven. Terry Chmiel: Thinks Little Tess looks very well placed in the ninth race on Sunday.