It’s been just over nine years since David Broadhurst drove his last winner, but at Blenheim on Sunday the 69-year-old trained, drove, owned, and bred Patrick Bee to victory. “He’s a promising horse and I think he will win a few more. It was a great feeling to be saluting the judge again,” the Kaikoura horsemen said. It was Patrick Bee’s first win in 28 starts. He’s also placed 12 times. His three-quarter length victory comes 3,416 days after Broadhurst drove Patrick Jay to win at Nelson. It was the January 12, 2007 and he was a $9.40 third favourite. Patrick Bee, who is no relation, was the $4 second favourite after finishing fourth when favourite on the first day. “He’s the second of three foals left by Ima Showoff. She died when giving birth to a Sands A Flyin foal in 2012. She was a cantankerous, dirty ole thing who didn’t win a race but did go two minutes. “I was given her for free when I was working for Inter Island Transport. She was from the Vin Devery breed. He’s actually very well bred. His line goes back to the Tactics family, which includes some good ones like Tactile, Noodlum, and Blacks A Fake,” Broadhurst said. He said he was just rapt to have Patrick Bee back racing again. “I’m very proud where he’s at considering he broke a pastern. He only started racing as a late 5-year-old. In think I’ll target the two-day Nelson meeting with him next month,” Broadhurst said. The Kaikoura horseman said he was introduced to harness racing by his next door neighbour Heber Henson back in the 1950s. He was also on the New Zealand Trotting Conference back in the day. “He had the two-time world trotting champion Rip Cord. He gave me my first drive behind a horse and I became hooked. “I’ve been involved a long time. The first winner I owned and drove was Patrick Sean in the Kaikoura Trot back in 1970. I love the game and have a couple of others coming through. “I’ve got a 5-year-old Armbro Invasion mare named Schoolhouse Road and she is a work in progress. I’ve also got a 3-year-old Bettor’s Delight filly named Donegal Carrickfin. “I named her after the place where my family are from in Northern Ireland. She is out of a sister to Lyell Creek. I qualified her at Blenheim on April 23 when she won by four lengths,” Broadhurst said. Broadhurst has now driven seven winners since 1978 and trained a further six more since 1981. Patrick Bee won Sunday’s $7,000 Royal Hotel 2400m mobile on the Waterlea grass in 3:17.7 (mile rate 2;12.6) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 60.1 and 28.3. Courtesy of Duane Ranger
HRNZ and the NZRB have moved swiftly to co-ordinate re-jigged plans for South Island race meetings this week surrounding the forecast ‘weather bomb’ that will work its way up the island from this evening.
Terror To Love's Victoria Cup plans have been aborted and the 5-year-old's Christchurch-based harness racing owner Terry McDonald has also confirmed to Harnesslink that Stunin Cullen will not be lining up in the Treuer Memorial on December 1.
A decision by woodend harness racing horseman David Butt to avoid the Pelorus Classic with tough pacer Mister Presley was vindicated when the son of Rocknroll Hanover won the Marlborough Cup at Waterlea Racecourse in Blenheim yesterday (Sunday).
The Mark Jones trained and driven Ohoka Texas was sent out a warm favourite to win yesterday's (Sunday) $40,000 Pelorus Classic and didn't disappoint his harness racing supporters as he cruised to a seven and three-quarter length victory at Waterlea Park Racecourse in Blenheim.
The Mark Jones trained Holme Fire lived up to breeding by winning the first harness racing eat of the Nevele R Three Year Old Fillies Series held at Waterlea Racecourse in Blenhiem today (Friday January 13).
The Tim Butt trained Choice Achiever showed today (Sunday) just how even the country's harness racing four year old pacers are when he capitilised on an economical run to win the $40,000 Group Two Pelorus Classic at Blenheim.
Harness racing co-trainers Colin and Julie De Filippi provided the highlight on the first of the two day Marlborough Harness Racing Club's meeting held at Waterlea Racecourse in Blenheim.
After looking every bit the problematic horse on the first day of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club's meeting, About Ambition has turned in a faultless harness racing performance to record the easiest of victories in today's (Sunday) Marlborough Winter Cup (3200m).
It was a popular start to day one of the two day Marlborough Harness Racing Club's meeting being held at Waterlea Racecourse when local trainer Dean Hunter produced Mo Hahn to win race one on the card.
The return of 'The Shard' is not far away for harness racing fans. The nuggety 3-year-old has not been sighted since finishing fourth to For A Reason in the New South Wales Derby and is set to make a return to the land of Auz according to trainer Cran Dalgety.
It was a good day at the office for Christian Cullen who sired the winners of three races on day two of the Malborough Harness Racing Club's meeting at Waterlea Racecourse today (Sunday). His biggest sucess of the day came when the Cran Dalgety trained Lightning Raider, produced a sustained finishing burst to topple his more favoured rivals in the Group Two Pelorus Classic (2300 mobile).
Junior Driver James Hornbrook released the brakes on his driving career yesterday (Friday) and freewheeled his way to his first raceday win at the Malborough Harness Racing Club's meeting at Waterlea Racecourse. The dedicated young horseman was having his 13th raceday drive and got off the mark in stylish fashion behind the Mark Purdon and Grant Payne trained Courage On Fire.
The New Zealand racing industry has hit out at Labour MP Brendon Burns, who has urged gaming trusts which give large percentages of their distributed funds to racing stakes money to stop. "Even if their own trust deeds allow such practices, the funding of gambling through gambling is regarded as inappropriate by many New Zealanders," the Christchurch Central MP said.
This week's two-day Marlborough Harness Racing Club's meeting at Waterlea not only provides the public with racing and entertainment, it also has a major impact on the local economy. The meeting on Friday and Sunday will bring an influx of owners, trainers, drivers, horses and spectators into the province, injecting welcome revenue into local coffers.
Five wins, four seconds and two thirds from only 13 starts is now the outstanding record of Ohoka Nevada, a worthy favourite for today's Marlborough Cup at Blenheim.