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The 2-year-old trotter Majestic Man displayed the potential to achieve major success with his first up win at Forbury Park last night.   Majestic Man left stride in the early stages and he stormed home from seven lengths from the lead at the 300m to win by a nose in the hands of Brad Williamson.   Majestic Man is trained at Oamaru by the master of trotters, Phil Williamson. The son of Majestic Son-Love Hate Revenge had a second to Aoraki at Ashburton and a win at Oanaru in trials beforehand.   Majestic Man is raced by the Griffins syndicate, who race Monty Python, winner of 11 races, including the Group Three Southern Lights from the Williamson stable.   The syndicate, Christchurch breeder Neil Bennett and the LHR syndicate won seven races with Sol Invictus, a half-brother by Sundon to  Majestic Man trained by Michael House.   The Griffins Syndicate, including Bennett, bred Majestic Man, the fifth foal of Love Hate Revenge, a Holdonmyheart mare who was a winner. She is also the dam of winners Bet Pray Love and Daiquiri. Bet Pray Love was retired and served by Windsong Espoir this season. Love Hate Revenge is in foal to the same sire imported by House.   The Griffins Syndicate have Monty Python on lease from Keith and Bevan Grice. They won six races with Sarah Palin, a sister to Monty Python, trained by Margot Nyhan, before relinquishing  the lease.   The syndicate with the Seafield Trotting syndicate, also race Dark Horse, a half-sister by Bacardi Lindy to Monty Python and Sarah Palin. The 4-year-old Dark Horse trained by Nathan Williamson has won five from 12 starts.   Reinsman Ricky May gave credit to trainers Greg and Nina Hope after he drove Cullenz Diamond to a maiden win.   “The Hopes have only had her a fortnight. She had a lot of issues,’’ said May.   The 4-year-old mare had six minor placings in 14 starts when first trained by Brendon Hill and later May and his father, Terry.   Cullenz Diamond is raced by Ricky’s wife, Judy and Ian Dobson. They bred  Cullenz Diamond from a mating of  the Dobson-owned Christian Cullen and Ruby Wax, an unraced mare owned by Judy.   The first foal of Ruby Wax (Falcon Seelster–Illustrious Lady) was Ten Diamonds, who won seven races with Judy in the ownership. The Mays were acutely disappointed when Ten Diamonds went amiss and could not be saved for breeding.   Ruby Wax did not produce a foal for another five years when she left Diamond King (two wins from two starts in NZ).   “Ian offered to put Ruby Wax in foal to Christian Cullen if I looked after the foal,” said Judy. Ricky drove the Dobson-owned Mainland Banner in her 17 wins including the 2005 New Zealand Cup.   Jimmy Bond, the owner of Explosive Star was on hand to see his trotter lead throughout on Thursday night. Bond, who turned 77 last month, trained and drove Crafty Kobba to win a heat and final of the Four-Year-Old Championship at Forbury Park in 1985.   “We put half blinkers on him (Explosive Star) tonight and Blair (Orange, the driver) said he was never off the bit,’’ said Bond, whose son Lyndon took over as the official trainer for the Mataura stable three years ago. It was the third win for Explosive Star since Jimmy leased the Great Success 6-year-old this season from clients of the Michael Heenan stable.   Tayler Strong    

Springbank Eden's win was a surprise to owners Alistair and Denise Smith. They watched the race from the main stand and thought from the angle they saw the finish that leader Moment Of Sun had held on. But Springbank Eden's driver Brad Williamson was confident enough to come back to the birdcage first even before the judge made his official call. His judgement proved to be right and the Phil Williamson trained trotter got the decision by half a head. Moment Of Sun's owner Brian Church was one of the first to congratulate the Smiths.   Springbank Eden wearing down Moment Of Sun              - Photo Bruce Stewart. Phil Williamson has now won 502 trotting races. His first training win was with pacer Role Model at Forbury Park in March 1993. His first trotting winner was the same horse at the New Zealand Metropolitan in June 1995. Of all the winners he's trained he's driven 99 to win and his sons Nathan (94), Matty (151) and Brad (94) have been a part of the Oamaru trainer's success with the squaregaiters.  Phil provided Nathan (Brooker) and Matty (Springfield Tiz) with their first wins as drivers while Brad's second winning drive and first trotting winner was Heezadoo Early, trained by his father.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The Williamson stable will pin their hopes in Madison Jane at Roxburgh today after scratching her half sister Alderbeck. The stable won both trotting races at Omakau on Monday with Brads Kenny and Monty Python and have won six races since December 17. Alderbeck was among those winners when successful at Gore  on December 27.  The Pegasus Spur – J D Pat mare has won six of his 13 starts since she began racing at Roxburgh 12 months ago. Her Gore win was his second in four starts this season, “She is just not 100 per cent  with some filling in a leg,’’ said Brad Williamson, who was to have driven her. He has the drive on Madison Jane, who along with  Pyramid Mustang will represent the stable in race 2. Madison Jane has not raced since July when she won at Forbury Park, a race that was penalty free as she was a 2yr-old. She won a trial at Cromwell last Saturday. Pyramid Monarch is also starting afresh after four placings in nine starts last season. A 40m handicap may not be beyond Mossdale Conner in the Roxburgh Cup. The winner of 12 races including a Taylor Mile and the 2016 Northern Southland Cup, Mossdale Conner was running on late for fourth in the Central Otago Cup free-for-all at Omakau won by Classie Brigade in track record time on Monday. Mossdale Conner was held up in the closing stages. It Ain’t The Money, the winner of three of his five starts, has been scratched  from race 10 after a hind leg injury. ‘’It is nothing serious but he has hurt a back leg in the paddock. He was feeling it when I went to hopple him yesterday,’’ said Allan McVicar, his Chatton owner-trainer. “He was alright jogging on the grass but not so good on the all-weather. It will take a while to heal.” The Lis Mara 4yr-old began racing in October and he has since won at Ascot Park (twice) and Gore on Boxing Day. Tayler Strong

It was a case of close, but no cigar, for the Kiwi quartet in the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship. The kiwi four of Robbie Close, Matt Anderson, Kyle Marshall and Brad Williamson all finished in the top six in the week-long competition in Western Australia. The competition was taken out by New South Welshman, Todd McCarthy. Close and McCarthy went into the final night of racing at Gloucester Park on Friday night locked together, while four other drivers could have snared the major prize with a victory – dependent on other results. The race was taken out by hometown hero, Stuart McDonald who was well down on the leader board which left the door open for any number of drivers to claim the top prize. For the Kiwis, Matt Anderson gave himself the best chance of snatching a victory with his third placing, but it wasn’t enough with McCarthy, who finished down the track, claiming more points than close to give him a total of 73 points and the series win. Close and Anderson were the next best on 71 points each – with the defending champion, Close, getting the nod for overall second placing on a countback while Anderson had to settle for third. Marshall, who produced consistent results throughout the series was next in fourth while Nathan Dawson of Queensland finished just ahead of Brad Williamson in the next two spots. All four of the Kiwi contingent tasted success in the nine-race series with six of the races falling to the foursome. Close, Williamson and Marshall are all out of the junior ranks now but Anderson has a chance of getting himself to the next championship in two years with his time in the junior ranks set to extend for another couple of seasons. Final Standings: Todd McCarthy (NSW) – 73 Robbie Close (NZ) – 71 Matt Anderson (NZ) – 71 Kyle Marshall (NZ) - 69 Nathan Dawson (QLD) - 67 Brad Williamson (NZ) – 65 Jayson Finnis -(SA) – 61 Stuart McDonald (WA) - 46 Jason Lee (VIC) - 41 Wade Rattray (TAS) – 30   Matt Markham

Harness racing junior driver Robbie Close is still leading the way in the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship. After the second day of racing at Pinjarra yesterday, kiwis Matt Anderson and Kyle Marshall both walked away with wins, while Brad Williamson managed a pair of placings. Anderson started with favourite Im Rockaria in the first heat. He had the son of Rocknroll Hanover parked early before leading the rest of the way and winning easily. Ive Got It All driven by New South Wales representative Todd Mcarthy, was second and Brad Williamson running third behind Art Lover. Matt Anderson donated his driving fees to the Ronald McDonald House. Kyle Marshall won the second heat with Sir Slick from the second row and beat C C Chevron, who was driven by Nathan Dawson.  Brad Williamson again took a placing behind All The Torque. Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship Point Table: Robbie Close (NZ)            49 Todd McCarthy (NSW)   47 Matt Anderson (NZ)       40 Kyle Marshall (NZ)           38 Nathan Dawson (QLD)    36 Brad Williamson (NZ)     32 Jason Lee (VIC)  3 (9)       30 Jayson Finnis (SA)            24 Stuart McDonald (WA)   18 Wade Rattray (TAS)         16   Harnesslink Media

The chance to pit themselves against some of Australia’s best young talents and experience harness racing in another country has some of New Zealand’s youngest driving stars excited about the week ahead. Robbie Close, Matt Anderson, Kyle Marshall and Brad Williamson departed New Zealand yesterday (Thursday) to head to Western Australia to compete in the biannual Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship - charged with the hopes of a country on their young shoulders. The Kiwi quartet, along with six of the best youngsters in Australasia will go head-to-head in a 10 race series over the next week, with the final race of the series held on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park. For Close, the most experience of the four, it’s an exciting prospect. “I can’t wait to get over there and get into it,” he said. “It’s a real honour to represent your country and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity.” Despite losing his junior driver licence at the end of the 2015-2016 season, Close is allowed to compete in the series by virtue of the fact he is the defending champion of the Series and that he still fits into the required age bracket. “I never even really thought about it to be honest so it was pretty overwhelming to get the news.” Close won the Series when it was held in New Zealand two years ago in a brilliant display of driving and he will be looking to repeat the dose in Western Australia. “It’s a very strong crop of drivers, there is some real experience in there. Guys like Jason Lee and Todd McCarthy have driven in some pretty big races so it’s going to be a real test on their home turf. “But any of us four Kiwi guys are capable of giving it a really good shake I reckon, and it’s going to be a great group to be a part of and to spend some time with.” Just one win shy of 150 career wins, Close said he had searched out the advice of some New Zealand drivers who had experienced racing in Western Australia and been busying himself with watching plenty of racing. “I hit up the likes of Dexter Dunn and Gavin Smith about what it’s like and they were great and I’ve tried to watch as many races as I can from over there too.” For Anderson, who is still a relative new face in the driving ranks, the prospect of the experience is leaving him fizzing. “It’s going to be a really good experience to tick up and I’m looking forward to getting over there and doing my best to get some results on the board.” Like Close, Anderson has spent plenty of time pouring over videos and has plans to talk to his boss Mark Purdon, who is currently over there, when he arrives. “Mark and Natalie have three horses over there are the moment so I’ve been watching them race and looking at the racing pattern pretty closely. It’s completely different to the New Zealand style of racing, that’s for sure.” The competition kicks off on Friday night at Gloucester Park with the first heat at 11.15pm (NZT) before competition moves to Bunbury on Saturday for a further two races. There are then further heats at Pinjarra, Northam and Narrogin before it’s the final race of the series on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park on December 9. Matt Markham

Brad Williamson will follow his brothers, Nathan and Matthew as a New Zealand representative in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship. Brad, along with Robbie Close, Kyle Marshall and Matt Anderson is representing NZ in the series which commences at Gloucester Park, Perth on Friday night (2/12/16) in conjunction with the Inter-Dominion series. The quartet are due to travel to Perth on Thursday. Heats are also run at Bunbury, Pinjarra, Northam and Narrogin in Western Australia with the series winding up at Gloucester Park on Inter-Dominion Final night, December 9. Brad is booked to drive at Invercargill the next day. Brad was the leading New Zealand junior driver last season with 70 wins; Close won the Australasian series in New Zealand last year; Marshall was the leading North Island Junior Driver last season and Anderson had the top UDR. It will be the first time Brad has driven in Australia. “I am looking forward to the trip. It should be good experience. I am hoping for some good horses with good draws,” he said. “I have discussed it a lot with Matthew over the last fortnight because we work together (at the Oamaru stable of father, Phil). He has told me about different rules that apply in Australia and a few other things.” Matthew finished second to Josh Dickie in the 2011 series in New Zealand and Nathan finished third to Danielle Hill (South Australia) and Stephen Reed (Western Australia) when the series was staged in Queensland in 2009. Matthew was the leading New Zealand Junior Driver in 2012-13 with 113 wins and Nathan was twice runner up to Dexter Dunn and second to Gavin Smith in New Zealand Junior Driver premierships. Matthew teamed with Dickie and Zac Butcher for the 2011 series, He finished seventh in the 2013 series in Queensland. Nathan was paired with Dunn and Bob Butt in 2009. Brad has made the transition to the ranks of open drivers with 12 wins this season. His trip to Australia has ruled him out of the “Brothers in Arms” series at his home track at Oamaru on Saturday (3/12/16). He was to have paired with Matthew. Nathan will continue his association with Matthew, a combination that won the series on grass last year and 2013. The Dunn brothers, Dexter and John have been replaced with the Hunters, Hamish and Peter as Dexter has driving commitments in Perth. The other brother combinations at Oamaru on Saturday are David and Philip Butcher (victors in 2010 and 2011); Ken and Clark Barron (successful in 2012), Jay and Sailesh Abernethy (2014), Gerard and Leo O’Reilly.   Tayler Strong

Springbank Eden holds a nomination for this season's Dominion Handicap and although he'd currently ranked 32nd in a hot lineup he began his campaign this season in the right style yesterday at Ascot Park. Despite having not raced since March the Williamson camp were confident of a forward showing. "He's been working pretty well. He's done most of his work with Alley Way this time in so when he (Alley Way) went so well fresh up at Addington it was a good form guide to today," said winning driver Brad Williamson.  The five year old Angus Hall gelding started from the 40 metres handicap and with 1500 metres to run he'd reached the lead, winning easily by two lengths from stable mate Pyramid Magic. "We were of the opinion that he was well treated by the handicap. He's been nominated for the Dominion so we think a bit of him and in a race like today he got into it pretty well. He sweated up more than I expected today but that's probably a fresh up thing. Generally race day doesn't worry him at all but today he was a wee bit wound up but it's been a while since he's been to the races. I'm sure he'll be better for the run." Springbank Eden has a very good record on this course with three of his nine wins coming on the circuit.  "He's a great front roller. He's one of those horse's that's pretty hard to catch when they get to the front." Springbank Eden returning to the birdcage        Photo by Bruce Stewart The time of 3-28.0 for the 2700 metre stand was .2 of a second outside of The Fiery Ginga's track record of 3-27.8. It was a super time for this stage of the season and Williamson didn't have to pull the removable deafeners. Springbank Eden first hit the headlines in 2013 when Alistair Smith bought him for $127,500 and he's been one of the steady improvers in the southern trotting ranks. Winning connections and Springbank Eden         Photo by Bruce Stewart "He seems to have improved every year. He was a wee bit disappointing as a two year old because there was a bit of hype about him but in saying that he still won a maiden. He won two races at three and did a huge job last year (winning five of his ten starts). He's really developed and every time we've put him out for a spell he's come back improved." So where to now?  "He'll probably go against some stronger opposition now that he's had his fresh up run. Dad didn't want to give him a hard run at Addington fresh up which is why we brought him here. Now that he's had that run we'll look for some harder races and see whether he's going to step up."  Meanwhile the Southland owned Alley Way, which also holds a nomination for the Dominion, should be seen back on the track again next week.  "Dad and Matt have been happy with him. All going well he'll race at Addington this coming week. Hopefully he performs as well. If he goes as good as he did last start we'll be happy with him."     Bruce Stewart  Southland Harness Racing

Before harness racing at Alexandra Park and Addington tonight (Friday 27 May), Phil Williamson was just two wins short of a record 50 trotting wins for the season.  Should neither Blazing Under Fire (Auckland) nor Madam Spur (Christchurch) greet the judge, then attention will turn to Winton tomorrow (Saturday 28 May) where the winning trainer of 470 races for squaregaiters has three top hopes in two races. Three year old maiden Pyramid Mustang runs in the Happy Birthday Ray Hazlett Trot and following his second at Oamaru last Saturday, looks a ready-made favourite. While Redwood Invasion set all the pace at Oamaru, Pyramid Mustang went from the one-one to challenge in the lane and came up only a neck short. He rates highly in this small field. His half brother by Armbro Invasion, Pyramid Magic, is the winner of four and goes from 30 metres in the Alley Way Handicap trot. Two starts back, at Forbury Park, he went from 20 and settled back of midfield before closing well for third. His latest outing was back at Forbury last night (Thursday 26 May). After a similar run, Pyramid Magic finished solidly for second to The Jinja Ninja. That he was three lengths in arrears could be accounted for by the fact the race took four seconds longer than the week before and was a sprint home. Pyramid Magic is a definite winning chance on Saturday. Williamson has the two-win mare Bobbins as a valuable second string in the race. Two starts back, she finished second on the track on Wairio mile day in October and didn't race again until Timaru earlier this month. There, Bobbins was left parked for the final lap and faded in the straight to sixth in the race won by stablemate Alderbeck. Other good prospects at Winton include To Ri Alby in the Energizer Mobile. The Amber Hoffman-trained gelding broke at the stand start at Oamaru, got a cart forward and was then carted back on the last lap, but still managed a respectable fifth. Trendy's Bad Girl goes from the inside of the second line in the Zealandia Horticulture Fillies and Mares Mobile Mile. The draw could be a problem but the distance will suit, the mare having finished between one and one and a half lengths of the winner in her three most recent outings over 1700 metres, when third, second and third. The Happy 40th Birthday Ali Mountney Mobile sees Hoiho line up for the second time. After settling last on debut, he was carted up to sit parked from the 800 but didn't wilt at the business end winding up fourth. He has since won at the Winton trials and after sitting three back on the poles, challenged three wide on the turn and sprinted well. Mac Henry

This is our 3rd edition of “Horse’s to look out for at Forbury Park”, last time we featured Oamaru Junior Driver Brad Williamson. That night Williamson picked up a treble, in 3 consecutive races when he saluted with Winners Shout ($6.10), Elusive Flight ($11.50) and Caesar Rocks who provided the upset of the night at $56.10. This week, Christchurch based Jonny Cox will run us through his 8 drives. Race 1: 5 The Toiler – G & J Knight – “He’s a new addition to the Knight team; obviously his form is average so he’s probably a watch horse first up for them” Race 2: 6 Jetenara – K Barclay – “She won her maiden well last start, and while she steps up a grade the field lacks standout form, she’s a nice each way chance with a good trip” Race 3: 2 The High Achiever – G & J Knight – “They had a wee bit of a wrap on this fella, he’s only a 2yo but the draw helps, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was fighting out the finish” Race 4: 2 Shies Good – W Heads – “She was super first up, but we had no luck last time. Another one that draw well and she can definitely win this” Race 5: 4 Strathmores Charm – W Heads – “Obviously the back markers will be hard to beat, but he has good manners and could sneak into a place or top4 spot” Race 8:  6 Ma Cille – W Heads – “Her last couple of runs have put the writing on the wall, from the draw we will look to get handy, she’s my best chance of the night” Race 9: 9 Superior Desire – M House – “He won nicely at the workouts, but he will probably need the run and it’s a hard draw to play with” Race 10: 4 The Charging Moa – G & J Knight - “There are a couple of 3yo’s in this race who look tough to beat” Ma Cille's last start 3rd.  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Even from a tricky draw, the Brent White trained Shards Halo looks tough to beat in the Junior Drivers race. Brad Williamson jumps aboard and with the speed maps showing that she should be no worse then 3 back the fence, the 4yo America Ideal mare will be looking to slice through gaps and pick up the penalty free win. Earlier on in the night, Elusive Flight looks poised to add victory number 2 from just the 3 start for Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson. Known as a leading improver of horses, Anderson also had Laughing Cavalier in Race 9, and with the services of leading driver Dexter Dunn again, the 5yo Mach Three gelding is another looking to double up for Anderson. Elusive Flight's last start 2nd. Andrew Fitzgerald

Leading junior driver Brad Williamson is set for a busy Sunday. Down to drive in several early races at the Invercargill Trotting Club’s meeting, Williamson will then jump on a flight and head to Christchurch to drive Alderbeck and Ruby’s Jewel for his father Phil. “Those early races at Invercargill include a couple of penalty free races if driven by a junior, and the points available towards the Australasian Drivers champs are a major draw card” said Williamson. “Pulling The Strings and The Jinja Ninja are both great chances, and Alister will have them ready to With those drives finished Brad will head to Christchurch to drive handy 3yo filly Alderbeck. The Pegasus Spur filly currently sits 9th on the Harness Jewels leader board and with a win tomorrow almost guaranteeing her spot in the $100,000.00 feature. In a weak looking C1-C2, Ruby’s Jewel does look almighty tough to beat off her 10m back mark.    Meanwhile Smart Monarchy mare Harriet Of Mot looks to start her run towards the Harness Jewels with a win in tomorrows feature trot. Owned by the GoHarness Trotting For Fun Syndicate, Harriet Of Mot has been the star of Noel Kennard’s GoHarness Syndication brand. Currently with a record of 8 wins and 3 minor placings from just the 18 starts, the 4yo mare keeps delivering for a wide range of owners, including several first time owners. Andrew Fitzgerald 

Alister Black is enjoying his best ever season and has engaged the country's top junior driver Brad Williamson to make it even better for him at Invercargill Harness Racing Clubs meeting on Sunday. Black's two representatives, Pulling the Strings and The Jinja Ninja are contesting races which will be penalty free to the winner if driven by a junior and won by a runner four years or older who hasn't previously won an exempt drivers race. “H's been chasing one of these for a while,” Black said of Pulling the Strings who will start from the ace in the Level One Restaurant & Bar 2200 Mobile. “It's only the second time he's drawn one and he won the other time.” A winner at Gore in October at his second start, Pulling The Strings by Shadow Play was one of three purchases by his Branxholme owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson at the 2013 premier sale. Of the others, Ossessione won a C0 pace on debut, and Abraham Jones a C0-C1 trot at his fifth start. Pulling The Strings was the least expensive, acquired for $10,000 after failing to meet the reserve. When he won at Gore, Pulling The Strings was driven by Allan Beck, led from the outset and only had to be shaken up to hold his advantage. Three starts back, the four year old and Williamson clocked 2:41.0 when third in a 2200 mobile for junior drivers at Forbury Park, after starting from seven. Next time out he drew four in a small field on Diamonds Day and again finished third, this time in a spread out field behind the All-Stars winner Anychance. Pulling The Strings was back at Gore a week later for his latest run. From two on the second line, he settled beyond midfield, got a cart up from the 1300 and sat parked for the last lap. After putting his nose in front before the turn, Pulling The Strings looked all over the winner until Happy Lou emerged from his cosy trip in the trail to grab victory. From one, Black is hoping his charge can lead all the way. “He's eating well, training well, I'm happy with him, I'd expect a bold showing.” Son Of Brahma, Glenburn Joy and Erin Jaccka look likely to complete the first four Early in December, The Jinja Ninja was a last-start winner, trained in Canterbury by Brent White. For her following start, she travelled to Invercargill and was driven by Williamson. “She came down and spent two days here, and ran second to Grey Power,” Black said, “she'd been sold to Australia but the money didn't turn up. She was great mannered and I liked her speed, she had a bit of go.” A week after her Invercargill start, The Jinja Ninja raced at Forbury Park for White. She finished second again, this time to Rowe Cup placegetter Queen Kenny. There was no grey area when Black contacted White and asked was she still for sale. The answer was yes and all Black required was enough time to confirm new connections. Pulling The Strings' owners, the Thomson brothers - on whose property Black trains – stepped up, so did Black's wife Sherree, along with Craig Milne and Peter Duggan. The Jinja Ninja has had seven starts for the new team and won two of them, both in the past month. In the More FM Handicap Trot on Sunday The Jinja Ninja goes from 20 metres behind. That means the talented Sun's Invasion has a 10 metre advantage. However, The Jinja Ninja always requires time to settle and Black doesn't expect the the extra 10 at on its own, will worry his charge. “She's well and her training is good,”he said. In addition to Suns Invasion, Way To Go and Mass Invasion are the 'Ninja's' quality opponents. By Mac Henry

A big night for leading Junior Driver Brad Williamson as he extended his lead in the premiership to 29 wins. Saluting the judge on 3 runners tonight, Brads winning treble started in race 5 with Winners Shout, a 3yo Great Success gelding owned by Brad and Grant Gray who is trained by Phil Williamson. $6.10 - $2.10 were the tote odds for Winners Shout. “He has plenty of ability and did it really nice tonight” said Brad. In the next race Williamson drove Elusive Flight, a recent addition to the Graeme Anderson team Williamson was filling in for stable junior driver Rory Mcllwrick who is currently suspended. Forced to drag back from a wide barrier draw, Brad was quick to put the 7 Elsu gelding into the race. Finding the front near the 1400m, Elusive Flight ran away with the junior driver’s event, winning by 4 ¼ lengths over Happy As Larry (Stevie Golding) and No More Change (Craig Ferguson) paying a handy $11.50 - $3.00 Elusive Flight was purchased off by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin. The win brought up ownership win no 1 for Charlotte, who’s brother Matt Purvis is a leading junior driver based in Canterbury with Robert Dunn, while Charlotte’s partner is Oamaru based driver Matthew Williamson. “It’s very exciting to get my first ownership win, big thanks go to trainer Graeme Anderson for a great trainer performance and also Brad (Williamson) for a wonderful drive. Hopefully it won’t be our last visit to the winners circle!” said Charlotte. Caesar Rocks brought up the treble for Williamson paying a massive $56.10 - $11.50. “He went nice a few starts ago, but last start didn’t offer too much confidence, he didn’t have to do anything tonight and the luck went our way to get over top of them” said Brad The victory brought up win number 1 for Lionel Sinnamon for the 15/16 season and also Caesar Rocks 2nd career win. Williamson currently sits on 60 wins for the season, which places 6th on the drivers premiership and 1st on the Junior Drivers Premiership with Kyle Marshall back in 2nd on 31 wins and Craig Ferguson on 26 wins. Andrew Fitzgerald

A few weeks back we had out first “Horses to look out for” write up. A successful night, with 5/6 tips saluting the judge, with one tip paying a handy $10FF. This week we are joined by the country’s leading Junior Driver Brad Williamson, to go through his book of drives, as well as pointing out a few runners who might sneak under the radar.   Brad Williamson: Race 1 – (8) Pyramid Mustang – Trainer Phil Williamson – “Manners let him down last start, if he brings them tonight I think he will be hard to beat” - BEST DRIVE OF THE NIGHT Race 2 – (14) Diptee Bromac – Trainer Eion Latimer – “He went okay last start in a strong field, this looks easier, and he’s a nice place chance” Race 5 – (1) Winners Shout – Trainer Phil Williamson – “He’s a handy wee horse, but still has plenty to learn, the draw could be tricky, but he’s a each way chance if he does it all right” Race 6 – (9) Elusive Flight – Trainer Graeme Anderson- “A new addition to Graeme’s team, although it’s a tricky draw if we can get a good run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he won it” Race 7 – (10) Caesar Rocks – Lionel Sinnamon – “He was disappointing last time, he would have to improve to upset these from the wide barrier” Race 8 – (8) Dissolution – Trainers Cox/McGrannachan - “It’s a strong field and he’s looking for some luck from the wide draw, although a win wouldn’t’ surprise after his good effort last week” - VALUE BET OF THE NIGHT Race 9 – (2) The Persuader – Eion Latimer – “It’s a tough field and he’ll need the run, one to follow over the following weeks” Race 10 – (1) Verdun – Barry Gooch – “He drew well, but it’s a strong field and he’s looking for some luck”   Others to fly under the radar include; Race 4 – (9) Shakey Loch – Trainer Graeme Anderson – Driver Dexter Dunn – New Addition to Anderson team, Dunn jumps aboard, drawn wide, handy recent workout, Hard to roll. Race 7 – (3) Thisgirlisonfire – Trainer John Howe –  Driver Jonny Cox - A handy 3yo filly who was only run down late last start on the grass, has manners and is drawn to get a nice trip. Win bet

Just the 5 winners last week for the ring around, check back for updates as more selections come through. Nigel McGrath took 1st prize this week with his tip, Ears Burning who won the Kotare Downs 3yo Stakes on Sunday at Rangiora. A wonderful drive from N R McGrath himself saw Ears Burning salute at $4.30 $1.50 Others to select winners were, Steven Richardson, Ricky May, Gavin Smith and Bob Butt. This week’s selections are below and cover 6 meetings. Forbury Park – Thursday Night Mark Jones – sticks with Coringa Delight as his stables best chance this week, drawn well in barrier 2, she does look mighty hard to beat, Race 3.   Steven Richardson – Our bookie friend has gone for Shakey Loch, no doubt expecting some money for the new G Anderson runner, Race 4. Nathan Williamson – He’s travelling all around the country for drives at the moment, but Nathan goes for Statham as his best of the week, Race 9. Marlborough – Friday Afternoon Jay Abernethy – Thought Sunhaven Boss would go close in Race 2. Shaun Dayman - Back for one last chance, Shaun goes for Rock N Roll Delight, a possible quinella because she is also in Race 2. Alexandra Park – Friday Night Bob Butt – Thinks Le Reveur can double up and win again this week, Race 1. Joshua Dickie – Even from a tricky back row draw, Motown could win Race 2. John Curtin – Thought Miss Daisy could turn her form around in Race 4. Todd Mitchell – Goes with Glitzy Gal as his best of the week, Race 9. Addington – Friday Night Jonny Cox – Thought smart 2yo Custodian was his best chance of the week, Race 2. Gavin Smith - Says Sunny Ruby, who looks well placed off her 40m back mark, Race 4. Shane Walkinshaw – Went with New Years Jay as his best bet, with a good beginning is worthy of a each way bet, Race 9. Ashburton – Saturday Afternoon Andrew Fitzgerald – Goes for Nyree Franco, backed early by punters last week, this week appears easier and a big show to get the $$ back, Race 5. Matty Cross – Goes for Handsome Hero as his first ring around selection, also in Race 5. Ricky May - Thought Well Armed could handle the class rise and win again, Race 6. Brad Williamson – Sticks with handy 3yo Alderbeck as his best drive of the week, Race 9.   Andrew Fitzgerald

New Zealand's leading junior driver Brad Williamson is having one of those seasons that just keeps getting better and better. Week in, week out, Brad is churning out the winners at a great rate and the run he is experiencing is showing no signs of abating. Today at Winton Racetrack Brad added another three winners to this season's tally and showed why he is so highly rated by a lot of his contemporaries on the track. "That is the first time I have driven three winners in one day so it was a big thrill especially because I only had four drives on the program," Brad explained when talking to Harnesslink this afternoon His first winner came in the form of the three year old trotter Sam Galleon who after missing away and settling a long way from the leaders, got over the top of them late in the piece for an impressive victory. The son of The Pres looked pretty green throughout the run and looks to have plenty of upside going forward. "He has got a lot to learn but there is no doubting the ability is there." "He is a half brother to three open class trotters so he is bred to be above average." "There is a lot of improvement there yet when he learns a bit more ringcraft," Brad said. Brad's second winner today was the smart Monarchy mare Pyramid Monarch who backed up her impressive second at Addington last Friday night to Harriet Of Mot with an impressive front running victory. Away brilliantly from her 30 metre handicap to grab the lead after just 400 metres, Pyramid Monarch was never in danger afterwards, coasting down to the line for an easy victory. It was win number eight for the mare and her fourth this season and took her earnings over the $70,000 mark. "She is such a lovely mare to drive." "Her manners are great and she tries so hard every time she goes to the races." "She is just a little money making machine at the moment and I don't think she is finished yet," Brad said. Brad's third winner was the four year old Real Desire gelding Dissolution who surprised everybody by sitting parked out the whole journey and still having enough petrol in the tank to scoot away and win easily in the end. "He is really starting to come into his own this horse." "Not long ago he wouldn't have been able to do that but he has been a big improver recently and that was a good effort today," Brad said. Todays wins took Brad's tally for the season to an impressive 41 victories which is 23 ahead of the chasing pack and barring injury he looks to have the New Zealand Junior Driving premiership in the bag with six months of the season still to go. Harnesslink Media      

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