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American Ideal gelding Burlington looks to be a horse with plenty of potential judging by his win at Gore today. The Brent White trained three year old was having his first start and won by an impressive four lengths. He was bought by Ross McCutcheon at the 2017 National Yearling Sales in Christchurch for $10,000. McCutcheon originally owned him along with White’s partner Alena Henson. In today’s race, driver Stephen McNally got a nice run through from the second row and was sixth early. With 1000 metres to run Burlington was in front but had to race wide to get there. Coming down the straight having the rein run over his rump was all he needed to beat Mighty George. “We had a trial at Ashburton and came home super and trialled up well at Methven last week so we were quietly confident,” said White. The win was great timing for new owners Kevin and Valerie Schmack who bought 25% shares in Burlington just last week. Burlington winning easily with Stephen McNally                - Photo Bruce Stewart. White has had the gelding since he was a yearling and there’s always been a bit of buyer interest in him. “We got him up and running to sell as a two year old. Terry Chmiel drove him and he trialled awful. We came home and found out that he had a lung infection so we just gave him a spell. He’s a big raw boned bugger so we’ve given him a bit of time. I like all the American Ideals. They’re all laid back. He’s just a lovely natured horse really, that wants to run.” White says Burlington is likely to return for the next Nuggets Final at Invercargill on the 3rd March before looking at the $20,000 Super Nuggets Final at the Northern Southland meeting six days later. “He’ll definitely come down for the Nuggets Final, then we’ll just take it race by race. Three of the owners come from Nelson so they’d dearly love to have him in Nelson in the winter time.” Burlington is out of the Live Or Die mare Last Port Of Call who, as the name suggests, is the last foal of the very good producer Port Medley which received a Broodmare Excellence Award in the 2005-2006 season. She left fifteen foals all of whom raced, and twelve were winners. They included Falcon’s Medley (16 wins) and Lively Medley (20 wins). It’s a family that Southland knows well, with which owner Peter Marshall and former Southland trainer Tony Barron have had lots of success. Meanwhile Whites progressive trotter One Apollo was beaten by a nose by back marker Jen Jaccka in the feature trot of the afternoon. It was Jen Jaccka’s ninth career win.   Bruce Stewart for Southland Harness Racing

Mach Three filly Machitelli showed she could be a Southland Oaks filly later in the season when she impressively won on debut at the Riverton Trotting Club's meeting at Ascot Park on Sunday. The three year old owned by Temuka couple Ivan and Ann Behrnes and trained by close neighbour Brent White was taken straight to the lead from gate one by driver Stephen McNally. He handed up to longshot Evangeline Franco before going round that runner to take the lead again.   Behrnes and his wife Ann raced Machitelli's third dam Assisi - a Vance Hanover mare which won four of her nineteen starts. "We wanted to get back into the family. Working with Alabar (Stud) we heard from Graham Henley that Sassi Bella (Presidential Ball - Assisi) was available to buy," Ivan Behrnes said. They've also recently purchased Big Jim mare Nga Mihi Nui which is out of Sabine who's by Christian Cullen out of Assisi and a full-sister to Roman Gladiator.   "So we've really invested in the family. We'd like to thank Peter Smith and Winky Foley who gave us the opportunity to buy Nga Mihi Nui who has just returned a positive to Sportswriter."  All the way through her preparations as a two and three year old there has been a bit of talk around Machitelli's ability.  "Brent is a neighbour to ours and he's been working her right the way through. He always had a high opinion of her and has a bit going for her. We just took faith because he's a very good judge and educator of a horse. Ann and I took the plunge and thought we might race this one ourselves. We knew she was commercial enough to get up and sell. She could have had a crack as a two year old but Brent sees her more as an end of season three year old in a race like the Southland Oaks if she improves."  Sassi Bella has left three foals - Machitelli, Ranieri (Art Major colt) and Bolzano (Sunshine Beach colt) and is currently in foal to Sportswriter.   "Machitelli is more like Assisi. The Art Major has an Art Major head but more of the family body while the Sunshine Beach has thrown more to the sire's side. He's got more length and strength about him." Prior to Sunday's debut Machitelli had had four workouts and three trials.  "She had a few workouts to get her confidence. She had a few steering issues which has been work in progress. She went to Ashburton and qualified and blasted from eight at the barrier, led and won by two lengths. We saw the ability she had then. She can sustain good pace and has stamina."  Winning connections                                  - Photo Bruce Stewart. Behrens also manages the Alabar Syndicate which races unbeaten Auckland Reactor colt Chase Auckland, one of the likely favourites for this Tuesday's $170,000 Group One NRM Sires Stakes Final at Addington.  "One of the guys in the syndicate calls him the excitement machine. There are trainers, people in their eighties and some very experienced horse people and to see the joy he brings is amazing. Press the accelerator and he just goes. He's not a grinding type of horse. He's just getting better and better and Natalie is still teaching him how to race."  Later in the programme White won with Xmas Joyella which was reined by junior driver Mikayla Lewis.  Mikayla Lewis and Xmas Joyella beating Eagle Galleon (11)    - Photo Bruce Stewart    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Shards Halo is ready to turn her form line around at Oamaru on Sunday on the strength of a trial win. She is among prospects for the Temuka stable of Brent White, who has enjoyed his best season with 28 wins. White has had his team based at the Timaru racecourse, 18km south of Temuka, the past 10 days due to the wet weather. He returned home on Friday.  “It was pretty wet at home,’’ he said. He scratched Shards Halo and Mistacullect at Rangiora last Sunday in the wake of the weather event. Shards Halo has only managed three minor placings in 11 starts this season. “She was tying up and had some hormonal problems. She really hit the line strongly in her trial win and her work has been good since,’’ said White. ”She has let me down before and I am hoping this is not the case again.’’ Shards Halo won the trial at Ashburton on July 11, by two lengths from Glenferrie Classic with a nose to her stablemate Pay Me Art. She ran her last 800m in 56.8. “I was pleased with Pay Me Art as he gave them a good start,’’ said White. Pay Me Art, a last start winner at Palmerston North on May 25, is in Race 9, along with Mistacullect, The latter has had a first up win at Forbury Park and a fourth at Ashburton in two starts. Pay Me Art is the back marker on 25m over 2600m. White is without stable reinsman Stephen McNally, who is on holiday in Australia. Craig Thornley and Ricky May are the substitutes. Thornley is on Shards Halo, Mistacullect, Christmas Toyboy and Petite’s Blue Chip. May has been engaged for Pay Me Art, Lindsay Castleton and Wobbegong. Lindsay Castleton has been at the beach in the care of Amber Hoffman at Waikouaiti since he last raced on June 29. “I suggested to his owners (Lex and Heather Williams) that he go to the beach for some straight line training. Amber has been happy with his work,’’ said White. Lindsay Castleton (Race 4) has been disappointing since he won at Oamaru and Addington (twice) in the spring.“Christmas Toyboy got off on the wrong foot last time after his good second first up (to Mikey Maguire at Timaru). I have got him on the unruly hoping he won’t charge out this time.’’ Wobbegong and Petite’s Blue Chip are rivals in Race 8. Wobbegong, a useful fourth at Addington last time out, won at Oamaru 12 months ago.   Tayler Strong

Mistacullect, who was advertised to give away, turned up trumps for new owner Mo Eddington when having his first start at Forbury Park on Thursday night. “I got him through Horse Trader two years ago. He was advertised to give away. I have got him leased now with a right of purchase,” said Eddington, the caretaker at Waihao Marae in South Canterbury. “I jogged him up this time last year and sent him to Brent White at the end of January.” Mistacullect led over the last 1400m and won by two lengths. Stewards placed a warning on his racing manners after he hung in entering the home straight, locked wheels and checked other horses. Mistacullect was sent out favourite after two workout wins and a seven length trial win in three lead up appearances. Mistacullect, a 5-year-old gelding by Gotta Go Cullect from the Caprock mare Ballymist, qualified at Wyndham at his first attempt as a 3-year-old when trained by Hamish Hunter at Ryal Bush. “He had apparently gone sore in a leg but I think he just needed time,’’ said Eddington. White has had a great season with 28 wins compared with his previous best of 17 on two occasions. The half-brothers Pyramid Monarch and Pyramid Magic, both trained by Phil Williamson for the same owners, finished first and second in a race for trotters. Steve Hardiman, of Pyramid (Southland) and Neville Hazlett, of Roxburgh are in the ownership of both horses. Ray Lowe, of Invercargill is also an owner of Pyramid Monarch. The trio bred both horses. Pyramid Monarch, by Monarchy from Diedre’s Dearest, has now won ten races. Pyramid Magic (by Armbro Invasion) has won six. The start of the race was delayed when lighting in the back straight malfunctioned and could not be restored. Drivers were consulted about a safety issue. Steve Lock, of Invercargill landed his first quinella as a trainer with Noble Gamble and Scarlett Lane in another race for trotters. It was the initial win for Noble Gamble, an 8-year-old Earl – Gambledon mare having her eighth start. Bevan’s Cullen, who ran Jackalack Sue to a nose, was claimed for $10,000 by Steve Clark and Frank Jardine, of Dunedin. The 4-year-old has joined the Mosgiel stable of Darryn Simpson. Bevan’s Cullen is not eligible for the $10,000 claiming final next Thursday as he has not contested two heats. A draw was made from three claims lodged for Bevan’s Cullen, who won five races from the stable of Robert Dunn and another for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. It was the second heat win for Jackalack Sue, trained and driven by Robbie Holmes for Grant Davis and Keith Corbett, of Christchurch. Trainer Kirstin Barclay and owners Tomy Kilkelly had mixed fortunes in the third heat of the Sprint (1200m) series. They won the race with Jetenara who sat outside the leader, Takitimu Express. Their other horse, Don’t Pass I’m Fast was disqualified from fourth after galloping in the run home. Kimberly Butt, the driver of Takitimu Express was suspended for four days for excessive use of the whip. Tim Robertson was suspended two days for a similar breach on Lady’s Lass in race 2. Macador won at his third start since joining the Invercargill stable of Murray Brown a month ago. The 3-year-old was transferred by Ashburton trainer and part-owner John Hay for more suitable races. Hay races Macador with his veterinarian Ric Turner, who bought the son of Mach Three – J’Adore Bromac after he had been passed in for $25,000 at the premier yearling sale. Tayler Strong  

A dashing workout at Forbury Park on Saturday has American Spirit on target for race 11 there on Thursday night. American Spirit hinted at a return to winning form when third to Mossdale Conner and Bettor Enforce in the Roxburgh Cup on January 4. Trainer Darryn Simpson paid up for American Spirit at Oamaru a week later but decided against a start as he was not happy with his condition. The slushy Roxburgh track was very demanding of horses. “I backed off and freshened him and he has been to the beach half a dozen times,’’ said Simpson. “He did everything asked of him in the workout without the ear plugs coming out.” American Spirit ran 2200m from the mobile gate in 2.48.6, home in 58.9 and won by five lengths from the maiden Miss Stella. “There is still improvement in him but he is not far off his peak,” said Simpson. American Spirit was in good form about this time last year when he won at Omakau, Wyndham and Waikouaiti from his first four starts. Its Elvis, a stablemate of American Spirit, has pleased Simpson in his preparation for race 8. Its Elvis, a winner at Forbury Park , blew the start when favourite resuming there on December 21. He has since had four trials or workouts at Forbury for two wins. “He has been trotting really well. It is just the start with him. He gets fired up,” said Simpson. Blair Orange has retained the drives on both horses. Missie Castleton, a newcomer to the Temuka stable of Brent White, could make her presence felt against Its Elvis. White won with Bear’s Rest, Belmont Jet and Ultimate Fella on his last visit to Forbury Park on December 21. Bear’s Rest , a subsequent winner at Washdyke, is in race 5. He has gained two of his three wins at Forbury Park. Brads Kenny, a nine and three quarter length winner at Omakau two starts back, could be the stumbling block for Bear’s Rest. Tangos Delight is worth consideration in race 9, a C2-6 free-for-all. She won a similar race at Forbury Park in August and has since been placed in much stronger company at Addington. Sovereign Banner, the likely favourite, has had the chance to freshened since he finished fourth at Forbury Park on December 21. He won a trial there on January 21 with his stablemate Hopes And Dreams the runner up. Hopes And Dream is resuming in race 10 from a four month break. She is a speedy mare who won fresh up at Forbury Park in July for the Graeme Anderson stable. Tayler Strong

Temuka trainer, Brent White, who is in the zone after three wins at Forbury Park on Wednesday night, is now viewing the West Coast circuit. “Wobbegong could be my best chance at Westport over the holiday circuit. He has not raced for a while but he has been performing at trials  and workouts lately,’’ said White who won with Ultimate Fella, Bear’s Rest and Belmont Jet (on promotion) at Forbury Park. It was his first training treble on a programme. Wobbegong, who has not raced since July 24, finished second to One Direction in a  trial at Orari on December 17. One Direction is now trained by Regan Todd after winning two races for Riversdale trainer Shane Matheson. The $14,000 Nelson Cup on January  15 is a possibility for Ultimate Fella, who led throughout and stalled of  mother-to - be Beyond Belief by half a length in the C3-6 free-for-all. Beyond Belief (five wins) is in foal to Terror To Love and she will required to stand down after two or three more starts. “We will look at the Nelson Cup with Ultimate Fella because he is owned there but he has an issue with standing starts,’’ said White. Ultimate Fella is owned by  Paul Kelly, of Nelson and Ross McCutcheon, of Temuka. Ultimate Fella credited Stephen McNally with his 400th winning drive. McNally drove his first winner, Fasta La Vista at Kaikoura  in November, 1999. Fasta La Vista was trained by McNally’s father, Ray. Stephen has driven the winners of 63 races for White. The first was Cassino Woman at Washdyke in 2007. McNally has driven the winners of the 16 races trained by White this season. Belmont Jet was promoted after the relegation from first to third of Lilac Flash for galloping in the last 50m. Lilac Flash, having his first start, was in front and the margins  between the first three horses were half a length and a nose. Dexter Dunn, the driver of Lilac Flash, contested the relegation at a judicial hearing. Belmont Jet is raced by Timaru veterinarian Donna Williamson. She bred Belmont Jet, the last foal  and seventh winner left by Holmes Royale, a Holmes Hanover mare who won six races. Belmont Jet, a 4yr-old by Jereme’s Jet, was foaled when Holmes Royale was 23. Belmont Fire (seven wins) is the best of the progeny of Holmes Royale. Williamson also bred the next winner on the card,  the trotter Belmont Invasion.The son of Bacardi Lindy – Sheez Cameronz Pride,  is owned and trained at Invercargill by 79-year-old Owen Lawrence. He has been involved with standardbreds for 60 years. He assisted trainer Jim Ferguson, then based in Invercargill and trained his first winner, Our Angela at Wyndham in 1987. Archie Armour, now based on the Gold Coast, bought Belmont Invasion on behalf of Lawrence for $7000 at the premier yearling sale. McCutcheon is also in the ownership of Bear’s Rest, winner of C0 trot from 30m. McCutcheon (known as Big Bear) races  Bear’s Rest with his daughter Katrina Glass (Teddy Bear), Tim White (son of the trainer) and Jo Chapman. Bear’s Rest is a half brother to Trouble Rieu, who won eight races from the White stable before he was sold to the United States in June. He has won there. “He (Bear’s Rest) is a big light framed horse so he will have a bit of time before his next race,’’ said White. Regal Gesture, having his first start for trainer Graeme Anderson, was an impressive winner. He lost a handy position in the running and came from eighth at the 300m to  win by a head. His stablemate Motu Time To Shine won narrowly in her first race for two months. “She was probably only about 80 per cent tonight,’’ said Anderson.  The speedy 3yr-old filly has now won three from five. Ross Wilson, a hobby trainer at Oamaru, won with Passion Flower, who led throughout 2200m in the hands of Brad Williamson. Wilson who had his previous win five years ago, races Passion Flower with his son, Jesse and sister, Fiona Gould on lease from Dave Phillips, of Auckland. Passion Flower is a half sister by Grinfromeartoear to Immortal (1.50.1 in the US) and Far Too Rusty (17 wins in NZ and Australia). Tayler Strong

A look at some of the action from Thursday’s Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting. DUNN AND ORANGE CONTINUE TUSSLE There’s a battle brewing at the top of the national drivers’ premiership already. Good mates, and fierce rivals, Dexter Dunn and Blair Orange are in the midst of an early season battle for the top spot on the national premiership after the first three months of racing. Just three wins separate the pair with Dunn on 41 and Orange on 38 as both drive winners frequently from one end of the South Island to the other and everywhere in between. They both picked up one win a piece at Rangiora on Thursday with Orange saluting on Blade for Gavin Smith while Dunn saluted with Fratellino for long-time supporter, Kevin Townley. Both drivers are getting strong books of drives at most meetings and despite three quarters of the season remaining there is the potential for things to get really interesting, especially over the summer months when things really ramp up on the racing front.   WHITE COLLECTS HIS FIRST TRAINING QUINELLA South Canterbury horseman, Brent White, entered new territory on Thursday when he produced his first stable quinella in the opening race of the Rangiora programme. The underrated Run To Hide produced a strong, front-running, effort to hold on for the victory ahead of stablemate, Cullens Lady. Off the back of a solid season last term where he equalled his best ever season of 17 winners, White has kicked into gear strongly with seven wins already thanks to a strong racing team over the summer months. Driven forward by Stephen McNally, Run To Hide tossed away a few assumptions that he was a horse who only showed up off a soft run. Ricky May and Cullens Lady looked likely at the top of the straight but battled well to hold down second.   LOW BACK IN THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE After a quiet time of it recently, Raewyn Low got that winning feeling back on Monday. The Ashburton horsewoman produced Linda’s Cullen to produce a victory on Thursday that warranted the toughtline that it wouldn’t be the last time she’s in the circle this season. Low’s last winner was Ardwell’s Key two years ago. Owned by Ron and Dallas Patterson along with George Henderson, Linda’s Cullen has always looked capable of winning a maiden and after a canny drive from Gavin Smith she has now ticked that off the list. It also took Smith to within striking distance of 500 career driving wins with just five wins remaining.   PERSEVERANCE BEING REWARDED To say three win mare Morissette has been a success at stud might be a bit of an understatement - but she does have a perfect record for foals to the races. On 13 occasions the Soky’s Atom mare has been served an on only the one occasions has she produced a foal - a colt by Tinted Cloud who would later be named Burn Off. Clearly not the easiest mare to get in foal, the one result from nearly a decade of trying is doing a good job of making up for it. He notched up the fourth in of his career on Thursday when he came with a withering run for Rory McIlwrick in the final race of the day for trainers Greg and Nina Hope.   HRNZ

Brent White travels with a team of six from Temuka for Gore on Sunday and can look forward to a profitable day. His runner in the first, the Zilco/Carpet Plus Willy's Flooring Trot, is Trouble Giero. After perfect matinee form for trainer Michael Heenan, also his co-breeder and then co-owner, Trouble Giero changed hands.  He was presented by White at Washdyke last Sunday for his first start, but from barrier two, failed to trot away. The four year old settled in time to avoid penalty though, gradually progressed to be in a challenging position when it mattered, and had the audacity to sprint home and finish within a length of the winner.  White asked for Trouble Giero to be placed on the unruly for Gore and expects a better result. “He's a nice horse, it was a big run at Timaru,” he said. Dark Ops kicks off a new campaign in the fifth, the Jaccka Lodge Handicap, and faces a field of smart trotters. She hasn't raced since contesting a two-horse Breeders Crown fillies heat at Cambridge in July in which she broke soon after the start and was on her own thereafter. In her only public outings since, the CR Commando mare has taken part in workouts at Orari, on 1 October, and Mount Hutt a week later. “She was second to Harriet of Mot at Methven, the driver was pleased, said she felt good,” White explained, “the 2700 metres first up is the worry.” Race seven, the Southern Vegetation Control Mobile has attracted ten runners and not only are three of them prepared by White, they have drawn the first three marbles. Cullens Lady has the ace, which should suit her racing pattern, although she hasn't raced for more than a month. That was in a claimers at Addington and after racing handy the seven year old faded out. “Her blood was out last time, she's had a workout at Methven since then but this is up in grade,” said White. Former southern-based six year old Run To Hide, whose three starts at Gore have resulted in two wins and a second, has the two draw. He has had four starts for White and two back was a winner at Rangiora. At Timaru last week Run To Hide was in the last two or three throughout and although he didn't improve any places in the straight, closed well to get to about two lengths of the winner. “He's best driven for one run, he came home quick at Timaru,” said White. Pay Me Art has marble three and will appreciate that, having drawn second widest of the 10 metre markers in a handicap at Addington last week. A mid-race move from the back took him to the parked position but the effort told in the straight. Nathan Williamson takes the reins this week and White feels he is a big chance. “They're all chances,” he added. White's good fortune with draws continues in the eighth, the Gore Windscreen and Glass Mobile. Ultimate Fella has drawn one from behind the arm and gets the chance to prove his last-home at Addington a week ago all wrong. That was in a stand-start Alabar Super Series contest, the Changeover four year old was fractious at the start, didn't go away with them and never threatened afterwards. His three starts prior brought two wins and a fourth in mobile start races. “He's bright and working good, he's worthy of being first pick,” White said. Graeme Anderson has three in at Gore and is another trainer worth following. Elusive Flight has a $7500 claiming price in the SBS Claimers, third on the card. The Elsu gelding clocked 2:42.7 when second in a claimers at Invercargill last month.  Sovereign Banner is a star in the making and will make it tough for the White trio in the seventh while three year old Eamon Maguire looks to have a great chance of keeping his unbeaten record intact in race nine, the Bromac Lodge / Falls Bistro Mobile.  Rory McIlwrick drives the Anderson runners while Stephen McNally is on four of the six White candidates. The two drivers look likely to dominate the driver's challenge.   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

Temuka harness racing trainer Brent White likes racing horses in Southland.   He's been a regular visitor to the province over the years and recorded his biggest 'southern' win last season when quality mare Sell A Bit won the Southern Belle Speed Series in race record time at Winton.   His latest winner at Gore Raceway today was Shards Halo - an American Ideal mare out of You're So Hot which was bred in the province by Debbie and Mark Smith, breeders of last months yearling sales topper Mach Shard.   Today she was having her third start for White after starting her career with Greg Payne.     "The owner formed a syndicate before Christmas made up of people from Canterbury and Nelson." "They asked me to train her." "I've had her for about three to four months," said White.    Since taking over her training the mare has been in the money and according to White has been unlucky not to have won a race before today.    "She been a certainty beat the last two times." "At Forbury she was the hot pot and Stephen (regular driver Stephen McNally) got buried five back on the fence. " "He launched her down the outside and she got home in 26. 2 and at Addington the other night she got crossed and got out late and ran third." "Getting a bit of place money isn't the worst though."   White says he hasn't changed too much but has just concentrated on keeping Shards Halo happy.    "She seems pretty happy in herself." "We don't do a lot of work with her and we just try to keep her happy really." "That's what we do with all our fillies and mares and vary their work a bit." "She used to get up and pull." "We've worked on that and she's just got better and better as we've gone along." "She's got some speed and is nice to have around the place."    White's talented trotter Trouble Rieu was also supposed to make the trip.   "He went awful last weekend at Addington." "We pulled bloods off him during the week and they were awful so he didn't make the trip. "She (Shard Halo) was just going to be another drive for Stephen." "But it didn't matter where she was going to go she was going to win a maiden race pretty soon." "We're racing for $7,500 here today and next Thursday at Addington they're racing for $6,500." "I thought that if we picked up one today we may go to Waikouaiti in fourteen days where there's a penalty free race for invited drivers."   So we can expect to see more of the white colours in the south in the future?    "If I don't come down I send them down to Alister Black." "He looks after them and does a good job." "I like the Southland style of racing." "It's about putting your horse in the right company." "Now that my partner and I have bought a property in Temuka it's a bit closer."    The Gore grass surface was lightning fast today and track records broken were:   Titan Banner -  3-27-6 for the 2600 metre stand beating stablemates Belkmyster's previous record of 3-28.7 Ottawa -  3-33.0 - a new track record for trotters over 2600 metres. Dickey Bill was the holder of the previous record of 3-34.6 (1976). Vera's Delight -  2-21-5 a new mares and open record for the 1800 metre mobile. Fiery Ferret -  2-19.4 a new three year old colts and geldings record for 1800 metres mobile. The previous record of 2-23.7 was recorded at this meeting by Smithy last season. Tartan Trilogy -  2-17.5 for the 1800 metres mobile and new open track record for colts and gelding.             Bruce Stewart  - Southland Harness Racing  -  Check site here  

Brent White took two trotters to tonights harness racing meeting at Addington and he held high hopes for one and was just hopeful with the other. Trouble Rieu was his best chance Brent thought while Glendaloch was probably out of it from the unruly mark on ten metres.but a rough place chance if things went his way. Trouble Rieu was away well from the stand for driver Stephen McNally and quickly assumed the lead which he held until it was taken off him by his stablemate Glendaloch with Blair Orange in the bike who looped the field to lead with 1800 metres to go.   Keeping up a steady tempo in front,Glendaloch looked a sitting duck for his stablemate Trouble Rieu in the trail but it wasn't to be as Glendaloch fought off his better credentialled stablemate and then withstood a late challenge from the ultra consistent Xmas Joyella with Trouble Rieu battling on well for third.   It wasn't the result Brent was expecting.   " I thought with the run he got that Trouble Rieu would run straight past him but the old fella is pretty genuine and fought on well,"Brent said.   Glendaloch was purchased by Ross McCutcheon at Timaru one day from David McCormick after the horse had had one gallop too many.   Brent says he hasn't changed too much with the son of Sundon.   " I made a couple of minor changes to his shoes but apart from that we have just worked on leaving him alone really."   " He seems really happy these days and may not have finished yet going by tonights win." Brent said.   Fred Morris, the trainer/owner of Xmas Joyella was smiling post race.   " I brought both of Brent's trotters in tonight on my truck so we have nabbed the trifecta between us, Fred said.   Brent White has built up a great strike rate with a small team and is obviously a trainer on the rise.   PS: Brent made it a night to remember for the Yaldhurst trainer when he produced the smart racemare Sell A Bit to win the C2-C6 mares race in 1:55.3   Harnesslink Media

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