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Whether it be a Harness Jewels Final or a Franklin Yearling Parade you can never write off harness racing giants Mark Purdon and Grant Payne. That was exactly the case at the Franklin Trotting Club Club's track in Pukekohe today (Wednesday July 21).

Long-time servant of standardbreds and well known retired school teacher Ray Darby trained his first winner of the 2009-2010 season at the Northland Harness Racing Club's meeting at Alexandra Park this afternoon - Monday July 20.

A fresh winters day at the top end of the South Island was made all the more pleasant for Templeton horseman Peter Davis when he bagged four driving wins for the day at the Nelson Harness Racing Club's meeting today (Sunday June 13).

Three year old trotting filly Shezoneoftheboyz has been scratched out of the Harness Jewels for next Saturday, but a likely replacement is close at hand for harness racing trainer Mark Jones.

Try selling three of the best horses in your stable and attempting to super-seed a superb previous season. That's been the case this term for harness racing trainer Jamie Gameson who lastnight (Friday) enjoyed some well deserved success when he trained a double at the Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting in Dunedin.

Extasia, the Peter and Glen Wolfenden trained trotter promised so much when she won by 25 lengths at the Kumeu Trotting Club's Tuesday meeting iback in March 2007. Now some three years and two months later she is still pretty much a trials and Tuesday harness racing specialist.

Like all harness racing trainers Tony Grayling loves winning - but tonight's (Thursday April 29) victory with Easys Dream in the feature pace at Cambridge Raceway was special. Extra special.

The New Zealand Harness Racing Amateur Drivers National Finals came to an exciting conclusion today (Sunday) with the final two heats taking place at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club's meeting at Motukarara.

Andrew Armour re-affirmed his position as one of the leading reinsman in the deep South, when he successfully reined home four winners at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club's meeting at Ascot Park yesterday (Wednesday).

Boys will be boys, but it took a girl to put them back in their place tonight (Friday) at harness racing headquarters in Christchurch, when the Mark Jones trained Shezoneoftheboyz won the Group One $80,000 New Zealand Trotting Derby.

Harness racing amateur style took presidence at the Akaroa Trotting Club's meeting at Motukarara yesterday (Sunday). The running of this year's Vacation Cup carrying a purse of $3000 worth of travel vouchers courtesy of Williment Travel, went the way of the Jim Reardon trained and driven Nicky's Pursuit.

It was the Tim Butt trained two year old The Muskeg Express, that delivered a knockout blow to his more experienced rivals, when he took out the PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Southern Graduate at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday).

If Big Dog can get an easy run with cover in next Friday's Auckland Cup then he has the sprint to claim a big cheque in the $500,000 Group One harness racing feature. He's proved that twice in the last 14 days at Alexandra Park with emphatic wins, albeit in lesser company.

The $3 favourite for one of New Zealand's most prestigious 3-year-old harness racing events could be scratched from the $500,000 event. Sir Lincoln, or Lincoln Royal as he's known in Australia, woke up this morning (Friday) with a viral illness and colic and there's a chance he may not start in next Friday's (March 12) Group One Woodlands Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park.

The South Island's leading harness racing partnership of Mark Purdon and Grant Payne, produced Christian Banner to win the Two Year Old race at Addington Raceway today (Tuesday). The son of Christian Cullen is a full brother to former NZ Cup winner Mainland Banner ( 17 wins, $684,000), and today looked every bit to have inherited at least some of of his superstar sister's ability.

The Andrew Stuart trained Fantastic Guest again showed his aptitude for the grass surface, when winning race five (2000m stand) at the Oamaru Harness Racing Club's meeting today (Sunday). After bobbling away from the stand start Fantastic Guest settled third last before driver Blair Orange sent the son of Cammibest forward from the 1600.

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