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A new track and one of racing’s most famous faces are set to boost the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. The Waikato harness track has been torn up this week, stripped back to rock on Monday before 320 tonnes of new surface was applied. It was the first total overhaul of the track since 1996 with the new surface made up on crusher dust blended with equestrian sand. The project was overseen by HRNZ’s track expert John Denton and is especially important at Cambridge as it is one of the busiest racetracks in terms of training numbers in New Zealand harness racing. “We have about 130 horses being worked here every day, more in summer,” says Cambridge chief executive David Branch. “The crews were working late into the night on Monday and we are excited to see how the new surface plays out. “But it all happens very quickly. We are racing next Wednesday and the one after that so it doesn’t affect our racing calendar at all.” Cambridge are happy with early interest in bookings for the June 2 meeting and will try and engage the enormous local thoroughbred industry more. “The Jewels falls on a Saturday this year when there is no gallops meeting in the northern region and we would love to get gallops punters and even industry members along to enjoy the racing, especially as we have one of the best viewing tracks in Australasia,” said Branch. To even further their appeal to the sister code, Cambridge are bringing iconic former thoroughbred trainer and now media star Peter Moody over for the Jewels. “We all saw how awesome Peter was at the Karaka yearling sales on social media and how good he is on television,” says Branch. “So we are thrilled to have him coming to the Jewels. He will be a huge part of our social media coverage on the day and we will also make him the key interview subject at our pre-Jewels function on track here the night before the Jewels.” A successful Jewels meeting is crucially important for Cambridge as the future host clubs of the day are not confirmed.  Both Ashburton and Cambridge are under pressure to retain their rotating hosting rights and the executive of Harness Racing New Zealand will discuss whether Addington and Alexandra Park take over later this month, although it would seem fair no final decision was made on Cambridge’s future involvement until after it hosts  this season. Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:10pm Race 1 - The Persuader $3.60 easily leads win & multi betting over Atom Hanover $12.50.   Race 2 - For Tony $16.00 - $14.00 leads win betting with Ideal Star $2.20 & Lacey's Lad dominating multi betting.     Race 3 - Highview Illusion $7.50 - $5.50 is the best backed runner in win & multi betting.     Race 4 - Hughies Sister $2.60 easily leads multi betting.    Race 5 - Queen Lostris $2.30 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 6 - Shay Scott $10.00 leads win betting and is the 2nd best backed in multi betting behind the $3.00 favourite Trouble Giero.   Race 7 - The outsider Spandau Ballet $30.00 - $21.00 leads win betting over Volando Denario $4.20 & The C E O $9.00 - $7.50.   Race 8 - The debut runner Awhi Mai $2.80 & Rave Nation $3.10 equally lead multi betting.      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:10pm Race 1 - The $2.50 favourite Franco Caliph leads multi betting over Poppy Drayton $5.50 & Scanreco Bay $3.20.   Race 2 - Sally O'Malley $4.50 easily leads win betting with Knights Desire $6.80 leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Christanna $1.85 leads multi betting over Ruebe Star $2.10 who leads win betting.   Race 4 - Afortunado $3.20 & Shandance $4.50 are equal leaders in multi betting with Racketeers Boy $7.50 leading win betting.   Race 5 - Prince George $5.00 - $4.50 leads win betting over Saint Michel $5.00. Bar Room Brawl $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 6 - My Cash $8.00 leads win betting with Helena Ideal $3.00 leading multi betting over Atom Hanover $5.80.   Race 7 - Monseigneur $6.00 leads multi betting over Luck Of The Moment $2.90 who easily leads win betting.   Race 8 - Real Eagle $5.50 - $4.80 easily leads win betting and also leads multi betting over Destined For Heaven $3.20.   Race 9 - Rave Nation $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   The largest early bet as at 1:30pm $1,000 at $5.50 Real Eagle in race 8.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Grass track racing continues in the South this week with Waikouaiti hosting a 2 day meeting on Saturday and Monday. Cambridge and Alexandra Park host meetings on Thursday and Friday night and Ashburton race on Sunday. The Miracle Mile night at Menangle also adds some interest with selections coming for that meeting as well. Last week on the ringaround there were again several winners and a number of placings. Tony Herlihy had the best winning dividend last week on the ringaround when his best chance Queen Lostris upset them in the second race at Auckland on Friday and paid $7.50 and $1.80 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Afortunado as his best drive this week at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Just Anything as his best drive this week in Race 7   Auckland on Friday Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week is One Bid Buys at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Addington on Friday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen agrees and thinks that Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair thought Arnold would be his best drive this week at Addington also in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Carlton as his best drive at Addington in Race 7   Waikouaiti on Saturday Racechat - Lance thinks that Eastwood Chieftain is a good winning chance at Waikouaiti in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Jacks N Jazz on Saturday in Race 6 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Archman would be his best chance this week in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says Archman would be his best drive this week in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive would be Leo's Gift at Waikouaiti in Race 8 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Alderbeck at Waikouaiti in Race 11 Nathan Wiliamson - Nathan is going for Jen Jaccka as his best drive this week also in Race 11 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Smokey Mac as his best chance this week also in Race 11   Menangle on Saturday night Cran Dalgety - Cran likes the chances of My Field Marshall in the Miracle mile on Saturday night. Mark Jones - Mark is going for Rocker Band as his best chance this week in the Ladyship mile at Menangle   Ashburton on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks that Governor's Bay would be a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 4 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Stress Factor can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Scarlett Banner as his best chance this week in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

Waikato Bay Of Plenty Harness Racing is set to support Team Teal in a big way next Thursday 22 February.   The club is thrilled to announce that they will host the three ambassadors for Team Teal in Nicky Chilcott, Sam Ottley and Sheree Tomlinson.   Nicky of course is a local identity, and Sheree and Sam will available for driving engagements at the meeting.   The track holds fond memories for Sam, after she won the Group 1 Four-Year-Old Diamond with Rocker Band in 2016.   “It’s just so great to be able to raise awareness for such a worthy cause, and to be able to drive at Cambridge again is going to be a buzz.    "I’m just excited to be a part of the ladies night,” Sam said. Whilst driving at the Cambridge course will be a whole new experience for Sheree who will drive there for the first time.   She’s no stranger to breaking new ground of course after becoming the first female driver to win the Dominion Handicap with Amaretto Sun last year.   “I haven’t driven in an official race at Cambridge, but I have been there twice before driving with Kidz Kartz. So I’m really looking forward to heading there and supporting the cause, but this time the sectionals might be a bit different!” said Sheree.   The meeting will be known as ‘Ladies Night Supporting Team Teal 18’ and is set to include a ladies night event oncourse, with a proportion of ticket sales going to support the Woman’s Cancer Foundation and further awareness for Ovarian Cancer.   Tickets are only $30 and include and antipasto platter, reserved seating, drink on arrival and a $10 donation to the Wom- an’s Cancer Foundation.   Club President Rob Lawson said the club was only too eager to help support awareness around Ovarian Cancer and the Team Teal Campaign, which started on February 1 and will end on March 11. “I am delighted that our Club can participate in this wonderful cause – it should be exciting having Sam and Sheree here to add a real highlight to our Ladies Night meeting.” The campaign is running nationwide where all female drivers wear Teal Pants to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. For each win the pants gain Harness Racing New Zealand will donate $200, Woodlands Stud $100 and each club donates $100 for a win at their track. So in short, $400 goes to the Woman’s Cancer Foundation for each win during the six weeks.   To book tickets for the Ladies Night at Cambridge, or to book Sheree or Sam for drives please contact the Cambridge Raceway Office on 07 827 5506 or email     Jess Smith

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:00pm Race 1 - Scanreco Bay $2.90 leads multi betting over Franco Caliph $3.30.   Race 2 - Ideal Holiday $1.24 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 3 - Volando Denario $15.00 - $10.00 leads win betting over Shadow Maker $6.80.   Race 4 - Helena Ideal $5.20 leads win & multi betting over M T Pockets $4.80.   Race 5 - Real Eagle $2.80 - $2.60 is best backed in win & multi betting with the largest win bet $1,000 at $2.80.    Race 6 - George $12.50 - $10.50 leads win betting with all the multi bets going through the $1.23 favourite Paramount King.   Race 7 - Ruebe Star $4.00 is the only runner wanted in win betting with the largest bet $1,400 at $4.00. Kiwi Tintin $4.00 leads multi betting over Ruebe Star.  Mo Casino a $3.80 opening chance was late scratched at 9:07am, 21% win & 18% place deductions will apply to any bets placed prior to scratching time. Cherokee Warrior was late scratched at 7:59am and any bets  placed prior to that time will have 5% win &  6% place deductions applied.   Race 8 - Phoebe Imperial $6.00 leads multi betting over Credit Master $2.80 & Hot N Fast $4.80.   Largest early place bet race 8 Mr Natural $800 at $3.60 & $500 at $3.10.      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Cambridge fixed odds movers as at 2:45pm Race 1 - Alta Mach $1.50 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with Toro Delago $13.00 leading win betting.   Race 2 - Ultimate Angel $5.50 - $5.00 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with the largest bet $1,000 at $5.50. Positano $3.00 just leads multi betting over Ultimate Angel.   Race 3 - American Brave $1.15 is running through most multi bets tonight.   Race 4 - The only two runners wanted in early win betting are Shay Scott $6.00 & Amanda's Spur $15.00. Credit Master the $3.50 favourite leads multi betting over Shay Scott.   Race 5 - Gottabearose $3.00 leads multi bets easily with Sheer Bliss $13.00 best backed on the win 'book'   Race 6 - The only runner wanted in win betting is Tycoon Tiger $3.20 - $2.70 with the largest bet $2,000 at $3.20.   Race 7 - In what is a quiet win 'book' early Star Of Olesya $1.60 is the only run wanted in multi betting.   Race 8 - Lynton Creek $7.20 leads win betting with the $1.75 favourite Scanreco Bay leading multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Tonight’s Cambridge meeting is all about the Steve’s Six. Because Ardmore trainer Steve Telfer finds himself in the rarest of all racing situations, going into a tote race knowing he will win. Telfer trains all six starters in race two at Cambridge on Friday night, a feat occasionally matched in smaller non-tote races in New Zealand but almost unheard of in a proper race, especially one with some high class pacers. “We have a lot of horses in this grade and I am grateful to the club for holding the race but it is a weird feeling knowing you are going to win it no matter what,” says Telfer. “So it is a bit surreal but we will take it, any win is a good win and they are all good horses so I can see it being quite a competitive race.” The true domination has sent Telfer searching for five sets of his colours, with Valor Lustre racing in owner Ivan Court’s colours. Perhaps the best of Steve’s Six is American Brave, who has won three of just seven starts but comes with a warning tonight as he hasn’t raced since the Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington two months ago.  “He trialled well last week and was going to have another this weekend but they aren’t on so he is here instead.  “Because of that lack of hard fitness I don’t want him having a hard run early so he might look for cover and that can often be a tricky way to win at Cambridge,” says Telfer. “But outside of that I won’t be giving the drivers too many instructions, they are all there to win and I won’t mind who comes out on top.”  So who is the Steve selection for the Steve Six? “Small fields can be hard to work out I’d say our best two chances are Triple Eight and Step Up mainly because Triple Eight should lead or trail and Step Up has been going great races in better fields.” Telfer also has a huge chance with Ideal Roman in tomorrow’s Parawai Cup as the northern grass track circuit returns, a race in which he also has Delightful Zen.  “Ideal Roman is a good standing start horse and I think the country cups circuit will suit him.”  Some punters might be surprised to see Carlaw Park, who was rated good enough to race at the NZ Cup carnival, in a lower grade Thames race two.  “Like American Brave he has only had one trial and could do with another but he is in here because it is a penalty free juniors race and there are now trials or workouts this weekend.  “I think he is the best horse in the race but one on the second line makes it tricky.”  Carlaw Park does follow out a fast beginner in Liz Rule though and with a peak performance should win. Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:30pm Race 1 - Bettor Step Aside $3.40 - $2.40 is the big mover here and easily leads win & multi betting. Ohoka Maximus $5.50 is starting to attract some win support.   Race 2 - Conway Beach $2.50 leads multi betting over The Thug $2.60 with Kiwi Tintin $14.00 - $9.50 best backed in win betting.   Race 3 - Lis Rulz $9.00 - $7.50 leads multi betting over My Cash $3.30.   Race 4 - The back marker starting from 30 metres Tereskova $8.50 leads multi betting over the $4.20 favourite Girls On Film $4.20.   Race 5 - Lerato $1.60 - $1.45 is the only runner wanted here.    Race 6 - Temporale $2.10 leads win & multi betting but that runners stablemate is attracting some strong win support also $31 - $18.00.    Race 7 - Dance Time $1.65 - $1.60 is the only runner wanted here and is racing away in multi betting.   Race 8 - Heaven Rocks $1.65 leads multi betting over Star Galleria $2.90 who leads win betting over Seaswift Joy $10.00.   Race 9 - Last start winner on the tonight's track Luck Of The Moment $4.50 leads multi betting.   Race 10 - Ex southern trained runner The High Achiever $2.40 easily leads multi betting.   Race 11 - In a very quiet win market early Star Of Olesya $3.10 leads multi betting over her stablemate and opening 'book' favourite All Over The Stars $2.90.   Best backed runner on the win 'book' early race 1 Bettor Step Aside $3.40 - $2.40.   Best backed runner in multi betting is in race 5 Lerato $1.45 with the next best Dance Time $1.60 in race 7.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Heaven Rocks may have finally met his match at Cambridge tonight. Because the goof with the mega motor is being paired up with Brent Mangos is what looks an inspired catch driving choice for the $60,000 Cambridge Flying Mile. Heaven Rocks will be the warm favourite for the sprint even though a dash around Cambridge hardly seems ideal for the long-striding pacer and his erratic ways. He won a Jewels over a mile there 19 months ago but that was a three-year-old and he seems even more eccentric now, not to mention he has two genuine speedsters drawn inside him in Star Galleria and Jack’s Legend. But enter Mangos, the Mr No Nonsense of the northern driving ranks and the master of the balance-em-up-and-launch-em school of driving. Mangos has been called in as the All Stars usual drivers head home or in the case of Mark Purdon to Perth tonight to drive Lazarus. So Mangos has been entrusted with getting Heaven Rocks away, around the first bend and then deciding when to push the button. He looks the ideal driver for the job but while he sits behind the most talented horse in the race it may not be a simple stroll around Cambridge for the mad mammoth.  Star Galleria was a brave fourth, just behind Heaven Rocks in the Auckland Cup last Sunday and Jack’s Legend sixth after missing away. Both are wicked sprinters with natural gate speed so should have a huge tactical advantage over Heaven Rocks. If you can back the pair at an average of $5, giving you basically a $2.50 bracket to beat Heaven Rocks, it wouldn’t be the worst bet. Heaven Rocks isn’t the only big name catch drive for Mangos tonight as he has also picked up the reins behind Kyvalley Blur in the Flying Stakes Trot after the Victorian trotter’s three huge runs during this New Zealand campaign. He has been beaten twice in as many meetings by a race rival tonight Temporale so far this summer but both runs have been excellent and if he could stay in front of the favourite he can severely test him, so against Mangos’s aggression could be an asset. Trainer-driver Tony Herlihy is using tonight’s race as a trial to confirm Temporale’s trip to Victoria later this month and says the left-handed track won’t be an issue even though only four of his 21 starts have been anti-clockwise for one win. “He does a lot of work left-handed and I don’t think it will be an issue,” says Herlihy. “But it could be a tricky little race with Kyvalley Blur drawn inside us. Still, my fella is well.”Herlihy has a vastly-improved second string in The Almighty Johnson, who from barrier one could get the perfect trip. He has really stepped up and with that right trip I wouldn’t be stunned if he tested the two favourites.” Meanwhile, Lazarus should be too good again when he returns to racing in a A$22,000 event in Perth tonight. He has drawn two in the 2536m mobile and should win without Mark Purdon needing to ask for his best, with stablemate Ultimate Machete set to be even shorter in the race before.   Michael Guerin

Tim Williams will be driving Vincent at today's Cambridge Harness racing meeting while Mark and Natalie are holidaying in Australia with family.  Tim said on the All Stars Website" Vincent doesn't do much wrong and is a relaxed horse who gives you a bit more confidence.  I hope it works out because he qualifies for the Chariots if he wins".  Nathan Purdon does the driving duties against Vincent on stablemate Partyon. Nathan said,"I am not expecting Partyon to beat Vincent -I don't know anything can beat Vincent-but she has done well since her last race and she will go a good one. She has come ahead a lot since being on this trip. She was a bit portly earlier because she had had a good spell but she is really fining up now.   "However I do think I've got a chance to win with SHENANDOAH.  This is a good race for her and she has the draw to either set the pace or trail and get a last crack at them. A LISTER is a smart filly too and will be hard to beat at her best but I just feel Shenandoah could turn it around here", he said. The hardest for the Purdon/Rasmussen duo to beat will be the in form Star Galleria with Tony herlihy doing the driving. He is drawn inside Vincent and will likely lead early in the race.       _____________________________________________________________________________________ All Stars juvenile, Jesse Duke, the only stable contender for the early Young Gun heat in Auckland on December 31, will be worked behind at galloping pacemaker at Cambridge Sunday to further his preparation. "He is doing well. He had a workout last weekend but it wasn't a major so a trip to the track and a workout on Sunday will help him along" said Tim Williams who is managing the 18 strong northern team. Jesse Duke the latest promising sort raced by Jean Feiss, won a trial at Ashburton on December 5 without being pushed before heading north. The Woodlands Stud bred colt was a huge seller at the National Sales last season fetching $220,000. His grandam Adios Dream was an outstanding juvenile and closely related to Courage Under Fire as well as Delightful Memphis who spent last season chasing Spanish Armada home in feature races. Jesse Duke been near the "head of his class" at Rolleston right through and should not take long to impress on raceday. Harnesslink Media Courtesy All Stars Stables    

Even holding all the aces may not be enough for Star Galleria to down Vincent at Cambridge tomorrow. But trainer Steven Reid knows it gives his speed-freak four-year-old maybe the best chance he will ever get. The pair dominate a five-horse field for the $50,000 Futurity at the twilight meeting and punters could be forgiven for thinking the 2700m mobile is a line-up-and-win job for Vincent. He was the best three-year-old pacer in Australasia last season and returned with a crushing win in the group two Franklin Cup at Alexandra Park last Friday, a rarity for that class of pacer fresh up for the season. Vincent was so dominant last week he is odds-on to win the Auckland Cup on December 31 but he is not past the post tomorrow because Star Galleria has already shown he knows how to beat an All Stars-trained hotshot. He came from behind the mad mammoth Heaven Rocks to win the Summer Cup in national record time for a 2200m standing start last time and is clearly one of the fastest pacers in the country over 200m. That gives driver Tony Herlihy options tomorrow. Star Galleria should lead and if he is feeling big and bold as a speedster sometimes can rolling around Cambridge on a sunny afternoon, Herlihy has the option to stay in front and make Vincent cover more ground to beat him. A more likely scenario is Vincent pushing for the lead and getting it but if Star Galleria can use the passing lane to beat Heaven Rocks he has at least some hope of doing the same to Vincent. "My fella had a slight virus after his Summer Cup win but is good now and the draw gives Tony options," says Reid. "Maybe Vincent will be too good but I think we have things in our favour a bit so we will get our chance." While you can make at least some case than Vincent is vulnerable, it is impossible to do the same with Speeding Spur in tomorrow's $50,000 Flying Mile Trot. With Monbet sidelined again, Speeding Spur is the best trotter racing in the Southern Hemisphere and while Temporale beat him at Alexandra Park a week ago Speeding Spur was magnificent considering his second line draw and that he had to come wide in his first start in nine months. His trainers believe he has improved with that outing and he has rolling gate speed so should be able to work to the front, which would surely be race over unless he underperforms. Michael Guerin

It is not often the words American diet sound very healthy. But that could see trotting superstar Speeding Spur back in the winner’s circle for the first time in over nine months at Cambridge on Sunday. To most humans a modern day American diet sounds like a fast track to buying some bigger clothes courtesy of super-sized meals and small vats of soda. But when it comes to training harness horses, in the US they believe less is more and that is the new plan for Speeding Spur.  The best trotter racing in Australasia now that his arch rival Monbet is sidelined with another injury, Speeding Spur returned from his own setbacks with a huge second to Temporale in the Lyell Creek Stakes at Alexandra Park on Friday. That showed he is right on target for his first major summer aim, the National Trot at Alexandra Park on December 31 but co-trainer John Dickie says Speeding Spur will now also head to Cambridge for the Flying Mile on Sunday. “He needs the fitness work to be spot on for the National Trot and he might as well be racing as trialling or doing it at home,” says Dickie. “So that is the way we are going to prepare him this season, less hard work at home but racing him to keep his fitness up.” That is very much the method of many US harness trainers, who because of the searing mile times there keep their horses fresh between races and let the racing do the bulk of the fitness work. Dickie was thrilled with how the now six-year-old Speeding Spur came through his comeback race, with no signs of the two injuries which have badly affected his career in the last 18 months. “He gets a lot of vet checks and so far so good and we are optimistic that will remain the case. But being an older horse now he is very big and strong and that is another reason he will race there this Sunday, to keep him going forward.” Speeding Spur is now the $2 futures favourite for the National Trot, after which Dickie wants to take him back to Victoria to try and win the Great Southern Star for the second time.  Speeding Spur taking on Temporale, Lemond and southerner Bordeaux will be one half of a huge Cambridge highlights package this Sunday as Vincent and Star Galleria are set to clash in the $50,000 Four and Five-Year-Old Futurity. The race doubles as an automatic qualifier for the A$200,000 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney in February, a race for which fellow Kiwi stars Ultimate Machete and Jack’s Legend are also chasing invites via other lead-up races. Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:55pm Race 1 - Scanreco Bay $1.85 leads win & multi betting over P Tamado $9.50.   Race 2 - Trinity Bromac $3.50 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Machbrad the $2.60 favourite easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 4 - No surprise to see the $2.30 favourite Shanocon leading multi betting with some early win money coming for Christanna $8.20.   Race 5 - Kingsman $2.90 is the only runner wanted in early win betting .   Race 6 - Emily Blunt $2.60 easily leads multi betting with Lambros $3.60 a clear leader in win betting.    Race 7 - Madam Spur $3.20 easily leads multi betting. The opening $3.40 favourite Mortician was late scratched at 10:05am with 24% win & 19% place deductions applied.    Race 8 - Linc's Grace $15.00 leads multi betting over Bettor Buy A Rose $4.80.   Race 9 - Some early win & multi betting support has come for Amabede $9.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Steve Telfer's magical season should continue at Cambridge tonight but the northern trainer expects the spell to be broken at Addington on Tuesday. Telfer has had a scarcely believable spring, sitting second on the national premiership with 19 wins and only the All Stars ahead of him. He is already almost halfway to his career best training tally of 41 wins set two years ago in partnership with Chris Garlick and has a realistic shot at a treble at Cambridge tonight with Kiwi Tintin (race six), Step Up (race nine) and Ideal Lass (race 10). "They all have great chances, but Step Up is probably our best winning hope and then Ideal Lass," says Telfer.   "She is pretty exciting and I see her as a Sires' Stakes contender. And while Kiwi Tintin might be driven with a sit, he has been working very well since his fresh up third." If all three salute then Telfer could head to Addington for NZ Cup day almost level with the Purdon-Rasmussen team and while he is hopeful of big runs from his stable stars on Tuesday he is realistic. "No Doctor Needed got what should be a good draw for him at barrier one in the Cup because he tends to be very safe away and should be tucked away on the markers," says Telfer. "Sure I'd love him to be trailing Lazarus but either way, whether we are three or even four deep I think he can run a place with that type of run." The barrier draw hasn't been quite so kind to American Brave in the Sires' Stakes Final in which he will have to come from the second line. "It doesn't sounds great but I am not too worried about it because the Sires' Stakes can be a strange race and as long as he gets into the three wide train at the right time he will get his chance." Telfer's best chance of a win on Cup Day could be vastly improved mare Better B Amazed in the pacing free-for-all. She didn't love the Kaikoura track when fifth behind Lazarus in the Cup there but drops into the perfect $35,000 race and could sit off a hot speed, circumstances under which she has been very potent in the north this season. Michael Guerin

There is some great harness racing action this week, with the highlights being the Ashburton Flying Stakes and Ashburton Trotters Mile at Ashburton on Monday.  On Friday night, the Sires Stakes heat at Addington has also drawn a very good field of 3yo pacers, including unbeaten Auckland Reactor gelding Chase Auckland. This week we have a good spread of selections split between the four meetings programmed. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness at Cambridge on Thursday night. Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best chance this week is R Gee Bee at Cambridge in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Yankee C J would be his best chance this week in Race 5 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive tonight would be George, at Cambridge in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks Ideal Roman will go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 7   NZ Metro at Addington on Friday night Blair Orange - Blair says that Sheriff would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Still Eyre as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Noble Lavros as a good winning chance having his first start also in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Whatasista at Addington in Race 7 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Belle Of Brooklyn as his best chance at Addington in Race 10   Tuapeka at Forbury on Sunday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Scarlett Lane in Race 3 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks Rocknpop would be a place chance also in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Executive Dash at Forbury in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be It Ain't The Money this week at Forbury in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees with Geoff and is going for Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9   Ashburton on Monday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Ohanzee can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Wilmas Mate will be hard to beat also in Race 8       Harnesslink Media  

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