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Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1 - The Tim Vince trained stablemates Curlimore $2.20 and Romanite $2.90 are the early joint leaders in multi betting. Father Frank $12.50 leads win betting early but overall there hasn't been a lot of early action.   Race 2 - First Class Lady $2.50 is easily the best backed in multi betting and along with Sheer Bliss $9.00 these two are the best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 3 - Master George $2.30 is taking all the early win and multi money.   Race 4 - King Of Swing $2.90 - $2.50 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' with the largest bet $1,500 at $2.90. Alta Maestro $1.65 - $1.80 is currently going 3 to 1 in multi ticket sales over King Of Swing.   Race 5 - The Barry Purdon trained runner The Thug $2.40 is the only runner wanted here & is the best backed runner on the card early in multi betting followed by his stablemates First Class Lady $2.60 (R2) & Accumulator $2.00 (R6).   Race 6 - The best backed runner on the card early has been Italian Delight $4.00 - $2.70 with the largest bets $1,200 at $3.50, $800 at $3.20 & $1,000 at $3.00.    Race 7 - The $3.20 favourite Northview Hustler leads early win betting with Drover's Eyre $5.20 leading multi betting.   Race 8 - A quiet early win 'book' with Tereskova $4.80 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - The $2.10 favourite Spring Campaign easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 10 - The $1.85 favourite Agincourt has let punters down badly in his only two raceday starts but early money is saying that they are prepared to give him another chance tonight on his home race-track debut.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Ray Green is not stupid --- which means Breeders Crown winner King Of Swing will try for an all the way win at Cambridge tonight. The exciting three-year-old has drawn the ace in the first heat of what looks a very even Sires’ Stakes series, with the northern crop having way more depth than recent season. Already King Of Swing has won at group one level, as has race rival Mach Shard while Alta Maestro paced a couple of national records last season and returned with a win against older horses at Alexandra Park last Friday. There is little between the trio or their other three rivals tonight but early season Sires’ Stakes heats tend to be dominated by leaders and trailer as the sprint distance and reluctance for fresh horses to be given hard runs can often mean those up front get handed the race. Alta Maestro showed blistering gate speed last season but trainer Robert Dunn was keen to see him driven less aggressively when he won last Friday and if he opts for similar tactics tonight then King Of Swing should lead, always crucial in a Cambridge sprint. And Green says that will be the plan, especially after King Of Swing led to win the $300,000 Breeders Crown at Melton in late August.  “We would be stupid not to use the ace draw around Cambridge so that will be the plan,” says Green.  “He only had a week off after the Breeders and won well at the workouts last Saturday so I think he is ready for a 1:55 mile rate this week.” While Alta Maestro is an obvious danger, Green thinks his stable second stringer Recco Lover could trail and have an upset hope. “He has very good speed and isn’t much inferior, if at all, to King Of Swing. So if he trails he has a good hope.”  Mach Shard returns after a great start to last season but having little luck later and trainer Barry Purdon knows he faces a huge task from barrier five.  “We have seen enough of these Sires’ Stakes heats at Cambridge to know how hard they can be to win if there is no pressure so I am hoping they have a go at each other early,” says Purdon.  The heat is strangely not a leg of tonight’s $100,000 Pick6, one that lacks any real anchors but also has a few legs with only two or three major chances so it worth attacking.  The problem child for Pick6 punters is Agincourt, who should win the last leg on raw ability but whose manners have let punters down twice in as many starts. He should be anchored on one ticket but well covered on another. Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:10pm Race 1     The favourite Miss Keesha easily leads both FF win and multibetting. Race 2     Diamond Lass easily leads both FF win and multibetting and has come in from $6.20 to $5.60. Race 3     Rosado leads FF win and multibetting with some money for Gottabearose. Race 4     There has been two big movers in this race. Black Chevron is in to $8.50 from an opening quote of $13.00 and My Kiwi Rose is also a big mover from $12.50 in to $8.50. Race 5     Rubens is the only one wanted and is best backed on the FF win and multi betting Race 6     Pay me Overs leads win and Multi betting with some early money for Glenferrie Duster. Race 7     Shay Scott is best backed in this race both on the FF win and multi betting Race 8     No Doctor Needed easily leads both FF win and multibetting in this race  Race 9     A quiet market here but best backed is the favourite Saint Michel in FF win and multibetting Race 10   Aramis easily leads both FF win and multibetting in this race    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Another great week for the harness racing ringaround last week with several winners and a number of placings. The Gavin Smith and Craig Ferguson selections combined for a $45.00 quinella in the first race at Addington on Friday night, while Jay Abernethy had the best winning dividend, when Jude's Gem won at Auckland and paid $7.10 to win on the tote. There are four meetings this week with one in the North Island and three in the South. Island. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Winton on Thursday Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Jacks N Jazz at Winton in Race 1 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane thinks his best drive is Shawami Lass at Winton in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Danielle Amore in Race 3 Craig Ferguson - Craig is going for Overcast as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Benio Ben in Race 4 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says his best drive this week is Golden Gate at Winton in Race 5 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for Splash Cola as his best chance this week also in Race 5 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Tara Tutaia at Winton in Race 6   Cambridge on Thursday night Tony Herlihy - Tony likes the chances of Miss Keesha at Cambridge in Race 1 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for CD Express as his best drive in Race 3 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks Double Twist can win this race for Trent Lethaby in Race 4 Jay Abernethy - Jay says Kate Jackson is his best drive this week at Cambridge in Race 6 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best chance this week is Aramis in Race 10   Addington on Friday John Curtin - John thinks Rum In The Sun is a good winning chance in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin says Shebang would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark thought that Mekong Princess would be a good winning chance Addington in Race 3 Cran Dalgety - Cran liked the chances of Regal Major at Addington on Friday in Race 8 Harnesslink Reporter - says Real Obsession can win the last leg of Pick Six in Race 9   Rangiora on Sunday Jim Curtin - Jim is going for Sheza Tricky Bridge as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Sheza Tricky Bridge is a good winning chance in Race 3 Ricky May - Ricky is opting for Diamond Life as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Hallowed Turf as his best chance this week in Race 4 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Glengarry Rose would be his best drive this week also in Race 4 Terry Chmiel - Terry is opting for Laytons Lass as his best chance at Rangiora in Race 8 Blair Orange - Blair thought Goodlookin Chick was a good chance this week also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

The numbers suggest No Doctor Needed faces a tough task at Cambridge tonight but dig a little deeper and its impossible to go past the star of the show in the Te Awamutu Cup. The warm favourite faces a 30m backmark in the 2700m standing start, never an easy disadvantage to overcome on a track where being handy is almost always beneficial. Add that to the fact he has one placing from two starts on the track and he hasn’t won in seven starts since January and you could start thinking twice about taking what will be short odds. But the 30m could be very much negated by the fact the two horses off the front line will be at long odds and are both on the unruly, while the potential second favourite Northview Hustler is a five-race winner of $63,000 yet only gets a 10m start from No Doctor Needed, who has won 12 races and over $250,000. As for the formline, No Doctor Needed spent the second half of last season racing in Sydney where after two wins he lost form at Menangle but he looked very sharp when second to stablemate  Better B Amazed fresh-up at Alexandra Park last start, only going down in the last 10m. He clearly looks happy to be back with red hot trainer Steve Telfer. And as for his Cambridge record of one placing in two starts? Well, No Doctor Needed’s only starts there has been in the last two Cambridge Flying Miles and he has finished third to Lazarus and Christen Me in one and fourth to The Orange Agent, Ohoka Punter and Franco Nelson in the other. Add that to the confidence of the king of Cambridge Raceway, David Butcher, and No Doctor Needed picks himself. “It’s never easy to win here from a backmark but I think he might be too good for them,” says Butcher. “If one or two miss away then he could be handy on the outer with a lap to go but even if he settles last he might be too quick for these horses.  “I thought Northview Hustler and Valor Lustre were probably the dangers.” Butcher trains the backmarker in the main trot, Sunset Beach, with son Ben to drive and he expects an improved performance. “She hasn’t had much luck and to be honest I have had a few problems getting the right amount of work into her.  “I have stepped her workload up this week and expect her to go better. But it would be nice to get past a few early, which could happen in a field like this.” Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:35am Race 1 - The win money came last week for Blood And Whisky and has come again for tonight's race $4.80 - $4.00 with the largest bet $1,000 at $4.80. Saint Michael the opening $4.20 favourite hasn't taken any early win money but leads multi betting over Shay Scott $5.80 and Danke $9.00.   Race 2 - Waytogo Bruno the $1.60 favourite is racing away in multi betting and also leads win betting over Linc's Tiger $8.80. Bettor Buy A Rose has taken a $1,000 place bet at $2.00 and is now into $1.85.   Race 3 - Tact Ollie $4.20 easily leads win and multi betting .   Race 4 - A very even market this race with three $4.00 favourites in Rangi Rangdu, Somewhereinbrooklyn and Runcle with Somewhereinbrooklyn leading multi betting over Chrissie Jet $8.00.   Race 5 - Joemaro $6.20 leads win and multi betting over Bet Out Of Ell $2.30.   Race 6 - Savanna $2.70 easily leads multi betting with Rosado $3.70 leading win betting. Knight's Desire has taken a $1,000 place bet at $2.00 and is now into $1.90.   Race 7 - November Guy $8.00 leads multi betting over Sunset Peak $4.00 with Lovely Bundy $4.50 leading win betting over November Guy $8.00.   Race 8 - Rocknroll Lincoln $2.40 easily leads early win and multi betting.   Best backed runners in order for multi betting: R2 - Waytogo Bruno $1.60  R8 - Rocknroll Linclon $2.40  R5 - Joemaro $6.20 R6 - Savanna $2.70   There has been a bet of $7000 at $1.75 on Zac Butcher to win the drivers challenge. Zac is now in to $1.70   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

On the slowest week of harness racing for the year with only two meetings, last weeks ringaround produced some good results. Lance from Racechat had the best dividend when Bettor Backim flew up the inside at Rangiora to grab a win paying $21.80 and $5.90. There were several other winners and many placings as well last week. This week tthe racing picks up again and three meetings are programed.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Jay Abernethy - Jay says R G Bee is his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Ardent Lustre as his best drive tonight also in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Lovely Bundy is a good chance tonight in Race 7 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve agrees and thinks Lovely Bundy can win tonight in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Arthur Lowe in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks Living Legend is a chance at Addington also in Race 2 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Man Of Steel as his best chance also in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Joey Maguire as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best chance would be Tara Tutaia at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Van Laddie as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Alderbeck in Race 6 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Boomer at Addington as his best chance this week in Race 9 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Matau Gem also in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Daylight Robbery would be his best chance in Race 10   Kurow at Oamaru on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Benhope Rulz should win at Kurow in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - says Run Boy Run can go close to winning again at Oamaru in Race 10      

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:25pm   Race 1 - Bourbon Street $2.10 leads multi betting over Smackwater Jack $10.00 with that runner leading win betting.    Race 2 - Shay Scott $6.50 leads win betting with Way To Go $6.50 leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Curlimore $4.20 easily leads win betting with Jude's Gem $8.50 leading multi betting over the former.    Race 4 - Waytogo Bruno $3.80 easily leads multi betting with some early money coming for Diamond Lace $3.30.   Race 5 - November Guy $5.80 leads multi betting over Danke $5.00.   Race 6 - Easily the best backed runner on the race card in multi betting is King Of Swing $1.55, he is  holding five times more tickets than the next most favoured runner which is Waytogo Bruno in race 4.     Race 7 - Ultimate Angel $5.00 leads win & multi betting over Double Twist $4.00.   Race 8 - Drover's Eyre $7.20 leads win betting over Lola Jones $3.20 with that runner leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Trinity Bromac $3.20 easily leads win betting and is also leading multi betting over Viewfield Gnat $5.50.   David Butcher opened up a hot $1.30 favourite in the Drivers Challenge & is now into $1.25 after a $7,500 bet.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

It was another good week last week for the harness racing ringaround with six winners selected again. Rory Mcllwrick finished his season on a high and had the best dividend last week when Danielle Amore won at Oamaru on Sunday and paid $3.60 to win on the tote. More winter racing for the ringaround, with only the three meetings again this week. Waikato Bay Of Plenty are racing at Cambridge on Thursday night, while Addington are racing on Friday night with Oamaru racing again on Sunday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday night Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks Judes Gem is his best chance this week in Race 3 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - thinks Precious Moment is a good winning chance in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Rocknroll Lincoln as his best drive in Race 6 Dylan Ferguson - Dylan thinks his best drive will be Black Chevron in Race 7 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Stunning Shadow is a chance tonight also in Race 7 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive is Ralph Elliott tonight in Race 8 Todd Macfarlane -  Todd says Lola Jones would be his best drive also in Race 8   Addington on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Bettor Chance is a good winning chance in Race 2 Jim Curtin - Jim is going for She'sa Tricky Bridge as his best chance also in Race 2 Bob Butt - Bob thinks Boomer would be his best chance this week in Race 5 Gavin Smith - says his best drive this week is Matau Gem also in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Arthur Lowe in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair is going for The Dorchester as his best drive this week in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Daylight Robbery would be his best chance in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Jerry Garcia is a good winning chance at Oamaru in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Leading The Way as his best drive this week in Race 2 Ricky May - Ricky thinks that Diamond Life can run a place at Oamaru in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Alderbeck would be his best drive this week in Race 4 Mark Jones - Mark thinks Say Your Pres would be his best chance at Oamaru in Race 6 Harnesslink Reporter - says Alta Shelby can go close to winning at Oamaru in Race 7   Harnesslink Media    

Irish-born Kiwi, Gerry Cronin, is over the moon. His brown McArdle mare, Lola Jones, has been named Dunstan Feeds Cambridge Raceway’s Horse of the Year. The Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick trained six-year-old won six times, and placed six times at Cambridge this season. She won the title by eight points from Fizzie Lizzi (32). KD Hall (31), Toot Toot (26) and Danke (25) completed the top five. Cronin, who owns Lola Jones, was ecstatic with Dunstan Feed’s $10,000 sponsorship. It’s the only horse he works in conjunction with Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick. “It’s a dream come true, a fairy tale, considering I only bought her to train and drive as an amateur horse. Now she’s won six races this season and has broodmare possibilities later on. “I’m delighted and want to thank Dunstan for their kind sponsorship. I targeted the series at the start of the season. It gives you something to strive for, and now that we’ve won it, well its worth another two wins isn’t it?” Cronin said. “I’m over the moon. The Club and Dunstan need to be applauded. Even though I’ll have to place her carefully, I’ll keep racing her next season as well. Maybe we can defend the title,” he added. Meanwhile, the Director of Dunstan Feeds Ltd, David Smith, was delighted that Cronin and Lola Jones claimed the prize. “Good on him. I’m delighted for both the horse and her connections. We are happy to be involved in the industry and with Cambridge Raceway. This is our fourth year now and we have signed up again for next year,” Smith said. The club's Business Development Manager, David Branch said Lola Jones and Cronin were worthy winners. He explained how Lola Jones got the prize. "This season the registered owner of the winning horse, with the highest points, as at the last meeting in which it competed at 'The Raceway' will receive $4,000; the trainer of that horse will receive a $3,000 product prize; the trainer of the second horse with the most points a $2,000 product prize; and trainer of third horse a $1,000 product prize.” He said each winning horse of a totalisator race at 'The Raceway' accumulated points relevant to its starting position, and every horse that placed second in a totalisator race will receive two points. The horse with the most points after “The Raceway's’ final meeting of the season was deemed the winner. Points were allocated as follows: Mobile races: barrier 1,2,3,4 = 5 pts; 5,6,9,10 = 7 pts; 7,8,11-16 & up = 8pts Standing start: Ft 5 pts; 10m 6 pts; 20m 7 pts; 30m. Meanwhile ‘The Raceway’s 2016-2017, and the club’s ‘Performance-of-the-Year’ went to the 2016 New Zealand Cup winner, Lazarus. Branch said a ‘Horse-of-the Meeting’ was selected among race winners with the most meritorious winning performance. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Lazarus won the award for his one-and-three-quarter length victory in the Group Two $60,000 Waikato Flying Mile on January 6. He was driven by Purdon and paced the mile in 1:54.9 and came home 55.5 and 26.8. Branch also explained how Lazarus got the award. “After the final meeting of the year (last Sunday) a panel of judges selected the Cambridge Raceway Horse of the Year from amongst the nightly winners. “The winning owner(s) of Lazarus will receive a trophy in recognition of their horse’s effort,” Branch explained. Meanwhile. Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick cleaned up as the 'Leading Trainer(s)' at 'The Raceway' this season.   All Cambridge Raceway winners in 2016-2017: Leading Trainer (sponsored by NRM)   1. Telfer/Garlick 126 2. Tim Vince 110 3. Todd Mitchell 101 4. Barry Purdon 89 5. Ray Green 82   Leading Junior Driver (Garrards Horse & Hound)   1. Jack MacKinnon 23 2. Dylan Ferguson 22 3. Robert Argue 18 4. Tony Cameron 15 5. Mark Johnson 14   Leading Driver of Trotters (Club House Sports Bar)   1. David Butcher 57 2. Todd Mitchell 37 3. Maurice McKendry 29 4. Kyle Marshall 29 5. Sailesh Abernethy 28 6. Robert Argue 28   Leading Trainer of Trotters (B & J Gordon)   1. Geoffrey Martin 37 2. Wallis/ Hackett 35 3. Ross Paynter 29 4. Tim Vince 28 5. James Stormont 24     Duane Ranger

Hall-of-Fame galloping trainer Graeme Rogerson notched up his second harness racing win of the season at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday, and in doing so he said he still loves training standardbreds and will always have a few in his Hamilton barn. Todd Mitchell wore the familiar red, blue and green Rogerson colours to victory behind a 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight gelding, named Flash Boy. They had a neck to spare over Bettor Buy A Rose and Zac Butcher. The 3-year-old bay paced the Turf Bar Maiden in 2:47.8 for the 2200m mobile. He came home in 59.4 and 25.8 and produced a 2:02.7 mile rate. That was his first win in two starts. It was also Rogerson's first victory since Little Bro and Hayden Cullen won at Cambridge on November 17. Prior to that his last two victories came via Easy For Cullen and Steve Phillips won at Rotorua on January 24 last year. Prior to that his previous solo victory came via Muscle And Power (David Butcher) and Cambridge Raceway on August 18, 2011. “I don‘ t get to the trots much these days but I still enjoy watching them on TV and training a few. I’ll always have a trotter or two – I like them. We’ve got a few young ones coming through next season. “I’m looking forward to them going around. As for this fella, well Mark Purdon had Flash Boy. He had a throat infection and Mark sent him to us. Our vet saw to him and he’s come back good this campaign,” Rogerson said. “I think he’s capable of going on with it,” he added. Rogerson has only had 26 starters to the races this season compared to 500 (46 wins) in 2011, or the 717 starters (98 wins) when he was at his peak with Steven Reid in 2009-2010. All up Rogerson has trained 344 winners and netted more than $2.3m in stakes since he first took out his licence in 2007. They comprised 51 winners ($369,418) as a solo trainer in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and this season. Rogerson trained a further 108 winners ($680,223) when he trained in partnership with Peter Blanchard from 2012 to 2016. He also conditioned a whopping 168 winners ($2.2m) in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with Steven Reid. Rogerson started training standardbreds with Peter Simpson in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. They won 17 races together and $189,464 “I’m very busy with galloping. As you well know I have a horse or two there as well. Warren Rich, Hayden Cullen and Michelle Northcott oversee the standardbred arm of our operation. “They will tell you about some of the nice ones we will have going around. We have lots of babies including three or four trotting yearlings,” Tauherenikau-based Rogerson said. He did make special mention of a couple of up-and-comers They were a 3-year-old Bettor's Delight - Tanisa Bromac filly named Trinity Bromac; a Monarchy - Santorini yearling filly named Estelita and a brown Monarchy - Banana Smoothie yearling filly named Splitting Image. “Quite a few of them show a lot of promise. With all our young ones and nine above average trotters I think we will be in for a much better season after August,” Rogerson said. Duane Ranger

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - Stand Sure $3.70 is best backed in win betting over Kate Jackson $8.50.   Race 2 - Donna May $4.50 leads win betting over Way To Go $4.80.   Race 3 - Nava $1.70 easily leads multi betting with some early win money coming for Flash Boy $16.00.   Race 4 - Glenferrie Duster $1.65 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Precious Moment $4.80 is best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Trinity Bromac $4.60 is leading win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Drover's Eyre $8.50 & Lola Jones $5.80 are the best backed runners here.    Race 8 - Rocknroll Lincoln $2.70 is racing in multi betting with Rascher easily leading win betting.    Race 9 - Floating On Eyre $9.50 is easily best backed in win betting over M T Pockets $8.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett’s Waiuku stable will be represented by eight trotters at Cambridge on Sunday – three of them in the first ever Monte Saddle Trot to be held at the Raceway. In fact Wallis rated her four-win Majestic Son mare, Majestic Ali, as her best winning chance of the day. The five-year-old will line up in the Monte Trot which will be run at 3.10pm (between races six and seven). The Monte event will be sponsored by Cambridge Garrards Horse & Hound who will present the winning prize. “We've got three (of the six runners) in the Saddle trot and Majestic Ali just seems to thrive on this type of racing. “Commander Paris has had one trial and broke on the last bend, while Makarewa Jake doesn’t seem to be able to give 100 percent the left-handed way around. He’s the type of horse that will also have to be looked after around last the bend,” Wallis said. Finnish-born Maattanen, who works for Brent Mangos at Pukekohe, rode Makarewa Jake to win the first Monte Saddle Trot at the Pukekohe Workouts on April 29. The 26-year-old also finished second in the first Monte Trot Exhibition race, staged at Alexandra Park on May 26. This time she had to bow by a few lengths to 15-year-old Tyla Hackett and the Wallis and Hackett trained Majestic Ali. Tyla is the daughter of Wallis and Hackett and is also a New Zealand Show Jumping Junior Rider-of-the-Year. She will ride Majestic Ali again on Sunday. “We want to get as many horses and jockeys qualified as possible. Harness racing needs something fresh and Bernie and I are determined to get this off the ground,” Wallis said. “We have had so much support it has been heartening,” she added. Meanwhile, Wallis said Donna May (race 2) was the stable’s best winning chance in the TAB trotting events at ‘The Raceway’ on Sunday. Here’s what she had to say about her stable’s five runners: Race 2:  (4) Madhubala (Michelle Wallis) - "Three-year-old filly who will be going out for a spell after this race. She’s got a little bit of speed but has no strength yet. She has shown glimpses of form but needs to get stronger and for that reason I think she will make a much better four-year-old.” (5) Secretofthesea Smile (Todd Mitchell) – "She can trot a little bit but can be unruly at the start. If Todd can get her away I think she is capable of placing.” (9) Donna May 30m (Maurice McKendry - MNZM) – "She should be hard to beat because once she comes back into form she usually holds it, She worked real nice on the beach (Karioitahi) on Thursday, and would be our best winning chance. She has placed six times at Cambridge.” Race 5: (3) Our Rosa (Maurice McKendry - MNZM) – "She’s a three-year-old who could find this opposition a little bit tough even though she won well last start, it was only a two-horse Breeders’ Crown heat at Alexandra Park. She has the good draw, but she’s also a bit weak at this stage of her career. She can place but I think Creamee (8) and Primus Inter Pares (10) are nicely handicapped here and they the are horses to beat. She too will make a better four-year-old.” (9) Blood And Whisky 10m (Michelle Wallis) – "He’s also nominated for Alexandra Park on Friday and he’s not racing as well as what he could. We have backed him up to see if it will wake his ideas up. He has won a Monte Saddle heat before, but we preferred to race him in this R50 to R68 trot. He’s better than what he’s shown of late. First four possibly.” The field for the first ever Monte Saddle Trot to be staged at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday is: Monte Saddle Trot Sunday’s Exhibition Monte Trot - 2200m – 3.10pm: 1) The Jay Abernethy trained Way to Go (Lisa Olsson). 2) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Commander Paris (Catherine Cameron). 3) The Nicky Chilcott trained Loki Brogden (Jo Stevens). 4) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Majestic Ali (Tyla Hackett). 5) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Makarewa Jake (Riina Maattanen). 6) The Jim Cole trained Cool Sun (David Medcalfe). Duane Ranger

A 2:18 winning mile rate at the Cambridge Workouts is nothing to raise the roof over, but the owners of The Crown Jewels are just rapt they just have something to smile about. The Nicky Chilcott trained and driven 5-year-old brown gelding hasn't raced since July 8 last year. It’s been a long, arduous road for the son of Pegasus Spur and Landora's Image. His career looked as might as if it had come to an abrupt halt after he ran 22-length 10th in his last tote assignment at Cambridge Raceway. The verdict: stifle disease. “He had been suffering from bad stifles and only one-to-one special care from Nicky has ensured his recovery. It didn’t look good there for a while there, but at least now he’s back on the track again. “Nicky lined him up just so to see if he could negotiate the corners okay and he appears to have come through it well. Even though he was nominated for tomorrow’s meeting at Alexandra Park (Friday), that was never going to happen,” said co-owner, Barry Lichter. “We would rather line him up in a 2200m than 2700m , so he will have his first race back in over a year in the next few weeks,” he added. The Crown Jewels and Chilcott won his first workout back at Cambridge Raceway last Saturday by half a length and six lengths, trotting the up to R50, 2200m event in 3:08.7. “We are not getting too carried away but we would expect him to beat those maiden horses. It’s encouraging all right, but he still has a bit of a mountain to climb yet,” said Auckland-based Lichter, who co-owns the gelding with Donna Chisholm (Auckland), Neslisa Turan (Cambridge), David Lichter (New York), Garry Ferris (Auckland), Gary Birkett (Auckland), and Philip Taylor (Auckland). Lichter and the Chisholms (Donna, Alan, and Graham) did the breeding. The Crown Jewels has so far won two of his 24 starts and placed in seven others for $21,217 in stakes. Lichter said the gelding had undergone arthroscopic surgery, which is a surgical procedure on the stifle joint. An endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. “He’s always had a bit of ability and it’s just so good to see him back on the track again after a year off. In some ways that is success in itself because it didn’t look good there for a while. “Nicky’s intensive around-the-clock care has got him back to where he is now. All the praise has to go to her. I can’t stress that enough. She is a brilliant horsewoman,” Lichter said. Lichter said the arthroscopic surgery discovered the stifle problem. “You couldn’t see the problem but the ligament was definitely damaged. Then he had to go through a very strict procedure. He was boxed in a very small box for three months and then he graduated to a small yard “He has done a lot of treadmill work and has been trained on the beach at Raglan. It’s all about keeping the pressure off his joints. At this stage and then hopefully he can build up to becoming a race horse again,” Lichter said. “It’s just good to have a the old horse almost back again, but you can’t get too excited after what he’s been through,” he added. Duane Ranger

Poppy Drayton’s fiery family traits could be seen in the winner’s circle shortly after the 3-year-old filly notched up her second career win at Cambridge Raceway last Friday. The Steve Phillips trained daughter of Bettor’s Delight led all the way in the fifth event for the R51 to R55 pacers at Waikato Harness Racing’s penultimate meeting of the season. "She was really full of her herself when Sailesh (Abernethy) brought her back. Anne (wife and co-owner and breeder) couldn't get near her to get her photo taken with her. She just didn’t want to be there. "It's a trait which has been passed on down through her family. She can be a bit scary at times. Shannara (dam) and Chloe Hanover (grand-dam) both had an attitude as well," Phillips said. "In some ways it's good because it's what can make good fillies and mares," he added. When Phillips saw that Poppy Drayton had drawn one in the $7,000 Fairview Motors Cambridge Pace, he thought Abernethy would lead with her, or at least be near the pace. “Sailesh rated her extremely well. She was allowed to bowl along setting her own terms in front. It was a lovely drive,” Phillips said. Poppy Drayton paced the 2200m in 2:46.7 (mile rate 2:01.9) and came home in 59 even and 28.3. She bolted in by four-and-a-half lengths and was the $3.90 second favourite. The brown filly is the only horse Phillips currently has in work. The former accountant and now 'Godfather' of amateur harness racing in New Zealand, has now trained two winners from seven starts this season. The other win also came via Poppy Drayton and Abernethy at Alexandra Park on April 7. They paced the 2200m mobile in 2:46 even that night. Poppy Drayton could now follow in the footsteps of the former Phillips trained Windinherhair, who won eight races here and three more in Australia between February and August of 2014. “We will see how this filly progresses in the next few weeks but Australia could be an option if she keeps performing well. “We did the same with Windinherhair and that proved beneficial. Nicole Molander trained her for us and ‘Poppy’ could go there too. “We brought Windinherhair home and retired her to the broodmare’s paddock. Anne and I are breeding from her now,” said Glenbrook-based Phillips. Poppy Drayton is the first foal out of the 2006 Elsu - Chloe Hanover mare, Shannara, who won five races and $27,617 for the Phillips'. Shannara in turn was was the fifth of 10 foals out of Chloe Hanover (11 wins, $93,076, 1:57.3). Footnote: Five members of the Butcher family lined up in the last event on Friday with 'Uncle' Philip causing an upset win behind the Mike Berger trained $21.30 outsider, Dun It Bad. His nephew Zac finished third behind the Ray Green trained Linc's Rule; Zac's brother Ben was fourth behind the Paul Green trained Sasha Banks; their father David finished eighth on the (David) Butcher trained Midnight Murray; and David's nephew Stephen was seventh behind the (David) Butcher trained Miranda Maguire. Harness Racing Waikato’s last meeting of the season will be on Sunday July 16. Duane Ranger

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:00pm   Race 1 - The Rev $11.00 is best backed in win betting but surprisingly is yet to take a bet in multi betting. Easily the best backed in multi betting is Majestic One $2.40.      Race 2 - Dreamy Nights $3.00 leads win betting with Franco Hamilton $2.30 leading multi betting over Chrissie Jet $6.50.     Race 3 - Danke $4.80 leads win betting over KD Hall $3.80. KD Hall $3.80 just leads multi betting over I'm Just Awesome $2.90.     Race 4 - Regal Grin $6.50 leads win betting over Spirit Of Love $14.00 but in multi betting it's all one way traffic on Runcle $3.00.     Race 5 - Nga Mihi Nui $3.20 is easily best backed in win betting & leads multi betting over Poppy Drayton $3.80.     Race 6 - Rocknroll Lincoln $5.50 - $4.20 is best backed in win betting over R Gee Three $21.00. Sky Diamond $3.40 easily leads multi betting over Rocknroll Lincoln.     Race 7 - Monnay $1.60 is the only runner wanted here.     Race 8 - Lola Jones $8.00 is best backed in win betting with Bet Out Of Ell $1.45 easily best backed in multi betting.     Race 9 - Happy Magic $2.90 is best backed in win & multi betting.     Race 10 - Ruebe Star $4.40 leads win betting over Linc's Bute $198.00 - $12.00.   In the Drivers Challenge David Butcher is best backed $3.80 - $2.90 over Maurice McKendry $6.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

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