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Although he is a master at producing pacers for first-up wins, champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall has set himself a formidable challenge heading in Friday night’s Gloucester Park meeting. Hall will produce inexperienced filly Nuala fresh for the $50,000 Schweppes Dainty’s Daughter Classic. The New Zealand-bred Nuala will enter the Group Two for three-year-old fillies at her third start and at her first appearance for 172 days. In a highly unorthodox preparation, and a bold approach to a feature, Hall has not given Nuala any lead-up starts, preferring to get her ready by running her in a 2150-metre trial at Byford on each of the past three Sundays. Driven by Clint Hall, Nuala has not been extended in winning the three trials by margins of six, 45 and 30 metres. In her latest trial, in a field of five, Nuala beat Bettor Twisted by 10 lengths after dashing over the final two quarters in 28.6 and 28.4 seconds. Nuala has drawn favourably at barrier two, but the daughter of Changeover faces a stern test in the battle for early ascendancy. Drawn on her inside is Delightful Jade, a filly blessed with sparkling early speed and a noted frontrunner. Along with being first-up from a spell, Nuala is the only filly who has not raced at Gloucester Park. She has earned just $8735 as a result of two wins, while her 10 rivals have won 54 races and earned a combined total of $614,231 - a healthy average of $61,423. Hall is no stranger to success in the event, having captured last year’s edition with Majorly Foxy Styx, which led throughout with Hall’s son, Gary junior, in the cart. KEN CASELLAS

One horse name that keeps popping up at harness racing meetings in New Zealand is that of "Shard" and it continues to enjoy a lot of success both here and over the Tasman. Associated with the Smiths of Invercargill, the "Shard " prefix has adorned a lot of talented horses over the years . This year Debbie Smith is preparing seven yearlings for the sales but only four of them are Shard Farm progeny and carry the "Shard" name. After watching the videos we took an instant liking to Lot 455 who is named Jamieson Shard. A son of American Ideal, Jamieson Shard is the sixth foal from the former smart racemare Sly Shard 2:00.3 ($23,732) who has really made her mark in the broodmare barn. To date the daughter of Panorama has left the champion juvenile Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793) who is now standing at stud in Australia and the top racemare Pemberton Shard 1:55.2 ($212,997) who took out the New Zealand Premier Mares Championship last week at Addington. Another one from Sly Shard to really take our eye at the trials recently is the Changeover two year old Linton Shard. A workout winner over the talented Ice Crusher in his first run, Linton Shard made ground stylishly against two of the All Stars juggernaut in Chase The Dream and Waikiki Beach in his second outing. Purchased for $40,000 at last years sale by Cran Dalgety on behalf of stable clients, Linton Shard looks to have inherited all the family ability. With Sly Shard also being a half sister to the former champion pacer Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689) Jamieson Shard has plenty going for him on the pedigree page. Throw in the individual we watched on the video and this colt will drag in the bidders on sales day. Harnesslink Media  

Former New Zealand harness racing champion Changeover has jumped into fourth position on this season’s NZ 3YO Sires premiership with 12 individual winners following a double last weekend. Prince Of Pops, a winner of three races as a two-year-old, posted his first success for the new season at Auckland on Friday night. Starting from barrier 13, the gelding launched a three-wide bid at the 1000 metre mark, circling the entire field in the space of a few hundred metres. He posted a new lifetime mark of 1:58.6 for 2200 metres, covering the last 800 in a blazing 56.7 and 400 in 28.4. The gelding is out of a winning daughter of Cameleon. The following day Cool Changes, having only his second start, produced a stomping finishing run down the outside to score in 1:59.6 for 2200 metres at Invercargill. Out of a winning daughter of Sands A Flyin, Cool Changes is prepared by Nathan Williamson. Changeover, who stands at Nevele R Stud, has sired 22 individual NZ bred winners and five Australian bred winners to date. By Peter Wharton

Nathan Williamson has been on fire since the Gore meeting just after Xmas and Saturday at  Invercargill was another stellar day for the young harness racing trainer. Nathan added another four training wins to the resume which took him up to eleven wins since Xmas while he has also driven sixteen winners in the same period. Nathan also reached another milestone yesterday when Splash Cola won the first race with that win notching up his 500th success in the sulky. Given out by Nathan as his best drive for the meeting in the Harnesslink weekly ringaround, Spash Cola won like a horse with a big future. Nathan though wasn't entirely happy with the mare's performance. "She has still got a fair bit to learn" "She didn't trot that well early but got better the further she went" " With a bit more experience I think she can go a long way," Nathan said. The second of Nathan's quartet for the day was the smart American Ideal three year old Tas Man Bromac who took 3.4 seconds off the old track for 2700 metres from a stand by a three year old when he streaked away for an easy win by 3 1/2 lengths in 3:22, a mile rate of 2:00.4. The mark was also 1.6 seconds inside the old New Zealand record for the distance set in 1999 by Seafield Raider Registering his fifth win from just nine starts, the colt is obviously well above average and Nathan was confident going into the race. "The trip away to Addington last week did him the world of good" "He was working great before the trip north but has worked better again since his return." "He is just such a lovely horse to do anything with" "Our longterm aim with him is the Southern Supremacy but he will still need to keep improving to match it with the likes of Pulp Fiction," Nathan said.  The third of Nathan's winners was the three year old Changeover gelding Cool Changes who improved from a first up fourth to take out the maiden 2200 metres mobile in a style that suggested that there are a few more in store. Nathan has a bit of time for the inexperienced gelding. " He is one of those horses that you have to keep after a bit." "He is a real lazy laid back kind of character but he keeps going." " He doesn't have real high speed but can still run time due to his strength, Nathan said. The fourth and last of Nathan's winners was the very smart Armbro Invasion mare Poppymalda who came from a long way off them at the 600 metres mark to grab Queen Kenny close to home and notch up win number three at just her seventh start. Nathan was thrilled with her performance. " She just keeps getting better and better."  " She was timed to trot her last 800 metres in 56.4 and that was after being out three wide so it was a great run. "Our longterm aim is the Harness Jewels at Ashburton and with that in mind we thought we might take her up to Addington this week for the experience," Nathan said. Nathan is having a stellar season to date training wise with twenty five wins in the bank and he is well on the way to beating his season's best of thirty five wins set in 2013. Nathan knew at the start of the season that he had a good team around him. " I kind of  figured we might be in for a big season but we did lose a couple of our most promising horses early on to injury  but other horses in the stable have preformed better than we thought so we haven't felt the loss of those horses as much as I thought we would. " Nathan said. Nathan, who has been driving for just ten years has quickly matured into a leading driver on the New Zealand harness racing scene, having already won five Southland driving premierships. Nathan continues to go from strength to strength and it looks a given that his stature in the industry will continue to rise in the coming years. Harnesslink Media   

Harness racing returned to Alexandra Park for the first time this year and Scott Phelan quickly made his mark for the new year with a smart winning drive on Prince Of Pops. The three year old son of Changeover from the Telfer and Garlick barn has always shown plenty of potential, winning three races as a two year old late last season. Tonight he drew terribly at five on the second line in the 2200 metres mobile and settled seven back in the running line in the early running and Scott stayed put through the first 1200 metres. With just under 1000 metres to go Scott launched Prince Of Pops three wide around the field at full throttle and went from near last at the 950 metres mark to the front at the 600 metres mark. Allowed to steady for a furlong by Scott, Prince Of Pops was off again as they straightened for home and was never seriously challenged in the run to the line. At the finish Prince Of Pops still had 1 3/4 lengths to spare and seemed to still have a bit in reserve. What made the run even more impressive was Prince Of Pops cut out the 2200 metres in 2:42.1, a mile rate of 1:58.6 with closing sectionals of 56.7 and 28.4 Scott was not surprised by the performance of Prince Of Pops. " I have always liked him and on his work  I knew he would go good." "He is just a notch below the really good three year olds so he was always going to be hard to beat back in maiden grade," Scott said Scott thought while not up to the best three year olds at this stage, he may be in the Autumn " If he keeps taking the next step up then we may have consider that down the line," Scott said. The immediate plan with Prince Of Pops is to head to Addington next week for the $40,000 PGG Wrightson Pace for three year olds by a sire standing for less than $5,000. "That looks a great race for him and the trip will do him the world of good." "All we need now is a decent draw so if you could organize that it would be great," Scott joked to Harnesslink this evening. Going by his winning effort tonight Prince Of Pops will be a serious challenger next Friday night. Harnesslink Media   

Harness racing trainer Tony Statford has developed a reputation for always having a handy two year old or two in his stable over the last few years so it was no surprise when he produced the quinella in the two year old fillies race at Invercargill yesterday. Tony had four of the six runners in the Southland Standardbred Breeders Pace for two year old fillies  and he was not surprised that the Changeover filly Envious came out on top. " She is a natural two year old with high gate speed so I thought she would be tough to beat." "She is beautifully gaited with great manners so that will take you a long way in those two year old races, " Tony said. Away first for driver Dexter Dunn from barrier three, Envious took a trail behind the favourite Tact Rousey soon after the start and then waited until the passing lane to sprint through and simply bolt in by 2 3/4 lengths over her fast finishing stablemate Gotta Bewitched who came from last at the 600 metres mark. Envious paced the 1700 metres in 2:06.9, a mile rate of 2:00.1 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.1 and she seemed to do it with a fair bit in reserve. Gotta Bewitched was equally impressive in finishing well for second with her tendency to get her head round just part of her makeup according to Tony. "She ia actually a beautiful pacer with great manners but she likes to run with her head on the side." "We were thrilled with how she finished yesterday but we are going to have to get her to straighten that head carriage up," Tony said. Tony is having his best season ever in 2014/2015 with 12 wins already in the bank and he is in no doubt about why. " I was offered the opportunity to train out of Macca Lodge by the owners Brent and Sheree McIntyre and have been here since July 1st last year." " They are real enthusiasts and it is a real pleasure to work for them, Tony said. The star of the team is undoubtedly Pulp Fiction who has won five from seven as a three year old and is being aimed at the Southern Supremacy Final and then possibly a Derby tilt. "He is such a lovely wee horse." "He is not very big but he has a fantastic gait and great manners." " We thought he was going to finish top five in the Sires Stakes Final at Addington during Cup Week until he was checked in the straight." "That race gave us a lot of confidence going forward that he is not out of place in those classics," Tony said. As you would expect with a horse of his class the offers have poured in over the last few months but the horse is not going anywhere in a hurry.  " My father in law brought him to have something to race. "He is in his eighties so he is getting a great thrill out of his performances and has no intention of selling him, Tony said. Harnesslink Media  

Talented harness racing youngster Big Spending Telf outgunned the Sydneysiders on their home soil for Victorian horseman Michael Stanley last Saturday night. The son of Changeover, which appears rich with intestinal fortitude, sat in the ‘death seat’ during the Chokin Championship heat before overpowering the leader, Quagmire, leaving the back straight. Digging deep during the latter stages, Big Spending Telf staved off a determined Kilcullen to score by two metres in 1:54.2 over a mile. “There was a bit of rain in the race before and he did all the work in the run and held them off, so he did a really good job,” Stanley said. “We’ll see what happens in the heat next week, but hopefully he can go into the Final and repeat the performance there.” Stanley stated Big Spending Telf’s biggest asset was a seemingly endless supply of stamina, but added the half-brother to Magical Telf is also blessed with plenty of speed. “There’s a lot of bottom to him. Not a lot of three-year-olds can sustain the effort like he can for as long as he can,” Stanley declared. Big Spending Telf has won four of his six starts for prizemoney of $15,750. Meanwhile, Stanley’s other runners for the night both ran big races. Blucolla Tigerpie finished third in the Campbelltown Catholic Club Ladyship Pace won fellow Victorian Beauty Secret in 1:52.4. “She was not as sharp as she was first-up which makes me think that run might have taken the edge off her a bit,” Stanley said. “But they went 52 and she was off the track the last 600 and hit the line hard, so she’s ready to win soon. “I think she’ll take far more benefit from this run than she did the first-up one.” Hilltop Hustler also performed admirably in the Group 1 Coca Cola Amatil Sprint over 1609 metres. After racing towards the tail of the field, Hilltop Hustler found the line strongly to finish sixth behind Beautide, which stopped the clock in 1:50.4. “He just needs a couple of runs against this type of opposition to pick up the tempo of these races,” Stanley said. “The way he hit the line was really good. I’m really proud of him.” HRV Media

A pretty low key harness racing meeting at Wyndham today was elevated to a higher status by the the win of the talented 3 year old Changeover filly, Supriya. When she won race two for the fillies and mares in the hands of Matthew Williamson, Supriya recorded win number 1000 for Cran Dalgety as a trainer since he first took out a licence in 1992. A son of legendary horseman Jim Dalgety, Cran has been near the top of the trainers list in New Zealand for several years and has has been outstandingly successful in his raids on the premier Australian races over many years. Cran won the New Zealand premiership in 2013 and is a major player these days in many group races in Australasia. The first top horse to emerge from Kentuckiana Lodge not long after Cran started as a trainer was the great Desperate Comment who won 22 races and $788,617 in stakes for Cran. A win in the Easter Cup in New Zealand and the Victorian Cup in Melbourne along with placings in the Inter-Dominion and Auckland Cup by Desperate Comment put the young trainer on the map. From there it has been onwards and upwards and Cran has rarely gone for any period of time without a topliner in his barn. The next star from Kentuckiana Lodge was the brilliant juvenile Smiling Shard who by the time he was retired to stud had wracked up 17 wins and $1,165,007. As a 2 year old Smiling Shard won the new Zealand Sires Stakes Final, the Harness Jewels and the Australasian Breeders Crown while as an older horse he ran a great second in the Hunter Cup. Bettor's Strike (16 wins) ($890,201) struck around the same time winning a $400,000 Victorian Cup and ran a neck second to Monkey King in the $1,000,000 New Zealand Cup. Cran presently has two out and out champions in the barn in the form of the dual Australasian Breeders Crown winner in Bit Of A Legend (18 wins) ($747,804) and last seasons Australasian Grand Circuit champion in Christen Me (21 wins) ($1,104,654) One race that has eluded Cran to date is the New Zealand Cup with Bettor's Strike (2nd) and Christen Me (3rd) his best performers to date but with the form wave the stable is riding at the moment that could all change on Tuesday at Addington. It is not only horses that Cran turns out at Kentuckaina Lodge with two of the best junior drivers ever in the history of harness racing in New Zealand getting their grounding with Cran. Mark Jones went on to win the World Driving Championship while Dexter Dunn is already recognized as one of best drivers ever produced in the shaky isles. To cap it off Cran is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Always obliging and then some to the media, Cran deserves all the kudos that he regularly receives. Now if Christen Me could just put his best foot forward on Tuesday and really make this a time to remember for the popular West Melton trainer. Harnesslink Media

Colourful racecaller Mark McNamara described dramatic pacer Cody Singer as a “weirdo” after making hard work of winning his second race in six starts at Addington on Friday, October 24. “He’s a wierdo . . . in the nicest possible way,” was Mr McNamara’s summation after Cody Singer won the C1 Lindauer Lawn Cup Day Limited Tickets Available Mobile Pace. Mr McNamara was elaborating after his discription over the concluding stages when he said Cody Singer “turns on and off like a light switch.” Mr McNamara explained Cody Singer waits for others to come alongside him then goes again. Cody Singer, a massive Christian Cullen gelding with a motor to match his size, chooses to be eccentric. His two Addington wins have been far from conventional. They’ve been achieved in the most difficult fashion but the day ‘Cody’ learns to be an agreeable racehorse his opponents should be in for a severe spanking. He galloped off the unruly from a stand for his maiden win on October 10. He looped the field and looked like he was going to run fourth before hitting the go button and pulling away. His latest win came in similar circumstances. Trainer Cran Dalgety had reservations after Cody Singer drew the ace for the mobile start. The big horse was in trouble 100m after the start, tangling but soon settling at the tail of the field. Driver Dexter Dunn let the favourite roll impressively round the field four and five wide to take control with 1400m to run. However, the $2 favourite looked in danger of being run down with 100m to run, firstly by former stablemate Cracklin Rosie (trail), then Eastburn Mara (three back), along the markers. But after drifting out and balancing up, he had more to give when asked by Dexter, drawing away by three-quarters of a length. Cody Singer paced the mobile 2600m in 3:17.8 (2:02.4 mile rate), running his last 800 in 58.6s and final 400m in 27.9s. Considering his mid-race burn, it was a terrific win. Cody Singer was placed with a second warning over his mobile manners by stewards. His first came after his mobile race debut on September 5. He also became claustrophobic after being crossed drawing the one barrier there, galloping and being pulled up. Cody Singer, despite the drama that surrounds him, will have a big following if he draws anywhere but the inside for the $32,400 Graphite Developments Show Day Futurity Mobile Pace (2600m) on November 14. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety notched a winning double at Addington’s Labour Weekend meeting. He opened proceedings when hot $1.50 favourite Delightful Lana showing her class by coming out on top despite racing in the gale-force cool easterly breeze throughout the Cup Day - Only 18 Days To Go Mobile Mile. The promising 3YO Bettor’s Delight-Long Live Lana filly earned herself a 1:55.9 mile mark in the process. She was caught wide in the early rush from the four gate, pressing to the parked position with just over 1200m to run. Delightful Lana held the attentions of Betabcool, who tracked her on the outer, in the run home, holding by half a length, with Abbey Cullen, three back on the outer, finishing on wide for third, a further three-quarters of a length away. The winner breezed over the last 800m in 57.1s and 400m in 27.2s. She racked up her fourth win from eight starts for her Melbourne owners and is unbeaten in both spring 3YO starts. Resuming 3YO filly stablemates, Supriya (fourth) and Bettor Think Twice (fifth), were sound without luck in their respective engagements. Supriya worked hard from the nine gate three wide, surging to the front with 850m to run, then getting swamped over the last 100m. Bettor Think Twice tangled away first-up from the stand start, settling second last, and did well, making ground for fifth. Courtesy Cran Dalgety Racing  - Check site here        

Former harness racing superstar Changeover continues to enjoy a strong start to the season in Australia, particularly along the east coast. Changeover, which was successful at Group One level in New South Wales and Victoria, now heads the states’ sires’ list for three-year-olds. From his first racing crop, Changeover boasts 20 winners – four bred in Australia and 16 in New Zealand. One of his brightest prospects is Big Spending Telf for Ballarat trainer Michael Stanley. Winner of his two starts this term, Big Spending Telf is expected to play a role in the various classics later in the season, including the Victoria Derby. “I rated him as the best of my two-year-olds last season,” Stanley declared. “He’s always shown plenty of potential, but I held him back until late in the season. “He’s really strong, but at this stage, he doesn’t have blistering speed. “I’ve got no doubt he will continue as the season goes on and I’ll be aiming at some of the better races with him during the year.” Changeover, which stands for famed breeding establishment Nevele R Stud, also has a son which is unbeaten for the season in New South Wales. Successful at his two outings, Beaudiene Bill is another which will be aimed at the various Derbys by trainer KerryAnn Turner. Over on the Shaky Isles, Changeover’s numbers continue to grow, with Oneover the stallion’s latest winner after scoring at Rangiora last week. PAUL COURTS

Unbeaten filly Nuala is proving a splendid advertisement for the Nevele R Stud stallion Changeover in Australia. Winner of her only appearance in New Zealand rating a track record 1:58.8 for 2000 metres at Oamaru, has had one start for premier Western Australian trainer Gary Hall…which she won in impressive style. Beginning from the back row, the three-year-old worked to the front during the middle stages and proceeded to run her rivals ragged, rating 2:00.3 for the 2185 metres. Nuala tramped her last half in 56.4 seconds under a hold by driver Clint Hall. Hall has since described the youngster as “the best filly I’ve ever had.” “She’s outstanding. She’s got speed, strength, she’s got everything,” Hall declared. Having been sent for a spell, Nuala will be targeted towards the $150,000 WA Oaks later in the season, with several eastern state classics also on the agenda. “I wouldn’t be frightened to send a mare to Changeover,” Hall said. Changeover has also been represented by recent Victorian winners Big Spending Telf and Glenferrie Boss, with both expected to make their way through the grades with ease. Meanwhile, Carisma, another three-year-old filly, became the 19th winner from Changeover's first crop when she scored on the grass at Motukarara. Changeover needs no introduction having won 29 of his 66 starts for earnings of $2,426,765. A brilliant juvenile, Changeover developed into a star open class performer, which was successful at the highest level. PAUL COURTS

Former harness racing star Changeover continues to impress with his first crop as a sire. Changeover’s numbers have increased to 18 winners in Australia and New Zealand, with the young stallion on the way to emulating his record racing feats. Changeover’s latest successful progeny is Whitershadeofpale, which won on debut at Timaru in 1:59.7. From unraced Badlands Hanover mare, Whitershadeofpale is a member of Terry and Glenys Chmiel’s Leeston stable. Big Spending Telf and Beaudiene Bill – members of Changeover’s maiden crop – were also victories again last weekend. A promising three-year-old, Big Spending Telf boasts two wins from three starts, the latest by rating 2:00 for the 1750 metres. He also finished a close third in the Group Three $30,000 Garrard Classic at Menangle. Beaudiene Bill, a Breeders’ Crown finalist last season, posted his second win at Bathurst by leading throughout. A sensation from debut, Changeover was retired with 29 wins and 16 placings from 66 starts for earnings of $2,426,765. PAUL COURTS

Changeover 1:53.4 ($2,404,473), New Zealand's richest ever harness racing stallion and the winner of 19 Group and Listed races, has left some smart two-year-olds from his first crop in both NZ and Australia. In his first season he produced 151 foals in New Zealand and he has been represented by 43 qualifiers and 28 starters from that crop, 13 of which won including Controversial (1:57.1), the winner of three races including a Queensland Breeders Crown heat, fellow Breeders Crown finalist Beaudiene Bill, Prince Of Pops 1:59.8 (3 wins), Change The Rulz, an Addington winner in 1:58.9; promising Victorian winner Big Spending Telf; and Cambio, who won the  Listed Yearling Sales Series NHT Final at its only start at Auckland. Another of Changeover's first NZ crop in Nuala, who is a filly from the Live Or Die mare Forever Blue, established an all aged track record at Oamaru, rating 1:58.8 for 2000 metres. At her first start on Australian soil Nuala blitzed her rivals at Pinjarra (WA), running her last 800 in 56.4 seconds. The Paul Kerr trained Oneover competed with real distinction in several of NZ's feature juvenile events and was placed third behind Alta Orlando in the Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes. He looks like he will develop into a very nice three-year-old. Changeover was clearly NZ's leading first-season sire based on individual winners and stakemoney and he was the third leading overall sire of two-year-old winners. In Australia, Changeover produced 29 foals from his first crop racing as two-year-olds and he has achieved an excellent 44 percent winners-to-starters percentage ratio. With a 13.8 percent winners-to-foals strike rate, Changeover is second only to Sportswriter (19.4%) on the first-season percentage sires' list. Of nine foals to have raced, four have won and another two have been placed including the Vicbred Super Series and Home Grown Classic heat winner Licinia; the Albion Park winner Chang; Grace Campbell, a Launceston winner and runner-up in the Group 3 Evicus; and Glenferrie Boss, a 1:59.1 Victorian winner. Changeover, a son of champion sire In The Pocket and the Vance Hanover mare Chaangerr and from the maternal family of Chokin, Fly Like An Eagle and co, is lining up for his fifth season at Nevele R Stud, Christchurch. Courtesy Of Nevele R Stud

Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has joined Patumahoe’s Geoff Small as NZ’s most successful trainers of Group One Breeders Crown Final winners after Katy Perry’s hard fought success in last Sunday’s $A297,000 Betterthancheddar @ Alabar Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park, Melton. Both have achieved five Breeders Crown Final successes in the specialised two-four age group categories, just one ahead of NZ’s premier trainer Mark Purdon. Cran Dalgety’s growing list of ABC Grand Final winners is: Sparks A Flyin (2001 3YO fillies), Smiling Shard (2009 2YO colts/geldings), Bit Of A Legend (2012-13 3YO colts/geldings) and Katy Perry (2014 2YO fillies). Former world champion driver Mark Jones partnered Sparks A Flyin. Current NZ champion Dexter Dunn has driven the stable runners since 2009. The Kentuckiana Lodge mentor is challenging as NZ’s most successful trainer at the Breeders Crown, taking into account his additional three Grand Final seconds _ Smiling Shard (2010 3YO colts/geldings), Onlyforyou (2012 2YO fillies) and Bit Of A Legend (2014 4YO entires/geldings). Northern-based, but Canterbury-raised Geoff Small, set the early pace among the Kiwis. Small’s ABC Pacing Grand Final winners are: Pullover Brown (2003 3YO Fillies), Changeover (2007 3YO Colts/geldings), Tintin In America (2009 3YO Colts/geldings), De Lovely (2010 3YO Fillies) and Cowgirls N Indians (2011 2YO Fillies). He also has a Group Two Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate FFA (open class race) to his credit, with All Tiger in 2009. Recuperating Cambridge driver David Butcher has partnered all but one of Small’s ABC winners. Templeton driver Anthony Butt partnered Pullover Brown for her ABC win after also driving her to win the NZ Oaks that season.  Anthony Butt, a close second driving Joanne’s A Delight in last Sunday’s 2YO Fillies Final, also won the 1998 ABC 3YO Fillies Final driving Under Cover Lover, Mark Purdon, who gained early ABC Final training successes with Galleons Assassin (2005 2YO trot) and Fly Like An Eagle (2012 3YO colts/geldings), doubled his quota when (My) Ayra (2YO fillies trot) and Follow The Stars (2YO colts/geldings) delivered last Sunday. His additional driving win with (Our) Twentyten (who he formerly trained) in the 3YO trot final on Sunday, makes him jointly NZ’s top driver in the 2-4YO age group catergories, with David Butcher, who besides the Small-trained winners, also reined Miami H to win the 2010 3YO trot final for trainers Derek Balle and Owen Gillies. Victorian trotting training master Chris Lang is the most successful Breeders Crown trainer with seven wins. His successes, all in ABC trot finals, are: Kyvalley Road (2002-03 2 & 3YO trot), Right Interest (2006 3YO trot), Skyvalley (2008-09 3 & 4YO trot) and Let Me Thru (2009-10 3 & 4YO trot). Lang has also added three Group Two Australasian Breeders Crown Graduate FFA wins, a race for open class trotters, with former champ, Sundons Gift (2007-08 & 2010). Lang’s brother, champion Victorian reinsman Gavin, although winless at the Breeders Crown this year, remains the most successful driver in Breeders Crown Finals, with 10 successes. Courtsey Of Cran Dalgety Racing

As the harness racing season ends on the 31st of July in New Zealand, Harnesslink thought it was an appropriate time to review how all the leading sires and other sires on the improve performed in each age bracket. First up is the 2 year old division. Two stallions dominated this division this year with Bettor's Delight and Art Major competing for divisional honours. To be fair the playing field was tilted rather dramatically in Bettor's Delight's favour by the fact that Bettor's Delight had 230 two year olds eligible to race while Art Major only had 85. As has become the norm worldwide it was the fillies by Bettor's Delight which really lifted him on the sires list. His three biggest stake earners for the season in Joanne's Delight 1:56.8 ($134,094) Linda Lovegrace 1:57.7 ($127,789) and Kate Perry 1:56.7 ($117,872) are all fillies and the only fillies to earn in excess of $100,000 this season that were bred in New Zealand. Bettor's Delight best colts were headed by Hug The Wind 1:56.8 ($102,332) Express Stride 2:00.2 ($76,660) and Bettor Spirits 1:59.1 ($61,601) Foals - 230   New Zealand bred winners (Aus / NZ) - 30 % of winners to foals - 13.04 NZ stakes - $871,314 For a sire with just 85 two year olds eligible to race, Art Major had a great year with runners in all the major races. The best colts were headed by Say My Name 1:57.9 ($87,673) Mighty Flying Major 1:58.4 ($60,156) and Art Union 1:58.4 ($56,853). The best fillies were headed by Fight For Glory 1:59.2 ($83,936) Unforgiving 1:57 ($45,263) and Art Critic 1:56.9 ($20,836) The elephant in the room for Art Major is of course Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($272,080) with the Australian bred 2 year old dominating the juvenile scene in New Zealand. Foals - 85   New Zealand bred winners (Aus / NZ) - 16 % of winners to foals - 18.82 NZ stakes - $528,121 The third place getter on the sires list is the elite sire Mach Three. With a crop of just 73, Mach Three was up against it but it still was not one of his best years.. Mach Three did produce Chachingchaching 1:56.6 ($52,600) and Cyclone Kate 1:55.5 ($32,070) but his best performer was another of the Mark Purdon Australian imports in Supersonic Miss 1:54.1 ($137,128) who has legitimate claims to the two year old filly of the year title. The fourth place getter was Courage Under Fire who from a very small crop of just 23 did manage to produce the biggest stake earning 2 year old in New Zealand last season in Alta Orlando 1:56.2 ($141,749). Another that did not have his best year was super sire Christian Cullen who sired just two winners from 72 foals which by his very high standards is not like him. However Christian Cullen looks to have a very smart colt in Bracken Ridge and several qualifiers that look way above average so his stats look like they will come right at three. The best of the first season sires by a margin was the son of In The Pocket in Changeover. In Aust / NZ Changeover had 13 individual winners and plenty of qualifiers, which bodes well for his future. In the trotting ranks it was a two horse war all season between Love You and Majestic Son. It wasn't settled until late in the season with Majestic Son claiming a narrow victory on paper but it was very hard to separate them really. Monbet ($66,145) and Yaugunnakissmeornot ($26,180) starred for Love You while Wanna Play ($50,771) and Prince Feerless ($57,956) were the headliners for Majestic Son. The newcomer Angus Hall made a big impression with his first crop, finishing third overall and siring the most individual winners with the smallest crop of any of the top three sires. Harnesslink media

The In The Pocket stallion Changeover continues to enhance his growing reputation with every meeting recently and that continued tonight (July 25th) when he was repersented by winners at both metropolitian harness racing venues, Alexandra Park and Addington Raceway. First up at Alexandra Park was the smart gelding Prince Of Pops who registered his third win for the season with a stylish win over older horses, rating a smart 1:59.8 for the 2200 meters. Just as impressive was the filly Change The Rulz who showed a clean pair of heels to her competition in the A Electrical Ltd Mobile pace over 1950 meters for two and three year old fillies at Addington Raceway. It was the fourth individual filly winner for Changeover in New Zealand in his debut season. Sent straight to the front from barrier six by leading driver Dexter Dunn, Change The Rulz kept up a solid tempo throughout before skipping clear on the home turn and holding out a good finish from  She's Extreme to win by a length and a quarter. It was her first win at her fifth start but Change The Rulz had hinted at an early win with a close third last time to the races. Trained at Woodend by Greg and Nina Hope, Change The Rulz is raced by Greg along with the well known Westport trotting identity, Richard Dellaca. She paced the 1950 meters in the cold conditions in 2:24.1, a mile rate of 1:58.9 with closing sectionals of 58 and 28.4. From the “Rulz” family which has been long associated with Richard Dellaca, Change The Rulz is a half sister to this seasons promising 3 year old Ranfurly Rulz. (3 wins). Her dam Victoria Rulz is a half sister to the brilliant Courage Under Fire gelding Jason Rulz 1:54.6 ($207,985). Like a lot of the Changeover's, Change The Rulz looks just the type to develop into a really smart horse at three. Change The Rulz Harnesslink media    

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