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The outstanding harness racing mare, Lancewood Lizzie has run her last race after injuring a tendon while winning a fillies and mares race at Alexandra Park in late January. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has had an outstanding race career with her record of 13 wins and 12 placings from just 40 starts for stakes in excess of $258,000 very impressive. Her biggest win was undoubtedly in last seasons 4 year old Diamond at the Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton where she won easily in 1:52.7 but she was also a serious presence in most of the mares races in New Zealand the last 18 months. She ran fourth to Venus Serena in the 2014 3 year old Diamond at Cambridge and a great third to Adore Me in the 2014 Queen Of Hearts at Alexandra Park. Lancewood Lizzie began her career under the care of Dave and Claire McGowan, winning four of twelve from their barn before the owners transferred her to the stable of leading trainer Barry Purdon who won another nine races with her. Lancewood Lizzie has the pedigree to go with the ability being from the famous Kamwood family with which the late Dianne Wood had so much success. Lancewood Lizzie is closely related to such smart horses as Kamwood Belle ( 8 wins) who won the Ladyship Stakes at Alexandra Park and was one of the mares that helped establish the "Kamwood " name and she was followed by horses such as Kamwood Kango 1:58.6 ($268,394)  Kamwood Warrior 1:51 ($209,946)  Kamwood Cully 1:57.5 ($159,838) Bold Kamwood 1:58.1 ($133,431) and Kamwood Girl 1:56.8 ($115,964) to name just a few. Lancewood Lizzie is to be covered in her first season at stud by the Woodlands based sire American Ideal who continues to produce quality age group performers. Harnesslink Media

Pure Power, now an 8yo and with more than $300,000 to his name, is the latest big name acquisition to the Robert Dunn stables. Having been in Australia for around 18 months, Pure Power returned to New Zealand in May, rejoining the stable of his former trainers in David and Clare McGowan. He has worked pleasingly of late, having overcome an injury that ended his Australian campaign. He made his New Zealand reappearance at Saturday's Cambridge workouts with an encouraging 1.5 length victory. It was with the confidence of this workout that the decision was made to send him south to the Woodend stables of Robert and John Dunn. Samantha Ottley has been entrusted with the drive.  John is delighted with the news of the big Grinfromeartoear gelding joining the stable ranks. "It'll be great. Dave is really pleased with him and hopefully he should be heading down this weekend." Amongst his short term targets will most likely be the Maurice Holmes Vase. Depending on how he continues to progress the 2014 New Zealand Cup is definitely on the long-term planning sheet.        The horse has performed well on the big Addington track previously with his last start in NZ resullting in second place in the 2012 NZ Free-For-All, won by Gold Ace. There is a very real chance that the stable may be able to field 3 runners in this year's cup, with that race very much in the sights of stable stars Elios and Franco Nelson.  Courtesy Of Robert Dunn Harness Racing  

New Zealand harness racing fans from the 1970s and beyond will remember broadcasting icon John May. . . A radio and television presenter of years gone by, May has also been a club committee man, marketing manager for Harness Racing New Zealand and the Auckland Trotting Club, and has was also one of the co-founders of the New Zealand Sires Stakes Board.

Pure Power's two wins in his last two starts have seen him shorten in from 23rd to 18th in the latest New Zealand Cup rankings released today (Wednesday october 24) by Harness Racing New Zealand.

Dave McGowan believes Pure Power will be one of the favourites for the New Zealand Cup. .. and in order to achieve that November 2013 goal the 6-year-old will be plying his trade in Australia.

Gareth Dixon is proud to showcase his good 3-year-old harness racing filly - Carpenter's Daughter - in the late Noel Gibson's brown and white chequered colours. "It's special when she wins. Noel did a lot for the sport and I''m proud the horse could win in his colours especially for all of her owners," said Dixon, who trains the filly at Clevedon.

Pure Power was vetted following the gelding's disappointing performance in last Sunday's (October 9) Methven Cup which revealed no obvious abnormalities. Co-trainer Dave McGowan of Pukekohe, advised harness racing stewards the son of Grinfromeartoear had scoured during the running and would have blood tests taken.

Harness racing driver Katherine Hagan knew she was about to create a moment in time heading down the back straight at Alexandra Park on Thursday night (September 8). Sure enough some seven hundred metres later she had done exactly that.

Pukekohe harness racing trainer Dave McGowan is setting his sights high with up and coming pacer Pure Power. McGowan trains the powerful son of Grinfromeartoear in partnership with his wife Clare, long-term the pair would desperately like to have a crack at a Miracle Mile on the fast Menangle circuit, but in the mean-time co-trainer Dave McGowan has been in the South Island putting the finishing touches on the promising gelding in preparation for this Saturday's (June 4) $150,000 Harness Jewels 4YO Emerald (Group 1).

The only woman to have ever driven a Group One winner will leave New Zealand on June 11 for a new harness racing life in New South Wales. Pukekohe-based Nicole Molander will take six horses with her and will be based on Racecourse Road - just two properties down from Menangle Park Raceway.

The Harness Jewels landscape has changed dramatically after a weekend when bigger was definitely better. The $1.2 million raceday at Ashburton is less than a month away on June 6, but the harness racing markets for its glamour race have been rocked by the struggles facing some of our best 4-year-old pacers.

North Island visitor Pure Power stamped his mark as a leading contender for the up-coming Harness Jewels Emerald with a superb win at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting held today (Sunday).

Aslan's 11th harness racing win at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday October 29) has confirmed a start in the Junior Free-For-All on New Zealand Cup Day (November 9) according to the 5-year-old's co-trainer, Scott Phelan. The entire will be on the plane bound for Addington Raceway this coming Thursday.

The harness racing team behind exciting freshman talent Caesars Folly will finally get the answer they've been looking for all season long this Friday night (August 13). Queensland training couple Shannon Price and Scott Miller have been bugged for months on end now hoping for some sort of closure to this conundrum.

The horse that no-one wanted at the 2007 yearling sales paced one of the quickest qualifying times ever seen at the Franklin Trotting Club's track in Pukekohe this afternoon (Tuesday May 18). But the budding new harness racing isn't likely to be seen on race-day until next season.

Assunta Giuebega was a complete harness racing novice 18 months ago. In fact the only thing she knew about racehorses was having a little flutter on the Melbourne Cup each year. Then her whole attitude to racing changed thanks to the persistence of Leppington (Sydney) trainer Kevin Pizzuto.

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