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At this stage he will be out for at least six months and maybe more. For Derek Balle, co-trainer the harness racing curse of last season's best 3-year-old trotters has struck again. And it has left the career of Australasian Breeders Crown winner Miami H in jeopardy.

Pukekohe harness racing trainer Paulette Screen today (Thursday September 9) said goodbye to multiple Group One winner Smiling Shard. The gifted 4-year-old left Franklin bound for his home at Cran Dalgety's stable in West Melton.

The Derek Balle and Owen Gillies (Pukekohe) trained Miami H has made it two-nil to the New Zealanders after winning the second Breeders Crown Trot on harness racing's big day (Sunday August 22) at Melton's Tabcorp Park in Australia.

Last night's Bendigo meeting wasn't a part of the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown, but it could have provided a significant pointer towards this year's harness racing series. Broadways Best and Miami H did little to hinder their claims as leading contenders for their respective divisions with commanding victories.

One starter for one training victory. That's how's the statistics stack up for 26-year-old Hayden Cullen after opening night of the 2010-2011 harness racing season at the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday August 6).

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

This year's Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby will take further shape on Wednesday night when the second harness racing heat is run at Geelong. The $10,000 event showcases the Australian debut of high-profile Kiwi blueblood Miami H, who crosses the Tasman a winner of five of 12 starts, the latest a Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown heat at Auckland on June 22.

Six years ago Michelle Scurrah was living in Leeds in England and never dreamt she'd be involved in harness racing, let alone train her first winner in a far off land. But that's exactly what the Franklin horsewoman achieved at Alexandra Park last night (Thursday May 20).

After his eye-catching run to get within half a neck of Kahdon in last Friday's Group One $80,000 Breckon Farms Northern 3yo Trotting Derby at Alexandra Park, Miami H was always likely to go one better in tonight's (Thursday May 13) Listed harness racing event at Cambridge Raceway.

Don't discount He's My Hero when the cheques are being handed out in the big Group One 4-year-old races at Alexandra Park in the next two to three weeks. And the way he's improving he also rates a chance in the Harness Racing Jewels Final at Cambridge Raceway on June 5.

Alexandra Park judge Graeme McClennan couldn't separate Waikato pacers Glow and Handy Knight in the eighth harness racing event at Alexandra Park today (Tuesday) and Harnesslink was there to capture the tight photo finish. A dead-heat, a head and half neck separated the first four runners home.

Tennis, motorsport, and hockey all played a small part in Derek Balle and Owen Gillies two wins at Cambridge Raceway tonight (Friday). The Pukekohe harness racing trainers scored two victories on the 10-race programme with Lleyton H and Denny H.

The Rod Bowker trained Vice Regal caused the first major boil-over of the Alexandra Park 2009-2010 harness racing season when he sent the Pick6 punters packing in tonight's (Friday) $10,000 Alabar Mobile for maiden pacers. It was the Nicky Chilcot- driven gelding's first win in 10 attempts.

Geoff Small's training career may be hanging in the balance but that didn't stop the him from shooting to the top of the New Zealand training premiership following tonight's (Thursday) Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Cambridge Raceway.

Promising Woodville trotter Raydon takes on some of the North Island's best squaregaiters when making his second trip to Alexandra Park this Friday (June 19). The Mathew Hickey trained and driven 4-year-old will line up in the Auckland Trotting Club's feature trot, the Listed Noel Gibson Memorial $25,000 Greenlane Cup.

Derek Balle is never one to get carried away at the best of times but at the Franklin Trotting Track at Pukekohe this afternoon (Wednesday) you could tell he was trying to contain his excitement. He had just qualified the colt he has a lot of time for - Bourne Ultimatum.

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