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Queensland’s best juvenile filly of last season, Smart As Camm Be, will by-pass the Group One $200,000 New South Wales Derby on March 2 for Group racing in the sunshine state. The talented Cammibest - Too Smart For You (by Famous Forever) filly and her trainer Kylie Rasmussen finished a neck-second behind Grant Dixon's I'm No Outlaw back at the Albion Park Trials yesterday (Tuesday). It was Smart As Camm Be's first run since winning the Group One $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final at Albion Park on July 21 last year, with a slick 1:55.7 mile rate. “She went well and will trial again next week. I have been happy with her progress but she is still behind the eight ball. She’s not as forward in her preparation that I would like," Rasmussen said. “She had a great 2-year-old season but it took it’s toll on her. She suffered from bone chips in her knee and we had to put her out for a fair while to recover. “She’s fine, but just needs more time than less than a month to prepare for a big race against Australia’s and New Zealand’s best 3-year-olds." Last year's Queensland 2yo Pacing Filly-of-the-Year, had a brilliant first-up season in 2017-2018. She won five of her seven starts from March 27 until July 21 - the last five in a row. As well as her Triad victory, Smart As Camm Be also won the $25,000 Listed Classic QBRED Breeders Classic. Yesterday she sat parked for the last lap and cruised to the line under a big hold. Rasmussen had her fourth in the running line early from gate six (of seven) in behind the eventual winner, I'm No Outlaw. Dixon then took I'm No Outlaw to the lead at the bell, and Smart As Camm Be followed him to sit in the death seat. A slow third quarter of 29.5 saw the duo both cruise to the line without being asked for any big effort. The final sprint was in 27.3. The winner's time for the 1660m mobile: 2:02.1 (mile rate 1:58.4). “I’m working a team of about 30 at the moment and this girl is up there with Lilac Flash and Mr Kalypso as the best of them,” said Rasmussen. Mr Kalypso had his first run back at Albion Park yesterday as well. It was his first race since winning a C2-C5 pace at the same venue on December 1. It was also his first defeat in eight starts at Queensland harness headquarters. The son of Art Major got too far back in the running and was three-wide and parked when the acid went on in the last lap. Mr Kalypso then finished a gutsy two-metre fifth and will have derived much benefit from the run. Meanwhile, Rasmussen will be looking to emulate her feats of 2010 and 2011 with her former female star, the 2007 Famous Forever mare, Forever Gold. She won won the QBRED 2yo Fillies Final in 2010 and then the following year nailed the QBRED 3yo Fillies Final and the prestigious Group One Queensland 3yo Oaks. Smart As Camm Be has so far won five of her seven starts and placed in one other for $88,088 in career stakes. "The QBRED 3yo fillies Final (April 13) and the Group One $100,000 Queensland Oaks (July 13) are her main priorities for her now," Rasmussen said.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Glamorganvale trainer, John McMullen, admits his four children have now achieved something he hasn’t. “All four of my kids have now driven Weedons Express to win. I did drive him to win a trial late last year, but I guess that doesn't count does it?” the Lockyer horseman joked. “I’m very proud of them and what the horse has achieved,” he added. Twenty two-year-old Danielle drove Weedons Express inch perfect at Albion Park on Saturday to win the eighth event – the $8,390 Changeover At Burwood Stud  C4+ Pace, by a neck. The 8-year-old brown gelding was a $25.90 outsider. Peter (27) tasted success first behind Weedons Express when steering the brown gelding to victory at Albion Park on April 7, 2017, and then Taleah (17) got him home at Redcliffe on July 19 that same year. Narissa (24) then chimed in with a nice triumph at Redcliffe on October 17 last year. For the record Peter and Taleah have won three times each behind Weedons Express. Trainer, McMullen had a good night at 'The Park’ winning two races. The other came via Narissa, who won the fourth event with six-year-old Quick Approval  gelding, With Authority. He was the $3.60 second favourite. Narissa also landed two winners on Saturday. She also drove the Ron Wells trained outsider, Smiling Armada to score in race six. Sister-in-law, Chantal Turpin, who is marred to Peter, trained and drove Watch Pulp Fiction to win race seven. Weedons Express has now won 14 of his 149 starts and placed in 14 others and netted just over $90,000 In purses. He is owned by Mike and Karen Sparkes, who also co-owned the 2018 VRC Derby winner, Extra Brut. Weedons Express was named after a small rural town just South of Christchurch. The son of Elsu and My Barbie Doll ( By In The Pocket) was bred by Kiwi horseman, Lou Driver. He was exported from New Zealand on October 2, 2015, after winning three of his 41 starts. “I couldn’t believe he paid more than $25 to win. He’s been going really well and the race was a B grade one for his class," McMullen, who works a team of 25 said. “He’s been going 54 in most of his races and I thought that might be enough to win this race. Sure enough he went 55 this time and still won. Unbelievable money. “I’m also rapt for the owners who backed him." Also very proud of her family's achievements last night was wife and Mum, Jennette. “I’m delighted for them all. I’m also very proud of Des Dewar, who owns With Authority. He’s 81 and only got into ownership a couple of years ago," she said. “He idolises our girls and he loves going to Redcliffe because it’s not so far for him to travel. He is a wonderful person. Des was bestowed a Volunteer-of-the-Year award on Australia Day for 40-plus years of voluntary service. “We all get such a thrill winning for our owners, especially a truly brilliant man like Des." Meanwhile, the feature pace last night was won by the Donny Smith trained and Nathan Dawson driven Slice Of Heaven. His 15th career win ($90,861), has now virtually sealed Slice Of Heaven a trip to Tabcorp Park Menangle for a supporting race on Miracle Mile night in early March. “I’ll give him a trial first, but I’d better wait to see if we make the field. He should but I’m taking nothing for granted,” the Redcliffe horseman said. The night also featured four winning drivers from Team Teal participants, with Narissa McMullen (2), Danni-elle McMullen (1) and Chantal Turpin (1) collectively raising $800 for the important cause.  Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Albion Park's feature pace will be contested at 6.37pm on Saturday night, but for Doug Brewin, it's more than just a 2138m horse-race. Brewin, who has blood cancer, and hasn't been well of late, owns the 27-win pacer, Sir Julian - who will start from two on the second row (9) in the $21,160 Remembering 'Son Of Pearl' M0 Open. Brewin never misses watching the 8-year-old Four Starzzz Shark gelding race, and just after 6.30pm he will again be glued to the TV set. Doug's son, South Australian horseman Justin Brewin, said watching Sir Julian race was the highlight of his father's week.  "And believe me, he needs as many pick-me-ups as he can get right now," he said.  "He has had liver problems and it’s all very sad. It would also be a great tonic for my step-mum (Lucy) who broke her arm recently, “We all love Sir Julian. He’s always been a lovely gentle horse. He will come back to Adelaide to retire with us one day." Brewin, his wife Yvette, and parents Doug and Lucy, paid $4,000 for Sir Julian when he was a four-year-old in 2015. They won 20 races with him and then when he ‘reached his mark’ in South Australia (June last year) Brewin passed the talented pacer onto Greenbank (Logan City) trainer, Graham Dwyer. “There wasn’t much left for him down here so we moved him on the Queensland where there would be better races for him," Brewin said. "Graham, who we met through a friend, has won another six with him. He’s done a good job. We wish him luck on Saturday night. I can guarantee my parents will be watching. They never miss. “Dad’s had lots of horses going back many decades, but this fella is his best. He really perks when Sir Julian is on the telly." Dwyer said it wouldn’t surprise him if he went one better than when he finished a 4.1 second behind Argyle Beach in a C4 and Better Pace at Albion Park last Saturday night. “He’s an opportunist and just when you forget him he can be very dangerous. Sometimes in the stables I think he can’t win this, and then when he steps out on the track and I look at him, I think he can," the trainer said.  “But you have to be realistic and realise this is a very strong field and he will have to be driven for luck. Perhaps being on the rails might be a good thing." The South Brisbane trainer believed the Kylie Rasmussen trained duo of Invincible Loxton (6) and Lilac Flash (11) would be toughest to beat. "I have a lot of respect for a few horses in the field, especially those two. I think Invincible Loxton will take control of the race and then perhaps Lilac Flash could take over," he said.  "I think John (Cremin- driver) is better to play a waiting game and hopefully luck goes his way." Lilac Flash and Rasmussen were too good in last week's open pace after settling back and then coming into the race, via the three-wide train, down the back the last time. Invincible Loxton, who sat parked faded out of it. Dwyer said Sir Julian was the best of his 14 horses in work. He was also lining up Redriverdebba (10) in the ninth event at 9.40pm. "She will need this one because she hasn't raced since Christmas Eve. She's also drawn the second row, so probably not this time. Place at best," said Dwyer. As for Sir Julian, he has now won 27 of his 122 starts and placed in 37 others for $118,543 in stakes. He was bred by D.J. and J.M. Howe.   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Logan Village horseman, Peter Greig, doesn’t expect his purple patch of form to continue at Redcliffe Paceway this week, but thought his Mr Feelgood mare, Mahalo, had the ability to surprise. Greig, who trained last season's Queensland Aged Pacer-of-the-Year, Bodhi Tree, was the state's fifth best trainer in 2017-2018. That’s when he racked up 65 winners and 146 place-getters ($332,855) from 437 starters, and in a career spanning almost 50 years, Greig has conditioned 910 winners and netted just over $4 million in stakes. But the 65-year-old has warned punters not to get too carried away when assessing his three prospects at Redcliffe on Wednesday and Thursday. “All three work well, but their form-line has been down recently and they haven’t produced the same on race-day. At their best they could figure in the photo finish. I know they are capable of turning their form-line around,” Greig said. He has just Mahalo lining up in the hands of Trent Moffat from barrier eight in the first event on Wednesday afternoon.  “Her work has picked up and if there was one was to surprise it could be her," he said. On Thursday he will start Gotta Go Ralphie and Mo Jarney in races three and six. They will be driven by Trent Moffat and Nathan Dawson respectively. "They've both drawn four and could get a nice run. They also have what it takes to be competitive," Greig said. The multiple Group-winning reinsman still drives a bit, but these days prefers to put more of his energy into training. "It's a little bit less stressful and this job is done over more time. I had a good season last year because I had more city (Albion Park) type horses," he said. "Patrice and I have always been involved in harness racing from way back. I first got involved 50 years ago when I was 15. I’ve had my driver’s licence for 48 years. “I’ll still have the occasional drive, but I also like to give others a turn now." Greig said he wished this interview had taken place when some of his better horses like Bodhi Tree, I’m Norma Jean, Corey William, and Parisian Rockstar were up and running. “They would be my best four. I haven't got a large team, but I try and keep quality. That’s why I did so well last season – and am going all right again this year. The job is more enjoyable when your team does well,” Greig said. Bodhi Tree, a nine-year-old Blissfull Hall gelding has now won 23 races and $155,817, including two of his last four starts at Albion Park. I’m Norma Jean has won 14 races and $151,183, including the Listed $25,000 Golden Guitar Final at Tamworth on January 24. Corey William, the winner of 15 races ($79,385), including his last two at Albion Park; and Parisian Rockstar, who has nailed 19 wins and $113,509. He's won his last three starts since January 18 at Albion Park. “We (Patrice) love harness racing industry. We enjoy racing at Redcliffe and Albion Park and the really like people involved. Like I said earlier we have both been in the game for what seems ‘forever’,” Greig said.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Cancer researchers would have been delighted after watching the state’s best female drivers display their prowess at Albion Park on Saturday.  Female reinswomen won half the card (five races) and in doing so raised $200 per win for the annual ‘Team Teal’ campaign which runs throughout February and early March. It’s the third year in a row the female drivers in Queensland have donned the teal strides. And it was the women who dominated early on Saturday evening nailing a $794.60 quaddie in races two, three, four and five. Chantal Turpin trained and drove Argyle Beach to win the second event; and then 33 minutes later Narissa McMullen steered the Peter Greig trained Parisian Rockstar to a 1.1 metre victory. Trista Dixon drove the Grant Dixon trained Aqua Miss to win race four; and then at 8.08pm Kylie Rasmussen trained and drove Lilac Flash to win race five – the feature open class pacing event. The first three home all paid $5 to win, while the latter returned $6.50. It was a good night for Dixon. She also won the eighth event behind the Grant Dixon trained $13 shot, Southern Alps. Asked to comment on ‘Team Teal’, Kylie Rasmussen said should would do everything she could to raise money for cancer sufferers. “We are all affected in some way or another. I’ve had no relations or close friends die from ovarian cancer, but my Aunt did have breast cancer. It’s so sad and I personally am so pleased to be doing this," she said. “It was a nice feeling when the horse won, and then knowing $200 would be going to such a worthy cause. It’s a great idea." Patrick Estate trainer, Chantal Turpin, also said she was proud to be wearing the teal colours. “It’s a good cause because it affects a lot of women, and I’m only too pleased to help out. It’s also great motivation to do even better,” Turpin said. Turpin’s only win last night came in the second event behind the five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, Argyle Beach. The Somerset horsewoman was so happy with that 4.1 metre victory she will now take her to New South Wales this week alongside her 16-time winner ($136,666), Mattgregor. "She's earned her trip to go south and have a go at the Ladyship Mile (March 2). Mattgregor will race in the Newcastle Mile on Friday night. More will come down later, including Watch Pulp Fiction," Turpin said. Turpin was rapt with Argyle Beach saying “she’s really flying at the moment,” but she will be retired from racing in May. “She’s been a great little horse and won real well this time. She will be let down in May so she can prepare for the next breeding season when she will be served by Betting Line,” Turpin said. Argyle Beach and Turpin sat second last early before joining the three-wide train down the back the last time. They then loomed up at the 300m and ran away to an easy victory over Sir Julian and claimer, Stacey Weidemann. The mare paced the 1660m mobile in 1:56.7 (mile rate 1:53.2). Her sectionals were 26.2, 29.9, 28.5 and 28.9. It was the Ross Patrick owned mare's 14th win in 40 starts. She has also placed 14 times and banked $81,404. "That was her quickest mile rate yet and she did it pretty easy. I'm going to miss who when she retires," said Turpin who works a team of 36. Meanwhile Racing Queensland, Albion Park and the Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs will continue donate the $200 to the Women's Cancer Foundation every time a female driver salutes the judge. The reinswomen are wearing teal coloured pants, while leading drivers Kylie Rasmussen and Narissa McMullen are donning specially-made ‘Team Teal Silks’ as ‘Queensland’s Ambassadors’. The Queensland Teal Campaign ends on March 9 when the Albion Park HRC hosts the 2019 Australian Female Drivers Championship. It will feature the best female drivers from across the country. The Team Teal concept was created by Duncan McPherson OAM, who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. Racing Queensland has raised more than $60,000 since 2017. The Women’s Cancer Foundation target is $250,000. Extensive results and race videos from last night’s meeting can be viewed here.   Duane Ranger  for Racing Queensland

Slice of Heaven has 100,000 reasons to maintain his solid form-line at Albion Park on Saturday night. Trainer Donny Smith, said he was now on top of the five-year-old gelding’s feet problems, and if he continued to race the way he has been, then a trip to Sydney was on the cards. “I’ve had him for just on a year now and he’s never felt this good. There’s a $100,000 race on Miracle Mile night at Menangle I’d like to take him south for that,” Smith said. “But for him to get there he’s going to have to keep doing what he’s been doing – and I think he can." The $1m Ainsworth Miracle Mile will be held on Saturday March 2. On Saturday Slice Of Heaven will make his open class debut in the richest race - the $14,580 Congrats C. J. Gerrard Oam C/7+ Pace. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has copped the widest second row draw (12). "(Glenferrie Hood) and Lilac Flash are the horses to beat, but my fella can win if things go his way," Smith said. "Drawing 12 isn't so bad because we might be able to get on 'Glenferrie's' back and get into the race that way. I'm looking forward to his open class debut because there's some nice horses in the race and I know he can measure up." Slice Of Heaven has won three of his last four starts including a close-up victory over last season’s Horse-of-the-Year, Colt Thirty One, at the same venue seven days ago. "He's had a few niggles over the years and when he came to us (from J J Alchin – NSW) I knew within a month he was better than average. He’s come ahead leaps and bounds," Smith said. “I told the staff he’s the best we’ve got. That was last April and he’s gone on to prove us right. He did have soft feet and it's taken a while for them to harden up, but I seem to be on top of that, which really pleases me." Smith said he didn’t train Slice Of Heaven like a champion. "He's got quite a bit of untapped potential. I just train him like I do any of the other horses. He’s yet to be tapped into," he said. “Yes he can win on Saturday. We need him to warrant a trip to New South Wales." Slice of Heaven, the winner of 14 of his 34 starts (and $77,653), was bred in New Zealand by Harvey Kaplan of the Jordash Breeding Trust. He was the fifth foal of 10 out of the unraced 2003 Kiwi mare, Pacific Rocket - She's Mighty. Smith said he was sold to Alchin and his clients for $52,000 at a Ready To Run Sale before he was two. Alchin trained him to win five of his 22 starts before Smith took over the training duties in March last year By Duane Ranger For Racing Queensland

Queensland’s best pacer and the state’s current Horse-of-the-Year, Colt Thirty One, will leave Brisbane early next week in his bid to win the 2019  Chariots Of Fire Pace at Sydney’s Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Group One event, which will be run on February 16, is worth $200,000 and is one race that has eluded his trainer and driver, Grant Dixon. It will be a curtain-raiser to the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile on the same track on March 2. "The horse has come up well even though he has been beaten in his two runs this time in, he will still head south for the 'Chariots' and then he will come straight back to prepare for the Winter Carnival here," Dixon said. Australia’s leading trainer said Tennyson Bromac and Fame Assured could also make the trip south with Colt Thirty One, depending on how they perform in races four and 10 at Albion Park this Saturday night. "At this stage I'll just take Colt Thirty One and see how the others go. He's up to the 'Chariots' field, but I would liked to have him back winning again," Dixon said. "But in saying that I wouldn't be going all that way if I didn't think he was a winning show.” Colt Thirty One resumed from a month's spell with a 10-metre fourth behind Mach Alert at Albion Park on January 19 and then a week later he finished a close-up second behind Slice Of Heaven on the same track. "He's slowly gearing towards peak condition. I've campaigned horses in New South Wales before and he should be spot on come Chariots Of Fire day," said Dixon. The talented son of Mach Three and Charm Personified (by Perfect Art) has now won 23 of his 35 starts and placed in seven others for $453,345. He went 1:53.2 mile rate when winning the Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Championship C2/3 Final at Albion Park on April 28 last year. That was an appropriate victory considering their company - Solid Earth Pty Ltd, bred and owns Colt Thirty One. Colt Thirty One is seventh of nine foals of out of the 2000 maiden Vanston Hanover mare, Charm personified. His older sister, Charming Allie (by Mr Feelgood) recorded a 1:53.9 mile and won 18 races and $266,329. She also nailed four Group Two races and ran second in the Group One $75,000 Queensland Oaks in 2014. Colt Thirty One won his first Group One at Albion Park on July 15, 2017 when he was too smart in the $100,000 QBRED 2yo Triad Pace. He also won the QBRED 3yo Triad a year later under Group Two conditions. Colt Thirty One also cleaned up a quality Victoria Derby 3yo field at Melton's Tabcorp Park on on January 27 last year. That race was worth $200,000 pocketing his owners a cool $114,000 for that win. He also placed in the Breeders Crown 2 and 3yo Finals in 2017 and 2018. “I’d love to win my first Chariots Of Fire and I reckon I’ve got the horse to do it. He’s come up good,” said Dixon, who works a team of between 70 and 80. Dixon has won Queensland Horse-of-the-Year previously with 2009 Mach Three brown gelding, Majestic Mach (35 wins and $796,397), and 1990 Jeremy Laurence black colt, Jeremy Lee (22 wins and $216,971). "I was working for Dad (Bill) when he trained Speed Ace (1991 Speed King gelding). He was Queensland Horse-of-the-Year as well. He won 15 races ($130,274)," Dixon said. "I'm very proud of Colt Thirty One and we are all hoping he can go on with it on the national stage.”   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Don’t be surprised to see the trotting ranks bolstered at the APG Yearling Sales in Brisbane in the next few years. In 2018 Racing Queensland and international breeders, Haras de Trotteurs, have joined forces to stimulate the breeding of trotters in Queensland. Haras de Trotteurs and Yabby Dam Farms principal, Pat Driscoll, said the partnership gave participants the chance to win and take ownership of one of 14 well-bred broodmares.  “The offer was open to breeders, trainers, owners and trotting enthusiasts, who wanted to includes the ownership of a mare, with a free service to one of Haras des Trotteurs’ stallions for the first year. “The winners could have gone to any stallion but we were offering the free service to Used To Me, Dream Catcher, and En Solitaire,” Driscoll said. One such new owner(s) was delighted couple Brian McCall and Rachel Beaton. “This is a fantastic concept and those who organised it need to be applauded. We drew out Madam Commander (Majestic Son – Commander Jewel, NZ) and she is a lovely mare. “When the idea was first mooted we thought the mares would be old horses coming to the end of their breeding careers, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” McCall said. “Madam Commander is just four and has huge breeding potential,” added the Queensland trainer and APG auction spotter. He said he put the mare to Haras de Trotteur's French stallion, Used To Me (Nuage De Lait – North Lane) twice this breeding season, but her cycles weren’t compatible. He said he would keep her fit until the next breeding season and likely head back to Used To Me again. “I liked the pedigree match-up,” McCall said. Driscoll said the concept was a ‘no brainer’. “I personally love trotters and wanted to provide a more solid base for them here in Queensland. They are a much more majestic animal than pacers. “Trotting is international whereas pacing seems to only be run in Australasia and North America. There is huge potential to be had here in Queensland,” Driscoll said. He said each mare that was offered must remain in Queensland for at least the initial breeding season to ensure offspring are QBRED eligible - with a minimum expectation that the foal’s first race start be in Queensland. “The new owner must also fund transport costs to Queensland for both the mare and semen,” Driscoll said. He also paid a tribute to fellow supporters of the concept - prominent trotting owner Jeroen Nieuwenburg and Racing Queensland. Racing Queensland Harness Development Strategy Manager, David Brick, said the generous offer would be a major stimulant to the local ranks. “Many thanks must go to Pat for this generous offer to help stimulate breeding in Queensland, and to Jeroen, who has been pivotal in helping to get it off the ground,” he said. Mr Driscoll said he was a passionate supporter of the trotting gait and hoped the initiative will kick start the breeding of trotters in Queensland and lead to the introduction of two-year-old trotting races in the state. Brick said the trotting gait had experienced a resurgence in recent years, driven largely by international wagering returns, and Australian breeders being able to access the best international breeding lines. He added a number of initiatives will be introduced in the coming season to grow racing opportunities for trotters, including enhancements to last year’s Winter Carnival program through the $20,000 Haras des Trotteurs Marathon and the $15,000 Haras des Trotteurs Mobile joining the $30,000 Seelite Windows and Doors Queensland Trotters Cup. “There will also be the new QBRED trotters features in 2018/19, and the introduction of a juvenile trotters series similar to the Foundation Series established in New South Wales,” Brick said. The ballot was drawn publically at Albion Park on Saturday July 7. The 14 new owners (with mares) are: John Edmunds (Bartali), Alex Cain (Bella Sorella), Gerard Maloney (Bigonluck), Gary and Jodey Whittaker (Calder Luck), Graydon McCoombes (Ella Galleon), Ken Wills (Eilish Monarch), Paul Morris (Fiona Jay),  Anthony Perkins (Lucky Love), Rachel Beaton (Madam Commander), Heather Warl (Majestic Elsa), Colin Knox (Mya Grace), Gary Chequer (My Dreamweaver), Rob Plunkett and Shane McConnell (Parisian Dancer), and Shane McConnell (Yankee Duchess).   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

For 36 years Queensland Harness Racing Hall-of-Famers, Noel and Christine Denning, have thought nothing of getting up every day at 4am to tend to their standardbreds at Burwood Stud. The Pittsworth couple, who were inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 2015, quietly go about their business just waiting for days like this Sunday (January 27) to arrive at Brisbane's Albion Park. That’s when the first of four annual APG Yearling Sales will be staged. The other three in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, will be held on Feb 3, March 3, and March 10 respectively. “Christine and I are a no fuss couple. We like to get on with our work without accolades, but we have to admit this Sunday is why we breed horses. “We love the game and enjoy running Burwood Stud with our two sons, Daniel and Jonathon,” 62-year- old Denning (Noel) said. Burwood Stud will have two of their own yearlings up for sale, and will also represent another 13 of their clients. They are: Burwood Stud Lot 1: An Artspeak – Walking On Air filly. Lot 44: A He's Watching – Tout Le Monde colt. Greg Mitchell Lot 3: A Grinfromeartoear – Arks Crystal colt. Lot 18: An Art Major – English Elegant colt. Lot 19: A MachThree – Joy To Behold filly. Lot 21: An Art Major – Find Fake Cash colt. Trevor & Louise O'Reilly Lot 12: A Western Terror – Doubting Darcey filly. Lot 15: An Art Major – Empty Promises colt. Lot 36: A Rock N Roll Heaven - Shesgotmegood filly. Lot 41: A Sunshine Beach – Teams up filly. Brendan Sippel Lot 24: A Mr Feelgood – Goldplay filly. Lot 27: A Hurrikane Kingcole – Left Dancing colt. Patrick Ross Lot 6: A Roll With Joe – Blue Eyed Suzie colt. Montana Park Lot 9: A Bettor’s Delight – Courageous Annie colt. William Hill Lot 32: A Roll With Joe – Save Me Christian filly. A total of 46 yearlings will be up for grabs and there are a few which have really taken Denning’s eye. “I don’t like singling any one horse out because there are always surprises, but I really like the colt (Lot 44) out of the New Zealand mare, Tout Le Monde (by Mach Three), who we bought in 2014," he said. “She left two foals in New Zealand and the first foal we bred from her fetched $65,000 at the 2016 APG Sale. Her name was For All We Know (by Art Major) and she's gone on to win two of her eight starts including the (Group 3) APG 2yo Fillies Final at Melton last April. “We are really hoping the He's Watching colt out of her can give us a similar or better result.” He also made mention of Lots 3, 6 and 15. “Lot 3's grand-dam (Joan Of Ark), was a former Broodmare-of-the-Year, while Lot 6 is a real nice colt. Even though he’s not big he already looks like, the type who will race well early,” Denning said. “I’m also expecting Lot 15 to sell well. He’s out of Empty Promises (by As Promised), who won nine races. Her second foal, Jossie James (By Big Jim) has so far won 12 times and amassed more than $100,000.” Denning said he had loved standardbreds for much of his life and decided to get into breeding in 1982. “We managed to secure horses off John Gibson and Lawson Coburn in the early 1980s and by 1983 we were selling our first yearlings at the Sales,” he said. “We have been associated with some nice horses over the years, but our stallion, Cammibest Best (by Cambest) is one I’ll always treasure. “We shuttled him to and from America and he’s still producing 2-year-old winners. “Christine and I really love the APG Sales. You get three bites at the cherry with all the bonus incentives that are up for grabs for yearling’s that go through the Sales. We can’t wait.” The four APG Sales to be staged in January, February, and March are: Brisbane - Sunday January 27 at Albion Park starting at 12 noon. Melbourne – Sunday February 3 at Oakland’s Junction starting at 11am. Sydney – Sunday March 3 at Warwick Farm at 11am. Perth – Sunday March 10 at the State Equestrian Center at 1pm. By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins only have one horse nominated for tonight's meeting at Alexandra Park - and Gotta Go Dali Queen can win. "She's got a heap of gate speed but we won't be asking Maurie (McKendry) to bust her gut. We just want to get her around safely and then head to the Jewels," said Hopkins. The 25-year-old Taupaki horseman will have his first Jewels starter as a co-trainer and owner. He has a half-share in Gotta Go Dali Queen with her Northland breeder, Sue Martin. "It's a bit of an honour to own and train one good enough to qualify for the Jewels. We will be trying to win on Friday but the Jewels is where it's at. After her Jewels run she will be tipped out and then we will do it all again when she comes back from a spell," Hopkins said. "The 2018 Jewels at Cambridge will be her priority next season," he added. Cooney and Hopkins have had one Jewels starter. That was last year when Eclipse Me finished 12th in the 3-year-old Diamond for pacing fillies at Cambridge Raceway. Gotta Go Dali Queen will line up in this year's 3-year-old Diamond with McKendry in the bike. She is ranked eighth and netted $39,139 in stakes in 2016-2017 - $273,315 less than top qualifier, Spanish Armada. Hopkins said he approached Martin a couple of years ago just as she was shifting further north. He said he made a deal with her on a couple of horses – one of which was Gotta Go Dali Queen. “She’s a lovely filly and Maurie has done a splendid job with her since day one. he’s really looked after her. She’s got the draw to go close tonight – and we certainly want to win, but there will be no gut-buster for her with Ashburton next week her main and final mission for the season,” Hopkins said. Gotta Go Dali Queen is the second of four foals out of the Christian Cullen - Elect To Live, Martin trained four-win mare, Gotta Go Harmony. That now 10-year-old mare won the Harness Jewels Group One 2-year-old Diamond Pace back in 2009. Gotta Go Dali Queen has won four of her 11 starts and placed in three others. She started her career with a debut win at Alexandra Park on September 2 (over tonight's 2200m mobile) in 2:43.1. The talented bay, who won very well (from gate eight) over the mobile mile at ‘The Park’ on May 12, has won all four of her races at northern headquarters, and has nailed three wins and placed twice in five starts over tonight's 1700m mobile. The $14,999 Pakauranga Hunt Landowners Mobile for the R76 to R97 pacers will be no easy assignment for Gotta Go Dali Queen. She is an R77 ranked pacer taking on horses who are rated in their 80s and 90s. Bet Out Of El (Andre Poutama), Alta Intrigue (Zac Butcher), Jo's Dream (Todd Mitchell), and Lusty Mac (Philip Butcher) all look the toughest for Gotta Go Dali Queen to get past. In fact the Mike Berger trained Lusty Mac is the highest ranked pacer in the nine-horse field. Her 97 rating is eight points higher than the Amanda Kiddie trained Jo's Dream. By Duane Ranger Harness Racing New Zealand

A $40,000 Pick6 will be up for grabs at Manawatu Raceway this evening and what better person that to get a winning insight into the harness racing meeting than the ‘King of Palmy’ - Stephen Doody. The man nicknamed ‘Noddy’ trained Armabluechipboy to win the seventh race by two-and-a-three-quarter lengths from a worse draw on the first day (Tuesday), and rated the 4-year-old as his best winning chance at today's meeting. Armabluechipboy, a Santanna Blue Chip gelding, has had 33 wins for five starts and four placings and has drawn ideally at one in race five tonight. Doody has six horses entered for the meeting. Here’s what he had to say about the half dozen. Race 1: CD Express (9) – "She’s a two-year-old filly who is only nominated for this race to give her a run before we tip her out. We want her to get experience racing in big fields. She’s quite a capable girl but will be better for the experience. In saying that she can run of over the top of them if she gets the right run. Note: CD Express qualified 4.1 seconds under time in a one-horse trial at Manawatu Raceway on May 2.” Race 4: Narelle Franco (4): - "She was disappointing on the first day after trailing and you would have to take her on trust here. If the right Narelle Franco turned up she could place. Race 4: Sumthin Special (9): - "She should go better after yesterday’s run. She’s better than that and I’d rate her an each-way chance in this race. She won well at Hawera three starts back.” Race 5: Armabluechipboy (1) – "He is a great follower of speed and won very well from nine here yesterday. That was a bold run and I think he can repeat the dose if he gets a clear run through from one. Four of his five wins have been on the track. He’s also won three times over the distance. Go again." Race 6: Xtra Time (3) – "She is going to find this race a bit tough and I think the ones out the back will get the better of her. She's only an R49 rated horse who went okay for fourth (of six) on the first day. That was her first run and she needs more race-day experience." Race 6: Commando One (4) – "She is a nice enough trotter who can finish in the first three here. The mare has finished two nice seconds in her last two Manawatu starts. She has the draw to go close again today.” By Duane Ranger

Andrew Bublitz and Shapeshifter have issues – so much so the Cambridge harness racing trainer recently wanted to give the 4-year-old Shadow Play mare away for free. “We don’t get on. Our personalities clash. I even offered to give her away for free recently but no-one would take her. And now that’s she’s won my wife (Libby) won’t let me sell her. She wants to use her as an amateur horse,” Bublitz said. “In saying that I am allowed to sell to Australia the wife said,” he added. Bublitz notched up his first training success of the season when Shapeshifter and Dylan Ferguson won the second race at Manawatu Raceway on Tuesday) - the $8,000 Paul Claridge Maiden Pace. It was Shapeshifter's first win in nine starts and Bublitz's first training success since the best horse he has trained - Robert The Bruce - won at Manawatu Raceway in February last year. "This win means more than any race stake to me. It's the first time Libby and I have owned and bred a winner. I'm very proud of that, considering I wanted nothing to do with this horse a couple of weeks ago," said Bublitz. Ferguson situated Shapeshifter three back on the outside and then pounced at the top of the lane. They held on to beat a fast-finishing favourite, Itsokbeingbetter (Stephen Doody). Shapeshifter was the $7.20 fourth favourite and paced the 2000m mobile in 2:32 even (mile rate 2:02.9) and came home in 61.1 and 30.4. "We didn't really deserve to win that race because Dave's (Marshall) horse got pushed back and rattled home late to get within half-a-head of us. "I'm sure that if he didn't cop that Itsokbeingbetter would have beaten us by two lengths, but I'll take it because it's a very special training, owning and breeding victory," said Bublitz. Shapeshifter is the first foal out of Bublitz's one-win Dream Away mare, Bonnie Maguire. The broodmare has left three foals and is currently in foal to Sweet Lou. Bublitz said he never gave Ferguson any driving instructions, except to just ‘drive what’s in front of you’. “I’m not the sort of person to hand out instructions to drivers because so much can happen at the start and during a race. She did go into yesterday’s race with a nice third at Cambridge last week though. “She will start again at Manawatu tomorrow and that will be her third start in a week. I’ll see how she’s come through the race but I think she’s up to it, even from barrier six,” Bublitz said. “I think she can place on Thursday,” he added. Bublitz believed Shapeshifter would be better suited to a bigger stable. “I think her personality would suit lots of horses around her. We just don’t get on, but now she’s won I can’t see my wife letting her go. It’s just a matter of wait and see I guess,” Bublitz said. The Leamington horseman also has Shapeshifter's little 2-year-old half sister, Lady Liberty (by American Ideal) in work. "I'll be looking to qualify her soon," said Bublitz, who owns his own transport company. Bublitz has been training since 1991 and has conditioned six winners from 127 starters,. He's also had 19 placings and netted $49,657 in career stakes. He has trained two winners twice in a season - in 2015-2016 and 2010-2011. The second day of the Manawatu Harness Racing Club’s meeting Thursday will operate a $40,000 Pick6 from race two on. By Duane Ranger

Harness racing down under’s biggest day is back for another installment and what a day we have in front of us. The 113th running of the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup is, of course, the main event but there is a wonderful undercard on the 12 race programme to sink the teeth into as well. So many questions will be answered over the next few hours notwithstanding whether or not Lazarus will shoot himself into equine immortality by joining other illustrious four-year-olds to win our greatest race. But there’s also the debate who will reign supreme in the three-year-old feature - the NRM Sires’ Stakes Series Final. It’s the 33rd edition of this important Group One fixture and there’s nothing clear cut about it with chances aplenty. Also we see Monbet try to make it back-to-back New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All victories as he works toward Friday’s Group One Dominion Handicap. Our goal is to bring you all the news from around the stables, bookies updates, snaps from many key players through their social media accounts throughout the day. So make sure you keep checking back here throughout the day to keep up to date with all the happenings courtesy of Matt Markham and Duane Ranger. If you haven’t checked it out yet - make sure you read the Harnessed Cup Day Special - a 33 page printable liftout that details all the action ahead of us with news, views, opinions and selections.   Find the Cup Day special here: http://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/dochr/hrw/HarnessedCupDaySpecial2016.pdf --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   10:40am: After a slightly cool start to the day, things are starting to heat up temperature wise here at Addington. That should be conducive to some fast times out there on the picture perfect racing surface that has been offered up by the Addington’s Track Manager, John Denton and his team. Expect to see more than a few sub 55 second last 800 metres - especially as the day rolls on. - Matt ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twitter Update: Michael Guerin has shared his two main previews ahead of today that were in this morning’s NZ Herald. @GuerinSports - Why you should back two horses in NZ Cup today http://nzh.tw/11743966 @Guerin Sports - Sires' Stakes sees one take on many http://nzh.tw/11743965 @Guerin Sports - Simple Cup Day plan: Best: Monbet, Field Marshal-Dream About Me quin, Mr Mojito; EW: Star Galleria, Mighty Flying Major; Bolter, Lothario ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Bookies News:   The TAB Harness Bookies are running a live blog throughout the day detailing all the betting action as it happens. You can check it out here: https://fixedoddsblog.wordpress.com/ we will bring live updates as they become available to us. - Matt   -----------------------------------------------------------------------   Stewards News:    Two big pieces of news from the stewards this morning.    The first regards Locharburn who goes around in Race 4 - the Junior Free-For-All. His trainer, Kevin Chapman has advised stewards that they aren't confident the horse can be driven as agressively as he has been in the past due to his heart issue. Don't expect not to see him driven with a sit, but there are no firm plans as of yet on how he will be driven today.    The second slice of news regards Sires' Stakes favourite More The Better. He became cast in his box last week. He has been checked over twice by the All Stars vet and at this stage is clear to start although the Stewards will order another veterinary check prior to him taking his place in the Group One feature. - Matt   --------------------------------------------------------------------- Bookies News:    Early Cup Day movers from the bookmakers.    R1 – Idle Monkey opened $16 into $9.  $500 @ $10. R2 – Boults On Fire opened $4.20 into $2.90.  $2,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $2.90. R3 – Twelve Monkeys opened $6.60 into $5.20.  $2,000 @ $6.50. R4 – Field Marshal opened $3.80 into $3.10.  $2,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.20. R5 – No significant moves R6 – Over $500,000 multi exposure through Monbet. R7 – Star Galleria opened $4.80 into $3.40.  $1,300 @ $4.80.  $1,000 @ $3.50 R8 – Over $500,000 multi exposure through Mr Mojito. R9 – Vincent opened $2.70 into $1.85.  $1,800 @ $2.60, $1,000 $2.20 (twice), $2,000 @ $2 R10 – Lazarus opened $4.50 (Futures) now $1.75.  Over $1.25m multi exposure through Lazarus. R11 – Everybody Knows opened $3.20 into $3.  $2,000 @ $3.20 R12 – Mighty Flying Major opened $5 into $4.  $1,000 @ $5 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------  From the TAB: Bookies have opened a market on how many races Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will win today. Odds are listed below.   Also open is an odds boost on Dream About Me in Race 4 they are offering $2.50 until 12:45pm with a maximum investment of $400 and no multis.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11:50am: Less than 20 minutes out from the start of race one and the crowd is building very nicely. Plenty of word around in the first for Glass Half Full, a recent addition to the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable after being purchased by Trevor Casey and Graham Bruton - the latter of course of Lyell Creek fame. New Zealand's two leading trotting trainers Paul Nairn and Phil Williamson both have runners in the race. Paul has Lothario and Quevert while Phil is represented by Blazing Under Fire and all three are good each way chances in the opening race of the day. - Matt ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12:30pm: Big push from Mark Purdon for Boults On Fire in Race 2 in a race where they have five runners engaged. It's hard to see the winner not coming from their stable with great chances like Riccardo, Augusta and Smiley Sophie also lining up to take them on. Tim Butt has a nice horse in the race in Letsgotothehop - a long way from being the finished product, but he has got a decent sort of motor hidden away in there. Could surprise them.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bookies News: Ahead of Race 2 the money keeps rolling in for Boults On Fire.  TAB Racing ‏@TAB_Racing  1m1 minute ago In Race 2, Leg 1 of the Early Quaddie, Boults On Fire has been well backed including: $1,000 @ $3.60 $2,000 @ $3.20 $1,000 @ $2.90 #NZCup16 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Race 1: $20,000 Garrards Horse & Hound Handicap for the C2 and faster trotters. Winner: Lothario. Trainer: Paul Nairn Driver: David Butt. Owners: R J Paterson, Mrs L A Paterson, Birchbrook Breeding Ltd. Breeders: Gaby Maghzal, Julie Maghzal. Time: 4:04.5 - MR: 2:02.9 800m: 59.0 - 400m: 29.6. Margins: 1/2 Length, 3-1/2 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. 2nd: Glass Half Full. 3rd: Little Mo. By Duane Ranger The injecting of Lothario's joints a couple of weeks ago by his master Canterbury trainer Paul Nairn has worked the oracle following the first race on New Zealand Cup Day. Driven by David Butt the 6-year-old free-wheeled in front and proved too strong for his 15 opponents in the $20,000 Garrards Horse & Hound Handicap for the C2 and faster trotters. "I was able to dictate all the terms with him today and he felt extra. He was happy bowling along in front. He was getting tired towards the end of the race but he's a wonder stayer. "The way he's developing he could line up in next year's Dominion," Butt said. Lothario was impressive beating the favourite Glass Half Full (Mark Purdon), who broke at the start, by half a length. Little Mo and Clint Ford were 3-1/2 lengths back in third. Butt said he Lothario was likely to start again on Friday in one of the supporting trotting races to the Group One Dominion Trot. "He felt real nice today and gave me the impression he can go on with it. He's a credit to Paul. he was spot on today," said Butt. Lothario has now won five of his 35 starts and just on $50,000 in stakes. It was his fifth win at Addington raceway and first from two starts over the extreme distance. Lothario is by Love You and is out of Ten To One, which makes him a full brother to the 16-win open class trotter Habibti, who starts in race six today. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 2: Hydroflow Cup Day Maiden Mobile Pace Winner: Smiley Sophie Trainer: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen Driver: Matt Anderson Owners: J A Gibbs, Mrs A Gibbs, Mrs S L Tucker, Mrs J L Wilson, j s Glasgow, Mrs T F Glasgow. Breeders: R A Yarndley, Mrs J V Yarndley   Time: 2:23.1- MR: 1:56.6 800m: 59.1 - 400m: 29.0 Margins: Long Neck, 1 ¼ lengths, 2 lengths 2nd: Shineonyoucrazydiamond. 3rd: Riccardo By Matt Markham Matt Anderson is pleased he only had to wait 12 months to get his maiden Cup Day victory. The young horseman, who is making big strides early on in his career when close to grabbing that win last year when beaten a short margin on board Blackguard’s Corner but made up for it today when he guided Smiley Sophie to success for his employers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “The boss just beat me last year so I was pretty keen to make up for it this time around,” Anderson said. “I thought before the race she might be a bit of a chance with the right run and it turned out to be right because it all worked out perfectly.” Anderson managed to lead early with the three-year-old filly and then chose the right horse to hand up to in Letsgotothehop who held the lead until the final bend. “When Blair (Blair Orange) came looking I thought he was a good horse to hand up to, but then almost straight after that I was starting to wonder if he was because a few of the others looked like they were going to have a look at him. “Luckily he stayed in front though and she travelled off the back really well. “It’s a big thrill to win on a day like this in these colours.” A half-sister to former Sires’ Stakes Final winner, Stunin Cullen, Smiley Sophie had form in behind the very talented Delightful Memphis so her $18 price tag, on reflection, seems well over the odds. Half-way down the straight the race looked likely to belong to Shineonyoucrazydiamond and Dexter Dunn who after getting a dream run hit the front but wasn’t able to hold on for victory. Stablemates of the winner; Riccardo, Augusta and Boults On Fire filled the next three spots.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  1pm: Strong push for the Paul Nairn trained Waterloo Sunset here and it's almost a carbon copy of Lothario early on. He gets in perfectly after dropping back in grade and has been going some handy races in the best trotting fields. Looks a good each way chance. Strong hopes off the front include Hey Yo, Le Leivre's Gift, Twelve Monkeys and off marks further back Royal Shine and also Springbank Eden. An interesting contest. - Matt ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Bookies Update: The money just keeps on rolling in for Lazarus. This through a wee while ago.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Race 3: RNP Homes Ltd Handicap Trot Winner: Waterloo Sunset Trainer: Paul Nairn Driver: Bob Butt Owners: Red and White Synd. Rona McKay, Clive McKay, P C Nain Ltd. Time: 3.17.5 - MR: 2.02 - 800m: 58.0 - 400m: 29.6 Margins: 1 ½ lengths, 3/4 length, 2 ½ lengths 2nd: Any Old Way 3rd: Jayceekay By Duane Ranger Two trotting races down on Cup Day 2016 and both have been won by the masterclass of squaregaiter conditioning – Paul Nairn. The Nairn trained Waterloo Sunset led most of the way to win today’s third event - the  $20,000  RNP Homes Handicap for the C4 to Oc trotters - 2600m stand. For good measure the Nairn trained Any Old Way  finished second giving the Leeston trainer the quinella. Jayceekay (Tony Herlihy MNZM) was third. David Butt drove Nairn’s first winner in race one (Lothario) and this time his son Bob did the driving. “He felt so good when he got to the front. He’s a bit of a head-case and you never know what Waterloo Sunset you are going to get. “Today we got the good one and on his day he’s a solid trotter. He’s a nice gaited horse,” Butt said. It was Waterloo Sunset’s first win since Show Day last year and he has now won seven of his 34 starts and third at Addington. “I was quite confident when I felt the way he was bowling along in front. He’s a nice horse who could still race against the best one day,” Butt said. “I personally thought he was the best horse in the field – and I drove him that way,” he added. -------------------------------------------------------------------------  Bookies Update: Where the weight of the money is going ahead of the Junior Free-For-All.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1:30pm: Hard to see Dream About Me rolled in Race 4. Mark Purdon thinks she pretty close to the boys, and he means Lazarus, Have Faith In Me and Smolda - so she should really be winning this. Field Marshal might get the chance to sneak the victory here. He could be the early leader with Locharburn likely to go back at the start along with Dream About Me. He's a very serious horse and would be a contender in the Cup if he was to start. - Matt ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 4: Home And Family Group Three  $80,000 Granite Benchtop New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All Winner:  Dream About Me. Trainer:  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Driver:  Mark Purdon. Owner:  C J Roberts, Est Mrs J L Roberts, P G Kenny, Mrs M L Kenny Breeders:  Charles Roberts. Time:  3:10.3. MR:  1:58.2. 800m:  54.8. 400m:  27 even. Margins:  Neck, head, half a length. 2nd:  Locharburn. 3rd:  Field Marshall. By Matt Markham The battle is set for Friday - The Queen taking on the potential King. And you get the impression from Mark Purdon that his newest superstar pacing mare, Dream About Me will have no issues handling a step up to the big time when she tackles the Group One New Zealand Free-For-All. “There’s nothing between her and our best male pacers,” Purdon said. “She’s got that real will to win, a little bit like Lazarus does I guess you could say. She just sticks her neck out when she needs too and really digs deep for you.” Purdon admitted to being a little nervous when he went back early from behind the gate and Field Marshal got such an easy time of it early on in the race. But when Locharburn moved in front of him and dragged the mare into the race the concerns subsided. “She just relaxed beautifully outside the leader and then dug when I asked her too. “They were two very good horses she ran past at the top of the straight.” Dream About Me’s win continued this incredible run for Charlie Roberts breed on Cup Day who have managed to pick up a victory without fail over the past few years. Locharburn was a brave second after doing the mid race work while Field Marshal was strong in third. All three will now head to Friday’s Free-For-All joining many of the contenders from this afternoon’s Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup.  ------------------------------------------------------------------  2:04pm: One of the trickier races of the day this one. Robert and John Dunn hold a strong hand with Dancing In The Dark and American Tart - both of whom were outstanding at the Cup Trials last week. One should lead and the other should get in the race during the middle stages. Potentially the chance for another big price winner here - expect a big run from Gupta's Cullen who has been a revelation since joining Jonny Cox's stable. - Matt ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Facebook Update: This from the Harness Racing New Zealand Facebook Page.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 5: Colgate Optic White Mobile Pace Winner: American Tart Trainer: Robert Dunn – Driver: Dexter Dunn Owners: R C Courtney, J D McAllister, P D McAllister Breeders: R C Courtney Time: 3.10.7 – MR: 1:58.0 – 800m: 59.0 – 400m: 29.6 Margins: 1 ½ lengths, 1 length, 6 ½ lengths 2nd: Real Torque – 3rd: Runaway Star By Matt Markham If he was surprised by the fresh up effort of American Tart, then John Dunn certainly wasn’t showing it. Fresh up since having issues back in March, the daughter of American Ideal made up for lost time with a rugged, yet oddly appealing, fresh up victory on the biggest of stages. Off the back of some strong trial form the dour mare made a massive mid-race move to find the lead at the winning post with a lap left to run and never looked back  - grinding her rivals into submission. “She’s pretty brave, she just keeps going,” Dunn said. “I knew she would run a big race, she’s a pretty good horse. I got going probably too early considering the speed they were running, but once we had committed we had to keep going.” A winner now of four of his six career starts, American Tart is a horse going places – although Dunn isn’t too keen to head to take on the best of her sex at this early stage. “The four-year-old mare division is pretty strong this season and I don’t think we need to chuck her in the deep end just yet. “Provided she pulls up well, we will look to back her up on Friday and see what happens and then make some plans from there.” The victory continued this great run of form for Dunn and his father Robert as they continue to make their dual stable set up work with stables in Auckland and at Woodend Beach. Real Torque looked desperately unlucky after being held up on the last bend , finding the line strongly. Runaway Star, who followed American Tart around was a brave third after doing her fair share of work.   ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2:40pm: Interesting wee race the Trotting FFA - Sheemon and Habibti both have good gate speed - Marcoola is more likely to roll across them than blow them off the track early. After that though, it seems just a case of Monbet working into it at some point and being too good. So, sit back and watch a superstar go about his business. - Matt ---------------------------------------------------------------------  3:10pm: Another great edition of this Sires' Stakes Final is upon us. And what a race it should be. Star Galleria looks set to lead from his good draw but there will be pressure from More The Better, You Gotta Have Faith & Ultimate Machete from the All Stars team as well as potentially others. Bad draws seem to go out the window in this race so anything could happen. Look for fast-finishes from Tiger Thompson and Mongolian Storm as well as Jack's Legend. - Matt  ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Twitter Updates: Some reaction to the win of Monbet in the NZ Trotting FFA.  Michael Guerin ‏@GuerinSports  21s22 seconds ago Monbet: second line, parked, NZ record. Will end his career one of the all-time greats. Runner-up damn good too Brad Taylor ‏@brad_taylor29  13m13 minutes ago Don't mind watching trotters like that! Monbet huge winning there! #NZCupDay Jason Tan ‏@JSLTan  14m14 minutes ago Monbet over Marcoola, what a trotting race that was @AddingtonNZ! Fantastic finish. #NZCupDay The Trots ‏@HRVnews  15m15 minutes ago Monbet brave winner, Kyvalley Blur runs a drum for 3rd in NZ Trot Group 1. Great drive/training performance by our adopted Kiwis #Trots Mark Jenner ‏@trotbuff   17m17 minutes ago You won't see a better race between two complete stars. Monbet grabs Marcoola right on the line and says I am still king Matt Markham ‏@MattMarkham07  15m15 minutes ago Only Ricky May. Could do what Ricky May just did. That's how you look after a horse but get the result ahead of a Gr.1 in 3 days. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 6: The Group One $80,000 Granite Benchtop New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All. Winner:  Monbet. Trainer:  Greg and Nina Hope. Driver:  Ricky May. Owners:  G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy. Breeders:  Greg and Nina Hope. Time:  2:21.7. MR:  1:56.9. 800m:  57.3. 400m:  28.9. Margins:  Half a head, 1-3/4 lengths, 2-1/2 lengths. 2nd:  Marcoola. 3rd:  Kyvalley Blur. By Duane Ranger Relief. That’s how driver Ricky May described Monbet’s 22nd  win in 33 starts in today’s Group One $80,000 Granite Benchtop New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All. The Greg and Nina Hope trained 5-year-old not only got the measure of second favourite Marcoola (Clint Ford) by half a head, but he also smashed Stig’s 2009 New Zealand record by exactly one second. The son of Love You stopped the clock in 2:21.7 (mile rate 1:56.9) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.3 and 28.9. It was also May’s fourth win in the race. “I drove him a bit precious today and I almost blew it because of that. I was real anxious the last 20 metres but then his class prevailed. He’s an exceptional trotter – the best I have sat behind,” May said. Marcoola set a solid clip in front and May was delighted with the way Monbet kept giving. “We worked for 1000m and were wide and then he still had some left. I ducked in behind the pace-maker at the top of the straight to give him a bit of a breather. “There’s a big race we have to worry about  on Friday,” May said. Monbet’s 10th  win on the track took his stake earnings to over $600,000. “He could have won easier than that. I almost cost him,” a modest May said. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- RACE 7: NRM SIRES STAKES SERIES 33 FINAL Winner: Ultimate Machete Trainers: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen – Driver: Natalie Rasmussen Owners: Mrs G & P Kennard, K Riseley, G Douglas, Mrs M & P Creighton Breeders: K G Walsh, G P Walsh Time: 2:16.5 (NZ Record) – MR: 1.52.7 – 800M: 55.9 – 400M: 28.4 Margins: 1 length, 3 ½ lengths, 4 1.2 lengths 2nd: More The Better, 3rd: Jack’s Legend By Matt Markham Natalie Rasmussen might be in line for the understatement of the year after her post race comment regarding Ultimate Machete. In her usually understated manner, the brilliant horsewoman, summed up the all-comers national record breaking performance with three perfect words. “He’s pretty tough.” The thing is, tough doesn’t get close to what Ultimate Machete achieved. Three wide for the first third of the race, then parked he served it up to Star Galleria from the 1000 metre mark before running away at the top of the straight. With a class animal like More The Better sitting on his back, many could have expected last season’s two-year-old of the year to come out and run straight past his stablemate, but there was none of that with Ultimate Machete finding all the way to the line. “We always knew he would come back a really good horse as a three-year-old,” Rasmussen said. “The Derbies look ideal for him really.” The race wasn’t without drama though. Mongolian Storm was late scratched after he lashed out with both back legs and got himself tangled in his sulky and then there was plenty of galloping and side-stepping throughout the 1950 metre event. The win gave All Stars their third successive victory in the race following Lazarus and Have Faith In Me but also gave Phil and Glenys Kennard and Kevin Riseley back-to-back wins in the race. They are joined in the ownership of the Bettor’s Delight colt by Gavin Douglas and Phil and Margaret Creighton.  ------------------------------------------------------- 4pm: Potential superstar in line in the next in Mr Mojito. He's headed to Perth for the Golden Nugget and even with a second line draw he should be too good here. His stablemate Superfecta looks a great place option. Walkinshaw might sneak under the guard, he was supposed to go close at Kaikoura before he missed away. Hard to go past the 13 though. - Matt  ---------------------------------------------------------- Race 8: The $20,000 Pascoes The Jewellers Mobile. Winner:  Mr Mojito. Trainer:  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Driver:  Natalie Rasmussen. Owners:  Butterworth racing Syndicate. Breeders:  B L Calder, Mrs K E Calder. Time:  3:06.3. MR:  1:55.3. 800m:  55.2. 400m:  28.4. Margins:  1-1/2 lengths, 3-1/2 lengths, 2-1/2 lengths. 2nd:  Captain Dolmio. 3rd:  Ears Burning. By Duane Ranger Natalie Rasmussen smashed her second New Zealand record with in the space of 45 minutes following today’s eighth race - the $20,000 Pascoes The Jewellers Mobile for C3 to C4 Pacers. This time she was behind the $1.20 hot favourite Mr Mojito who paced the 2600m mobile in  3:06.3. This was was 0.2 second quicker than Locharburn and Christen Me’s previous national record. “He’s a lovely horse who just keeps getting better and better. He had to be good today because he was made to work,” Rasmussen said. Mr Mojito went and sat outside the pace-making Captain Dolmio (Nathan Williamson) at the 1,000m and the latter never relented until late in the race. “That was a real dog fight. We really had to work hard to get past him. This was easily his best race yet. He felt super today,” said Rasmussen who trains the 4-year-old with Mark Purdon at Rolleston. The son of Real Desire and Wanaka Bay has now won seven of his nine starts and just on $50,000. That was his fifth win from six starts at Addington. ------------------------------------------------------- 4:30pm: Big push for Vincent here after he opened at $2.60 in the first markets. In to $1.80 now and expected to just win. Not 100 per cent certain he's a good thing. This is a really good field. Bailey's Rock is a good each way chance and I got a really good feel from Brendon Hill about his runner, Cruzy Dude. - Matt ----------------------------------------------------- Race 9: The Avon City Ford Mobile Pace Winner: The Fixer Trainers: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen – Driver: Natalie Rasmussen Owners: Mrs G & P Kennard, Mrs P Gillan, R J Fleetwood, R J Magness Breeders: J Green, B Hughes, Mrs P Hughes Time: 2:19.5 – MR: 1:55.1 – 800m: 56.1 – 400m: 28.7 Margins: Neck, 6 lengths, 1 ¼ lengths. By Matt Markham The inkling came for Natalie Rasmussen, in their final hit out ahead of Cup Day, that The Fixer might be able to beat Vincent and 72 hours later, it proved to be correct. Continuing her domination of the driving ranks throughout the day, Rasmussen again pulled all the right reins with the lightly raced three-year-old to get up the passing lane and surpass her high-classed stablemate. “On his work late last week and into the weekend I thought he was closing the gap,” she said. “He was working as good, if not a little bit better then Vincent, so while I’m surprised at the result, I guess I’m not really if that makes sense.” The win took the All Stars haul for the day to five with a further two possible victories in the final three races. A winner now of two of his three starters, The Fixer was on the ballot for the Sires’ Stakes Final but didn’t make the field. “He’s probably just a little bit below the big gun three-year-olds, but he’s going to be a pretty nice horse in time I think.” Rasmussen extended her haul for the day to three with the victory – a far cry from last year when she went winless with Purdon exclaiming that she might be paying him back as he walked off the track with Vincent. The favourite was far from disgraced in second after working hard in the middle stages while The Governor boomed home for young trainer Tom Bagrie to finish in third position. --------------------------------------------------------- 5:05pm: Here we are, the big dance is finally upon us. After months of speculation and talking and writing it all goes out the window in the next few minutes as we enjoy one of the greatest spectacles in NZ sport. Sit back, enjoy it and hopefully you back the winner. Smolda still for me, Lazarus and Have Faith In Me are logicals. Look for a big run from Christen Me.  ----------------------------------------------------------- Twitter reacts to Lazarus:  Michael Guerin ‏@GuerinSports  3m3 minutes ago I have watched harness racing almost every day for the last 30 years and have never seen anything like that. Thanks, Lazarus Mark Jenner ‏@trotbuff   17m17 minutes ago I will state right now, we will talk about this race for the next 20 years. Might be the best ever #lazarus Jason Bonnington ‏@JasonBonnington  18m18 minutes ago You are not supposed to win New Zealand Cups like that #lazarus #freak #rockstar #king Dave Cannan ‏@thewashodt  5m5 minutes ago Lazarus, 10 length winner of NZ Cup in 3:53.7. That's worth coming out of Twitter retirement for!! Never thought I would ever see that Scott Hill ‏@Hillbomber  15m15 minutes ago 4 year olds shouldn't be able to do that to quality older opposition #freak #lazarus #NZCup16 Chris Butt ‏@C_Butt_Racing  16m16 minutes ago Lazarus in glorious isolation Gareth Hall ‏@ghall27  16m16 minutes ago Emotional Mark Purdon says one of the greatest moments he's ever had in Harness Racing after that win with Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup ! Woodlands Stud NZ ‏@WoodlandsStudNZ  18m18 minutes ago Lazurus becomes Harness racing latest milionaire. Last three cup winners to Bettors Delight! #thegreatest NZ Harness Tips ‏@NZHarnessTips  21m21 minutes ago Never seen a horse win for fun in an NZ Cup like that before..Lazarus you beast Matt Markham ‏@MattMarkham07  22m22 minutes ago Wow. That's all I've got right how. #Lazarus -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5:47pm: Hard to come down from the high following that incredible performance. Just simply staggering. Like nothing I have ever seen before. A C1 trot will probably do that though. The toughest of the day. Beg Hall might be the best horse in the race, but Kingdom Come and Everybody Knows are strong chances too. My bias says Jean Sebastien each way all day. But as I said I am biased. - Matt --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 10: The Group One $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. Winner:  Lazarus. Trainer:  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Driver:  Mark Purdon. Owners:  Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley. Breeders:  G Chin, Studholme Bloodstock Limited Time:  3:53.1. MR:  1:57.2. 800m:  55.3. 400m:  27.1. Margins:  10 lengths, 2-3/4 lengths, 1-3/4 lengths. 2nd:  Tiger Tara. 3rd:  Titan Banner. By Duane Ranger Wow! That’s the only way to describe today’s  Group One $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. The favourite Lazarus not only dealt to his 14 opponents by a whopping 10 lengths but he also smashed  Adore Me’s  2014  New Zealand  Cup  and  race record by 1.5 seconds. Co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon had to work hard to get past pace-maker and stablemate Smolda with a lap-and-half to go, but once he got there it was virtually game over. They controlled the race from that point coming home in 55.3 and 27.1. The winning mile rate was 1:57.2. Purdon had a tear in the winner’s enclosure after the 3200m standing start staying test. “I just can’t believe what this horse has just done. This will go down as one of the greatest moment in my harness racing career. “I know I’ve won the big race before but never this easily. I was confident going into the race but you can never be too confident in a race like the Cup,” Purdon said. “He’s left me speechless,” he added. The 4-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight and Splendid Dream has now won 18 of his 21 starts and  almost $1.5m in stakes. That was his seventh win at Addington and first over the distance. “It’s unbelievable what has just happened. It’s going to take me a while for this to sink in. Horses just don’t do that,” Purdon said. Purdon has now won four New Zealand Cups. Two with Il Vicolo in 1995 and 1996 and Adore Me two years ago. 6:15pm: Last race charlie, the get out stakes, the final flourish - call it what you like but we've got here. Blair Orange gave a huge push to him when spoken to in our Cup liftout. He's drawn well and likes to race on the speed so will give you a great sight in the finale of Cup Day. Letspendanitetogetha might be the best each way chance in the race and who would write off the chances of Benicio as Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen shoot for seven for the day. - Matt -------------------------------------------------------- Race 11: The $20,000 Recruitment Network C1 Trot. Winner:  Everybody Knows. Trainer:  Greg and Nina Hope. Driver:  Ricky May. Owners:  D R Lauren, Dr P J Gerard, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar. Breeders:  Dennis Lauren and Dr Pip Gerard. Time:  3:22.7. MR:  2:05.4. 800m:  59.9. 400m:  36.4. Margins:  4-3/4 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths, ½ a neck. 2nd:  Young Stranger. 3rd:  Kingdom Come. By Duane Ranger Greg and Nina Hope reaffirmed themselves as two of the best trotters in the land when Everybody Knows cleared out to win race 11. The 5-year-old Quite Easy gelding was slow away and then worked a heap to go around to sit outside the leader. Then in the lane he simply left his opposition to it winning the$20,000 Recruitment Network C1 Trot - 2600 stand  as he liked. “This was a very good run because he did a lot of work in this race and yet had plenty left at the end. He was right on his game today. He’s even stronger this time in,” said driver Ricky May. Everybody Knows stopped the clock in 3:22.7 (mile rate 2:05.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 59.9 and 30.4. That was his fifth win in 33 starts and third at Addington Raceway. It was also his second run back this campaign after winning first up after a five month spell at Addington on October 21. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Race 12: Blue Star Taxis Mobile Pace Winner: Mighty Flying Major Trainers: Ken & Tony Barron – Driver: Blair Orange Owners: S R Thompson, G E Dickey Breeders: Mrs H & L Williams Time: 2:20.9 – MR: 1:56.3 – 800M: 57.2 – 400M: 28.2 Margins: 1 length, ¾ length, 1 length By Matt Markham We are probably not going to ever see the best of Mighty Flying Major – but what’s on offer is still pretty good. The well-bred gelding, who was good enough to run a huge fourth in a Sires’ Stakes final a few years back, made light work of the last race of the day with a dominant front running display in front of the guiding of Blair Orange. Leg issues have plagued the talented pacer and put him on the side line for an extended period of time. “It’s a shame he’s got the issues he’s got because he’s pretty good,” Orange said. “That was pretty easy for him today, he did what he needed to and did it pretty well.” Out of the good producing mare, Fleet’s Pocket, Mighty Flying Major worked to the lead inside the mile and never looked back – running from the back straight and holding off all challenges. It was the first big winner for the newly formed partnership of brothers, Ken and Tony Barron. “I’ve always had a bit of success here on this day,” Tony said. “But it’s nice to get one here as part of the new partnership, and this guy is a pretty nice horse.” Orange said how the gelding pulled up would determine whether or not he would line up again on Friday. Major Rocket, who settled three back the fence ran home strongly for second while Torrid Bromac who set the early pace was good  in third. -------------------------------------------------------------- 7pm: So that brings a close to Cup Day 2016. And what a day it has been. We saw something special in Lazarus winning the New Zealand Trotting Cup by a massive 10 lengths in a NZ record time of 3:53.7 - bettering the time set by his former stablemate, Adore Me. Ultimate Machete's smashing Sires' Stakes victory was something to behold. Monbet and Marcoola's length of the straight effort in the NZ Trotting FFA was special. We also saw a wee taste test for Friday's Free-For-All with Dream About Me, Locharburn and Field Marshal seperated by under a length in the Junior FFA - those three in addition to those who come through the Cup will make for a mouth-watering Group One clash on Friday. On behalf of Duane Ranger and myself, it's been a great pleasure to attend and cover another Cup Day. Only 12 months to go until we can do it all again!!! - Matt Markham Harness Racing New Zealand

It isn’t easy solo-training from remote parts of New Zealand against horses who have won a lot more races than your own, but Thames conditioner Paul Springall knows if he wants to carry training on he is left with no other option. The only horse he has in work – Sheza Springfield, will take on the tighter assessed pacers in the feature event at the Harness Racing Waikato meeting at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. Sheza Springfield will start from barrier four in the 10-strong $7,000 Four-Year-Old Emerald Winner Field Marshall Mobile in the C2 to C5 (with conditions) Pace. “It’s not easy bowling around the track on your own here in Thames and that’s why Nicky Chilcott will race her for her next few starts. “It’s also not easy taking on horses who have won seven (Major Change and Thomas McBride) and eight (Princess Kate) races. My girl has only won four races, and she’s also up against Max Phactor who set a track record recently. “It’s not going to be easy, and she can run in the money, but what alternative do we have? I’m sure Nicky will get the best out of her on Sunday,” Springall said. The 69-year-old trainer is experiencing his best season yet thanks to the three wins won this year by the only horse he works. Sheza Springfield won at Manawatu in April, Cambridge Raceway on May 20 and then Alexandra Park last Friday (June 3). “Not many trainers win two of their last three races so I must be doing something right, but I feel now is the time for Nicky to get her more hardened. “She’s four now and done all of her growing, so I’ll probably line her up again next season before I think about the broodmare’s paddock with her,” Springall said. The daughter of Attorney General and the un-raced Soky’s Atom mare Kandy Gloss, has now won four of her 28 starts and three from 19 this season. She paid $8.80 when winning in 2:44.7 (mile rate 2:00.4) in the hands of Chilcott last week. Sunday’s race is also a 2200m mobile - a distance which has seen the brown mare win three times. She’s also two of her 14 starts at Cambridge. “Nicky has been a great help and has driven the mare well. It’s going to be tough on Sunday. Max Phactor, Princess Kate and Thomas McBride look the toughest for my mare to beat,” said Springall, who who also owns Sheza Springfield. Springall, who lives in the southwestern Coromandel Peninsula town, is a Thames Harness Racing committee member, and has won six races and placed 16 times, since he took out his trainer's licence in 2008. When HRNZ contacted him he was sitting in a barber’s chair in Thames. Duane Ranger

The Franklin businessman who bred and owned two New Zealand Cup winners; an Inter Dominion quinella; won 300 races; and netted more than $6 million in stakes passed away on Waiuku on Sunday (June 5). Robert Reid was 82. The retired market gardener bred and owned Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance to win the 1988 and 1991 Cups with his late brother Leo. Luxury Liner also won the 1987 and 1988 Auckland Cups while Christopher Vance won that Group One feature in 1991. He also quinella-ed the 1991 Inter Dominion grand final with Mark Hanover (Mark Purdon) and Christopher Vance. Tony Herlihy (MNZM) drove both Cup winners. Mr Reid’s wife Janice said her late husband was born in Ngaruawahia and then relocated with his family to Franklin when he was just four. Ten years later he left school to work in local market gardens. “He was a workaholic from the time he left school. Robert was destined to be a farmer. He harvested his first crop of vegetables when he was about 10 from their home garden. “He later established Reid Brothers with Leo and started off with several crops before specialising in onions, pumpkin and squash. “Robert talked his father into leasing some land off him, then when they proved they were capable they leased some more. Well before he was 20, Robert and Leo bought their first land. together which was the Kidd road base we still farm today. One great crop of carrots went towards paying for this property,” his wife said. She said Mr Reid and his brother bought their first horse - Steads in 1961. Then Miranda Bay, a mare that was acquired for the “none too cheap” sum of $1000 guineas. “It couldn’t run to save itself. Although that was probably his biggest ‘punt’, he definitely wasn’t a betting man!” Mrs Reid said. She said her husband’s number one hobby was the horses and he would spend hours looking through stud books and bloodlines. “It was about the only reading he did. We had many trips following the horses around Australia and New Zealand. The whole family has very fond memories of those times. “Certainly, there were lots of proud moments with the races won, Robert said ‘it was a bit hard on the ticker’. His biggest achievement was having the first two horses home in the Inter Dominion grand final in Auckland in 1991. “In his stable there were 50 horses than won 300 races. Robert was disappointed his brother Leo didn’t get to share the glory as he passed away just prior to the success of Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance,” Mrs Reid said. Wiauku horseman, Steve Hunt, who worked for Mr Reid for 25 years up until January, said he was sad to hear of his former boss’s passing. “I was his private trainer and early on I used to prepare his horses for trainers like Roy, Barry, and Mark Purdon, and also Tony Herlihy. “He was a good friend of mine and very good to work for. He never ever told me what to do. He trusted my horsemanship. He was good to me and I will never forget him. He played a big part in my life,” Hunt said. Mrs Reid said her husband had a heart bypass at 56 which bought him another 26 years of good life. “He was proud of what he achieved and even in his hospital bed he wanted to know how the planting was going, and what the price of onions were doing,” she said. Mr Reid’s funeral was scheduled for Graham’s Funeral Parlour in Tuakau at 10.30am today (Thursday). He is survived by his wife of 56 years Janice, their four children, six grand children and one great grand child. Robert Reid Winners (with broodmare in CAPS and wins and stake earnings): MIRANDA STAR: Top Star 5 17,825 Country Star 10 45,532 Disco Girl 1 1,775 Proud Star 6 34,723 Top Vance 8 72,440 Christopher Vance 38 1,747,167 Mikes Pal 9 139,730 Disco Night 2 25,410 Christopher Too 2 16,450 Dynamite Girl 2 24,274 Operation Dynamite 2 9,365 Star Baron 1 4,065 Alert Motoring 8 147,813 Napoleon 11 124,515 Pacific Cruise 4 22,570 York Star 2 7,495 111 wins total and $2,441,149 MIRANDA BELLE: Kiwi Lord 8 34,355 Julie Vance 7 73,168 Knight Vance 8 120,249 Motoring with Julie 2 10,136 Luxury Liner 37 1,721,984 Me An Roy 740,655 69 wins and $2,000,547 MIRANDA LASS: Vance Glory 13 119,365 Willy Run 7 31,850 Star Glory 8 50,625 Star Motoring 7 42,470 Major Danger 4 21,905 39 wins and $266,215 FOYS FOLLY: Jodi Vance 1 win and $10,635. PLEAD: Miss Clevedon 13 79,930 Mark Hanover 18 700,597 Roy’s Advice 2 15,283 Mark Roy 11 249,916 Vance Lee 3 31,820 Clevedon Lord 3 15,755 Nippy Lord 4 25,810 Surdon 5 44,125 Miss Ardmore 5 62,180 OK Roy 1 4,420 Vice Regal 3 17,295 Hunter’s Valley 3 16,500 Miss O’Shea 2 11,860 Vicky Hanover 1 1,875 Upshot Harry 1 4,330 75 wins total and $1,281,696 STEADS 3 wins and $2,520 LE CHARLES 2 wins and $1,630 TOTAL WINS 300 TOTAL STAKES $6,004,392. Duane Ranger

Master Monarchy’s win at Manawatu Raceway yesterday (Sunday) has seen the talented trotter break into the 4-year-old Ruby Trot Harness Jewels grand final field at Cambridge Raceway on June 4. Ranked 10th, and with one week still remaining for qualifying, his trainer Stephen Doody said the brown gelding won’t now be lining up until early June. “If he makes the final I’ll line him up and try and run second behind Monbet. It will all depend on the draw if that happens. The draws are so vital at Cambridge over a mile. “If he doesn’t make it I’ll line him up at Alexandra Park the night before the Jewels Final and then I will put him out for a spell,” Doody said. Master Monarchy collected $4,000 for his crushing six-and-a-half length win in Sunday’s $7,000 Wright Handicap for the C2 and faster trotters. It took his season earnings to $27,399.50 - $5,294.50 more than 12th-placed Great Things Happen. Doody has had 10 Jewels finalists but never a Jewels winner, and with Monbet in this year’s Final, he believes he will have to wait at least another year to win his maiden Jewels crown. “Nothing will get near Monbet. He is in a class of his own. My wee fella goes good but he’s a long way from that class. I’ll spell him over the winter then bring him back next season for more northern racing,” Palmerston North-based Doody said. Master Monarchy and Doody made a safe start from their 10m handicap on Sunday and settled near the rear and then were third going down the back straight the last time – and stalking the leaders. In the home straight they simply left their opposition to it bolting away to a big victory. They were the $3.40 favourites and it was the brown Monarchy gelding’s third straight win at Manawatu Raceway and fifth overall. Master Monarchy is owned by Doody and Tony Jack. “He trots all right but I’m not getting too carried away with him. He’s a nice wee horse who has done a good job this season, after two unsuccessful starts last season. “He’s a not a big horse but he’s got a big heart. I think he will come back much stronger, and even better as a 5-year-old,” Doody said. Meanwhile, one of the highlights on the first day was Kilkeel Lady’s sixth win in 114 starts. The Sutter Hanover mare and driver Kyle Marshall sat parked, yet were too strong for their eight C1 and C2 pacing opponents. “She showed good gate speed and then when it mattered she dug deep. We were a bit lucky that Kotare Kasai and John (Dunn) worked hard in the race which helped. We were three-wide and then parked, but Colin’s mare showed a lot of heart,” Marshall said. The Colin Butler trained brown 6-year-old was the $5.60 third favourite on Thursday and paced the C1 and C2 Mares 1609m metre (mile) mobile in 1:58.6 and home in 60.5 and 29.7. She had half-a-neck and half-a-head to spare over Kotare Kasai and Atchoo (Jim Curtin). It was Kilkeel Lady’s third win this season and sixth overall – five of which have been at Manawatu Raceway. By Duane Ranger

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