In tragic news for the Les Harding stable and South Australian harness racing comes the news of passing of stable star Zanardi who passed away last week after complications to surgery to have bone chips removed. Zanardi had won 16 from his 24 starts under Les Harding and was considered SA’s best free for all class pacer along with Come On Frank, his main wins come in the Gawler Cup and the Maughan Ford Cup, the traditional lead up race to the SA Cup beating Come On Frank in that event. Bred in New Zealand the Courage Under Fire gelding had just 6 starts for a win at Rangiora at his final start in his homeland before being sold to Western Australia in 2009 where he won his way to fast class company, he relocated to Les Harding stables in May last year with instant success winning first up at Betezy Park, Globe Derby. Zanardi also was runner up in the Mildura Cup to Five Star Anvil and finished fifth behind Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster in the SA Cup. All up he won 32 races and $210.000 in stake-money. In a state where fast class pacers don’t come along all that often Zanardi will be sadly missed and particularly by the Harding family. Another former West Australian to do their future racing in South Australia is Remember El an Elsu gelding who performed well in open class in WA recently running third to David Hercules in a free for all at Gloucester Park. Gary Newton
Super Arnie, Sweden's leading sire in 2006-09, has been put down at the age of 26. Super Arnie was sired by Super Bowl and out of Arnies Likeness, she by Arnie Almahurst.
Peace Corps 3,1:52.4 ($4,137,737), the five-time (1988-1992) divisional trotting champion, died in Mallorca, Spain, in November 2012 at the age of 26, it was learned today from her harness racing owner, John Bootsman.
Today at Hyeres Jean-Pierre Dubois won his FR comeback after European rules were changed to permit harness racing drivers to compete after age 70.
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On a A$500,000 afternoon last August the world seemed full of promise with three of New Zealand racing's brightest young harness racing stars.