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Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:00pm Race 1    Pat The Monkey clearly leads Multibetting and is the best backed runner on the FF win book. Some early money for M'Lord Mackendon Race 2    All the early money has been for Itz A Major Babe who has come in from $3.50 to $3.00 on the FF win book. She also leads multis from Dodgethebullet. Race 3    Best backed on the FF win book in Race 3 is Betstars Blue Jean. Leading multibetting easily though is Easton Foxglove who is the current favourite. Race 4    Canterbury visitor Mogul is best backed to win Race 4 and he also leads multis just from Jack N Jazz Race 5    The only horse wanted in Race 5 is Cruisin Reuben who is racing away with multis and is easily best backed on the win book. Race 6    There has been some early support for Reddington in this race at longer odds. Reddington is in from $22.00 to $18.00 and is best backed with Santana's Rocket leading multi betting. Race 7    A quiet market here with Ace Commander leading the win book and also leading multis. Race 8    Bettor Sensation is best backed in multis in this race but leading the win book is One Direction who has come in from an opening price of $13.00 and is now at $8.00. Race 9    Another quiet market here with favourite Fira leading both the win and multibetting. Race 10   Patanjali is best backed in this race but the multi leader is easily Linton Shard   Harnesslink Media (Courtesy of the TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - Amabede $5.20 leads win betting over Miss Bamboocha who leads multi betting over Edesia $4.00.   Race 2 - Fear Rockn $2.70 leads win betting & is leading multi betting equally with Fun Sponge $4.00.   Race 3 - The best backed runner in win betting is Galleons Pleasure $4.80 over One Off $4.60.   Race 4 - Overcast $4.80 leads multi betting over Rydgemont Milly $4.80.    Race 5 - Cullens Avenue $12.50 - $8.50 leads win betting over The Kaik $3.70.   Race 6 - Rah De Rah $11.00 - $9.00 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Knockmanaugh $35.00 - $15.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB  

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - Katies Nightmare $3.30 is the only runner wanted in early win betting with the $1.95 favourite One Off leading multi betting.    Race 2 - Robbie Royale $14.00 - $9.00 is easily the best backed runner in win betting with Beat The Heat $3.90 racing away in multi betting.    Race 3 - Blarney Babe $5.00 leads win betting with Aidan Junior the $2.70 favourite just leading multi betting over Honour The Bet $5.00.    Race 4 - Glenisthebettor $2.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & also leads win betting.   Race 5 - Sundons Wish is the $2.40 favourite & is racing away in multi betting but in win betting Trouble Giero $3.70 - $3.20 holds 97% of the early win money with the largest bet $5,000 at $3.70 & $5,000 place at $1.40.   Race 6 - Dying to See You $6.00 leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Geena's Girl $3.00 is the only runner wanted in early multi betting with Heavenly Love $12.00 best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 8 - Smooth Mara $2.90 leads multi betting over Gunpowder $6.00. Leah Mac $7.00 leads win betting over Gunpowder.   Race 9 - Jakira $1.80 leads multi betting over Rozzano $5.50 with the longshot Mustang GT $21.00 leading win betting.   Race 10 -Bontz $3.60 - $2.70 is the 2nd best backed runner for the meeting on the win 'book' (Trouble Giero R5 best backed) with the largest bets $769 at $3.60, $1,052 at $2.90 & $1,250 at $2.70 (X2). Frankie D $6.50 is starting to attract some support. Bontz leads multi betting over Motu Time To Shine $4.50. Bontz has taken a $4,000 place bet at $1.50 & Fiery Ferret has taken two place bets of $400 at $5.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Senior harness racing horseman Alistair Lowe has been handed down an 8 month suspension and fined $1000 for his drive on Sandra Keith at Forbury on 26th October this year. Lowe was charged under Rule 869(3)(a) which provides: “No horseman in any race shall drive incompetently”. His suspension means he will be unable to drive again until after the 11th August 2018. Full details of the hearing BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 AND IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing BETWEEN RACING INTEGRITY UNIT (RIU) Informant AND MR ALISTAIR LOWE Open Horseman/ Licensed Trainer Respondent Information: A5543 Judicial Committee: Prof G Hall, Chairman Mr D Jackson, Member Appearing: Mr N Ydgren, Chief Stipendiary Steward, for the Informant The Respondent in person Date of hearing and oral decision: 11 December 2017 WRITTEN DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE [1] The informant, the RIU, has laid an information with respect to the respondent, Mr A Lowe. [2] This information alleges that the tactics Mr Lowe adopted on SANDRA KEITH during the running of race 3 at Forbury Park TC race meeting on 26 October 2017 fell below the standard of a competent horseman and thus were in breach of r 869(3)(a). [3] Rule 869(3)(a) provides: “No horseman in any race shall drive incompetently”. [4] Mr Ydgren produced a letter dated 7 November 2017 from Mr M Godber, General Manager of the RIU, authorising pursuant to r 1108(2) the laying of the charge under r 869(3)(a). Informant’s submissions [5] Mr Lowe is the holder of an open horseman’s licence and a licence to train. [6] SANDRA KEITH is a 6-year-old mare, which is owned and trained by the respondent. She has had 17 lifetime raceday starts. Mr Lowe has driven the horse in 10 of these races. Mr Lowe was prevented from driving SANDRA KEITH in the other 7 due to his being suspended. [7] SANDRA KEITH has run in 24 official trials. In all but one of these trials Mr Lowe has driven the horse. SANDRA KEITH has run in 43 workouts. Driving statistics are not available for some of these races but Mr Lowe had driven her in the majority of these races as well. These statistics were said to demonstrate that Mr Lowe knows the horse well. [8] SANDRA KEITH at the time of racing was a rating 40 horse. This is the bottom rating for a horse. She was the equal lowest rated horse in the field and this was reflected in Totalisator odds. She was the 8th win favourite and the 9th place favourite in a field of 9 horses. [9] The form of SANDRA KEITH leading in to the race at issue was 00X00. 13th of 14 (20L) 10th of 12 (103L) 14th of 14 (27.6L) 14th of 15 (31.8L) 9th of 12 (30.9L) [10] Thus, all things being equal, Mr Ydgren said, the pre-post chances of SANDRA KEITH featuring in the finish were low. When this was combined with the horse’s wide barrier position, those chances were further diminished. [11] SANDRA KEITH drew barrier seven. There were horses drawn to the inside of Mr Lowe which had previously shown speed from the mobile and it would be expected that these runners would take up forward positions. Mr Ydgren submitted that this information would have been reasonably accessible to anybody who had put some effort into field analysis. [12] Mr Ydgren submitted that Mr Lowe’s tactics and actions in the race at issue had fallen below what should be reasonably expected of a competent horseman in the circumstances. Mr Lowe had made bad decisions, which had adversely affected his chances. He had not made a competent assessment of his surroundings. [13] Mr Ydgren reviewed the race. [14] In the score up it appears as though SANDRA KEITH does race slightly keenly, however once the field is released, the horse shows no inclination to over-race. It appears relaxed and tractable and there is no film that shows otherwise. Mr Lowe is not having any discernible difficulty with the mare. [15] Mr Lowe can be seen to look inwards on several occasions in the opening stanza. The Stewards assume from this that he is looking to take up a position closer to the rails, as would be expected, and Mr Lowe confirmed this in the interview. [16] When the field enters the first bend, Mr Lowe has not shifted inwards to any significant degree and remains in a position that Mr Ydgren described as 5 wide. Importantly, he said, the field has taken up its pattern and no other horse is wider than 2-wide. This is a very unusual tactic from Mr Lowe. Whilst only very rarely seen, it is always reserved for situations where a horse is uncontrollable, in an incorrect gait or there is broken gear. None of these situations have arisen here. Mr Lowe should have been no wider than 3-wide. [17] At the entrance to the back straight SANDRA KEITH was continuing to race in a position far wider than expected. The horse is still placed at least 5-wide. [18] Mr Ydgren said that when questioned as to the horse being 5-wide, Mr Lowe’s position was somewhat contradictory. His first comment to the Stewards was that he had been stuck out that wide. He then went on to explain that he was so intently focused on trying to restrain and control his horse he did not realise he was this wide. He conceded in the interview that he should not be out that wide and made an attempt to shift her in, however he then said that he was only able to get her in once she was “a bit stuffed” from all the work she had done. [19] Aside from the contrasting comments provided, the Stewards had an issue with the fact that through the back straight on the first occasion SANDRA KEITH appears to be laying inwards. The alternative to this is that SANDRA KEITH is being directed outwards. Clearly from viewing the back straight film, the horse’s head does not track straight. It is for one of those reasons. [20] Stewards also believed it was equally as important to view Mr Lowe’s position in relation to the leaders and those placed at the back of the field. Mr Lowe makes no real decision in the early stages. He does not have a plan as to whether he should race forward or back and instead lands out of the gate in a neutral position. [21] Mr Ydgren said there is no discernible effort or action on Mr Lowe’s part to either restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear or to encourage her forward. There is nothing in the horse’s disposition that would suggest that at this stage of the race she is not capable of doing so, if asked. It is only near the 1600 metres (600 metres after the start) where Mr Lowe appears to make a decision to improve. That was a decision that had to be made in a far timelier manner and in every race is done so by nearly every driver. Mr Lowe has failed to make a competent assessment of the situation and for this reason failed to make a positive move, to either restrain or go forward. This has led him to racing at least 3-wide for far longer than what should be expected. [22] When Mr Lowe does make the decision to move forward he is racing to the outside of the second last horse. When considering the pre-start chances of his runner and the work the horse has been required to do in the early stages the Stewards accepted and expected that SANDRA KEITH would be restrained to race at the back of the field. Instead, Mr Lowe makes a sharp move forwards to pressure for the parked position. It is only at the time that Mr Lowe nearly takes up this position, that he makes an attempt to restrain SANDRA KEITH. [23] This action of applying pressure to the reins, Mr Ydgren said, was what the Stewards would have expected to see of Mr Lowe in the early stages to gain a more beneficial run. This attempt from Mr Lowe lasts for a short time and Mr Lowe resumes racing 3-wide showing no desire to improve his position. Stewards accept that any action from the 900 metres onwards would not have helped the chances of SANDRA KEITH. Her race had been run and by that stage her finishing position was “a mere fait accompli.” However, she should not have been in that position. Respondent’s submissions [24] Mr Lowe commenced his submissions by stating that SANDRA KEITH was pulling very hard. He was a very strong person and he was having difficulty stopping her shifting out on the track. He said he had a strong hold of her and was doing his best to restrain her. She was “a funny old horse and was in a mood”. [25] Mr Lowe said he had drawn out wide on the mobile and his intention was to see what the other drivers were doing. He made a decision early to go back. However, “the horse took hold, pulled and wanted to race everything”. She was running out, her head was round, and she was hanging in. She made the decision to run out. He could not get her to shift in. However, he felt it was best not to let her go as if he did he would not be able to stop her running out. [26] The respondent said it was “very embarrassing” to go round the track that wide. He was aware that anyone who had invested on his horse would be upset. [27] At one point he thought if he could get up outside the leader and get her to relax, he might have had a show. But she would not relax and he had no control despite the fact he believed he had her under a strong hold on both reins. This was the first time she had ever run out. She had done a few other things in her races, though. She tried hard but had no commonsense. He added she was uncontrollable on the day and had given him a very difficult drive. If the pace had slackened, he believed he would have had a tough job to stop her running into the cart in front. [28] Mr Lowe said he owned the horse and had now sacked her from racing. The statistics of the horse showed she had had 17 starts for no placings. She had never been in the first 4, and her best finish was sixth. [29] Mr John Morrison, gave evidence on behalf of Mr Lowe. He spoke to his experience driving the horse. He said the horse had issues and was uncontrollable at times. She would take off and trying to restrain her was difficult. [30] Mr Morrison said he had driven her in her first four race starts. He had had problems pulling her back and steering her. She was okay if she was following another horse but on her own she could be difficult to steer. He believed she had got worse over time. [31] Mr Morrison said he had viewed the video of the race and he believed the respondent was trying to restrain the horse and that SANDRA KEITH was fighting him. Mr Morrison said he had trouble when he drove her in her first start at Oamaru on 22 May 2016. He had difficulty in getting her in when she was 3 or 4 wide early. [32] Mr Ydgren played the video of the Oamaru race. SANDRA KEITH had drawn 7 at the mobile. He demonstrated that Mr Morrison had been able to restrain her back to sit in the 2 wide line. He emphasised the horse was not sitting 4 or 5 wide in that race. Mr Morrison agreed he had been able to restrain her and that he was leaning back in the cart to do so. [33] Mr Morrison said when the horse had galloped for him on one occasion it was one of his worst driving experiences. She had been very difficult to control. He said SANDRA KEITH lacked ring craft and was harder to hold in open spaces. He said his assessment was also based on seeing her perform in workouts and race at Forbury Park. [34] Mr Lowe said SANDRA KEITH had been co-operative at Oamaru, as that had been her first raceday start. In the race at issue, SANDRA KEITH was in a foul mood and he could not do anything with her. He emphasised he was an experienced driver, having been involved in the industry since the 80s. He had never been stuck outside the field as no horse had ever run out before, including her. [35] Mr Lowe said he could not get on to the back of another horse and he had enough control to not be going forward but not enough to get her back. He said he had not steered her out. She had simply decided to go out on the corner. He agreed it was not an abrupt shift. It was her decision that she would “take the world on”. She was out of control. [36] When questioned as to why he had not let SANDRA KEITH go forward and sit outside Mr Chmiel, he said Mr Chmiel had indicated he would not pull back and he believed he would then be 3 wide without cover. Instead, he was trying “to draw her back and get her to relax”. Mr Ydgren said at this point in the race it was evident that the respondent was making some effort to restrain SANDRA KEITH. He asked Mr Lowe, for example, why he had not leaned out the back of the cart earlier. Mr Lowe said he was only successful at that point in the race because SANDRA KEITH had done a lot of work and had used herself up. She had wasted a whole lot of energy and was now slightly more controllable. Summing up [37] Mr Ydgren submitted that an accepted and common definition of incompetent is “not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully”. The RIU believed that in this instance Mr Lowe had not shown the necessary skills and requirements of a competent horseman and instead had made poor decisions. This had led to him not doing his job successfully. [38] Mr Ydgren believed in the circumstances that unfolded Mr Lowe should have taken up “an economical run as early as possible and hope[d] for the best.” Instead he set the horse an impossible task and “the result was quite unsuccessful and unspectacular”. His style of driving had cast “a poor light over Harness Racing”. Horsemen work hard to portray themselves and their industry in a positive manner, and a drive like this being broadcast across TV undid a lot of that work. The industry had to promote itself as professional and one that warranted investment. To turn on trackside and see a demonstration such as this would have had the exact opposite effect. [39] Mr Ydgren submitted Mr Lowe should have made a decision earlier than he did. This would have ensured he could have enjoyed a far more economical run. He should have raced in a far tighter position closer to the field instead of covering a considerable amount of extra ground. There was no discernible effort by Mr Lowe to restrain SANDRA KEITH until the horse was outside Mr Chmiel. The horse just appeared to have landed in the position it did in the race and stayed there. [40] Mr Lowe reiterated SANDRA KEITH was a very difficult horse to drive. He was restraining her. He was very strong and fit. Mr Morrison had had problems with her and he was not as strong as him. The horse had no brains and drawing 7 was the worst place for her. She took control and he could not stop her. He had had “a heck of a job to get her back in”. It took a strong hold to stop her going forward. She was not in the right mood to race. Decision [41] Mr Lowe is an experienced horseman. Sitting 4 and 5 wide for a distance of some 600 metres before making a decision to press forward is not the action we would expect from a competent and an experienced horseman. The respondent has contended repeatedly that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse to drive and she was in “a foul mood” on the day. We have studied the videos intently and can find no evidence of anything untoward in the behaviour of SANDRA KEITH. There is certainly no abrupt outwards movement at any time. This may be because, as Mr Lowe has said, he had a strong hold on the horse. However, we cannot see any action on Mr Lowe’s part to either restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear or to encourage his horse forward until just after the 1600 metres mark in the 2200 metres race. [42] In addition, there is no evidence until this time of Mr Lowe attempting to bring SANDRA KEITH closer to the field, in say a 3-wide position, rather than sitting 4 and 5 wide in a position that is to the outside of the body of the field. When the horse does eventually land up outside Mr Chmiel, who was racing 2 wide without cover near the front of the field, there are the first discernible actions of Mr Lowe to restrain the horse. We accept his explanation that trying to cross Mr Chmiel may have simply resulted in his sitting outside that horse 3 wide if Mr Chmiel kicked up. However, the damage to SANDRA KEITH’s chances have occurred prior to this time through the horse sitting outside the field 4 and 5 wide for a distance, as we say, of around 600 metres. The horse then continues to race 3 and 4 wide for another 400 metres although it is then being restrained towards the back of the field. The horse eventually tires and drops out of the race. [43] Mr Morrison has given evidence that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse to drive. We observed his drive at Oamaru, to which he specifically referred, resulted in his being able to restrain the horse 2-wide at the rear of the field shortly after the start. There is nothing in SANDRA KEITH’s performance on that day that was similar to Mr Lowe’s drive that is at issue before us. Nonetheless, we accept his evidence that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse. [44] Our concern is that the respondent has sat 4 and 5 wide and has not made any effort to progress forward or to restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear of the field for the first 600 metres of the race. He has then been out 3 and 4 wide for the next 400 metres, although at this time he is making an effort to restrain and does eventually restrain the horse. We are satisfied, despite factoring in the fact that SANDRA KEITH can be a difficult horse to drive, that Mr Lowe’s actions in race 3 at Forbury Park on 26 October last have fallen well below the standard we would expect of a competent horseman. We thus find the charge proved. Submissions as to penalty [45] The penalty guide provides a starting point of an 80 drive suspension or a $4000 fine for a breach of r 869(3)(a). [46] Mr Lowe has had 376 lifetime drives for 6 wins. So far this season Mr Lowe has had 9 drives. Last season he had 19 drives and the season before he had 8. Mr Ydgren said it was apparent that it would take Mr Lowe a very long time to achieve even the starting point number of drives. Mr Lowe has had a previous breach of this rule. On 20 December 2015 he allowed a trotter to pace for 2000 metres and was suspended for just over 7 months and was fined $400. Prior to that Mr Lowe had twice failed to return a trotter promptly to its proper gait. [47] The Stewards classed the breach as mid-range and Mr Lowe’s penalty record as “worse than neutral”. Whilst in the past year he has not been charged with a breach of this rule, it was only 28 drives from the date of this hearing that Mr Lowe faced his last incompetent charge. From the day of his drive it was 26 drives since he was found to be in breach. [48] Mr Ydgren observed that our penalty jurisdiction is restricted by r 1003(1) in that the maximum suspension is one of 12 months. [49] An 80 drive suspension for Mr Lowe would take approximately 6 seasons to serve. For that reason the RIU submitted that the penalty should be one of a lengthy term of suspension combined with a fine. Their recommendation was that a suspension of 10 months and a fine of $600 be imposed. [50] The RIU made no submissions as to costs. [51] Mr Lowe submitted that the penalty be less than that submitted by Mr Ydgren. He emphasised he continued to believe he was not in breach of the rule and would appeal our decision no matter what. [52] Mr Lowe said he was in a position to pay a fine, if that was part of the penalty that we imposed. Decision as to penalty [53] The starting point in the JCA Penalty Guide is an 80 drive suspension or a $4000 fine. [54] We are clearly constrained by the infrequency with which the respondent drives and the one year maximum term of suspension provided in r 1003(1). A combined penalty is thus appropriate. [55] We believe the breach itself is at the higher end of mid-range. Mr Lowe was 4 and 5 wide for a considerable distance. Were the horse not difficult to drive, we would have categorised the breach as high end. [56] Mr Lowe’s record under this rule unfortunately evidences a previous breach in December 2015. He had only driven 26 times before again being in breach. A fine itself is insufficient to hold the respondent accountable and to denounce and deter him and others. [57] Mr Lowe’s failure to admit the breach is of course not an aggravating factor but, in contrast, is the absence of a mitigating one. [58] The 5th schedule of the Rules of HRNZ states: 5.1 The purpose of proceedings before a Judicial Committee or Appeals Tribunal includes: (a) to ensure that racing is conducted in accordance with the code rules; (b) to uphold and maintain the high standards expected of those participating in the sport of racing and the racing industry; (c) to uphold and maintain the integrity of the sport of racing and the racing industry; and (d) to protect the participants in the sport of racing, the racing industry, and the public. [59] These principles are clearly applicable in this case. [60] Doing the best we can in the circumstances we have outlined, and not wanting to impose a penalty on Mr Lowe that is crushing, we fine him the sum of $1000 and suspend his horseman’s licence for a period of 8 months, commencing on 12 December and concluding on 11 August 2018. [61] The RIU do not seek costs and there is no award of JCA costs on this occasion. Dated at Dunedin this 20th day of December 2017. Geoff Hall, Chairman

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:30pm Race 1 - Sage Trouble $3.20 is the best backed on the win 'book' with Fancy Woman $%2.40 leading multi betting over Our Gracie $3.10.   Race 2 - Jetenara $2.90 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Frankie D $3.90 - $3.20 leads win betting with CC Jones $2.20 racing away in multi betting.   Race 4 - Crimson Lane $4.80 leads multi betting over Futura Easton $5.50.   Race 5 - Sea Rover $3.70 & Troy Castleton $3.50 dominate multi betting in what is a quiet win market early.   Race 6 - Hot Off The Press $2.50 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Mighty Empire $3.60 leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Highview Illusion $4.00 is a clear leader in win & multi betting over Classie Margaret $13.00 - $11.00     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of TAB    

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1 - Shona Mary $3.20 leads multi betting over Landora's lassie $3.00.   Race 2 - Possente Cavallo $3.00 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - The debut runner Ripsnorter $2.10 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Highview Illusion $4.80 leads in betting with To Ri Alby $2.30 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - The longshot Playboy's Brother $21.00 leads early win betting.    Race 6 - Lorretta Franco $4.80 leads win betting.   Race 7 - Breenys Cullen $4.00 leads win & multi betting over Valmagne $9.50.   Race 8 - Eamon Maguire $2.80 leads win betting with the $2.40 favourite Rocknroll Magic $2.40 leading win betting.   Race 9 - Playboy Prince $7.50- leads win & multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - Kansas City Jim $5.20 leads win betting.   Race 2 - King Cassidy $3.20 leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Bushido $1.30 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Hurricane Banner $6.00 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Lundqvist $3.60 & Pres The Belle $3.80 equally lead multi betting.   Race 6 - Xmas Joyella $3.20 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - The big win mover at the meeting is Sagwitch $18.00 - $8.50 with Simply Dreaming $3.00 easily leading multi betting.   Race 8 - The debut runner Woodlea Ragnar $1.85 - $1.75 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm Race 1 - Girlz N Boyz $2.40 - $2.30 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 2 - Idealistic Lass $5.80 - $4.60 is the big win mover in this race with Sky City King $4.80 just leading multi betting over the former runner. Rainy River $10.50 - $7.50 has also attracted some early win money with the largest bet $500 at $9.00 .     Race 3 - Myboyloliepop $1.95 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Say Your Pres $.20 - $4.00 leads win & multi betting over Whatasista $4.00.   Race 5 - Grace O'Malley $4.20 leads multi betting over Jaccka Josh $8.20.   Race 6 - Raphoe $9.50 leads early win betting.   Race 7 - Essence Of Easton $3.30 leads multi betting.   Race 8 - Millwood Daisy $2.00 leads win & multi betting over Balius $8.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:20pm   Race 1 - Our Gracie $6.50 - $4.60 is best backed in win and multi betting.   Race 2 - Life Lavros $1.70 - $1.60 is the only runner wanted here in win and multi betting.   Race 3 - Easton Karere $6.20 leads win betting over Nakayla Franco $2.60 who easily leads multi betting.   Race 4 - Belmont Jet $6.20 - $5.50 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with the largest bet $750 at $6.20.   Race 5 - Say Your Pres $4.50 leads multi betting over Stellar Success $5.50.   Race 6 - Silver Dale $5.00 - $4.60 leads win betting over Sky City King $4.20 who leads multi betting over the former runner.    Race 7 - Millwood Daisy $1.90 - $1.80 easily leads win & multi betting.   Matthew Williamson $3.00 leads the He's Watching Drivers Challenge (Option 808)     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:40am Race 1 - Crusher Collins leads multi betting in this race over Such Fun. Crusher Collins is best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 2 - The best backed in this race is Liberal Arden but Shelby Bromac is leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Rocknpop $11.00 leads early FF win betting with the $3.40 favourite Belmont's Greatest leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Stunin Type $2.90 easily leads multi betting over Mockingjay $5.80. Mocking Jay is best backed from $7.80 to $5.80   Race 5 - Best backed on the win 'book' is Trouble Giero $11.00 to $9.50. The only two wanted in early multi betting are Dark Horse & Sundons Wish.   Race 6 - Debnita Rose $3.50 - $2.80 leads win betting over Leah Mac $6.80 with Debnita Rose $2.80 easily leading multi betting.   Race 7 - Eamon Maguire is the best backed runner on the card early $2.05 in to $1.95 and is racing away in Mulits   Race 8 - Seniorita Margarita $4.20 to $4.00 leads win & multi betting in a quiet market.   Race 9 - Wobbegong $8.00 is best backed in FF win, from Bevan's Cullen and those are the best backed runners in multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - Sheriff $1.45 - $1.28 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $4,444 at $1.45, $5,128 at $1.39 & $6,060 at $1.33. Spondulicks has taken a $600 bet at $5.20.    Race 2 - Delight In Me $1.60 - $1.40 the full sister to Dream About Me & a half sister to Christen Me is the only runner wanted here. The largest bet on Delight In Me $3,333 at $1.60.   Race 3 - Noble Lavros $6.80 - $6.20 leads win betting over Monarco $17.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Southern Alps $4.50.    Race 4 - The Kaik $2.50 - $2.00 is easily the best backed runner with the largest bets $1,333 at $2.50, $1,538 at $2.30 & $1,666 at $2.20.   Race 5 - Don Domingo $2.50 - $2.00 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $1,000 & $1,333 at $2.50, $1,538 at $2.30 & $2,000 at $2.00.    Race 6 - Times Stride $3.30 - $2.40 is best backed on the win 'book' with Mach Up $3.00 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 7 - A very quiet win 'book' early with Musculus $3.90 leading multi betting over Miracle Rising $4.50 & Idle Moose $4.50.   Race 8 - Chase Auckland $2.00 - $1.90 dominates early win betting but Spankem $3.90 - $3.70 is starting to attract some support also. Largest bets $4,000 & $2,000 at $2.00 Chase Auckland with two $500 bets taken on Spankem at $3.90.   Race 9 - Bettor Trix $1.40 is the most backed runner number wise in multi betting on the card early.   Race 10 - Pembrook's Passion $7.80 - $5.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Belle Of Brooklyn $16.00 - $12.00 with Editorial $2.60 leading multi betting.   Race 11 - The Tin Soldier $10.50 - $9.00 leads win & multi betting over The Director $9.00 - $8.00. The Tin Soldier has taken a $800 place bet at $3.20 & is now $2.50.   Best backed runners in order at 3:30pm in multi betting: R9 - Bettor Trix $1.40 R1 - Sheriff $1.28     R2 - Delight In Me $1.40  R8 - Chase Auckland $1.90  R5 - Don Domingo $2.00 R6 - Mach Up $3.00  R4 - The Kaik $2.00      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

There is some great harness racing action this week, with the highlights being the Ashburton Flying Stakes and Ashburton Trotters Mile at Ashburton on Monday.  On Friday night, the Sires Stakes heat at Addington has also drawn a very good field of 3yo pacers, including unbeaten Auckland Reactor gelding Chase Auckland. This week we have a good spread of selections split between the four meetings programmed. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness at Cambridge on Thursday night. Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best chance this week is R Gee Bee at Cambridge in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Yankee C J would be his best chance this week in Race 5 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive tonight would be George, at Cambridge in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks Ideal Roman will go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 7   NZ Metro at Addington on Friday night Blair Orange - Blair says that Sheriff would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Still Eyre as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Noble Lavros as a good winning chance having his first start also in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Whatasista at Addington in Race 7 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Belle Of Brooklyn as his best chance at Addington in Race 10   Tuapeka at Forbury on Sunday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Scarlett Lane in Race 3 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks Rocknpop would be a place chance also in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Executive Dash at Forbury in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be It Ain't The Money this week at Forbury in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees with Geoff and is going for Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9   Ashburton on Monday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Ohanzee can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Wilmas Mate will be hard to beat also in Race 8       Harnesslink Media  

Forbury Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:55am Race 1   The Great Redeemer is best backed here but leading multis is the favourite Lundqvist Race 2   The only horse wanted in this race is Link To Collect in from $1.60 to $1.50 Race 3   Shards Halo is the big mover here from $5.50 in to $2.90. Largest bet has been $3300 at $3.60 Race 4   Betty Boo leads both FF win and Multibets in this race. Some money has come for My Nikayla Race 5   Fira is best backed in multibetting 3.80 to 3.40 with some money coming for Tjuana Taxi. Race 6   No More Change is leading Multi betting and FF win Race 7   A quiet market here with Articulight best backed in FF win and multis Race 8   Valmagne is best backed in FF win from $8.80 to $7.50. Cuddly Jess is best backed in multis Race 9   Hypervelocity leads multibetting with some solid support.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Richard Wilson (TAB)

Top harness racing driver Blair Orange is looking to extend his lead in the national drivers premiership at Forbury today (Sunday). Orange leads the drivers premiership with eleven wins this season, one clear of David Butcher who is currently on ten wins. Blair has a good book of drives today and is driving in seven of the nine races programmed at the Forbury track, including all three horses that Canterbury trainer Paul Court has engaged at the meeting. Hypervelocity would be the best of the Court runners today in the last race on the card. The Mach Three five year old ran a good second last start at Kurow and had previously been racing better horses in the Canterbury area. Orange labelled Hypervelocity his best chance this week in the Harnesslink ringaround and he looks a good bet and possible anchor in the $30,000 pick six available today. Last years premiership winner Dexter Dunn is also looking to make up some lost ground, after he missed the first few weeks of the season while he was away at World Drivers Championships in Canada. He also has a good book of drives today and is fresh from winning the Maurice Holmes Vase on Friday night at Addington on the Otago trained Titan Banner. Dexter will retain the drive on Titan Banner in the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup in November. Other drivers chances today at Forbury.   Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance this week is Scarlett Lane in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Get Real on Sunday in Race 4 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for No More Change as her best drive this week in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Lorretta Franco also in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 9   Harnesslink Media

Last week was an ok week for the ringaround which produced a couple of winners and several placegetters again. The best winning dividend went to Ricky May when Rockaball  won at Addington and payed $6.40 to win on the tote. There are three meetings programed this week with Auckland starting the racing on Thursday night. At Addington on Friday, the first night of the Kiwi Punters Championships is being run, with Forbury holding their first meeting of their season on Sunday.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Alexandra Park on Thursday night. Jay Abernethy - Jay says Jude's Gem is his best drive this week at Alex Park in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Recco Lover is a good winning chance again in Race 4 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks All American can win this race for Josh Dickie in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Spring Campaign as his best drive in Race 6 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week is Ohoka Maximus in Race 7 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best chance is Yagunnakissmeornot in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Craig Ferguson - Craig is going for Chief Kapai as his best chance this week in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin says Admiral would be his best chance this week also in Race 1 Ricky May - Ricky thinks Donsmedad would be his best drive at Addington in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week is Art Union at Addington in Race 7 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Art Union is a good winning chance in Race 7 Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Joey Maguire as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 8 Harnesslink Reporter - says Vintage Beach can go a good race fresh up in Race 9 Terry Chmiel - Terry is opting for Martin John as his best chance at Addington in Race 10   Forbury on Sunday Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance this week is Scarlett Lane in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Get Real on Sunday in Race 4 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for No More Change as her best drive this week in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Lorretta Franco also in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 9   Harnesslink Media

The Tuapeka Harness Racing Club has decided to join the Southern Harness group. The application by the Club was unanimously endorsed on Thursday night at a Southern Harness Presidents meeting in Gore.  They'll continue to race at Forbury Park, however although the meeting will be managed on the day by Southern Harness staff, the Club will continue to use the Forbury Park mobile vehicle and starter assistants from the Otago area. It was also agreed that some of the race series that Southern Harness runs throughout the season will include Tuapeka.  Early records show that the Club began in the 1961 - 1962 season when it held non-totalistor events at both Roxburgh (November) and Forbury (March) before getting a tote licence in 1978. The Club's main race - the Selwyn Paul Tuapeka Cup has been run since 1993 when the first winner was Mighty Silks driven by Peter Shand. This season's cup will the 24th running. The Tuapeka Club will race this coming season on Sunday 22nd October.  Southern Harness now consists of clubs from Invercargill, Winton, Wyndham, Northern Southland, Wairio, Gore, Riverton, Central Otago, Roxburgh and Tuapeka.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

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