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Stu Campbell, who gave away training standardbreds two years ago, was back as a winning owner at Forbury Park on Saturday with Pres The Belle. The three-year-old filly is fittingly a trotter, as Campbell had good success with trotters among them Fleur’s Invasion (12 wins), Daisy Belle (eight) and Elayjay (nine) when based at Ocean View. He won 149 races as a trainer but moved onto other business interests in 2014. Pres The Belle, who was having her third start, is by The Pres from Daisy Belle raced by Campbell in partnership with Des Minehan and Stuart Heal, both of Cromwell and Dexter Nind, of Waitane (Southland) on lease from Ashburton breeders Keith and Bevan Grice. She is trained at Mosgiel by Darryn Simpson. The same owners were involved with Waitoto Express, the last winner trained by Campbell at Forbury Park in May, 2014. Campbell had his first win with the pacer Sir Tom at Forbury Park in January, 1983. Daisy Belle (by Sundon) had her first win at Forbury Park in 2004. Pres The Belle is her third foal and first to race. Two of her foals, a Bacardi Lindy colt (2011) and a colt foaled in 2014 by The Pres, have died of colic. Ken Dempster, who retired after 35 years as judge and earlier five years as assistant judge for the Forbury Park Trotting Club, took a set of reins for a lap of the track in a dual sulky with a pacer, co-driven by Nathan Williamson. Dempster gave a salute as he passed the winning post. Dempster took on additional duties with on-course announcements on Saturday after Dave McDonald, the scheduled commentator for the meeting was sidelined. McDonald was unwell when he arrived at the track. He was taken by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital for observation. He was discharged later in the day and drove back to his home in Invercargill. Commentaries were done from Trackside television, first by George Simon and later Matthew Cross in the Christchurch studio. Tayler Strong  

Rory McIlwrick used experience to good purpose when winning the McMillan Equine Feeds 2017 New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship. The series concluded at Forbury Park yesterday (Saturday) when McIlwrick won the heat for trotters with Mr Majestic and finished second in the heat for pacers with Franco Huntington. He had won the two heats, both for pacers, at Addington the previous night with Bettor Chance and Gypsy’s Choice. He finished the series with 63 points, 31 ahead of his nearest rival, Ben Butcher. He was the major contributor to the 200 point tally for the the South Island team against 135 for the North Island. McIlwrick (25) completes his time as a Junior driver on July 31. “It is definitely a highlight of my time as a junior, a culmination of my whole career. It was special and great meeting all of the young people involved in the series,’’ he said. “The trainers did a great job with the horses I drove.” McIlwrick had contested one other series in his six seasons as a junior driver, being unplaced in 2013 when Simon Lawson was the winner. McIlwrick had on side his own experience and the experience of trainer Ali Malcolmson, who prepares Mr Majestic. McIlwrick has now won 112 races from 1254 drives.  He is the leading junior this season with 38 wins, his best season, ahead of 26  in 2015/16. He reached 100 wins on the trotter Och Aye The Noo at Forbury Park in March. McIlwrick stood down from driving for the last five weeks of last season after accumulating 74 wins in order to remain a junior this season and pursue the leading junior driver title. He rates his win on Golden Gate in an intermediate trot at the 2016 NZ Cup meeting as his best. He drove his first winner, Tactical Attraction at Invercargill in December, 2011 when based in Southland. He has been with the stable of Martin Denton in recent times. “I will just go where the wind takes me,’’ he said. He began work with the stable of Mark Purdon and has had time with Robert Dunn, Cran Dalgety (18 months), Kirk Larsen, John Caldow (three months at Melton), Nathan Williamson, Amber Hoffman, Graeme Anderson and Phil Williamson. Mr Majestic lasted to win the heat by a nose from Dusky Eyre after McIlwrick improved from sixth in the running to lead at the 500m. “I was hoarse with yelling at him over the closing stages and just hoped I had held on,’’  said McIlwrick. Franco Huntington made most of the pace in his heat and finished three quarters of a length from Arthur Lowe, driven by Dylan Ferguson.   The final points table for the championship: Rory McIlwrick 63 Ben Butcher 32 Katie Cox  31 Kimberly Butt 30 John Morrison 29 Mark Johnson 26 Matt Anderson 25 Dylan Ferguson 24 Jack MacKinnon 24 Sheree Tomlinson 22 Robert Argue 16 Tony Cameron 13   South Island 200 North Island 135 Tayler Strong

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45am Race 1 - Pres The Belle $1.75 is racing away in multi betting & also leads win betting over Landora's Lassie $5.00.   Race 2 - Fatherdantherodeoman $1.85 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.    Race 3 - Blazing Under Fire $2.20 just leads multi betting over Poppymalda $2.50.   Race 4 - My Nikayla $2.80 is the only runner wanted in both win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Hunter Bromac $4.00 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 6 - Hurricane Banner $31 is best backed in win betting with the best backed in multi betting To Ri Alby $3.60.    Race 7 - Dusky Eyre $8.20 leads win betting with Och Aye The Noo $2.60 leading multi betting.   Race 8 - Sweet As $2.70 is easily the best backed in win & multi betting over Innocent Artist $2.50.   Blair Orange $3.00 is best backed in the Drivers Challenge over Rory McIlwrick $12.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

It seems only a formality that Rory McIllwrick will win the McMillan Equine Feeds New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship series concluding at Forbury Park today after success in both heats at Addington last night. McIlwrick drove Bettor Chance and Gypsy’s Choice to win at Addington to give him 34 points, 13 clear of his nearest rival, John Morrison. McIlwrick has sound chances in Mr Majestic and Franco Huntington in the two heats today. McIlwrick, the leading junior driver this season with 36 wins, has gained nine of those wins at Forbury Park, his home track. Mr Majestic (race 7),  who has gained three of his six wins at Forbury Park, became eligible when dropped a point in his rating after an unplaced effort in a stronger field there last week. A change of driver is not a problem for Mr Majestic, He has been driven by five different drivers in his wins. Och Aye The Noo, one of his rivals, is on the same rating. She  won narrowly in lesser company last week with McIlwrick the driver. It was her eighth win and she was re-rated six points. Katie Cox, who drove Woodlea Legend to win the 2014 Four and Five-Year-old Championship at Forbury Park, has the drive. Franco Huntington (race 5)  finished third at Forbury Park last week. He has minor placed in six starts since joining the Myross Bush stable of Doug McLachlan in March. Sheree Tomlinson, the most successful female driver at Forbury Park this season, has drawn Uralla Sue and Midnight Fever in the junior driver championship heats. Blazing Under Fire (race 2) is in line to complete a hat-trick of wins after success at his last two starts at Forbury Park. Sweet As (race 8) is in the same situation. She was a runaway winner last week. Glenisthebettor will not be among her rivals. “There is nothing wrong with her but the transport arrangement to Dunedin was no longer available,’’ said Robert Anderson, her trainer. The points table in the NZ Junior Drivers Championship: Rory McIlwrick 34 John Morrison 21 Katie Cox 20 Kimberly Butt 17 Mark Johnson 14 Sheree Tomlinson 13 Matt Anderson 12 Ben Butcher 11 Tony Cameron 9 Jack MacKinnon 9 Dylan Ferguson 6 Robert Argue 2   Inter-Island Trophy: South Island 117 North Island 51 Tayler Strong

The scheduled race meeting for Forbury Park tomorrow night (Thursday) has been postponed due to weather conditions and will now be run on Saturday afternoon (July 15th). This is due to weather conditions making travel unsafe for participants. “Safety of the participants is of paramount concern. The opportunity to race on Saturday and make a go of the meeting was the only logical course of action,” said Gerard Cayford, the President of the Forbury Park Trotting Club. The new start time will be 11.45am, the details of the full race meeting will be will be updated in due course here. This will obviously affect the running of the 2017 McMillan Equine Feeds Junior Driver Championship, and will now mean that the first heats will be at Addington on Friday night and the final heats at this Forbury meeting on Saturday. For further enquires please contact the Racing Department on (03) 964 1200

Och Aye The Noo, who overcame a check to finish third last week, could be compensated with a win at Forbury Park tonight (Thursday). She is an even more appealing prospect in race seven as a seven-win trotter against horses who have won one or two races. Her trainer Martin Denton has made two gear changes. “Her driver (Rory McIlwrick) will carry a whip and she will have removable deafeners, replacing the fixed ones,’’ said Denton. “The changes might just improve her a length.” He felt that Och Aye The Noo should have won last week, rather than making a late bid for third after a check at the 950m that sent her off-stride. Despicable Me (race four) is a newcomer to the Denton stable at Momona after being leased by 91-year-old Colin Taylor, of Mosgiel. The four-year-old ran seventh last week from the Jamie Gameson stable. Denton is planning to start Clifton Tactic in a heat of the South Of The Waitaki series at Addington next week. “She (Clifton Tactic) wasn’t right at her last start (fourth at Forbury Park on June 1) and she had 10 days off,’’ said Denton. Clifton Tactic has not finished further back than fourth in nine starts this season, with wins at Forbury Park and Invercargill. The two-year-old trotter Imperial Whiz is a rival for Och Aye The Noo tonight and on the road to Christchurch the next day for an assignment at Addington. Imperial Whiz cleared maiden ranks at Forbury Park last week, at his 24th start for Washdyke owner-trainer Alan Clark. He will only have to make an appearance on the track at Addington, to be awarded the heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown as the only entry. Clark won a heat of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotters with the filly Constar at Addington in 2006. She won by 28 lengths from Feather’s First and Paradise Earl. Constar ran fifth in the $150,000 BC final at Ballarat that year. She won six of her 13 starts at two. Another Clark-trainer trotter The Fiery Ginga won seven including the NZ Trotting Stakes from 18 starts at that age. The Fiery Ginga won an Inter-Dominion heat at Ballarat in 2012 as a five-year-old. “Constar was not at her best in Australia due to travel sickness. It affected her lungs and she bled as a three-year-old and I retired her,” said Clark. “I am not sure if I will take Imperial Whiz to Australia. He might be sold. He went through a bad patch with a blood disorder and I feel he is back to his best.” Castletonian was another trotter taken to Australia by Clark and he ran fourth in a heat of the 2009 Victoria Trotting Derby. Tayler Strong

It was an ok week last week for the harness racing ringaround with a few winners selected along with a number of placings as well. Ricky May had the best dividend last week when Unico Legend won at Addington on Friday night and paid a healthy $9.20 to win on the tote. More winter racing awaits this week for the ringaround and it possibly going to be a wet one at Alexandra Park on Friday night with rain forcast.  This week there is also a Forbury meeting on Thursday with Alexandra Park and Addington Friday. Rangiora is on Sunday.   Forbury on Thursday Night Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Jetenara as his best drive this week in Race 2 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - thinks Lindali is a good winning chance aslo in Race 2 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says Triple VC is her best chance at Forbury in Race 4 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Lausanne Lass also in Race 4 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Och Aye The Noo as his best drive at Forbury in Race 5 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking Okains Bay as his best chance this week in Race 7   Alexandra Park on Friday night Todd MacFarlane - Todd thinks Banner Of Art would be his best chance this week in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - says that Gotta Moment would be his best chance this week also in Race 3 John Curtin - John thinks Red Castleton is a good winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Donsmedad in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Black Art as his best drive this week in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week is He's Like The Wind at Addington in Race 5 Albion Park(Australia) on Saturday Night Mark Jones - Mark likes the chances of Bettorthanspecial at Albion Park in Race 5    Rangiora on Sunday Blair Orange - Blair is going for Tall Poppy as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Bronx Village is a good winning chance also in Race 3 Harnesslink reporter - thinks Go Davey would be a winning chance at Rangiora in Race 8     Harnesslink Media      

Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson reached a personal best training tally of 33, for this season in a solo capacity, with the wins of Azalea and Sweet As at Forbury Park on Thursday night. He is the top strike rate trainer in New Zealand with a UDR of .4747. His small team has raced 99 times this season. Azalea and Sweet As are among 16 individual winners during the season for Anderson, spearheaded by Eamon Maguire, who won seven races and $81,455. Anderson won 35 races with Amber Hoffman as a partnership in the 2010/11 season. His previous best on his own was 31 last season. Azalea was having her fourth start for the stable after being purchased six weeks ago by the Sue Ping, Bratk and High Hopes Racing syndicates. The four-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight and In Bloom had twice minor placed in four starts for trainer Jamie Gameson. In Bloom is the dam of winners Noddy, Blue Mint and Brindy, her three other foals to race. In Bloom is a daughter of In The Pocket and the great mare Blossom Lady, the dam of Mister D G. Sweet As joined Anderson after finishing fourth in a claiming race at Forbury Park a week earlier. She won two for Templeton trainer Peter Robertson and two for Southland trainer Alan Paisley. “She (Sweet As) just loves the place,” said Anderson referring to his beach training facility. Hoffman produced To Ri Alby to win in his first race for 13 months. “He has had three surgeries on his near front leg after he tore a tendon," said Hoffman, who trains on the beach at Waikouaiti. The surgery was carried out by veterinarian Peter Gillespie, a member of the In The Black syndicate, who lease To Ri Alby. Gerald Cayford, president of the Forbury Park club; Tony Gow, a committee member, track manager Ken McFarlane and Michelle Scarf are also in the syndicate. To Ri Alby, now a six-year-old, had two third placings in three starts before he went amiss. He is by Badlands Hanover from Carmel Maria, whose four progeny to race have been winners. They include Second Wind (10 wins) and Precious Mach (nine). Alan Clark, the Washdyke trainer-driver broke a drought when the two-year-old trotter Imperial Whiz was successful at his 24th start. Clark had not won a race since The Fiery Ginga was successful at Addington in October, 2014. Clark and his wife, Fiona bred Imperial Whiz, a half-brother by Imperial Count to Anothersuperstar (seven wins). Rocknroll Magic returned to Mosgiel with his owners Syd and Shona Brown after an eight and a half length win. The half-brother by Rocknroll Hanover to Len Smith Mile winner Field Marshal, will now be spelled. Trained by Tim Butt, Rocknroll Magic has won three of his nine starts. “Field Marshal has travelled well and settled at the Gold Coast stable of Shannon Price," said Syd Brown. His next start in the $50,000 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 8. Pat Campbell led through the $10,000 Final of the Sprint Series (1200m) in the hands of Jessica Young. Jackalack Sue won the final of the claiming series with the favourite Elusive Flight out of contention after breaking a hopple early in the race. Paul’s Verdict, trained 800km away at Blenheim by Sandra Mounce, led for most of the way to post his fifth win. “We came down for the Marlborough meeting at Addington on Sunday and decided to continue to Dunedin," said Sandra’s husband, John, the owner who accompanied Paul’s Verdict. The Mounces operate the One Tree Lodge motel and sponsored a race at the Marlborough meeting. Blazing Under Fire was back to his best with a dashing win. His trainer Phil Williamson has won 42 races for trotters this season. Springbank Eden has been sold out of the stable and he will do his immediate racing at Menangle. He won 10 races for owners Alistair and Denise Smith. Tayler Strong

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:30pm Race 1 - Pres The Belle $2.30 & Girlz N Boyz $5.00 are joint leaders in multi betting.   Race 2 - Doctor Tim $10.00 is best backed in win betting while Fatherdantherodeoman $1.80 leads multi betting easily.    Race 3 - Myboylolliepop $4.50 is a clear leader in win & multi betting.   Race 4 - Rocknroll Magic $1.80 is the only runner wanted here.   Race 5 - Takitimu Express $7.00 & Mighty Empire $5.50 are best backed in win betting with Audi Hare $3.90 a clear leader in multi betting.   Race 6 - Four Starzzz Shiraz $4.50 - $4.20 is easily best backed on the win 'book' with Jackalack Sue $4.00 leading multi betting.   Race 7 - Och Aye The Noo $13.00 - $10.00 leads win betting with Fatal Reunion $4.00 leading multi betting over the former.   Race 8 - Azalea $3.30 is easily best backed in both win & multi betting.   Race 9 - Tangled Up In Blue $7.50 - $6.00 is best backed in win betting over Van Eva $12.50. In multi betting there is no runner standing out as a clear favourite early.   Race 10 - Son Of Brahma $2.60 is unwanted early on the win 'book' but in multi betting he is taking all the early money. Best backed on the win 'book' are Mustang GT $17.00 - $15.00 & Paul's Verdict $6.50.    Race 11 - The best backed runner on tonight's card early has been Sweet As $5.50 - $4.00 with the largest bets $1,569 at $5.50 & $1,304 at $4.60.   Race 12 - Splash Cola $4.20 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with Jen Jaccka $2.90 a clear leader in multi betting.   The four best backed multi betting selections tonight in order at 1:00pm are: R4 - Rocknroll Magic $1.80   R10 - Son Of Brahma $2.60  R6 - Elusive Flight $2.30  R8 - Azalea $3.30  A $10 multi bet on the above runners at the above odds will return $355      In the Drivers Challenge Blair Orange $2.10 is best backed and is going 2 to 1 in multi betting over Dexter Dunn the $1.65 favourite.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

More winter racing awaits this week for the harness racing ringaround and it possibly going to be a wet one with rain forcast for the two Canterbury meetings on Friday and Saturday. It was a good week last week for the ringaround with several winners selected again with a number of placings as well. Mark Jones had the best dividend last week when Bettor Under Fire won at Addington on Saturday and paid a healthy $6.90 and $2.50 on the tote. This week we again have a Forbury meeting on Thursday with Alexandra Park and Addington Friday. Timaru hold their Winter Cup at Phar Lap Raceway on Sunday.   Forbury on Thursday Night Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for Motu Speedy Star as her best drive at Forbury in Race 6 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Lorretta Franco as his best drive this week in Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Lausanne Lass also in Race 8 Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Newmans Jet  as his best drive this week in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking Idealistic Lass as his best chance this week in Race 11 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Pyramid Magic in Race 12 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - agrees and thinks Pyramid Magic is a good winning chance in Race 12 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is opting for Pyramid Monarch as his best drive at Forbury also in Race 12   Alexandra Park on Friday night Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going with Shandance as his best chance in Race 2 Todd MacFarlane - Todd thinks Kaitlin would be his best chance this week in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Sky Diamond as his best drive this week in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - says that Commander Paris would be a chance this week in Race 8 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Rainbow Wiri as his best chance this week in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week is Di'z Luck in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Black Art as his best drive this week in Race 5 John Curtin - John thinks Billy Badger is a good winning chance in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky says his best chance is Unico Legend in Race 7 Harnesslink reporter - thinks Pine Cone would be a chance at Addington in Race 9   Timaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Breenys Cullen is a good winning chance in Race 1 Mark Jones - Mark thinks his best chance this week is Spooky at Timaru in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Divinia Bellezza as his best drive this week in Race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Tijuana Taxi would be his best chance this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Aveross Rustler, the Forbury Park specialist, is in line to win the $10,000 Final of the Sprint Series tonight (Thursday) at Forbury Park. Aveross Rustler powered home from a second line draw in a nine-horse field to win the second heat. His time of 1.25.1 was the fastest of three heats run in the past month. Aveross Rustler was returning after a three month break from racing. “He had trained off, and we gave him a five week break. We set him for this when we found out the rating for the series," said Faulks. “He has come through his race good as gold.” It was the third win in four starts over 1200m at Forbury Park for the Live Or Die eight-year-old. The Andrew Faulks-trained gelding has also won twice over 2200m on the track for Dunedin breeders Ross and Averil Pettitt. He won a heat in the December 2014 series, but he did not contest the final that year. He won a heat in 2015, and finished fifth in the final which was won by Hudson Sully. He did not contest the series last year. Bontz, who came off a second row draw to win the first heat in the hands of Stephen McNally, has Blair Orange as his driver this week. McNally has taken the drive on Mighty Empire, whom he drove to finish third to Jetenara and Takitimu Express in the heat last Thursday. Mighty Empire, who won over 2200m at Forbury Park on June 15, has thrived in the care of Amber Hoffman at Waikouaiti this month. Hoffman has also been caretaker trainer for Takitimu Express. Dexter Dunn, who drove Jetenara, has opted for Audi Hare, whom he drove to a last start win over 2200m at Forbury Park. The Michael House-trained Audi Hare ran Bontz to a neck in the first heat of the 1200m series after working hard. Andrew Suddaby is the replacement driver on Jetenara. Jackalack Sue is a ready-made favourite for the $10,000 claimers final. She has won two heats for trainer-driver Robbie Holmes. Her outside draw (seven) should not be a problem in a seven-horse field. Elusive Flight won the other heat in the absence of Jackalack Sue. Tayler Strong

Mistacullect, who was advertised to give away, turned up trumps for new owner Mo Eddington when having his first start at Forbury Park on Thursday night. “I got him through Horse Trader two years ago. He was advertised to give away. I have got him leased now with a right of purchase,” said Eddington, the caretaker at Waihao Marae in South Canterbury. “I jogged him up this time last year and sent him to Brent White at the end of January.” Mistacullect led over the last 1400m and won by two lengths. Stewards placed a warning on his racing manners after he hung in entering the home straight, locked wheels and checked other horses. Mistacullect was sent out favourite after two workout wins and a seven length trial win in three lead up appearances. Mistacullect, a 5-year-old gelding by Gotta Go Cullect from the Caprock mare Ballymist, qualified at Wyndham at his first attempt as a 3-year-old when trained by Hamish Hunter at Ryal Bush. “He had apparently gone sore in a leg but I think he just needed time,’’ said Eddington. White has had a great season with 28 wins compared with his previous best of 17 on two occasions. The half-brothers Pyramid Monarch and Pyramid Magic, both trained by Phil Williamson for the same owners, finished first and second in a race for trotters. Steve Hardiman, of Pyramid (Southland) and Neville Hazlett, of Roxburgh are in the ownership of both horses. Ray Lowe, of Invercargill is also an owner of Pyramid Monarch. The trio bred both horses. Pyramid Monarch, by Monarchy from Diedre’s Dearest, has now won ten races. Pyramid Magic (by Armbro Invasion) has won six. The start of the race was delayed when lighting in the back straight malfunctioned and could not be restored. Drivers were consulted about a safety issue. Steve Lock, of Invercargill landed his first quinella as a trainer with Noble Gamble and Scarlett Lane in another race for trotters. It was the initial win for Noble Gamble, an 8-year-old Earl – Gambledon mare having her eighth start. Bevan’s Cullen, who ran Jackalack Sue to a nose, was claimed for $10,000 by Steve Clark and Frank Jardine, of Dunedin. The 4-year-old has joined the Mosgiel stable of Darryn Simpson. Bevan’s Cullen is not eligible for the $10,000 claiming final next Thursday as he has not contested two heats. A draw was made from three claims lodged for Bevan’s Cullen, who won five races from the stable of Robert Dunn and another for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. It was the second heat win for Jackalack Sue, trained and driven by Robbie Holmes for Grant Davis and Keith Corbett, of Christchurch. Trainer Kirstin Barclay and owners Tomy Kilkelly had mixed fortunes in the third heat of the Sprint (1200m) series. They won the race with Jetenara who sat outside the leader, Takitimu Express. Their other horse, Don’t Pass I’m Fast was disqualified from fourth after galloping in the run home. Kimberly Butt, the driver of Takitimu Express was suspended for four days for excessive use of the whip. Tim Robertson was suspended two days for a similar breach on Lady’s Lass in race 2. Macador won at his third start since joining the Invercargill stable of Murray Brown a month ago. The 3-year-old was transferred by Ashburton trainer and part-owner John Hay for more suitable races. Hay races Macador with his veterinarian Ric Turner, who bought the son of Mach Three – J’Adore Bromac after he had been passed in for $25,000 at the premier yearling sale. Tayler Strong  

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:45pm Race 1 - Taieri Miss $5.00 is best backed in win betting over Girlz N Boyz $5.20 with that runner leading multi betting over Scarlett Lane $5.80.   Race 2 - Macador is the big mover here $4.20 - $3.20 but Lorretta Franco $3.00 leads multi betting.   Race 3 - The debut runner Mistacullect $1.55 is the good thing on the night judging by multi betting.   Race 4 - Son Of Brahma $3.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Lord Roydon $4.20 leads win & multi betting over Tehoro Dazzle $8.00.    Race 6 - Franco Nixon $7.00 is best backed over Franco Huntington $3.00.   Race 7 - Franco Saxon $2.00 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - Bevan's Cullen $1.85 - $1.60 is the best backed runner in win betting on the night with the largest bets $2,500 at $1.80 & $2,857 at $1.70.   Race 9 - MIghty Empire $2.70 leads multi bets over Takitmu Express $6.50.   Race 10 - The only runner wanted here is the $1.85 - $1.65 favourite Innocent Artist with the largest bets $2,352 at 41.85 & $2,666 at $1.75.   Race 11 - Jakira $2.20 easily leads multi betting.   Race 12 - Splash Cola $2.40 & Jayceekay $4.50 - $4.00 are equal leaders in multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Jim Dalgety won with Time Traveller at Forbury Park on Thursday night 58 years after he caused a boil over on the Dunedin track. Dalgety (84), who has had a lifetime association with harness racing as a reinsman, trainer, owner, stud master and breeder, was discharged from hospital in Christchurch on Tuesday after a stroke two months ago. He was in hospital for seven weeks. He watched the race on Trackside television at his home in West Melton with his trainer son Cran, who has been caring for Time Traveller. “We watched the race and the win sparked him up. He is talking well but is still physically lethargic,’’ said Cran. “My brother Blair is helping manage the farm.’’ Cran originally trained Time Traveller but the gelding was transferred to Jim earlier this year as the 3-year-old was not making the grade. Jim shares the ownership of Time Traveller with Cran’s wife, Chrissy, Hazel van Opzeeland, of Christchurch and Daryl Brown, of Perth. Chrissy and Brown were in the ownership of Bit Of A Legend and Katy Perry, trained by Cran. Bit Of A Legend won Breeders Crown races at two and three and a New Zealand Yearling Sales Final at two. He has won 16 races and $US917,000 and run 1.51 in the United States after being sold. Katy Perry won a Breeders Crown at two and 22 other races. She has also been sold. Time Traveller was a $71,000 purchase at the 2015 Pyne Gould Guiness premier yearling sale when offered by Cavalla Bloodstock and J C International Ltd. He is by Mach Three and the first foal of Timeless Perfection, a Christian Cullen mare who won seven races and took a record of 1.56.9 in the Ladies Mile at Ashburton. Jim Dalgety had his first win as a trainer and driver with Vanity Scott at Forbury Park in January, 1959 at odds of 156 to one. Jim had taken over the training of Vanity Scott from his father Jim for whom she had won four races. The Dalgety family was based at Kakanui (Otago). Vanity Scott was the outsider in a 15-horse field. Vanity Scott, driven in five of her eight wins by Maurice Holmes, was starting afresh after a seven month break when she won for Jim. Time Traveller was among four wins on Thursday for leading reinsman Dexter Dunn, who took his tally to 200 for the season when he won the opening race with Lord Roydon. He added wins with Audi Hare and Elusive Flight. It is the sixth time he has reached 200 wins in a season with a best tally of 220 in 2010-11 when he was a junior. He is headed for his tenth straight premiership with a lead of 32 wins over Blair Orange. Elusive Flight, who won the claiming race, is the first horse raced by Mike Kerr, of Mosgiel and the first standardbred winner for Wayne Stewart, the manager of the stud side of the White Robe Lodge thoroughbred operation at North Taieri. They share ownership with trainer Graeme Anderson, Ray Chalklin, Stephen Pulley and Tony Gow. Lord Roydon raced four back on the inner and stormed home wide out from seventh at the 350m in his first win as a trotter. He is raced by the Griffins syndicate and Peter Hynes, of Greymouth and trained by Michael House. “He (Lord Roydon) has been sacked by a couple of other trainers. He has a lot of ability but is a bit of a nut case,” said syndicate member Greg Crawford. The syndicate have also won races this season with Dark Horse, Monty Python and Majestic Man. Lord Roydon, a 4-year-old by Monarchy from Dear Diedre, is a brother to The Earth Moved (six wins) and Duchess Diedre (five) and a half-brother to President Roydon, who ran second to Enghien in the Harness Jewels. Aveross Rustler had his third win over 1200m at Forbury Park in a heat of the Sprint series. Trained and driven by Andrew Faulks for Dunedin breeders Ross and Averil Pettitt, the 8-year-old Aveross Rustler had not raced for three months. “We set him for this because he has such speed but I did not think he would handle the wet track,” said Ross Pettitt. Aveross Rustler won heats of the sprint series in 2014 and 15. The John Howe-trained Mighty Empire, who has been in the care of Amber Hoffman at Waikouaiti the past fortnight, led over 2200m to post his third win and win number 499 for driver Jonny Cox. The Murray Edmonds-trained Fatal Reunion was left in the care of Darryn Simpson at Mosgiel after leading for most of the way against trotters for her second win. Neville Ellen, who races her with Kelly Edmonds and Dave Cousins, made the trip for Christchurch to see her race. Blair Orange drove Fatal Reunion and Den’s Legacy, a winner trained by Ken and Tony Barron for the Spriggs Bar Burnside No 1 syndicate. They have the Live Or Die – Pocket Royce 3-year-old leased from Toliman Lodge Limited. The 3-year-old Toby O’Gara won at his second start, Trained by Nathan Williamson for breeders Ross and Robyn Jones and Barry Dent, Toby O’Gara is a half-brother by Western Ideal to Statham (six wins) and Bernie Winkle (three). Statham is back jogging with Williamson after being side-lined with a viral infection.   Tayler Strong  

It is near enough to a certainty that ace reinsman Dexter Dunn will win his 200th race for the season at Forbury Park on Thursday night. Dunn, who is on 199 wins, has a full book of drives on the 11-race card - Lord Roydon, Time Traveller, Essence of Easton, Hengroen, Courageous Becqui, Last Party, Pat Campbell, Audi Hare, Another Delight, Royal Jester and Elusive Flight. Courageous Becqui could be the best of them. She won first up at Forbury Park on May 11. She was the beaten favourite in her subsequent start at Rangiora. Audi Hare has been minor placed in his last two starts at Forbury. He was beaten a neck over 1200m last time after disputing the pace. Royal Jester was a winner there on June 1. Lord Roydon finished second the same night. Another Delight was a last start third at Invercargill. Time Traveller was a trial winner at Rangiora last week. Dunn has not missed driving a winner in the 12 meetings he has attended at Forbury Park this season with a four-race haul his best effort on a night. Machie Mach could be a formidable rival for Royal Jester in race 10. Machie Mach, with 13 wins on the board, is away ahead of his rivals in terms of success. The 7-year-old won last time out at Invercargill on June 5 and he won a double at Forbury Park in April. Blair Orange, who drove Machie Mach to win twice at Forbury Park in the winter of 2015 replaces Dunn. Jonny Cox, who drove Machie Mach in his April wins, is committed to Franco Saxon, a dashing winner at the Rangiora trials last week. Cox received a warning over the racing manners of Franco Saxon after the 4-year-old was pulled up at his last start on May 26. Franco Saxon left stride at the 1300m. Sundons Flyer (race 9) is back at Forbury Park with an additional owner. Barrie Barber, of Karitane (Otago) has joined trainer Bruce Negus and John Gledhill in the ownership of the 4-year-old mare. She did not figure in the outcome of the trotting section of the Harness Jewels but has raced generously this season for wins at Forbury Park, Waikouaiti and Reefton and seven seconds. “Barrie had young horses but he wanted something racing,’’ said Negus, who had an association with Barber through Quick As A Trick and Delightful Dash. Negus was then based at Waikouaiti. Quick As A Trick was sold to Greg Brodie after he qualified as a 2-year-old. He won a Green Mile at Methven and Central Otago Cup and has won in North America. Delightful Dash was trained by Negus for five of her 11 wins in New Zealand. Pat Campbell, a stablemate of Sundons Flyer, has had a veterinary clearance after suffering an atrial fibrillation at her last start on May 19. “We are trying her over 1200m and hoping she will perform,” said Negus. Tayler Strong

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Lord Roydon is a $1.65 favourite & punters are happy to be running all their early multi bets through him.     Race 2 - For The Corz $3.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with the $1.65 favourite Time Traveller taking most of the multi money.   Race 3 - Essence Of Easton $1.75 is easily the best backed runner in multi betting with Den's Legacy $3.60 taking the early win money.    Race 4 - King Cassidy $12.50 is best backed on the win 'book' with Amori $3.30 best backed in multi betting over Gorilla Playboy $5.50.   Race 5 - Mighty Empire $4.50 - $3.50 is the early mover in this race & is also easily best backed in multi betting. Some win money has also come for Martin McGuinness $13.00.   Race 6 - Bettor B Ready $6.20 leads early multi betting over Toby O'Gara $2.50.    Race 7 - Ildivo $3.10 is  best backed in win & multi betting over Pat Campbell $3.50.   Race 8 - Audi Hare $2.80 leads multi betting over Raphoe $4.80.   Race 9- Splash Cola $3.50 leads win betting over Sundons Flyer $3.10 who does lead multi betting over the former runner.   Race 10 - Bettor To Be Tricky $2.90 easily leads win & multi betting over Franco Saxon $5.50.   Race 11 - The only runners wanted in the last in win betting are Elusive Flight $3.10 and Four Starzzz Shiraz $9.50. Zakspatrol $3.40 leads multi betting over Four Starzzz Shiraz.    www.harneslink.com Ringaround Bets for Forbury Park. Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Noble Gamble as his best drive this week in Race 1 Geoff Knight -       Geoff is picking King Kone as his best chance this week in Race 4 Brent Barclay -      Brent thinks his best chance would be Pay Me Jimmy in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) says Mighty Empire is a good winning chance tonight also in Race 5 Brad Williamson -   Brad is going for Playboy's Brother as his best drive this week in Race 9 Craig Ferguson -    Craig thinks his best chance this week might be The Persuader in Race 11   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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