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Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:25pm Race 1 - Lord Roydon $3.10 leads multi betting over November Guy $3.30 with some early win money for the longshot runner Midnight Fever $25 & for Spots Gold N Girl $10.50.   Race 2 - Spooky $2.00 easily leads win & multi betting & based on the early money he could start at around $1.80. Whata Razzle Dazzle $3.70 with Dexter on is the only other runner punter's want to be on.   Race 3 - Azalea $1.95 - $1.85 is short but that's not stopping punters from backing her on the win 'book' & she is also racing away in multi betting. Delightful Dani $8.50 is attracting some support & that is no doubt due to punter's thinking that she will trail the favourite. In the '' ringaround for this week Rory McIlwrick rated Azalea as his best drive on the night.    Race 4 - Armori $2.80 is the only runner wanted in multi betting but win money has come for Prince George $10.50.   Race 5 - Raphoe $15 - $10 is where the early win money has gone while in early multi betting Royal Jester $2.20 just leads over Articulight $2.60 but Chief Kapai $9.50 is not far behind those two.   Race 6 - Bettor Under Fire $3.20 easily leads multi betting over Kamwood Fire $5.00. Tanya Dana $3.70 - $2.90 is the only runner wanted in win betting but in multi betting she is friendless early. Mark Jones rated Bettor Under Fire as his best chance this week in the ringaround.   Race 7 - Bushido $3.50 leads multi betting over Scotlynn Jack $3.30 while in early win betting Missy Mach $12 is best backed over Mighty Empire $11.   Race 8 - Sheza Trendy Monarch $3.30 easily leads multi betting with the early win money coming for Playboy's Brother $20, Och Aye The Noo $17 - $15 & Madison Jane $8.50.      Race 9 - Thaboyz Toy $2.60 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with Bontz $6.50 the best backed runner in win betting.    Race 10 - Gangnam Style $6.00 leads early win betting over Playboy Prince $10 with Clifton Tactic $3.10 leading multi betting over Sands Of Love $7.00.   Race 11 - Elusive Flight $2.20 is racing away in multi betting with Jackalack Sue $13 the best backed runner in win betting.      Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

Clifton Tactic ran a track record for a mare over 2200m (mobile) of 2.40.6  (1.57.6 mile rate) when she overcame a second line draw at Forbury Park last Thursday. The daughter of Washington VC –Clifton Flier gave trainer Martin Denton his first win since he transferred his stable about 10km from East Taieri to Momona. Rory McIlwrick, the leading junior driver, settled Clifton Tactic sixth on the outer in a 10-horse field and she finished boldly wide out to win by a length and a half, She took  0.1sec of the previous track record set by Nui Le in April last year. It was the 29th win of the season for McIlwrick, who had a previous best of 26 last season. Poppymalda was within 0.1sec of the track record for a trotters when she stormed home  to win  in 3.27.6 for 2700m after starting from 40m. Trainer Cran Dalgety won with his three representatives, Pat’s Delight, Courageous Becqui and Ace High. The trio were driven by Dexter Dunn, who also drove Go Getta to win. Pat Kubala, the Gore owner of  the 2-year-old Pat’s Delight with his wife, Margaret, said the colt, would bypass the Harness Jewels. “He  (Pat’s Delight) will go out for six weeks now. He will be better next season,” said Kubala. Pat’s Delight left stride at the start of the 2200m (mobile), recovered to lead at the 1400 and won by two and three quarter lengths. He ran his last 800m in 57.6  and final quarter in 27.4, the fastest sectionals of the night. He was not accorded an overall time due to a malfunction with equipment. Courageous Becqui and Ace High, both 3-year-olds having their first starts, raced in the open close to the pace. Ace High (Bettor’s Delight – Splendid Deal) is a brother to Maxim (Sires’ Stakes Final at two) and Splendour (Gold Coast Oaks and Sires’ Stakes Silver at three). He is raced by Auckland breeder Charlie Roberts.  Splendid Deal (by In The Pocket)  has left four winners from four foals to race. Courageous Becqui is a filly by Courage Under Fire from Millwood Becqui raced by Kelvin Home Holdings. She is the seventh winner from as many foals to race out of Millwood Becqui (by Live Or Die). All the winners are by different sires. Millwood Becqui is the dam of Mr Nice Guy (20 wins in Australia), Ohoka Mach (17) and Party Girl Becqui (13). Ross and Maria Hurrell came to see their son, Mark drive on Thursday night and they were thrilled when he extricated Smooth Mara from four back on the inner at the 400m to win by a nose. Hurrell (19) has driven the winners of five races this season, his first as a junior. He has worked for Brendon McLellan for three years and he will shortly do stint with Nathan Williamson. He has won two races on the Peter Bagrie-trained Smooth Mara. Tayler Strong  

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:40pm Race 3 - Ace High $1.55 - $1.50 is easily the best backed  in win & multi betting with the largest win bet $3,636 @ $1.55.    Race 4 - Highview Justice $1.85 is the only runner wanted here.   Race 5 - Hengroen $4.00 leads multi betting over Armori $3.00.   Race 6 - Pat's Delight $1.35 - $1.28 is home here judging by the win & multi money on him. Largest win bet on the favourite is $5,714 at $1.35.    Race 7 - Silver Dale $4.00 leads multi betting over Auddi Hare $4.20.   Race 8 - Sundons Flyer $2.40 is easily the best backed in win betting but Poppymalda $2.40 - $2.20 is easily best backed in multi betting.    Race 9 - Mustang GT $6.00 is best backed in win betting but only 3rd best backed in multi betting. First Son $4.80 leads multi betting over Onedin's Delight $4.20.   Race 10 - Sweet Mary $2.50 dominates win & multi betting. Some money has come for Glenisthebettor $10.50 - $9.50.   Dexter Dunn  opened up as the $1.10 favourite in the Drivers Challenger and after two races he was into $1.03 with the largest bet on him  $15,000 at $1.10.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

John Cleland was back as a winning owner after a break of 22 years when Captain Mannering cleared out from his maiden rivals at Forbury Park last night (Thursday). Cleland, of Waikaka (Southland) came back into  ownership to race Captain Mannering with his sons, Jason and Shane. The 3-year-old trained at Gore by Tony Stratford had been minor placed in four of his other seven starts. Captain Mannering belongs to the family that provided Cleland with his previous winner, Jay Cee’s Fella in the 1995 Roxburgh Cup. Jay Cee’s Fella was then sold to Australia. Cleland raced Jay Cee’s Fella (Son Of Afella – Wild Vine) with trainer Ken McRae, then based at Waikaka. Jay Cee’s Fella (Son Of Afella – Wild Vine) won five races in New Zealand. His sister, Canshe Win won a race for Cleland and McRae at Gore in 1994 and she was sold cheaply as a broodmare to Owen Crooks. She left Check Back (by Live Or Die), who won races at Addington and Rangiora  for Crooks when trained by Margot Nyhan. Check Back is the dam of Captain Mannering (by the Christian Cullen horse Justa Tiger), the last of her four foals. Captain Mannering settled seventh after starting from outside the front line. He improved  from the 800m, led at the 400m and won by eight and three quarter  lengths. Pembrook Ideal ran a track record for a 3-year-old of 2.40.5 for 2200m (mobile). Her time, a 1.57.4 mile rate, bettered the mark of 2.41.1 set by Howard Bromac in 2003 and equalled by Bakari last year. The previous best for a filly was 2.41.4 by Cullen Who. Pembrook Ideal led over the last 1500m. “She just pulled too hard last week and choked down. I didn’t give her the chance tonight,’’ said her driver Dexter Dunn. The 3-year-old trotter The Dominator, tried with removable deafeners, won at his fourth start. He is trained at Washdyke by Donna Williamson for Pleasant Point breeder Stephen Bell. The Dominator (by The Pres) is a half-brother to Rydgemont Milly, who has won two races this season from the Invercargill stable of Mark and Debbie Shirley. Rydgemont Milly (by Monarchy) is leased to Debbie.These are the first two foals of Domination, who won 10 races for Bell and Ray Scott when trained by Murray Tapper. Williamson, a veterinarian, has five standardbreds and a thoroughbred in work. She is also weaning 25 foals at present. She provides agistment for mares including those owned by Gavin Chin, of Dunedin, the co-breeder of Lazarus. She prepared five for the premier yearling sale in February, among them a half-brother by Art Major to Lazarus sold for  $120,000  Williamson also operates a base for artificial insemination, handling some 120 mares each season. Tahlia Franco was claimed for $5000 by Tracey Whittaker, of Christchurch after finishing fourth to Machie Mach. The claim was decided by ballot between two entries.   Tayler Strong  

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Forbury today as at 4:50pm Race 1 - The $2.10 - $2.00 favourite Lord Roydon is easily the best backed runner in win and multi betting. Outside the favourite The Dominator $6.00 is the next best backed runner.   Race 2 - Dexer Dunn is also on the $2.20 favourite here in Captain Mannering & that runner is racing away in multi betting. Rake at $13 has taken some early money.   Race 3 - The big go on the night and easily the 'book's' worst result early in single betting is Sefton Hooligan $31 - $8.50. Highview Justice $2.80 leads multi betting over Dying To See You $3.20.   Race 4 - Explosive Star $3.00 leads multi betting over Pretorious $3.80.   Race 5 - Chief Kapai $4.00 - $3.80 was well backed as soon as the market opened with bets of $800 and $500 at $4.00.   Race 6 - Cuddley Jess $1.95 is heavily backed in multi betting and also leads win betting over Denn Nee Nose Best $11.50.   Race 7 - Ask Me Art $1.60 leads multi betting and is miles ahead of the next best backed runner Leah Mac $7.50 but that runner does lead early win betting.   Race 8 - The only runner wanted here is the $2.40 favourite Royal Bengal.   Race 9 - Vanhalem $2.60 just leads multi betting over Tahlia Franco $7.20.   Dexter Dunn  is $1.19 to win tonight's Drivers Challenge and is driving 5 of the 9 Fixed Odds favourites tonight.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Ask Me Art has posted his two wins at Forbury Park, both by wide margins, suggesting a third is possible tonight (Thursday). He has been driven in both those wins by Dexter Dunn, who is again in the sulky in race 7. The 5-year-old Art Official gelding won by five and a half lengths at his last start on April 6 after leading for the last 1500m. He won first up by three and three quarter lengths in May, 2015. Michael House, the trainer of Ask Me Art, has Audi Hare in the same race on Thursday. Audi Hare (Blair Orange) was a battling fifth at Forbury Park on April 6. Explosive Star responded to the addition of half blinkers to lead throughout at Forbury Park last Thursday. He looks capable of a repeat performance in race 4. Springbank Lachie, winner of the group three New Zealand Trotting Stakes for 2-year-olds at his first start, has the $70,000 PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sales Final next on his agenda followed by the Harness Jewels. The Yearling Sales race is at Addington on May 12 and the Harness Jewels at Ashburton on June 3. “At this stage the thinking is to skip the Sires’ Stakes with him. They can’t do everything,’’ said trainer Phil Williamson. The $60,000 Sires’ Stakes Final is at Addington on May 19. Springbank Lachie was a $60,000 purchase by Alistair Smith, of Wendon (Southland) when offered by Trevor Beaton, of Aylesbury and Brian McCully, of Timaru at the 2016 premier yearling sale. Alistair races the Majestic Son – Kylie Ree gelding with his wife, Denise. “Alister can take the credit for selecting him. He asked my opinion and I thought he was up to the mark,” said Williamson. Springbank Lachie is the second foal of Kylie Ree, who won the Sires’ Stakes Final in 2010 when trained by Mark Purdon. Kylie Ree (Monarchy – Nerokilo) also won the Harness Jewels at two. She was restricted to 11 starts  through soreness and did not race after she won the Hambletonian at Ashburton in February of her 3-year-old season. Her first foal, She’s Allthe Craze (by Crazed) won at Roxburgh at her second start in January, 2016 from the Nathan Williamson stable. She’s Allthe Craze was put aside to strengthen two months later. Nathan bought Kylie Ree in September with a colt at foot by Trixton and she has been served by Father Patrick. Williamson and the Smiths have a successful association highlighted by Springbank Richard, who won 20 races and $664,338 before he died as an 8-year-old in 2012. Springbank Richard won the 2007 Victoria Trotting Derby, Harness Jewels races at three and four, the 2009 Dominion Handicap, an Ordeal Cup and two Banks Peninsula Cups. Springbank Richard (Sundon – It’s A Whiz) was bred by the Smiths but they have bought good winners Springbank Sam and Springbank Eden at the premier yearling sales. “Alistair has been spot on with his sale selections,’’ said Phil. Springbank Sam (Sundon - Niamey) cost $26,000 in 2009; Springbank Eden (Angus Hall – Landoras Special) cost $127,500 in 2013. Springbank Sam won 20 races before he was sold to the United States last July. The won first up as a 2-year-old and the group three Southern Lights at Invercargill in 2013 and 15. Springbank Eden has won 10. He  is due to trial at Ashburton on Saturday as a prelude to starting a fresh campaign. The Commando (CR Commando – Castleton’s Jewel), another highly regarded 2-year-old trotter in the stable, is due to trial the same day. “It is the best crop of 2-year-olds we have had. We broke in seven and they have all showed ability,” said Phil. Majestic Man (Majestic Son – Love Hate Revenge) was an impressive winning first up at Forbury Park last week. He may race over a mile at Ashburton on April 29. Madam Spur, winner of three races from the Williamson stable, has her first start from the Clevedon stable of John and Joshua Dickie at Alexandra Park on Friday night.   Tayler Strong

The 2-year-old trotter Majestic Man displayed the potential to achieve major success with his first up win at Forbury Park last night.   Majestic Man left stride in the early stages and he stormed home from seven lengths from the lead at the 300m to win by a nose in the hands of Brad Williamson.   Majestic Man is trained at Oamaru by the master of trotters, Phil Williamson. The son of Majestic Son-Love Hate Revenge had a second to Aoraki at Ashburton and a win at Oanaru in trials beforehand.   Majestic Man is raced by the Griffins syndicate, who race Monty Python, winner of 11 races, including the Group Three Southern Lights from the Williamson stable.   The syndicate, Christchurch breeder Neil Bennett and the LHR syndicate won seven races with Sol Invictus, a half-brother by Sundon to  Majestic Man trained by Michael House.   The Griffins Syndicate, including Bennett, bred Majestic Man, the fifth foal of Love Hate Revenge, a Holdonmyheart mare who was a winner. She is also the dam of winners Bet Pray Love and Daiquiri. Bet Pray Love was retired and served by Windsong Espoir this season. Love Hate Revenge is in foal to the same sire imported by House.   The Griffins Syndicate have Monty Python on lease from Keith and Bevan Grice. They won six races with Sarah Palin, a sister to Monty Python, trained by Margot Nyhan, before relinquishing  the lease.   The syndicate with the Seafield Trotting syndicate, also race Dark Horse, a half-sister by Bacardi Lindy to Monty Python and Sarah Palin. The 4-year-old Dark Horse trained by Nathan Williamson has won five from 12 starts.   Reinsman Ricky May gave credit to trainers Greg and Nina Hope after he drove Cullenz Diamond to a maiden win.   “The Hopes have only had her a fortnight. She had a lot of issues,’’ said May.   The 4-year-old mare had six minor placings in 14 starts when first trained by Brendon Hill and later May and his father, Terry.   Cullenz Diamond is raced by Ricky’s wife, Judy and Ian Dobson. They bred  Cullenz Diamond from a mating of  the Dobson-owned Christian Cullen and Ruby Wax, an unraced mare owned by Judy.   The first foal of Ruby Wax (Falcon Seelster–Illustrious Lady) was Ten Diamonds, who won seven races with Judy in the ownership. The Mays were acutely disappointed when Ten Diamonds went amiss and could not be saved for breeding.   Ruby Wax did not produce a foal for another five years when she left Diamond King (two wins from two starts in NZ).   “Ian offered to put Ruby Wax in foal to Christian Cullen if I looked after the foal,” said Judy. Ricky drove the Dobson-owned Mainland Banner in her 17 wins including the 2005 New Zealand Cup.   Jimmy Bond, the owner of Explosive Star was on hand to see his trotter lead throughout on Thursday night. Bond, who turned 77 last month, trained and drove Crafty Kobba to win a heat and final of the Four-Year-Old Championship at Forbury Park in 1985.   “We put half blinkers on him (Explosive Star) tonight and Blair (Orange, the driver) said he was never off the bit,’’ said Bond, whose son Lyndon took over as the official trainer for the Mataura stable three years ago. It was the third win for Explosive Star since Jimmy leased the Great Success 6-year-old this season from clients of the Michael Heenan stable.   Tayler Strong    

Bonnie Joan was sensational winning a heat of the Nevele R Fillies series at Forbury Park last night.    She ran her rivals ragged in New Zealand record time for a 3-year-old of any gender, 2.00.2 (1.53.8 mile rate) for 1700m (mobile) in drizzling rain on a saturated track. Her time was 0.2sec inside the record set by the filly Ideal Belle at Alexandra Park in 2013.   The time for Bonnie Joan was a track record for all ages, eclipsing the 2.01.8 mark set by filly Adore Me as a 3-year-old in ideal daytime conditions in 2012. The previous best in a Nevele R series heat at Forbury Park was 2.02.9 by Safedra in 2013.   Bonnie Joan had won over 2400m (mobile) in 2.53.8 (1.56 mile rate), 0.8sec outside a NZ record four days earlier at Winton.   “She is a nice filly who has got gate speed. It was a good effort to do those times in a few days and she did it comfortably,’’ said her driver Dexter Dunn.   “Nathan did a good job of looking after her.” Dunn was referring to Nathan Williamson who cared for Bonnie Jean during the week at Ryal Bush.   Bonnie Joan had won the first heat of the Nevele R series at Ashburton on February 4 in 1.52.8 for the mile.   The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere – Wave Runner is trained by Cran Dalgety for the Tuapeka Lodge syndicate comprising Peter and Dan Cummings and Julie Davie. Bonnie Joan is a half sister to Break Dance, who won the final of the Southern Belle series at Winton last Sunday in 1.53.3.   The Tuapeka Lodge syndicate have Break Dance leased out but the stud operation at Lawrence (Central Otago) sold her dam, Wave Runner, who won eight races.   Bonnie Joan gave Dalgety and Dunn their fourth win in a Nevele R series heat at Forbury Park. They also won with Safedra, Donegal Delight (2011) and Angela’s Dream (2008). Dalgety also won the 2007 heat with Dontdrinkthendrive, driven by Mark Jones.   Dalgety won the final in 2001 with Sparks A Flyin. She won a heat at Ashburton and did not race at Forbury Park.   Preferred (1983) and Venus Serena (2014) have gone on to win the final after success in the Forbury Park heat. Bonnie Joan is ineligible for the final heat of the series at Addington on April 21. The $140,000 final is there on May 12.   Bonnie Jean ended the unbeaten record in 10 starts of Partyon, who raced in the open and faded to fifth, 2.6 lengths from the winner.   “I think it was just the speed they went in her first race since March 3,” said trainer–driver Mark Purdon. Partyon will now go to the final heat, along with stablemate Spanish Armada, who won a heat at Addington on March 16.   Tayler Strong

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Forbury today as at 3:35pm Race 1 - Moniburns $4.00 leads win betting early over The Dominator $9.50 and Topnotch Titan $11.00. Moniburns also leads multi betting over Majestic Man $3.70. Race 2 - Best backed in win betting is Kezza's Lass $17 - $13 over Sarah Kate $4.80.   Race 3 - Trouble Giero $6.80 - $5.50 is best backed in win betting with the largest bet $1,000 at $6.80. Father Christmas $3.90 leads multi betting over Its Elvis $3.80.   Race 4 -  Delightful Dani $12.50 - $6.50 is easily the best backed runner over Honour The Bet $2.60.    Race 5 - No shock surprise here to see all multi action going through the $1.09 favourite Partyon and even at that short price one punter placed $500 on her at $1.09 as soon as the market opened last night.     Race 6 - Art Exibit $11.50 leads win betting over Delightful Jay $3.50 and Glenburn Joy $17 - $12. Delightful Jay is a clear leader in multi betting.   Race 7 - Cuddly Jess $3.80 is best backed in win and multi betting.   Race 8 - Jimmy Mack $1.70 is easily best backed in win betting and also leads multi betting over Bakari $3.20. going 2 to 1 in ticket sales over that runner.    Race 9 - Smokey Mac $11 - $9.00 holds 50% of early win money and also leads multi betting over Pretorious $4.80.   Race 10 - Royal Jester $2.20 leads multi betting over All Bling $11.   Race 11 - Pembrook Ideal $3.50 leads multi betting over Highland Reign $3.20 with Bettor Vision $6.00 leading win betting early.   In the Drivers Challenge Dexter Dunn has opened up as a $1.22 favourite and attracted a $10,000 bet as soon as we opened the market.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The harness racing ringaround again selected a few winners last week and several placings. This week there are five meetings with selections, with the highlight the Easter Cup at Addington on Saturday night. It looks like being a wet and wild weekend and wet track form could provide a few winners especially on grass at Motukarara and Hawera. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Andrew Suddaby - thinks Delightful Dani would be his best chance this week in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive at Forbury is Cullenz Diamond also in Race 4 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks it will be very hard to beat Partyon in Race 5 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says his best drive would be Belmont Invasion at Forbury in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Dream Big as his best drive also in Race 7 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive at Forbury would be Jimmy Mack in Race 8 Geoff Knight - Geoff is going for Idealistic Lass as his best chance at Forbury in Race 11   Cambridge on Thursday night Stephen Richardson (TAB) - thinks BK Superstar can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 1 Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Dreamy Nights would be his best drive this week in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony is going for Gold Orchid to be his best chance this week in Race 4 Scott Phelan - Scott says Admiral's Flight would be his best drive at Cambridge in Race 8   Hawera on Saturday Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Commando One as his best drive in Race 2 Kyle Marshall - Kyle thinks his best chance is Take A Gamble at Hawera in Race 4 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for R Gee Bee as his best drive at Hawera also in Race 4   Addington on Saturday night Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best chance this week is Donegal Carrickfin in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is picking Tornado Valley as his best chance in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair says his best chance could be Aloka at Addington in Race 7 Nathan Williamson - is opting for Captain Dolmio in the Easter Cup as his best drive in Race 9 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best chance this week is Framco Tai in Race 10 Bob Butt - says his best chance this week is Hashtag at Addington in Race 11 Mark Jones thinks his best chance this week is Bushido at Addington also in Race 11 Racechat - Lance thinks Corena Lea is a chance at longer odds also in Race 11   Banks Peninsular on Monday Jim Curtin - Jimmy thinks his best drive this week is Red Terror at Motukarara in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Glenis Marie can go close to winning in Race 4 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Di'z Luck this week also in Race 4 John Curtin - John says Julia Lady could win again at Motukarara in Race 8 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Leading The Way in Race 11   Good luck and Happy Easter!   Harnesslink Media  

Trainer Mark Jones, who has won races on four different tracks in the past week, has Kowhai Whiz angling to extend his record at Forbury Park on Thursday night. Jones won a race at Menangle last Saturday with Kowhai Monarch, a half brother to Kowhai Whiz. Jones had won at Addington the previous night with Eyre I Come and added wins at Winton with Delightful Memphis and Rangiora (the 2-year-old trotter Castlereagh) on Sunday. “The results have been pleasing in the past week with four wins and two New Zealand records,’’ said Jones. “It makes up for losing Master Lavros and Saveapatrol.” Eyre I Come trotted 3.12.6 for 2600m and Delightful Memphis posted 2.55.5 for 2400m. Master Lavros has a hole in a tendon and Saveapatrol has gone amiss again. Kowhai Whiz finished eighth at Addington last Friday when resuming from a three month break. He was a winner at Forbury Park in October and has been placed in his other three starts at Forbury Park this season. “He (Kowhai Whiz) is a nice honest trotter suited to smaller fields,’’ said Jones. Kowhai Whiz (off 40m) has seven rivals tonight in race 3. Father Christmas (50m), a last start winner from a 40m handicap at Invercargill and Its Elvis (10m), who won at Forbury Park last week, could offer stern opposition. Kiwi Monarch was the first winner for Jones from a Menangle stable he has set up with Ashlee Grives, who drove the gelding. Grives has been based at Bathurst. Trainer Mark Purdon has one drive at Forbury Park tonight - Partyon in the heat of the Sires’ Stakes. Partyon  is unbeaten in 10 starts including the Harness Jewels at two, the New South Wales and Northern Oaks. She has won a workout at Ashburton on March 28 and finished second to Moonrock in a trial there on April 4 since her Northern Oaks win on March 3. Purdon trained and drove Sicario  and Motu Premier to win at Menangle on Tuesday. The 2-year-old Sicario ran 1.53.8, the fastest time in three heats of the Australian Pacing Gold. Motu Premier ran 1.53. The up and coming 3-year-old Bakari is now the sole stable representative for trainer Graeme Anderson in race 8 at Forbury Park. Motu Time To Shine has been scratched and she will go for a spell. “He (Bakari) is very well and if he goes away he is capable of running some time,’’ said Anderson. Stablemate Delightful Jay will wind up her current campaign in race 6. She is in foal to Washington VC and ruled out of further racing until the outcome. The 4-year-old mare has run creditable minor placings in two starts since she won at Forbury Park on March 9. Anderson has Titan Banner, All Star Magician and Hopes And Dreams engaged at Addington on Saturday. Eamon Maguire, who established his class with a third in the New Zealand Derby, is being aimed at the $45,000 Southern Supremacy Stakes Final on April 30. Honour The Bet (race 4) remained in the care of Anderson after finishing second to Miss Fandango at Forbury Park last Thursday.   Tayler Strong

Elle Mac, a $51,000 yearling sales purchase, began her racing career with a track record win in a $6000 race at Forbury Park on Thursday night. Elle Mac ran the 2200m (mobile) in 2.43.4 (1.59.5 mile rate), 1.2sec inside the track mark set by the filly Ultimate Desire in 2015. The 2-year-old track record for all genders is 2.42.9 by Mach Time. Elle Mac held off her stablemate, another 2-year-old filly, A Lister by a neck. Elle Mac settled fifth, joined the leader at the 600m and stuck on gamely. The pair are trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Elle Mac is raced by Jean Feiss, of  Victoria. Elle Mac, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight – Goodlookinggirl was  purchased at the 2016 Australasian Classic sale when offered by Breckon Bloodstock. Elle Mac is the third winner from as many foals to race out of Goodlookinggirl, a Christian Cullen mare  who won as a 3yr-old from five starts when trained by Purdon and Grant Payne. Goodlookinggirl is a half sister to nine winners including Waitfornoone (group one Queen Of Hearts), Mark Dennis (39 wins mainly in Australia) and St Barts (15 wins). Mrs Feiss has the leading 3-year-old filly Spanish Armada and Chase the Dream in the Purdon – Rasmussen stable. Her husband, Bill races Vincent, second favourite behind Ultimate Machete for the New Zealand Derby tonight. Kyle Cameron drove Brite N Lovely and Natives Lasting Love to in trotting races on Thursday. He trains Native Lasting Love for Danny and Dawn McGirr and Austin Thornton.  Brite N Lovely is trained by Cameron’s father, Ian, who races the 6yr-old mare with his wife, Jocelyn. The 3-year-old filly Miss Fandango gave Peter Dynes, of Dunedin his first win as an owner when she led for most of the way. Dynes is in the Dark Horse syndicate along with Garry Aitken, of Timaru, Steve Herring and Gerard Darony, both of Christchurch and Shannon McEwan, whose father, Wayne trains Miss Fandango at Branxholme (Southland). She was having her third start for McEwan. She joined his stable seven weeks ago after twice finishing second in five starts for Ken Barron. Miss Fandango was a $22,000 purchase at the premier yearling sale. McEwan was among three trainers who previously prepared Newmans Jet, a maiden winner for Steve Lock at her 75th start. The 7-year-old mare began racing close on five years ago. Lock was loaned a truck by Tom Kilkelly to transport Newmans Jet and three other horses to Dunedin from Invercargill. His horse transporter had a alternator problem. Aymar was claimed  for $10,000 by Menangle trainer Leon Jurd after finishing second to Machie Mach. West Melton trainer Michael House, who won with Ask Me Art and Shillelagh said he would be racing his team at Forbury Park on a regular basis in the next few weeks. “It is brutal racing them at Addington under the ratings system,’’ he said. Shillelagh was driven by Blair Orange who drove Miss Fandango and Its Elvis who led for most of the way in the rating 50 and faster trot. Tayler Strong

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Forbury today as at 4:50pm Race 1 - The debut runner Beat The Heat $6.80 is the best backed runner on the win book with Paradise Spur $4.50 leading multui betting over Sheezamonarchy $4.50 and Theodosia $2.50.   Race 2 - A Lister $3.10 - $2.60 is best backed over Elle Mac $1.85 in win betting but Elle Mac leads multi betting easily.   Race 3 - Rake $5.50 is best backed in win betting with Kamwood Kid $1.80 easily leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Caballo Blanco $7.20 is best backed in win betting over Ask Me Art $1.40 who dominates multi betting.   Race 5 - Honour The Bet $1.75 is the only runner punter's want to be on in win and multi betting.   Race 6 - I'ldoitmyway $8.00 is best backed in win betting .   Race 7 - Mickey Jay $4.80 leads multi betting over Rozzano $5.20.   Race 8 - Bobbins $7.00 leads win betting over Dusky Eyre $3.70 with that runner easilyn leading multi betting.   Race 9 -  Last week's winner at this track Lanikai $2.60 is racing away in multi betting over his rivals.   Race 10 - Aymar $3.90 easily leads win betting with Expresso Martini $1.50 the only runner wanted in multi betting.        Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

It is hard to go past Lanikai in race 9 at Forbury Park on Thursday night after his impressive win on the track last week. The 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere–Ednalea colt came from four back on the inner after starting from the second row and powered home to win by a length and a quarter. Lanikai looked a much improved pacer to when he won at Forbury Park early in February. He has drawn the outside of the front line tonight but he only has seven rivals. One of them, Motu Time To Shine has won three times at Forbury Park this season. Another, Pembrook Ideal won her first two starts at Forbury Park in October. Rory McIlwrick, who drove Motu Time To Shine in the first of those wins  is on the sideline tonight after a three day suspension last week for excessive use of the whip. Dexter Dunn, who drove Motu Time To Shine in her other two wins is aboard Pembrook Ideal. Andrew Suddaby is the replacement. Expresso Martini who has been marking time since he easily won a claimer at Forbury Park on March 9, is back in action in race 10 looking a standout. He should be the better for that race, his 12th win, as he was hindered by a stone bruise in the lead up. The All Stars stable has assigned the 2-year-old fillies Elle Mac and A Lister a start in race 2. A Lister ran fourth at Addington on March 16. Elle Mac, who is having her first race, has two wins and a fourth at trials. She won at Addington last time on March 27. Highview Justice (race 5) joined the Waikouaiti stable of Amber Hoffman after finishing second to Pat’s Delight at Forbury Park last week. Zoey’s Gift left Oamaru on Wednesday for a campaign in the Auckland area. The 3yr-old trotting filly trained by Phil Williamson finished fourth, promoted to third in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks at Addington last Friday. Zoey’s Gift will be based with John and Josh Dickie at Papakura.   Tayler Strong

Pat’s Delight gave Gore owners Pat and Margaret Kubala a change of fortunes with an easy win at Forbury Park on Thursday night. The Kubalas, operating as Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd, lost Rapid Flight, a 3-year-old sister to Pat’s Delight a week earlier. Rapid Flight, who had been placed in four of her five starts, died from ryegrass staggers when due to resume work. The 2-year-old colt Pat’s Delight (Bettor’s Delight – Righteous Franco) is believed to have been affected by the same problem 12 months ago and he was on intravenous treatment for three days. Pat’s Delight, who finished third in his other start, led throughout 2200m and won by three and a half lengths. Righteous Franco has also left Rapid Mach (three wins) and Lightning Mach, both by Mach Three. Lightning Mach won 10 races for the Kubalas when trained by Cran Dalgety. He is also the trainer of Pat’s Delight. Lightning Mach was sold to the United States in July, 2016. She subsequently won her first three races and took a record of 1.51.2. Pat Kubala, who has a seed business, said anyone grazing horses should be aware of ryegrass varieties that have a low level of endophyte. That is a naturally occurring fungi in ryegrass when ingested affects the nervous system of animals, causing  “staggers”. Dunedin owner Russell Nieper also had a change of fortunes when he won with The Persuader, trained by Eion Latimer. His two win pacer Until Further Notice, trained by Latimer, has been diagnosed with a second fractured pastern. He was sidelined in December, 2015 with a fracture in his other hind leg. Gerard Cayford, the owner of Ygritte, said he would exercise a right of purchase on the 5-year-old trotting mare after her win, her third this year. He has the sister to dual Harness Jewels winner King Denny and half sister to Sarah Lindenny on lease from Trevor Casey. Ygritte won a race for Colin and Julie De Filippi before joining the stable of Amber Hoffman. The daughter of Majestic Son – A Touch of Sun had another 26 starts over 23 months before she regaining the winning list at Waikouaiti in February. Heard The Whisper, the six - win trotter owned by Cayford and trained by Hoffman, has fractured a cannon bone. He will require boxing for the next six weeks. Zsa Ziva has thrived during a stint with Makarewa trainer Craig Ferguson. She capped four minor placings with a six and a quarter length win in the hands of Sheree Tomlinson, whose mother Amanda Tomlinson and Grandfather Ken Ford race. She a half-sister to Zachary Binx (seven wins). “We have been doing little work with her (Zsa Ziva) between races,” said Sheree. Martin Denton did not get the win he wanted when he drove Och Aye The Noo on his 65th birthday, but he trained the winner Bourbon And Dry. He also had a great party at Forbury Park with a host of friends. Tayler Strong  

Armori has an ideal opportunity at Forbury Park on Thursday night as a 4 win trotter racing against  1-2-win horses. Armori (Race 3) was rated 46 in the new handicapping system which came into operation for the South Island on March 16. Armori has gained her four wins at Forbury Park, the most recent in November. The 8-year-old mare has not raced since February 2 due to a muscular problem. “She was tying up and not stretching out. I am hoping I have got it straightened out,’’ said Graeme McLay, her Brighton owner-trainer-driver. Blinds may help Father Christmas lift his game in Race 7.  The winner of nine races and twice successful at Forbury Park, Father Christmas, has been thereabouts in his recent races. He is off a 50m handicap, along with his stablemate Pyramid Magic, who has not raced since he won from 60m at Wyndham in November. Pyramid Magic was spelled after that win following a lengthy campaign. He has won trials at Oamaru, Washdyke and Ashburton in a fresh preparation with Phil Williamson. Trainer Martin Denton is booked for his first race drive for two and a half years in the race to mark his birthday. Denton is driving the trotter whom he trains and part-owns, Och Aye The Noo. She was an upset winner at Forbury Park on March 9 when driven by Rory McIlwrick. “I am driving mainly because it is my 65th birthday, the race is named after me and we are having a party,’’ said Denton. He drove Och Aye The Noo in six of her early races. Denton last drove in a race in August, 2014 aboard the trotter Mum Beat Lyall. He drove Mum Beat Lyall to win at Forbury Park in 2010. Her dam, Sunny Action ended the 20 race winning streak of Lyell Creek when she won the 2000 New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All. Lyell Creek could only manage third with Sundon’s Way second. Lyell Creek won his next 13 races and 56 in all. Racing is on a resurfaced track on Thursday. The sand surface of the track, about 10cm deep, was removed after the last meeting on March 9 and replaced due to wear. “The special sand surface breaks down. We have had workouts on the refurbished track and it is good,’’ said Denton, a member of the board of management of the Forbury Park club. He is shifting his training operation about 10km this week from East Taieri to Momona (near the Dunedin airport) where he is installing a track and stables.   Tayler Strong

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