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Muscle Moment, a half brother to Quite A Moment, won at his first start at Wingatui on Monday. The Muscle Mass - Juverna gelding is trained by Phil Williamson for Jayne Davies, the Cranbourne trainer. Muscle Moment was a $17,000 purchase at the 2015 premier yearling sale when offered by G D and D R Beckett, of Cheviot. Muscle Moment is the ninth individual winner from as many foals to race out of Juverna, a Gee Whiz mare who had a second placing in six starts. She is a half sister to Take A Moment, the winner of 38 races and $1.1 million. Quite A Moment won the Breeders Crown at Melton as a 3-year-old and the National Trot at Alexandra Park in December. Muscle Moment  was driven by Matthew Williamson, who won later in the day with Idealistic Lass, following his five wins at Oamaru on Sunday. Idealistic Lass is trained by Geoff and Jude Knight, who won four at Oamaru. Muscle Moment is the fourth individual 3-year-old trotting winner for the Williamson stable this season, joining Zoey’s Gift, Madison Jane and Jeddy R Ya Ready.  The 3-year-old filly Zoey’s Gift has been entered for Southland mile day at Winton on Saturday with a view to contesting the New Zealand Trotting Oaks. She set a track record for filly of 3.03.5 for 2400m (mobile) at Winton in her last start win. Balius, another entrant for mile day, backed up after finishing third at Invercargill on Saturday when he led for most of the way over 2200m on Monday. He gave his Riversdale trainer and part-owner Shane Matheson compensation for the scratching of First Son, who is recovering from a stone bruise. Matheson races Balius with his partner Lisa Barrie. Trainer Nathan Williamson said Delestic would be ineligible for mile day after her win on Monday. She was quickly in front after starting from the unruly position. Change It, who joined the Tahakopa stable of Brian Norman nine days earlier, won easily after leading. Bakari did not race kindly but he still won easily after leading for the last 1400m of 2200m from a stand. Acolyte is the only the second Southland-trained winner of the Waimate Cup. The other was Stylish George, trained at Invercargill by Jim Flynn and driven by Dave Todd, in 1956. Tayler Strong    

An incident at Forbury Park involving Cambridge horsewoman Nicky Chilcott over 18 years ago was recalled when she returned to the Dunedin raceway last Thursday. Chilcott was a special guest at a function combined with the race meeting to honour women in business and the harness racing industry. Jess Smith, the Trackside television presenter and radio host, was MC for the function. “It (the function) went off really well with a number of those in attendance at a race meeting for the first time,” said Rodney Moore, the general manager of the Forbury Park Trotting Club. There were some 50 persons in attendance. Chilcott (45) is the most successful female driver and trainer (sole capacity) in the history of New Zealand harness racing with 604 and 407 wins respectively. Natalie Rasmussen has won 478 races as a trainer in NZ in partnership with Mark Purdon and driven the winners of 462 races. Chilcott was at Forbury Park in October, 1998, mainly to drive in a race for invited female drivers. She had other engagements including Honey Gazelle in the second race. She had arrived at the course and deposited her bag of driving gear in the designated facility then left to attend other matters. When she returned the bag was missing. “We searched everywhere with no luck then asked a man on the gate and he said he had seen a guy with a bag leave the course,” recalled Chilcott. “So we started looking in the streets outside, We were about to give up when I spotted this guy bending down close to a fence with the bag.” Chilcott was none too gentle with the thief and reclaimed the bag. She rushed back, geared up and made a late appearance at the start of race two. She drove Honey Gazelle to win at odds of 55 to one. The 5-year-old W R H mare trained at Waikouaiti by Graeme Chalmers, was 11/11 in the betting and set up a declared trifecta of $34,430 with Deville (12/12) and Scottish Banner (10/10). Chilcott, who attended the meeting with Michelle Wallis to represent the North Island, finished last on Chipover in the invitation race. It was won by Bernie Rae driving the Cran Dalgety-trained Silver Lined Pocket from Holmes Princess (Karen Sutherland) and Sunny Boy (Lauren Pearson). Others to contest the race were Jackie Law, Tracey Healy, Maree Price, Karen O’Connor, Joanna Davies, Jan Meikle, Jan Gould and Jo Herbert. Sutherland drove the Dalgety-trained Imagery to win earlier in the night and Healy won the last of 10 races with Lincoln Hanover for Waimate trainer Bruce Wylie. Chilcott drove her first winner, Local Choice at Alexandra Park in July 1993. Her first training win was at Cambridge in November, 1997 with Wahora. She drove in one race on Thursday, being unplaced on Jerry Fitz in the final event. Tayler Strong

The harness racing ringaround had a good week last week with several short priced winners and a number of placings. The highest winning dividend last week went to Mark Jones whose selection Arannalea won at Winton. This week there are five meetings with one in the North and four in the South. Thursday is Forbury Park. Auckland is on Friday night at Alexandra Park along with Westport (grass), while the weekend sees Invercargill on Saturday. On Sunday Reefton have a grass meeting and we also have a selection for Melton in Australia on Saturday night. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Forbury on Thursday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Sounds Like A Gem is a good chance at Forbury in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Silver Dale also in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Blazer S as his best chance at Forbury in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Brads Kenny as his best this week in Race 8 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best chance is Man Of Steel at Forbury in Race 9 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Motu Speedy Star in Race 10   Westport (Grass) on Friday Ricky May - Ricky is opting for Westar Bella as his best drive at Westport in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Master Jordy is a good chance at Westport in Race 3 Mark Jones - Mark thinks Johnny Eyre would be a good chance at Westport in Race 7 Harnesslink Reporter - says Mogul is a good chance fresh up in Race 9   Auckland on Friday Scott Phelan - Scott says his best drive would be Il Pirata at Auckland in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony is going for Gold Orchid as his best chance this week in Race 6 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - thinks Waikiki Beach is a good chance at Auckland in Race 8 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Whitecliff Chapel as his best chance this week in Race 9 Maurice Mckendry - Maurice says his best drive is Eclipse Me also in Race 9 at Auckland Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Heavyweight Hero would be his best drive this week in Race 10   Invercargill on Saturday Kirk Larsen - Kirk thinks his best chance this week is Yankee Diva in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - says Ask Me Major  would be his best chance in Race 2 Brad Williamson - is going for Delight My Soul as his best drive this week also in Race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - thinks his best drive this week is Shawami Lass in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent says his best drive would be Young Conqueror in Race 7 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Mongolian Storm as his best chance this week in Race 11   Tabcorp Park Melton (Australia) Saturday night Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

Graeme Anderson, the leading strike rate New Zealand trainer this season for those with more than 20 starters, will be out to enhance his record at Forbury Park on Thursday night with Delightful Jay (race 2), Hopes And Dreams (race 7) and Bakari (race 9).   Anderson advanced his score to 23 wins from 59 starters when Titan Banner and All Star Musician were successful at Wyndham last Saturday. His strike rate is .5273. Both those horses and stablemate Eamon Maguire are engaged at Invercargill on Saturday.   “I am happy with them all. Delightful Jay is an unknown having her first start for us,’’ said Anderson, who trains on the beach at Westwood, near Dunedin.   Bakari (race 9 )has been freshened since he last raced in December. He won at Forbury Park late in November in his first start from the Anderson stable. The runner up that night, Royal Bengal carried on to win at Gore and Roxburgh. Bakari was placed in his two subsequent starts in December before he was freshened.   Hopes And Dreams (race 7) was a winner two starts back at Waikouaiti then finished second to Break Dance at Winton. She has won at Forbury Park.   Her owners Neville Cleaver and Kevin Strong also have Gangnam Style in the race. Gangnam Style should be the better for his race at Wyndham last Saturday when he finished fifth after becoming awkwardly placed. He won a double at Forbury Park during the winter and carried on to win at Addington.   Delightful Jay, who has not raced since November, finished two and half lengths from Titan Banner in a two-horse trial at Forbury Park on February 18.   Brads Kenny (race 8), unbeaten in two starts at Forbury Park, is in the right order to extend his record there. The Phil Williamson-trained trotter has been minor placed in his three starts since he won at Forbury Park on February 2. He started a fresh campaign with a nine and three quarter length win at Omakau in January.   Brads Kenny has had his racing restricted to 11 starts by a knee ailment.   Bear’s Rest, who has won twice at Forbury Park, shares the 20m handicap with Brads Kenny.   The 3yr-old filly Madison Jane is among four horses Williamson has engaged in race 5.    The others are Bobbins, Pyramid Monarch and Jeddy R Ya Reddy. Madison Jane was freshened after finishing third at Invercargill on January 28. She had won fresh up at Roxburgh earlier in the month after a win at Forbury Park in July.   The Williamson stable won heats  at the Washdyke trials on Wednesday with Pyramid Magic and Bet’s Commando.   The 3yr-old filly Bet’s Commando has not raced since July and Pyramid Magic has been off the scene since he won from a 60m handicap at Invercargill in November.   Trainer Aaron Swain has sounded a note of caution about Expresso Martini (race 10), a standout on form and assessment in the claiming race.   “He could be a run short but his class should carry him through,’’ said Swain, who took over Expresso Martini (11 wins) after he was successful in a claimer at Invercargill on January 23.  Expresso Martini ran fourth in a workout at Wyndham on February 4.   “A stone bruise popped out after his workout which could have accounted for his showing. He had to miss a week’s work.”   Tayler Strong

Trainer Brad Mowbray announced that he would race the 3-year-old filly Delishka in Auckland after her win at Forbury Park on Thursday night. “I will take her to Auckland now. There is a $30,000 race for fillies (New Zealand Sires’ Stakes Graduette on February 24),” said Mowbray, who trains in Christchurch. Delishka had led over the last 1600m of 2200m in the hands of Matthew Williamson. She held out the talented 3-year-old gelding Santanna’s Rocket by a head in light rain. It was the second win for Delishka in her last three starts. Mowbray races Delishka with his father-in-law, Ernie Knight, of West Melton, who bred the filly. Knight (81) and his wife Jenny made the trip to Dunedin to see Delishka race. Delishka is the first foal to race out of Balishka, who won seven races for Knight and Mowbray. Knight bred Mister Zion (Red River Hanover – Cross Lady) who won at group one level as a pacer (2010 South Australia Cup) and trotter (2013 Australian Trotting Championship Final). He had won two races as a pacer under the name Zion in New Zealand when trained by Jim Curtin. Knight and Mowbray won a race at Forbury Park in 2011 with Sachin Arden, who won four times before he was sold to Australia. Anneta Payne, of Balclutha was overjoyed when she had her first win as an owner with Thaboyz Toy. “I just can’t believe it,” said Anneta who races Thaboyz Toy with her husband Ken. They bred Thaboyz Toy from a mating of Changeover and Mrs Soleece, a winner when raced by Ken in partnership and trained by Brent McIntyre. Suzie Blue won three with Ken in the ownership. Thaboyz Toy, having his third start, is trained at Gore by Tony Stratford. American Spirit gave Mosgiel trainer Darryn Simpson success at the end of a testing day. His 13-year-old daughter, Ella underwent major leg surgery at Dunedin Hospital. Ella is closely involved with the stable operation. Dexter Dunn took his tally of wins for the season to 102 when he drove four winners -Thaboyz Toy, Lanikai, Black Raine and Sovereign Banner. Lanikai started from the second row. Dunn improved him three wide to lead at the 700m and he held on by a nose. Dunn told owner, Syd Brown that Lanikai had switched off when he got to the front. Lanikai, trained by Tim Butt was having his fifth start. He is 3-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from Ednalea, a sister to  Foreal, a big winner for Brown and his wife, Shona. Ednalea ran second in her first start, then suffered an attack of hives when raced in Auckland and she was put to stud. The 3-year-old filly Black Raine was starting afresh after a race in April. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight – Rona Lorraine is trained by Cran Dalgety for a group of owners including breeders Ken Spicer and Dave and Wendy Fleming and the Think Big syndicate from Lawrence. Black Raine is the third progeny  to race out of Rona Lorraine, the dam of Bettor Think Twice (four wins) and Bettor Think Quick (five). Winton trainer-driver Allan Beck produced Shortys Mate to win in his first race for 11 months. “I thought he would need the race so there is improvement in him,” said Beck of the  Art Major – Shortys Girl 4-year-old who won twice in his previous eight starts. “ He sprained a joint when  he was spelling  so he was out for another couple of months,” said Beck. Tayler Strong

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Forbury tonight as at 3:30pm Race 1 - Majestic Peak $3.20 is best backed on the win book over Here We Are a longshot at $17. Best backed in multi betting is Prince George $2.80 over Majestic Peak.    Race 2 - Wobbegong $4.20 is best backed on the win book over his stablemate Shards Halo $2.40 with that runner leading multi betting over the former.   Race 3 - Theboyz Toy $1.60 is racing away in multi betting and is 2nd best backed in that department on the meeting card.    Race 4 - Lanikai $1.95 is easily the best backed in multi betting.   Race 5 - Moa Bones $5.80 is best backed on the win book over Don't look back $5.50 with Brads Kenny $3.00 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Idealistic lass $6.50 leads win betting over Glenstone $5.80.   Race 7 - Black Raine $1.50 is best backed in win betting and is the best backed runner on the card in multi betting.    Race 8 - Missie Castleton $3.50 is best backed on the win book and also leads multi betting.   Race 9 - Ultimate Fella $6.20 leads win betting easily over Sovereign Banner $1.90 but that runner easily leads multi betting over the former.   Race 10 - Delishka $4.60 leads win betting over Sauchiehall $11 and Hopes And Dreams $3.70 with that runner leading multi betting over Santana's Rocket $3.90.   Race 11 - American Spirit $1.70 easily leads win and multi betting. If your looking to back American Spirit it might pay to consider doing it now rather than later as he is looking as though he could close closer to tote at around $1.40 - $1.50.   Best backed runners at 3:20pm in multi betting in order:   Race 7 -   Black Raine $1.50  Race 3 -   Thaboyz Toy $1.60  Race 11 - American Spirit $1.70 Race 9 -   Sovereign banner $1.90  Race 4 -   Lanikai $1.95   Four of the five above runners are driven by Dexter Dunn. The Drivers Challenge tonight is a Dexter Dunn excluded market and there is also a market on how many winners Dexter Dunn will derive (Option 713)   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

A dashing workout at Forbury Park on Saturday has American Spirit on target for race 11 there on Thursday night. American Spirit hinted at a return to winning form when third to Mossdale Conner and Bettor Enforce in the Roxburgh Cup on January 4. Trainer Darryn Simpson paid up for American Spirit at Oamaru a week later but decided against a start as he was not happy with his condition. The slushy Roxburgh track was very demanding of horses. “I backed off and freshened him and he has been to the beach half a dozen times,’’ said Simpson. “He did everything asked of him in the workout without the ear plugs coming out.” American Spirit ran 2200m from the mobile gate in 2.48.6, home in 58.9 and won by five lengths from the maiden Miss Stella. “There is still improvement in him but he is not far off his peak,” said Simpson. American Spirit was in good form about this time last year when he won at Omakau, Wyndham and Waikouaiti from his first four starts. Its Elvis, a stablemate of American Spirit, has pleased Simpson in his preparation for race 8. Its Elvis, a winner at Forbury Park , blew the start when favourite resuming there on December 21. He has since had four trials or workouts at Forbury for two wins. “He has been trotting really well. It is just the start with him. He gets fired up,” said Simpson. Blair Orange has retained the drives on both horses. Missie Castleton, a newcomer to the Temuka stable of Brent White, could make her presence felt against Its Elvis. White won with Bear’s Rest, Belmont Jet and Ultimate Fella on his last visit to Forbury Park on December 21. Bear’s Rest , a subsequent winner at Washdyke, is in race 5. He has gained two of his three wins at Forbury Park. Brads Kenny, a nine and three quarter length winner at Omakau two starts back, could be the stumbling block for Bear’s Rest. Tangos Delight is worth consideration in race 9, a C2-6 free-for-all. She won a similar race at Forbury Park in August and has since been placed in much stronger company at Addington. Sovereign Banner, the likely favourite, has had the chance to freshened since he finished fourth at Forbury Park on December 21. He won a trial there on January 21 with his stablemate Hopes And Dreams the runner up. Hopes And Dream is resuming in race 10 from a four month break. She is a speedy mare who won fresh up at Forbury Park in July for the Graeme Anderson stable. Tayler Strong

Temuka trainer, Brent White, who is in the zone after three wins at Forbury Park on Wednesday night, is now viewing the West Coast circuit. “Wobbegong could be my best chance at Westport over the holiday circuit. He has not raced for a while but he has been performing at trials  and workouts lately,’’ said White who won with Ultimate Fella, Bear’s Rest and Belmont Jet (on promotion) at Forbury Park. It was his first training treble on a programme. Wobbegong, who has not raced since July 24, finished second to One Direction in a  trial at Orari on December 17. One Direction is now trained by Regan Todd after winning two races for Riversdale trainer Shane Matheson. The $14,000 Nelson Cup on January  15 is a possibility for Ultimate Fella, who led throughout and stalled of  mother-to - be Beyond Belief by half a length in the C3-6 free-for-all. Beyond Belief (five wins) is in foal to Terror To Love and she will required to stand down after two or three more starts. “We will look at the Nelson Cup with Ultimate Fella because he is owned there but he has an issue with standing starts,’’ said White. Ultimate Fella is owned by  Paul Kelly, of Nelson and Ross McCutcheon, of Temuka. Ultimate Fella credited Stephen McNally with his 400th winning drive. McNally drove his first winner, Fasta La Vista at Kaikoura  in November, 1999. Fasta La Vista was trained by McNally’s father, Ray. Stephen has driven the winners of 63 races for White. The first was Cassino Woman at Washdyke in 2007. McNally has driven the winners of the 16 races trained by White this season. Belmont Jet was promoted after the relegation from first to third of Lilac Flash for galloping in the last 50m. Lilac Flash, having his first start, was in front and the margins  between the first three horses were half a length and a nose. Dexter Dunn, the driver of Lilac Flash, contested the relegation at a judicial hearing. Belmont Jet is raced by Timaru veterinarian Donna Williamson. She bred Belmont Jet, the last foal  and seventh winner left by Holmes Royale, a Holmes Hanover mare who won six races. Belmont Jet, a 4yr-old by Jereme’s Jet, was foaled when Holmes Royale was 23. Belmont Fire (seven wins) is the best of the progeny of Holmes Royale. Williamson also bred the next winner on the card,  the trotter Belmont Invasion.The son of Bacardi Lindy – Sheez Cameronz Pride,  is owned and trained at Invercargill by 79-year-old Owen Lawrence. He has been involved with standardbreds for 60 years. He assisted trainer Jim Ferguson, then based in Invercargill and trained his first winner, Our Angela at Wyndham in 1987. Archie Armour, now based on the Gold Coast, bought Belmont Invasion on behalf of Lawrence for $7000 at the premier yearling sale. McCutcheon is also in the ownership of Bear’s Rest, winner of C0 trot from 30m. McCutcheon (known as Big Bear) races  Bear’s Rest with his daughter Katrina Glass (Teddy Bear), Tim White (son of the trainer) and Jo Chapman. Bear’s Rest is a half brother to Trouble Rieu, who won eight races from the White stable before he was sold to the United States in June. He has won there. “He (Bear’s Rest) is a big light framed horse so he will have a bit of time before his next race,’’ said White. Regal Gesture, having his first start for trainer Graeme Anderson, was an impressive winner. He lost a handy position in the running and came from eighth at the 300m to  win by a head. His stablemate Motu Time To Shine won narrowly in her first race for two months. “She was probably only about 80 per cent tonight,’’ said Anderson.  The speedy 3yr-old filly has now won three from five. Ross Wilson, a hobby trainer at Oamaru, won with Passion Flower, who led throughout 2200m in the hands of Brad Williamson. Wilson who had his previous win five years ago, races Passion Flower with his son, Jesse and sister, Fiona Gould on lease from Dave Phillips, of Auckland. Passion Flower is a half sister by Grinfromeartoear to Immortal (1.50.1 in the US) and Far Too Rusty (17 wins in NZ and Australia). Tayler Strong

The Forbury Park Trotting Club is in a transition period incorporating the purchase of the on-site bar, catering and funtion facilities, the president, Gerald Cayford told members at the annual meeting on Monday night when reporting a loss of $279,729 for the year ended, July 31. The deficit after allowing  $97,657 for depreciation, compared with a loss of $303,975 the previous year. “It has been  another testing year but there is a transition period of at least two years with new businesses,’’ Cayford  said. “ I know next year we will see our efforts coming to fruition.” The Forbury Park Sports Bar and Bistro was bought by the club in June this year and the Park Function and Events Centre five months earlier. That was a change of strategy by the board of management of the club which began with the purchase of the on-site catering business in May, 2015. The bom comprises Peter Gillespie (chairman), Cayford, Tony Gow and Geoff Knight. Gillespie, a former president of the club, was elected to the position in August, 2016 following the resignation of Tony Dunstan. Long time board member John Henderson  resigned in November, 2015. The function centre showed a surplus of $115,627 and catering and bar revenue showed a surplus of $60,592. Operating expenses for the club increased $11,927 to $864,895. The main increases were $26,107 for information technology; $17,285 for administration and $17,138 for light and heat. Savings had been made in reduced salaries and wages of $41,671 and repairs and maintenance of $40,894. “The balance sheet remains strong with the club having a strong capital base and positive cash balance although this is partially offset by the capitalisation of the cell phone towers (realising $318,000) for funds to complete the purchase  of the three entities,” said Cayford. Race meeting revenues from the 23 meetings (one a dual code at Wingatui) returned a surplus of $333,397 an increase of $49,185. The club was disappointed to be allocated four less meetings by Harness Racing New Zealand this season but one on November 30 has been restored. The  club paid out $1,232,519 in stakes last season. A presentation by Cayford and Rodney Moore, the general manager of the club, showed the predicament of the club. Funding by HRNZ is focussed solely on racing in terms on income and expenditure. It does not take into account track maintenance and lighting and other overhead costs. This costs the Forbury Park club about $650,000, meaning the club has to find an additional $350,000 each year. The club is one of only eight out of 42 in New Zealand owning their own facilities. Others rent or lease and are not faced with the burden of repairs and maintenance. Moore, who has only been in the position six months, has prepared a “break even” cash budget for 2016-17 and the club is on target to achieve the goal after five of the 20 allocated race meetings. Cayford was re-elected president unopposed. Tayler Strong

Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson played the magician at Forbury Park on Friday night when he returned his namesake Phil’s Gift to winning form after the 9-year-old trotter had been in the wilderness for three years. Stable reinsman Matthew Williamson took Phil’s Gift to the front at the 1500m after starting from 40m and  the Sundon –Ilona Del gelding lasted by a neck.   Phil’s  Gift was having his first start from the Williamson stable after transferring from Greg and Nina Hope two months ago.   “Greg told us he  couldn’t do any more with the horse and Phil agreed to have one last shot with him,’’ said Kim Tapper, who races Phil’s Gift with Peter Parker and Mike Hynes.   Phil’s Gift won two races from the Hope stable but five minor placings  in 19 starts had been his lot over the previous three years. He was away from racing for 18 months from October, 2014 with leg issues. Phil’s Gift  had earlier won nine races for Levels trainer Murray Tapper, including his first start at Forbury Park in August, 2011.   There was an element of Phil Williamson having the last laugh.   He traded Ilona Del, the dam of Phil’s Gift, to Michael House for a service to Tinted Cloud. “We didn’t have the land to run Ilona Del at the time. It was not the greatest deal I have done,’’ Williamson recalled. Ilona Del had not long left a filly by Sundon who as Jasmyn’s Gift would win 17 wins including the NZ Trotting Free-For-All for Phil and Bev Williamson. Clive and Rona McKay then bred two foals from Ilona Del. The Speedy Summit mare failed to leave a foal the next six years before House bred Phil’s Gift, whom he named and sold for $18,000 through the premier yearling sale.   Tony Stratford, who shifted his training operation to Gore a week earlier, produced Pantastic for an all the way win. “I thought the timing was right to go out on my own and shift to  the Gore track. The facilities are very good,’’ said Stratford. He was previously the trainer for Macca Lodge stud at Riversdale for two and a half years. He has 15 horses in work.   Pantastic is raced by the  Custom Made syndicate assembled by Caine McIntyre, of Macca Lodge. Several of the young members are first time owners.   Jack Harrington, who has won five races with the trotter Hey Yo, broke fresh ground with he won a race for pacers with Buffy Bay.   Atom Hanover who was racing out of his grade, prevailed in a close finish.   “I put him in the race to get it off the ground,’’ said trainer Geoff Knight of the C1 pacer racing against C2 horses.   Temuka trainer Brent White prepared his third winner in recent weeks for Christchurch owner, Peter McDermott when Franco Hamilton overcame a second line draw. Franco Hamilton was having his second start for White after being bought recently by McDermott. Culley Backy was a winner for White and McDermott at Oamaru five days earlier. Run To Hide, a winner for the duo at Rangiora has since been sold to Australia.   White and reinsman Stephen McNally  were also successful with Dark Ops, who led for most of the way in the c1 trot.   Oamaru trainer Eion Latimer had a good night. He landed the quinella in the final race with Spirit of Chronos and Chief Kapai and earlier won  the race  for junior drivers with Mickey Jay, driven by Ineka Lee.   The Forbury Park club could feel aggrieved with the TAB.  Only the first race was listed in  the form guide supplied to the local (Dunedin) newspaper, the Otago Daily Times. The same guide is run in three other newspapers. The TAB got it horribly wrong by downloading a page of form from the previous Friday, December 2, instead  of the remainder of the Forbury Park fields. It was a X on the editing procedure of the ODT that the mistake was not picked up.   Tayler Strong

Zenmach may find the all-weather surface more to his liking at Forbury Park on Fridaynight than the grass at Oamaru last Saturday. Zenmach wilted to eighth at Oamaru after being given little respite in the lead. The Mach Three gelding returned to winning at Ascot Park at his previous start. His six wins have been on all-weather tracks and he has been successful at Forbury Park. His regular driver Matthew Williamson is back in the sulky in race 7. Geoff and Jude Knight, the Roxburgh trainers of Zenmach, also have Atom Hanover and Jerry Fitz in the race. Atom Hanover was a last start fourth at Forbury Park in his first race for five weeks. Jerry Fitz, who has been bought by the Gabriels Gold syndicate from Ross Wilson, tuned up on the grass at Balfour on Sunday. The 8yr-old has not raced 11 weeks. Jerry Fitz has gained three of his 11 wins at Forbury Park, the most recent in a claiming race in May. Brent Barclay is the new driver for Martin McGuinness with Williamson opting for Zenmach. Martin McGuinness capped off minor placings in his previous two starts with a win at Oamaru, The Knights and owners of Zenmach, the Central Courage syndicate, have Seduce Me in race 5. A winner at Oamaru, she could make the most of her one barrier position in the race for junior drivers. Stablemate Silver Dale, a trial winner at Balfour, has also drawn the ace in race 3. “Our maidens Silver Dale and Idealistic Lass look our best prospects. Idealistic Lass is a nice mare who has had her share of problems,’' said Geoff Knight. Idealistic Lass, also owned by the Central Courage syndicate, ran fourth in her lone start at Invercargill in April. The Knight stable has Longevity in a claiming race at Winton on Sunday. Placed in her last two starts for Matt Saunders, the Mach Three mare, has been bought by the Corner Shop and Have Fun syndicates. Rory McIlwrick, the leading junior driver, has been assisting the Williamson stable at Oamaru during the week in the absence of Brad Williamson in Perth. McIlwrick will drive the Williamson-trained Danielle Amore in race 4. Tayler Strong

Jamie Campbell had something to tell his fellow teachers and pupils this morning (Thursday) after driving his first winner at Forbury Park the previous night. Campbell (25) drove trotter Armori to win the race for junior drivers at his 42nd drive. He gave the 15-to once chance the run of race behind the pacemaker and the 8-year-old mare came along the inner to win by a half a neck. Campbell is a teacher at Central Southland College, Winton, his teaches physical education and agriculture. He also assists his long time friend Craig Ferguson with stable chores at nearby Lorneville in his spare time. “I guess with six weeks school holidays coming up I will be doing a lot more work around the stables,’’ said Campbell. He took up his teaching position this year. He is in his second season as a junior driver. He previously worked three years for trainers Colin and Julie De Filippi when attending  the University of Canterbury. Armori, trained at Brighton by part-owner, Graeme McLay, has gained her four wins at Forbury Park. Bakari was an impressive winner in his first start from the Westwood stable of Graeme Anderson. Bakari,  a 3-year-old by Gotta Go Cullect – Jacaranda, had three placings in six starts when trained  at Amberley by part-owner, Kevin Chapman. He joined the  Anderson stable at the beach three weeks ago. “ I like him. He is a big horse. I told John (Dunn, the driver) to let him roll as he has pulled a bit,” said Anderson. The jaw-breaker bit was removed from Bakari prior to the start according to the stewards’ report. Bakari then hung in and paced roughly in the  score up and activated the removable ear plugs. Bakari  was soon clear in the lead, opened up a break of six lengths from the 900m and won by two and a quarter from Royal Bengal, who ran on well from back in the field. Bakari ran the 2200m (mobile) in a 2.41.1, a 1.57.8 mile rate, the fastest time of the evening and a smart effort in cool conditions. Bakari is the first foal of Jacaranda, an unraced half sister by Falcon Seelster to useful winners, Huey Hewett and Amboseli. Sagwitch, a 3-year-old half brother by Lis Mara to the big winner Washakie, was having his second start and first since April when he led over 2200m (mobile). He is trained at Waimumu, near Gore by Wayne(Syd) Breen for Paul and Nancy  Matheson, of Mataura. Sagwitch qualified in April and finished fourth in his lone start as a 2-year-old. “Wayne considered he was the nicest horse he had broken in so I bought him  from  Lester Paisley(breeder),” said Paul. He is in the ownership of Flashing On, who has won twice at Invercargill for Breen in the past two months. The  three wins, the best in a season for Breen, have coincided with a shift of stable from Gore to the nearby property formerly used by Billy Heads. He has four horses in work. He also works for Matheson, a hotel manager. Sagwitch is the last foal of Shoshoni Sunrise. Washakie, foaled in 2003, was her first and won 53 races and $1.8 million, mainly in Australia. Trainer Jonny Cox  again produced Franco Saxon for a fresh up win  for the 150 strong goHarness Staxofun syndicate. Franco Saxon, who had not raced for close on four months, had won his first start at Addington in May. Jema Jet, a newcomer to the Temuka stable of Brent White, outfinished Tortured Genius to clear maiden ranks. Omakau owner-trainer Bryan Woodhouse produced Lucky Pat’s Son to win a C0 trot in his first race for four and a half months Tayler Strong

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:45pm Race 1 - Prince George $7.50 is the best backed on the win 'book' with the $3.50 favourite Paradise Spur $3.50 leading multi betting.   Race 2 - The big win mover on the day is Royal Bengal $4.00 - $1.95 and he is also racing away with multi betting over Bakari $3.00.     Race 3 - Another big mover is Sagwitch $3.20 and he is all they want early both in win and multi betting.   Race 4 - Not a big betting market early but Prestine $2.40 does lead win and multi betting over Feather Boyz $4.00.   Race 5 - The best go here on the win 'book' is Jema Jet $5.60 - $3.60 but Sheezus $3.20 easily leads multi betting over Seduce Me $3.50.   Race 6- Dark Ops $6.80 - $6.00 is the best backed on the win 'book' over Little Mo the $2.80 favourite.   Race 7 - All the win and multi money is on Franco Saxon $2.90 - $2.60 and he is all punter's want to be on early.   Race 8 - A very even win betting market for the last but Sauchiehall $3.30 does lead multi betting over Honey Cullen $7.20.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Viv Anngow, a Dunedin motor vehicle dealer for 60 years and stalwart of the Forbury Park Trotting Club, died on Sunday (20/11/2016) at the age of 91. Anngow achieved high marks in his apprenticeship as an A-grade motor mechanic in the early 1940s. He then serviced aircraft in the North and South Islands towards the end of the Second World War in 1945. He branched out on his own from a shed for mechanical repairs after the War. He secured new premises in 1957 and began dealing in motor vehicles as the agent for Daimler, Rambler, Borgward, Prince, Mazda, Honda and Suzuki marques. He shifted his premises in 1990 continuing with Mazda and adding Hyundai, assisted by his sons Malcolm and Geoffrey and brother Declan. The business was sold in 2007. Harness racing was the love of his life and he was involved as a breeder, owner, trainer and administrator. Anngow was the only two-term president of the Forbury Park club in the past 60 years. He was a member of the committee for 39 years until his retirement in 2008. He was joined as a life member of the Forbury Park club in 2013 by his daughter, Maureen Simpson, who had been on the committee  for 21 years. A father and daughter life members is an unusual feat in any organisation. Viv was appointed treasurer of the Forbury Park club soon after joining the committee in 1969. He was elected president  in 1978 and stood down after the mandatory three years. He was re-elected president in 1996 when the club was on the verge of receivership. A board of control was appointed by the Racing Industry Board and Harness Racing New Zealand. to run the club after provision of a $360,000 interest free loan, subsequently  written off. “I came back as a caretaker president  and the club managed to get back on its feet,” recalled Viv. He said land sales, netting some $800,000, had restored the financial well being of the club. He was the Forbury Park club representative on the NZ Trotting Conference (now HRNZ) for 12 years and during that time represented NZ at conferences in Sweden, Toronto, Melbourne and Auckland. He was an office holder on the Otago Trotting, Owners, Trainers and Breeders’ Association. He trained Master Volo to win six races in the mid-1980s. Master Volo was an 8yr-old trotter who had not won a race for three seasons when Viv took over his training. Newsvale, Wedding Sun, Jolter’s Gold and La Hood were others he raced. Wedding Pride won a race for Viv at Wyndham in 2005 when trained by his grandson, Darryn Simpson whom he helped become established as a trainer at Mosgiel. Darryn is now president of the Otago Trainers and Owners Association. Viv is survived by his wife of the past 21 years, Junko. His first wife, Ivy died at the age of 45.    His funeral will be held at St Patrick’s Basilica, South Dunedin at 1 p.m. on Friday (25/11/216).   Tayler Strong

Matt Brinsdon could take a bow for his conditioning skills after Captain Dolmio won the Selwyn Paul Memorial Tuapeka Cup at Forbury Park on Sunday although it was the slowest edition of the race for 21 years. The conditioning element was that Captain Dolmio won easily in his first race for five months. Brinsdon was training Captain Dolmio in person at Gore until a fortnight ago when he was injured in a training mishap. He then sent the gelding to John Dunn at Woodend Beach. Brinsdon had give Captain Dolmio three workouts and Dunn gave him another . “A horse bolted on me and I ended up in a ditch with two broken ribs so John took over. I felt he(Captain Dolmio) was ready as he had run  his last half (800m) in  54.5 in the Winton workout,’’ said Brinsdon, who races Captain Dolmio with five other persons. “It worked out well getting it easy in front today.” Captain Dolmio, driven by Dunn, set a leisurely pace and dashed clear in the closing stages after sprinting his last 800m in 55.8 and closing 400  in 26.4.  He won by three and three quarter lengths in an overall time of 4.13, the slowest since Nero’s Charger won in 4.13.1 in 1995. Captain Dolmio returned to Woodend Beach after his win. It had been  the plan for Captain Dolmio to transfer to the Dunn stable after the Tuapeka Cup. He is now assessed at C4 and there is a race to suit him at Addington on  New Zealand Cup day (November 8). The Grinfromeartoear gelding proved himself at Addington in April  when he won over 2600m (mobile) in a swift 3.07.7. The trainers of Golden Gate and The Big Boss are giving consideration to  racing at the Cup meeting after wins on Sunday. Golden Gate, owned and trained at Gore by John Ryan, overcame a 40m handicap to win the main trot over 3200m in 4.12.  She has been withdrawn from the Dominion Handicap but there  are other races for the 9yr-old mare who is assessed at C7. The Big Boss, trained at Invercargill by Ray Faithful, took his record to three wins from five starts when he won his first race since May. He sprinted  his last 800m in 56 after dawdling in front. “I will give him a couple of days off and see how he is and look at the programmes for the Cup meeting. The style of racing  at Addington should suit him,’’ said Faithful of the giant gelding. “He takes a 72 inch hopple when the normal is about 58 and I have to get them specially made.” Ken Scott, of Mataura who races The Big Boss with “Noddy” and Jane Orr, is keen to go to Addington. His last representative at a Cup meeting was Pumped Up in 2007. The 3-year-old filly Pembrook Ideal backed up from winning her first start  on Thursday when she led throughout 1700m (mobile) in a 1.56.7 mile rate, the last 800m in 56.9. She is above average. Another 3-year-old filly, Susies Desire won by three and a half lengths over 2700m (mobile) after leading for the last 1600m. She had finished second to Pembrook Ideal three days earlier. Susies Desire is trained by Graeme Anderson for Stephen Pulley, of Dunedin. Pulley was gifted the filly by a friend, John Crosbie, of Cheviot. Mr Crosbie, who has other standardbred interests, bought Susies Desire (by Real Desire) in embryo with her dam, Susie Darlin for $600 at an Auckland sale in 2013. Playboy’s Brother gave his Oamaru owner-trainer-breeder Colin McKay a change of fortunes in 24 hours with his win from a 30m handicap in a C0-1 trot.  Illustrious Queen, a half sister to Playboy’s Brother, died the previous evening from colic, leaving McKay without a broodmare from the family. “Last night I was not going to carry on with horses,” said McKay. Illustrious Queen was in  work aiming at grass track races. She won at Waikouaiti in February last year. Playboy’s Brother and Illustrious Queen are out of Illustrious Tricks, who won four races for McKay. He converted the Cam’s Trickster mare from pacing to trotting after being gifted her. She also left him the winners Final Secret and Gorilla Playboy.   Tayler Strong

Eamon Maguire, who was desperately unlucky when beaten at Gore last Sunday, is a standout in race 8 at the Tuapeka Harness Racing Club meeting at Forbury Park this Sunday.   Eamon Maguire had won his three previous starts, two of them at Forbury Park. Dexter Dunn is back  in the sulky of the Graeme Anderson-trained 3-year-old.   Eamon Maguire was checked and tangled after 300m at Gore, then  recovered to lead at the 1400m.   He left stride again at the 300m when a hopple carrier strap broke. He was not comfortable but rallied to run Bettor Ops to half a head.   Anderson and Dunn, who teamed to win the Tuapeka Cup last year with Titan Banner, have Sovereign Banner, a fine prospect for the race on Sunday.    Sovereign Banner was not disgraced when run down by Robyn’s Bad Boy in a mobile 2200m at Gore.   He has won five of his six starts. Sovereign Banner is unruly for his first standing start race.   Robyn’s Bad Boy had won his previous start from a stand and has to be respected.   Stunin Dude, who won the Kurow Cup at Oamaru in August, is in contention.   He was freshened by trainer Paul Court after finishing second to Arden’s Concord at Oamaru at his last start on September 11. He finished second  to Christopher Banner in a workout at Motukarara last Saturday. Stunin Dude has won at Forbury Park with Blair Orange his driver.   Captain Dolmio has not raced for five months but he has had four workouts in a fresh preparation, three in Southland and the most recent at Rangiora when a close third for John Dunn. A winner in a  1.56.1 mile rate for 2600m (mobile) at Addington in April, he could surprise.   Susies Desire confirmed a workout win in fast time when runner up to Pembrook Ideal  at Forbury Park on Thursday night.    The Big Boss, who won twice from four starts last season, is ready to  resume in race 9.  He ran second to Tas Man Bromac (nine wins) in a workout at Invercargill on October 15.     Tayler Strong  

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