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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

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)

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