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Harness racing in Otago is under a cloud, with rumors circulating around the possibility Forbury Park may have lost all or a number of racing meetings when a new draft racing calendar is released within the next week. The Covid-19 pandemic has already seen Forbury lose it's winter meetings and leaks from RITA suggest it is about to lose most of the racing dates that were pencilled in for the new season. Several industry participants Harnesslink spoke to all said that nothing was set in concrete on the dates yet and the leaked information was just a draft of a draft. There was still a chance Forbury would retain meetings, with talks being held today to finalise details.  Drastic cost cutting by RITA to slash 30% of it's workforce, has already seen most of the TAB trackside team decimated with no on course presenters to be at race meetings in the near future. Craig Thompson (The Whale) and Michael Guerin, well known drivers of turnover for harness racing have been let go with a number of commentators now also out of a job.   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Early starts and late finishes paid off for Invercargill trainer-driver Tim Robertson when Miss Jessica won at Forbury Park on Wednesday night. The 4yr-old registered her sire Master Glide’s first victory in New Zealand when producing a tough maiden victory over 2200m. Sitting parked throughout and getting in to a three-way battle for the lead for much of the race’s last lap proved no obstacle for Miss Jessica, who produced a gritty win at massive $48 odds. The victory helped to put a spring in Robertson’s step on Thursday morning. The horseman had a 4.30am start on Wednesday before his win and had to be up again at the same time after travelling back to Invercargill from Dunedin after the Forbury Park meeting. Robertson juggles work as both a truck driver and a chef with working his team of seven horses. Victories like Wednesday night’s made all that work worth it, Robertson said. “I am a chef at night, doing a couple of nights, but mostly I am a truck driver in the mornings.” “I was up at 4.30am this morning trying to get all the jobs done so we could get to the races.” “This makes it worth it - especially because I have had her since she was a baby.” Robertson leased Miss Jessica when she was a yearling. The mare’s career hung in the balance after she had a float mishap on the way to qualify at Forbury Park, earlier this year. Robertson spelled the mare and worked her back up to full fitness and she has not looked back. Miss Jessica hinted she was capable of a winning performance in her debut at Ascot Park behind Dream Of Pat, earlier this month. The 4yr-old galloped early, before making up good ground to run fifth. Robertson said adjustments to the horse’s tongue tie were key to her improving on her debut on Wednesday night. “She is quite a heavy breather, so just getting her used to the tongue tie did the trick, really.” Miss Jessica qualified on grass at Balfour earlier this month and Robertson plans to try her on grass again at next month’s Cromwell meeting. Miss Jessica is from the first of Master Glide’s five New Zealand crops. The Yankee Glide stallion has left an Australian winner from his first book in New Zealand in Doug, the winner of five of his 15 starts in Victoria.   Master Glide, who has left 52 live foals in New Zealand, stands at Wai Eyre Farm for a fee of $2500.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Southland trainer Nathan Williamson will be out to continue his stable’s incredible form when he starts two runners at Forbury Park tonight. Williamson has made a brilliant start to the racing season, producing 10 wins and 11 placings from 31 starts from his barn. That strike rate is better than what the all-conquering All Stars stable have produced this term. Williamson was quick to deflect praise for his stunning stats and modestly puts the brilliant numbers down to the quality of his horses. “I am pretty happy with it – we have just got some nice horses,” he said. 4yr-old trotter Hawaiian Hula, who starts in race 8 at Forbury Park tonight, added one of Williamson’s 10 wins in her last start at Ascot Park. She steps out of maiden grade to race more competitive trotters, including recent Oamaru winner Da Moons Mission, in tonight’s 2700m contest for junior drivers. Williamson thinks this mare is capable of handling the move up in grade. “I think a wee bit of her, she is a pretty talented sort of mare.” “She has had a few niggles and she is hard to keep right, but I think she has got a bit of a future.” Williamson set a slow pace before letting Hawaiian Hula show off her speed when running to a five length victory in her second start. The trotter debuted at Forbury Park prior to that win, producing a solid, but unspectacular second placing behind Orlando Magic. Williamson said the mare will return to the track a better prospect tonight. “I just wasn’t that happy with her run at Forbury last time, even though she ran second. “But, she has really come on since then.” Tonight’s junior driver’s attempt could be a battle between trotters out to further reward their patient owners. Hawaiian Hula’s connections have had to wait until the middle stages of her 4yr-old term for their first win after the mare suffered setbacks at 2 and 3yrs-old. “I had her up and going as a 2yr-old and I was considering taking her to the Australasian Breeders Crown, but she kept growing and she lightened in her condition so I decided to turn her out,” Williamson said.  “She came back as a 3yr-old and trialled really nicely with Get Lucky and I was really happy with her.” “But she was a bit scratchy after that and she ended up getting bone chips taken out of her knees.” Stable junior driver Chelsea Faithful takes the reins behind Hawaiian Hula tonight as she attempts to continue make up for lost time with a second win. Westwood Beach trotter Da Moons Mission goes in to the race in a similar position. The owners of squaregaiter have also had to wait until the same stage of their 4yr-old’s season for him to step out and win. Da Moons Mission did it in style, with an impressive late closing win at Oamaru last weekend. Trainer Graeme Anderson told the Otago Daily Times after the winthat Da Moons Mission’s had the potential to owners reward his owners with more victories. Canterbury junior driver Mark Hurrell will be out to help him do that in tonight’s event. Hawaian Hula and Da Moons Mission look two of the biggest winning chances in race 8, but they do not have the race completely to themselves. Both Clyde and Lisa Marie P bring consistent form to the event. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Progressive Forbury Park pacer Parama will return a bigger and stronger prospect when he steps out on his home track on Thursday night.  The Darryn Simpson trained pacer will have his first start as a 4yr-old after creating a good impression when winning three of his five starts last season. Simpson and his major owner, Garry Clarke, decided to give the horse a decent break to allow him to strengthen following his last start win at Forbury Park in May. That decision looks to have paid off judging by the way Parama is preparing for his return.  “He strengthened up big time, he has done really well,” Simpson said. Parama gives away a race fitness edge to most of his opponents in race 3, who have had the benefit of several recent starts.  A lack of trials and workouts in Otago recently means the 4yr-old has not been able to make any public appearances ahead of his race return. Despite that, Simpson is confident his horse is fit enough to be competitive tonight. “He has had a decent break and is going in fresh, but I am pretty happy with his work.” “The way he worked earlier this week — he should be thereabouts.” “He will be improving from the run, but I still think he will be up there.” Junior driver Ellie Barron will take the reins behind Parama in the hope he could score a penalty free win in Thursday night’s 2200m mobile. Simpson expects the junior driver to work his 4yr-old in to the race from his wide barrier 8 draw. “I am picking he will be able to make his own luck, even though he is first up.” Simpson hopes to target some of Otago and Southland’s country cup races after Parama gets his campaign underway on Thursday.  “The country cups were always going to be the option, the standing starts should be right up his alley” Simpson said. “We missed cup week because we decided to leave him out that wee bit longer so we could bring him up just a little bit slower.” Simpson and Clarke will also start Nikasa in race 5 on Thursday night.  The 3yr-old put in a respectable effort when running sixth in her first start at Wyndham earlier this month. Nikasa did plenty of mid race work behind the smart winner, Stylish Memphis. Despite the strong showing in a highly talented line up, Simpson was disappointed with his filly. “I was half disappointed with her because I do think a bit of her,” the trainer said. “I came home and took some blood tests and she just wasn’t 100%, but she seems to have bounced back now.” Nikasa will go in to her 2200m mobile for driver Brent Barclay without starting for over two weeks.  The filly’s recent work alongside Parama has her trainer confident Nikasa is fit and ready to race.  “She worked with Parama earlier this week and I am more than happy with her,” Simpson said. Simpson and Clarke have a two-pronged attack on race 6 with Mack Sheer and Makara. Both would be eachway chances if they brought their A games to the 2200m mobile. “Makara can run a bit, but he is very green,” Simpson said. “He has a massive motor, but it is going to take him a wee while to click.” “Mack Sheer went a good race first up, but has been disappointing since then.” “I have done a few wee different things with him since then and freshened him up, so I have been pretty happy with him.”  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Canterbury trainer Stephen Boyd and leading reinsman Blair Orange are set to rock Saturday’s Forbury Park meeting. They will combine with three runners, with each looking to have strong winning claims. Walk All Over You is the first of two runner Boyd and Orange will combine with that are named after songs by the rock band AC/DC. Walk All Over You comes in to race 2 after fading out of his debut at Addington, last week. The 4yr-old has drawn barrier two on the second row and is set to follow out an outsider in Carter. What kind of a run through that horse allows Walk All Over You could have a big effect on whether he will be faced with a tough trip again, Boyd said. “He goes alright, he will need a bit of luck and it will depend on where he gets to from that second row draw.” Walk All Over opened the $5 second equal favourite with rival Tuapeka Jesse. The pair will clash $2.10 early favourite, Bono Brown. The Graeme Anderson starts for the second time this campaign following his strong resuming run for third, behind Hands Up Jack at Forbury Park earlier this month. Boyd will start another horse named after a song by Australia’s biggest selling band when Whole Lotta Rosie starts in race 3. The 3yr-old goes in to the 2200m standing start after winning a qualifying trial in sedate time at Ashburton. Boyd said he was happy with that effort and that Whole Lotta Rosie had the scope to produce a more impressive effort in her race debut. “She is a nice wee filly, she will improve a lot because she has only been off the place twice.” “She didn’t qualify in a flash time, but she did it well.” “She goes nice, she is a typical wee Bettor’s Delight, she does everything right.” “She is in with a right, royal show to be fair.” Whole Lotta Rosie opened the $4 favourite for race 3. Bookmakers rated both Cotton Socks and Dynamite on the second line of betting at $4.60. Virginia Cool brings a patchy formline in to race 4 for Boyd and Orange. The trainer is hopeful the 4yr-old can turn her fortunes around on Saturday from barrier 6. “She is going well enough, but she hasn’t had much luck to be fair.” “She has and awkward enough draw, but I would expect her to go pretty well.” Virginia Cool opened at red hot $1.75 win odds with bookmakers. Oamaru trotter Springbank Lachie will start for the first time since May in race 6, Saturday’s feature trot. The Phil Williamson trained 5yr-old trialled at Ashburton last week, running second to Overzealous, to prepare him for his return. Springbank Lachie opened the $3 favourite for race 6 ahead of Sea Rover, who was at $3.20. Sea Rover will have his first start for Waikouaiti trainer Amber Hoffman today. The 7yr-old, who has not started since March, won a trial at Oamaru earlier this week. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Eastern Southland pacer Robyns Playboy showed off his sizzling speed and versatility to hold out Cast No Shadow in an exciting finish to the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury Park on Sunday.  The quinella-makers launched big runs from the rear at the 800m before breaking away from their rivals and going head-to-head in an epic dual over the last 400m of the 2700m feature. Cast No Shadow loomed up to Robyns Playboy in the straight, but the southerner would not be denied as he went on to score an impressive win for trainers Ross and Chris Wilson, and driver Craig Ferguson. Good beginnings and positive driving have enabled the 4yr-old to land on the speed in most of his recent runs. The Wilson stable went into yesterday's race with a different tactics, preferring their pacer to sit off the speed in the 10-horse field. A fast first lap set up by the leader, Chiller Bay, allowed Ferguson to do exactly that, before Robyns Playboy zoomed around the field to win. "We wanted to drive him with a sit today," Ross Wilson said. "He has got a lot of speed." "Last week [at Ascot Park] he wouldn't take the passing lane, because he is still learning." "This week Chris was driving him in work at Gore and he took him up the inside where it was quite wet and he still ran a 26sec-quarter [400m]." Robyns Playboy was nominated for the New Zealand Cup, but was withdrawn after his seventh in last month's Hannon Memorial at Oamaru. The Wilsons will freshen the Shadow Play pacer, rather than aim him at other races at the New Zealand Cup carnival such as the junior free-for-all. "I think we will give him a break. He has had a few hard runs now," Ross Wilson said. "We will get him ready for the Central Otago Cup. There are plenty of good races coming up.  "He could even have a go at the Gore Cup before then." Robyns Playboy held out Cast No Shadow by a length and a-quarter at the line. Bettathanfast went a sound race for third, a further three and a-half lengths away, after sitting parked throughout. Another highly exciting last 400m played out when Stun Gun launched an attack from the rear of the field on the leader in race 5, Spirit Of St Louis. The pair went head-to-head before the home turn after Stun Gun sprinted quickly to put his nose in front at the 400m. Spirit Of St Louis regained the lead in the straight before shaking off Stun Gun's challenge. The 3yr-old went on to win by a length and a-quarter from Deus Ex, who also rallied to hold out Stun Gun. Spirit Of St Louis ran a sensational closing split, clocking his last 800m in 56.3sec and final 400m in 26.9sec. His Westwood Beach trainer, Graeme Anderson, said he would freshen Spirit Of St Louis before making any plans for the horse's next start. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Eastern Southland pacer Sagwitch will return to his happy place to contest Sunday's Tuapeka Cup. The Syd Breen-trained 6yr-old returns to racing in the 2700m feature at Forbury Park after a mild ailment ended any chance of him heading towards the New Zealand Cup. Sagwitch was among several southerners rushed off their feet in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru on September 22 when Spankem ran a blistering 53.3sec last 800m to win. Sagwitch picked up a minor bug in the days after the Hannon and has not raced since. "He just got a bit crook after he went to the Hannon," Breen said. "I was quite happy with him in the Hannon after he missed away and lost a bit of ground. But afterwards, he went a bit off-colour, so we eased up on him and gave a freshen-up. "He is brightening up now and I am quite happy with him." Sagwitch will attempt to resurrect his season and endorse his claim as a country cups specialist on Sunday.  The Lis Mara pacer will attempt to add the Tuapeka Cup to his Winton Businesses Cup, Wyndham Cup and Northern Southland Summer Cup titles from last season. And he will do it at a track where he often races well. Sagwitch has won three times and placed once in eight starts at Forbury Park. He has not been to trials or workouts since his Hannon run but Breen is confident his horse can go a good race. "He can get a bit fired up at the workouts and I have been trying to stick to stands [standing starts] with him. "It is not an overly strong field, so I am hoping he can step away and make one run at them. "If he steps, they will know he is there." Robyns Playboy looks the horse to beat in the feature following his strong effort in last weekend's Riverton Cup. The Ross and Chris Wilson-trained 4yr-old fought on for third after working around the field in a quickly run race won by Paddyproudfoot. Robyns Playboy and Sagwitch share the 20m back mark, 10m behind Cast No Shadow. Cast No Shadow resumed with a dominant win after free-falling down in grade in his first run for the season at Methven. The race should hold no fears for the Paul Court-trained pacer who spent the tail end of last season racing the country's best 3yr-olds. Bettathanfast and Swamp Major look two of the best chances off the front mark in the Tuapeka Cup. Trainer Cran Dalgety will be aim for back-to-back cups after producing the ill-fated Pat's Delight for a sensational win in the race last year. He and training partner Nathan Purdon start Bettathanfast, who must improve on his manners after botching the beginning of his last start at Addington. The injury plagued but talented Swamp Major gets a prime opportunity to turn around his form. Westwood Beach pacer Spirit Of St Louis will attempt a repeat of his impressive last-start win at Forbury Park nine days ago. The 3yr-old bolted in, beating Tuapeka Cup contender Triroyale Brigade, in what was his first start for over six weeks. Spirit Of St Louis should strip fitter for that run and should be very hard to beat. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Canterbury mare Sweet Mary gets the chance to start her season in style when she free- falls down the grades at Forbury Park on Thursday night. Just two starts ago, the Brad Mowbray-trained pacer was mixing it in group 1 company at the Harness Jewels, where she ran a creditable fifth behind Elle Mac. Sweet Mary will not have to face nearly as daunting a task when she resumes in rating 53-70 company over 2200m. ''From a class perspective, from some of the races she was in last season, it is a drop in class for her,'' Mowbray said. While Sweet Mary will not give away a class edge to her rivals, she does lack a race fitness advantage, as all but two of her rivals have had the benefit of recent racing. In contrast, Sweet Mary has just had one public appearance to ready her for her resumption. But it was a good one. She won a recent 2400m mobile trial at Ashburton in 3:01.9, reeling off a slick 55.5sec last 800m. Mowbray feels that effort signalled his mare is ready to make an impact at the races. ''It was a smart overall time as well, as much as she ran smart sectionals. ''She is a naturally fit horse, she is not one to take too long to come back to her best - she doesn't carry much extra weight. ''So, we have obviously thought she is ready to hit the race track.'' Sixteen-win veteran Aveross Rustler looks one of Sweet Mary's main rivals. The 11yr-old comes into tonight's race following a fair effort at Oamaru, after taking on a strong intermediate field at Addington. The Wayne Low-trained pacer won in his prior start at Forbury Park from the same outside of the front row draw he starts from on Thursday night. Rollova also looks a strong chance in race 5. The David and Catherine Butt-trained pacer went to the line untested at Methven on Sunday after being denied racing room in the straight. The 4yr-old was an easy winner of his prior start at Motukarara. The Mowbray stable have two more runners entered at Forbury Park tonight in Wandering Star and Refine. Wandering Star also resumes after impressing at the Ashburton trials recently. The 8yr-old was just a length behind Zsa Zoe, who trotted her last 400m in 27.3sec to win a 2400m hit out. That signals the horse is ready to turn around his form in his first start for the Mowbray stable. ''I don't think he would be 100% fool-proof, but if he put his best foot forward I am pretty sure he wouldn't be out of it. He is a very good beginner, too.'' Wandering Star's standing-start prowess should help him overcome his 30m handicap when he takes on a largely out of form line-up of trotters over 2700m in race 1. Refine looks a solid place chance against rating 45-52 pacers in race 6. The 4yr-old goes in to the 2200m mobile event after running third behind Highland Reign at Motukarara. ''She boomed home at Motukarara, she had a couple of days off after that and we have just worked her back up and she looks a million dollars.'' Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Exciting 3-year-old Spirit Of St Louis faces a stern test early in his career at Forbury Park on Sunday.  The Graeme Anderson trained pacer impressed when beating a field of up and comers when debuting at Gore last weekend. His front running effort got a big tick of approval from his driver, Matthew Williamson. “It was very impressive,” the reinsman said.  “His run was super and he rattled off a really nice [last 800m] and he showed good gate speed, too.” Spirit Of St Louis looked slightly vulnerable at early in the run home, before he found another gear and dashed away from his opposition to score. Williamson said it was a case of the horse bringing a very laid back attitude to the track. “He is just quite laid back is what I would say.” “That is why his trials have just looked ok and then he sharpened up on race day when he was asked for it.” “I would say with a few more starts he will sharpen up even more.” Spirit Of St Louis faces an almighty leap in race conditions in his second career start on Sunday.  The inexperienced pacer will square off with rugged veterans Aveross Rustler and Four Starzz Shiraz, as well as new season performer Arden Roanake. Though he concedes a lot of experience to his rivals, Spirit Of St Louis will have a draw advantage over his main rivals when he starts from barrier 3. Williamson hopes that good draw and the 3-year-old’s class can help him beat out his more seasoned rivals. “Because he has got a bit of class he can probably still win it,” the reinsman said.  “With the draw of course -  which is the only thing in his favour – if he gets his own way or a couple of cheap sectionals they won’t make any ground from behind him if he rattles off a 56sec [final 800m] again.” Aveross Rustler looks the best placed of Spirit Of St Louis’ main rivals to land near the speed from barrier 7. Four Starzz Shirazz starts from the outside of the front line in barrier 8 and Arden Roanoake will start from the inside of the second row in barrier 9. The Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon trained Arden Roanoake will give Spirit Of St Louis plenty of competition, and driver Matt Anderson can work the 4-year-old in to clear running. The pacer is shooting for a hat-trick of wins following his brilliant last to first victory at Oamaru, last weekend. Williamson also drives With The Stars in race 3 for the Anderson stable. The reinsman rated Hannity in race 7 alongside Spirit Of St Louis in race 9 as one of his best drives at Forbury Park on Sunday. The Colin Harrison trained pacer gets in to the race well as a rating 55 horse competing against horses rated between 40 and 55. “The start will be the only thing with him, he has been a good beginner, but he missed away last start.,” Williamson said. “If he got away on terms, to be honest I would be disappointed if he got beaten in that field.” “He has dropped back a long way in grade.” Williamson also drives Huckabee, who he described as a place chance in race 4 for the Harrison stable.   The Oamaru driver also combines with Cuddly Trouble in race 1, Maldito in race 2 and Solsbury Hill in race 8. Williamson rated Cuddly Trouble, who starts from a 30m handicap, the best of chance among that trio. “If she could step away and make up that 30m I definitely think she is an each-way chance,” he said.   Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week but harness racing is on the cusp of ramping up in the next month with grass track racing just around the corner. The Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropoliton Trotting Club hold their Canterbury Breeders and Owners racenight at Addington on Friday night. Forbury host their Spring has sprung day meeting at on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Geoff Knight who thought Jacks N Jazz would be hard to beat last Sunday at Gore. Jacks N Jazz did win and paid $8.30 and $2.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Harnesslink Reporter - says Crackared can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks that Ardens Voyager would be a good winning chance at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Jo's Dream at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best chance would be Paravani at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Gran Chico as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Dream About Me would be a good chance at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Saying Grace at Addington in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that Stellar Success would be a place chance at Addington in Race 8 Racechat - Lance thinks that Lovey Dovey Moment is a winning chance at Addingont also in Race 8   Forbury on Sunday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Majestic De Fence at Forbury in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Thisladyrocks as his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Itz Major Look as his best chance this week at at Forbury in Race 4 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz might be his best chance again this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Fun In The Dark can go close to winning Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance would be Scarlett Lane at Forbury in Race 9 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Two Ply as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Four harness racing meetings are programmed in again this week and with a few of our regular trainers and drivers away on holiday the ringaround list may end up being smaller than usual  for the next few weeks. The Forbury Park Trotting Club start proceedings tonight hosting two heats of the Junior Drivers Championship. Addington and Alexandra Park host meetings tomorrow night, then the weekend harness racing heads to Ashburton on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to one of our our Harnesslink reporters who thought Jack Pack would win at Rangiora on Sunday. Jack Pack did win and paid $3.60 and $1.70 on the tote.  The TAB are running $50,000 terminating pick six Jackpots every Thursday and Friday for the month of July.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Bush Man might be his best drive this week in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance might be Grey Power at Forbury in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff says Armstrong would be his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 5 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Loma Jaccka would be his best drive this week in Race 8   Alexandra Park on Friday night Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week would be Cyclone Banner at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Scott Phelan - Scott is going for In The Shadows as his best drive this week at Alexandra Park in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks his best chance would be Forever Pearl this week at Auckland in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that M'Lord Mackendon can go close to winning Race 6 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for The Hulk as his best chance at Alexandra Park also in Race 6 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Beg For Chevron at Auckland in Race 10   Addington on Friday night John Morrison - John is going for Ruthless Kayla as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week could be The Dominator also in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Kingslayer as his best drive at Ashburton in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Miss Pinocchio as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 9   Ashburton on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Majestic Moment would be a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - says Fynn Frost would be a good chance at Ashburton in Race 4 Racechat - Lance thinks that Trailer Park Girl is a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

The equation is getting pretty simple for Blair Orange. With his first national driver’s premiership already secured Orange needs nine wins in eight meetings to break Dexter Dunn’s New Zealand record 229 victories in a season.  A win a meeting and Orange shares the record, one better than that and the record is his. “I suppose it sounds simple but obviously fields are getting smaller and it is just a matter of getting on the right horses,” says Orange.  “It is in the back of my mind of course because I have got this close but what will be will be. “I’ll just take it one meeting at a time and if I can have a meeting where I win two or three that will take some pressure off.” That could even come at Forbury Park tonight, where while Orange only has six drives because two of the races are for junior drivers in the NZ champs, he has several winning hopes. “A lot of these horse are the same ones racing each other every week and I have a few who can definitely win,” says Orange. He rates Jamies Bad Boy in race seven his best hope with a good draw and some consistent recent form. “And the way Dusky Eyre (race three) won last week he has to be a good chance too.” Madaboy (race one) and Armstrong (race five) are also rated winning hopes while Evangeline Franco at least has some winning form going into the last race. A victory or two tonight could take Orange a fair way toward the record this weekend as he races at Addington tomorrow and Ashburton on Sunday. But he has stopped short of calling in any favours in the record chase. His former boss Mark Purdon has Shez All Rock all but guaranteed a win in a non-tote Breeders Crown heat tomorrow night and Orange could have easily picked up the phone and asked to take the champion filly for a spin as payback for years of service to the All Stars. “But I wouldn’t do that. If I am going to get the record I wouldn’t want to do it that way,” he says.  “I’d like to keep going the way I have been going and obviously getting on the best horses I can but not like that.   “And I am pretty sure Mark will be keen to drive her anyway,” he laughs.   Michael Guerin

Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Addington (TS1) Sunday Cambridge (TS1) Timaru (TS1)   Forbury Park – Thursday 28 June Forbury Park Racing Club welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Friday 29 July Hello Everyone, We are back racing this Friday!  Be sure to pop along to the races and enjoy our fabulous goodies in Spectators.  Race 1 is 5.17pm. HOT OFF THE PRESS!  We are delighted to announce our new on-line catering business called Addington Pantry Online Catering has gone live this week.  Addington Pantry is here to help and create #fabulouscateringmadeeasy.  If it is a morning or afternoon tea shout, lunch time meeting or even if you would like to send someone a thank you, Addington Pantry Online Catering can deliver tasty food straight to your door!  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   http://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/.   For further details please call 338 9094.  BE IN QUICK, OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE SELLING FAST.  TERROR TO LOVE LOUNGE IS ALREADY SOLD OUT!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. STARTING NEXT WEEK FOR THE MONTH OF JULY - MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. KICKING OFF FRIDAY 13 JULY  - $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  (13, 20 & 27 JULY)! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. BE IN TO WIN AMAZING PRIZES, INCLUDING A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY;  http://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!  HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/070532pg.htm July 5 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/071332pg.htm July 13 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072032pg.htm July 20 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072732pg.htm July 27 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Auckland – Friday 29 June Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/ Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00 https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness – Sunday 1 July At Cambridge Raceway, first race at 12.22pm.   Timaru Harness Racing Club - Sunday 1 July  An eight race card starting at 12.07pm    Ashburton Farming Family Day at the races – July 15 With recent events relating to M Bovis and stress on farmers locally some motivated individuals in conjunction with Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers have put together a Farming Family Day at the Races on July 15 at the Ashburton Trotting Club meeting.  With the idea of a ‘Get off the farm day’ mid-winter to lift the spirits of rural families in what has become a challenging climate in recent times. The Ashburton Trotting Club are excited to be able to host this event in support of rural families. We will be providing food, refreshments, losing tote spot prizes, children’s entertainment and we also hope to have some accommodation packages to give away on the day with the focus on a positive day out for farmers. Anybody with a rural address and involved with the primary industry in Canterbury is welcome to come along for the day and enjoy some mid-winter relief, an exciting day of harness racing and entertainment.  A chance to meet the top Harness drivers in New Zealand and many other sporting celebrities while enjoying the family atmosphere and betting a dollar or two. Also a chance for a rural fashion in the field competition so put on your best chaff sack and gumboots or tweed suit and hat for the men and for the ladies the options are limitless. Please register your interest via the Facebook page/event “Farming Families Day at the Races” to insure we get the catering and refreshment requirements correct. The first race will be approximately 11.30 am and the day will finish around 5pm with entry free.    Kurow Harness Racing Club – 19 August We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ

Four meetings are programmed in again this week, starting with the Forbury Park meeting in Dunedin tonight. Marlborough hold the first of a two day meeting tomorrow in Blenhiem and Auckland race tomorrow night. The weekend harness racing heads back to Marlborough for their second day on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Rory Mcllwrick who thought Machie Mach would go close to winning at Forbury last Friday night. Machie Mach did win and paid $9.20 and $2.30 on the tote.  The TAB have again injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Majestic Rose might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best drive this week might be Beaudine Gambler at Forbury in Race 5 John Morrison - John says that Neverneverland would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Born To Boogie would be his best drive this week in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says that Glens Of Tekoa would be his best drive this week also in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10 Geoff Knight - Geoff also thought Machie Mach  would be a good chance at Forbury in Race 10   Marlborough on Friday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that his best drive this week is Shamrock Bromac at Marlborough in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Nandolo would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Unico Legend as his best drive this week at Marlborough in Race 8 John Curtin - John thinks Wrangler would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 9   Alexandra Park on Friday night Scott Phelan - Scott is going for Realmein as his best drive at Alexandra Park on Friday night in Race 1 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive would probably be Trinity Bromac in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks that Whale Rider is a good chance this week at Auckland also in Race 2 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Lacey's Lad can go close to winning in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Forever Pearl would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 7 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Commando One as his best drive this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Forbury Park - Thursday 21 June  Forbury Park welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Marlborough - Friday 22 and Sunday 24 June  BACK TO BLENHEIM Good news, with the coast road now open 24/7 we are back racing at Waterlea for our upcoming two day winter meeting after last year holding one day at Addington ALL WEATHER TRACK RESURFACE Thank you to Trainers and Drivers who provided constructive feedback after our 2017 summer meeting regarding improvements needed to the track surface. We are pleased to advise that in March this year a total track resurface project was completed with the assistance of John Denton. Surplus material was removed from inside the pylon line to improve drainage, plus all of the old track surface material has been removed.  Approx 500 ton of washed crusher dust was spread on the track, this has provided consistent footing and a superior racing surface. TRAINERS VOUCHERS BACK FOR WINTER MEETING Kindly sponsored by The Grove Tavern the winning trainer of each race over our two day winter meeting will receive a $50 Grove Tavern voucher   Auckland Trotting Club - Friday 22 June  Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/   Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00 https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone, $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  FRIDAY 13, 20 & 27 JULY! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES IS BACK FOR ALL JULY RACE MEETINGS!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. BE IN TO WIN …. LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. Dust off your heels, Ladies’ Night is back.  Bookings are essential due to such a great night out, PLUS BE IN TO WIN A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY;  http://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE NOW ON SALE!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/062932pg.htm June 29 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/070532pg.htm July 5 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/071332pg.htm July 13 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072032pg.htm July 20 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Win with the Kurow Harness Racing Club - 19 August  We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

This week’s Trackside listings (please note these are subject to change) Wednesday 7.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) The Harness Jewels are nearly here! Catch Greg O'Connor, Michael Guerin + Matthew Cross & Craig 'The Whale' Thompson live from Cambridge as they preview all 9 G1 races #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Cambridge (TS2) Sunday Ashburton (TS1)   Forbury Park  – Thursday 31 May We have our Claimers Series starting on Thursday, and our Bistro will be open from 4pm, serving a great range of delicious meals!   Auckland – Friday 1 June Bus to the Jewels in Cambridge Saturday 2nd June Two buses leaving from Alexandra Park at approx.  8.30am. Tickets: $45 return $75 for Bus and entry to the Jewels. One bus will have a Bombay pickup and drop off. Please contact Regan on 631 1163 Wish For Fish Fundraiser - Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!   Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/ Mid-Winter Christmas Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Harness Jewels – Saturday 2 June Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 27th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU. LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions. For last minute tickets and information please visit www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz   Ashburton – Sunday 3 June At Ashburton Raceway. Entry is free.    Invercargill – Monday 4 June BLUFF RACE DAY - QUEENS BIRTHDAY MONDAY  The very popular Bluff Race Day is on again on Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday Monday). The Invercargill Harness Racing Club will host the race day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the first race scheduled for 11.15am. The feature race is the South Port NZ Ltd Bluff Cup with other races on the day supported by Awarua Synergy, Southern Ocean Safety, Grinaldi Lodge, KB & Associates, the Northern Southland Trotting Club, Barnes Oysters, Southland Farm Services Ltd and Hyde Landscaping while the Terry Dixon Memorial Race will also be held.  This day has become a popular fixture on the calendar since its inception in 2014. Admission to the course is free! There will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6 while a draw of losing tote tickets after Race 6 will win one punter a Level One Restaurant & Bar Meal Voucher worth $50.   Nelson Harness Racing Club – June 8 and 10 BIG NEWS OUT OF NELSON - we have increased stakes from what they were in Winter 2017.  The stake for the Winter Cup is now $14,000 and the Handicap Trot has increased to $9000.  The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 8 and Sunday June 10. The start time for Race One on Friday is 11.35 am and the start time for Race One on Sunday is also 11.35 am. There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room. The weather forecast is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson hospitality. FOOD & BEVERAGES Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff.  A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls. BBQ & BREAKFASTS The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 7th June at the OTB rooms from 5 -7pm.  The club is putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins. Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms. PUNTERS COMPETITION $1000 - WINNER TAKES ALL We are holding a punters competition on Sunday 10th June in the Waimea Lounge.  Cost of entry is the betting money $350 ($50 per race).  Teams can be made up of 1 to 4 people.  The competition will be run over races 3 to 9.  The prize is $1000 and of course the money you have made betting.  For more information and how to register contact the club. (Note- We require a minimum of 20 teams to run this competition). STAKE INCREASE      As mentioned above, stakes have increased for this race meeting.  We couldn't do this without the continued support of all our sponsors.   Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. So bring your R60 plus pacer to Nelson and race for $24000 in stake money! Winning connections will be presented with a trophy and are invited to celebrate their success in the president’s room. MIKE AUSTIN MEMORIAL TROT This year we will be the inaugural running “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad. Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance, previously the second day the race was run over 3000m.  The club spoke to a number of different trainers and drivers about a possible change and the majority decision was to try the shorter distance. PICK PINK We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks. THE NELSON HRC RACE PROGRAMME For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Raceday Secretary) on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912.  For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 0274118608.   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone Even though we have a couple of weeks without races, there is still a lot happening on the grounds of Addington. There is definitely something for everyone.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon. ADDINGTON’S MID-WINTER GREAT OFFICE SHOUT SATURDAY 7 JULY. The Starlets are more than just your standard “sing and stand” act. They are a show piece like you have never seen before.  So get your group together for a great night out and dance the night away!  Evening includes: Drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter or tabs can be arranged on the night), Themed gourmet buffet dinner, Live entertainment from The Starlets $57+GST per person or $566+ GST per table of 10!  CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS STARLETS ON YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlL1bhhdHjA.  Bookings essential, please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/ticket/mid-winter-great-office-shout/ LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 20 JULY. Our Ladies’ Night is still happening this year, it has just moved to a new date.  This year will be better than ever, so pencil the date into your calendar and start getting your group together.  All the details and bookings will be available soon. RACE MEETING DATE CHANGES We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 14 & 29 JUNE! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES – FRIDAY 29 JUNE & FRIDAY 27 JULY Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. HIGHLANDERS – FRIDAY 6 JULY 7.35PM. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. BECOME A MEMBER, OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL OFFER - 14 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 14 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS FROM SATURDY 26 MAY (5-star Race Meeting) Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/052632rs.htm MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!  WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/061432pg.htm  June 14 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

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