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Former champion pacer and now star harness racing sire, Somebeachsomewhere, will not be shuttling down under this season.

The most contentious decision to come out of this year's Harness Racing Awards at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch this Saturday night (July 28) could be in the 3-year-old pacing fillies' division.

Tragedy has struck celebrated Cambridge trotter Paramount Geegee, the champion age-group harness racing performer was found dead in his paddock on Monday morning (May 28).

The career of one of harness racing's rising stars looks to be over, just as it was kicking into top gear. Tintin In America, renowned for his explosive sprint, has not raced all season after suffering a serious hind leg injury.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing in harness racing - just don't remind Kevin Marr. The long-time Black Sticks hockey team manager and horse breeder had to authorise putting down his star trotter Miami H last month after a nine-month battle to save him.

Prominent Canterbury harness racing breeder Brian West is shifting a large part of his operation to Australia in what looks an ominous sign for the New Zealand industry. Furthermore, one of the north's most promising horsewoman, Nicole Molander, is on board with the move as a trainer which will see her based at Menangle in Sydney.

Beau Rivage (6g Village Jasper-Glimmering) joined the elite company of New Zealand exports when running a sensational 1.49.8 in a $11.000 event at Balmoral Park, Illinois, on Saturday. The winner of seven races with Cran Dalgety was exported at Christmas time and joined the Monee stable of Charles Von Knoblauch from which he has won three races and a tick over $20,000 this year.

Christchurch-based journalist Frank Marrion is one of the most respected standardbred breeding knowledge bases in the world. His writings and knowledge are a common resource for commercial and hobby breeders in New Zealand and Australia.

Former age group star and Grand Circuit horse Stars And Stripes (12g New York Motoring-Star of Bethlehem) was the best performer of the week, winning two races in the space of five days.

Christchurch-based journalist Frank Marrion is one of the most respected standardbred breeding knowledge bases in the world. His writings and knowledge are a common resource for commercial and hobby breeders in New Zealand and Australia. As a result, and in response to the endless demand for his recommendations, the Hall Of Fame writer has started his own business - Standardbred Breeding Consultancy.

In what has become an interesting trend since the start of the season, two more junior drivers reined their first winners at the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Cambridge this evening, August 21.

Kamwood Warrior (5g Courage Under Fire-Kamwood Lass), who recently gave his sire his first 1.55 credit, was an impressive winner at Harrington, Delaware, last Monday.

Junior driver Brady Jones, indentured to Michelle Wallis at Waiuku, drove his first winner when guiding the Wallis-trained Allclout to victory in the junior drivers event at the Franklin Trotting Club's meeting at Alexandra Park this evening.

Catalogues for the now annual Ready To Run Sale for two-year-olds have arrived in buyers mailboxes this week and, after two withdrawals, there are 101 horses up for sale representing 28 sires.

Another New Zealand harness racing season has been run and won, with the case-closing awards dinner being held in Auckland on Saturday night.

Unbeaten entire Auckland Reactor scooped every award he was eligible for at the annual Harness Racing New Zealand Awards dinner at Alexandra Park in Greenlane, Auckland, this evening.

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