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By Jonny Turner Rakaia reinsman Gerard O'Reilly has been gifted a pleasant surprise for Monady's Ashburton Flying Stakes in the form of New Zealand Cup contender Cruz Bromac. The driver has watched much of the build-up to the New Zealand Cup from the sidelines, but that will change dramatically when the tapes fly for today's 2400m feature. O'Reilly will find himself driving a genuine New Zealand Cup hope in the race regarded as the most important leadup to the 3200m classic. "It was a bit of a surprise. I certainly wasn't expecting it," O'Reilly said of the call from Rolleston trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen to handle last year's New Zealand Free-For-All winner. "But it is great to be able to drive such a good horse." Cruz Bromac had arguably the biggest hard-luck story from last year's New Zealand Cup, won by Thefixer, in which he paced roughly and lost ground at a vital stage of the run home. The 8yr-old returns for a shot at this year's cup after spelling in Australia after his Interdominion campaign for the All Stars stable. The Falcon Seelster pacer has had two spring starts, winning a minor race at Kilmore before his fast-finishing third behind Bling It On in the Victoria Cup earlier this month. "I watched his run in the Victoria Cup and it was very good. He made up a lot of ground," O'Reilly said. "He was right up there with them over here last year and he is versatile. He can do work - he is no one-trick pony." Cruz Bromac is part of a powerful seven-strong team the All Stars stable has in Monday's feature race. New Zealand Cup favourite Spankem heads its attack. The 5yr-old will start off level marks with his rivals after running third behind Ultimate Sniper and Self Assured when giving them a head start in his last run at Addington. The exciting Self Assured should strip fitter for that run, as it was his first of the season. The All Stars stable has indicated that the seven-start sensation is unlikely to be put forward as a late nomination for the New Zealand Cup regardless of his effort at Ashburton.  Though Purdon and Rasmussen have not categorically ruled the idea out. Rasmussen will drive Thefixer in Monday's race, with Tony Herlihy taking the reins behind Ultimate Sniper. Thefixer gets the opportunity for more conditioning from today’s event, with hoof issues limiting him to just one start in his campaign to defend his New Zealand Cup title. Matthew Williamson takes the drive behind Another Masterpiece, who was fourth behind Ultimate Sniper in his only run for the season. The seven strong All Stars team clash with pacers from just three rival stables. They include A G's White Socks from the Greg and Nina Hope barn, the Mitchell Kerr trained Smokin By, and Australian raider Our Uncle Sam. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Simon Adlam is taking three good chances to Methven, but is doing so knowing that anything is possible both good and bad. The Mid Canterbury horseman will line up Meggy Mogs, Julia Lady and Motu Bettor Be Quick throughout the day at the 12-race meeting and with any lucky, there is every perceivable chance that he could be in line for a good day at the office. “They’ll all need things to go their way, but with a bit of luck, who knows?” he said. Motu Bettor Be Quick showed last weekend at Motukarara that there’s enough ability in the tank to warrant a maiden victory and everything is headed in the right direction. The Bettor’s Delight mare, who is owned by Adlam, Graeme Bishop and the Kwik Quad Syndicate, finished second behind Sounds Like A Gem seven days ago, running home strongly late. “She’s no star, but she should win a race I reckon.” Drawn on the second line, following out the horse drawn one, Motu Bettor Be Quick should be able to pick up a nice trip just off the speed and unleash when asked by Samantha Ottley. Ottley will also be on board Meggy Moggs who took no part at Motukarara last week when wiped out at the start. “She’d been building nicely through her trip to the West Coast and then that happened which wasn’t ideal.” Julia Lady is arguably the best of Adlam’s three chances based on her recent form. The four-year-old mare has finished second in two of her last three starts, including a bold second last weekend and coming onto the front line from behind the stand barrier will be a huge advantage to her chances in the final race of the day. “She’s racing great, she didn’t have a lot of luck early on in the campaign, but it putting it all together quite nicely now.” Gerard O’Reilly will drive Julia Lady. Tomorrow’s feature race, the Country Cups Final, is a small but select field. Motu Premier, from the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, is the leading contender off the 40 metre handicap but won’t get it all his own way with Johnny Eyre and Mighty Flying Major expecting to draw plenty of support. MATT MARKHAM – METHVEN SELECTIONS Race 1: Sea Rover, Jerry Garcia, Spurred By Success, Here We Are Race 2: Lucy Diamond, Sharknado, Rockon Styx, Fortune Tiller Race 3: Aoraki, Majestic Hurricane, Borntobeastar, BJ Lindenny Race 4: Sky City King, Chloe, I Am Yours, Dying To See You Race 5: My Cash, Mrs Browns Boys, Forgot To Remember, Leading The Way Race 6: Motu Bettor Be Quick, Bubble Gum, The Doorman, Real Obsession Race 7: Redwood Invasion, We’ll Meet Again, Magnafique, Glenis Marie Race 8: Clive, Unico Legend, One Big Fella, Errol Finn Race 9: Buckeye, Sounds Like A Gem, Idealagain, Novak Race 10: Motu Premier, Johnny Eyre, Mighty Flying Major, Karanga Red Fantasy Race 11: Young Stranger, Habibi Inta, Sundon’s Flyer, Momentous Race 12: Julia Lady, Midfrew Tarpediem, Little Bad John, Our Quinn Best Bet: Aoraki (Race 3) Value: Young Stranger (Race 11)

Geoff Dunn’s search for a new stable star lasted all of about two weeks. After bidding farewell to open class pacer, Tiger Tara, late last month the West Melton horseman could have been forgiven for feeling a little apprehensive about what the future might hold. Having enjoyed the pleasure of Tiger Tara’s success and also that of Venus Serena as well there was always that hesitancy that the next really good one might be a long time coming. “You never know,” Dunn said. “Replacing a horse like Tiger Tara is never going to be an easy task, but maybe we have found one.” The one, comes in the form of Cole Porter - a royally bred two-year-old who took out Saturday’s Sapling Stakes at Ashburton on debut in a the second fastest time in the race’s history. The Bettor’s Delight colt from outstanding racemare, De Lovely had too many guns for his opposition - enjoying a nice trip in the trail before unleashing from the top of the straight. “I like the way he fights, he’s got a bit of a deceptive way of going over the ground. “We are going to have some fun with him I think, he’s got a bit of talent.” Purchased for $70,000 as a yearling, Cole Porter is raced by Dunn, Bob and Jennifer Sandford and John Gould and Jenni McBride - a large portion of the same owners who raced Tiger Tara. Driver, Gerard O’Reilly broke the colt in and said from the outset, he was a nice individual. “He was nice and relaxed and did everything you asked of him,” O’Reilly said. “There’s a lot to like about him.” Cole Porter paced the one mile in 1:53.9 - just 0.1 seconds outside the race record held by Follow The Stars. A little bit of luck and a change in systems has worked the oracle for Hambletonian winner, Chevron’s Express. After taking eight starts to get things together, the Cran Dalgety trained filly has finally switched on and her victory on Saturday was impressive. “We changed a lot with her on the Nelson trip and it seems to have worked,” Dexter Dunn said. “She’s got a funny way of going, but it seems to work so she could be in for a good season.” The daughter of Muscle Mass is raced by Small Car World Ltd and Saturday’s win was the third in her 11 starts career. Her chances were aided by the late gallop of leader, Enghien, but she burst through strongly to beat Muscles Galore in a Muscle Mass quinella with Habibi Inta in third. Matt Markham

New Zealand Cup runner-up Tiger Tara has settled in nicely to Lincoln Farms in Franklin, and a nice workout at Pukekohe on Saturday points to big month in Auckland in December. Trainer Geoff Dunn said he gave the Bettor’s Delight entire a week off after the Cup and then opted to bring him to Auckland much earlier than what he did last year. “He arrived Friday week ago and has settled in brilliantly at Lincoln Farms. It’s such a great complex there. “I was rapt with the way he went in the Cup. It would be nice to go one better in the Auckland Cup but any nice cheque will do,” Dunn said. He said Tiger Tara would line up in Friday’s Group Three $30,000 Summer Cup, where he has drawn seven of 10; and then the Group Two $40,000 Franklin Cup the following week. “They are his lead-up races to the Auckland Cup on New Year’s Eve. We will see how he comes through the Carnival and then will look at possible Australian options. The Victoria Cup could be on the cards if he shows the same form as what he did on (NZ) Cup Day,” said Dunn. Tiger Tara was a 10-length second behind the 'freak', Lazarus, in the New Zealand Cup. He paced a very creditable 3:54.9 for the 3200m stand – the same distance as the Auckland Cup. “Any other year that would have been a New Zealand record so I’m delighted with what he’s done this campaign. He’s won at Alexandra Park before and placed twice from three times over the extreme distance,” Dunn said. That victory came in the Group One 2014 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby when he and regular pilot Gerard O’Reilly got the better of Locharburn by a neck. Tiger Tara comes into Friday’s Summer Cup win a third in the New Zealand Free-For-All behind Lazarus and Christen Me. He won the Free-For-All 12 months earlier and then finished third in the Manukau Cup. He galloped away in last year’s Auckland Cup and finished eighth. “He’s way better than that. We have seen what he can do since. I think he only has to do things right to be in the money. He’s a 6-year-old now and I feel he’s starting to reach his peak. “The track won’t pose any problems,” said Dunn. Tiger Tara finished a three-quarter length second behind Rocker Band and Barry Purdon at the Pukekohe Workouts on Saturday. They paced the 2050m mobile (right handed) in 2:34 (mile rate 2:00.8) even with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.5 and 26.8. Arden’s Choice was a neck back in third. Tiger Tara will be looking to get somewhere near $1 million in earnings once he’s gate-crashed Alexandra Park. He is the $9 sixth favourite to win the Auckland Cup on the New Zealand TAB's 'Futures' market. Going into Friday’s Summer Cup he had won 13 of his 51 starts and placed in 21 others for $746,031 in stakes. He is owned by Dunn, R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford, and J S Gould. He was bred by R P Anicich. Here’s what lies ahead at Alexandra Park during the Auckland Trotting Club’s busiest month: Friday: Group Three $30,000 Summer Cup Group Three $30,000 Caduceus Club Northern Breeders Fillies & Mares Stakes   Friday December 16: Group Two $75,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship 3yo Fillies Stakes Group Two $40,000 Lyell Creek Stakes for the open class trotters Group One $100,000 Rosslands Queen of Hearts Fillies & Mares Pace Group Two $50,000 Alabar 3yo Classic Group Two $40,000 Franklin Cup   Saturday December 31: Group One $150,00 Alabar Sires Stakes 3yo Fillies Final Group One $80,000 National Trot Listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 3yo Open GROUP ONE $250,000 TRILLIAN TRUST AUCKLAND CUP.   Duane Ranger

Two of the top four ranked horse’s for this year’s New Zealand Trotting Cup spearhead the nominations for Friday night’s Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington. Last season’s New Zealand Free-For-All winner, Tiger Tara and Easter Cup winner Locharburn are ranked three and four respectively on the order of entry for the Cup and will both be in action on Friday night. Coming in fresh, off the back a couple of quiet trial performances each, the pair are expected to improve considerably with their run on Friday night but both should still be competitive. Gerard O’Reilly, who drives Tiger Tara, said his effort for fourth behind Locharburn last Wednesday at Rangiora was satisfactory considering the pacer’s tendencies to goof about in trials and workouts. “He went alright, it was a set forward from the previous run,” O’Reilly said. “It’s a little hard to get a line on him sometimes because he does muck about it. “We know he usually takes one race to really come to it in fitness so we are going to have a better line on where we are at after the Maurice Holmes.” Locharburn was impressive winning his trial and looks well forward for trainer Kevin Chapman. Dexter Dunn was on board in that trial last week and is expected to drive this Friday night. He will eventually be forced into choosing between the big pacer and Christen Me when the latter returns to the track, potentially in October. “We won’t be rushing into any decisions that’s for sure,” Dunn said. The first step on the path toward the November 8 feature, the Maurice Holmes Vase carries a direct entry into the Cup for the winner. While that might not be quite as important for Tiger Tara and Locharburn, it does carry some importance to the likes of Franco Nelson who is ranked 10th. A Cup runner-up two years ago behind Adore Me, the Robert Dunn trained pacer will need to show early form to enhance his prospects. Also with some ground to make up is the progressive Seel The Deal. The Greg and Nina Hope trained pacer has been brilliant winning back-to-back races since joining the barn and his current rank of 22 for the Cup is up for improvement if he can continue that form this week. “I think he’s working towards that top grade for sure,” Greg Hope said. “He’s got all the makings of a true open class horse, but he’d need to with what we will have to face this season.” Southland pacer, Costa Del Magnifico, will begin his Cup campaign in the race as well. The Brent Shirley trained pacer, who won the Invercargill Cup last season, hasn’t been seen publicly since winning at Invercargill back in April. Friday night’s feature trot will see the resumption of a number of horses who are gunning for a spot in this year’s Dominion Handicap. An in-form Amaretto Sun leads the list but with Sunny Ruby, Sheemon, Valmagne and Bordeaux joining the ranks things are set to be tougher this week for the Ken Ford trained runner. Nominations for Friday night’s meeting have been left open and will close on Tuesday morning at 9:30am.   Matt Markim

Mid Canterbury drivers Ricky May and Gerard O'Reilly have been good friends for as long as either can remember but all that was put aside yesterday in the New Zealand Free For All when they fought out the finish of the $250,000 Group1 event at Addington Raceway. In a titanic home straight duel that went right to the wire, Tiger Tara with Gerard in the bike just got the call over Mossdale Conner and Ricky May. Tiger Tara and Mossdale Conner are not two of the glamour horses on the New Zealand harness racing scene, they had both been going super all season in the elite grade. Ricky lead yesterday with Mossdale Conner and was not in the mood to hand up while Gerard and Tiger Tara slotted into a lovely trail behind Arden Rooney in the one out,one back position. Turning in these two locked horns but it took Tiger Tara the length of the straight to get his nose in front of a game Mossdale Conner. Gerard was unsure if he had got up on returning to the winners circle " I knew it was really close but was unsure if we had made it." " We got a lovely run behind Arden Rooney but you never quite know you are travelling with Tiger Tara during a race as he is such a relaxed horse." " With his manners he is a lovely horse to drive and he is always up for a fight like we had today." "He just never stops trying," Gerard said. Ricky May was fuming after the race, claiming that a flat tyre he received on the last bend had almost certainly cost him the win. " Greg (Hope) had put the sliding blinds on today and we just flew the barrier and the instructions were to not hand up." "Zac was on my back with Sky Major turning into the home straight but he has tried to get through on my inside before the passing lane and has punctured my tyre." "There was never enough room and I am positive it cost Mossdale Conner the win." "I am gutted for Greg and Nina and the owners because he should have won the race," Ricky said. An enquiry was opened into the incident but was adjourned due to the fact Zac Butcher had already left the course to fly back to Auckland for drives he had at Alexandra Park last night. None of that controversy should take the gloss of a great win by Tiger Tara. Geoff Dunn, Gerard O"Reilly and Tiger Tara are a great combination and yesterday's win at the elite level will not be the last. Harnesslink Media

Gerard O'Reilly is staying positive but admits Tiger Tara's chances could be "in the lap of the gods". The Canterbury Classic winner has the worst draw in the field for the $750,000 Group I New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on Tuesday. When emergency Lewy Risk comes out, the Geoff Dunn-trained pacer will start from the inside of the second line behind No Doctor Needed. The draw obviously makes things difficult, says O'Reilly. No Doctor Needed's manners from the stand have been in and out and Franco Nelson, who starts outside No Doctor Needed on the front line, has not raced since January and has only had one standing start since last year's cup. O'Reilly is not over-thinking the situation because it is impossible to predict what might happen at the start of the 3200m journey. "We just to have to hope for the best," he said. "If they both go forward a gap might open up somewhere but you just don't know until it happens." Tiger Tara's lead-up races have been over 2400m and 2600m but Dunn and O'Reilly cannot wait to get to the 3200m distance of the cup, insisting the Bettor's Delight 5-year-old is a dead set two miler. Bookmakers have let Tiger Tara slide out to $11 which seems well over the odds, but his price would surely be shorter if he was off the front line. Last year, as a 4-year-old, Tiger Tara ran sixth behind Adore Me in record breaking time. "I know he'll be running on in the last 600m and that's when the gaps open up so hopefully he'll be thereabouts at the finish," O'Reilly said. O'Reilly's other concern is that he may have to give the likes of Smolda and Sky Major three or four lengths head start but he will not be afraid to do some work to get handy with the tough pacer. "His whole career he's hardly run out of the top four, he gives 110 per cent every time and he will do the same tomorrow," O'Reilly said on Monday. Meanwhile, the Cran Dalgety-trained Mighty Flying Mac has been vetted for a minor lesion on his neck and the Racing Integrity Unit has declared him fit to take his place in the field. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with permission of Stuff NZ           Check site here

Mid-Canterbury harness racing trainer Gerard O'Reilly is never one to praise a horse unless it well and truly deserves it. So when he tells you that one of his runners will be hard to beat it pays to take note. This was the situation on Friday when Harnesslink was asking Gerard about how Sparkling Delight had come back at three after looking above average at two last season. Gerard felt Sparkling Delight had come back a lot stronger and even though he was in a very strong maiden field on Friday night at Addington Raceway, he expected him to be hard to beat. Which is exactly as it played out on Friday night. Settled in the running line early, Gerard sent Sparkling Delight to the front with a lap to go and and never relented from then on, holding off a strong challenge from the highly regarded Alta Las Vegas. Not an overly tall horse, Sparkling Delight is built like a bull and looks to now have the strength to go with his ability. " I was a bit disappointed at times during his two year old season as I thought he would be competitive with the best." " He was just a bit weak and immature at two but has come back so much stronger at three and I think he is in for a good season," Gerard said. Not that Gerard is in any hurry to throw Sparkling Delight in the deep end against the best at this stage as he thinks he will be at his best later in the season. "At this stage we will head to the C1 on Cup Day as he will be more than competitive there." " He is such a good gaited horse and is great winded as well." " He gets over his runs very quickly and I think with a bit more experience, we may have a look at the bigger races later in the season," Gerard said. The son of Bettor's Delight who was brought back by his vendors, the Gaylors after failing to meet his reserve at the yearling sales, looks to have a big season in front of him and won't be out of his depth where ever he goes judging by Friday nights win. Harnesslink Media 

Mid Canterbury harness racing trainer Gerard O'Reilly is better known these days as the stable driver for the very successful Geoff Dunn barn but it as a trainer that he earns his living and he has been very successful at it over a long period of time. Never one to take a horse to the races short, Gerard has a hard earned reputation of not keeping horses in work unless he thinks they can pay their way. Therefore when he does line one up, it always pays to have a second look because you know that Gerard has given them a pass mark. With 142 winners on the board already as a trainer at a very healthy UDR of .2455, Gerard always has a promising horse in the barn and this year is no exception. The smart Bettor's Delight three year old Sparkling Delight is due to make his season's debut tonight at Addington Raceway from the O'Reilly barn and Gerard is expecting a good run. " I took him to the Methven workouts and he went good and he improved from that with a smart win at the Ashburton trials." " There is a couple in there that go really well but from the draw he has to be a chance," Gerard said. Brought back by his vendors from the yearling sales when he didn't make his reserve, Sparkling Delight has been in the O'Reilly barn from day one. " I've had him all the way through and right from the start I knew he was above average." " He is so good gaited and has such a good attitude." " I have kept him a colt but it hasn't been an issue," Gerard said. Starting eight times at two, Sparkling Delight won a race and was placed against some of the best juveniles going around but just half a length off the top ones. " Last season he was just a notch below the top ones but he has really strengthened up between seasons and I think he will be very competitive this time in."  " We missed the Sires Stakes deliberately because I think with a bit more time that later in the season he will be competitive against the best going around," Gerard said. This is a big recommendation coming from Gerard so Sparkling Delight is one to keep in mind as the season goes on. Harnesslink Media  

There was only one way Tiger Tara could improve on his last start and he has done it. The Geoff Dunn trained pacer ran past Christen Me for his first win in open class company to win the Group II Canterbury Classic at Addington Raceway on Friday night. He ran second to Christen Me last start. Tiger Tara's win was a fitting way for his driver Gerard O'Reilly to bring up his 500th career win. Everything fell into place for O'Reilly and Tiger Tara as Christen Me stepped away from the tapes perfectly which gave the opportunity for O'Reilly to find the trail. Christen Me, who closed off a $1.70 favourite, had no answer for Tiger Tara and the fresh up Smolda, who went a super race to finish second, in the long Addington straight after leading for most of the 2600m. The Cran Dalgety trained Christen Me had excuses when finishing third after being pressured for the lead in the running. The top three in the $40,000 event gained automatic qualification for the Group I New Zealand Trotting Cup, but with Tiger Tara, Smolda and Christen Me all essentially guaranteed a start, the likes Mossdale Conner, Bit Of A Legend and Delightful Dash should improve in the rankings after filling out the top six. Meanwhile, last year's 2-year-old of the year Chase The Dream has picked off where he left off. The All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen dominated the Sires Stakes heat for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Chase The Dream came up the passing lane in the hands of Rasmussen after a charmed run in the trail to run past stablemate Cash N Flow. Win number seven from just 10 starts for Chase The Dream came by a head over Cash N Flow with a mile rate of 1-58.7 and closing sectionals in 56.1 and  26.9. The All Stars have more fire power to come in the series with Harness Jewels winner Lazarus and Motu Premier to start in the fifth and final heat at Addington on October 23. Purdon confirmed after Chase The Dream's win that all three runners from Friday night are likely to contest the fifth heat. John Dunn was excited about the prospects of Bite The Bullet who was the best of the non Purdon-Rasmussen team. Trained by his father Robert, Bite The Bullet who was first up since July stuck on for third after a torrid run. "He was sprinting from the 500m three wide so it was a great run. He came to the end of it near the end but he was entitled to after what he'd done," John Dunn said. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with permission of Stuff NZ   -   Check site here

Our harness racing tipsters are having a bit of the winter blues at the moment with less than inspiring results some weeks. Last week saw only two of our tipsters pick winners with Sean McCaffrey and Nathan Williamson doing the honours but we did have eight placegetters and some of those such as Shane Walkinshaw's pick, Takitimu Express paid good money ($4:20) This week we have four meetings in the country and we have picks for them all. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Spinyback was overdue and could win race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Thinks on his work this week, Jetsdream will win race 4 Craig Ferguson - Gives Mordecai a good chance of going back to back in race 6   Auckland  - Friday night Steven Reid - Reckons Concorde even from barrier 8 will be hard to beat in race 2 Scott Phelan - If Superimposed has any luck from his bad draw,he thinks he can win race 2  Todd Mitchell - Thinks the millionaire Vulcan can add to the bankroll in race 6 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thought Vice Consul from the front line could win race 7 Tony Herlihy -  Gives The Almighty Johnson a big chance of winning race 8 John Dunn - Rates Return To Sender as hard to roll in race 9 Mark Jones - Thought Rocker Band would be very hard to beat, also in race 9   Addington - Friday night Bob Butt - Quite bullish about the chances of the two year old Matatoki in race 1 Terry Chmiel - Thinks Maddison Hill can upset them in race 2 Tim Williams - Gives Bird Of Paradise a big show even from the second line in race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Reckons Zin Zan must win one shortly and thinks it will be in race 7 Ricky May - Thought the southern raider Tetrick would be hard to beat in race 8 Brendon McLellan - Agrees with Ricky that Tetrick will be hard to beat in race 8 Matthew Williamson - Reckons Springbank Eden can get the chocolates in race 9   Timaru - Sunday afternoon  Blair Orange - Thought the first starter My Cash would be hard to beat in race 3 Gavin Smith - Very bullish about the chances of Great Things Happen in race 4 Brad Williamson - Reckons Kylie Castleton can bounce back and win race 6 Jim Curtin - Gives Insignificant a chance to upset them at odds, also in race 6  John Curtin - Thought Naughty Maravu only needed some luck for a change to win race 8 Robbie Holmes - Thinks Contractual Issues will be hard to hold out in race 10   Harnesslink Media

Our harness racing tipsters had another so so week although to be fair they did have a lot of close second placings over the four meetings. There were five winners selected with Clark Barron continuing his hot run at the moment along with Bob Butt, Tony Herlihy, Shane Walkinshaw and Tim Williams and they also had seven placings as well, a lot of them at good odds. This week we have five meetings but none in the deep south which has affected our number of tipsters a bit. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Chantrey back to his favourite track could upset them in race 3 Brendon McLellan - Gives new stable runner Continental Boy a good chance of winning race 5 Shane Walkinshaw - Likes the chances of smart 3 year old Robyn's Bad Boy winning race 6 Matthew Williamson - Rates Hezabluechipboy a big winning chance in race 8  Steve Richardson - Thought The Edge Of Reason could upset them at good odds in race 9   Auckland - Friday night  Maurice McKendry - Really quite keen on the chances of the out of form Sir Richie in race 1 Todd MacFarlane - Gives the 2 year old Cyclone Chief a good chance of winning race 2 Sean McCaffrey - Thinks Yagunnakissmeornot can bounce back to winning form in race 4 Todd Mitchell - Rates Charming Lavra a big chance of winning again, also in race 4 Steven Reid - Confident that Shedontloveme will go one better this week and win 6 John Dunn - Thought Barry was due a change of luck and could win race 8   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel - Reckons Saint Michel with the help of the mobile will win race 2 Bob Butt - With two runs under his belt, thought Any Old Way was ready to win, also in race 2  Brad Williamson - Looks like a trifecta as Brad thinks The Silver Fox will win race 2 Tim Williams - Rates the debutante Cash N Flow as very hard to beat in race 5 Jim Curtin - Thought One Over Da Moon on his Rowe Cup run would win race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks King Of Strathfield has been going great and could win, also in race 6 Scott Phelan - Rates Bettor B Amazed a big winning chance even from barrier 9 in race 7 Blair Orange - Gives Bracken Ridge a big show of turning his form around and winning race 9   Thames - Sunday afternoon Tony Herlihy - Very bullish about the chances of Mighty Regal in race 4   Ashburton - Sunday afternoon Ricky May - Rates the first starter Cable Beach very highly and thinks he will win race 4 John Curtin - Thought Gracious Star and Michelle Neilson would make it two in a row and win race 6   Harnesslink Media

Last weeks selections at the four harness racing meetings looked ok on paper but it turned into our worst performance since we started doing the ringaround. Todd MacFarlane has bragging rights this week because he was the only tipster to select a winner last week. We did have eleven placings but it is still hard to fathom how we only managed one winner from twenty odd selections. Still as Steve Hansen would say, "flush the dunny" and move on to this week. There are five meetings this week and we have selections for them all. Forbury Park - Thursday night Brad Williamson - Gives The Silver Fox a big chance of taking out race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Thought Astro Boy was a good each way chance in race 4 Terry Chmiel - Rates Parramatta very hard to beat, also in race 4   Alexandra Park - Friday night Todd Mitchell - Thinks the two year old filly Are You Ready Girl can win race 1 Tony Herlihy - Rates Rub Of The Green a good each way chance in race 4 Scott Phelan - Reckons Prince Of Pops will be very hard to beat,also in race 4 Todd MacFarlane - Gives Twoandahalf Tigers a good each way show in race 5 Steven Reid - Very bullish about the chances of Art Form, also in race 5 John Curtin (Harnesslink) Quite keen on the chances of Chachingchaching in race 7 Maurice McKendry - Thought Makarewa Jake was a big chance in race 8   Addington - Friday night Blair Orange - Rates Bracken Ridge a big winning chance in race 1 Bob Butt - Thrilled with Conon Bridge last week and thinks he will win race 4 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thinks Trouble Rieu will be too smart for them in race 5  Ricky May - Very bullish about the chances of Brilliant Strike in race 9   Motukarara - Sunday afternoon Gerard O'Reilly  - Gives Hit The Spot a good chance fresh up to win race 7 John Dunn - Thinks Geisha Girl can bounce back to her winning ways, also in race 7    Invercargill - Sunday afternoon Tim Williams - Can't see the very smart Lazarus being beaten in race 1 Clark Barron - Thinks he can bring up win number 1000 on Mass Invasion in race 3 Nathan Williamson - Thought Sue Me from barrier one would be hard to beat in race 5 Brendon McLellan - Reckons Leigh Major just needs a little bit of luck from her barrier to win race 11   Harnesslink Media

Last week was a mixed bag but two very wet tracks at both Ascot Park and Methven didn't help with the conditions hampering a lot of runners. We managed five winners with the best dividend going to Bob Butt at Methven with Ancient Moonlight while others to select winners were John Dunn, Tim Williams, Nathan Williamson and Scott Phelan and we also had five placings as well. This week there are only the four meetings and we cover them all. Manawatu - Thursday night Kyle Marshall - Gives Soul Hanover a great each way chance in race 2 Todd Mitchell - Thinks on his runs to date they can't beat Alta Leroy in race 8    Auckland - Friday night Tony Herlihy - Thought Uandmebabe would be hard to beat from her good draw in race 7 Scott Phelan - Very bullish about the chances of Bettor B Amazed, also in race 7 Maurice McKendry - Gives the two year old Shandale a big chance of winning race 8 Steven Reid - Rates Aquickone on her work this week as the one to beat in race 9   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel - Thought Danny Del Vito from barrier one could upset them in race 1 John Dunn - Gives Culinary Delight a big push to return to the winners list, also in race 1 Bob Butt - Looking for the trifecta in race one where Bob thinks Gracious Me will be hard to beat Robbie Holmes - Thought Aile Rouge could get a piece of it at good odds in race 2 Brad Williamson - Very bullish about the chances of the very smart Father Christmas, also in race 2 John Curtin (Harnesslink) Reckons Waikiki Beach will beat Chase The Dream and win race 4 Blair Orange - Thinks Habibti Ivy will match it with the boys in the Derby and win race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Thought Tiger Tara would be improved this week and a each way chance in race 6 Matthew Williamson - Knows Alley Way is up against it this week but a great place chance in race 7 Tim Williams - Keeps giving out Have Faith In Me and he keeps winning, this week in race 8 Ricky May - Rapt with the run of Dalton Bromac last week and won't have him beaten in race 9   Invercargill - Sunday afternoon Brendon McLellan - Reckons Leigh Major must be due a change of luck and can win race1 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Really likes the chances of Denn Nee Nose Best in race 3 Clark Barron - Gave Real Raider a big chance to clear maidens in race 4 Nathan Williamson - Thought Franco Tyson would be a great each way chance at good odds in race 8   Harnesslink Media

Last week wasn't one of our best but the missing link was our southern tipsters who had a shocker at Winton last Saturday. Everybody else was thereabouts with their selections with Jim Curtin, Todd Mitchell, Maurice McKendry and Ricky May tipping us into winners and we had seven placegetters as well. This week there are only four meetings in the country and we have selections for them all. Taranaki - Thursday afternoon John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Gave Sheza Springfield a big chance of clearing maidens in race 3 Peter Scaife - Likes Prime Legal to improve on his first day run and win race 4 Scott Phelan - Rates Better B Amazed as very hard to beat in race 9 Sean McCaffrey - Thought Styx It To Em was right in the zone and would win race 10   Addington - Friday night John Dunn - Very bullish about the chances of Boom Gate in race 1 Blair Orange - Gives Goodness Gracious Me a big chance in race 2 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thought Jaccka Justy would be hard to beat in race 3 Tony Herilhy - Thinks Hug The Wind will be very hard to beat from barrier 1 in race 6 Tim Williams - Very keen on the very smart Have Faith In Me, also in race 6 Todd Mitchell - Reckons Prime Power is at his best and will win race 8   Ascot Park - Saturday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Likes the chances of Geordie Sivad to make it two in a row in race 4 Brad Williamson - Thought Mokosun from the front line would be hard to beat in race 5 Brendon McLellan - Gives Leigh Major a big chance in race 7 Nathan Williamson - Very bullish about the chances of Statham in race 8 Clark Barron - Not sure if Bonnies Khaleesi can beat Statham but a great place bet, also in race 8   Methven - Sunday afternoon Matthew Williamson - Likes the chances of the first starter Toot Toot in race 1 Bob Butt - Quite bullish about the chances of Ancient Moonlight in race 3 Jim Curtin - Gives Trial Separation a big chance of leaving maidens in race 4 Terry Chmiel - Really keen on the chances of Another Delight, also in race 4 Ricky May - Thought Jack Hammer would be very hard to beat in race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks Break Dance is a big chance to make it two in a row in race 9   Harnesslink Media

Another one of those weeks where we were there abouts without getting the rub of the green, with a lot of the horses selected by our tipsters having little luck. Five managed to get home first but another five ran second which about sums up the luck at the moment. Blair Orange, Robbie Holmes, Tony Herlihy, Nathan Williamson and the boss John Curtin all picked winners and special mention for the boss who is going for three in a row this week. Our tipsters have gone near and far this week from Winton in the south to Tabcorp Park Melton in Melbourne. Winton - Thursday afternoon Brad Williamson - Rates Mokosun a big winning chance even off 20 metres in race 4 Clark Barron - Thinks Mass Invasion is overdue a change of luck and can win, also in race 4   Shane Walkinshaw - Thought Princess Arts from the draw could roll the hotpot On The Town in race 8 Brendon McLellan - Gives Repeat After Me a great chance of running in three in race 9     Manawatu - Thursday night Kyle Marshall - Reckons Unmissable is ready to win her second race at Manawatu in race 5 Peter Scaife - Rates Mach Cullen from barrier one a big chance to turn his form around and win race 7   Amberley - Friday afternoon Bob Butt - Rates last weeks impressive debutant Supershakes hard to beat in race 3 Robbie Holmes - Gives Bridget Blue Chip from her handy draw a chance to upset them in race 5 Gerard O"Reilly - Thought Always Yours would take all kinds of stopping in race 6 Jim Curtin - Rates Star Of Dionysis back to the grass a big chance to win race 8   Auckland - Friday night Steven Reid - Thought  Clarius could continue his good form and win race 1 Tony Herlihy - Likes Walkinshaw to improve on his debut run and win race 4 Maurice McKendry -  Thought his two year old Shandale would have a big show, also in race 4 John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Rates Our Dainty Lady very hard to beat in race 6 Scott Phelan - Thinks Better B Amazed will be awlfully hard to beat in race 9   Ashburton - Saturday afternoon Tim Williams - Rates Chase The Dream a big chance to win the Sapling Stakes on debut (Race 5) Blair Orange - Thought Goodness Gracious Me could top off a string of placings with a win in race 9   Tabcorp Park Melton - Saturday night Ricky May - Was rapt with "Terrors" run last week and thinks he can win the Hunter Cup   Wairarapa - Sunday Afternoon Todd Mitchell - Rates Te Kawau very difficult to beat in the Wairarapa Cup.   Waikouaiti - Sunday Afternoon Nathan Williamson - Rates Grey Power a big chance on the grass to win race 5 Matthew Williamson  - Thinks if Bet's Sun trots all the way he can beat his brother in race 5 Craig Thornley - Likes the chances of Dream Big to bounce back and win race 8.   Harnesslink Media

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