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When southern race caller Dave McDonald was asked who would win the 'Thanks Davey Mac for 40 Years' Mobile Pace at Invercargill on Saturday, the answer was swift. “The favourite of course, Sovereign Banner,” he said, and for value, “Leah Mac, how could I not.” The race is named to acknowledge 40 years of service since McDonald called his first harness race at Invercargill. To make the day memorable, the Racing Board has organised a party in conjunction with the races and given the commentator a say in the guest list. McDonald said he can't actually remember his first day or how he came to be asked but at that time had been regularly calling harness trials. Sovereign Banner is trained at Westwood Beach south of Dunedin by Graeme Anderson who has six runners in on Saturday. All of them look good chances. His first is Motu Time To Shine on debut in the Macca Lodge Fillies and Mares Mobile. Her two most recent trials resulted in seconds to stablemates Eamon Maguire at Gore and Susies Desire at Oamaru. Susies Desire was to have opposed her on Sunday but has been off colour this week with a viral complaint and is a scratching. “ Motu Time To Shine is a little bit immature and probably a preparation away but she's done enough to warrant a race,” said Anderson who expects her to be competitive, especially if the Bettor's Delight raceday factor kicks in. The Gazelle by southernsulkies.co.nz Claimers sees Anderson with two reps. The C2 Elusive Flight – with a price of $7500 – goes from the outside of the front line with Rory McIlwrick in the sulky while the C1 Highview Illusion – with a price of $6000 – has the services of Dexter Dunn and starts from two on the second line. “Elusive Flight has been freshened and should go a nice race,” said Anderson who from the draw, favours the eight year old over Highview Illusion. “I like Highview Illusion too, he's trained well, no star but in a race he can be competitive in.” Anderson and Dunn combine again in the Lincoln Farms Mobile with the unbeaten Eamon Mcguire. The Art Major three year old, a winner at Forbuy Park on debut in July, will start from the outside of the front row. Eamon Mcguire has had a trials win at Gore and a second to Sovereign Banner in the past three weeks. “He is a quality horse and I would expect him to win.” Anderson said. McDonald's tip, Sovereign Banner is next and Anderson shares his confidence. “He had a break after his first prep and has come back strongly. He'll be hard to beat.” Sovereign Banner clocked 2:27.5 when winning at the Oamaru trials last week, home from the 800 in 56.9. The well-related Hopes And Dreams has the ace draw in the Betavet Mobile and the services of McIlwrick who currently heads the national junior drivers premiership with six wins. Anderson expects a top run from the daughter of One Dream. “She's over her stone bruise and I'm happy with her,” he said. “She's in great form and should be hard to beat.”   Mac Henry

Hopes And Dreams was scratched at the Winton meeting on Sunday due to a stone bruise. “It showed up two days after she won at Oamaru but she is on the road to recovery,” said Graeme Anderson, her trainer. Hopes And Dreams was a dashing winner at Oamaru on August 28, her second win in three starts since joining the Anderson stable. Pocket Caesar, a winner at Winton on Sunday, has joined the Tisbury stable of Kirstin Barclay after being claimed for $6000 by Art Shirley. Pocket Caesar has been nominated for the Oamaru meeting next Sunday. The six-win trotter Heard The Whisper is now trained by Amber Hoffman. She has taken over the stables at Waikouaiti formerly occupied by Billy Heads, who was training Heard The Whisper. Hoffman had been based at the Waikouaiti racecourse since she shifted from Westwood in June. Heard The Whisper, who has not raced since March, won his races when trained by Phil Williamson. Heads, who is on leave, shifted to Waikouaiti from Waimumu (Southland) in March to take over the  stables formerly used by Andrew Faulks and Noel Creighton. The property was bought and refurbished by Gerald Cayford, the part-owner of Heard The Whisper. Backseat Chick(two wins) has been transferred from Heads to Craig Laurenson at Edendale. Ygritte has gone to Hoffman. Hoffman said King Denny has jogged up sound. He pulled up lame when resuming at Addington on August 19 and subsequently an abscess burst  in a foot.   Tayler Strong

Trainer Graeme Anderson and junior driver Rory McIlwrick had a 100 per cent record with two dazzling winners, Hopes and Dreams and Arden’s Concord, at the Oamaru meeting on Sunday. Both won in similar style over 2600m from the mobile gate. Arden’s Concord led for the last 1900m and had a five and a half length advantage at the finish. Hopes And Dreams led from the 2100m and won by three lengths. Arden’s Concord ran 3.15.6 (2.01 mile rate) and Hopes and Dreams, 3.15.2. Arden’s Concord has now won five races. Hopes And Dreams has had two wins and a second in three starts since transferring to the Anderson stable for beach training at Westwood in June. She also won last season as a 3-year-old for Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight. A daughter of Christian Cullen and grand race mare One Dream and a $50,000 premier yearling purchase, she is now realizing her potential. Neville Cleaver, of Invercargill who races her with Kevin Strong said she was following the same path as Onedin Mach, who regained winning form when he transferred him to Anderson. Onedin Mach won eight for Nathan Williamson and two  for Anderson before being sold to the United States in 2015. Cleaver said both horses had strained hocks. Phil Williamson trained the winners of both races for trotters, The Silver Fox and Sam Galleon. The Silver Fox was driven by Blair Orange who had his previous win for the Williamson stable  behind Lets Get Serious in the Four-Year-Old Trotters Championship at Addington in 2006. Hayden Galway had his first win as a trainer and owner when I’m A Dreamer cleared C0 ranks. Galway (28) took out a licence last season to prepare two horses at Leeston. The other is Classie Margaret who was twice placed in three starts as a 3-year-old in July. Galway worked for two years for Weedons trainer Jamie Gameson. His grandfather Ray Paget  and great grandfather, John Docherty trained horses. Galway bought I’m A Dreamer as a 2-year-old from Brian West, of Studholme Bloodstock. “She was a December foal and a big filly needing time,’’ said Galway who races the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official – Simply Devine with his father, Anthony and Megan Earl. I’m A Dreamer was having her second start. She is a half sister to Start Dreaming, winner of the group two Robin Dundee Stakes at Menangle in 1.51.9 in February. Another half sister, Its My Style won four races in Australia. I’m A Dreamer is the third foal of Simply Devine. Trainer Brent White and driver Stephen McNally combined for their 50th win when Lindsay Castleton trounced his rivals in a C0 trot. He led for the last 1300m and won by six and a half lengths. White and McNally had their first win with Cassino Woman at a Timaru meeting in 2007. Trouble Rieu, Sell A Bit and Elios have been  good winners for the combo. Lindsay Castleton, a 5yr-old by Sundon from Anna Castleton, is a half brother to four winners including Castletonian (Sires’ Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotters at two) and Juneamy Castleton. Lindsay Castleton is raced by Waimate breeders Lex and Heather Williams. Lex is out of action with a fractured vertebra. Stoney Eyre, having his first start for Chertsey trainer Garry Bates, led throughout his first race  for seven months. Bates took over the training of Stoney Eyre after the 5-year-old was bought by  a group of owners including Bates’ wife, Liz  in July. Stoney Eyre had a win at Oamaru 12 months earlier from 14 starts when trained by part-owner Craig Kennedy at Cust.   By Tayler Strong

The Harness Racing team of Graeme Anderson and Rory Mcllwrick have a huge chance of picking up four winners at today's Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting. Starting off in race 3 with 4yo Gotta Go Cullect gelding, Hunters Collect, who was recently purchased by Rory, out of the Murray Brown stable. Hunters Collect galloped behind the mobile gate last Monday, and was subsequently pulled up. He draws a handy in barrier 3 and has been put up as a $6.00 FF chance with the NZ Tab. With Anderson's record of turning horses around, you would think this fella will be breaking maidens in the coming weeks. Fast forward to Race 7, and Anderson lines up smart 4yo Panspacificflight gelding Arden's Concord, who was seen powering home last start. He recently switched back to the Anderson barn, after winning 3 races for West Plains based trainer Matt Saunders. The Tab have him as a $2.20 FF favourite, while recent Rangiora winner Parramatta is at $3.30 for driver/co-trainer Terry Chmiel. Even from a tricky barrier, he still looks tough to beat and could be a possible anchor for pick 6 players. In race 9, 5yo Four Starzzz Shark gelding Four Starzz Shiraz will look to make it back to back win after he darted up the lane to record his 6th career victory. His massive early speed negates his wide barrier and you should see another short priced Anderson runner, salute the judge. Currently $3.00 FF With everything going to plan earlier on, junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and trainer Graeme Anderson could be looking at four winners for the night if Elusive Flight was to capture heat 2 of the Forbury Park claimers series. A $9,000.00 claimer, the 7yo Elsu gelding Elusive Flight is owned by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin and is another runner who has drawn tricky in barrier 9. He is currently $2.20 FF, while a former Anderson trained runner Laughing Cavalier, who was claimed last week, will start for the first time for new connections and new trainer/driver Andrew Armour. Andrew Fitzgerald

This is our 3rd edition of “Horse’s to look out for at Forbury Park”, last time we featured Oamaru Junior Driver Brad Williamson. That night Williamson picked up a treble, in 3 consecutive races when he saluted with Winners Shout ($6.10), Elusive Flight ($11.50) and Caesar Rocks who provided the upset of the night at $56.10. This week, Christchurch based Jonny Cox will run us through his 8 drives. Race 1: 5 The Toiler – G & J Knight – “He’s a new addition to the Knight team; obviously his form is average so he’s probably a watch horse first up for them” Race 2: 6 Jetenara – K Barclay – “She won her maiden well last start, and while she steps up a grade the field lacks standout form, she’s a nice each way chance with a good trip” Race 3: 2 The High Achiever – G & J Knight – “They had a wee bit of a wrap on this fella, he’s only a 2yo but the draw helps, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was fighting out the finish” Race 4: 2 Shies Good – W Heads – “She was super first up, but we had no luck last time. Another one that draw well and she can definitely win this” Race 5: 4 Strathmores Charm – W Heads – “Obviously the back markers will be hard to beat, but he has good manners and could sneak into a place or top4 spot” Race 8:  6 Ma Cille – W Heads – “Her last couple of runs have put the writing on the wall, from the draw we will look to get handy, she’s my best chance of the night” Race 9: 9 Superior Desire – M House – “He won nicely at the workouts, but he will probably need the run and it’s a hard draw to play with” Race 10: 4 The Charging Moa – G & J Knight - “There are a couple of 3yo’s in this race who look tough to beat” Ma Cille's last start 3rd.  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Even from a tricky draw, the Brent White trained Shards Halo looks tough to beat in the Junior Drivers race. Brad Williamson jumps aboard and with the speed maps showing that she should be no worse then 3 back the fence, the 4yo America Ideal mare will be looking to slice through gaps and pick up the penalty free win. Earlier on in the night, Elusive Flight looks poised to add victory number 2 from just the 3 start for Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson. Known as a leading improver of horses, Anderson also had Laughing Cavalier in Race 9, and with the services of leading driver Dexter Dunn again, the 5yo Mach Three gelding is another looking to double up for Anderson. Elusive Flight's last start 2nd. Andrew Fitzgerald

A big night for leading Junior Driver Brad Williamson as he extended his lead in the premiership to 29 wins. Saluting the judge on 3 runners tonight, Brads winning treble started in race 5 with Winners Shout, a 3yo Great Success gelding owned by Brad and Grant Gray who is trained by Phil Williamson. $6.10 - $2.10 were the tote odds for Winners Shout. “He has plenty of ability and did it really nice tonight” said Brad. In the next race Williamson drove Elusive Flight, a recent addition to the Graeme Anderson team Williamson was filling in for stable junior driver Rory Mcllwrick who is currently suspended. Forced to drag back from a wide barrier draw, Brad was quick to put the 7 Elsu gelding into the race. Finding the front near the 1400m, Elusive Flight ran away with the junior driver’s event, winning by 4 ¼ lengths over Happy As Larry (Stevie Golding) and No More Change (Craig Ferguson) paying a handy $11.50 - $3.00 Elusive Flight was purchased off www.horsetrader.kiwi by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin. The win brought up ownership win no 1 for Charlotte, who’s brother Matt Purvis is a leading junior driver based in Canterbury with Robert Dunn, while Charlotte’s partner is Oamaru based driver Matthew Williamson. “It’s very exciting to get my first ownership win, big thanks go to trainer Graeme Anderson for a great trainer performance and also Brad (Williamson) for a wonderful drive. Hopefully it won’t be our last visit to the winners circle!” said Charlotte. Caesar Rocks brought up the treble for Williamson paying a massive $56.10 - $11.50. “He went nice a few starts ago, but last start didn’t offer too much confidence, he didn’t have to do anything tonight and the luck went our way to get over top of them” said Brad The victory brought up win number 1 for Lionel Sinnamon for the 15/16 season and also Caesar Rocks 2nd career win. Williamson currently sits on 60 wins for the season, which places 6th on the drivers premiership and 1st on the Junior Drivers Premiership with Kyle Marshall back in 2nd on 31 wins and Craig Ferguson on 26 wins. Andrew Fitzgerald

A few weeks back we had out first “Horses to look out for” write up. A successful night, with 5/6 tips saluting the judge, with one tip paying a handy $10FF. This week we are joined by the country’s leading Junior Driver Brad Williamson, to go through his book of drives, as well as pointing out a few runners who might sneak under the radar.   Brad Williamson: Race 1 – (8) Pyramid Mustang – Trainer Phil Williamson – “Manners let him down last start, if he brings them tonight I think he will be hard to beat” - BEST DRIVE OF THE NIGHT Race 2 – (14) Diptee Bromac – Trainer Eion Latimer – “He went okay last start in a strong field, this looks easier, and he’s a nice place chance” Race 5 – (1) Winners Shout – Trainer Phil Williamson – “He’s a handy wee horse, but still has plenty to learn, the draw could be tricky, but he’s a each way chance if he does it all right” Race 6 – (9) Elusive Flight – Trainer Graeme Anderson- “A new addition to Graeme’s team, although it’s a tricky draw if we can get a good run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he won it” Race 7 – (10) Caesar Rocks – Lionel Sinnamon – “He was disappointing last time, he would have to improve to upset these from the wide barrier” Race 8 – (8) Dissolution – Trainers Cox/McGrannachan - “It’s a strong field and he’s looking for some luck from the wide draw, although a win wouldn’t’ surprise after his good effort last week” - VALUE BET OF THE NIGHT Race 9 – (2) The Persuader – Eion Latimer – “It’s a tough field and he’ll need the run, one to follow over the following weeks” Race 10 – (1) Verdun – Barry Gooch – “He drew well, but it’s a strong field and he’s looking for some luck”   Others to fly under the radar include; Race 4 – (9) Shakey Loch – Trainer Graeme Anderson – Driver Dexter Dunn – New Addition to Anderson team, Dunn jumps aboard, drawn wide, handy recent workout, Hard to roll. Race 7 – (3) Thisgirlisonfire – Trainer John Howe –  Driver Jonny Cox - A handy 3yo filly who was only run down late last start on the grass, has manners and is drawn to get a nice trip. Win bet

The feature race at the Invercargill Harness Racing  Club's meeting today was the Bluff Cup for three win and faster pacers. What it lacked in numbers was offset by the quality of the pacers in the small  field. The field quickly settled into indian file in the damp conditions with Mckenzie Jacob leading them along at a good clip and everyone else content to bide their time. Passing the 900 meter mark, Run Fatboy Run went up to eyeball the leader with the Dexter Dunn driven Belkmyster straight on to his back in the one by one aand Vi Et Animo hard on his back in the running line. That was the way it stayed until they straightened for home where Run Fatboy Run surged to the lead only to be quickly claimed by Belkmyster who went on to a comfortable victory. Run Fatboy Run held on for second with Vi Et Animo , who looked a big danger until he galloped halfway up the straight , getting going again and holding third. For the Mach Three four year old Belkmyster, it was his sixth win in his last twelve starts and his ninth win overall for the Met Seven Syndicate. He covered the 2700 meters from a stand in 3:23, a mile rate of 2:1 with closing sectionals of 58:9 and 28:6 which was a good effort in the damp conditions. In his present form todays win won't be the last for the Graeme Anderson trained Belkmyster in his current campaign. Harnesslink media

Last week was a terrific one for ring-around followers with Andrew Armour, Blair Orange, John Dunn, Jonny Cox, Ricky May, Matthew Williamson, and Todd Mitchell all tipping out winners. The best result was Jonny Cox’s tip Provocative Prince who got home at odds of $8.60. So, who is winning this week? Andrew Armour: Likes the chances of Sock It To Me in race nine at Forbury Park on Friday. Anthony Butt: Thinks Ultimate Major can keep his unbeaten record intact in the fourth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Blair Orange: Rates the chances of capable three-year-old Someardensomewhere. He will compete in the fourth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Craig Thornley: Thinks Supreme Gem has a great chance in the fourth race at Addington tonight. Gavin Smith: Rates the chances of Vice Chairman in the last race at Alexandra Park on Friday. After all, he is going all the way to Auckland to drive him. Jonny Cox: Thinks that Strathtara, who is now in the Graeme Anderson, will take some beating from her ace alley in nine at Forbury. John Dunn: Has opted for superstar filly Venus Serena as his bet of the week. She will compete in race seven at Alexandra Park on Friday. Ken Barron: Thinks the capable Pacquiao will take some beating from his ace alley in race five at Addington tonight. Mark Jones: Is bullish about the chances of stable newcomer Sunoflindenny. He looks a bold chance in race seven at Waimate on Sunday. Matthew Williamson: Thinks Libertybelle Midfrew can knock Venus Serena off her perch in race seven at Alexandra Park on Friday. Nathan Williamson: Is very bullish about the chances of the talented Quick As A Trick - Forbury Park, race two. Ricky May: Can’t see anything beating Mossdale Connor in race five at Forbury Park. Sam Ottley: Who is new to ring-around, has opted for Clarissa in race three at Addington on Saturday. Sean McCaffrey: Is keen on the chances of Madisonz Luck in race six at Alexandra Park on Friday. Simon Lawson: Has opted for Charge Forward as his best of the week – Alexandra Park, race ten. Stephen McNally: Thinks Ares is a good each-way chance in the last race at Addington tonight. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Likes the chances of Donaldson in race seven at Addington tonight Terry Chmiel: Has opted for Happy Heidi as his bet of the week. She competes in the first race at Addington on Saturday. Tim Williams: Thinks Mystery Boy can get the cash in the 1200m Dash For Cash – Forbury, race six. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink) Best Bet: The Peace Train – Addington (Saturday), race six Each-way: The Wraith Of Robyn – Forbury Park, race eight. Value: Lewy Risk – Alexandra Park, race four.

Want to watch one of the fastest ever pacing events in the history of New Zealand harness racing? Then Dunedin is the place to be this Friday night (December 13). Forbury Park General Manager, Zelda Jordan, has confirmed that more than 350 people have confirmed that they will be there for the ‘Christmas Party’ meeting. It’s also the Mitre-10 Dash-For-Cash night where two heats and a final will be competed over six furlongs, three quarters of a mile, or in today’s language a 1200m mobile. “This is a Forbury first and we are excited about this new concept. It allows for horses who are usually quick out of the gate and then struggle at the end of say a 2200m or 2700m race.” “There have been 1207m races before but this is the first I have heard of a 1200m mobile,” Jordan said. The Harness Racing New Zealand record books have no recognition of 1200m mobile races, therefore whoever wins the first heat on Friday will be the new national record holder. The two $6,000 Mitre 10 Dash-For-Cash heats will cater for the C1 four-year-and-older pacers. Then later in the evening the $8,000 final will be raced. “It will be a night of attrition with the fastest and fittest horse left the winner. Hopefully the night is a success and it this is something that we can stage again,” Jordan said. “Every horse that finishes from fourth to ninth will get $250,” she added. The concept is the brainchild of Jordan and the club’s president and vice president Peter Gillespie and Graeme Anderson, and chairman of the Board John Henderson. Forbury Park is a 1007m track, therefore the nine runners will start from the top of the straight and complete just one lap. Jordan said there would be seven across the front and two on the second row. “This is a good chance for horses that perhaps might not win another race to burn out of the gate and try and hang on all the way. “It’s a perfect series for quick starters and with the new drop back system there are a lot of C1 horses that are looking for opportunities,” Jordan said. She hoped the three races would win over both horsemen and the public. “It should be a great spectacle. We want to win over the punters so they will be back for more next year. Dash races in greyhounds have proved popular with gamblers and there’s no reason why it can’t be the same here,” Jordan said. On 15 September 2009 the Manukau Club ran sprint heats and a final on the same day as tote races. Officially the distance was 1188m as the Alexandra Park starting point did not allow for exactly 1200m. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harnes Racing New Zealand) *Due to lack of nominations the Dash For Cash in now bein run as a straight final. Below is the field. Race 6 [8:30pm] MITRE 10 DASH FOR CASH SPRINT MOBILE PACE  $8000, 4YO & OLDER C1, 1200m    Racebook    Gear     For C1 4yo-&-older pacers. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Class Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 364608 5 g     Mystery Boy   C1 1 Front Tim Williams J H Gameson   2 75767X 8 g     Seefeel Bluechip   C1 2 Front Kirstin Barclay T Kilkelly   3 90X071 4 h     One Dot Domino   C1 3 Front Jonny Cox D J Simpson   4 700580 10 g     Jaspers Blue Jean E2 C1 4 Front Steven Golding(J) E J Latimer   5 34575X 6 g     Ronnoco   C1 5 Front Robin Swain Mrs K M O'Connor   6 073559 4 g     Alexy   C1 6 Front Brad Williamson(J) B R Negus   7 826058 4 g     Kaylea Bolter E1 C1 7 Front   W D Keeler   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 8 935585 5 m     Infrequently   C1 8 Front Nathan Williamson G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight   9 755331 5 g     The Witch Doctor   C1 9 Front Andrew Armour G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight   10 740X39 4 m     Shard N Awe   C1 10 Front Ricky May G J Anderson   11 8475X4 6 m     Live Life Betta   C1 11 Front Jason Thomas(J) D W Paterson       Mitchell Robertson selects: Mystery Boy, Ronnoco, Infrequently

Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman had both trained plenty of winners before yesterday. But, Mackenzie Jacob’s win at Ascot Park was the first for the Cox & Hoffman partnership, which was officially formed on August 1st. Beforehand, Hoffman was in partnership with Graeme Anderson, while Cox worked and drove for them, as well as training his own horses out of the same barn. The pair still train alongside Anderson at Westwood Beach. Mackenzie Jacob was leased off Otematata trainer Ian Munro and owner-breeder Cheryl Munro by Gerald Cayford and Gary Fyfe after the horse finished 10th at Forbury Park in early June. His three runs for the new lessees produced a sixth, a second and a ninth before yesterday's win. Mackenzie Jacob's last success on race day was at Forbury Park on August 16 last year, when he was in the care of Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson. It quite easily could have been a double for Cox and Hoffman yesterday, had their talented but enigmatic trotter Perfect Sunrise behaved herself. She looks one to follow in upcoming weeks. Still, Mackenzie Jacob wasn’t the only winner to come out of Westwood Beach on Sunday. Montecrengle, who was recently reunited with Graeme Anderson after being claimed back by, believe it or not, a different group of Anderson’s owner, was also successful in the hands of Jonny Cox. By Mitchell Robertson

Few salutes have lasted as long as Graeme Anderson's at Oamaru yesterday, but the statuesque pose in the sulky was hiding some nerves.

King Kenny's form is positively regal, and he gave stand-in harness racing driver Jonny Cox something to smile about too at Winton yesterday.

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