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Steven Reid is hoping for a nasty Harness Jewels on Saturday. Like aggressive nasty. Drivers getting stuck into each other out on the track, unfriending each other on Facebook the next day, food fight in the drivers' room type nasty. That might be hoping for a bit much but it might be then, and only then, Pukekohe trainer Reid has a shot as a Harness Jewels double. There is no doubt both Reid's four-year-old Star Galleria (Emerald) and Utmost Delight (Diamond) are good enough to win their $150,000 divisions. In fact, give them the appropriate front line draws and they could be close to good things, definitely warm favourites. But the problem is both Star Galleria and Utmost Delight have drawn wide on the second line in their mobile miles, often the kiss of death at Cambridge. Unless, of course, Saturday's races are run upside down, with super fast sectionals early, making rare swoopers victories a reality. If that dream scenario unfolds Reid is adamant he has the horsepower to take advantage. "I need them to go hard in both my races or maybe we can't win, it could be that simple," admits Reid. "Mile racing at Cambridge can be hard enough but if you have to come wide and they run home [800m] in 55 seconds it can be impossible. "But looking at the fields I think we have a chance because they could be really hard run races." Reid has a point as both four-year-old pacing dashers lack a dominant favourite to lead and deter attackers and they also have enough gate speed and form doubts spread across the front line to suggest early fireworks. Take Star Galleria's race. If key rival Eamon Maguire was drawn to lead the race could be as good as over, with very little likelihood of attack. Instead, he is drawn the second line and Reid hopes driver Zac Butcher can turn his rival into an ally. "I am hoping Zac can get straight on his [Eamon Maguire's] back and get a cart into the race, either early or late." If that happens Reid knows his rep has the raw speed to capitalise, with Star Galleria brilliant at Alexandra Park last Friday. He has already claimed some serious open class scalps this season, including Heaven Rocks when he led and won the Flying Mile on this track in January. "He is right back to his best but that tempo is crucial. I hope they go nuts up front." Utmost Delight looks one of the few horses all day who can come wide and win. Utmost Delight is a group one winning mare who looks at her peak in a race where some key rivals have form or barrier draw (Bonnie Joan) concerns. "She has needed her last two runs to bring her back to her peak, which often my horses do. "But she was great last Friday night and has really come on with it this week. There looks to be some speed and some aggressive drivers in her race so again, we need that early burn. "If we get that and she gets the right three-wide cart into the race I know she can win." As good as Utmost Delight is, she has got into tight odds at $3.50 for a mare with her draw and punters will almost certainly be better waiting to back either of Reid's pair on the day or on the tote. Wait, and then hope, for some good old fashioned aggression. Michael Guerin

Racing Integrity Unit Release  30 May 2018        The Stewards have been advised by the trainers M Purdon and N Rasmussen that the following horses may have been exposed to a possible contamination during their transportation to Cambridge for the Harness Jewels.   Princess Tiffany Stress Factor Funatthebeach Sicario Winterfell Cheerful Bubbled Up Kayla Marie War Dan Delight . The Stewards have therefore ordered swabbing of the horses. The RIU has advised the New Zealand Racing Board, and they have agreed to suspend betting on the races the horses are engaged in.   The results of the testing will not be available until after 4pm on Friday afternoon when a further announcement will be made.    Mike Godber - General Manager                 Nick Ydgren  - Chief Stipendiary Steward   HRNZ

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 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 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   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 Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email: If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on 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 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   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  Bookings essential, please visit 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 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  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   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 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; 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 UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC  June 14 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email 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

Horse trainers usually treat the news a key rival has been scratched from a group one race with a kind of political grace. Which means they more or less lie and pretend they are upset for their fellow trainers, when in reality they are thrilled their horse is one step closer to the winner’s circle. But not Cran Dalgety. Not this Saturday. Dalgety was genuinely shocked and disappointed to hear star Aussie mare Carla’s Pixel was pulled out of the Harness Jewels on Monday, even though she might have been the hardest for Dalgety’s mare Bonnie Joan to beat. The pair were set to both start off the second line in the $150,000 four-year-old Diamond but Carla’s Pixel will now not get on the plane across the Tasman after a poor last start performance.  While that should make Bonnie Joan’s task on Saturday easier, it has almost certainly made it enormously more difficult. Bonnie Joan was originally drawn barrier two on the second line and set to follow through behind a fast beginner and get handy, which is about as good as life gets from the second line in a mile race at Cambridge. But Carla’s Pixel’s withdrawal has hit Bonnie Joan hard on two front fronts. Firstly she moves to the inside of the second line, but it also lets emergency Christanna into the race and she has drawn the ace. So Bonnie Joan has gone from being all but guaranteed being handy in the running line to starting directly behind an 80-1 chance who is certain to take a trail, meaning Bonnie Joan is facing a traffic nightmare.  “Oh, that is not good,” said Dalgety upon hearing the news of Carla’s Pixel’s scratching.  “I was quite comfortable with two on the second line but now everything has changed. I’m really happy with the mare but Dexter (Dunn, driver) is going to have to find some luck somewhere. And to be honest, I don’t know where.” The race is likely to be Bonnie Joan’s last as she heads to the broodmare paddock a valuable commodity and the scratching of Carla’s Pixel and the subsequent draw reshuffle makes the race one of the most puzzling of the day. Dalgety takes seven horses to the Cambridge mega meeting and while others have draws suggesting they will need luck, he is very keen to take that out of the equation with Pat’s Delight in the last race for the three-year-old boys. The speedster has had a rollercoaster season, looking a potential early star when beating good older horses, racing below par on his Northern Derby trip then only going down a nose in the New Zealand Derby. “We have had some good luck and bad but we want to take that out of the equation this Saturday,” said Dalgety.  “We are drawn inside the other favourites and have good gate speed so I want to see him in front and staying there.  “If we do that and they are still good enough to beat us then so be it, “But we don’t want to be handing up and I don’t think there are going to be a lot of drivers who do this week.” Pat’s Delight is locked in a three-way battle for favourtism around the $3 mark with his Derby conqueror Sheriff and Sicario for the last race, always one of the more dramatic on Jewels day.  The blazing early gate speed from at least of the horse on the front line coupled with the fact the All Stars have three reps in the race who will need to move early to have any chance suggest it will be one of the highlights of the day again.   Michael Guerin

A cloud hangs over one of only three previous Jewels winners heading to Cambridge for Saturday's $1.275 million meeting. Because after stopping to a walk at the Pukekohe workouts on Saturday, Partyon will need to pass a vet test on Wednesday to be allowed to start in the four-year-old Diamond. Only Partyon, Enghien and Dizzy Miss Lizzy go into Saturday as past Jewels winners, Partyon's story the most remarkable as she won the two-year-old Diamond two seasons ago at only her second start. While that was a dream result, this week's preparation has turned into a nightmare. She suffered atrial fibrillation at the Pukekohe workouts on Saturday and while many horses recover from that problem and go on to race at, or close to, their peaks at their next start, it is hardly ideal for Partyon. She had only just returned to usual trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen to prepare for the Jewels after an Australian campaign and not only suffered the fibrillation but of course missed the fitness benefits of a proper hit out on Saturday. Purdon is confident she can still make the $150,000 mile but admits the preparation is less than perfect. "The good news is her heart had returned to its normal rhythm by last night (Saturday) and that is one of the most important things," explained the champion trainer. "But we will get her checked out again on Wednesday and make a final decision then. But I think she will still be starting." Partyon already faces a huge task from her second draw in one of the glamour races of the day but that is indicative of what the All Stars are up against on Jewels day. They have 20 horses entered for the meeting and only Winterfell (barrier one) has drawn inside barrier four. "I can't remember us getting a series of draws like this and I can see it being a real issue as it looks a day where not a lot of drivers are going to be handing up," said Purdon. Three final acceptors withdrew yesterday, with Kendra pulling out of the two-year-old Diamond and both Puma Road and Girls On Film withdrawn from the three-year-old Ruby. Michael Guerin

Shane Tritton thinks he could be the surprise packet of the Harness Jewels. And today’s barrier draws have only boosted his confidence with his juvenile pair Platinum Revolution and Petes Big Jim both snaring prized pole positions at Cambridge tomorrow (Saturday) week.  Tritton and wife Lauren have tackled the Jewels before so knows the enormity of the challenge, but he insists his two raiders should not be sold short despite not being dismissed by many.  “I know lots of people have written us off and, in the case of Petes Big Jim, even laughed at us going, but I think they’ll be surprised,” he said.  “I had Platinum Revolution underdone first-up at Goulburn, it was my fault. Then she could’ve won by a huge space last time, but she wanted to switch off in front.  “She hasn’t been in many races against the best fillies because she hasn’t been paid-up for those races, but I’ve got no doubt she will thrive on it. She’ll follow any speed and run a great race.  “Drawing the pole is a big plus. It should put us right up there on the speed without having to do much work.”  Petes Big Jim joined Tritton’s team right at the time he landed a Jewels invite which surprised many.  “I’ve liked this horses for a long time. I tried to buy him when he ran second in a big race to College Chapel in super time earlier in the season,” Tritton said.  “He’s certainly nowhere near the best two-year-old in Australia on his form, but I’m sure he’s up there on sheer talent.  “I changed a few things after he came to our stable and you saw the immediate results with that 1min53sec trial win at Menangle the other day.  “Put it this way, we’ve got one of the best two-year-olds going around in Muscle Factory and Lauren (Tritton) said after Petes Big Jim’s trial the other day that if clashed with Muscle Factory, she wouldn’t be sure which one to drive.  “Lauren also said he felt that good in the trial that now he’s drawn to lead in the Jewels she wouldn’t hesitate to hold the front.”  If you needed any reminding how upbeat and great for the game Tritton is, check his tweet just moments after the Jewels’ barrier draws came out: “BRING ON THE JEWELS”! Adam Hamilton

Australia’s long Harness Jewels drought looks certain to end at Cambridge next Saturday. Because the barrier draws for the $1,275,000 mega day with nine group ones have played into the hands of the Australian visitors, none more so than superstar filly Shez All Rock. She has drawn handy on the front line and looks set to find the front in the $150,000 three-year-old Diamond and will start long odds-on, especially with Elle Mac drawn the second line. While she is being trained for her two-race New Zealand campaign by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Shez All Rock is very much counted as an Australian, having been invited before her NZ Oaks win and she will wear the green Australian Jewels colours in her mobile mile. If she is successful she will become the first Australian horse to win a Jewels since the meeting became such a huge part of the New Zealand harness racing calendar 11 years ago. While Shez All Rock will be clearly the best backed of the six Australian reps next Saturday, the chances of Shane Tritton-trained stablemates Platinum Revolution (race one) and Petes Big Jim (race six) improved after they both drew the ace.  And even four-year-old mare Carla’s Pixel may not be too badly disadvantaged by drawing one on the second line behind a potential leader in Seaswift Joy. Australian trotters Dance Craze (four-year-old trot) and Wobelee (three-year-old trot) face trickier draws but the latter in particular still looks a winning hope as gate speed has never been his forte. With barrier draws so crucial for mile racing at Cambridge the final fields will see plenty of movement at the top of the markets as some long-time favourites fared poorly. Elle Mac is one of the most obvious while Princess Tiffany will have to overcome the outside of the front line is she is to remain unbeaten in the two-year-old Diamond. The four-year-old pacing divisions have both been thrown wide open with the two favourites in the male pace, Star Galleria and Eamon Maguire, having their gate speed weapons taken away by second line draws. And the same applies to Bonnie Joan, Partyon and Utmost Delight in the mare’s races. Remarkably the four Purdon-Rasmussen trained juvenile male pacers, who held the top four spots in that market, drew alongside each other in the outside four spots on the front line. NZ Derby quinellamates Sheriff and Pat’s Delight gained crucial advantage over Sicario with inside front line draws in the three-year-old male pace while Habibi Inta has the ace draw inside Enghien (barrier three) in the four-year-old trot. One of the questions of the day will be how hot three-year-old trot favourite Winterfell handles his barrier one draw after being occasionally rocky in his gate last start. Michael Guerin

Shez All Rock (3yo Diamond) - Following the running of the New Zealand Pacing Oaks on Friday the 18th of May it was noted the horse Shez All Rock broke from its gait over the final stages and then paced indifferently through to being pulled up after the race. A post-race Veterinary examination showed the horse to have some minor shoulder soreness. The following day the filly underwent further Veterinary examination at the ‘All Star’ stables where some sensitivity was noted in the horses’ fetlocks. These joints have subsequently been injected. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. Elle Mac (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen reported she had been slightly disappointed with the efforts of this filly in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks. The stable have advised that it is their intention to have blood taken on the 22nd of May for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results of these. Diababa (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Terry Chmiel has notified Stewards that following this fillys performance in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks, which he perceived to be disappointing, a Veterinary examination was carried out. Resulting from this the filly has had her fetlocks injected. Mr Chmiel also had blood taken for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results. Run Boy Run (4yo Emerald) - Run Boy Run was late scratched from the Oamaru HRC meeting on the 20th of May after being found to be lethargic and off it’s food on race morning. Trainer Mitchell Kerr has advised that the horse was also displaying some nasal discharge and a course of treatment has commenced. Mr Kerr added that it was his intention to continue with the horses’ preparation towards the Harness Jewels. Jesse Duke (2yo Emerald) - A slight lump was noticed on the front right leg of this horse following its winning performance in the Sires Stakes Final at Addington Raceway on the 18th of May. The Stable notified Stewards of this and their intention to have the leg scanned. This afternoon a Veterinarian scanned the leg and was satisfied the horse was able to continue with its Harness Jewels preparation. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. HRNZ

Australian Group One winning trotter, Dance Craze, has accepted an invitation to the 2018 Harness Jewels. Following the withdrawal of Custodian from the 4YO Ruby yesterday, interest was high from the harness racing connections of the former Breeders Crown winner to take part in the race.   A four-year-old mare by Muscle Hill out of the great mare, La Coocaracha, Dance Craze has an impressive career record of 11 starts, 8 wins, and 2 seconds.  Included in that haul, along with her Group One Breeders Crown win, is a Group Two victory in the Trot NSW Three-Year-Old Final. She also placed second in the Group One Victoria Trotting Derby, and second in the Group One Need for Speed Princess Final last season.  Dance Craze resumed just yesterday (17 May) with a win as a four-year-old when successful at Ballarat. She is prepared by Anton Golino of Cardigan in Victoria, who trains exclusively for the owners (Yabby Dam Farms). Golino’s rise to success has been a remarkable one. After being involved in a motorbike accident when a farrier, he was forced into a wheelchair for a year. It was after that he decided to head to the United States to expand his skills.  His experience with Noel Daley there then led him to work in Sweden and France, and upon returning to Australia to train he was then approached by Pat Driscoll to work for Yabby Dam Farms.  The partnership has gone from strength to strength.  Dance Craze is regularly driven in Australia by Nathan Jack, who was set to bring Custodian to the Jewels prior to the horse being withdrawn.  Her dam La Coocaracha was an outstanding trotter. She was a three time Group One winner and amassed 23 victories during her career.  One of her Group One wins came on New Zealand soil when successful in the 2002 Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park.  Dance Craze will now try and emulate her dam by taking success at the highest level in New Zealand.  Harness Racing New Zealand

Tamworth harness racing followers have seen an emerging star in the making – Pete’s Big Jim. Kudos to Sawyers Gully trainer Stacie Elliott who has done a sterling job with the two-year-old pacer. On Monday, Pete’s Big Jim received an invitation to contest the Harness Jewels, Group 1 Emeralds for two-year-old colts and geldings at Cambridge Raceway in New Zealand on June 2 with a prize purse of $A138,292  prize money for each pacing event. Elliott has trained Pete’s Big Jim to two wins and four placings from nine starts. He has now elected to hand over the preparation for the NZ campaign to Menangle-based and former Hunter team Shane and Lauren Tritton for the Jewels. Pete’s Big Jim emerged as a possible Jewels contender when finishing second behind College Chapel in the Group 3 Sapling Stakes at Menangle in February. Team Tritton were already heading to the Jewels with two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution. After winning a heat of the Leeton Breeders Plate on debut in January, Pete’s Big Jim featured at the Tamworth Paceway for his next career win in April, taking out the Nev Brown Memorial. Owned by Canberra-based golf businessman and former golf pro Peter Kohlsdorf, who has had a keen interest in the sport since the late 1960s, this is the first time he has actually owned a pacer by himself without a syndicate. Kohlsdorf once finished second in a pro am event to Jack Nicklaus. Hats off also to Maitland reinsman Peter Hedges who has driven Pete’s Big Jim in all of his race starts. THE Hetherington stables at Narrabri will be eagerly awaiting the release of the barrier draw for Limousine Livia in the $20,000 Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Final to be contested at Menangle on May 26.  After missing a berth in the Tamworth heat on May 4 when the mare finished third to Last Party (Guy Chapple -MR 2.01.6 for 1609m), trainer Jarred Hetherington headed to Newcastle last Saturday night to win that heat with a MR of 1.58 for 1609 metres. Limousine Livia then stepped out at the Maitland meeting on Monday to back up for another win with her stats now recording 16 starts for six wins and four placings. Other winners in the series staged so far and looking for a favourable draw are Joes Star of Mia at Forbes from the Steve Turnbull stables with a MR of 1.57.3 for 1680 metres, and Untitled from the Brad Hewitt stables at Wagga with a MR of 1.55.6 for 1755m, which was also a track record. The last leg of the series will be conducted at Cowra on Sunday as part of Cowra’s Carnival of Cups meeting. SADLY, this week we saw the tragic passing of Strathlachlan Andy at a Cranbourne harness meeting. Strathlachlan Andy was raced by the Harding family, who are former residents of the north-west now based at Bobs Farm in Newcastle. Geoff handled the training of Strathlachlan Andy, while eldest son Matthew was the owner and youngest son James took the reins on occasion. Undertaking a campaign in Victoria under the training of Michael Stanley, Andy had two starts with a second in the Swan Hill Anzac Cup at his first start before a win at the Cranbourne meeting, going 1.55 for 1720 metres. A race fall at Cranbourne on Saturday night saw Strathlachlan Andy suffer a fracture mid-shaft on his near-hind cannon bone and the horse was humanely euthanised on the track. With a career that spanned 73 race starts for 26 wins and 24 placings, some of Andy’s achievements were: 2015 - Harness Racing NSW 2015 Country Cups Champion and broke track records at Tamworth and Armidale. 2015 and 2016 - Wins in the Cootamundra Cup. 2015 and 2016 – Wins in the Armidale Cup. 2018 - Finished third in the Armidale Cup to Clintal Do. 2015 – Win of the Narrabri Cup. 2014 – Heat and Final win of the Muswellbrook Cup. 2015 – Win in a heat of the Tamworth Golden Guitar before taking out the $25,000 Listed Classic Final of the Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar. 2014 – A heat win of the Menangle Where Horses Fly at Forbes before taking out the $25,000 Listed Classic Final at Menangle where his personal best mile rate of 1.53.9 was recorded for 1609 metres. 2014 – Won a heat of the Maitland Inter City Pace before finishing sixth to All Eyes On Us in the Group 3 Final. HARNESS racing will return to the Tamworth Paceway on May 25. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

It has been confirmed by Harness Racing New Zealand today that Aussie invite Jilliby Kung Fu has been officially withdrawn from the 2018 Harness Jewels and will not be coming over to New Zealand. Although having a Miracle Mile placegetter at the Jewels would have been a big drawcard, Australia will still be represented in this years Harness Jewels by Shez All Rock (3yo pacing filly), Wobelee (3yo trotting colt/gelding), Carlas Pixel (4yo pacing mare), Platinum Revolution(2yo pacing filly), Custodian (4yo trotting entire/gelding) and Petes Big Jim (2yo pacing colt/gelding). This years Jewels day will be held on Saturday 2nd June at Cambridge Raceway.  The speedy filly Shez All Rock is already in New Zealand and is currently being trained by top trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.  Shez All Rock will have her first start in New Zealand on Friday night in the New Zealand Oaks at Addington, where she will start from outside the second row over the mobile 2600m. Harnesslink Media

It is more than 30 years since a team of Aussies so large and talented raided New Zealand harness racing. You have to go back to the 1995 Christchurch Inter Dominion, won by champion Aussie stayer Golden Reign, when this many talented Australian horses crossed the Tasman to tackle the Kiwis at home. Seven Australian pacers or trotters have been invited to contest seven different Harness Jewels finals at Cambridge racetrack, two hours south of Auckland, on Saturday week. They include exciting open-class pacer Jilliby Kung Fu, champion young trotter Wobelee, flying mare Carlas Pixel and record-breaking three-year-old filly Shez All Rock. Surely Australia has the ammunition to finally post the first win by an Australian-trained raider at the Harness Jewels in the 12 years. Australian-trained horses have gone close to claiming one of the Jewels. Our first raider and subsequent Miracle Mile winner Divisive ran second to Monkey King in the 2007 Jewels final for four-year-old pacers at Ashburton. Another 11 Australians have contested Jewels races since and the closest they have come is a pair of seconds, courtesy of Mr Mojito and One Muscle Hill at Ashburton last year. Given the depth and quality of this year’s seven raiders, one will be essential, but the bar should be set at two or more. Depending on final fields and crucial barrier draws, Australian horses could be favourite or at least be right near the top of betting in four, five, maybe even six Jewels’ races. Here is an early look at the seven Aussie invitees and how they stack-up on Saturday week. 2018 NZ HARNESS JEWELS — THE AUSSIE RAIDERS SHEZ ALL ROCK (3yo pacing filly): She’s a special filly. Has blasted her way to stardom winning the heat and final of the NSW Oaks and heat and final of the Victoria Oaks. First filly since Jane Ellen in 1988 to win NSW/Victoria Oaks double. I’m sure she’s at least as good as Elle Mac and we get to line them up in the NZ Oaks this week. JILLIBY KUNG FU (4yo pacing entire/gelding): Australia’s most exciting pacer. So much to like about the way he powered his way to the 4YO Bonanza win. He ran super time winning the Chariots Fire and did such a terrific job when second to My Field Marshal in the Miracle Mile. Light preparation for this, but goes well fresh. Certainly some depth in this division with Eamon Maguire, Star Galleria, More The Bettor, AG White Socks, etc, but could any of them have done what he did in the Miracle Mile? WOBELEE (3yo trotting colt/gelding): Such a talented yet fascinating horse. Oozes talent, but far from the complete package. Great to see him blow them away in the NSW Trotters’ Derby last time, but not ideal him having a gallop at the start. Certainly respect Winterfell and to a lesser extent Majestic Man. If the right Wobelee turns up and does it all right, then look out! CARLAS PIXEL (4yo pacing mare): Keen to see how she goes against Australia’s best mares in the Group 1 Queen of the Pacific at Melton this weekend. Beat a hot field winning the Group 1 Ladyship Mile in February and two runs since have been excellent without winning. I think she’s got NZ contenders like Bonnie Joan, Utmost Delight and Seaswift Joy covered at her top.   PLATINUM REVOLUTION (2yo pacing filly): Real “pro” of a filly with a dash of class — just what you’d expect from Shane and Lauren Tritton. She’s no star, but has shown enough in her best runs to say she can be competitive. Whether she can beat the best “All Stars” locals like Princess Tiffany and Kayla Marie is the big question. Rough chance. CUSTODIAN (4yo trotting entire/gelding): Great to see him returning to where he won the 2YO Jewels final when part of the All Stars barn. Nursed back from injury with a campaign specifically aimed at this by Nathan Jack. Sure to be primed, but will need the right draw and luck to beat the leading locals like Enghien, Habibti Inta and Musculus. Rough chance. PETES BIG JIM (2yo pacing colt/gelding): Great to see connections riding the wave of a fairytale invite. Best pointer is second to College Chapel — who ranks in Australia’s top 2/3 juveniles — in a 1min52.6sec Menangle Mile on February 24. You’d also expect improvement with the recent switch to Shane/Lauren Tritton barn. Still hard to seeing causing ripples against big guns like Jesse Duke and Another Masterpiece. Reprinted with permission of The Herald Sun

Of all the conversations the youngest boss in New Zealand racing has had about the first Jewels meeting he will oversee in two weeks, one theme stands out. "I am getting a lot of people tell me this time it feels like the first Jewels all over again, something new," says Cambridge chief executive David Branch. At 28, Branch is extremely young to be running any racing club, let alone one hosting harness racing's second biggest meeting on June 2. The $1,275,000 day comes with even more pressure after the recent decision to transfer the South Island Jewels meeting next season from Ashburton to Addington. Put simply, if Cambridge have a great, or even good, result they should keep the hosting rights for 2020. If they don't, the pressure to move to Alexandra Park as the northern base will intensify. Unusually calm for one so young in a racing administrative role, Branch is confident without a hint of brashness. "The only worry I have is the weather, and we can't control that obviously," he said. "But even if the weather isn't the best, we have capacity for between 2500-3000 people under cover." That number would be a crowd pass mark for a track as intimate as Cambridge. But Branch wants 4000. Maybe 5000. "The buzz around here, around Cambridge, has been fantastic," he said. "We've had support from the Waipa District Council, we're getting a lot of buy-in from the community and we think we'll get great support from the gallops industry. "For the first time since we started holding the Jewels every second year, there will be no Ellerslie meeting on the same day, no northern gallops. "So we really want to get the gallops people to enjoy a day at the races and we've aimed some facilities directly at them." A pop-up sports bar with a capacity for 400 and hosted by gallops expert Brendan Popplewell will cater for the thoroughbred-keen punters, ensuring ample television coverage of the gallops meetings both domestically and in Australia in between the Jewels action. "And we'll have some of the local celebrities there and of course Peter Moody." Moody is almost as famous for his media work these days as he was when he trained champion mare Black Caviar and he is a key part of Cambridge's attempt to lure the thoroughbred community to their mega meeting. "Peter is great on social media and television and we have an in-depth interview with him at the pre-Jewels function here on the night before. We already have 150 bookings for that, which could double. "He will also be speaking in that sports bar on the raceday itself and we are sure plenty of people will enjoy hearing his views on all things racing." Branch says his new management team "basically tore up the plan" from the last Jewels at Cambridge two years ago. "It will feel a totally different experience right from the time people walk on track. We have a food truck village and sponsors like Corona on board. "So the place will feel different and then of course the racing on Jewels day is always awesome. So the buzz is there, and so many people have told me it feels like the first time the Jewels came to Cambridge." The racing was strengthened over the weekend with the seventh Australian invite and Aussie star trotter Wobelee winning the New South Wales Derby, confirming his trip to Cambridge. "To have seven Aussies coming to the meeting is incredible but we can't take the credit for that, that has all been Darrin Williams from HRNZ. "But it all adds to the exposure and it will be exciting to see how horses like Jilliby Kung Fu and Wobelee go against our horses." Branch said tickets for the premier marquees were selling fast and he expected them to be gone before the start of Jewels week. Harness Jewels Where: Cambridge Raceway. When: June 2. What: Nine group one races, $1,275,000 in stakes. Who: New Zealand's elite harness horses against seven Australian invites. Michael Guerin

Kiwi-bred two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution has been the latest Australian raider added to the list for the 2018 Harness Jewels to be held at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday 2 June. A Group Three Pink Bonnet winner, Platinum Revolution has accepted an invitation into the 2YO Diamond with a record of three starts, two wins and a third. The win in the Pink Bonnet in early March was over the distance of one mile, in which she recorded a time of 1.54.7. Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton of Sydney and owned by Rob Jones, Shane was thrilled to receive the invitation and did not hold back on his opinion of the filly. “I’m very happy with Gucci (Platinum Revolution). She has come back better this preparation and is undoubted the best two-year-old filly I have trained,” he stated. “She is versatile and tough and we are very excited to be bringing her to the Jewels.” The daughter of Changeover has a unique to connection to another Australian, now claimed as an honorary Kiwi by the New Zealand racing industry. She was co-bred by commentator Mark McNamara, along with his wife Katie, her father Steve and their good friend Aaron Goadsby. Her dam, Champagne Franco, was lightly raced having just two career starts but won on debut at Rangiora in 2011 for then trainer/driver Mark Jones. Platinum Revolution is her second live foal and first to race, and her career has been keenly followed by her breeders. “I’m really happy for the horse more than anything,” said Mark.  “She was the most beautiful natured yearling an absolute pleasure to have around.” “All the credit has to go to Matt Cross, he broke her in. And to the team at Mark Jones stable who did the early work with her.” “I knew when Shane bought her she was going get her chance but to know now she’s coming for the Jewels is extremely exciting. Her Mum got some extra hay this morning.” Whilst Mark cannot make the Jewels this year, his wife Katie will be present at the meeting to cheer Platinum Revolution home for her breeders. Which is fitting given she gifted the filly her name. “Katie named her. The ‘Platinum’ came from the dam’s ‘Champagne’ factor, and ‘Revolution’ is from the sire ‘Changeover,’” explained Mark. “Katie was away when the horse left, so she is looking forward to seeing her again.” Platinum Revolution joins an impressive Australian assualt on the Jewels in 2018, with invitations already accepted by Custodian, Wobelee, Carla’s Pixel, Shez All Rock and Jilliby Kung Fu. 2018 could potentially see the first year the Australians take a Jewels victory. Jess Smith

Next season’s Harness Racing showcase - the Harness Jewels, will not be at Ashburton next season but up the road at Addington in Christchurch. The decision was made by the HRNZ Board last week after it was presented with proposals from the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club and Ashburton Trotting Club. “In the end the decision wasn’t too difficult to make. It came down to a number of factors. Perhaps the most compiling fact is that the Ashburton Club is going through a transition phase in terms of their management and their club. I don’t think the Board was instilled with confidence for them to run the event. Addington have a good track record of putting on big events,” said HRNZ Chairman Ken Spicer. The first ever Harness Jewels were held at Ashburton in 2007 and from that point on it’s been the preferred South Island host every second year. The event was great for the town and Spicer says the Ashburton TC may reapply to host the event again. “I rang the President straight away. Obviously they’ll be disappointed but in saying that it’s only for one year and there’s a chance for them to regroup and have a crack at in two years time. It’s not as though it’s been taken away from them forever.” Spicer said there are advantages in racing at Addington. “I think from the horsemen’s (trainers and drivers) point of view, they’ll be in favour in going to Addington with a covered barn and the nice track. At a grassroots level I think there’ll be a few people saying it shouldn’t go to a big club, that it should stay at a smaller club. But it wasn’t about this club and that club it was where we thought the Jewels would be better suited in 2019.” He says there’ll be more opportunities to grow the event with a wider range of hospitality options and more corporates getting involved in the event. “There’s also a chance that we may get some major sponsorship by being in a bigger centre. We’ll also pick up on the off-course betting in Australia because Addington seems to get premium betting as opposed to some of the country tracks.” Spicer says there’ll also be some cost saving by hosting the event at Addington. “Obviously we don’t have to set up Marquees.” He says no decision has been made on whether Cambridge could lose it’s North Island hosting rights to the Auckland Trotting Club. “We’ll have a look at Cambridge next year based on what they’re doing this year but all indications are that they’re doing a great job. If it’s a great event (this year) there’s every chance it’ll go back to Cambridge in 2020.” Spicer says some consideration is being given to altering the time of the season when the Jewels are run. “The option we looked at was going to January and putting it over a calendar year. But that would take out the two year olds and you’d have three, four and five year olds (racing) because you’re obviously only having half a season for the two year olds.  The only problem is that we felt it would get lost at that time of year with so much else going on. June is not an ideal time with the weather, but it suits the calendar because there’s not too much on at that time of year.” Spicer also indicated the Board could look at a different location altogether. He mentioned they’d considered bringing it to Southland. And that there was some support for the idea. “I think if it came to Southland it would be a big boost and it would go well but it’s a long way to come and at that time of year it might not be the ideal place to be. But’s it a possibility,” he said. Wouldn’t that be a gem! Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The emotion of Ashburton losing the Harness Jewels next season is vastly different from the reality of the decision. HRNZ voted that the hosting rights for the code’s second biggest day will go to Addington next year after Ashburton has held the South Island-based rights to the meeting since 2007.  Cambridge will hold this season’s meeting, which rotates between the North and South Islands, on June 2 and no decision has been made on the northern host for 2020. But if Cambridge have a successful meeting this season, and the early indications are very positive, then they will almost certainly retain their hosting rights.   Ashburton losing the Jewels will be an emotional decision for many who believe the  $1.275milion meeting sits better at a provincial track rather than at the major city tracks like Addington.  And that emotion is understandable. Jewels days at Ashburton have produced some magical moments on the best mile racing track in the country.  But off the track the day had started to feel stale, with few new innovations in recent seasons to suggest the day was moving forward.  However it has emerged that is not the reason the Jewels will move to Addington next season, rather it is a glaring hole in the Ashburton club.  The area is a strong hold of New Zealand harness racing but the actual club has no full-time administrator at present.  The club’s long-time boss Fiona Stuart stood down last season because of ill health while her assistant Gareth Murfitt has taken a job at Riccarton.  So there is nobody actually working in the office at Ashburton and while next season’s Jewels are 13 months away it would have been foolish, bordering on a dereliction of duty, if HRNZ has voted to retain the Jewels at a club with effectively no employees apart from a track manager.  Ashburton’s proposal indicated they would employ a project manager to oversee the Jewels for four or five months but most major race clubs in New Zealand start their planning and build-up to their major carnival the day after the last one finished.  To put nearly $1.3million of the industry’s money and its second biggest day after New Zealand Cup day in the hands of a club without a paid employee to start planningimmediately would be unprofessional. HRNZ boss Edward Rennell realises the move will be unpopular is some quarters of the industry although that is nothing new as barely any decision in harness racing these days meets with universal approval.  But he says the door is far from closed on Ashburton hosting Jewels day again.  “The Ashburton club have been through some changes and will obviously go through some more but they have a lot to be proud of over the last decade of holding the Jewels and I hope they come back with a bid for the series in 2021,” said Rennell.  “But we are also lucky as an industry we have Addington coming on board because we know they can run a big event, they don’t come any bigger than New Zealand Cup day.” The move to Addington will see the first Jewels races run not over the mile distance, with the nine group one races to be staged over 1950m next season as Addington’s mile start point is ridiculous. Michael Guerin

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