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“We’ve decided to pull the pin. It’s pretty emotional,” said Geoff Knight after Deus Ex won today’s Northern Southland Summer Cup at Ascot Park. The fifth favourite got back early for regular pilot Matty Williamson before he made a lightning move and took up the leader’s role. He hung on to beat favourite Watch Me Now by a neck. “He’s a good horse and I said to Matty don’t be unlucky.” It was fitting that Williamson was the driver for the win. “We’ve trained 250 odd winners and he’s driven over 200 of them for us. He’s been so loyal from the time he was a kid. He’s part of the family.” Geoff started training in 1987 and had thirty six winners in his own right before Jude came into the partnership in 2010. Their biggest winner was Pembrook’s Delight in the Group One Four Year Old Diamonds at Cambridge in 2012. Geoff says he and Jude will carry on with the Rural Mail Run and are still breeding horses. “We’re going to take life a bit easier. Matty’s going to train Deus Ex and a few of the others. Instead of sending out the bills we’re going to be paying them. I’m sure I’ll miss it, particularly the people, because the people are everything. I’m still on the board of Southern Harness and the Horseman’s Association. Jude’s good with it. She said it had to be my decision because it’s been my passion.” Although Pembrook’s Delight holds a special place in the couple’s training career Deus Ex also rates highly. “I’ve always said that this horse from the age of three could be the best horse I’ve trained. I don’t think I’ve had any other horses including Trojan and Pembrook’s Delight that could have done what he did today so that backs my judgement.” And who knows they could be back at some stage. “I’m not selling all my gear.”   Bruce Stewart 

She had every right to get beaten, but the class and fighting qualities of Ashburton filly Better’s Tart prevailed and provided the highlight of the Southern Harness scene so far this season. “From what she did today she’s got a future. It was only her third start and it was a pretty tough run,” said driver Sam Ottley. From a wide draw Ottley wasn’t able to get cover and sat three or four out until sitting parked with a lap to run. “They all punched up and made us work a bit but that’s competitive racing isn’t it.” Ottley said the Brent White trained filly wasn’t overly fazed at being posted wide. “She was very relaxed. Typical Bettor’s. She dropped the bit wherever I put her. Down the back straight she was still relaxed and entitled to get tired but to her credit she picked the bit up in the straight and wouldn’t let anything pass her.” The winning margin at the end of the 2200 metre mobile was three quarters of a length with second favourite Magic Mike running second.   Bruce Stewart

King Of Trumps looks to have a bright future – he won well on debut at the Northern Southland meeting at Ascot Park today. He was taken straight to the front by driver Brad Williamson and while some of the more favoured runners struck trouble, the talented American Ideal gelding stayed on nicely to beat Tommy Waterhouse by two and a half lengths with Speights On Tap running third. King Of Trumps was bred locally by Russell Morton and is out of the McArdle mare Queen Of The Crop. The three year old gelding is closely related to the handy New York Town. He’s owned by Black along with stable helpers Craig Milne and Paul McEntyre, and the partnership payed $17,000 for him as a yearling. “I had New York Town a few years ago and he did a good job. Craig (Milne) and I spotted him (King Of Trumps) at the sales. I was saying stop (bidding) and Craig carried on. It’s good for Russell. He’s got a full brother to him at the sales. The win today by this horse should help the price a bit,” Black said. King Of Trumps had a couple of workouts as a two year old but was immature and was turned out. “I’ve always like him. He’s always had speed and he’s tough too, and he showed that today. He’s still a bit green but he’ll come to it. He’ll have a few days off now and we’ve got a bit of time before the Supremacy if he’s not sold.” Black’s two stable stars Vintage Cheddar and Get Lucky are down to start again at Winton next week. “Really happy with them. The Central Otago Cup will be for Vintage Cheddar and there’s a nice trotting race for Get Lucky.”   Bruce Stewart

Australian breeders have been notoriously shy over the past 20 to 30 years in supporting stallions that are bred in the Southern Hemisphere, albeit with a few exceptions such as Christian Cullen, Classic Garry, Courage Under Fire and Elsu. Consequently large amounts of money have been drained from our Australian Breeding Industry in supporting the North American owned shuttle stallions. However, that hasn’t been all bad news for our harness racing Industry as in the current season five sons of those Stallions - American Ideal, Art Major, Bettors Delight and Somebeachsomewhere – have all bred over 100 mares in Australia. The acceptance by breeders of these five stallions – For A Reason, Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent – represents a big step forward for our Breeding Industry. This acceptance of our ‘Home Grown’ stallions is very timely as the sires of those stallions are either deceased (Somebeachsomewhere) or now into the veteran stages of their lives – American Ideal (19-year-old), Art Major (22-year-old) and Bettors Delight (23-year-old). We know of course that is unlikely that all these new stallions will rise to the top of the Australian Sires’ Lists but at least they now have an opportunity with strong support from Australian breeders.   It is well worth remembering that Classic Garry rose from a rather humble beginning (79 foals in his debut crop of 1986/87) to the Leading Stallion of Australia a few years later. The very positive initiative of Harness Racing Victoria to increase the First Win Vicbred Bonus to $12,000 for the progeny of Australian and New Zealand bred stallions certainly paved a smooth path for the Victorian based stallions Poster Boy, Soho Tribeca, Ultimate Machete and Vincent. It is no surprise that the Art Major son For A Reason received strong support as his first crop of just 33 foals have now won over $1.2million between them (20 individual winners), whilst his second commercial crop of 93 foals raced as two-year-olds in the recently completed season with 21 winners emerging to date. The positive signs don’t end with these five stallions either.  The 2016 Australian 2YO of the Year The Storm Inside and the Inter Dominion champion Tiger Tara were strongly fancied by Australian breeders as well with around 90 and 80 mares bred respectively. Bling It On, who mixes his racing and breeding career, is another stallion who has been kept busy all season, having served around 90 mares.  His oldest progeny will soon be seen on racetracks around Australia (current two-year-olds). The former outstanding racetrack performers Fly Like An Eagle, Guaranteed and Jilliby Kung Fu have all received good bookings as well with numbers between 40 and 60 mares each. The Hall of Fame Stallion Artsplace has had a profound impact on the Pacing breed the world over and it will continue for many years to come. Eight of the eleven ‘Home Grown’ stallions mentioned in this article are either by Artsplace or his son Art Major or are from mares by Artsplace or one of his sons. The 2020/21 season saw 19 stallions serve over 100 mares with only nine of those stallions to shuttle back to North America – Always B Miki, American Ideal, Bettors Delight, Captain Crunch, Downbytheseaside, He’s Watching, McWicked, Sportswriter and Sweet Lou. Lather Up, another shuttle sire, served around 90 mares in his debut ‘down under’ season. In addition to these shuttle stallions and the five Home Grown stallions, the other five stallions included Art Major , Warrawee Needy and the sons of Rocknroll Hanover - A Rocknroll Dance , Rock N Roll Heaven and Rock N Roll World .  Warrawee Needy   The numbers of stallions who have bred over 100 mares in a single season in recent times are: Year          No. stallions          Total Services for Season 2019               12                             4,659  2018               14                             4,956  2017               19                             5,431 2016               15                             5,722  2015               15                             5,880 Although there were 19 stallions who bred over 100 mares in 2017, it was from a total of 5,431 services. Based on the figures from 2018 and 2019, total services for the closing season are estimated to be between 4,500 and 4,750. It is also worth noting that in 2017 of the 19 stallions to cover 100 mares or mare, 14 were shuttle stallions, thus much of the service fee income disappeared from our economy. The year 2020 will be remembered around the World for some wrong reasons but in the Harness Industry in Australia it may be the start of a resurgence in our Breeding Industry.   By John Coffey and Peter Wharton

Amid the summer heat Damien Burns will be more than satisfied to see a little sunshine break out at Geelong tonight, when he chases a second two-year-old victory of the new season. The trainer-driver has Solesseo Matuca contesting tonight's Happy Birthday Jim Fuller 2YO Pace, with the little half-brother to Youaremysunshine ($139,500) bouncing back after a second on debut, when he was beaten by stablemate Got Equity. "I like them both," Burns said of his two-year-olds, who quinealled the first two-year-old race of the season at Maryborough on January 4. "I don't honestly know which one's better. They're two very different horses to drive. "Solesseo Matuca is definitely a bit more speedy, the other one (Got Equity) seems to be a bit better racehorse." Round one went to Got Equity, who swept past his stablemate in the dying stages after Solesseo Matuca had to lug a flat tyre for the majority of the hit out. Talking to Jason Bonninton and Toby McKinnon on SENTrack's Trots Life this morning, Burns said "that was probably my fault". "I cut in a bit tight on Glenn (Douglass's) horse (Ozzie Joy), which popped my wheel. I thought I better go as slow as I possibly can to get him up the home straight, which I tried too, which was about a 36sec (second) quarter. It didn't quite get me there and I looked up on my inside and it was the other one (Got Equity) who pipped me on the post." Tonight Solesseo Matuca won't have to worry about his stablemate in his second attempt to break his maiden status, with Got Equity scratched along with first starter Victory George, leaving just a four-horse field to tackle the $7000 pace at 7.55pm. Solesseo Matuca is again likely to start in the red on "His second trial I thought he was a little bit fierce and I put plugs in for the first time at Maryborough and then he wouldn't go until I pulled the plugs," Burns said. "He won't have plugs in tonight and you will probably see a different horse." He's optimistic both have success in their paths, though there's plenty of water to go under the bridge before the headline features arrive at year's end.  "They go as good as any other youngster I've taken to the track before," Burns said. "This year they will be going harder and faster again. Every one thinks they have a nice horse until you bring them to the track and there's always one better. That's just the way it goes."   Harness Racing Victoria

BATHURST horsewoman Stephanie Burley will be hoping to snare her first win for the season at her local track tonight.  Burley has only had one drive this season and she will add to that tonight.  Originally, Burley had two horses nominated, however, Im Jimmy James has been scratched from Race 3, a heat of the Menangle Country Series.  This gelding provided Burley with her last winner.  Burley’s only drive tonight now is on Havana in Race 7, a mare she also owns.  Burley drove five winners last season, which extended her overall record to 14 wins.  As a trainer, the 25-year-old has had seven winners.  Burley began training in July 2017 and her first horse was Our Emancipation.   This pacer provided Burley with her first win as a trainer and gave her five wins overall. iForm Bathurst best bet Race 7: Shes All Smiles (5) Looks the one to beat changing stables showing noticeable improvement at Penrith. Bathurst next best Race 5: The Mustang (7) Makes his presence felt following a tidy effort in the Temora Cup when striking early trouble. Play the exotics The Bathurst Quaddie Race 5: 3-8-4 Race 6: 3-2-1 Race 7: 5-7-2 Race 8: 4-8-3 $81 for 100%

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) are pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Globe Derby Awards – proudly sponsored by IRT. The Globe Derby Awards celebrate the sports leading Sires. Bettors Delight USA continued his dominance of the Globe Derby Awards in winning both the Leading Sire by Stakemoney and Leading Juvenile by Stakemoney. Remarkably, season 2019/20 marked the 9th time in which the Woodlands Stud sire was the leading sire by Stakemoney. Alabar Farm’s Majestic Son CA was the Leading Trotting Sire by Stakemoney for the 5th time and was clearly the most outstanding trotting sire for the season. The remaining award winners are listed below, and Harness Racing Australia congratulates the connections of the Globe Derby Award Winners. BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 9th time) Leading Sire by Stakemoney BETTORS DELIGHT USA (for the 5th time) Leading Juvenile Sire by Stakemoney MAJESTIC SON CA (for the 5th time) Leading Sire of Trotters by Stakemoney 2019/2020 Statistics LEADING SIRE BY STAKEMONEY           BETTORS DELIGHT USA - 654 starters 460 winners 1438 wins $14,568,341 LEADING SIRE OF 2YO’S BY STAKEMONEY           MACH THREE CA - 43 starters 29 winners 69 wins $973,362 LEADING SIRE OF 3YO’S BY STAKEMONEY             BETTORS DELIGHT USA - 115 starters 90 winners 300 wins $2,930,908 LEADING JUVENILE SIRE BY STAKEMONEY (2&3YO’S)           BETTORS DELIGHT USA  - 192 starters 138 winners 397 wins $3,862,897 LEADING SIRE OF TROTTERS BY STAKEMONEY          MAJESTIC SON CA  - 174 starters 109 winners 293 wins $2,751,053 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF TROTTERS BY STAKEMONEY               SUNDON USA - 213 starters 136 winners 378 wins $3,671,438 LEADING SIRE BY WINNERS           BETTORS DELIGHT USA - 460 winners LEADING SIRE OF 2YO’S BY WINNERS           ART MAJOR USA - 48 winners LEADING SIRE OF 3YO’S BY WINNERS           ART MAJOR USA - 101 winners LEADING BROODMARE SIRE BY STAKEMONEY           CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ - 423 starters 298 winners 903 wins $9,112,847 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 2YO’S BY STAKEMONEY           ART MAJOR USA - 85 starters 45 winners 88 wins $887,898 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 3YO’S BY STAKEMONEY           ART MAJOR USA - 106 starters 61 winners 209 wins $1,653,945 LEADING BROODMARE SIRE BY WINNERS           CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ - 298 winners LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 2YO’S BY WINNERS           ART MAJOR USA - 45 winners LEADING BROODMARE SIRE OF 3YO’S BY WINNERS           BETTORS DELIGHT USA - 68 winners   Harness Racing Australia

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Association’s Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020.  McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his Wife Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982.  He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the Association’s president for seven years, from 2009-2015.  During his tenure as President, McCoy gave selflessly of his legal talent and acumen.   Among his accomplishments, too numerous to detail, McCoy was instrumental in developing and passage of the legislation resulting in VLT’s at Ohio’s pari-mutuel racetracks.  McCoy also led the negotiations and brought to final agreement, the four pari-mutuel harness racetracks’ VLT Horsemen’s Agreements from 2012-2015. As a past president, McCoy serves on the Advisory Committee for the OHHA and is the Vice Chairman for the OHHA Breeders section.  McCoy is also a member of the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors serving for District 1, a position he has held since 2015. McCoy currently works as the General Counsel for the Showe Companies of Columbus, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing.  The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing.  The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. McCoy will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. For more information:   Frank Fraas 614-221-3650

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 total pool for Wednesday's (January 13) race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $100,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $25,032. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $4,774 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Jack Vernon upsets,  in the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. With the scratches of Eye OfA Tiger As and Scirocco Rob, the open trot was relegated to a harness racing field of six quality trotters. There was a 3 horse scramble for the early lead.  Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left in a line, for the early lead. JL Cruze muscled his way to the top. Pat Matters, the even odds race favorite, accepted the pocket and Warrior One dropped into the three hole at the quarter. JL Cruze led the field to a hard fought quarter in 26.4.  Then raced uncontested on the lead, through a 55.1 half. Jack Vernon and Corey Callahan picked up a second over trip as Warrior One attacked 1st up nearing the three quarter pole.  The three quarters were trotted in 1:24 as JL Cruze,  the leader, became leg weary and started to fade. Midway in the stretch,  Jack Vernon was able to storm past Warrior One and won by three quarters of a length in 1:53.  Jack Vernon was sent off at odds of 5-1   Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove. Warrior One, finished second for trainer Ron Burke.  Yanick Gingras drove All Champy was third for trainer Sofia Zingale. Ross Wolfenden was the driver. Pat Matters, the even odds favorite was fourth. JL Cruze finished sixth Corey Callahan won four races on the card. There is a $28,600 pic 5 carry over for tomorrow’s races.   The pic 5 is a fifty cent minimum bet and is wagered on the last five races. Racing continues Wednesday at Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm..   Alex Kraszewski

LEBANON, OH. – Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) narrowly defeated Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) in the Tuesday (Jan. 12) featured $22,500 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  The 1:53.4 clocking was the quickest of the eight day old 2021 harness racing meet thus far. The winner was on top at the quarter mile marker, but yielded to last week’s winner Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) shortly thereafter.  A first-over bid by Pass The Vape had Swan Chase pinned in the pocket when the full ten horse field reached the three quarter beam, but Tetrick found room coming off the final bend and assumed command early in the stretch.  From there it was up to the 7-year-old son of Swan For All to hold off the persistent Pass The Vape, which he accomplished,  The victory was the 30th of Swan For All’s career and pushed his earnings to $547,517.  Luis Quevedo trains the victor for owner John Barnard. Four divisions of first leg action in an $8000 Claim To Fame series for male pacers also went postward, as did a pair of divisions for $12,500 mares in a similar series. Believeinthespirit (Dan Noble) won the quickest split for the $8000 hopefuls by stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and returning $5.60 to win.  Other winners were Gallery Opening (Noble, 1:54, $10), Tyber Tyke (Tetrick, 1:54.2, $6.20) and Cool Like That (Page, 1:55, $10.60).  A total of nine of the 40 combatants were claimed from the initial leg, including Believeinthespirit and Gallery Opening. Bellini Seelster (Josh Sutton) captured the fastest division of $12,500 ‘girls’ races in 1:54.2, returning $2.60 as the heavy favorite.  Glenfame Bronte N (William Mann, 1:55.1, $20) copped the other division.  Bellini Seelster, a winner of eight of her last nine races was the only mare collared via the claim box among the distaffers. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Friday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. post time.   Gregg Keidel

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By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    Justin Smith clocks up a century Rakaia trainer-driver Justin Smith reined home his 100th winner when Some Time produced an upset at Ashburton yesterday. Paying $31.10, the Muscle Mass seven-year-old got home by half a head. The 100 wins came up just over 25 years since Smith’s first winner Atom Of Truth at Banks Peninsula. Smith has also trained 84 winners in partnership with his mother Lynn.   Upsets order of day at Ashburton Some Time’s big dividend was just one of five $20-plus returns at Ashburton. Alan Edge trained a double (Edge Sheeran $33.70 and Off the Edge $22.20), Senorita Margaritas paid $42.90 when winning for Sam Ottley, and Boyz Invasion paid $63.40 for trainer-driver Michael Heenan after being promoted in a roughly run race 9.   Turnovers continue to boom Betting in the New Year has got off to a rollicking start with turnovers topping a million dollars for the five harness meetings between Jan 4 and Jan 10. Roxburgh on January 4 was $1,075,025, followed by Wyndham ($1,574,762), Nelson ($1,634,113), Cambridge ($1,036,446) and then Nelson’s second day ($1,426,199). To date this season turnovers have gone over $1m 31 times.   Varenne’s sire dies Waikiki Beach, the sire of the incomparable Varenne, has died in Italy at the age of 37. In all he sired more than 1200 foals from 1990 to 2010, with Varenne a clear stand out. Considered to be the greatest trotter of all time, Varenne won 62 from 73, with earnings of $US5.6m. In this part of the world another Waikiki Beach was also a standout performer. A winner of 23 of his first 24 starts in Australasia for the All Stars stable the now eight-year-old was exported to the United States in 2017.   Let It Ride in cruise control Former Kiwi pacer Let It Ride has made a winning debut at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Now trained by ex pat New Zealander Nifty Norman and driven by Dexter Dunn Let It Ride duly delivered after going out a pronounced favourite. The seven-year-old won his first four starts for Dunn and trainer Tim Butt at Addington in 2017 before heading to Australia and then to North America, where he is now unbeaten in six starts.   Blenheim $10,000 First 4s This week’s Marlborough Harness Racing Club’s two-day meeting on the grass at Waterlea Raceway will have a guaranteed $10,000 First Four on all races. The club will run 12 races on both Friday and Sunday. The First 4s have seen some sizeable returns in recent weeks, including a $44,249.60 dividend in race 10 at Ashburton yesterday.

Freehold, NJ --- The Friday (January 15) harness racing card at Freehold Raceway once again includes the Preferred Handicap trot. A field of eight will line up, with an east coast trotting veteran serving as the headliner.   Melady's Monet, for trainer Hermann Heitmann, was assigned the outside post for his 12-year-old debut. Although he's won at tracks all over the east coast, his greatest success has come at Yonkers Raceway. All six of his wins in 2020 came at Yonkers, including two victories in their Open Handicap trot. In his career, he's won 67 races, while earning north of $1.7 million. Perhaps his greatest moment came in 2016, when he finished the Yonkers International Trot by half a length.   This will be his first start at Freehold since 2012, when he swept his way through the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres series. Eric Abbatiello has the drive on Friday afternoon.   Although trainer Paul Kelley did not send his best trotter, Obrigado, he still looms a threat with The Veteran. He won twice in upper-level conditioned races at Yonkers in the fall, and finished fourth in the Open Handicap at that track. Last out, he showed speed against tough conditioned trotters at the Meadowlands, and looks for a rebound from post position seven. Current leading driver Daniel Dube will be in the bike.   This race will go as the ninth race, with a scheduled post time of 3:10 PM.   The Friday card also features the second leg of the Vinny Fusco Jr Memorial Pacing Series, for NJ owned, sired, or foaled fillies and mares. The first division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating of 68.00 and 71.50, features a full gate of nine, and will go as the fifth race. Southwind Tsunami, who won the first leg last week, will look for a repeat from post position one, for trainer Mark Capone and driver Jack Pelling.   The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster rating between 71.50 and 75.00, drew fourteen entries, and was split into two races. First leg winners Always Be Lucy and Tall Poppy N drew separate races, and will seek to win for the second time in a row. Always Be Lucy has post position five in race four, for trainer Kelly Hastings and driver Luke Hanners. Tall Poppy N will leave from the three-hole in race eleven, for trainer Kelvin Harrison.   Post time for the first of twelve races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Invercargill today with a twelve race program starting at 3:18pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Invercargill selections 13th January 2021 Best Bet:  R12 Croesus Best Value:  R9 Aveross Majesty Invercargill selections 13th January 2021   Race 1 Sacred Mountain not far away from the placings in stronger fields. One of the leading chances in this lineup….. Galleons Future tidy second last start and seems ok at the start. Good winning claims…… It's Summertime has run some good races but manners a concern. No surprise to see him in the money at good odds if he trots all the way….. Dem Bones Dem Bones running on well last start and only needs a safe beginning to be in the money again here Selections:  Dem Bones Dem Bones (8),   Sacred Mountain (9),   Galleons Future (3)   It's Summertime (6)   Race 2 Noosa Beach going well before disappointing last start on grass. Has to be a big chance here but will need luck from the draw.……. Jaffie J building a reasonable form line and looks a good win hope again here. Has to be included…… The Naenae Express throws in the odd good race but tricky draw. Place chances look best but has claims…… Shezdawon has been disappointing but not the worst in a weak field. One for longer odds Selections:  Jaffie J (12),  Noosa Beach (9),   The Naenae Express (13),   Shezdawon (11)   Race 3 The Night Watchman last run better than it looks on paper. Better draw and good chance at nice odds….. Vintage Rose good third a couple of starts ago and she has run time on the track. Has to be included here….. Lilac Becky good third last start and will be improved. Can run top three here….. Archman has been disappointing but getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   Vintage Rose (15),   The Night Watchman (5),   Archman (4)    Lilac Becky (1)   Race 4 Maudarchy quick beginner who will take some catching if she can land the front from the front row draw. Top selection here….. Funky Monkey racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Miss Crazed an early gallop cost her last start. Can win with her best manners….. Madrik effort for new stable last start and another with a good chance if he trots all the way. Needed Selections:   Maudarchy (7),   Madrik (3),   Miss Crazed (11)   Funky Monkey (10)   Race 5 Seventh Heaven tricky draw but Canterbury raiders have a good record here and trial form is very good. Needed….. King Of Trumps in good form at trials and good draw. Winning claims and tote the guide….. Rock'n Kiwi drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win fresh up..….. Bettastar good at workouts and respect the stable. Another first starter with winning claims in an even field Selections:   Bettastar (5),   Rock'n Kiwi (1),   Seventh Heaven (11)   King Of Trumps (2)   Race 6 Emerald Abbey conditions suit and drawn well. Good winning claims and can run top three.…. Lynryd Skynryd nice draw and plenty of ability. One for the leading chances and will give a good sight in front here…… Wrecking Ball tricky draw but has a big finish when saved for one run at them. Place chances best..… Beta Than Love should be quick off the gate and will get a soft run. Winning claims Selections:  Emerald Abbey (2),   Lynryd Skynryd (3),   Beta Than Love (4),   Wrecking Ball (8)   Race 7 Jimmy Cannon building into fitness and well drawn. Upset chance at good odds…. Gabby's Star usually holds his form ok and paying good money. Would be no surprise to see him in the placings here if back to his best….. Tony The Pony has been fair the last couple but lobs up every now and then at good odds. Could upset in the right mood…. Insarchatwist getting better with racing and form is good. Has to be included from the good draw Selections:   Gabby's Star (15),  Insarchatwist (3),   Tony The Pony (10),  Jimmy Cannon (1)   Race 8 Better's Tart good win last start and will be fitter. Stable in form and will be hard to beat if she goes forward early….. Change At The Top good last start and better drawn here. One for longer odds in this….. Rakarippa tricky draw but good last start. Should be close to the placings with luck in the running….. Onedin Hurricane should get a run through early from the draw and form is ok. Needed Selections:   Better's Tart (6),   Rakarippa (9),   Onedin Hurricane (10)  Change At The Top (2)   Race 9 Aveross Majesty racing well and paying great money. Distance suits and will be hard to beat if he can get handy before the home turn….. Tweedledee racing well and good stayer who should appreciate the 2700m. Can run top three at nice odds….. Sekkie Monkey getting to be a bit of a headache at the start but has speed. Can go close with manners ….. Afterburner good run last start and very speedy. Hard to beat here if he can get near the lead early Selections:  Aveross Majesty (10),  Tweedledee (12),   Afterburner (3)    Sekkie Monkey (8)   Race 10 Rocknroll King drawn for a soft run on the fence but will need luck. Winning claims at good odds with a trail all the way….. Watch Me Now running on last start and should get a run forward early. Good winning claims….. Yankee Party tricky draw but good win last start. One of the leading chances here and has  to be hard to beat….. Love On The Rocks in good form and drawn to get a run through early. Quick improver who can win Selections:   Watch Me Now (7),   Yankee Party (6),   Love On The Rocks (10)   Rocknroll King (1)   Race 11 Sentry freshened for this and has a big reputation. Top selection here….. Wolfenstein racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Benio Ben has run some good races on the track and well drawn. Tote the guide but has claims….. Tulsa Jaccka drawn for a soft run on the fence and has a good sprint. Needed Selections:   Sentry (5),   Wolfenstein (11),   Tulsa Jaccka (1)   Benio Ben (2)   Race 12 Flight Crew tricky draw but big on ability. Manners a bit of a concern but no surprise to see her winning this….. Croesus in good form at trials and has been racing better fields. Winning claims and will start favourite….. Baileys Diamond drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win with a god run in transit..….. El Dorado good last start and respect the stable. Will need luck from the draw but has winning claims Selections:   Croesus (7),   Baileys Diamond (5),   Flight Crew (11)   El Dorado (12)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Alan Edge had his horses ready to win and Ken Barron wound back the clock when the pair combined for a winning double at Ashburton on Tuesday. Barron reminded racegoers why he earned the nickname ‘The King’ on his way to becoming one of New Zealand’s elite reinsmen with pinpoint winning drives behind the Edge-trained Edge Sheeran and Off The Edge. Edge Sheeran was followed across the line by Bolzano, who rounded out a nearly perfect day for his trainer with his third placing. “It was a great thrill to win two and get a third,” Edge said. A short-lived retirement from the sulky and having Blair Orange to drive his team has seen Barron take less than 60 drives in the past two seasons. A long association between trainer and driver led to Edge calling on Barron to drive his runners at Ashburton and show he had lost none of his 1000-race winning skill. “We work in together a bit,” Edge said. “He breaks a few in for me and if I have got horses I am worried about I send them up to Ken.” “He straightens them out and sends them back home.” Edge and Barron notched the first leg of their winning double when Edge Sheeran surprised punters by winning race 2 at $33 odds. Barron landed a nice spot in the running line for the five-year-old who thrived a hot 2-57.2 speed for 2400m. “He is a nice enough horse, he travels the speed,” Edge said. “He is not a sit and sprint horse, the faster they go the better he goes.” “2.57 is not a bad time for a maiden.” Off The Edge also surprised punters when winning race 10 at a $22 win price. Edge was a little disappointed after drove the horse to run second in an amateur driver’s race at Roxburgh in his last start. Gear changes after that race had an immediate effect on Tuesday. “I thought he should have won at Roxburgh.” “But with a couple of gear changes from Stevie Noble my stable foreman, he performed really well.” Edge has a decent opinion of Off The Edge and hopes the horse can continue his good form after being handled patiently following his first start in September of 2019. “Off The Edge has been underrated.” “He raced Italian Lad when he had his first start and he dragged him into the race when they went a track record at Oamaru.” “We have waited a bit of time for him, but we rate him.” “When Jonny Cox won on him at Forbury he was seven wide round the bend.” “He is a tough little bugger, he is only the size of a pit pony.” Barron split his wins with Edge’s pair with a victory behind Longview Lady in race 6. His winning treble was the reinsman’s first since driving Dreamlover, Whyamibettor and Captain Webber to victory at Timaru in February of 2013.

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