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We are down to one. The Australian team for the Harness Jewels, set to take place at Cambridge Raceway on the 4th of June, is down to one. New South Wales trainer Kevin Pizzuto has withdrawn his star 3yo Heza Bromac. "Kevin is not happy with the horse and intends to scratch him from Menangle this Saturday" said HRNZ's Darrin Williams. The withdrawal of Heza Bromac leaves My Kiwi Mate as the sole Australian runner set to compete. Andrew Fitzgerald

And then were two. Seven short days ago, five Australian runners were confirmed to contest the 2016 Harness Jewels at Cambridge Raceway but following a dire week for Harness Racing New Zealand's (HRNZ) marquee event of the season, that number has shrunk to two. Reina Danzante's​ withdrawal from the four-year-old Ruby over the weekend further compounds the misery following Illawong Byron (two-year-old Ruby) and Arms Of An Angel (four-year-old Diamond) both being withdrawn last week. Reina Danzante, trained by ex-pat Kiwi Nicole Molander​, broke soon after leaving the mobile gate in a race at Ballarat on Friday night and refused to settle. Following the disappointing showing, connections made the decision to stay home and skip the Jewels. Arms Of An Angel was taken out because of a suspected virus and connections of Illawong Byron chose to stay home when the trotter was placed on the unruly. HRNZ racing manager Darrin Williams said only having two Australian invites was frustrating but it was only bad luck that saw the other three withdraw. The only Australian invites to wear the green Jewels colours will be My Kiwi Mate, who is  a $12 chance in the four-year-old Emerald, and Heza Bromac, who is a $26 chance in the three-year-old Emerald. Nominations for the top 20 in each of the nine categories went up on the HRNZ website on Sunday evening and trainers have been sent acceptance notices. Final withdrawals close on Friday with fields, including barrier draws to be out on Friday afternoon. The top 13 stake earners in the seven divisions without an Australian invite will make the cut but only the top 12 qualify in the four and three year-old Emerald races to make way for the Australian invite. Better B Chevron's maiden win at Oamaru on Sunday is enough to lift the Ken Barron-trained runner into the top 12 for the two-year-old Diamond. Another two-year-old to win at Oamaru, James Dean, still sits just outside the main field for the two-year-old Emerald in 16th spot. Sunday's Oamaru meeting was the final opportunity to qualify for the Jewels. Destiny Jones, a race winner at Addington on Saturday, has forced her way into the top 12 of the four-year-old Ruby for Waterlea trainer Dean Hunter. The horse she beat, Great Things Happen, has been withdrawn. Last year's two-year-old Ruby winner Missandei​ has just managed to sneak into the three-year-old Ruby field in 13th position. Missandei blew her chances of a win at Forbury Park​ on Thursday night when she galloped away from the start as a $1.40 favourite. A win would have made her spot in the Jewels much more comfortable. Better B Chevron James Dean Mat Kermeen

Mark Purdon is warning punters Dream About Me is no certainty at the Harness Jewels. The winner of 14 races from just 15 starts has been crunched into $1.35 favouritism in the pre-barrier market for the three-year-old Diamond, following her almost unbelievable win in the Group I New Zealand Oaks on Saturday. Purdon, who co-trains the Bettor's Delight filly with Natalie Rasmussen, said the win was easily a career-best performance at Addington Raceway but believes the barrier draws will play a key role in the Group I Jewels on June 4. Dream About Me's form in the Oaks is leading to comparisons with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's 2014 New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Adore Me.  And if the winner of more than $750,000 in stakes does draw poorly, Purdon is rejecting speculation that she only has to line up to win. "I wouldn't say that over a mile at Cambridge. The draws will be crucial and the other two fillies (Golden Goddess and Piccadilly Princes) are very good to so you wouldn't want to have too much bad luck," he said. Purdon and Rasmussen along with Dream About Me's owners will not be drawn into a decision on heading across the Tasman for the Breeders Crown until the Jewels are out of the way. "We'll probably make final decisions after the Jewels. "She's had a great season and there are the mares' races for next year so it will come down to whether we go that way (Breeders Crown) or set her for those mares' races here nest season," Purdon said. Dream About Me settled second to last in Saturday's Oaks from her second line draw but with around 1500m to run Purdon was on the move around the field, three wide without cover. It took the pair more than half a lap to get to the breeze in driving rain and windy conditions and Purdon admitted after the race he was questioning whether the filly had enough left in the tank to finish off the 2600m trip. "I thought it would come down to a dour sort of stayers' race and the last furlong would be down to the survival of the toughest and thankfully it turned out she was the toughest." Purdon was helped by the tiring Amazon Lily giving him the opportunity to duck into the trail behind leader Golden Goddess before taking an inside run to win by half a length. "She's just exceptional," Purdon said of Dream About Me. Golden Goddess is a $3.40 chance for the Jewels with the third All Stars stablemate Piccadilly Princess ($6) the only other runner in single figures. The All Stars stable trained the trifecta in the Sires Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings with More The Better again edging stablemate Pacing Major. More The Better is a $1.80 favourite for the two-year-old Emerald at the Harness Jewels with Pacing Major at $2.50. Titan Banner, a newcomer to the Purdon and Rasmussen stable, has moved into a $2.50 second favourite for the four-year-old Emerald following his upset win over Christen Me in the Winter Cup. Christen Me did start 20m behind Titan Banner, formerly trained by Graeme Anderson, and only went down by a neck. Field Marshal, who is recovering well following a bout of colic last Tuesday, remains Emerald favourite at $1.65.     Purdon and Rasmussen trained six of the 12 winners at Addington with Bettor Be Gold, The Manipulator and Heaven Rocks joining the three feature winners. Purdon drove five winners with Rasmussen picking up one. The All Stars stable then picked up a Group II placing at Menangle when High Gait finished second in the New South Wales Trotting Oaks on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Purdon's son Nathan picked up his first training win on Saturday night when Ohoka Punter, formerly trained by Tony Herlihy, won his the first start of his Queensland campaign. Mat Kermeen

Bring on Cambridge. And the Harness Jewels. That’s the thinking of Kyle ‘Jock’ Austin following the victory of his star three-year-old Buster Brady in the Sires’ Stakes Sophomore Classic. And there were plenty of people walking around a rather damp Addington Raceway this afternoon thinking along the same lines. The big pacer, who hadn’t been seen at the races since running 8th behind Lazarus in the New Zealand Derby, showed all his impressive qualities to hold of all challenges and win the second running of the $40,000 event. And Austin knows he’ll take a better horse to Cambridge in a few weeks for the wide open 3YO Emerald. “He will improve a lot with that run, I’m sure of it. “He’d had the trial to get ready for this, but a race under his belt will really bring him forward again.” That alone will have to bring the horse into contention for Jewels glory. Without Lazarus and Waikiki Beach the category is anyone’s for the taking. Rated an $8 chance to win the Group One event, Buster Brady showed his versatility today by going back at the start and looping the field with a lap to run for Dexter Dunn. “He’s still got a lot to learn, but there’s a heap of ability there,” Dunn said. “He just feels like a really good horse. Those others came up to him and he just kept giving in the run to the line. “There’s a big future ahead for him.” The win was massive for Austin and the biggest of his career. He only trains a small team of horses at any given time but is renowned for taking horses to the races who are ready to win. A son of Real Desire and Kacie Marie who Austin trained to win one race in 14 starts, Buster Brady has now won four of his 8 career starts. “At this stage he won’t be seen again until Jewels Day, he was actually supposed to be heading up in the next few days but they’ve cancelled the trip because of the weather so I’m not sure when we are going to get up there.” There was a slight amount of irony in the result with Buster Brady’s regular driver, Blair Orange going down by a small margin with his charge Swamp Major who led and then trailed the winner. Major Ben emerged late from the pack to finish in third position with stable mate GI Joe in fourth. Classie Brigade was beaten into fifth position after blowing out 100 metres from the post. He will derive plenty of benefit from the run looking ahead to Cambridge. Buster Brady Matt Markham

With the big names falling out of contention for 4-year-old Diamond, Harness racing trainer ​Mark Jones believes Rocker Band is now a winning chance at the Harness Jewels - but there is a downside. The withdrawals of last year's three-year-old Diamond winner The Orange Agent (injured), Fight For Glory (retired), Start Dreaming (injured) and then Australian invite Arms Of An Angel (virus), there is no dominant favourite. Now the most open of the nine divisions, Jones knows there is probably eight or nine other trainers sharing his confidence.  Better B Amazed ($3.60), Expressive Victor ($4.20), Democrat Party ($4.60) and On The Town are the main pre-barrier draw hopes with Rocker Band at $9.50. Jones believes the draws with be crucial. "The second line wouldn't be too bad but we wouldn't want to draw wide as you need to be handy at Cambridge. "With her (Arms Of An Angel) coming out it's probably opened it up for eight or nine horses so it could be very even," Jones said. Sunday's Oamaru meeting is the last chance for potential Jewels runners to increase their season's stake money to qualify into the fields. The race has become much more of a priority to Jones and Rocker Band's owner Greg Brodie because of the defections of so many leading chances. Rocker Band, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and 2005 New Zealand Cup winner Mainland Banner, has been progressing nicely since her last-start 12th in the Group I Breeders Stakes on April 1, when she raced keenly for a good chunk of the 2600m trip. "Her record over a mile is pretty good and she's a speed horse," Jones said. Rocker Band's recent Rangiora Workout win Meanwhile, Tim Butt is a relieved man following duel Group I winner Field Marshal's recovery from a minor bout of colic on Tuesday. The Taylor Mile and Messenger winner was brilliant in his Auckland campaign and is a $1.55 favourite for the 4-year-old Emerald at the Jewels. Butt said you can never take anything for granted in the racing game and colic was an occupational hazard with horses but he was confident the minor setback was now behind the winner of eight of his last 10 races and 14 from 25 overall. "He'll just take it quietly for a couple of days but we kept the work into him after Auckland so that will help him," Butt said. Missing the Jewels would have been tough for Butt and owners Syd and Shona Brown, who bred the Art Major entire out of their outstanding race mare Foreal, because he missed much of his three-year-old season following a wind operation. Pre-barrier draw, Field Marshal looks the horse to beat but newcomer to the All Stars barn, Titan Banner, has been backed into $3.40.     "On form he looks like the best horse in the race but you still need a bit of luck in those big races." The All Stars stable looks to have both Group I features at Addington on Saturday in the bag with favourites in the New Zealand Oaks and 2-year-old Sires Stakes for colts and geldings. The All Stars barn of Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen also looks likely to pick up a win across the Tasman to round out the day when High Gait, who will be driven by Darren Hancock, contests the Group II New South Wales Trotting Oaks. Christen Me should have enough class to win the Winter Cup (3200m) off 30m but front-markers New Years Jay and Titan Banner (off 10m) will make him work. Mat Kermeen

Pacing Major’s fading hopes for Harness Racing juvenile of the year could be about to get a much-needed boost. But anything short of a win in Saturday’s $170,000 Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington could all but end his shot at freshman glory. Pacing Major, part owned by thoroughbred training great Jim Gibbs, started the season looking the sharpest of his age group but has played second fiddle or worse to stablemate More The Better in their last four clashes. That includes being runner-up in both the Young Guns Final at Alexandra Park and the Sales Series Pace at Addington last Saturday. Pacing Major came from off the speed last week but has the advantage of barrier three in this week’s 1950m group one, with his stablemate alongside him at barrier four at the daytime meeting. If Pacing Major can turn the tables on Saturday and then again at the Harness Jewels, he could still sneak the juvenile title. But if More The Better beats him on Saturday he will hold a 6-2 winning record over Pacing Major and the Jewels result may be irrelevant to the horse of the year voting. One of the pair is almost certain to head to Australia for the Breeders Crown in August but that doesn’t effect horse of the year voting as the awards are presented in early August before the Crown is held later that month. Even with his recent dominance, More The Better only slightly shades Pacing Major in Jewels betting, one at $2 the other $2.40. Golden Goddess has a clear advantage in the draws for Saturday’s NZ Oaks, having drawn perfectly on the front line while Dream About Me and Piccadilly Princess are on the second line. Habibti Inta gets a front line draw in the $60,000 Sires’ Stakes Trot while arch rival Enghien faces a huge task from the inside of the second line. And Christen Me gets one more New Zealand start for the season after only copping a 30m handicap in the Winter Cup, a dream result for the $2.4million earner. Michael Guerin

Statistics don’t come much more compelling than those that make the case for Tas Man Bromac at Cambridge tonight. The rare Friday night Harness Racing meeting there doubles as a Jewels pipe opener for some of the better horses on show, particularly in the main 2200m handicap. Tas Man Bromac is joined in the race by fellow Harness Jewels four-year-old contenders Lusty Mac (who shares the 20m mark with him) and Bettors Spirits, off the 40m backmark. Winning off any handicap over 2200m at Cambridge can be tricky but Tas Man Bromac’s constant exposure to standing start racing in the native Southland should be a huge advantage, especially as his stats suggest he is one of the best stand exponents in the country. The Nathan Williamson-trained pacer has had 13 standing start races for nine wins and three placings but its no one-trick pony --- two starts ago he finished second in the mobile Taylor Mile. So his form suggests he should settle in front of the other two favourites tonight and that should be enough to win the fourth leg of the $40,000 Pick6. Two other Jewels-bound runners coming out of group ones at Alexandra Park will dominate race four, with Temporale and Lemond progressive enough to suggest one of them should win tonight and either could place on Jewels Day. Lemond has the home track advantage over Temporale, who has never raced at Cambridge, but the latter showed good gate speed last start and could be hard to catch over 1700m. One of the best horses racing tonight is Shandale, another heading to the Jewels and while he has a huge class edge on all of race seven rivals with the obvious exception of Robbie Burns, his tricky draw suggests he is going to need to be clearly superior off the second line in the sprint trip. So if Robbie Burns finds the front he can definitely threaten Tasman Bromac finishing 2nd in the 2016 Taylor Mile. By Michael Guerin

Here is a breakdown of all the runnerrs either safe, on the fringe or rated an outside chance to qualify for this years Harness Racing Jewels at Cambridge Raceway. FORBURY- THURSDAY NIGHT 2YO DIAMOND OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 4: Trendy Bromac (Not Ranked). 4YO DIAMOND SAFE: Race 9: Lightning Mach (8th) OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 6: Melina Lowe (26th). 2YO RUBY ON THE FRINGES: Race 1: Eyrish Mist (14th). 3YO RUBY ON THE FRINGES: Race 5: Missandei (12th).   CAMBRIDGE - FRIDAY NIGHT 2YO DIAMOND ON THE FRINGES: Race 6: Lincoln’s Superstar (15th). 3YO DIAMOND ON THE FRINGES: Race 5: Eclipse Me (9th), Apassionato (11th). 4YO DIAMOND SAFE: Race 8: Lusty Mac (4th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 5: Change The Rulz (11th). Race 7: Norvic Ruby (12th), Miss Daisy (15th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 1: Joanednobettor (27th), Race 7: Ladytoro (24th). 3YO EMERALD SAFE: Race 7: Shandale (4th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 7: Max Phactor (13th). 4YO EMERALD SAFE: Race 7: Robbie Burns (6th), Race 8: Tas Man Bromac (4th) & Bettor Spirits (8th). 3YO RUBY SAFE: Race 4: Temporale (4th) & Lemond (5th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 4: Royal Willie (11th), Gin (13th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 4: Jasper Seven (21st). 4YO RUBY ON THE FRINGES: Race 10: Princess Mackendon (13th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 10: Reine Des Gitans (18th). ADDINGTON – SATURDAY 3YO DIAMOND SAFE: Race 10: Golden Goddess (1st), Luisanabelle Midfrew (3rd), Nek Time (4th), Arden’s Choice (6th), Piccadilly Princess (2nd), Dream About Me (5th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 10: RR Sand Dollar (10th), Amazon Lily (13th), Scarlett Banner (14th), Ultimate Desire (17th), Talkerup (16th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 10: Kiwi On Show (51st), Emily Blunt (23rd), Allison Stokke (58th). 4YO DIAMOND SAFE: Race 11: Dalness Xchange (6th) ON THE FRINGES: Race 4: Crackabella (13th) OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 4: Sails (29th). Bird Of Paradise (55th) 2YO EMERALD SAFE: Race 8: Pacing Major (1st), More The Better (2nd), Vasari (4th), Billy Badger (5th), Ultimate Machete (6th), Mongolian Hero (3rd), King Solomon (7th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 8: The Lone Ranger (12th), Serengeti (10th), Mongolian Storm (9th), Rhythm And Blues (13th), Wanted Man (16th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Non Tote: Letsgotothehop (49th), My Wee Man (Not Ranked), Bettor Be Gold (38th), Stompem (28th) & Mustang GT (Not Ranked). Race 8: Jimmie (25th). 3YO EMERALD SAFE: Race 7: Buster Brady (6th), Classie Brigade (1st). Race 11: Stroke Of Luck (3rd) & Heaven Rocks (8th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 7: Major Ben (12th), Ears Burning (11th), Swamp Major (15th) OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 7: Onedin’s Delight (Not Ranked), Scotlyn Jack (Not Ranked), GI Joe (39th), Wannabet (28th), 4YO EMERALD SAFE: Race 6: Titan Banner (7th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 4: Usain Colt (11th). Race 11: Franco Texas (12th), Eh Ef El (17th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 2: Articulight (31st). Race 4: Sandoval (30th), Gabby’s Star (24th), Man I’m Good (28th), The Big Boss (37th). 2YO RUBY SAFE: Race 3: Habibi Inta (1st), Enghien (2nd), Custodian (3rd), Miracle Rising (4th). ON THE FRINGES: Race 3: Muscles Galore (8th), Ruthless Kayla (10th), Heavyweight Hero (11th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 3: Galleon’s Victory (Not Ranked), Saxon Rose (Not Ranked), Twilight Sun (Not Ranked). 4YO RUBY SAFE: Race 9: Le Reveur (2nd), Harriet Of Mot (5th), Sunny Ruby (3rd). ON THE FRINGES: Race 5: Quevert (11th), Great Things Happen (12th). Everybody Knows (14th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 5: Destiny Jones (22nd). OAMARU – SUNDAY   2YO DIAMOND ON THE FRINGES: Race 4: Bettor Be Chevron (16th). OUTSIDE CHANCE: Race 4: Pay Me Interest (Not Ranked).   4YO RUBY ON THE FRINGES: Race 8: Lavros Texas (15th). HRNZ MEDIA

She's a current star of Harness Racing in Sydney, but hot pot Arms Of An Angel is in doubt for the 4yo Diamond section of the Cambridge Harness Jewels. What we know so far: *The Elsu mare finished last in her trial today at Menangle *Pulled up with an extremely high heart rate *Privately timed to run, 1:54.4 *Connections have ordered a full veterinary inspection for tomorrow *A Jewels start is very unlikely at this stage *The NZ TAB have suspended their futures market on the 4yo Diamond   Andrew Fitzgerald    

Master Monarchy’s win at Manawatu Raceway yesterday (Sunday) has seen the talented trotter break into the 4-year-old Ruby Trot Harness Jewels grand final field at Cambridge Raceway on June 4. Ranked 10th, and with one week still remaining for qualifying, his trainer Stephen Doody said the brown gelding won’t now be lining up until early June. “If he makes the final I’ll line him up and try and run second behind Monbet. It will all depend on the draw if that happens. The draws are so vital at Cambridge over a mile. “If he doesn’t make it I’ll line him up at Alexandra Park the night before the Jewels Final and then I will put him out for a spell,” Doody said. Master Monarchy collected $4,000 for his crushing six-and-a-half length win in Sunday’s $7,000 Wright Handicap for the C2 and faster trotters. It took his season earnings to $27,399.50 - $5,294.50 more than 12th-placed Great Things Happen. Doody has had 10 Jewels finalists but never a Jewels winner, and with Monbet in this year’s Final, he believes he will have to wait at least another year to win his maiden Jewels crown. “Nothing will get near Monbet. He is in a class of his own. My wee fella goes good but he’s a long way from that class. I’ll spell him over the winter then bring him back next season for more northern racing,” Palmerston North-based Doody said. Master Monarchy and Doody made a safe start from their 10m handicap on Sunday and settled near the rear and then were third going down the back straight the last time – and stalking the leaders. In the home straight they simply left their opposition to it bolting away to a big victory. They were the $3.40 favourites and it was the brown Monarchy gelding’s third straight win at Manawatu Raceway and fifth overall. Master Monarchy is owned by Doody and Tony Jack. “He trots all right but I’m not getting too carried away with him. He’s a nice wee horse who has done a good job this season, after two unsuccessful starts last season. “He’s a not a big horse but he’s got a big heart. I think he will come back much stronger, and even better as a 5-year-old,” Doody said. Meanwhile, one of the highlights on the first day was Kilkeel Lady’s sixth win in 114 starts. The Sutter Hanover mare and driver Kyle Marshall sat parked, yet were too strong for their eight C1 and C2 pacing opponents. “She showed good gate speed and then when it mattered she dug deep. We were a bit lucky that Kotare Kasai and John (Dunn) worked hard in the race which helped. We were three-wide and then parked, but Colin’s mare showed a lot of heart,” Marshall said. The Colin Butler trained brown 6-year-old was the $5.60 third favourite on Thursday and paced the C1 and C2 Mares 1609m metre (mile) mobile in 1:58.6 and home in 60.5 and 29.7. She had half-a-neck and half-a-head to spare over Kotare Kasai and Atchoo (Jim Curtin). It was Kilkeel Lady’s third win this season and sixth overall – five of which have been at Manawatu Raceway. By Duane Ranger

Greg Hope knows there is only one Monbet​ but the 12-1/2 length victory of Enghien​ on Saturday is enough to suggest he can be a more than handy second stringer. Two years ago it was Monbet who ran the field off their feet to win the 2-year-old Ruby at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge and the Hopes will take a similar game plan with Enghien in the same race next month. Another son of emerging super sire Love You, Enghien was a class above in leading most of the way in Saturday's Listed $65,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales trot for the 2-year-olds at Addington. Greg Hope believes Enghien can be as good as any other 2-year-old in the country this season. "Ricky (May) said he jogged it, he won with a leg in the air really," Hope said. "He's got a big motor, he's one of those horses that love running hard all the way," Hope said. Hope, who trains in partnership with wife Nina at Woodend Beach, confirmed Enghien will return to Addington on Saturday for the $60,000 Group II Sires Stakes championship before heading north for the Jewels. Monbet looks almost certain to give the Hopes one victory in the 4-year-Ruby but with Enghien ($2.80) second favourite behind Habibi Inta ($1.80) for the 2-year-old Ruby, it is only natural the Monbet comparisons will come. "They've probably got the same sort of motor, but Monbet, well there's only one Monbet," Hope said. The Hopes firmly believe Enghien is at his best in a tough staying test where he can grind the opposition down and take the speed out of them. "He comes into his own the harder the go," Hope said. "He can run even sectionals but at this stage his gait probably lets him down a wee bit. "If he stays on his feet I think he is as good as any of the 2-year-olds going around this year." But the Hopes are confident the best of Enghien will not be seen until later in his career when his gait is improved and there is more pace in his races. "He'll be a lot better suited up in the grades as an older horse because obviously they do go harder then and he won't have to go out and do it himself." Saturday's race will be harder for Enghien when he clashes with Habibi Inta. The Paul Nairn-trained colt is a full brother to Habibti, Habibti Ivy and Lothario. He has two wins over Enghien but one was by a nose on the grass at Methven and the other was when the Hope runner galloped. "He's working really well and we are happy with him," Nairn said of Habibi Inta leading into Saturday's race. Enghien Meanwhile, Monbet is a chance to go into the Jewels without a trial. Hope said no final decision had been made but at this stage the unbackable favourite would start fresh. Such is the dominance of Monbet, the TAB bookmakers have opened the market without him. Hope said the winner of 13 from his last 15 starts has come back in perfect order from a short break following his Rowe Cup winning heroics. "We're really rapt with him, he seems to be have come back better than ever." Usain Colt gave the Hopes and May a race-to-race double when he upset the field in a super series pace. Going into Saturday's meeting, Usain Colt was 37th in the pecking order for the 4-year-old Emerald but his third win of the season has seen him jump to 13th. Hope said he would return to Addington on Saturday in a bid to confirm his trip to Cambridge. Usain Colt Nairn also struck success when Le Reveur​ was a one length winner in the $40,000 Listed Sires Stakes Aged Trotters Classic. Favourite Great Things Happen hit the line nicely in second but left his run too late. Second favourite Harriet Of Mot lost her chance early when she and Zachary Binx were cleaned up by a galloping All Lit Up. Le Reveur Mat Kermeen

An All Stars domination of the feature 2-year-old race at Addington was only missing the White Stripes'   rock ballad Seven Nation Army being blasted over the loudspeakers on Saturday. The all-conquering stable of Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen filled the trifecta in the Listed $200,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2-year-old final won by favourite More The Better from Pacing Major and Ultimate Machete. The sheer gravity of having seven runners, more than half of the 13-strong field, became clear following the race when their runners returned to their section of the Addington stables. It was all hands on deck for stable staff and anyone else who could be roped in. Having one 2-year-old good enough to gain a start in the race would be enough to satisfy most trainers but a repeat of the domination is likely in next Saturday's $170,000 Group I Sires Stakes final over the same distance. The All Stars stable are also odds-on to dominate the 2-year-old Emerald in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on June 4. More The Better's one-and-a-quarter length win was a special one for Purdon who races the colt with his father, Roy Purdon and Sir David Levene. But amongst his jubilation, Purdon said there was little if anything between the Bettor's Delight colt and runner-up Pacing Major. He believes the pair will be tough to split in their two remaining Group I assignments this season. More The Better (Purdon) started from the ace with Pacing Major and Rasmussen starting from a second line draw "You would have to say there's very little between them on that," Purdon said. "They are both very good colts." Both halves of the training partnership agreed it could be a case of change the draw and change the result. "My guy came home great, I couldn't be happier with him," Rasmussen said. More The Better cut out the 1950m trip in 2:18.70 with a mile rate of 1:54.4 and closing sectionals of 57.4 and 26.0. More The Better Mat Kermeen

HRNZ have made significant moves today to confirm several more Australian Harness Jewels invites. The latest runner to be officially invited is 4yo Armbro Invasion trotting mare Reina Danzante, trained by Nicole Molander. Owner Pat Driscoll is said to be delighted to have received an invite, and quickly snapped up his chance to come over and compete. Nicole Molander is very keen to have a jewels starter and is looking forward to the trip with her handy mare. Reina Danzante becomes the 5th invite, joining Arms Of An Angel, Heza Bromac, My Kiwi Mate and Illawong Byron as the other Australians set to cross the ditch and do battle. Owners of Eljaykay Phoenix and Princess Phoenix, along with their trainer David Aiken appreciated the interest shown in their two stars, but declined invites today with both set to focus on home features. HRNZ are not finished and are working on several other options for the remaining invites. Andrew Fitzgerald

2yo Trotter ILLAWONG BYRON has been officially invited and has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2yo Ruby at the Cambridge Harness Jewels. Set to race this Friday night at Kilmore, trainer Jodi Quinlan reports that her charge will improve with the run under his belt. Illawong Byron will then head to a heat and hopefully final of the platinum series prior to the Jewels. All going well he will head to Cambridge and become the 4th Australian invited to compete on one of New Zealand's biggest days. Illawong Byron joins Arms Of An Angel, Heza Bromac and My Kiwi Mate as the current Australian invites and continues the amazing run of Muscle Mass, who's young prodigy has been performing exceptionally this season. Andrew Fitzgerald

According to HRNZ, New Zealanders are breeding better quality horses. While breeding numbers are slightly down, from around 2690 last year to 2520 this year, the breeding industry isn't in dire straits like many think. The slight decline can be attributed to a major shift from breeders to produce a higher quality product, with a significant commercial value.  With sire fees going up, many breeders are cutting back their broodmare numbers to focus on better bred mares, who have shown ability on the track. Leading sire Bettor's Delight served 289 mares this season, while Christian Cullen has dropped to just he 45 mares this season.  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ The Shane Tritton trained 2yo High Rolling will not make the Harness Jewels trip.  While stablemate Arms Of An Angel ,Kevin Pizzuto trained Heza Bromac and the Craig Demmler trained My Kiwi Mate are the only confirmed Australian invites to the Cambridge Harness Jewels. The focus has shifted to the trotting sections with HRNZ's Racing Manager Darrin Williams working on several runners and awaiting responses. The David Aiken trained 3yo trotter Princess Phoenix will not make the trip, although her stablemate Eljaykay Phoenix is still a chance of making the trip to complete against Monbet and Sunny Ruby in the 4yo Ruby.  Connections will sit down with the Aiken’s this afternoon to make a decision on their first jewels trip. Andrew Fitzgerald

My Kiwi Mate’s second in the Messenger Pace on Friday has earned him a shot at an even richer target. The Victorian-trained pacer has won the Australian invite to the $150,000 male four-year-old division of the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on June 4. Trainer Craig Demmler has accepted the invite from Harness Racing New Zealand and My Kiwi Mate will now remain in New Zealand, stabled with Barry Purdon until the giant group one day. My Kiwi Mate joins Arms Of An Angel and Heza Bromac as confirmed Australian invites for the Jewels and can be expected to open second favourite behind Field Marshal for his division when that market is released this week. The rangy gelding was formerly trained in New Zealand by Brian Hughes but was sold to clients of the Demmler stable as a late three-year-old, going on to finish second in the Queensland Derby. He has had a limited four-year-old campaign and was a strong fifth after sitting parked in the Taylor Mile two starts ago. He then came from well back to finish second to Field Marshal in the Messenger on Friday. Most importantly he has show good gate speed in some of his Australian races so with a good draw could be a major threat around Cambridge. Harness Racing New Zealand has been looking very strongly at the recent three and four-year-old trotting races in Australia, with the potential for invites in those divisions this week. Courtesy of Michael Guerin

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