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If anyone deserved a Jewels Crown at Ashburton last Saturday then it’s Auckland Trotting Club steward, David Turner. The 56-year-old commercial real estate agent has been ill of late, and he said Paramount King’s 2yo Ruby trot win was just the tonic he needed. Turner has seldom missed a meeting at Alexandra Park in his 23 years as a race night steward at northern headquarters. However an illness which he didn’t want to elaborate on, has meant he can’t drive and has curtailed his progress in recent months. “I’m getting on top of it and will beat it, but I have a lovely family and now Paramount King to look forward to. I’ve known for quite some time that this horse was going to be better than average. “We have some great times ahead because both John and Josh (Dickie - trainers) believe the horse will make a very nice three and four-year-old. His little brother, Paramount Geegee won two Jewels crowns. The way he’s going I think he will win a Rowe Cup one day,” Turner said. The Auckland resident said he couldn’t make it to the Ashburton because of his health, but admitted he didn’t think the horse would win. “His two runs prior to his Jewels win were pretty ordinary and I thought he might have come to the end of a big first-up season. “But what a drive! Josh putting two lengths on them at the top of the straight and that was the winning of the race. I was so happy. It was just what I needed. That was my first Jewels win,” Turner said. Turner co-owns Paramount King with Ben and Karen Calder (Invercargill), Graham Neems (Hamilton), Philip Kelly (Pukekohe), Jenny Sutherland (Cambridge), Jonathan Hope (Cambridge) and the Loyal Owners Syndicate. The Love You - Paramount Star gelding, who has now won four of his eight starts and $64,982, was bred by Studholme Bloodstock Limited (Christchurch) and Graham Gimblett ((Danievirke). Potentially Turner thinks he will develop into the best standardbred he has owned in several decades. "Armadale Lad was pretty smart in the 1980s. John trained him as well and he won three races before prematurely dying of cancer. "Then there was Matai Mackenzie. I was part of the ATC Syndicate with him and he won a few Group races and more than $300,000," Turner said. "But this win is the most special. Not only because I've been a bit crook of late, but more because the horse is a quality trotter with a bright future," he added. Turner said contrary to reports Paramount King would not be heading to Australia for the Breeders Crown in August. “John said he would put him out for three months and then bring him back for 3-year-old racing around Christmas time. “I’m really excited about the horse, but we all know in this racing game not to look too far ahead, but by all accounts he has the breeding, gait, trainers, and driver to go on to big things. Here’s hoping,” Turner said.   Duane Ranger  

The real Heaven Rocks has been revealed. Because it turns out the two-times Jewels winner isn’t actually the intimidating bully  he looked at Ashburton on Saturday, with driver Natalie Rasmussen believing he is really a big pussycat. Heaven Rocks confirmed his reputation as the most exciting pacer in New Zealand --- not the best, that title still belongs to stablemate Lazarus --- with his crushing win in the $150,000 Four-Year-Old Emerald. As always he was allowed to lag behind his rivals at the start before working three wide to parked and then dispatching them at the top of the straight, winning by four and a half lengths but it could have easily been eight. It wouldn’t have been a Heaven Rocks performance without at least one moment of concern, as Rasmussen had to take hold soon after he made his winning move as he attempted to duck in. But his co-trainer says those now common theatrics from Heaven Rocks are not because he is pig-headed or crazy, in fact the exact opposite. “He is actually a very timid horse,” explains Rasmussen, who trains Heaven Rocks with partner Mark Purdon. “As a young horse he broke a pastern bone and I think that is where all this stems from. “Obviously it hurt him and dented his confidence and while he doesn’t feel any pain from it now it has changed him mentally. “That is why he is a bit wayward some times. It is not because he has any dirt in him, he is still getting over what happened.” Heaven Rocks clearly has the motor of a superstar but to take the next step, to that New Zealand Cup/Miracle Mile-type level, his rough edges will need smoothing out and Rasmussen is confident that can be achieved. “It has been a battle with him getting that confidence back but I think we are winning and giving him a break now when he is feeling good about life will help. “I think he can be better again next season, but he will need to be to actually win those top races.” Heaven Rocks shone the brightest of the stars on show on Saturday but stablemate and fellow Rasmussen drive Spanish Armada was almost as dominant, completing one of the great domestic seasons by a three-year-old pacing filly. Her 25.5 second last 400m is one of the fastest official sectionals recorded in New Zealand and she adds a Jewels to her Sires’ Stakes, Sales Series, Nevele R Final and NZ Oaks, with the Breeders Crown in Melbourne still to come and possibly a Queensland Oaks stopover as a reward. But while plenty of Jewels winners have gone on to the Breeders Crown in August, that won’t be the case for Dizzy Miss Lizzy, who was brilliant winning the opener on Saturday or juvenile trot winner Paramount King. “I’d love to be taking her over there but sadly she isn’t eligible,” said Dizzy Miss Lizzy’s trainer Nigel McGrath. And Paramount King’s co-trainer Josh Dickie knows the lanky trotter needs a break, with only his deft training skills getting him home on Saturday at a stage of the season when he looks ready for the spelling paddock. Piccadilly Princess also needs a break, winning her four-year-old mares division in steady but hardly spectacular fashion while Ashley Locaz saved the bookies by flashing past red hot favourite stablemate Spankem in the juvenile boys pace in national record time. Michael Guerin

Five talking points from a weekend of rocks and diamonds at the Harness Racing Jewels. ONE: New name for Harness Jewels? When he retires, surely the Harness Jewels will be renamed the Mark Purdon Harness Jewels. The training partnership of Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen won four of the seven races it contested at Ashburton on Saturday. That took their partnership's total to 17 Jewels wins since it formed in 2014. But going back further, Purdon, either on his own account or in partnership with Grant Payne or Rasmussen, has won 34 races as a trainer. His driving win aboard Piccadilly Princess on Saturday took him to 21 Jewels winners in the sulky. It is a record that will never be seriously threatened and when the day comes that he is no longer dominating on the track, why not keep the Mark Purdon name on the trophies to recognise his dominance? TWO: Harness Jewels an industry day of celebration The Harness Jewels concept is great for owners who have a horse racing on the day and genuine standardbred fans but sadly it is never going to penetrate the casual racing and sports fans under the current format. The crowd numbers at Ashburton stood up reasonably well on Saturday, especially given the clash with the Crusaders and Highlanders match just up the road, but the day lacks atmosphere and is lacking a grand finale or main event the day can build up to. The concept works because most owners are desperate just to have a horse there let alone win. But to really prosper, harness racing needs more days that show off its product to a much wider market. The Jewels, as it is, is never going to do that. THREE: So close yet so far for the Ozzie battlers Eleven years into the Harness Jewels and still there is no Australian winner. Saturday's two representatives from across the Tasman came close but not close enough. One Muscle Hill finished second, a head behind Paramount King in the two-year-old Ruby and Mr Mojito was second, four and a half lengths behind Heaven Rocks, in the four-year-old Emerald. The Australian invite process has been fraught with disappointments and last minute pullouts but it can work if it is more financially enticing to cross the ditch. If the race stakes are not going up, maybe it is time to ditch the green Jewels colours and the Australian runners wear the colours of the sponsor who helped fund some of their travel costs? Sponsorship on that level is never easy to find, especially for nine races, but three genuine winning chances should be enough to spark more betting interest across the Tasman. The green Harness Jewels colours are a great idea in theory but money and exposure for sponsors talk. At the moment, running second would hardly cover costs for the Australian visitors and there are plenty of major races to keep them at home. RACE IMAGES Connections of Jack's Legend prove what the Harness Jewels mean to owners.   FOUR: All in a day's work for Davey David Butt is one of the more unflappable characters in harness racing and he proved it once again at Saturday's Harness Jewels. Ten days before Butt drove Wilma's Mate - a mare he and wife Catherine trained through her first 12 starts - to victory in the Group I four-year-old Ruby he was hit with a bad case of vertigo. It was so bad he feared he was having a stroke and was admitted to hospital. Butt, who provided stewards with a medical clearance the day before the Jewels, was calm and cool as he drove the Paul Nairn-trained trotter to victory. On his return to the birdcage, there was no extravagant celebrations from Butt, just his usual chewing of his gum and a nod of the head to acknowledge the Group I job was done. It might have been a shaky week but there was no unsettling the cool-headed Butt on Saturday. FIVE: Never be afraid to take the one you like Age group racing is often dominated by short-priced favourites and Saturday's Harness Jewels was shaping up as yet another example of that. But nothing is ever that easy. Of the seven runners who started at minuscule odds and looked unbeatable, only four of them won and Paramount King ($10.80), Ashley Locaz ($40.40) and Jack's Legend ($46.50) once again proved that it is called punting for a reason. MAT KERMEEN

Jewels harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45am Race 1 - Punter's are saying there are only two winning chances here in Elle Mac $1.85 - $1.70 & Dizzy Miss Lizzy $11 - $7.00 but the favourite is miles ahead in multi betting 2,123 tickets on her verse just 75 on Dizzy Miss Lizzy.    Race 2 - Springbank Lachie $4.20 - $4.00 easily leads win betting over One Muscle Hill $6.80 & Majestic Man $5.20 - $4.80. Only two in multi bets wanted are Sprinbank Lachie & Majestic Man.   Race 3 - Piccadilly Princess $1.15 is the best backed runner on the card in multi betting with 2,275 tickets on her verse just 17 on Rocknroll Princess with 17 tickets.    Race 4 - Partyon $9.80 - $6.50 is best backed in win betting over Delightful Memphis $8.80 - $6.50 but Spanish Armada$1.35 is dominant in multi betting.    Race 5 - President Roydon $5.00 - $3.60 is easily the best backed in win betting with the largest bet's $2,800 at $3.90's, $2,00 at $4.60, $2,000 at $3.90 & $1,000 at $4.60.     Race 6 - Spankem $1.21 - $1.15 is easily the best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Waikiki Beach $4.20 - $3.40 is easily the best backed runner in win betting.   Race 8 - Dark Horse $2.90 & Marcoola $5.20 - $3.60 are the only two runners wanted here.   Race 9 - Ultimate Machete $1.90 - $1.75 is the only runner wanted here in both win & multi betting.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order are: R3 Piccadily Princess $1.15 R2 Elle Mac $1.70  R6 Spankem $1.15 R9 Ultimate Machete $1.75 R4 Spanish Armada $1.35  R5 Enghien $1.30    Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

Regardless of how the juvenile trot pans out at today's $1.2 million Jewels meeting, champion trotting trainer Phil Williamson will be a proud man. Which is just as well because the Oamaru horseman (and super sire) isn't quite sure what to expect from the trickiest race of today's harness racing megafest at Ashburton. Williamson not only trains three of the 13 starters in the $100,000 baby trot (race two) but the trio will be driven by his three sons - Matthew, Nathan and Brad. "Bev and I couldn't be prouder of them, to have three boys driving in a group one on Jewels Day is pretty special," says Phil. Nathan may have drawn the family short straw in Majestic Connies, with the other pair Springbank Lachie (Matthew) and Majestic Man (Brad) close to equal favourites. Father Phil says one is better, but the other better off. "Majestic Man might have more raw talent, as we have already seen, but he is on the unruly so is going to need luck," he says. "And he may not have the all-round manners of Springbank Lachie. "Springbank Lachie has the ace draw and the gate speed to use it so he could lead or trail and that puts him a long way in front of the other fella." Williamson says Springbank Lachie was sick when a well-beaten second at Addington last start but has bounced back well and is the horse to beat in an even field. "Still, if there are a few breakers and Majestic Man weaves through them and gets handier than we think, he might be too strong. "I'd be happy with either result, whereas Majestic Connies isn't quite as good as the other two yet." While Nathan may not win the juvenile trot he has a shot at something unique in the four-year-old trot (race eight) in which he trains Dark Horse. The exciting Southland mare gives Nathan the chance to become the first son of a Jewels-winning trainer to also train a Jewels winner. Dark Horse has looked exceptionally fast beating predominantly moderate opposition but stepped up to the next level when showing gate speed and then passing lane oomph to down a group one winner last start. "I think Nathan is keen to let her run early and get to the markers in front and then give himself options," says Phil. "I think if she led or trailed she'd be the one to beat because she would trot her last 400m in 26 seconds down that Ashburton straight." The gate speed of Wilma's Mate inside Dark Horse, which also affects Lemond from the second line, and Marcoola and Temporale wide on the front line makes the four-year-old trot one of the most challenging puzzles for punters. There appears to be plenty of anchors for those who love a multi bet, with Piccadilly Princess (R3, No.1), Spankem (R6, No.2) and probably Spanish Armada (R4, No.7) all too good for their rivals, the latter's draw her only concern. If Enghien (R5, No.7) trots smoothly throughout he should win but President Roydon (2) has the gate speed and recent improvement to benefit from any frailties exposed in the favourite. Heaven Rocks (R7, No.14) might belong at the Funny Farm but he has a serious motor and if driver Natalie Rasmussen can launch him in the almost straight line between the 1200 and 800m marks he might erase his draw disadvantage very quickly. But unless he gets to $1.80, don't bother. The last of a spectacular day has its fair share of question marks over the winning chances, with Ultimate Machete (R9, No.3) and More The Better (5) lacking race fitness, Thefixer (4) untested at group one level and Stars Align (13) with a dreadful draw. But the best version of Ultimate Machete - the Sires' Stakes and Sales Series winning version - is a touch special and if, as expected, he rolls to the front only that lack of recent racing could beat him. - NZ Herald Read more by Michael Guerin 

The best horse champion trainer Mark Purdon takes to tomorrow’s $1.2million Harness Jewels meeting is the one he is the most unsure of. Because while Purdon and partner Natalie Rasmussen are favoured to win two-thirds of the all-Group 1 programme, it is $1.50 chance Heaven Rocks who he doesn’t know what to expect from. The giant pacer with the small brain might be the second-best pacer in the country behind Lazarus and routinely gives away huge starts and still smashes quality opponents in races like the Easter Cup. But tomorrow he faces settling six to 10 lengths off Waikiki Beach, his stablemate with two sub-1:50 mile times to his name in the $150,000 four-year-old Emerald. And for all his admiration for Heaven Rocks’s motor, Purdon knows that sort of disadvantage could be near impossible to overcome in a sizzling mile. “We all know how good he is but he could be close to last while I think Waikiki Beach will probably lead,” said Purdon. “And logic tells you that will be a very hard advantage to overcome, especially if they run hard the whole way.”
 Purdon says he hasn’t been put off by a loose workout from Heaven Rocks at Ashburton last Saturday where he paced roughly. “He still could have won that had I asked him to go and he will improve. But it could be the tricky race of the day.” Barrier draws have been very kind to Piccadilly Princess, Elle Mac and Spankem from the All Stars stable so Purdon expects them to perform up to their optimum while he rates President Roydon a chance to upset Enghien in race five for the same reason. “He got very close to him last start and has improved since. I think we can lead and Enghien might have to sit parked so we can test him.” Sitting parked is where the All Stars flying filly Spanish Armada might find herself in the three-year-old Diamond, with her widish draw suggesting she could take a while to get alongside arch rival Delightful Memphis. She has dominated the latter most of the season and the fact she sat parked to crush her NZ Oaks opposition last start suggests Spanish Armada can do so again but it may not be a comfortable watch for punters. “She is very much in the zone and while she didn’t dominate Delightful Memphis and Partyon at trackwork on Monday, she is always a bit like that in her work. “On raceday she seems to go to another level, especially with Natalie driving her.” But Purdon saves his most definitive quote of Jewels day for his pic of his four contenders in the last on the card, for the three-year-old pacing boys. This time last year’s More The Better just held out Ultimate Machete in the two-year-old division but since then the latter has been too strong in races like the Sires’ Stakes Final and Sales Series Pace. Neither horse has had an ideal lead-up to tomorrow because their high ratings made it hard to find suitable races but Purdon was very pleased with how Ultimate Machete worked in private at Addington on Monday. “More The Better is very well and as close as he can be to ready Ultimate Machete just has a bigger motor than him these days and he is our clear best chance in that race.” KING OF THE JEWELS Mark Purdon’s top three hopes 1: Piccadilly Princess: “The draw is perfect and she will lead and she was very impressive working on Monday.” 2: Ultimate Machete: “He also worked well on Monday and I think his motor is too big for the others.” 3: Spankem: “The draw should see him lead and I could see him pacing 1:51 around Ashburton.” by Trots Media - Michael Guerin

If you want to back the best four-year-old trotter at the Harness Jewels on Saturday you have a selection of bad news to deter you. You could be put off Marcoola in the $100,000 Ruby because he hasn't won a race this year. Or that he hasn't actually run a place in three of his last four starts. And even that he was, by his own standards, pathetic when finishing second last at Addington last start. But the worst, most daunting piece of information about the horse who all but conquered champion Monbet in November is what happened after that dramatic recent Addington failure. "He came back in to the stabling area and by the time we had the gear off him his heart rate was back down to 60 beats per minute," driver Clint Ford said. "So basically he didn't have a race, he didn't try." As much as Ford hates admitting his best ever horse dogged it at Addington last start, it is not the first time. "He did it once in a trial as an early three-year-old, he just didn't try because things didn't go his way." Since that day Marcoola has tried plenty of other times and showed great courage in his epic war with Monbet. So Ford is still confident he can find that appetite for a fight again before Saturday. "We had him checked out after the Addington run and he was sore over his back so we have had that worked on and I think it has helped." The Ashburton workouts last Saturday would suggest a pain-free Marcoola was more like the horse who won two Derbies last season and distanced an open class field at Cambridge on Christmas Eve. He was quick off the gate, built up a good head of steam and won by eight lengths in a 1:56.5 mile, albeit getting a bit tired at the line. "He needed that and felt far better than at Addington," Ford said. "He can go quicker because that was his first big hit out for a while and he did it under his own steam. That workout was part of waking him up, getting his mind on the job for this week." Marcoola isn't the only hotshot four-year-old in Saturday's trot with no doubts over their ability but question marks nevertheless. Lemond, who nearly won the group one Anzac Cup in April, galloped in that workout last Saturday, while Wilma's Mate may need a late driver replacement if David Butt doesn't pass his medical examination tomorrow. That leaves the relatively inexperienced Dark Horse as the favourite because Rowe Cup winner Temporale is drawn wide and has only raced once left-handed this season. Temporale looks one of the better each-way value chances on Saturday based on form alone but trainer-driver Tony Herlihy isn't thrilled by his wide front line draw. "It is wide enough but he does have good gate speed so hopefully we can get handy," Herlihy said. "We took him to Addington on Monday when Mark (Purdon) worked a whole heap of his and he handled the left-handed track well and seems where he needs to be. "So I'd like to be drawn handier but if he can slot in somewhere he should get his chance." Herlihy has also picked up the catch drive on impressive Alexandra Park winner from last Friday night Gotta Go Dali Queen, who beat some classy older opponents and is not the worst place chance in the three-year-old filly pace. Michael Guerin

JUST a week after Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, harness racing’s “Queen”, Kerryn Manning, created history of her own. Manning, who had already rewritten most of harness racing’s driving records, became the first female to drive the winner of New Zealand’s biggest race of any code — the NZ Trotting Cup — aboard her own horse, Arden Rooney, in Christchurch on November 9, 2015. And now Manning is returning to NZ in search of another “first” in her beloved sport. Saturday marks the 11th year of NZ’s huge Harness Jewels raceday and no Australian-trained horse has been able to win a Jewels’ final so far. The closest was NSW pacer Divisive’s second placing in 2007. Manning and another Victorian trainer, Nicole Molander, fly the Aussie flag this year at Ashburton with their horses Mr Mojito and One Muscle Hill. Mr Mojito is $12 with TAB fixed odds in the $NZ150,000 Group 1 4YO Emerald (1609m), while One Muscle Hill is the $6 third favourite in his final, the $NZ100,000 Group 1 2YO Ruby (1609m). “It’s great to be heading back and I think we’ve got the right horse to give it a shake as well.” “The barrier draw (gate two) really helps as well. From two you don’t have to make too many decisions,” Manning said. Mr Mojito started his career in NZ and only joined Manning’s stable at the end of last year. “I’d barely got him back into training when Merv (Butterworth, owner) told me he’d like to have a crack at the Jewels,” she said. “It’s been a bit of a rush and, ideally, I’d have liked another lead-up race with him, but he’s ready to run a big race.” Manning’s husband, Grant Campbell, took Mr Mojito across to Auckland last Thursday and, after several aborted flights to Christchurch, they made the trip down south this week. “Grant’s really pleased with the way he’s settled in worked since he went across,” Manning said. “His work was a bit mixed before his first race for us, but it’s liked that race switched him on and his work has been consistently very good since.” Mr Mojito was formerly trained by the dominant Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen team and, ironically, it’s their stable which boasts the three main dangers to Manning’s charge on Saturday. The Purdon/Rasmussen runners are: Heavens Rock ($2.10, gate 14), Waikiki Beach ($2.80, gate six) and Cash N Flow ($4, gate nine). In Molander’s case with One Muscle Hill, she has adopted the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach and booked Purdon to drive her exciting young trotter. Purdon and Rasmussen are again the dominant force of Jewels Day with six favourites from the nine Group 1 finals. They are: Elle Mac ($1.35 with TAB, race one); Piccadilly Princess ($1.10, race three); Spanish Armada ($1.55, race four); Spankem ($1.30, race six); Heaven Rocks ($2.10, race eight) and Ultimate Machete ($1.65, race nine). Reprinted with permission of The Herald Sun

One of the hottest favourites of Jewels day could be in for far more of a war than punters expect. Because rival trainer Mark Jones has declared his filly Delightful Memphis will park out $1.25 chance Spanish Armada rather than concede the $150,000 three-year-old fillies final. Delightful Memphis must be sick of the sight of Spanish Armada, having run second to her nine times in the last 14 months in one of the great two-horse dominations of recent New Zealand racing. But she has beaten her home a couple of times, including once at Auckland in December, albeit with Spanish Armada was unlucky. The pair worked in private with fellow Jewels rival Partyon at Addington on Monday morning and Jones is adamant Delightful Memphis had Spanish Armamda covered after coming off her back. But that isn’t the only reason he will be instructing driver Blair Orange to stay in front from the ace draw on Saturday. “Her work on Monday was great even though we all know Spanish Armada is better on raceday,” said Jones. “But I couldn’t be happier with my filly. She has had a long season and the only time she has really felt 100 per cent on top of her game was in Auckland before Christmas and I honestly think she is back to that now. “Her recent work has been super and the fact she missed the Oaks last start because she was a bit crook probably helped her. “So we know she is well enough for a hard run and the shorter distance helps us because Spanish Armada is such a good stayer. “I think everybody knows Spanish Armada is the better filly but we have the draw to park her and that is our best chance of winning. “It also means the others back in the field will probably be reluctant to move because they won’t be able to get parked, whereas if we let Spanish Armada run to the front then there will be more moves. “That would mean we give up our advantage to not only one horse but a couple. So it makes sense to stay in front.” Delightful Memphis got as long as $8.80 with TAB bookies this week, a very generous price and over double the quote she has been with other bookmakers betting on the Jewels. The pair look set to dominate the front end of Saturday’s race after their best performed rivals, Bonnie Joan and Jewels defending champion Partyon, drew the second line. Trainer Mark Purdon was happier with Partyon’s work on Monday after two moderate recent performances and she downed both Delightful Memphis and Spanish Armada at last year’s Jewels, but that was when leading. Saturday could be Delightful Memphis’s last start in New Zealand as she is booked to fly to Australia next Tuesday for a three-race Queensland campaign before racing in Sydney next season. “I’d love to win a Jewels with her before she goes,” says Jones. “I’ve only won the one, with Rocker Band last season, so they are hard to get." Michael Guerin  

Keith and Bevan Grice mark 70 years of breeding standardbreds with Dark Horse and Red Hot Poker in the $150,000 Ruby for 4-year-old trotters at the Harness Jewels on their home track at Ashburton on Saturday. The brothers, aged 91 (Keith) and 86 (Bevan) lease out their horses with Dark Horse trained by Nathan Williamson at Ryal Bush (Southland) for the Griffins syndicate and Red Hot Poker owned and trained at Claremont (South Canterbury) by Graeme Telfer, who races the gelding with his wife, Caryl. Dark Horse and Red Hot Poker were reared on the farms of Keith and Bevan. Keith has lived on the same property all his life. Both trotters are seventh generation descendants from the mare Agent, who launched the brothers into breeding horses in 1947. “Agent was given to us by our cousin (Len Grice)." recalled Keith. “We were keen on her as she was a sister to Java, a good trotter. I can still remember Java winning his first start at Ashburton (December 26, 1946)” Agent (Nelson Derby- Mavis Wood) did not begin racing until she was seven in 1940 and won two races as a pacer at a Manawatu meeting at that age when owned and trained at Tinwald (on the outskirts of Ashburton) by Ben Grice, an uncle of the brothers. Ben Grice had Haughty racing at the same time and she won the NZ Cup in 1942 and 43. Agent finished racing after one start as an 8yr-old.  She was 15 when she had her first recorded foal in the Stud Book. She left two foals, a colt, Sayonara (by Pacing Power) and a filly by Desmond’s Pride, named Shiann. Sayonara won a race for pacers at the Rangiora – Cheviot Trotting Club meeting at Rangiora in 1952 in the ownership of the Grice brothers and trained by Keith. Shiann won five as a trotter in Southland when leased to Wyndham trainer Stan Kirby, the last from an 84yd (77m) handicap over two miles at Gore She returned to the brothers for breeding and she is the ancestress of Dark Horse, Red Hot Poker and other good trotting winners. Dark Horse is by Bacardi Lindy out of Juliana, a sister to Jasmyne, the dam of Red Hot Poker (by The Pres). Juliana and Jasmyne are sisters to Dependable, Ima Gold Digger, Jo Anne and Shirley Temple, all progeny of Sundon and Janetta’s Pride. Ima Gold Digger won the 2009 New Zealand and Northern Trotting Derbies, Sires’ Stakes Championship and 2010 NZ Trotting FFA for the Georgeson family before he was sold to the United States. He ran third to Pocaro and Dream Machine in the 2009 Harness Jewels. The Georgesons also raced Dependable and Jo Anne. Dependable won the NZ Trotting Stakes and Rosso Antico Stakes in Auckland at three and the 2002 Canterbury Park Cup. Jo Ann was the first 2yr-old trotter to better 2.00 for a mile in the southern hemisphere when she recorded 1.58.5 in a non-totalisator race at Ashburton in 2001. She won a heat and final of the Tatlow Stakes at Moonee Valley at that age. Shirley Temple won the 2007 NZ Trotting Derby. Ima Gold Digger won 15 races in NZ and 24 in North America where he took a record of 1.54.4. Dependable won 14 in NZ and six in the US. Asked the best horse he has bred  Keith replied: “Palestine (Scottish Hanover – Coo Doo) is probably the best. He won 18. Barbara Del, Cyclone Lad and Derby are other good ones. I will know more after Saturday.” The Grice-bred horses have often risen to the occasion at Ashburton. Derby won the 1983 Ashburton Flying Stakes during nine successive wins when trained by Richard Brosnan at Kerrytown (South Canterbury); Ima Gold Digger won the 2010 Ashburton Trotters Mile from the stable of Michelle Wallis and Cyclone Lad had the first of his nine wins at Ashburton trained and driven by Derek Jones. Keith (with his wife Betty) and Bevan are set to attend the meeting on Saturday. Tayler Strong

The harness racing Jewels final field markets opened up at around 7:00pm last Friday.   Preview of the early money as at 5:30pm Tuesday 30 May.   Race 1 - Elle Mac $1.85 - $1.75 easily leads multi betting and is best backed in win betting over Dizzy Miss Lizzy $11 - $7.00 Largest bets $2,352 at $1.85 Elle Mac & $500 Dizzy Miss Lizzy $500 at $11.    Race 2 - Springbank Lachie $4.50 is best backed over Majestic Man $5.20.   Race 3 - Piccadilly Princess $1.23 - $1.15 is huge in multi betting, she holds 321 tickets compared to just 2 on the next best in Rocknroll Princess $22    Race 4 - Partyon $9.80 - $7.00 attracted a $2,000 bet at $9.80 & is best backed in win betting over Delightful Memphis $8.80 - $8.00 who has taken a $3,000 place bet at $1.80. In multi betting it's all one way traffic on Spanish Armada at $1.25.   Race 5 -  Chevron Express $16 - $14 is best backed in win betting over President Roydon $5.20.   Race 6 -  Spankem $1.21 - $1.15 is huge as expected in multi betting.   Race 7 -  Waikiki Beach $4.20 - $3.90 is where the early win money has gone here but in multi betting Heaven Rocks is going 3 to 1 over the former.   Race 8 -  Marcoola $5.20 - $3.80 leads win betting but Dark Horse $2.70 easily leads multi betting over Marcoola & Wilma's mate $4.00.   Race 9 -  Ultimate Machete $1.90 easily leads win & multi betting but More The Better $4.60 is starting to attract some interest.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order: R6 - Spankem $1.15  R3 - Piccadilly Princess $1.15  R1 - Elle Mac $1.75  R4 - Spanish Armada $1.25  R5 - Enghien $1.24  R9 - Ultimate Machete $1.90  R7 - Heaven Rocks $1.60  No real surprise to see that 6 of the 7 runners best backed in multi betting are from the All Star Stable.    A $10 multi on the above runners at the current Fixed Odds would return you $109.    Harnesslink Media  Courtesy of Stephen Richardson(TAB)

A mystery illness has left David Butt’s Jewels dream hanging by a thread after he initially feared he had a stroke last week. The Canterbury horseman will have to pass a doctor’s examination to be allowed to drive the well-fancied Wilma’s Mate at Saturday’s $1.2million meeting at Ashburton. Butt was hospitalized last Thursday after suffering from severe dizziness when he woke up. “I couldn’t get my balance and felt like I was going to fall over when I tried to walk,” said the Inter Dominion-winning reinsman. “Too be honest, I was scared I had had a stroke because I had never felt anything like that before. “For the first few days I was dizzy and couldn’t stand light or noise but the doctors tell me I have been suffering from vertigo. “They said it is relatively common and now I have had it I keep hearing from other people they have had it to. But it was a real shock.” Butt says many of the symptoms have now cleared, with the return of his balance the next and most important step. “It is getting better but I am still not driving work at home. “The stipes (stewards) know and they have told me I have to get a clearance from the doctor on Friday to be able to drive on Saturday. “The strange part is the doctors can’t tell me exactly what has gone wrong. “The two most likely reasons are a head knock or a virus of some type and I haven’t had any head knocks so the virus sounds the most likely reason. “If that has what caused it the doctors said I could have had it for a while lying dormant.”  Butt has two scheduled Jewels drives with Wilma’s Mate the second favourite for the $100,000 four-year-old trot after drawing the ace. “I’d love to drive her because I really think she can win but obviously I won’t be driving her if I’m now right. “So the doctors will tell me on Friday but it has improved quite a lot the last few days.” For all his success Butt has driven just one Jewels winner, One Over Da Moon, at Ashburton in 2013 for Wilma’s Mate’s trainers Paul Nairn. Should he not be able to take the reins on Saturday his son Bob would seem the most likely replacement as he won races on Wilma’s Mate last season. Wilma’s Mate is the $4 second favourite for her division on Saturday, with Southland  mare Dark Horse still at $2.50 with the New Zealand TAB, though she opened $4.50 with Australian bookmakers post-draw last Friday. The big shortener in the that market has been Marcoola, with last season’s champion three-year-old trotter into $4.20 after looking more aggressive at the Ashburton workouts on Saturday. Michael Guerin

Mark Purdon wasn’t too worried, but the punters who have backed Heaven Rocks into short favouritism for Saturday 4YO Emerald might have been a little concerned about what transpired at the Ashburton Workouts on Saturday. The $1.50 favourite for the $150,000 event on Saturday, was beaten by two of his three-year-old stablemates at the annual Jewels workouts on Saturday after leading for the last 1000 metres. Back again too was the hitch in his gait that must make even the calmest of his fans nervous, but while to those watching on it didn’t look pretty, sitting behind him Mark Purdon wasn’t all that concerned. “I still thought he went good, it was what he needed,” Purdon said. “It’s my first drive of him for a while, so it was good to get a perspective on where he is at and I just felt he was reaching for his hopples a wee bit up the straight which would explain that rolling action he had going on.” Heaven Rock’s was first collared by More The Better who had sat outside him from the 800 metre mark. And then the pair were both picked up late by Stars Align who had led early then trailed his stablemate. “They are both really nice horses,” Purdon said. “It’s a shame More The Better has drawn out wider than the others on Saturday because it will make it that much harder for him.” The All Stars team also gave a big tick to two-year-old pacer, Ashley Locaz who won impressively earlier in proceedings while other Jewels contenders to impress on the day included Lady Chatto, Star Commander and The Black Prince. But, If there was a statement to be made ahead of saturday’s Harness Jewels meeting, then Clint Ford made it. Ford’s outstanding trotter, Marcoola, has been one of the mystery horses of this year’s Jewels meeting due to injury seeing him out in the paddock for most of 2017 and a poor fresh up run, by his usually high standards, at Addington earlier this month.. But in one minute and 56.5 seconds on Saturday afternoon, Ford and Marcoola elevated themselves right back to the top of the pecking order for Saturday’s, $100,000 Four-Year-Old Ruby with a brutal display against some of his key rivals. Clearly not there for a quiet run, Marcoola well and truly blew any cobwebs out of the system with a rugged performance that left some quality flesh behind him gasping for air as he ran his rivals off their hooves in the one mile heat. “We made the fatal mistake last year of going too easy on him leading into the Jewels,” trainer Ken Ford said. “Instead of heading to Cambridge to get a good run under the belt we went to Pukekohe and didn’t quite get the run we needed which left us wanting the next week. “So we were never going to make the same mistake again, he was here today for a good blowout and he got that.” Surged forward from an outside barrier draw, Marcoola found the front and never looked back, trotting through the first 800 metres in 59 seconds to be 10 lengths clear running off the back straight. That margin extended even further at the 400 metre mark, and although clearly tiring inside the final furlong, he was doing the necessary to hold of his rivals to win in 1:56.5. “He cops racing pretty well, so that should bring him right on,” Ford said. Marcoola will start from out wide in the Four-Year-Old Ruby, but judging by Saturday’s effort, he won’t be leaving anything to chance. Missandei emerged late from the pack to run an encouraging second, but all were playing second fiddle to Marcoola who stole the show. Matt Markham

Brad Williamson has chosen to drive Majestic Man in the 2-year-old trotters section of the Harness Jewels at Ashburton on Saturday. Brad was given the choice of drives by his trainer father, Phil, who also Springbank Lachie and Majestic Connies in the race. Brother Matthew is driving Springbank Lachie and another brother, Nathan will take the reins on Majestic Connies. “It was a tough decision. They are all good horses. I drive Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie at home,’’ said Brad. “Springbank Lachie was a bit sick after his last start second (eight lengths behind One Muscle Hill in the Yearling Sales Final) but he seems right again.” Brad (22) drove Springback Lachie to impressively win the NZ Trotting Stakes and Majestic Man to a last start win the Sires’ Stakes Championship. He has driven Majestic Man in two other wins from four starts. Matthew drove Majestic Connies in his last start win at Invercargill. He was also aboard BJ Lindenny, runner up to Majestic Man in the SS race. Brad (22) has had four drives in the HJ with his best effort a third on Monnay when there was a section for 5-year-old trotters at Ashburton in 2013.   Trainer Graeme Anderson was pleased with Eamon Maguire after driving him to win workout at Forbury Park on Sunday in preparation for the 3-year-old pacers section of the Harness Jewels. Eamon Maguire led for the last 1200m and he was not extended to return 2.44 for 2200m (mobile), the last 800m in 58.1. He finished a length clear of stablemates Elusive Flight and Sovereign Banner. “It was just what he needed. He is very well and on target but couldn’t have got a worse draw (nine – the outside of the front line),’’ said Anderson. Eamon Maguire has made his mark among the 3-year-olds this season with a dashing win in the Southern Supremacy Stakes final, a third in the NZ Derby and second in the Sires Stakes Sophomore Classic. Break Dance, who has not raced since she won at Alexandra Park on April 28, won a workout at Ashburton on Saturday. There is a race to suit the Amber Hoffman-trained mare at Invercargill on Saturday week. War Horse, a newcomer to the stable, won a workout at Forbury Park on Sunday. Tayler Strong

If there are racing gods, it appears they take multi bets. Because either that or a remarkable set of coincidences have seen many of the long-term favourites draw almost perfectly for next Saturday's Harness Jewels. And while there is often a twist in the last week heading into the Jewels, there could be as many as seven odds-on favourites at Ashburton’s $1.2million meeting. Of the six odds-on favourites before the draw, all have drawn the front row for their mobile mile assignments, with four of them to start from barrier three or inside. The two others, Enghien (barrier seven in three-year-old Ruby) and Spanish Armada (likely to start from six in the three-year-old Diamond) are not natural gate flyers so are probably better suited drawn wider on the front line. The huge winners from the draws were Piccadilly Princess, who gets the ace in the four-year-old mares’ pace while Spankem will be red hot in the juvenile boys pace from barrier two. Ultimate Machete is perfectly placed at barrier three in the three-year-old male pace while last-start disappointment Elle Mac will be odds-on again from barrier two in the juvenile female pace, especially with key rival Dizzy Miss Lizzy drawn the inside of the second line. That leaves probably two truly open punting contests in the two-year-old and four-year-old trots, where the more favoured runners have had mixed luck with the draws. The hardest horse of the entire meeting to price must have been Heaven Rocks in the four-year-old make pace even though he was always going to be starting from the unruly. While most horses conceding a start to near open class rivals around Ashburton over a mile would have no chance, he is a freakish talent and will still be first pick for many. He was as low as $1.50 in pre-draw markets and remained there but with stablemate Waikiki Beach drawn to try and lead from barrier six expect pressure to come on his $4.20 opening quote. Heaven Rocks will have his final public work at the Ashburton workouts today where he takes on nearly forgotten stablemate More The Better, who heads to the Jewels without a race start in nearly three months. But the most anticipated workout today will be the three and four-year-old trot, where Lemond and long-time Jewels favourite but dramatic last-start failure Marcoola clash in a field that also contains Habibti Inta, Chevron Express and Missandei. Wilma’s Mate will contest a handicap trot head while northern three-year-old trot entrant C K Spur will take on the pacers at tomorrow’s (Saturday) Pukekohe workouts. By Michael Guerin Here are the full fields for the Harness Jewels; Ashburton Trotting Club Inc         Saturday  3  June Radio    Meeting:   HARNESS JEWELS 2017 (Day 1) at Ashburton Raceway Chairperson of Stewards: Nick Ydgren Compressed Report TAB Minibook TAB Booklet Custom Racebook Runner Index Track Map Track Weather Radio Trackside   TAB details (Meeting 8): Doubles - Races 2 & 3; 4 & 5; 6 & 7; 8 & 9 Trebles - Races 1, 2 & 3; 4, 5 & 6; 7, 8 & 9 Terminating Pick6 - Races 4-9 inclusive guaranteed to $100,000 terminating Quaddie - Races 2-5 inclusive with a starting pool of $10,000; 6-9 inclusive First4 - Races 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9 all with a starting pool of $10,000          Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m  Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m  Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m  Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m  Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m  Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m  Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m  Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m  Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 610 2 f     Chevrons Reward   R53 1 Front Gavin Smith P B Burrows   2 11114 2 f     Elle Mac   R85 2 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 623285 2 f     Caitlyn Clarke   MR55 3 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   4 236558 2 f     A Lister   MR50 4 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 17732 2 f     New York Rain   R61 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 04641 2 f     Angel Of Harlem   R55 6 Front   R B Ward   7 210993 2 f     Bettor Joy   R59 7 Front Dexter Dunn C T Dalgety   8 314576 2 f     Purest Silk   R57 8 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   9 2327 2 f     Shenandoah   MR54 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 151 2 f     Dizzy Miss Lizzy   R68 10 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   11 112F4 2 f     Lady Chatto   R63 11 Front   T G Butt   12 5331 2 f     Repartee   R54 12 Front Nathan Williamson Mrs K V Price & F J Price   13 21354 2 f     Sweet Mary   R54 13 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   14 602050 2 f     Reklaw's Gem E1 MR45 U1 Front John Dunn R J Dunn            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Caitlyn Clarke to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, New York Rain to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach         Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 323P0 2 c     Majestic Hurricane E1 MR51 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 12 2 g     Springbank Lachie   R60 2 Front   P M Williamson   3 110360 2 g     Sundees Son   R56 3 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   4 12 2 f     Aoraki   R56 4 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   5 31 2 g     Majestic Connies   R54 5 Front   P M Williamson   6 450670 2 g     Imperial Whiz   MR44 6 Front Alan Clark A L Clark   7 1121D5 2 g     Paramount King   R56 7 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   8 722552 2 g     BJ Lindenny   MR52 8 Front   D J Bennett   9 41 2 g     Marquis De Sade   R52 9 Front David Butt P C Nairn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 143410 2 c     One Muscle Hill   R63 10 Front Mark Purdon Mrs N C Molander   11 811827 2 g     Castlereagh   R56 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 46314 2 f     Renezmae   R55 12 Front Dexter Dunn J D Harrington   13 321223 2 g     More Shades Of Gold   R56 13 Front Todd Mitchell D W & Mrs C McGowan   14 1011 2 g     Majestic Man   R65 U1 Front   P M Williamson            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Paramount King to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach, One Muscle Hill to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, More Shades Of Gold to Brad Mowbray at Russley         Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 126452 4 m     Piccadilly Princess   R120 1 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   2 775490 4 m     Cullen Who   R75 2 Front Ken Barron K & T Barron   3 132452 4 m     Hopes And Dreams E1 R70 3 Front   G J Anderson   4 121380 4 m     Hard Days Night   R56 4 Front Kimberly Butt(J) Mrs L M Jones   5 240088 4 m     Bronze Over   R88 5 Front Bob Butt R J Butt   6 660565 4 m     Arden's Choice   R96 6 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   7 572352 4 m     Queen Bee Bardon   R67 7 Front Craig Thornley B A Waldron   8 136416 4 m     Ultimate Desire   R81 8 Front Dexter Dunn B K Mowbray   9 253000 4 m     Cmeerock   R68 9 Front Tim Williams R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 911652 4 m     RR Sand Dollar   R74 10 Front Blair Orange P T Court   11 259320 4 m     Glenferrie Classic   R75 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 12P101 4 m     Rocknroll Princess   R73 12 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   13 122177 4 m     Kayteeoh Denario   R68 13 Front   R W Todd   14 802098 4 m     Hopeful Harriet   R64 14 Front   R W Todd            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Arden's Choice to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, Rocknroll Princess to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 211222 3 f     Delightful Memphis   R101 1 Front   M P Jones   2 222116 3 f     Patanjali E1 R64 2 Front Stephen McNally T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   3 121557 3 f     Juice Brogden   R68 3 Front Nicky Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott   4 6X5302 3 f     Major Rocket   R62 4 Front   C T Dalgety   5 321611 3 f     Gotta Go Dali Queen   R84 5 Front Maurice McKendry F D Cooney & T R Hopkins   6 691149 3 f     Delishka   R71 6 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   7 131411 3 f     Spanish Armada   R110 7 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   8 231376 3 f     Seaswift Joy   R88 8 Front Jim Curtin M I Shinn   9 35X363 3 f     Utmost Delight   R69 9 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 317458 3 f     Step Up   R65 10 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   11 533485 3 f     American Empress   R62 11 Front Sailesh Abernethy J M Young   12 115144 3 f     Partyon   R110 12 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   13 111122 3 f     Bonnie Joan   R98 13 Front   C T Dalgety   14 334110 3 f     Shezza GNP   R73 14 Front   K & T Barron            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Juice Brogden to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Utmost Delight to Paul Court at West Melton, Step Up to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach, American Empress to Steven McRae at West Melton         Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 213975 3 c     War Machine   R58 1 Front Derek Balle D M Balle   2 732242 3 g     President Roydon   R62 2 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 921132 3 f     Chevron Express   R82 3 Front   C T Dalgety   4 480131 3 f     Ruthless Kayla   R60 4 Front Samantha Ottley K T Fairbairn   5 121543 3 g     C K Spur   R74 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 218690 3 f     Regal Love   R60 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 111111 3 g     Enghien   R110 7 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   8 51D 3 f     Kissmeimloaded   R58 8 Front Jack MacKinnon(J) J A MacKinnon   9 284310 3 g     War Spirit   R56 9 Front   K D Townley   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 153551 3 g     BD Khaosan   R58 10 Front Jonny Cox T D Bagrie   11 909272 3 c     Habibi Inta   R66 11 Front Blair Orange P C Nairn   12 354642 3 f     Needle   R70 12 Front Colin DeFilippi C J & J DeFilippi   13 528202 3 g     Muscles Galore   R52 13 Front John Dunn C D & Miss A D Edmonds   14 333201 3 f     One Bid Buys E1 R55 14 Front Megan Teaz J L & Mrs M A Teaz            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    War Machine to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Kissmeimloaded to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 204 2 g     Bright Diamond   MR50 1 Front Gavin Smith G D Smith   2 211131 2 c     Spankem   R85 2 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 208X 2 c     Royal Tribute   MR49 3 Front   P T Court   4 8478 2 g     Bailey Major   MR48 4 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 310 2 c     Star Commander   R54 5 Front   N R McGrath   6 42 2 c     Liberal Arden E1 MR51 6 Front   T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   7 13327 2 g     The Black Prince   R57 7 Front Todd Macfarlane T A Macfarlane   8 42148 2 c     Aloka   R62 8 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   9 131124 2 c     Alta Maestro   R85 9 Front   R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 128512 2 g     Ashley Locaz   R60 10 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   11 142362 2 c     Culpeka   R59 11 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   12 33633 2 c     Fizzing   MR52 12 Front   C T Dalgety   13 292355 2 c     All U Need Is Faith   R59 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 651213 2 c     The Devils Own   R75 14 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Royal Tribute: BL-Off    Legend      Horse Movements:    The Black Prince to Jamie Gameson at Burnham         Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing geldings & entires. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 306630 4 g     Don Domingo   R69 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 1015X3 4 g     Mr Mojito   R107 2 Front Kerryn Manning Ms K E Manning   3 742212 4 g     Bettor Ops   R86 3 Front Kirk Larsen K N Larsen   4 617345 4 g     Eldolar   R72 4 Front Scott Phelan Miss A M Donnelly   5 869141 4 g     Buster Brady   R105 5 Front Dexter Dunn K J Austin   6 442223 4 g     Waikiki Beach   R128 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 254157 4 h     Ears Burning   R96 7 Front Nigel McGrath N R McGrath   8 222203 4 g     Mo Casino   R69 8 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   9 512116 4 g     Cash N Flow   R100 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 213352 4 g     Sparkling Delight   R73 10 Front Gerard O'Reilly G D O'Reilly   11 723423 4 g     Crackamoa   R67 11 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   12 414516 4 h     Max Phactor   R82 12 Front David Butcher M G Berger   13 341019 4 g     Mighty American E1 R70 13 Front   K & T Barron   14 P11211 4 g     Heaven Rocks   R120 U1 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Mr Mojito: BL-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Buster Brady to Regan Todd at Woodend Beach         Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 420429 4 m     Wilma's Mate   R104 1 Front David Butt P C Nairn   2 901524 4 g     Trouble Giero E1 R62 2 Front Stephen McNally B J White   3 213101 4 g     Gentleman Sir   R80 3 Front David Butcher L C Driver   4 1P1011 4 m     Dark Horse   R89 4 Front Nathan Williamson N P Williamson   5 062223 4 m     Sundons Flyer   R67 5 Front Blair Orange B R Negus   6 902121 4 g     McLovin   R71 6 Front Amber Lethaby R H Jenkins   7 4157X0 4 h     Marcoola   R115 7 Front Clint Ford K B Ford   8 212416 4 g     Temporale   R102 8 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   9 015836 4 g     Justamollyarcher   R55 9 Front Sheree Tomlinson(J) R H Jenkins   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 312664 4 g     Lemond   R89 10 Front Colin DeFilippi R O Paynter   11 972145 4 g     Beg Hall   R61 11 Front Kimberly Butt(J) T G Butt   12 502851 4 m     Missandei   R82 12 Front Samantha Ottley B R Negus   13 565411 4 g     Eagle Galleon   R53 13 Front Dexter Dunn R E Wilson   14 741103 4 g     Red Hot Poker   R60 14 Front John Dunn G C Telfer            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    McLovin to Mark Jones at Burnham, Temporale to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, Lemond to Colin & Julie DeFilippi at Broadfield         Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 833352 3 g     Rhythm N Blues   R71 1 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   2 502236 3 c     Mongolian Storm   R76 2 Front   P T Court   3 132212 3 c     Ultimate Machete   R110 3 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   4 181X21 3 g     Thefixer   R85 4 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 232125 3 c     More The Better   R102 5 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   6 869716 3 g     Jack's Legend   R83 6 Front Barry Purdon B Purdon   7 111167 3 g     Let It Ride   R84 7 Front Craig Thornley T G Butt   8 215123 3 g     Forgotten Highway   R80 8 Front Nathan Williamson M P Kerr   9 113312 3 g     Eamon Maguire   R100 9 Front Dexter Dunn G J Anderson   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 591101 3 c     Mongolian Hero   R91 10 Front   P T Court   11 622294 3 g     A G's White Socks E1 R77 11 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   12 121400 3 g     Tiger Thompson   R73 12 Front Jim Curtin B K Mowbray   13 809811 3 c     Stars Align   R95 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 184224 3 g     Shineonucrazydiamond   R72 14 Front Nathan Purdon(J) C T Dalgety            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Jack's Legend to Jeff Whittaker at Springston

Alan Mason and Neville Simpson, life members of the Oamaru Harness Racing Club, have extended their association as owners of Majestic Connies, the 2-year-old trotter who qualified for the Harness Jewels with his win at Invercargill on Saturday. Majestic Connies joined his stablemates Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie among qualifiers for the $100,000  Harness Jewels. The trio are trained  at Oamaru by Phil Williamson, who has also qualified on a time basis the 2-year-old trotter The Commando (CR Commando – Castleton’s Jewel) this season. Majestic Connies, Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie are by Majestic Son, who has seven progeny qualified for the 2-year-old trotter section of the Harness Jewels. Majestic Son has sired Harness Jewels trotting winners King Denny(at three and four) and One Over Da Moon (at two). Williamson bought Majestic Connies for $9000 at the PGG Wrightson premier yearling sale last year when  the colt out of Sunny Connie colt was offered by Mike Stevens and the estate of his wife, Glenis. Mason, Simpson, Peter Evans, a member of the committee of the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club and the Wagovi syndicate (managed by Gordon Stewart, of Cromwell) subsequently became the owners. “I have now won 21 races racing trotters out of the Williamson stable,” said Mason. Lets Get Serious, Galleons Triumph, All Action Man and Hengroen are among his winners. Lets Get Serious has been the star performer with 10 wins, including the 2006  NZ Trotting Championship. Lets Get Serious, whom Mason bought for $2500 as an unraced rising 3-year-old at a mixed sale in Christchurch was sold to Joe Muscara, of New York  when rising six. Lets Get Serious was exported and won 28 races in the United States and Canada. He returned to NZ to win two races as a 9-year-old at Alexandra Park for Mark Purdon and Grant Payne before returning to North America to win another four races, taking his total to 44 and $1 million in stakes. Simpson, who has been involved with the administration of harness racing in Oamaru for 50 years, won races with the trotters Supernatural (four) and Royal Braemar (three) in the 1980s. He bred Supernatural (by Jack Chance), a half brother to Royal Braemar (by Regal Yankee). Supernatural was trained at Duntroon (north Otago) by Stewart Sutherland and won his first race at Invercargill in 1983. Majestic Connies is the second foal of Sunny Connie, who won two races, both at Forbury Park as a 4yr-old in 2011 when trained by Robert Anderson. She was driven in those wins by Matthew Williamson, who drove Majestic Connies in his win. Her first foal, Sunny Monarch (by Monarchy) qualified as a 3-year-old last season. Sunny Connie is a half sister by Continentalman to Dragons Den, who won six when trained by Anderson and one in Perth. Driving engagements for the Williamson 2-year-olds in the Harness Jewels have yet to be decided. “I have three sons (Matthew, Brad and Nathan) and they will have first call,” said Phil. Matthew also drove BJ Lindenny to finish second to Majestic Man, driven by brother Brad in the $55,000 NZ Sires Stakes Championship at Addington last Friday. That win justified the $6000 late entry fee by owners the Griffins syndicate. Brad has also driven Springbank Lachie to win the NZ Trotting Stakes. Springbank Lachie was showing symptoms of a cold after he finished second, eight lengths from One Muscle Hill in the Yearling Sales Final at his subsequent start and he has been treated. Zoey’s Gift, the winner of two of her five starts and third in the NZ Trotting Oaks last time out for the Williamson stable has been transferred to Australia by Sydney owners Emilio and Mary Rosati. Zoey’s Gift was sent to Auckland for the Northern Oaks but she did not come to hand in two workouts. Tayler Strong Harness Racing New Zealand

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