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Mach Shard played the lead role in a hot twenty four hours of success for Southern Bred Southern Reared horses on both sides of the Tasman. The Mach Three gelding bred by Debbie and Mark Smith capitalised on the perfect trip to get up and win Friday night’s Spring Cup at Alexandra Park with favourite Copy That a head back in second. Trained by Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan it was the six year old’s ninth win and he has now won $353,594. Earlier in the night Christianshavtime bred by Murray Little impressively won R59-R78 pace. Trained by Logan Hollis and Scott Robertson the American Ideal gelding sat in the one out line for most of the trip. Just before straightening driver Maurice McKendry hooked the four year old wide and be came down the middle of the track to win by a length and a quarter. His time was an impressive 2-39.7. Christianshavtime’s second dam Dream Angel is a full sister to multiple group winning mare One Dream. Further south at Addington southern bred horses quinellaed the Sire Stakes Three Year Old Trotters Prelude. Leaf Stride bred by Michelle Caig of Winton won the 1950 metre feature by half a head from Son Of Patrick which was bred by Nathan Williamson. It was Leaf Stride’s second win in as many starts and both trainer Phil Williamson and driver Matty Williamson have a good opinion of the Love You gelding. Later on the card the royally bred Arden’s Ace got up to nab pacemaker Under Wraps by a head. Arden’s Ace is by Art Major out the sixteen win race mare Venus Serena. The win was the three year old’s second win in as many starts. He was bred at Arden Lodge in Tapanui by John Stiven. Across the Tasman two Southland bred mares quinellaed the Group Three Ladyship Pace at Menangle last night. Bettor Enforce bred by Ben and Karen Calder won her sixteenth race when she beat another Southland mare Havtime running the mile in 1-49.8. Bettor Enforce has now won over a quarter of a million dollars. Meanwhile at Gloucester Park in Western Australia on Friday night Jimmy Mack, Rakasinc and Talkerup all bred in the south, won their respective races. Bruce Stewart

With a brilliant dash up the sprint lane three-year-old filly Pink Galahs bettered Australia’s leading trotting mares and delivered Matt Craven a victory dripping in sentimental delight. The trainer-driver dedicated the win to Pink Galahs’ part-owner Bryan Healy, son of Ric Healy, who produced the extraordinary Maori family that changed Australian trotting, which includes Sumthingaboutmaori after whom tonight’s race was named. “That’s one for Bryan in Queensland,” Craven told Trots Vision post-race. “I am sure he’s having kittens up there on the Gold Coast. “All his mates will be at the pub and to win a race named in the honour of his great mare (Sumthingaboutmaori), I’m sure he will be super thrilled tonight, as will Caleb (Lewis) and Laura (Lewis). They will be super excited and very proud of their little filly.” Bryan shares ownership of Pink Galahs with daughter Laura and her husband Caleb. The Skyvalley filly is out of Sweetasay, whose lines lead back three generations to Maori Mia, dam of Maori’s Idol, and a fourth generation to the great Maori Miss. Now Pink Galahs is writing an extraordinary new chapter of trotting success in the Maori family, having tonight registered her ninth win in just 15th starts, despite her last six starts having been run outside of her age group. “We were a bit concerned we had been way to easy on her and the reason she was here tonight was because we needed to get a run into her before the Oaks,” Craven said. “There’s not a lot of options for her, she’s put herself in this position basically because she’s been so good.” Tonight’s Aldebaran Park Sumthingaboutmaori Trotters Free For All was a whole nother level, with the likes of Dance Craze and Red Hot Tooth contesting for the Group 3 prize. Pink Galahs tagged on to the back of leader Imsettogo out of the gates, with Red Hot Tooth again doing heavy work in the breeze while Dance Craze loomed likely with her typical late run. But it was Craven’s runner, benefitting from a perfect run on the pegs, who had enough late zip and plenty in the tank to score by 2.1 metres. “Tonight we had the ideal trip in the box seat right behind the leader. Against this class of horse, stepping up against the older mares, super experience, well performed horses, she’s going to need that trip at the moment,” Craven said. “She’s probably all heart. Considering we have been so easy on her, she was great to the line and I think she will take a lot of benefit out of that. It’s a big thrill for me.” And it has the Terang trainer optimistic about his filly’s chances as the three-year-old classics near, beginning with the $60,000 TAB Victoria Trotters Oaks on October 17 at Melton. “It’s a great ride that she’s given us, hopefully we can take this form into the age feature races that are coming up, the Oaks, we could have a throw at the stumps at the Derby maybe,” Craven said. “Then we’ll just have the (Vicbred Super Series) in December.” And, if all goes well, the Great Southern Star? “Every time we’ve raised the bar she’s stepped up to it,” he said. “There’s one thing that we know: that she tries hard. She’s got good speed, you’d love to see her following the fence in a race like that. It wouldn’t be beyond her by any means.”   HRV - Michael Howard

By Jonny Turner    One Apollo has a crucial advantage over his main rivals going in to the group 3 D G Jones Memorial Trotting Cup, he just needs to take advantage of it. The Brent White trained trotter will clash with again with Heavyweight Hero, Pres The Belle and Woodstone after beating them home in Sundees Son’s Ordeal Trotting Cup victory at Addington a fortnight ago. Though Sundees Son and runner-up Majestic Man cleared out in front of One Apollo, White was more than happy with his horse’s effort for driver Ricky May. “When they really went down the back he got caught a little bit flat footed,” the trainer said. “So, Ricky probably nursed him a bit more, being his first time against those real good ones.” “He still hit the line and he didn’t get knocked around at all – there are a few more nice races coming up for him.” One Apollo gets a 10m headstart in his quest to try to beat the trio he downed in his last start in Sunday’s 2810m feature. But the 5yr-old must step away well or he might as well be starting on the back mark with them. “He has got to step first,” White said. “If he gets away cleanly Ricky has got to be a bit positive and then he can make his mind up about what he wants to do after that.” With a strong record of three placings from five starts on grass and confidence from White that his horse should see out a strong 2810m, Sunday’s race looks an ideal opportunity for One Apollo. The early favourite for the race and One Apollo’s main rival, Heavyweight Hero, brings an even more impressive grass track record to the D G Jones Memorial Trotting Cup. The trotter will look to quickly move on from a rare early gallop in the Ordeal Trotting Cup and add to his three wins that have come in just four starts on turf. Pres The Belle is in a similar position to Heavyweight Hero. The usually reliable mare, who has had two starts on grass for a win and a placing, will be out to turnaround the rare mistake she made when breaking late in the Ordeal Trotting Cup. White also starts Rogie Falls in race 5 Cranbourne in race 8 on Sunday. Cranbourne will step out for the first time this season with the benefit of one Ashburton trial under his belt. The 4yr-old went to the line untested by driver Stephen McNally in the heat on a slick 26.5sec last 400m. “The blinds were still in the gear bag at home and the plugs were still in,” White said. “Stephen was more than happy with him.” His trial effort may suggest Cranbourne has thrived since his last start at Invercargill in March. But it has not all been smooth sailing for the horse since then. “He came up good and then he got a wee bit crook and his bloods were out,” White said. “But, I have been really happy with him since then.” “He has got a good bunch of owners, so I hope he does a good job.” Ben Laughton drives Cranbourne in Sunday’s junior driver’s event. Rogie Falls has raced consistently in his five starts since lockdown. But the trotter would have gone even better if he had been able to show racing fans the potential he shows White at home. “He works unbelievable, but then he misses away or gets a bad runs or decides not to quite put in 100%.” “He can trot and he is one of those horses that when he wins one, he will win two or three in a row real quick.” Stephen McNally drives Rogie Falls on Sunday.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Motukarara on grass again today with a twelve race program starting at 12:05pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content is provided for informational purposes only. Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Motukarara. Banks Peninsular Sunday 27th September 2020 Race 1 Kingsdown Atom good from a stand and in top form. Will be hard to beat and top selection.…… Mark Dunnett disappointing last start after a nice grass trial win but give another chance. Can win ..… Kusanova ok last start and will be fitter. Needed here.…….. Daggy Lamb coming in fresh after an ok grass trial. One for longer odds Selections:  Kingsdown Atom (9),   Mark Dunnett (7),   Kusanova (6),    Daggy Lamb (8)   Race 2 Trixton Time  generally a good beginner and has a decent motor. Unknown on grass but good winning claims if she can get handy early on……. Shiffty his first two runs were ok with money on. Winning claims with a good run in transit…… Sungait's Legacy sprint trip on grass should suit but needs to bring his manners. Place claims best…… The Gardener's Pride good third last start and a weaker field here. Great chance to run in the top three. Needed Selections:  Trixton Time  (7),   Shiffty (14),   Sungait's Legacy (10),   The Gardener's Pride (6)   Race 3 Cristiano Buccini good draw and his runs on grass this campaign have been good. Looks a good winning chance from the draw ….. Mach's Eliminator good fourth fresh up but tricky draw here. A good chance if the horse he is following can lead early….. King Arthur better when saved for one run at them. Could surprise at nice odds with the right trip…. Greenback Boogie tidy draw and top driver on board Winning claims Selections:   Cristiano Buccini (1),   Mach's Eliminator (10),   King Arthur (9),   Greenback Boogie (2)   Race 4 Unchanged Memory narrowly beaten fourth in a strong field fresh up and stand suits here. Can win at decent odds with luck in the running….. Texas Tara could get a cosy trip from the draw and was in a handy position before breaking last start. Good winning claims….. Manjimup running good races at trials and workouts but manners a concern. Not the worst and has winning claims at big odds with a clean getaway …. Buckingham tricky draw and a bit one paced. Can run top three if they go hard up front Selections:   Unchanged Memory (9),   Manjimup (11),   Buckingham (15),   Texas Tara (3)   Race 5 Play Dough good finish for third last start and drawn to lead and run. Top selection here…… Franco Josiah likes the track and distance and trialling ok. Paying good money and should be in or near the top four if he brings his a-game… Tequila Sunset drawn to be a good place chance if she brings her manners. Include at longer odds… Call This Fun beat most of this field last start and conditions suit. Sould be hard to beat. Selections:  Play Dough (6),   Franco Josiah (12),   Call This Fun (8),   Tequila Sunset (2)   Race 6 Canardly Remember getting fitter and drawn to be a major threat. No reason he won’t be in the top three here from the draw. Top selection….. Magicol Ideal getting better with racing and tricky draw the only. Can run top three at good odds…… Jenabella running on last start and stronger now. Will start favourite and be hard to beat.… It's Me form does not reflect his true ability. Can run top three with his mind on the job Selections:  Canardly Remember (1),   Jenabella (11),   It's Me (4),   Magicol Ideal (14)   Race 7 Heavyweight Hero good beginner who has won on grass. Looks the one to beat and likely to finish in the top three here……. One Apollo gets in off the front and this field looks within his range. Hard to beat with a clean start ….. Pres The Belle has a good finishing burst. A top three finish looks on the cards at nice odds if she can have one last run at them off a strong pace….. Woodstone has been ok the last couple and grass should suit. Can upset if he can get near the lead early Selections:  Heavyweight Hero (10),   One Apollo (2),   Pres The Belle (9)    Woodstone (11)   Race 8 Cranbourne coming in fresh but has a class factor over the rest of them. Will be hard to beat here……. Playa Vista likely to get a good run on the fence. One of the better chances in the race from the inside draw..… I Am Adaline has been solid in similar races and grass and distance suits. Has claims with one run at them….. Luella has been ok from better draws but terrible marble here. Will be hard to beat if she goes forward early Selections:  Cranbourne (13),   Luella (9),   I Am Adaline (12)    Playa Vista (10)   Race 9 Fynn Frost has been racing top fields and this is easier. Should be very hard to roll and getting fitter now. Top selection here……. Skippys Delight running ok races and grass suits. Major player here...… Sister's Delight normally good from a stand and grass stats good. Good winning claims here at big money….. Doctor Tim has had a couple of pipeopeners to get ready. Should be nearing peak fitness and needed here Selections:  Fynn Frost (10),   Skippys Delight (12),   Sister's Delight (3)    Doctor Tim (13)   Race 10 Essence Of Easton big on ability and draw the only concern here. Should be hard to beat and grass will suit……. Been To Jenny's good finish to win last start and she looks a good winning chance even with a step up in grade..… Duastar has performed well in similar fields in the past. Include in combinations….. Barkley disappointing last start but well placed here. Win chance at big odds with a good run in transit Selections:  Barkley (2),   Essence Of Easton (9),   Duastar (4)    Been To Jenny's (11)   Race 11 Prince Teka has been racing better fields and this is easier. Likely early leader and should be very hard to roll ……. Global Flight galloped last start but better than his form reads. One for longer odds here...… Sunny Bill normally good from a stand and grass stats good. Good winning claims here at big money….. Sods Law has won here before and drawn well. Should be nearing peak fitness a good winning chance with manners Selections:  Sunny Bill (5),   Global Flight (13),   Prince Teka (3)    Sods Law (4)   Race 12 Star Reactor ok fresh up and gate speed to lead here. Winning claims at good odds……. Swap Over running ok races without a lot of luck and grass suits. Place claims at longer odds...… Auchtercairn better with a sit and should get that here. Chance here at bolters odds….. Pro Surfer good second fresh up and looks the the likely favourite for the race. Should be nearing peak fitness and needed here Selections:  Swap Over (3),   Star Reactor (7),   Pro Surfer (12)    Auchtercairn (10)   Harnesslink Media

Anderson, IN--- They had eight high quality harness racing rivals including world champion Guardian AS, Breeders Crown victor Fiftydallarbill, Indiana champions Custom Cantab and Bridge To Jesse’s and defending champion Lindy The Great but it all came down to Atlanta and Gimpanzee on Friday (Sept. 5) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in the $150,000 Caesar’s Trotting Classic. The mare and stallion did not disappoint as two of the most talented horses in the sport engaged in a scintillating stretch duel in which Gimpanzee narrowly prevailed.  Immediately subsequent to the wings of the gate unfolding, Guardian AS (Tim Tetrick) assumed control from post position nine but he would only remain in that position after a first quarter in a spritely :26.3. That is when David Miller decided to steer Atlanta from sixth straight to the lead. The 5-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven appeared to relish the opportunity to obtain the lead and did not demonstrate any evidence of relinquishing that advantage as she led the field through fractions of :55 and 1:22.4 through the final turn.   Atlanta, however, was about to realize Gimpanzee and Brian Sears had other plans.    Gimpanzee was the slight favorite over the 2018 Hambletonian winner and settled in third for the first quarter mile after starting from post position six. When Atlanta moved to the front, Gimpanzee followed her hoofprints and around the track, biding his time based on Sears’ guidance as to when he should find his best stride.   As these two horses made trotted their way to the finish line it appeared Atlanta would preserve until with roughly a 1/16 of a mile remained Gimpanzee began to inch ever closer. Would he catch the $425, 600 Maple Leaf Trot winner? After all, she had got the best of him in that event when he came home third.  As the mare dug in it seemed she would do so once again. Yet Gimpanzee continued to advance as did Lindy The Great (Andy Miller), but it was clearly a two-horse race. Gimpanzee then drew alongside Atlanta and in a flash was in front. On this occasion, it would be he and not the mare who would visit the winner’s circle at the Anderson oval. Gimpanzee recorded a final time of 1:51.2 as did Atlanta but his :28.1 final panel compared to her :28.3 final quarter mile proved to be the difference.   Lindy The Great held off a fast closing Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton) for the show spot.  “He wasn’t 100 up in Canada but he wasn’t as sharp as he was all year,” said Marcus Melander, Gimpanzee’s trainer. “I wanted to qualify him last week to see if he was back to normal and I brought him here because he was. This worked out for his schedule. He has Lexington in two weeks and then the Breeders Crown. The track was good here today and I’m thrilled to be back in a month or so. He always gets the job done, he can race down Atlanta like he did today. She’s an amazing filly but today we beat her and we’re happy about that.”  Officials with Harrah's Hoosier Park present the winning trophy to the connections of Gimpanzee.    -- Photo courtesy of Dean Gillette Photography. Owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, Dan Patch Award winner and dual Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee now has collected $2.48 million during his career and after an undefeated freshman campaign his record is now 31-21-2-3.   He paid $3.60 to win with Atlanta providing $3.20 to place. Lindy The Great was $3.40 to show.   Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 26. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21, highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown October 30 & 31.  For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.     By: Kimberly French, for Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Crucial edges stablemate Sister Sledge for Moni Maker Triumph   Anderson, IN --- Crucial with David Miller holding the lines was the first to enter the harness racing winner’s circle in Grand Circuit action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday (Sept. 5) when the 3-year-old filly captured the $105,000 Moni Maker Stakes. The daughter of Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene collected the first of eight trophies on Breeders Crown Preview evening. The sensational 15-race card disseminated $1.2 million in purse money.   Leaving from post position five in a field reduced to five after the scratch of the No. 2 horse Princess Dubai, Crucial floated from the gate and went straight to the lead with Sister Sledge (Brian Sears) tracking in second. The Ron Burke trainee established the first fraction of :27.1 with ease as the field went around the first turn in single file. Crucial established the pattern of the entire contest as she went by the half-mile pole in :57.4 and the three-quarter marker in 1:27. Her rivals appeared content to allow the filly her own way on the front.   Shortly after the field rounded the final turn, Sister Sledge, who is also Crucial’s stablemate, and Sears made their bid for victory as they came on through the inside. It appeared Sister Sledge may trot past Crucial shortly before the wire but when asked the leader kept to her task and hit the wire in front with Indiana champion Rock Swan (Trace Tetrick) in third. The final time was 1:54.1.  Owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Donavan, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, the filly lifted her career bankroll to ____ and improved her overall record to 22-8-2-5. She most recently finished third in the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes final at Red Mile and was crowned a Pennsylvania Sire Stake champion after winning the $252,000 final in her previous trip to the post. Crucial was also fourth in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and has been an extremely consistent performer throughout her career.   “She has flown under the radar for us just a tad,” said co-owner Mark Weaver. “Sister Sledge was just so good at two I guess I can understand why. Crucial just continues to improve and David Miller really seems to get along with her. She’s raced great for him every time he’s driven her, included a locked-in fourth in the Hambletonian Oaks.”  Sent off as the second choice behind the favored Sister Sledge, Crucial paid $4.20 to win. Sister Sledge provided her supporters with $2.20 to place and Rock Swan’s backers received $2.20 to show.    Test Of Faith hands Somethingbeautiful her first defeat in Kentuckiana Stallion Management  Fresh off her score in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final, Test Of Faith (David Miller) easily passed the previously undefeated Somethingbeautiful (LeWayne Miller) to collect her sixth consecutive victory in the $220,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management for freshman pacing fillies.   A daughter of Art Major-Cannae Cammie, Test Of Faith was the slight favorite over Somethingbeautiful at post time. The Brett Pelling pupil began her journey over the Anderson oval from post position seven and settled in fourth position through the first split of :27.1 established by Continualou (Joe Bongiorno). After the first quarter mile, Miller moved Somethingbeautiful to the lead while Test Of Faith continued to remain in fourth. Somethingbeautiful hit the half in :57 and passed the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 while Test Of Faith moved into third. As the fillies hit the top of the stretch Test Of Faith advanced into second and hit her best stride midway through the stretch.   Somethingbeautiful did not offer much resistance and Test Of Faith powered home to win in 1:51.3. Gd Rockin Kay Trace Tetrick picked up the show spot.   “She was very relaxed out there,” Miller said. “And did it very easily.”  Owned by Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran, Test Of Faith improved to 7-6-1 lifetime and now sports a bankroll of $367,750.   Test Of Faith paid $4.40 to win with Somethingbeautiful paying $2.60 and Gd Rockin Kay $4.80.     Brookview Bolt takes the Madison County  Sam Widger placed Brookview Bolt on the lead immediately after their departure from post position four and the duo never afforded their other eight competitors with the opportunity to gain that advantage in the $40,000 Madison County for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, the son of Swan For All-Witty’s Winner is now has a resume of 8-4-2-1 and has earned $86,950.   Swingforthefences (Peter Wrenn) was second and Bridge To Success (John De Long) closed stoutly to be third.   Brookview Bolt paid $7.40 to win while Swingforthefences paid his backers $3.20 and Bridge To Success $3.40.     Iteration impresses in Kentuckiana Stallion Management  Already attracting attention in her young career as the younger full sister to world and Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee, Iteration (Brian Sears) demonstrated she has plenty of talent of her own with a gate to wire victory in the $221,000 in this contest. Big City Pearl (Verlin Yoder) was second and Swift Swanda (Trace Tetrick) was third.   Iteration, a daughter of Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows, was sent straight to the front after starting her mile from post position five and that is where she remained. The filly clicked off fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2 before stopping the clock in 1:55 well in hand.   “She is a lot like Gimpanzee,” said Sears. “Not much bothers her and she has real ability. She is also very easy to drive.”   Trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., Iteration now has a record of 6-4-1-1 and a bankroll of $258,194. She paid $4 to win. Big Pearl was $5.40 to show and Swift Swanda paid $4.20.     No Lou Zing shows a new dimension in Jenna’s Beach Boy  After a freshman campaign in which he only raced on three occasions and failed to hit the board in all three attempts, No Lou Zing (Dexter Dunn) collected his sixth victory from 10 starts this season and has not failed to hit the board in any event he has competed in. Splash Brother (Trace Tetrick) was second and Allywag Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was third in this $100,000 race for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   No Lou Zing, a son of Sweet Lou-Terroronthebeach, broke alertly from post position four and Dunn was not about to impede his momentum. The gelding went straight to the lead and played “catch me if you can” with his nine rivals. Obviously they could not as No Lou Zing appeared to only grow stronger as the mile went on. He established splits of :26.1, :55.2, and 1:23 prior to hitting the line in 1:49.3. It was a lifetime best for a horse that had never been on the front in that fashion and on this occasion, it was not quite by design.   “He was really immature last year, he had no concept of what being a racehorse entailed,” trainer Nancy Takter said. “We gelded him and turned him out. Really was babying him racing off the pace. I was nervous when he went to the lead. Probably not the plan for him to be on the front but it was really rewarding to see his maturity and how much he’s become a racehorse. We actually didn’t have him staked very much this year because he didn’t race much last year but it has been very rewarding watching him progress this season.”  Owned by 3 Brothers Stables, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms, No Lou Zing now has a career record of 13-6-3-1 and has amassed $322,418 in purse money.   He paid $4 to win with Splash Brother providing $5.60 to place. Allywag Hanover paid $2.20 to show.     Southwind Gendry sails home to win The Elevation  It required every inch of the long Hoosier Park stretch but favored Southwind Gendry (David Miller) got the job done in this $120,000 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Virgo (Tim Tetrick) was second and What’s Your Beef (Trace Tetrick) was third.  A son of 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki’s first crop, Southwind Gendry is out of the Cam’s Card Shark Mare Gambler’s Passion. He commenced his journey from post position four in fourth place while What’s Your Beef paced through fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23.2. When the field of 10 entered the top of the stretch it appeared What’s Your Beef’s efforts where beginning to take their toll and Southwind Gendry began to move from fourth place on his outside.   Just when it appeared What’s Your Beef may hold on, Southwind Gendry provided one final burst to surpass the leader just prior to the finish line. The winning time was 1:50.4.  Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Philip Collura, Joe Sbrocco, Knox Services, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Southwind Gendry’s record now stands at 8-6-0-0 and he has earned $299,369.   Southwind Gendry paid $2.70 as the public’s top choice. Virgo paid $9 to place and What’s Your Beef $8.40.    by Kim French

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 24, 2020— On a night filled with stakes harness racing action, This Is The Plan made Hoosier Park history as he became the first ever back-to back winner of the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 26. With Dexter Dunn in the bike, This Is The Plan utilized a pocket trip to score the victory by three parts of a length in 1:49:1. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, the Ron Burke trainee left alertly for position then utilized the passing lane to capture his third win from ten seasonal starts. A power-packed field of ten lined up behind the wings of the gate and it was American History with Joe Bongiorno who protected their rail position and took the early lead through the opening quarter in a snappy :25.4.This Is The Plan left just enough from post three to grab a pocket seat while Backstreet Shadow and Tim Tetrick were next in line third. The field remained in straight formation through the half in :54:4. Backstreet Shadow was given the green light just before the three-quarters in 1:22 and he quickly ranged up to take command. When the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open. Backstreet Shadow clung to the lead and braced for the cavalry charge to the wire. Dorsoduro Hanover and Matt Kakaley fanned out across the track with a full head of steam but it was Dunn who urged This Is The Plan into the passing lane to get the victory. He was followed by stablemates Filibuster Hanover with Chris Page in second and Dorsoduro Hanover with Matt Kakaley in third. This Is The Plan paid $17.80 to win at the betting windows. “I wanted to get him out of there and he responded well,” driver Dexter Dunn noted in the winner’s circle. “Ronnie (Burke) told me before the race that this horse has been racing well so get him out of there early and then give him a shot late. This track takes a bit of getting used to. I had to work him through that long stretch but he really dug in well late.” With the victory, This Is The Plan now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,555,412 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi,  J&T Silva – Purnel & Libby and Lawrence Karr. The victory was one of three wins on the evening’s 15-race card for driver Dexter Dunn and one of three training wins for Ron Burke. This Is The Plan also gave Ron Burke his fifth victory in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-That’s The Plan was bred by Moni Market Breeders. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21, highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown October 30 & 31.  For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.    Rose Flood  |  Race Marketing & Operations Admin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Showy chestnut Leaf Stride kept his undefeated record intact when winning the Haras des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Prelude Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night. The Phil Williamson-trained three-year-old was given a gun run in the trail behind race favourite Bitamuscle and driver Matthew Williamson was able to utilise the passing lane to get the better of his rivals and score by half a head over Son Of Patrick, who was bred by Williamson’s son Nathan. “I was thrilled with how it panned out,” Phil Williamson said. “On paper it looked like it might be run that way, get the trail and have our chance, and it turned out great.” Leaf Stride was victorious on debut at Addington last month, but Williamson admitted he was wary of the handy field he met on Friday. “I was respectful of all the other runners and nice races are never easy to win. It was a pretty star-studded line-up,” he said. “He is a nice horse, we have always known that. It has just been a matter of him delivering on what his potential is.”   Leaf Stride impressed Williamson as a younger horse and he was delighted to welcome him into his barn after he was purchased for $90,000 at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred National Yearling Sale by Emilio and Maria Rosati. “He was a nice horse, I had seen him a few times from a foal,” Williamson said. “He will now head to the Sires Stakes and the Harness Millions.” Later in the night Williamson was pleased to see stablemate Jimmy Carter finish runner-up in the Clarkson Signs – In House Graphic Design Handicap Trot (2600m). “Jimmy Carter went a nice race. We were really pleased with that and it was good seeing his manners there,” Williamson said. “He has been racing well this time in. In that class at Addington there are a lot of nice horses around and you don’t get anything at Addington cheaply.” Williamson said Jimmy Carter will likely make a return trip to Addington next week. “There is a nice race for him next week, a $20,000 race up to rating 60 and he sits about 59, so he is in the right spot rating wise and with manners he would be a chance again.”

Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) confirmed his star status and made history at Alexandra Park on Friday night when producing an explosive sprint to win the first-ever running of an NZB Standardbred Harness Million event. Driver Blair Orange’s early decision to hand the lead to main rival It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) and Mark Purdon, proved a masterstroke when Krug outsprinted the pacemaker to win the $200,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final (2200m). Chrissie Dalgety etched her name in to NZB Standardbred’s history books as both the trainer and part-owner of the inaugural winner of a NZB Standardbred Harness Million Final. Dalgety, who trains in partnership with Nathan Purdon, went in to the race hopeful Krug would get the chance to show his best. And she got her wish thanks to Orange’s bold tactics. “It was very, very exciting,” Dalgety said. “Going in to the race I was just hoping he wouldn’t have any bad luck. In most big races that can happen – you can go sensationally and still not win, you just don’t know until you’re out there.” Krug was knocked down to Dalgety and her husband Cran’s Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd for $155,000 at NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch in 2019. Though his speed and stamina suggest he is clearly an impeccable physical specimen, it is not just Krug’s athletic physique that makes him so good. “Cran eyed him up at the sales, he has impeccable breeding and he is a beautiful horse,” Dalgety said. “His personality is just outstanding, I kind of feel like he is half human sometimes.” Krug’s brilliant manners and calm demeanour helped him relax perfectly in to the trail after It’s All About Faith’s early burst to take the front. The star pacer came in to the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts & Geldings Final when going down narrowly as the hot favourite to race rival American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) in last week’s $128,000 Group One Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m) at Alexandra Park. Rather than the defeat denting the Dalgety-Purdon camp’s confidence, the trainers made the most of the situation. “Everyone just expected him to come out and win last week,” Dalgety said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are, everyone is beatable. So, I think it took a bit of pressure of us, really.” Krug cleared out to win by three and three-quarter lengths over Its All About Faith. Stonewall Stud’s B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe) ran a game third after working around the field to sit parked for the last lap of the race. Last week’s Group One winner American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) produced another strong performance when running on strongly in to fourth placing. Krug’s victory gave the honour of being crowned vendor of the first ever win in Harness Million history to Canterbury horseman Mark Smolenski’s Smolenski Stables. The Bettor’s Delight colt, from former top class racemare Champagne Princess (NZ) (Soky’s Atom), was bred and sold by the estate of Smolenski’s father, the late leading trainer and driver, Jack Smolenski. Attention now turns to next Friday's meeting at Addington where the running of both the NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 2YO Fillies and for 2YO Trotters will be contested.    NZB Standardbred

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound NZ Sires Stakes winner The Pukekohe colt American Dealer, who firmly clinched his claim to being the best three-year-old colt of the season when he won the $128,800 Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final at Alexandra Park, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families. American Dealer, who has now won four races and $99,670, is a colt by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal, who stood his early seasons at Woodlands Stud and has been located at Northern Rivers Equine while at the stud in Victoria. American Ideal has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the champion Bling It On, the WA Pacing Cup winners Soho Tribeca, My Hard Copy and Mighty Conqueror, the brilliant but ill-fated Centenario and the Derby winner Ideal For Real. American Dealer                                                         --Megan Liefting/Race Images photo   American Dealer is out of Maddison’s Delight, by Bettor’s Delight from Pacing Grace 1:57.7 (8 wins), a North Island bred mare by In The Pocket from Jessie Grace, by Vance Hanover, and tracing to the taproot Verity (by Vancleve). Pacing Grace was the dam of two high class pacers in Pacing Major (1:52), a winner of 19 races and $621,436, and All U Need Is Faith 1:49.8 ($326,114), a good winner in NZ and America.  Other daughters of Pacing Grace also bred on with marked successes. Grace Way (1:56.8) became the dam of the Victoria HRSC 3YO Cup winner Three Ways 1:54.1 ($219,949), the Redcliffe Derby winner Make Way 1:51.7 ($148,095) and Forgotten Highway 1:55.6 ($147,019).  Pacing Delight, a sister to Maddison’s Delight, left a Group 2 winning juvenile in Virgil 1:52.3 ($121,741), the Menangle winner Mason’s Delight (1:51.9) and recent Addington three-year-old winner Aladdin. American Dealer is a half-brother to the thrice Gloucester Park winner Sweet Maddison (1:57.1).   Call Me Hector star sprinter Call Me Hector advanced strong claims to being the best sprint pacer in Tasmania today when he scored a record-breaking win in the Free-for-all at Launceston last Sunday. Call Me Hector carved out the 1680 metres 1:59.4, a rate of 1:54.4 - 0.2 inside the previous track standard. He also holds the Hobart track record of 1:54.3 set 12 months earlier. Call Me Hector                                                                        --tasracing.com.au   It was his sixth win for the season. At his previous start he disposed of Ryley Major and others, and earlier in the year he won at Melton in 1:55.2. Call Me Hector has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged 11 starts a season. In four seasons of racing Call Me Hector has won 19 races and has been 16 times placed from 58 starts for $129,856. By champion sire Art Major, he is out of Lady Jillett Lombo, by Mach Three from Lady Titian Lombo (1:59.4), by Fake Left from Titian Annie, by Big Band Sound. Call Me Hector is a half-brother to the former top racemare Call Her Julie 1:56.2 ($172,428) and recent Cranbourne winner Groom (1:57.3).   Well related three-year-old filly Artemis, who downed a strong field of three-year-olds at Menangle last weekend, is a Mach Three filly from the same family as that which produced a champion New Zealand pacer in Courage Under Fire. It was her third success at the Sydney headquarters track. She is a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from Eyre To The Throne (1:58.9), the best of whose several progeny have been the Breeders Crown winner Cyclone Kate 1:50.3 ($341,723) and the NZ Kindergarten winner Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($131,057). Eyre To The Throne ranks as a sister to the prolific Menangle winner Passion Stride 1:53.4 ($162,028), being by Presidential Ball from the In The Pocket mare Erin Brockovich, a full sister to Courage Under Fire, the winner of a record six Derbies, and Advance Attack, a former to Kiwi juvenile who is now at the stud in WA.   Fifth on end The Western Districts gelding Jilliby Sylvester, who is being aimed at the forthcoming three-year-old classics, extended his unbeaten winning sequence to five at the Horsham midweek meeting. He is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe, sire of the record-breaking juvenile Ignatius. Jilliby Sylvester’s dam, Jilliby Opal, was unraced, being by Artsplace from Jilliby Gold 1:59 ($183,394), a top racemare whose 24 successes included the Queen of the Pacific, and by What’s Next, a world champion and highly successful sire. Jilliby Gold, the dam also of a capable pacer in Jilliby Rio 1:55.8 (27 wins and $214,755), was a half-sister to the Nyah Cup and USA winner Jilliby Spirit 1:50.2 ($495,022), the Melton winner Jilliby Master (1:55.4) and others in Jilliby Lightning (1:57.2) and Jilliby Jet (1:57.8). Their dam, Jilliby Diamond, who left nine winners, was by the Inter Dominion winner Koala King from Jilliby Dollar, by the dual Derby winner Royal Dollar. Jilliby Sylvester is a member of Marg Lee’s team.   Broodmare double The Art Major mare Glenferrie Shuffle 1:57 ($279,839), a former Breeders Crown 2YO champion, left two winners in the space of 24 hours. Her first two foals, Zanadu (by Bettor’s Delight) and Kezzamac (by Well Said), won at Menangle and Canberra respectively. Zanadu, who went in 1:55.3, has now won five races, while the three-year-old Kezzamac has won twice. Glenferrie Shuffle, a winner of 13 races, is out of a fine racemare in Hot Shoe Shuffle 1:57.9 ($295,011), by Falcon Seelster from Off Beat, by Vance Hanover from Broken Drum, by Lordship from the Smooth Fella mare Berndon Star (2:02.8), a half-sister to the Victoria Derby winner Smooth Falcon. Glenferrie Shuffle is a half-sister to the Menangle winner Jivin Cullen 1:54 ($190,713), the exported Joshua Mac 1:57.8 ($107,760), Sem’s Delight (1:57) and Hotinthecitytonite (1:58.8), dam of the Melton and Albury String of Pearls victor Delightful Jazz 1:54 ($105,600).   Star three-year-old by Sportswriter James Rattray, who brought out champions in Beautide and Ignatius, has a smart three-year-old in Jimartee racing at present. He downed a strong field in a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Penrith, rating 1:53.9 over 1720 metres – only 0.3 outside Ignatius’s track record. Earlier in the season he won the Young Derby and from 20 starts he has won seven times and been six times placed for $75,600 in stakes. Jimartee ranks as a half-brother to a handy pacer in Vienna Boy (1:52.6), being a gelding by the Artsplace horse, Sportswriter, from Vienna Bromac, by Courage Under Fire from Universal Woman, by Caprock from Winsome Tricks, by Overtrick from Winsome Glow, dam of the Kaikoura Cup winner Franco Whisper. Vienna Bromac, who won four races at Menangle and took a record of 1:54, was a half-sister to the good NZ and Albion Park winner Amysteriouseagle (2:00.8). This is the family of the Breeders Crown champion Just Cala, Classiesistar (1:51.8), Sir Clive (NZ Kindergarten), Posh Jaccka (Vic. Gold Chalice), Adda Rising Star and others.   Tailored Elegance bred to be top trotter Tailored Elegance, who is proving herself a star juvenile trotter, has won three of her last five starts including a runaway success at Bendigo last Saturday when having only her second start on Australian soil. Tailored Elegance                          -HRNZ   She is a three-year-old filly by Muscle Hill, sire of Australia’s top trotting mare in Dance Craze, out of the Armbro Invasion mare Classic Armbro (Tr 2:07.2), a winning daughter of the former NZ trotting queen Merinai Tr 2:00.8 ($244,155). Besides Classic Armbro, Merinai, who won three Group 1 races, is also the dam of the smart NSW square-gaiter Sunny Elegant Tr 1:57.2 ($102,330), Miss Pegasus, who won nine and $86,391), Wingsonhai (7 wins) and Madam Spur (5 wins).  Merinai is the grand-dam of the NSW Foundation Series and Bathurst Gold Coronet winner Pegasus Elegance Tr 1:54.6 ($128,060), the prolific Melton winner Pretty Sunday Tr 1:57.4 ($175,182), Sonofanearl Tr 2:00.6 ($117,798), Rosemma (Lyn McPherson Memorial) and the Maori Legend victor Aldebaran Shelly. Tailored Elegance is a sister to the promising youngster I See Fire and a half-sister to Sertorius Tr 1:58.6 (8 wins and $116,898) and the Victorian winner Popcorn Sutton.   Henrik Larsson unbeaten three-year-old Henrik Larsson, who beat a useful field at Gloucester Park last Friday and is undefeated in four starts, gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top four-year-olds. Bred in New Zealand, Henrik Larsson is a big, muscular colt by Art Major from No Mas (2:00.8), a lightly raced mare by Badlands Hanover from Sammi Franco, by Falcon Seelster from the NSW bred Stormy Pat, a sister to the glamour filly Eva Thor, the winner of 15 races as a two and three-year-old including the Raith Memorial and National Stallion Stakes. No Mas, who won twice, figures as a half-sister to a grand WA pacer and cups winner in Our Jimmy Johnstone 1:53.5 ($778,635), the Harold Park winner Fast Sticks (1:59) and to Sevenspanishangels, dam of the Wanganui Cup winner Thunderfromthethrone. Henrik Larsson is the first foal of his dam. A champion pacer in Don’t Retreat belongs to this family. He won a record 26 races at Harold Park and qualified for three Inter Dominion finals and in all won 54 races and $340,317 in stakes. Alecane (NSW Cannonball Stakes and ID heat), Seaswift Joy (1:50), NZ 3YO of the Year Kotare Legend and Majestic Major are among many good winning members of Henrik Larsson’s family, which has produced to pacers in both NZ and Australia.   Blue blooded filly Rogue Wave, who scored a commanding win in a slick 1:54.3 at her first start at the Shepparton midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Somebeachsomewhere, by Mach Three from Where’s The Beach, by Beach Towel, she is out of the Live Or Die mare Perfect Life, whose dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), ranked as a sister to Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753) and a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889) and Punch Line (1:54.2) and to the Modern Art mare Modern Life, dam of Rising Stars winner Ample Power 1:55.6 ($107,825). Lovelist became the dam of this year’s unbeaten two-year-old filly Treachery, winner of the $100,000 The Allwood. Their dam, Lifeline, was a half-sister to the Hunter Cup winner Safe And Sound ($995,606), Gold Rocket (1:51), Massarua (1:55.8) and The Good Times (1:54.4).     by Peter Wharton

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Advancing first-over in the final panel Southwind Ion drew clear to a seven-length harness racing victory in the featured pace Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  David Dowling was in the race bike as he doubled up trainer Jennifer Doyle on the program with a 1:55.1 score behind Southwind Ion at 8-1 odds. The pacesetter in the $2,300 event was Temagami Seelster (Driven by Brodie MacPhee), riding a five-race win streak, but the filly yielded to Southwind Ion at the three-quarters of 1:26.4 before interfering on the rest of the field. Filly Forty Seven (Marc Campbell) was second while Better Be In Love (Jason Hughes) completed the $186.60 triactor. Doyle shares ownership of Southwind Ion with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe.  Dowling and Doyle also saw a victory in a trot event in race 6 as Glider Man won in 1:59.2.  Barrieau scored four wins on the Thursday claiming the opening dash with Ill Tell Me Ma (1:57.1) for Scott Dunn of Montague, followed by a 1:57.1 win with JJ Gracie and a trotting victory with Cheeky Little Mix (1:58.4), both from his own stable. He bagged win number four in the evening finale as Much Adoo (1:57.2) prevailed as the favourite from the Ron Matheson stable of Charlottetown.  MacPherson had a driving hat trick on the card winning with Dreas Good Powow (1:58.1) for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane, Tobins Angel (1:59.4) from the Charlottetown based Mike McGuigan stable and with Elm Grove Ladyluck (1:57.3) for trainer Jonah Moase of Warren Grove.  Go to Redshores.ca for race replays and more.    By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

The Geraldine Trotting Club says it is determined to make the most of the decision allowing it to host a meeting at its Orari course in November. As part of a wide-ranging review into racetracks around the country Orari was originally left without a meeting at its home track in the 2020-21 season, with their one and only meeting to be transferred to Methven. Now, TAB NZ has agreed that the Geraldine Trotting Club, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, can host a meeting after all. The Christmas at the Races meeting will be held on November 28. “It’s a chance to redeem ourselves,” says Geraldine TC president Mark Weaver, “ we want a good crowd, good turnover and everyone to have a relaxing fun time.” “And we are hoping that Mother Nature will play her part.” Weaver says the feedback to the decision has been very encouraging. The meeting will be subject to a review that will determine its future. "It’s our one chance," Weaver says. As well as the 150th milestone the meeting will also be the first since the death of club stalwart and commentator Lochie Marshall. He died in March after a battle with leukaemia. “We are keen to honour him with a race, and it would have to be a trot.” From 1992 - 2019 Marshall only trained trotters, and among his 13 winners (196 starts) Missie Castleton was the square-gaiter he was most associated with (6 wins from 81 starts). For more information about the day, bookings etc contact : Jackie@southernlink.net.nz Phone:0274 357398

Champion South Australian harness racing brothers Darren and Mark Billinger are racking up the miles for a great cause - and have put out the call to industry participants to quickly get on board. The pair have been wearing the Prostate Cancer colors during September as part of harness racing's drive to build awareness about the disease which kills more than 3000 Australian men each year. As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month ambassadors, the brothers' roles include stressing the importance for men over 50 to take regular medical check-ups as the best method of early detection of prostate cancer. "As drivers, there's no way of avoiding the annual check-up, because we have to pass the medical tests annually to get our licences renewed," Mark said. "But even then, it's worth checking with your GP about any extra check-ups you might need as the years go on. This is something I'll certainly be doing in the future," he said. Statistics show that prostate cancer kills more than 50 men each week in Australia with more than 16,000 new cases recorded annually. As well as awareness, a key focus of Prostate Cancer Month is to raise funds for research and to assist men and families impacted by the disease and HRSA and SA Botra have joined forces to support the cause. A call went out for people to sponsor the Billingers by pledging an amount for every kilometre they drive in races during the month. In the previous three months, Darren averaged 23 kilometres in race drives, while Mark, a top freelancer in his home state, averaged 62 kilometres. "There have been a few things happening to get people on board, but there's only a week or so left, so we're wanting to encourage the harness racing family to get involved by making donations to the cause," Mark said. "COVID's made it tough and we only race probably twice a week, but we've been doing our best. I've been getting a few drives from my regular trainers, but Darren's been a bit light on," Mark said. So far, Mark has "travelled" over 16 kms during which time he's collected six wins from 20 driving engagements. Darren has done 6.7kms for one win from eight drives. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and can remain anonymous if requested. South Australian people have been asked to click onto www.mycause.com.au. Other donations can be made at https://www.pcfa.org.au/   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

REIGNING NZ Cup champion Cruz Bromac launches a campaign aimed at defending his crown when he tackles a strong Minuteman free-for-all (2240m) at Melton tomorrow (Saturday) night. It’s his first run since being sidelined with a fetlock injury after the Auckland Cup last New Year’s Eve. Managing owner Danny Zavitsanos is thrilled to have him back at the track and expects a bold showing despite a back row draw (gate 10) and quality opposition, headed by Lochinvar Art (gate 11) and Zennart (seven). “Amanda (Grieve) and Dean (Braun) think he’s at least as well, if not better, than the same time last year, which is great to hear,” he said. “We’re sure he’ll run well this week and then it’s into the Victoria Cup two weeks later. “All going well in these two runs and I told Mark (Purdon) he’ll be back to over to him to get ready for the (NZ Cup) again.” Zavitsanos, who “lit-up” Addington with his post-race celebrations last year, said Cruz Bromac was booked to return. “He’s booked with IRT for the 12th or 14th (of October), so we just need to be happy with his next two runs and he’ll head back over. It’s just a shame we won’t be able to go with him because it’s such a special day,” he said. Champion driver Chris Alford is aboard Cruz Bromac for his return, which is a vote of confidence given he’d been approached to drive Craig Cross’ Zennart and one of their many runners in the Victoria Cup. Kerryn Manning has picked-up the Zennart drive. Lochinvar Art, who smashed the clock when a monstrous second to Hurricane Harley, has been backed from $1.80 into $1.60 to atone tomorrow night. Zennart has firmed from $4.80 into $4.60 second elect, while Cruz Bromac is next ($4.60 out to $5).   by Adam Hamilton

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Ray Green Is expecting much of the same from his gun pacer Copy That when he contests the Franklin Long Roofing 2020 Spring Cup (2200m) at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The American Ideal entire has strung together four wins from as many starts this preparation and Green can’t see that picket fence form line ending this week, despite his wide draw. “You can’t fault what he has done,” Green said. “He has done some spectacular stuff and long may it continue, I don’t see why it won’t. “He has drawn the outside (9) but as long as he steps well, which he has been doing, and doesn’t get inconvenienced by anybody, he should race as good as he has been racing which makes him hard to beat.” Copy That is currently the $2.50 favourite in the TAB’s futures market for the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) in November and Green has yet to decide when he will launch his southern assault. “We will just see how he goes on Friday,” he said. “He may stay for the Holmes DG a week later or we may just head south. It depends how he pulls up after Friday night.” One stablemate that could join him on that trip south is last start Gr.1 Sires’ Stakes Final (1700m) winner American Dealer. The son of American Ideal finally got the better of favourite Krug after three prior meetings, including finishing runner-up to the Nathan Purdon and Chrissie Dalgety-trained three-year-old a fortnight prior. “It was a great win,” Green said. “He’s come through it well. He has got a good system and recovers pretty quickly. “He’s a hard horse to beat is Krug, he did it tough but we bested him last week, I don’t know about this week though.” Krug has drawn the ace barrier in the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million Colt and Gelding Final (2200m) on Friday, while American Dealer has drawn fourth on the second line. “I think we might be pushing it a bit with the draw,” Green said. “But that’s horse racing, you have got to take the rough with the smooth. “He will go a good race, he always does, but he is up against it with the draw.” American Dealer will be joined in the race by stablemate Captain Nemo, who finished eighth in the Sires’ Stakes Final. “Captain Nemo is a work in progress,” Green said. “He is a very nice horse, but I don’t think we will see the best of him until we get up around the Derby distances around the New Year. “That is when he will come to the fore.”

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk     Trotting maestro Paul Nairn will take a trio of square-gaiters to Addington Raceway on Friday and he believes they are all in with a chance. Unbeaten three-year-old Bitamuscle will be out to extend his winning streak to four in the Haras de Trotteurs Sires’s Stakes Prelude Mobile Trot (1980m) “He is nice, good-gaited horse,” Nairn said. “I am very happy with him, everything has gone to plan and he has trained on well since his last race.” The son of Muscle Hill will start from the outside of the front row with Bob Butt in the cart, and Nairn said it will be his biggest test to date. “His draw isn’t ideal, so we won’t be wanting too much bad luck from there. But in saying that, it’s not a big field,” Nairn said. “It’s probably the strongest field he has struck, there are quite a few nice ones in there.” All going to plan Bitamuscle will head towards the Sires Stakes Final before heading to the spelling paddock in preparation for bigger targets later in the season. “He will have a spell most likely after the sires stakes in a few weeks,” Nairn said. “Then he will get ready for the late summer, early autumn type of races.” He will be joined in Friday’s race by stablemate Outamyway who will be driven by Nairn after breaking in his last outing. “He wasn’t getting tired (last start),” Nairn said. “Blair (Orange, driver) said he just got a bit rough and had a gallop on the last bend. “He is a good staying type of horse and is suited more if they went hard the whole way.” Nairn will also do the steering behind Gil Favor in the Clarkson Signs – In House Graphic Design Handicap Trot (2600m). “Gil Favor has been a great wee horse,” Nairn said. “He gets a cheque just about every time he goes to the races. “I would like to think he is a nice chance off the front with his manners.” Gil Favor is one of the few representatives on the track for his sire Waterloo Sunset, who Nairn stands at stud. “Waterloo Sunset has had very limited opportunities, but he is actually leaving nice horses,” Nairn said. “I have got three mares in-foal to him myself and I think he is a good chance to make it as a sire as long as he gets an opportunity.”

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