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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Gusting winds and drenching rains from Tropical Storm Fay could not extinguish the harness racing fire that is super mare Atlanta at The Meadowlands Friday night. Facing an easier task than in her first two starts of the season not having to face arch-rival Manchego, the Ron Burke-trained Atlanta had an easy time of it in the $40,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility for open mare trotters over a sloppy track. Driver Yannick Gingras kept Atlanta off the early action, sitting fifth past the quarter and half. He then got the 5-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip in gear after leader Kenziesky Hanover. With Atlanta gaining quickly, Plunge Blue Chip swerved out of the three-hole, which provided a live tow for the eventual winner. Plunge Blue Chip was just off the leader's flank at three-quarters, and out of the turn, Gingras swung Atlanta three-wide for the drive and easily coasted by Plunge Blue Chip to record a 3¼-length score in 1:51.2. Plunge Blue Chip, the 5-1 second choice, completed the $5.20 exacta. Felicityshagwell S was third. "I wasn't concerned about the sloppy track because I knew Yannick would adjust to the conditions," said Burke. "The truth is, she prefers to get the kind of trip she got tonight. I wanted to follow Plunge Blue Chip, and as long as we could outkick her, we'd be alright. I am going to give Atlanta next week off. I don't want to over-race her. She's more thoroughbred than standardbred. She'll go next in two weeks in the Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge." Atlanta has now won 22 of 42 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $2,026,089 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. NJSS ROUNDUP: The New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds kicked off Friday with its opening leg, and in the filly pace, the John Urbanski-trained and driven Anna Jeans, a product of Great Vintage-Early Go Hanover, won in a "walkover" (a one-horse race) in 2:15.2 over the sloppy surface in a race conducted before the betting card. In another early non-bettor, Fika Time took the colt and gelding pace for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Chase Vandervort. The gelded son of Sunfire Blue Chip-Raiders Favorite stopped the clock in 2:01.1. In the first of three colt and gelding trots on the betting card, Southwind Tyrion, a son of Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean, came from off the pace to score as the 4-5 favorite for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 1:56.1. The Dexter Dunn-driven, Per Engblom-trained Mon Amour, a colt by Muscle Hill-Mind Meld, went wire-to-wire in 1:56.4 as the 3-1 second choice in division two before Beyond The Hill took advantage of a late break by leader Sonofamistery to score in the final division in 1:59.1. Driven by Dave Miller and trained by Jim Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill-Beyond Blue paid off at odds of 10-1. The filly trotters had two divisions, and taking the first was Hot As Hill, who won from off the pace for driver Joe Bongiorno and Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Smarty Pants went off at odds of 17-1 and went the mile in 1:58.3. The second division gave Svanstedt a trainer-driver NJSS double as another longshot, 39-1 chance Presto, upset the apple cart in 1:57 from off the pace. The winner is a daughter of Trixton-Susie's Magic. A LITTLE MORE: Melissa Arbia, who guided Take It Back Terry to victory in the first race GSY Series pace for amateur drivers, combined with Bongiorno to complete a rare husband-wife driving double on the card. The last to do it were Ake and Sarah Svanstedt. ... Despite the bad weather and multiple 2-year-old races, wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,373,660. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The Meadowlands Pace Elimination and a pair of $250,000 Graduate Finals highlight the program.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

MILTON, JULY 10, 2020 - Rain caused a brief delay in Friday night's harness racing program at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but it did nothing to dampen the efforts put forward by the two-year-old pacing fillies in their Grassroots debut. Five $22,000 divisions went postward Friday and Sportsfire delivered the quickest result in the first split. The daughter of Sportswriter and driver Bob McClure left smartly from Post 2 and reached the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56. Fan favourite Ourlittlemiracle revved up at the half, looking to take command, but Sportsfire battled back and the fillies matched strides through the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch Sportsfire had a little more in the tank than her rival, hanging on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Ourlittlemiracle was second and pocket-sitter Turning The Table was third. "She got stretched in the quarter and pushed in the third-quarter," said Guelph, ON resident McClure. "But she's a quick little filly, very honest. She'll give you a solid effort." Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON bred and owns Sportsfire and Daniel Lagace trains the filly, who now has a win and a fourth on her resume through two lifetime starts. McClure also piloted the winner of the fourth division, Cyclone Sister. Starting from Post 4 the pair sat mid-pack through much of the race, tipping out past the half behind Siri Blue Chip and advancing to third by the top of the stretch. A big :26.4 final quarter saw the Shadow Play daughter sprint by the leaders and on to a one length victory in 1:55.4. Fan favourite Celia Bayama snuck up the inside to be second and Siri Blue Chip was third.   "She's very fast, but very flighty," said McClure, who drives Cyclone Sister for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner-breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She's scared of her own shadow, and drivers' colours and loud noises, but she has a lot of ability and should only improve." The rain started to fall as the second division got underway and fan favourite Drinks All Round led the field to a :28.1 quarter. Drinks All Round and A La Mode Seelster traded places twice on the way to the :56.1 half, leaving many of their peers well behind, including CL Sportsextreme who was 11 lengths back in sixth. The gap closed heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and as the fillies turned for home the leaders were tiring and CL Sportsextreme was rolling out three-wide and taking aim on the wire. The lightly regarded CL Sportsextreme powered home to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. A La Mode Hanover stayed game for second and Watching Cassie was third. "She's a very willing filly that qualified nicely," said driver Chris Christoforou of CL Sportsextreme. "She got towed into a slowing pace after an unusually quick second quarter. She took full advantage of that and finished strong." Christoforou crafted the Sportswriter daughter's come-from-behind victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecuries C. LeBlanc Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. The Campbellville resident also scored a second Grassroots victory, piloting Chiefs Dream Girl to a front end score in 1:55.4. Annies Legacy finished two and one-quarter lengths behind the favourite and just a nose ahead of Wasaga to wrap up the Grassroots program. "She's a big, strong filly. She raced great her last start (July 3), Jack has been patient with her and it's paid off," said Christoforou. "She made a nice move in the second quarter and was very strong the rest of the mile." Jack Moiseyev trains the homebred daughter of Sunshine Beach for High Stakes Inc. of Moffat, ON and LSC Stables of North Brunswick, NJ. The third division saw Jackieofalltrades sprint away from Post 5 to a :28.2 quarter, then yield to Twin B Sunkissed heading for the :58.3 half. Twin B Sunkissed went unchallenged to the 1:27.1 three-quarters, but Jackieofalltrades and driver Sylvain Filion stepped out of the pocket in the stretch and out-duelled the fan favourite for a one-half length win in 1:55. "All winter she's been a nice little filly. She was not really one of the stars or anything, but she just seemed to do everything right and every time we trained her, she'd show us a little more," said trainer Tony Beaton. "She just seemed to keep going forward and improving every training, and she showed it tonight." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of Jackieofalltrades with David Lumsden of Ancaster, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. The partners offered up $20,000 for the Betterthancheddar daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Jackieofalltrades earned back half of her purchase price on Friday and will have an opportunity to add to her lifetime total when the fillies head to Grand River Raceway next Friday, July 17 for their second Grassroots leg. Complete results for Friday night's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action resumes at the Milton oval on Monday, July 13 with the Grassroots season opener for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will debut their skills in Races 2, 3, 6, and 8 on the 7 pm program.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing www.ontarioracing.com

All eyes will be on the juvenile squaregaiters tomorrow afternoon at Addington as a number of leading lights go around in the sixth race of the day, the Allied Security Mobile Trot. The race, scheduled for 2.41pm, sees the Greg and Nina Hope barn go hoof-to-hoof with the All Stars harness racing stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. The Hopes have proven dominate in the trotting ranks since coming back from the Covid related lock-down with their charges Eurokash, Summer Lovin and Franco Jorik all showing genuine ability. These Hope runners will meet stiff opposition from the All Stars trained La Reina Del Sur, an animal armed with both royal blood and a winning record. The progeny of Father Patrick La Reina Del Sur impressed at a recent Ashburton trial and looks like an animal that will develop with racing. Other wagering options in the race may come in the form of both Love N The Port, a Phil Williamson trained son of Love You who won his debut at Invercargill with a touch of arrogance and Time Up The Hill, the K Barron trained daughter of Muscle Hill who could provide some value to those looking outside the favoured types. The filly is looking for her second win from just three starts. Another “interest” race on the card is the seventh of the day, the Fahey Fence Hire Regional Racing Mobile Pace. The race sees the Murray Pash trained Jazelle attempting to snare herself a win after a run of consistent efforts of late. Ben McMillan.     

Star Queensland three-year-old Governor Jujon fined tuned his preparation for next week’s Gr.2 $50,660 Garrrards South East Derby with a sparkling trial at Albion Park last night (Friday). The Grant Dixon trained and driven colt led throughout in the 1660m public trial in a time of 1:53.9. He paced sectionals of 27.7, 31.1, 27.8 and 27.4 seconds. Governor Jujon scored by a widening margin of 22.5m defeating former New Zealand pacer Jive and Convair Hustler. “It was a nice trial; I needed to give him a decent hit-out before next week and he was comfortable doing that so hopefully he’s ready because it’s hard to gain a race start with his rating.” Dixon said. The John Mammino owned pacer has not started since winning the Gr.3 $35,550 Redcliffe Yearling Series Final on June 19. A winner of 9 of his 13 starts this term; Governor Jujon has already feature race trophies following victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Simpson Memorial at Menangle, Gr.2 $50,660 QBRED Triad Final and the $21,170 APHRC Members Cup. Governor Jujon was a runner-up behind Line Up in the Gr.1 $200,000 Victoria Derby following a heat victory. Last start Breeders Classic winner Big Wheels also stepped out in a trial and finished second behind Amarone in a time of 2:01.6. The gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance is being readied for the Gr.1 $100,550 QBRED Triad Final on the final night of the Albion Park winter carnival, July 25. Prepared by Chantal Turpin, Big Wheels is the winner of 2 races from 6 starts to date. And quality trotter Majestic Simon also looked sharp winning a 2138m stand start trial easily defeating Shegotsass and Il Pirata in a time of 2:03.8. The Chantal Turpin trained performer started from a handicap of 50m. Il Pirata made a break at the home turn. Over the next two weeks, Majestic Simon will contest the Gr.3 $21,270 Trotters Cup and the Gr.3 $25,770 Queensland Trotters Cup.   Chris Barsby

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk     Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson has been associated with some quality horses over the years and he may have unearthed another one. Spirit Of St Louis extended his burgeoning record to eight wins from just 12 starts at Addington Raceway on Friday night when taking out the Spectators – Tasty Pizza Mobile Pace (1980m). The son of Sweet Lou settled to the rear of the field from his outside barrier for driver Matthew Williamson who sat patiently behind the gelding for the majority of the race. The three-year-old gelding showed his blistering turn of foot when sent three-wide at the 800m mark and within a blink of an eye he was sitting outside leader Cast No Shadow. Spirit Of St Louis was able to relax before Williamson asked him to extend again turning for home where he was able to withhold the challenge of Matt Damon to win by a neck, with a further three-quarters of a length back to Bettathanfast in third.   “He has come to the big dance a little bit, drew the outside and showed how good he is,” Anderson said. “The great thing about him is that he will relax. He got around them and just dropped the bit again, which is a quality of a good horse. “You combine a bit of speed with a good mental attitude and you create a nice horse.” The exciting gelding has only finished outside the top two once in his career and Anderson believes he has a bright future ahead of him. “Everything has been a win and a second a part from one day at Roxburgh where he was going the other way in the standing start and they let them go, and he was pulled up,” Anderson said. “He has never let anybody down in his life and today (Friday) showed that he is right there. “We were pretty disappointed he couldn’t get to the Derby and the Jewels. We had backed him right off and prepared him all year to go to those races. “We have just pushed on and our judgment has been justified by what he has done in the last couple of weeks.” While disappointed to have missed the opportunity to target the three-year-old features, Anderson is eyeing some lofty targets for his gelding next season. “I see the Supremacy Stakes (Gr.2, 2700m) is going to come back, which will be in Invercargill in October. That is a $50,000 race he is qualified for and we will target that,” he said. “After that we can nominate for a few races around the place and wait and see. “It is a difficult one when his record is great and he hasn’t had a lot of racing. But with the handicapping system as it is he is almost an open class horse, so we have to roll with the flow.” Anderson has a lot of time for Spirit Of St Louis and is already comparing him to his former topliner Eamon Maguire, who went on to win the Gr.1 Messenger (2700m) and Gr.1 4YO Emerald (1609m) for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “He has got as much speed as Eamon Maguire and he is very relaxed,” Anderson said. “This guy has got all the speed and all the attributes of a good horse. “After Christmas the Taylor Mile and Messenger could be on the cards. Eamon Maguire won and placed in those races and this horse is probably as good as him, so we will be looking at them.”

Hi all, Last time you heard from me New Zealand was operating in a very different landscape. I trust that you and your families have settled back into post-lockdown life after what has been a testing past few months. Now that we are back into the full swing of things under Alert Level 1, it has been great to actually take a step back and celebrate the obstacles our industry has overcome. This year, the 2020 All Age Sale took place under extraordinary circumstances, becoming the first-ever sale of its kind conducted on NZB’s online subsidiary platform gavelhouse.com Standardbred. In the lead up to the Sale, we had a great turn out of prospective buyers attending weanling parades at Woodlands Stud and Alabar. The parades were held just in time, as we entered into Alert Level 2 and were able to freely inspect All Age Sale stock (while following government social-distancing directives of course).   To give a brief overview of the Sale, final results saw 138 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,042,310. The average and median closed at $7,553 and $4,550 respectively, while the clearance rate climbed to an outstanding 97%. There was a strong international buying bench present and we are thankful for their participation. The top-priced lot of the session was an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla (Lot 75), secured for $52,500 by Stonewall Stud’s Jill Stockman from Alabar Farms. The first season sires were also in hot-demand after the second top lot was also secured by Stonewall Stud for $50,000, a Downbytheseaside filly out of Revere Me (Lot 35) from Woodlands Stud. It was great to see interest from the Australian’s too, with Jean Feiss locking in two weanling fillies by Vincent. The previous owner of the superstar racehorse purchased Lot 44, (ex Sheza Monkee) and Lot 103 (ex Delightful Lover) for $19,000 and $26,000 respectively. Lot 75 (Art Major x Alta Camilla) $52,500 Lot 35 (Downbytheseaside x Revere Me) $50,000 Lot 44 (Vincent x Sheza Monkee) $19,000 Lot 103 (Vincent x Delightful Lover) $26,000   We thought this was an excellent result in light of the situation we were all confronted with. I must reiterate that your support and commitment towards the Sale was greatly appreciated. We knew we would have to navigate unchartered territory and the vendor’s enthusiasm to meet the market was reflected in the outstanding clearance rate. As this pandemic continues to sweep throughout the globe, we will continue to work on plans for the next round of our sales and are always looking for innovative ways to move forward. All weanlings purchased at the 2020 All Age Sale are eligible for the third NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series. With entries now closed, we have seen a decent number of people wanting to nominate their horses in the Series. We have some exciting times ahead in the upcoming racing season with what will now be known as a million-dollar spring. The New Zealand Sires Stakes Board has re-scheduled our inaugural Harness Million Series races that were meant to be held in May this year but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. The races are for graduates of NZB Standardbred’s first-ever yearling sale held in 2019, which will be run as late two-year-old races. The NZB Standardbred Harness Million for two-year-old colts and geldings will be run at Alexandra Park on Friday 25 September with a stake of $200,000. The fillies will be chasing $150,000 and trotters will contest $75,000 at Addington on Friday 2 October. The anticipation for the series is building already and we cannot wait for them to start. Check out the 2020 Harness Million Series schedule here. Entries for the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at Karaka and Christchurch from Sunday 14 February to Wednesday 17 February. Our online entry portal is live now and we are very excited to use this new facility to make the process of entering horses easier for you. We have put together full instructions on how to use the online portal here. Entries close 5pm Friday 31 July 2020. I’d also like to mention that online bidding will be available for the NZB Standardbred 2021 National Yearling Sales. While our sales are already broadcast live via our website, social media platforms and relevant television channels, with the upgrade to ultra-fast fibre at Karaka and Christchurch, we are now in the position to offer online bidding services for registered buyers who are unable to physically attend. This technology will be developed and tested extensively prior to debuting at NZB’s thoroughbred sales in November. In other racing news, it is great to see NZB Standardbred graduates Always An Angel (NZ) (Art Major) and Jett Star (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) dominating Group One races across the Tasman. Always An Angel put on an incredible display of stamina winning the A$100,000 Two-Year-Old Fillies Diamond Classic (2130m), while Jett Star shot to the top of Western Australia’s ranks, winning the A$100,000 Pearl Classic Final (2130m). We know that many of our graduates have had limited opportunities due to COVID-19 but with the recommencement of racing here in New Zealand, it is exciting times ahead for these juveniles.   NZB Standardbred is proud to sponsor the upcoming NZ Junior Drivers Championship. Each driver will soon be spotted in a pair of NZB Standardbred trousers. Congratulations are in order for Robert Dunn who is well on his way to winning his first trainers premiership under his Diamond Racing Banner. The successful trainer has stables in both the North and South Island and has always been very supportive of our sales. Lastly, as many of you already know Bruce Barlass left us at the end of June after 40+ years of service to the standardbred industry. Bruce is Treasurer of the NZ Sires Stakes Board, so no doubt we will still see him around the racing circles. We are incredibly appreciative of Bruce’s contribution to the development of the NZB Standardbred Division and acknowledged his efforts in Christchurch earlier this week, check out the pictures below. James Jennings sending Bruce off in true style.  Cran and Chrissy Dalgety and Phil and Glenys Kennard joined the team to farewell Bruce in Christchurch We presented Cran Dalgety with our first and only Group One-winning jacket given to trainers in New Zealand Until next time,  Cam Bray BLOODSTOCK SALES REPRESENTATIVE NZBloodstock

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO Dayle Brown jumped online with Paul Campbell earlier tonight to provide the latest update on Victorian trots’ response to COVID-19. Watch the video below. HRV is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily. A full list of HRV protocols can be viewed by clicking here. HRV has set up a specific industry participant welfare hotline (03) 9214 0663, which is operated from 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Follow @TheTrotsComAU on social media and HRV on Facebook for more news.   Media enquiries: cwinnell@hrv.org.au     Harness Racing Victoria  

MILTON, JULY 9, 2020 - It was debut night for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the 25 harness racing youngsters put on an impressive show for Woodbine Mohawk Park fans in a trio of $73,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions. Tokyo Seelster went off as the heavy favourite in the first division and the Kadabra son delivered a commanding front end performance that saw him trot under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:58.1. Rookie Season shadowed the fan favourite to claim runner-up honours and C My Kicks Hanover closed hard to be third. "We broke him and then he went on to Robbie Robinson and we just got him back last week," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, tipping his hat to Robinson for teaching the colt his early lessons. "He's a beautiful colt, mature for his age." Moreau selected Tokyo Seelster from the London Yearling Sale last fall, offering up $52,000 for the colt on behalf of owners Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY. Ottawa-based Robinson gave the young trotter two qualifiers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in June and then brought him to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a June 30 race, which he won by a neck in 1:58. "He's big and strong and mature for his age and his size. Usually those big kind of trotters are kind of clumsy and stuff, but he's all business and he knows what to do. I give credit to Robbie Robinson, he did a great job with the horse to have him the way he is now, he just did a great job with him," said driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, echoing Moreau's praise. "I could have raced him any way I wanted, but once I cleared the front, I knew I was in control of the race and that was it, he was an easy winner." The second division saw Woodbine Mohawk Park fans put their money behind Walkonthemoon, but Macho Martini caught the pacesetting favourite in the stretch to claim the 1:57.2 victory by three-quarters of a length. Walkonthemoon settled for second and Greg finished seven lengths back in third. The win may have come as a surprise to fans, but driver Bob McClure has been convinced of Macho Martini's star potential for several weeks. "The first time he came to Mohawk was probably a month ago. I had heard about him from Luc (Blais) and the first time I went with him I said, 'Either this one is really, really good or the rest are really, really bad', because he was just waves ahead of the other ones and such a natural," said McClure. "And then the first time I ever stretched him out was his last qualifier (July 3), and I had no idea I was coming :27 flat, all I knew was that he just kept getting faster and faster and faster. Even tonight, down by the wire is where he was trotting his fastest, so he's had me excited for about a month now." McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC are no strangers to success in the trotting colt ranks. Macho Martini's stablemate Forbidden Trade was an Ontario Sires Stakes star at two and three and captured the Hambletonian Final last summer. McClure points out that young horses can change a great deal over the season, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but for now he is allowing himself to imagine unlimited potential for Macho Martini. "At this point you don't know what they're going to be, the sky's the limit," said the Guelph resident. "Especially when they go out and the open their career that way, you know. You start thinking down the road and it's pretty exciting." The Muscle Mass son was a $37,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and provided a quick return on investment Thursday, banking $36,933 with the win. Not to be outdone by his peers, in the final division favourite Royal Tyrone halted the teletimer at 1:57.1, overcoming a couple of awkward moments in the stretch to keep a head in front of Mystic and Logan Park. "When I tried to get him into gear in the lane he was trying to trot fast, but he was getting a little mixed up. He can go a lot faster if I can iron him out," said driver Robert Shepherd with a rueful chuckle. "He's a really manageable colt, but when one comes he wants to race, he wants to go fast, he wants to win, right, and then he just gets a little mixed up late." Shepherd and his partner Isabelle Darveau condition Royal Tyrone for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and they will spend the next three weeks trying to help the Royalty For Life gelding maximize his speed in preparation for the second Gold Leg on July 30 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I'm going to maybe change some things, see if I can maybe just mess around with some gear and stuff I think," said Flamborough resident Shepherd of the gelding, who was a $13,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. "I can't fault the colt, he always tries, he always wants to go forward." Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies will make their provincial debut in Races 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 2 - Tokyo Seelster; Race 6 - Macho Martini; Race 8 - Royal Tyrone OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

In what is great news for New Zealand Harness Racing, the Friday 10th July 2020.  The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ is the only free website available to buy and sell all things harness racing including racehorses, broodmares, gear, floats, properties, kidz kartz, memorabilia and even rehoming and retired horses.  Following the success of the Harness Trading Ring Australia (which receives on average 7,500 page views per day and is growing rapidly) the Harness Trading Ring New Zealand has been developed to provide the same, free classifieds service to NZ harness racing participants. The HTR website was the brain child of Joanne Andersen (also a co-founder of Bred In The Blue with John Coffey), when the Australian harness.org.au Trading Ring decided to close their free classified service, that was at the time, used by the majority of Harness Racing participants in Australia. Joanne established a partnership with website designer, Karen Kemp who developed the site which was launched on 1 November 2020 www.harnesstradingring.com.au  The HTR AUS website is receiving great feedback from sellers, with many listings selling within hours of being posted.  Participants find the site easy to use and have the ability to upload up to three images per advertisement, which is a fabulous selling point. All advertisements are approved by the Site Administrators to ensure they comply with guidelines and contain the necessary information/contact details.  The HTR NZ website will operate the same basis as the Australian site – users simply go to www.harnesstradingring.nz.co :  1. Register 2. Upload your advertisement (with or without images) 3. Submit – it’s that easy. Administrators approve listings twice daily (am & pm) so your advertisement will go live within hours of posting. Once your item is sold, you have the ability to login and remove the ad from the website so you don’t receive further calls/emails.  All negotiations are done between the buyer & seller – we take no commissions!!!  In order to keep the service free for participants, businesses are able to buy banner advertisements which appear on every page of the website. We are currently offering discounted introductory advertising rates to businesses (contact us today for further information harnesstradingring@gmail.com) If any studs, trainers, feed merchants etc are interested in advertising, contact us and we will be happy to discuss.  Let’s hope www.harnesstradingring.co.nz becomes as popular as the Australian website - which will benefit all in the industry. If you have any enquires or require further information, contact Joanne Andersen on (AUS) 0011 61 414 936663  

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 WA Gold Bracelet winner Just For Love, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $30,000 WA Gold Bracelet, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Sold for a modest $17,000 at the 2019 APG Perth sale, Just For Love is a strongly built filly by Mach Three from Harper Grace, who had a record of 1:55.5 and won three races at Gloucester Park and $47,185. Harper Grace is a Grinfromeartoear mare from Tiz Herself (2:01.4), by Exotic Earl from the Dale’s Gift mare Laurick’s Pride, who established a great winning line for Bendigo breeder Rick Hasty. She left 14 individual winners including the Vicbred 3YO champion Her Sparky Self 1:58.8 ($221,271), a sister to Tiz Herself, the Victorian country cups winners Robric Jonboy and Send Me A Dream and the Gawler Cup winner Robyn’s Boy, all $100,000 earners. Harper Grace is a half-sister to a top Victorian juvenile in Bus To Harland 1:55.6 ($317,869), the winner of 17 races including the APG Final, the Melton winners Majestic Cruiser (1:55.4) and Eljulio (1:55.9) and Jo Louleonie (2:00.6), who, in turn, is the dam of Magic In Her Moves 1:57.9 (7 wins to date). This is the family which produced Yejele Hammer, winner of last year’s Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts Final, the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey and the NSW Listed winner Katha Me Girl.   Its Back In The Day is cups material   Its Back In The Day, who won the East Versus West Pace Final at Melton and is regarded as cups material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Washington VC from Bragato, a lightly raced mare in NZ.  Its Back In The Day after winning at Melton with trainer John Nicholson   – Stuart McCormick photo   Its Back In The Day has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts and $80,190. He is a member of an old-time family, which was represented by the winner of the Westbred 2YO Fillies Classic in Black Jack Baby a week earlier.  Bragato was an Ermis mare from Chipover (2:01.9), by Holmes Hanover from Lucky Chip, by Transport Chip from Luckyship, a mare by Lordship. Chipover was the dam of a useful pacer in Waterhorse (1:55), who won 11 races including Melton. Chipover was a sister to the NZ and US winner Yachi Da (1:55) and a half-sister to the Nelson Winter Cup winner Piper Heidsieck (1:53.4), Mr Williams 1:56.7 ($118,223) and also to Slangevar, a Cameleon mare who left a very smart pacer in Triple Eight 1:55.7 (231,201), the exported Prince Of Pops 1:51.6 ($177,086) and the Albion Park victor Cheers Kathy (1:54.7). In the back removes of Its Back In The Day’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Courage Under Fire, the Inter Dominion champion Vedette, Glenferrie Alexis, Hickstead and Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8) and trotters in the same class as Sundon’s Way, Idid It Myway, Any Old Way, Christine Maree, and others.   Soho Burning Love in 1:48.2 Soho Burning Love, who became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when she clocked 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last Saturday, is a West Australian bred mare with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Robert Watson, of Perth she was got by Auckland Reactor from Soho Bordeaux, a mare by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror. Soho Burning Love, who took a record of 1:52.6 as a three-year-old, ran up the tidy score of 12 successes and 16 placings from 43 starts in Australia. Soho Burning Love’s dam, Soho Bordeaux, was a lightly raced mare by Western Terror, a Breeders Crown winner from the Medio family, and who proved a successful sire in both NZ and Australia. Soho Bordeaux is out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a mark of 1:59.9, won 14 races and $94,998 in stakes and became the dam of winners in Soho Monroe (1:57.4, the winner of eight races), Portly Mach (1:57.8) and I Am Posh, and the non-winning Soho Summer, dam of the Tasmanian classic winners Sunny Sanz and Colby Sanz. Lombo Portrait was a Perfect Art mare from the Group 1 winner Lombo Adreamin (1:56.8), by Classic Garry from the good producer My Image NZ, by Windshield Wiper and tracing back through top sires in Overtrick, Light Brigade and U Scott to the Inter Dominion winner Parisienne.  Lombo Adreamin, an Oaks and Breeders Crown winner, was a half-sister to eight winners including the smart racemare Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695), Dominate Line (1:57.3), Lombo Pied Piper (1:58) and Carbon Crest (1:59). Persimmon, a half-brother to Soho Burning Love and a NSW Inter City Pacer winner, won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands recently and a Captaintreacherous half-brother has been nominated for the 2021 APG Sydney sale. Soho Bordeaux, who is now being bred from by Dubbo breeder Robert Ross, is carrying a positive test to Art Major.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Victoria’s star three-year-old trotters at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are the close relatives Illawong Stardust and Cover Of Darkness. Both bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett are by Muscle Hill and Majestic Son respectively.  Illawong Stardust, a placegetter in last year’s Breeders Crown, is out of the Sundon mare Lunar Landing, who left the outstanding square-gaiters Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657) and Illawong Armstrong Tr 1:56 ($230,652), both Breeders Crown champions. Illawong Moonshine Tr 1:58.1 (10 wins), a sister to Spidergirl, ranks as the dam of Cover Of Darkness, who is unbeaten in three attempts so far, and the two-year-old winner Illawong Moonbeam. Lunar Landing was by the Arndon horse Sundon (13 times leading trotting sire) from Maorimoon, by Entrepreneur from the Red Coach Glory mare Maori’s Glory, a granddaughter of Maori Miss, who founded the greatest family of trotters in Australia today.   Illegal Immigrant on top  Illegal Immigrant, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to win at Launceston, has now won 19 races and is rated as one of Tasmania’s top stayers.  Illegal Immigrant                                                --Peter Staples photo   He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by American Ideal to the prolific Perth winner Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Albion Park winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and to Weka Lass (2:01.5), the dam of the top flight Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400). Their dam, Oaxaca Lass, had a record of 1:55.8, won 19 races and $426,585 in stakes and was one of NZ’s most outstanding racemares of her time. She was by Holmes Hanover from Ismay, by Ok Bye from Catarina, by Smooth Fella from Cedar Myth, by the NZ Cup winner True Averil and tracing to the noted taproot Tondeleyo. Oaxaca Lass was a sister to the good NZ and US winner Another Homer 1:52.2 ($243,116) and a half-sister to Ides Of May (by Albert Albert), the dam of the Ian Daff Memorial winner Victoria May, who took her record of 1:51 in America, and U May Cullect (1:52.2). Another half-sister, On The Prowl (by Jaguar Spur), became the dam of the Listed Menangle winner Midnight Prowler 1:53.6 ($129,253) and recent Albion Park winners The Doorman (1:53.2) and The Cruise Missile (1:54.2).   Brothers win at Shepparton The unusual feat of full brothers winning on the same program was recorded at Shepparton recently with the three-year-old Kyvalley Senator and the four-year-old Kyvalley Chief. Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (the top sire of straightout trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who had a record of 2:04.2 and won seven. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion and NZ Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit Tr 1:55.5 ($1.3million) and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Love Ya Doosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of nine winners including a smart NZ trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E (Tr 2:07.2), who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown 4YO Final Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (12 wins).   Blue blooded filly Lillies, who broke maiden ranks at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Roll With Joe, by Cam’s Card Shark from Classic Wish, by Armbro Emerson, she is out of the Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian (1:57), a half-sister to the million dollar winners Miss Galvinator (1:50.6) and Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and Epaulette 1:50.6 ($376,775). Their dam, French Flair (2:00.6), won 14 races and was the dam of eight winners. Others from French Flair have been Living It On (2:01.2), Parisian Pearl and Flair For Life, the dam of recent Melton winner American Zest 1:53.8 ($118,853). Lillies ranks as a half-sister to the good Menangle and Albion Park winner Fortyeighthenson 1:54.5 (121,159).   Three wins in a week! The Elsu four-year-old Areuohkay won three races at Globe Derby Park in the space of a week. The gelding, who commenced racing as a two-year-old and had been winless from 36 attempts before breaking through in May, has now won four races. Bred by former AFL footballer Jeff Hogg, Areuohkay is out of the unraced Armbro Operative mare Jagged Lady, a sister to the South Australian Derby winner Jagged Knight 1:55.8 ($185,912). Their dam, Royal Franco (by Holmes Hanover), left four winners and was a granddaughter of the broodmare gem Roydon Dream, the dam of the high class NZ pacers in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott.   Broodmare double The Talk About Class mare Lady Joy, a former Australian Broodmare of the Year, left winners on consecutive nights in Canada recently. General Joy, a six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, won at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.6, while his younger brother Premier Joy scored at Grand River Raceway in 1:53.8. Premier Joy won again at Grand River in 1:54. Lady Joy is the dam of eight winners - all inside 2:00 – from 11 foals of racing age and they have amassed more than $1.8 million in prizemoney. The best of her progeny is the triple Derby winner and two-year-old mile record holder Captain Joy 1:51.4.   by Peter Wharton  

A member of Victoria's legendary Gath family is on the cusp of making a return to harness racing ranks. Accomplished former reinsman Glenn, 47, is a son of champion trainer Neville and grandson of one of the Australian great, the (late) wily George, has had a comeback on his mind for quite a while. "Up until a few months ago, I was working at Lloyd Williams' racehorse-training complex, Macedon Lodge. I was in charge of the feed room, but I'd also get called on to tack on shoes and other day-to-day stuff that came up," Glenn said. "I absolutely loved it. I was there for 10 years and had a ball. If Lloyd and his son Nick didn't decide to 'put the cue in the rack' and put the property on the market, I'd probably still be there," he said. But Glenn wouldn't be a Gath if the lure of harness racing didn't linger. "I honestly did still think about harness racing a fair bit while I was at work," he said. "I think I missed the competitiveness of it. If you're in a big race, or even a little race, it's a pleasure to be there and of course there's the adrenaline rush. I really did enjoy driving." Gath said when the Williams father-and-son team decided to shut down the stable last December, most of the staff were made redundant. "That certainly made the decision for me to return to harness racing. I'd had itchy fingers to make a comeback- now I'm ready to go and looking forward to it," he said. "I'm paid up and just need to pass a medical, which is hard to do at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully in the next month or so l'll get something sorted out." Gath is the youngest in a family line that oozes just so much talent in the harness racing industry. Glenn Gath His brothers Phillip and David were both success stories in training and driving, while Peter showed he had an eye for a nice horse, owning a number of smart ones. And, of course, Andy is one of the current leading Australian trainers, forming a lethal combination with his wife Kate, an extraordinary driver. Both Neville Gath and his brother Brian are Hall of Famers, along with their father George; and Brian's son Matthew, a trainer and driver, completes the remarkable family story. Glenn said while his last winner was back in May of 2012, he'd had only occasional drives since then with two or three "steers" in 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. "I always put Macedon Lodge and Lloyd first. I got along well with him. My job required a 5am start and it was seven days a week with a few afternoons off when it worked out," he said. "I'm sure Lloyd wouldn't mind me telling the story of when I first started there, and I was learning the ropes. I mentioned to him that I was driving a pacer at Melton that night for my brother Andy. He told me he would remind his butler to put the race on and watch it. "Well it didn't turn out all that great and we ran sixth or seventh. The following day I was told that the feed room was my area of work and Lloyd had given me a $20,000 rise. I don't know to this day if he felt sorry for me, but it was a generous gesture! "And from then, each year I got a small rise. But I think Lloyd knew not to get involved with pacers!" Lloyd Williams won four Melbourne Cups with Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012), Almandin (2016) and Rekindling (2017) and Glenn said being at Macedon Lodge for a number of the wins was a highlight. "Just to see the huge amount of work that went into it and to be associated with a couple of cup winners was something I won't ever forget," he said. The 120-hectare Macedon Lodge ranks as one of the best training establishments in the Southern Hemisphere. It can accommodate up to 100 horses, boasts more than 15 kms of tracks for training as well as a 75 metre horse pool. There's also 75 boxes, 25 grass day yards and 20 spelling paddocks. Gath and his partner Virginia Brosnan, a well-known and respected veterninary surgeon employed by Garrard's Horse and Hound, have been dabbling in the horse breeding side in recent years. "I may try my hand at training one or two, but I'll keep breaking-in the babies which is something I really enjoy," he said. Official statistics show that Gath has driven 297 winners, while as a trainer, he's prepared 79 winners and 159 placegetters for stakes of $395,000. "It will be interesting to see if I've still got it-hopefully I have," he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura Web: www.newsalertpr.com.au Twitter: https://twitter.com/newsalertpr

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Trotting maestro Kevin Townley will have a two-pronged attack in the Spectators – Book A Table Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night and he is hoping both runners will be competitive. Last-start Gr.2 New Zealand Trotting Oaks (1980m) winner Vacation Hill will be in a fresh state on Friday and he said the daughter of Muscle Hill just keeps getting better with time. “Vacation Hill is a lovely filly and I expect her to go really well on Friday,” Townley said. “She has had two trials and she showed that she is back up and ready to go again. She made a mistake from the standing start in her second trial, but went a really good last mile.” Premiership leading driver Blair Orange will take the reins on Friday where Vacation Hill will be the sole starter on the second line. “She should be ready, she just needs a bit of luck off the second line. You never know what is going to happen there,” Townley said. Townley has no particular targets in-mind for the promising filly, however, he said he is contemplating on a trip north. “In the next month we have got to decide on the sires’ stakes and the sales series,” he said. “They are both in Auckland, so we have got to decide whether it is worth going all the way up there. “It is two weeks between the races up there, so it is a long trip.” Vacation Hill will come up against stablemate Aorangi on Friday night, who has drawn three and will be driven by John Dunn. The four-year-old son of Peak has had two runs this preparation, finishing third first-up in May before breaking late in the piece last start after being posted three-wide for the majority of the 1980m trip. “His first-up run was very good,” Townley said. “I did wonder if it did flatten him all the same because it was a hard run first-up and may have been one of the reasons why he didn’t go as good last time. “He broke last start because he was tired, it was too hard a run I think. Hopefully he will bounce back, but he is not a great friend of the punters, you do have to be a bit wary of him. “He’s good at home, but a bit unpredictable on raceday.” While Townley is looking forward to Friday night, he was buoyed by Immer Besser’s trial win on Wednesday, which has him excited for the season ahead. “Immer Besser went well in her trial,” Townley said. “She should come up and race well very soon, I might even put her in next week. “She trialled very well so I am looking forward to getting her back to the races.”

The doubts trainer Phil Williamson harboured last time he took Majestic Man to Addington are gone. Which makes the speed freak trotter the bet of the night at Addington this evening and maybe even the safest bet of the weekend. Majestic Man clashes with last-start conqueror Matau Tana in a small but select main trot race at an Addington meeting that also features the return of star juvenile pacer Krug, a rarity for this time of the season. Majestic Man raced in a similar field to what he meets in race six tonight a month ago and on that occasion he was outstayed by Matua Tana, the enormously talented mammoth of a trotter who is stomping his way to open class. Williamson is one of the greats of training trotters in New Zealand and he admits he wasn’t surprised a race fit Matua Tana outmuscled Majestic Man that night. “I think he was only 80 per cent that night (last start) and that is why he got beaten,” says Williamson. “That is no disrespect to Matua Tana, who was very good that night but my horse has improved since then  “His work has been a lot sharper and I think he is going in to this week ready to win.” One of Majestic Man’s sharpest weapons is his gate speed and Williamson is open about what his driving instructions will be to son Brad tonight.  “I think he should use that speed, lead and stay in front because he is ready to win that way.” If Majestic Man does lead and is fitter than last start then Matua Tana is going to need to go to another level to beat him and the latter actually raced a length or two below his best when he was beaten last start. His trainers Greg and Nina Hope were also looking to bring former age group star Enghien to tonight’s race having not raced since October last year but he has been scratched.  The trotters won’t be the only big names on show as Krug could lay claims to being the best juvenile pacer in the country, albeit in a truncated season.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    The march towards a massive spring of harness racing will take another step forward when star 2yr-old Krug returns to racing at Addington on Friday night. The group 1 winning colt will clash with older horses when he steps out for the first time since March in race 5. Harness racing’s recent shutdown came at just the wrong time for trainers Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon after Krug cemented his spot as the country’s top 2yr-old male pacer with his win breakout win in the Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park. Though the trainers were naturally disappointed Krug’s season came to a screeching halt over lockdown, it has not been completely bad news. “We were sort of brassed off that we missed out on the Stakes races, but the horse thought it was a good idea,” Dalgety said. “Because he did bulk up in the time he had out and so he should, too.” “So, we are on track there and hopefully we can start off with a winning note.” Krug comes in to his 1980m resumption having had just one post-lockdown workout. The 2yr-old showed he had lost none of his zip when dashing home to beat subsequent winner, William Wallace, at Rangiora. Despite his lack of public appearances, Dalgety is confident Krug’s fitness levels are where they need to be. “He is pretty close, he has had some good runs to get him ready.” “It is a bit funny starting a 2yr-old against the older horses, but that is sort of what is happening at the moment and we can’t do a lot about that.” “So, we will make a start here and move on to the Sires Stakes heats that are coming up.” Krug looks to have the gate speed to cross most of the rivals starting inside his barrier 6 draw if driver Blair Orange chooses to push forward early. Whether that is the right option for a horse having the first run of his new campaign would be left up to the leading reinsman at the start, Dalgety said. Dalgety and Purdon start another of their big guns for the first time since lockdown when Bettathanfast resumes in race 8. The 4yr-old chased Krug home in his workout win before winning at the Ashburton trials, late last month. Like Krug, Bettathanfast has thrived during his lockdown break and has emerged a better horse for it. But that does not necessarily mean the horse will instantly return a winner when he takes on race fit opposition. “He has lifted a bit, too, since his break,” Dalgety said. “But, he is racing quite a few form horses that are pretty tight and race fit.” “We are going to have to be on our game to compete with them.” “But in the weeks to come we will be on song with him.” Admirable comes in to his debut for Dalgety and Purdon after winning both of his post-lockdown trials. The 2yr-old has the class to win on debut in race 2, so long as he behaves. “He is doing good, he is a wee bit of a wild boy, he is a bit of a typical Rock N Roll Heaven.” “But, ability-wise, he shouldn’t be a maiden for too long.” Im A Gigolo also chased Krug home at the workouts ahead of his resumption in race 9. Dalgety expects the 3yr-old to be a place chance in his first run since February. “He just levelled out on us a bit, I am happy with him but just not excited with him at the moment.” “He should be a good place chance.” Arden’s Sweetheart rounds out Dalgety and Purdon’s Addington team in race 11. The 3yr-old was turned out after just one run in her last preparation after going through a growth spurt. “She won really nice in her first start as a 3yr-old and just went through a growth patch and I just wasn’t happy with her.” “She has come back nice, but there might just be some form runners ahead of her.” “She will race in to form as well, though.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

After entering the digital auction-sphere for Standardbreds just under a year ago, gavelhouse.com is upping the ante by increasing the frequency of their popular mixed stock auctions to fortnightly. gavelhouse.com’s General Manager Haylie Martin believes the change will benefit all. “The fortnightly auctions have been incredibly successful on our thoroughbred site and at a time in the industry where every dollar counts more than ever, this gives owners the opportunity to trade out of horses faster,” Martin said. “This will also spread the workload for transporters and staff more evenly over the months while building momentum with buyers tuning in more often.” In its short time online, gavelhouse.com Standardbred has made a big impression on the industry, becoming a valuable addition to the trading landscape both domestically and internationally. Recently the site played host to parent company NZB Standardbred’s 2020 All Age Sale, which saw 138 lots sell for a turnover of $1,042,310 and the clearance rate topping 97%. The highest priced Lot to date sold on gavelhouse.com Standardbred is Alta Debonair (pictured), an Art Major colt who fetched $52,500 on account of Alabar NZ. Entries for the next auction are set to close next Wednesday 15 July at 7pm, with the sale going live Thursday 16 July at 5pm running through until the following Wednesday 22 July. Bidding will close from the first Lot incrementally starting at 7pm on 22 July. For enquiries contact representative Cam Bray by calling +64 21 737 199 or emailing cam.bray@nzb.co.nz.  

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 Addington again tonight with an eleven race program starting at 4:59pm and in this video 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 and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 10th July   Race 1 Shiffty has looked pretty good at recent trials, top chance to get a win today if he trots all the way….. Build A Bridge Has been galloping away but running nice races after.Include in this field at longer odds and hope he trots….. Yea You has been racing ok and only question mark is his stand start manners, can place…… Pastrana one paced but a place chance if they go hard all the way. Selections:  Shiffty (4),   Build A Bridge (10),   Pastrana (2),    Yea You (8)   Race 2 Admirable 2yo who has been winning at trials. Blair Orange chooses to drive him look no further….. In Chevron We Trust slightly unlucky last start and tricky draw. Not the worst and place claims here….. Reinimin Patron running good races and should be thereabouts again in this field.….. Le Tissier big finish last start but will need to lift again here. Good place hopes if he can find the front early. Selections:  Admirable (11),   In Chevron We Trust (13),   Reinimin Patron (3),    Le Tissier (7)   Race 3 Crackabrie she ran good sectionals last start and top driver on board. Winning claims…… Hells Shadow from a strike rate stable with a good draw. Likely leader early and should be hard to beat…. Cheddar Valley hardly ever out of the top four and drawn well. Can win…. Majorca not far away last start and will be fitter here. Draw helps so must include for multiples. Selections:  Hells Shadow (4),  Cheddar Valley (3),   Crackabrie (11),    Majorca (2)   Race 4 Boom continues to run good races and getting better with racing. Include in this field….. Reklaw's Jules also getting better with racing and could spice up the dividends with some luck in the running….. Pembrook Tilly good beginner and top driver. Likely to be in or near the lead and can place….. Midfrew Luisianabeau trial was ok recently and worth throwing into combinations on that effort. Selections:  Boom  (7),   Reklaw's Jules (11),   Pembrook Tilly (8),    Midfrew Luisianabeau (4)   Race 5 Krug top races last campaign at top age group level. Working well and should win this….. Tom Martin big win last start and he should go on with it from here. Place hopes best ….. Held To Ransom Has been unlucky the last few races but hard to see beating the favourite. Can place. ….. Queenofdance good win three starts ago and unlucky since. Not the worst with a run to suit Selections:  Krug (6),   Tom Martin (5),   Held To Ransom (7),    Queenofdance (4)   Race 6 Majestic Man getting fitter with racing and good second last start. Can win with a run close to the pace…. The Dominator has been running tidy races and slightly better placed here.Should be thereabouts and possible early leader….. Matua Tana racing ok and mobile suits. Chance of another win with no mistakes in the running….. Midnight Dash has been good the last three starts but will need to step up again here. Fence draw will help.. Selections:  Majestic Man (6),   Midnight Dash (1),   The Dominator (4),   Matua Tana (7)   Race 7 Red Envy slightly disappointing here last week but good draw and will be fitter. Top selection….. Tsunami trials and workouts have been ok. Winning claims with luck in the running…… Deja Blue has been racing well this campaign and a win chance from the draw….. Mathilda running on last start and will be fitter. One for longer odds Selections:  Red Envy (2),  Deja Blue (3),   Tsunami (8),   Mathilda (14)   Race 8 Tango Tara running on late last and nearly won.Good draw and top selection here….Cast No Shadow last couple of runs have been good but tricky draw. A winning chance with luck in the running.... Spirit Of St Louis big step up in grade and draw against, but no surprise to see him finish in the money here..... Mikey Maguire draw much better today and has ability. Place caims best in this field. Selections:  Tango Tara (2),   Cast No Shadow (7),   Spirit Of St Louis (9),   Mikey Maguire (5)   Race 9 Willison he was ok in a top field last start and coming in fresh with ok trials. Top selection here….. Burnham Boy trialing well and good draw fresh up. Can run top three with luck….. Glenledi Chief a tricky draw from inside the second row but a chance if he can clear traffic in the straight.…… Rocknroll Rod has run them ragged in front the last couple but this is tougher….winning claims again. Selections:  Willison (5),   Burnham Boy (3),   Rocknroll Rod  (7),    Glenledi Chief (10)   Race 10 Majestic Lavros coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Vacation Hill racing well last campaign mobile suits. Can trouble the favourite….. Aorangi has disappointing the last couple. Place chances best in this field…… Jimmy Carter southern raider who will suit the mobile start. Not the worst here at longer odds. Selections:  Majestic Lavros (5),   Vacation Hill (10),   Jimmy Carter (4),    Aorangi (3)   Race 11 Plutonium Lady coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Melody's Mischief will be fitter for her first run back. Place chance in this field….. Carlos Bromac has been brave the last couple. No reason he can not place again here…… A Delightful Act terrible draw but she might go forward early. Winning claims if she can find the front early. Selections:  Plutonium Lady (6),   Carlos Bromac (7),   Melody's Mischief (4),    A Delightful Act (9)   Harnesslink Media

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