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Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club : The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club holds its annual harness race meeting with a difference at the Otaki Maori Race course on Monday 4th January 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the Otaki Maori Racing Club as a ‘dual Code’ race meeting, the first time this has occurred in over two decades. Harness Club President Chris Craddock says “the Kapiti Coast community is getting the best of ‘both worlds’ with both harness and galloping races featuring on the day”. It is anticipated that there will be a minimum of four harness races on the programme, with a potential eight galloping races to follow. Gates open 10am, first race held at 11am. This will be the only harness racing to take place in the Wellington Region this season. The feature harness race on Monday January 4th is the $12,000 Otaki Cup for the highest graded pacers , with a mobile start over 2700 metres with a field including the Kapiti Express, which is owned by many members and supporters of the club. There will be plenty of free activities for the children , including a bouncy castle, face painting , a drawing competition, fun run events, treasure hunts, a lolly scramble, pony rides and much more.   Southern harness action : There are two harness meetings in Southland after Christmas with the Gore Harness Racing Club racing on the grass from 2pm on Sunday 27 December with free kids entertainment and Punt For Gold with the opportunity to win two watches. A Punters Club will also operate and Dene Allen entertains. Admission is free. That meeting is followed by an opportunity to relax and enjoy the last day of 2020 with a picnic at the races at the Winton Harness Racing Club meeting at Central Southland Raceway in Winton on New Year’s Eve. Again, admission is free and the first race at 1pm The focus then moves to Central Otago with meetings at Omakau (2 January), Roxburgh (4 January) and Cromwell (6 January). The Central Otago circuit is well known for great racing, entertainment, Fashion In The Field plus plenty of free children’s entertainment and activities. The action returns to Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Wednesday 13 January with the Northern Southland Trotting Club where two flights to Stewart Island courtesy of Stewart Island Flights will be won. More midweek racing follows a week later at Central Southland Raceway in Winton. The month ends with Cup Day in Invercargill on Saturday 30 January – always a day of quality racing and entertainment.   Harness Racing New Zealand

There was plenty of hype before Last of the Mohicans even made his race debut. And it’s only increased with the  four year old son of Auckland Reactor winning both his  starts by two and a lengths at Geraldine and Methven. So what’s next for the horse? HRNZ Marketing caught up with trainer Laurence Hanranhan at his Ashburton stables.     HRNZ Marketing

Greetings fellow harness racing participants. I’ve been one month into the role as Chair of HRNZ and it is now timely to bring you up to speed with the priorities facing the Board. Firstly, thank you to Phil Holden who has fulfilled the position of interim Chief Executive over the last six months or so. Phil reverts to being an Independent Director of the HRNZ Board on 11 January and we welcome Gary Woodham into the Chief Executive position effective 11 January. Positive News Too often we can be distracted by negative matters when there is so much that is positive about this wonderful industry and the people who work in it. Over the first four months of the season, harness racing turnovers show an 18.3% increase year to date and the HRNZ traffic light report as at 6th December reflects how well we are doing.   Sapere Venue Report in Relation to Otago/Southland Racing Venues We have been advised that this report will not be completed until late January and made available to the HRNZ Board early February. 2021/22 Calendar The consultation process around the 2021/22 racing calendar has started with the draft calendar being distributed to all clubs on 18 December. What each club has received is very much a draft reflecting the 2020/21 calendar. Once clubs have made their submissions and business cases in writing and the recommendations of the Sapere review are known and actioned, the end result will look different. The timeframe is tight, however, I encourage clubs to work with HRNZ to make submissions in either support of or against the status quo by February 5th. The Board will be considering the final draft in February. Please contact Catherine McDonald, HRNZ’s General Manager of Racing, with any questions around this process or to discuss possible options prior to making your submission. Funding Models Liz Bishop, HRNZ’s General Manager of Corporate Services, is working with a consultative group to further refine the funding model to clubs for next season and to review the funding to group and feature races. Part of this process is to define what expenses relate to the industry as opposed to individual clubs. This work will begin in January and will go to clubs for feedback in due course. Social Media Policy Work continues in the background developing the regulations around the social media policy. I wish to assure members that such regulations are being developed to deal with abuse and online bullying, not to restrict freedom of speech and debate of policies. Strategic Plan The HRNZ Board will be taking the feedback from the industry day and renewing the strategic plan for the industry. One thing that was clear from the industry day is that participants are calling for a professional approach at all levels of the industry.  Animal Welfare As an industry, we cannot take our social licence for granted. The new Minister for Racing has made it quite clear that animal welfare across all three codes is a top priority. This too is a priority for your Board and we have already made good progress in this area. I wish all participants and families a happy and enjoyable festive season. Enjoy the racing, the company of others and keep the turnovers up! John Coulam Chair   HRNZ

Hurricane hits Balfour    The annual highlight that is the Tin Shed Cup has been run and won in Northern Southland. The pre-Christmas trials at Balfour have been going for 60 years. Six horses lined up in the big race with Ellie Barron and Hurricane Banner, trained by Shane Matheson, winning the $650 prize by three quarters of a length.    New training partnership for Willis   What a fortnight or so it’s been for Southland trainer Brittany Willis.  She had her first win when Money Honey won at Ascot Park on November 25. After the race she talked about her intention to train in partnership with Jeremy Douglas. Now that’s been officially confirmed. While Willis has only had 7 horses go the races Douglas has been training on and off since 1991 with 22 wins to his credit.   Bettor’s Wish ready for stallion duties  Harness racing’s biggest earner in 2019 Bettor’s Wish is about to start his stud career. Trained by ex pat Kiwi Chris Ryder and driven by Dexter Dunn the 3-year-old pacer of the year in North America won 13 from 19 in 2019, and finished second in his other six starts.  He won $US1.64m that year and had career earnings of $2.125m. He will stand at Diamond Creek in Pennsylvania.     Kiwi connection to 6000th win   Former Kiwi pacer Naughty Maravu  has given Ronnie Wrenn Jnr his 6000th winner in the USA. The 34 year old achieved the milestone at Northfield Ohio driving the now 10-year-old son of Badlands Hanover.  Naughty Maravu had seven wins from 25 starts in this country for trainer-driver Gavin Smith before heading across the Tasman, ahead of his move to North America.    Deadline extended for Group One features    Nominations have been extended for both the Auckland Cup and the National Trot to be run at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve. So far there have been 15 nominated for the Auckland Cup, with Sundees Son and Bolt For Brilliance leading the 10 nominations for the Group One trotting feature. Nominations have been extended till Friday December 11 at 5pm – contact Karen Blanchard at Auckland Trotting Club on 027 8083150.   Club News :   Methven ready for Green Mile Day :   The Methven track and facilities are looking in splendid order ahead of the club’s big Christmas meeting on Sunday December 13. As usual this meeting is all about bringing a picnic atmosphere with lots of BBQs, a heap of competitions, Father Christmas, lolly scrambles, egg and spoon races, with another highlight being  the “ Babe in a Barrow”  race. It’s a good old relaxing day in rural New Zealand. On the racing front the big races are the FastTrack Insurance Trotter’s Green Mile and Methven Four Square Pacer’s Green Mile. So come join the Christmas party, you will be made very welcome and remember the sun always shines raceday at Mt. Harding track. See you there!  Westport :      The Westport Trotting Club is holding its Kawatiri Trials Day on  Dec 12. Nominations close Thurs Dec 10 at 6pm. Contact Karen on 021 0306146 or      HRNZ

Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to harness racing in 2012, respected breeder, owner and administrator Jim Wakefield has died in Christchurch, aged 87 . The NZ Trotting Owners Association representative on the Harness Racing New Zealand executive from 1998 to 2010, he went onto become Chairman from 1999 to 2003. According to friend and former HRNZ chair Ken Spicer: “He will remembered as one of Harness Racing’s best leaders and administrators.” A key figure in developing the Racing Act 2003, he was also Harness Racing New Zealand’s first appointment to the New Zealand Racing Board (2003-06), and chaired the organising committee for the World Trotting Conference in Christchurch in 2007. Former HRNZ chief executive Edward Rennell remembers someone who was “very professional in everything he did .. he treated everyone with respect”. “My abiding memory is that he was very strong on industry integrity and maintaining high standards.” As an owner, breeder and prolific yearling sales purchaser he and wife Dr Susan Wakefield have been associated with star horses such as Bettor’s Strike, Sparks a Flyin (21 wins), Texican, Scorching, London Express and London Legend (25 wins). Bettor’s Strike was second in Monkey King’s 2009 New Zealand Cup with the Wakefields having a long and successful association with both driver and trainer that day, Dexter Dunn and Cran Dalgety. Outside of harness racing, Jim Wakefield was a fellow (Hon Retired) of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants having been a member since 1956. He joined the Christchurch office of what became KPMG in 1952. He spent 27 years as a partner in the firm with three of these being Christchurch managing partner. “He was a very astute business man, hard but very fair,” says Spicer Highly thought of in the business and harness racing worlds, Wakefield was also a chairman and director of numerous private and public companies, as well as a philanthropist and avid art collector. Spicer : “A very modest and understated man, as a friend he was a great mentor and was always available to give advice ... he was a wonderful man.” A celebration of Jim's life will be held at the Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside on Friday, December 4, at 2pm.   HRNZ

Huge run makes it 100 for Young-Grant Producing what commentator Justin Evans called “a huge run”, Aveross Majesty gave Jessica Young-Grant her 100th driving success at Oamaru on Saturday. Paying $11.30 and $4 the Denis O’Connell-trained trotter was worse than midfield turning for home only to unleash down the very outside to win by more than two lengths. It was the horse’s first win in eight starts and Young-Grant’s 100th since taking up race driving in 2009. Her achievement was overshadowed just four races later when Peter Ferguson won his 2000th, becoming just the eighth driver ever to do so.   Decade between drinks for Jo Herbert A milestone too for Jo Herbert who won her first race for over a decade when she piloted Blue Chip Delight to victory at generous odds ($29.80 and $6.70) in the Country Feasts pace at Motukarara on Sunday. It was her first win since Valhalla at Addington in 2009.   Wedding bells for racing couple Oamaru locals Matty Williamson and Charlotte Purvis have become the latest harness racing couple to tie the knot. They wed in Christchurch yesterday. They have one child together, 17 month old Sadie. Purvis has had just the one drive this season while Williamson had a winner, Hurricane Banner, at his home course on Saturday and 907 wins overall in a career dating back over a decade.   Quarter billionaires in North America Racing in North America has thrown up some astonishing figures. Trainer Ron Burke and driver Dave Miller have each pushed past the $US250-million mark in lifetime earnings, that’s nearly $NZ360m. Burke reached that lofty number when Baklouva finished second in the Governor's Cup Consolation at Meadowlands in New Jersey over the weekend, while Miller became a quarter-billionaire after scoring with the Ron Burke-trained Blue Diamond Eyes in the Three Diamonds. Burke is harness racing's leading all-time trainer in terms of earnings while Miller is second to John Campbell, who retired in 2017 after 10,667 wins and stakes earnings of $US299 million.   Winners are grinners at Geraldine All winning owners on course at Geraldine this Saturday will get a bonus for their victory. They will receive a $200 betting voucher to be collected and spent on course. There will be 11 races at Orari with the weather expected to be cloudy and 17 degrees.   HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is pleased to confirm that it will once again be lending its support to the Teal Pants Campaign in 2021. Founded by Duncan McPherson in Victoria in 2014, the campaign was started to help raise awareness and raise funds for research of Ovarian Cancer. 2021 will be the fourth edition of the campaign in New Zealand, led by HRNZ and generously supported by many clubs and businesses across the harness racing sector. McPherson lost his wife to Ovarian Cancer and vowed to continue her fight, and has grown the movement from Victoria, to nationwide Australia and New Zealand. Every female driver in New Zealand will wear  teal-coloured driving pants from February 1 to March 14 and for every race the ladies win, a donation will be made to the campaign kitty. The 2020 campaign raised $50,000 for the cause thanks to some very generous and committed sponsors. While we would love to hit that target again, there’s no hiding from the fact 2020 has been tough for most businesses, including HRNZ due to the far-reaching implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the main thrust of the 2021 campaign will be towards awareness, not funds. HRNZ will still chip in $100 per female win during the campaign and we hope more sponsors will join us in supporting this cause. That money will go towards ovarian cancer research in New Zealand. Clubs will have the option to participate in the campaign by donating whatever they are able to for every win and will be supported by HRNZ to run any 'teal' events that they would like to during the campaign. And of course, the ladies will be out in force at race meetings, meeting the public and fundraising that little bit extra. We look forward to announcing our 2021 Ambassadors in the coming weeks and further information on events as it becomes available. If anyone would like to be involved in the Team Teal Campaign or would like any further information, please contact Courtney Clarke at HRNZ - or 027 635 4355.

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk Fergie pushing 2000 A win with the Graeme Rogerson-trained Sunset Red in race 8 at Manawatu last night ($19.50) has Peter Ferguson inching ever closer to a major milestone. He is now just three wins away from driving 2000 winners. When it happens he’ll become just the eighth to achieve the mark, joining Tony Herlihy, Maurice McKendry, Ricky May, David Butcher, Dexter Dunn, Blair Orange and Colin DeFilippi.   Cup turnover nearly $10m New Zealand Cup week turnover was just a shade under $10 million. It was a strong week generally with just over $9.91m wagered across the two meetings, though fixed odds on Show day was down on expectations, with $1.26m, compared to $2.55m on Cup day. The on course turnover on Friday was fuelled in part by 45 teams involved in the Punters Competition.   Dexter eyes up $10m  Dexter Dunn is on the brink of topping $US10m in stakes earnings for the year. As of this week he was at $9,992,031 with 345 wins from 1556 drives. He is the top money-earner in North America, ahead of Tim Terick ($8,653,759) and Yannick Gingras ($8,554,162). Aaron Merriman has the most wins of any driver, with 635 from 3191 drives.   Double for Auckland Reactor Auckland Reactor has sired a double at The Meadowlands. Formerly trained by Steve Dolan in Canterbury, Love The Blues and Atomic Blast both won in New Jersey with Love The Blues (1:50.8) having his fourth win in 12 North American starts while Atomic Blast (1:51.4) had his third win in nine overseas starts.   Club News : The Geraldine Trotting Club is auctioning a Terror To Love stud fee at its meeting on Saturday November 28. There will also be a fashion in the fields competition, winning connections will receive $200 betting vouchers , and there will be a band and punters club on course. The Invercargill Harness Racing Club has the following stallion services for tender thanks to Woodlands Stud: Downbytheseaside and Speeding Spur. Inquiries to Lindsay Beer – 021 351 499 / Thank you to Woodlands Stud for their support.   Harness Racing New Zealand

There are 2 days to the New Zealand Cup From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities with a new letter for each day. Y = Young Bob Young had 784 winners over 42 seasons but never won a New Zealand Cup or a drivers’ premiership. At the time his rivals included greats like Peter Wolfenden and Maurice Holmes. Young had 20 New Zealand Cup drives from 1932 to 1967. He was second with Patchwork in 1961, beaten a neck by Invicta and he finished third with Master Alan in Cardigan Bay’s 1963 win. Trotters were Young’s forte and for six seasons he was the leading driver of squaregaiters, thanks to the success of stars like Aerial Scott, Single Task Gay Belwin and Indomitable. Young died in 1981 aged 75.   HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Jonny Cox will continue his countdown to driving Nandolo in the New Zealand Cup when combining with a host of winning chances at Rangiora on Friday. Cox lines up Forgone Conclusion and In Chevron We Trust from his stable in race 10. The Leeston horseman will drive Forgone Conclusion, who will be out to bounce back from a slightly disappointing run in his last start behind impressive winner, Sentry, at Winton. The four-year-old came into the mile (1609m) event after going a big race to run second to Sentry in smart time 2-41.2 time for 2200m. Cox thinks that run might be responsible for Forgone Conclusion blotting an otherwise copybook formline. “I think he might have been a bit jaded from the Nugget final he was in the start before.” “He worked around from the 1200m and sat parked and never threw it away.” “It was only a four day back up, so I am putting it down to that.” Forgone Conclusion looks to be dropping back in class on Friday when he steps up to 2000m. Cox is hopeful the pacer can quickly bounce back to the kind of form he was in before his last start effort. “He is suited to be out and rolling, he has got a bit of speed, but probably off a quick quarter.” “Back to the 2000m, his wide draw doesn’t help, but it is a nice race for him to have before going into the Show Day Futurity Final next week.” In Chevron We Trust does not have the same kind of formline, stacked with top three placings, that his stablemate brings in to race 10. But Cox puts that down to bad luck, rather than the horse not going well enough. “He hasn’t had all the luck.” “He was in that Nugget Final and he just couldn’t get into it coming wide on a fast quarter around Invercargill.” “With a handy draw on Friday, I think you will see a better version of him than what he has shown in the last couple of starts.” Kimberly Butt takes the reins behind In Chevron We Trust. Folklore comes into race 8 after running a creditable sixth in a stronger race, won by Somekindawonderful on Ashburton Flying Stakes day. The five-year-old just need to step away in her first standing start to be competitive on Friday. “It is another good race for her.” “The standing start is the query, she can be a bit jumping at times.” “She has come through her Ashburton run well, so hopefully “ “She stuck to her guns last week going 2.55. [for 2400m] and there were three or four nice ones that beat her home.” “So, it is probably a drop back in grade, but she has got to do things right.” Cox takes one outside drive at Rangiora, behind the Jesse Wederell trained Betterwithbling. The 5yr-old has been solid running third and fifth in two starts from behind the mobile. Like Folklore, Betterwithbling also negotiates his first standing start on Friday. “He has been sensible, he has had a few stand starts at the workouts.” “[Barrier] 1 is always going to be a tricky draw, especially coming off a couple of mobile starts.” “But if he did happen to get away the 2600m should definitely suit him.” “If he was able to sit in the trail of three back on the fence – he has been able to find the line pretty well in his first two starts – he is an eachway chance.” Cox is hoping for a genuinely run New Zealand Cup to help Nandolo show off his best. The six-year-old wasn’t suited to being tucked away three back on the inner in the Kaikoura Cup when running sixth. A truly run 3200m is more up the Coaster Howe trained pacer’s alley. “It is not really his cup of tea, the leaders got some pretty cheap sectionals through the middle half at Kaikoura.” “He is going to draw four on the second line when the emergencies come out.” “He generally steps away, he follows out Triple Eight, who usually begins well.” “He might get a pretty good run through and he could end up midfield.” “It is definitely not a bad draw for him.” “So long as there is a true tempo to the race, as the Cups often have, he will be trucking on at the finish.”

Copy That’s trainer Ray Green says next Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup is shaping up as a four or five horse race. Speaking after last night’s Cup trial at Addington where Copy That was not pushed in finishing seventh of seven Green says  he is pleased with how the four-year-old is going ahead of the country’s biggest race. The 2600m trial was won by Spankem in 3.12.3 for driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen, ahead of All Stars stablemate Self Assured, who sat parked after a tardy beginning. She’s confident about Spankem a year on from his second placing in last year’s Cup to Cruz Bromac.   HRNZ

22 years between wins for Canterbury trainer : Terry Neale had his first winner as a trainer in 22 years when Soviet Star won at Kaikoura on Sunday. The Canterbury trainer’s had 16 winners since the mid 1980s, with the last win before Sunday coming with Just Simmering at Oamaru in 1998. The winning driver on both occasions was Terry Chmiel. Cam Jones also had his first winner as a trainer when No Nukes Skipper won for driver Mitchell Kerr in race one at Kaikoura, as did Dean Halliday when Arizonawildcat won at Methven on Friday.   Keast runners on the move : Five win mare Be Mine Tonight and Vesnina have changed stables, moving from Darren Keast to champion trainer Robert Dunn’s barn. Be Mine Tonight last won in February 2019 at Waikouaiti while Vesnina was an encouraging third on debut in a Nevele R filies series heat but has been unplaced since.   NZ Cup trial on Facebook : Tonight’s New Zealand Cup trial will be shown live on HRNZ’s Facebook page tonight and will be put on the HRNZ website later in the evening. The 6pm trial features a quality line-up including Copy That, Spankem and Self Assured.   Party Girl Hill beaten : The seemingly invincible Party Girl Hill has finally been beaten. The Chris Ryder trained, Dexter Dunn driven filly was 14 from 14 heading into the $500,000 Breeders Crown pace at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana. But Peaky Sneaky, paying $16 for the win, wore down the three-year-old star in the final few strides in a stakes record of 1:49, with Lyons Sentinel just edging out out Party Girl Hill for second. Dunn though is having a stellar 2020 and remains the highest earning driver in the US, with 322 wins and amassing stakes worth $US9.2m.   Breeders Crown series just hours away : It’s later than usual like many things this year, but the huge Breeders Crown series gets underway at Ballarat tonight. The powerhouse Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin barn is always a major Breeders Crown player, but even more so with the restrictions of COVID-19 making it more of a Victorian-centric series this year. First out is this stellar crop of two-year-olds, headed by the likes of recent NSW Breeders Challenge finals winners Bar Room Banta and Soho Almasi and Stewart’s star pair Ladies In Red and Act Now.   HRNZ

There are 7 days to the New Zealand Cup From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities  with a new letter for each day. T = Trotting        The “grand old man of trotting”, as he was known, Freeman Holmes produced a unique New Zealand Cup double. He rode Manton to win the 1888 New Zealand Cup at Riccarton and then trained and drove American import Trix Pointer to win the 1919 New Zealand Cup at Addington. Born on a farm near Ashburton in 1871 he had his first ride as a 12 year old. When he won the Cup at Riccarton his weight was listed as 6 stone 10 lbs or 42 kilograms! Known as “Old Free” he had eight children, with the Holmes name becoming one of the most famous in the sport. Free Holmes drove till he was 73 and trained well into his 80s. He only won the NZ Trotting Cup once (and the Auckland Cup twice) while his son Maurice “The Maestro” Holmes won the NZ Cup three times in a career spanning nearly half a century. He won with the dual gaited Wrackler in 1930, Chamfer in 1950 and Lookaway (1957). He also took out the Drivers premiership a record 18 times between 1931 and 1974.   HRNZ

There are 8 days to the New Zealand Cup From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities with a new letter for each day. S = Soangetaha Before Soangetaha’s third placing in 1953 the great Derek Jones had had more than 20 drives in the New Zealand Cup and had never finished in the money. It’s a remarkable stat for one of the greats of the sport. Soangetaha (Light Brigade – Polka Dot) was the first top-liner he’d trained and won 15 races from 81 starts including two Auckland Cups in 1951 and 1952 but he couldn’t win the New Zealand Cup, starting in the great race four times (1952-55). As a trainer Jones will forever be associated with New Zealand Cup winners and Addington legends Hands Down and Blossom Lady.   HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Woodham as its new Chief Executive. HRNZ Chair Ken Spicer said “we are pleased to have secured Gary, given his industry knowledge and corporate background”. “His leadership skills and industry stakeholder relationships will be invaluable going forward”. Woodham is an ardent harness racing fan and long-time owner and breeder who comes to HRNZ after a five year stint with the TAB as General Manager – Customer. “The Board would also like to express its gratitude to Interim Chief Executive Phil Holden who stepped into the role post COVID,” says Spicer. Woodham will start in early January 2021. For more information, please contact: Ken Spicer, Chair, HRNZ

NZ Cup Sold out : New Zealand’s most iconic race day is a sell out, a full two weeks before the event. All ticket options for the IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 10 November are sold out, meaning there will be no more sales, including gate sales on the day. “After a tough 2020 we realise a lot of people are keen for a party and to celebrate a great New Zealand sporting occasion and we can’t wait to welcome them to Addington,” said chief executive Brian Thompson Ascot Park’s big day out : Tomorrow marks Southland’s biggest day of harness racing for the year. Included on the card are three $30,000 Group Threes, the Diamond Creek Farm Classic, the Macca Lodge/Nevele R Southern Oaks and the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, Racing starts at 2.48pm. Double ton for Gameson : Paying $42 for the win, Majorca has given Jamie Gameson his 200th success as a trainer. Driven by Alan Cameron in a junior drivers race at Addington last Thursday Majorca was given the perfect trip in the trail, only to take the passing lane and beat favourite Gopati by half a length. Gameson, who trains at Burnham just out of Christchurch, had 31 wins while training with Tommy Behrns (2001-2004) and has had 169 on his own account. Dunn double in Indiana : With Dexter Dunn in the bike, Kissin In The Sand has beaten reigning Horse of the Year Shartin N in the final strides of the Breeders Crown elimination at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Indiana. Dunn has also driven this year’s Horse of the Year contender Party Girl Hill to her 14th straight win. The Chris Ryder-trained three-year-old filly’s next start will be in this week’s $500,000 Breeders Crown final. Club News : The Methven Club is gearing up for its third meeting of the season which takes place this Friday, 30 October with the first of eight races kicking off at 3pm. With local rural contractors and firms sponsoring many of the races, this is only the second time the Methven Club has attempted a twilight meeting and the club is hoping patrons and bettors will enjoy the change. Friday’s meeting follows on from a very successful Methven Cup Day in October where a record turnover was achieved. The club and McLeod family are very grateful for the generosity of patrons, who donated over $2000 for the two youngsters who are battling spinal muscular atrophy. Stage one of the club’s housing development Equus Park is almost completely sold already. See you Friday at Mount Harding track where the forecast is sun, sun, sun and lots of fun.   HRNZ

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