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Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week’s show features Sarah O’Reilly following her win in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship; Phil Kennard, part-owner of InterDom Pacing Champ Ultimate Sniper, and Graeme Henley of Alabar Stud NZ. Jess Smith

Heats seven to nine of the of the 2019 Hanley Australasian Drivers Championship were held at Manawatu Raceway on Thursday with three first time AYDC winning drivers saluting. Series leader Sarah O'Reilly extended her lead in the series to 11 points, with the final race held at Alexandra Park on Friday night. With 17 points awarded to the winner of the final race, Cameron Hart would have to win or finish second with O'Reilly finishing down the track to upset the kiwi. Victories tonight were shared by New Zealander, John Morrison, West Australian, Corey Peterson and Queensland representative Matt Elkins, with the Australians both saluting for the first time on New Zealand soil. Elkins drove Ripsnorter for trainer Michael House to an all the way victory in heat seven of the series with the Brisbane local thrilled with his first AYDC win, ''It was great to tick a New Zealand winner off my bucket list'', he said following the win. Series leaders Sarah O'Reilly and Cameron Hart again both drove consistent races to fill the placings. Western Australian Corey Peterson drove Sheikh Yabooty to a fast finishing win from a near impossible four pegs position in heat eight. In a tight finish, Sheikh Yabooty prevailed over the favourite Matai Minky for Corey Peterson and Play Ball for Victorian Zac Phillips. Peterson was appreciative for the Manawatu Club hospitality after his victory ''Thanks to the Manawatu Harness Racing Club for a great few days in Palmerston North, with some great times had by all.'' In the final heat of the night, Ace Stride backed up his Tuesday win with another first over crush victory for South Island representative John Morrison. O'Reilly drove another placegetter, her fourth for the series along with two winners, with Matt Elkins rounding out the trifecta. The AYDC drivers now fly north to Auckland for the final heat at Alexandra Park on Friday and to experience the Inter Dominion on Saturday night to complete their trip.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, Last two racing meetings for the year – Friday 13 & 20 December This Friday the first race is at 5.30pm and next Friday has a start time of 11.30am. Be sure to get on track to enjoy a great couple of days of racing! Spectators is open for some great burgers & pizzas, as well as some quick treats from the IRT Stables BBQ!  To book a table with all the Christmas trimmings, please 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz to check availability.   Limited spots left. Thank you everyone for a fabulous year! We wish to thank you all for your support in 2019.  It is extremely appreciated.  We have loved hosting you all on course!  Bring on 2020! Merry Christmas We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.  Good luck with all your racing over the New Year period. Back on Track Buffet $35 pp Special Offer – January We look forward welcoming you back on Friday 24 & 31 January for some excellent racing. To kick start the year, we are offering a back on track buffet special offer!  Only $35 per person!!  Bookings are essential.  To book please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you in January. From all the Addington team   INNOVATIVE RACE MEETING AT WINTON  The Winton Harness Racing Club are trialling a great new innovation at their meeting at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Sunday 15 December. To promote exciting racing every race will be subject to a maximum field of just ten horses. The concept is being tried to give a tighter class of racing and with smaller fields every horse in each race will have a better chance in the running. The ten horse limit should provide a good show for spectators with good quality racing. Ten races are scheduled for the day with the feature race being the AON Insurance Equine Stakes. With the Christmas season upon us the club is treating the children on course to free mini jeep rides while Santa will also pay a visit with some treats for the kids. Kidz Kartz will be on course to race and there will also have a Whitebait stand which is a fundraiser for Kidz Kartz, the whitebait having been donated by Gerald Cayford. The first race is scheduled from 12.17pm and admission to the course is free. Tent sites are still available for this meeting and at the Wairio Trotting Club’s meeting at Winton the following weekend on Saturday 21 December. Lindsay Beer Promotions Officer Southern Harness Racing 03 217 4288 021 351 499   SOUTHERN HARNESS RACING CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS Christmas is on the way! And so are our pre-Christmas race meetings. December is a fantastic month for racing with pre-Christmas events at Winton – Winton Harness Racing Club (Sunday 15 December) and Wairio Trotting Club (Saturday 21 December). There are tent sites available at all three meetings for your Christmas function or get together. Contact us today for full details and conditions. Lindsay Beer - 021 351 499 / lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz   Women changing the look of Rangiora Harness Racing Club  By SHELLEY TOPP The Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s administration team has three new women members.  Denise Carlson and Melissa Higgins have both joined the committee and Miranda Donnell is the club’s new secretary and administrator. The women will seek to attract more people to the club’s meetings, particularly women, promote harness racing and  and help lift the club’s social media profile. Two of the women, Denise and Melissa  already had a connection with the club before joining the committee as their husbands are also committee members. Miranda, who lives near the Rangiora racecourse, wanted to be part of something in the local community.  "When I met with some of the committee members I could see how passionate they were about the club and I thought it would be nice to be part of that,’’ she said. "Rangiora harness racedays bring back fond memories of when we used to go when the kids were young.  They loved it.  We did too.'' Melissa has a family connection with harness racing. "My parents have owned horses since I was born and my Dad trained his first winner late last year,’’ she said.  "I have been involved with in harness racing all my life. I love the people you meet following your horses to different places to race.'' Denise is also a regular on raceday, supporting her husband Ray, who is the club’s vice-president. "Joining the committee seemed like a natural step,’’ she said."The raceway is in a beautiful location, the vista is amazing. I haven't met anyone yet who hasn't enjoyed coming to the races at Rangiora. There is nothing quite like going to a country harness race meeting. I've been to quite a few around New Zealand and I haven't come across a better country course (than Rangiora) yet.'' Denise and Melissa have replaced Maria Perriton, the former sole woman committee member, who resigned this year after 13 years’ service. Club president, Greg Wright said only four other women had been committee members in the club’s 69-year history. "However, racing, like most other institutions, has evolved over the last decade to accept and expect women committee members,’’ he said. "I hope our current, more diverse, committee will be able to develop a better presentation of racing and our club's meetings in particular to appeal to a wider audience.’’    Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club We are thrilled to confirm that we have been granted a one day racing licence to race on the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Grass track racing at it's very best. The tentative Programme is already posted on the HRNZ Website. It is planned to host 9 races on the day, with minimum stakes of $10,000 per race (The highest stakes of any grass track meeting in the North Island.) Features will be the Otaki Trotting Cup for the pacers run over 3000 metres from the stand with a stake of $12,000 and the Wellington Trotting Cup for the trotters run from a stand over 3000 metres with a stake of $12,000. The Friday prior to our KCHRC Otaki race meeting (being Friday 31st January 2020) will see Manawatu Harness race at Manawatu Raceway. Therefore horses who wish to travel from the South Island or upper North Island to race 2 days could nominate for both meetings. Grass track horses could race at Rotorua on Sunday 26th January, then a week later race at Otaki on the grass. Sunday 2nd February will be an Interislander Summer Festival of Racing Race day at Otaki. The Committee is working tirelessly to make this day a major success. Hosting Kidz Kartz from Taranaki, free children's entertainment, an All Up Place competition with a prize of $500. Recently Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club held it's AGM. After 20+ years at the helm President Mary Colman retired to take the role of immediate Past President, and was honoured with a Life Membership of the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club. The new Club President is Chris Craddock who had served as Vice President for the proceeding 10+ years. (With harness family roots originating in ‘the Buller’, Westport.) Kapiti Coast Harness has a new expanded Committee and is really looking forward to hosting an outstanding day on the Otaki Maori grass track Race Course on Sunday 2nd February 2020.   Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has one stallion tender on offer. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz

Pacing & Trotting (with confirmed barrier draws) The following lists here shows the confirmed Grand Final fields (including confirmed barrier draws) for both the Pacing & Trotting IRT ID19 Series, to be held at Alexandra Park on Saturday 14th December 2019.   Harness Racing New Zealand

The Hanley Formula Australasian Young Drivers Championship begins on Saturday. The first heat is at Addington Raceway on Saturday with two more heats being run at Methven at Sunday, two at Manawatu on Tuesday and Thursday and the final heat at Alexandra Park next Friday. Please click here to see the driver profiles.   Harness Racing New Zealand

More Christmas racing at Invercargill Racing at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday from 12.02pm. A free bag of lollies for all children on course after Race 6 while all losing tote tickets up to race five will go in the draw for a meal voucher from Level 1 Restaurant & Bar. Winton Harness Racing Club at Central Southland Raceway, Winton, Sunday 15 December – free Mini Jeeps, a visit from Santa and a whitebait stand on course raising funds for Kidz Kartz. Wairio Trotting Club, Saturday 21 December, Central Southland Raceway at Winton. $2 Mini Jeep rides and a visit by Santa. Tent Sites are still available at all meetings and BYO is permitted. Contact us today for full details and conditions. Lindsay Beer - 021 351 499 / lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz SOUTHERN HARNESS RACING CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS Christmas is on the way! And so are our pre-Christmas race meetings. December is a fantastic month for racing with pre-Christmas events at Invercargill (Saturday 7 December) plus two at Winton – Winton Harness Racing Club (Sunday 15 December) and Wairio Trotting Club (Saturday 21 December). A room cancellation at Invercargill means we have a hospitality area overlooking the winning post available for a group while there are tent sites available at all three meetings for your Christmas function or get together. Contact us today for full details and conditions. Lindsay Beer - 021 351 499 / lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Methven Trotting Club The rain has slowed the snow has finally left the might of the Southern Alps and Methven folks thoughts are turning to the upcoming meeting of their local trotting club on Sunday December 8. The track is in good nick and the club is looking for a host of summer holidaymakers to join those just looking for a relaxing day with barbeque and drinks. The feature races are the Methven Four Square Pacers Green Mile and the Fast Track Insurance/Greg and Nina Hope Racing Trotters Green Mile with the club hoping both will include intermediate and up and coming types with the crème being in Auckland for the Inters. The other attraction will be two heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship a first for Methven and possibly the grass track a first for many Aussie competitors. Of particular interest to Mid Canterbury racegoers will be a rare Mid Canty flavour with both John Morrison and Sarah O’Reilly amongst the competitors sure to be crowd favourites. Lots of luck to all. Numerous giveaways and spot prizes, lolly scrambles, the red robed white whiskered one will make an appearance for the little ones and as always the wonderfully politically incorrect ‘Babes in a barrow’ race where competitors race around the birdcage with the female half in a wheelbarrow and the male pushing to the accompaniment of a raucous and generally ‘helpful’ crowd. In another innovative move the farmer first health clinic will be on hand to help with any rural folks and horse people’s health concerns, great initiative Wiggy, people make good use of it, so see you all at Methven Sunday week where the sun always shines. Free health checks at Methven Races GlobalHQ will be taking its health and wellbeing caravan to the Methven Races on the 8th December. The caravan will be providing free health checks for anyone attending the Methven races on this date. Dr Sue Fowlie and her nurse will be available to see anyone who would like a health check as GlobalHQ help to make sure that Farmers and the likes are being regularly checked out. So when you are on course on the 8th December look for the bright orange caravan and pay them a visit.   Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club We are thrilled to confirm that we have been granted a one day racing licence to race on the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Grass track racing at it's very best. The tentative Programme is already posted on the HRNZ Website. It is planned to host 9 races on the day, with minimum stakes of $10,000 per race (The highest stakes of any grass track meeting in the North Island.) Features will be the Otaki Trotting Cup for the pacers run over 3000 metres from the stand with a stake of $12,000 and the Wellington Trotting Cup for the trotters run from a stand over 3000 metres with a stake of $12,000. The Friday prior to our KCHRC Otaki race meeting (being Friday 31st January 2020) will see Manawatu Harness race at Manawatu Raceway. Therefore horses who wish to travel from the South Island or upper North Island to race 2 days could nominate for both meetings. Grass track horses could race at Rotorua on Sunday 26th January, then a week later race at Otaki on the grass. Sunday 2nd February will be an Interislander Summer Festival of Racing Race day at Otaki. The Committee is working tirelessly to make this day a major success. Hosting Kidz Kartz from Taranaki, free children's entertainment, an All Up Place competition with a prize of $500. Recently Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club held it's AGM. After 20+ years at the helm President Mary Colman retired to take the role of immediate Past President, and was honoured with a Life Membership of the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club. The new Club President is Chris Craddock who had served as Vice President for the proceeding 10+ years. (With harness family roots originating in ‘the Buller’, Westport.) Kapiti Coast Harness has a new expanded Committee and is really looking forward to hosting an outstanding day on the Otaki Maori grass track Race Course on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz

Following the scratching of Mc Lovin  from the first round of heats of the series the connections sought advice as to the horse’s eligibility for the remaining heats from the Host Body -HRNZ. Careful consideration was given to this by HRNZ in conjunction with the Inter Dominion Events Committee in line with the conditions of the series. It is the decision of the Host Body that McLovin be grant permission to contest the remaining heats and remain in the series. Advice was taken from the Racing Integrity Unit and the horse has been cleared by that body to complete. The horse has also received veterinary clearance.        There has been precedence during Inter Dominions for horses to complete when scratched from a heat in line with the conditions of those series. Trainer Andy Gath reports that   The horse is virtually back to 100% in himself, perhaps 90%. As quickly as he got sick, he has recovered almost as quickly. It was just unfortunate He ate up last night. His resting heartrate is back to normal and other signs are good. He’ll have a light jog this morning and we’ll fast work him on Sunday or Monday If there’s any doubt about him on Tuesday or he seems out of character we won’t take any chances.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand

The latest Rankings for the IRT Inter Dominion after the second payment are now available from here     Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Bookmaker Richard Wilson updates us on some of the big bets placed on Cup Day and where the money was going. Tuesday – Addington Cup day A bumper day for Fixed Odds turnover with a Singles-only hold of a tick over $2m.  Last year, including Mulits, the hold was $1.7m and the two years before that we held $1.6m each.  Total turnover, including the tote, was up 1.9%. Race 1 – A massive move in the first of the day with Robbie Royale opening @ $12 & closing @ $5.50.  Just a tick under $25,000 on him in win singles.  Sundons Flyer $26-$16 and Overzealous $9.50-$9 were also well liked.  The biggest bets in the race were $1,200 Robbie Royale @ $8.50, $2,000 Matua Tana @ $4.80 & $2,200 Robbie Royale @ $2.90 Top3. Race 2 – Another big move with Dream Of Glory $8-$9-$5, almost $21,000 on him in the win book.  Punters also warmed up to the favourite Sugar Loaf close to start time.  $3,000 bets on Dream Of Glory @ both $7 & $5;  $3,000 Sugar Loaf @ $3, $1,000 @ $2.90 & $2,000 @ $2.80. Race 3 – Another move & punters on the ball here with Bonnie Highlander $4.40 into $3 and a tick over $40,000 on her.  Theodosia also well backed late @ $6-$5.  Big bets on Bonnie Highlander were $2,500 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $3.80, $6,000 @ $3.40, four $1,000 bets and a $2,000 bet @ $3.10;  also $1,000 on Theodosia @ $5.50. Race 4 – Junior FFA.  A two horse war here with a swing over the weekend for Triple Eight $2.90-$2.10-$2.20 making him the favourite for a time, then a swing back for Ultimate Sniper $2-$2.40-$2.05.  $1,100 Triple Eight @ $2.80, $4,000 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.10 & $1,000 @ $2.20;  $1,000 Ultimate Sniper @ $2.30.  600 more bets on  Ultimate Sniper made him the best backed in the end. Race 5 – Nemera Franco & Better Fly well backed here with third favourite Wild Excuse a welcome winner.  The largest bets on Better Fly were $1,000 & $4,000 bets @ $4, $1,600 @ $3.90 & $1,000 @ $3.70.  $800 & three $600 bets on Nemera Franco @ $2.30 and plenty of $400-$500 bets on her @ $2.40 & $2.30. Race 6 – Trotting FFA.  Winterfell was another very well backed runner here.  Almost $45,000 invested on him in the win book @ $5-$3.40.  $4,300 @ $5, $9,000 @ $1.95 Top3, $2,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $3.90, $1,500 @ $3.70, $2,000 & $1,500 @ $3.40;  Tough Monarch: punters warmed up late with three $1,000 bets, $1,400 & $2,000 all @ $3. Race 7 – Sires Stks Final.  Just over half of the win book was on One Change @ $2.10-$1.95 & he justified the support, just.  A near miss here with $1,000 EW Copy That @ $31 & $5 getting very close.  Other big bets $2,000, $3,500 & $1,000 bets on One Change @ $2.10;  $2,000 Flying Even Better Top3 @ $2.90. Race 8 - A two horse battle again here with Heisenberg $3.30-$2.50 the best backed & punters rallying behind Amazing Dream @ $1.65-$1.90 late.  Big bets on Heisenberg were $7,000 @ 2.90; $3,000 & $5,000, three $1,200 bets, $1,500 & $2,000 all @ $2.50.  Bets on Amazing Dream were $1,000 @ $1.85, three $1,000 bets and $4,200 all @ $1.90. Race 9 – Punters initially specked quite a few here, mainly Gliding Away $26-$16 before settling on Belmont Major in a big way.  He was $2.40-$2.90-$2.15 and held almost $60,000 of the $100,000 win book.  Big bets were $300 Gliding Away @ $26 & $400 @ $21;  $1,000 Mach Da Vinci @ $12; $1,000 Howard Hughes @ $7.50; $4,300 Belmont Major @ $2.90, $3,000 & $5,000 @ $2.40, and three $1,000 bets @ $2.15. Race 10 – NZ Cup.  Spirited betting in the NZ Cup again this year.  The least backed horse was Hail Christian and there was $1,793 in more than 500 bets on him.  Stablemates, Spankem $2.20-$2.40 & Thefixer $3.20-$2.80, held 61% of the win book between them with Spankem being the best backed.  The biggest bets in the Cup were $4,000, $3,250 & $2,000 on Spankem @ $2.40;  $3,300 @ $2.90,  $2,500, $2,300 & $2,200 on Thefixer @ $2.80, and $1,000 San Carlo @ $11.  The winner, Cruz Bromac was fairly good for us in both the Final Field and Futures Books.  He opened @ $12 on March 7th in the Pre-nom book & hit a high of $16 around 10 June 10.  After nominations, he opened @ $11 and hit a peak of $21 for a few days around October 10.  This week in the Final Field book he was $9 out to $13 & was the 6th best backed runner with a smidge over $11,000 on him.  A couple of $200 bets @ $12 were the best. Race 11 – Our worst results here were Never Mind $10-$8.50 and Girls Let Loose $26-$12, both being about $50,000 liabilities.  Best backed was the favourite B D Kasothon with $3,500 @ $2.40 the biggest bet.  Other big bets were $1,000 & $1,500 bets on Lone Star Lad @ $4.80 as well as $1,000 @ $4.50;  $900 Never Mind @ $9 & $700 @ $8.50. Race 12 - The biggest bet of the day came in the last with $25,000 on Taxman @ $1.45 coming up short.  Tango Tara wasn't a great result for us though with over 1,000 individual bets on him.  $1,000 @ $6.50 was the biggest & there were also $5,000 & $4,000 Top3 bets @ $1.85 on Tango Tara.  $2,000 @ $2.20 & $1,000 @ $2.10 on Dan Fernando to run TOP3 meant punters finished on a great note.  Multi of the Week:  $20, 2-leg Multi @ Addington Lovey Dovey Moment @ $7.50 Ascalabus @ $31 Returned $4,650. Best Cash-out of the Week:  $10  Multi Sugar Loaf @ $3 Bonnie Highlander @ $3.10 Ultimate Sniper @ $2.40 Tough Monarch @ $2.40 One Change @ $2.10 Spankem @ $2.20 Would have returned $2,474, BUT was cashed out for $757 before Spankem ran 2nd in the cup. Worst Cash-out of the Week:  $20 - 4 Leg Multi Lovey Dovey Moment @ $2.90  TOP3 Sugar Loaf @ $3 Amazing Dream @ $1.90 Line Up @ $4.50  TOP3 Would have returned $1,487 BUT was cashed out for $575 before Line Up claimed 3rd in the Sires Stks Final.

DRIVERS CHALLENGE ON AGAIN AT ASCOT PARK RACEWAY    The border rivalry is back! The Downbytheseaside Drivers Challenge takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Thursday (7 November). Supported by Woodlands Stud the drivers challenge has taken on many formats over the years and now, for the third year running, this year’s event will again see teams of six from North and South of the Waitaki lock horns. The South of the Waitaki Team is the defending champion while Nathan Williamson took the individual title last year and this year the “home” team returns with a strong line up featuring Nathan, Matty and Brad Williamson, Brent Barclay, Craig Ferguson and Kirstin Barclay. Travelling south to try and wrest back the title they won in 2017 is the North Of The Waitaki Team of Blair Orange, Ricky May, John Morrison, Sam Ottley, Sheree Tomlinson and former Southlander Mark Hurrell. Racing is scheduled to commence at 3.05pm and included in the eight races programmed are four point scoring heats for the Downbytheseaside Drivers Challenge. Racing continues until the last race at 6.26pm so there is a great opportunity to stop in and catch some action even after work. Points will be allocated as follows for each heat – 1st 10, 2nd 7, 3rd 5, 4th 3, 5th 1 and points scored will go to both the individual tally in the challenge and the teams total. Admission to the course will be free. One punter will take home a meal voucher from Level One Restaurant & Bar in Invercargill when a draw of all losing on course tote tickets is made after Race 6 while also after race 6 all children on course receive a free bag of lollies.   Wyndham - Sunday 10 November TEN RACE PROGRAMME AT WYNDHAM ON SUNDAY The Wyndham Harness Racing Club host their first meeting of the season at Young Quinn Raceway in Wyndham on Sunday 10 November. The first race is scheduled for 12.02pm with the last of ten races at 5.07pm. The feature race will be the Kubala Seeds Stella Frost Stakes timed to start at 2.47pm. Admission to the course is free.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, This Friday is the last race meeting prior to Cup Week!  Good luck to all horses and connections racing this Friday! It is all go!  The team are working hard for our biggest week!  We are track with our build schedule.  We have installed 3 marquees, 118 still to go!  Addington Cup Week Hospitality – wait listing only Corporate Hospitality  - is all sold out for both days.  If you are still looking for tickets, please call the lovely Joanne McMaster on 021 0298 5972 or email her on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and I am sure she will be able to assist.  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT -  TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  10 SEATS LEFT - Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee - A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  SHOW DAY RACES – There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO - A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!   Alexandra Park News – Friday 1 November Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races  |  November & December Plan the perfect Christmas Party to celebrate the end of the year with Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races. Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet surrounded by colleagues, friends and family. We’ve got premier harness racing action featuring the IRT Inter Dominion Championship and live entertainment after the last race. Don’t delay as this is our busiest time of year, head to alexandrapark.co.nz to get your tickets! IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series  |  November & December Witness the ultimate test of equine speed and strength at this years’ IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series at Alexandra Park throughout November and December. Start with the Welcome Cocktail Party being held at the Rydges Rooftop Terrace on Thursday 28th November. Then get absolutely engulfed in harness racing action with the IRT ID19 heats (29th November, 3rd December, 6th December). Don’t miss the Barrier Draw Brunch at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Sunday 8th December to get you amped up for the GRAND FINAL on Saturday 14th December where you’ll see the best of the best go head to head to take out the championship! Keen to find out more information? Go to www.id19.co.nz   Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

McMillan Equine Feeds 3YO C & G Sires Stakes Series 36 Click here! All five heats have been run for the above series, click on the link above to see how the McMillan Equine Feeds Final field is shaping up (in ranking order), which will be run on Cup Day, Tuesday 12th November. Alabar 3YO Fillies Sires Stakes Series 36 Click here! Click on the link above to see the results from the first two heats run for the Alabar 3YO Fillies Series.     Michelle Harris Harness Racing New Zealand | Communications & Website Coordinator

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Manawatu Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Alexandra Park Friday $25K Pick Six at Kaikoura Monday Bonus Quaddies Friday - Alexandra Park Night Harness: $10k BONUS LATE Quaddie Last 4 Races Sunday - Kaikoura Harness: $10k BONUS LATE Quaddie Last 4 Races   Methven Trotting Club - Friday 1 November The Methven Trotting Club is breaking new ground with its first ever twilight meeting this Friday starting at approximately 3pm. Track preparations have been challenging with the constant rain but despite that Carl Markham and his team have the old place in tip top order and with things finally starting to feel like summer everything is ready for a big afternoon. The club is hoping that it will present Friday night socializers at pubs and clubs with some rare grass track racing on a Friday evening and hope to entice  local and Christchurch patrons to head to the Mt. Harding track for some exciting harness action. The differences don’t stop there with a preponderance of sprint events both mobile and standing starts for the lesser performed trotters and pacers. Other differences include the second outing for a new menu which attracted much favourable comment at the October Methven Cup well done to all involved love the lamb rolls! So for a quickfire  afternoon at the races head down to Methven with your punting shoes on you won’t need a jacket  as at Methven the sun always shines! Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   Alexandra Park News – Friday 1 November Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races  |  November & December Plan the perfect Christmas Party to celebrate the end of the year with Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races. Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet surrounded by colleagues, friends and family. We’ve got premier harness racing action featuring the IRT Inter Dominion Championship and live entertainment after the last race. Don’t delay as this is our busiest time of year, head to alexandrapark.co.nz to get your tickets! IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series  |  November & December Witness the ultimate test of equine speed and strength at this years’ IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series at Alexandra Park throughout November and December. Start with the Welcome Cocktail Party being held at the Rydges Rooftop Terrace on Thursday 28th November. Then get absolutely engulfed in harness racing action with the IRT ID19 heats (29th November, 3rd December, 6th December). Don’t miss the Barrier Draw Brunch at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Sunday 8th December to get you amped up for the GRAND FINAL on Saturday 14th December where you’ll see the best of the best go head to head to take out the championship! Keen to find out more information? Go to www.id19.co.nz   Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual Alabar Weekend of Racing at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4. Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners. Minimum stake on Sunday’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $9,000 and $11,000.  The Club will pay all non-stake winners an additional $100 to assist in transport costs for this day. On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000. If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468   Harness Racing Waikato - Tuesday 5 November Melbourne Cup Day @ Cambridge Raceway  Join us at Cambridge Raceway and enjoy live coverage of The Melbourne Cup on the big screen followed by on course Harness Racing action. Our Public Bar provides the perfect spot for the live broadcast and promises to be a great afternoon (and evening) of entertainment.  All welcome on the day with FREE ENTRY to the public bar. There is also the option to click on the link to reserve a table for only $20 & enjoy a a bucket of 4x Corona on arrival.     Date: Tuesday 5th November 2019 Location: Public Bar (ground floor), Cambridge Raceway Timings: 12:00pm – Doors open 12:30pm – 5.30pm, Live coverage of the Melbourne Cup 6:09pm – First race 9.50- Last race Price: FREE ENTRY Book a table: $20 & receive a bucket of 4x Corona* on arrival  Head to- Cambridgeraceway.co.nz to book! *Alcohol will not be served to anyone intoxicated or under the age of 18. The owners of each race winner on the day will receive a special gift basket as well as well as hospitality in the Presidents Room where crayfish will be part of the menu. The first race is scheduled from 12.24pm and admission to the course is free.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, This Friday is the last race meeting prior to Cup Week!  Good luck to all horses and connections racing this Friday! It is all go!  The team are working hard for our biggest week!  We are track with our build schedule.  We have installed 3 marquees, 118 still to go!  Addington Cup Week Hospitality – wait listing only Corporate Hospitality  - is all sold out for both days.  If you are still looking for tickets, please call the lovely Joanne McMaster on 021 0298 5972 or email her on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and I am sure she will be able to assist.  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT -  TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  10 SEATS LEFT - Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee - A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  SHOW DAY RACES – There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO - A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!     Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   from Harness Racing New Zealand

Tom Kilkelly’s ownership journey has been one of loyalty and friendship, but also more recently it’s had a touch of serendipity. Because when Tom Kilkelly purchased U May Cullect as a weanling in Auckland he had absolutely no inclination of the rollercoaster of emotions he was about to climb aboard. “He was no stunner,” Tom admits. “He was a nice horse, by an average sire and the good thing about it is that anyone could have got him, and had the fun we have had.” “You don’t have to have a huge amount of money to get a horse like him; you just have to have faith.” It was that faith and loyalty that has seen Tom involved in harness racing for 55 years and still loving the game. “As a 13-year-old I got a job in a harness racing stables in Greymouth, helping out before and after school and on the weekends and holidays,” Tom said. “I got the princely sum of 10 shillings a week.” A little later in life Tom moved to Invercargill where he and a friend leased a trotter to race. And although that horse didn’t win, they enjoyed being a part of the ownership experience. It would be following meeting with the late Brian Swain in 1988 that saw Tom lease a horse named Man Of The Match, who went on to win three races and was then sold to American buyers. “I thought after that the game was easy, I thoroughly enjoyed myself,” explained Tom. And even prior to U May Cullect arriving on the scene Tom experienced some big thrills whilst training and owning his own team of horses. “The biggest highlight for me (pre U May Cullect) would be the day I owned and co-trained four winners with Tracee Faithful on Regent Race Day,” said Tom. “I’ve had some nice horses over the years like Ask McArdle (5 wins), Western Arden (13 wins) and Guns N Roses (9 wins), however the thrill of a lifetime is obviously having a horse like Carlos (U May Cullect).” “Everyone in this game dreams of owning one like him, and fortunately for us the dream has come true. Sadly we won’t be at the Cup this year, but look out in 2020,” Tom laughs. But with having a horse like U May Cullect does come the unique and immense pressure of public expectation. “I don’t usually get too nervous on raceday unless Carlos is racing, as there is so much expected of him. The pressure of owning him has been ok, I was just disappointed for all of his followers when he sustained his latest injury,” said Tom. “I was in Japan working and I got a text from Kirstin (Barclay) that just said “ring me” and I knew something was wrong. But as I say, he will be back.” The journey they endeavored on with U May Cullect has also changed the way they look at other horses, and they now have another potential comeback story in the wings. “We have one horse called Ask Me Major, who is a half to Ask McArdle, and he had three starts for a win and two fourths before he did a tendon. We gave him away to trekking stable, but after what has happened with Carlos we decided to get him back and give him another go,” Tom explained. “We gave the guy at the trekking stable a ten percent share, and the horse is now a nine-year-old but is only a few weeks away from the workouts. It could be an amazing story if he was able to come back and win!” Tom has had success as an owner in both New Zealand and Australia, placing horses with Adam Kelly in Melbourne once he feels they have reached their mark here. But his partnership with Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis has really seen things flourish over the last couple of years. “I have a great relationship with both Tank and Kirstin. I think they complement each other well with their own set of different skills. Kirstin is like family to Julie and I,” Tom said. “The best part about being an owner and not a trainer now is not having to get out of bed in the middle of a rough winter’s morning and freeze in the cart,” Tom laughed. “But of course the thrill of winning a race is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced. I don’t get into too much of the celebrating, but I do like to head home with Julie and have two or three cold ones and watch the replay.” “I would highly recommend anyone to get involved in this game, obviously syndicates are the best way to get started as you get to meet new people and still experience the thrill of owning or leasing a horse.” Tom is keen to help others on their own ownership journey as well. “We have ten mares in foal this year as well as six yearlings on the ground. We won’t be able to race them all, so hopefully we can encourage some new people into the game in years to come.” For more information on harness racing ownership and how you can get involved, please email Jess Smith - HRNZ Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator, jess@hrnz.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's show features junior driver Zev Meredith following his first win; Grant Anderson of the Kaikoura TC updates us on their travel subsidy for their Sunday meeting; Jim Crawford of the Tuapeka HRC is with us ahead of their annual meeting this weekend also. And Richard Wilson as usual provides us with the Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

In 2019, Christmas at the Races celebrates its 13th season - over one million people and counting have attended a Christmas at the Races event to date! This season, the first event is on 1 November, with 36 events Nationwide across both equine Codes. On average, 20% of guests at each Christmas at the Races event experiences their first time ever on a racecourse at a race meeting - this is a large audience who are new to racing and betting. Through the Santa's pick promotion (the driver wearing the santa cap cover in each race), the industry looks to engage with those new to racing and encourage on-course participation by encouraging them to not just join in the party, but also to interact with the horse racing action on-track. The Santa’s Pick promotion gives people an ‘easy pick’ for their bet, and engages them with racing, ultimately resulting in more bets placed on-course. When a customer places a bet of $5 or more including a Santa’s Pick runner, they are handed an entry card with their betslip. They simply fill in their details on the card and drop it into an entry box on-course to go into the draw to win a dream trip for 2 to Singapore including a VIP experience at the Kranji Mile 2020! This season, alike to previous seasons, we ask drivers, trainers and owners to support the initiative for the Clubs and industry by wearing the red Santa cap - this ensures the attendees at the event can follow the 'Santa's Pick' in each race, and engage with the action on-track. Clubs make the Santa's Pick selections, and we would appreciate your support in ensuring each of the Santa’s Pick selections wear the Santa cap cover in each race.   HRNZ

By Garrick Knight Handy Canterbury mare Uptown Lady has been sold to American interests. The daughter of Art Major left for Colts Neck, New Jersey, last Friday. Her former trainer, Mark Jones, says it was disappointing to lose a mare of her quality. “She has a good turn of speed, a great attitude and will love the hard racing over there. “I was sad to lose her but the lack of fillies and mares’ options here was a reason to sell. “And we lose a nice future broodmare, too.” Accompanying her across the Pacific was another four-year-old Art Major mare in Flashazz, a one-win daughter of former Harness Jewels winner, Pembrook’s Delight. Also on the flight was Global Domination, who ran fourth in last year’s New Zealand Derby behind Ultimate Sniper and had just resumed racing for the new season with a couple of inauspicious performances. He’ll join the stable of Peter Tritton, a prodigious buyer of New Zealand stock over many years. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Former Group 1 winning trotter Great Things Happen has had a minor setback. After a disappointing resumption in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup at Addington on October 4, Rangiora trainer Gavin Smith got the horse checked out. “It was the worst he’s ever gone – he just doesn’t do that,” Smith said of his 10-length defeat at the hands of Oscar Bonavena after doing no work in transit. “I thought something had to be drastically wrong. “So, we got him scoped and he was full of snot. His bloods were fine so it’s no wonder we couldn’t detect it beforehand.” With the horse requiring an easy time of it, his Dominion Trot preparation has been compromised and Smith now faces a race against time to get him fit enough for the November 15 feature. ___________________________________________________________________________________ An old friend is about to reunite with the dominant All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Cruz Bromac is due to return to their Rolleston stable next week for a second Spring stint in Christchurch. The New Zealand-bred pacer won last year’s New Zealand Free For All on Show Day after being slightly unlucky in the New Zealand Cup three days earlier. He then contested the Inter Dominions for Purdon and Rasmussen, going undefeated in the heats before running third behind Tiger Tara in the Final. He stayed in Australia through the winter and recently resumed for trainer Amanda Grieve, running third in Saturday night’s Victoria Cup. Purdon confirmed the $12 fifth favourite for the New Zealand Cup was due in the next 10 days when speaking on Radio Trackside on Monday. “He’s going to join us; we’re making arrangements this week to fly him over so hopefully they’ll have him on the way by next Sunday. “It was an eye-catching run in the Victoria Cup; he made up good ground for third. “I’ve spoken to Dean Braun and he’s been very, very happy with his preparation and how he is.” Cruz Bromac is also nominated for December’s Inter Dominion Series in Auckland. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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