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An amazing trip for two to Mooloolaba is up for grabs this Friday at Addington Raceway in the world’s first Harness Racing E-Sport Catch Driver Championship.   Catch Driver is a harness racing game where players can race live against other players from all over the world by using their touchscreen mobile phone or device.   Catch Driver is now live in its new 3D version, which means players will be able to get closer to the action than ever be- fore, and it’s all at your fingertips on your smart phone.   Following the recent trials at Addington Raceway, Catch Driver will be holding the world’s first E-Sport Harness Racing Championship this Friday oncourse with three heats and final to be held between races.   Run in conjunction with Addington Raceway and Harness Racing New Zealand, the Catch Driver team have finalized a live coverage of the game which will broadcast this Friday’s heats and finals.   Contenders play in special and exclusive Addington ‘game events’ via their phone, while the race is broadcast live on the Big Screen on the infield, and also on selected television screens around the track.   Three heats of nine players will be held this Friday, with the first three in each heat home through to the final to be held later in the evening.   The fantastic prizes in the Addington Catch Driver Championship Grand Final are:   First place – A trip for two to Mooloolaba, Queensland Australia. Accommodation at the stunning Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Mooloolaba for three nights thanks to Addington Raceway. With a $1,000 travel voucher towards travel costs, thanks to Westview Racing.   Second Place – Two tickets to the Lindauer Lawn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day thanks to Addington Raceway.   Third Place – 2,500 Catch Driver Horse Shoes thanks to the Catch Driver team in Canada. Players can register their interest by emailing Jess Smith at HRNZ – jess@hrnz.co.nz Space is very limited for this exciting event and successful entrants into the heats will be contacted directly and sent an entry form to complete.   Please note entrants must check in at the registration desk next to the Lanson Lawn by the birdcage area at least 30 min- utes before their heat is run. Should they fail to do so their space will be taken by the next person on the waiting list.   It is also the responsibility of the player to ensure they have enough ‘Catch Driver Cards’ to compete in the heat or final. Finalized times for the heats and finals will be made available very soon.   We are thrilled to present this Championship as an introduction to the Catch Driver game, giving the Harness Racing in- dustry a world first and the game will be a regular part of the Addington oncourse entertainment options for race goers.   To download the game visit: http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

By Jonny Turner Administrator Barry Dent was recognised for his service to the industry at the Canterbury Harness Racing Awards at Addington on Saturday night. The long serving member of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club board member was presented with this year’s Outstanding Contribution To Canterbury Harness Racing award. Dent was not the only Canterbury administrator honoured on Saturday night. Amberley Trotting Club stalwart Ross Rennie was presented with the volunteer of the year award. The rising star award was taken out by rookie trainer Nicole Harris. Star pacers Spankem and Ultimate Sniper helped their breeders each take home trophies from the awards on Saturday night. Spankem’s breeders, Robin and Gwenda Wah, were crowned pacing breeders of the year. Reality Check, whose progeny include Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete, won the pacing broodmare of the year award. The Armbro Operative mare, who is owned by Katrina and Graeme Walsh, is due to foal a full brother to Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete soon. Ultimate Sniper’s part owner, Gavin Douglas, was crowned the pacing owner of the year. Ken Ford won the trotting owner of the year award and Trevor Casey won the overall owner of the year title. Dominion favourite Sundees Son helped his owners Colin and Nancy Hair take home two trophies. The couple were crowned trotting breeders of the year. Sundees Son’s dam, Stardon, won the broodmare of the year award. The Canterbury awards’ trainers’ award was won by Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd. Tim Williams took the driver’s awards and Kimberly Butt won the junior driver’s award.    Full Results   Owners Association Trotting Owner Of The Year                         Ken Ford                                                                    Breeders Association Pacing Breeders of the Year                                   Robin & Gwenda Wah                                                                      Horseman’s Association Junior Driver's Award                             Kimberley Butt                                                                      Owners Association Pacing Owner Of The Year                            Gavin Douglas                                                                        Breeders Association Pacing Broodmare of the Year                                Reality Check                                                                                     Horseman’s Association Driver's Award                              Tim Williams                           Owners Association Owner of the Year                              Trevor Casey                           Breeders Association Trotting Breeders of the Year                                 Colin & Nancy Hair                                                                Horseman’s Association Trainer's Award                           Regan Todd                                                               Breeders Association Trotting Broodmare of the Year                             Stardon (dam of Sundees Son)                                                                   Rising Star                              Nicole Thomas                                                                       Volunteer Award                               Ross Rennie                                                               Woodlands Stud Outstanding Contribution to Canterbury Harness Racing 2019 Barry Dent  

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Addington Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Alexandra Park Friday. September - Harness First4 $6,000 Bonus First4 on a Race 4 Every Friday Night in Sept and on Race 4 at Addington on Thu 19 Sept. $40k Guaranteed Quaddie on Races 7-10 at Oamaru on Sunday   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Thursday 19 September Hello Everyone, It is all go at Addington!  We are pretty much racing every week up until Cup Week!  We have exciting racing ahead with the Road to the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup underway and the Road to the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot soon to commence! Below we have outlined all the fun areas for the week.  Be sure to read what is available and visit addington.co.nz to book your spot and to be part of the magic! CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ TROTTING CUP DAY – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! A big congratulations to Christchurch Casino, our naming rights sponsor and principal partner, on celebrating their 25th anniversary in November!  Please join Christchurch Casino and Addington Raceway as together we offer an exceptional range of places to toast their anniversary and enjoy Australasia’s biggest harness racing day. #letscelebrate #nzcup19 GENERAL ADMISSION You will be right in the heart of the action to view all races on the trackside grassed area or via big screens.  Venture into The Edge Public Village to have an epic experience in The Edge Activation Garden.  Thanks to The Edge, there will also be a phone charging station to keep you up to date with your social media and betting. The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition are now open and will be held in The Edge Public Village.  If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.  You will be at crossroads of what to do between races!  Make sure you check out the Speights Beer Garden with your mates as The Rock will be on course with their ‘Beat The Bar Activation Challenge’. Check out our crossroads signage in The Edge Public Village to choose a bet you won’t forget at one of our many totes.  For refreshing beverages and delicious treats, race over to our bars and some of Christchurch’s top international food providers. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on The Edge Public Village Stage will be ..…… avoid FOMO, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 2019 General Admission Ticket Prices: Earlybird (2 September to 31 October) – $25 per person + booking fee Standard (1 to 12 November) – $35 per person + booking fee At the gate (12 November) – $45 per person (cash only)   Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  There are only 100 tickets available in the public stand (uncovered), so be sure to get in quick!  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  LINDAUER LAWN You will be making a beeline to the sought after revamped Lindauer Lawn to watch spectacular racing, fashion finals and presentations from the lawn, or via an elevated view from the rooftop. But wait, what is Lindauer doing this year? For the first time, Lindauer are giving the first 100 people on course an elaborate glam gift.  Prior to entering the Lindauer Lawn be sure to stop, a complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing ready people! For delicious treats and thirst-quenching refreshments, make sure you trot over to one of our many bars and food offerings. To make a bet you won’t forget, race over to one of our tote operators who will be happy to assist. Addington is also raising the stakes!  Only those who purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket will be in to win!  But, to win what…watch this space! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Stage will be……??? All will be revealed about Addington’s prize and entertainment on the Lindauer Lawn & Rooftop via our social media pages!  Make sure you follow us to be the first to hear everything that will be on offer in this fabulous area. Please note this is an R18 Area. Guests will be age-verified. 2019 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Price: Lindauer Lawn (available 2 September until sold out) – $75 per person + booking fee Oops, you were after Corporate Hospitality as you wish to provide the ultimate hosting experience to thank valued clients, staff, and friends, and to network with business leaders who attend this iconic event every year? That’s fine, for further details or to book visit addington.co.nz. 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.  Be in to win – book your spot! PLEASE NOTE This is an R18 Event Fully licensed venue and no food or alcohol is able to be brought on course SHOW DAY RACES – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone.  There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   So be sure to pop along and celebrate elite racing at its best on one of NZ’s richest race days. Racing highlights of the day are the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All and the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot.  The NZ Kidz Kartz Final is definitely a crowd pleaser for all ages. This year we will have again having a FREE kids’ entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo. 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. Show Day Races headline act on the Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 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. Yay – children aged 14 years and under are FREE.  Be sure to get in quick as numbers are limited. 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) Spectators will be open to everyone after the last race. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon! World first coming to Addington Raceway Addington Raceway, in conjunction with Catch Driver and Harness Racing New Zealand, are thrilled to announce that there will be a new feature present oncourse from this Friday. In a world first, the three parties have been working together on a live viewer function which allows those at the track to participate in 3D Catch Driver games on their smartphone in exclusive Addington race events, while the live race viewer footage is played out on the big screen oncourse. Recently relaunched with 3D graphics, the Catch Driver game allows the player to experience the thrill of harness race driving literally at their fingertips, while competing live against other players in a race scenario over one mile. The difference with the Addington events will be that the players must be oncourse to participate, creating a competitive atmosphere between the race rivals as they compete against each other on their own phone – with the whole course watching via the big screen and selected television screens around the complex. The live viewer function is still in its final stages of development and will be available for the Addington Catch Driver Championship on September 27, however HRNZ and Addington Raceway will be holding trial events to help test the software and game entry process.  Trial race events will be held at Addington Raceway during the first part of this month, culminating in the Addington Catch Driver Championship later this month. Ryan Clements is the founder of The Farm Ventures, the Canadian company behind the creation of Catch Driver, and has been working closely with HRNZ and Addington Raceway to present the world’s first Esports harness racing game. He first visited New Zealand last September when his good friend Anthony MacDonald held his ownership seminars, and was impressed with the youth initiatives in this country via the likes of Kidz Kartz, the Cadet scheme and Junior Driver races and events. Promoting harness racing to the next generation has been a huge part of the reason Ryan developed the game, and he has been a generous sponsor of the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup and this year’s Cadet of the Year competition. “We are excited to partner with Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway to bring the world’s first harness racing Esports event to New Zealand!” said Ryan. “We believe Esports represents an incredible opportunity to bring new fans to the sport we love, and New Zealand is leading the way - Addington is the first track in the world to host this type of event.” He also commented on how crucial it is to be forward thinking and for tracks to embrace new technology to attract people to attend their meetings. “Catch Driver’s players average age is 25, representing a significantly younger demographic than the average harness racing fan globally. This engagement of younger fans is how we believe we can reach a new generation to carry harness racing forward into the future.” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson was thrilled to be able to bring this cutting edge technology to the track. “We are absolutely thrilled to break new ground and see Catch Driver Esports events held at Addington Raceway,” he said. “To have this kind of technology available to us from the other side of the world is just fantastic, and we hope that it will provide a great entertainment option between races for not only harness racing fans, but those visiting the track on a casual basis.” “We are looking forward to getting this trial underway and utilising Catch Driver in future to keep our fans feeling like they are part of the action.” Harness Racing New Zealand’s marketing department have been a part of the initiative, utilising the relationship formed last year during Ryan’s visit to work as a united front to spread the harness racing virtual experience. “This is such an exciting initiative and one that we are sure will create a fun and entertaining atmosphere at Addington,” said Jess Smith of HRNZ Marketing. “Catch Driver is an innovative game and allows players to drive against their friends and their heroes, with top drivers from all around the world currently playing the game.“ “We are grateful for the support the Catch Driver team and Addington Raceway have given, and cannot wait to see Catch Driver and New Zealand featuring in a world first for the sport.” The Addington Catch Driver Championship will be held on Friday 27 September and will hold heats and a final on the same night with some great prizes on offer. The first trial races will be held this Friday at Addington Raceway, stay tuned for further updates to come around the Addington Catch Driver Championship. If you have a smart phone, make sure you download Catch Driver from your app store and start your own Championship training today! Or download by visiting http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Alexandra Park News – Friday 20 September TENDER: Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete. All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September. For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz or call 027 808 3150 MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand     Invercargill HRC – Saturday 21 September SPECIAL DAY FOR OWNERS AT INVERCARGILL HARNESS MEETING  The first harness race meeting of the season in Invercargill hosted by the Invercargill Harness Racing Club takes place at Ascot Park Raceway on Saturday and will include some very special features. Harness Racing New Zealand and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club are combining to host an Owners Day on course while New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate will be on course to celebrate a significant milestone. Standardbred owners will be hosted in an Owners Area where they will enjoy food and beverage and prize draws with the major prize a 12 month insurance package up to the value of $40,000 from New Zealand Bloodstock. The event is for all owners and those interested in becoming owners. One lucky person will be drawn to become an owner of Elva Jaccka in Race 8 of the card. The winner will get to visit the horse in the stables area, meet and chat with the owners, trainers and breeders, get their photo taken with their starter, watch it race and enjoy some hospitality in the Presidents Room, a great package.  Meanwhile New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate, the Setarip Syndicate, will be on course to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and will sponsor the feature race on the programme. The syndicate was formed on 19 September 1969 and still has two of the original members, Joe Wilson the Syndicate Manager and Clark Neil. The name Setarip is Pirates spelt backwards and is a nod to the rugby club that the original syndicate members came from. The syndicate uses the clubs black and gold colours. The syndicate has enjoyed 18 individual winners for a total of 25 wins, the first coming 11 years after the syndicate was formed. It was another 13 years before they enjoyed their second win. Nine races are scheduled for the day with the first race scheduled for 12.27pm while admission to the course is free! Invercargill HRC Stallion tenders The Invercargill Harness Racing Club has three stallion services from Woodlands Stud available for tender. The club has two What The Hill Services and one Downbytheseaside. The advertised service fee for What The Hill this season is $7000 plus gst while Downbytheseaside is advertised at $6000 plus gst for this season. The club welcomes tenders for the stallions and tenders can be sent to Stallion Tender, Invercargill Harness Racing Club, P.O. Box 96 Invercargill or to lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Subject – Stallion Tender. Inquiries can be made to Lindsay Beer, Promotions Officer, Southern Harness Racing – at either 021 351 499 or lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 September.  Southland Owners Day - 21 September Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park. The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day. It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves. Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more. An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections. Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room. This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future. These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis. Further information on the event will follow soon. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest. Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – jess@hrnz.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. Tenders close 14 October, please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Southern Harness Website Southern Harness is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.  www.southernharness.co.nz   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Faulty Towers at The Races- October 3rd at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/faulty-towers-dinner-show/ INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/    Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting 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 Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. 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 Kaikoura TC Stallion Tenders Thanks to ALABAR NZ, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender: One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000) One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000) Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 For enquiries and copy of Tender Form please contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351 615 or email on ger.stanbury@xtra.co.nz   2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee - Stallion Services Purchase by Tender  The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner has two Woodlands Stud Services for purchase by Tender. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final Foaled in 2014 – Son of Somebeachsomewhere Banked $2,179,558 from 35 career starts Second year standing in New Zealand 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR ‘Trotting’s Mr Consistent’ Sire of 124 NZ bred and 35 Australian bred winners including: Maori Time – Australasia’s Fastest ever Trotter, t,1:51.5 Speeding Spur – winner of 17 Group 1’s including Prydes Great Southern Star - $1.1 million Paramount Gee Gee – 2yo Colt of The Year,  3yo Colt of The Year, 4yo Entire of The Year 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Conditions of Tender: All tenders submitted shall be plus GST. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee have the right to select any tender they so desire. They may decline all or any tender/s and their decision shall be final. The successful purchaser will be advised within 3 working days and will immediately be issued with a tax invoice for a deposit of $250.00+GST with payment required within 21 days. This deposit will be deducted from the amount tendered in the tender. This deposit will be refunded only if the mare fails to get in foal. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee will invoice the purchaser for the remaining amount submitted and accepted as the tender amount once the mare has a 42 day positive test, and payment of this tax invoice is due within 21 days. The tender is for the ‘Service Fee’ only. All other farm charges apply and will be payable by the successful purchaser. The successful purchaser will be required to complete and sign a Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement. All the terms and conditions set out in this Stallion Service Agreement shall apply in full to the successful purchaser.  A live foal guarantee applies only if the conditions of the Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement are complied with. Written tenders are to be posted to 7 Clare Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 or e-mailed to cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com .  The closing date for tenders is Tuesday 02 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.   by Harness Racing New Zealand

It was announced yesterday that New Zealand bred Standardbreds were awarded the highest honours in the annual Australian Horse of the Year titles, in the country’s most prestigious awards. In a media release from Harness Racing Australia, Chief Executive Andrew Kelly announced the winners of the age category, and overall titles. New Zealand bred open class pacer, Tiger Tara, claimed the titles of Australian Horse of the Year, Australian Aged Horse or Gelding of the Year and Australian Pacer of the Year. Bred by Ray Anicich, the stallion recorded 8 wins and 8 placings from 21 starts last season, including his brave second placing in the 2018 New Zealand Trotting Cup behind Thefixer.   Tiger Tara is currently nominated for the 2019 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and is currently third favourite on futures options with the New Zealand TAB. While on the trotting side of the awards another Kiwi was being celebrated. Expat New Zealand trotter Tornado Valley was crowned Australian Trotter of the Year and Aged Australian Trotting Entire or Gelding of the Year. Tornado Valley was bred by Petina Gaugler and Terry McMillan (also former trainer of the horse), and won seven races here in New Zealand before being exported to Australia. Since then the son of Skyvalley has taken his career record to 28 win from 84 starts, including last seasons Interdominion Grand Final (heading home a Kiwi bred trifecta with Speeding Spur second and Monty Python third), the Group One features: Bill Collins Sprint, Maori Mile and the Knight Pistol. Last season Tornado Valley won 11 of his 12 starts. Congratulations must also go to North Otago trainer Phil Williamson and his team, and the breeders Lex and Heather Williams as Ultimate Stride was crowed the Australian 2yo Trotting Colt of the Year. The son of Love You and former Champion trotting mare, One Over Kenny, was unbeaten in his four Australian starts, which included a Breeders Crown Final victory, and success in the Group One Redwood Classic. Ultimate Stride is owned by Emilo and Maria Rosati, who are based in New South Wales. Kiwi bred Majestuoso was also awarded 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding of the year after winning 8 of his 11 race day starts last season including the Victoria Trotters Derby and the Holmfield. Majestuoso was bred by Alabar Stud NZ Ltd, and is by Majestic Son out of Rosemaryz Luck. Andrew Kelly advised that Harness Racing Australia will be contacting the winning connections to arrange for the presentations of the awards to be made. The performance criteria for the HRA Awards is for performances by Australian trained horses regardless of venue or country, as well as for the Australian performances of New Zealand trained horses.   HRNZ

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Addington Friday. August and September - Harness First4 $6,000 Bonus First4 on a Race 4 Every Friday Night in Aug/Sept and on Race 4 at Addington on Thu 19 Sept.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 13 September Hello Everyone, It is all go at Addington!  We are pretty much racing every week up until Cup Week!  We have exciting racing ahead with the Road to the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup underway and the Road to the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot soon to commence! Below we have outlined all the fun areas for the week.  Be sure to read what is available and visit addington.co.nz to book your spot and to be part of the magic! CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ TROTTING CUP DAY – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! A big congratulations to Christchurch Casino, our naming rights sponsor and principal partner, on celebrating their 25th anniversary in November!  Please join Christchurch Casino and Addington Raceway as together we offer an exceptional range of places to toast their anniversary and enjoy Australasia’s biggest harness racing day. #letscelebrate #nzcup19 GENERAL ADMISSION You will be right in the heart of the action to view all races on the trackside grassed area or via big screens.  Venture into The Edge Public Village to have an epic experience in The Edge Activation Garden.  Thanks to The Edge, there will also be a phone charging station to keep you up to date with your social media and betting. The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition are now open and will be held in The Edge Public Village.  If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.  You will be at crossroads of what to do between races!  Make sure you check out the Speights Beer Garden with your mates as The Rock will be on course with their ‘Beat The Bar Activation Challenge’. Check out our crossroads signage in The Edge Public Village to choose a bet you won’t forget at one of our many totes.  For refreshing beverages and delicious treats, race over to our bars and some of Christchurch’s top international food providers. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on The Edge Public Village Stage will be ..…… avoid FOMO, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 2019 General Admission Ticket Prices: Earlybird (2 September to 31 October) – $25 per person + booking fee Standard (1 to 12 November) – $35 per person + booking fee At the gate (12 November) – $45 per person (cash only)   Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  There are only 100 tickets available in the public stand (uncovered), so be sure to get in quick!  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  LINDAUER LAWN You will be making a beeline to the sought after revamped Lindauer Lawn to watch spectacular racing, fashion finals and presentations from the lawn, or via an elevated view from the rooftop. But wait, what is Lindauer doing this year? For the first time, Lindauer are giving the first 100 people on course an elaborate glam gift.  Prior to entering the Lindauer Lawn be sure to stop, a complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing ready people! For delicious treats and thirst-quenching refreshments, make sure you trot over to one of our many bars and food offerings. To make a bet you won’t forget, race over to one of our tote operators who will be happy to assist. Addington is also raising the stakes!  Only those who purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket will be in to win!  But, to win what…watch this space! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Stage will be……??? All will be revealed about Addington’s prize and entertainment on the Lindauer Lawn & Rooftop via our social media pages!  Make sure you follow us to be the first to hear everything that will be on offer in this fabulous area. Please note this is an R18 Area. Guests will be age-verified. 2019 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Price: Lindauer Lawn (available 2 September until sold out) – $75 per person + booking fee Oops, you were after Corporate Hospitality as you wish to provide the ultimate hosting experience to thank valued clients, staff, and friends, and to network with business leaders who attend this iconic event every year? That’s fine, for further details or to book visit addington.co.nz. 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.  Be in to win – book your spot! PLEASE NOTE This is an R18 Event Fully licensed venue and no food or alcohol is able to be brought on course SHOW DAY RACES – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone.  There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   So be sure to pop along and celebrate elite racing at its best on one of NZ’s richest race days. Racing highlights of the day are the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All and the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot.  The NZ Kidz Kartz Final is definitely a crowd pleaser for all ages. This year we will have again having a FREE kids’ entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo. 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. Show Day Races headline act on the Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 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. Yay – children aged 14 years and under are FREE.  Be sure to get in quick as numbers are limited. 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) Spectators will be open to everyone after the last race. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon! World first coming to Addington Raceway Addington Raceway, in conjunction with Catch Driver and Harness Racing New Zealand, are thrilled to announce that there will be a new feature present oncourse from this Friday. In a world first, the three parties have been working together on a live viewer function which allows those at the track to participate in 3D Catch Driver games on their smartphone in exclusive Addington race events, while the live race viewer footage is played out on the big screen oncourse. Recently relaunched with 3D graphics, the Catch Driver game allows the player to experience the thrill of harness race driving literally at their fingertips, while competing live against other players in a race scenario over one mile. The difference with the Addington events will be that the players must be oncourse to participate, creating a competitive atmosphere between the race rivals as they compete against each other on their own phone – with the whole course watching via the big screen and selected television screens around the complex. The live viewer function is still in its final stages of development and will be available for the Addington Catch Driver Championship on September 27, however HRNZ and Addington Raceway will be holding trial events to help test the software and game entry process.  Trial race events will be held at Addington Raceway during the first part of this month, culminating in the Addington Catch Driver Championship later this month. Ryan Clements is the founder of The Farm Ventures, the Canadian company behind the creation of Catch Driver, and has been working closely with HRNZ and Addington Raceway to present the world’s first Esports harness racing game. He first visited New Zealand last September when his good friend Anthony MacDonald held his ownership seminars, and was impressed with the youth initiatives in this country via the likes of Kidz Kartz, the Cadet scheme and Junior Driver races and events. Promoting harness racing to the next generation has been a huge part of the reason Ryan developed the game, and he has been a generous sponsor of the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup and this year’s Cadet of the Year competition. “We are excited to partner with Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway to bring the world’s first harness racing Esports event to New Zealand!” said Ryan. “We believe Esports represents an incredible opportunity to bring new fans to the sport we love, and New Zealand is leading the way - Addington is the first track in the world to host this type of event.” He also commented on how crucial it is to be forward thinking and for tracks to embrace new technology to attract people to attend their meetings. “Catch Driver’s players average age is 25, representing a significantly younger demographic than the average harness racing fan globally. This engagement of younger fans is how we believe we can reach a new generation to carry harness racing forward into the future.” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson was thrilled to be able to bring this cutting edge technology to the track. “We are absolutely thrilled to break new ground and see Catch Driver Esports events held at Addington Raceway,” he said. “To have this kind of technology available to us from the other side of the world is just fantastic, and we hope that it will provide a great entertainment option between races for not only harness racing fans, but those visiting the track on a casual basis.” “We are looking forward to getting this trial underway and utilising Catch Driver in future to keep our fans feeling like they are part of the action.” Harness Racing New Zealand’s marketing department have been a part of the initiative, utilising the relationship formed last year during Ryan’s visit to work as a united front to spread the harness racing virtual experience. “This is such an exciting initiative and one that we are sure will create a fun and entertaining atmosphere at Addington,” said Jess Smith of HRNZ Marketing. “Catch Driver is an innovative game and allows players to drive against their friends and their heroes, with top drivers from all around the world currently playing the game.“ “We are grateful for the support the Catch Driver team and Addington Raceway have given, and cannot wait to see Catch Driver and New Zealand featuring in a world first for the sport.” The Addington Catch Driver Championship will be held on Friday 27 September and will hold heats and a final on the same night with some great prizes on offer. The first trial races will be held this Friday at Addington Raceway, stay tuned for further updates to come around the Addington Catch Driver Championship. If you have a smart phone, make sure you download Catch Driver from your app store and start your own Championship training today! Or download by visiting http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Alexandra Park News – Friday 13 September TENDER: Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete. All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September. For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz or call 027 808 3150 MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand     Methven Trotting Club – Sunday 15 September As winter slowly fades  the Methven Trotting Club committee are hard at work preparing for the first grass track meeting of the season scheduled for Sunday September 15 at the picturesque Mt Harding course. Track supervisor Carl Markham and groundsman Pete ‘Stalky ‘ McLeod have overseen a complete removal and replacement of 400 meters of topsoil  just after the winning post which appears to have rejuvenated nicely ready for the new season. Among the patrons on-course will be a large number from working men’s clubs all over Canterbury. One of the highlights is always the presidents race which usually generates plenty of colourful comment from the crowd as the ‘drivers’ reveal a few unusual tactics in endeavouring to grab bragging rights for the next year. Over the last season the Mid Canterbury harness community lost some wonderful members including hardworking Methven committee men in John Stackhouse and Bernie Davidson. Both made huge contributions and will be irreplaceable. Popular trainers Doug McCormick and Pat Melville were also huge losses their big smiles will be sorely missed. Lastly Pauline O’Reilly who along with late husband Pat  were friend to so many in all walks of life. The Methven Club acknowledges and is grateful for all their contributions. Rest in peace. Recently the club had its annual awards night and results were as follows; Morrison Saddlery leading driver-John Morrison John and Robyn Nicholl leading junior driver-John Morrison. Horse Shoe Brands leading trainer-Greg and Nina Hope Trouble Lodge and R.T. and J. May Young Achiever Award-Sarah O’Reilly. This year the club is trailing an extra meeting which will be a eight race twilight meeting on Friday November 1. The club’s sponsorship  theme for the day will  be based around local rural contractors and their staff and a barbeque type social day. It is new ground for Methven and we have been encouraged by progress to date. So see you under the mountains on the 15th at Methven where the sun always shines. Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   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. Tenders close 14 October, please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Southern Harness Website Southern Harness is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.  www.southernharness.co.nz   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Faulty Towers at The Races- October 3rd at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/faulty-towers-dinner-show/   INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/   Invercargill HRC Stallion tenders The Invercargill Harness Racing Club has three stallion services from Woodlands Stud available for tender. The club has two What The Hill Services and one Downbytheseaside. The advertised service fee for What The Hill this season is $7000 plus gst while Downbytheseaside is advertised at $6000 plus gst for this season. The club welcomes tenders for the stallions and tenders can be sent to Stallion Tender, Invercargill Harness Racing Club, P.O. Box 96 Invercargill or to lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Subject – Stallion Tender. Inquiries can be made to Lindsay Beer, Promotions Officer, Southern Harness Racing – at either 021 351 499 or lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 September.    Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting 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 Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. 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   Otago Harness Racing Awards - September 14 A star studded line up of New Zealand’s best pacers and broodmares will vie for titles at next month’s Otago Harness Racing Awards in Dunedin. Classy youngsters Princess Tiffany and Ultimate Sniper will take on home town favourites Eamon Maguire and Majestic Man and northerners Speeding Spur and Havtime in the Best Otago Owned Horse category. Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, One Over Kenny, the dam of Ultimate Stride, and Foreal, the dam of Field Marshal with square off with 100-win producer, Fleet’s Pocket, in the Broodmare Excellence category. Each of those broodmare’s owners, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams and Syd and Shona Brown are finalists for Otago Breeder Of The Year alongside Archie Affleck. Winners of the breeding awards and the Otago Horse Of The Year will be announced at a gala evening at Forbury Park on September 14. A massive total of 23 titles will be awarded in age group trotting and pacing and training and driving categories. Winners of the age group trotting and pacing awards will be eligible to be crowned Otago’s horse of the year. Big race performers Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Majestic Man and Jess Jaccka look to be some of the strongest contenders for the overall title. More than one significant contribution award will industry members at the Otago awards. Former champion thoroughbred trainer Dave O’Sullivan will be the guest speaker at the awards. Tickets are available by contacting Lisa Butler at the Forbury Park Trotting Club on lisa@forburypark.co.nz or 03 455 2154.   2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee - Stallion Services Purchase by Tender  The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner has two Woodlands Stud Services for purchase by Tender. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final Foaled in 2014 – Son of Somebeachsomewhere Banked $2,179,558 from 35 career starts Second year standing in New Zealand 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR ‘Trotting’s Mr Consistent’ Sire of 124 NZ bred and 35 Australian bred winners including: Maori Time – Australasia’s Fastest ever Trotter, t,1:51.5 Speeding Spur – winner of 17 Group 1’s including Prydes Great Southern Star - $1.1 million Paramount Gee Gee – 2yo Colt of The Year,  3yo Colt of The Year, 4yo Entire of The Year 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Conditions of Tender: All tenders submitted shall be plus GST. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee have the right to select any tender they so desire. They may decline all or any tender/s and their decision shall be final. The successful purchaser will be advised within 3 working days and will immediately be issued with a tax invoice for a deposit of $250.00+GST with payment required within 21 days. This deposit will be deducted from the amount tendered in the tender. This deposit will be refunded only if the mare fails to get in foal. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee will invoice the purchaser for the remaining amount submitted and accepted as the tender amount once the mare has a 42 day positive test, and payment of this tax invoice is due within 21 days. The tender is for the ‘Service Fee’ only. All other farm charges apply and will be payable by the successful purchaser. The successful purchaser will be required to complete and sign a Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement. All the terms and conditions set out in this Stallion Service Agreement shall apply in full to the successful purchaser.  A live foal guarantee applies only if the conditions of the Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement are complied with. Written tenders are to be posted to 7 Clare Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 or e-mailed to cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com .  The closing date for tenders is Tuesday 02 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.   Southland Owners Day - 21 September Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park. The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day. It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves. Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more. An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections. Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room. This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future. These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis. Further information on the event will follow soon. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest. Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – jess@hrnz.co.nz    Harness Racing New Zealand

In June of this year, the clubs and kindred bodies of Harness Racing New Zealand voted to make a significant change to the make-up and structure of the board of Harness Racing New Zealand. The new board will have eight members (down from 11) and for the first time two independent directors will be appointed. This move to a more streamlined board model will see HRNZ better equipped to deal with the challenges that the industry faces in an increasingly competitive racing and sports environment. The clubs and kindred bodies of HRNZ have voted for four places on the newly constituted board. As a result of that vote the following people have been appointed to the new board of HRNZ, effective after the AGM on September 28th: John Coulam, Colin Hair, Kevin McNaught and Ken Spicer. The Auckland Trotting Club has selected Ross Johnson as their appointed director and John Grainger will continue to represent the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club. The new board will meet for the first time after the HRNZ AGM in September. The Chair, Deputy Chair and the head of the Audit & Risk Committee will be elected at this meeting. The recruitment process for appointing the independent directors will now commence. This will be managed by the nationally recognised governance recruitment specialist, Sheffield Ltd. Ken Spicer, the current Chair of HRNZ said, “I would like to extend my thanks to the current members of the board and in particular those directors who will not be continuing with the new board. They all have a common goal of seeing harness racing in New Zealand thriving and growing returns to stakeholders and I applaud them for the way they have led and embraced this change process”.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

By Garrick Knight An industry involvement spanning over 30 years was recognised at the North Island Awards on Saturday night when West Auckland lawyer Peter Smith took out the night’s most prestigious honour. Smith was surprised with the Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing gong, the last of 24 awards handed out at the Alexandra Park function. He was in attendance as a sponsor of an earlier award so had no indication that he was going to be the star of the show until his body of work was read out. “The penny dropped when they mentioned that I had mentioned help set up the trust that organises the awards,” Smith told HRNZ. As a lawyer, Smith has afforded countless hours of time and expertise to the industry, usually pro bono. As well as that, he spent eight years on the board of Harness Racing New Zealand, just as long at the Auckland Trotting Club and also served his local Kumeu Trotting Club, the Sires Stakes Board, the Judicial Control Authority and the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association. Beyond that, he and life partner Winky Foley are long-time breeders, owners and sponsors. By Monday morning, as word filtered around that Smith have received the coveted award, he was starting to get bombarded by congratulations. “I’ve been getting a lot of texts and calls as people have started to find out. It’s been very nice and I’m really quite chuffed.” Smith first joined the game in the mid-1980s when then part-time trainer Doug Gale walked in to his law office. “He found out I liked horses and I told him how I was having difficulty getting thoroughbred racing off the ground in Kumeu. “He said why don’t you get in to harness racing instead? “So, he invited me down to the Kumeu Trotting Club one Sunday morning and I was gobsmacked to see 130 horses in work there.” Of course, those days are now well and truly past at Kumeu, but that one visit achieved its goal for Gale and the industry would be a whole lot better for it. “I was hooked. “Doug immediately got me to buy a broodmare called Royal Christina that left one horse that won a race on the West Coast.” Smith and Foley’s breeding operation has come ahead in leaps and bounds thanks in the most part to what he calls their foundation mare, Belle Jane. She won nine races on the track but it was as a broodmare that she really made her mark, leaving eight winners from 13 foals as well as being the granddam or great granddam of Anthem, Kippenberger, and Risk. “We’re still breeding from that family today. She really was a marvelous mare for us.” Smith and Foley have bred in partnership with Canterbury’s Brian West for many years after a chance meeting between Smith and West when the former was doing a week’s ‘work experience’ at Robert Dunn’s then-property in West Melton. “Brian turned up with Michael House on a truck full of two-year-olds with their gear on, ready to be worked. “That was the first time I met both Michael and Brian and they’ve been lifelong friends ever since. “I was at the New Zealand Cup meeting one year and got talking to the late Wayne Francis, who had bought a mare called Resonance off us at the sales. “He said to me she’s not up to our standard as a racehorse, so I offered to buy her back for $6000 and promised to send her to Falcon Seelster the next two seasons. “I turned around and asked Brian if he wanted in on the deal. He said yes and that was the start of our breeding partnership.” In more recent times Smith and Foley have achieved success breeding from the Dream Away mare, Exposay. They raced her second foal, El Jacko, before selling him for good money to Perth, where he has been Group 1 placed and earned nearly A$350,000. But it’s in the boardroom where Smith has really made his mark. He started on the HRNZ Board in 1998 and served for eight years under Jim Wakefield, John Penney and Pat O’Brien. He was an advocate of the controversial accreditation scheme and had a huge part to play in setting up what now known as ‘The Breeders’ with a Chief Executive and Executive Manager. “The breeders association voted me on to the board as their rep and the feeling was that a small number of people were working hard and everyone else was benefiting. “So, we tried to make every breeder pay a registration fee, to try and fund a centralised body with a paid CEO. “But Kypros Kotzikas, John Mooney and a crew of southern breeders felt it was too socialist and took court action. “The judge said it wasn’t within the rules of harness racing to do so and we had to abandon it. “Later, we spoke to the board of HRNZ and organized an annual grant of $100,000 to fund it and now John Mooney is the Chairman. “I’m very proud of that.” He served on the Auckland Trotting Club board for nine years and oversaw its transformation to the self-sufficient entity it is now, with multiple permanent outside income streams. Of course, the back-end of his tenure involved the perennially-delayed Greenlane development. He stands by the fact it was the right move for the club. “I still think it’s the best thing they ever did. “Yes, the risk has come home to roost but the increased value of Greenlane Rd because of this development is only going to help the club in the long-term. “And the ongoing rental from the properties and carparks the club still owns in that development will return millions back to the club.” He says he is probably finished at board level in the thick of the harness industry, even though he is once again eligible for the ATC board after a year’s stand down. Rather, he’d like to apply his legal nous to help the JCA, where he sits as an HRNZ representative on that board. Last year’s Messara Report promoted big changes to the judiciary system in New Zealand racing and Smith is very keen to be a part of that overhaul. “I’m prepared to put my shoulder to the wheel there and help get those changes through. “And I’ll still do a wee bit of voluntary work for HRNZ, as well.” Jeremy Young was one of only two trainers to prepare a horse to beat Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable in a pacing Group 1 last season. And for that effort, with his brilliant filly Best Western, he was presented with the Racing Acheivement Award. The only other pacer to upset the All Stars’ apple cart was Belle Of Montana, who won three Group 1s for Barry Purdon and, accordingly, she was presented with the three-year-old filly and overall female pacing awards. Tony Herlihy was the north’s leading trainer with 54 wins last term, and had that memorable day at the Jewels with two wins and a placing. Fittingly, he took out North Island Trainer of the Year. Other human winners were Bruce Hadley, Cheree Wigg, Chanelle Lawson, Kaleb Bublitz, Benjamin Butcher, Arna Donnelly and Zachary Butcher.   Full Awards list: AUCKLAND HARNESS TRUST – NORTH ISLAND PREMIER CADET AWARD Kaleb Bublitz MAJESTIC HORSE FLOATS – NORTH ISLAND AMATEUR DRIVER OF THE YEAR Bruce Hadley KAHUKURI BLOODSTOCK HOLLIS & ROBERTSON - NORTH ISLAND GROOM OF THE YEAR Chanelle Lawson MAGNESS VIDEO LTD / VID-COM LTD - NORTH ISLAND LICENCE TO TRAIN / OWNER – TRAINER OF THE YEAR Cheree Wigg AUCKLAND VETERINARY CENTRE - NORTH ISLAND JUNIOR DRIVER OF THE YEAR Benjamin Butcher PGG WRIGHTSON - NORTH ISLAND 2 YEAR OLD COLT OR GELDING OF THE YEAR Bad To The Bone PGG WRIGHTSON - NORTH ISLAND 2 YEAR OLD FILLY OF THE YEAR Sweet On Me BRECKON FARMS - NORTH ISLAND 2 YEAR OLD TROTTER OF THE YEAR Bolt For Brilliance BRECKON FARMS - NORTH ISLAND 3 YEAR OLD TROTTER OF THE YEAR Tickle Me Pink DUNSTAN - NORTH ISLAND 3 YEAR OLD COLT OR GELDING OF THE YEAR Supreme Dominator DUNSTAN - NORTH ISLAND 3 YEAR OLD FILLY OF THE YEAR Belle Of Montana MERV & MEG BUTTERWORTH - NORTH ISLAND FEMALE RACING ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD Arna Donnelly GARRARDS HORSE AND HOUND - NORTH ISLAND OWNERS OF THE YEAR Breckon Farms CADUCEUS CLUB - NORTH ISLAND FILLY / MARE OF THE YEAR Belle Of Montana NORTH ISLAND STANDARDBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION INC – NORTH ISLAND BREEDER OF THE YEAR Woodlands Stud IRT – NORTH ISLAND DRIVER OF THE YEAR Zachary Butcher VETERINARY ASSOCIATES EQUINE AND FARM – NORTH ISLAND TRAINER OF THE YEAR Tony Herlihy VETERINARY ASSOCIATES EQUINE AND FARM – NORTH ISLAND BROODMARE OF THE YEAR Lady Cullen H R FISKEN AND SONS – NORTH ISLAND TROTTING STALLION OF THE YEAR Majestic Son WOODLANDS STUD – NORTH ISLAND PACING STALLION OF THE YEAR Bettor’s Delight HARNESS RACING NEW ZEALAND – NORTH ISLAND AGED TROTTER OF THE YEAR Speeding Spur AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB – NORTH ISLAND AGED PACER OF THE YEAR Jack’s Legend SIR LINCOLN AT LINCOLN FARMS BLOODSTOCK – NORTH ISLAND RACING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Jeremy Young ALWAYS B MIKI - ALABAR / NEVELE R STUD – NORTH ISLAND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO HARNESS RACING Peter Smith   Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is pleased to advise that the Junior Driver Savings Scheme developed by the Youth Council, went live from 1st of September 2019.   This scheme is designed to assist the next generation of licence holders to forge a sound financial understanding and plan, ensuring that once they finish as a junior driver they will have a saving base to help support them in the next phase of their career.   Junior Drivers will now have the option to deposit 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of their driving fees into a savings scheme. HRNZ’s preferred provider for this scheme is the Hammock Group, a nationwide Financial Services provider with clients from Auckland to Southland.   Matt Golding, a well-known HRNZ industry participant will be at the forefront of this enterprise, supporting the juniors during the initial set up process along with offering sound professional financial advice throughout.   Junior Drivers will work with a registered Financial Adviser who will discuss options with them and develop an individual plan   The Hammock Group are advisers for a New Zealand owned and operated investment specialist, Booster. Booster is a well-established, gold-rated, award winning, certified socially responsible Kiwisaver and investment provider who are committed to getting New Zealanders on the financial front foot and currently manage 100,000’s of New Zealanders investments for them. Booster is a Govern ment chosen default provider and will be used to manage the portion of money that is to be saved by the Junior Driver.   HRNZ are excited to be able to create this opportunity to our junior drivers and we know we already have a number of juniors ready to sign up. This is an opportunity HRNZ recommend all junior drivers to look into and Matt Golding will be in touch with you all soon to have a one on one chat.   For further information please contact Natalie Gameson, HRNZ Education and Training Co-Ordinator Natalie@hrnz.co.nz     Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick6 Friday Night at Addington August and September - Harness First4 $6,000 Bonus First4 on a Race 4 Every Friday Night in Aug/Sept and on Race 4 at Addington on Thu 19 Sept.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 30 August Hello Everyone, Only 76 days til Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day!  Let’s get excited! Cup Week Public Tickets on sale – Monday 2 September! Not long now!   Be sure to visit addington.co.nz this Monday to find out all the fabulous things happening during cup week. Remember to book your spot for Cup Week.  Our fabulous hospitality packages are on sale for Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races.  Be sure to book soon and #bepartofthemagic, as three areas are already sold out for Tuesday and limited availability on Show Day. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972.  We look forward to hosting you all! Have a great week everyone and we look forward to welcoming you to the races on Friday for the start of Road to the Cup with the Allied Security Maurice Holmes Vase Group 3 Race.  Good luck to all the connections!  From the Addington Team.   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Friday 30 August Faulty Towers at The Races- September 5th at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/faulty-towers-dinner-show/ INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/   Forbury Park – Sunday 1 September Come and enjoy Father’s Day at Forbury Park! Free kids entertainment, and Equinox Restaurant are doing an $18 roast & dessert special for the day. Overnight stabling charge  Forbury Park Trotting Club would like to advise that we are happy for trainers & their teams to stop over at Forbury Park on your way to other race meetings, however there will be a small charge @ $7.50 + gst per horse, per night - This is to cover our staff & use of facilities. There is a form to complete prior to a visit which is available from the Forbury Office.  Phone number:  03 455 2154, or email:  lisa@forburypark.co.nz.  We would appreciate a couple of days’ notice ahead of an intended visit so that we can have the facilities ready for your stay, and to arrange access at a suitable time for us.   Methven Trotting Club – Sunday 15 September As winter slowly fades  the Methven Trotting Club committee are hard at work preparing for the first grass track meeting of the season scheduled for Sunday September 15 at the picturesque Mt Harding course. Track supervisor Carl Markham and groundsman Pete ‘Stalky ‘ McLeod have overseen a complete removal and replacement of 400 meters of topsoil  just after the winning post which appears to have rejuvenated nicely ready for the new season. Among the patrons on-course will be a large number from working men’s clubs all over Canterbury. One of the highlights is always the presidents race which usually generates plenty of colourful comment from the crowd as the ‘drivers’ reveal a few unusual tactics in endeavouring to grab bragging rights for the next year. Over the last season the Mid Canterbury harness community lost some wonderful members including hardworking Methven committee men in John Stackhouse and Bernie Davidson. Both made huge contributions and will be irreplaceable. Popular trainers Doug McCormick and Pat Melville were also huge losses their big smiles will be sorely missed. Lastly Pauline O’Reilly who along with late husband Pat  were friend to so many in all walks of life. The Methven Club acknowledges and is grateful for all their contributions. Rest in peace. Recently the club had its annual awards night and results were as follows; Morrison Saddlery leading driver-John Morrison John and Robyn Nicholl leading junior driver-John Morrison. Horse Shoe Brands leading trainer-Greg and Nina Hope Trouble Lodge and R.T. and J. May Young Achiever Award-Sarah O’Reilly. This year the club is trailing an extra meeting which will be a eight race twilight meeting on Friday November 1. The club’s sponsorship  theme for the day will  be based around local rural contractors and their staff and a barbeque type social day. It is new ground for Methven and we have been encouraged by progress to date. So see you under the mountains on the 15th at Methven where the sun always shines. Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   Alexandra Park News TENDER: Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete. All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September. For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz or call 027 808 3150 MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand   Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting 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 Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. 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 Otago Harness Racing Awards - September 14 A star studded line up of New Zealand’s best pacers and broodmares will vie for titles at next month’s Otago Harness Racing Awards in Dunedin. Classy youngsters Princess Tiffany and Ultimate Sniper will take on home town favourites Eamon Maguire and Majestic Man and northerners Speeding Spur and Havtime in the Best Otago Owned Horse category. Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, One Over Kenny, the dam of Ultimate Stride, and Foreal, the dam of Field Marshal with square off with 100-win producer, Fleet’s Pocket, in the Broodmare Excellence category. Each of those broodmare’s owners, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams and Syd and Shona Brown are finalists for Otago Breeder Of The Year alongside Archie Affleck. Winners of the breeding awards and the Otago Horse Of The Year will be announced at a gala evening at Forbury Park on September 14. A massive total of 23 titles will be awarded in age group trotting and pacing and training and driving categories. Winners of the age group trotting and pacing awards will be eligible to be crowned Otago’s horse of the year. Big race performers Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Majestic Man and Jess Jaccka look to be some of the strongest contenders for the overall title. More than one significant contribution award will industry members at the Otago awards. Former champion thoroughbred trainer Dave O’Sullivan will be the guest speaker at the awards. Tickets are available by contacting Lisa Butler at the Forbury Park Trotting Club on lisa@forburypark.co.nz or 03 455 2154.   2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee - Stallion Services Purchase by Tender  The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner has two Woodlands Stud Services for purchase by Tender. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final Foaled in 2014 – Son of Somebeachsomewhere Banked $2,179,558 from 35 career starts Second year standing in New Zealand 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR ‘Trotting’s Mr Consistent’ Sire of 124 NZ bred and 35 Australian bred winners including: Maori Time – Australasia’s Fastest ever Trotter, t,1:51.5 Speeding Spur – winner of 17 Group 1’s including Prydes Great Southern Star - $1.1 million Paramount Gee Gee – 2yo Colt of The Year,  3yo Colt of The Year, 4yo Entire of The Year 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Conditions of Tender: All tenders submitted shall be plus GST. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee have the right to select any tender they so desire. They may decline all or any tender/s and their decision shall be final. The successful purchaser will be advised within 3 working days and will immediately be issued with a tax invoice for a deposit of $250.00+GST with payment required within 21 days. This deposit will be deducted from the amount tendered in the tender. This deposit will be refunded only if the mare fails to get in foal. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee will invoice the purchaser for the remaining amount submitted and accepted as the tender amount once the mare has a 42 day positive test, and payment of this tax invoice is due within 21 days. The tender is for the ‘Service Fee’ only. All other farm charges apply and will be payable by the successful purchaser. The successful purchaser will be required to complete and sign a Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement. All the terms and conditions set out in this Stallion Service Agreement shall apply in full to the successful purchaser.  A live foal guarantee applies only if the conditions of the Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement are complied with. Written tenders are to be posted to 7 Clare Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 or e-mailed to cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com .  The closing date for tenders is Tuesday 02 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.   Southland Owners Day - 21 September Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park. The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day. It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves. Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more. An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections. Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room. This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future. These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis. Further information on the event will follow soon. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest. Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – jess@hrnz.co.nz   

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 guest are Phil Williamson; following his first dual Group One winning haul; Grant Anderson of the Kaikoura Trotting Club updates us on this years' meeting and Jill Stockman of Stonewall Stud talks ownership opportunities. Also Richard Wilson is back for this week's Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

Recently crowned junior drivers’ premiership winner John Morrison has the chance to kick start his title defence this week. Morrison heads to Addington on Thursday night to seek his first win of the new season and to reunite with promising pacer Only In America. The 5yr-old has impressed by winning two of his three career starts for trainer Mike de Fillipi.  “He has done everything we have asked of him so far - only three starts and he has done a really good job,” Morrison said. “He has got a great gait and great manners -  he is typical of one of Mike DeFilippi’s – he is very well mannered and great to drive.” “He is a very good judge, so it good to be pulling his colours on.” Only In America has shown versatility in his two starts by winning from the trail two starts ago and by leading all of the way in his last win. Despite the horse showing a professional attitude, Morrison is weary of the pacer stepping in up in grade to race seasoned horses in race 8. The only other thing Morrison is concerned about ahead of Thursday night’s 2600m handicap is that Only In America has not raced for over a month. “He hasn’t raced for a month, so he might need the run a wee bit.” “So far he has done everything right and there is no reason he couldn’t [step up in grade]. “He will just get better with racing, I would say.” Rollova heads Only In America’s more seasoned opposition in Thursday night’s rating 50-72 special handicap. Though the David and Catherine Butt trained 4yr-old is a relative newcomer to racing himself, with only seven starts behind him. Rollova impressed in the first run of his campaign, with hitting the line strongly for third behind Flying Mister Ideal at Addington last week. Rollova shares the 10m mark with Only In America and other leading contenders Santanna Mach and Secret Bet. Morrison has two other chances to notch his first win of the new term at Addington. He will reunite with consistent trotter Crusher Collins in race 9. The Lyndon Bond trained 6yr-old has won once and placed six times from behind the mobile. “Crusher Collins has been going really good, she went good at Oamaru on Sunday,” Morrison said. “I got to drive her in the junior championship and she went really good then.” Morrison also drives Tiger Moth, who seeks a maiden win from race 2. The Graham Bond trained 5yr-old ran last in his last start at Ashburton, but he deserved a better fate. “I was really happy with Tiger Moth until he got knocked over at about the 600m – he was going really good.” “His trial form was really good and it wasn’t his fault – I got knocked off my feet. I though he would have been in the money.” Tiger Moth has his first standing start from the unruly in race 2 on Thursday night. If he can not crack a win at Addington, he should be able to be rewarded at short notice, Morrison said. “He would win in the race in the near future, I would think.” Morrison has a strong book of drives at Gore on Sunday. It includes three good chances for trainer Paul Court in Mongolian Marshal, Storm Prince and Stick Man.   By Jonny Turner Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

TAB News Pick6 this week - $30K Pick6 Thursday Night at Addington and $40K Pick6 Friday night at Alexandra Park. August and September - Harness First4 $6,000 Bonus First4 on a Race 4 Every Friday Night in Aug/Sept and on Race 4 at Addington on Thu 19 Sept.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Thursday 22 August Hello Everyone, Only 83 days til Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day!  Let’s get excited! Friendly reminder - Nominations close next week for; Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup, Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot, and Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - $750,000 – Group 1 – 12 November 2019 Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) - $431.25                 Due - Wednesday 28 August 2019 3pm (NZ time) Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot - $300,000 – Group 1 – 15 November 2019 Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) - $172.50                 Due - Wednesday 28 August 2019 3pm (NZ time) Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series This series is for 4YO and older pacers assessed at MR (Non-Winner) as at 1 July 2019. A horse must start at two NZMTC meetings from 2 August to 25 October 2019 to be eligible to start in the series race on Show Day. Nomination Fee (incl GST) - $115.00            Due - Wednesday 28 August 2019 3pm (NZ time) For information on when all the fees are due and the full terms and conditions on these racing initiatives please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338 9094 Remember to book your spot for Cup Week.  Our fabulous hospitality packages are on sale for Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races.  Be sure to book soon and #bepartofthemagic, as three areas are already sold out for Tuesday and limited availability on Show Day. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972.  We look forward to hosting you all! Have a great week everyone and we look forward to welcoming you to the races tomorrow night!  From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park - Friday 23 August TENDER: Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete. All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September. For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz or call 027 808 3150 MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand     Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Thursday 15 August INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/   Forbury Park News - Overnight stabling charge  Forbury Park Trotting Club would like to advise that we are happy for trainers & their teams to stop over at Forbury Park on your way to other race meetings, however there will be a small charge @ $7.50 + gst per horse, per night - This is to cover our staff & use of facilities. There is a form to complete prior to a visit which is available from the Forbury Office.  Phone number:  03 455 2154, or email:  lisa@forburypark.co.nz.  We would appreciate a couple of days’ notice ahead of an intended visit so that we can have the facilities ready for your stay, and to arrange access at a suitable time for us.   Otago Harness Racing Awards - September 14 A star studded line up of New Zealand’s best pacers and broodmares will vie for titles at next month’s Otago Harness Racing Awards in Dunedin. Classy youngsters Princess Tiffany and Ultimate Sniper will take on home town favourites Eamon Maguire and Majestic Man and northerners Speeding Spur and Havtime in the Best Otago Owned Horse category. Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, One Over Kenny, the dam of Ultimate Stride, and Foreal, the dam of Field Marshal with square off with 100-win producer, Fleet’s Pocket, in the Broodmare Excellence category. Each of those broodmare’s owners, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams and Syd and Shona Brown are finalists for Otago Breeder Of The Year alongside Archie Affleck. Winners of the breeding awards and the Otago Horse Of The Year will be announced at a gala evening at Forbury Park on September 14. A massive total of 23 titles will be awarded in age group trotting and pacing and training and driving categories. Winners of the age group trotting and pacing awards will be eligible to be crowned Otago’s horse of the year. Big race performers Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Majestic Man and Jess Jaccka look to be some of the strongest contenders for the overall title. More than one significant contribution award will industry members at the Otago awards. Former champion thoroughbred trainer Dave O’Sullivan will be the guest speaker at the awards. Tickets are available by contacting Lisa Butler at the Forbury Park Trotting Club on lisa@forburypark.co.nz or 03 455 2154.   Southland Owners Day - 21 September Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park. The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day. It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves. Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more. An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections. Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room. This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future. These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis. Further information on the event will follow soon. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest. Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – jess@hrnz.co.nz  2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com   Harness Racing New Zealand

A star studded line up of New Zealand’s best pacers and broodmares will vie for titles at next month’s Otago Harness Racing Awards in Dunedin. Classy youngsters Princess Tiffany and Ultimate Sniper will take on home town favourites Eamon Maguire and Majestic Man and northerners Speeding Spur and Havtime in the Best Otago Owned Horse category. Bethany, the dam of Lazarus, One Over Kenny, the dam of Ultimate Stride, and Foreal, the dam of Field Marshal with square off with 100-win producer, Fleet’s Pocket, in the Broodmare Excellence category. Each of those broodmare’s owners, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams and Syd and Shona Brown are finalists for Otago Breeder Of The Year alongside Archie Affleck. Winners of the breeding awards and the Otago Horse Of The Year will be announced at a gala evening at Forbury Park on September 14. A massive total of 23 titles will be awarded in age group trotting and pacing and training and driving categories. Winners of the age group trotting and pacing awards will be eligible to be crowned Otago’s horse of the year. Big race performers Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Majestic Man and Jess Jaccka look to be some of the strongest contenders for the overall title. More than one significant contribution award will industry members at the Otago awards. Former champion thoroughbred trainer Dave O’Sullivan will be the guest speaker at the awards. Tickets are available by contacting Lisa Butler at the Forbury Park Trotting Club on lisa@forburypark.co.nz or 03 455 2154.   Otago Harness Racing Awards Finalists:   2yr-old male pacers The Ideal Touch.   2yr-old male trotters Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride.   3yr-old male pacers Motu Top Mach, Parama.   3yr-old pacing fillies Anne Bonney, Countess Of Arden, Miss Paddywagon, Tango Dancer, Ultimate Sassenach.   3yr-old male trotters Count Eyre, Gazza Galleon, Havehorsewilltravel, Only One Way, Winning Bones.   3yr-old trotting fillies Emma Frost, Liberty Stride, Fanny Hill, Spur To Action, Shes Like The Wind.   4yr-old male pacers Allandale, Bettor Sensation, Candidasa, Jimmy Richter, Rockin Rod.   4yr-old pacing mares Betstars Blue Jean, Blarney Babe, Ferrits Sister, Kotare Elite, Thisladyrocks,   4yr-old male trotters Majestic Man, Springbank Lachie, Whatwillbeewillbee, The Commando. Majestic Connies.   4yr-old trotting mares Bobinup, Deborahs Gem, Kenny's Dream, Our Gracie.   5yr-old and older male pacers Alexy, Aveross Ferrari, Gabby’s Star, Fiery Ferrit, Red Terror.   5yr-old and older pacing mares Bobbie’s Medley, Mad Dog Maddy, She’s Outstanding, Sounds Bettor,.   5yr-old and older trotter. Dusky Eyre, Imran Khan, Monty Python, Pyramid Magic, That’s The Story.   5yr-old and older trotting mares Alderbeck, Jen Jaccka, Pres The Belle.   Best Otago Owned Horse Eamon Maguire, Havtime, Majestic Man, Princess Tiffany, Speeding Spur, Ultimate Sniper.   Broodmare excellence Bethany, Fleet’s Pocket, One Over Kenny, Foreal.   Breeders Of The Year Syd and Shona Brown, Gavin Chin, Lex and Heather Williams, Archie Affleck.     Other award categories:   Trainer of the year   Strike rate trainer of the year   Driver of the year    Junior driver of the year   Significant contribution to Otago Harness Racing   Ferguson family award for most improved mare   By Jonny Turner Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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 episode features Alana Cameron, Nathan Delany, Philippa Hanley and bookie James Renshaw.    Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

It’s a case of one goal down and on to the next one for Simon Smith after he scored his first win as a driver with Rocknroll King at Oamaru on Sunday. The 20-year-old wasted no time in registering his maiden victory in the sulky by producing a well-judged front running steer in just his fifth drive. Smith admitted he got a big thrill the 4yr-old, trained by his employer Robert Dunn, strode past the winning post clear in the lead. “It was a big thrill getting that first one out of the way,” the reinsman said.  “It just took a few drives, which was good.” Smith does not plan to rest easy after scoring his first driving win. As well as the securing more drives and racking up more driving wins, the horseman will chase his first win as a trainer. “I have got two or three to do of my own in work,” Smith said. “I have a wee 2yr-old, who is a three-quarter brother to Wainui Creek by Betterthancheddar, who goes alright.” “I have also got a couple of trotters for my old man, who go alright.” Having stock bred or raced by his family should be a big asset to Smith’s stable. Smith’s parents, Marty and Vanessa Smith, are co-breeders and co-owners of New Zealand Trotting Derby winner Lotamuscle. The junior driver’s grandfather, Peter Smith, is the breeder of all time trotting great Lyell Creek. Smith’s training and driving career started at Woodend Beach and it is unlikely to move elsewhere in the near future. Smith said he had thoroughly enjoyed his experiences, which have led to him landing a job with John Dunn at Robert Dunn’s South Island base. “I started off with Davey and Catherine Butt, I was just a boy and they got me in to the game,” Smith said. “I did six months with Regan Todd and then Johnny asked me if I wanted a job with him.” “We are all sort of a family at the beach.” “I lived with Davey and Cath for a while and Regan was like a bit of a brother to me.” Smith was at St. Bede’s college before he tried his hand at harness racing. He competed in trials for around a year before getting his junior driver’s licence at the start of the new season.    By Jonny Turner Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce the naming sponsor for this year’s Australasian Young Driver’s Championship will be Hanley Formula.   Hanley Formula has been a staunch supporter of the industry for many years, and are also active supporters of Life After Racing initiatives.   “The Hanley Formula team is really excited to support the harness racing industry,” said Philippa Hanley of Hanley Formula.   “We are passionate about helping life after racing and rehoming with our sponsorship, and now the next generation of drivers from Australasia.”   The series is held annually and this year will be hosted in New Zealand from December 6 -15, with heats held at the following meetings:   - Addington Saturday 7 December - Methven Sunday 8 December - Manawatu Tuesday 10 December - Manawatu Thursday 12 December - Alexandra Park Friday 13 December   The New Zealand representatives have been confirmed, with the Australian team to be confirmed during the first week of September.   The New Zealand team is: Sheree Tomlinson, John Morrison, Sarah O’Reilly and Benjamin Butcher.   We will release further updates on the contenders for the Hanley Formula Australasian Young Drivers Championship as soon as they are finalised.   If you have any questions in relation to this year’s Championship please contact Courtney Clarke on the details below.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator courtney@hrnz.co.nz 027 636 4355

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