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Harness racings big day (Harness Jewels) next Saturday (May 30th) at Ashburton promises to be a beauty and Harnesslink has decided to do a runner by runner preview of each division. Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 3YO Diamond for three year old fillies.   1) On The Town  -  (Bettor's Delight - Funontherun by In The Pocket)   Starts: 10    Wins: 2    Secs: 1    Thirds: 3    Life: $27,710 Her first few runs were outstanding but she is not going like that at the moment. Will get the trail behind The Orange Agent but don't think that will be enough to make her a first four player. Hard to see in four   2) The Orange Agent  -  (American Ideal - Lady Fingers by Artiscape) Starts: 16    Wins: 10   Secs:2    Thirds: 0    Life: $262,312 The best filly in the race and has the draw to prove it here. Will lead and hard to see how they beat her from in front. Can real off sub 55 half miles with ease so this race looks tailor made for her. The standout in this field from the draw and should win.   3) Start Dreaming  -  (American Ideal - Simply Devine by In The Pocket) Starts: 8    Wins: 4     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $64,150 Over raced badly in the New Zealand Oaks at Addington and dropped out Great second in the Northern Oaks followed by three effortless wins prior to her Addington run showed she is a high class filly. Great trainer so expect her to be a lot more tractable come Saturday. Definite trifecta and first four chance.   4) Glenferrie Bronte  -  (Changeover - Equus Francoe by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 9    Wins: 5   Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $56,481 Talented Australian raider but she has picked a bad year to cross the Tasman. Fight For Glory put the top Australian fillies to the sword in the New South Wales Oaks and she is not the best here. Outside first four player for us    5) Better B Amazed  -  (Bettor's Delight - Amazed by Christian Cullen) Starts: 14    Wins: 7    Secs: 1    Thirds: 4    Life: $54,732 Talented filly who has won seven from just fourteen starts. Sat parked for a fair way in the Oaks then came out and sat parked again with a lap to go before being pushed back through the field and then finished on again for sixth. Lot of merit in the run Has gate speed to get handy early and a outside first four player for us   6) Rocker Band  -  (Rocknroll Hanover - Mainland Banner by Christian Cullen) Starts: 8    Wins: 3    Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $33,549 Put together a string of smart performances before failing badly in the Southland Oaks when off colour at her last start. Blew out late on Saturday at the workouts but up against some smart four year olds in her heat and wasn't far away in a 1:54.9 mile. At her best she would be a first four player but may be a run short.   7) Tintinara E1  -  (Falcon Seelster - Arden's Fame by In The Pocket) Starts: 11    Wins: 3     Secs: 4    Thirds: 3    Life: $23,369 Has only been out of the money once in her 11 start career to date but yet to face fillies of this class. Draw makes it very hard to see her as a player even if she did get back into the field.   8) Democrat Party -  (American Ideal - Champagne Party by Soky's Atom) Starts: 17    Wins: 3     Secs: 6    Thirds: 3    Life: $186,024 Placed in both the Nevele R Fillies Final and the New Zealand Oaks but both times it was after a soft run off a cosy draw. Very classy filly nonetheless and with Zac Butcher in the bike she won't lack for anything on the driver front. Will need a bit of luck from out here but has the class to be a trifecta and first four player.   9) Supersonic Miss  -  (Mach Three - Bella Joy by Village Jasper) Starts: 18    Wins: 6     Secs: 4    Thirds: 3    Life: $208,934 Has had no luck lately with draws or in the running. Outstanding filly at her peak and just needs a little bit of luck from out here to be a player. Won the two year old Jewels from the second line so a must include for trifecta and first four takers                                              SECOND LINE   10) Linda Lovegrace  -  (Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace by In The Pocket) Starts: 21    Wins: 6   Secs: 5    Thirds: 3    Life: $185,759 Has taken most of this season to come back to her best from a long two year old campaign. Her last three runs have all been full of merit and from the draw she should be no worst than three deep on the inner. That makes her a must include for trifecta and first four takers.   11) Fight For Glory  -  (Art Major - Breath Of Life by Village Jasper) Starts: 19    Wins: 9    Secs: 7    Thirds: 0    Life: $457,425 Outstanding filly who has been unfortunate enough to be a three year old in the same year as The Orange Agent. Reverse the draws with The Orange Agent and it would be an interesting contest but the way the draws have come out means she is up against it to beat her arch rival. Looks the quinella with The Orange Agent but hard to see her sitting outside her and beating her.    12) Princess Arts  -  (Art Major - Natal Franco by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 12    Wins: 3     Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $25,302 Has been going good all season but at a racing level below what she is now facing. Needed a handy front line draw to be a first four chance here. Therefore it is hard to make a case for her as a first four chance.   13) Change The Rulz  -  (Changeover - Victoria Rulz by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 19    Wins: 4     Secs: 1    Thirds: 5    Life: $31,168 Another filly who has had a very good season away from the top liners. Her last two runs against most of these running here have resulted in a ninth and an eighth so hard to see from this draw how she can be a threat to the favourites. Hard to make a case for her as a first four candidate   14) Classical Art  -  (Mach Three - Arts Lover by Artsplace) Starts: 12    Wins: 5     Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $77,943 Worst possible draw for a big free going filly who likes to run on the speed. Can over race in the field and can be a bit tempremental if things don't go her own way. To many negatives for her to be a major player here. Outside first four player at best    SELECTIONS The clear first pick from the draw is The Orange Agent. Brilliant front runner so this race looks hers to lose The clear second pick is the New Zealand Oaks winner Fight For Glory. Is going to have to sit outside The Orange Agent and try to wear her down which looks a big hurdle. For trifecta and first four players, include Start Dreaming, Democrat Party, Supersonic Miss and Linda Lovegrace.   Harnesslink Media

With harness racings big day (Harness Jewels) coming up on Saturday (May 30th) at Ashburton we thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each division. Here is our preview of the Group 1 $100,000 3YO Ruby (Mobile Trot)​ for three year olds.   1) Starlight Starbright  -  (Monarchy - Pat's Daughter by Gee Whiz) Starts: 27    Wins: 3    Secs: 0    Thirds: 5    Life: $20,064 In and out trotter who can show a bit on occasions. Has battled at this level in the past and we struggle to see him as a first four player even from the draw. Not for us   2) Sunny Ruby  -  (Sundon - Bright Diedre by Britewell) Starts: 21    Wins: 4   Secs: 4    Thirds: 1    Life: $34,013 Very nice filly who has really come solid over the last half dozen starts. Has real gate speed so should lead and then hand up to one of the favourites. Trifecta and first four player for us from the draw   3) Prince Fearless  -  (Majestic Son - Fear Factor by Sundon) Starts: 14    Wins: 3     Secs: 4    Thirds: 1    Life: $114,218 Started the season with a hiss and a roar but hasn't kicked on like we thought he would. Did beat Speeding Spur over a mile on this track in February and this is his best draw for a while. Will work to the front and a winning chance from there. Include in everything.   4) Habibti Ivy  -  (Love You - Ten To One by Sundon) Starts: 9    Wins: 3   Secs: 0    Thirds: 4    Life: $46,629 Very smart filly who is another one with very high gate speed. Will look for the front early but may not beat Sunny Ruby out on her inside Has performed really well against the colts this season bar her last start when she broke at Auckland Can't see her winning this but a must have for trifecta and first four players Note: Has just been announced she pulled up sore on Saturday and is a doubtful starter   5) Soney Beatt  -  (Sundon - Honey Beatt by Armbro Invasion) Starts: 23    Wins: 3   Secs: 2    Thirds: 2    Life: $21,191 Well performed trotter away from the age group classics. His last start against these horses was in the New Zealand Trotting Derby and he was beaten 23 lengths so hard to make a case for him here. Not for us   6) One Yankee Hall  -  (Angus Hall - Leithe Ellen by Muscles Yankee) Starts: 13    Wins: 1    Secs: 3    Thirds: 3    Life: $9,248 Nice filly who has shown a bit of potential this season but not at this level. We struggle to see her as a first four player even from the front line draw. Not for us.   7) Speeding Spur -  (Pegasus Spur - Della's Speed by Chiola Hanover) Starts: 16    Wins: 10     Secs: 2    Thirds: 2    Life: $226,061 The outstanding three year old trotter in the country who has only been beaten once this season and that was at Ashburton over a mile. Has continued to improve as the season has gone on but has had the luxury of drawing inside his main opposition in most of the age group classics. Will have to sit outside Prince Fearless to win this but we think he can. The horse to beat.   8) Springback Eden E1 -  (Angus Hall - Landoras Special by Sundon) Starts: 21    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $18,044 Has been disappointing overall this season after showing a bit of promise as a two year old. Can throw the toys out every now and again and even if he made it into the field off the ballot, we struggle to see him being a player here. Not for us.   9) Great Things Happen  -  (Love You - Calamity Gal by S J's Photo) Starts: 6    Wins: 2     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $13,507 Outstanding win three back at Ashburton and solid effort in the slush against Speeding Spur last time out. Now on the beach with Robert Dunn and even from this shocking draw we think if he is saved for one run at them he is an outside place chance. Include in first fours.                                                   SECOND LINE   10) Petite One  -  (Angus Hall - Petite Sunset by Sundon) Starts: 11    Wins: 4   Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $43,511 Started the season looking like a real top liner but as a lot of horses do she then went through a flat patch, making mistakes more often than not. Her last three runs have been more like her old self and her workout win on Saturday at Ashburton in 1:59.2 with a last quarter in 27.1 was impressive. Drawn to end up deep on the inner but still a first four player for us   11) Monbet  -  (Love You - Diedre Darling by Sundon) Starts: 14    Wins: 6    Secs: 3    Thirds: 1    Life: $113,759 This horse just can't buy a decent draw and hasn't been able to all season. His runs against Speeding Spur at Auckland were outstanding and his trial here against the pacers last week was super impressive. Follows Sunny Ruby through and if that filly gets out like she can then Monbet could end up in a great position. Due a change of luck and the big threat to Speeding Spur for us.   12) Charming Lavra -  (CR Commando - Lavra Miriam by Earl) Starts: 18    Wins: 4     Secs: 4    Thirds: 2    Life: $39,864 Lovely filly who is right in the zone at the moment. However manners from a standing start have been the key to her success lately and couple that with the bad draw and she has her work cut out here. Trialed very nicely last Wednesday but a first four player at best for us   13) BD Love -  (Love You - Twitchit by Britewell) Starts: 8    Wins: 3     Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $41,674 Really nice horse who has done little wrong in his career to date. A front line draw would have made him a trifecta chance but from wide on the second line he is going to need a lot of luck. Outside first four player for us.   14) Rock Tonight -  (Sundon - Rock'n Rhonda by Pine Chip) Starts: 17    Wins: 3     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $32,225 Has a lot of ability but a few tricks as well. Has won his three races from a stand but has only managed one placing from eight starts behind the mobile. That record combined with the draw makes it hard to have him as a first four player here. Not for us   SELECTIONS Speeding Spur has to be first choice after the season he has had. If Habibti Ivy comes out, his job becomes a touch easier but the way the draws have panned out, this will be his toughest test since he was beaten here in February. He is going to have to rough it but we think he is still the horse to beat. Monbet is the danger without a doubt. If he gets a run through early on the back of Sunny Ruby, it could change the whole complexion of the race. Can win with some luck early. Prince Fearless is the only horse to have lowered Speeding Spur's colours this season, on this track and at this distance. Will lead and that levels the playing field up a bit but we think the other two may just have his measure at the moment. We think these three are a length better than the rest. Throw in Sunny Ruby, Habibti Ivy, Great Things Happen, Petite One and Charming Lavra for trifectas and first fours Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day (Harness Jewels) is rapidly approaching next Saturday (May 30th) at Ashburton and we thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each division  Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 4YO Diamond for 4YO mares.   1) Lancewood Lizzie  -  (Bettor's Delight - Kamwood Elsie by Falcon Seelster)   Starts: 28    Wins: 11    Secs: 2    Thirds: 4    Life: $134,986 Smart mare with great gate speed who will lead early from here and then gets to choose who to hand up to. We are picking there will be plenty of pressure mid race so she will take a trail behind a couple here as she is better saved for one run at them. Draw makes her a major player. Include in everything   2) Cala  -  (Art Major - Lisistar by Holmes Hanover) Starts: 41    Wins:10   Secs: 8    Thirds: 2    Life: $244,247 Smart Aussie raider who could make things interesting if she has a serious look for the front. Has a good all round game so can work in her races and still kick home. Draw makes her a player here. Trifecta and first four player for us   3) Lucia Bromac  -  (McArdle - Lite Polaris by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 30    Wins: 7     Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $31,808 Speedy mare who has done a great job this season for Brent Weaver However this looks a little tough for her and we struggle to see her being a first four player. Not for us   4) Al Raza  -  (Gotta Go Collect - Al Zahra by Mach Three) Starts: 24    Wins: 9   Secs: 3    Thirds: 3    Life: $66,236 Very under-rated mare who has had a great season and with nine wins on the board, she deserves a bit of respect. Hard to see her toppling a couple here but wouldn't surprise us if she snuck into the first four. Include in trifecta's and first fours   5) Gracious Star  -  (Real Desire - Nurseme Pocket by In The Pocket) Starts: 15    Wins: 4    Secs: 4    Thirds: 1    Life: $23,983 Smart mare in a rich vein of form but this race is a huge step up. Needs to be driven for one run at them and hope for a bit of luck. We still struggle to see her in four. Not for us    6) Leigh Major  -  (Art Major - My Sharona by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 26    Wins: 4    Secs: 4    Thirds: 5    Life: $27,036 Another mare who has compiled a tidy record this season. The mile will suit but the strength of the field makes this a tough ask. We struggle to see her as a first four player. Not for us.    7) Delightful Dash  -  (Lis Mara - Coming Up Roses by Holmes Hanover) Starts: 30    Wins: 8     Secs: 8    Thirds: 6    Life: $66,253 Another mare who has tended to sneak under the radar at times but has a wonderful record and not completely out of this race. If she had drawn in closer we would have had her as a must include in trifectas and first fours. Draw makes her a rough first four chance for us.   8) Sell A Bit -  (Julius Caesar- Nomorenuki by Live Or Die) Starts: 33    Wins: 9     Secs: 6    Thirds: 6    Life: $63,368 Brent White has done a great job with this mare who has compiled a great record especially over a mile. Won in 1:54.1 at Winton from the outside of the second row after doing a power of work so not a forlorn chance here. Another mare who if she had drawn better would have had a huge chance of running in four. Draw makes her a rough first four player for us   9) Change Time  -  (Christian Cullen - Chaangerr by Vance Hanover) Starts: 32    Wins: 6     Secs: 4    Thirds: 4    Life: $64,582 Went through a purple patch earlier in the season but her form seems to have plateaued in her last few starts. Hasn't started for nearly two months and has only had one workout last Wednesday at Rangoria to fit her for this. Draw and lack of racing makes this a tough assignment in our book. Not for us                                                    SECOND LINE   10) Sweet Art  -  (Art Major - Cruzee Lass by Christen Cullen) Starts: 44    Wins: 6   Secs: 7    Thirds: 8    Life: $59,284 Talanted sit and sprint mare who has drawn to get a cosy trip on the inner. A couple here look too smart but if she got a soft enough run she could sneak into the first four. An outside first four player for us   11) C A Penny   -  (Pay Me Christen - Julianne Bromac by Badlands Hanover)  (Emerg 1) Starts: 17    Wins: 4    Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $18,719 Has struck a purple patch of form since changing stables in March with four wins and two placings in just six starts. However they have all been in the Central Districts against fields nothing like this one. Not for us   12) Willow  -  (Bettor's Delight - Listen To The Rhythm by In The Pocket) Starts: 19    Wins: 9     Secs: 4    Thirds: 3    Life: $208,665 High class mare who is right in the zone at the moment. Her workout yesterday at Ashburton where she made up a lot of ground on a 25.8 quarter to run third shows she is spot on for next Saturday. Drawn to follow out Cala so should get a lovely run through. Big winning chance and include in everything.   13) Venus Serena  -  (Mach Three - Inspiring Dash by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 28    Wins: 16     Secs: 1    Thirds: 3    Life: $764,544 Champion two and three year old who has been given a quiet season at four by Geoff Dunn in the hope she will shine at five and older. Has had her share of niggles this season as well but looked very much like the Venus Serena of old at last Tuesdays Ashburton trials where she ran the 2400 metres in 2:56.5 with the last quarter in a brisk 26.5 and really pleased her driver John Dunn. Loves this track and will be put in the race so a huge chance of winning this. Include in everything.   14) Sheeza Shark  -  (Four Starzzz Shark - Altruistic by Il Vicolo) Starts: 24    Wins: 7     Secs: 5    Thirds: 4    Life: $55,709 Very promising mare who has done a great job this season and deserves her spot here. Draw is a killer when she has to give an advantage to mares like Willow and Venus Serena. Would need so much to go her way to be a major player for us. Outside first four player at best for us. SELECTIONS For us class is permanent and that is why we have gone for Venus Serena as our top pick. She may not have had the stellar season many expected but she has been looked after with a view to the long term and her trial run last Tuesday looked like the real Venus Serana to us. Willow is the clear second pick for us and a real danger to Venus Serena. You can't fault her race form and her workout run yesterday was super. Lancewood Lizzie is a clear third pick for us from the draw and could trouble the two favourites with a run to suit. To fill out those first fours throw in Cala, Al Raza, Delighful Dash, Sell A Bit and Sheeza Shark. Harnesslink Media

With harness racing's big day only a week away, we thought we would a runner by runner preview of each division of the Harness Jewels at Ashburton next Saturday (May 30th). Here is our preview of the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Ruby (Mobile Trot)​ for two year olds.   1) Cocktail Waiter  -  (Bacardi Lindy - Gina by Sundon) Starts: 17    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $5,100 Ran a half in a minute back in early September last year but as the season has gone on, he has not improved. One or two smart runs surrounded by a whole lot of runs that were below par. Not for us.   2) Missandei  -  (Angus Hall - Pocaro by Sundon) Starts: 3    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $10,085 She has not stopped improving since her debut and has all the credentials to win this. Her workout at Ashburton yesterday against a few she faces here showed she had trained on since her last start second and she looks to be peaking perfectly for the big day. A major threat to High Gait, especially the way the draws have played out. Include in everything.    3) Gunners Coin  -  (Muscle Hill - Galleons Dream by Chiola Hanover) Starts: 2    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $12,653 Two promising runs to date and this is the best draw he has had to work with. Doesn't look super quick off the gate but looks like he can hold his spot so he should get a good run from this draw. A couple here look better but manners and driver makes him a big trifecta and first four player.   4) Wilma's Mate  -  (Pegasus Spur - Mybrotherwasastar by Sundon) Starts: 7    Wins: 2   Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $20,036 The enigma of the field for sure. Has enough ability to get right amongst it here but does have the odd chink in the armour. Best saved for one run at them as she does have high speed but one or two here have her measure. Trifecta and first four player for us.     5) Royal Willie  -  (Majestic Son - Miss Whiplash by Gee Whiz) Starts: 5    Wins: 2   Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $8,700 Smart young trotter who has shown plenty in a short career to date. Looked ready to make a race of it with Missandei at yesterday's workouts when he got a real fright when Maurice activated the removable hood for the first time and galloped. We would disregard that run due to that and we think he can get amongst it here. Include in trifectas and first fours    6) Gershwin  -  (Muscles Yankee - Allegro Agitato by Sundon) Starts: 6    Wins: 2    Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,853 Stablemate of Royal Willie who ran High Gait to a nose at Cambridge in 2:00 so the ability is there. Draw is good for him as it gives him time to find his feet early and his workout yesterday where he made up a lot of ground on a 27.6 quarter was very impressive. Must have for trifecta and first four players.   7) Arannalea -  (Pegasus Spur - Lady Boo Kay by Sundon) Starts: 9    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $10,966 She has high gate speed and likes to lead so that is where she will head early and has the early speed to get across even from seven. Workout yesterday was passable without being super and this field has a lot of depth. A first four player at best for us.   8) He's Like The Wind -  (Great Sucess - Sunmist by Sundon) Starts: 6    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $9,397 Huge run at his last start when after being badly checked at the start and settling miles from the bunch, he made stylishly to finish sixth. The two previous runs were both full of merit so a player here. Has high gate speed so can across early and get handy. Stable is in hot form which doesn't hurt either. Trifecta and first four player for us.   9) Aldabaran AY M  -  (Sundon - Big O E by Dream Vacation) Starts: 4    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $2,071 There abouts in most of her races without looking like winning one. Workout yesterday was in that vein of being handy without looking liking troubling the big players Add in the outside front line draw and we can't see her running in four. Not for us                                                SECOND LINE   10) Marcoola  -  (Sundon - Arabess by Grant Our Wishes)   (Emerg 1) Starts: 2    Wins: 0   Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $1,836 Has looked promising at workouts and trials but hasn't produced on raceday to date. Even if he made it back into the field, we would struggle to see him as a first four player. Not for us   11) Cyclone Chief  -  (The Prez - Cyclone Dani by Muscles Yankee) Starts: 4    Wins: 0    Secs: 0    Thirds: 2    Life: $2,772 Has put in a couple of nice runs in his four starts to date without looking like winning a race. Needed to draw handy on the front line to have any chance here. Not for us.   12) High Gait  -  (Muscles Yankee - Regal Volo by Malabar Man) Starts: 5    Wins: 5     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $46,941 Unbeaten in five lifetime starts says it all Just when everybody thought the pack was catching up to her, she produced a huge performance to win her last start and served notice that she is still the one to beat here. Natalie is driving in superb form at the moment and they look a lethal combination. Has a great all round game and a clear first pick for us.   13) Conon Bridge -  (Raffaello Ambrosio - Deidres Girl by Roydon Boy) Starts: 3    Wins: 2     Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $44,871 His three runs to date have all had class written over them. Has started from the unruly on every occasion as he will here but that hasn't stopped him winning his last two with real authority. Still a touch green but has master trotting trainer Paul Nairn in his corner so lots of ticks for this fella. Winning chance and include in everything.   14) Dark Ops  -  (CR Commando - Constar by Continental Man) Starts: 16    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,341 Another one to look promising on trial and workout day but has yet to reproduce anything like that on raceday. Has been galloping more than trotting lately and we struggle to see her playing any part here. Not for us.   SELECTIONS High Gait is the clear first pick but we think she won't have it all her own way. Both Missandei and Conon Bridge have both looked more than capable of lowering the unbeaten filly's colours with a run to suit. Those three stand out for us from the pack. Throw in Gunners Coin, Wilma's Mate, Gershwin, Royal Willie and He's Like The Wind for trifecta's and first fours. Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day, the Harness Jewels is set for next Saturday the 30th of May at Ashburton and we thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each division Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 2YO Diamond for two year old fillies.   1) Bettor Love Me  -  (Bettor's Delight - Gentle Audrey by Artsplace)   Starts: 3    Wins: 0    Secs: 0    Thirds: 2    Life: $14,478 Badly checked at its last start and did well to get as close as she did in the slushy conditions. A nice third before that to Arden's Choice and Northern Velocity from a wide draw. First four player from the draw.   2) Ultimate Desire  -  (Real Desire - Ballie Hanover by Kentucky Spur) Starts: 4    Wins: 1   Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,130 Has created quite an impression since her debut just six weeks ago. Big win at Forbury in good time and then a huge run last Sunday at Oamaru when third. Big step up here but progressive type of filly. Throw in your first fours.   3) Allison Stokke  -  (Bettor's Delight - Isinbeyeva by Christian Cullen) Starts: 5    Wins: 1    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $6,057 Has looked a handy filly in her brief career to date and the good draw here a big plus. Has gate speed so looks the early leader but needs a soft run after to play a part. Liable to get that with Luisanabelle Midfrew certain to go forward so becomes a first four player.   4) Nek Time  -  (Gotta Go Collect - Braithwaite by Jennas Beach Boy) Starts: 5    Wins: 1   Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $14,067 Looked very promising at trials prior to racing but has disappointed us on raceday in the main. Does have gate speed but if she is used early, she tends to battle in the run home. Not for us.   5) Luisanabelle Midfrew  -  (American Ideal - Lulabelle Midfrew by Christian Cullen) Starts: 4    Wins: 0    Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $35,723 Very smart filly with a big motor who is ideally suited to the mile distance. Has real gate speed so will lead and won't hand up so you know what you are going to get. A real chance to split up the All Stars three here. Include in everything.   6) Gamma Lady  -  (Mach Three - Maheer Lady by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 6    Wins: 1    Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $35,310 Looked very smart early on when she mixed it with the best with a lot of credit. Went through a patch of a couple of starts where she seemed lengths down on her best but seems on the up again in her last couple. Trifecta and first four player if the real Gamma Lady shows up.   7) Northern Velocity  -  (Mach Three - Northern Franco by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 7    Wins: 3     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $137,260 Very smart filly who has done a great job at two for a filly that doesn't look a natural two year old. Maybe lacks the zip of her two stablemates but will keep going. Can get a bit unruly if things don't go her way. Trifecta and first four chance.   8) Semi's Delight  E1 -  (Bettor's Delight - Hot Shoe Shuffle by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 7    Wins: 1     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $26,078 There is no doubting the ability but the ring craft has been letting her down lately. Still has a lot to learn and can do things wrong at times. Not for us.     9) Dream About Me  -  (Bettor's Delight - Splendid Dreams by Dream Away) Starts: 4    Wins: 4     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $138,332 Christen Me's half sister has inherited all the family ability and is unbeaten to date. Her last win at Auckland was as good as we have seen from a two year old filly. Her win at the Ashburton workouts today was stunning, picking up Salty Robyn in a 25.5 quarter after spotting him four lengths at the 400 metres mark. Clear first pick for us and hard to see how they beat her.                                                   SECOND LINE   10) Smoke N Fire  -  (Courage Under Fire - Smoke N Mirrors by Pacific Rocket) Starts: 6    Wins: 1   Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $8,243 Really nice filly who from this draw is up against it. Has performed creditably against most of these she meets here but from the draw she could end up buried back on the inner which makes it very tough. Not for us due to the draw.   11) Arden's Choice  -  (Panspacificflight - Winter Rose by In The Pocket) Starts: 7    Wins: 2    Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $106,417 Top class filly who has pushed Dream About Me close on one occasion. Did have a few little tricks early on but seems 100% these days. The main danger to the favourite for us but after watching today's workout where Dream About Me sailed past her with ease, she will need to lift next week to win this. Include in everything.   12) Killer Queen  -  (Rock N Roll Heaven - Party Girl Becqui by Partywiththebigdog) Starts: 9    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $33,700 A filly with a big reputation that she hasn't really lived up to yet. Has looked sharp at various times but too many poor runs as well David Butcher in the bike is a big plus but the draw for us makes this fillys job very difficult. Rough first four player for us.   13) Chevrons Champion  -  (Bettor's Delight - Dreamsaregold by In The Pocket) Starts: 7    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $15,810 Started out looking like a top liner but has lost her way a bit. Fourth at Addington to Arden's Choice where she was unlucky was her best performance to date. Needed a handy draw to have any chance here. Not for us.   14) Pat Campbell  -  (Lis Mara - Penscroft by In The Pocket) Starts: 6    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $7,844 Handy filly who won't stop trying but from this draw she is up against it. Needed a soft run handy to the pace to be a first four chance so hard to make a case for her here. Not for us.   SELECTIONS Dream About Me looks in a different league to us to the rest of the field. Clear first pick. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Arden's Choice look the main dangers and seem to have a class edge on most here. Northern Velocity and Gamma Lady next cabs off the rank and looms as trifecta players. Throw in Bettor Love Me, Ultimate Desire and Allison Stokke to boost up those first fours. Harnesslink Media

With a week to go before harness racings big day at Ashburton next Saturday when the Harness Jewels are held, today was an opportunity for runners to have a look at the track before the big day. Five workouts were held involving horses who are lining up next Saturday and this is our review of the runners that took our eye at todays workouts. Salty Robyn Led early and went through the first half in 61.5 before brushing home in 55.8 and 25.5 to cut the mile out in 1:57.3 Although beaten by half a head he didn't look to be all out and took a long time to pull up. Ready to rumble next week. Ardens Choice Trailed Salty Robyn the whole way but was left a bit flat footed when he sprinted on the corner. Kept fighting gamely and although beaten two lengths, ran her last quarter out really strongly. Right on song for next week Dream About Me Hard to do justice to her run today. Sat three back on the inner behind Salty Robyn who shot four lengths clear as they went past the 400 metres. Flew home late to nab Salty Robyn on the post, making up the four lengths on a 25.5 quarter and did it without driver Tim Williams hardly moving in the cart. On that run she just wins next week. Missandei Showed gate speed to lead early and then sprinted the last 400 metres in 27.6 to win with something in hand. Continues to improve every time she goes off the place and is quickly closing the gap on her stablemate High Gait. From gate two with her gait speed,she is a winning chance next Saturday Gershwin With Ricky May in the bike he was allowed to settle last early and was still there at the 400 before making ground stylishly on a 27.6 quarter Ricky didn't pull the removable hood which gave the run even more merit and he looked a trotter with a bit of bottom to him. Has run 2:00 two and a half months ago so has the ability and from a handy front line draw he could trouble the favourites. Have Faith In Me Was a bit fresh today and ran about a bit on the first corner like he can do sometimes. Angled out on the home corner and just strolled past Isaiah and Hug The Wind with little effort it seemed. Last quarter off the front was run in 26 which he bettered and he never looked out of second gear. Hard to see him beaten next week on today's run. Follow The Stars  Followed Have Faith In Me everywhere but made no ground on him in the straight but still went really well to run second, breaking 26 for his last quarter. May need something to happen to Have Faith In Me to beat him but the clear danger if there is one to the favourite.  Willow Settled last in her heat which was the quickest of the day and still there coming off the back straight. Made ground stylishly on the inner in a 25.8 quarter to be beaten just three lengths so right on song for next week. Ideal Success Showed gate speed to lead from out wide and clocked up a 1:54.9 mile in the process and held on gamely from Kept Under Wraps. Ran his last half in 55.7 and quarter in 25.8 so a smart performance. Barrier 1 next week gives him options so he looms as a genuine place chance from the draw. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull is thrilled after snaring a couple of plum barriers for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton. Turnbull’s four-year-old mare Just Cala, racing as Cala, has come up with barrier two in the 4YO Diamond, while Glenferrie Bronte has secured gate four in the 3YO Diamond for fillies. “We were pretty lucky with both of them,” Turnbull said. “I can’t wait now to get over there.” Partner Nathan Jack will drive Glenferrie Bronte and Turnbull will pilot Just Cala herself on Jewels Day. The news out of the barrier draws wasn’t as positive for connections of three-year-old gelding Burnaholeinmypocket, who pulled gate nine – outside the front line. “It’s not good news,” said trainer Andy Gath. “But it is what it is. We appreciate the opportunity to go over there and compete. It’ll still be a good experience for the horse and we'll all have a good time over there. “He can go around in a C1 heat in Victoria next week, which are run regularly, or he can go over there and run in the Jewels. … It’s a great opportunity.” Meanwhile, Blake Fitzpatrick-trained trotter Valerie has got barrier three in the 4YO Ruby Trot and Shane Tritton-trained Salty Robyn will start from barrier three for reinswoman Lauren Panella in the 2YO Emerald. Click here for Harness Jewels final fields CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Blake Fitzpatrick is hoping My Valerie’s Jewels campaign is just the start of his association with the NZ$1.2million harness racing day.   One of Australia’s leading trainer of trotters, Fitzpatrick is excited to bring his four-year-old mare to the Ruby at Ashburton on May 30, the final Australian invite for Jewels day taking their team to six.   “She is a good mare and she went 1:54.8 two starts ago,” says Fitzpatrick.   “So with Ashburton being a lot like Menangle, if she can reproduce that sort of time then she can be right in it.”
   Fitzpatrick has grown his team of trotters enormously in the last two years, backed by main owner Pat Driscoll, who has developed one of the more elite band of trotting mares in Australasia.   “Pat is in the industry to breed top trotters and he is really excited about having a Jewels runner."   “And we only see the day getting bigger from an Australian side of things so we want to bring horses back again and again."   “So this is just the start for us.”
   Fitzpatrick also intends bringing stable star Vincennes to Addington for Cup week in November and with a huge number of trotters in work realises New Zealand is a logical target in the seasons to come.   “It is the next stage of my career and to get an invite with this mare is exciting."   “She has won 14 of 21 and while she only finished fourth last start that was after losing 50 or 60m galloping from the stand."   “So we can’t wait to get there.”   Plenty of Australian raiders will be on show on Friday night, with Salty Robyn in the Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington and Just Cala and Glenferrie Bronte racing at Melton.   Michael Guerin - Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

The last pacer to win the Victorian “Mares Triple Crown” was the harness racing star whose name adorns the sprint feature at Tabcorp Park Friday night. Make Mine Cullen, a daughter of the mighty Christian Cullen, achieved the feat in 2012, winning the Cinderella Stakes, the Ladyship Cup and the Queen of the Pacific off 20 metres. The Mares Triple Crown these days, bearing in mind it is an unofficial term, consists of the Harness Breeders (Vic) Make Mine Cullen, a $25,275 1720-metre random barrier draw sprint, the Angelique Club Cup next Friday, a preferential barrier draw race worth $25,275 over 2240m, and the jewel – the $100,000 Group 1 Queen of the Pacific, a stand start 2760m race on Saturday, May 23. Before Make Mine Cullen, the last mare to achieve the Triple Crown was Golden Flyin for David Aiken in 2005. Tomorrow night’s Make Mine Cullen looks a tantalising contest on paper with proven five-year-old Frith the benchmark from barrier six up against rising star four-year-old Just Cala from the pole, and stalwart top-line mares Gumdrops (barrier three), Steam Washed (barrier five) and The Good Times (barrier eight) all capable of landing the knockout blow with the right run. Frith, by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jackie Kelly, boasts an extraordinary strike rate, having won 32 of her 44 career starts for $866,572 in prizemoney. Tomorrow night Frith lines up under the tutelage of Belinda and Luke McCarthy for the first time after transferring from the stables of Bruce Harpley. “She has settled in really well,” reinsman Luke McCarthy said of tomorrow night’s $1.35 TAB fixed odds favourite. “She’s been a champion at two, three and as a four-year-old and earned over $800,000 so she’s got a great record.” Just Cala is bound for the Harness Jewels in New Zealand after securing a coveted invite, the four-year-old by Art Major out of Lilsistar a winner of two of her past three assignments. She took out the HBV Ian Daff Memorial over Steam Washed by 2.2m over 1720m in 1:55.4, using the sprint lane from behind the leader to win with a 56.5secss last half and followed that up with a 1.4m win over Lierra Noir in an M0-M1 race over 2240m in a rate of 1:58 (last half 57.5secs), coming with a strong run late. Last start in the HBV Silver Chalice Just Cala sat outside the leader throughout before going down fighting by 3.1m against rising star mare Berisari, who nominated for tomorrow night’s race but didn’t accept. Asked where he thought Frith was compared to Just Cala, McCarthy said the fact his mare was a five-year-old probably tipped the ledger in her favour. “Just that year older, she’s a bit more seasoned I’d say.” Meanwhile, Chris Shinn is going in confident about Steam Washed from gate five. The tough mare has had a superb preparation this time in with wins in the HBV Jodies Babe over Goodtime Marjie and Beauty Secret in 1:53.5 at Melton and seconds in the Terang Cup behind Arden Rooney, the Ladyship Cup behind Majorly Foxy Styx and a third behind Guaranteed and Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter in the SA Cup. “I think she’d be up there with the top ones in Victoria,” Shinn said modestly of Steam Washed. “She’s got that form around the colts too, not just the mares. “We’ve had a lot of fun with her. She always earns a cheque.” Shinn had a word of warning race favourite Frith, who would love to find the lead unchallenged. “I think mine’s going real good, she gets out of the gate good so I think if we landed the front and Frith was parked, I’d give us a good chance (of upstaging Frith),” he said. “Unless there’s been a heap of pressure on I think we’d be hard to beat if we were in front at the corner.” by Cody Winnell Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 08 May 2015

Last season’s Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies’ champion Just Cala today became the fourth Australian horse to be invited to New Zealand’s rich Harness Jewels meeting.   The four-year-old mare by Art Major out of Holmes Hanover mare Lilsistar has won eight of her 20 Australian starts and will be a travelling companion for stable-mate Glenferrie Bronte, who will race in the three-year-old fillies’ section.   The announcement gives Shepparton trainer/driver Amanda Turnbull two Jewels contenders.   Ashburton will host the annual Jewels meeting on May 30.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Victorian pacer Messini is the second Australian invited to contest New Zealand’s Harness Racing Jewels meeting at Ashburton on May 30. The Brent Lilley-trained son of Art Major raced in last season’s Jewels last season, before winning the Vicbred Super Series Final, then returning to New Zealand to establish a national 2600-metre mobile record on New Zealand Cup Day. Messini was formerly trained by Mark Purdon. “We are thrilled with the invite and the owners are chuffed,” Lilley declared. “He will be the first horse to wear the Aussie colours made for the Jewels. “We wanted to go to the Jewels, and because he raced so well at the Cup Carnival, he already had some qualifying dollars, but this takes the pressure off.” The Shane Tritton-trained Salty Robyn was invited to contest the two-year-old Jewels earlier this month. Harness Racing NZ plans to invite an Australian to contest each of the nine Jewels divisions. HRV Media

Harness Racing New Zealand has made the first invite to an Australian horse for this years Harness Jewels at Ashburton. Salty Robyn, a two year old colt by Art Official in the Shane Tritton barn has impressed  in a short Australian career to date since being purchased out of Andrew Armour's barn late last year. At just his second lifetime start in the Sapling Stakes at Menangle, Salty Robyn went under by a short half head to star two year old Bettermatch in a smart 1:53.6. Next up he won in 1:53.9 before turning in an outstanding performance to win the $50,000 Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial in 1:53.9 after an early gallop saw him settle well back in the field before he just rushed past them in the straight for a breathtaking win. The winner of $44,600 from his four lifetime starts, the colt looks like he will be well suited by the 1400 metres track at Ashburton for the Harness Jewels.  Trainer Shane Tritton had been planning a New Zealand campaign even before he received the Harness Jewels invitation. " It is something we were looking at because he is not paid up for any of the big stakes races here in Australia." " He will be in New Zealand for the Sires Stakes heat at Addington on April 23rd and then hopefully onwards to the final." " Ashburton should really suit him and the Jewels invite makes the trip very worthwhile." " He feels like an older horse when you sit behind him and I think he will be very competitive in New Zealand," Shane said. Getting Australian horses involved with the Harness Jewels has been on the radar for Harness Racing New Zealand for the last year or so and they must be happy to already have one confirmed runner for this years event. $40,000 Sapling Stakes Menangle, Salty Robyn  Salty Robyn winning at Menangle in 1:53.9 Salty Robyn winning again at Menangle 1:53.9   Harnesslink Media  

The New Zealand Sires Stakes two year old fillies heat at tonights harness racing meeting at Addington looked a one filly race on paper in favour of Northern Velocity but as is often the case, racing luck plays a big part on race night. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Matthew Williamson led early from barrier five while Northern Velocity and Natalie Rasmussen worked forward from barrier seven and found the death seat after 500 metres giving her stablemate Arden's Choice with Mark Purdon in the bike the one by one. Luisanabelle Midfrew kept up a solid tempo during the mid stages and was still in front as they turned for home.   Try as she might, Northern Velocity couldn't get past the daughter of American Ideal and it was left to her stablemate Arden's Choice to swoop late and grab a game Luisanabelle Midfrew by 3/4 length with a neck back to a game favourite in Northern Velocity.   Arden's Choice paced the 1950 metres in 2:24, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 27.4.   It was the daughter of Panspacificflight's first win at her fifth career start but she has shown plenty of promise in her previous four starts.   Two seconds to the very smart Dream About Me were followed by a couple of gallops where things didn't go her way.   Mark Purdon expected an improved run from Arden's Choice this week.   "She looked like she was going to run a place against the colts last week when the gap came but she just tried to go too quickly and galloped.   " We took her hopples up a couple of holes and let her work into it tonight instead of rushing her, Mark said.   Natalie Rasmussen was very happy with the run of the hotpot Northern Velocity.   " She did the most work of any filly in the race and fought on really well for a close third so I was really pleased with her effort, Natalie said.   The All Star barn will take Arden's Choice, Northern Velocity and the unbeaten Dream About Me north for the Sires Stakes Final before returning south for the Harness Jewels.   Harnesslink Media

One person who has been having a great run over the last few weeks is Studholme Park proprietor Brian West who just seems to have a new winner at every meeting lately. Brian made the decision a few years ago to retain most of his fillies as he was finding it hard to get a return at the sales on his fillies. Those fillies now go to trainers all over New Zealand and he has had some lovely fillies and mares in the last few years but even Brian must have been gobsmacked recently with the level of success he has been enjoying lately. Breeding to sell for nearly 30 years, Brian has established a quality brood mare band and has been churning out  quality winners for most of that time. Several generations of some of our more successful families are now recognized as a Studholme Park product and his yearlings are keenly sought after each year. Having sold a lot of fillies earlier on at the sales, a lot of the "Studholme " families fillies from that time are spread around Australasia at various studs. Several of those have progeny tracing back to fillies sold by Studholme Park in this years sales. One from the videos that took our eye was Lot 121, Lerato at the Australasian Classic Sale. A daughter of leading Australasian sire Art Major, Lerato is the first foal from the very smart Christian Cullen mare in Suidelike Meisie 1:57.1 ($79,484) She was good enough to make a Harness Jewels Final at Ashburton but her best run was when she ran second to the champion Terror To Love 1:51.1 ($2,395,091)  in a 1:57.2 mile rate for 2200 metres at Alexandra Park. This is the family that got Brian West going all those years ago when Defoe 1:53 ($423,272) burst on to the scene and it has continued to produce classic winning types ever since. Horses such as All Systems Go 1:51.2 ($376,267)  Silver Lined Pocket 1:50.2 ($354,658)  Dream Out Loud 1:48.8 ($322,746) and Secret Potion 1:57.1 ($285,313) have kept this family in the spotlight. Lerato has really thrown to the dam with a real Christian Cullen look about her and looks well placed to add further kudos  to her great maternal family. Harnesslink Media  

The old saying in harness racing that form is temporary and class is permanent was never better displayed when Vulcan turned his career around with an outstanding win at Addington last night. The 8 year old son of Earl has been a big player at the elite level in the not to distant past but has been struggling during the last twelve months  to recapture that sort of form. This is a trotter who has racked up 10 Group 1 wins on both sides of the Tasman with 5 Group 1 wins in both Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand his victories include the coveted Dominion Handicap, two Harness Jewels victories as well as successes in the New Zealand Trotting Championship and New Zealand Trotting Free For All. In Australia his biggest wins were in the inaugural Great Southern Star (Heat + Final), The Knight Pistol Trot, V L Dullard Trotting Cup and the Australian Trotting Grand Prix. It is an outstanding record however you look at it and judging by last nights win he is not finished yet. With his form dropping away this season,the decision was made after the Dominion Handicap this year to lease a share of the horse to Roddy Butt. Vulcan was transferred to the beach training complex of David and Catherine Butt with Roddy doing most of the day to day work with the horse since his transfer.  In his three runs from his new quarters Vulcan was ok at Geraldine before running a much better race to run 4th at Methven last Sunday to Royal Aspirations in the trotters Green Mile. Last night driver Bob Butt who was wearing Roddy's colours had Vulcan away well from his 35 metres handicap and he settled seventh in the running early. Working up on the inner, Vulcan was four back as Vacanza set a hectic pace in front. Going past the 800 metres Vulcan was shuffled back to last and then hooked on to the three wide line on Valmagne's back. Going past the 500 metres mark Bob pushed the go button and Vulcan looped the field and shot clear as they turned for home. At the line Vulcan was still 3 1/2 lengths to the good of Royal Aspirations in a display that was more like the Vulcan of old. Vulcan trotted the 2600 metres from a stand in 3:15.4, a mile rate of 2:00.9 and only 6/10ths of a second outside of the New Zealand record for the trip held by Royal Aspirations. It was Vulcan's 19th career win and along with 19 placings took his earning to $994,969 and cracking the million is now on the radar. "It would be great to crack the million with him as he deserves it after what he has achieved," Bob Butt told Harnesslink this morning. "That is the immediate aim and we will just keep him to races like the one last night to give him every chance to crack the million," Bob said. Judging by the manner of his last to first burst last night it won't be too long until Vulcan cracks the million dollar mark. Never a horse that has received the accolades his performances have deserved, Vulcan deserves every bit of praise that he will receive when he cracks the million mark in the next few weeks. Harnesslink Media  

A new concept for Southern Harness Racing was launched at the Southland Harness Awards at Ascot Park last night. Finals Day, usually held in April each year, is the culmination of a number of series raced throughout the season, and has always been a big event on the Southern Harness Racing calendar. It's now time to more aptly reflect it as a great day of quality finals racing, and it's been given a new name - Southern Harness - Diamonds Day. The initiative has been lead by Riverton Trotting Club president Bruce Stewart and has the support of all the clubs in the Southern region. As well as continuing to showcase the established features, additional exciting events will be added. "It was felt that the Finals Day needed stronger branding and more of a promotional push so that it truly celebrates the end of the season. Diamonds Day also fits in nicely with the Harness Jewels as horses chase stakes to make the cut for the final fields," said Stewart. New races will include “The Hot To Trot Graduation Final” for trotters, “Rising Stars Graduation Final” for pacers and “The Elite 1700” for mares. "We're still working out the finer details but to have more finals on the day will really make it a must go to meeting." The two year old feature, initiated by Southern Bred Southern Reared last season, will carry a new name and trophy. The race will be named after the champion Southland two year old Honkin Vision and will be called "The Honkin Vision Stakes." "I know John Stiven and Dave Kennedy from SBSR are keen to get this race up to twenty to twenty five thousand, and the family of the late Henry Skinner who trained and drove Honkin Vision are keen to come on-board as well." Oncourse there are plans to offer a number of new hospitality options. "The Class on Grass" marquee is an exciting concept and will host 150 ladies. In their package they'll each get to dine, enjoy their wine, receive betting vouchers for the first four races, and go into the draw to win a diamond! "The Legends Lounge" will be another feature of the day where the club will host owners, drivers and trainers of some of the former stars of the Southern region. It's planned to have a display of cups, covers and the carts of some of these stars. "Imagine a room full of trophies and covers won by Young Quinn, Robalan, Trevira and the like. I think this will be a real hit and the plan is to name a race "The Legends," Stewart said. In order to help attract owners down from more northern parts, it's planned that the new Diamonds Day concept will include a dedicated area for all owners. This will have a seafood theme and will be called "Catch of the Day Cafe." A travelling horse cover has been designed with the Diamonds Day logo, along with two promotional jackets which will be used throughout the season. "We plan to send the rug away with horses like Franco Ledger who regularly visits Canterbury. This will help reinforce the brand when he walks through the barn at Addington. The two promotional jackets will be used on days like Invercargill Cup Day and of-course be worn by the girls leading in winners on Diamonds Day." Southern Harness Clubs are very excited about this new concept and believe it will help to embed the event as a great day out for all those involved in the industry, and the public. The first Diamonds Day spectacular will be held at Ascot Park next year on Sunday 12th April. It's D Day. For further details contact: Bruce Stewart 021-337-616

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