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Noel Kennards Prodigal Seelster Summer Of Speed Final for older mares today at Ashburton Raceway only drew a field of eight runners but there were plenty of chances in an open field. The southern visitor Sheeza Shark was sent out a warm favourite on the strength of a win at Ashburton in a heat of the series but drew barrier eight due to the preferential system in place for the final. Tintinara led early for Dexter Dunn before handing up to Valor Lustre and Blair Orange who continued to roll once he found the front with New Years Jay and John Dunn sitting on his wheel.. Blair kept the tempo going from the half which made it really hard for those back in the field to make any ground. Turning for home New Years Jay went up to Valor Lustre but the big strong McArdle mare kept finding and was comfortably holding her at bay over the last 200 metres. New Years Jay fought on gamely for second after being parked the whole trip while Tintinara nabbed third up the passing lane after a lovely run in the trail the whole way. Sheeza Shark made little headway from the back,finishing a disappointing seventh. Valor Lustre cut the mile out in a sharp 1:54.3 with closing sectionals of 55.3 and 27.2 Trainer/owner Ivan Court was all smiles post race. " Once she got to the front I thought she was a big chance." " She is very tough and I thought they would have their work cut out getting past her." Ivan is now seriously thinking about lining Valor Lustre up in the New Zealand Premier Mares Championship at Addington next Friday night. " We will see how she comes through today's run first but I am leaning towards lining her up." " She is a bit under rated in some quarters but I think she will measure up," Ivan said. Ivan bred Valor Lustre from his former smart racemare Regal Lustre who won five but he thinks Valor Lustre is a lot better mare. " I think Valor Lustre is a very smart mare and think she has a few more wins in front of her yet," Ivan said. Harnesslink Media

The PGG Wrightson 3 year old Pace at Ascot Park Invercargill today only drew a field of nine second season pacers but it was choke of harness racing talent.   Every runner had won in their short careers and several had looked as they wouldn't be out of place in listed or group action.   Warm public elect American Tart had drawn beautifully at barrier one for the 2200 metres event and driver John Dunn wasted no time in shooting the filly to a clear lead.   John allowed the filly to bowl along at a really good clip throughout the race and it was obvious a long way out that she had them all in trouble.   John gave her head as they turned in and she ran away and hid, coasting down to the line 2 ¾ lengths to the good of a game Ultimate Desire with Scarlett Falcon battling on well for third after trailing American Tart the whole way.   American Tart paced the 2200 metres in a brilliant 2:39.9, a  mile rate of 1:56.9 with closing sectionals of 55.5 and 27.4   John Dunn couldn't hide his delight when talking to Harnesslink post race.   “That is only her fifth time off the place in her life and to do that to a smart field like the one today is a great effort.”   “We qualified her first up at two and then turned her out and she only had a couple of trials before winning at Marlborough last weekend.”   “To travel all the way down here and not miss a beat is a big plus going forward.”   “She hasn't left an oat with all the travelling,” John said.   Plans for the big free going filly are firming up short term but the longer term is still less clear.   “She is eligible for the Futurity but needed to have a couple of starts down here to remain eligible so that was part of the reason for her being here today.”   “She is just such a laid back big filly and has a great attitude.”   “I think she will measure up to the very best fillies later on but we won't rush her at this stage, “ John said.   It is not very often that the three year fillies break 2:40 for 2200 metres and to do so at just your second lifetime start and with plenty in reserve stamps American Tart as a filly of the highest class.   American Tart     Harnesslink Media

The annual summer meets at both Nelson and Marlborough have often proved happy hunting grounds for the Robert Dunn harness racing stable. A four win bag to Robert Dunn as a trainer and John Dunn as a driver has definitely started the two day Marlborough Harness Racing Club meeting on a superb note. There was a lot of confidence about 3yr old American Ideal filly American Tart's chances today on debut and she never looked out of second gear, despatching a handy field of maidens with ease. The winner of a trial and a workout recently, John rated American Tart as his best of the day and he drove her accordingly. Beaten for the early lead, she was given rein to go to the front at the 1900m. Once having assumed the front she was allowed to roll along, setting a strong tempo. At the 1400m, brother Dexter driving Runaway Star headed forward to find the breeze and thereafter, there were no further moves in the race. At the 400m, those two runners drew about three lengths clear of the field and at the 200m were locked together in battle. However, John was just kidding on the long striding filly and as soon as he went for her the response was instant, and at the line they were going away by an ever increasing two and a half lengths in a smart 2.49.2 for the 2300m journey. The final sectionals cut out in 800m 56.6 and 400m 28.1 suggest that this is a filly with a fair bit of class. American Tart is the first foal to race out of Redheadedwildflower, a one win mare raced out of the stable previously. She is raced by her breeder Rob Courtney, along with John and Peter McAlister. She will miss the second day of the meeting, instead being reserved for Invercargill Cup Day next Saturday. For a horse that took until his 7th start to win a race, Kotare Yael has now well and truly hit his straps, completing a hatrick of wins today at start nine of his career and taking his earnings to over the $17,000 mark. Raced by his breeders Tony and Gay Abell and Kotare Downs, he showed some real ticker to get home today after being obliged to race parked for the last 1300m of the race, outside the pacemaker Bella Jones. While vulnerable to those coming off his back John never panicked sitting one out and his charge appeared to relax beautifully and was on a tight rein turning for home. He immediately mastered Bella Jones once in the straight and after putting a two length buffer on the field at the 200m fought tenaciously to win by a neck over Nek Time, with a further half neck back to Chip Ganassi in third. The full journey was run in 2.50.9 and with the final sectionals cut out in 800m 57.2 and 400m 27.9, it was hard for those coming from the back to make an impression. Kotare Yael will now tackle a C2 - C2 assignment on the second day and while he is fast climbing the classes, he is sure to give a good account again from a favourable draw. Dalness Xchange was big on both days at Nelson and again put in a top effort today against C2 - C3 company. After settling midfield early on from her second line draw, she was awakwardly placed four back on the markers at the 1300m. However, with a strong pace set up front by Expressive Victor, that was strongly attended down the back by favourite Innocent Artist, the gaps always looked likely to come. At the 400m John was able to extricate from a tight spot and peeled four wide coming into the straight. While he still had a bit of work to reel in the leaders, once she flattened out, the Changeover 4yr old stormed home over the top of her opposition and at the line was a comfortable winner by one and a quarter lengths in a smart 2.48.2 for the 2300m.   Today's win was the third in an eight start career and she is doing a superb job for Dave and Mrs Heather King. She will now deservedly take her place in the cup on Sunday and while this is a huge step up in company, she does appear the type of mare that can make the necessary improvement. The final of the four stable winners for the day was good three year old Bite The Bullet. After a nice win at Nelson and then a hard fought second on day two he was confidently expected to deliver today. However, the bad luck that he has with the draws continued and he had to be good to come from the back to deliver win two of his career. John allowed the Mach Three 3yr old the chance to settle early and he was well back with a lap to go as second favourite Crackabella dominated up top. He made his move down the back straight with about 800m to go and was level pegging with Crackabella from the 400m. Turning in and the two settled down for a good fight. It was only from the 100m that Bite The Bullet gained the ascendancy and went to the line a good winner by three quarters of a length in 2.51.5 for the 2300m over Crackabella, with Coringa Delight a fast finishing third. Bite The Bullet will line up in C1 company again on day two, after a free win today. The bad luck with the draw continues after drawing eight. Other top efforts by stable runners today included: Angel Of Destiny - a nice third on debut  Graduate Under Fire and Joey Maguire - 3rd and 4th in the day's feature the cup prelude Meanwhile Dexter also got a big piece of the action today with three wins - Alpha Rock and Kompressor for the Cran Dalgety stable and Santorini Sunset for Kevin Townley in the day's feature trot. Dexter now goes to 97 in the drivers' premiership, with John a clear second on 54 wins. The Purdon/Rasmussen team hold a seven win lead in the trainers premiership over Robert Robert Dunn Racing Stables  -  Check site here

Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn and son John Dunn have well and truly dominated the first day of the Nelson Harness Racing Clubs summer meeting at Nelson today. Four wins early in the meeting with a couple of seconds later in the day showed the Dunn barn were on track to have another big day on Sunday. Kotare Yael set the ball rolling in race 2 with a tough win in which John drove him aggressively right from the start and got him home for a narrow but overdue victory. The same went for race three where high class three year old Bite The Bullet was way too strong even after starting from barrier nine at the gate, clearing out in the straight. John then rattled off his third winner in three races when Kotare Kasai upset them with an inch perfect drive which saw the mare get home by just a nose. Even after John and Robert had won three in a row, they were let go again a couple of races later when Daleness Xchange bolted in at eleven to one in race six. A second with Joey Maguire with Ross Haughton in the bike was followed by a smart second by Grauate Under Fire with John on board in the Nelson Cup Prelude behind the very talented Rocker Band who is not backing up on Sunday which brings Graduate Under Fire right into line for the Nelson Cup. John Dunn was happy with todays run. "He's has stuck on really well today and I was very happy with the run. "If he steps away on Sunday and gets a run like he did today, I think he is a big winning chance in the Cup." "He always gives his best as he is so honest which always makes him a chance," John said. The Greg and Nina Hope training partnership also won a couple on the day along with three placings which suggests that the Dunn partnership won't have it all its own way on Sunday. Harnesslink Media  

We have become so accustomed to Bettor's Delight dominating our harness racing age group classics that it comes as a bit of a surprise when he was completely shut out of the placings in a Young Guns heat at Alexandra Park this afternoon. Pacing Major from the All Stars barn was all the rage with punters, going out at the prohibitive odds of $1:30 John Dunn sent the well performed Billy Badger forward from barrier three to claim the early lead and kept up a steady tempo early. Natalie Rasmussen settled Pacing Major in the one by one early before moving to the parked position with 1100 metres to go. These two went together without getting serious until 400 metres from home where the speed really went on. Billy Badger had a length to spare with 100 metres to go but Pacing Major was taking ground off him the whole time but was still half a head in arrears at the line. Triple Play was 5 3/4 lengths away in third place The 1700 metres was cut out in a very quick 2:03.9, a mile rate of 1:57.3 with closing sectionals of 56.2 and the last 400 metres in a very quick 26.2 The Robert Dunn trained Billy Badger is bred to be well above average. He is by leading sire Art Major and is the first foal of the Badlands Hanover mare Lady Antebellum who is a daughter of the former outstanding Ann Other Porsche who took a mark of 1:51.6 in North America on the way to earning $791,575 Art Major has had to live in the shadow of Bettor's Delight in the last few years but in Billy Badger and Pacing Major, he looks to have a couple of high class juveniles capable of upsetting the Bettor's Delight juggernaut. Harnesslink Media

A lot of of the harness racing pundits looking at today's Westport Cup were convinced that those off the back marks would find it difficult to win the race due to the leader bias of the Paterson Park track.   It is a good thing Cullect A Guinness can't read as the lone back marker on 30 metres turned in an outstanding staying performance to take this years Westport Cup.   John Dunn settled the big son of Gotta Go Cullect well back in the field early before getting on the three wide line and working himself into the one by one with just over a lap to run.   Coming out on the point of the turn, Cullect A Guinness dashed clear and while a couple closed late, he never looking in danger of being beaten.   Cullect A Guinness paced the 3200 metres on grass in 4:11.8 with closing sectionals of 61.3 and 29.5.   It was Cullect A Guinness's seventh win at just his fourteenth start and took his earnings over the $50,000 mark.   John Dunn was impressed with the performance.   “This horse never fails to impress this time in.”   “He won his first race two and a half years ago but then broke down.”   “We gave him plenty of time to get over his problems but when we brought him back in he looked terrible so we turned him out again.”   “This time in he has just gone from strength to strength”   “I got a nice drag around to get handy but when I pulled him out he just went straight past them.”   “I may have been a bit hard on him in the straight as he was running away from them at the line”   “He has just absolutely bolted in,” John said.   One thing that has been noticeable all this campaign has been the tendancy of Cullect A Guinness to get his head around at right angles during the running.   “He won't accept any gear to straighten him up so it is just something you have to put up with,” John said.   It is Murphy's law that as soon a stallion dies or is withdrawn from service that his progency excel on the track.   With Gotta Go Cullect back in work with Jay Abernethy, it shouldn't be a surprise that Cullect A Guinness is on the rampage through the grades.   Cullect A Guinness     Harnesslink Media

Harness racing owner Rob Paterson has had a lot of success over the years from Group 1 level down to maiden wins and the run shows no sign of stopping yet.   Habibti has been his biggest winner and after a trial win in Melbourne last week she is about to start another Australian campaign.   Lothario has been going great guns up north and BD Love is due to fire up again.   Today Rob was at Westport with half a dozen friends with whom he races the four year old Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor Be Smooth.   Bob bred Bettor Be Smooth from the race winning Presidential Ball mare Smooth Moon and intrusted its early education to young North Canterbury trainer Bob Butt.   “ Bob rang me up one day and told me he really liked Bettor Be Smooth.”   “So I thought I would bring half a dozen of my friends into the ownership so I sold them 40% of  the horse.   “ He was going good 12 months ago but was just a bit immature so we put him aside for a good break,” Rob told Harnesslink today.   Bettor Be Smooth had a long build up this season with the plan being to line up on the first day of the Westport Xmas meeting and today the plan came to fruition.   After being settled three back in the running line by driver John Dunn, Bettor Be Smooth swept to the front with just over a lap to run.   Attacked for most of the last lap by Patrick Bee, Bettor Be Smooth was a sitting duck as he turned for home in front.   Briefly headed by Paddy McCole late in the piece, Bettor Be Smooth fought back courageously for a half head win.   Bettor Be Smooth paced the 2600 metres on the grass in 3:22.1 with closing sectionals of 62.2 and 30.1   Rob was thrilled with run.   “He really showed he has got plenty of bottom to him.”   “To be attacked like that for the last lap and then to fight back when headed was a huge effort.”   “I have got a half brother by Art Major at home that I have a lot of time for and the mare is back in foal to Art Major, so things are looking good,” Rob said.   Rob has had a great run over the last few years and it doesn't look like it is coming to an end anytime soon.   Bettor Be Smooth     Harnesslink Media

A profitable start to the summer got a whole let better for Cullect A Guinness on Sunday afternoon at Rangiora Raceway as he dominated a very good field to win the Summer Cup by an impressive five and a half lengths. Backed into favourite for today's cup over the 2600m on the grass, Cullect A Guinness made a great beginning from his 10m handicap and was soon up disputing the pace as they headed down the straight for the first time. After a brief tussle for the lead with Jerry Garcia he was able to take the front with just under a lap to go and then dominated the race from the top as he had done at Oamaru a fortnight ago. Going down the back straight he faced some fresh challenges from first Royal Counsel and then Star Of Dionysis, but he always looked to be travelling well within himself. Turning for home, all chasers appeared flat and when driver John Dunn asked him for the supreme effort at the 200m, the response was instant. The further he went, the bigger the gap became. Star Of Dionysis for tenaciously for his second placing, as too did Royal Counsel for third. Stablemates The Royal Garden (5th) and Mach Cruiser (8th), were both seen running home with purpose in the straight. Today's win was the 6th from just 13 starts for the Gotta Go Cullect 5yr old. With a further five placings also, he is doing a tremendous job for his owner/breeder, Peter Higinbottom, having banked just under $40,000. There are few more genuine pacers going around in the Canterbury region at the moment than this fellow, which has graduated to C5 with today's win, meaning that a coast campaign would seem unlikely, but will be something that Robert and John will be discussing. Well done to Peter, John and Robert on a great win, which tops off a very good weekend for the Robert Dunn stable with the four wins overall. Robert Dunn Racing Stables  -  Check site here

John Dunn is hoping the return of two potential open class pacers will offset the loss of No Doctor Needed. No Doctor Needed, who ran ninth in the New Zealand Trotting Cup for Dunn's father Robert earlier this month, has been switched to the Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick barn in Papakura for his future racing. But providing they can stay sound, two replacements are waiting in the wings for the Dunn stable. Elios made a long awaited return at the North Canterbury workouts at Rangiora  Raceway on Wednesday in his first outing since failing badly in last season's Auckland Cup. A Group I winner in the 2014 Messenger when he beat the likes of Arden Rooney, Franco Nelson, Mossdale Conner and Besotted, Elios got so ill from a virus late last season there were no guarantees of him making it back to the races. Additional issues along the way have not helped his cause. Elios' first outing was more than satisfactory and the Dunns will be hopefully of a similar performance when Wesley Silcox makes his comeback from injury at Saturday's workouts at Pukekohe. A winner of 10 from 28 and more than $220,000 in stakes, Elios ran second to Bay Emerald by half a length in a 2:00.1 mile rate for the 2000m but made up late ground sharply from the back of the six horse field. In context, Bay Emerald has only won one from 36 but Dunn was happy to see the lightly raced 6-year-old get through the run safely. He said they would be looking after Elios in the short term and will let him guide them when he is ready to step back up. "I've said to the owners that we are not making any strong plans at this stage, we will just get through another couple of trials and see where we are at then." A winner of eight from 12, Wesley Silcox won his last three starts on the trot before pulling up lame with a tendon injury back in March. "He might not have been a horse that attracted a lot of hype but he always seemed to step up and get the job done," Dunn said. At this stage there are no plans for a race day return with Wesley Silcox. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with permission of Stuff NZ    -    Check site here

While Art Critic had little luck going into Fridays big race for the fillies and mares at Addington Raceway, there was a real confidence in the camp when she came up with the ace draw for the 1950m. She was able to leave the gate on terms with the field, but John Dunn made an early call to hand up the lead to second favourite Lovetodream. With 1400m to go, Dexter Dunn came with a searching run with Lightning Mach to take the lead, but there was no panic from John who realised with the hot pace the gaps would come. In what was a race defining move, he was able to push off the rail at the 850m, shunting breeze horse Tintinara wider and allowing Art Critic to apply pressure to the leader. As they turned for home she quickly surged to the front and under John's urgings, she went to the line strongly to win by a length in 2.20.7 for the 1950m, a mile rate of 1.56, home in 800m 56.5 and 400m 29.1. Owned by Studholme Bloodstock and the McDonald Racing Syndicate Limited, Art Critic has always looked a mare headed for better things. However, in her first three starts this campaign she was bereft of any real luck. That was until yesterday when having made her own luck she was able to head home a very good field, with New Years Jay rattling home from the back for second and Happy Heidi putting in one of her late runs for third. Yesterday's win was the 4th from 19 starts for the lighly raced Art Major mare. She appeals as a horse that will only get better with age and it will be no surprise to see her tackling the top mares races at some point. Robert Dunn Racing Stables   -   Check site here

Well known Queensland harness racing owner Greg Brodie has had a lot of top horses over the years and most of them have started their racing careers from the Bruce Negus stable. As is normal in such circumstances some turn out better than others but one who has promised much but failed to deliver more often than not is the Lis Mara gelding Music. Starting out with Bruce when he was based at Waikouaiti, Music showed a lot of promise at three but really struggled at four. When it looked like Music was going to carry on in the same vein at five Bruce recommended that the horse be transferred to the Robert Dunn  stable at Woodend to take advantage of the beach training. Bruce convinced John Dunn that Music was far from a spent force. "Bruce was confident that the horse had plenty more wins in him but since he had moved back to Burnham from the beach at Waikouaiti the horse had not performed as well as he had at three." " Since he has been here he has really thrived and I think he is a long way from being finished yet," John said. A winner at big odds first up for the stable at Methven, Music was sent out at odds of 11 to 1 at Addington Raceway tonight due to the presence of the hot favourite Cable Beach. Last of the seven horse field for most of the journey on a hot pace, Music swooped late down the outside for John Dunn to make it two wins from two starts from the Dunn barn. " The race was run to suit him down to the ground but he has still come from last so it was a good effort." " I don't think we will line him up during Cup week as that might be a bit rich for him but there are plenty of opportunities for a horse like him." " I don't think tonights win will be his last," John said. The way that Music has won his last two from the Robert Dunn barn at Woodend Beach, he looks to have a few more wins in him yet. Harnesslink Media

Tonight at the harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway, we will see the debut performance of the very smart three year old, Freedom Fighter. A son of Courage Under Fire, Freedom Fighter went through the 2014 New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch where he changed hands for $48,000 The vendor Brian West of Studholme Park had a lot of time for the colt and arranged to be part of the syndicate that was formed to race the horse by the purchaser Robert Dunn. Freedom Fighter had half a dozen starts at trials and workouts at two against some of the best two year olds around and was always competitive but was put aside to mature Now a three year old, Freedom Fighter has been burning up the trial tracks in Canterbury lately with his last effort at Rangiora especially noteworthy when he came home in 56 and 26.5 for an easy 6 1/2 length win. Tonight on his debut he will face some really nice horses such as Articulight, Imola and Linton Shard but he looks to have all the attributes to make a winning debut.  Driver John Dunn has a good opinion of Freedom Fighter. " He is a really nice horse and I think he will be hard to beat tonight." " His run at the last workouts was very good and I'm going in pretty confident," John said. Any good horse that is running sectionals like Freedom Fighter has at the trials recently always attracts the attention of the bloodstock agents and it is no different here. " There has been quite a bit of interest in him but he hasn't been sold at this stage." " The agents are keen to watch him run tonight and then make a decision," John said. With the aid of barrier one, Freedom Fighter looks very hard to beat here in what is shaping as his only start for the Dunn barn Harnesslink Media  

Every week, Harnesslink produces the harness racing ringaround where a group of twenty odd of our leading drivers give us their best tips for the weekend racing. Results in the main have been good with the odd shocker thrown in but last night at Addington Raceway the tipsters had a night to remember. The drivers selected horses in seven races last night at Addington and bagged five winners which is a great strike rate. In started in the first when Gavin Smith selected Paris Princess who led form go to whoa and returned a healthy dividend of $6:60 Blair Orange was the next tipster to see the winners circle with the very talented Southern GNP who was backed in very short but never gave his supporters any cause for concern with an effortless victory. Onto race 6 and Mark Jones was very bullish around the chances of Franco Harrington and the way he cruised to the front and ran away and hid in the home straight showed that his confidence was not misplaced. In race 8, North Canterbury trainer/driver Robbie Holmes had two horses involved in the race and he was very keen on the chances of Clean Break with Gavin Smith in the bike even from the outside of the gate, with Robbie taking the reins on the stablemate Tehoro Holly. The win dividend of $8:70 for Clean Break was a great return for the inform trotter. As happens, the best was saved for last. Three of our tipsters chose their best drives of the week in race 9 last night. Ricky May, John Dunn and Bob Butt were all keen on the chances of their runners and as it turned out none of them were far off the mark. John Dunn worked to the lead on Mr Meddle with Bob Butt settling in the trail with Justalittlebettor and Ricky May and Change The Rulz snookered away four back on the inner. John got away with a couple of cheap quarters in front with Mr Meddle which left enough in the tank to fight off all the challengers in the home straight. Ricky May and Change The Rulz flashed late for an unlucky second just in front of Justalittlebettor and Bob Butt who held third. Mr Meddle paid $10:90 for the win with the quinella paying $15:30 and the trifecta a healthy $185:20 Throw in the double result of Clean Break and Mr Meddle of $49:50 and followers of the ringaround should have made plenty last night. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing can be a frustrating business at times when a horse for a variety of reasons struggles to show their true worth. Commander Paris fits the bill perfectly with a terrible formline for a horse with above average ability but last night at Alexandra Park he gave a glimpse of why he is held in such high regard. Away well from the unruly mark, driver John Dunn quickly worked the son of CR Commando to the front and John kept up a steady tempo which meant no mid-race attackers. Given a bit more reign at the 800 metres, Commander Paris had them in trouble passing the 400 metres and comfortably had them covered in the home straight, holding a length advantage at the finishing line. Commander Paris trotted the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:54 even with closing sectionals of 59.4 and 29.4 Even though Commander Paris had a shocking formline, he was sent out 1/5 in the betting so someone got a bag full. John Dunn was full of praise for Commander Paris post race. " Bernie and Michelle changed a bit of gear on him after his first start up here and it made all the difference." " He has always had plenty of ability and showed that down south but he couldn't get around the bends left handed so Kevin Fairbairn convinced the owners to send him up north for the right handed way of racing." " He has still got a fair bit to learn as he is not very experienced but I think he will go a fair way before he is finished, " John said. Commander Paris showed last night that given his own rules in front, he is a very hard horse to run down. Harnesslink Media  

Wyndham harness racing trainer Brendon McLellan is no stranger to having a good horse in his barn and in Wick he has another one to carry his blue and red colours with distinction. Brought up to Canterbury for the South Of the Waitaki series at Addington during July, Wick has just got better and bettor and even though he was badly drawn at barrier eight over the 1950 metres tonight in the $23,500 C0 and faster Alabar Super Series Final, he was made a warm favourite. Away well but not super quick from out wide, driver John Dunn had Wick in the three wide line early before working to the front with 1200 metres to go with Lucky Luciano and Gavin Smith taking a trail and Western Art and Ricky May facing the breeze. Nearing the turn John Dunn upped the ante and shot clear and although Lucky Luciano took some ground off him late, Wick won with a lot in hand. John Dunn was full of praise for the son of Panspacificflight post race. "He did that really easily and could have won have won by a lot more but I let him coast the last 100 metres tonight." " Every start he just gets better and has become a much more rounded racehorse." " He has got real speed and a bit of bottom to him and I think there is a fair bit of improvement in him yet," John said. Brendon McLellan was all smiles in the birdcage. " The South of Waitaki series has made this horse and he has come a long way in a short time." "He was always a bit of a big dummy but he has come of age up here." " He can have a wee break now and should come back better again," Brendon said. The South of Waitaki series was a great concept from the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club over the winter and lets hope it becomes a permanent fixture on the racing calendar. Harnesslink Media  

Our harness racing tipsters are having a bit of the winter blues at the moment with less than inspiring results some weeks. Last week saw only two of our tipsters pick winners with Sean McCaffrey and Nathan Williamson doing the honours but we did have eight placegetters and some of those such as Shane Walkinshaw's pick, Takitimu Express paid good money ($4:20) This week we have four meetings in the country and we have picks for them all. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Spinyback was overdue and could win race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Thinks on his work this week, Jetsdream will win race 4 Craig Ferguson - Gives Mordecai a good chance of going back to back in race 6   Auckland  - Friday night Steven Reid - Reckons Concorde even from barrier 8 will be hard to beat in race 2 Scott Phelan - If Superimposed has any luck from his bad draw,he thinks he can win race 2  Todd Mitchell - Thinks the millionaire Vulcan can add to the bankroll in race 6 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thought Vice Consul from the front line could win race 7 Tony Herlihy -  Gives The Almighty Johnson a big chance of winning race 8 John Dunn - Rates Return To Sender as hard to roll in race 9 Mark Jones - Thought Rocker Band would be very hard to beat, also in race 9   Addington - Friday night Bob Butt - Quite bullish about the chances of the two year old Matatoki in race 1 Terry Chmiel - Thinks Maddison Hill can upset them in race 2 Tim Williams - Gives Bird Of Paradise a big show even from the second line in race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Reckons Zin Zan must win one shortly and thinks it will be in race 7 Ricky May - Thought the southern raider Tetrick would be hard to beat in race 8 Brendon McLellan - Agrees with Ricky that Tetrick will be hard to beat in race 8 Matthew Williamson - Reckons Springbank Eden can get the chocolates in race 9   Timaru - Sunday afternoon  Blair Orange - Thought the first starter My Cash would be hard to beat in race 3 Gavin Smith - Very bullish about the chances of Great Things Happen in race 4 Brad Williamson - Reckons Kylie Castleton can bounce back and win race 6 Jim Curtin - Gives Insignificant a chance to upset them at odds, also in race 6  John Curtin - Thought Naughty Maravu only needed some luck for a change to win race 8 Robbie Holmes - Thinks Contractual Issues will be hard to hold out in race 10   Harnesslink Media

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