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New Zealand's greatest reinsman and Alexandra Park's long serving, but now retired clerk of the course, were honoured at the Alabar 2011 North Island Harness Racing Awards held in Auckland tonight (Saturday September 3).

Ten months after claiming the inaugural 'Island Of Origin Drivers Series' the six-strong North Island team will be looking to defend its coveted harness racing title conducted by the Auckland Trotting Club at Alexandra Park this Friday (September 2).

Josh Dickie - one of the good guys in harness racing - has retained his Australasian Junior Driving title he won at Ashburton on June 6 - but it has come at a cost. His appeal case was heard by New Zealand's Racing Integrity Unit and the Judicial Control Authority in Auckland last week and a decision was reached on Monday (July 18).

What should have been a $4100 walkover for all-conquering harness racing trotter Paramount Geegee turned into a mini-disaster, when he came out of the one-horse race with a badly cut fetlock, costing him a tilt at next month's $A75,000 Victoria Trotters' Derby.

Ardmore (South Auckland) based harness racing driver Josh Dickie could lose the 2011 Australasian Junior Drivers title he won at Ashburton on Monday (June 6). Whether he remains champion is entirely dependent on the outcome of an appeal he filed with the New Zealand Judicial Control Authority today (Thursday June 9).

After seven heats over three meetings, the 2011 Australasian Young Drivers Champion has been crowned. With three wins throughout the harness racing series, including the final two heats, the North Island's Joshua Dickie finished the Championship with 69 points.

A golden weekend continued for the Dickie family when young harness racing driver Joshua Dickie claimed the Australasian Young Drivers Championship title today (Monday June 6). It took a win in the final race of the series held at the Ashburton Trotting Club's meeting for Dickie to snatch the title from Matty Williamson who looked home for all money at the start of the day, but a disqualification early on for Williamson behind the Bruce Hutton trained Hu Keas, opened the door for an opportunist Josh Dickie to walk through.

They are two of New Zealand's most promising young harness racing drivers and they spoke to Harnesslink editor Duane Ranger for Harness Racing TV last Friday (May 13) at Alexandra Park. The two North Island-based reinsmen, who were both born in the Waikato, are in their fourth season of driving.

A magical night of harness racing was signed sealed and delivered in the space of ten minutes for Cambridge trainer John Dickie tonight (Friday). Dickie had no sooner witnessed his three year old trotter Paramount Geegee win the Group Three trotters Championship at Alexandra Park in the hands of his son Joshua Dickie, before turning his attention to his year younger trotting star, Flying Isa.

Horowhenua horsewoman, Wendy Devenport had a day she will never forget on her home track at the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club's meeting on the Otaki grass track today (Friday January 21). The 49-year-old Health Care New Zealand employee not only trained her first winner but managed to snare a double.

Mark Purdon has fond memories of the Ruakaka race track. The Canterbury horseman drove his first winner there for his for his father Roy and brother Barry behind Dark And Dusty in the early 1980s. Today (Wednesday January 5) Purdon steered home another three winners at the Northland Harness Racing Club's meeting in what was his first visit to the track in 10 years.

Dominion Handicap hopefuls be warned - last year's runner-up - Sovereignty is in better shape than what he was when he got within half a head of Springbank Richard in the 2009 Group One feature almost 12 months ago. But his Cambridge harness racing trainer, Sean McCaffrey isn't getting too cocky about his winning chances.

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