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Zakspatrol is a newcomer to the Waikouaiti stable of Amber Hoffman after being claimed for $4000 by Heather Williams. Zakspatrol (R70) finished fourth in his most recent race at Alexandra Park on May 5. The 6-year-old Art Major gelding had his most recent win at Cambridge in March when trained by Arna Donnelly. Zakspatrol won eight races in his initial racing from the Burnham stable of Mark Jones with his first win at  Methven in March 2014. He later won two races for Kumeu trainer Danny Blakemore. “Heather got him for the claiming races at Forbury Park,’’ said  Lex Williams, her husband. Heather and Lex Williams, of Waimate, have Landora’s Lassie, a 3-year-old sister to One Muscle Hill (Muscle Hill – Landora’s Pearl) in the Hoffman stable. One Muscle Hill, winner of the $68,250 New Zealand Yearling Sales Trot Final for 2-year-olds at Addington last Friday, was bred by the Williams and sold through the PGG Wrightson premier yearling sale for $57,500 to Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover, of Miami. One Over Da Moon, raced by the Williams, won the Cranbourne Trotters Cup last Saturday. One Over Da Moon is in another group three race, the Coulter Crown, at Melton on Saturday night. The Williams have One Over Da Skye, a sister to One Over Da Moon (Majestic Son – One Over Kenny), in the $60,000  New Zealand Sires’ Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotters at Addington on Friday night. “She (One Over Da Skye) is 13th on the Harness Jewels list and we are hoping she can qualify,’’ said Lex. Northview Major (four wins) and Uralla Sue (a winner) are other additions to the Hoffman stable. Pyramid Mustang, a winner from the Phil Williamson stable, is now trained by Geoff and Jude Knight at Roxburgh. He has been entered for the Oamaru meeting on Sunday. Changeover has been relocated to the Burwood Stud in Queensland after being bought by Chris Garrard. Changeover has been in service at Nevele R Stud, Prebbleton. Changeover, winner of the 2008 New Zealand Cup in 3.56.4 for the 3200m, is the sire of Nuala (Dainty’s Daughter Classic), Sudden Change (Tasmanian Oaks) and Mister Lennox (Tasmanian Derby). Patronage for him declined from 225 mares in 2010 to 23 last season. Tintin In America, who was on the stallion roster at Nevele R last season, is now at the Yirribee Stud in New South Wales.   Tayler Strong

Waimate (South Canterbury) owner- breeders Lex and Heather Williams have prospects in feature trotting races on both sides of the Tasman this week. They have Petite One in the  $40,000 Sires Stakes Aged Trotters Championship at Addington tonight (Friday) and One Over Da Moon in the  $A20,000 Cranbourne Trotters Cup at Cranbourne tomorrow night. Both trotters are having their first starts from new stables with new drivers. Petite One, who has not raced  for 17 months, is now trained at Woodend Beach by Greg and Nina Hope. A workout win at Rangiora on May 3 indicated the 5-year-old Angus Hall – Petite Sunset mare was forward. Blair Orange has the drive. “Petite One’s knee caved in and we treated her and took an embryo Love You filly from her when she was out,’’ said Lex Williams. Petite One won six races when trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. She won over 3200m in 4.04.9 (a record for a mare) at the 2015 New Zealand Cup meeting and won a Super Series race at Addington. Over Da Moon, the winner of 21 races. including five in Australia, is now trained by Lance Justice in Victoria. One Over Da Moon has to be rated under free-for-all conditions tomorrow night. The  Majestic Son – One Over Kenny entire had his most recent win at Alexandra Park in September when prepared by Tony Herlihy.  One Over Da Moon won eight for Herlihy and eight (including Harness Jewels and NZ Trotting Stakes at two) for Paul Nairn. He won four, including The Holmfield at Melton and a heat of the Breeders Crown at Maryborough for  Chris Lang and a heat of the 2016 Australia Trotters Championship at Ballarat for Chris Alford. One Over Da Moon has sired two foals, colts out of Anna Castleton and Landora’s Pearl for the Williams. Both are rising 2-year-olds. Tayler Strong

Harness racing enthusiasts in Australasia who have been around a wee while will have no trouble remembering the champion racemare Pride Of Petite. The pint size mare by Royal Prestige was a major player in all the big trotting races during the mid 1990s and by the time of her retirement had won 35 races in Australasia from Dominion Handicaps to Inter - Dominion Finals and even qualified for the Elitloop final in Sweden. Herself a daughter of a champion racemare in Petite Evander who won 48 races in New Zealand and North America, Pride Of Petite has done a fine job at stud without being able to leave one as good as herself. The best of her progeny was undoubtedly Petite Sunset who ran second in the Trotting Oaks and earned $115,070 on the track. Purchased by well known and successful breeders Lex and Heather Williams from Waimate in South Canterbury, Petite Sunset first produced a Monarchy filly which as Petite Royal has already won a race from the Robbie Holmes barn. It was while foaling her second foal to Angus Hall that Petite Sunset died and Heather  Williams thought they might lose the foal as well. "We lost the mare and we thought we would lose her"  "She was bottle reared and we called her Lucky-lucky to be alive" Heather said. Retained by the Williams, the aptly named Petite One was placed with the powerful Purdon/ Rasmussen barn and she didn't take long to display a touch of class. Debuting at Addington in July last year as a late 2 year old, Petite One did plenty of work but was still too strong for her maiden rivals. Put aside straight afterwards, Petite One reappeared at Auckland in early December and in four starts at Alexandra Park during last month she has clocked up two wins and two placings and looked better with every run. Her latest run on New Years Eve was evidence that this is a filly of real class. Racing over 2700 metres for the first time, Petite One was a touch slow early and settled three back on the inner early before angling into the one out one back position with 1600 metres to go. There she stayed until the 500 metres mark where driver Mark Purdon sent her after the pacemaking Al Bundy and she grabbed him late in the race for an impressive win. Petite One trotted the 2700 metres in 3:29.5 from a stand which was a new New Zealand record for a 3 year old trotting filly. Just as impressive were her closing sectionals of 58.4 and 27.9 Mark Purdon was more than pleased by the performance of the daughter of  Angus Hall.. "She will go home now. She has done a wonderful job up here" Mark said. While it is early in her career to be making comparisons with her illustrious close relation Pride Of Petite, Petite One is very similar in many respects and her progress will be closely followed by many enthusiasts who remember her grand - dam. Harnesslink Media  

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