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By Lindsay Beer The Downbytheseaside Drivers Challenge supported by Woodlands Stud saw a competitive contest for both the Individual and Team titles at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Thursday. Sheree Tomlinson from North Of The Waitaki won the Individual title after reining two winners across the four heats but the South Of The Waitaki Team banked solid points throughout the day to retain their Teams Title that they won last year.  Blair Orange had taken the early lead after winning the opening heat aboard Fanny Hill before his Northern team mate, Tomlinson, won the next two heats with Lawrence and Flash Party to take a nine-point lead into the final heat. Although she failed to add to her tally her twenty points were good enough to hold off Orange who scored five in the last to close to within four points. Craig Ferguson was the best of the South Of The Waitaki team in third with 13 points, one ahead of team mate Matty Williamson. The Teams Title was a see-saw battle. The South took an early lead with Brent Barclay, Matty Williamson and Kirstin Barclay securing second third and fourth in the opening heat to lead the North team 15-11. Tomlinson’s win in the next heat ably supported by John Morrison in second saw North gain a 29-23 lead and with Tomlinson winning the third heat the North Of The Waitaki Team took a 43-35 lead into the finale. However, brothers Brad and Matty Williamson, took the quinella with Ferguson also adding points to allow the South Of The Waitaki Team to retain the title they won last year 55 points to 49. Tomlinson’s win was notable in that it was only the second time a female had taken the title since the competition was instigated in 1989, the other occasion being in 1995 when Jan Gould of Central Districts did so. DRIVERS TITLE Sheree Tomlinson (North) - 20 Blair Orange (North) - 16 Craig Ferguson (South) - 13 Matty Williamson (South) - 12 Brad Williamson (South) - 10 Kirstin Barclay (South) -10 Brent Barclay (South) - 10 John Morrison (North) - 7 Ricky May (North) - 4 Mark Hurrell (North) - 2 Samantha Ottley (North) - 0 Nathan Williamson (South) - 0 SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI – 55 NORTH OF THE WAITAKI – 49 Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

This Sunday (20 October) the Wairio Trotting Club hold the eleventh annual Ladies All Mile Day at Central Southland Raceway in Winton. The day will feature a series of quickfire, American style, one mile races while the Robin Dundee Club will organise several activities on course including some hospitality for ladies and a fashion show while a Netball Shooting Competition will net someone $200. Ladies can join the Robin Dundee Club for a drink and nibbles and peruse a selection of jewellery and scarves on sale from KO Imports in Nelson in their hospitality room in the main grandstand. There will be two Robin Dundee Lucky Coupons in the race book - one for ladies and the other for children - giving on course patrons the opportunity to win some great prizes. The Robin Dundee Club support a race and will present a trophy to the winning owner, trainer and driver while they also sponsor photo finish labelled wine bottles for the winner of each race and present a pair of crystal glasses to the connections of the best performed filly/mare on the day. The MervnMilly Fashion Show will feature garments for ladies and men and the Netball shooting competition offers a $200 prize. Each year a lady who has made a significant contribution to harness racing is featured on Ladies Mile Day and this year that lady will be Natalie Rasmussen, The club will also make a donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Racing starts at 12.00 noon, admission is free, childrens entertainment is free and the first Kidz Kartz heats of the new season will feature. Lindsay Beer Promotions Officer Southern Harness Racing

The innovative Northern Southland Trotting Club host the first of their three 2013/2014 harness racing meetings at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Friday (27 September). For the third consecutive year the club will have a $5000 "Anywhere In The World" trip supported by House Of Travel Lakers Invercargill and Gore plus the Northern Southland Trotting Club up for grabs during their three meetings. At each of their meetings this year - (Friday 27 September, Thursday 16 January and Saturday 22 March) a lucky draw will be made from all losing on course TAB tickets after race nine. After the third winner is found at the clubs final meeting in March the three winners go into the final draw. One of the lucky three will win the $5000 world trip while the other two race day winners will be in contention for second and third prizes - second is a two night stay at the Luxmore Distinction Hotel in Te Anau and third a one night luxury stay at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill including dinner and beverage to the value of $100 plus two cooked breakfasts. Details of the competition will be in the race book but entrants must be over 18 years of age and be on course when the draw is made to win. As always owners will be well looked after this season with the very popular Kina Craig/Alabar Owners Room operating on the first floor of the main grandstand with complimentary food and beverage for owners, an acknowledgement of the club's appreciation of the owners support of their meetings. Macca Lodge have also instigated a new 'BIG MACCA' prize, providing a $100 McDonald's voucher for the leading trainer and driver each race day based on 5 points for each win, 3 points for second and 1 for third. On course patrons can also, if they wish, purchase a Gold Card which gives access to prime viewing at the Top Of The Park along with food and beverage throughout the day. The Gold card offers wonderfull value at $150 per season for a couple and $60 for a single day pass. The club has also announced that they are delighted that The Yaldhurst Hotel and Dave McHugh are the new sponsor of the $50,000 Northern Southland Cup in January. Lindsay Beer Promotions Officer Southern Harness Racing  

$5000 worth of world travel is up for grabs when the Northern Southland Trotting Club hold their final harness racing meeting of the season at Invercargill's Ascot Park Raceway on Saturday (23 March).

The long range weather forecast is for a warm, sunny day on Saturday when the Invercargill Harness Racing Club hosts their big race meeting of the season - Cup Day!.

Harness racing supestar Terror To Love, the winner of the New Zealand Trotting Cup in both 2011 and 2012 will be a huge attraction in the Kina Craig Stud Northern Southland Cup at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Thursday.

Every year many, many Southlanders travel to Addington in Christchurch to enjoy the country's premier harness race - the New Zealand Trotting Cup. However this year several Cup Class harness racing stars will travel south to provide a glamour field for the Kina Craig Northern Southland Cup at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Thursday 17 January.

The Interislander Summer Festival Cromwell Trots will provide an action packed harness racing day at Cromwell Racecourse, South Island, New Zealand on Sunday (6 January).

Roxburgh is the place to be this Friday (4 January) when the Interislander Summer Festival of harness racing takes place at the Roxburgh Racecourse, South Island, New Zealand.

The hugely popular Interislander Summer Festival Omakau Trots are on at the Omakau Racecourse (South Island, New Zealand) on Wednesday 2 January. Interislander Summer Festival is a relaxing, fun, family picnic day with top class harness racing, free entertainment for the children and plenty of activity for all ages. The feature race will be the Otago Daily Times Central Otago Trotting Cup.

A fantastic day of harness racing and entertainment is assured when the Wairio Trotting Club host their popular annual Christmas meeting at the picturesque Central Southland Raceway in Winton on Saturday - 22 December

The battle for provincial supremacy in harness racing is on again on Sunday (December 2) when New Zealands best reinsmen gather for the American Ideal Provincial Drivers Championship at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill.

The Riverton Trotting Club's annual harness racing meeting will take place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Sunday 4 November.

The Wairio Trotting Club host the tenth edition of their annual Ladies Mile Day at Central Southland Raceway in Winton in conjunction with the Robin Dundee Club this Sunday (14 October)

The Northern Southland Trotting Club have another big harness racing season ahead and it all kicks off at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Friday, 28 September.

The first meeting of the Southern harness racing season takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Sunday (12 August).

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