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Every now and again in harness racing you witness something that just shouldn't be possible. Like today at Addington where the brilliant 2 year old filly from last year Supersonic Miss made her season debut against a strong field of intermediate grade pacers who all had runs under their belt and got up and beat them.   Away well from barrier one,  driver Mark Purdon settled the daughter of Mach Three in the trail early before ending up three deep on the inner when the smart No Doctor Needed with John Dunn in the bike took the lead.   With No Doctor Needed keeping up a steady clip in front meant the gaps opened near the 500 metres and Mark angled Supersonic Miss onto the back of stable mate Fight For Glory.    Waiting until late in the run home, Mark angled into the clear and grabbed Fight For Glory in the last 50 metres for an outstanding win.   Supersonic Miss covered the 1950 metres from the mobile in a very quick 2:20.7, a mile rate of 1;56 with closing sectionals of 55.8 and 28.1.   From the former smart Australian racemare in Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849) Supersonic Miss has looked special from her first start at Addington and her connections have made the late entry payment for this years Fillies Sires Stakes Series which should send a few shivers up a few of her opponents.   Mark Purdon was all smiles on returning to the birdcage.   "I got a lovely run when i got clear and she finished it off like I thought she would."   "It didn't surprise me when she picked up Fight For Glory as she is a high class filly,"he said.    Owned in partnership by big spending Australian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth along with several other Australians, Supersonic Miss looks in for a huge season.       Hanesslink Media

Mach It So is harness racing’s latest world record holder thanks to his victory at Mohegan Sun in Pocono Downs last night. The son of Mach Three rallied from the pocket to win the $35,000 Open Handicap in a brilliant 1:48 with Australian reinsman Andrew McCarthy in the cart. Beginning well from barrier four, Mach It So was position along the inside before gaining a ‘saloon’ passage up the home straight to account for State Treasurer and Wake Up Peter. With fractions of 25:2, :52:2, and 1:19:1, Mach It So sliced a tenth of a second off Live On and Dynamic Youth’s world record for four-year-old pacing geldings on a 5/8-mile circuit. Live On established the mantle at Pocono in July 2013, with Dynamic Youth equalling the time a year later. Owned by Bamond Racing, Mach It So registered his eighth win from 21 starts in 2014, with the victory his 18th overall, giving him earnings of $601,039.

One of the first woman to hold a licence to train in New Zealand died yesterday and with her passing, harness racing lost one of its most successful and enduring participants. Dianne Wood was very well known within the harness racing community in New Zealand with all the horses she bred carrying her trademark "Kamwood " prefix. Granted a licence to train in 1985, Dianne never had a big team but usually had a handy horse in the stable. As of her passing she had trained 42 winners for stakes closing in on nearly half a million dollars. Her latest winner was the Mach Three 3 year old filly Stellar Kamwood who won at Alexandra Park in early October and then ran a fine second in the $25,000 Sires Stakes heat recently. Stellar Kamwood was withdrawn from racing last night at Alexandra Park after Dianne's death and as a mark of respect from her fellow competitors, all drivers in race four wore a black armband. Dianne was a longtime supporter of the yearling sales and sold a host of smart horses over the years. Kamwood Belle ( 8 wins) who won the Ladyship Stakes at Alexandra Park, was one of the mares that helped establish the "Kamwood " name and she was followed by horses such as Kamwood Kango 1:58.6 ($268,394)  Kamwood Warrior 1:51 ($209,946)  Kamwood Cully 1:57.5 ($159,838) Bold Kamwood 1:58.1 ($133,431) and Kamwood Girl 1:56.8 ($115,964) to name just a few. Harnesslink would like to pass on our condolences to the family at this time. Harnesslink Media

Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall has seven of the 10 runners in Friday night’s Golden Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park and has no hesitation in nominating Soho Lennon as his brightest prospect. “He is the best of my runners and should prove hard to beat,” Hall said. Hall then ranked Classic American as second best, followed by High Courage, Waylade, Vc Manoeuvre, A Boy Named Rosie and Eliseos Falcon. Soho Lennon, Classic American and High Courage were impressive in winning trials by big margins in dashing style at Byford last Sunday. Soho Lennon, who will be driven by Clint Hall, is a highly-talented and versatile four-year-old, which has drawn ideally in barrier two. Classic Courage will start from five, with High Courage to begin from barrier three, while Vc Manoeuvre has the back line to content with. Soho Lennon will be first-up since winning at the same venue last July when he raced three-wide for most of the 2130 metre trip. He beat Black Mr Mach by four lengths in recording his fifth win from his past seven starts and improving his record to eight wins and six placings from 22 starts. Last weekend, the son of Mach Three set the pace during his trials to account for Vc Manoeuvre in 1:57.6 for the 2150 metres, covering the last half in 55.4 seconds. “He needed the run and went a phenomenal time and bolted in,” Hall declared. “I expect So Ubettabelieveit to lead from the pole, but that could be to his detriment.” Classic American rated 1.58.3 in his trial, dashing over the final 800 metres in 55.9 seconds. He has won nine of his 17 starts, with Hall describing him as a “really good horse” which would be running home strongly in Friday night’s race. High Courage rated 1.58.1 when he beat Bhagwan by five lengths during their trial. “If he had drawn to lead on Friday night I would have rated him a good chance,” Hall said. “Waylade is a nice horse on the way up and Vc Manoeuvre, A Boy Named Rosie and Eliseos Falcon all have plenty of ability. “Vc Manoeuvre went well in Sunday’s trial, but he pulls hard and I’m a little worried about that.” Chris Voak, who will drive So Ubettabelieveit for Pinjarra trainer Kade Howson, predicted the gelding would run a solid race. “He’s got good gate speed and I will determine my tactics after speaking to Kade and also will be guided by the speed he and others show out of the barrier,” Voak said. KEN CASELLAS

Mach Three has been having a stellar run with his fillies and mares in the last twelve months and it continued at yesterday's harness racing meeting at Riverton. Mach Three had three representatives in the race for C1 and older mares over 1700 metres and they all drew poorly with barriers seven , eight and eleven. But that made no difference to the result as they trifected the race and in a fair bit of style to boot. None of the three had any favours during the running but stuck to their guns resolutely in the home stretch. Luminesce was sent forward by driver Craig Ferguson from barrier eight when the gate went and was four wide early before pressing on to the death seat after 600 metres. Missy Mach with Jonny Cox in the bike was three wide with cover early before being left three wide without cover at the 1000 metres mark. She continued to work forwards and found the death seat at the 700 metres mark with Luminesce now in the one by one. Donnamach with Nathan Williamson doing the driving hooked straight on to Missy Mach's back at the start from barrier eleven and followed her everywhere but was left three wide without cover when Missy Mach found the death seat at the 700 metres mark. These three sorted themselves out as they turned for home but Missy Mach after working the whole race found a kick and held off the determined finish of Luminesce with Donnamach running into third. It was the daughter of Mach Three's fourth win and easily her most impressive. She cut out the 1700 metres in 2:05.3, a mile rate of 1:58.6 with closing sectionals of 59.7 and 30.2 in the showery conditions. Trained by part owner Martin Denton at Mosgiel, Missy Mach is bred to be good being a full sister to Mach Cade 1:53.5 ($54,409)  and a half sister to the brilliant pacer Jack Cade 1:56.5 ($742,232) and the smart  JJ Thomas 1:52.6 ($59,107) Martin wasn't surprised that Missy Mach won yesterday but wasnt expecting her to after such a tough run. " Missy Mach won three in a row as a 3 year old but has had a few little issues since.  " She has finally matured into her big frame and I can honestly say I have never had her better. "She just lacks that bit of really high speed but can really stay as you saw yesterday," he said Martin has had a few approaches to send her to Australia on a 50/50 basis but is leaning to keeping her here in New Zealand. " I am going to nominate her for the $20,000 South Of The Waitaki race on Show Day at Addington which should really suit her as staying is her forte. "Her dam Janet Blue Chip is finished as a broodmare so I may keep her daughter Missy Mach close to home " he said. On the strength of yesterday's run, Missy Mach would be a chance where ever she lines up in the next few weeks. Harnesslink Media  

Impressive Mach Three 4yr old No Doctor Needed looked ready for his cup week assignments, delivering a "freebie" victory on Friday at Addington in the hands of Matt Purvis. Resuming after a five month break, last season's Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes winner had to be good, obliged to sit outside pacemaker Someardensomewhere throughout. He proved equal to the task, powering to the lead on the turn and then digging tough over the last 200m to hold on by 3/4 length. The overall time for the 1950m was 2.20, home from the 800m in 56 and the last 400m in 28.6, on a 1.55.5 mile rate. This was the son of Molly Darling's 5th win from just eight starts. He has been well placed by connections and enters cup week as a C2 horse. While it was the horse's first start for some time he was well ready for his resumption, having had three workouts and a trial. Plans past cup week are unclear at present and he may join a large contingent likely to head north over Xmas and New Year. With a huge number of opportunities for the 4yr olds in the second half of the season, he will be given his chance to again match up to the best of his age group. Courtesy Of Robert Dunn Racing Stables - Check site here     

Harness racing 3 year olds in the North Island always have a hard road to the Sires Stakes Final at Addington on Cup day with few suitable races to get them race hardened for the big day. Hence it is no surprise that on Friday night at Alexandra Park we find the three leading North island hopes lining up in a C2-C6 pace over 2200 metres. First and foremost is Hughie Green who has been in exceptional form this season and is rated the North's best hope of taking home the silverware on Cup day. However South Auckland trainer Ray Green has two 3 year olds that he thinks are more than capable of holding their own in the Sires Stakes Final in the Bettor's Delight colt, Strike The Gold and the Mach Three colt, Chachingchaching. The pair ran the quinella in the Sires Stakes heat at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago and did it in the style of horses who are right at the top of their game. Strike The Gold had a head to spare on that occasion over Chachingchaching as they cut out the 1700 metres in a very fast 2:02.3, a mile rate of 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.4 It was a performance that suggested that the duo will be very competitive come the Final on Cup day. Ray is happy with both of them heading into Friday night. "They are both well enough heading into Friday night but in saying that the run will help to tighten both of them up looking towards the final,"  Ray told Harnesslink today. "We are up against Hughie Green on Friday night  but there is no point in ducking him so I'm looking forward to the race actually," he said. Safely through Friday night, Ray's pair of top 3 year olds will not head south until late in the piece. " They can both have a run at the trials after Friday night just to top them off for Addington. "The plan at this stage is to fly them down a couple of days before the final,"  he said. Ray Green has fashioned a great record in the Sires Stakes final in the last five years, winning it with Sir Lincoln and running fourth with Besotted while Hawkeye Bromac was unplaced last year. Ray knows what it takes to takes to win the Sires Stakes Final and in Chachingchaching and Strike The Gold he has two 3 year olds capable of doing just that. Harnesslink Media  

The harness racing action moved to the trials at Rangiora yesterday after the huge day at Ashburton on Monday and saw a large batch of 2 year olds strut their stuff for the first time. The first of the 2 year old heats was for the fillies and all six runners were from the all conquering All Stars team. Arden's Choice by Panspacificflight did enough to grab the pacemaking Sophisticated Lady (Mach Three) in the last few metres but the whole six finished within a couple of lengths of each other in their first serious hitout. The overall time of 2:42.7 in the very windy conditions was what you would expect from a first up run and it should be upwards and onwards from here. The second of the 2 year old heats for colts and geldings saw a 3 year old added to the 5 runners in the form of Bettor Be Smooth and as you would expect he was too strong for the juveniles. Two All Stars runners in Chase The Dream (Bettor's Delight)  and Waikiki Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) closed in the straight but were still 1 1/4 and 2 1/2 lengths in arrears at the finish. However as the last 800 metres was cut out in a blistering 56.6 and 400 metres in 28.6, in less than ideal conditions, then both 2 year olds look to be very promising. In the third 2 year old heat which was also for colts and geldings, another of the All Stars team in Major Ben was very impressive. Slow to begin from the outside alley, Major Ben (Art Major) looped the field after 300 metres and was too strong afterwards winning by two lengths in the fastest time of the three heats of 2:37.2. with closing sectionals of 58.6 and 28.5 Stablemate Lazarus (Bettor's Delight) made ground late to grab second from Audi Hare (Mach Three) from the Michael House barn. Major Ben was easily the biggest of the 2 year olds on display yesterday but seems to have speed to match his size. There was plenty of talented horseflesh in some of the other heats yesterday and this is how we saw them. Isaiah looked very forward as he nabbed a game Venus Serena in his heat which was cut out in a 1:59.8 mile rate with smart sectionals in the conditions of 56.8 and 28.1 Both look ready to rumble come Cup week Itz Bettor To Win made ground well behind the first two for third and can't be far away from making his 3 year old debut. Ancient Moonlight and Cut Loose were very impressive in a C0 heat, clearing out a long way from home with only half a head separating them at the finish. The overall time of 2:30.7 was excellent in the conditions and both horses look to be early winners on that run. Ranfurly Rulz looked forward to resume when winning his heat in a 1:59.8 mile rate when the wind was at its worst and after he had done all the work in front. Princess Galleon trialed again like a trotter who is going to win one at short notice when she cleared out by five lengths in her heat. Webb Ellis and Highview Freddy were only separated by a half head in their heat and both look ready to win a maiden at short notice. Overall apart from the wind, it was a day that threw up several smart horses for racing around New Zealand Cup week Harnesslink Media

In 2004 a young Emmett Brosnan crossed the Tasman for one of harness racing’s premier events – the Inter Dominion at Moonee Valley. Brosnan’s journey was as a travelling companion for his trainer-father, Richard, who was contesting the trotters’ division with classy campaigner Pompallier. Entranced by the atmosphere and Australian lifestyle, Brosnan returned to New Zealand after the series knowing he would one day be back on the mainland. Five years later, Brosnan made the decision to forge a career in Australia, and now another five years down the track, he is among Victoria’s most talented and sort-after reinsman. Brosnan’s sister, Virginia, is a well-known veterinarian also based in Victoria. “I came over in 2004 for the Trotters’ Inter Dominion and really liked it over here,” Brosnan declared. “After that I always planned to come over to work and drive. “I’ve been here five years now and have no plans of heading back to New Zealand.” Working for prominent horseman Geoff Webster, Brosnan has formed a formidable partnership stable representative Will Mach My Word. The pair have combined 13 times for eight wins, including Horsham earlier this week. During his latest triumph, Will Mach My Word led throughout from barrier four to register a soft victory from Wheatsheaf Avaball and The Noble Steed. “Once he got to the front he was just doing it easily and won with plenty up his sleeve,” Brosnan said. “He is just perfect to drive and has come back a lot stronger and better this time in.” Confident the son of Mach Three can complete a smooth transition through the grades, Brosnan believes Will Mach My Word is capable of winning a major feature. “He has done everything asked of him so far,” Brosnan said. “He has stepped up twice again the real top ones and hasn’t disgraced himself. “I think he can race into better company and can win a nice race along the way.” PAUL COURTS

Kentuckiana Lodge NZ Cup contender Christen Me, after getting back on the outer, had to settle for third to the Allstars stablemates, Adore Me and Hands Christian in the $49,396 The Trust Ashburton Flying Stakes, but there was plenty to like about his performance. The reigning Grand Circuit champ, like triple NZ Cup winner and favourite Terror To Love, were left to pick up the crumbs as the Allstars stablemates controlled the front end. Adore Me made one of her best beginnings from the stand start to take up the early running, then eased to trail Hands Christian with 1200m to run. She finished best to score by three-quarters of a length in 2:56 for the stand start 2400m (1:58 mile rate), the leaders running their last 800m in 54.9s and final 400m in 26s. This was a NZ mares record, lowering Jamie’s previous mark of 2:57.2 set in 2006, but outside Terror To Love’s allcomers NZ mark of 2:54.9. Christen Me stormed home wide out for third, being timed over his last mile in 1:53.8, his closing 800m in 54s and his final 400m in a sensational 25.1s. “I knew that last quarter must have been something very fast,” Cran said. “We were going as fast as we can but couldn’t get past the top two. Dex said he (Christen Me) was powerful at the line.” In a remarkable feat, 90-year-old Charlie Roberts bred the trifecta, and co-races both Adore Me and Christen Me. Adore Me is a daughter of Bettor’s Delight and the former NZ mile record-holder Scuse Me (1:53.5), who Mr Roberts purchased at the end of her race career in North America and returned her to NZ for breeding. Both Hands Christian and Christen Me are brothers, being by Christian Cullen from Scuse Me’s Dream Away daughter, Splendid Dreams. At the presentation, Mr Roberts’ son-in-law Paul Kenny, also a co-owner of Adore Me, confirmed the mare had “put her best foot forward”, adding: “the win was totally unexpected, but a total thrill.” Bit Of A Legend, the second Kentuckiana Lodge runner in the Flying Stakes, began nervously from the inside, galloping away and settling back on the inner. He wasn’t able to feature, but still paced 2:57 for the stand start 2400m to finish last of the nine, and only five lengths from the winner. Two of Bit Of A Legend’s Gore co-owners, Pat and Margaret Kubala, had better luck the previous day at Forbury when Lightning Mach justified her short quote when resuming in a maiden pace. Despite starting from the back row, Lightning Mach enjoyed a good run through to improve three wide and was in front at the end of 600m and won untested by 3 1/4 lengths. The Mach Three-Righteous Franco filly, having her first start since May, paced the 2200m on the slushy track in 2:49 without having her earplugs pulled. She is one of four 3YO fillies for her trainer in Friday’s $25,000 Alabar Sires’ Stakes Fillies Series Heat at Addington, having drawn the inside of the second row. She is drawn to follow out one of her stablemates, Delightful Lana (ace), while Margarita (not entirely happy on the rain-affected track when a beaten favourite at Forbury last Sunday) and Bettor Think Twice will start from the outside of the front row. Courtesy Cran Dalgety Racing Stables - Check site here    

The Queens birthday harness racing meeting at Ashburton today had plenty of topliners involved but it was a first starter who stole the show early on. The Mach Three filly Classical Art was only having her third run away from her home at the All Stars base at Rolleston when she accounted for a game Brilliant Strike today. Classical Art only qualified two weeks ago at Addington when she won a 2000 mobile heat in a very quick 1:59 mr She followed that up at last Tuesday's Ashburton trials with a smart win over 2400 metres from a stand, sprinting over her last 400 metres in 27.2. In todays race she dropped off the gate early and slotted into the running line. Brilliant Strike went to the lead with a lap to run and driver Mark Purdon sent Classical Art  off in pursuit with 1100 metres to run. Brilliant Strike applied the pressure across the top and straightened for home three lengths to the good of Classical Art. Half way up the straight Brilliant Strike was holding but in the last 200 metres Classical Art ground her way past him for a great debut win. Classical Art paced the 2400 metres from a mobile in a smart 2:57.2, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28. Mark Purdon was pleased with the first up effort. "That was a nice win first up but she did get the right trip," he said Mark was just as happy with how Classical Art behaved herself at her debut run. "She was a real handful earlier but has settled down this time in I am not sure just yet where we will go next," Mark said." Classical Art is bred to be good as the 3 year old daughter of Mach Three is the 3rd foal from the Artsplace mare in Art Lover 1:57.6 who is a daughter of the former brilliant racemare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923). She was purchased out of the 2013 Australasian Classic yearling sale for $31,000 by Mark Purdon on behalf of the Whitelocks of Palmeston North, who have had a long and successful association with the All Stars stable. Harnesslink Media  

A lot of New Zealand harness racing trainers will vary the program of their stable stars as they head to a race such as the New Zealand Cup. Many different paths are taken, all with the intent of arriving at the second Tuesday in November in peak condition. However to say that the path taken to this years Cup by last years runner up Fly Like An Eagle is outside of the square would be a massive understatement. In a surprise move, champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have decided that a C2 front mobile mile on "Ladies" day at Wairio will be the starting point for Fly Like An Eagle this season.  The son of Mach Three was in great from leading into last years New Zealand Cup which culminated with a close second to Terror To Love in the Cup itself but then the form of Fly Like An Eagle fell away due to a series of niggling issues especially on his Australian sojourn. Since being returned to the All Stars barn at the end of last season, Mark and Natalie have done a wonderful job in bringing Fly Like An Eagle back to the track in such great physical condition. Two trials this time in have seen him make sizzling beginnings and run big sectionals to be collared late in the piece by more seasoned runners such as Christen Me and Smolda. After yesterdays trial, the All Stars brains trust thought they even though his run had been super, Fly Like An Eagle had not been completely at the top of his game. "We are going to head to the mile at Wairio with him," said Mark "Natalie was thrilled with how he went but felt he was a bit down on confidence. He had a hard time of it in Australia last season and it has affected his confidence a touch so that is why he is at Wairio instead of Methven," he said. To be driven by in form stable reinsman Tim Williams, Fly Like An Eagle has drawn the outside barrier of seven in the small field and looks a class above them on paper. While running over a mile at Wairio might not be everyone's idea of a good lead up for a tough two mile on Cup Day, Mark and Natalie have shown again and again that they know how to get the best out of their charges.  Fly Like An Eagle showed last year he was up to winning a New Zealand Cup and he looks on track to again be a major player in this years event. Harnesslink Media

Three Of Clubs fought off challenges early and late on his way to an authoritative 1:51.1 harness racing triumph in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for sophomore colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Doug McNair shot Three Of Clubs to the front from post position six, and he would chop out the opening quarter in 27 seconds flat. Silverhill Shadow (Chris Christoforou), who started from post ten, was unable to find an inside position, and he was forced to press on. McNair wasn’t about to let him clear, though, and left him on the outside through the 55 second half. Victor Bayama (Sylvain Filion) elected to tip three-wide on the far turn to try and get around Silverhill Shadow, and public choice Jet Airway (Randy Waples) tracked that move. However, they were both still very wide and still clearly behind Three Of Clubs as he cruised through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pocket-sitter Play It Again Sam and a wide Jet Airway had clear aim at Three Of Clubs the entire length of the stretch, but they didn’t have the pace to track him down, and Three Of Clubs went on to win by two lengths in 1:51.1. Play It Again Sam was the runner-up and Jet Airway had to settle for third. Prince Clyde (Trevor Henry) was the fourth-place finisher and Victor Bayama wound up fifth. “He had great gate speed last year, but we’ve had trouble with him all year,” McNair said of Three Of Clubs, who is headed to the Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in suburban Chicago. “He was getting bad gaited near the end of the mile. Kudos to the guys who work for dad, Dad (winning trainer Gregg McNair), and all the vets, they got this horse ready for the end of the year and they did a great job. I thought he had a good shot as long as he was good gaited. He can get off the wings good. It’s too bad he’s had trouble all year because he should have twice amount the money on his card he’s got.” Gregg McNair of Guelph, Ontario, also co-owns Three Of Clubs, a colt by Mach Three, with Hall of Famer Keith Waples of Durham and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Three Of Clubs got his second win from 12 efforts this year, and he now has six career victories. He has earned $255,480 on the campaign and $462,097 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

Lonny Stokes and J R's Hurricane scored a decisive victory in Saturday's top-class at Exhibition Park Raceway.   He was seeking his Third Straight win and Stokes was quick off the gate with the five-year-old son of Mach Three. He made every post a winning one including a final quarter of :27.3.   Time of the mile was 1:58.2 as he destroyed the field by twelve and three-quarter lengths. Wave That Banner and Dance Hanover made up the top trio. For J Rs Hurricane, it was his eleventh win on the season for owner Jean Charles Belliveau.   Also on Saturday, first time owner Michael Folkins won his first career race as an owner as Dale Spence Jr. guided Windemere Astro to victory in the afternoon's first race.   Mark Haig had two-wins on the program as he now has twenty-eight wins on the season at Exhibition Park Raceway. Next card will be contested on the holiday Monday, October 13th at 2:00 P.M.   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB    

Katy Perry, voted Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year after feature wins in both the $A297,000 Australasian Breeders Crown and $A50,505 Garrards Tatlow Stakes, is back in work at Kentuckiana Lodge. The precocious daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Karen Donna had five weeks out after going unbeaten in four Victorian starts, culminating in her big Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Melton on August 24. “She had a week off in Australia before coming home, which was helpful,” said trainer Cran Dalgety. “I would have liked her to have given her a longer break, but there are three nice races for her at Auckland in December.” Preceeding the Group One $150,000 Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final at Auckland on December 31 is the Group Two $75,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Ladyship Stakes, also at Alexandra Park, on December 19. There is also a lead-in race beginning the Auckland carnival. “She’s looking fantastic. She’s really grunted up and bulked up over the rear end,” Cran said. Last term in NZ, Katy Perry won the Listed $146,250 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Fillies Final, and was the runnerup to Linda Lovegrace in the Group One $113,406 Woodlands Stud/Caduceus Club 2YO Fillies Classic, both at Auckland in May. Her 2YO successes earned connections $367,603 from seven wins and two seconds in 10 starts. Theoretically, a faster Katy Perry should return this term, wearing two less straps. The Kentuckiana Lodge mentor had to race her with spreaders in the Breeders Crown, a legacy of her shock fall in the preliminary before the Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Cambridge on May 31. “She ended up with a big mark on the inside knob of the knee, which she just touched and made it worse.” “Thats all good now and this time in we’ll get rid of the spreaders. She’ll have less weight to carry anyway.” The Kentuckiana Lodge trainer has a strong support cast of 3Y0 fillies this term. “Its funny how its just fallen that way,” he said. Delightful Lana, who set a NZ mobile 2600m 2YO fillies record of 3:14.6 at Timaru in May and won twice in six juvenile starts, returned to the trials last Monday. Bettor Think Twice, from the same family as Venus Serena and also good enough to race in the Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond, won once and was twice placed in eight juvenile starts. “She has improved a bit, which she has needed to do, as she was there last term, without being dominant,” Cran said. Lightning Mach, who won back-to-back Forbury starts in April-May from just four 2YO starts, and Supriya, who won once in four 2YO filly starts, are also likely to advance further this term. Then there’s diminuitive but speedy Margarita, who only began racing in July and has quickly won three from five, including a 1:57.9 Addington mile last week. “She has to keep improving to get up to the better ones but she hasn’t hit a brick wall yet,” said Cran, who trains her for wife, Chrissie. Margarita has been withdrawn from Rangiora on Sunday. She was transferred to the stand start 2600m C1 pace after her nominated mobile race was deleted. Courtesy Of Cran Dalgety Racing - Check site here

After an overpowering win last week in the afternoon's top-class, five-year-old J Rs Hurricane will be looking to repeat in this week's top conditioned harness racing event.   Lonny Stokes, no stranger to driving the son of Mach Three will be holding the lines of the pacer from post-four in the five horse top-class.   Man In Pink will once again have the advantage of the rail position for driver Mark Haig. Dance Hanover will have post-two for catch-driver Mike Barrieau for the Ultimate Stables of Moncton.   American Captain will leave from post-four for veteran driver and trainer Mike Campbell. Wave That Banner from the Eric Wilson stable will have the outside post-five. Starters will face-off for a purse of $ 1500.   This Saturday will also feature the final leg of Horse Racing New Brunswick's handicapping contest. Week twenty ( 20 ) will be contested and an overall winner announced next week.   Post time for Saturday's matinee card is slated for 2:00 P.M.   Scott Waddell

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