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Harness racing has been dominated in the south this season by the outstanding efforts of the All Stars team and tonight at Addington was no different. Heat three of this years Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies series for 3 year fillies looked like a three horse affair with the All Star Team duo of Supersonic Miss and Classical Art joined by the talented Delightful Lana from the Cran Dalgety barn. In slushy track conditions, Delightful Lana and Classical Art came out together and dueled for 300 metres before Natalie Rasmussen slotted Classical Art into the trail behind Delightful Lana who as usual had Dexter Dunn in the bike. Mark Purdon had settled Supersonic Miss back on the inner but hooked her out and sent her forward with 1200 metres to go and she worked to Delightful Lana's wheel with 700 metres to run.  As they swung for home Delightful Lana held a narrow advantage but was quickly claimed by Classical Art up the passing lane and by Supersonic Miss on her outer and these two settled down to battle it out. Even allowing for the run she had most pundits would have still expected Supersonic Miss to assert her superiority but it wasn't to be as Classical Art ran away from her better credentialed stablemate for an emphatic victory by 2 1/2 lengths with Delightful Lana a further 1 3/4 lengths in third. It was the fourth win in a row for the strongly built daughter of Mach Three and maintained her unbeaten record since her debut just over a month ago. Classical Art paced the 1950 metres in slushy conditions in 2:24.6, a mile rate of 1:59.3 with smart sectionals of 56 and 27.5 considering the state of the track. It should be little wonder that Classical Art is as talented as she is as the daughter of Mach Three is from the 1:57.6 Artsplace mare Art Lover who is a daughter of none other than the brilliant racemare Under Cover Lover 1:51.8 ($864,923). Purchased for $31,000 from the Australasian Classic Yearling sale in 2013, Classical Art's progress has been far from plain sailing for her trainers. Mark Purdon was quite reflective after the race tonight  on his unbeaten filly. " She was close to being sacked not to long ago to be honest." " She is quite a hard filly to work with and is not that good a track worker at home." "When it comes to raceday however she is a completely different filly." "To win that race tonight in the manner she did at just her fourth lifetime start was some effort," Mark said Mark wasn't disappointed with the run of the brilliant Supersonic Miss to run second. " The track didn't suit her 100% and she had a tough run but it was still a smart effort under the circumstances but she ran into a better one on the night," he said. Both fillies will now head to Auckland with the $75,000 Ladyship Stakes and $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes final firmly on the radar. While Supersonic Miss would have started the season as the top ranked filly in the All Stars stable, one gets the feeling from listening to Mark Purdon tonight that she is being  quickly overtaken by Classical Art. Harnesslink Media    

Harness racing tonight at Addington Raceway was run in cold and showery conditions and a lot of horses just struggled to cope with the slushy track conditions. One who did cope was the talented 4 year old mare in Sans Le Sou who showed real courage to win her maiden in a style that suggested that it won't be her last success. Punters sent her out favourite in the 2600 metres event after a couple of smart seconds at her previous two starts. The daughter of Mach Three settled six back in the running line for trainer/driver Ricky Alfield as Ancient Moonlight set up a solid pace in front. Ricky didn't move until 1300 metres from home where he sent Sans Le Sou forward three wide without cover. Unable to get in to the one out line, Sans Le Sou sat out three wide for the rest of the trip and as they turned for home  and just when you half expected Sans Le Sou to stop, she kicked clear for an impressive victory. Sans Le Sou paced the 2600 metres in 3:19.8, a mile rate of 2:03.6 with closing sectionals of 59 and 29.3 which taking into account the ground she covered and the track conditions was a great way to clear maidens. Sans Le Sou which is French for "Penniless" is a daughter of the race winning Live Or Die mare Arma Xcellent and traces closely to the outstanding maternal family established by Armiss. It is a family that is noted for leaving high quality fillies and mares and in Sans Le Sou it appears to have another one to add to the list. Harnesslink Media    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 22, 2014--Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $5.30) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $26,000 winners-over pace. Inheriting the pole after an inside scratch, Mach's Beach Boy saw Orillia Joe (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead. Mach's Beach Boy then moved--apparently, just in time--in front of Rockstar Temper (Dan Dube). It was Mach's Beach Boy putting up intervals of :27.4 and 57-seconds flat as BJ's Guy (Brent Holland) took out of fifth. Mach's Beach Boy maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length lead into the lane. He then kept both Orillia Joe and BJ's Guy a bay, whipping the former by a neck in 1:53. Rockstar Temper and Stolen Car (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald, three wins for second consecutive night) was a jammed-in sixth as the 6-5 favorite. For second choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for Ontario co-owners Dan Mogridge and Jeff Oborne, it was his ninth win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $68.50, with the triple returning $297.50. With seven double-figure win payoffs included in the 12-race card, the Pick 5 was--shockingly--not hit. Thus, the Sunday matinee gimmick begins with a double carryover of $7,091.34 (50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the third of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Y Mach Me was the winner in Northfield's weekly top distaff event when she crossed the wire a winner in the $12,500 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday (November 21) at Northfield Park. She is trained by Pat Karcher for Carey, Ohio owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from the second tier and was fifth at the :28.1 opening quarter. Wrenn pulled the six year-old first over in the second quarter and she steadily advanced through times of :57.4 and 1:26.3. She cleared to the lead in the final turn and hung on to win by a head in 1:55.1. Completing the race were Mama Said, Sweetheart Dance, Eradikate, Pantsuit Hilary, Coupon Lady, Champagne Tonight and Jump Start. Shes Glorious was scratched. Friday's win was the eighth victory this year in 39 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 16 and her lifetime earnings to $113,544. She returned $5.60 to win. Y Mach Me was just one of seven wins on the Friday program for Northfield Park leading driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. He was also triumphant with Liveandinconcert ($15.40) in race one, Stone Of Magic ($2.80) in race two, Fritzie Chic ($2.80) in race four, Im Shameless ($11.60) in race five, Special Lady D ($19.80) in race six and JK Geronimo ($3.40) in race 14. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (November 24) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,263.91. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Monday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 ¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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  

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