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Canterbury harness racing trainer Steve Dolan has been going through a bit of a quiet patch lately by his own high standards but a couple of recent acquisitions to the stable look capable of turning that around. The Badlands Hanover gelding Cimarron had his first start for the stable yesterday at Motukarara and didn't disappoint with a nice run for a close up second to the smart Big Texas and it was a run that suggested that he won't be a maiden for long. Steve brought the horse for a syndicate of a dozen people as a low cost entry into harness racing for the group. " He was a cheapie I brought for a syndicate of new owners to let them experience the thrill of racing a horse." "He is no star but he will pick up a race or two and hopefully convert a few of the new owners into long term owners," Steve told Harnesslink today. Cimarron is from the Astreos mare Samantha B who is a half sister to the smart Blackjacky ($54,104) while the grand dam Rare Vintage is a half sister to the former outstanding pacer Impressionist 1:57.9 ($427,005)  The other recent purchase for stable clients was the 4 year old Man Around Town gelding Nui Toc Tien who after an unlucky third at Addington first up for the stable had won his next start with a fair degree of authority at Rangiora last week. That win qualified Nui Toc Tien for the $12,000 Wakefield and Williams Grass Track Championship final at Motukarara yesterday but he had the misfortune to draw the outside of the second row for the mobile 2000 metres race. Driver Dexter Dunn sent him forward early and he worked to the front at the 1200 metres mark. Although hotly challenged early in the run home, Nui Toc Tien really dug deep  when Dexter asked him and he went strongly to the line for another authorative victory. Purchased off breeder/trainer Neil Ure after a smart run for second at Ashburton during Cup Week, Steve thinks that Nui Toc Tien has a bright future. " He was recommended to one of my owners Mark Wooton by Mitchell Kerr as a horse with a future." "We purchased him off Neil Ure and he had done a great job with him and it was a pleasure to buy such a well educated and conditioned horse." "He is a lovely type with both a great gait and speed and has a super attitude as well" "Dexter really likes him and said his win yesterday was a lot easier than it looked," Steve said. Steve has decided a short break of three weeks is in order now and then he will map out a programme for Nui Toc Tien. "I think he has a big future and could go a wee way," Steve said. Although you wouldn't call Nui Toc Tien a "blue blood" being by Man Around Town from a Falcon's Icon mare, his maternal family is littered with outstanding horses. Champion racemares in Arania and Hurrania are close up in his maternal line and his dam Nui Thi Vai is closely related to such smart types as Smooth Trickster 1:54.3 ($156,874), Pulse 1:50 ($196,551) and Glenroydon 1:51.3 ($119,791) to mention just a few. Steve Dolan has developed a reputation as an astute trainer with an eye for a promising horse and his two recent purchases have only further built on that reputation. Harnesslink Media   

Smart three year old pacer How Do Mate delivered harness racing punters redemption at today's (Sunday) Methven Trotting Club meeting.

The second day (Tuesday) of the Westport Trotting Club's meeting was dominated by Woodend harness racing trainers Greg and Nina Hope. Long-time supporters of the Christmas Coast circuit the Hopes bagged themselves a hat-trick of wins on day two including a double by super-sire Mach Three.

Husband and wife harness racing trainers Greg and Nina Hope achieved a notable milestone at today's Geraldine Trotting Club meeting when registering 100 training wins as a partnership.

He was attacked for the lead twice, handed up twice and then the third time he went around to the lead he never got passed. The horse in question was the soon-to-be-exported God Send who won tonight's $15,000 1-2 win Pace at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park tonight (Friday September 3).

Triple driving success for Canterbury horseman Stephen McNally was the highlight of an otherwise placid day's harness racing at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting held at Addington Raceway today (Tuesday). Included in the package was a win in the last race behind Jayz Machine, a horse McNally also trains.

Even Steve Hunt is the first to admit Rocket King was and still is greener than an Irish rugby jersey, but tonight (Thursday August 19) at the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Cambridge Raceway, the 4-year-old pacer proved he's got what it takes to win several races.

It was an impeccable display of reinsmanship that saw young harness racing driver Simon Lawson crowned this year's New Zealand Junior Drivers Champion after outscoring the opposition in the two race series held at Addington Raceway last night (Thursday).

An expectation by trainer John Dickie that perhaps unbeaten two year old trotter Paramount Gee Gee should have won by more, wasn't enough to curb the Cambridge horseman's enthusiasm for his Group Three victory in the New Zealand Trotting Stakes held at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday).

The South Island's leading harness racing partnership of Mark Purdon and Grant Payne, produced Christian Banner to win the Two Year Old race at Addington Raceway today (Tuesday). The son of Christian Cullen is a full brother to former NZ Cup winner Mainland Banner ( 17 wins, $684,000), and today looked every bit to have inherited at least some of of his superstar sister's ability.

There was a fresh new voice added to today's (Tuesday) Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting at Addington Raceway, when 19 year old Commentator, Thomas Wood made his raceday debut behind the microphone.

When it comes to putting food on the table for his family, Terry Chimiel will always have Forbury Park on the menu. The seven hour round trip to Dunedin and back from his Leeston home, can at times be a drag due to unrewarding results on track. But the harness racing driver with over 400 wins to his credit isn't about to give up long road trips, undesirable driving conditions or the ocassional average night result wise in order to make his life easier.

Grass track harness racing went back to back this weekend in the Canterbury region, with the Banks Penninsula Trotting Club following today (Sunday) hard on the heels of Geraldine meeting yesterday.

Grass track harness racing went back to back this weekend in the Canterbury region, with the Banks Penninsula Trotting Club following today (Sunday) hard on the heels of Geraldine meeting yesterday.

Is Simon Lawson on fire or what! The Waikato teenager oozed confidence when steering Strike Up The Band to his 11th career win in one of the feature pacing events - the $8000 Turbos-Home Grown Mobile for 3-6-win pacers at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Palmerston North this afternoon (Sunday).

Steven Reid has never been one to put himself before the success of his training partnership with Graeme Rogerson but he can be a bit harsh on himself at times when it comes to his driving. Reid employed three new drivers to steer Caroline's Cullen and Flojo Two at Cambridge Raceway last night and Baileys Spirit at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday). All three won.

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