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Tonights harness racing meeting at Menangle was the centre of attention for a lot of harness racing fans in Australia as the two Group 3 $30,000 semi finals of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old colts and geldings were run. The first semi pitched two unbeaten colts in the form of the Sportswriter colt Kingofthestars and the son of Somebeachsomewhere in Our Waikiki Beach against each other and it was a two horse race from the moment the gate folded. Our Waikiki Beach with Mark Purdon in the bike flew the gate from barrier five to grab the early lead with Kingofthestars and Nathan Jack sliding across from barrier eight to settle in the trail. Mark Purdon was able to dictate the tempo in front with Our Waikiki Beach until the 500 metres mark when Nathan angled Kingofthestars out into the running line and attacked Our Waikiki Beach. Just when it looked like Kingofthestars was going to make a race of it, Mark Purdon pushed the go button and Waikiki Beach scooted away from Kingofthestars for an easy victory by eight metres with Herehecomes a further eighteen metres back in third. Our Waikiki Beach paced the mile in 1:56.1 with the last 800 metres in 56.9  and 400 metres in 26.6. It was another super impressive run from Our Waikiki Beach and he looms as one of the two main chances for the final. Our Waikiki Beach The second semi final was billed as a match race between the unbeaten son of Somebeachsomewhere in Goodtime Sammy and the son of Village Jolt in Christmas Jolt who had won five of six this season. Goodtime Sammy and Nathan Jack lead easily from barrier two with Christmas Jolt and Kerryn Manning going forward from barrier six to sit on his wheel. Nathan backed the speed off in the second quarter before applying the blowtorch from the 800 metres with a quarter down the back in 28.3 which had Christmas Jolt struggling on the corner. The talented son of Rocknroll Hanover in Born To Rocknroll with John McCarthy in the bike had been sitting in the trail the whole way and came out as they turned for home to challenge the leader. But try as he might, Born To Rocknroll couldn't take any ground off Goodtime Sammy who went on to win the semi final in a smart 1:54.1. Born To Rocknroll held second with the son of Major In Art in Brallas Pass running on well for third. The closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27 .3 by Goodtime Sammy were impressive and he looked to still have some petrol in the tank at the finish. The final of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old colts and geldings on April 26th looks a two horse race after tonights semi finals. The two sons of Somebeachsomewhere in Our Waikiki Beach and Goodtime Sammy look a class above the rest of the opposition and the outcome may be decided by who draws best in the final. Goodtime Sammy Harnesslink Media      

Last nights $100,000 Anzac Trotters Cup at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked to be another easy scalp for Stent after he drew barrier five which gave his trainer/driver Colin De Filippi a lot of options. The distance was right up Stent's alley and the way the draws had played out it was hard to see who would beat him. Master Lavros led easily from barrier four with King Denny and Mark Purdon sliding across from barrier seven to face the breeze and in doing so giving Stent the prized one by one sit. Then Mark Purdon did something that no one expected and attacked Master Lavros for the lead. The two star trotters drew clear by several lengths before Mark Jones on Master Lavros conceded the lead to King Denny. That move changed the whole complexion of the race with Stent now having to sit parked with his arch rival Sheemon hard on his back in the one by one. King Denny applied the pressure a long way from home and was still travelling well as they turned for home. Stent leveled up to King Denny just after straightening for home but Dexter Dunn on Sheemon had stalked him the whole way and flew late to grab Stent right on the post with the winning margin a mere head. Master Lavros finished on well up the passing lane to grab third just in front of the pace making King Denny. Sheemon trotted the 2200 metres in 2:42.4, a mile rate of 1:58.8, with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.5. The winning time was a new New Zealand record, taking sixth tenths of a second off the old record held by Royal Aspirations. Dexter Dunn was quick post race to heap praise on the son of Monarchy. " We did get a great trip but he still really dug in up the straight" " I think it was his will to win that got us over the line because it is never easy to run past Stent." " He has gone great all season and won a heat of the Great Southern Star and then had no luck in the final so he deserves a win like this." "The two miles of the Rowe Cup next week won't worry him because he is pretty adaptable so he has to be a big chance," Dexter said. From a Rowe Cup point of view the race last night did throw some light on what should be one of the races of the season. Stent was huge last night in defeat but so were Master Lavros and King Denny. Master Lavros lost a bit of ground around the last bend but found the line really well and the 3200 metres is right up his alley while the run of King Denny to finish so close after doing so much work early was a real sign that he can be a player at this level Harnesslink Media  

Talented New Zealand harness racing performer Smolda kicked off his latest Aussie campaign on a winning note at Penrith last night. Sent across the Tasman to tackle several feature targets, Smolda annexed the popular Renshaw Cup. With trainer Mark Purdon in the cart, the son of Courage Under Fire scored with ease from Yayas Hot Spot and Blazin N Cullen. Covering the last half in a slick 55.9 seconds, Smolda rated 1:56.7 for the 2525-metre journey, with his time slicing a second off Blazin N Cullen’s track record established in last season’s Cup. Pleased with Smolda’s performance, Purdon stated the outing will “top off” the gelding heading into his main mission – Len Smith Mile. The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26. “He went super last night and never felt like he was going to be beaten,” Purdon said. “He has been racing well at home without a lot of luck, but tonight he showed he is at the top of his game. "I will keep him ticking along for the Len Smith Mile in 10 days.” Smolda’s success was the opening leg of a double for Purdon, who also scored with exciting youngster Follow The Stars. PAUL COURTS

Talented pacer Smolda will begin his Australian harness racing campaign on Thursday night when he races in the Group Two Renshaw Cup at Penrith. Trained by leading New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon, Smolda's last outing resulted in a fifth behind Christen Me in the Easter Cup at Addington on April 4. "There was another race that we could have targeted in New Zealand, but I wasn't sure whether there would be enough starters, so I decided to bring him to Australia and the Renshaw Cup is a good starting point for him," Purdon said. "He hasn't had a lot of racing this season, and if he was to be spelled now, it would be a lengthy break because there would be no reason to bring him back until the New Zealand Cup. He can have a few starts in Sydney and then I will think about taking him to Queensland for the Winter Carnvial." Smolda's last Australia start was in the 2014 Inter Dominion when he finished fourth behind Beautide. "I watched Beautide at Menangle on Saturday night, he's just a great horse and looks to be unstoppable on that track, so he is going to be hard to beat in the Len Smith Mile," Purdon declared. Purdon is unsure of Smolda's ability to handle the smaller Penrith track. "He's always brushed a knee, so the bigger tracks are better for him, but he has been working well at the McCarthy property since he arrived late last week in Australia," Purdon said. "There are some talented horses in the Renshaw Cup and he is going to have to be close to his best off the second row draw." Last season's boom youngster Follow The Stars will also compete at Penrith, with the son of Art Major engaged in a C1 event. With a number of talented horses in his stable, Purdon is considering travelling between New Zealand and Australia more often than he has in the past. "It is quite possible that we will do more travelling now," Purdon said. "With the calibre of horses we have in the stable it makes sense that the better races are targeted." "Nat (Rasmussen) and I have a great staff at home in New Zealand, and with such a good team behind us, it gives us the opportunity to be away from home more often than we have been before." Purdon's smart two-year-old Our Waikiki Beach will compete at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night  in a semi-final of the Australian Pacing Gold. "I was really happy with him after he won his heat, he worked really well this morning (Tuesday) and the draw isn't too bad for Our Waikiki Beach this weekend," Purdon said. "I haven't asked him to leave the gate yet, but he would have plenty of speed early if I wanted to use it." My Mackenzie was beaten as a short priced favourite in a APG heat for two-year-old fillies at Menangle last Saturday night and Purdon will be looking for some improvement when she heads to Melbourne for the semi-finals. "She has a few little issues that we need to straighten out after Saturday night, she is a work in progress but she has her fair share of ability too," Purdon said. - HRNSW Media

The crowd came to the harness racing meeting at Addington last night hoping to see their champion, Terror To Love go out on a winning note. Most were hopeful but not expectant as the three time New Zealand Cup champion had been battling injury and a form slump by his own high standards leading into last nights Easter Cup. You heard an audible gasp from the crowd when Terror To Love with regular pilot Ricky May in the bike galloped away and then kept galloping for nigh on 70 metres before hitting his hobbles and starting to pace. Arch rival Christen Me and Dexter Dunn had also missed away but settled ten lengths in front of Terror To Love and these two were miles off the hot pace set by Tiger Tara. Christen Me tacked on to the bunch after 700 metres while it took Terror To Love another 300 metres to tag on to the bunch. After 1400 metres Mark Purdon sent the former age group star Border Control to the front and upped the tempo even more. With the high tempo there were no mid race moves and it wasn't until the 400 metres mark that Dexter launched Christen Me and while Terror To Love was left a touch flat footed, he took off after him. With 150 metres to go Christen Me swept to the lead but Border Control wouldn't go away and Terror To Love joined in late. At the finish Christen Me had a neck to spare over a game Border Control with just a head back to Terror To Love in third. Christen Me paced the 3200 metres from a stand in 3:57.2, a mile rate of 1:59.2 with closing sectionals off the front of 56.9 and 27.1 That took a second off the race record previously held by the champion Monkey King. Terror To Love was credited with a placed time of 3:57.3 but that time doesn't do the champion justice. Terror To Love paced his first mile after that wild early gallop in 1:57.8 and then proceeded to pace his last mile in 1:56.3 for a post to post time of 3:54.1 and he finished that off with a last quarter of 26.7. It was the run of a true champion and left everybody wondering what might have been. Driver Ricky May was both thrilled with the run and gutted by the result. " He warmed up beautifully tonight and seemed so relaxed pre start and then he did that." " The run afterwards was huge and I was thrilled with how he went but you can't help feeling disappointed that but for missing away he could have gone out on a winning note," Ricky said. Terror To Love heads to stud the winner of 31 races and $2,429,978 in stakes. You had to feel for the Christen Me camp who had just won the Easter Cup but were virtually ignored by the big media contingent there to witness the last raceday appearance of Christen Me. Last nights win was his ninth this season from just 14 starts and took his stake earnings to $2,281,318 with the highlight this season undoubtedly being his win in the Miracle Mile in 1:49.1 The run of Christen Me was just further confirmation of how far he has come in the last twelve months and the camp may now have to reassess their New Zealand Cup plans after last nights win. Harnesslink Media  

The New Zealand Sires Stakes two year old fillies heat at tonights harness racing meeting at Addington looked a one filly race on paper in favour of Northern Velocity but as is often the case, racing luck plays a big part on race night. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Matthew Williamson led early from barrier five while Northern Velocity and Natalie Rasmussen worked forward from barrier seven and found the death seat after 500 metres giving her stablemate Arden's Choice with Mark Purdon in the bike the one by one. Luisanabelle Midfrew kept up a solid tempo during the mid stages and was still in front as they turned for home.   Try as she might, Northern Velocity couldn't get past the daughter of American Ideal and it was left to her stablemate Arden's Choice to swoop late and grab a game Luisanabelle Midfrew by 3/4 length with a neck back to a game favourite in Northern Velocity.   Arden's Choice paced the 1950 metres in 2:24, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 27.4.   It was the daughter of Panspacificflight's first win at her fifth career start but she has shown plenty of promise in her previous four starts.   Two seconds to the very smart Dream About Me were followed by a couple of gallops where things didn't go her way.   Mark Purdon expected an improved run from Arden's Choice this week.   "She looked like she was going to run a place against the colts last week when the gap came but she just tried to go too quickly and galloped.   " We took her hopples up a couple of holes and let her work into it tonight instead of rushing her, Mark said.   Natalie Rasmussen was very happy with the run of the hotpot Northern Velocity.   " She did the most work of any filly in the race and fought on really well for a close third so I was really pleased with her effort, Natalie said.   The All Star barn will take Arden's Choice, Northern Velocity and the unbeaten Dream About Me north for the Sires Stakes Final before returning south for the Harness Jewels.   Harnesslink Media

The last time New Zealand harness racing trainer Mark Purdon was in Australia he was setting records with champion mare Adore Me.  The leading kiwi horseman will be back at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday to drive talented two-year-old Our Waikiki Beach in an Australian Pacing Gold heat. Our Waikiki Beach is owned by a syndicate including New Zealander Trevor Casey, and after a minor hiccup on Thursday morning, the popular owner is looking forward to seeing the son of Somebeachsomewhere race in Sydney. “We think a lot of the horse, but we hope the fog isn’t an issue on Friday morning,” Casey said. “It rolled in at the wrong time in Christchurch today, which meant the plane couldn’t land to pick him up, so the horse has had to stay in New Zealand for a day longer than expected. “He has only had the two starts here, he won the Kindergarten Stakes on debut beating one of his stablemates and then won the Welcome Stakes at Addington last week. “Although he didn’t run a fast time overall, his last half was very quick.” Our Waikiki Beach was purchased at the Melbourne APG Sales and Casey said he was keen to secure the colt out of Cyclone Betty - a daughter of Bettors Delight. “We bought a yearling the year prior by Somebeachsomewhere and he was called Assassinator, he was a really nice horse, but we sold him, so I was keen to get another one by Somebeachsomewhere,” Casey explained “Our Waikiki Beach still has to get through the heats, but I have already booked my tickets to come across to Menangle on the day of the Final (April 26), so I really hope he gets through.” Casey confirmed Our Waikiki Beach may spend a lot of time in Australia towards the end of the season. “He is eligible for a lot of the Aussie feature races, he has got the Breeders’ Challenge, the Vicbred and the Breeders Crown still to go,” Casey said. “Mark will drive him on Tuesday and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes.”    HRNSW Media

A common comment in the last twelve months amongst harness racing breeders down under was the disappointment with the performance of Somebeachsomewhere since he arrived on the scene. Now within the space of two months the leading North American sire is starting to really fire down under with first Menin Gate winning the Victorian Derby and now Waikiki Beach is creating an enormous impression in the two year old ranks in New Zealand. Brought out of the APG sale last year, Waikiki Beach lined up tonight at Addington Raceway, Christchurch in the $40,000 Group 2 New Zealand Welcome Stakes and the public sent him out a warm favourite. Motu Premier flew the gate early frrom barrier seven and grabbed an early lead from Waikiki Beach who settled into the trail. After 400 metres Chase The Dream started to work forward to the death but before he got there, Mark Purdon hooked Waikiki Beach out of the trail and took him to the lead. Chase The Dream sat on his wheel but applied little pressure and when Mark pressed the go button on the corner, Waikiki Beach shot clear for an easy victory. Motu Premier went his usual honest race for second while Chase The Dream fought on well for third. The unlucky runner was Arden's Choice who looked sure to run second until she had a gallop at the 150 metres mark. Waikiki Beach paced the 1950 metres in 2:25.7, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals of 57.6 and 27.1. Mark Purdon was pretty confident once he found the front. " I was really impressed with him last week at the trials when I tried him in front." " Once I got there tonight he relaxed really well and I was pretty confident once I wasn't taken on." " He is off to the APG series in Australia and will be very competitive," Mark said. Tim Williams was happy with the run of Motu Premier. " I had to use him early but he got a really good run after that. " The tempo didn't suit him at all as he would prefer the speed on all the way," Tim said. Natalie Rasmussen thought Chase The Dream hadn't helped himself. " He went a bit rough on the last bend which cost him a lot of momentum." " But for that I think he would have run second." " Overall I'm happy with run," Natalie said. Matt Anderson was at a loss to explain why Arden's Choice broke with 150 metres to go. " She broke out of the gate the other night at Alexandra Park and tonight near the finish." " It was really disappointing as she was going to run second," Matt said.  Somebeachsomewhere is really stepping up to the plate now and the knockers are pretty quiet these days. Harnesslink Media  

One of the bug bears with harness racing in New Zealand at the moment is small fields in some of our group races. The small field of six for Friday nights Flying Stakes for the three year olds is a good example of how some races are struggling to attract a full field of runners and today that field just got smaller with the defection of the very talented Kept Under Wraps. The Australian bred son of Bettors Delight has been a great earner in his short career to date, banking over $150,000  with his second to Follow The Stars in last seasons two year Australasian Breeders Crown final his best performance to date. Second in the Derby prelude in Auckland to Follow The Stars, Kept Under Wraps was not himself in the Great Northern Derby, over racing badly throughout the event which is something he has never done before. Now he has had to be put on the back burner for about three weeks after a minor quarter injury put him out of the Flying Stakes and New Zealand Derby contention  on Wednesday. "He has had a little problem with it but then aggravated the injury when we worked him this morning."  "You can carry on working them but I find that they are more than likely going to open it up again in fast work." "It would probably be two to three weeks before we do serious work with him again," Mark Purdon said. With the withdrawal of Kept Under Wraps, the Flying Stakes field is down to just five runners which must be really disappointing for the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club with the Derby so close. Harnesslink Media

The All Star barn are always to the fore in any two year harness racing classic in New Zealand and the Young Guns series at Alexandra Park in Auckland has become a favourite early season target for the all conquering stable. They were represented in this years $100,000 final by two sons of Bettor's Delight in Lazarus and Chase The Dream who had both won their first two starts. Punters leaned towards Lazarus and Mark Purdon after they drew barrier one but not by much over Chase The Dream and Natalie Rasmussen from barrier five. Lazarus led early and stayed in front for the first 500 metres before Natalie sent Chase The Dream forward to assume control with 1100 to run. With no midrace pressure Natalie was able to get away with a couple of easier sectionals before brushing home the last 400 metres in 27.3 to hold her more favoured stablemate by a neck with the Robert Dunn trained Code Black running home well for third. Code Black did gallop early for a few strides so to run third was a run full of merit. Lazarus didn't help himself in the home straight by running about a touch early in the run home as well. The winning time of 2:02.7, a mile rate of 1:56.1, was just two tenths outside the New Zealand record for the distance held by Fly Like An Eagle and Five Card Draw. Natalie was full of praise for Chase The Dream post race. " He is still a bit green but he is a lovely wee horse." " He did a couple of things wrong early on tonight but once he found the front he was fine." "It is a race we target with our two year olds." " Mark deserves a lot of the credit as he does most of the early work with the babies," Natalie said. A $ 52,500 purchase out of last years New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch by Jean Feiss from Melbourne, Chase The Dream is the latest in a long list of winners the Feiss family have raced from the All Stars barn.  " Jean flew in today to watch him race tonight so it is just brilliant that he was able to win for her." " Jean and Bill have been such good clients over a long period so it's always nice to get a result like this," Natalie said. With the two year old races starting to really hot up from here on in, it is no surprise to see the All Stars runners coming to the fore. Harnesslink Media

The Australian Pacing Gold harness racing sales moved to Sydney today and when the dust had settled there was a lot of happy faces among the vendors and APG staff.. The overall average shot up a huge 23% on last year at $28,265 and while it is still early days post sale, the clearance rate was good at nearly 84%. The top colt for the sale was Lot 377 which was by Art Major from the former outstanding racemare Kept For Pleasure 1:56 ($ 542,343) and was knocked down to Jean Feiss for $130,000. Jean brought a Rock N Roll Heaven filly from Kept For Pleasure at last years Sydney APG sale. Named Mackenzie, she has been burning up the trial tracks in Canterbury in New Zealand recently for Mark Purdon and is reportedly on her way to Australia for the APG series. The top priced filly at the sale was lot 399, a Rock N Roll Heaven from the former champion racemare Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178) and she was knocked down to Pepper Tree Farm Breeding and Racing, also for $130,000.   Once again New Zealand buyers were out in force with Cran Dalgety outlaying $86,000 for Lot 306 and Mark Purdon who outlayed $90,000 for Lot 373 and $41,000 for Lot 414. The only other Kiwi buyer active on the day was Mark Jones who paid $45,000 for Lot 475.                                                           2014 Sale                                                               2015 Sale                                                    Overall average                              $22,979                                                                  $28,265 Colts average                                  $26,649                                                                  $32,942 Fillies average                                 $19,864                                                                 $22,077 Clearance rate                                 90.3%                                                                    83.89%   Sydney Sale Results Lot Sire Dam Sex Status Buyer Sales Price Reserve Make An Offer 282 Somebeachsomewhere Vertigal Filly Passed In   $25,000 $30,000 Make An Offer 283 Big Jim Vin Cere Gelding Passed In   $7,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 284 Courage Under Fire Vizzarri Filly Sold Bernie Hewitt $15,000     285 Rock N Roll Heaven Warrawee Flare CA Colt Sold Robert Brumm $26,000     286 Bettors Delight Weona Badgirl Colt Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $40,000     287 Badlands Hanover Weona Sassy Filly Sold Steve Johnson $16,000     288 Rocknroll Hanover Zenas Art NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 289 Art Major Zenolas Gift NZ Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $14,000     290 Rocknroll Hanover African Dancer Colt Passed In   $30,000 $66,000 Make An Offer 291 Mach Three Alashell Filly Sold Robert Watson $25,000     292 Mach Three All Eyes On Me Filly Sold Luke McCarthy $35,000     293 Courage Under Fire All Fire N Ice NZ Colt Withdrawn         294 Art Major Angel Rainbow Filly Sold Jarrod Alchin $4,000     295 Art Major Appealing Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $20,000     296 Rocknroll Hanover Arterial Way Filly Sold Calcidon & Marian Micallef $20,000     297 Four Starzzz Shark Artesian Babe Filly Sold PAUL MORGAN $9,000     298 Rock N Roll Heaven As It Is In Heaven Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $17,000     299 Mr Feelgood Athletic River Colt Sold Pooba Govender $10,000     300 Somebeachsomewhere Atworthy Maid Filly Sold Ted & Elione Morton $12,000   Make An Offer 301 Roll With Joe Baltic Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $37,500 $40,000 Make An Offer 302 Rock N Roll Heaven Baltic Wings NZ Colt Passed In   $12,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 303 Real Desire Beach Rendezvous Filly Passed In   $14,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 304 Rocknroll Hanover Beautiful Drive Colt Withdrawn         305 Changeover Behappysam NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     306 Somebeachsomewhere Bella Shine Colt Sold Cran Dalgety $86,000     307 Well Said Bendall Rose Colt Sold Andy Gath $35,000     308 Sportswriter Benevolent Filly Sold Robert Brumm $32,000     309 Somebeachsomewhere Betapic Filly Withdrawn         310 Rock N Roll Heaven Better Motoring NZ Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $20,000     311 Rock N Roll Heaven Bettorthanyou Colt Sold Meagan Lang $42,000     312 Somebeachsomewhere Blue Confession Filly Sold Marc Hanover & Gordon Banks $30,000     313 Mach Three Boldandbeautiful Filly Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $35,000     314 Art Major Bonnie Bay Castle Colt Sold Michael Muscat $55,000     315 Rock N Roll Heaven Bonnie Mahoney Filly Withdrawn         316 For A Reason Bovalai Colt Passed In   $7,500 $8,000 Make An Offer 317 Art Major Bullaroon Belle Colt Sold Ray Davis $13,000     318 Rocknroll Hanover Bye Rate Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     319 Courage Under Fire Bylong Bele Filly Passed In   $20,000 $50,000 Make An Offer 320 Mach Three Caribbean Sunset Colt Sold Reg Turner $18,000     321 Roll With Joe Cassino Woman NZ Filly Sold SHANNON HOFFMANN $10,000     322 Rocknroll Hanover Clontarf Lady Colt Sold Mick Lew $23,000     323 Art Major Crazy Pocket Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 324 Art Major Cruiser Franco NZ Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $63,000     325 Sportswriter Cunning Kate Filly Withdrawn         326 Somebeachsomewhere Dance of Life Colt Sold Glenn Holland $30,000     327 Courage Under Fire Daring Class Colt Sold We Us And Co $20,000     328 Mach Three Deadly Woman Colt Sold Maurice Mondolo $50,000     329 American Ideal Demi Plie Filly Passed In   $12,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 330 Rock N Roll Heaven Desperatehousewife Filly Sold Kriden Investments Pty Ltd $25,000     331 Courage Under Fire Duel Castle Colt Sold Larry Eastman $30,000     332 Art Major Dundrennan NZ Colt Withdrawn         333 Mach Three Elizabeth Kelly Filly Sold Ian Gurney $18,000     334 Somebeachsomewhere Eloquent Babe Colt Sold Jamie Kirk $50,000     335 Changeover Equus Franco NZ Filly Sold Nathan Jack $25,000     336 Mach Three Esther Jane Filly Sold Paul Fitzpatrick $20,000     337 Mach Three Eutropia Colt Sold Liam O'Connor $60,000     338 Rock N Roll Heaven Faye Kelly Filly Sold Watson, Robert $21,000     339 Roll With Joe Final Patrol NZ Filly Sold Theo Papadopoulos $9,000     340 Somebeachsomewhere Flair For Life Filly Sold Belinda McCarthy $42,000     341 American Ideal For Dear Life Colt Sold Ian Gurney $62,000     342 Well Said Formalize Filly Sold Allen Parmenter $18,000     343 Rock N Roll Heaven Full Pleasure Colt Sold Colin Dixon $40,000     344 Rocknroll Hanover Gamblers Daughter Filly Passed In   $15,000 $17,000 Make An Offer 345 Rock N Roll Heaven Gee R We There Yet NZ Colt Sold Robert Watson $26,000     346 Bettors Delight Gemmia Filly Sold Michael Muscat $33,000     347 Mach Three Glenferrie Diva NZ Colt Sold Dean York $32,500     348 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Elect NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $50,000     349 Changeover Glenferrie Miss Colt Sold Barry Cooper $31,000     350 Rocknroll Hanover Gloria Lombo Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $20,000     351 Artsplace Go Right Babe Colt Sold Grant Fuller $24,000     352 Christian Cullen Gorgeous Guest NZ Filly Passed In   $17,500 $25,000 Make An Offer 353 Mach Three Halcyon Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $42,500     354 Art Major Hay Sharon Colt Sold Mark Purdon $22,000     355 Rocknroll Hanover Headline Franco NZ Colt Sold Daniel Cordina $17,500     356 Courage Under Fire Hidden Gem Colt Sold AD Investments Pty Ltd $27,000     357 Rock N Roll Heaven Holme Safely Colt Sold Mark Thompson $11,000     358 Modern Art Holy Gal Filly Sold KTC Bloodstock $16,000     359 Shadow Play Im Insatiable NZ Filly Sold Norm Jerrick $20,000     360 Rocknroll Hanover Glenferrie Inn Filly Sold Troy Mee $10,000     361 Rocknroll Hanover Into The Fire NZ Colt Passed In   $18,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 362 Art Major Intrude Filly Sold Geoff Webster $55,000     363 Big Jim Irish Luck NZ Filly Sold Robert Brumm $9,000     364 Major In Art Its Jetsetgo NZ Colt Sold David Brown $14,000     365 Art Major Itsoktobeclassy Filly Sold We Us And Co $12,000     366 Julius Caesar Ivana Franco NZ Colt Sold Michael Muscat $23,000     367 Always A Virgin Jamin Filly Sold Ann Tapp $18,000     368 Art Official Jape NZ Filly Sold Kerry Hedges $4,000     369 Shadow Play Jilliby Deejay Filly Sold Grant Charlwood $16,000     370 Courage Under Fire Jordan Franco NZ Filly Sold Rod Drew $10,000     371 Rock N Roll Heaven Jovial Lass NZ Filly Passed In   $12,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 372 Mach Three Just Del Colt Sold Glenn Holland $45,000     373 Art Major Kalypso Colt Sold Mark Purdon $90,000     374 Mr Feelgood Kay Dee Hanover Filly Passed In   $13,000 $14,000 Make An Offer 375 Gotta Go Cullect Keep No Secrets Colt Sold David Druitt $6,000     376 Rock N Roll Heaven Keppel Bay Colt Sold Levarg Racing Group $46,000     377 Art Major Kept For Pleasure Colt Sold Jean Feiss $130,000     378 Roll With Joe Kirrilee Joy Colt Sold Shirley Bazley $24,000     379 Mach Three Kit Star NZ Colt Sold Barrie Rattray $21,000     380 Modern Art Kitty Maguire NZ Colt Withdrawn         381 Sportswriter La Bella Rufus NZ Filly Sold Josh Aiken $12,000     382 Stonebridge Regal La Litote Filly Sold Rayngold Pty Ltd $9,000     383 Well Said La Promesse Colt Sold Alix Khouiss $27,500     384 Somebeachsomewhere Lady Euthenia Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $75,000     385 Big Jim Lasnicks Lass Colt Withdrawn         386 Art Major Last Sundancer Filly Withdrawn         387 Rocknroll Hanover Leila Rainbow Filly Sold Matthew Harding $11,000     388 Rock N Roll Heaven Lets Thank Heaven Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $55,000     389 Roll With Joe Lifes Destiny Filly Withdrawn         390 Rock N Roll Heaven Lillydale Colt Sold Glenn Holland $25,000     391 Somebeachsomewhere Lincoln Room USA Colt Sold   $15,000     392 Rocknroll Hanover Lively Number Colt Sold Colin Watts $25,000     393 Rocknroll Hanover Lombo La Fe Fe Colt Sold Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd $45,000     394 Village Jasper Lombo La Shelly Colt Sold Brett Cotterill $13,000     395 Mach Three Lourdes Filly Sold Lynda Mellsop $36,000     396 Bettors Delight Glenferrie Magic NZ Colt Sold Robert Brumm $30,000     397 Mach Three Magic Maddy Lombo Filly Sold Ray Sellwood $35,000     398 Bettors Delight Mainland Banner NZ Colt Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $71,000     399 Rock N Roll Heaven Make Mine Cullen Filly Sold Pepper Tree Farm Breeding And Racing $130,000     400 Big Jim Marvellous Franco NZ Colt Sold Peter Gavin $22,000     401 Always A Virgin Mateship Miss Colt Sold Bruce Andrews $9,000     402 Christian Cullen Meljoy Colt Sold Sytka Pty Ltd $48,000     403 Ifihadyourluck Meredith Castle Filly Sold Geoff Barnes $8,000     404 Roll With Joe Miss Hazel Colt Sold Blake Fitzpatrick $50,000     405 Rock N Roll Heaven Missflite Filly Sold Campbell Advisory Pacing Pty Ltd $13,000     406 Somebeachsomewhere Modern Day Colt Sold Matthew Harding $35,000     407 Rock N Roll Heaven Muscle Beach Colt Sold Daniel Hewitt $20,000     408 Rock N Roll Heaven My Exotic Lover NZ Colt Sold John Starr $40,000     409 Art Major My Pacific Rainbow Filly Sold Tim Hoskinson $12,000     410 Mach Three Natuzzi NZ Filly Sold Cindy Rixon $13,000     411 Roll With Joe Never More Colt Sold Matthew Harding $15,000     412 Modern Art New York Score NZ Colt Withdrawn         413 Art Major Next Flight Liz Filly Sold Douglas Johnston $30,000     414 Bettors Delight Nightshade Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Purdon $41,000     415 Rocknroll Hanover Noplacelikeholme Colt Sold Michael Moloney $17,000     416 Art Major Nothin Bettor Filly Sold Alex Smith $15,000     417 Courage Under Fire Nykea Jane Colt Sold Michael Muscat $9,000     418 Art Official Ocean Spur NZ Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $30,000     419 Mach Three Oh Eye See Filly Sold Jason Bussenschutt $50,000     420 Four Starzzz Shark Onassis Legacy Colt Sold Pooba Govender $13,000     421 Blissfull Hall Onedins Pocketgirl NZ Filly Passed In   $10,000 $15,000 Make An Offer 422 Julius Caesar Only In Dreams Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     423 Art Major Only When I Laugh NZ Colt Sold Geoff Webster $21,000     424 Rock N Roll Heaven Our Ice Ice Baby CA Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $30,000     425 For A Reason Our Suicide Blonde NZ Filly Withdrawn         426 Rock N Roll Heaven Parisian Melodee Filly Sold Julie Billinger $8,000     427 Sportswriter Petousa Filly Sold Wayne Honan $20,000     428 Always A Virgin Platinum Sign Filly Withdrawn         429 Western Ideal Precious Delight CA Colt Sold Maxfield Standardbreds Tasmania Pty Ltd $36,000     430 For A Reason Pretty Inpink Colt Sold Luke McCarthy $12,000     431 Somebeachsomewhere Protikori Filly Sold Adam,Benjamin & Terry Cormack $19,000     432 Courage Under Fire Quiet Talker Colt Sold Marcus Panton $26,000     433 Changeover Racquel Franco NZ Filly Sold Mark Thompson $22,000     434 Big Jim Red Hot Mumma Filly Sold Ann Tapp $23,000     435 Four Starzzz Shark Red River Swinger Filly Withdrawn         436 Rocknroll Hanover Regal Rainbow Filly Sold Robert Brumm $6,000     437 Somebeachsomewhere Reggae Miss Colt Sold Laspina Trabucco & Co Pty Ltd $50,000     438 Art Major Resolution Babe Colt Sold Mentally Stable Ltd $32,000     439 Somebeachsomewhere River Valley Romance NZ Filly Withdrawn         440 Rocknroll Hanover Roma Art Colt Sold Ray Davis $10,000     441 Mach Three Rosalind Colt Sold Athol Bennett $33,000     442 Rock N Roll Heaven Rosie Rose Colt Passed In   $18,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 443 Art Major Rossangel Gold Filly Passed In   $8,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 444 Artistic Fella Royale Albertina Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     445 Courage Under Fire Ruffle My Feathers Filly Sold Redbank Lodge Standardbreds $10,000     446 Bettors Delight Runaround Rhonda NZ Colt Sold John McCarthy $85,000     447 Rocknroll Hanover Safely Susan Colt Sold Shannon Hoffmann $18,000     448 Rock N Roll Heaven Salix Colt Sold Michael Formosa $26,000     449 Rock N Roll Heaven Same Action Filly Sold Barry Cooper $11,000     450 Sportswriter Sassy Street Filly Withdrawn         451 Mach Three Glenferrie Serenade NZ Filly Sold Robert Morris $12,000     452 Rock N Roll Heaven Serene Angel Filly Passed In   $12,000   Make An Offer 453 Roll With Joe Serene Star Filly Passed In   $10,000 $18,000 Make An Offer 454 Rocknroll Hanover Seshny Bromac NZ Colt Passed In   $21,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 455 Roll With Joe Shark Filly Sold Christie Rothwell $8,000     456 Somebeachsomewhere She Aint Fakin Colt Sold   $26,000     457 Rocknroll Hanover Shoutaloud Colt Sold R.E.D. Harness Racing Pty Ltd $47,000     458 Rocknroll Hanover Silver Tail Lady Filly Sold Rachel Weaver $17,000     459 Courage Under Fire Sky Rainbow Colt Sold Jarrod Alchin $8,000     460 Mach Three Snug Harbor NZ Colt Sold Raboki Pty Ltd $45,000     461 Rocknroll Hanover Solataire Colt Sold Terry Cluse $50,000     462 Courage Under Fire Sounds Alive NZ Colt Sold Josh Powderly $11,000     463 Sportswriter Special Ball NZ Filly Passed In   $16,000 $27,000 Make An Offer 464 For A Reason Steda Dreams Colt Passed In   $6,000 $6,000 Make An Offer 465 Art Major Straight Left NZ Filly Sold Trevor O'Reilly $12,000     466 Sportswriter Strike Line Colt Sold Robert Brumm $28,000     467 Major In Art Sunopal Filly Passed In   $9,000 $12,000 Make An Offer 468 Bettors Delight Tactical Attraction NZ Colt Passed In   $22,000 $22,000 Make An Offer 469 Four Starzzz Shark Take a Hint NZ Colt Withdrawn         470 Courage Under Fire Talk Safely NZ Colt Sold Kevin Hurst $30,000     471 Mr Feelgood Tallaringa Drive Colt Withdrawn         472 Courage Under Fire Tears To Maple Colt Sold Andy Gath $18,000     473 Mach Three The Baggy Green Colt Sold Five Arrows Syndicate $30,000     474 Rock N Roll Heaven The Checkout Chic Colt Passed In   $17,500 $20,000 Make An Offer 475 Art Major The Crystal Star NZ Filly Sold Mark Jones Harness Racing Stable $45,000     476 Art Major The Kindly One Colt Sold Steve Thompson $44,000     477 Four Starzzz Shark The Magic Of Life Filly Withdrawn         478 Rock N Roll Heaven Timeltell Colt Withdrawn         479 Courage Under Fire To Die With Dignity NZ Colt Passed In   $14,000 $20,000 Make An Offer 480 Always A Virgin Touch Of Jerry Filly Passed In   $6,000 $7,000 Make An Offer 481 Roll With Joe Trudee Filly Sold Robert Brumm $20,000                                                 2015 Clearance Rate 83.89%             2015 Sales Average $28,265                               2015 Colts Clearance Rate 88.66%             2015 Colts Average $32,942                               2015 Fillies Clearance Rate 79.27%             2015 Fillies Average $22,077                                                 2014 Clearance Rate 89.74%             2014 Sales Average $23,000                               2014 Colts Clearance Rate 91.03%             2014 Colts Average $26,049                               2014 Fillies Clearance Rate 88.46%             2014 Fillies Average         $19,862  

Rocker Band booked a start in the $140,000 Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington on May 9 when defeating last season’s Breeders Crown-winning 2YO filly Katy Perry at Methven on Sunday, February 22. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and 2005 New Zealand Cup winner Mainland Banner shared favouritism with Katy Perry in the Hororata Trotting Club’s Nevele R heat on the grass. Both had turns at leading, with Rocker Band having the early gate speed to cross, then driver Ricky May elected to take a trail on Katy Perry nearing the final 800m. Rocker Band had the superior sprint in the run home, coming clear by 2 1/4 lengths in a useful 2:02.3 (1609m) on a drizzle-affected grass track. She was a slightly disappointing fourth at her previous start in the Ashburton Nevele R Heat for trainer Mark Jones, who expected more after securing the perfect trail. She was still racetimed in 1:55.6 there, but couldn’t go with the top Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen-trained fillies of Fight For Glory, who was too good in 1:54.5 from Linda Lovegrace and Supersonic Miss. Both Fight For Glory (New South Wales Oaks Heat) and Supersonic Miss (Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks Prelude) complimented the Ashburton heat run by winning again last weekend. Rocker Band had also been earmarked for the New South Wales Oaks series, but the domestic Nevele R heat was a more suitable target after Ashburton. She was recording her second win at her fifth start for Queensland owner Greg Brodie. The Overport Lodge stable moved to 34 wins and crashed through the $300,000 stakes barrier for the season wtih Rocker Band’s success. The stable also produced Zakspatrol for an upset $40.80 win price in the hands of Kimberly Butt at Addington on Friday night. Kim was able to secure a good trail on the outer with the Grant and Katherine Hatton-owned Zakspatrol in the Blue Star Taxis Pace. They finished too well for Sunnivue Bay Boy, Little Lion Man and Mach’s Terminator in 3:21.5 for the stand start 2600m. The stable also went close at Auckland with trotter Charming Lavra, who ran a close second after moving up in the open for Blair Orange. Courtesy of Mark Jones Racing Stables - Check site here  

The all conquering harness racing barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen had horses racing at five tracks in two countries this weekend and at times Mark and Natalie must have wondered where their next representative was lining up. They sent a small team to Wyndham with stable employee Matt Anderson with the focus on the time honoured Kindergarten Stakes. The All Star barn had two runners with the Australian bred Somebeachsomewhere colt  Waikiki Beach the punters elect but not by much from the other All Star runner in Motu Premier.  A son of Bettor's Delight, Motu Premier with Matt Anderson in the bike left quickly from barrier four before handing up to Arden's  Legacy and Ross Payne. Waikiki Beach slotted into the one by one early behind Hanna's Boy and that was still the order as they turned for home. Reinsman Brent Barclay angled Waikiki Beach three wide on the point of the turn and he quickly put the issue beyond doubt, scooting away for an easy victory by 2 1/2 lengths with the last 400 metres in a sizzling 26.7. Motu Premier finished attractively along the passing lane for second to give the All Star barn the quinella while Arden's Legacy fought on well for third. Waikiki Beach paced the mile in the slushy conditions in 1:58.9 with closing sectionals of 57.7 and 26.7 Matt wasn't surprised by the performance of Waikiki Beach. "He's been a natural two year old right from the start." "He's got  real speed but has the ring craft at the same time." "He's is a very sensible type in everything he does" Matt said. Matt wasn't disappointed with the run of Motu Premier.  "Motu Premier didn't really handle the track at all." "I don't think a track like that suits his action." "He was just never pacing well." "He is a horse who can sprint home in 26 but he was never going to beat Waikiki Beach on that track," Matt said. Australians should get ready to see a fair bit of Waikiki Beach as the plans are for him to head across the Tasman to tackle the Australian Pacing Gold series. Harnesslink Media    

All the harness racing trainers in New South Wales with smart three year olds  must have breathed a sigh of relief when they heard that Mark Purdon was sending Follow The Stars back to New Zealand for the Derbys there after the Victorian Derby. What they wouldn't have known was that the horse he was sending to the New South Wales Derby at Menangle in his place in Hug The Wind was little if any inferior to his star stable mate. Well after the first derby heat tonight at Menangle, no one will be in any doubt about how good he is after the son of Bettor's Delight sat in the death seat throughout before kicking clear late for a super impressive Australian debut win. Having his first start since the end of December, Hug The Wind did enough to win the heat without having to be seriously asked by co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen. You would expect Hug The Wind to derive some serious benefit from his first start for over seven weeks and he will strip a much fitter horse for the final. Aztec Bromac was just as clearly second for Robbie Morris and Kerry Ann Turner and looms as a legitimate place chance in the final but the other qualifiers in this heat look to be on mission impossible going by the margin between the first two and the rest tonight. Hug The Wind paced the 2400 metres in 2:53.4, a mile rate of 1:56.3 with closing sectionals of 55.7 and 27 Going on tonights run Hug The Wind looks the horse they have to beat on Sunday week. Harnesslink Media

Tonight harness racing followers at Addington Raceway were witness to an outstanding run from last seasons dual derby winner in King Denny. After galloping away from the ten metres mark, King Denny with co-trainer Mark Purdon in the bike settled a long way off the pace early which was set by Monty Python. With 1600 metres to run, Mark eased King Denny into the running line from the rear and slowly worked his way forward. By this time Clover Don had taken over and King Denny ended up on his wheel passing the 600 metres mark.  Just when the run should have been taking its toll as they turned for home, King Denny just went up a gear and went to the line a comfortable winner. Credited with an official time of 3:21.3 for the 2600 metres from a stand, King Denny was privately timed to run his last 2400 metres in a very quick 2:59.6 after his early gallop. What made the run even more meritorious was King Denny ran into a strong easterly in the home straight. Mark Purdon was rapt with the run " He has gone huge really" " To sit parked and run into that strong breeze and still win like he did was a top effort," Mark said. Mark is not to concerned with his tardy beginnings at his last two starts. " He never got any experience of stands as a three year old as most of his races were mobiles." " He is getting better but just needs a bit more practice on raceday," Mark said. Future plans for the four year old son of Majestic Son are based around a trip to Auckland. " We will keep him close to home over Easter and just race him at Addington. " The long term aim is to have at his peak for the Rowe Cup at Auckland," Mark said. The manner in which King Denny has won his last two starts would suggest he is a huge chance to take home the silverware in Auckland. Harnesslink Media  

All the harness racing pundits thought tonights $20,000 yearling sales graduette was a gift for the All Stars barn runner Northern Velocity. The big strapping daughter of Mach Three had been in great form at trials in Canterbury recently and the punters made her a short priced favourite. Away well, driver Mark Purdon settled her in the one by one early before moving up to the death seat outside the leader Flyingretna with 800 metres to go Passing the 400 metres mark Northern Velocity suddenly went into a wild gallop losing all chance in the process. Just when it looked  like the other All Star runner Emeli Maguire would get home, Sem's Delight with John Dunn in the bike swooped down the outside to nab the win right on the line. The daughter of Bettor's Delight had disgraced herself on debut at Timaru when galloping but showed the benefit of having had a raceday run tonight. John Dunn has a good opinion of the filly. " I have always really liked her but I didn't think she had the ringcraft to win the race with the Purdon duo in there." " Last week wasn't really her fault as it was only her third time off the place in her life." "She is very green still and just needs a bit more experience," John said. Sem's Delight, a $44,000 purchase at last years Australasian Classic sale by Robert Dunn on behalf of long time clients Clive, Rona and Shona McKay is providing some consolation to Clive and Rona who have had a hard luck run recently with their star pacer Franco Nelson. John was of a mind to back off a bit now. " She has come a long way in a short time and with two runs in a week it may pay to back off her now." " There is a really good race for her next week (Leonard Memorial) but it may pay to miss that with all that she has done recently, "John said. Mark Purdon was at a loss to explain why Northern Velocity galloped. " She was travelling really well at the time but just seemed to lose her concentration at the 400 metre mark." "I am at a loss to explain why she did that," Mark said.  Tonights win by Sem's Delight highlights once again that there is no such thing as a certainty in racing. Harnesslink Media  

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