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This week Round 9 is at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club harness racing meeting on races 7,8 & 9. The word is the Christchurch Casino representatives are quietly confident this week as they are back to selecting on their home ground.

Paul Graydon never thought he would get caught up in the emotion of the last ever harness racing meeting at Moonee Valley on February 6. After all, he had been driving the mobile starting gate at Victoria's former home of trotting for almost a decade - and with that he has witnessed many memorable and emotional Group One winning moments - close-up.

The plundering of Australia's greatest races by our Kiwi cousins continued at Moonee Valley's farewell meeting last night when Bondy led all the way to take out the $400,000 BIG6 Hunter Cup.

A massive crowd tonight converged on Moonee Valley to give the now former home of Victorian harness racing an appropriate send-off. More than 15,000 people attended the final meeting ever run at the venue that first hosted harness racing on October 30, 1976 and were treated to one of the best night's racing the track has seen in years.

The plundering of Australia's greatest races by our Kiwi cousins continued at Moonee Valley's farewell meeting last night when Bondy led all the way to take out the $400,000 BIG6 Hunter Cup.

Eleven years after his incomparable sire, Courage Under Fire, took out the same race, outstanding New Zealand stayer Courage To Rule staged a mini harness racing coup tonight (Friday) by winning the $200,000 Alabar Victoria Derby.

Sundons Gift secured his place among the pantheon of Australasian trotting greats with SEW-Eurodrive Inter Dominion Trotting Championship success tonight at Moonee Valley.

Mount Cottrell harness racing trainer Bill Galea has announced rich plans for tonight's $30,000 Group 3 4YO Bonanza winner at the Moonee Valley farewell meeting in Living On Fire. "I'll now set him for the Vicbred Super Series and the Chariots Of Fire," an excited Galea said.

Today's Moonee Valley thoroughbred fixture had to be rescheduled, but tomorrow night's much-anticipated Farewell to the Valley harness racing meeting will proceed. Cockatoos destroyed wiring in some of the light towers surrounding the Moonee Valley gallops track, but Harness Racing Victoria chief executive John Anderson stressed that there was no issue with the harness light towers.

A carefully orchestrated plan six months in the making is close to fruition as Western Australia's leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall and Im Themightyquinn prepare for the $400,000 BIG6 Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley.

Greg Bennett has tasted success at a Moonee Valley Hunter Cup meeting in the past and with the harness racing track to be farewelled this Saturday night, the leading reinsman in New South Wales is hoping to do it all over again.

Expensive pacer Cullen Bromac will be an appropriate starter at Moonee Valley this Saturday night. For this weekend, it will be one year since Cullen Bromac's trainers, Gary and Debbie Quinlan, fought to save their harness racing stables and property at Drouin West from the Black Saturday bushfires.

Kasyanov, one of harness racing's perennial outsiders, is already a winner in the $250,000 Group One SEW-Eurodrive Inter Dominion Trotters Championship Grand Final at Moonee Valley this Saturday. Named after a Russian politician, Kasyanov is the first Queensland trained trotter to make it to an Inter Grand Final for the square- gaiters.

A capacity BIG6 Hunter Cup field of 14 will farewell Moonee Valley when the $400,000 Group 1 is run this Saturday night (Feb 6). The field for the feature event of the last night of harness racing at the Moonee Ponds circuit was finalised this afternoon when the barrier draw was conducted at the Caduceus Club function inthe Celebrity Room at Moonee Valley.

New Zealand will have a strong hand in the two pacing classics in Melbourne this Saturday but defending champion Sundon's Gift is set to dominate the Interdominion Trotting Final after a busy weekend of feature harness racing in Victoria.

Last night's Alabar Victoria Derby heats did little to diminish the popular belief that Queensland holds the key to the harness racing series. Luke McCarthy's boom colt For A Reason might have suffered his first defeat of the season, but Lanercost and Major Bronski exerted their class in their respective $20,000 qualifiers at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

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