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After finishing second in the race last year with Daenerys Targaryen, Trevor Casey and the All Stars team went one better this year with Arya, who was a narrow winner of the $25,000 Group 3 2YO Trotters Stakes at Addington last night. “We were a narrow second behind One Over Da Moon last year, so It was nice to go one better this year,” said the prominent owner-breeder. Arya, who is just the second New Zealand winner by champion sire Angus Hall, was given a nice run by Colin De Fillipi before being peeled out late to gun down his stablemate Prince Fearless, who was good in defeat, by the barest of margins. Speeding Spur was game in third after sitting parked, well favourite Monbet recovered well to finish fourth after making an uncharacteristic break. “I don’t think I mind this family,” quipped Colin De Filippi who trains and drives Arya’s Group One winning older brother Stent. Arya paid odds of $11.50; however Casey wasn’t overly surpised by the win. “She was always going to be better with a couple of runs under her belt, however I do feel she will be a better horse again next season,” he advised. “The whole family seem to get better with a bit of age. Stent had two starts as a two-year-old for two gallops so she is off to a better start than him,” he enthused. The two-year-old pacing event of the night was taken out impressively by the Cran Dalgety trained Art Union, while the All Stars pair of Assassinator and Icobar, who are both co-owned by Casey, finished in second and third. By Mitchell Robertson  

Even a break down on the way to the races couldn’t stop leading trainers’ Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen from dominating another Premier nights racing at Addington. “It wasn’t an ideal start to the night but things quickly came right,” laughed Natalie Rasmussen. “Luckily, Majestic Horse Floats were able to get all of our horses there on time,” she added. The All Stars team was then successful in five of the twelve races, with Adore Me’s victory in the $100,000 Group One Easter Cup the clear highlight. Driven superbly by stand in driver Blair Orange, the champion mare began well from her ten metre handicap and soon after looped the field to take up the front running position. She then enjoyed a nice run in the van before kicking strongly in the home straight to easily hold off a long sustained run from last year’s Easter Cup winner, Terror To Love. The All Stars’ Arden Rooney, who was driven by Natalie Rasmussen, finished a further nose away in third. “Tactics were always going to be crucial in a small horse field and after she began so well I decided to make the most of her ten metre advantage over Terror,” said driver Blair Orange. “She travelled right up on the bridle the whole way and never seemed in doubt. “She is definitely right up there with Auckland Reactor as the best horse I have driven,” he added. Adore Me, who is affectionately known as Ruby around the stables, became the first four-year-old mare ever to win the Easter Cup when winning the two mile feature in a mares record time of 3-59.9. Amazingly, it is the second record Adore Me has set in the space of a week after obliterating the 2600 metre standing start record last Friday. The Taylor Mile, where she will again be driven by Blair Orange, and the New Zealand Messenger in Auckland are now her upcoming targets. The other All Stars winners at Addington were Full Speed Ahead (Blair Orange), Arya, (Colin De Filippi) Rocknroll Arden (Blair Orange), and Tokohoka (Natalie Rasmussen), while Mark Purdon was successful aboard Supersonic Miss in the APG Semi Final in Sydney, giving the barn six winners for the night. By Mitchell Robertson

Even a cold wet night at Forbury Park couldn’t put a dampener on Samantha Ottley’s 100th driving success. “I didn’t really care that it was a miserable night at Forbury I was just excited to get my 100th,” said the junior reinswoman. Ottley notched up her 100th victory aboard the Michael House trained Gogirl Bromac, who burst up the passing lane to win by a neck after being given a beautiful trip in the trail. By winning her 100th race, Ottley cements herself in the record books as the first female to drive 100 winners whilst still a junior driver. “I’d just like to thank all of the trainers and owners that have supporter me, especially my employers Colin and Julie DeFilippi. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am now,” she added. But it wasn’t just Ottley representing the girls with distinction at Forbury Park as Katie Cox also found herself in the spotlight. The young reinswoman, who has come along in leaps and bounds as a driver, notched up her first Group driving success when combining with the Tom Twiddle trained Woodlea Legend to win the Group Three 4 & 5YO Championship at odds of $48.20. Drivers with the surname Cox have now won the Forbury Park feature two years in a row, with Jonny (no relation), having taken out the race last year with Ballindooley. Meanwhile, superstar filly Venus Serena made light work of her rivals in the Nevele R Fillies heat despite sitting parked the journey. By Mitchell Robertson

Star pacers Venus Serena and Border Control will both compete in legs of the  Pick6 at Forbury Park tonight, meaning that you should only have to pick four winners to scoop a share of the $40,000 pool. The former, Venus Serena, who is first first-up since a staggering win in the Great Northern Oaks, would only need to race close to her best form to win the Nevele R Fillies heat, while Border Control, who was a game second behind Adore Me in record time last start, should claim glory in the 4 & 5YO Championship despite his 20 metre handicap. Other features on the Forbury Park card include a heat of the Sires Stakes for two-year-old fillies which will see impressive debut winner Katy Perry go head-to-head with the well-backed Du Vella, while speedy filly Democrat Party will do battle with capable three-year-old filly Millie Sampson in the second race at Cambridge. Suggested Forbury Park Pick6: Leg 1: 2, 3, 7 Leg 2:  7 (Venus Serena) Leg 3: 1, 3, 7, 11 Leg 4: 9 (Border Control) Leg 5: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 Leg 6: 2, 3, 6, 7 $50 = $40% By Mitchell Robertson    

Last week the ring-around produced five winners including my each-way bet of the week Dream Gal, which bolted in at odds of $6 and $1.80. Others to tip out winners included Mark Jones, Steve Richardson (TAB), Todd Mitchell, Matt Williamson, and Tim Williams. Let’s see what good oil we can dig up this week. Cambridge - Thursday Todd Mitchell: Has opted for unbeaten juvenile trotter The Driving God - race five. Scott Phelan: Thinks Seven Blue Chips can make the most of his ace alley in race number six. Stephen Richardson (T.A.B): Expects Thomas McBride to prove very hard to beat in the seventh race on the card. Simon Lawson: Has opted for Ton Tine as his Harnesslink Bet of the Week – race nine. Forbury - Thursday Nathan Williamson: Thinks the very consistent Nickelson will get some money in race three. Ricky May: Is very bullish about the chances of Pay Me Sush in the sixth race on the card. John Dunn: Has opted for Graduate Under Fire, who has been in brilliant form of late. He looks well placed in race number seven. Gavin Smith: Thinks Vincennes looks well suited to the short 1200 metre sprint distance in race nine on the card. Terry Chmiel: Expects Moondyne Joe, who was in need of a run when third in a good field last start at Addington, to prove too good - race eleven. Blair Orange & Mark Jones: Have both opted for Strike On Command, who is unbeaten from two appearances at Forbury Park - race twelve. Jonny Cox:  Rates Sara Holley, who has drawn well for Thursday’s assignment, as a very good each-way bet. She also competes in the last race on the card. Tim Williams: Has added to the puzzle by tipping Bobbie McArdle in race twelve. Trifecta perhaps? Addington - Saturday Josh Dickie: Was impressed with how Speeding Spur trialled on Monday and expects him to highly competitive in the Two-year-old Trotting Stakes - race four. Anthony Butt:  Has opted for impressive two-year-old trialist Curlimore, who looks a great chance from a good alley in race number six. Matthew Williamson: Expects Zhenya to appreciate the drop back in class in race number seven. Craig Thornley: Thinks Given only needs to trot to be competitive - race eleven. Ken Barron: Was very pleased with Pacquiao last start and expects him to prove very hard to beat in the last race on the card. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Best Bet: Snooki – Hawera (Saturday), race three. Each-way: Prince Fearless – Addington (Saturday), race four. Curlimore  - Addington (Saturday), race five Value: Dark Side  - Forbury Park (Thursday), race five.

A quiet trial at Ashburton today should top pacing sensation Terror To Love off nicely as he heads into Saturday’s $100,000 Easter Cup at Addington. Given an easy time by Ricky May in the sedate two-horse trial, the bulky stallion was only pulled out very late in proceedings, dashing home for a narrow second behind 8-win pacer Smiling Star. “That is all he needed heading into Saturday,” said May, who was pleased with how the entire found the line. “I gave him a pretty stern warm-up and he is very forward so I’d say that the run was just perfect for him,” he added. “I know it was a very slowly run affair but he wouldn’t have blown a candle out afterwards. I was pretty happy with that to be honest,” concluded the champion reinsman. When asked what his confidence levels were like heading into Saturday, May admitted that he was very impressed with Adore Me last Friday. “She was just tremendous last week but I think ‘Terror’ only has to replicate his run in the Auckland Cup to beat her again. He has proven himself time and time again,” he enthused. “It’s obviously not going to be easy to give Adore Me 10 metres and beat her, especially if she goes like she did last week, but we all know how much he loves the two miles at Addington,” he concluded. The trial was run in a pedestrian 3-11.6, with quick sectionals of 55.5 and 26.7. As reported by Harnesslink last week, Adore Me will be driven by Blair Orange in Saturday’s Group One feature, with Purdon heading across the Tasman to drive Supersonic Miss in the APG semi-final. Orange will also steer the champion mare in the Taylor Mile 13 days later, with Purdon committing to star two-year-old Follow The Stars in the rich $A300,000 Australian Pacing Gold Colts & Gelding Final. “It is an absolute privilege to drive a horse like her,” said Orange, who is two from two on the champion mare. “It’s going to be a tactical affair with just the six horses in the field, so I will just see how the race unfolds, but I am confident she can win,” he added. The other four horses in the Easter Cup are: Arden Rooney, Jivin Cullen, Donegal’s Guest, and Pemberton Shard. By Mitchell Robertson

Talented North Island trotter Speeding Spur looks set to make a bold South Island debut in the Group 3 2YO Trotting Stakes at Addington on Saturday. The John and Josh Dickie trained trotter, who downed the smart Yagunnakissmeornot in his last start, trialled up stylishly at Ashburton today, so much so that Josh Dickie reversed his decision to make Millie Sampson his Harnesslink Bet Of The Week. After leading early, The Pegasus Spur two-year-old made a mid-race break, losing considerable ground before speeding home for fourth place. “He was getting an easy time in front and simply lost concentration and broke,” explained Dickie. “But he came down pretty quickly and really found the line stylishly,” he added. “They have been running some very good times down here but I think can match them on the clock,” said Dickie. “He is going to improve with a few more runs under his belt but I really do rate him quite highly,” he concluded The trial was won by Roydon’s Jewel, who will again be a rival of Speeding Spur’s on Saturday, while the classy Monbet as well as Wanna Play also pose as serious threats. The latter was unable to be driven out in her last start and could be a very good bet at good value. Other impressive trialists at Ashburton included Iceobar, who won easily by a length and a half, while Curlimore also caught the eye, dashing through tight quarters late to finish third in the same event. Both two-year-olds look to have strong chances in the fifth event at Addington on Saturday. By Mitchell Robertson

Purdon-Rasmussen juveniles Follow The Stars and Kept Under Wraps look set to dominate the male section of the rich Sydney Australian Pacing Gold series after winning their respective heats with authority at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday. The first of Mark Purdon’s two heat winners was Kept Under Wraps who, despite racing greenly and being headed around the home bend, fought back to win by a ½ head over gun Australian two-year-old Artistic Flite. The two-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight has now won two from two, while Art Major stablemate Follow The Stars extend his win streak to four when unleashing a last quarter of 26.0 and dashing away for a comprehensive 5.9 metre win over Its Only Rocknroll. Follow The Stars was Purdon and Rasmussen’s seventh training success of the weekend after producing four winners at Addington, and one at Alexandra Park, on Friday night. Meanwhile, Interdominion champion Beautide looks set for the upcoming Len Smith Mile after overhauling his rivals late to win $24,000 FFA. By Mitchell Robertson

Champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn described Locharburn’s win in tonight’s $175,000 Muscara Standardbreds NZ Derby at Addington as ‘a team effort.’ “He may have been in Cran’s (Dalgety) colours tonight but Kevin Chapman has probably played a bigger part than anybody,” said Dunn of the gelding’s co-owner and former trainer. “Kev is away overseas at the moment on a world trip but I doubt there is a happier man on earth right now,” he added. Dunn was in awe of the Christian Cullen three-year-old after the race and said that the giant bay simply had no right to win the Group One feature. “He was pushed off the track around the first bend and then when he finally did work up to the parked position the buggar had the audacity to over-race,” quipped Dunn. “He has done twice as much work as any other horse in the race and he has still been too good. I’ve got no doubt that he is the best three-year-old male pacer in the country,” he added. Locharburn downed the pace-making Isaiah (Natalie Rasmussen) by ½ a head, while Sky Major finished a further two lengths away in third. Great Northern Derby winner Tiger Tara rounded out the First4. “I thought he was all done on the bend but when I asked him he kicked really hard,” advised Dunn. “I knew I had Isaiah at the 150 metres, but to his credit he came back at me late,” he added. “I think my fella might have died on his run the last 100 metres but I think he had every right to, don’t you?” he laughed. Locharburn, who was labeled as a Derby contender by Kevin Chapman after just his third start, paced the 2600 metre journey in 3-11.0. His last 800m was recorded in a brutal 54.6. Glenys Kennard, who is the co-owner of runner-up Isaiah, was gracious in defeat, admitting that the best horse had won the race on the night. “Locharburn was absolutely sensational and deserved to win,” said Kennard, who enjoyed success in the penultimate race with Raesawinner. Dalgety and Dunn also enjoyed success on the undercard with Major Bubbles, Regulus, and impressive two-year-old Art Union, giving the dynamic duo four wins on the program. By Mitchell Robertson

If Adore Me was racing the previous 2600 metre NZ mares record holder from a standing start, Kate’s First, she would have beaten her by an astonishing 14 lengths. That was the discovery that Canterbury commentator Mark McNamara made after Adore Me’s breathtaking win over Border Control in the C5 & faster discretionary pace at Addington tonight. After starting from the 40 metre back mark, co-trainer-driver Mark Purdon set Adore Me alight heading into the stables bend with a lap to go and quickly moved her up to the parked position. She then breezed on by in home stretch to win by 1 length over stablemate Border Control in a sensational time of 3-08.7, which set a mares record from both a stand and mobile. But it doesn’t stop there either, as Adore Me’s time also bettered the all-comers standing start record and was just 0.2 of a second outside of the all-comers mobile record, held jointly by Desperate Comment and Highview Tommy. The superstar mare will now contest next Saturday’s $100,000 Easter Cup where she will seek revenge on last month’s Auckland Cup winner, Terror To Love. Purdon also claimed victory in the Group One New Zealand Trotting Derby with King Denny, while training and life-partner, Natalie Rasmussen, steered Alta Orlando to success in the Group Two Welcome Stakes. Rasmussen was also victorious in the penultimate event aboard Raesawinner, giving the stable four winners on the card. “King Denny has really stepped up this time in and had impressed dad (Mark Purdon) immensely with his work during the week,” said Nathan Purdon. King Denny paid odds of $9.10, while Alta Orlando upset his more favoured stablemates when winning at a price of $16.20; however neither win surprised the All Stars camp. Alta Orlando gave Purdon and co-owner Neil Pilcher back-to-back wins in the Welcome Stakes, while Thoroughbred Hall of Famer Jim Gibbs MNZM, who also shares in the ownership of runner-up Hug The Wind, nailed the quinella. “We were expecting a big run from Alta Orlando last week but he botched up the start,” advised Purdon. “But he has always given us the impression of a very nice horse and has done everything ever asked of him,” he concluded. Meanwhile, in shades of his Dominion Handicap win, Master Lavros dived up the inside to claim victory in the Group One NZ Trotting Championship in a New Zealand record time of 3-13.1. By Mitchell Robertson  

Master trainer Mark Purdon looks a cracking chance of notching up his third straight New Zealand Derby success after his quartet all drew favourably in Friday’s $175,000 Group One feature at Addington. “Last week the majority of the team drew wide or second-line, so the draws for this week were a pleasant surprise,” enthused Purdon, who admits that none of his four can be ruled out from the barrier draw. The Purdon/Rasmussen quartet are: Messini (1), Aldo Rossi (2), Isaiah (4), and Alleluia (5). “They have all worked on well since last week, so I think all four of them have at least a First4 chance under the right circumstances,” said Purdon. When asked how he thinks the race to pan out, Purdon said that he expects Isaiah to be the early leader, however he is predicting mid-race pressure from Locharburn. “I don’t think Messini, Quick As A Trick, or Aldo Rossi, will have the gate speed to hold him out, so I suspect that Nat (Rasmussen) will be pushing the go button early,” advised Purdon. “If that’s the case and she decides to hold up, it will bring Messini (Blair Orange) right into the race as he should settle in the trail,” he added. Purdon also warns not to underestimate Aldo Rossi (Sam Ottley), who worked very well on Wednesday, while he is expecting a much improved performance from Alleluia (Mark Purdon), who was disappointing in last week’s Vero Flying Stakes. “His bloods came back fine and he has worked on good since, so I don’t know quite what to make of last week.” “I’ve added the sliding blind to his gear this week to hopefully sharpen him up, as I just felt he was a bit half hearted about things last week,” he added. “At his best he will be right in it as he is very fast, but I think Isaiah has to be the pick of our four. I thought he was absolutely super last week and he has drawn to be in it for a long way.” The fly in the ointment for the Purdon/Rasmussen team is favourite Locharburn, who is likely to go the attack mid-race, while Great Northern Derby winner Tiger Tara will be looking for luck after landing the awkward one on the second line barrier. Meanwhile, Purdon is hopeful rather than confident with superstar mare Adore Me, who has been forced to start in a discretionary handicap after the Superstars Championship was scrapped due to lack of no nominations. “She is pretty sensible so I am hoping she will step well from the back mark, but it is not going to be easy to give Border Control (stablemate) a 30 metre head-start and beat him,” he admits. Purdon and Rasmussen also have a superb team on the undercard; however Purdon leans towards Paramount Queen and Raesawinner as the best of them. “Paramount Queen looks well placed and really should be winning, while Raesawinner is improving all of the time and has really surprised me of late,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson    

Last week the ring-around produced six winners, including my bet of the week and my two each-way bets of the week. Others to tip out winners were Jonny Cox, Steve Richardson, and Ken Barron. Let’s see if some of the trainers and drivers can hold up their end of the bargain this week! Forbury – Thursday Dexter Dunn: Has surprisingly opted for Phat Freddy’s Drop, who will look to break maidens in the first race on the card. Jonny Cox: Rates Mako Banner as a very good each-way chance in race three. Quinella with Katy Perry perhaps? Craig Thornley: Was pleased with U Can I Can at the recent Motukarara workouts - race four Mark Jones: Expects Ultimate CC to prove very hard to beat in the ninth race on the card Terry Chmiel: Is expecting a bold performance from Angus T Jones in the ninth race. Alexandra Park - Friday Scott Phelan: Expects Cheers Kathy to be very hard to roll in the first race on the card. Simon Lawson: Has opted for impressive last start winner Destination Moon - race six Todd Mitchell: Is a very big fan of Mach's Gladiator, and expects him to be hard to roll in the ninth race on the card. Addington - Friday   Blair Orange: Is bullish about the chances of Paramount Queen, who looks very well placed in race two. Anthony Butt: Thinks Thebestlove is a big chance in the NZ Trotting Derby - race four David Butt: Warns punters not to drop One Over Da Moon, who also competes in the NZ Trotting Derby - race four Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Expects Locharburn to prove to strong in the NZ Derby - race nine Ken Barron:  Rates the chances of capable two-year-old filly Livura, who has drawn well for Friday’s assignment - race twelve Gavin Smith: Thinks Dana Duke could be well over the odds in the same event - race twelve Invercargill - Sunday Matthew Williamson: Has opted for the capable yet enigmatic Bet's Sun, who would only need to trot to win the first race on the card. Tim Williams: Thinks Just A Delight, who has finished second in her last three outings, is overdue a winning turn - race ten Andrew Armour Thinks Blanco, who has raced well since joining the barn of Tom Kilkelly, is a good each-way chance in race eleven. Motukarara – Sunday Ricky May: Believes Franco Salisbury will take all sorts of beating from his ace draw – race seven. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Best Bet: Char Do Neigh – Invercargill, race five Each-way: Dream Gal – Forbury Park, race five Emmanuel – Addington, race three Value: Ranfurly Rulz – Addington, race one  

The All Stars team look a great chance of nailing their third straight New Zealand Derby after their stable representatives drew barriers 1, 2, 4, and 5 in Friday’s $175,000 Group One feature. And while Messini (1), Aldo Rossi (2), and the more favoured Isaiah (4), and Alleluia (5) look set to dominate the race from their prominent barriers,likely favourite Locharburn has drawn outside them in barrier six, while Great Northern Derby winner Tiger Tara has landed the tricky one on the second-line barrier. MUSCARA STANDARDBREDS NEW ZEALAND DERBY (MOBILE) (Gr1) 1 -  Messini 2 – Aldo Rossi 3- Quick As A Trick 4- Isaiah 5- Alleluia 6 – Locharburn 7 – Bettor Buy It 8 – Naughty Maravu 9 – Sky Major ----------------------------------------------------------------- 10 – Tiger Tara 11- Music 12 – Return To Sender 13 – No Doctor Needed Meanwhile superstar mare Adore Me, who will start in C5 & Faster on Friday due to the 4YO Superstars being scrapped, is likely to by driven by Blair Orange in next Saturday’s Easter Cup as Mark Purdon is probably going to head to Sydney to drive in the APG semi finals. In other news, Natalie Rasmussen has confirmed that NZ Derby hopeful Aldo Rossi will head to Queensland next month for upcoming Brisbane features including the Group Two Seymour Nursery Pace. By Mitchell Robertson

Former champion Australian youngster Sushi Sushi has been humanely put down after shattering a pastern in trackwork this morning. The $1 million dollar earning pacer was rushed to the vet soon after sustaining the injury but unfortunately there was nothing that could be done and he was regretfully put down. It is understood that Sushi Sushi’s injury was sustained to the same leg that has seen him ruled out of racing since January of 2013 The six-year-old son of Art Major, who once had a win streak of 16, was trained by Freddy Taiba for the majority of his career, but also had a stint in New Zealand with Mark Purdon. Know by many of his biggest fans as ‘The Sush,’ the extremely talented pacer's biggest wins included the 3YO ABC Final, the Victoria Derby, the Breeders Challenge Final, the NSW Breeders 2YO Final, the Kevin Seymour Nursery, and New Zealand’s Great Northern Derby and Kaikoura Cup. Sushi Sushi was driven by top Australian reinsman Greg Sugars, who formed a wonderful association with the great pacer. His last win was in the Group Two Bendigo Cup, while his last start resulted in a narrow second to Mah Sish is the Group One Ballarat Cup. The son of No Nukes mare Sabilize was bred by Weona Standardbreds and was owned by A Cendron and P D'Alessi. Sushi Sushi won 27 of just 47 starts, with stakes in excess of $1.1 million. R.I.P ‘The Sush’ By Mitchell Robertson  

Washydke’s Jesse Wederell has now trained his first winner but is still yet to see one of his horses cross the line in first place. “I got that excited that I was jumping up and down and in the end it ended up being nothing more than a blur,” laughed the young enthusiastic horseman. Wederell, who is in his first season of training, broke his duck when his four-year-old Sand’s A Flyin gelding, Garibaldi, was successful in the fourth race at Rangiora today. “He has always had plenty of ability but he seems to have really clicked of late,” said Wederell, who also owns the gelding. “He may have had 13 starts but he is still pretty inexperienced, so I expect him to get better in time,” he enthused. “He is still learning what this racing game is all about.” Garibaldi is one of two two-year-olds that 21-year-old Wederell purchased of Brendon Hill in 2012. The other is Phil Monty, who Wederell recently sold to Lance Justice for good money after a very good second at Addington on February 27. “He is a really nice horse and I have kept a ten percent share in him,” enthused Wederell. “He should do a super job over there for Lance. Both Garibaldi and Phil Monty were purchased out of the Harness Racing Weekly for $1000 apiece. “I was looking for a horse at the time and I liked their breeding,” recalled Wederell. “Garibaldi’s mother (Western Starr) went 1-50 in America as a three-year-old.” “But I never dreamed I’d get two nice horses to kick off my career. I guess you could say I’ve been a bit lucky.” When asked what he was going to do with his newly found wealth, Wederell said that a new Ute could well be on the cards. It may even be towing Garibaldi next time he arrives at the races. Meanwhile, Arden Rooney was an impressive winner of the $25,000 North Canterbury Country Cups Final and will now target the $100,000 Easter Cup on April 19. By Mitchell Robertson

When it comes to siring your first winner, it rarely comes more impressively than Primz Luck. The talented two-year-old trotter easily accounted for a field of maiden trotters at Alexandra Park last night and looks set for the upcoming age group features. Driven by trainer James Stormont, Primz Luck, who is currently the only New Zealand qualifier by The Pres, settled in the one-one before pouncing quickly on his rivals in the home straight and racing away for a comprehensive 2 & ½ length win. The speedy youngster, who looks a natural two-year-old type, is now third on the Harness Jewels Leader Board, and looks set to carry on the family tradition and qualify for a Jewels Final. Primz Luck, who is out of Sundon mare Howz Lucky, is remarkably the younger half-brother of four trotters who have qualified for Jewels Finals including Madisonz Luck, who finished second to Kylie Ree in the 2YO Ruby in 2010. The Pres, who won four races in America from just nine starts, is a son of champion sire Andover Hall out of Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire (Valley Victory). The Pres recorded a best time of 1-55.1 when winning at Pocono Downs in June of 2008 and currently has multiple two-year-old winners in the USA. He currently stands at Wai Eyre Farm for a fee of $3,250 plus GST. Stormont also enjoyed success at Alexandra Park last night with promising three-year-old Mum’s Pride, while Letz Elope claimed the feature Kumeu Stakes at Group Three level. By Mitchell Robertson

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