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By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk   The Banks Peninsula Trotting Club is hailing the area’s new cellphone tower as a game changer. “This may look boring but it means so much to us at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club,” said club secretary-manager Glenn Hames, “We now have full cellphone and broadband coverage on course.” In the past coverage at the Motukarara course has been patchy at best with a number of dead spots. The upgrade is a massive boost to the club, it is also timely as RITA (Racing Industry Transition Agency) drastically cuts costs across all areas of its business. “With the possibility that they are phasing out tote operators on course it means people can bet on their devices, and this will be huge for our turnover,” said Hames. The Gebbies Valley tower is the 100th new rural mobile tower. It’s all part of the Rural Broadband Initiative that the Government is carrying out in conjunction with the Rural Connectivity Group. Hames adding : “For the first time in the world, three providers are all using the same tower. So if you’re with Spark, Vodafone or 2 Degrees you will be able to use your devices at Motukarara Racecourse.” “COVID-19 has clearly shown us the importance of being digitally connected, and this new tower in Gebbies Valley means that more people are now able to connect to broadband, bringing social inclusion and allowing people to work and learn from home,” said Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi. “There are to be seven new mobile sites in the Christchurch City Council area – with five in Banks Peninsula. Once these sites are completed, 650 rural homes and businesses, which cannot currently access broadband, will have the opportunity to connect.” Hames says the changes will have a positive effect for everyone on course, with their next meeting at this stage scheduled for September 27.

By Jonny Turner    Glenys Chmiel will be out to continue her brilliant form in what will be her last hurrah in the sulky, as Harness Racing New Zealand’s Team Teal Campaign ends at Motukarara today. The reinswoman produced excellent results when competing against South Island’s best female drivers competed in four Team Teal races on the West Coast, last weekend. Chmiel’s two wins and one placing, which raised funds for ovarian cancer research, came after she got a little help from her friends. “I am only really out there because of the teal races,” the driver said.  “Sam Ottley got me the drive on Kensington Bill and Aimee Edmonds got me the drive on Sod’s Law.” “That was why I went over to the coast.” “Then, Sam got suspended so I ended up getting one of her drives at Motukarara. Chmiel’s West Coast efforts showed she still has all the skill she displayed at the height of her career, despite her taking limited opportunities in the sulky in recent seasons. Though she has enjoyed being back out on the track, her winning run will not see Chmiel make a full time return to driving in any capacity. “This will be my last hurrah for a wee while.” “My kids come first and they are quite involved with sport and that takes up most of my weekend.” Chmiel’s West Coast double behind Kensington Bill took her career tally to 48 wins. If she produces the kind of form she did last weekend, the reinswoman could notch a 50 win milestone with her three drives at today’s meeting. Chmiel will drive Been To Jenny’s (race 6) and Malinka (race 9) in today’s two Team Teal women’s races. Malinka copped second row draws in both of her starts last weekend’s West Coast meetings. The Trevor Walsh trained 4yr-old ran home well for second at Westport, before whacking away for an honest sixth at Reefton. Chmiel has a much better draw to work from with Malinka today, when she starts from barrier 5. “Trevor said to me that he didn’t think he had her ready for Reefton.” “But, she certainly has been going some good races.” “I think the run at Reefton will have tidied her up and she should be on form.” Chmiel may need to show off all of her skills to work Been To Jenny’s in to race 6 from the outside of the front line. Going on the Kyle Cameron trained 5yr-old’s sound second in her last start at Reefton, Been To Jenny’s will be competitive if she can find a nice run.  “The draw is the worry, we will just have to see what happens early in the race and then make a plan after that,” Chmiel said.  Chmiel will drive Bring Back Leah in an event outside today’s Team Teal races. The Mark Jones trained 3yr-old looks a strong chance in race 3, following her second and fourth placings on the West Coast, last weekend.  “She has got form, she raced honest on the coast and she is due for a break through.” “Hopefully Sunday is the day.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight    She might not have been the punters’ friend at Motukarara on Sunday, but nothing was going to wipe the smile off Anj Mugford’s face. The Leeston horsewoman pulled off a rare three-figure upset when training and driving Night Lights to win a girls’ maiden race, her first victory in both fields. Night Lights was the despised outsider at $113.60 and probably with justification having been unplaced in 23 prior runs. The horse was drawn badly and had no real form to get excited about, but Mugford was still optimistic. “I did think I’d be in the money but I didn’t expect to win because the draw was no help,” she told HRNZ. And Night Lights had to be the best horse in the race to win, too. She was three-wide, then parked and simply out-toughed her opponents in a slogging finish. Mugford was stung with a three-day suspension for going one strike over the whip maximum, but it wasn’t going to take the gloss off the day. “It does feel like it was a long time coming. “It’s hard to explain how I felt when I crossed the line. I didn’t really believe it. “I was waiting for them to get past me all the way down the straight and it never happened.” Mugford has done things a little differently to most in that she had her trainers’ licence for two seasons before taking out a junior drivers’ licence to match it. She has been plugging away with horses that carry limited ability the last few years and it’s no surprise that Night Lights came from another stable. “I can’t afford to go out and buy nice ones from the sales; I have to get other people’s cast offs. “With Night Lights, I had put something up on Facebook saying I was looking for a horse to race over the summer. “Carla Robertson-Holmes messaged me and said they had her there and they think she’s got ability so was probably worth a go. “So, it’s thanks to Carla that I got the horse, otherwise this wouldn’t have happened.” Mugford started working for the late Bryce Buchanan during her high school years before joining his son-in-law, Terry Chmiel’s stable “for eight or nine years”. “Then I took a break and did vet nursing for a year. “I went back and worked for Bruce Hutton and then I was not actually involved with horses when Bruce rung and said I’ve got one here that you should have a go at training yourself.” Before too long she had her licence and a couple of horses around her, including the now-retired but ability-laden trotter, Razor. Now she’s got her drivers’ licence “just so I can drive my own ones, really” and helps out neighbour Kevin Fairbairn, whose track she uses to train her team. Along with Night Lights, Mugford trains the 57-start maiden mare Don’t Tell Ange, who she is determined to win a race with. She’s come close four times, including a second placing at Addington. “She goes alright and I’d like to think she can get a win somewhere along the line.” But if it doesn’t happen, she’s ok with it. “I got in to horse racing for the horses, not for the racing. And that’s still what it’s all about for me.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Pre-race study paid off for Gemma Thornley when Nemera Franco produced a barnstorming finish to notch the junior driver’s first career win at Motukarara on Sunday. Thornley got more than 15 lengths off the speed in the middle stages when driving the unbeaten mare, who is trained by her employer, Steven McRae. Other rookie drivers may have panicked when driving a favourite in the same position, but Thornley showed a cool head. The reinswoman had confidence in her charge because she put the time in to studying Nemera Franco’s race tapes and watching how her uncle, Craig Thornley, had previously driven the 5yr-old. “I had watched her tapes and looked at how Craig had driven her in her first two races,” Thornley said. “In her first start at Motukarara, he got a long way back with her and she finished off really well.” “And I knew she could be a bit lazy in the running, so I wasn’t too worried when we got back in the field.” Thornley got Nemera Franco rolling before the home turn, before the pair made a very wide bid in the home straight. The Bettor’s Delight pacer wound in to her work stylishly to make up many lengths on the leaders, before going on to make Thornley’s first driving win a sensational one. “Halfway down the straight, she put the burners on and sprinted past them and I knew I had it,” Thornley said. The rookie reinswoman admitted the feeling of being a race winning driver took time to get used to. “It is still sinking in, to be honest, I have been trying to take it all in, I guess.” Thornley’s path to the winners circle was short, but not smooth. She had driven in just eight races prior to her win, with several of those horses galloping out of contention.  “I have had a few rough drives.” “It was good to have a nice horse to drive and to be trusted to do a good job by the boss.” The reinswoman hopes driving her first winner will help boost her profile, so that she can secure more drives. Thornley is the daughter of trainer-driver Chris Thornley. She works alongside her uncle, Craig, at Spreydon Lodge. And she is thoroughly enjoying her experience under head trainer Steven McRae. “There are a lot of horses there and a lot of things to learn.” “Driving the young ones is good for my education and having my uncle there is even easier.” The Thornley family have enjoyed a good run of success in the new season. Gemma is also related to Olivia Thornley, who has recently scored back to back wins with All Stars 3yr-old, Taxman. Her brother, Sam, drove his first winner at Addington, earlier this season. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Destiny Jones will attempt to continue the resurgence of her form by defending her crown in Sunday’s Group 3 Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup at Motukarara. The 8yr-old nosed out Monty Python, who also returns for this year’s running, in an exciting finish to the 2018 edition of the 2810m grass track feature. The Dean Hunter trained squaregaiter ran the best race of her campaign when running second to Sundees Son in the Group 3 Ordeal Trotting Cup at Addington, earlier this month. The run signalled Destiny Jones was back to her best after her form tailed off at the end of last season and producing a fair resuming run, two weeks prior to her Ordeal Cup effort. “The last run was good, she certainly stepped up,” Hunter said. “The harder they go it suits her and when Sundees Son went such a good time it really suited her.” “She just keeps trucking and if she had been able to get on to Sundees Son’s back around the home turn she would have been even closer at the finish.” Destiny Jones’ return to form came after her hocks were treated while she had a short winter spell. It has been evident the mare has been feeling better in her recent work following the treatment, Hunter said. “She's been working really, really good so I just hope it continues.” Hunter is hoping for a repeat of last year’s performance in Sunday’s 2810m feature, but much different fortunes for Destiny Jones than she was dealt after her win. Destiny Jones had a troubled spring and summer following after she suffered a lingering lung infection. The trotter bounced back to her best form later in the season and went on to run a big fifth behind Sundees Son in the Rowe Cup, after botching the start. Destiny Jones and Monty Python will clash with a mixture of established open class trotters and those who have recently graduated to the open grade. Winterfell opened a short priced favourite for the race with bookmakers after his impressive effort to take ground off rising star, Oscar Bonavena, on fast closing sectionals at Oamaru, last weekend. The main concern for his backers should be that Winterfell has just had that one soft run to prepare him for Sunday’s 2810m grass track staying test. However, it would be unlike the All Stars stable not to have the horse ready to run a big race. Valloria went and put in a sound effort when running third behind Oscar Bonavena at Oamaru and he looks a genuine race contender. Fellow hopeful, Habibi Inta, set up the very strong pace of Sundees Son’s Ordeal Trotting Cup before fading to run a sound third. The horse looked in need of racing to reach full fitness when also running third behind Sundees Son in his prior run. The Paul Nairn trained trotter‘s condition should be much improved following his two starts this season and he looks a genuine threat to Winterfell. The Greg and Nina Hope trained duo of Matua Tana and Enghien add plenty of interest to the race. Matua Tana impressed in his first start for the Hope stable with a good win against middle grade trotters at Addington earlier this month. Enghien has failed to flatter in his first two starts this term after missing all of last season’s racing. Those two starts should have helped the trotter edge back to peak race fitness ahead of Sunday’s race. The Dominator and former Dominion winner, Amaretto Sun, add a complex Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

TAB Update Australian Bonus Pools Sat 26 Jan - Melton Night Harness: A$50k BONUS Quaddie Races 5, 6, 7 & 8. Pick6 this Week JACKPOT - Thu 24 Jan $50k Guaranteed at Cambridge Night Harness $29,302.83    Waikato Bay of Plenty – Thursday 24 January    A ten race card starting at 5.17pm. Featuring the Group 2 JLT Futurity.     Addington Raceway News – Friday 25 January   Hello Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ADDINGTON TEAM! We hope you have had the most wonderful time with family and friends.   We know most of you worked through, so we hope you enjoyed the days you had off. Our Chef is just wishing to continue offering spectacular dishes to you all!  Check out the below….hungry anyone? BACK ON TRACK SPECIAL THIS FRIDAY FOR OUR MEMBERS! Get back on track Friday 25 January! Enjoy a night at the races with a delicious buffet, premium viewing and live action! For every member it is only $25! Call 338 9094 to book. INTERNATIONAL RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 1 MARCH – 10% of every ticket sold will be given to the Team Teal Campaign! Join us on Friday 1 March as we take your tastebuds on a journey around the world!  A delicious International themed buffet dinner is available from $67 per person (buffet only and cash bar available) to $97 per person (buffet and beverage package included).   For more information and to see the mouth-watering menu, head to our website ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING – an easy way to cater!  Addington Pantry is here to help and create #fabulouscateringmadeeasy.  If it is a morning or afternoon tea shout, lunch time meeting or even if you would like to send someone a thank you, Addington Pantry Online Catering can deliver tasty food straight to your door!  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   For further details please call 338 9094.  UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC      February 1 February 15 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email We look forward to welcoming you back on track this Friday. From the Addington Team.   Southern Harness - CUP DAY AT INVERCARGILL, 26 January   It is Cup Day with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday and the club has a great day lined up.  Highlights on track are the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup timed to go at 4.38pm for $32,000 over a distance of 3200m and the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown.  The chance for anyone on course who fills in a coupon to win a seven night stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba plus $1000 towards your airfares courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park is one of the big drawcards That coupon will also give you the opportunity to win with The Bet’s In The Bag where four draws will be made throughout the day to win one of several betting vouchers of no less than $100 to use on the day.  A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will win one previously unlucky punter a $50 meal voucher courtesy of Level One Restaurant & Bar. In a strange coincidence both the 1916 New Zealand Trotting Cup and the New Zealand Cup won in 2018 by Thefixer will both be on course. The 1916 Cup is now raced for by the Invercargill Cup field each year as the 1916 winner was Cathedral Chimes owned by Invercargill businessman John Bruce Thomson who donated the trophy to the Invercargill Club. In a nice twist Southlanders Stu and Pauline Gillan are part of the ownership group of last year’s Cup winner Thefixer and the Gillan’s have been kind enough to allow the club to display the current day Cup on the day.  Admission on the day is free as is the children’s entertainment which consists of a bouncy castle, bumper balls, kids tote and more while there will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6.  Tent sites are available – contact Southern Harness Racing’s Promotions Officer, Lindsay Beer on 021 351 499 to learn more and to make a booking. Thanks to the Tricode Syndicate the club has also been offering via the Southland Express newspaper the opportunity to win a share of the syndicate’s runner, Please Shuddup. The prize includes the opportunity to spend a day enjoying hospitality with syndicate members in their own corporate box, plus benefits such as a stable visit to see the horse being geared up and should it win, a photo as part of the syndicate in the birdcage after the race. The syndicate will also place a $100 win bet on Please Shuddup in its race and also a $10 bet on every other race throughout the day for the lucky prize winner.     Lindsay Beer - Promotions Officer/Southern Harness Racing/021 351 499   Rotorua Harness, Sunday 27 January    An eight race card to be held on the grass at Arawa Park, Rotorua. First race 12.37pm.   Banks Peninsula – Sunday 27 January To be held at Motukarara on the grass surface. An 11 race card starting at 12.22pm.   Waikouaiti Trotting Club Sunday 24 February The Waikouaiti Trotting Club has decided to transfer its two day meeting in February to Oamaru from Waikouaiti, citing the option of racing on the all-weather track if the weather rules out the grass track. “We have decided to make the move for the current season and evaluate for the future,’’ said Dick Tayler, the president of the Waikouaiti club. “The decision was based on what happened earlier this year with the weather and with regard to the Messara report although I have a reservation about the latter as there was no consultation with harness racing and greyhound people. “We like the option of being able to switch to the all-weather track at Oamaru if the weather is against racing on the grass. We can make an early decision and give licence holders certainty. We are also concerned about the facilities at Waikouaiti with two grandstands not in good shape.” The decision to transfer the race meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 26, was made at a committee meeting of the club. “We are hoping our sponsors will recognise the wisdom of the move and continue with their support which is greatly appreciated,’’ said Tayler. Edward Rennell, the departing chief executive of Harness Racing New Zealand, has praised the decision: “I commend their decision. I am sure it has not been made lightly and is in the best interests of all industry participants.” The club was forced to postpone the first day of the meeting last February from Thursday to Saturday and hold the second day on Monday when rain affected the Waikouaiti track. The Oamaru Harness Racing Club set a precedent by switching a scheduled grass track meeting to the all-weather track on December 1 after heavy rain. The Waikouaiti club held its second totalisator meeting at Oamaru in June, 1957 and also raced there on January 5, 1979.   Amberley Trotting Club - 6 February Waitangi Day Looking for something to do on Waitangi Day Feb 6th. Make your way out to Rangiora Racecourse and let the Amberley Trotting Club take care of that.A day of fun filled family activity is guaranteed , along with a full card of top class horse racing. The hard working Amberley committee aim to put on a fabulous days entertainment and this year will be no exception. Some of this years highlights include a chance for someone on course to become a honouree “part owner” for the day of the racehorse Airpark Flyer ,who will compete in the 2019 Rangiora Equine Services “Amberley Cup”,thanks to the generosity of owner, Graeme Harris and trainer, Trent Yesburg . To be in with a chance to win this wonderful prize ,all you have to do is, place any bet on course to the value of $10 or more, if you win fantastic ,cash it in ,if you don’t ,write your name and phone number on the back of your losing ticket,place it in the specially marked barrel in the birdcage before Race 6 and straight after Race 6 the winner will be drawn. The prize includes meet the owner ,trainer and horse pre race, you will recieve a $50 each way bet on “Airpark Flyer”, then watch the race with them in the members stand , have some post race photos taken with the horse and then enjoy some hospitality in our sponsors tent. Also on the day, Gabi Rennie and Macy Fraser,two of the star,s from the history making U17 Football Ferns who claimed the bronze medal in the 2018 Womens World Cup tournament in Uruguay will be on course to meet and greet and also there will be 6 signed footballs given away on the day. Once again this year we will be supporting the Womens Cancer Foundation. All female drivers on the day will be wearing a set of teal driving pants and should any of the female drivers win a race HRNZ will donate $100 to the foundation and Amberley Trotting Club will match it. HRNZ staff will also be selling merchandise on the day with all proceeds going to the foundation. The Amberley club have always embraced the ‘FAMILY ATMOSPHERE” on our racedays and once again there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained all day long , with giveaways, pony rides ,bouncy castle,childrens entertainer, lolly scramble and “Kids Go Racing “packs. Amberley Trotting Clubs objective is to run a raceday which gives back to the Owners ,Trainers and Breeders which is why we strive to keep the stake levels up for the owners, the $500 Breeders Bonus and for the trainers, International Animal Health Products & Garrads Horse & Hound will donate a prize pack for a randomly selected trainer in each race and all trainers will go into the draw for a Major Prize Pack drawn after Race 7. Airpark Canterbury have also donated a voucher of “up to 5 days parking at Airpark Canterbury and also includes a “business class wash” (approx. $150 value) and these will be presented to every winning trainer on the day. John Mc Cabe will also be oncourse ,entertaining the crowd with his wonderful variety of songs between races . So pack up the car , bring out the family and be prepared for a great day out. We still have some marquee packages and carpark packages available and they can be confirmed by contacting Warwick Duke on 03 313 6849 or More info on the day can be found by viewing the clubs website    Alexandra Park – March Fundraising Race Nights   Friday 8th February Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Alexandra Park Join us at Alexandra Park to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The sign known for their amazing personalities and great luck. Top of the Park will be beautifully decorated, there will be a delicious Chinese-style buffet and plenty of beverages to choose from. Plus we have a little something in-store to test your good fortune. Tickets from $70pp   March Fundraising Race Nights Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause.  The night will also feature a celebrity Dual Sulky race featuring Dom Harvey, Melodie Robinson, Brooke Howard-Smith and Frank Bunce with two competitors to be named. March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer. Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts. Both nights consist of great prize giveaways. To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit   Kapiti Coast – 1st and 3rd February The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club holds its annual two day race meeting at the Otaki Race course on Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February 2019. The only harness racing to take place in the Wellington Region annually. North Island grass track racing at its very best on a near perfect sole of grass. [After an extensive grass resewing programme and track drainage work].    The feature on Friday February 1st is the recently reintroduced Wellington Trotting Cup , mobile 2200 metres. A time honoured event once raced by open class pacers at Hutt Park. The Taranaki Kidz Carts will be in attendance both days with some very competitive races between these young people, the future of our industry. Patrons are encouraged to be on course Friday to participate in the All-Up Place Competition with a $500 prize up for grabs, for 5 place selections in a row with a $20 entry  all entries placed on the tote, and all successful keep their winnings ] . The feature race on the Sunday Inter Island Summer Festival Race day, February 3rd is the $10,000 Otaki Cup run over 3000 metres from a stand. Taranaki Kidz Carts will be in attendance again with free sulky rides and plenty of free activates for the children, including a Bouncy Castle, Face painting , fun run events, treasure hunts, pony rides and much more. On course entertainment will include live music and ‘Flash Dancing’ displays. Join in the popular Punters Club and enjoy the success of recent years by the guest selector. Visiting trainers, drivers and owners are warmly invited to our ever popular annual complimentary BBQ at 6.00pm on Saturday 2ndFebruary. A change of venue this year to the Boundary Tap & Kitchen, 3 Raumati Road, Raumati. A ‘free’ [Club provided] bus will operate between Otaki Railway Station and the venue during the  afternoon and evening. Raffles and spot prizes during the evening. Two days not to be missed on the Kapiti Coast. Competitive stakes, very competitive racing on a near perfect Grass Track surface. Chris Craddock  - Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420   Hororata – Touch of Teal Fashion Competition To be held at the Hororata Trotting Club meeting on Sunday 10 February. In supporting Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer the club are holding a teal day, including the popular 'Touch Of Teal' fashion contest.  To view the poster for more information click here   HRNZ Marketing

Below is a full run down of Club News over the holiday season. Be sure to check out what is happening new you and get your friends and family together and support a local meeting!    Southern Harness Regional News The Southern Harness holiday racing season kicks off in earnest with the Wairio Trotting Club meeting, featuring the Otautau 4 Square Supermarket Wairio Cup, at Central Southland Raceway in Winton on Saturday 22 December. This is always a popular day with free tent sites available for groups and businesses. The kids are well catered for too with $2 mini jeep rides while Santa will pay a visit to the course to hold a lolly scramble. The first race is timed for 12noon and admission is free.   Great prizes to be won at Gore Gore is the place to be on 27 December where the Gore Harness Racing Club is holding a $10,000 Pick 10 winners competition that is sure to create a lot of interest. There is also a $1000 prize for the person who can pick the most continuous winners on the day - check out the Gore Harness Racing Club facebook page for details. There are plenty of free activities for the kids while on track the highlights are the MLT Gore Cup and a new open 3yo race with a new sponsor, ‘The Cardrona Distillery’ who are sponsoring alongside loyal sponsor the Mataura Licensing Trust – the trophy a case of alcohol from Cardrona Distillery.          The first race is at 2.28pm and admission is free. Relax on New Year’s Eve at Winton If you are looking for a nice, quiet relaxing, New Year’s Eve, look no further than Central Southland Raceway in Winton. The first race is scheduled for 1.48pm and the highlight will be the Fast Track Insurance Southern Belle Speed Series Heat. Bring the picnic, kick back and relax. Another great day in store at Omakau Trots The Central Otago Trotting Club always turn on a great day of entertainment and innovation and this year will be no exception when the Omakau Trots take place at the Omakau Racecourse on Wednesday, January 2. The Omakau Trots are an iconic event, one that provides a wonderful family atmosphere with top-class harness racing, heaps of free entertainment for the children, and plenty of activity, competitions and prizes for all ages. Prizes up for grabs this year include tickets to January's Gibbston Valley Winery concert and a 2019 season pass to Highlanders home games. The feature race will again be the McLaren Transport/RD Petroleum Central Otago Trotting Cup supported by a programme that will see superb harness racing action. Every year the club comes up with new innovations and this year it is the Witches Of West View 2 Syndicate Competition which will give two people the opportunity to own a share of their own racehorse for a year at no cost. Courtesy of Nigel Armstrong and the Central Otago Trotting Club details are available on the club's facebook page - "Omakau Trots 2019". The competition is open to ladies only and you must be on course on 2 January to participate. Entries close on the facebook page on 30 December so be quick. Another facebook based competition prior to the event is the Own The Moment Syndicate prize which will give someone the opportunity to receive owners privileges and the opportunity to own a share of a horse on race day courtesy of Kirk and Michelle Larsen. Entries for this competition will close on 24 December and the prize will provide a great experience for a racegoer. Fashion On The Field for the ladies (18 and over) will be one of the major highlights again this year, and with support from the Otago Daily Times, Jamie's Jewellers of Alexandra, Orbit House Of Travel, Dunedin and Henry's Wine, Beer & Spirits there are some great prizes on the line, first prize alone valued at over $1000. Entries are taken early in the day, so don’t be late! The Omakau Trots are a drawcard for families because of the fantastic array of free children’s entertainment. The biggest ever bouncy castle to come to the Omakau Racecourse, aqua bubble, mini-jeeps, pony rides, an obstacle course, kids tote, a massive lolly scramble and a scavenger hunt with fantastic prizes up for grabs and more are all part of a massive day. The family sulky derby has become a popular feature of the event and a Punters Club, lucky punter competitions and losing ticket draws for rides on the mobile barrier are popular features for the adults as is the big screen which allows you to follow the action closely. For more than 50 years holiday-makers have gathered at the Omakau Racecourse to enjoy quality family time under the trees with their picnics and often to catch up with friends from past race days. There is also a selection of local community groups offering a wide range of food and beverages, from espresso coffee to whitebait, plus a licensed booth on course. Gates open at 10.30am, and the first race is scheduled to start around 12.20pm. Admission is just $10 for adults, while under-18s are free. Great day out in Roxburgh Another hugely popular race meeting on the calendar of holiday makers takes place two days after Omakau when the Roxburgh Trotting Club hold their annual meeting at the Roxburgh Racecourse on 4 January. The Peters Genetics Roxburgh Cup headlines an action packed race programme on the track while in keeping with summertime harness racing in Central Otago there is a day of entertainment and fun for all ages which will guarantee a great day out for everyone. Gates open at 11am, and the first race is scheduled for 1.03pm.    Fashion in the Field is always a highlight, and once again a tremendous prize pool has been assembled – more details will appear on the Southern Harness Racing facebook page as the day approaches. A punters club will operate on the day, while the Jimmy’s Pies Lucky Punter Competition will give a punter $50 to spend on each race, and a lucky-losing-ticket draw will result in someone on course winning a mobile phone. There is a huge amount of entertainment for the kids including the bungy tramp, Mini Jeeps, Aqua Bubble, jousting, a bouncy castle, and Astro Ball. There will be a variety of food and beverages available around the course, in what has become a wonderful picnic day full of great racing and entertainment. Admission is $10 for adults, and under-18s are free. INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL CROMWELL TROTS The final meeting of the Central Otago harness racing circuit takes place at Cromwell Racecourse on Sunday 6 January. The Interislander Summer Festival Cromwell Trots continues to grow in popularity and features grass track racing at its best with the feature event the Havtime Breeding/M&S Little Cromwell Cup. The first race is scheduled for 12noon and admission is $10 with under 18’s free. In addition to the exciting race programme there will be a tremendous entertainment programme with something for everyone. Fashion In The Field features categories for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Boy, Best Dressed Girl, Best Dressed Under 7 and the Best Hat/Fascinator. For the boys there is the Abs For The Lads Competition while judges will be on the lookout for the Best Car Park Picnic. The More FM Kids Go Racing Area features plenty of great activity for the Under 12’s while there are also free mini jeep rides and a kids running race. Losing tote tickets can win you a ride on the mobile. A Punters Club will operate and there will be plenty of food and beverage on course. TWILIGHT RACING WITH THE NORTHERN SOUTHLAND TROTTING CLUB Summer twilight racing at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the Northern Southland Trotting Club is the go on Thursday 10 January with the House Of Travel Lakers Summer Cup the feature event along with several other quality harness races. A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will see one lucky punter win a $250 betting voucher with an opportunity for that winner to go on and win a $1000 betting voucher at the club’s final meeting later in the season. Owners are welcome in the Alabar Owners Room and one owner will go in the club’s season long competition with three great prizes up for grabs. Admission is free and the first race is timed for 3.00pm.    Cambridge Raceway - Club to mark Centenary in style A great night of summer racing with plenty of atmosphere promises to entertain racegoers attending Cambridge Raceway’s January 11 meeting next year, which will mark the centenary of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Incorporated racing club. Established in 1919, the club has become an integral part of the Cambridge community. Not only has it become the epicenter for racing in the region, its facilities have also been widely utilised, including as a training camp for the New Zealand military during World War II. To mark the milestone, the club plans to celebrate in style with the night taking on a 1920’s Great Gatsby and Peaky Blinders theme and racegoers are encouraged to dress-up accordingly. “We want to make a really big night of the centenary meeting,” Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch said. “It’s all going to be dress-up, the whole place will be decked out in a 1920’s theme. “We want to create a great atmosphere and pack the grass verge out along the front of the grandstand with hospitality, the Skyline Lounge will also be open, the Alf Walsh Lounge will take on a speakeasy vibe for the night and we will also have our Colts and Fillies Club to entertain the children. “We’re not only celebrating racing at Cambridge but also the past 100 years of the Cambridge township and we’re involving the Cambridge Community in the promotions and the race night. “There will be a 1920s themed window dressing competition in the lead up to the event.” The night will also offer a great card of racing, including the Gr.2 Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) and the Gr.3 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m), which have been specifically moved to mark the celebration. “Traditionally they have been on that earlier January meeting, but this will space it out a bit more from the Auckland (new year’s eve) meeting, so hopefully we will get a few of the better horses from the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m),” Branch said. The Waikato Flying Mile has been a key race for the club, with its inaugural running in 1966, and plenty of quality graduates have gone on to perform at elite level. “It’s always a race that has brought the crowds,” Branch said. “I remember Christian Cullen when he won the race, and going through the past winners it’s a pretty impressive roll of honour.” Other notable winners include champion pacers Young Quinn, Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance, while recent winners include race record holder Adore Me (1.51.6) and current world-beater Lazarus. Branch said there has been many highlights for the club in its 100 years, including the running of the Harness Jewels every second year since its inception, but the construction of the grandstand in the 1970s has been the club’s biggest achievement. “The Jewels has definitely been a highlight, but building the grandstand has been the biggest highlight for the club,” Branch said. “The Jewels this year has been the biggest highlight for myself as chief executive of the club and also retaining it for 2020. There has been a lot of learning from this year’s event, so we’re excited to see what we can offer in 2020. “We have got a fairly new team at the raceway and everybody is keen and wanting to move the place forward, which is fantastic.” The gates to Cambridge Raceway will open at 5pm on January 11, with racegoers encouraged to dress-up for the 1920’s theme. For more information visit this page – Cambridge Raceway   Ashburton Trotting Club Sunday 23rd December Meeting The Ashburton Trotting Club are running a meeting on Sunday 23rd December. This meeting will be run to raise funds for the Ashburton Branch of the NZ Cancer Society. The local Pakeke Lions club will on hand to collect a gold coin donation as an entry fee, as well as running a BBQ lunch also with a gold coin donation. All funds raised from this will go to the Ashburton Branch of the NZ Cancer Society. The meeting will also be run as a family fun day with children’s running races and activities, with Santa Claus making an appearance throughout the day. It will be a relaxed picnic atmosphere with light entertainment and music for families and groups to enjoy. Owners on the day will be able to collect an owners ribbon from the secretary’s office which will entitle them for a 20% discount on refreshments around the course.   Westport Trotting Club – 26, 28 December The Westport Trotting Club is looking forward to their two day summer meeting on the 26th and 27th of December. Early indications are that Boxing Day will be a popular event with the marquees sold out and patrons coming from far and wide to support the Club. After the flood surge in February the Tearooms and Grandstand Bar have both been extensively renovated and completed in time for this meeting. The latest edition of the Westport Trotting Club caps are proving popular and it has been noted that a few have made their way to the East Coast and have been featuring prominently around the Canterbury grass track circuit. Caps will be on sale both days at Westport for the giveaway price of $10. The Club was slightly disappointed last year with the number of horses in the feature race the Westport Cup. While the quality was there the club had hoped for a full field given the stake money available and the prestige attached to the Cup. In an effort to encourage greater participation the Club has joined with Fasttrack insurance in providing a $5000 “prize” which will be drawn after the Cup Race with all runners, barring the winner, going in to the draw. In essence any horse finishing second to last could win the $5000. As usual there will be plenty of on course entertainment as part of the Interislander Summer Festival. Included in this package will be the Fashion in the Fields Competition which grows in popularity from year to year. As for the weather well it has been a hot summer so far with enough moisture to keep the grass green and the track in great order. The forecast for Boxing Day is for a morning shower, sun and some cloud with a high of 20 degrees. Sounds like just another day in Paradise.   Banks Peninsula – 29 December Join us for our fantastic Race Day Event at The Trots At Mot on Saturday 29th December. We will have 10 amazing grass track harness races, at the Motukarara Raceway, kicking off from 12noon to 5pm. A day at Interislander Summer Festival Motukarara Trots is a popular way to enjoy the break between Christmas and New Year. It's one of the biggest racedays on the calendar for the South Island - attracting a crowd of thousands. Make sure you're there to join the celebrations! There will be a host of free children’s entertainment including pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting and the big bouncy bungee! We will also have an array of food trucks to feed the crowds. Secure your trackside spot and invite your friends, Whānau, colleagues, fellow social clubbers or sports club members to celebrate the holidays at The Trots At Mot! We have the following options available: Exclusive Mot Hill Sites: We have a limited number of Exclusive Mot Hill Sites, slap bang in the middle of the action, right next to the bird cage and members stand. From your elevated vantage point, you will have clear views of the track, bird cage and stables giving you a 360 view of all the grass track harness race action!   Reefton Trotting Club – 30 December A New Promotion this year for our forth coming "Interislander Summer Festival of Racing" Race day on 30th December 2018. For the dedicated and hardworking persons behind the scenes, presenting their horses professionally with sometimes not a lot of recognition, the Reefton Trotting Club are excited to announce a new competition for this section of the industry to look forward to at our meeting. Format as follows:  The previous format of a "Best Presented Horse" and the associated prize in each race remains as per normal. The connections of the winning "Best Presented Horse' in each race are then obilged to nominate their horse's "Strapper" to the secretary’s office immediately following their success. Whilst the runners for Race 10 are completing their preliminaries, the days results will be collated and the "Supreme Strapper' for 2018 will be announced. In the birdcage immediately following Race 10 the winner or winners representative will be presented with the Reefton Trotting Club's "Strappers Cup" for 2018 and a $100 voucher. Reefton Trotting Club's "Interislander Summer Festival of Racing" continues this year and one of the "Off" track features is the extremely popular "Glamour in the Goldfields" best dressed competition.  This event over recent years has developed from a minor side attraction to a integral and vital part of our race day. Embracing all ages from children, to the elegant lady, to the fine gentleman, this event appeals to the general public who each year continue to greet the contestants presentation with great enthusiasm. "Kids Go Racing" ensure that the children are well entertained and this year the Reefton Trotting Club have commissioned the services of a top Christchurch band for between race ambience and relaxation Good Coffee, Good Food, Great Mr Whppy ice creams and best of all Great Racing make the Reefton Racecourse the place to be on Sunday 30th December.   Central Otago Trotting Club News - 2 January The Central Otago Trotting Club is proud to announce two exciting competitions which will soon be live on their facebook page! Witches of Westview competition  Be in to win a share in a syndicate of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ courtesy of Nigel Armstrong & Central Otago Trotting Club. This is your opportunity to ‘own’ a share in your own racehorse from 2nd January 2019 through to ………………… You will not have to contribute any money at any stage to pay for the syndicate. This is an opportunity to be involved in racing up to 6 horses throughout New Zealand. At the end of it you may even receive a pay-out – if the horses do well enough, though we can’t guarantee that. This is a fantastic no risk opportunity for you to experience the thrill of racing as an owner. To enter you all you need to do is type Witches in the comments, tag a friend and share the Facebook page. On race day entries will be drawn against a horse (in a yet to be specified race) in a sweepstake manner. The winning and 2ndplace getting horses in that race will receive a share each. In the event of a dead heat for 2nd, the club will try to get an additional share, otherwise it would be decided by coin toss. Entries close 30 Dec 2018 Terms & Conditions of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ Open only to females Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Must be on course at Omakau Racecourse, 2 January 2019 to pick up prize or will it will be redrawn. Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For full terms and conditions see ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ rules. ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ compliments of Kirk & Michelle Larsen This competition will give you a phantom share of a racehorse at Omakau on 2nd January 2019. The winner will receive complimentary admission and carpark tickets for 4 people. At the course once you have identified yourself at the secretary’s office you will receive 4 complimentary race books, you will be treated like an owner throughout the day. A COTC committee member will take you to meet the trainer and horse. You will be invited to watch the race from the owners & trainers stand. If the horse is a winner, then you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with it. The club will put $50 each way on the horse for you – if you win the dividend is yours. After the race you will receive an invite to the president’s bar. To enter all you have to do is type Own the Moment in the comments, tag a mate and share the facebook page. Entries close on 24 Dec 12 noon If you are excited about owning a share in a syndicate, follow the link Terms & Conditions of ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Will be drawn on 24 Dec 2018 Must be on course on the day to collect prize – 2ndJan Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For all full terms and conditions see the Facebook Page.    Rangiora - 3 January Join the action. Twilight race meeting. Free  On Course Entry Family focused Harness Racing  Top Quality Racing plus Family Entertainment for everyone including Bouncy castle, Drive World Self Drive Jeeps , Face Painting, Air Brush Tattoos , plus more.   Nelson Harness Racing Club, Friday Jan 11 & Sunday Jan 13 Richmond Park The Nelson Harness Club extends an invitation to all owners and trainers to race in sunny Nelson for their two-day summer race meeting. Come and join us for great hospitality, weather and racing and entertainment Great stakes are on offer with the club increasing their purses from last summer.  The Nelson Pine Industries Summer Cup has a stake of $14000 and it Prelude has a stake of $10000.  All other races are for purses of $8000 to $9000, with maiden winners collecting a bonus $1500. FOOD & BEVERAGES Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff.  A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase at the food and drink stalls. BBQ & BREAKFASTS The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 10th January from 5 -7 pm.  The club are putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins. Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms. All winning connections are invited to celebrate their success in the Presidents room after photos in the birdcage.  Race Images will be on course and will have a range of options for winning connections to purchase! Kidz Kartz will be in action both days of the meeting, back where it all started in 2007, with Nelson holding the very first Kidz Kartz races in the South Island. The Dunstan Double – Dunstan Horse Feeds continue their growing association within the harness racing industry by offering five bags of feed to each and every horse that completes a double at the meeting. So any horse that wins both days at Richmond Park will take home five bags of feed for their trainer. A reminder that as this is an Inter-Island Summer Festival meeting there will be a charge at the gate so do bring with you an email/text you will receive when fields are finalised, which will give you free entry onto the course. Programmes are available on the HRNZ website contact Jason Broad for all nominations and stabling requirements. PH: 021 127 2912 The Nelson Harness Racing Club would like to thank all their sponsors the trainers, drivers and owners who support them in bringing Harness Racing to the Top of the South!   Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.   The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.   The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019. Chris Craddock Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420         HRNZ Marketing

Alexandra Park - Friday 23 November Christmas At The Races popular as ever Alexandra Park’s eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings set down for November and December are selling fast but there’s still time. “Our three November evenings are probably where we’ve got the best availability. However individuals, businesses and organisations need to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. The 2018 Christmas At The Races evenings will take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. The incredibly popular nights are promoted as the perfect work Christmas party with a gourmet buffet, stunning décor, and great entertainment including a visit from Santa himself!. Holly packages remain available from $70 per person, as do the delightful Mistletoe packages at $115 with the option of track-view dining outside on the Epsom Balconies. Also, still available are the premium Pohutukawa packages in the Tasman Room from $140 which include a premium drinks package. However, Pohutukawa packages in Alexandra Park’s level five Top of the Park venue, priced from $165, are now limited but with some availability still on 16 November and 21 December. Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet. She says Alexandra Park’s exclusive President’s Suite can also be hired for private parties, with availability remaining on both 16 and 30 November as well as 21 December. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email or visit ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email: If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165   Invercargill HRC - Friday 23 November TOP DRIVERS SET FOR BORDER CLASH AT ASCOT PARK RACEWAY    Border rivalry will be to the fore when the What The Hill Drivers Challenge takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Friday (23 November). The challenge repeats last year’s successful format where a team of six from North of the Waitaki took on a team from South of the Waitaki. The North of the Waitaki team took the team honours on that occasion spearheaded by a former Southlander now domiciled in Canterbury, Gavin Smith, who took the Individual honours. However both teams were tied on points going into the final heat so it was a close run thing. As the defending champion Smith returns as part of the north team this year joined by Ricky May, Blair Orange, Samantha Ottley, Tim Williams and Jim Curtin. Attempting to wrest the silverware back onto this side of the Waitaki is the South of the Waitaki team led by the Williamson brothers – Nathan, Matthew and Brad along with Brent Barclay, Craig Ferguson and Allan Beck. The invited drivers compete in four heats with points allocated to the first five home on each occasion with 10 points for a win, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. Each driver receives the points they accumulate towards finding an individual champion while their points also go into their teams score to find the champion team. The event is a twilight meeting with the first race timed to start at 3.38pm. It is a perfect night to come out and enjoy some top class racing. Admission to the course will be free. One punter will take home a meal voucher from Level One Restaurant & Bar in Invercargill when a draw of all losing on course tote tickets is made after Race 6 while also after race 6 all children on course receive a free bag of lollies.   Geraldine TC - Saturday 24 November. Entry to this race day is free for owners, owners have been sent an email with details about the free entry and race book available for owners. The club will also be hosting owners hospitality before each race. For full information on the day please visit the Race Day office.   Banks Peninsula TC - Sunday 25 November At Motukukara Racecourse.    Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.   The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.   The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019. Chris Craddock Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420         Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill    HRNZ Marketing

When it came to getting involved with horses, Philippa Hanley really didn’t have a choice. It was literally inscribed into her life the day she was born. Whilst the Hanley name is well known and respected in the animal nutrition world, it is her first name that spelled out her future. Philippa literally means ‘lover of horses.’ “I’m so horse mad,” admits Hanley. “I have always loved horses and got the bug from my late father Paul Hanley. He always had a share in a galloper.” She was admittedly ‘thoroughbred mad’ as a teenager, but found the allure of Standardbreds ten years ago when she got involved with Cool Sandy, a Sands A Flying mare she would later breed from. “I now have a few young horses and two racehorses. They are Cool Changes, who I bred, and Back In Black who I bought at the yearling sales. I have been extremely rewarded with both horses winning two races each since December. They are both having a well-earned break and are trained by Stephen Boyd and his team,” said Hanley. Cool Changes is a six-year-old Changeover gelding Hanley bred from Cool Sandy and has won three races so far.  Whilst Back In Black is a lightly raced three-year-old with a record of two wins from just eight starts to date. Some of her personal highlights so far in ownership include overcoming adversity. “Cool Changes came back from two wind operations to win a trial and Motukarara and then his first race back. That was over the top amazing and Steve Boyd did a huge job to get him back,” explained Hanley. “And my first home bred horse, Betabecool went to Australia and the USA and won over 35 races. Beginners luck but you can’t go wrong with a Bettor’s Delight can you?” “Buying De Lovely’s filly, Porscha, at this year’s yearling sales was a highlight too. I love her so much.” While winning races is a huge thrill, it’s not what drives Hanley to own Standardbreds. “My favourite thing is to be involved with a horse who just loves to race,” Hanley said. “Cool Changes and Back In Black are not champions but they just love the whole race day ritual of getting ready and being involved. As I am so horse mad I really love being a team with a keen horse and all the Boyd racing crew.” Her animal nutrition business, Hanley Supplements, specializes in very high specification nutritional products for dogs, horses and farm animals. It allows her to follow her passion in life, but to also to give back to those who desperately need support. “I heal animals with food and it works well. Through my business I sponsor free food to New Zealand’s dog shelters, and give hundreds of bags of my Hanley Formula to horse shows and horse rescue operations.” The well-being of horses is never far from her mind either, sponsoring a Kaimanawa horse each muster and also supporting life after racing. “I put a lot of cash directly into Standardbred showing and racing in New Zealand,” explained Hanley. “I’m really excited about the Standardbred as a riding horse for after they finish racing, so I help where ever I am needed.” “For my own horses racing is only the first half of their life, it’s up to me to get them trained for a cool life after racing. This costs me but I factor this in when buying and breeding, and I will pay to have a horse saddle broken when it’s finished racing.” Hanley is humble about her generosity. “There are so many amazing people in this industry doing a lot more than me. I’m just a small help to a special breed of horses which I love so much.” If you’re considering ownership Hanley would recommend it strongly to those who want a fun experience. “Some people expect to win all the time and want cash back for their investment, these people are better off buying a rental property,” she laughs. “I would recommend it if you want to have fun or love horses. It’s addictive!” - If you are wanting to find out more on how you can get involved in harness racing ownership, email Jess Smith    HRNZ Marketing

Another busy weekend of harness racing coming up this week. Tonight is the second night at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club, while Addington have a meeting on Friday night. Grass track harness racing continues in the South this week with Banks Peninsular racing at Motukarara on Sunday.  Wyndham race on Saturday with the G3 Alabar Kindergarten Stakes and the Wyndham Cup the highlights. Cambridge also host a meeting on Sunday.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week could be Twitter Bromac tonight in Race 3 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Black Chevron as his best drive this week tonight at Manawatu in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Tijuana Taxi on Friday in Race 4 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Sundees Son as his best drive this week in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week would be Cullenburn at Addington in Race 10   Wyndham on Saturday Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Highline as his best chance this week in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be The Doorman  in Race 5 Racechat - Lance thinks that Driftin Away is a good winning chance at Wyndham also in Race 10 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Shelby Bromac  in Race 8 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Cullens Avenue as his best drive this week also in Race 8 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz would be his best chance this week in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week could be  and says Fiery Ferret in Race 10 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for  Foo Fighter as his best chance this week in Race 11   Cambridge on Sunday John Curtin - John likes the chances of As Free As Air at Cambridge on Sunday in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week is Ultimate Angel in Race 3 Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks his best chance this week is Shanway at Cambridge in Race 4   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks Overarm would be his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 3  Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best drive this week is Di Caprio at Motukarara in Race 5 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Lets Hustle as his best chance this week at Motukarara in Race 6  Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Sods Law can go close to winning at Motukarara in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Banks Peninsular harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Gunpowder $3.50 leads win and multi betting over Joemara $3.80. Race 2 - Quiet market but Scallywag Sam $14.00 to $11.00 is leading win betting while Westar Maggie leads multi betting. Race 3 - Nui Ba Den leads win & multi betting in this race over Clarendon Falcon $6.20 to $5.80. Race 4 - Quiet early market with Xmas Joyella leading both win & multi betting in this race. Race 5 - Downtown Train is the best backed from $9.00 in to $6.80 and he leads multi betting over Gore Bay. Race 6 - Lovetodream $2.60 leads win & multi betting over Pirate Bay $6.80. Race 7 - Earthquake $2.50 is best backed in win & multi betting over Sharknado $4.50. Race 8 - Sicilian Secret is a big mover here from $35.00 in to $14.00 and she leads win & multi betting on a quietish market.  Race 9 - Linton Shard $16.00 in to $7.00 is a big mover and leads win betting. Cole Porter easily leads multi betting. Race 10 - Medusa $5.50 is best backed in win and multi betting over Suger Cane $6.50. Race 11 - Rah De Rah $8.80 in to $6.50 is best backed in win and multi betting.  Make Us grin is a late scratching and 13% deduction win and 11% place deductions apply.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Richard Wilson (TAB)

Master trotting trainer Paul Nairn made it four wins in the Banks Peninsular Trotting cup when Habibty Ivy won the time honoured race at Motukarara on Sunday in the hands of driver Blair Orange. Nairn had previously won the cup with Call Me Now in 1994 and Call You Later in 2002 and 2003. Habibty Ivy (Love You - Ten To One) who was the favourite, led for the last 1400m of the race and held on to beat the second favourite Destiny Jones by a short margin.  The winners time was 3-44.2 for the 2810m with a fast final 800m on the dead track in 59.2. Blair Orange also won the last race on the card with the Nigel McGrath trained Goodlookin Chick. That win gave him his 27th win this season which increased his lead in the national drivers premiership. Orange is currently 12 wins clear of Matthew Williamson who is second on 15 wins for the season, with David Butcher third on 13 wins.    Harnesslink Media

Banks Peninsular harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1    Highland Reign $9.00 in to $6.50 is the best backed in this race and she leads both FF win and multibetting. Race 2    A quiet market in this race with Monarco leading multibetting from Girlsz N Boys.  Race 3    Lucy Diamond is best backed in both FF win and multibetting from Doublesixbeach. Race 4    Chaaat is best backed on the FF win  and he leads multibetting from Make Us Grin Race 5    A big mover here and the best backed runner on the day is the Nigel McGrath trained first starter Gore Bay $19.00 in to $4.00. He leads both FF win and multibetting from Mongolian Mars Race 6    Sheza Trendy Monarch is best backed here $11.00 in to $8.00 and she leads both FF win and multibetting from Soney Beatt Race 7    Diamond Life leads multi-betting and is best backed on the FF win from My Wee Man Race 8    Habibti Ivy is easily best backed in this race and she also leads multi-betting from Destiny Jones Race 9    A quiet market in this race with All About Henry leading FF win. Run Boy Run leads multis Race 10  Dorie Delight leads both FF win and multis from Goodlookin Chick. Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Ameretto Sun somewhat of a grass and track specialist, could improve on his second in the Ordeal Trotting Cup at Addington.  Harness racing trainer Ken Ford has him primed to go close to winning todays Alabar DG Jones Banks Peninsular Trotting Cup at Motukarara Raceway. Ford has a good record in the race, winning it twice, with Midnight Invasion (2008) and Zachary Binz (2015). Zachary Binz who won on a bog track two years in the slowest time in the race history, is back again this year and will again be driven by Amanda Tomlinson, while Ameretto Sun will be driven by Sheree Tomlinson. Sheree Tomlinson and Ameretto Sun Destiny Jones who won the Ordeal Trotting Cup two weeks ago, will also be hard to beat in todays race. His grass track record is also solid with one win and three placings from six starts. Destiny Jones will be driven by Ricky May who won this race last year with Harrysul.  Master trainer of trotters Paul Nairn, has the race favourite Habibty Ivy in todays race.  Habibty Ivy blew the start of the Ordeal Trotting Cup and was pulled up by driver Blair Orange, but she does have a tidy grass track record and the punters have made her a hot favourite today on the FF win market at $1.70. Other good chances in the race are Belles Son, Arya and Pegusus Dream. The big mover on the FF win market today is Gore Bay in race five. TAB bookmaker Steve Richardson said  "they have really come for the Nigel McGrath first starter Gore Bay". "We opened him at $19.00 and the money came straight away, with some solid bets right down to his current price of $6.50." Trainer Nigel McGrath has a good record with three year old first starters on the track. The Motukarara track today is rated as "Dead" with overcast conditions. Banks Peninsular Trotting Cup History Year  Month   Distance Horse Hcap Owner   Driver Time   2016  Oct   2810m Harrysul 10m K R Gardner, R J Shaw   Ricky May 3-41.4   2015  Sep   2810m Zachary Binx Fr K B Ford, Mrs A J Tomlinson   Amanda Tomlinson 4-09.1   2014  Sep   2810m Clover Don 10m G K Stevenson, Mrs J A Stevenson   Robbie Holmes 3-40.7   2013  Sep   2810m Jaccka Justy Fr C F Smaill, Mrs A G Smaill   Jonny Cox 3-54.7   2012  Sep   2810m I Can Doosit 25m Breckon Racing Syndicate   Mark Purdon 3-42.4   2011  Oct   2810m Vulcan Fr Mrs J A Butt, D J McKenzie   Anthony Butt 3-37.5   2010  Oct   2810m Springbank Richard 20m R A Smith, Mrs D J Smith   Nathan Williamson 3-36.0   2009  Oct   2810m Springbank Richard 10m R A Smith, Mrs D J Smith   Nathan Williamson 3-45.4   2008  Oct   2810m Midnight Invasion Fr K B Ford, Mrs A J Tomlinson   Blair Orange 3-48.9   2007  Oct   2810m Power In Motion Fr F E Wall   Ricky May 3-51.1   2006  Oct   2785m Play On 10m P R Lamb   Craig Thornley 3-48.9   Harnesslink Media  

The harness racing ringaround was in good form last week with five winners and a number of placings again.  Shane Walkinshaw had the best dividend when Always The Brave got home at Invercargill and paid $8.70 and $1.80 on the tote. There are four meetings this week, with one in the North and Three in the South. The highlight this weekend is the (G3) Banks Peninsular Troting Cup at Motukarara Raceway on Sunday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Winton on Thursday Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is Big Smoke at Winton in Race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Lite Percussion as his best drive this week also in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says his drive Takenoprisoners could be his best at Winton in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance is Silver Dale at Winton in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Gypsy's Choice as his best drive this week in Race 7 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Lorretta Franco at Winton in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best drive on Friday is The Hulk in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive is Jack Nicholson at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks his best chance is Queen Lostris at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Kyle Marshall - Kyle is going for My Generation as his best drivew this week in Race 7 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Valour Lustre as his best drive this week in Race 8   Addington on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Chase Auckland will win again at Addington in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Shebang as his best bet this week in Race 3 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks Bubble Gum can go close to winning in Race 8 Racechat - Lance is going for Spondulicks as a good winning chance also in Race 8 Mark Jones - Mark says that The Bus would be his best chance this week in Race 10   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Harnesslink Reporter - likes Downtown Train for some value at Motukarara in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim is opting for Mega Watt as his best chance this week in Race 4 Bob Butt - Bob thinks his best drive this week would be Stompem in Race 7 Blair Orange - Blair says that Habibty Ivy would be his best drive this week in Race 8 Ricky May - Ricky thinks his best drive is Augusta at Motukarara in Race 9 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Laytons Lass as his best chance this week in Race 10   Harnesslink Media  

Josh Kennett heard Valmagne’s first win in 14 months at Hawera yesterday (Monday) on a scratchy old radio while he was gearing up nine-length winner, Veneto - some 750km away in Motukarara. “One of my owners had the radio and it was great to hear Valmagne win. I still haven’t seen it yet, but this mare down here won pretty easy as well, thanks to a nice Ricky May drive. “We’ve had a great Easter Monday. I’m rapt for Dad. It’s a good lead-up going into the big Group One races at Alexandra Park in the next few weeks. The horse is very fit,” Waimate-based Kennett said. Although Valmagne has placed seven times this season, yesterday's win was his first since scoring at Alexandra Park in February last year. “He’s coming into winning form at exactly the right time,” Kennett said. Valmagne, who is based at Craig and Josh Kennett’s Cambridge satellite stable, proved too good for his eight opponents in the feature trot - the Clegg's Handicap for the R50 and faster trotters. Valmagne, the sole 35m back-marker, was a pronounced $1.80 favourite because the public knew his class would take him a long way in the $7,000 event. At the end of the 2500m stand the 9-year-old and driver Scott Phelan had one-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over runner-up, Harry H (Jay Abernethy). The chestnut son of Sundon stopped the clock in 2:59.4 (mile rate 2:17.4) and he came home in 68.3 and 33.2. Valmagne has now won 13 of his 137 starts and placed in 39 others for $223,027. "He's the sort of horse who thrives on racing. If he could race every week he would. You look at his record fresh - it isn't much. He gets better with racing. He just keeps toiling away. "I thought he would be close to a win because he hasn't had too much luck go his way in recent starts. I'm just stoked for Dad (Craig) who has put all the hard yards into him," Kennett said. I really hope he enjoys those big races in Auckland and can go close again," he added. The big 'Group One' races Kennett was referring to were the $80,000 Anzac Cup and the $150,000 Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park on April 21 and 28 respectively. With the big guns like Monbet, Speeding Spur and Master Lavros missing Kennett sees no reason why Valmagne can’t at least emulate his feat of last year. “He finished second behind Monbet in last year’s Rowe Cup and that was pretty special because it was our first Rowe Cup starter. There’s no Monbet there this year, so who knows?” Kennett said. Meanwhile the Arna Donnelly trained and driven Imajollywally won the feature event at the Hawera two-day meeting - the $12,000 South Taranaki Club Hawera Cup. It was Imajollywally's 11th career win, fourth this season - and second at Hawera. He and Donnelly also won on the track on January 8. The Hawera Cup was the last of the 13-race North Island Country Cups Series. The $25,000 final will be at Cambridge Raceway on April 25 (Anzac Day). The Nicky Chilcott trained Razor Brogden and The Tony Herlihy (MNZM) trained Queen Lostris were the only horses to win on both days of the meeting. For the record the Dave Iremonger trained Speedy Earl raced three times in three days at Hawera. The son of trained Speedy Earl finished fifth on the first day, and then won and placed on day two. On Monday Speedy Earl was the $13.50 sixth favourite and won the first race by one-a-quarter lengths and then lined up seven races later and paid $7.50 for a third. Trent Lethaby drove the brown gelding in all three of his Hawera starts.   Duane Ranger

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