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By Jonny Turner    Trent Yesberg can set off on his upcoming travels across the South Island with a smile after bagging a winning double at Motukarara on Tuesday. Like many trainers, the Ohoka horseman will clock up plenty of miles with his horse float over the Christmas-New Year period. After taking three horses to Motukarara, Yesberg will start two runners at Reefton on Wednesday before lining up three more at Omakau on Saturday. The trainer’s drive to the West Coast was made easier after he combined with driver Matthew Williamson to win with Majestic Action and Shady Ruler on Tuesday.   Majestic Action repaid the faith her trainer has had in her since she joined his stable six starts ago a maiden win in race 6. Much of Yesberg’s decent opinion of the five-year-old comes from the raw speed she has shown him in training. “I said to Matty just believe in the speed.” “She is the fastest trotter I have ever driven.” “She might not be that tough, but she is extremely fast.” Majestic Action placed in one of her four starts for Yesberg before he put her aside early in the spring. She returned with a solid fifth at Methven earlier this month before powering home to win on Tuesday. “Last time in she showed so much ability, but we couldn’t get her right.” “In hindsight, we probably went on a wee bit too long.” “We turned her out and she has come back in and just been so much happier.” “She has got a really big motor, she is quite impressive with what she can do.” “But she takes a bit of managing and I think we have figured out her work regime and everything now.” Before Majestic Action zoomed home with her big finish Shady Ruler did the same when sweeping down the outer to win race 5. The four-year-old was let go at big $19 odds after running seventh on debut at Rangiora last week. Punters must have missed what Yesberg and Williamson both considered a good last start effort. “She had trialled up great,” Yesberg said. “She had pretty much been in the first three in all of her trials and workouts and we had been thrilled with her.” “At Rangiora, she actually galloped for about ten strides around the bend and lost four or five lengths.” “Matty said if he didn’t lose that ground he would have been in the first four for sure.” “He was really confident today, probably even more confident than me.” “He said if she had drawn the front line she would have been very hard to beat, but as it turned out it didn’t matter.” Shady Ruler looks to have a solid future judging by her fast-finishing maiden win. Yesberg thinks her brilliant attitude will be the key to her winning more races. “She is a handy wee mare.” “She is very honest, she gives her all whether it is in training or at the trials.” “She has never let us down.” “That is the thing that I love about her – she is really honest.” “When you turn up to the trials or work you know what you are going to get and that is 100%.” Yesberg will set off for Reefton on Wednesday with two runners who are both newcomers to the West Coast Christmas racing circuit. Rocknroll Diva will debut for the trainer in race 2 and he also lines up Vin Scully in race 6.

By Jonny Turner    A standout book of drives awaits Gerard O’Reilly at Motukarara on Tuesday. Among them are two leading chances from his own stable, including unbeaten filly Sweet Belle. The three-year-old returned to racing in style when cruising to an effortless win at Methven earlier this month. After leading in both of her career wins, Sweet Belle is set to face a much different challenge when she starts from the outside of the second row in race 10. But O’Reilly thinks she is ready for it. “She is good enough to overcome it, but the draw is going to be hard on her.” “We are relying on something taking off and following them around.” “I wouldn’t really want to take off on my own, but hopefully she can get dragged into it, that would be ideal.” If Sweet Belle cannot get a cart into race 10 she may have to be driven for one run. And if that is the case she can produce a lethal turn of foot. “There are no worries there,” O’Reilly said. “When she trialled up a couple of times she came from the trail or three back and she sprinted up nicely.” “So, she is pretty versatile.” O’Reilly starts another horse from his own barn in race 5 in A Rocknroll Star. The three-year-old looked smart when sprinting well to win a grass track trial at Orari ahead of his debut. “He is a lovely wee horse and he has been really nice since I have had him.” “He qualified really well and then he had a spell and he has come back and he has trialled up nicely again.” “So, he should put himself in the race and be right there.” O’Reilly reunites with the Kevin Townley trained Sally Lindenny in race 6. The five-year-old looks a big winning chance following her effort to run a close up third after making a slow beginning in her last start at Rangiora. “If she begins with them she will be right in it,” O’Reilly said. “She went great at Rangiora, that is the best she has gone for a long time.” “It has taken a while, but it was great and she should be right in the finish if she trots.” O’Reilly will again combine with Laver after their win over subsequent Westport Cup winner Kruizer at Addington earlier this month. The Geoff and James Dunn trained four-year-old will be out to continue his brilliant run of form from the 10m mark in the Motukarara Christmas Cup. “He has come to it really good,” O’Reilly said. “He has got stronger as he has gone on and I can’t see why he won’t be in the finish.” “His two runs at Cup Week were massive and he has just gone on from there.” Laver often races on the speed, but may not get the chance to do that without doing some extra work from his 10m handicap. That is not something O’Reilly thinks will be a big concern going into the 2810m feature. “He came behind at Kaikoura, they went hard early and he went straight past them. “If they go hard it won’t really worry him, I don’t think.” O’Reilly also drives Vincent Van Gone for the Dunn stable in race 8. The three-year-old made use of barrier 1 to run second in his last start at Rangiora. Though he faces a different challenge with saddlecloth number 15 on Tuesday, his driver thinks he can still make an impact. “He is starting to grow up.” “When the Dunns first got him he was a bit of an ignorant pulling horse.” “But he is starting to settle in his races.” “He is more of a rolling type, but again if they go hard and he gets a drag around them he will be amongst them again.” Megarock in race 3 looks among the best of O’Reilly’s remaining chances at Motukarara. The Brian Kerr trained five-year-old went a sound race for fourth in his last start at Methven. O’Reilly also drives Nugget Ridge in race 1, Maldito in race 2, Mega Rock in race 3, Momentous in race 11 and Maurice in race 12.

By Jonny Turner    Perfect is the only way to sum up the first drive and first win of junior driver Daniel Roberts’ career behind Safe Zone at Motukarara on Sunday. Roberts gave himself a perfect one-from-one strike rate in the sulky when giving the five-year-old a dream run in the one-one before launching her for her winning run on the home turn to win race 6. The victory handed trainer Angela Washington the first victory of her career and it also ended a whirlwind week for Roberts. Up until Tuesday night, the rookie reinsman was not even licenced to drive. But, by Sunday he was a race winner. “It is a big thrill, I think I was actually more nervous after the post than I was around at the start,” Roberts said. “It is all happening before my eyes, but I am just taking it as it comes.” Winning races is nothing new for Roberts. The son of leading greyhound trainer, Craig Roberts, has prepared around 70 greyhound winners in his own name. When asked to compare the thrill of training a winning greyhound to driving Safe Zone to win on Sunday, Roberts gave an answer that may surprise some of his family. “I am saying this reluctantly, but driving a winner is definitely a much bigger thrill.” “Harness might have got me hook, line and sinker after today.” “But, we will see what happens going forward.” Roberts has been working towards getting his junior driver’s licence while working for Weedons trainer Chris McDowell. McDowell also enjoyed success at Motukarara on Sunday with Judgement Bay in race 5. Like Roberts, the four-year-old also impressively won her racetrack debut. Roberts recently left McDowell’s barn when an opportunity in the greyhound code came along. That has meant the junior driver will take a wait and see approach to see how his driving career will fit around his new job. “I haven’t really got too many plans, so I will just take it as it comes.” “I was working for Chris McDowell, but I just finished there.” “I was with him for about three and a half years, he has been really good to me.” “I finished up there to take on a bit more of a full-time position with the greyhounds, which might have come at the wrong time.” “I am hoping moving forward he might give me a few drives and then just see what happens.” Roberts gave Safe Zone the kind of steer a veteran driver would be proud of. After stepping away cleanly the pair took a trail behind Key Reactor and Joseph Gray to enjoy a perfect run in the one-one until the home turn. “Leading into the race I was a bit nervous because all the ones to beat were drawn on my inside.” “I thought I could get posted outside them and not be able to get across.” “I didn’t really see Joseph’s one coming and I thought I might end up parked, which definitely wasn’t going to be an ideal run.” “When he came around and gave me some cover I thought I could be a decent chance here.” Roberts’ pinpoint drive landed Angela Washington her first winner in her 17th start. The horsewoman shares in the ownership of Safe Zone with her partner, Roberts’ father Craig.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Banks Peninsular today with an eleven race program on grass starting at 12:14pm. We highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data is provided for informational purposes only Akaroa selections 6th December 2020   Best bet: R8 Mad Lu Li Best Value: R9 Buckskin Liked at good odds: R3 Flamboyant  ,  R5 Judgement Bay ,  R7 Bright Glow ,  R11 Little Gee   Race 1 Shardan Suzie late finish last start and should get a cosy run. One of the leading chances in this field.…… Pete's Dash good second last start and should go on with it now. Can place again at good odds..… Glacier Coaster last couple have been fair and likely to head forward early. Grass suits and winning chance at nice odds…… Jenabella from a strike rate stable and form has been good. Tricky draw but will be finishing on. Needed Selections:  Glacier Coaster (9),   Pete's Dash (11),   Shardan Suzie (1)   Jenabella (13)   Race 2 Aldebaran Floss  nice draw here and looks the winner in the race. Hard to beat with a safe getaway.……. Make My Sundon plenty of ability but needs to trot all the way. Can win with no mistakes…… Emma Louise has run some good races previously and grass ok. One for longer odds…… Summars good beginner who is coming into form. Place chances look best Selections:  Aldebaran Floss  (2),  Emma Louise (3),   Make My Sundon (6),   Summars (9)   Race 3 Tombelina best from a stand but will be running on here. Can fill a place with luck in the running ….. Sister's Delight good draw and probably the first out in front in the race. Can run top three here….. Flamboyant  has the game to beat a field like this on grass and has a big driver change here. Can provide an upset with a safe beginning….. Mordecai running on last start but place claims look best in this field Selections:   Flamboyant  (15),   Mordecai (10),   Sister's Delight (6),   Tombelina (11)   Race 4 No Time Like Now big run last start after working hard and top driver. Looks the winner here….. Rollyourown  outclassed last start in a strong field and lobs a good draw here. Good winning chance….. Beeps  has the draw to trail the favourites here. Could surprise at big odds if the gaps open….. Cristiano Buccini running on last start and nice draw. Should be there abouts at the finish Selections:   No Time Like Now (3),   Rollyourown  (2),   Cristiano Buccini (1),   Beeps  (10)   Race 5 Judgement Bay tricky draw but in great form at workouts. Top selection in this field and will be hard to beat….. Times Are A Changin racing into form and last start was running on well. Upset chance with a cart into the race….. Le Pole Dancer terrible draw but is in form. Could surprise with a good run in transit but place chances best….. Hope For Love  wide draw not great but has been running on in her races. Can upset Selections:   Judgement Bay (15),   Times Are A Changin (10),   Le Pole Dancer (9),   Hope For Love  (8)   Race 6 Mongolian Marshal conditions suit here and he has the right draw to be a major threat here. Top selection.…. Teds Legacy getting better with racing and grass suits. Can run top three…… Starkers tricky draw but has been racing ok. His best form would see him go close here..… Unchanged Memory a bit in or out with form but has the ability and could be the boilover chance. Big odds available Selections:  Mongolian Marshal (2),   Unchanged Memory (3),   Teds Legacy (11),   Starkers (13)   Race 7 Aveross Majesty disappointing last start but give another chance and this race suits. Winning claims at good odds…. Foreigner looks the early leader and a good third last start. Can run top three at nice odds ….. Show Me The Gray out of form but has a big finish. Good winning chance if they go hard up front…. Bright Glow has been thereabouts in better fields and conditions suit here. One for longer odds…. Selections:   Bright Glow (13),  Aveross Majesty (16),   Show Me The Gray (9),  Foreigner (5)   Race 8 Pay Me Visa likely to trail here and has winning claims with a  solid pace in the race….. Mad Lu Li last start was better than it looked and well placed here.will be hard to beat at good odds ….. Playa Vista  good staying type who gets in well here. She will be finishing on if the pace is on all the way. Include…. I Am Adaline hard to catch on her best day but has ability and she will be finding the line. Place claims here….. Selections:   Mad Lu Li  (6),  Pay Me Visa (1),   Playa Vista  (10),   I Am Adaline (12)   Race 9 Buckskin good draw to work with and will head forward early. Last run huge and he should go close to winning this at good odds ….. Fynn Frost tricky draw but running on well in a strong field last start Can run top three in this….. Skippys Delight very unlucky last start flashing home late. Winning claims here….. Razors Edge has a decent sprint when saved for the last run and his last start run was good. Place chances best here Selections:   Buckskin (3),   Fynn Frost(11),   Skippys Delight (4),   Razors Edge (7)   Race 10 Global Flight a bit in or out but has ability. Could trail and a place chance with no mistakes early….. That's The Story has not been put in the race her last couple but has a good finish and grass suits. Can run top three at nice odds ….. Test The Boundaries good staying type who gets in well here. Tricky draw but he will be finishing on if the pace is on all the way. Include…. Full Of Hope hard to catch on his best day but coming in fresh and has ability. Tote the guide and can win if the money comes….. Selections:   Full Of Hope (6),   Test The Boundaries (12),   That's The Story (13),   Global Flight (2)   Race 11 Be Mine Tonight wide draw to work with but might head forward early. Last run ok and she should go close to winning this at good odds ….. Southerly Change tricky draw but in form and should head forward off the gate. Can run top three in this….. Little Gee unlucky last start running home late. Winning claims here with a good run in transit……Jazelle has a decent sprint when saved for the last run and trainer change might help. Upset claims Selections:   Little Gee (5),   Be Mine Tonight (9),   Southerly Change (5),   Jazelle (12)   Harnesslink Media

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Brian O’Meara is excited to have finally drawn a handy barrier with Voodoo Priestess. The five-year-old mare has drawn the ace barrier in the Country Feasts Pace (2710m) at Motukarara Raceway on Sunday and O’Meara believes she will give a good sight from that starting position. The daughter of Auckland Reactor has placed in two of her last three starts, including a fresh-up effort at Rangiora earlier this month, and O’Meara is hoping she can add a second career win to her tally this weekend. “I thought she ran great but she pulled too hard,” he said. “I put look-backs on her and she got a wee bit uptight and pulled, but she finished extremely well. “She is usually a good beginner. I swap between stands and mobiles but we have had no luck with the draws. We have drawn 10, 10, 14, and 15. “She is not a bad filly, she has just had no luck with the draws at all. Hopefully she will get her chance on Sunday with that draw.” Meanwhile, O’Meara is looking forward to resuming stablemate Di Caprio’s preparation after his pleasing fifth-placed result in the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) earlier this month. O’Meara was over the moon with the run, but like many others was ruing the start of the race. “I thought he went huge,” said O’Meara, whose last runner in the race was back in 1998 with race victor Christian Cullen. “It was just a shame they had the terrible start. We drew in behind Ray Green’s horse (Copy That) and he never begun at all, so that made it nearly impossible. “I thought if he had got a cosy run he would take all sorts of beating. But he ran tremendous sections. “I went to the races at Rangiora and it was amazing to hear the amount of people who said if he had just got away with the field they thought he would have won. “I have always said he is a great stayer and he would have proven it there.” Di Caprio will resume at Geraldine next week before O’Meara will start to look for loftier targets. “He will start at Geraldine next Saturday and if he goes well there he will go to the Green Mile. We will just have to work out a programme from there.”

For many years a mainstay of harness racing activity around Banks Peninsula, the Saturday morning Motukarara workouts hit some speedbumps in 2019. These days however, the Motukarara Trotting Association’s fortnightly gatherings attract a lot of entries from around the district and beyond; enough to card full programmes offering valuable opportunities for trainers with learner-grade and returning racehorses. Since February 2020 when the current committee led by Murray Edmonds took charge, horse numbers at the fortnightly workouts have been growing steadily, Covid permitting. At the latest meeting on 24 October, the Association ran ten heats - four on the all-weather and six on the grass. Professional and owner trainers brought 55 horses to the meet, participation swelled with the Saturday morning scheduling that allows co-owners, families and friends to all get involved. "Our meetings are important to the local harness racing scene"says Association Secretary Ross Cameron. “They’re perfect for the hobby trainers who can’t attend workouts during the week.” Association Treasurer Lyn Horsburgh looks after the office on the day. “We’re all volunteers of course, and we appreciate the positive feedback we’ve been getting from trainers”, a busy Lyn tells us between tasks. The canteen is clearly popular on a Saturday morning. “There’s food and drinks available on the day, pies and an array of homemade goodies such as sandwiches and muffins”. The workouts are generally scheduled on alternate Saturdays to work in with Chertsey, so when both are running there’s a meeting in the wider area every week. Family participation in the workouts at Mot is demonstrated by the Manson family, bringing along their horse Copperhead Rose. Greg Manson has recently returned to training after a ten-year absence, taking charge of the six-win stallion on the passing of Don Jones. “Don was a boss, a mate and a mentor,” says Greg. “We took up the ownership and got six rugby club parents involved who had never owned a horse before”. Sons Beau and Jay are there to give Dad a hand, before heading to the stand with their mates to watch the workout. The area around and including Banks Peninsula represents the very heart of harness racing in New Zealand. Blessed as it is with an environment that’s ideal for equine pursuits; and a heritage that goes back to leading players of the early days: people such as pioneering Standardbred breeder and owner Etienne Le Lievre, born in Akaroa in 1854 from early French settler stock, and brought up in the days when the horse was still the most important mode of transport in those parts. Harness Racing can only benefit when facilities like Motukarara are accessible to local enthusiasts, and when they use them well. That’s regardless of whether they see their chosen pursuit as an industry, a sport, a hobby, or all of the above. The Motukarara Trotting Association is certainly playing its part: putting on a day that’s one important part of the journey, whether the next step is back to Mot for its ever-popular grass-track racing, or on to the city and the bright lights that all involved dream of shining under. A grass-roots activity with a lot of grit, one could say.   By Brian Cross, Banks Peninsula Trotting Club member

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    One Apollo recorded his second Group Three victory on Sunday when taking out the DG Jones Memorial Trotting Cup (2810m) at Motukarara. The Brent White-trained gelding stepped away well off the front mark to sit three back on the pegs for a short period of time before driver Ricky May asked him to improve and the pair quickly took the lead where they remained throughout. One Apollo was headed down the straight by Matua Tana, but the seven-year-old gelding broke and One Apollo was able to clinch a neck victory over the fast-finishing Heavyweight Hero. “I was pretty rapt with that win,” White said. “I was pretty confident that the 10m might just be enough to have the wood over them. But I didn’t expect him to lead-up and go into the wind both times, but he has done it and won it. “It was a tough day with the wind blowing, so he has done a great job and it’s great to get another Group Three with him.” The son of One Over Da Moon was taking a strong form line into the race, having placed in his last two starts, including running third in the Gr.3 Ordeal Trotting Cup (2600m) last start. “He has been racing well all the way through. Even is couple of gallops have been good runs,” White said. “I was pretty confident that the 10m might just be enough to have the wood over them. But I didn’t expect him to lead-up and go into the wind both times, but he has done it and won it.” The Gr.1 Dominion Trot (3200m) now beckons the five-year-old who will likely have two lead-in runs to the big dance. “He’s not too far behind some of those better ones and if he can mix it with them that would be good,” White said. “The Dominion is the big goal. I am 50/50 on Ashburton (Trotters Flying Mile) at the moment, but I will sleep on it and make a call closer to the time. It will then be Kaikoura and then onto Cup Week.”

By Jonny Turner    One Apollo has a crucial advantage over his main rivals going in to the group 3 D G Jones Memorial Trotting Cup, he just needs to take advantage of it. The Brent White trained trotter will clash with again with Heavyweight Hero, Pres The Belle and Woodstone after beating them home in Sundees Son’s Ordeal Trotting Cup victory at Addington a fortnight ago. Though Sundees Son and runner-up Majestic Man cleared out in front of One Apollo, White was more than happy with his horse’s effort for driver Ricky May. “When they really went down the back he got caught a little bit flat footed,” the trainer said. “So, Ricky probably nursed him a bit more, being his first time against those real good ones.” “He still hit the line and he didn’t get knocked around at all – there are a few more nice races coming up for him.” One Apollo gets a 10m headstart in his quest to try to beat the trio he downed in his last start in Sunday’s 2810m feature. But the 5yr-old must step away well or he might as well be starting on the back mark with them. “He has got to step first,” White said. “If he gets away cleanly Ricky has got to be a bit positive and then he can make his mind up about what he wants to do after that.” With a strong record of three placings from five starts on grass and confidence from White that his horse should see out a strong 2810m, Sunday’s race looks an ideal opportunity for One Apollo. The early favourite for the race and One Apollo’s main rival, Heavyweight Hero, brings an even more impressive grass track record to the D G Jones Memorial Trotting Cup. The trotter will look to quickly move on from a rare early gallop in the Ordeal Trotting Cup and add to his three wins that have come in just four starts on turf. Pres The Belle is in a similar position to Heavyweight Hero. The usually reliable mare, who has had two starts on grass for a win and a placing, will be out to turnaround the rare mistake she made when breaking late in the Ordeal Trotting Cup. White also starts Rogie Falls in race 5 Cranbourne in race 8 on Sunday. Cranbourne will step out for the first time this season with the benefit of one Ashburton trial under his belt. The 4yr-old went to the line untested by driver Stephen McNally in the heat on a slick 26.5sec last 400m. “The blinds were still in the gear bag at home and the plugs were still in,” White said. “Stephen was more than happy with him.” His trial effort may suggest Cranbourne has thrived since his last start at Invercargill in March. But it has not all been smooth sailing for the horse since then. “He came up good and then he got a wee bit crook and his bloods were out,” White said. “But, I have been really happy with him since then.” “He has got a good bunch of owners, so I hope he does a good job.” Ben Laughton drives Cranbourne in Sunday’s junior driver’s event. Rogie Falls has raced consistently in his five starts since lockdown. But the trotter would have gone even better if he had been able to show racing fans the potential he shows White at home. “He works unbelievable, but then he misses away or gets a bad runs or decides not to quite put in 100%.” “He can trot and he is one of those horses that when he wins one, he will win two or three in a row real quick.” Stephen McNally drives Rogie Falls on Sunday.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Motukarara on grass again today with a twelve race program starting at 12:05pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content is provided for informational purposes only. Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Motukarara. Banks Peninsular Sunday 27th September 2020 Race 1 Kingsdown Atom good from a stand and in top form. Will be hard to beat and top selection.…… Mark Dunnett disappointing last start after a nice grass trial win but give another chance. Can win ..… Kusanova ok last start and will be fitter. Needed here.…….. Daggy Lamb coming in fresh after an ok grass trial. One for longer odds Selections:  Kingsdown Atom (9),   Mark Dunnett (7),   Kusanova (6),    Daggy Lamb (8)   Race 2 Trixton Time  generally a good beginner and has a decent motor. Unknown on grass but good winning claims if she can get handy early on……. Shiffty his first two runs were ok with money on. Winning claims with a good run in transit…… Sungait's Legacy sprint trip on grass should suit but needs to bring his manners. Place claims best…… The Gardener's Pride good third last start and a weaker field here. Great chance to run in the top three. Needed Selections:  Trixton Time  (7),   Shiffty (14),   Sungait's Legacy (10),   The Gardener's Pride (6)   Race 3 Cristiano Buccini good draw and his runs on grass this campaign have been good. Looks a good winning chance from the draw ….. Mach's Eliminator good fourth fresh up but tricky draw here. A good chance if the horse he is following can lead early….. King Arthur better when saved for one run at them. Could surprise at nice odds with the right trip…. Greenback Boogie tidy draw and top driver on board Winning claims Selections:   Cristiano Buccini (1),   Mach's Eliminator (10),   King Arthur (9),   Greenback Boogie (2)   Race 4 Unchanged Memory narrowly beaten fourth in a strong field fresh up and stand suits here. Can win at decent odds with luck in the running….. Texas Tara could get a cosy trip from the draw and was in a handy position before breaking last start. Good winning claims….. Manjimup running good races at trials and workouts but manners a concern. Not the worst and has winning claims at big odds with a clean getaway …. Buckingham tricky draw and a bit one paced. Can run top three if they go hard up front Selections:   Unchanged Memory (9),   Manjimup (11),   Buckingham (15),   Texas Tara (3)   Race 5 Play Dough good finish for third last start and drawn to lead and run. Top selection here…… Franco Josiah likes the track and distance and trialling ok. Paying good money and should be in or near the top four if he brings his a-game… Tequila Sunset drawn to be a good place chance if she brings her manners. Include at longer odds… Call This Fun beat most of this field last start and conditions suit. Sould be hard to beat. Selections:  Play Dough (6),   Franco Josiah (12),   Call This Fun (8),   Tequila Sunset (2)   Race 6 Canardly Remember getting fitter and drawn to be a major threat. No reason he won’t be in the top three here from the draw. Top selection….. Magicol Ideal getting better with racing and tricky draw the only. Can run top three at good odds…… Jenabella running on last start and stronger now. Will start favourite and be hard to beat.… It's Me form does not reflect his true ability. Can run top three with his mind on the job Selections:  Canardly Remember (1),   Jenabella (11),   It's Me (4),   Magicol Ideal (14)   Race 7 Heavyweight Hero good beginner who has won on grass. Looks the one to beat and likely to finish in the top three here……. One Apollo gets in off the front and this field looks within his range. Hard to beat with a clean start ….. Pres The Belle has a good finishing burst. A top three finish looks on the cards at nice odds if she can have one last run at them off a strong pace….. Woodstone has been ok the last couple and grass should suit. Can upset if he can get near the lead early Selections:  Heavyweight Hero (10),   One Apollo (2),   Pres The Belle (9)    Woodstone (11)   Race 8 Cranbourne coming in fresh but has a class factor over the rest of them. Will be hard to beat here……. Playa Vista likely to get a good run on the fence. One of the better chances in the race from the inside draw..… I Am Adaline has been solid in similar races and grass and distance suits. Has claims with one run at them….. Luella has been ok from better draws but terrible marble here. Will be hard to beat if she goes forward early Selections:  Cranbourne (13),   Luella (9),   I Am Adaline (12)    Playa Vista (10)   Race 9 Fynn Frost has been racing top fields and this is easier. Should be very hard to roll and getting fitter now. Top selection here……. Skippys Delight running ok races and grass suits. Major player here...… Sister's Delight normally good from a stand and grass stats good. Good winning claims here at big money….. Doctor Tim has had a couple of pipeopeners to get ready. Should be nearing peak fitness and needed here Selections:  Fynn Frost (10),   Skippys Delight (12),   Sister's Delight (3)    Doctor Tim (13)   Race 10 Essence Of Easton big on ability and draw the only concern here. Should be hard to beat and grass will suit……. Been To Jenny's good finish to win last start and she looks a good winning chance even with a step up in grade..… Duastar has performed well in similar fields in the past. Include in combinations….. Barkley disappointing last start but well placed here. Win chance at big odds with a good run in transit Selections:  Barkley (2),   Essence Of Easton (9),   Duastar (4)    Been To Jenny's (11)   Race 11 Prince Teka has been racing better fields and this is easier. Likely early leader and should be very hard to roll ……. Global Flight galloped last start but better than his form reads. One for longer odds here...… Sunny Bill normally good from a stand and grass stats good. Good winning claims here at big money….. Sods Law has won here before and drawn well. Should be nearing peak fitness a good winning chance with manners Selections:  Sunny Bill (5),   Global Flight (13),   Prince Teka (3)    Sods Law (4)   Race 12 Star Reactor ok fresh up and gate speed to lead here. Winning claims at good odds……. Swap Over running ok races without a lot of luck and grass suits. Place claims at longer odds...… Auchtercairn better with a sit and should get that here. Chance here at bolters odds….. Pro Surfer good second fresh up and looks the the likely favourite for the race. Should be nearing peak fitness and needed here Selections:  Swap Over (3),   Star Reactor (7),   Pro Surfer (12)    Auchtercairn (10)   Harnesslink Media

Good time alert!   Grass track racing with crowds is officially back on Sunday.   Yes, that’s right, it’s grass track racing and we’re all officially invited!   It’s hard not to get too excited about the Bank Peninsula Trotting Club and the return of racing at Motukarara       Big fields,competitive racing,big dividends,hot dogs, hot dog sauce running down your face, sun burnt faces, sun burnt backs, kids going crazy on the bouncy castle, parents going crazy at kids for jumping on other kids on the bouncy castle, …put all of that together and you’ve got everything that’s great about harness racing in New Zealand.     On the racing front the meeting does have quality to it too. The Majestic Son D G Jones Memorial Trotting Cup at Group 3 level is the feature race of the card and is timed to go at 2.35pm.   Reading a list of the winners of the race is like reading the history of trotting in this country itself.   Sundon, the super sire, claimed victory in 1990 when off a 30m mark, Call Me Now edged Game Paul in 1994 (my two dollars a place on Game Paul proving profitable) Lyell Creek “the freak” greeted the judge in 1999 and again in 2000 while the free wheeling Springbank Richard won a brace of D G Jones Memorial titles in 2009 and 2010. More recent winners include the Mark Purdon trained I Can Doosit while Paul Nairn has enjoyed major success in the race with Call Me Now and Call You Later both claiming the title, Habibti Ivy winning the cup in 2017 and Habibi Inta capturing the silverware last year before going on to win the Dominion Handicap.         Elsewhere across the card punters will get a mix of even looking maiden offerings along with some intermediate grade pacing and trotting events that are sure to give some headaches to form analysts and amateur wagerers alike.   Two memorial races named in memory of Motukarara stalwarts will also be contested with the Jean Anderson Memorial set to go at 12.30 and the Ross Stanbury Memorial to be run after the feature trot at 3.00pm.      Stables that could be ones to follow would include the Greg and Nina Hope and R J Dunn Barns, both of which have enjoyed good success around “Mot” in past seasons while the Dean Taylor and Bruce Negus barns shouldn’t be dismissed from calculations either with their runners invariable putting in sound performances around the big grass track.     The club has also stepped into the 21st century recently with the installation of a cell phone tower (with a combined commitment from leading telcos making this a reality). This solves the underlying issue of connectivity that the racecourse wrestled with in years gone by and will come as a most welcome improvement by those that previously had to stand on their heads by the secretaries office to generate 2-bar reception.   In summary, a good day out at Banks P on Sunday looks a pretty good bet if you ask me!   Ben McMillan.   

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

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