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Many harness racing trainers in New Zealand focus on trotters rather than pacers and one of the most successful in that regard is the Weedons horseman Fred Fletcher.   Whenever Fred lines a trotter in any of the classics it pays to take notice as he has had a great run for longer than I care to remember.   Today at Ashburton he lined up the smart Sundon filly Sunny Ruby in the Group 1 Harness Jewels three year old $100,000 Ruby and although the formline was impeccable, she went out at odds of twelve to one.   Away well to lead from barrier two for driver Gavin Smith, Sunny Ruby took a trail soon after behind the well performed Prince Fearless.   Monbet and Ricky May breezed up at the 500 metres mark and slowly started to wear down Prince Fearless.   Just when everyone was acclaiming Monbet the winner, Gavin Smith angled Sunny Ruby wider on the track and flew late to win a lot more easily than it looked.   Monbet battled on bravely for second in front of the pacemaking Prince Fearless.   Warm favourite Speeding Spur galloped wildly soon after the start and then produced a massive performance to run fifth just under seven lengths from the winner    Sunny Ruby trotted the mile in 1:54.7 which took a massive 1.8 seconds off the previous New Zealand record for a three year old trotter held by Prime Power.   Gavin Smith was quick to heap praise on Fred post race.   " Fred has done a great job with this filly to get her to race a lot kinder and he deserves a lot of the credit for today's win."   " I got a lovely run on the back of Prince Fearless and I thought I was a chance at the 200 metres when she was travelling so well."   "She has tremendously high speed if saved for one run," Gavin said.   Todays Harness Jewels win by Sunny Ruby was Fred Fletchers third and just further added further lustre to his reputation as a great trainer of trotters.   Harnesslink Media  

The Harness Jewels are the pinnacle of the season in New Zealand for many in the industry and this years version at the harness racing meeting at Ashburton on Saturday (May 30th) promises to be a beauty. Harnesslink has decided to do a runner by runner preview of every division. Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 4YO Emerald for 4YO colts and geldings.   1) Ideal Success  -  (American Ideal - Maheer Glen by Holmes Hanover)   Starts: 27    Wins: 9    Secs: 2    Thirds: 2    Life: $60,630 Under rated type who has won nine races but away from the metropolitian tracks in the main Faced a lot of these in the New Zealand Messenger and went super, running on well late to be only three lengths from the winner after being last on the corner. Showed a bit of tow off the gate at last Saturday's workouts so should be able to hold up from a front line which doesn't have a lot of speed in close. Draw means he is a trifecta and first four player    2) Quick As A Trick  -  (Lis Mara - Quick Atom by Soky's Atom) Starts: 30    Wins:8   Secs: 3    Thirds: 3    Life: $79,148 Another horse who has won eight races but again most of them were away from Addington. Has looked really smart at times but has disappointed just as much. Last Friday nights run was average at best and not a good rehearsal for this week. Hard to make a case for him as a first four player.   3) Take After Me   -  (Holmes Hanover - Give Or Take by Live Or Die)    Starts: 22    Wins: 2     Secs: 8    Thirds: 2    Life: $30,658 A two win horse who looks right up against it here. Has yet to face a field of this quality and this is not the race to change that. Has made it back into the field from the ballot but we can't see him being competitive here.   4) Te Kawau  -  (Bettor's Delight - Haylin Express by Christian Cullen) Starts: 30    Wins: 11   Secs: 7    Thirds: 6    Life: $109,174 Lovely big horse who is honest as and will give a big sight here. Not sure if a mile is really his go but the quicker they go the whole way, the more chance he has. Will outstay most here so has to hope for plenty of mid race pressure to bring the speedsters back to him. Include in everything.    5) Milligan  -  (Grinfromeartoear - Outkast by Panorama) Starts: 51    Wins: 5    Secs: 10    Thirds: 8    Life: $46,874 Consistent gelding who always gives of his best but that won't be enough here. This is a huge step up in class from what he has been racing down south. Hard to see how he can run in four in a field of this quality.   6) Tiger Tara -  (Bettor's Delight - Tara Gold by Dream Away) Starts: 35    Wins: 11    Secs: 9    Thirds: 6    Life: $417,174 High class four year old who went two beauties up north in the Taylor Mile and the Messenger. His last run at Addington was super and he thrives on racing so will be better this week. Will head to the front and be hard to catch. Include in everything.    7) Dalton Bromac  -  Scratched   8) Provocative Prince -  (Grinfromeartoear - Catherine Zeta by Village Jasper) Starts: 30    Wins: 6     Secs: 7    Thirds: 5    Life: $61,106 Very consistent horse who takes winning form into this but not at this level. If he had drawn a good barrier then he would have been a first four player. Hard to see him as a first four contender from out here.   9) Mr Franklin  -  (Grinfromeartoear - Sheza Gem by Christian Cullen) Starts: 35    Wins: 5     Secs: 4    Thirds: 6    Life: $46,223 This campaign he has been in career best form but still doesn't win out of turn. Would like him over something a bit longer as well. The draw is the killer blow and makes his task way too hard. Can't make a case for him to be a first four contender                                                    SECOND LINE   10) Onedin Mach  -  (Mach Three - Stylish Onedin by Stand Together) Starts: 32    Wins: 9   Secs: 4    Thirds: 6    Life: $58,328 Has had his issues this season but does get a draw he can work with here. Looks like he will end up three deep on the inner at worst which makes him a first four contender. Dexter in the bike won't hurt the cause as well   11) Sky Major  -  (Art Major - Sky Beauty by In The Pocket) Starts: 39    Wins: 14    Secs: 7    Thirds: 6    Life: $670,189 The horse they all have to beat here. Loves the mile distance having won seven times over it in his career to date and right in the zone at the moment. Zac Butcher in the bike is just a bonus and hard to see him not giving this a big shake. Clear first pick here    12) Mighty Major  -  (Art Major - Isabella Anvil by Christian Cullen) Starts: 16    Wins: 6     Secs: 5    Thirds: 1    Life: $43,181 Another horse that needed a bit of help at the barrier to be a contender here. Mixed it with Dalton Bromac earlier in the season but hasn't quite been as sharp as that recently. Great driver in Blair Orange in the bike but still only an outside first four contender at best here.   13) Isaiah  -  (Art Major - EJ Becks by In The Pocket) Starts: 37    Wins: 13     Secs: 5    Thirds: 11    Life: $584,942 Was in devastating form earlier in the season and was an unlucky third in the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle. Not seen at his best at Auckland due to a foot issue but as Messini showed last week, it never pays to under estimate the All Stars barn on producing them fresh and ready to run. At his best he is right in this up to his neck and has Natalie in the bike so that is a big plus. Include in everything   14) Messini  -  (Art Major - Mesmerizing by In The Pocket) Starts: 39    Wins: 16     Secs: 9    Thirds: 2    Life: $304,884 Career best run last week to win in super time at Addington after two poor efforts at Auckland  where he didn't handle that way round. If the same Messini turns up at Ashburton then he is definitely a contender here. Does have blinding speed if held up for one run and likely to get that kind of run from out here. Include in everything. SELECTIONS The clear first pick for us is Sky Major who is in great form and loves the distance. Tiger Tara is the danger to him from the draw as he can make his own luck from the front line and is a clear second pick here. Three horses in Te Kawau, Isaiah and Messini are the next three horses in the pecking order and it is hard to favour one ahead of any of the others. Throw in Ideal Success, Onedin Mach and Mighty Major for those first fours Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day (Harness Jewels) next Saturday (May 30th) at Ashburton promises to be a beauty and Harnesslink has decided to do a runner by runner preview of each division. Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 3YO Diamond for three year old fillies.   1) On The Town  -  (Bettor's Delight - Funontherun by In The Pocket)   Starts: 10    Wins: 2    Secs: 1    Thirds: 3    Life: $27,710 Her first few runs were outstanding but she is not going like that at the moment. Will get the trail behind The Orange Agent but don't think that will be enough to make her a first four player. Hard to see in four   2) The Orange Agent  -  (American Ideal - Lady Fingers by Artiscape) Starts: 16    Wins: 10   Secs:2    Thirds: 0    Life: $262,312 The best filly in the race and has the draw to prove it here. Will lead and hard to see how they beat her from in front. Can real off sub 55 half miles with ease so this race looks tailor made for her. The standout in this field from the draw and should win.   3) Start Dreaming  -  (American Ideal - Simply Devine by In The Pocket) Starts: 8    Wins: 4     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $64,150 Over raced badly in the New Zealand Oaks at Addington and dropped out Great second in the Northern Oaks followed by three effortless wins prior to her Addington run showed she is a high class filly. Great trainer so expect her to be a lot more tractable come Saturday. Definite trifecta and first four chance.   4) Glenferrie Bronte  -  (Changeover - Equus Francoe by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 9    Wins: 5   Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $56,481 Talented Australian raider but she has picked a bad year to cross the Tasman. Fight For Glory put the top Australian fillies to the sword in the New South Wales Oaks and she is not the best here. Outside first four player for us    5) Better B Amazed  -  (Bettor's Delight - Amazed by Christian Cullen) Starts: 14    Wins: 7    Secs: 1    Thirds: 4    Life: $54,732 Talented filly who has won seven from just fourteen starts. Sat parked for a fair way in the Oaks then came out and sat parked again with a lap to go before being pushed back through the field and then finished on again for sixth. Lot of merit in the run Has gate speed to get handy early and a outside first four player for us   6) Rocker Band  -  (Rocknroll Hanover - Mainland Banner by Christian Cullen) Starts: 8    Wins: 3    Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $33,549 Put together a string of smart performances before failing badly in the Southland Oaks when off colour at her last start. Blew out late on Saturday at the workouts but up against some smart four year olds in her heat and wasn't far away in a 1:54.9 mile. At her best she would be a first four player but may be a run short.   7) Tintinara E1  -  (Falcon Seelster - Arden's Fame by In The Pocket) Starts: 11    Wins: 3     Secs: 4    Thirds: 3    Life: $23,369 Has only been out of the money once in her 11 start career to date but yet to face fillies of this class. Draw makes it very hard to see her as a player even if she did get back into the field.   8) Democrat Party -  (American Ideal - Champagne Party by Soky's Atom) Starts: 17    Wins: 3     Secs: 6    Thirds: 3    Life: $186,024 Placed in both the Nevele R Fillies Final and the New Zealand Oaks but both times it was after a soft run off a cosy draw. Very classy filly nonetheless and with Zac Butcher in the bike she won't lack for anything on the driver front. Will need a bit of luck from out here but has the class to be a trifecta and first four player.   9) Supersonic Miss  -  (Mach Three - Bella Joy by Village Jasper) Starts: 18    Wins: 6     Secs: 4    Thirds: 3    Life: $208,934 Has had no luck lately with draws or in the running. Outstanding filly at her peak and just needs a little bit of luck from out here to be a player. Won the two year old Jewels from the second line so a must include for trifecta and first four takers                                              SECOND LINE   10) Linda Lovegrace  -  (Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace by In The Pocket) Starts: 21    Wins: 6   Secs: 5    Thirds: 3    Life: $185,759 Has taken most of this season to come back to her best from a long two year old campaign. Her last three runs have all been full of merit and from the draw she should be no worst than three deep on the inner. That makes her a must include for trifecta and first four takers.   11) Fight For Glory  -  (Art Major - Breath Of Life by Village Jasper) Starts: 19    Wins: 9    Secs: 7    Thirds: 0    Life: $457,425 Outstanding filly who has been unfortunate enough to be a three year old in the same year as The Orange Agent. Reverse the draws with The Orange Agent and it would be an interesting contest but the way the draws have come out means she is up against it to beat her arch rival. Looks the quinella with The Orange Agent but hard to see her sitting outside her and beating her.    12) Princess Arts  -  (Art Major - Natal Franco by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 12    Wins: 3     Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $25,302 Has been going good all season but at a racing level below what she is now facing. Needed a handy front line draw to be a first four chance here. Therefore it is hard to make a case for her as a first four chance.   13) Change The Rulz  -  (Changeover - Victoria Rulz by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 19    Wins: 4     Secs: 1    Thirds: 5    Life: $31,168 Another filly who has had a very good season away from the top liners. Her last two runs against most of these running here have resulted in a ninth and an eighth so hard to see from this draw how she can be a threat to the favourites. Hard to make a case for her as a first four candidate   14) Classical Art  -  (Mach Three - Arts Lover by Artsplace) Starts: 12    Wins: 5     Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $77,943 Worst possible draw for a big free going filly who likes to run on the speed. Can over race in the field and can be a bit tempremental if things don't go her own way. To many negatives for her to be a major player here. Outside first four player at best    SELECTIONS The clear first pick from the draw is The Orange Agent. Brilliant front runner so this race looks hers to lose The clear second pick is the New Zealand Oaks winner Fight For Glory. Is going to have to sit outside The Orange Agent and try to wear her down which looks a big hurdle. For trifecta and first four players, include Start Dreaming, Democrat Party, Supersonic Miss and Linda Lovegrace.   Harnesslink Media

With harness racing's big day only a week away, we thought we would a runner by runner preview of each division of the Harness Jewels at Ashburton next Saturday (May 30th). Here is our preview of the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Ruby (Mobile Trot)‚Äč for two year olds.   1) Cocktail Waiter  -  (Bacardi Lindy - Gina by Sundon) Starts: 17    Wins: 0    Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $5,100 Ran a half in a minute back in early September last year but as the season has gone on, he has not improved. One or two smart runs surrounded by a whole lot of runs that were below par. Not for us.   2) Missandei  -  (Angus Hall - Pocaro by Sundon) Starts: 3    Wins: 0   Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $10,085 She has not stopped improving since her debut and has all the credentials to win this. Her workout at Ashburton yesterday against a few she faces here showed she had trained on since her last start second and she looks to be peaking perfectly for the big day. A major threat to High Gait, especially the way the draws have played out. Include in everything.    3) Gunners Coin  -  (Muscle Hill - Galleons Dream by Chiola Hanover) Starts: 2    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $12,653 Two promising runs to date and this is the best draw he has had to work with. Doesn't look super quick off the gate but looks like he can hold his spot so he should get a good run from this draw. A couple here look better but manners and driver makes him a big trifecta and first four player.   4) Wilma's Mate  -  (Pegasus Spur - Mybrotherwasastar by Sundon) Starts: 7    Wins: 2   Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $20,036 The enigma of the field for sure. Has enough ability to get right amongst it here but does have the odd chink in the armour. Best saved for one run at them as she does have high speed but one or two here have her measure. Trifecta and first four player for us.     5) Royal Willie  -  (Majestic Son - Miss Whiplash by Gee Whiz) Starts: 5    Wins: 2   Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $8,700 Smart young trotter who has shown plenty in a short career to date. Looked ready to make a race of it with Missandei at yesterday's workouts when he got a real fright when Maurice activated the removable hood for the first time and galloped. We would disregard that run due to that and we think he can get amongst it here. Include in trifectas and first fours    6) Gershwin  -  (Muscles Yankee - Allegro Agitato by Sundon) Starts: 6    Wins: 2    Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,853 Stablemate of Royal Willie who ran High Gait to a nose at Cambridge in 2:00 so the ability is there. Draw is good for him as it gives him time to find his feet early and his workout yesterday where he made up a lot of ground on a 27.6 quarter was very impressive. Must have for trifecta and first four players.   7) Arannalea -  (Pegasus Spur - Lady Boo Kay by Sundon) Starts: 9    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $10,966 She has high gate speed and likes to lead so that is where she will head early and has the early speed to get across even from seven. Workout yesterday was passable without being super and this field has a lot of depth. A first four player at best for us.   8) He's Like The Wind -  (Great Sucess - Sunmist by Sundon) Starts: 6    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $9,397 Huge run at his last start when after being badly checked at the start and settling miles from the bunch, he made stylishly to finish sixth. The two previous runs were both full of merit so a player here. Has high gate speed so can across early and get handy. Stable is in hot form which doesn't hurt either. Trifecta and first four player for us.   9) Aldabaran AY M  -  (Sundon - Big O E by Dream Vacation) Starts: 4    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $2,071 There abouts in most of her races without looking like winning one. Workout yesterday was in that vein of being handy without looking liking troubling the big players Add in the outside front line draw and we can't see her running in four. Not for us                                                SECOND LINE   10) Marcoola  -  (Sundon - Arabess by Grant Our Wishes)   (Emerg 1) Starts: 2    Wins: 0   Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $1,836 Has looked promising at workouts and trials but hasn't produced on raceday to date. Even if he made it back into the field, we would struggle to see him as a first four player. Not for us   11) Cyclone Chief  -  (The Prez - Cyclone Dani by Muscles Yankee) Starts: 4    Wins: 0    Secs: 0    Thirds: 2    Life: $2,772 Has put in a couple of nice runs in his four starts to date without looking like winning a race. Needed to draw handy on the front line to have any chance here. Not for us.   12) High Gait  -  (Muscles Yankee - Regal Volo by Malabar Man) Starts: 5    Wins: 5     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $46,941 Unbeaten in five lifetime starts says it all Just when everybody thought the pack was catching up to her, she produced a huge performance to win her last start and served notice that she is still the one to beat here. Natalie is driving in superb form at the moment and they look a lethal combination. Has a great all round game and a clear first pick for us.   13) Conon Bridge -  (Raffaello Ambrosio - Deidres Girl by Roydon Boy) Starts: 3    Wins: 2     Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $44,871 His three runs to date have all had class written over them. Has started from the unruly on every occasion as he will here but that hasn't stopped him winning his last two with real authority. Still a touch green but has master trotting trainer Paul Nairn in his corner so lots of ticks for this fella. Winning chance and include in everything.   14) Dark Ops  -  (CR Commando - Constar by Continental Man) Starts: 16    Wins: 0     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,341 Another one to look promising on trial and workout day but has yet to reproduce anything like that on raceday. Has been galloping more than trotting lately and we struggle to see her playing any part here. Not for us.   SELECTIONS High Gait is the clear first pick but we think she won't have it all her own way. Both Missandei and Conon Bridge have both looked more than capable of lowering the unbeaten filly's colours with a run to suit. Those three stand out for us from the pack. Throw in Gunners Coin, Wilma's Mate, Gershwin, Royal Willie and He's Like The Wind for trifecta's and first fours. Harnesslink Media

Harness racings big day, the Harness Jewels is set for next Saturday the 30th of May at Ashburton and we thought we would do a runner by runner preview of each division Here is our preview of the Group 1 $150,000 2YO Diamond for two year old fillies.   1) Bettor Love Me  -  (Bettor's Delight - Gentle Audrey by Artsplace)   Starts: 3    Wins: 0    Secs: 0    Thirds: 2    Life: $14,478 Badly checked at its last start and did well to get as close as she did in the slushy conditions. A nice third before that to Arden's Choice and Northern Velocity from a wide draw. First four player from the draw.   2) Ultimate Desire  -  (Real Desire - Ballie Hanover by Kentucky Spur) Starts: 4    Wins: 1   Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $4,130 Has created quite an impression since her debut just six weeks ago. Big win at Forbury in good time and then a huge run last Sunday at Oamaru when third. Big step up here but progressive type of filly. Throw in your first fours.   3) Allison Stokke  -  (Bettor's Delight - Isinbeyeva by Christian Cullen) Starts: 5    Wins: 1    Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $6,057 Has looked a handy filly in her brief career to date and the good draw here a big plus. Has gate speed so looks the early leader but needs a soft run after to play a part. Liable to get that with Luisanabelle Midfrew certain to go forward so becomes a first four player.   4) Nek Time  -  (Gotta Go Collect - Braithwaite by Jennas Beach Boy) Starts: 5    Wins: 1   Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $14,067 Looked very promising at trials prior to racing but has disappointed us on raceday in the main. Does have gate speed but if she is used early, she tends to battle in the run home. Not for us.   5) Luisanabelle Midfrew  -  (American Ideal - Lulabelle Midfrew by Christian Cullen) Starts: 4    Wins: 0    Secs: 2    Thirds: 0    Life: $35,723 Very smart filly with a big motor who is ideally suited to the mile distance. Has real gate speed so will lead and won't hand up so you know what you are going to get. A real chance to split up the All Stars three here. Include in everything.   6) Gamma Lady  -  (Mach Three - Maheer Lady by Badlands Hanover) Starts: 6    Wins: 1    Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $35,310 Looked very smart early on when she mixed it with the best with a lot of credit. Went through a patch of a couple of starts where she seemed lengths down on her best but seems on the up again in her last couple. Trifecta and first four player if the real Gamma Lady shows up.   7) Northern Velocity  -  (Mach Three - Northern Franco by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 7    Wins: 3     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $137,260 Very smart filly who has done a great job at two for a filly that doesn't look a natural two year old. Maybe lacks the zip of her two stablemates but will keep going. Can get a bit unruly if things don't go her way. Trifecta and first four chance.   8) Semi's Delight  E1 -  (Bettor's Delight - Hot Shoe Shuffle by Falcon Seelster) Starts: 7    Wins: 1     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $26,078 There is no doubting the ability but the ring craft has been letting her down lately. Still has a lot to learn and can do things wrong at times. Not for us.     9) Dream About Me  -  (Bettor's Delight - Splendid Dreams by Dream Away) Starts: 4    Wins: 4     Secs: 0    Thirds: 0    Life: $138,332 Christen Me's half sister has inherited all the family ability and is unbeaten to date. Her last win at Auckland was as good as we have seen from a two year old filly. Her win at the Ashburton workouts today was stunning, picking up Salty Robyn in a 25.5 quarter after spotting him four lengths at the 400 metres mark. Clear first pick for us and hard to see how they beat her.                                                   SECOND LINE   10) Smoke N Fire  -  (Courage Under Fire - Smoke N Mirrors by Pacific Rocket) Starts: 6    Wins: 1   Secs: 0    Thirds: 1    Life: $8,243 Really nice filly who from this draw is up against it. Has performed creditably against most of these she meets here but from the draw she could end up buried back on the inner which makes it very tough. Not for us due to the draw.   11) Arden's Choice  -  (Panspacificflight - Winter Rose by In The Pocket) Starts: 7    Wins: 2    Secs: 2    Thirds: 1    Life: $106,417 Top class filly who has pushed Dream About Me close on one occasion. Did have a few little tricks early on but seems 100% these days. The main danger to the favourite for us but after watching today's workout where Dream About Me sailed past her with ease, she will need to lift next week to win this. Include in everything.   12) Killer Queen  -  (Rock N Roll Heaven - Party Girl Becqui by Partywiththebigdog) Starts: 9    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 2    Life: $33,700 A filly with a big reputation that she hasn't really lived up to yet. Has looked sharp at various times but too many poor runs as well David Butcher in the bike is a big plus but the draw for us makes this fillys job very difficult. Rough first four player for us.   13) Chevrons Champion  -  (Bettor's Delight - Dreamsaregold by In The Pocket) Starts: 7    Wins: 2     Secs: 1    Thirds: 0    Life: $15,810 Started out looking like a top liner but has lost her way a bit. Fourth at Addington to Arden's Choice where she was unlucky was her best performance to date. Needed a handy draw to have any chance here. Not for us.   14) Pat Campbell  -  (Lis Mara - Penscroft by In The Pocket) Starts: 6    Wins: 1     Secs: 1    Thirds: 1    Life: $7,844 Handy filly who won't stop trying but from this draw she is up against it. Needed a soft run handy to the pace to be a first four chance so hard to make a case for her here. Not for us.   SELECTIONS Dream About Me looks in a different league to us to the rest of the field. Clear first pick. Luisanabelle Midfrew and Arden's Choice look the main dangers and seem to have a class edge on most here. Northern Velocity and Gamma Lady next cabs off the rank and looms as trifecta players. Throw in Bettor Love Me, Ultimate Desire and Allison Stokke to boost up those first fours. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull is thrilled after snaring a couple of plum barriers for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels meeting at Ashburton. Turnbull’s four-year-old mare Just Cala, racing as Cala, has come up with barrier two in the 4YO Diamond, while Glenferrie Bronte has secured gate four in the 3YO Diamond for fillies. “We were pretty lucky with both of them,” Turnbull said. “I can’t wait now to get over there.” Partner Nathan Jack will drive Glenferrie Bronte and Turnbull will pilot Just Cala herself on Jewels Day. The news out of the barrier draws wasn’t as positive for connections of three-year-old gelding Burnaholeinmypocket, who pulled gate nine – outside the front line. “It’s not good news,” said trainer Andy Gath. “But it is what it is. We appreciate the opportunity to go over there and compete. It’ll still be a good experience for the horse and we'll all have a good time over there. “He can go around in a C1 heat in Victoria next week, which are run regularly, or he can go over there and run in the Jewels. … It’s a great opportunity.” Meanwhile, Blake Fitzpatrick-trained trotter Valerie has got barrier three in the 4YO Ruby Trot and Shane Tritton-trained Salty Robyn will start from barrier three for reinswoman Lauren Panella in the 2YO Emerald. Click here for Harness Jewels final fields CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

There were three group races at the harness racing meeting at Addington last night and Natalie Rasmussen won the lot. None of her three drives had drawn well but that didn't stop Natalie putting on a masterclass of driving in the atrocious conditions. High Gait, Fight For Glory and Chase The Dream all looked to be in trouble when the draws came out with none of them able to be involved early from their second line draws. But Natalie got all three home with different tactics for the three of them and showed once again what an outstanding driver she is. Natalie's impact on the harness racing scene in New Zealand since her arrival from Australia has been nothing short of phenomenal and her driving statistics are unmatched in this country. Last season Natalie drove 43 winners from just 94 drives along with 28 placings for a UDR of .5922  This season to date Natalie has driven 48 winners from just 124 drives along with 37 placings for a UDR of .5260 No one else in the country bar her training partner Mark Purdon has cracked a UDR of .4000 and no one else has cracked the .5000 mark It is not just the statistics that make Natalie such a great driver. Horses run for her, she gets horses to relax and she is a great judge of pace. Last night was just further confirmation if any was needed of just how talented Natalie is in the sulky. Harnesslink Media

Every now and again a horse comes along in harness racing that has everybody reaching for the superlatives and shaking their heads in disbelief at what they have just witnessed. Today at Addington (May 9th) we were privalidged to witness one of the best performances ever produced by a three year old filly in New Zealand when The Orange Agent demolished her rivals in the $150,000 Nevele R Fillies Final. Sent straight to the front by driver Maurice McKendry from barrier two, the American Ideal filly put the foot down from the start and once they settled down after 250 metres there was no mid race moves as the speed was on. Second favourite Fight For Glory with Natalie Rasmussen in the bike ended up in the death seat from barrier six and sat on The Orange Agent's wheel with Democrat Party and Zac Butcher getting the dream run in the one by one. Going past the 400 metres Maurice applied some pressure and The Orange Agent immediately shot clear and but for knocking off when well clear would have won by a lot more than the official margin of 1 3/4 lengths. Fight For Glory went super to finish second after sitting parked the whole journey and she was clear of Democrat Party who just held third from a fast finishing Supersonic Miss. The Orange Agent broke the New Zealand record for the 1950 metres of  2:18.2, a mile rate of 1:54 with closing sectionals of 55.1 and 27.1. The previous record of 2.19.1 was held by Venus Serena. The Orange Agent is trained by Brian Hughes of Ardmore and is owned by her breeders Mrs P C Green, J P Green, Mrs M E Green and P C Bult. Harnesslink Media

All harness racing series involving a heats and final structure run into the odd problem every now and again due entirely to the rules which are necessary for such series to function. This years Nevele R Fillies series is a good example of the issues that can arise which tend to make the casual observer wonder what the hell is going on. Like all of the age group series run in New Zealand, the Nevele R Fillies series has a set of rules that go with it which are black and white and leave no room for argument. Where you finish in a heat of this series is the defining qualification of weather or not you progress to the final. This year we have one of the season's better performed fillies in Better B Amazed only listed as a second emergency for the final on Saturday. The winner of six from twelve lifetime with five placings to boot, Better B Amazed due to other issues was only able to contest one heat of the Nevele R series this season. That was at Addington recently but she was unfortunate to strike a heat with all the All Stars fillies involved and after being bottled up back on the inner finished seventh in her only heat appearance. A few fillies who have made the final have no where near as an impressive record as Better B Amazed but they did finish fifth or sixth in a qualifying heat and consequently are higher up the starting order when it comes to selection for the Nevele R Fillies Final. Its All Over Now is a good example of such a filly. She finished fifth in her Nevele R Fillies heat on the grass at Methven in 2:3.7 for the mile and has won a race on the grass this season but is yet to place in seven starts on grit. People have argued to us here at Harnesslink that exceptions should be made for fillies such as Better B Amazed and that her presense would enhance the quality of the field. However in our view everybody knows the rules and the qualifying protocol before the series starts and as much as Better B Amazed would raise the overall standard on Saturday if she was in the field, places in the final must go in the first instance to those who have qualified via the heats and within the rules. You have to feel for the connections of Better B Amazed a bit as she seems right in the zone at the moment but she will get her chance in the New Zeakland Oaks next week and she is also qualified for the Harness Jewels on May 30th. Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing pundits ( Us included) thought the Southern Supremacy final at Ascot Park Raceway, Invercargill was a battle between four horses with Tas Man Bromac, Statham, Pulp Fiction and Costa Del Magnifico looking to have a class edge on the rest. No one told I'm Full Of Excuses and the three year old son of Jereme's Jet got his nose in front right on the post to cause a huge upset in the biggest race for three year old colts and geldings in Southland. As expected Statham and Brent Barclay led early but before long Dexter Dunn and Pulp Fiction circled the field and attacked him and grabbed the front with two rounds to go. I'm Full Of Excuses had been in the one by one early before being left parked with a mile to go when Smithy went to the front but he again found the one by one when Tas Man Bromac moved to the death with a lap to go. Tas Man Bromac eyeballed Smithy off the back and grabbed the lead as they turned for home and half way up the straight looked home but bit by bit I'm Full Of Excuses reeled him in and stuck his nose out right on the line to claim a memorable win. Pulp Fiction fought on well for third 1 ¼ lengths away with Smithy the best of the rest 7 ½ lengths away. I'm Full Of Excuses paced the 2700 metres in a very quick 3:22.4 in the windy conditions with closing sectionals of 59.2 and 28.6. Trainer/ driver Clark Barron had an odd doubt or two pre race weather I'm Full Of Excuses was up to some of his opposition. “ I thought a couple may have a class edge on him but I knew the distance would suit him.” “ He won his first couple of starts and that was a handicap in a way as he didn't know a thing about racing yet was up a grade. “ The more ring craft he has got with racing the better he has gone and he won his last start really easily in smart time so I knew he would go good today.” “With the speed on the whole way that really suited him but it took the whole straight to get there,” Clark said. Clark has had I'm Full Of Excuses all the way through. “Ollie (Owner) brought the dam out of the trotting calendar from Dave Clark down here so he has been here from day one.” “He is a real nice looker and I have always had a bit of time for him,” Clark said. Clark had already reached the 1000 wins as a driver earlier in the meeting and capped off a great day with the trainer/driver double in the Southern Supremacy. Harnesslink Media

Premier harness racing is back at harness headquarters with the next three weeks stacked with Group races at the elite level. Next Friday 20 March sees five Group races. There’s the Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares, the Group Two $40,000 Vero Flying Stakes for three year old pacers, the Group Two $40,000 Resource Recycling Superstars Championship for four and five year old pacers, the Group Two $25,000 Storer Motors NZ Trotting Oaks for 3 year old trotting fillies and the Group Three $25,000 Lamb & Hayward Four & Five Year Old Trotting Championship. It gets even better for the following Friday, the 27 March. The undoubted highlight is the running of the Group One $200,000 Muscara Standardbreds NZ Derby which will draw the country’s best three year old pacers. Accompanying the pacers Derby is the Group One $80,000 NZ Trotting Derby and the Group One $80,000 Fred Shaw Memorial NZ Trotting Championship for open trotters The two year old pacers shoot for glory in the Group Two $40,000 Avon City Ford Welcome Stakes and the race for the open pacers is the Group Three $25,000 Gordon Roxburgh Free-For-All sponsored by the Islington Tavern. Not only will these fields be filled with star studded standardbreds, the remainder of the card with stakes at a minimum of $20,000, will attract quality horseflesh. The exhilarating harness action doesn’t end there with the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Easter Cup scheduled for Easter Saturday, 4 April. Plenty of action coming up at Addington over the next three weeks, so get along to the track to witness the thrill of harness racing at it’s very best. Ged Mooar Marketing & Commercial Manager  

Cardigan Bay was harness racing’s first superstar pacer to come to North American from New Zealand, where he was beloved in the early 1960s. Among his major victories 'Down Under' are the 1963 New Zealand Cup when he started 54 yards behind the field and the Auckland Cup where he was given a 78 yard handicap. The same year he also captured Australia’s Inter Dominion Pacing Championship. One of the gelding's most memorable wins was in a major race at Addington Raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand while the grandstand as on fire. A photo of that race is considered to be one of the great iconic images of horse racing. Cardigan Bay came to the United States at the advanced age of eight on a "racing lease" and joined the stable of National Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer for a payment of $125,000, despite the fact he had only $US137,000 in earnings. Cardigan Bay was also "down on the hip" from a severe injury he suffered earlier in New Zealand. Cardigan Bay would be dominant in the U.S.A. for three years, beating the absolute best pacers in the country on a regular basis. He became the only horse to have defeated the three future Hall of Fame horses of that era— Bret Hanover, Overtrick and Meadow Skipper. In 1964, Overtick and Cardigan Bay tangled in the Dan Patch Pace and the Dan Patch Encore. Cardigan Bay prevailed by the shortest of noses in the Dan Patch, but Overtrick got his revenge in the Encore. Cardy’s most famous victory in the US came in the Pace of the Century against the great Bret Hanover in 1966. Cardigan Bay and Dancer proved best before a jammed-pack Yonkers crowd of 45,000. Bret Hanover would avenge that setback when the two great pacers met again in the "Revenge Pace."  In 1968 at the age of 12, Cardy, near the end of his career, needed about $85,000 in his quest to become the first Standardbred to win $1million - a feat he accomplished at Freehold in his last start. A month after he had reached the million dollar mark, the horse was honored at Yonkers on Cardigan Bay Day. The next evening he walked a long red carpet with Dancer and made his appearance on the old popular Ed Sullivan TV show. Dancer then retired possibly the most well-known racehorse ever to come from New Zealand. Cardigan Bay finished his racing career with 80 victories, 25 seconds and 22 thirds from 154 starts and was named the U.S. Pacer of the Year in 1965 and 1968. He was then returned to New Zealand with great fanfare and lived his retirement in luxury for nearly 20 years until his death at age 32. When Cardy passed away Dancer reflected on the horse’s final year of racing and said: “At the end he was going on heart alone . . . what a mighty heart in must have been.” In 1970 the New Zealand Post Office issued a postage stamp to recognize the achievements of Cardinal Bay. 1968 Provincial Cup _ Windsor Raceway It's two straight for Dancer and Cardigan Bay, harness racing's first $1 million earning horse. The victory allows Cardigan Bay to break Bret Hanover's record for career earnings. Jesta Hill is second, the highest finish in Cup history by a mare and Dancing David, original winner of the Cup, is third. By Mike Paradise

The pinnacle for harness racing three year olds to aspire to in New Zealand are the two derbies held each year. This Friday night sees the running of this years $250,000 Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park and this is our runner by runner preview of the race Great Northern Derby - 2015 1) Have Faith In Me - Starts - 9  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $202,302 Probably the most talked about horse pre race due to the draw.  Most pundits think he is likely to be crossed early from barrier one which when added in with his history of having a few fancy steps early when rushed out of the gate makes him vulnerable. We are not convinced it is as dire as that and driver Tim Williams is confident gear changes lately have helped him immensely in giving him more confidence. If he does hold up, he immediately becomes the horse that Follow The Stars has to beat A must for all quinella, trifecta and first four players. 2) Express Stride  -  Starts 14  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 5  -  Thirds 3   -   Stakes $126,945 Ultra consistent horse who from this draw becomes a major player. Can leave the gate so able to take advantage of his good draw. Has been beaten by two or three here in the past when it counts and for that reason we just have that slight doubt over his ability to beat this field. Great trainer/driver in Tony Herlihy is a big plus so a must have for quinellas, trifectas and first fours. 3) Kept Under Wraps  -  Starts 11  -  Wins 5  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $149,805 This horse has a great overall record but just a notch down from the top two or three. Great manners and ringcraft means he is always thereabouts Very similar in makeup to Express Stride and has been the runner up to Follow The Stars on several occasions now. Draw means he is a player here but more  a place than a win chance for us. 4) Robbie Burns  -  Starts 6  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 1   -   $18,503 Has really made his mark in the last couple of months but this race has come a bit too soon for him in our view. Has been thrown in the deep end a bit here but won't disgrace himself. Still at this stage a few here look to have a ringcraft and experience advantage which counts for a lot in races like this. Not for us 5) Art Union  -  Starts 22  -  Wins 12  -  Seconds 5  -  Thirds 1   -   Stakes $141,763 He has been a very busy horse all season but continues to race well at the highest level. Great third in the New South Wales Derby last Sunday after burning the gate and not much doubt that Dexter will go forward this week from barrier five as well. Good enough to get some of it but a question mark over his ability to beat two or three here. Trifecta and first four player for us. 6) Itz Bettor To Win  -  Starts 10  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $81,475 He is a real tradesman like horse and one that tends to sneak under the radar most of the time. Is three for three on the track and each win has been better than the last.  Blair Orange climbs aboard so he lacks nothing in the driver department and appeals to us as the most likely upsetter of the favoured trio. Must have for quinella, trifecta and first four takers. 7) Delighful Offer ( 1st Emerg) -  Starts 12  -  Wins 2  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 4   -   Stakes $34,946 Bit of a surprise to us that he is on the ballot here as we rate him higher than a couple of others that did make the field. Got a bit of bottom to him as he showed when running fourth in the $200,000 sales race on New Years eve at Alexandra Park after sitting parked Not a major player even if he did made it back into the field. 8) Follow The Stars  -  Starts 16  -  Wins 13  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $548,415 Champion two year old who put a couple of below par seconds in Victoria behind him when he comprehensively beat most of these last week Drew the outside of the second line last week, looped them early and beat them up without being extended. Had a few things go his way for all that but stable very confident there was plenty of improvement left in him heading forward to this week. On that basis he is the horse to beat but he doesn't need too much bad luck to come back to this field. Include in everything. 9) Hughie Green  -  Starts 12  -  Wins 7  -  Seconds 0  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $55,621 The enigma of the field for sure who when he is good, he is very good and when he is bad he is awful. At his best he could win this but very disappointing run in the prelude last week. Not sure he is at the same level he was before he went south for the Sires Stakes final in November when he was just absolutely low flying. If the real Hughie Green comes to play they will know they have been in a race. However needs to improve a lot off last weeks run to be the threat we know he can be. 10) Change Stride  -  Starts 12  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 1  -  Thirds 3   -   Stakes $ 47,629 Has been in great form since Cup week at Addington except for last weeks prelude where he got shuffled back on the inner and was no hope from there a long way out so we have put a line through that run. Follow The Stars beat him by a neck in the Waikato Guineas and his third in the Northern three year old stakes in December was also full of merit. Not a winning hope but can certainly bump up those trifectas and first four dividends. 11) Bettor Spirits  -  Starts 24  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 4  -  Thirds 5   -   Stakes $90,958 Needs everything to go his way to be a player in this race and from this draw that is very unlikely to happen. Very disappointing run in the prelude where after getting a great drag into it, he just battled in the straight.  His run three starts back in the sales race on New Years eve was also very disappointing. Not for us. 12) Chachingchaching  -  Starts 18  -  Wins 4  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 1   -   Stakes $75,547 Has always looked capable of matching it with the big boys but went through a bad patch there for a couple of months. Change of driver a couple of months seems to have worked the trick with him and his last few runs have all been full of merit against quality fields. Not a winning chance for us but another one who is more than capable of running into the money with the right run. An added bonus is his driver David Butcher is back to his very best lately after being sidelined last year through injury. 13) Brilliant Strike  -  Starts 11  -  Wins 6  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 3   -   Stakes $51,460 Yet to finish out of the money in eleven starts and stuck on gamely for third last week after doing plenty of work. Extra distance right up his alley but we are still not completely convinced he is the real deal at this level. Another bad draw and a much stronger field this week means we struggle to see him as a major player here. Outside first four player for us. 14) Hug The Wind  -  Scratched 15) The Faithful  -  Starts 9  -  Wins 3  -  Seconds 2  -  Thirds 0   -   Stakes $28,055 Is starting to build up a good record but in the main it has been away from the better three year olds. He has beaten a few of these but not any of the main players so from the draw we think he is on mission impossible. Not for us Selections We don't think there is that much if anything at all between Follow The Stars and Have Faith In Me except that Follow The Stars is the complete professional racehorse where as Have Faith In Me still has a few rough edges to smooth out. So Follow The Stars just in front of Have Faith In Me and after that it is a bit of a lottery. Outside of our top two selections, there is not a lot between several runners For quinella and trifecta takers we would take Express Stride, Kept Under Wraps, Art Union, Itz Bettor To Win and Hughie Green A couple to add into first fours would be Change Stride and Chachingchaching Harnesslink Media

One of the highlights of the harness racing season each year is the emergence of the juveniles in the Young Guns series at Alexandra Park Auckland. With each edition of this series we are introduced to some of the future stars of the sport and this year has been no exception. This is our runner by runner preview of this years $80,000 Young Guns Fillies Final at Alexandra Park on Friday night. 1) Goodlookingbabe - By Mach Three    -    Trainer - Geoff Small Showed speed to lead from a similar draw last week but then galloped on the first bend. Trial and workout form had been promising before her debut so can't completely discount. Great trainer/driver combination helps her as well Throw in your first fours for some value. 2) Poppy Maguire - By American Ideal   -   Trainer - Tony Herlihy   Didn't help herself on debut with an early gallop and managed to end up four deep on the inner from barrier seven. Racing greenly at times during the running as well so overall went okay. Trial and workout form prior to debut had been passable without looking anything special. Not for us. 3) Nek Time - By Gotta Go Collect   -   Trainers - Terry + Glenys Chmiel Very good second first up but galloped last week after appearing to get her head round on the first bend. Just beaten on debut by Gamma Lady so no doubting the ability is there. From the draw and with a week to correct the running out problem from last week, Nek Time looms as a genuine trifecta and first four player. 4) Ideal Eagle - By American Ideal   -   Trainer - Barry Purdon Her three runs to date have been a bit of a mixture with two passable runs and one complete disaster. Has a great trainer/driver combination in her corner and they have been red hot this season in the big races but even they will struggle to get her home in this. Shows enough to keep you interested but not enough to get excited about. Rough first four player at best 5) Lickle Lickle - By Lis Mara   -   Trainer - David Kaa First up effort at Auckland had merit as she worked forward from barrier eight to death seat for most of the race but as you would expect after that trip she only battled in the straight. Went down to Manawatu for an easy maiden win but not sure how helpful that run is when assessing her chances here. Has had plenty of practice at workouts for this and going near enough Rough first four chance with run to suit. 6) Machineguns N Gems - Scratched 7) Arden's Choice - By Panspacificflight   -   Trainers - Mark Purdon * Natalie Rasmussen Two great runs to kick off her racing career and both times from bad draws to boot. She looks to have an all round game displaying both speed and grit in both starts. Didn't look entirely comfortable last week so that experience should help her here. Looks to be one of only two winning chances for us. 8) Dream About Me - Bettor's Delight   -   Trainers - Mark Purdon * Natalie Rasmussen Two starts for two wins says it all really for this beautifully bred filly. Stunning debut win at Timaru in a time just outside the New Zealand record for 2000 metres and followed that up with a gutsy win at Alexandra Park last week when she got her head round badly the whole race but still had enough in the tank to get up and nail the win. Boring pole goes on this week and she is definitely the one all the others have to beat. Top pick for us 9) Killer Queen - By Rock N Roll Heaven   -   Trainer - Ray Green This is a filly that has promised a lot but has yet to deliver. Held in very high regard by the stable and has shown glimpses why at times at trials and workouts but not yet on race day. There is no doubting the ability but the ring craft is still not perfect. Still a genuine trifecta and first four player for us. 10) Artful - By Art Major   -   Trainer Robert Dunn Very inexperienced filly who was passable at best in her debut run last week. We think she is a work in progress and this series may be just be a bit soon for her. Draw and strength of field means we can't see her being a player here. Not for us 11) Gamma Lady - By Mach Three   -   Trainer - Brian Hughes Stylish debut win at Alexandra Park and backed that up with a top effort for third last week after doing plenty of work early to find the top. Draw not as bad as it seems as she follows out Nek Time who does leave the gate so should get a lovely run through. Just looks a touch below the All Star pair but clearly the best of the rest. Quinella, Trifecta and first four player for us. 12) Girls Are Bettor By Bettors Delight   -   Trainer - Brian Hughes Promising debut run for fourth but had a gallop from the second line here last week. Her trial and workout runs over the last three months have been excellent and but for the draw she would have been a first four player for us. Does have Maurice McKendry in the bike but still hard to see her in four from her draw. Selections Even from the outside of the front row, we think Dream About Me is the one to beat. She didn't nothing right at her attempt right handed last week yet still had the cheek to get up and win. Addition of a pole will help her this week and she looks very hard to roll. Arden's Choice is the obvious danger here with two seconds to date to Dream About Me. Plenty to like about last weeks run and she appears the main threat to the favourite. Gamma Lady is clearly third best in our books and capable of splitting the favoured pair with a run to suit. Throw in Nek Time, Killer Queen and Goodlookingbabe for trifecta and first four players. Harnesslink Media

Most harness racing drivers would smile if their drive in a major classic drew barrier one and Tim Williams did just that when Have Faith In Me drew the ace for this Fridays Great Northern Derby. However ever since it was announced that Have Faith In Me had drawn the ace in the Great Northern Derby the pundits have been openly suggesting that the draw may work against the star three year old. Noted for having a few fancy steps early in some of his races earlier this season, Have Faith In Me could be vunerable to getting crossed early and shuffled back on the inner was the general concensus. Tim was confident that wouldn't be the case when speaking to Harnesslink today. " I am very confident of being able to hold my position at the start." " You don't win Derbies in the first two hundred metres but drawing barrier one does give you options. " I am a lot happier drawing one than barrier fourteen," Tim said. Tim was aware of the talk about Have Faith In Me having issues when rushed out of the gate in the past but is sure they are well and truly behind him now. " He has been much more settled and happier as well since we put the undercheck on him." " I don't have to lead to win the Derby but I would be reluctant to hand up unless I thought the horse I was handing up to would get us to the passing lane," Tim said. Already the winner of the Sires Stakes Final in Cup Week and the Sales Race on New Years Eve this season with Tim in the bike, Have Faith In Me appears the main danger to Follow The Stars in this years Great Northern Derby. Harnesslink Media

24 February 2015 - Harness racing nominations closed recently with the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club for the running of the 2015 Group One New Zealand Oaks at Addington on Friday 15 May. At the time of closing 34 three year old fillies had been nominated for the prestigious event that this year carries a total stake of $150,000, an increase of $50,000 from 2013. Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt was happy with the number of nominations. “The level of nominations was as expected for this important event. Our three year old filly crop this year is of high quality and we’ll be looking forward to hopefully carding a full field on 15 May.” Any horse not nominated, may upon making the first late entry fee of $750 plus GST per horse become eligible. This fee is due no later than 3pm NZ time on Monday 11 March. A fixed odds book on the nominations will be released by Stephen Richardson and his team at the TAB this Thursday around lunchtime. A full list of nominations can be viewed below Ged Mooar

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