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One person who has been having a great run over the last few weeks is Studholme Park proprietor Brian West who just seems to have a new winner at every meeting lately. Brian made the decision a few years ago to retain most of his fillies as he was finding it hard to get a return at the sales on his fillies. Those fillies now go to trainers all over New Zealand and he has had some lovely fillies and mares in the last few years but even Brian must have been gobsmacked recently with the level of success he has been enjoying lately. Breeding to sell for nearly 30 years, Brian has established a quality brood mare band and has been churning out  quality winners for most of that time. Several generations of some of our more successful families are now recognized as a Studholme Park product and his yearlings are keenly sought after each year. Having sold a lot of fillies earlier on at the sales, a lot of the "Studholme " families fillies from that time are spread around Australasia at various studs. Several of those have progeny tracing back to fillies sold by Studholme Park in this years sales. One from the videos that took our eye was Lot 121, Lerato at the Australasian Classic Sale. A daughter of leading Australasian sire Art Major, Lerato is the first foal from the very smart Christian Cullen mare in Suidelike Meisie 1:57.1 ($79,484) She was good enough to make a Harness Jewels Final at Ashburton but her best run was when she ran second to the champion Terror To Love 1:51.1 ($2,395,091)  in a 1:57.2 mile rate for 2200 metres at Alexandra Park. This is the family that got Brian West going all those years ago when Defoe 1:53 ($423,272) burst on to the scene and it has continued to produce classic winning types ever since. Horses such as All Systems Go 1:51.2 ($376,267)  Silver Lined Pocket 1:50.2 ($354,658)  Dream Out Loud 1:48.8 ($322,746) and Secret Potion 1:57.1 ($285,313) have kept this family in the spotlight. Lerato has really thrown to the dam with a real Christian Cullen look about her and looks well placed to add further kudos  to her great maternal family. Harnesslink Media  

This years Dominion Handicap looked one of the most open for years and harness racings holy grail for trotters turned out to be as open as it looked. Clover Don bounced out and grabbed an early lead from Sheemon and Master Lavros but after just 700 metres Master Lavros went into a break and extinguished any chance he had.   Clover Don kept up a quick tempo and was unchallenged in the lead with Sheemon on his back and Rare Opportunity sitting in the death seat.   Going past the 600 metres mark, Stent in the hands of Colin Defilippi ranged up outside Clover Don to dispute the lead and as they turned for home he went to the lead.   Sheemon after being held up by Clover Don got clear but while that was happening Jonny Cox was storming down the centre of the track with outsider Jaccka Justy  and put a break on the field that he held to the line.   Sheemon finished on and was just as clearly second from a good finisher in Kincaslough with Jags Invasion running into fourth.   Jaccka Justy ran the 3200 metres in 4:05.2, a mile rate of 2:3.2 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 29.6.   Trained at Westwood Beach south of Dunedin by Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman, Jaccka Justy was clocking up his 12th win today and took his earnings to a healthy $224,718.    Jonny Cox gave a huge whip salute as he hit the line and was elated with the run of Jaccka Justy.   " All credit to the horse who went super."   I got a lovely run and a nice drag into the race and Jaccka did the rest he said.   Well known owner Charlie Smaill was all but speechless at the presentation.   " I don't know what to say really but this is one of the greatest moments in my life," he said.   A son of Continental Man, Jaccka Justy was bred by his owners and traces back to Super Brenda,a Super Bowl mare imported by National Bloodstock in the 1980s.       Harnesslink Media  

Harness Racings big day at Addington is the one meeting every year where the industry is in the spotlight nationwide. Mainsteam media coverage is enormous and for one day the whole country is fed continuous coverage of what is happening  on and off the track. The traditional opener on Cup Day for the horses is the 3200 metre event for the the C2 and faster trotters and is keenly sought after. Eyre I Come was all the rage pre race and he lived up to the huge reputation he has carried from the time he stepped onto a racetrack with an emphatic and faultless display to win with a fair bit in reserve. Away slowly but safely for driver Blair Orange, Eyre I Come settled third last and Blair was happy to stay there for the first 1200 metres before Blair set him alight and he looped the field to lead with 1600 metres to run. From there it was a bit of a procession as Blair sat quietly in the bike as Eyre I Come comfortably held off the challengers to record his third win in just nine starts. Eyre I Come trotted the 3200 metres from astand in a smart 4:07.8 with closing sectionals of 59.2 and 30. Trained by Mark Jones at Woodend beach, Eyre I Come is owned by Meg and Merv Butterworth from Victoria along with well known Canterbury owner Grant Hatton. After the race Blair was effusive in his praise for both horse and trainer. " Mark was very positive in talking to me before the race and that gives you a lot of confidence in how you drive him. "Eyre I Come has a lot of potential and it wouldn't surprise me if you saw him in the feature trotting races in 12 months time," he said. Blair was very happy to drive a winner for Mark Jones on Cup day as they have been friends for so long. "Mark puts me on a lot of his horses and I can't thank enough for that as he is a great driver himself," Blair said.  Eyre I Come looks on the fast track to the bigtime and having a top trainer and driver in your camp is a big plus going forward. Harnesslink Media    

All the talk before the race was how could they beat Isaiah when he drew barrier two. The public thought so making him a $1:30 favourite which seemed very short given how even the three year olds had been all season. And so it proved with Sky Major swooping from the back off a hot pace to down the hotpot and claim his second Jewels crown ($150,000) in a brilliant 1:52.1, a new track record. The pace was hot early with Tiger Tara taking it to Isaiah in an opening quarter of 26.9 before they both sat up over the next 400 in 29.1. Sky Major had slotted into a lovely possie on the outer from the outside of the second row following Cyclone Prince. Isaiah applied the pressure at the 500, dropping off Tiger Tara momentarily with Cyclone Prince looming up wider on the track with Sky Major hard on his back. Turning for home Isaiah looked home but started to go up and down on the one spot and was headed first by a resurgent Tiger Tara and then by a flying Sky Major. It was only the third win for the season for high class son of Art Major but just reward for a super consistent season. Tiger Tara was outstanding in second being involved in the sub 27 first quarter battle, looking beaten at the 500 before coming back for a great second. Isaiah was slightly disappointing in third although sweating up profusely before the start may have taken the edge off his performance. Messini ran on well for fourth while Cyclone Prince again failed at this level after receiving a gun run. Andre Poutama won't have fond memories of his first Jewels drive with Thomas McBride falling after just 75 meters dislodging his young driver but both driver and horse seemed okay post race. Mark Robertson

Everyone in the harness racing industry has an opinion on the pros and cons of most runners contesting the Harness Jewels races at Cambridge this weekend so we here at Harnesslink thought we would put our two cents worth into the mix. Not only will the best in the country compete for over $1.2 Million in prize money but punters will also get their chance to win big with several big betting pools available on this year's Harness Racing Jewels Day at Cambridge. Click here for up to date betting options from the TAB. Today we will look at the three 4yo divisions, that is the 4yo Emerald, the 4yo Diamond and the 4yo Ruby. THE EMERALD - FOUR YEAR OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS  1) MAJOR STAR – (g, Art Major – Ciccio Star – Soky’s Atom) Has won seven races but this is his first time against the best of his age group. Draw a big help but appears more of a first four chance rather than a winning one. 2) DYNAMIC PARTY – (g, Bettor’s Delight – Dynamic Guest – Smooth Fella) The emergency for the race who has made it back in to the field. Nice horse but hard to see him being competitive here. Not for us. 3) MOSSDALE CONNER – (g, Bettor’s Delight – Mossdale Kara – In The Pocket) Has been thereabouts in a lot of the big age group races over the last two seasons without really threatening to win one. Draw a big help but place chances still appear best chance here. 4) RANDALSTOWN – (h, Badlands Hanover – Jessica Nicole – Ok Bye) Has won seven races but not in good enough form at the moment to be a chance in a field of this quality. Not fancied. 5) MIGHTY FLYING MAC – (g, Mach Three – Fleet’s Pocket – In The Pocket) Great third last start after doing plenty of work and has been placed in a Jewels at Cambridge before. He will go forward and is a first four chance with a run to suit. 6) GIVE THE WINK – (g, Bettor’s Delight Remmars – Smooth Fella) Has been going super all season. Nice second three starts back behind Elios in 1:55mr followed by a tidy fourth behind Besotted in the Taylor Mile in 1:53.5mr. He is a definite first four player. 7) LEWY RISK - SCRATCHED 8) ARISING EASTON – (g, Washington VC – Ararua Alley – Vance Hanover)  Has won five races this season but four of those have been on grass. Draw and strength of field makes it a really tough ask. Not for us. SECOND ROW 9) PACQUIAO – (g, Bettor’s Delight – Medea – Mach Three) Really nice horse who likes to race on the pace. From his draw here he could end up buried back on the inner which is not his go at all. Hard to see him getting into the finish from there. 10) BETTER ROCK ON – (g, Bettor’s Delight – Jingle Belle Rock – Caprock) Strung together a few wins in the spring in impressive fashion but has struggled to get back to that form since. Not the worst but hard to see as a first four contender. 11) MACH'S GLADIATOR – (g, Mach Three – Smooth Maker – Make A Deal) Hit a real purple patch form a couple of months ago with a string of impressive wins but seems to have gone completely off the boil lately. Not for us. 12) FRANCO NELSON – (h, Christian Cullen – Notafella Franco – Falcon Seelster) Has an outstanding overall record and if he had drawn the front line he would have been hard to roll. Instead he has a wide second row draw but he is still a major player here. 13) NORVIC NIGHTOWL - (g, Bettor’s Delight – Tania Bromac – Holmes Hanover) He is in career best form which he capped recently with a smart third in the Messenger. However he never really left the rails that night and he has a lot harder task from this draw. He is still a first four contender. 14) ELIOS – (g, Bettor’s Delight – Its Showtime – Falcon’s Future) The form horse of the race with the worst possible draw. If he had drawn the front line he would have been terribly hard to hold out. He is at the top of his game at the moment and as quick as he is tough. He is a huge chance even from this draw. COMMENT Having looked at all the variables in this race we have come to the conclusion that regardless how badly they have drawn, Elios and Franco Nelson are still the two to beat. Of the two, Elios gets the nod over Franco Nelson but there is very little between them. Their draws bring them back to the field a bit but they do have a class edge on this field. Major Star, Mossdale Conner, Mighty Flying Mac, Give The Wink, and Norvic Nightowl should be in the fight for the first four positions. THE DIAMOND – FOUR YEAR OLD PACING FILLIES AND MARES 1) MALOO – (m, Bettor’s Delight – Monaro – In The Pocket) Nice honest mare. Is likely to trail or be three back on inner at worst. Draw makes her a first four contender. 2) BECKINSALE – (m, Falcon Seelster – Ballroom Babe – Presidential Ball) Well travelled mare who has won eight but six of those wins have been in the Central Districts. It is hard to see her in the first four even from draw. Not for us. 3) CHILLYSJUSTASTRUTTER – (m, Sutter Hanover – Chilly Dawn – Deal Direct) Under-rated mare in good form. Huge rise in class here makes her an outside chance for a place at best. 4) HELENA JET – (m, Jereme’s Jet – Matai Marlene – Holmes Hanover) A twelve win mare who has won her last three but second appears her lot. Should work to the lead from her draw and then trail Adore Me but can't see how she beats her. Is the logical quinella with Adore Me. 5) ADORE ME – (m, Bettor’s Delight – Scuse Me – BG’s Bunny) Just wins. She is in a different league to these. Will work to the front from her handy draw and from there they can't beat her. 6) ONLYFORYOU – (m, Art Major – Destiny – Presidential Ball) Looked super in the spring but out of sorts in her last few runs. More than capable of placing in this at her best but seems a wee bit off that at the moment. 7) RIVER POLKA – (m, American Ideal – Isle Of Inishfree – Roydon Glen) Been going great guns all season and Tony Herlihy drives so that is a big plus. Is a definite first four contender even from this draw. 8) TACTFUL LADY – (m, McArdle – Tact Philly – In The Pocket) Has won five in her career to date but her shocking draw coupled with the class of this field makes this way too hard. Not for us. SECOND ROW 9) THE FASCINATOR – (m, Bettor’s Delight – Impish – Falcon Seelster) Lovely mare in good form. Smart second two starts back to Sky Major, getting home in better than 55 seconds. Could end up four deep on inner from draw but can finish in first four with a little bit of luck in the running. 10) CHRISTY BREANNA – (m, Lis Mara – Holmes Dream – Holmes Hanover) In career best form following her brilliant 1:51.7TT in April at Ashburton. She hasn't faced a field of this class before but the bolter for first four takers. 11) RUSSLEY HASTE – (m, Mach Three – Russley Fiction – Road Machine) Has had a good season but form has tapered off and draw compounds the issue. Not for us. 12) WHISPER JET – (m, Jereme’s Jet – Nitouche Franco – Soky’s Atom) Has looked super at times and ordinary at other times. Hard to know which Whisper Jet will show up. If the right one does, she is more than capable of placing here. 13) LAURAMEGAN – (m, Tinted Cloud – Sensitive Poplar – Holmes Hanover) Last two runs at Auckland have been terrible but didn't look comfortable right handed. Back left handed here. Seven win mare with her share of ability so don't discount completely. 14) STEEL THE LIGHT – (m, Falcon Seelster – Star Empress – Fake Left) Six win mare who is the emergency for the race. Her draw and the class of this field will make this too big a task if she does gain a start. Not for us. COMMENT Adore Me looks unbeatable from the draw. Helena Jet should work to the lead and then trail Adore Me but second seems her lot. There are several other contenders for first four positions but form and the way the draws have fallen would suggest Maloo, River Polka, The Fascinator, Christy Breanna and Whisper Jet to be the main players.  THE RUBY – FOUR YEAR OLD TROTTERS 1) BONECHIP – (g, Monkey Bones – Lyn Chiola – Chiola Cola) He has been mixing it with the best lately. Great second to Sheemon two starts back, beaten just 0.4 of a length. Manners are an issue at times but has been placed seven from nine behind the mobile. Add in Tony Herlihy and he is a real contender. 2) OH NOVA – (m, Diedre Don – Tracy Nova – Chiola Hanover) Smart wee mare with a big sprint but several here look a touch better at this point in her career. Draw helps but outsider for a place at best 3) KINCASLOUGH – (m, Love You – Donegal Flat – Pine Chip) Is in career best form but this is a step up from the class he has been racing. good draw makes him a first four contender. 4) BALLYRONAN – (m, Love You – Lough Neagh – Sundon) Has compiled a tidy record to date but two many here look better at the moment. Not for us. 5) PARAMOUNT QUEEN – (m, Love You – Paramount Star – Sundon) Quality mare who has been in the first three in 16 of her 20 starts to date. Recent form has been excellent. She was placed in last year’s Jewels and is more than capable of doing so this year as well. 6) PRIME POWER – (g, Monarchy – Mega Belle – Sundon) At his best from this draw you would say he would win this race but there is a question mark after a less than impressive performance at his last start. His Trainer is confident he has him right again and hard to roll on his home track if that is the case. 7) ROYAL ASPIRATIONS  - (h, Monarchy – Aspiring Gal – Sundon) The enigma of this year’s race. Ran a brilliant New Zealand record over 2,600 metres against the best trotters in the country four starts back but that seems to have taken the edge off him with his next three runs well short of his normal standard. At his best he would be a huge winning chance but seems short of his best at the moment. 8) QUITE EASY DAMIT - (g, Quite Easy – Geddown Damit – Sundon) Has shown plenty of promise in his career to date but draw and class of field make his task impossible. Not for us. SECOND ROW 9) WINGSONHAI – (g, Pegasus Spur – Merinai – Tuff Choice) Has a tidy record but not going as well as he was earlier in the season. I cannot see him in the first four. Not fancied. 10) DOCTOR BONES – (g, Monkey Bones – Manakau Bay – Camtastic) Finally living up to his reputation, winning his last three with ease. Not far behind the best at three. His draw is no help but still a first four contender. 11) ASTRAL TRAVELLER – (g, Earl – Whiz Angel – Gee Whiz 11) Has won seven races but just a length or two off the best. This coupled with his draw makes it too hard for him. Not fancied. 12) PRINCESS SOPHIA – (m, Monarchy – Farisa – Chiola Hanover) Handy mare but draw and class of field makes her task impossible. Not for us. 13) SHEEMON – (g, Monarchy – Solar Fire – Yankee Reb) This year he has finally stepped out of the shadow of Prime Power and Royal Aspirations. He has copped the worst possible draw but can still roll these with the right run. With Dexter in the cart you can't say he won't get that run. 14) THE BOG – (m, Monarchy – Spin Ya Wheels – Grant Our Wishes) Emergency for the race. Promising trotter but draw and the class of this field makes his task impossible if he did get a start. Not fancied. COMMENT This race is a bit of a nightmare to predict. The two big guns drawn on the front line in Prime Power and Royal Aspirations have both been under a cloud after less than impressive performances at their last starts while the form trotter of the field in Sheemon has drawn the worst possible barrier. Several others such as Bonechip, Kincaslough, Paramount Queen and Doctor Bones have all been in career best form so an upset is more than possible. In the end we settled on Sheemon, even from the draw. Dexter is in unbelievable form at the moment and that should be just enough to give Sheemon the edge. The obvious dangers are Prime Power and Royal Aspirations while Bonechip, Kincaslough, Paramount Queen and Doctor Bones are all serious place chances. Harnesslink media  

Everyone in the harness racing industry has an opinion on the pros and cons of most runners contesting the Harness Jewels races at Cambridge this weekend so we here at Harnesslink thought we would put our two cents worth into the mix. Not only will the best in the country compete for over $1.2 Million in prize money but punters will also get their chance to win big with several big betting pools available on this year's Harness Racing Jewels Day at Cambridge. Click here for up todate betting options from the TAB. Today we will look at the three 2yo divisions, that is the 2yo Emerald, the 2yo Diamond and the 2yo Ruby. THE EMERALD - TWO YEAR OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS  1) ART UNION - (c, by Art Major - Sparks A Flyin - Sands A Flyin) Never out of the money to date and has drawn well but still needs to lift again to win this. Showed no gate speed last week from one which could lead to him being buried back on the inner.  2) BETTOR SPIRITS - (c, by Bettor's Delight - Spirit Of Eros - In The Pocket) Draw helps but too many here have the wood on him ability wise. Hard to see in first four. 3) HUG THE WIND - now scratched. 4) CHACHINGCHACHING -  (c, by Mach Three - Affairs Of State - Presidential Ball)  Drawn well and can fly the gate but has been run over in his last two with those tactics. Has won track and distance in 1:56.6 so first four player. 5) BEAUDINE BOAZ - (c, by Badlands Hanover - Beaudine Babe - In The Pocket) Seems a lovely horse but just a length or two down on the very best. Run down by Linda Lovegrace and Supersonic Miss at his last start so needs to lift to be a serious contender. 6) PARADISO - (c, Bettor's Delight - LC Tricky - Albatross) Very smart Aussie raider who with the scratching of Hug The Wind has seen his chances increase big time. Now comes into five and will go forward which is a big advantage at Cambridge. Only negative is it is his first race for two months. Don't discount. 7) EXPRESS STRIDE - (c, by Bettor's Delight - Lauraella - Christian Cullen) Game and consistent but draw is a major handicap. Will be running on and driver a big plus. 8) MIGHTY FLYING MAJOR - (c, by Art Major - Fleet's Pocket - In The Pocket) Has run some great races this season but always seems to find one or two bettor than him. Draw makes this mission impossible. SECOND ROW 9) PRESENT ONE - (g, by Santanna Blue Chip - Pride Of The River - Riverboat King) Nice maiden win at his only start but huge jump in class here. Not for us 10) STRIKE THE GOLD - (c, by Bettor's Delight - Hill Of Gold - In The Pocket) Has shown a bit of ability but too many here have the class edge. Not for us.   11) PRINCE OF POPS - (g, by Changeover - Slangevar - Cameleon) Has made it off the ballot into the field but that may be as good as it gets. Not fancied. 12) SAY MY NAME - (c, by Art Major - Shakeilah - In The Pocket) Gives 110% every start. Great close second to Alta Orlando two starts back. Definite first four contender but hard to see him winning from draw. 13) ICEOBAR - (g, by Courage Under Fire - Trammell - Badlands Hanover) Has really come to it in the last six weeks with two good wins in lesser company. Outside first four contender from draw. 14) FOLLOW THE STARS - (c, by Art Major - Smyrna Duruisseau - Cams Card Shark) He is the best horse in the race by a margin but has the worst possible draw. Has been outstanding all season but is going to have to be at his absolute best here to keep his winning record intact. COMMENT With the withdrawal of Hug The Wind, this race has really become an open affair. The best horse by a margin, Follow The Stars, has drawn so poorly that he now stands a real chance of being beaten by one of his key opponents capitalizing on a dream trip to upset him. Follow The Stars is still first pick and the horse to beat but the connections of Art Union, Paradiso and Say My Name must all fancy their chances of causing an upset with the right run. THE DIAMOND - TWO YEAR OLD PACING FILLIES 1) UNFORGIVING - (f, by Art Major - Pure Envy - Jenna's Beach Boy) Beat Linda Lovegrace earlier in the season and has won on the track in 1:57 but hard to see winning with the favourites drawing so well. First 4s 2) FIGHT FOR GLORY - (f, by Art Major - Breath Of Life - Village Jasper) Never worse than second all year and best draw for a while. She will be very hard to roll. 3) JOANNES DELIGHT - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Larrisa Rose - Falcon Seelster) Great win two starts back against most of these, but slightly disappointing last start when run down into fourth. Can bounce back and genuine winning chance. 4) BETTOR BE SUPREME - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Galleon's Supreme - Christian Cullen) ) Beaten less than a length last two runs in similar fields to what she faces here. Consistent type but hard to see winning this race. She is a definite first four chance. 5) DELIGHTFUL LANA - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Long Live Lana - In The Pocket) Scored two nice wins down South before coming North but has just battled in her last couple. A rough place chance. 6) KATE PERRY - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Karen Donna - In The Pocket) Super last start win over Joannes Delight and Fight For Glory aided by a masterful Dexter Dunn drive. If she can slot in early from six, she has the speed to run over them late. 7) NUAUA - (f, by Changeover - Forever Blue - Live Or Die) Unlikely to make field and probably six months to early any way. She should make a lovely three year old. 8) LINDA LOVEGRACE - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace - In The Pocket) Only out of the money once in her career and that was when she drew 14 so drawing the outside of the gate is a real worry in a field of this quality. Last start was super, running home from off the pace in 55.6 to win easily. A big first four contender. SECOND LINE 9) CYCLONE KATE - (f, by Mach Three - Eyre To The Throne - Presidential Ball) Placed in young guns final but likely to get back on inner from draw. A rough place show. 10) BIRD OF PARADISE - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Times On My Side - Clever Innocence) Genuine filly but lacks the class to be a player here. 11) SUPERSONIC MISS - (f, by Mach Three - Bella Joy - Village Jasper) Has been "supersonic" all season. Beat Flight For Glory at her first lifetime start. Her last run for second after sitting parked with a last half in better than 56 was a great lead up to this race. A winning chance if she gets a run through on the back of Joanne’s Delight. 12) BETTOR THINK TWICE - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Ronna Lorraine - Christian Cullen) Has looked smart at times but beaten nearly 10 lengths at her last start by stable mate Kate Perry. Not for us. 13) ART EXHIBIT - (f, by Art Major - Mywayorthehighway - In The Pocket) Yet to win in ten starts and draw and the quality of the field means that won't change here. 14) DEMOCRAT PARTY - (f, by American Ideal - Champagne Party - Soky's Atom) Won the Young Guns Final in 1:56.1mr earlier in the season and she was top dog at that point. Wheels have fallen off a bit in the last couple of starts and draw no help but more than capable of being in the finish. COMMENT Fight For Glory and Joanne’s Delight are drawn to control the race but Kate Perry, Linda Lovegrace and Supersonic Miss all have to be given a chance to roll the favoured pair. If we had to choose one, we would lean towards Supersonic Miss but would not be surprised if one of the other four listed above won the race.  THE RUBY - TWO YEAR OLD TROTTERS 1) SIR HENRY CASTLETON - (g, by Monarchy - Castleton Gold - Evander's Gold) Seems solid but just lacks the class of a few of the others here. Still has a rough place chance from draw. 2) YOUGUNNAKISSMEORNOT - (f, by Love You - Dutch Annie - Continental Man) Bomb proof which is a big plus for a two year old trotter. She is yet to be further back than second in six starts. Manners will take her a long way. 3) PRINCE FEARLESS - (c, by Majestic Son - Fear Factor - Sundon) Manners are the key here. Big on ability but has broken at his last two starts. Big winning chance if he is on his best behavior. 4) MONBET - (g, by Love You - Diedre Don - Sundon) Looked the best juvenile around earlier in the season but not quite so sharp since a recent setback. Beaten by eight lengths at his last start by a couple he is facing here, but was super at a recent Cambridge workout. Each-way chance. 5) WANNA PLAY - (f, by Majestic Son - Miss Whiplash - Gee Whiz 11) Has gone ahead in leaps and bounds lately. Her manners are a lot better now and her last win before coming north was outstanding, running the 1950m in a brilliant 1:58.9mr. The one they have to beat. 6) ARYA - (f, by Angus Hall - Belle Galleon - Sundon) The complete package. Impeccable manners and high speed means she is always a chance in whatever she lines up in. 7) SPEEDING STAR - (c, by Pegasus Spur - Della's Speed - Chiola Hanover) Has been there about all season but just a length behind the top ones. A definite first four chance but hard to see him winning this. 8) SUNNY RUBY - (f, by Sundon - Bright Dierie - Britewell) Smart maiden winner at only start but this is a massive step up in class and from this draw she has a mountain to climb. SECOND ROW 9) THIS SKY ROX - (g, by Skyvalley - Roxie Heart - Sundon) Has shown glimpses of real talent but has never met a field of this quality. Not for us. 10) GEORGIES SMILE - (f, by Sundon - Bearhug - Wrestle) Manners have let her down all season and hard to see that changing here. 11) CYCLONE EMILY - (f, by Majestic Son - Cyclone Dani - Muscles Yankee) Bombproof but needs to find a few lengths to be competitive. Not fancied. 12) PRIMZ LUCK - (g, by The Pres - Howz Lucky - Sundon) Has looked very smart winning three race this season but recent health scare and draw make this a hard ask. Place best. COMMENT Manners are the key here and most of the major players tick that box here. We think if Wanna Play can reproduce her last start performance then she will be very hard to hold out. Arya, Yougunnakissmeornot and Monbet all look leading chances while Prince Fearless badly needs to rediscover his manners if he wants to play a part. Harnesslink media

Everyone in the harness racing industry has an opinion on the pros and cons of most runners contesting the Harness Jewels races at Cambridge this weekend so we here at Harnesslink thought we would put our two cents worth into the mix. Not only will the best in the country compete for over $1.2 Million in prize money but punters will also get their chance to win big with several big betting pools available on this year's Harness Racing Jewels Day at Cambridge. Click here for up todate betting options from the TAB. Today we will look at the three 3yo divisions, that is the 3yo Emerald, the 3yo Diamond and the 3yo Ruby. THE EMERALD - THREE YEAR OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS 1) PEPE BROMAC - (c, by Mach Three - Pascale Bromac - Holmes Hanover) Has looked promising in his brief career to date but several here look better. It is hard to see in him in the first four. 2) ISAIAH - (c, by Art Major - EJ Becks - In The Pocket) In unbelievable form in his last few, especially his win three back over 1,950 metres in a 1:54.6 mile rate. With his great draw and his high gate speed it is very hard to see him beaten. 3) TIGER TARA - (c, by Bettor's Delight - Tara Gold - Dream Away) Has had a great season but just seems to have tapered off a touch lately. From the draw he is the biggest danger to Isaiah. 4) EARTHBOUND - (g, by Elsu - Move Heaven Andearth - Christian Cullen) Has won five from fifteen but all in the Central Districts and he faces a huge jump in class here. Not for us. 5) NO DOCTOR NEEDED - (c, by Mach Three - Molly Darling - Christian Cullen) The find of the later part of the season in the south. Has blistering speed but drawing outside of the favoured duo makes his task a hard one. First four chance. 6) ALLELUIA - (g, by Art Major - Shy Annie - Village Jasper) Burst onto the scene early in the season but he has not really fulfilled his early promise. He has been thereabouts in all the major races without threatening to win one. He is a first four contender. 7) REGULUS - (g, by Mach Three - Hunter Franco - Sokys Atom) A high speed horse who has won six but wide draw makes it hard in our opinion. A great driver gives him a first four chance. 8) MESSINI - (c, by Art Major - Mesmerizing - Sir Vancelot) Super consistent all season and if he had drawn well would have been a major player. He was a great fourth to Isaiah, beaten less than a length just prior to the Derby in a dazzling 1:54.6 mile rate. First four contender. SECOND ROW 9) IDEAL SUCCESS - (g, by American Ideal - Maheer Glen - Holmes Hanover) Nice colt who has won three this year but thrown in the deep end here. Not for us. 10) JANGO FETT - (c, by Western Ideal - Regina Coeli - Christian Cullen) Looked very promising earlier in the season winning at Addington in a 1:55.7 mile rate for 1,950 metres but not the same horse since nasty fall in Southern Supremacy Final. Not fancied. 11) CYCLONE PRINCE - (c, by Mach Three - Eyre To The Throne - Presidential Ball) Nice last start winner but he has struggled at this level all season. It is hard to see in first four unless he lifts big time. 12) FRANCO SALISBURY - (g, by Lis Mara - Sally Franco - Badlands Hanover) Nice horse but way out of his comfort zone here if he does get a start. Not for us. 13) THOMAS McBRIDE - (g, by Extreme Three - Xinran - Badlands Hanover)  Looked quite promising earlier in the season but form has tapered off badly and that coupled with his draw makes this way too hard. 14) SKY MAJOR - (c, by Art Major - Sky Beauty - In The Pocket) Would have been a "Major" player if he had only drawn well but has his work cut out from here. He has only won two from 14 this season so from draw place chances look best. COMMENT ISAIAH looks the one they all have to beat here. No matter how many different ways you look at this race he still appears the logical winner. So in our view the fight is only for the minor places. Tiger Tara, No Doctor Needed, Alleluia, Messini and Sky Major look the five with the credentials to fill the spots behind Isaiah. THE DIAMOND – THREE YEAR OLD PACING FILLIES 1) ROYAL COUNSEL - (f, by Gotta Go Cullect - Seabreeze Franco - Holmes Hanover)  Very tough filly who won the Southland Oaks in a 1:56.6 mile rate for 2,200 metres. Not super quick off the gate but if she can hold her position early, she becomes a great place prospect. 2) COUGAR BROMAC - (f, by Art Major - Congo Breeze - Holmes Hanover) Nice filly who has won six races but they have all been in the Central Districts and none against a field of this class. Not for us. 3) MILLIE SAMPSON - (f, by Bettor's delight - Cullen's Creation - Christian Cullen) Emergency who is unlucky to have missed the final. Looked special earlier in the season and last start sixth in the New Zealand Oaks was okay. A place chance if she makes it back into the field. 4) SNOOKI - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Offagain - Soky's Atom) Very game and honest filly whose only real failure to date was in the Great Northern Oaks. It is hard to see her winning the race but a definite first four chance. 5) IDEAL BELLE - (f, by American Ideal - Blistering Belle - Butler BG) Has really stepped up lately and from the draw looks the one they have to beat. Still has a trick or two having galloped twice in the fillies’ features this season so no certainty. 6) SHEATHEREALDEAL - (f, by American Ideal - Blazing Spirit - Holmes Hanover) Has won five races this season but again they have all been in the Central Districts and in fields lacking the class of this race. Not for us. 7) ROCKNROLL ARDEN - (f, by Rocknroll Hanover - Winter Rose - In The Pocket) Lovely filly who has been thereabouts in all the big fillies’ features this season. It is hard to see her winning from the draw but a major first four player. 8) CHARLESTON BELLE - (f, by Christian Cullen - Elite Belle - Presidential Ball) Has real gate speed but the wide draw here negates that. Would have been a first four contender from a good draw but hard to have from out there.  SECOND ROW 9) RAKSDEAL - (f, by Western Ideal - Raksplace - Artsplace) This is the worst possible draw for this super tough free going filly. Good enough to win this from a front row draw. Needs to be out and running to maximise her talents and this draw makes that highly unlikely. 10) ROCKN RUBY - (f, by Mach Three - Doug's Choice - Soky's Atom) Good third in the Great Northern Oaks against most of these which she followed up with two smart wins and then spelled. Hasn't been as sharp since her return with her last run the worst she has gone all season. Place chance at huge odds. 11) SAHARAZONA - (f, by Ohoka Arizona - Sahara Starlight - Jeremy's Gambit) Should get an award for most appearances this season, but form has tapered off badly in the later part of the season. Not for us. 12) LANCEWOOD LIZZIE - (f, by Bettor's Delight - Kamwood Elsie - Falcon Seelster) Looked above average earlier in the season before failing badly in the Great Northern Oaks. Since transferred to Barry Purdon, where she has thrived, winning  two from two. I cannot see her winning from the draw but a definite first four player. 13) VENUS SERENA - (f, by Mach Three - Inspiring Dash - Falcon Seelster) Absolute super star who has over raced in her last couple. Her trainer is confident that he has fixed the problem. Has a four to one advantage head to head over Ideal Belle and at her very best would win, even from her bad draw. 14) TE AMO BROMAC - (f, by Mach Three - Tandias Courage - Stoneridge Scooter) Really at the top of her game at the moment but the draw gives her few options. She is still a serious first four player even from this draw. COMMENT Ideal Belle looks the logical choice from her great draw but we still favour Venus Serena, even though she has drawn so wide on the second line. She has over-raced in her last couple but her trainer is confident he has the problem sorted. At her very best she would win this. Ideal Belle is obviously a massive win chance even if the real Venus Serena turns up.  Any two of Royal Counsel, Snooki, Rocknroll Arden, Lancewood Lizzie and Te Amo Bromac should round out the first four. THE RUBY – THREE YEAR OLD TROTTERS 1) PHILL'S FOLLY - (g, by Great Success - Zesty - Gee Whiz 11) Won a couple in the deep South but this looks way to hard even from the ace draw. Not for us. 2) MONSEIGNEUR - (g, by Sundon - Duchess Of Whiz - Gee Whiz 11) Emergency who has only placed once from ten starts. No 3) TROUBLE RIEU - (c, by Great Success - Cong Chua Rieu - Sundon) Has gate speed so should get good run from the draw. Can't see him winning but he could sneak a first four placing. 4) MUM'S PRIDE - (g, by Monarchy - Teachers Pride - Evander's Gold) The find of the latter half of the season. First race left handed is a small question mark. Draw and manners make a serious contender. 5) KING KENNY - (g, by Majestic Son - A Touch Of Sun - Simon Roydon) He has had his issues lately but you wouldn't know it looking at his form. Stable a lot happier with him lately and he trialled super last weekend. The horse they all have to beat. 6) I'MNOTQUITESURE - (g, by Quite Easy - Wheresmemum - Muscles Yankee) One placing from just three starts makes this mission impossible. No 7) MAJESTIC TIME - (f, Majestic Son - Time To Shine - Sundon) Forget her last run as she didn't handle the Auckland way round. Has blinding speed and the mile distance is right up her alley.   8) ALL ROYAL GAL - (f, by Monarchy - Roydon Action - Sundon) Nice filly but appears to have gone right off the boil lately. Not fancied. SECOND LINE 9) ONE OVER DA MOON - (c, by Majestic Son - One Over Kenny - Sundon) The enigma of this field. Can win this race but the draw has seriously dented his chances. He has only recently come off the unruly so one on the second line is not ideal. No doubting the ability, just the ring craft. 10) SIR GEORGE GREY - (g, by Monkey Bones - Georgeina - Sundon) Has won five so deserves respect but a few just look better at this stage. He is an outsider for first four combinations. 11) K D MUSCLES - (f, by Muscle Mass - Kazzle Dazzle - Armbro Invasion) Even allowing for her last start second, she is not going as well as she was three months ago and it's hard to see her featuring from this draw. 12) DAVEY'S BROTHER - (g, by Sundon - Jasmyn's Sister - Holdonmyheart) Nice horse long term but not against these and not over a mile. Not fancied. 13) DJOKOVIC - (g, by Sundon - Lovinski - Earl) Likes to run along in front so draw a major handicap and just a notch below the top ones. Not for us 14) HANOVERDAKASH - (f, by Monarchy - Amanda's Gem - Sundon) Nice filly but not in this field and not from this draw. Not fancied. COMMENT To us this looks like a two horse war. King Kenny has won both Derbies this season. He has had the chiropractor working on him recently and trialled super last weekend. He is definitely the one to beat. The big danger has to be Majestic Time who has blinding speed and is a noted miler. There are only two other horses capable of toppling the favoured duo and they are Mum's Pride and One Over Da Moon. Both are more than capable of upsetting but probably need a touch of luck as well. Harnesslink media

THE harness race meeting at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night boasts heats of the Easter Cup and the Raider Stakes for four-year-olds. The two Easter Cup heats (races 4 & 5) have produced fields of eight and seven respectively with last year's winner Biggernbettermax off the back mark of 20 metres in heat one while dual Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader will have to contend with a back mark of 40 metres in heat two with Our Chain Of Command off 30 metres. Biggernbettermax raced in New South Wales late last year and up to the end of January where he failed to win a race but he was sent back to trainer Barrie Rattray's property in February for another crack at the Easter Cup. The first heat boasts a handy line-up including the promising Dapper Dana that has drawn the pole position but this is his first test in the silk department. Zeke Slater's latest stable tenant The Adriatic has drawn gate two and he could be competitive along with the Keith Toulmin-trained Falco Peregrinus that could not have been more impressive in winning the Westbury Cup at Carrick last month. The second heat should be a battle between the back markers although the Melissa Maine-trained Spot Nine that won the Hobart Pacing Cup in January must be considered an each-way chance despite his poor performances in the Devonport Cup and at his subsequent outing in Launceston. His latest effort when second to Call The Marshall in a discretionary handicap in Launceston was full of merit. The David bates-trained Saab Quality hit the line hard in the Governor's Cup in Hobart last Sunday night so if he steps cleanly from his 10-metre handicap he must be considered a winning chance. Dual Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader probably deserves his 40-metre handicap but that mark might be a bit too much in a heat, while Our Chain Of Command has the early speed and then stamina to handle his 30-metre lift. The Raider Stakes heats (races 8 & 9) each boast six starters but the races are filled with talented four-year-olds. Heat one should be a match between Pachacuti that returned to wining form in Hobart last Sunday night and Melolyn that has always shown above average ability and will be fitter for two runs back from a spell for a first-up win and a second last time out. Heat two is a more open affair with Barrie Rattray holding the key with pole marker Rykov leis and Devendra that has drawn gate two and will improve on his eighth in Hobart last Sunday night in which he carried a flat tyre for almost the duration of the race. By Peter Staples

Top four year old mare Frith has been invited to compete in this year's Harness Jewels in New Zealand but trainer Bruce Harpley is unsure on whether he will take his stable star across the Tasman. Harpley felt honoured that Frith received an invitation however acknowledged he and owner Bernie Kelly would need to consider their options going forward. "When I saw that Frith had been selected on In The Gig on Sky Racing on Monday night to compete in the Harness Jewels it made me realise that Bernie and I need to sit down and have a good chat about it," Harpley said. "I wouldn't rule it out completely but we have to keep in mind that there is the semi final of the Breeders Challenge a fortnight after the Jewels and I wouldn't want to put her whole campaign and season in jeopardy by chasing the one race in New Zealand, the Breeders Challenge might be the easier option." Harpley reiterated comments made earlier in the year that he planned to give Frith a light season. "I've said it since she turned four, all I am worrying about this season is looking after her and not over taxing her because she is eligible for a number of features and she should be competitive in all of them." "Adore Me would be extremely hard to beat over there in New Zealand and that is obviously a very strong consideration for both Bernie and I." Frith will head back to Tabcorp Park Menangle in the next couple of weeks and will tackle a Metropolitan event. "That's the plan, now that she has had the couple of runs under her belt she should have improved to the point where she is ready to head back to the Menangle so I'm not sure when but she will definitely be back there by the end of the month." "If you look back to her three year old season most of her races were three race series where she went heat, semi and then final and she was always at her best in the final, she's just that sort of mare, she needs to get the miles in her legs." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing  Harness Racing New South Wales |                  

AN effortless win by Victorian pacer Five Star Anvil in the Governor's Cup in Hobart on Sunday night has tempted trainer Adam Kelly to keep his stable star in Tasmania for one more assignment. Kelly had planned to take Five Star Anvil back to Victoria this week but he is toying with the idea of running him in the $40,000 Easter Cup in Launceston on April 20. Five Star Anvil powered home from the rear of the field to win the Governor's Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night to defeat Saab Quality and Motu Crusader. It was the first leg of a feature race double for Kelly who also prepared the Tasmanian Derby winner Outrageous El. While the race was set up for a swooper owing to a solid tempo set in front by Our Chain of Command, Five Star Anvil still had to produce the goods when driver Gavin Lang asked for the supreme effort. But it was the ease with which the gelding delivered the knockout blow to his rivals that impressed his trainer. "The plan was always to run in this race (Governor's Cup) and head home but he was awesome tonight so I am now thinking about staying for the Easter Cup in a fortnight," Kelly said. "If I thought he would get a 30-metre handicap I probably wouldn't stay but he might be a chance off 20 metres, anyway that's something I'll have to weigh up in the next day or so," he said. The nominations for the Easter Cup close on Tuesday (April 8). Lang was delighted with the win. ''The race pretty much played into our hands with such a solid tempo but in saying that he still had to deliver and he did it well within himself," Lang said. Five Star Anvil is one of five horses Kelly brought to Tasmania for a month-long stay and they have all delivered multiple wins making it a very profitable exercise. By Peter Staples

SA BOTRA are pleased to announce that they have obtained not one but two special guests for their annual fundraiser Christmas in July in the form of Kiwi legends Anthony and Tim Butt.   The brothers have swept all before them in their native country across the ditch and now based in Melbourne they will provide great entertainment when they come under the scrutiny of compare Jim Jacques.   Last year's special guest Gary Hall senior had the crowd on the edge of their seats.   The brothers have won over the past few seasons Interdominion Pacers Final, three Interdominion Trotters Finals, two NZ Cups, two Auckland Cups, five Hunter Cups, eight Dominion Handicaps, four Rowe Cups and many more Group and Listed Races.   Tickets are about to go on sale so contact Lois Randall on 0402978424 to book your ticket for this July 13th event.   Annual Gear Sale   BOTRA is also conducting its annual gear sale at Globe Derby on Sunday April 13th. Lots can be registered between the hours of 8am and 10am with the auction to commence at noon. The famous BOTRA BBQ will be available throughout the day.   Australian Standardbred Breeders AGM   South Australia this year will host the annual Australian Standardbred Breeders Conference and AGM and high on the agenda this year will be the breeding season dates in attempt to bring Australia back in line with New Zealand. The conference and AGM will be held on April 5th. BOTRA will host the delegates from each state that evening at Betezy Park Globe Derby.   Gary Newton  

Terror To Love’s New Zealand CV is complete. The outstanding Canterbury pacer won his first Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday March 7) when coming from well back in the field to win the 124th edition of the great race. The Graham and Paul Court trained 6-year-old, who has been runner-up in the Group One $250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup the last two years, equalled the New Zealand record in the 2700m mobile. ‘The Terror’ stopped the clock in 3:15.8 – the same time Tintin In America set in the New Zealand Messenger Championship in 2010. He paced his final 800m and 400m in 56.7 and 28.2, and won with a 1:56.7 mile rate. He also beat Themightyquinn’s race record of 3:16.7 set in 2011. Terror To Love was the $2.80 favourite. Adore Me (Mark Purdon), who was the second favourite, ran several lengths clear at the top of the straight after sitting parked from the bell to the 600m. Terror To Love’s driver, Ricky May thought he left his run too late after sitting last for most of the journey. “I thought I sat back for too long, but we got a nice drag into the race by Pembrook Benny and when I hooked him out at the top of the straight he was travelling extra. “He was very lively tonight. He felt like a young colt before the start . He felt completely different to last week. I seriously think it’s now a mental thing with him over there (Australia),” said seven times New Zealand Cup winning driver Ricky May. Last week Terror To Love finished a disappointing ninth in the 2014 Inter Dominion grand final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. He’s now had seven unsuccessful starts across the Tasman. “He’s a legend in New Zealand harness racing and thankfully he won’t be immigrating to Australia in a hurry,” said Prime Minister, John Key. “It was a real pleasure to be here tonight. Terror To Love is certainly one of the best pacers this country has ever seen. He will be remembered for many, many years to come,” he added. Co-trainer Court (Graham) said he had battled to get his stable star back to peak fitness following his flight back to New Zealand earlier this week. “I thought if he was saved for one run at them he could win and even though I said nothing to Ricky that’s exactly what he did. “After the New Zealand Cup this is the race I wanted to win most. It is such a great thrill. I cannot speak highly enough of both the horse and driver,” Court said. For May it was his second win in the Auckland Cup after previously winning with Monkey King (3:21) in 2010. “Apart from Monkey King I haven’t had a lot of luck in the race. I’ve ran second and third quite a few times. It’s a real honour to come up here and win it. It’s one of our most prestigious races,” May told HRNZ. It was Terror To Love’s 27th win in 60 starts. He’s also placed 19 times and now banked $2,155,353. Adore Me was a length back in second, with six lengths back to third placed Saveapatrol and Blair Orange. The first North Islander home was Pembrook Benny (Zac Butcher), who was 1-1/4 lengths back in fourth. Terror To Love is owned by Terry McDonald and was bred by McDonald Bloodstock Limited. by Duane Ranger

Follow The Stars makes it three straight in Cardigan Bay Stakes Mark Purdon won his eighth Cardigan Bay Stakes in 14 years when favourite Follow The Stars cleaned up in tonight's 2014 edition of the The Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms Young Guns Final at Alexandra Park. Starting from the outside of the front row, Follow The Stars was fortunate to avoid the breakers inside him therefore leaving Purdon no option to avoid the breakers and patiently wait for Jonny B Good and Todd Mitchell to drag him into the race. When Jonny B Good was started to fade Purdon pounced with the $2.10 shot and zoomed to the front at the 500m. From that point it was a matter of catch me if you can. They couldn't. The Art Major colt won easily by 3-1/2 lengths and 1-1/4 lengths in 2:02.92 (mile rate: 1:56.3) with final 800m sprints of 58.3 and 28.6. Express Stride (Tony Herlihy - MNZM) was second, with Bettor Sprits (Philip Butcher) third. Purdon also co-trains Follow The Stars with his partner Natalie Rasmussen. "He's a nice colt and had to be good to win from the outside of the front line. I like him a lot. We will head to Australia with him now for the APG Series in Melbourne in April," Purdon said. It was Follow The Star's third consecutive win since making his winning debut at Alexandra Park on December 13. He also won the $25,000 Group Three Sapling Stakes at Ashburton on February 14. Follow The Stars is owned by Mrs G. J. Kennard, P. I Kennard, N. Pilcher, G. R. Douglas, P. J. Creighton, and Mrs M. C Creighton. He was bred by Lauriston Bloodstock. The bay colt has now won $81,477 Past winners (and times) of the Group One Cardigan Bay Stakes Young Guns Final for 2yo colts & geldings have been: 2013: Cyclone Prince (Todd Mitchell) 2:04.6; 2012: Five Card Draw (Brent Mangos) 2:02.5; 2011: Fly Like An Eagle (Mark Purdon) 2:02.5; 2010: Major Mark (Mark Purdon) 2:04.1; 2009: Anvils Best Ever (Anthony Butt) 2:05.6; 2008: Gotta Go Cullect (Jay Abernethy) 2:03.7; 2007: Steve McQueen (Mark Purdon) 2:06.1; 2006: Gotta Go Cullen (Nicole Molander) 2:05.0. by Duane Ranger  

Brent Mangos looks back on his time with Betty, and reminisces about all her big wins, he'll always come back to that second Queen Of Hearts. It's only one of six Group One photographs of Betty that are proudly displayed in his home but it encapsulates all that was good about the million dollar mare. It wasn't her richest win, or her most dominant, but behind the victory salute and the heart-felt scenes in the winning circle were eight and a half months of raw emotion. From the moment of that dreaded phone call when he found out Betty, who 12 hours earlier won the Victoria Oaks, had lost half her foot in a loading accident on the Melbourne tarmac, his life was forever changed. "I'll never forget the look on Brent's face when he found out Betty had been hurt, " wife Dianne Mangos recalls. "It was haunting and I knew before he said a word that something had happened." For the best part of a month it was borderline whether Betty would even survive the subsequent operation. Early on there was a lot of soul searching, staring at hotel room walls while he, Dianne and owner Trevor Lindsay waited to see if her joint became infected, which would have signed her death warrant. "For a while there we were just trying to save her as a broodmare," Mangos said. "We never thought we could get her back to the racetrack. No one ever expected her foot to mend like it did." Mangos believes it was the way Betty coped with the ordeal, and the months of being cooped up in her box, when they all spent so much time trying to keep her happy, that signalled how special she was. "Heyden (Cullen) in particular put a lot of work into her, hand walking and swimming her. Then there were months on the walking machine and jogging, and all the time we had to bog her foot up so she could keep her shoes on. "You get attached to good ones when nothing goes wrong but when you go through what we did with her you can't help it." It all came bubbling out that night at Auckland in December, 2011 when Betty finally made it back to the track and, just like in her last start in New Zealand, she downed Carabella, the only two times the champion was beaten. The scenes in the winner's circle were priceless as Mangos wept openly and struggled to speak as he was mobbed by a succession of wellwishers. And for a few fabulous months afterwards the industry basked in the renewed rivalry between the two great mares - until Carabella herself broke down. Mangos says he's never had a horse who could carry high speed so far and he put it down to a big heart.   "I'd like to know what her heart score was. She had the greatest heart rate I've ever taken. Hers would have been 10 points lower than anything else I've worked. "Normally after a race their heart rate is 95 or 100 - hers was in the 70s. And her recovery rate was unbelieveable. It would drop 10 points in four or five minutes. She had a resting rate in the low 40s." But, incredibly, Betty kept her great attribute hidden for a while. "She was very ordinary in her first preparation and used to kick and heaven knows what else. "And for her second preparation I actually gave her back to Logan Hollis and Shane Roberston who had broken her in because she was such a handful. "It wasn't 'til I trialled her that she showed anything but I had two or three others at the time that I thought were better. "That's why when I put them in a Sires' Stakes heat I sent her south to Addington for her debut and didn't even go. Dianne went with her and Davey Butt drove her." Mangos said he was as surprised as anyone when Betty lost 100 metres in an early gallop and won. "She never looked back after that and was quite dominant at two (winning five of six starts)." But Mangos says one of the races he'll remember the most was the following season when she beat Bettor Move It in the Sires Stakes Fillies' Final at Auckland. "Her time that night (2:01.5 for 1700m) was a mile rate of 1:55, which was only one tenth of a second outside Elsu's record." Cracking the $1 million barrier, winning the Five-Year-Old Diamond at Ashburton last June was also a career highlight. "Not many trainers get a horse who wins a million dollars. But she came along just a year or so after Molly Darling (24 wins, $575,150). "To get two mares like that when we train only 15 to 20 horses you've got to be pretty lucky. "It's sad what's happened but that's part and parcel of racing. "I was looking forward to having another crack at Sydney - she had no luck there last year. But it's lovely to have had her this long. "I don't know what Dianne is going to do now though. Every time Betty won she'd buy a new pair of shoes. "No, seriously, Dianne's pretty upset, She loved Betty and never missed one of her races. I'll just have to find another one." With any luck Mangos might have to look no further than over the back fence. There, just broken in, happily munching grass, is a yearling sister to Betty whom they bought for $50,000 last year. Courtesy of Barry Lichter and The Sunday Star Times

Recent Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader kept his winning streak intact when he powered his way to an effortless win in the Lees Orchard Free-For-All at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. With Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Motu Crusader began well from his near outside front-row draw (7) and when the field settled he was set alight and had the lead in no time. When Rattray gave him more rein turning for home the seven-year-old gelding forged clear and went on to score by nine metres from interstate invader Amadmancomesundone with Maybe Doc just over 10 metres astern. It was an awesome win and one that trainer Zeke Slater expected. Motu Crusader is owned and raced by Merv and Meg Butterworth who have been sending horses to Slater for a few years and with much success with other horses such as Greysteel and star mare Queen of Fire. Slater has emerged as a quality trainer-horseman and with an owner such as Butterworth behind him he should be able to look forward to a bright future. Moto Crusader is likely to stay in Tasmania and be aimed at the Easter Cup By Peter Staples    

On the 31st of December 2013 the Auckland Trotting Club will honour recently-retired champion trotter I Can Doosit. I Can Doosit, the winner of 36 races and $1.45million will lead out the field for the Group 1 National Trot before trotting one last lap at Alexandra Park and being presented with a special dress rug to celebrate his career. There will be promotional give a ways such as sun caps, posters and a commemorative race book. The racing action kicks off at 12:15pm and I Can Doosit will be on track around 2:25pm. DAVID BRANCH  

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