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Alexandra Park is delighted to announce the continuation of their relationship with Alabar NZ for a further two seasons. Alabar NZ’s Sponsorship with Alexandra Park is part of their on-going involvement and support of the Harness Racing Industry in New Zealand. Alabar will be actively involved at Alexandra Park with the continued sponsorship of the Alabar Mobile Barrier and the Alabar Classic. Previously known as the ‘Alabar Elsu Classic’, from the 2013/14 racing season this race will be renamed the ‘Alabar Classic’. This prestigious Group 2 race has carried the sponsorship of Alabar since its inception in 2005 and is a race that continues to be targeted by trainers of top 3 year old pacing colts and geldings. 2012 winner Ohoka Punter went on to win both the Victoria Derby and Northern Derby in his 3year old season. The 2013 version of this race will be held on the 13th of December for a stake of $50,000. Alabar NZ has an exciting book of Stallions for the upcoming breeding season including new sire Auckland Reactor. For more information click here.  

Few salutes have lasted as long as Graeme Anderson's at Oamaru yesterday, but the statuesque pose in the sulky was hiding some nerves.

Imagine having 80 winners from 35 horses with Geoff Small since 2005 - and at the age of 82 remembering almost every one of them. Laurie Henwood isn’t only a successful standardbred owner, but the Wattle Downs retirement village resident has a memory that would make people half of his age envious.

At its meeting on 11 July, the Board of Harness Racing New Zealand reviewed the Harness Jewels and the future conditions of this event. The Board was tremendously encouraged by the Ashburton Trotting Club’s successful staging of the 2013 Harness Jewels and believe that the event has become a fundamental part of the harness racing calendar each year.   In terms of 2014, the Board has confirmed that that Harness Jewels will be conducted in line with its traditional format - with nine races for 2yo, 3yo and 4yo’s. The 2014 Harness Jewels will be conducted by Harness Racing Waikato for the same stakes of $150,000 for pacers and $100,000 for trotters. The 2014 Harness Jewels will be held at Cambridge Raceway on 31 May 2014, with all races over a mile as with previous years.    While the 2013 event included races for 5yo’s, due to financial constraints the Board was not in a position to provide for 5yo and over events in 2014. This will be reviewed on an annual basis, however the current belief is that horses in these categories are adequately catered for with existing feature open races.    The Board also confirmed a roster for the conduct of the next four Harness Jewels events. This is as follows:   • 2014 Cambridge • 2015 Ashburton • 2016 Cambridge • 2017 Ashburton   The Board considers the current policy of rotating the series between the North and South Islands is the best structure to foster national interest in the event. By confirming the roster for the next four years certainty is given to Harness Racing Waikato and the Ashburton TC so they can further develop their venues with the knowledge they will be hosting the Jewels in these years. The early confirmation of the roster will enable the clubs to better plan for  the future and develop their venues conscious of the requirements of staging the Harness Jewels.   For further enquiries please contact: Edward Rennell Chief Executive Phone 03 964 1200 or 021 407 596 Email edward@hrnz.co.nz   

Racing stewards praised the heroic efforts of top reinsman Todd Mitchell after he chased and caught a horse whose unconscious driver was being dragged after a sickening crash.

West Melton harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety started yesterday nine wins behind Mark Purdon in the Trainers' Premiership , but after wins with Bit Of A Legend and Mac Bubbles on different islands of New Zealand, he has closed that gap to eight, with Purdon also picking up a win at Addington.

As expected the hawks are circling and they want a piece of Bandana meat.

That first training success can often be quite elusive, just ask Templeton harness racing horsewoman Fiona Baigent. She waited almost six seasons and 135 starts before finally landing her first training success at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday July 12).

Congratulations to John Dunn, Nathan Williamson and Simon Lawson who tipped out winners. It is a small but select ring-around this week, so with any luck the strike rate should be pretty good.

A new bar and bistro at Christchurch's Addington Raceway and Events Centre, located within the new hub of Christchurch will be open for business soon to the general public.

The Auckland Trotting Club will remain just that after its members voted against a name change at a special general meeting last night. A majority of around 200 members who attended the meeting voted against changing the name of the club to Alexandra Park Incorporated.

It hasn't had the same media attention as the Michael Pitman and Lisa Latta premiership battle in the thoroughbred code, but the harness racing trainers’ premiership is also about to heat up in a big way.

Host Alexandra Park tenant sure to vote for unification but other harness racing clubs' feelings are unknown. The historic and potentially crucial first step to changing the way harness racing is run in the north will be put to a vote tonight.

Highly talented three-year-old filly Helena Jet made it three straight wins when taking out today’s 2-4 win Coupland’s Bakeries Timaru Winter Cup in emphatic style.

After winning the Junior Drivers’ Championship at Addington in his first season as a Junior Driver some four seasons ago, North Island reinsman Simon Lawson repeated the dose tonight (Thursday July 4th) at Addington Raceway.

Congratulations to Dexter Dunn, Mark Jones, Ricky May, Todd Mitchell, Tim Williams who all tipped out winners last week.

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