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By Jonny Turner    John Morrison will have his busiest day as a trainer at Oamaru on Sunday when lining up five horses from his stable. There will be no rest for the junior driver, who will take five outside drives at the meeting, which will see him compete in all ten races. Morrison rates Standout, who steps out in his stable colours in race 10, as one of his best winning chances. The five-year-old had his first run back after being freshened when seventh at Methven last weekend. Morrison was pleased with Standout’s effort for seventh, which hinted he was getting back to kind of form that he produced in his excellent first-up win at Addington in July. “He went good at Methven, he was good from a bad draw,” the trainer-driver said. “And I don’t think he is a grass tracker, he is a bit better on the grit.” “He shouldn’t be too far away, he should be the best of my ones.” Morrison also starts Grand Princess in race 6, following her gritty effort for second at Timaru earlier this month. A repeat of her last start effort should see her tough to beat. “She went good at Timaru, so hopefully she can get away and get a good run.” “If they go hard it will suit her, she will be in the fight if she trots.” Morrison will kick off another campaign with veteran trotter, No Fears, in race 9. The ten-year-old has had one workout ahead of his resumption and though unplaced, he pleased his trainer-driver. “He has got the ability if he trots and behaves – if he trots he is right there.” “But, who knows with him.” “He was good at the workouts and he has been quite relaxed in his work, but he is hard to trust.” Morrison will give Crimson Rain her first start in race 3. The four-year-old was second behind race rival, Daggy Lamb, in her most recent public appearance at the Methven workouts. “She is a handy enough little maiden.” “She is only a wee horse, hopefully she can bob away and get a handy trip hopefully she can run on.” Morrison also lines up stable newcomer, Darryl Kerrigan, in race 8. Random Jude looks to be one of the strongest chances among Morrison’s outside drives. The trotter, trained by his father Chris, will attempt to break her maiden in her sixth start in race 1. “She is an honest wee trotter, she just needs to keep doing what she’s been doing.” “If we can get a good run and hopefully she steps away like normal she will be thereabouts.” “She has had a bit of bad luck the last couple sitting parked.” Morrison is hopeful Champagneandwine can bounce back to better form in race 7. The Malcolm Shinn trained mare has been freshened since disappointing in her last start at Addington after winning at Methven. “She has had a freshen up, she should be a bit sharper than last time.” “She slots into a field that should suit her.” Morrison also drives Bono Brown in race 2, Paul’s Verdict in race 4 and Atomic Traveller in race 5.

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Oamaru again today with a ten race program starting at 12:05pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Oamaru Oamaru 18th October 2020 Race 1 Random Jude has been good at her last couple and getting fitter. Winning claims in this field. Top selection.…… Prince Ranier running on late last start in a stronger field. Driver change here and paying good money. Include.…         Emdeegee nice run last start after a gallop midrace. Hard to beat with manners…….. Line A Love stuck on ok last start and will be improved. One for longer odds in this Selections:  Random Jude (2),   Prince Ranier (1),   Line A Love (5),    Emdeegee (12)   Race 2 Hot N Gold has been unlucky in her races and decent draw to work with here. Can win……. Westburn Bliss  has ability and likely to be in or near the lead. Good place chance at nice odds in this field…… Manon The Run decent second last start and he will go forward. Good winning claims here with a soft lead…… Play By Ear drawn to get a cosy run on the fence. Could surprise in what is a tricky field Selections:  Hot N Gold (3),   Westburn Bliss  (2),   Play By Ear (10),   Manon The Run  (4)   Race 3 Captain Confetti has been running good trials and workouts. Will go forward early and good winning chance first up….. Iron Woman at her peak she would be a good chance in this with manners. Include at bolters odds ….. Daggy Lamb drawn well and has been running good races for his last two placings. Winning claims…. Art Collector conditions should suit here. Form has been ok and he is a place chance at longer odds. Selections:   Captain Confetti (4),   Iron Woman (5),   Daggy Lamb (1),   Art Collector (15)   Race 4 Cheddar Made Beta good gate speed and looks ready to go this week with the top driver in the sulky. Top winning chance….. Ohoka Chopper another with gate speed who could land near the leaders early. Include at longer odds.. Dreaminsover racing well against strong fields and should be hard to beat against a field devoid of form…. For Today tidy second on grass last start and good enough to be right in this. Will start favourite and can win Selections:   Cheddar Made Beta (2),   Ohoka Chopper (7),   For Today (12),   Dreaminsover (11)   Race 5 Endless Dreams last couple of runs have been in stronger fields than she meets here. Top selection with good winning claims…… Valynda drawn to stay handy and finishing well last start. Watch the tote but has winning claims… Perfect Cut getting better with racing and has been unlucky. Can trouble the favourite if close enough on the home turn… Booraa good draw and racing ok against similar fields. Can upset although place chances best. Selections:  Endless Dreams (14),   Valynda (1),   Perfect Cut (8),   Booraa (2)   Race 6 Grand Princess in top form and getting fitter. No reason she won’t be in the top three again here. Top selection….. Sonoma Tyron getting better with racing and likely leader early. Can run top three at longer odds…… Black Jacket manners a bit iffy from the ace draw but big motor. Can win with no mistakes.… Don't Look Back ran some good races last campaign and good beginner. One for longer odds Selections:  Grand Princess (7),   Sonoma Tyron (3),   Don't Look Back (6),   Black Jacket (6)   Race 7 B K Swy good win fresh but no good next couple. Looks a top prospect in this field and will be hard to beat if back to her best.……. Champagneandwine going ok and gets an ok draw. Could surprise at good money.… Dolce Vita has been going well in lower grade but step up should be no issue. Can win with a good run in transit ….. Senorita Margarita getting fitter and has run some good races recently. Stable respect but place chances look best. Selections:  B K Swy (7),   Champagneandwine (6),  Dolce Vita (11),  Senorita Margarita (1)   Race 8 Under Wraps tidy run to place two starts ago and getting fitter. Looks the one to beat here and opened over the odds……. Pro Surfer going well placed when last on the track. Usually a good beginner off the gate and has winning claims here..… Canstar has been racing better fields and top three finish looks on the cards if she goes forward early. Include….. Mighty Reactor he won well when last on the track. Could provide an upset if he gets a good run in transit. Selections:  Under Wraps (12),   Canstar (5),   Pro Surfer (3)    Mighty Reactor (11)   Race 9 Chief Of Staff huge run to win last start and draw suits. Can win again if he gets near the leaders early……. No Fears gets the front row draw and coming in fresh. Can upset if they go hard all the way..… She's Allthe Craze disappointing last start but better than that. Should be running on at the finish and can win….. Alvira Hest forgive last start failure and she could bounce back here with good draw and top driver on board Selections:  Chief Of Staff (4),   She's Allthe Craze (3),   No Fears (9)    Alvira Hest (1)   Race 10 Fynn Frost highest rated horse who was unlucky last start. Should be very hard to roll here and top selection……. Miss Impression hardly ever out of the placings and this should be no different with a top four finish on the cards...… Barkley good run after breaking last start. Stand a question mark but has winning claims if he steps away cleanly….. Makasar Boy great draw and forgive last start grass run. Should get a cosy run and he is a top four player in this field. Selections:  Fynn Frost (11),   Miss Impression  (14),   Barkley 8)    Makasar Boy (2)   Harnesslink Media

The rich Elizabeth Clarke Mares Triple Crown bonuses are well in play as Our Princess Tiffany was scintillating in winning tonight’s first leg, with promise of even better to come. Despite being first-up since her recent Australian arrival, and according to trainer Dean Braun possibly needing the run, the mare looked in a class of her own in coming from the back of the field to win by 3.5 metres and tick past $850,000 in stakes won. The result puts Our Princess Tiffany top of the pops in the three-leg Crown, which for the first-time includes a $10,000 premiership. For each of the three legs, eight points is awarded to the winner (Our Princess Tiffany), six points to the runner-up (Maajida), four points to the third-placed mare (Goodtime Heaven), two points to the mare that finishes fourth (Rock N Roll Chapel) and one point for fifth (Pick Up Line). And there's an additional $20,000 bonus if one mare should win all three legs of the series, which continues with the Angelique Club Pace on October 23 and concludes with the $100,000 Benstud Queen Of The Pacific on October 31. Pre-race, Braun told Trots Vision Our Princess Tiffany had arrived from Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable “in fantastic order”, but it was a “tough draw tonight over the mile”. “I’m sure next week and the week after she will really come to it. Not that she’ll be far away tonight either, but we just need a bit of luck,” Braun said. 1720 metres later those words serve as a warning for how hard it will be for any mare to deny Our Princess Tiffany a win this series, with the four-year-old impressing her first-time reinsman Chris Alford with a super late dash tonight. “Surprising how well she did it coming from so far back," Alford told Trots Vision. "The time for the first lap was solid without being crazy and there some really good mares up front. I thought we are in a bit of bother here. “When they sprinted up again down the back she really grabbed the bit and travelled well, she was nearly pushing Mick (Stanley on Goodtime Heaven’s) hat off around the bend she was going that well.”   HRV - Michael Howard

It’s 24 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities  with a new letter for each day. C = Christian Cullen  At the time Christian Cullen was the shortest priced New Zealand Cup favourite in the modern era. And he duly won in 1998  ahead of defending champion Iraklis in a time of 4:00.4.   Cullen paid   $1.90 and $1.40. Now 26 Christian Cullen finished racing in 2000 with 22 wins from 31 starts ($1.249,150) before embarking on a stellar career at stud.     HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Wanna Play Me With Me did not want to play with her rivals in the Sires Stakes Series Final at Addington on Friday night, so she ran away from them and smashed a national record to win. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained filly delivered an incredible performance when shrugging off a tough trip sitting parked to power away to win the delayed running of the group 2 feature for last season’s two-year-old trotters by three and a half lengths. Wanna Play With Me had not raced her own age-group since August, beating older horses to win her two prior starts. Form comments leading into Friday night’s 1980m event suggested the race would be a step up in class for her. But Purdon thought otherwise. “I read the form comment before the race and it said it would be a step up for her after racing the older horses.” “I didn’t think it would be considering the times she had been running.” Wanna Play With Me went faster than she had before in Friday night’s $50,000 feature, taking a full second off the national record for 1980m. Her 2-26.3 time eclipsed the previous mark set by Chloe Rose in February. The Love You filly will head to the spelling paddock following her breakout victory. If she emerges from her break as well as she did from her previous freshen-up she will prove even harder to beat. Wanna Play with Me was freshened after disappointing in two runs late in the winter, but quickly bounced back to her best with her two wins leading into Friday night’s race. “She just had a couple of starts where she went below par, but overall her record has been pretty good,” Purdon said. “She is a lovely filly, she will head to the paddock now.” Wanna Play With Me was not just physically primed for her victory. Driver Tim Williams credited the horse’s temperament for helping set up her big win. “I wasn’t too worried when she got left parked because even though it was a good speed she relaxed really nicely.” “She is a really intelligent horse.” Though soundly beaten by the winner, Outamyway ran a big race for third after working three-wide in the open from the 800m to take second. The favourite, Bitamuscle, battled into third after enjoying a nice run in the trail. Wanna Play With Me followed in footsteps of her dam, Wanna Play, by winning the Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotters. The Majestic Son mare won the group 2 feature in 2014 for breeder-owner Trevor Casey. He also won the race in 2013 with Daenerys Targaryen. Casey races Wanna Play Me with his partner, Kate Marriott, and Peter Ryder.

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    It’s been 15 years since Robert Dunn won the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) and he believes it’s about time he got his hands on the coveted mug once again. The premiership-winning trainer took out the great race with star mare Mainland Banner in 2005 and he would dearly love to add another Cup to the trophy cabinet this year. While Dunn placed in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on three consecutive occasions in the mid-nineties with Master Musician, he has also come close in subsequent years when Franco Nelson finished runner-up in 2014 and Classie Brigade was third in last year’s edition. “It has been a great race,” Dunn said. “Mainland Banner is still the only four-year-old mare to have won the Cup. “Classie Brigade was definitely unlucky last year and Franco Nelson just got beaten by Adore Me by a nostril. “We are due to win the Cup and we have got three horses in it this year and the way Classie Brigade is going he is going to be a real contender.” Classie Brigade cemented his place as one of the main contenders for this year’s Cup with his New Zealand record performance in the NZMTC 120 Years Old Today Handicap Pace (2600m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night. Driver John Dunn elected to take a conservative approach with Classie Brigade, staying at the rear of the field for the majority of the race before storming home to win by a length over stablemate Henry Hubert, with a further length back to Stylish Memphis in third. The eight-year-old gelding set a New Zealand record of 3:08.9 for 2600m, lowering Thefixers previous mark by 1.1 seconds, and Dunn was impressed with the dominant display. “It was really pleasing tonight, particularly to beat the record,” Dunn said. “To beat it by more than a second was a really good effort. “He has been one of those horses who tends to be up on the pace, but to come from last and find the line so strongly was very pleasing.” Dunn was also impressed with Henry Hubert’s runner-up performance. “It was a big improvement by Henry Hubert, we were rapt with his run as well,” he said. “We just thought the way he had been training he was on the improve.” The pair are currently on a path towards the New Zealand Cup where they will be joined by stablemate Heisenberg. “We have got a wee bit of work to do with Heisenberg to get him going a bit better,” Dunn said. “But he is a horse, like Henry Hubert, that when they hit form they hit it really strongly. He deserves his spot in the race.” Heisenberg is set to race at Addington Raceway next week and he will then likely join his stablemates in the Gr.2 Kaikoura Cup (2400m), which was won last year by Classie Brigade. “Henry Hubert won the sales series race up there a couple of years ago, Classie Brigade won the Kaikoura Cup last year, and Heisenberg won the four and five-year-old series at Kaikoura as well,” Dunn said. “Johnny (Dunn, stable foreman), the owners, and I will sit down and make a plan, but we are thinking Kaikoura and Ashburton. “There are options right across the board for us and I am really looking forward to Cup Day this year.”

Bidding on the 14 Lots in the latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred auction is open and will close from 7pm on Wednesday 21 October. Included in this week's sale are youngstock, racehorses and two unreserved broodmares.  Bidding is set to close, starting with Lot 1, from 7pm tonight, Wednesday 21 October. Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse.  gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help. VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Featured Lots Lot 2 GOOD TIME SWEETIE  Unreserved. Yearling filly by Sweet Lou out of the Art Major mare Good on Top. She is a half sister to recent winner, Chanpagneandewine and is the fifth foal out of the mare, with all siblings having qualified. This filly is reported to be an athletic individual who has a good attitude to work with, and has been taught to float, have a rug on and go on a horse walker.  Sire: Sweet Lou Dam: Good On Top Seller: SFamularo Location: Christchurch VIEW ONLINE Lot 10 BOARDING CALL Boarding Call has had one race start but did things wrong and was turned out and given time to mature. She is back in work now and is reported to have good manners on and off the track. She would also make an excellent breeding proposition after racing as she is out of a Group One winning mare and is a half sister to Check In and Dance Time.  Sire: American Ideal Dam: Time To Fly Seller: scots1 Location: Papakura VIEW ONLINE Lot 11 CAPTAIN MAX  Captain Max is currently in work and racing having gone well last start at Cambridge, running on well for fifth once he cleared traffic. The son of American Ideal is the winner of two races and has placed twice from 20 starts to date. Max does wear spreaders when he races and is reported to be sound with good manners on the track and around the stable. Sire: American Ideal Dam: Twist N Shout Seller: scots1 Location: Papakura VIEW ONLINE   gavelhouse.com

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Toni Street will have some bragging rights the next time she hosts Seven Sharp. Regular hosts Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells both have racehorses who share their names, but it is Street whose namesake has recorded the first win of the trio. Hilary Barry, a four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare, was unplaced in all of her seven starts in New Zealand before being exported to the United States, while Jeremy Wells, a four-year-old Sweet Lou gelding, is still in search of his maiden victory after 14 starts for trainer Jack Harrington. While Barry and Wells have been cheering home their namesakes to no avail, Street didn’t have to wait long to witness Toni Street, the horse, salute the judge. The three-year-old Bettor’s Delight filly made the perfect start to her career when winning on debut in the Bruntwood Equestrian – Horse Agistment Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge on Thursday night. Toni Street was eased to the rear of the field by driver Sailesh Abernethy before she was improved three-wide to sit parked at the bell outside The Banker. The Banker looked to have Toni Street’s measure down the home straight, however, the filly was able put in a late surge to record a head victory over her rival. Trainer Jeremy Young was delighted with the win and he is now eyeing some bigger targets for the promising three-year-old. “It was a super run. I said to Sailesh we might just roll on forward and she kicked on hard at the end,” Young said. “It was a great run first-up and we will head for some fillies races now.” Young admitted Toni Street doesn’t handle the right-handed way of going at Alexandra Park particularly well and elected to head to Cambridge on Thursday as a result. “She goes a bit better left-handed, that is why we went down to Cambridge. Right-handed she just struggles a bit,” Young said. While she struggles going right-handed, Young is thinking of testing her at Alexandra Park next week, giving her namesake the opportunity to watch her in the flesh. “I might give her a run at Auckland next week, but I am wary that she is a little bit difficult at this stage going right-handed,” Young said. “Toni Street (person) hasn’t been to the stable yet, but she can’t wait to come down and have a look at the horse. “It’s great for harness racing and I look forward to seeing her.” While Toni Street will likely back-up at Alexandra Park next week, a trip south to Addington Raceway in Christchurch remains on the cards. “I said to the owners that if she goes well at Cambridge there’s a couple of Dunstan Fillies heats down in Christchurch and we may go down there now after that run,” Young said. Young’s night got even better at Cambridge on Thursday when his only other runner, Pocket Book, recorded a 1-1/4 length victory in the BetaVet Natural Solutions Mobile Pace (2200m).

Lochinvar Art – the best Lochinvar Art achieved yet another moment of glory in a brilliant career when he outstayed a star-studded field in track record time in the $300,000 Victoria Cup at Melton. He now holds two records at the Melbourne headquarters’ track – 1:48.6 for 1720 metres and 1:51.4 for 2240 metres. Bought for $29,000 at a Sydney ready-to-run sale, Lochinvar Art has earned $885,376 from 21 wins and 18 placings in 42 starts. He has won six races at Group level. By the Artsplace horse Modern Art (now in NSW), Lochinvar Art is out of Ponder In Paris, by the world champion Ponder. Ponder In Paris, who took a record of 1:56.5, is also the dam of Roseuponher (1:55.5), who won four races. Ponder In Paris was out of Alive In Paris, by Live Or Die from Zora Paree, a Torado Hanover mare tracing to the noted taproot Parisienne. Ponder In Paris was a half-sister to a capable pacer in Art In Paris (1:56.2), who won 11 -races, and the NSW provincial winners Petite Paree (2:00) and Pictures Of Paris (2:01.5). Their dam, Alive In Paris, was a half-sister to the Queensland Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Mind The Wire 1:51.9 ($259,658), the prolific Albion Park victor Drunken Desire 1:51.8 ($377,513), the Perth winner Zaguar 1:56.9 ($121,718) and Private Sector (1:56.9). The Parisienne family had a terrific influence on NZ and Australian breeding through several branches.   Star trotter by Skyvalley Pink Galahs, who defeated the best trotters in commission in the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Melton in 1:54.3 – only 0.6 outside the track record - is a three-year-old trotter of some potential. Pink Galahs                    --Stuart McCormick photo She has an all colonial breeding background and one which has been most successful. By Skyvalley, who sired the top trotters Tornado Valley and Sky Petite, Pink Galahs is out of the Tennotrump mare Sweetasay (Tr 2:00.8), whose unraced dam Maoridona was a Sundon mare who also left the Globe Derby Park winner Sweetasis. Maoridona was out of a fine trotter in Maori’s Glory Tr 2:02.9 ($109,366), who ranked as a half-sister to the Vicbred and Tatlow winner Maori Demon. This was the family founded by the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss. From the Maori’s Glory branch of it and to which Pink Galahs belongs, other top trotters in Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657), the winner of three Vicbred Finals, the Breeders Crown champions Illawong Armstrong and Kyvalley Kyrie, the Vicbred winners Master Maori, Kinvara Sue and Vincennes and Pretty Majestic (Vic. Trotters Oaks) also belong.   Two-year-old mile record A fresh Australian mile record for a two-year-old was established by the A Rocknroll Dance colt Bar Room Banta of 1:50.3 – bettering the previous record of 1:51.3 held by Ignatius by one second – when he won a semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle. Bar Room Banta, who has now won four of his five starts – he finished second at Kilmore at his first attempt – is a member of the same family as San Carlo. Bar Room Banta ranks as a half-brother to a multiple Group placegetter in Jeradas Delight (1:54.5) and Jerada Gotta Major (1:55.2), being by A Rocknroll Dance from the Christian Cullen mare Jerada Ace (1:56.4), whose dam Bridge Player was by Classic Garry (a top classic colt) from Ailsa, by Muckalee Strike from Nicamond, by Nicotine Prince, a former Australian two-year-old mile record holder. Bar Room Banta        --StuartMcCormick photo Jerada Ace was a sister to the Group 1 placegetter Cullen’s Ace 1:58.9 ($128,539), dam of the Vicbred 3YO Silver winner Heherecomes 1:56.9 ($128,690), and a half-sister to the Kilmore Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner San Carlo 1:54.6 ($574,300) and the APG heat winner Magic Spark (1:57.4). Ailsa, the third dam of Bar Room Banta, left a top racemare in Staccato (1:58.2), who won 13 races including the Breeders Crown 2YO and Vicbred 3YO Finals and $393,216, Golden Goal 1:57.6 ($120,031) and the Classic Garry mare Refresh Me (2:00.7), dam of the Albion Park winner The Brazen Jasper (1:54.6) and the promising Riverina gelding Western Sonador (1:55.2), the winner of seven of his 13 starts to date.   Fifth on end Some Waratah, who won his fifth race on end in the Group 3 $30,600 Radio Final at Menangle and has now won 11 races, is a five-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from Lady Waratah, a top racemare who won a record $332,955 as a two-year-old. He is a member of an old time Victorian family, which was represented by a winner at Newcastle in Spock the night before Some Waratah won.  Lady Waratah was a Walton Hanover mare from Waratah Way, by Tompkins Hanover from Yankee Leanne, by Select Yankee from Bernie’s Sister, by Gay Reveler. Bernie’s Sister was the dam of a useful pacer in Texas Ranger, the NSW Challenge Stakes winner Wee Sister and Paul’s Chance (Wangaratta Cup). Rich Sister, a Richmond mare from Bernie’s Sister, left Miss Paula (by Tompkins Hanover) and Amber Spree (by Sometime Lobell), both of whom founded good winning families. Miss Paula became the dam of the derby winners Albert Kelly and Greg Kelly and the Vicbred winner McRaes Mate and the grand-dam of the champion racemare Frith, Molly Kelly and others and to whom Amber Spree, Sir Julian 1:52.6 ($213,131), Alotofwhite (18 wins) and Aloof Bliss trace. Some Waratah ranks as a half-brother to The Baggy Green 1:57 ($108,700), winner of 17 races and dam of the very promising Commander Kirk (1:49.7).   Ladies In Red unbeaten two-year-old Ladies In Red, a good looking Mach Three filly, is rated Victoria’s top two-year-old filly to date this season, particularly after her record-breaking success in the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final, one of the season’s major two-year-old classics. She is now unbeaten in three starts. In the Group 2 Home Grown, she overcame a difficult draw and a wide passage, running out the 1720 metres in 1:59.6, a mile rate of 1:51.9 with the last 800 in 547 and the final quarter in 26.9. Ladies In Red ranks as sister to the Victoria Derby and Breeders Crown winner Our Little General 1:49.8 ($712,852) and a half-sister to Kasbah Kid 1:53.1 ($184,320), being a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from the Canadian-bred Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,098), by Western Terror. This is the family that left champion colts in Noble Ability ($1.7 million), Carnivore (1:50.6) and Cammibest (now at the stud in Queensland) and top flight fillies in Not Enough ($1.3 million), Warrawee Koine (1:50) and Hawaiian Drink (1:51.6).   Bracken Sky is well bred A bright future is being predicted for the Rock N Roll Heaven five-year-old Bracken Sky, whose success in the $30,000 The Kersley at Gloucester Park recently lifted his stake tally beyond the $150,000 mark. He has a good deal in his favour on the score of blood. Apart from being by Rock N Roll Heaven, and one of his third crop, Bracken Sky is out of the Live Or Die mare Redemption (1:56.6), a Harold Park winning half-sister to a capable pacer in Yes Hezanoperator (1:54.5), being out of Shezanoperator, by Armbro Operative, and tracing to the King Harold mare Harold’s Rest, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. Bracken Sky ranks as a half-brother to the metropolitan winners Absolution 1:55.1 ($113,933), Mister Performance (1:55.6) and The Redeemer (1:57.7).   Top two-year-old One of the best Victorian two-year-olds this season is Act Now, a recent Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic winner and who is expected to go on and develop top-ranking form. One of the second last commercial crop sired by Somebeachsomewhere (son of Mach Three), he is out of Molly’s Ideal, by American Ideal from the USA mare Molly’s Lucky Star, by Bettor’s Delight from Pacific Destiny, by Artsplace from One More Kiss, dam of the top American racehorse and sire Pacific Fella. Molly’s Ideal, who was unraced, is a sister to the NSW provincial winner Our Jaguar Star (1:57.4) and a half-sister to the WA Diamond Classic winner Askmeilltellya 1:54.8 ($132,400), the smart Tasmanian pacer War Dan Star (1:59.3) and Pin Stripes (1:53.7). Their dam, Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.4), was a half-sister to eight winners including Pacific Okey Dokey 1:53.4 ($408,040), Spirit Of The West 1:51.8 ($142,241) and Pet Shark (1:51.2). Act Now was bred and raced by Bruce and Vicki Edward, trading as Durham Park Standardbreds, and is the first foal of his dam.   Won Yearling Sales Final Winner of the Harness Jewels as a two-year-old, Bolt For Brilliance downed the top four-year-olds in the NZ Yearling Sales Final at Auckland last Friday, including a top ranking four-year-old in Ultimate Stride, who finished third. Bolt For Brilliance has only been sparingly raced, but has proved himself a young trotter of great ability. He has won seven of his 13 starts for $168,479 and holds the NZ 2200 metres record from both the mobile and stand. By Muscle Hill, the leading sire of trotters in America, Bolt For Brilliance is out of the NZ Canterbury Park Trotting Cup winner Toomuch To Do Tr 1:59.2 ($153,021), by Britewell (son of Super Bowl) from Game Key, by Game Pride from the Keystone Way mare Spangled Key, a half-sister to a top NSW trotter in Frosty Junior. Bolt For Brilliance was bred by the NZ Standardbred Breeders’ Association executive manager Brad Reid.   Twelfth winner from broodmare When the Mach Three three-year-old The Mach Army emerged successful at Newcastle last weekend, he credited his dam Macrandra with her twelfth individual winner. The Mach Army, who was bred by Denis and Jo Howe, had shown good placed form in the Newcastle area. Others from Macrandra to win have been the Bathurst Gold Tiara and Vicbred champion Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), Sahara Miss (1:54.4), The Reverend Black (1:57.2), Joannie Pony (1:57.5), Necropolis (1:57.9), Senor Banderas (1:58.6), Next To Reign (2:00.1), Cinnamon Carter, Tru Blue Classic, Bigjohnwalton, Fuller Vee Em and now The Mach Army. Macrandra is also the second dam of the top NSW racemare Hows The Memory 1:50.1 ($154,424), the Vicbred Home Grown 2YO Classic winner Starofsahara (1;56.2), Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8) and Our Money Rocks (1:53.2). Macrandra, who is now in her 26th year, has since produced a two-year-old colt by Bettor’s Delight and a yearling colt by Roll With Joe.   by Peter Wharton

It’s 25 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities  with a new letter for each day. B = Blossom Lady Blossom Lady was Addington’s queen even before her New Zealand Cup  victory . Initially trained by Stephen Doody in Palmerston North the Farm Timer mare moved to Derek Jones’ Templeton stable in 1990 going on to win 36 times. She raced in six New Zealand Cups, her defining moment coming with her victory in 1992 that had her massive fan base in raptures. The Bloss died in 2004.   Harness Racing New Zealand

Talk about having a billboard event. The Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a real slugfest Saturday night as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, takes on Highalator in the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Shartin N is the lone mare in the field going against five male rivals. The seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America drew post five for driver Tim Tetrick. She sports five wins and two second place finishes in seven starts during the abbreviated season. Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N’s last start was a game second place finish in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on October 3. “It’s been rough getting her started since we didn't go to Canada or Kentucky,” Said co-owner JoAnn Looney-King. “So, she needs to get sharp and on her game and she can't do it if she doesn't get raced.” Shartin N is the class of the field with earnings this year in excess of $326,000 and lifetime earnings over $2.4 million. “She's also gained weight even though she looks really good,” Looney-King said. “So, it was either race in what they had at The Meadowlands or qualify, and I'm qualified out. Plus, we had other horses to race Saturday night so it made sense to race her. We said just put her in with the boys so we can get raced and then next week it's time to head to Indiana for Breeders Crown. “If there are no elims for her Breeders Crown group we hope she can race in an overnight,” Looney-King added. “Is she good enough right now to beat the boys? I hope so but there are a couple really sharp boys in the group, Highilator being one of them, but she's a race horse so she's off to race and, of course, the prize is in 2 weeks and we need to get ready for that big night in Indiana.” Her main rival will be Highalator from post four for driver Rick Still. This six-year-old stallion by Somebeachsomewhere has been at his best as of late with three straight wins at the Meadowlands and winning five of his last seven starts. Highalator is trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. He sports six wins this season in 13 starts. Another return winner in the field is Harambe Deo from post six for driver Simon Allard. Harambe Deo last week was at his best, coming from off the pace to win in 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns the five-year-old Woodstock gelding with Pollack Racing, LLC. Rounding out the field are Western Joe (post 1), Wes Delight (post 2) and Geez Joe (post 3). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

A month ago owner Danny Zavitsanos could have expected to two genuine open class horses racing on New Zealand Cup day. Instead they will both be living in Victoria. The high energy Zavitsanos provided one of the great moments of recent Cup Days with his celebrations after his pacer Cruz Bromac won the Cup last year and he wanted to bring the defending champion back. But he will instead stay in Victoria after a luckless sixth in the Victoria Cup last week and he will soon be joined by Zavitsanos’s elite trotter Enhance Your Calm. The five-year-old is heading to Victoria more than likely on a one-way ticket after struggling to replicate his age group form in open class this season. “He still has the ability but it is a hard grade over here at the moment,” says trainer Mark Purdon. “So I think he is better placed for Danny in Victoria and it might help him get his confidence back.” Enhance Your Calm isn’t the only talented Canterbury horse off to Australia as impressive spring campaigner Minstrel is heading to Perth. He will join the Greg and Skye Bond stable after a half share was purchased by their clients, with his New Zealand owners out of the David and Catherine Butt stable, including the Butts themselves stay involved. “I think he will do a great job over there,” says regular driver Bob Butt. “He can race for about A$400,000 on four-year-old races alone so it is a good destination for him.” Others jumping on planes to Australia include Mexicana, who will campaign in the Redwood and two-year-old trotting fillies Breeders Crown for new trainer Josh Dickie, with Anthony Butt a possible driver and caretaker trainer. And high class intermediate grade pacer Lawrence is another to be exported.   By Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Woodend Beach trainers Greg and Nina Hope will have a two-pronged attack in the Haras des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship Mobile Pace (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night. The husband-and-wife team are taking a fair bit of confidence into the race with Franco Jorik after his brave last start runner-up effort behind Outamyway in the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 1 Trot (1980m). “His last start performance was awesome,” Nina Hope said. “He is such a little tradesman and he surprises us every time he goes out there. “He is definitely a horse that just does his work at home, but on raceday he turns up and gives it that little bit extra. “He hasn’t gone a bad race.” The son of Muscle Mass has drawn the ace barrier and Hope believes he will be a strong chance from that gate. “He is definitely drawn to be in it,” she said. Stablemate Eurokash will start from the outside of the front-row and his trainers are expecting an improved performance from his fourth-placing in the Harness Million a fortnight ago. “We weren’t 100 percent happy with Eurokash’s work at home so we weren’t that confident heading into it (Harness Million) with him,” Hope said. “Initially we were a little bit disappointed with his fourth but he did sit parked and he stuck on there. “Although the draw isn’t ideal on Friday and it is a smart field, I think he is as good as anything in the race. I am hoping Ben (Hope, driver) can give him a nice trip “We are expecting an improvement, but it is definitely hard from that draw.” Earlier on the card Muscle Mountain and Matua Tana will be pressing their Gr.1 Dominion Trot (3200m) claims in the Austin’s Farrier Supplies Mobile Trot (1980m). Muscle Mountain has won seven of his 11 starts and Hope said he will be able to utilise his gate speed from his handy draw. “From that draw (3), he has got high speed and he likes to run, so whatever beats him will have to earn it. He is a really nice horse,” Hope said. Muscle Mountain ran on well to finish second last start after winning his first two starts this preparation and the Hopes believe he can continue his strong form line on Friday. “Last start Muscle Mountain went 2:15 (for 2600m) and his last half in 56 and he was three-wide from the half,” Hope said. “He is an exciting horse.” The Ian Dobson-bred and owned gelding currently sits 20th in order of entry for the Dominion Trot, but Hope said his major target this spring will likely be on New Zealand’s biggest day of racing. “We have kept him in the Dominion because so much can change from week-to-week,” she said. “We will take each run as it comes, but the free-for-all on Cup Day is probably his main aim.” Meanwhile, last start winner Matua Tana sits in 13th position in order of entry for the Dominion and he will be looking to seal his spot on Friday from an unfamiliar position. “We have taken him of the unruly for the mobile,” Hope said.

By Jonny Turner    Steve added to 90-year-old Oamaru owner Gordon Martin’s five decades of harness racing thrills when winning at Winton on Thursday. The curiously named trotter made it back to back victories for trainer Brian Norman and driver Jonny Cox with a narrow victory in race 4 after battling runner-up, Madrik, all of the way up the straight. Steve – who, despite what her name may suggest, is a six-year-old mare – got up to score by a head in contrasting victory to her win in her first start for Norman, last weekend. Then, the Repeat Love mare bolted in by a massive thirteen and a half lengths at Ascot Park. The win came in the horse’s first start since Martin, his wife Joan and daughter, Jennie Wilson, purchased the trotter. It also continued a remarkable winning association between Norman and Martin that has run for more than 30 years. In that time the owner and trainer have never had a horse together that has not won a race. And there have been plenty of them. “Glendhu Princess was our best one – she won seven,” Martin said. “Most of them won three or four races and then have been sold to Australia.” “Brian keeps an eye out for me all the time, to see what is available.” “This is one he came across and rung me up and asked if I wanted to buy her.” “He is pretty astute when it comes to picking them, with this one he was dead right.” Martin’s association with Norman came through the trainer’s brother-in-law, Alex Milne, around thirty years ago. “Alex had one that wasn’t doing too good, so he rang me up and asked me if Brian could have a go with it.” “And then on we have continued the association.” Martin was in the syndicate that raced former smart trotter of the late 1980s, Ono’s Invasion, from Milne’s stable. At the beginning of his harness racing journey, Martin would pre-train his horses before Milne put the finishing touches on them and took them to the races. “We started off with gallopers and then got into trotters.” “I had my own track out at Weston (near Oamaru) and I used to train horses there then take them down to Alex.” Few of his wins over the past five decades have been by the incredible 13 and a half length margin Steve won by last weekend. Martin admitted he never saw that kind of performance coming. Though Steve only got her head in front of Madrik in the last few strides of Thursday’s race, Martin did not necessarily think that was a bad thing. “It was good to see her tested and see how she would measure up in a better field.” “And it didn’t appear to be any trouble to her.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:12pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races tonight for Addington. Addington Friday 16th October 2020 Race 1 Surfers Delight tidy second last start and has been running good times. Hard to beat and top selection here…… Yorokobi has reasonably good form but draw not great. Big chance if he is close enough on the home turn ..… Mary Robyn has the motor to win this but will need things to go her way in the running. Place chances best…….. Blazing Impact beach trained runner who has been good at workouts. One for longer odds Selections:  Surfers Delight (2),   Blazing Impact (7),   Mary Robyn (5),    Yorokobi (11)   Race 2 Andoverlov unlucky here last start and has a big motor. Should be winning this with no mistakes early……. Test The Boundaries not sure the draw will suit but he has ability. Winning claims with manners…… Faith No More manners not good but has ability. Could upset if she trotted the whole race…… Bright Glow running on ok late last start but a bit one paced. Can run in the money if they go hard all the way. Selections:  Andoverlov (6),   Faith No More (12),   Bright Glow (10),   Test The Boundaries (1)   Race 3 Tyron's Bit Of Lemon nice draw and will probably try for an all the way win from the front. Looks a good winning chance in this field….. That Alexander Guy looks to have a good turn of foot off the mobile but draw makes it tricky. Winning claims if he found the front early….. Sweet Mary unlucky last start and the conditions suit here. Top three player in this race at longer odds…. Burnham Boy has placed in similar fields in the past but will need a soft run to figure here. Might start favourite Selections:   Tyron's Bit Of Lemon (4),   That Alexander Guy (5),   Sweet Mary (6),   Burnham Boy (11)   Race 4 Muscle Mountain has been racing well in a lower grade. This is harder but not without a chance….. Heavyweight Hero mobile will help his chances here and in good form. Can win….. The Dominator has ability and will be first off the gate. Not the worst and has place claims at nice odds …. Majestic Man was a good second last start and likely to go forward off the gate. Include here. Selections:   Majestic Man (8),   Heavyweight Hero (7),   Muscle Mountain (3),   The Dominator (4)   Race 5 Mighty Looee has competed well  in better fields than this and should geta run through at the start. Can win with a good run in transit…… Gliding Away coming in fresh with a big motor. Tote the guide but can win… Bundoran speedy finisher who is a danger with a cosy sit and one run at them. Good chance here to run top three...… Aqua Sancta from a strike rate stable but will need a good run in transit to win here. Has claims with luck in the running Selections:  Mighty Looee (11),   Gliding Away (4),   Bundoran (3),   Aqua Sancta (6)   Race 6 Pace N Pride been racing nice fields and unlucky last start.. Top selection here and will start at short odds.….. Dashing Major likely to get a good run close to the lead and was good here last start. Can push the favourite…… Shan Noble racing well and drawn to trail the favourite. Can run top three with luck in the running..… Aladdin disappointing last start but big the start prior. Look for him to be running on late Selections:  Pace N Pride (3),   Dashing Major (6),   Aladdin (4),  Shan Noble (1)   Race 7 Di Caprio has been in fine form against similar fields and looks one of the major players here. Top selection……. Classie Brigade tricky draw but quick beginner. Should run top three here with no mistakes …..  Stylish Memphis running ok races and cosy draw. This is a big step p in grade but is a chance with a cosy run in transit….. Henry Hubert racing well in similar fields and would be hard to beat if he could find the front early Selections:  Di Caprio (3),   Classie Brigade (6),   Henry Hubert (5)    Stylish Memphis (1)   Race 8 Time Up The Hill mobile and the short distance will help here. Top three beckons again at good odds……. Bitamuscle in good form and likely to head forward off the gate. Winning claims with a soft run in front...… Franco Jorik going to get a good run on the fence here and is a good place chance at nice odds in this field. Wanna Play With Me in good form but tricky draw to contend with. One of the leading chances in this race….. Selections:  Time Up The Hill (4),   Bitamuscle (5),   Franco Jorik (1)    Wanna Play With Me 7)   Race 9 Majestic Lavros in great form and the 20m handicap should not stop him. Best chance in the race……. Doff Your Cap proven form against similar fields but wide draw an issue. Can win if he goes forward early ...… B D Yasothon racing well in similar fields and should be thereabouts again here. Include….. My Moment's Now his last two wins have been encouraging. Could upset here with an early lead bid Selections:  Majestic Lavros (14),  Doff Your Cap 12),   B D Yasothon (2)    My Moment's Now (6)   Race 10 Delightful Dude got too far back last start in a strong field. Hard to beat here if he can clear traffic.……. Eastwood Isabella running on well last start but strong field here. Place chances best ..… Longview Lady has performed well in similar fields in the past but draw a concern. Can win with luck in the running….. Braeview Kelly bad draw but big on ability. Could upset if near the lead turning for home Selections:  Delightful Dude (10),   Longview Lady (13),   Braeview Kelly (14)    Eastwood Isabella (5)   Harnesslink Media

Edendale trainer Craig Laurenson has a lot to thank Invercargill reinsman Rory McIlwrick for, as he nearly sacked Sentry – an impressive winner at Winton today – not once but four times. “I said to Rory ‘Drive his one. It can run but I can’t get it to trail up.’ He hopped off and said that Sentry was my best horse,” Laurenson said. As a two year old Sentry had worked 3-15 (2400) so Laurenson had no doubts about the horse’s ability. “But I couldn’t get within a hundred metres of another horse. He’d throw himself and run off the track.” The Big Jim five year old qualified on his home track at Wyndham in July, winning by twenty four and a half lengths and running the 2400 metres in 3-03.1. “He ran his last mile that day in 1-56.” He debuted at Winton in September but was pacing roughly throughout before breaking with 800 metres to run, finishing last. He then ran second at Invercargill. “He probably should have won that day but an abscess blew out in his foot. The good thing was he didn’t whimper. He’s tougher than I thought he was so I give him full credit.” Craig Laurenson and Sentry – Photo Bruce Stewart At Sentry’s next run he finished third at Winton before winning at the Northern Southland meeting last weekend. Although that win was impressive, Laurenson says today’s victory was even better. “Shit yeah. He was three lengths last with 1200 to run. Nowdays you just don’t do that especially with a Canterbury horse leading up (hehe hehe).” And he believes there’s plenty of improvement in the horse. “He’s still not right. Look at his coat. The winter down here has been a mongrel. Last night he gave my heart a real flutter. He lost two shoes in the paddock just running round. He’s not blowing at all after the run today. He’s getting over it better than I am. I found a few things about him that have helped. He’s pacing better.” In today’ race, driver Mark Hurrell settled Sentry at the back of the field. He got a cart into the race inside the last 600 metres but still had to make ground on his own inside the last four hundred metres. He came six wide, rounding the home turn and let down nicely down the middle of the track to win by a length and a quarter from Racing Minister (later relegated). The mile was cut out in 1-55.5 with Sentry running his last 800 metres in 56.2. Owned by long time stable client Ian Bennett, Sentry is out of the Christian Cullen mare On Guard. It’s a family Laurenson knows well. He trained On Sky, a Soky’s Atom mare that won five of her ten starts. “She was the best horse I ever trained. She went 1-50 in American and that was twenty years ago.” He’s also trained a host of other winners from the same family including On The Double and Lord Patrol but unfortunately On Guard is not around anymore. Although Sentry’s runs to date have been impressive, Laurenson says the biggest offer to buy him was $30,000 which came after he qualified. “He qualified by twenty five lengths and ran his last mile in 1-56 and we said Nah.” The horse will now be aimed at the $30,000 Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki on Show Day at Addington. Today was the first time junior reinsman Mark Hurrell had driven the horse, and he was suitably impressed. “He’d be right up there. He gave me a great feel. I wasn’t even going to pull the plugs because I had them covered. He just jogged that today and had no right to win from where he came from. He’s still got a lot to learn, he’s still pretty green. If he keeps going the way he is he’ll be open class.”   Bruce Stewart

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