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By Garrick Knight    Last season’s Group 1 Northern Oaks winner, Best Western, has been abruptly retired. Scans taken after her disappointing run in the Group 2 mares race at Addington last Friday night revealed trainer Jeremy Young’s worst fears. “She locked on one rein quite badly during the race and I thought she might have been feeling her legs,” he told HRNZ. “So, we had her scanned and there was a tear in her tendon. “Andrew (Grierson, owner) said let’s just retire her and I think that’s a great call. “You know what it’s like with tendons; they’re never the same again.” Best Western showed mild signs of a leg problem last season but Young had been carefully managing her ever since. “We had a bit of a niggle with it as a three-year-old after she had an incident on the track. “She sliced it back then and it’s always been a bit of a problem since. “I’d been bandaging it.” While conceding it was “gut wrenching at the time”, Young has decided to take a more positive approach to the situation. “I still think about what he could have done, but then I remember what she has done. “Not many thought she could win that night; she paid $38 and beat the best ones at that time. “So, I can’t dwell on it. I’ve just got to be positive and carry on. “I was lucky to get her in the first place; she could easily have gone to someone else. “And I’m very thankful to Andrew for being given the opportunity to train her.” Young purchased Best Western’s younger full brother of Grierson at last year’s Karaka yearling sale for $31,000. Fast forward 12 months and he thinks it was a shrewd move. “He’s tiny like her but he goes quite nice. “That’s the future, hopefully. “And I’ve also got On A Roll, who is doing a great job and looks like tackling some of the bigger races as the season wears on.” Best Western comes from a good family, her granddam being former Auckland Cup winner, Kate’s First. She, of course, is the year-older half-sister to champion sire and racehorse, Christian Cullen. As well as her Northern Oaks win, where she defeated subsequent Filly of the Year, Belle Of Montana, Best Western also placed at Group 1 level in Australia, in August’s Australasian Breeders Crown Final. There she ran second to New South Wales filly, No Win No Feed in the A$200,000, beating home another Kiwi star in Princess Tiffany. Best Western retires with 3 wins, 16 placings and over $173,000 in stakes. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Bruce Stewart takes a closer look at seven Southern Bred harness racing yearlings on offer at the upcoming 2020 National yearling sale in Christchurch on the 18th & 19th February at Canterbury Agricultural Park.   Lot 356: Dream Breaker (Art Major – Christian Dreamer – bay pacing colt) This family, developed by Invercargill breeder Vin Devery has produced a host of two year old winners. Dreamy Atom the second dam of Dream Breaker won the 1994 Group Three Sweetheart Stakes and the $63,000 New Zealand Sires Stakes Two Year Old Fillies Championship. One of Dreamy Atom’s daughters Western Dream also won the Sweetheart Stakes. First dam Christian Dreamer has had a remarkable career as a broodmare. Her first four foals of racing age have collectively won thirty three races and $954,819.00 in stakes to date. (Lets Chase The Dream) is the biggest winner, having won twenty races across New Zealand, Australia and America. He was NZ Two Year Old Pacer of his year. Christian Dreamers current flag flyer Amazing Dream has won eight of her fifteen starts including her last two starts at Group One level. She’s only run out of the money once in her career, and half of her starts have been in Listed or Group races. Preparers comment: “He’s quite fine boned compared to other Art Majors. He’s got good confirmation and it looks as though he’ll run as a young horse. He’s actually ready to go to the sales right now,” said Mark Smith. Stakes engagements: NZSS Breeders Crown and Vicbred Owners: V.L. and D.L. Devery Preparer: Debbie Smith Lot: 164: Bennie And The Jets (Quaker Jet – Ugly Betty – bay trotting colt) Ugly Betty’s first two foals were exported to Australia. Backseatbetty (Sundon) was unraced and is being bred from while Roll Dice (Muscle Mass) raced once at two, winning at Marlborough in 2016. Her next foal Gazza Galleon has now won two races. Bennie And The Jets second dam Niamey was awarded the 2018-2019 Broodmare Excellence Award. Her foals have won 98 races with her biggest winners being Springbank Sam (29 wins and $614,971.00), Sun Of Anarchy (28 wins and $281,581.00), Daenerys Targaryen (15 wins and $143,723.00) and Pocaro (13 wins and $232,773.00). Oher handy trotters left by Niamey are Sam Galleon (5 wins in only 27 starts) and Arnold (4 wins from 14 starts). Preparers comment: “He is a big strong well developed majestic individual with great conformation and is a lovely mover. He also knows he’s good with a strong personality and temperament,” Dave Kennedy said. Stakes engagement: NZSS and Bathurst Owners: W.D. Kennedy Preparers: Dawn and Dave Kennedy     Lot: 319: Darlin’s Arden (Somebeachsomewhere – Arden’s Darlin – bay pacing filly) Arden’s Darlin was New Zealand Two Year Old Pacing Filly of her year. She won five races including the New Zealand Yearling Sales Two Year Old Pace. She recorded four Group placings. Two of her three foals of racing age have been good winners including Celestial Arden (5 New Zealand wins, 9 Australian wins and 2 USA wins) and Arden Voyager (Two New Zealand wins and 3 Australian wins). Both geldings have black type. Born on Christmas Day. Same cross as Funatthebeach and Sicario. Preparers comment: “The only Somebeachsomewhere filly in the Christchurch sale. She shows a natural tendency to pace in the paddock. She has great manners and is a top quality filly,” said John Stiven. Stakes engagements: NZSS, Nevele R, Caduceus and Breeders Crown Owners: J.R. and J.A. Stiven Preparers: John and Judy Stiven     Lot 243: Moet Shard (Bettor’s Delight – Pemberton Shard – bay pacing filly) Pemberton Shard won eleven races including the Group Two Premier Mares Championship in which she beat Willow, Venus Serena and Helena Jet. In running the 1950 metres in 2-19.7 she broke the New Zealand Mares record for the distance that had been held for eight years. Her first foal sold at last year’s sale for $170,000. Moet Shard’s second dam Sly Shard has left the winners of 45 races and $1,785,371. Her biggest winner was Smiling Shard (50-17-15-7 $1,178,793) Preparers comment: “She’s a big strong filly. As a young horse she was headstrong. The good ones can be. She’s beautifully put together,” said Mark Smith. Stake engagements: NZSS, Nevele R, Caduceus and Breeders Crown Owners: Shard Farm Preparers: Debbie Smith   Lot 340: Matt Major (American Ideal – Break Dance – bay pacing colt) Art Major mare Break Dance won five races including the Southern Belle Mares Speed Series. Her winning time for the 1609 metre of 1-53.3 was a new race, track and Southland record. Break Dances dam Wave Runner won five races and has left some good race horses including Group winning mare Bonnie Joan (Sombeachsomewhere) the winner of 10 races including the 2018 Premier Mares Championship. Break Dance                                            --Bruce Stewart photo Lot 340: Matt Major Preparer comment: “He is the first foal of his dam the Art Major mare Break Dance. She had some difficulties when she was young but really came into her own at five. Matt Major is well built and right from the beginning he has always liked to be around people but when the colts are playing he more than holds his own,” said Dan Cummings. Stake engagements: NZSS and Breeders Crown Owners: Tuapeka Lodge Preparer: Dan Cummings   Lot: 188: Hez A Loch (Rock N Roll Heaven – Lady Loch – Black pacing colt) Bred on the same cross as Shez All Rock, which was the winner of the 2018 New Zealand Oaks and Group One Harness Jewels Three Year Old Diamond. She was also Three Year Old Pacing Filly of the Year. Hez A Loch is a half-brother to good winners Timely Loch (Christian Cullen) and Southern Loch (Christian Cullen). He’s by Rock N Roll Heaven who has left big Australian winners Let It Ride and AG’s White Socks. Preparers comment: “Hez A Loch is a smart looking colt with sound conformation. He’s intelligent and a quick learner. He is good to handle and definitely worth inspecting.” Aliesa Hardwick. Stake engagements: NZSS Owner: M.E. McCarthy Preparer: Aliesa Hardwick   Lot 363: Republican Party (Bettor’s Delight – Democrat Party – bay pacing colt) First colt out of Group One winning mare Democrat Party. Democrat Party won the 2014 Group Two Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic and Group One Sires Stakes Three Year Old Fillies Championship. Her time of 2-37.1 was a New Zealand record. At three she ran third in the Nevele R Fillies Final behind The Orange Agent and Fight For Glory. She ran second in the New Zealand Oaks behind Fight For Glory. As a four year old Democrat Party ran second in the Group Two Premier Mares Championship and third in the Group One Four Year Old Diamond. Preparers comment:  “He is an outstanding individual with a strong and athletic physique. He moves well and has a very willing temperament,” said Katrina Price. Stake engagements: NZSS and Breeders Crown Owners: F.J. and K.V. Price Preparers: Price Bloodstock     By Bruce Stewart  

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North American every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.   Hunter Cup winner’s breeding background   King Of Swing advanced strong claims to being one of the best stayers in Australia today when he scored an end-to-end win in the time-honoured $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton.   It was his third win from his past four starts. At his previous start he disposed of Ignatius and others in the Group 3 Perc Hall Free-for-all in 1:48.7 at Menangle, and before that he downed a handy field at Gloucester Park.   King Of Swing has not done a great deal of racing, having averaged 13 starts a season. In four seasons of racing King Of Swing has won 21 races and has been 12 times placed from 52 starts for $793,196.   King Of Swing winning the Hunter Cup                                      --Stuart McCormick photo   By the champion Western Ideal horse Rocknroll Hanover, he is out of a top flight racemare in Twist And Twirl 1:56 ($283,258), winner of the NZ Great Northern Oaks and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Championship, by Artsplace from Giveitawhirlgirl, by Jenna’s Beach Boy from Impish, by Falcon Seelster from the El Patron mare Smarty Pants, dam of Smart Son 1:49.6 ($347,805) and the NZ 4YO and 5YO Championship winner Vanderel.   King Of Swing is a half-brother to the Addington two-year-old winner Extreme Stride (1:56.7) and is a member of the same family as pacers the calibre of Am Opulent (NZ Caduceus Club 2YO Classic), Feels Like Magic (NSW Shirley Turnbull Memorial), Bettor Give It (Vic. Blossom Lady and Jane Ellen) and Darkershadeofpale (1:51.6).     Group 3 to Sicario   Bought for $120,000 and now a winner of $374,745, Sicario gave a taste of his class when he outsprinted his rivals in the Group 3 $30,000 The Pure Steel at the Hunter Cup meeting at Melton. He has won Group races on both sides of the Tasman.   By the defunct Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere, Sicario is a five-year-old gelding out of Bettorthanyou, by Bettor’s Delight. Bettorthanyou left others in War Dan Apollo (1:53.9), a prolific winner at Albion Park, and Imperious (2:01.5). She was out of the noted producer Intrude, a Fake Left mare who established a great winning line for the late Roger Bazley.   Bettorthanyou was a lightly raced half-sister to a champion racemare in Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178), the winner of four Group 1’s, the Victoria Sapling winner Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849), Rogers Passion 1:56.6 ($136,446), Billy Badlands 1:55.7 ($122,805) and Intrusive (1:56.5).   Several of Intrude’s daughters bred on with marked success. Bella Joy left seven sub 2:00 winners including the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Supersonic Miss 1:52.6 ($373,722) and Goodtime Heaven 1:52 ($234,017) and Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($334,301).   The Village Jasper mare Meljoy left three winners including the Bathurst Gold Crown winner College Chapel, while Kirrilee Joy (by Safely Kept) produced five with winning records headed up by Obahma Joy 1:53.2 (NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO).       Albion Park treble for breeder   Brisbane breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour, trading as Solid Earth Pty Ltd, had a night out at Albion Park last Friday.   The couple bred three winners in four-year-old Cherrys The Best (by Mach Three) and the Hurrikane Kingcole sired three-year-olds Mister Cole and Fearless Faith.   Cherrys The Best and Fearless Faith both belong to the same family. Cherrys The Best, the winner of eight races and $62,331 in stakes, is out of Cherry Cheer 1:56.7 ($278,372), a dual Oaks winner by Fake Left from Charming Reminder, by Vanston Hanover from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl.   Fearless Faith, a winner of two races, ranks as a half-sister to seven winners including the QBred Triad winner Frankie Rocks 1:52.2 ($245,862), being out of Faith Prevails (1:58.1), by Fake Left from the noted producer Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), by Vanston Hanover from the Oaks-winning Transport Chip mare Goldrush Girl, a half-sister to Charming Reminder, the grand-dam of Cherrys The Best.   Fearless Faith                                                       -Dan Costello photo                              A half-sister to Fearless Faith in Fame Assured (by Mach Three) scored in 1:50.8 at Menangle the following night.   Mister Cole, the winner of three, is a half-brother to the Paleface Adios Classic winner Miss Moneybags 1:56 (90,976), being out of Misty Forever, an unraced mare by the Fake Left horse Famous Forever, who won four of his five starts before injury halted a promising career.   Famous Forever met with a good measure of success as a sire with the champion Queensland mare Forever Gold 1:51.7 ($700,593), Too Smart For You (Aust. 2YO mile record holder) and Holy Camp Clive among the best of his progeny.     Victoria’s top two-year-old   A top two-year-old colt in Victoria this season – he is undefeated in three starts – Ultimate Exclusive, a close relation of the former South Australian idol Come On Frank.   Ultimate Exclusive is a colt by Art Major from the SA Oaks winner Saved A Corka (winner of $130,397), an Armbro Operative mare from Uncork NZ, by Tuapeka Knight from Tales Of Tabella, by Adios Vic from the Field Battery mare Kerry Tales, who really established this branch of the Linton family.   A smart racemare in her own right, Saved A Corka had a 100 percent record at stud – six winners from six starters. Besides Ultimate Exclusive, she is also the dam of a top flight juvenile in Aspiring Artist 1:52.7 ($170,307), the dual SA Southern Cross winner Rap Artist ($108,041), the SA Derby winner Major Exclusive (1:55) and Our Little Artist (who won 16).   Saved A Corka was a half-sister to 12 winners including the SA Sapling and dual Southern Cross winner Hes A Corka ($192,209), Streamliner (10 wins), Lochinvar Delight (8 wins) and the What’s Next mare Whatacorka (2:02.4), the dam of 2012 and 2014 SA Horse of the Year Come On Frank 1:52 ($404,650) and the second dam of the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner Night Spirit.   Arm A Corka, a full sister to Saved A Corka, left four winners headed up by the SA Ladyship and Mermaid Stakes winner Arm A Princess.         Brothers in top form   Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the autumn racing at Menangle, are My Field Marshal and Surreal. My Field Marshal, the winner of the 2018 Miracle Mile in 1:46.9, was the NZ mile record holder at one time.   My Field Marshall winning at Menangle last Saturday   Both trained by Tim Butt are by Art Major from Foreal, a top racemare herself, and who has left other smart pacers in Madiba Magic 1:51.4 ($199,772) and Im Rocknroll Magic 1:51.2.   Foreal, an Inter Dominion heat and dual Oaks winner, was by the Presidential Hall horse Washington VC from Krystle by El Patron from Deidre Ann, by Lordship.         Blue blooded filly   La Reina Del Sur, who won the first two-year-old trotters race held in New Zealand at Addington recently, is a filly who can claim some worthwhile blood.   By Father Patrick, by Cantab Hall from Gala Dream, by Enjoy Lavec, she is out of the good Sundon mare Escapee Tr 1:57.4 ($263,115), a half-sister to the Inter Dominion champion Winterfell Tr 1:58.1 ($418,980), Needle Tr 1:57.4 ($122,481) and Caligula, a 1:56.2 winner at Menangle on Tuesday.   Father Patrick, the sire of La Reina Del Sur, had a record of 1:50.4, and was a dual winner of the Breeders Crown, a race also won by Cantab Hall, paternal grandsire of the Addington winner.         A star from Oaxaca Lass   One of the leading open class pacers in Tasmania at present is Illegal Immigrant, who was bred in New Zealand by Graham Pearson and is raced and trained by Troy Hillier.   A gelding by American Ideal, he is out of a champion racemare in Oaxaca Lass 1:55.8 ($426,585), a winner of four races at Group 1 level and who is proving a very good broodmare.   She has left 10 winners from 12 foals of racing age – five inside 2:00 – including a WA feature race winner in Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Menangle winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and Weka Lass (2:01.5), a Badlands Hanover mare who is the dam of the top Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400).   Illegal Immigrant won the Group 3 $30,000 Devonport Cup last weekend and looks a pacer with the potential one would expect of his breeding.       Six wins on end   The four-year-old Platinum Revolution is proving a splendid advertisement for the In The Pocket horse Chanegover, a grand pacer himself and who stood for a time at the stud in NZ.   He is now based at Burwood Stud in Queensland’s Darling Downs district.   Platinum Revolution is unbeaten in six appearances in NSW this season and has graduated to a NR70 mark in the process. She holds a record of 1:54.7.   Platinum Revolution winning her last start at Newcastle   Champagne Franco, the dam of Platinum Revolution, was a race-winning Falcon Seelster mare from Crusader Franco (TT1:56.8), by Badlands Hanover from the Tuapeka Knight mare Cherubic, a NZ Great Northern Oaks winner who became the dam of 10 winners including Franco Catapult 1:49.2 ($629,403) and Franco Conquest 1:53.4 ($265,935).       The Storm Inside retires   The Storm Inside, one of the top two-year-old pacers of his year, has finished racing because of an injury, and is to stand stud.   Now a six-year-old, the Rocknroll Hanover horse won his first 11 starts including the Australian Pacing Gold final, the Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial and Victoria Premiere Stakes.   The Storm Inside                  -Stuart McCormick photo   He was only sparingly raced after his juvenile season. The Storm Inside, a half-brother to a smart pacer in Stormed Out, is one of the last commercial crop of Rocknroll Hanover.   His dam, the American-bred mare Spirited Storm (1:59.2), was by Artsplace from Stormy Pursuit (TT1:53.2), a Storm Damage mare that ranked as a sister to Smile Upon, the dam of the highly successful sire Grinfromeartoear, and a half-sister to the leading NSW sire Panorama.     by Peter Wharton

There is good and bad news for fans of frustrating pacer Star Galleria. The good news is he is set to stay in New Zealand for the near future rather than being sold or sent to race in Australia like so many of our top pacers just below the highest level. The bad news is one of the reasons for that is because the now six-year-old has some nagging issues. Trainer Steven Reid had been mulling over the options for the speedster after he downed Belle Of Montana at Alexandra Park last month, one of which was heading to Sydney for a prolonged campaign. That didn’t pan out so he was under offer to a US stable but failed the veterinary inspection. “It was nothing major, just the wear and tear you expect with any horse his age who has had a lot racing at the top level,” says Reid. “But the one good thing about it was when we got him vetted the vet was able to point out some things which were wrong and tell us, if we can get them right, we could have a lot better horse. “So we are working on those at the moment and setting him for the Derby meeting in a month.” Star Galleria will have two options there and maybe even the Easter Cup before his connections decide again whether his future lies here or overseas. And while he has struggled for his best for much of this season he was still good enough to finish second in an Auckland Cup just 13 months ago and has the raw speed of a very good pacer. While he won’t be at Alexandra Park tonight Reid has two talented juveniles going head to head in the last on the seven-race programme, and struggled to pick between the pair. Filly Shes No Lady was a strong second on debut three weeks ago and has the better draw of Reid’s pair but Mr Fantastic was one of the surprise lots of the Karaka sales last February, drawing plenty of attention before Reid secured him for $62,500. “There have been times since I have been disappointed by him but the last three weeks he has really come to it and I think he will keep getting better,” offers Reid. “I think long-term he might be the better of my pair cause he is a colt compared with the filly but this week she might be the better hope. One of the stars of tonight’s meeting is Bolt For Brilliance, last season juvenile trot Jewels winner who was impressive winning last start although he does step well up in class in race five and is still very much learning. His trainer Tony Herlihy also looks to have good winning chances tonight with Eagle Eye (race two) and Underthesouthernsun (race four).   Michael Guerin

By Garrick Knight    It’s only a month away, but Pam Turner is daring to dream of the Northern Derby with her promising sophomore pacer, Texas Tiger. The three-year-old son of American Ideal has his second run up on a new campaign at Alexandra Park tonight and will likely start favourite. “He’s very good at the moment and I’m very happy with him.” Pukekohe-based Turner told HRNZ. “We had a bit of trouble getting him to go right-handed last season so he’s been gelded and had a break and we started again.” Steve Telfer was training Texas Tiger but recommended Turner bring the horse home and train him herself. “Steve did a good job with him, but he was getting a little bit wayward and Steve thought the one-on-one focus of a smaller stable would help him. “The other option was to send him to Australia to race, but we didn’t really want to do that.” Turner and husband Lindsay have quietly pencilled in the $200,000 Northern Derby on March 7 as a target, but understand the horse needs to stick his hand up before then. “That’s what we are hoping for. “We’ll have to see how he goes this week. He has a lot of high speed and I wouldn’t mind putting him in the Prelude in a few weeks to see how he goes.” It was a fine run for second when resuming on January 24, especially since the race didn’t really pan out in his favour. From an outside draw he had to go back to last and then couldn’t get a suitable drag in to the finish. He came solo four-wide on the bend and hit the line well, but leader Dina Brown had slipped the cutter by that stage. “It was a good effort, I thought,” said Turner. “We were never going to hustle him out of the gate just to get his confidence up that way around. “But he went super after that. If he’d got carted in to it he would have been ok, but it didn’t happen.” Turner says they’ve just paid Texas Tiger up for the Breeders Crown and the Harness Jewels at Cambridge is firmly in her plans, too. While she doesn’t train it, Turner could well have two horses start favourite on the night when her classy mare Tiger Swift drops back in grade. She’s a Group 1 performer that has just not had the rub of the green for Cambridge trainer Ross Paynter and connections are confident she can return to winning form this week. “To be fair, her races haven’t really been run to suit. “She’s been getting back in the field and they’re coming home in 26, which means she’s no show. “She’s a far better follower of speed and this week, back in grade, with a good draw, we think she’ll go a lot better.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Cambridge harness bosses are hoping the second of their rescheduled feature races this summer goes better than the first. The club has been forced to drop the $30,000 Futurity scheduled for Sunday’s daytime meeting after attracting only four final entries for the $30,000 four and five-year-old race. The race had already been moved from its Christmas Eve date because the presence of elite open class horses would often scare the minnows away but that still couldn’t boost numbers for new date. “It is a real shame, we wanted to hold it,” says Cambridge boss David Branch. “We have a similar move coming up in two weeks on February 21 with the Dinny Johnston Waikato Guineas so we hope that gets the support it deserves. “We have moved it from early January after failing to get a field the last couple of years. “It is a $20,000 three-year-old race and hopefully we can get it off the ground. I sometimes struggle to understand why we can’t get enough horses for these races.”While losing any feature race is annoying there are also some positives for Cambridge as they prepare to host the Jewels again on May 30. IRT have returned at the main naming rights sponsor while all but one of the nine races already have an individual sponsor. “We are miles ahead of where we were at this stage two years ago for my first Jewels,” says Branch. “We are really confident we will sell out the hospitality areas like we did then so our emphasis is on getting 1000 more general admissions customers here. “So we have levelled off the ground between the two stands so we can move our main marquee there and bring more of the public out of the front of the stands to watch the races and enjoy the atmosphere.”Tickets for the Jewels went on sale yesterday. The club has also bought back the lease on the Clubhouse Cafe and Bar on the track, meaning they are now in charge of it and are keen to get it back to its heyday when it was popular with punters and those in the racing industry.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    Trotting stallion Father Patrick got his New Zealand career off to a brilliant start when La Reina Del Sur won at Addington on Friday night. The All Stars filly notched her sire’s first win with his first starter when taking out the first 2yr-old trotters’ tote race of the season. La Reina Del Sur put in a late dive to nab runner-up Royal Del and deny sire Royal Aspirations from notching his first winner with his first starter. Scoring his first win in New Zealand was a mere formality for Father Patrick given the wave of success he has produced in North America. Nevele R Stud, who stand the stallion in Australasia via frozen semen, is delighted their son of Cantab Hall is on the board, general manager Ged Mooar said. “We are really happy.” “First starter, first winner and she was pretty professional.” “She is a beautifully bred filly and she had been trialling pretty well.” La Reina Del Sur is one of 28 New Zealand bred 2yr-olds by Father Patrick. If reports on his stock are accurate, the filly certainly will not be his only winner among them this season. “The feedback we are getting from his 2yr-olds is really positive,” Mooar said. La Reina Del Sur is from the talented former All Stars racemare Escapee and is bred and owned by Trevor Casey. Another of the progeny of Father Patrick and a talented former All Stars mare is among the tiny group of yearlings the sire will be represented by at this year’s national yearling sales. Just four Father Patrick yearlings will be offered – all of which will go through the ring in Christchurch. The stallion produced just 12 live foals in New Zealand in the 2018-19 breeding season, before his popularity skyrocketed in the Northern Hemisphere. A colt from Hot Pants, offered by Spreydon Lodge, which is also managed by Mooar, is among the draft. Colts from Kiwi Girl, Moment Of Beauty and a filly from Rosedorae will also be offered. The success of Father Patrick’s yearlings at sales in North America has been well documented after a full brother to star trotter Greenshoe sold for $US1,100,000 at Lexington, late last year. The first public offerings  Father Patrick’s Australasian yearling crop of this season went through the ring at last weekend’s Melbourne trotting sale. Four fillies sold at an average of $A36,875. Many more yearlings are set to be offered at next year’s yearling sale after Father Patrick served a what is thought to be a record book, this season, for a stallion standing via frozen semen. The book of 126 mares included a high number of quality producers, Mooar said. The sale of Always B Miki’s first crop of yearlings in New Zealand could bring more excitement to Nevele R Stud at the upcoming yearling sales. The stallion has 20 yearlings in the sale, with 14 being offered in Christchurch and six in Auckland. The stock of Always B Miki have been popular at yearling sales in North America and Australia, recently. His progeny that have sold at the recent Brisbane and Melbourne sales have fetched an average price of A$32,307.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

It almost seems fitting for the harness racing mare Affairs Of State to leave a nice horse at the moment, what with Impeachment proceedings, State of the Nation speeches and Iowa vote-counting mess-ups.. Politics aside (and there’s a fair bit of politics in harness racing too at the moment with RITA and the Messara report to wrangle with) the Brian and Gareth Hughes team did achieve a vote-garnering effort at the trials and workouts on Saturday with two fillies from the barn, named Giddy Heights and Oranje, producing the quinella in heat five of the day at Pukekohe. Giddy Heights (out of Affairs Of State) looks a decent prospect and should carry some strong support from constituents in her debut when she hits the track on Sunday at Cambridge. The three year old filly by Somebeachsomewhere has shown solid trial and workout form with her Pukekohe run (she ran home in 27.3 over her last 400m untouched) supported by workout efforts behind both Russley Rush (now a winner from limited starts) and the Tony Herlihy trained runner in Mailman (whose sure to attract interest on Friday night when he steps out for the first run of his career at Alexandra Park due to the fact that he’s out of a good race mare in The Fascinator). The only question mark surrounding the debut of Giddy Heights on Sunday being an inside second-row draw although she is the only horse on the second line. Punters should also follow the stablemate (and second placed runner from the trials) American Ideal filly Oranje. Her workouts have shown that the 3yr old filly also has some ability not to mention some very good blood with the Hughes stables flagship performer in The Orange Agent being a close relation.   The Orange Agent - 23 wins from 33 starts for $746,423 in earnings The Hughes stable has had limited starters this season and currently sits on three wins with I’m A Denny Two accounting for two of these wins and Hughie Junior the other. You do get the feeling that additional wins are pending with the two fillies mentioned here both likely to impress at short notice.    Keen buyers can search out their own nominee for higher honors soon with the family of Giddy Heights represented at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sales by Lot 47. The well named “The Iron Lady” is out of Stateofthenation (the 2nd foal out of Affairs Of State) and is poised to bring her own no-nonsense approach to the racetrack. The filly, by Somebeachsomewhere, is a half sister to Heza Head Honcho, a horse that competed in both the 2yr old Golden Slipper and WA Derby, his consistent record standing at 5 wins and 10 placings from 32 career starts. The wider maternal family is well known in Australasian winners circles with half sisters to Stateofthenation producing the likes of Just Stopandstare (4wins) and the recently successful Bita Banta who brought up his 4th and 5th wins on Australian soil over the last fortnight at Leeton and Riverina Paceway. Under Cover Lover (3rd dam) provides the matriarchal success story. Her race record and success being of a global nature with celebrated victories across Australasia and North America.     Ben McMillan

Amberley Trotting Club - 6th February Once again the Amberley Trotting Club are holding their annual InterIslander Summer Festival race meeting on Waitangi Day, Thursday February 6th. As per last year we will again be racing on the grass surface and will cater for all grades including $10,000 Non winners and $12,000 intermediate grades and also the $14,000 Valley Inn Tavern R51 & faster Discretionary 2600m Handicap Trot and the $20,000 Rangiora Equine Services Amberley Cup R63 & faster Discretionary 2600m Handicap Pace. We will again run the $500.00 breeders bonus as per the conditions set out in the Programming section. This year will also see the introduction of the Sunny Glenis Reward for the trotting races carded on the day, which are the Non win trot, the R40 to 50 trot and the R51 and faster trot. This will consist of a one off $1000.00 payment to the connections of the winners of each of the trotting race. This is a fantastic gesture from a sponsor who is keen to help support the squaregaiters. We are also pleased to welcome aboard Dunstan Feeds who will donate a bag of feed to the winning trainer of each of the races. The Amberley committee welcome not only the Trainers and Drivers on the race day but also the owners and as such along with the fantastic stakes, the winning owner in each race will take home a trophy, a bottle of wine, and a set of coasters with pictures of their horse winning ,so they have something to remember the occasion by. Along with the racing side of things we also have a day filled with activities and competitions for both young and old alike, so this is a great opportunity for trainers to encourage their owners and families to come out and experience country racing at its best. Alexandra Park: The Great Kiwi BBQ Nothing says traditional Kiwi summer like a BBQ! On Friday 7th February from 5.30pm at Alexandra Park, you can enjoy racing action, a bottomless Kiwi BBQ feast, beverage packages that will quench your thirst for the entire evening and a casual but lively social atmosphere complemented by the tunes of a live performer! Sound like a bit of you? Click here to book now! Alexandra Park’s Summer Carnival: Oaks and Derby Oaks and Derby combines premiere racing action, fashion, entertainment plus bottomless dining and beverage packages across two days in February and March. In addition, Alexandra Park is supporting the Teal Pants Campaign with various activations happening at Oaks Night! Save when you buy a Summer Carnival Pass which gets you into both events! We recommend booking sooner rather than later as prime seating is being sold as a first come, first serve basis. Click here to find out more information and to book your tickets! Alexandra Park’s Owners Night Retail therapy? Valentines gift? Why not buy a horse? If you’ve ever considered ownership, then Alexandra Park’s Owners Night from 5.30pm on Friday 14th February in the Tasman Room is where you’ve got to be! Entry is FREE, so it’s the perfect way to find out more on how to break into the harness racing industry, by mixing and mingling with other owners here on the night. Our MC will be drawing prizes throughout the night while you enjoy delicious food from the Lyell Creek Lounge located on the same floor with an open cash bar. We hope to see you there! Register your interest by contacting Karen Blanchard on 027 808 3150 or by emailing karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz General Admission is FREE at Alexandra Park Walk right on in and witness all the racing action at any one of our race nights. The Alex Bar and Eatery is open til late and has a huge range of delicious food and drink options for guests. Wander outside and explore the parade ring and get closer to the action with the outdoor seating located track side where you can witness the horses being driven up the home straight. Check out The Alex Bar & Eatery menu: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/the-alex/the-alex-menu/   Ladies Night at Cambridge Raceway - Friday February 21st Get your gal pals together for a very special edition of our popular Friday Night's Under The Lights series in support of Team Teal. $5 from every ticket will be donated to the Team Teal campaign - a NZ Harness Racing initiative where all female drivers in New Zealand wear teal coloured driving pants to help raise funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer. The evening will also feature the inaugural running of the $30,000 Waikato Trotting Breeders' Stakes (2700m) for fillies and mares. VIP TICKETS are only $49 EACH (use code: "teamteal" for a $10 discount) Ticket price includes: 1x glass of bubbles on arrival, $30 food voucher, $5 betting, race book, 1x drink voucher (wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage only) and & goodie bag. ENTRY TICKET $10 EACH Ticket price includes race book + drink (beer wine or non-alcoholic). For more info on this event or to book tickets please click on this link    

Grand harness racing campaigner and Group 1 winner Texican is likely to join the illustrious 1-million dollar earner club in quick time with the Bettor’s Delight gelding currently only $20,000 away from reaching the milestone. The USA based pacer, who is now the ripe old age of 12, continues to be a factor on the track winning as recently as last week at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey. The win continues what has been a true success story for the Australasian export market and continues to advocate for how the North American racing scene can benefit from tapping into proven down-under performers. Texican started his career racing out of the Cran Dalgety stables in Canterbury, New Zealand and quickly made an impression achieving a maiden victory in just his second start while racing at Addington raceway on the 8th of April 2011. This was quickly followed by a slashing runner-up performance as a 2yr old in the NZ Yearling Sales Series Final at listed level in behind the Mark Purdon and Grant Payne trained Western Cullen. After a spell away from the track Texican returned later that year and spent little time before returning to top form, form that culminated in what was most probably his crowning glory on New Zealand soil with a 1/2 length victory in the Sires Stakes 3yo Final of 2011 at Addington when driven by Dexter Dunn (another New-Zealand export who has found the North American racing scene to his liking). To watch the replay of this win click on this link. Other New Zealand based successes followed in his next two seasons with a Group 3 placing in the Vero Flying Stakes and a Group 2 victory in the Alabar Southern Supremacy Final of 2012. His overall NZ race record standing at 13 wins from 31 starts and more than $280’000 in earnings. Upon export to North America Texican has become a proven big-race performer. His North American highlight-reel includes a number of notable Open Handicap wins. Under the guidance of trainer Peter Tritton Texican raced in the famous Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway for three concecutive years 2014, 2015 and 2015 with his most notable performance running third in the 2016 Final worth $609, 000 to stablemate Bit Of A legend. Here is that race; Behind Texican that day were P H Supercam ($1,731,000), Take It Back Terry ($1,539,828), Lucan Hanover ($1,263,289) and Mach It So ($2,921,549). A bit of “Texican magic” is available at the upcoming 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale to be held at Karaka on the 16th and 17th of February. Lot 51, an American Ideal filly named Debbie Do, is out of  Toast To Cullen. Lot 51 - Debbie Do Toast To Cullen has herself left a noted globe-trotting pacer in the form of Kenrick who had 4 wins while racing in New Zealand, a listed classic win to his name in Australia and a plethora of wins (not to mention a 1.50.1-best time over the mile distance) state-side with his overall earnings topping the $220’000 mark. Toast To Cullen can be connected to Texican through her dam Toast Of New York ,who herself is the grand-dam of the soon to be (fingers crossed ) millionaire. A toast to Texican awaits!!!  Ben McMillan

Current owners and potential owners welcome…. Alexandra Park and North Island Harness Racing Owners Association would like to invite current and potential owners to attend the Owners Night in Tasman Room on Friday 14 February 2020. With the NZBS Karaka Sales Parade Day on Sunday the 16th & Sales on Monday 17th February 2020 we felt this was a good opportunity to host another of these free events for all owners to attend regardless of whether they have a horse racing on the night or not. This event is also aimed at those who are interested in finding out how they can become owners themselves with multiple syndicators and trainers attending to talk about their ownership options. There will be a free refreshment on arrival, and a discounted cash bar on offer. Our MC will be drawing prizes, including a dual sulky ride, mobile gate experiences, race naming rights and Commentators Box tour to name a few throughout the night.  All while you enjoy delicious food from the Lyell Creek Lounge located on the same floor that can be brought across to Tasman, and an open cash bar. Alternatively, guests are also welcome to head down to the Alex Bar and Eatery for dinner, however these meals must be consumed in the Alex Bar and Eatery itself. The MC will conduct interview with various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the evening and promote the various aspects of the sport as well as quizzes and games for entertainment. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the night, with a small expo operating in the room. Click here to view the event poster RSVP TO KAREN BLANCHARD karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz   or 027 808 3150 

THE All Stars barn will be looking to bounce-back from a very rare disappointing Aussie Carnival when they launch their Menangle assault on Saturday night. It was a Summer of Glory to forget for Australasia’s most powerful barn, who didn’t snare a major despite attacking with stars like Self Assured, Oscar Bonavena, Chase Auckland and Smooth Deal. Self Assured had to be content with two Group 1 seconds, but both were monstrous runs in the Ballarat Cup and 4YO Bonanza at Melton. Australasia’s most exciting pacer and prepost favourite for the Chariots Of Fire and Miracle Mile is looking to return to winning form in the $50,000 Group 2 Hondo Grattan (1609m) at Menangle this week. He’s there because the second to Lochinvar Art in the Bonanza didn’t qualify Self Assured for a Chariots Of Fire birth. The Aussie TAB opened Self Assured a $1.55 favourite and he quickly firmed to $1.45 from gate nine this week with his main rival being the untapped and explosive Balraj, who is a $3.20 shot from gate 10. Balraj, who is unbeaten in eight Aussie starts since coming from NZ, has brilliant early speed and will almost certainly pushed forward in search of the lead. This will be Balraj’s first run for new trainer KerryAnn Morris, who took over from Anthony Simiana. Morris’ husband, Robbie, takes the reins and has been the pacer’s regular driver. Classy Victorians Demon Delight (gate 11, $12) and Max Delight (12, $18) will also make their presence felt. _________________________________________________________________________________________ A ho-hum support race at Menangle on Saturday night could totally reshape the NSW Oaks. In an exciting twist for the already stellar card, Kiwi stars and the first two home in Victoria Oaks – Dr Susan and Stylish Memphis – will clash in a $14,280 fillies’ race over 2300m. It’s an ideal race to sharpen them-up for the NSW Oaks heats two weeks later. Under the preferential draw conditions this week, Stylish Memphis has drawn gate 10. Dr Susan is out of the draw after causing the false start in Victoria Oaks so she will start from the outside (gate 11). If there’s a blowout it could be emerging local Vincenzina, who stormed home from last to be beaten just half-a-metre by Dr Susan when they clashed in the Raith Memorial over a mile at Menangle on January 11. Vincenzina has since scored two impressive wins at Menangle, the latest in a blistering 1min51.8sec mile on January 25. _________________________________________________________________________________________ JIMMY Rattray’s decision to skip the Hunter Cup with Ignatius and stay home to build-up to the Miracle Mile could get a reward Saturday night. Ignatius has drawn gate two and will come into the pole if emergency Wrangler doesn’t get a run in the 1609m free-for-all. Star speedstar Majordan will likely burn forward and take the lead from gate eight, but Ignatius will be on his back or very handy. Paul Court’s Hail Christian, who went back and never got into a 2300m free-for-all when he resumed at Menangle last week, is sure to be fitter, but will need luck from the outside draw (gate 10).   Adam Hamilton

Two of the north’s bravest trotters are set to cash in on the frailties of trotting big boys over the next month.  Temporale and Massive Metro have already paid for their Australian campaigns for trainer Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett with big performances at Melton over the last two weeks. Temporale won the A$50,000 Dullard Cup in a rare group one win for Hackett’s green and white racing colours 11 days ago, while Massive Metro was a strong third in the A$250,000 Great Southern Star at Melton last Saturday. While plenty of the Kiwis who contested that carnival are already home, both the South Auckland trotters are staying on in Australia for three more races and the final one in particular looks perfect for them. The pair next contest the A$50,000 Knight Pistol at Melton on February 14 followed by the A$100,000 Grand Prix at the same track on February 29. They will then head north to Menangle for the A$50,000 Trotters Mile on March 7, which is Miracle Mile night. Already one of the hotshots of the open class trotting scene in Oscar Bonavena has returned to New Zealand, where his connections hope a break will help him strengthen up. And while Great Southern Star winner Tornado Valley will meet the Kiwis in their two Victorian races, he can’t make the trip to Menangle. “He is the worst traveller we have ever had,” explains driver Kate Gath. “It is not nerves because when he gets to the track he is fine but he never stops moving in the float. He is like he is tap dancing the entire trip. “We took him to Ballarat two weeks ago and he was in a lather by the time we got him there so he definitely couldn’t do nine hours in a float to Sydney.” So while the Wallis-Hackett pair will be competitive in both their upcoming Victorian races, the Menangle Mile should be well down on the class of the Great Southern Star. “There is nothing for them here and they are handling the racing so well over there it makes sense to stay,” says Wallis. “Temporale is a old pro and he won well the first night but never got a chance getting back and wide last week while Massive Metro took a while to settle in but was far better on night two. “So it is great to have A$200,000 worth of races for them at this time of the year.”   Michael Guerin

A decent mare and a fun-loving name seems to be all you need for harness racing racetrack success these days . At least that’s what Luvhavinfun is preaching.     The Courtney Slater trained runner has quickly notched up 4 wins from just 10 starts and is back on a winning streak with back-to-back victories in the past fortnight with a win at Maryborough on the 23rd of January followed up by an almost effortless display at Charlton on the 30th when able to sit in the one-out one-back position and make a late claim wide on the track. This latest run of victories is the second time in her short career that Luvhavinfun has doubled-up with a Geelong-Penrith brace of wins coming in late July-early August. To watch Luvhavinfun win at Maryborough click here. To watch Luvhavinfun win at Charlton click here. It’s often hard to assess the real ability of a horse when racing around some of the more rural or country tracks but if you dig a little deeper into the race-day performances then you’re likely to make the picture a little bit clearer… A sound indicator of ability may have come in the form of a fighting 4th on the 12th of December when racing at Hamilton. On that occasion Luvhavinfun,who was sent out third favourite, faced an awkward second line draw and soon found herself at the rear of the field ,obtaining a three wide-with-cover position late in the running Luvhavinfun was able to mount a decent initial bid in the run home and close down the outer behind none other than the progressive Jim Barker trained Good Faith. Good Faith has since gone on to place in a Victorian Oaks heat and been an unlucky recipient of a check when mounting a run late in the Victorian Oaks Final itself. Such comparisons between horses can seem trivial and are often misplaced but when you marry the consistent form-line and sound times run by Luvhavinfun then you’d suggest that connections have reason to be optimistic about the mares future. A close relation of Luvhavinfun is being sold at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale. Lot 79, “Big Boy Louie” Offered by Breckon Farms is a Bettor’s Delight colt out of a 1/2 sister to Luvhavingfun in the 8-time winner Big Lucy. Big Lucy has already met with broodmare success having left the Brendon Hill trained winner Louis Litt who won his second start before being exported to Australia recently. Australasian harness fans will know the exploits of the wider bloodlines here too with this being the family of the Group 1 placed Franco Hendrix (10 wins, $114’000) Forty Thieves (12 wins) and the sub 1.52 pacer in Regulus who placed 3rd in the 2013 NZ Kindergarten Stakes behind Messini.    Ben McMillan

Former New Zealand 3yo Sires Stakes Final winner keeps on winning in North America.   Texican N was seen winning on Saturday at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey. The 12yo harness racing Gelding came out on top in a close finish, in a time of 1:55.4 and taking home $9,000. The win took him so very close to achieving $1 million in career earnings. Currently sitting at $994,722.   The son of Bettors Delight has a career best mile time of 1:50.1. In New Zealand he was the winner of 13 races and just short of $300,000 in prize money and placing at group level on 4 occasions, winning two of them, one being the $184,000 New Zealand 3yo Sires Stakes Final on New Zealand Cup Day.   Down Under mare doing well in the States.   Australian bred and raced mare Ideal Lifestyle A picked up her first win of the season on Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 8yo mare got the better of other former down under mares, Liberty Rose N and Rock N Shard N, who finished 2nd and 3rd in the race. They paced the mile in 1:52.2. It was the mares 20 th career victory.   She is now trained by Jim King Jnr and was driven by Tim Tetrick, who themselves have had huge success racing down under mares in the states. Notably, Shartin N and Bettor Joy N.   While racing down under, Ideal Lifestyle A, the daughter of Western Ideal won over $250,000, placing at group level twice and holds a lifetime mark of 1:50.3.     Monday 27 th January   Yonkers Raceway NY Vanquished N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500     Wednesday 29 th January   Dover Downs DE Shezza GnP N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $7,000 Ideal Lifestyle A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $15,000 - Down Under Trifecta – 2 nd Liberty Rose N, 3 rd Rock N Shard   Rosecroft Raceway MD Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $8,500     Thursday 30 th January   Monticello Raceway NY Spondulicks N – Time: 1:59.1, Stake: $3,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Eden Paige N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $11,250 Slick Artist A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $17,000     Friday 31 st January   Miami Valley Raceway OH Hillary Barry N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $10,000 Lettucerockthem A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Beyondthesilence A – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $10,000 Bronskimackenzie A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $20,000 Classy Chapel N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $20,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Sly Eleanor N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $26,000     Saturday 1 st Febuary   Freehold Raceway NJ Our Positano A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $6,300 Statesman N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,000 Texican N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $9,000   Meadowlands NJ Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $19,000 Statement Made A – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $13,500 Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $16,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Monty Monkhouser A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $25,000 Kimani N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $20,000 Anythingforlove A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $22,000 Imarocnrollegend N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Mongolian Hero N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,000   Sunday 2 nd Febuary   Pompano Park FL Brigadierbronski – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $7,000   Flamboro Downs CA Toot Toot N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $8,500     Click here for previous weeks articles     By Carter Dalgety

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that two of our industry participants have made the finals for this year’s Norwood Rural Games Awards. The awards are held to celebrate sports with animal and rural backgrounds in conjunction with the New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North on March 14 and 15, the Norwood Awards are to be held on Friday 13 March at Awapuni Racecourse. Sarah O'Reilly has made the final three for the Fonterra New Zealand Rural Youth of the Year, with last year’s NZ Junior Driver Championship and Australasian Young Drivers Championship victory putting her in contention.  Ricky May made the final cut for the second year in a row for the prestigious Toyota Lifetime Legacy category. The award is for sportspeople who have consistently delivered at the elite level in their sport – fitting for a seven time New Zealand Cup winning driver, with strong rural roots through his career in farming. Harness Racing New Zealand congratulates Sarah and Ricky on this huge achievement to just make the finals. We wish them all the very best for the Awards on March 13. Full information on the Rural Games can be found at www.ruralgames.co.nz The finalists are: Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year: Tony Bouskill – Fencing – Hawke’s Bay Scott Forrest – Tree Climbing – Kawerau Alan Oldfield – Blade Shearing – Geraldine Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year: Darcell Apelu – Wood Chopping – Mount Maunganui Pagan Karauria – Wool Handling – Alexandra Steph Tweed – Dog Trials – Waipara Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year: Ritson Galloway – Duck Calling – Manawatu Chris Lord – Wood Chopping – Otorohanga Sarah O’Reilly – Harness Racing – Rakaia Levno Contribution to Rural Sport: Doug Laing – Shearing – Napier Gemma Oliver – Rodeo – Winchester Sally Mallinson – Sheep Dog Trials – Geraldine  Toyota Lifetime Legacy: Greg Herrick – Shearing – Carterton Ricky May – Harness Racing – Methven Sheree Taylor – Wood Chopping – Te Aroha     Harness Racing New Zealand

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