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Leading up to the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year we are highlighting the contenders and their involvement in the harness racing industry. 16-year-old Oliver Kite won the Southland Cadet of the Year qualifier heat and is employed by Nathan Williamson in Invercargill. Oliver is currently licenced as a stable hand, and it was a chance move by his family that introduced him to his passion for harness racing. His family moved to a farm when he was younger and as fate would have it, it was next door to a harness racing stable. “I don’t have a harness racing background at all,” he explained. “I watched Tony and Cheryl Barron’s jogger go around the track when I was a young kid and I went from there.” “When I first told Mum that I wanted to do Kidz Kartz she actually thought I meant go karts. She’s scared of horses so she still says she wonders where I get this passion from,” Oliver said. But despite her own fears of the equine variety, Oliver’s Mum allowed him to foster his passion. “My Mum saw that I really enjoyed it, so she used it as a bribe and told me if I didn’t go to school I wouldn’t be allowed to go and help Tony on the weekends,” Oliver laughed. “From then I always saw it as something I wanted to do and Mum’s been really supportive. “Mum is really proud that I made the final. So is my boss Nathan and also Tony and Cheryl are really proud too.” Oliver credits a lot of what he has learned to the supportive nature of the Southland harness racing industry. “Down in Southland everyone is so helpful and approachable. Not only my employer and the Barrons, but everyone is always willing to help out and support you and give advice when I ask. They’re always only too happy to help each other out.” “In future I’d like to get my junior driver licence and sit that during my time with Nathan. Then down the line I’d really like to get my trainer’s and open horsemen licences too.” In the qualifying rounds for the Cadet of the Year Oliver found the general knowledge questions the most challenging. “In the round robin we kind of knew that we would be using things we had learned during the year, so could prepare for that. The general knowledge questions can be so broad that it’s hard to prepare for sometimes.” He was also tested from left field in the final when he was asked to tackle gymnastics. “That was definitely a challenge, especially the beam,” laughed Oliver. Despite the entertainment factor of the light hearted challenges in the final, Oliver was proud to be a part of it. “Cadet of the Year is a great way to show the industry how hard we have worked throughout the year in cadets. It’s a real privilege to be in the final and representing Southland.” The 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year final was held on July 24th, with the winner announced at this year’s annual awards ceremony at Addington Raceway on September 28.   We thank the generous sponsorship of the Catch Driver game, which is a free harness racing game available for download from your app store and allows you to drive in live harness racing games with people from around the world. To download visit: http://onelink.to/gme7ve    Harness Racing New Zealand

TAB News $40 Terminating Turbo Pick6 Friday night between Alexandra Park and Addington.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 26 July What’s happening at Addington? Thousands of dollars to be won - Pascoes The Jewellers Ladies Night Friday 26 July is based in Silks Lounge to view all the races! TICKETS ON SALE, please go to - https://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ Major Prizes to be won include; 1 carat diamond ring valued at $3,300 thanks to our overall naming rights sponsor and principal partner Pascoes The Jewellers. 3-night escape on the Sunshine coast at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba courtesy of Addington, with $1,000 towards airfares from Harness Racing New Zealand. This fabulous night includes; A glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Treat yourself to our nail art bar or a neck massage Opportunity to win a horse ownership experience on the night Entertainment throughout the night with harness racing action and live music after the last race Spot prizes throughout the night from Pascoes The Jewellers, Caci Riccarton, Lancôme and Addington Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series is underway! This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $43,000. To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 26 July 2019. The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one. The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final on Friday 26 July. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or call Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. Only one chance left to win $500 in our $50 All Up July Challenge!! 26 July 2019 Simply place a $50 All Up on any of our last three meetings in July and if your bet has the highest return for the week you will win an extra $500. Entries and further enquiries contact Jeremy Markham, Email: jeremy.markham@addington.co.nzor call him on 021 888 900. Jeremy will be based in Christian Cullen Lounge each week. Please also visit our website for further details - https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ Have a great week everyone. We look forward to hosting you again soon. From the Addington Team   Alexandra Park News – Friday 26 July Arabian Night – Friday 26th July from 5.30pm – Top of the Park Nurahib bik, we welcome you! We are extremely excited to host the first ever Arabian Night here at Alexandra Park! Let your senses get carried into a world of rich culture and mystical wonder, with the all-you-can-eat buffet transporting your taste buds to the Middle-East and the ever-exciting harness racing action taking place on the track below! Set in Top of the Park on Friday 26th July from 5.30pm, be sure to secure your table today! Phone 09 631 1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or book online at https://racenight.alexandrapark.co.nz/event/TOP260719/ Christmas at the Races featuring the Inter Dominion Championship 2019 Christmas at the Races are some of the hottest nights on the Alexandra Park Harness Racing calendar. Choose from our various rooms and packages the best option to suit your guests, get into the festive spirit with our amazing Christmas themed all-you-can-eat buffet and keep your eye out for Santa. There will be competitions, entertainment, photographers and non-stop harness racing excitement, plus live entertainment after the last race. This year offers added value with the Inter Dominion Championship being run in New Zealand for the first time in 8 years. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. For more information visit: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-races-2019/ To make a booking, do it online or contact us 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz   Gore Harness Racing Club return of the SPRING FLING BONUS Following the success of this bonus last season the Club would like to announce that the SPRING FLING BONUS returns this season to be run over their race meetings on the 10th and 25th August and the 12th October. Two categories, fillies/mares and colts/geldings. Winner (highest points scorer) of each category to receive $1,000 plus cool down rug. Points: 1st = 10pts, 2nd = 6pts, 3rd = 3pts, 4th = 2 pts, 5th = 1 pt.   Cambridge Raceway News – New Season Launch! You’re invited to a birthday party! Join us to celebrate the brand new racing season and the horse’s birthday! We are holding a special season launch event on Thursday 1 August at Cambridge Raceway in the Skyline Lounge (level 2). Kick off is 5pm, first race 5.21pm. And entry is free! Southern Harness Racing - Southern Awards - Sunday 11 August Sunday 11 August 2019 Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill Doors open 5.15pm, starting 6 pm sharp Master of ceremonies - Jess Smith  Tickets $70 online $75 cash or cheque Please use the following link to purchase your tickets https://forms.gle/gWyNZ7bAKhMsibda7 Any problems phone Karen 03 206 6545 or Nicole 03 206 6965   Canterbury Harness Racing Awards - 21 September 2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com   HRNZ Marketing

Welcome to a new regular harness racing segment on Harnesslink "Down Under winners" with Carter Dalgety. This weekly article will be posted on Monday afternoons and will highlight recent "Down Under" winners during the previous week of racing in North America. Highlight of last week was Shartin N winning the Golden Girls TVG FFA Mares Open at the Meadowlands. Regular pilot and leading harness racing driver, Tim Tetrick steered the daughter of Tintin In America home to grab her 10th win of the season and take her season earnings to $605,756 US. The 5yo Down Under Mare was raced in Australia by Victorian trainer Dean Braun. She was the winner of the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks, and the Group 2 Queensland Oaks in Australia before heading to the US. She is trained and prepared now by trainer Jim King Jnr. Champion New Zealand Trotter Speeding Spur N qualified at The Meadowlands on Saturday in 1:52.1 for Driver Tim Tetrick and Trainer Linda Toscano. Previously prepared by John and Joshua Dickie, Speeding Spur was the winner of over 1.1 Million and nine Group 1s in New Zealand and Australia. Friday 12th July   Bangor Raceway ME Delightful Offer N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000 Meadowlands NY Change Stride N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $12,500 Northfield Park OH Macy Blue Chip N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $4,000 Saratoga Harness NY Pasultimatedelite N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $8,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Better B Chevron N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $46,000 Lovin Miss Daisy N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $24,000   Saturday 13th July   Buffalo Raceway NY Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $10,000 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,400 Harrahs Hoosier Park IN Shards Halo N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $16,000 Meadowlands NJ Shartin N – Time: 2:02.1 (1 1/8 Miles), Mile Rate 1:48, Stake: $179, 550 Saratoga Harness NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake, $9,100 Military Master A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $15,000 Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $10,000 Scarborough Downs ME Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake, $25,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:50.2, Stake, $21,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Machiatto A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $18,500 Imrockonrollegend N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $24,000   Sunday 14th July   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1.52.1, Stake, $7,000 Billy Badger N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake, $14,500 None Bettor A – Time: 1:49.4, Stake, $30,000 - Down Under Trifecta, 2nd Our Max Phactor N, 3rd Mister Ohanzee A Tiger Thompson N – Time: 1:49.4, Stake, $18,000 Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Five Card Draw N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake, $13,500 Tioga Downs NY Steel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake, $9,000 Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake, $5,500   Monday 15th July   Ocean Downs MD Hollywood Sign A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake, $5,000 Plainridge Park MA New World Order A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake, $8,500 Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake, $14,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Tact Tate N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake, $11,000 The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake, $6,600 Yonkers Raceway NY Benhope Rulz N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake, $29,000   Tuesday 16th July   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Miss Irish Rose A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake, $11,000 Sally Fletcher A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake, $8,500 Shady Secret A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake, $12,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Milady Denver A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $13,500 Simply Sensational N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $13,500 January A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,500   Wednesday 17th July   Monticello Raceway NY Power Dreaming N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,000 Northfield Park OH Make A Statement A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $4,000 Supreme Mach N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,500   Thursday 18th July   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Backup A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $6,500 Plainridge Park MA Rockn Ruby N – Time: 1:53.5, Stake: $8,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Threedee Delight A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $13,500 Beyondthesilence N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $13,500 Firebby A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $18,500   Friday 19th July   Bangor Raceway ME Shez Sugarsweet A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,000 Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $20,000 Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Mitch Maguire N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $10,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Soho Jackman A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $19,500 Heez Orl Black N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $24,000 Miss You N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $24,000 Gold Orchid N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $30,000   Saturday 20th July   Buffalo Raceway NY Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $6,400 In Runaway Bay N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $11,000 Meadowlands NJ Constntlysidewys A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $11,250 Northfield Park OH Rycroft N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,700 Saratoga Harness NY Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $25,000 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Stormont Czar A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $11,000 Havefaithinme N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $17,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Gunpowder N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $24,000 Machiatto A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake, $24,000   by Carter Dalgety

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's episode features Linda Toscano, North American Hall of Fame trainer of Speeding Spur, following his recent effort at the trials in New Jersey. Donna Williamson, Timaru based trainer and vet. And Hunterville trainer Scott Dickson. Also our usual chat with Bookie, Richard Wilson.   Jess Smith HRNZ Marketing

Punters and rivals are not the only ones surprised by Self Assured’s charge to the top. A maiden in May and a G1 winner in July he has even surprised Mark Purdon. “Probably as much the way he has handled the racing as anything else. I mean we knew he was good. But the way he has done it has been an eye opener. When the other horse put half a length on him in the back and I wasn’t really wanting to get into a fight for it at that stage he just came back to me as I wanted. They were running 26 second quarters and there was still a way to go. A lot of inexperienced horses would have wanted to pull in that situation. And earlier when Lochinvar Art, who is a smart pacer and went a big race,had a go with the whip cracking it didn’t faze him. He is a very very good horse” “I had decided to go to the front and stay there because if I had to sit parked it was going to be a big ask even for him. Once I pulled the ear plugs he found another gear” All of which has Mark thinking about likely tasks for him next season. “He should be back racing in the spring, maybe around October. He will have some tests on the way home at Matamata though they should be pretty clear and just a precaution and then we will give him about four weeks up there on the water walker as we have done with others. So he won’t be out of work altogether at all." “We will probably be aiming at the Cup meeting and I might throw in a nom for the Inter Dominions and see what develops” Mark, who posted his 182nd G1 winning drive on Saturday, said Princess Tiffany and Jesse Duke will proceed to Melbourne as planned but an assessment of Princess Tiffany will be made there. “She has come through the race ok, just a little tender and whether she races in the Breeders Crown will be finally decided later in the week. She went a terrific race really on that time and from where she had to come from the draw”   Courtesy of All Stars Stables http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/  

When Christchurch harness racing buff Peter O’Rourke was offered the role as booking agent in New Zealand for the mighty Lazarus he didn’t need to think twice about accepting the position. “How could you not want to be involved with the past pacer I’ve ever seen?” Peter said. Lazarus, the dual NZ Horse of the Year and Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile hero who is lining up for his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), is gaining widespread interest from Kiwi broodmare owners, according to Peter. “I’ve already had more than 40 confirmed bookings to him in New Zealand,” he said. O’Rourke is unquestionably one of the best known and most respected figures in Harness Racing breeding and racing - on either side of the ditch. His secondment to the Lazarus team adds yet another string to his bow. O’Rourke’s involvement in the sport began way back in January 1977. “Bob McArdle wanted me to give him a hand with his bloodstock business,” Peter recalls. “And I stayed for 23 years!” Peter, whose working life began as a high school teacher in Melbourne, was appointed as manager of the fledgling Nevele R Stud, near Christchurch in 1977. Peter O'Rourke “When I first started the three horses standing on the property were Timely Knight, Nevele Romeo and the trotter Gerry Mir,” Peter said. “Holmes Hanover, Live Or Die and Falcon Seelster were the three best sires to stand at Nevele R during my time.” The exalted trio won more than 20 NZ Sire Premiership between them. In 1999 Peter became the marketing manager of the late Wayne Francis’ Spreydon Lodge, the home of the ‘Franco’ breed, as well as general manager of Nevele R Stud Limited. “I sold more than 100 ‘Franco’ horses to both Australia and NZ including derby and oaks winners, two Australian Pacing Championship winners, a Chariots Of Fire winner and a Golden Nugget winner,” he stated. Some of the best horses sold by Peter include the NSW Oaks winners Scent and Shrub, Madam Steward (Queensland Oaks), the Chariots winner Kentuckiana, the Australian Pacing Championship winners Swapzee Bromac and Atitagian and the cup class pacer Our Ian Mac. One of his most expensive sales was the Boyden Hanover gelding Swapzee Bromac. “I purchased Swapzee Bromac as a foal off Bob McArdle and later sold him to clients of Perth trainer Trevor Warwick,” he said. “He went on to win more than $200,000 before being sold to USA for $100,000 plus.” In 2013 O’Rourke joined forces with well known Adelaide harness identity and good mate David Shammall to establish Stallions Australasia, which transports frozen semen for elite trotting sires from North America. “Unlike their pacing counterparts, the top trotting sires don’t ever shuttle to Australia or NZ,” Peter stated. ”So we identified a niche market for the trotters.” The Stallions Australasia roster includes the world’s No. 1 trotting sire Muscle Hill and his brilliant, young sons Trixton, Southwind Frank and Tactical Landing. Peter said the best horse he ever raced was Michele Bromac (Besta Fella-Milne Bay), who won 11 races including two heats of the Nevele R Fillies Series and finished second in the final and third in the NZ Oaks. He also tasted success recently with the three-year-old Artsplace gelding Arts Dash. “He had three starts for us for a win, a second and fifth before we sold him to Victoria where he won on debut at Geelong last week,” Peter said. Married to Sue, and the father of two children and grandfather of Lulu, 7, and Harry, 5, the 68 years-old O’Rourke still really enjoys harness racing. “I love the industry and I want to stay involved for a few more years yet,” he stated. By Peter Wharton

Mark Purdon’s 100th Group 1 training triumph marked the arrival of his next superstar.  All who watched Self Assured roar through four stunning Queensland Winter Carnival wins were convinced he’s poised to become the sport’s next big thing.  As if last week’s narrow but mesmerizing South-East Derby win wasn’t head-spinning enough, Self Assured raised the bar again with the first of what should be many Group 1 wins in last night’s (Saturday) $100,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby.  Self Assured used a good draw to lead, but copped plenty of pressure, most notably from Lochinvar Art down the back straight, but still left his rivals standing in track record time.  Unbeaten in six runs, he smashed the race record and Self Assured’s 1min54.2sec mile rate for the 2680m was only 0.5sec slower than they ran in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake – a Grand Circuit race - on the same night.  Just as he did the week before, Self Assured smashed the clock with closing splits of 53.8 and 27.1sec.  “I was a little bit worried (when the pressure came on). Either one of those horses, you could’ve let go, but he’d worked so good during the week I didn’t want to take any risks,” Purdon said.  “I was a little bit concerned when we straightened for home, but when I pulled the plugs he went into another gear.  “He’s a really good horse and he showed that tonight.”  Self Assured, the latest All Stars’ gun to be owned by Australian Jean Feiss, is not Breeders Crown eligible so it’s spell time now.  “Heads to Melbourne with Princess Tiffany and Jesse Duke, then onto to Auckland where he will agist and have a bit of a break with a view to having him back in November for the support races at Cup time. It’ll be a.8/27 nice introduction to Cup class racing for him.”  The All Stars’ also grabbed third and fourth in the Derby with Jesse Duke (third) and Our Princess Tiffany (fourth) and that pair now head to the Breeders Crown.  The run of Lochinvar Art to finished second after powering the pressure on Self Assured down the back straight in a 26.7sec split was enormous and he looks the horse to beat in his Breeders Crown division despite a long season.   Adam Hamilton

The harness racing win of Auckland Reactor gelding Jazzy Star had to be seen to be believed at Addington on Friday night. At the turn you would have said the chances of the speedy 4yo winning looked hopeless as he was last on the fence with a wall of horses in front of him, and even with 100m to go when he was still looking for room you would have thrown your win ticket into the bin. But driver Stephen McNally had other ideas and when he finally extricated Jazzy Star into the clear and pulled the plugs the response was immediate.  The Brent White trained Jazzy Star grew wings over the last 50m and collared the leader Jay Tee Tyron right on the line eventually winning by a neck. In the end the only surprising thing was the price. Opening around $3.60 on the FF win market, off the back of a scintillating Ashburton workout where he sat parked and ran his last 800m in 55.5 seconds under a stranglehold, Jazzy Star (Auckland Reactor - Shikaka) drifted in the betting and ended up paying $7.10 and $2.70 on the tote.  The progeny of Auckland Reactor also had a win in the North Island last night when Akarana Prince (Auckland Reactor - Love To Travel) led for most of the way and won his first race at Alexandra Park. Brent Mangos was in the sulky for the win and the trainer was Tim Vince. Akarana Prince won by 2 3/4 lengths and paced the 2200m mobile in 2-46.1 seconds. Harnesslink Media    

Some people say that the majority of the really good race horses have an attitude or act as if they know they are or were good at racing. Diana Ferguson explains this is the case with champion trotter Stent. “He was a very good race horse so he sort of just does what he wants, he keeps the other horses in check.” Stent who is now 10 years old and resides in Timaru won 30 races including the Anzac Cup, Rowe Cup and the NZ Trotting FFA. He was owned by the Bowdens and also Trevor Casey who’s partner Kate organised for Stent to be rehomed to Diana. Diana has owned Stent for over a year where he is living a life of luxury. Diana describes Stent as a,“bit of an old paddock mate, who loves to rip his cover.”  Stent has been ridden a few times but hasn’t taken to being ridden in the same way he did as a race horse. “He’s very happy for you to sit on him but if you try and make him walk he will bite your legs,” explained Diana. Diana loves Stent’s character and loves having him around the paddock. Eventually she would like to show Stent and said he will always have a home with her.   HRNZ Marketing and Dunstan Horsefeeds

A former Kiwi pacer destined to become a star in NSW has a huge fan in ace Sydney harness racing horseman Robert Morris. Three-year-old gelding Balraj NZ (Art Major-Mahendra (Courage Under Fire) has burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion, with three spine-tingling undefeated runs. Prepared by astute hobby trainer Shaun Simiana, who trains at Hawkesbury, Balraj has not only got faster at each of his three appearances on Australian soil, but his winning margins have got bigger. Morris was understandably impressed with Balraj's first two runs, but his most recent start at Newcastle took the cake when he absolutely blew away his rivals to set a new track record of 1.50-9 and a winning margin of 55.9 metres! "The horse has been a bit of a surprise packet because he's still got a lot to learn, which might sound scary," Morris said. "He's still a little green and certainly not your typical horse that glides along. He can get on one rein at times, as well as become a little rough," he said. "But incredibly, while there's a lot for Balraj to learn, there doesn't seem to be an ending to him. The horse is quite unreal in the way he just gets the job done. "There's certainly some fun times ahead for Shaun (trainer) and his three mates who purchased the horse. He's certainly exciting and Shaun has him looking an absolute picture." Newcastle Harness Racing Club secretary-manager Wayne Smith believed Monday's winning margin was the biggest seen at the track, beating the effort of the Shane Tritton-trained Arms Of An Angel (32.4m) in 2015. Balraj blitzes them!  The photo finish of this week’s record-breaking Newcastle run Prior to crossing the Tasman Sea, Balraj had three unplaced runs at Addington, Rangiora and Omakau, but then turned it around with two wins at Forbury. Two months later, Simiana produced his newly-acquired pacer at Penrith where they won a qualifying trial over 1720m in two minutes. It was four weeks later when they returned to Penrith, but this time it was at the races. Morris worked forward in the early stages, and despite having to balance him up on the final bend, Balraj was too good. He won by 7.1 metres in 1.58-7. The next assignment was Newcastle on June 14. After galloping for a few strides at the start, the youngster again went forward. Morris allowed him to stretch out over the final stages and they recorded a 25.7m victory in an impressive 1.52-7. But it was his latest performance at Newcastle that has everyone, rightfully so, touting Balraj as a shining star of the future. In taking out the $6360 Tooheys Pace by one of the biggest winning margins ever seen at the venue, the pacer eclipsed the previous track record of 1.51-4 held by Majordan, by half a second. "I knew we were running along, but the time did surprise me," Morris said. "The third quarter was 26.4 and he went a bit awkward around the bend, but then he straightened up and dug in again with a final split of 27.9. He's got some class about him." Morris said Simiana had only ever worked small teams of horses. "He's always had one or two going around and does them as a hobby around his work. "They decided to buy one from New Zealand with the idea of having a bit of fun. They all love the sport and I'm certain they are in for some great times." Morris, 27, who began driving professionally just over a decade ago, has now landed more than 1250 winners. The Menangle Park based reinsman forms a formidable combination with his talented, horse training wife Kerry Ann.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Plainville, MA --- A pair of $8,500 races topped the harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and the winner of each found victory by small margins. In the mid-level condition event for distaff pacers Rockin Ruby N (Nick Graffam) cut the mile and walked to the half in :58 flat. Having enough of that, Jaded Dream (Mitchell Cushing) and Bye Bye Felicia (Drew Monti) pulled out by the half and applied heavy pressure from there to the head of the lane. When they straightened out for home, Rockin Ruby N maintained a length advantage but Bye Bye Felicia was flying at her on the outside and closing with every stride. However Rockin Ruby N held her lead to the wire to win in 1:53.4, with a swift :55.4 back half. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this year for Rockin Ruby N ($7.20) and 29th win in North America, now with over $270,000 in earnings. Rockin Ruby N is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by Artie Brewer II. Four races later it was a non-winners event for the 5-year-old and under set that saw Lyons Beachboy (Drew Monti) take an early lead before finding Stroman (Mitchell Cushing) at his side by the half. These two then paced stride for stride to three-quarters in 1:24.4 when Stroman took over the front on the outside and looked to be in good shape. But Monti kept working Lyons Beachboy down the stretch and he was game and responded well to came back to win by a nose in 1:54. It was the second straight win and fourth of the year for Lyons Beachboy ($7.60) and his connections Lases Racing. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner. Shawn Gray scored a natural Hat Trick in races two through four and ended up leading all drivers for wins on the card as a result. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow. With no winners once again in races six or nine, the carryover pool for race six at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 19) will be a record $46,238. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

For most harness racing enthusiasts winter is a timely opportunity to catch a break in preparation for the fast approaching busy season.   But for four young Cadets flying the flag for their regions respectively, the excitement is just beginning as they gear up to compete in the 2019 Catch Driver Cadet of the Year Final on Wednesday the 24th of July at Addington Raceway. Based on a similar concept to the Young Farmer of the Year competition, the event has been designed to test Cadets throughout New Zealand in a diverse range of exciting challenges on both a theoretical and practical level. Advancing from the regional competitions held in Canterbury, Southland and the Northern area the four finalists will have to call on not only their equine knowledge but acquired ‘life-skills’ in hope of securing the coveted Cadet of the Year trophy. For finalists Oliver Kite, who represents the Deep South and Kaleb Bublitz from the North, their pathway into the industry was carved at a young age by means of the invaluable Kidz Kartz scheme. Kidz Kartz has now firmly established itself as a major player in the Harness Racing Scene. Kidz Kartz programmes running throughout both the North and South Island encourage the younger generation to try their hand at driving in a fun, educational and safe manner. Experienced professional tutors and ponies carefully selected for their calm temperament help ensure the training programmes provided are committed to helping develop a well-rounded horseperson. Emphasis is put not only on Harness Racing but also the knowledge of caring for your pony. Kidz Kartz encourages friendship, fair play and friendly competition. Kidz Kartz is an all-inclusive initiative; youngsters from all walks of life regardless of their horse experience are welcomed into the industry and given the opportunity to transition their passion of horses into a foreseeable career. Oliver and Kaleb are perfect examples of how the Kidz Kartz programme offers a clearly defined path into the Harness Racing industry. Regular Kidz Kartz races throughout the year imitate the thrill of driving in real races including the biggest inter-club race of the season, the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup. This prestigious race is held annually on Show Day during the biggest event on the racing Calendar- New Zealand Cup and Show Week. The Kidz Kartz members along with their ponies have to qualify for this race where they will race for glory in front of maximum capacity crowd at Addington Raceway. Kidz Kartz also offers Trans-Tasman opportunities; a selected Kidz Kartz member each year travels to Australia to compete in the NSW Mini Trot Interdominion and there is a Lizzie of Rossland Rising Stars Drivers Series held in Auckland.  Throughout New Zealand amongst both the Junior and Senior ranks are a number of successful Kidz Kartz graduates with Oliver and Kaleb already proving they too will be added to this list. At a young age Alana Cameron and Cameron Kirkwood, both representing Canterbury, already had a foot in the stable door so to speak however this industry involvement was cemented at High School with them both engaging in the Gateway programme that Harness Racing New Zealand offers. The Gateway programme was implemented as a way of providing wider educational opportunities to High School senior students, Year 11 and above. Gateway enables students, who are interested in or have a passion for horses, to gain credits towards their NCEA Qualification by completing equine related unit standards. Gateway is offered at most High Schools throughout New Zealand.  The Education Team at Harness Racing New Zealand assist the students and school co-ordinators in selection of appropriate unit standards in relation to the level of learning including work placement in stables. Gateway provides valuable learning and employment opportunities and is available not only for harness racing enthusiasts but for anybody with an interest in the wider equine industry. Through Gateway, Cameron was able to experience life at the races by means of a work placement with the Stipendiary Stewards. Cameron learnt first-hand the rules and regulations involved in harness racing and was exposed to the judicial process in a practical manner. Cameron went on to secure a job at Harness Racing New Zealand in the racing and registrations department along with picking up a stable job at Regan Todd’s; an opportunity he credits to the Gateway programme . Cadet of the Year is the perfect initiative to showcase the talent of our emerging future stars and also to promote the various avenues available to those wishing to pursue a career in Harness Racing. We wish the four finalists the best of luck. Harness Racing New Zealand

Haras des Trotteurs are delighted to announce that Swedish Group 1-winning stallion Volstead, who went 1.51.5 on a 1000m track, will stand the coming harness racing season at Cardigan (Ballarat) and will be available to both New Zealand and Australian breeders. This will make the beautifully American-bred stallion the first son of Cantab Hall to be available as a chilled semen option in the Southern Hemisphere. Cantab Hall has become an outstanding sire of sires with with his sons Father Patrick, Explosive Matter and Uncle Peter all in the top 10 of 3YOs US sires this season An outstanding competitor in Sweden’s elite gold division Volstead raced out of the top Swedish barn of Stefan Melander and won 5.87M SEK from 23 of his 72 race starts including the Group 1 King’s Cup and the prestigious Sweden Cup, or Little Elitlopp, in 2017. Volstead Sweden Cup He qualified for the Elitloppet the following year where he just missed out on the final (won by his stablemate Nuncio) and was also an unlucky second to Nuncio in the Group 1 Swedish Sprint Masters, after sitting parked the whole race, getting to the front in the shadows of the post only for his stablemate to come off his back and nab him on the line. Volstead and Johnny Takter “Volstead was very fast from the beginning when we started training him and was a very very strong horse.” said his Swedish owner-trainer Stefan Melander. “Volstead could race on the outside the whole race. If it was a distance race or a mile race, it didn't matter and he could still win racing outside the entire race. Melander bought Volstead as a yearling because of his great conformation and excellent pedigree (by Cantab Hall from a Yankee Glide mare) with a tremendous number of stakes winners and race horses he said. ‘I have retained breedings to breed my own mares in USA as I can see Volstead within the next five years becoming highly successful and one of the top trotting Stallions in the world,” said Melander. Volstead will stand for $A5500 (gst inclusive) and $NZ5000 + gst  at Haras des Trotteurs in Cardigan, Victoria, alongside successful group winning French stallion Used To Me. Both stallions will be available in chilled semen form in Australia and New Zealand. Multi-mare discounts are available, with a special single mare discount available for Volstead for VSTA  and NZSBA members.   In Australia contact; Karen Starr karen@harasdestrotteurs.com.au M: +61 459 342 525 ​ In New Zealand contact; Dave Sanders dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au M: +64 212 452 584  

Gavelhouse.com has launched their inaugural online Standardbred auction catalogue comprising 23 Lots with bidding set to close starting with Lot 1 at 7pm on Wednesday 24 July.   The catalogue features weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, racehorses and broodmares both empty and in-foal.   Of the in-foal mares the covering sires include Buy Kiwi Made, Creatine, Downbytheseaside, He’s Watching, Gold Ace, Sweet Lou and Vincent with some of the highlights in the sale including:    Lot 4 - Dothraki. A weanling colt by Champion French sire Love You from the great race mare Pocaro (1.57.5). Dothraki is a half-brother to three winners including Group 1 winner Missandei and from the same family as Springbank Sam, Sun Of Anarchy and Daenerys Targaryen.    Lot 7 - Errani. Out of a half-sister to Group 1 Tasmanian Derby winner I’m Mark Anthony, Errani herself a half-sister to two Australian winners in Machitelli and Ranieri. This is also the family of Three-year-old Pacer of the Year Roman Gladiator. This filly has been broken in and is currently spelling.    Lot 8 - Maggie May. A full sister to 2013-14 Trotting Filly of the Year and Group 2 winner Wanna Play, Maggie May is from the Group 1 placed and Group 3 winning mare Miss Whiplash. Broken in and currently spelling.    Lot 13 - Cullen’s Creation. A daughter of Christian Cullen from Adios Dream who was a multiple Group 2 winner, Cullen’s Creation is offered for sale in foal to Sweet Lou. Cullen’s Creation is the dam of five to race, all of which are winners in 2.00 including the Group 1 placed Quite A Delight.    Lot 20 - Sportzilluztrated. A racing or breeding proposition, Sportzilluztrated is a daughter of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge and is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 West Australian winner The Bucket List. She is also a full-sister to Group 2 placed Somethingaboutmary.   Owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and with the backing of the NZB Standardbred team, the gavelhouse.com team is excited to see the monthly online auctions embraced as the harness fraternity become more familiar with the platform and see the value in the regular, hassle free trading option.   gavelhouse.com Standardbred representative Cam Bray is pleased with the concept’s reception   “This is certainly a new concept to the harness world and a welcome one at that with plenty of encouraging feedback about us entering the market,”   “This catalogue represents a great start with some quality horses up for grabs straight off the bat and we look forward to working with people going forward to help them market their horses in the best possible light.”   Buyers are encouraged to exercise their due diligence including inspecting the horses or engaging someone to undertake an inspection on their behalf before bidding. The bidding process itself is a simple one involving registering on the site and then going to the Lot of interest’s page and either typing in the amount you’d like to bid or bidding the next bid amount by clicking the ‘Place Bid’ button.   There is plenty of information in the FAQ section of the gavelhouse.com Standardbred site to help buyers and sellers alike while the gavelhouse.com team is happy to answer any questions via info@gavelhouse.com or +64 9 296 4436 or contact Cam Bray +64 21 737 199. Follow the link for future Standardbred sale dates.   Haylie Martin General Manager  

TAB News Pick6 this week - $40k Terminating at Forbury Park Harness on Thursday night. $40 Terminating Turbo Pick6 Friday night between Alexandra Park and Addington.   Wish for Fish Fundraiser – Addington Raceway 19 July We are a registered charitable trust called wish for fish (www.wish4fish.co.nz). We help people with physical disabilities, mental illness and financial hardship to enjoy salt water activities. We have a large fundraising dinner planned at Addington Raceway, Christchurch on 19th of July. This event is to be held to raise our profile, some funds for our cause and also launch our supporters club. We are excited this year to be working in conjunction with the Child Cancer Foundation  https://www.childcancer.org.nz/) & Conductive Education Canterbury http://www.cecanterbury.org/)  in which funds raised will support their awesome causes. Help an amazing cause and enjoy a fabulous night out at Addington Raceway. TICKET COST: $130pp includes 3 course buffet & drinks package. The night will include charity auctions, raffles, lucky draws and a punters club ($10 per share). For more information and to order tickets please phone Mac on 027 471 2000, Bryce on 021 616 601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz    Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 19 July What’s happening at Addington? Thousands of dollars to be won - Pascoes The Jewellers Ladies Night Friday 26 July is based in Silks Lounge to view all the races! TICKETS ON SALE, please go to - https://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ Major Prizes to be won include; 1 carat diamond ring valued at $3,300 thanks to our overall naming rights sponsor and principal partner Pascoes The Jewellers. 3-night escape on the Sunshine coast at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba courtesy of Addington, with $1,000 towards airfares from Harness Racing New Zealand.   This fabulous night includes; A glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Treat yourself to our nail art bar or a neck massage Opportunity to win a horse ownership experience on the night Entertainment throughout the night with harness racing action and live music after the last race Spot prizes throughout the night from Pascoes The Jewellers, Caci Riccarton, Lancôme and Addington Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series is underway! This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $43,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 26 July 2019.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final on Friday 26 July. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or call Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. Only 3 chances left to win $500 in our $50 All Up July Challenge!! 12, 19 and 26 July 2019 Simply place a $50 All Up on any of our last three meetings in July and if your bet has the highest return for the week you will win an extra $500. Entries and further enquiries contact Richard Bromley, Email: richard@addington.co.nz or call him on 021 888 900.  Richard will be based in Christian Cullen  Lounge each week.  Please also visit our website for further - https://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you again soon.  From the Addington Team   Alexandra Park News – Friday 19 July  Arabian Night – Friday 26th July from 5.30pm – Top of the Park Nurahib bik, we welcome you! We are extremely excited to host the first ever Arabian Night here at Alexandra Park! Let your senses get carried into a world of rich culture and mystical wonder, with the all-you-can-eat buffet transporting your taste buds to the Middle-East and the ever-exciting harness racing action taking place on the track below! Set in Top of the Park on Friday 26th July from 5.30pm, be sure to secure your table today! Phone 09 631 1165, email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or book online at https://racenight.alexandrapark.co.nz/event/TOP260719/ Christmas at the Races featuring the Inter Dominion Championship 2019 Christmas at the Races are some of the hottest nights on the Alexandra Park Harness Racing calendar. Choose from our various rooms and packages the best option to suit your guests, get into the festive spirit with our amazing Christmas themed all-you-can-eat buffet and keep your eye out for Santa. There will be competitions, entertainment, photographers and non-stop harness racing excitement, plus live entertainment after the last race. This year offers added value with the Inter Dominion Championship being run in New Zealand for the first time in 8 years. Explore the best Alexandra Park has to offer, but don’t forget to book quickly as these popular nights don’t last long. For more information visit: https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-races-2019/ To make a booking, do it online or contact us 09 631 1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz   Gore Harness Racing Club return of the SPRING FLING BONUS Following the success of this bonus last season the Club would like to announce that the SPRING FLING BONUS returns this season to be run over their race meetings on the 10th and 25th August and the 12th October.  Two categories, fillies/mares and colts/geldings.  Winner (highest points scorer) of each category to receive $1,000 plus cool down rug. Points: 1st = 10pts, 2nd = 6pts, 3rd = 3pts, 4th = 2 pts, 5th = 1 pt.    Cambridge Raceway News – New Season Launch! You’re invited to a birthday party! Join us to celebrate the brand new racing season and the horse’s birthday! We are holding a special season launch event on Thursday 1 August at Cambridge Raceway in the Skyline Lounge (level 2). Kick off is 5pm, first race 5.21pm. And entry is free!   Canterbury Harness Racing Awards - 21 September 2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com    HRNZ Marketing

This year’s Interdominions return to New Zealand for the first time in eight years. Last held at Alexandra Park (transferred from Addington, Christchurch as a result of the devastating earthquake of 22 February 2011), the Auckland Trotting Club are this year’s Championship hosts. Christchurch (NZ) based travel agency Holland, Clarke and Beatson (HCB) whose specialist tours include many sporting events, will this year offer three tour durations (17 or 10 nights or Grand Finals weekend packages) for the 2019 Interdominion Championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand. This year’s Championships feature both Pacing and Trotting heats and Grand Finals. All transfers, accommodation (various options available), tours/functions and specified meals/drinks are included in the tour costs. Air Travel bookings can also be arranged for you by HCB. Full tour details are available by viewing HCB’s Interdominion brochure and registration form below : Registration Form Brochure    

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