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Highly talented Auckland Reactor four-year-old Reactor Now stretched his winning sequence to seven and earned a new speed badge of 1:52.2 when he came from second last to win the Victorian Regional Challenge heat at Bendigo on Friday night (June 26). Gaining a three-wide trail in the back straight, Reactor Now was spotting the leaders a conservative 25 metres at the 600 metre mark but maintained a solid finishing thrust to prevail in the last stride. The gelding has now won nine of his 12 lifetime starts and $55,630 in stakes. The win was the highlight of another highly successful weekend for emerging sire Auckland Reactor. Bossmaro, a four-year-old, romped home by three-and-a-half lengths at a 1:59.9 rate over    2600 metres at Addington, while the five-year-old Jimmy Richter notched his second win at Invercargill. Other recent Australian winners by Auckland Reactor were Temora Reactor (1:57, Wagga) and Hilo Tyson (Northam). Auckland Reactor is currently ranked fifth on this year’s New Zealand all aged sires’ list and third on the 5YO and older table ahead of American Ideal and Art Major. His NZ based stock has earned $746,000 to date this season. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the Moama (NSW) property of well known horseman Tony Peacock.   By Peter Wharton

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Punters backed Bossmaro into an equal money favourite in the Fahey Fence hire Mobile Pace (2600m) at Addington Raceway on Sunday and the Rodger Austin-trained gelding didn’t disappoint his supporters. New Zealand Premiership leading driver Blair Orange took advantage of his ace draw, stoking up his charge to take and early lead. The pair didn’t relinquish their advantage and ran away to a comfortable 3-1/2 length win over Paul’s Verdict, with a further 4-1/2 lengths back to Donegal Gilbert in third. Austin was pleased with the four-year-old’s winning effort and said it came as a relief after a series of promising runs this preparation. “He went really well, I am really pleased with the way he went today,” Austin said. “Once he got out of the gate he got an easy lead and from there I thought he would take some catching.” The son of Auckland Reactor has continued to impress Austin with his progress this preparation, particularly his runner-up performance over 2600m at Addington Raceway last week. “He has been going some quite good races,” Austin said. “He has been racing a lot kinder and has been doing things right. His sectionals have been really good, so he has been knocking on the door.” Austin has been trying to correct a few issues Bossmaro developed late last year and is delighted to see his patience pay dividends on Sunday. “We had a bit of trouble with him after Christmas, after he won a race,” Austin said. “He started pulling quite hard in his races and not doing things right, especially behind the mobile. “We put him on the unruly and he had a few bad runs. The unruly is not always the best place to be, especially over those 1950m races. He just wasn’t getting good runs, but was going okay races. “We did a bit of work with him over the break and changed a bit of gear on him, which seems to have helped. “We got him off the unruly, so that has made a big difference to him.” It was Bossmaro’s fourth run this preparation and Austin said the four-year-old gelding may now head for a quick freshen-up. “We might give him a bit of a breather now because he is a big, skinny fella.” Earlier in the card Austin lined-up another favourite in Idle Stuartia, but the daughter of Superfast Stuart could only manage a fourth-placing after doing a bit of work mid-race. While she wasn’t able to add to her win tally Austin was still happy with the way she performed. “She went near enough, she did a bit of work through the race,” he said. “She probably just lacks a little bit of toughness. She has got a lot of speed but if she has got to do a little bit of extra work she is not quite as good.”

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By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    It may have been a wet winters day at Addington Raceway on Sunday, but it will live long in the memory of Jo-ann Buckland-Stevens. The amateur driver was having just her second raceday outing and was able to pick-up her first win behind Glacier Coaster in the Mike Stratford Memorial Amateur Drivers Mobile Pace (2600m) for trainer Bruce Negus. Buckland-Stevens bided her time at the rear of the field for the majority of the race before electing to press her claims four-wide down the back-straight. Glacier Coaster stuck on resolutely and was able to pick-up her rivals in the home-straight to record a half-length victory over Changearound, with a further 1-1/2 lengths back to Flame Lady in third. The win was made even more satisfying for Buckland-Stevens given the mare is owned by the estate of Stratford, who passed away earlier this month. “It was pretty exciting to get my first win,” Buckland-Stevens said. “I was just trying to be really positive today. I knew she was a lovely horse to drive. I just tried to listen to the instructions and go out there and have fun. “She is just such a nice horse to drive and she is such an honest mare. I was ecstatic to drive her for Mike, especially on a special day with his memorial. “It was also great to get the win for Bruce and Colleen (Negus) and what they have done for me over the past few years.” Bruce Negus was instrumental in Buckland-Stevens’ involvement in harness racing, having introduced her to the sport three years ago, and he has encouraged her to pursue an amateur driver’s license. “We own a garage out at Burnham and Bruce is one of our customers,” Buckland-Stevens said. “He came in about three years ago and Brendan (husband) and a few of the other mechanics went into shares in one of his horses. “I thought I would go and check the horse out and I ended up helping brush all the horses and learnt how to gear up. “One day Bruce said did I want to jump in the bike and it all started from there. As soon as I did (drive a horse) I was addicted and then I started on the road towards an amateur license.” Glacier Coaster has become one of Buckland-Stevens’ favourite horses at Negus’ stable, alongside She’s Allthe Craze who finished runner-up later on the card behind the Colin and Julie DeFilippi-trained Midnight Assassin. “Glacier Coaster is just an honest mare to drive, I like her, and She’s Allthe Craze,” Buckland-Stevens said. “It’s a shame we don’t get to drive them because I like the trotters and she is just an amazing horse to drive.” Buckland-Stevens is enjoying her time out on the track on raceday and said the only goal she has at this stage is to improve on her driving abilities. “I am just trying to drive horses to their capability and listen to the trainer,” she said. “Next season I would like to get as many drives as I can and just continue to improve my driving skills.” 

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with an eleven race program starting at 11:54am and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington. NZ Metro Sunday 28th June 2020   Race 1 Four Starzzz Shiraz handy run after an early break last start. Drawn wide but one of the better chances in this field….Flame Lady she stuck on for third in a similar field last start and has winning claims here…..Royal Jester coming in fresh but will get a good run on the fence, one for longer odds…..Pete’s Dash good draw to work with and throws in the odd good race. Nice odds available. Selections:  Four Starzzz Shiraz(9),   Flame Lady (5),   Pete’s Dash (3),    Royal Jester (10)   Race 2 Luminosity yet to break her maiden win but today could be the day. Running big races with not much luck…..Pastrana a gallop midrace put paid to his chances last start. Not the worst in this field….Build A Bridge good second last start but manners a concern, will be in it with no mistakes…..Midnight Memories normally there abouts and is reliable at the start. Place hopes again here. Selections:  Luminosity (11),   Pastrana (5),   Build A Bridge (6),    Midnight Memories (10)   Race 3 Prairie tidy second here last week and he should be right in the fight again here. Top selection…..Buckskin roared home late after a slow beginning last week and only has to step cleanly to be right there……Pembrook Tilly big improvement in form last start and can go on with it. Winning claims…..Southern Storm held up at a vital stage last week and ran on ok. Can win if closer on the turn. Selections:  Prairie (4),   Buckskin (5),   Southern Storm (14),    Pembrook Tilly (10)   Race 4 Missalyssa she got the money at big odds last start and is a good chance to win again with manners…..Tehoro Dazzle gallop midrace was costly last start but she is a chance with luck in the running…Honeys Son big run for second last start with good sectionals. Can go one better…..Sunny Bill last start run not as bad as it looks on paper and he normally begins well. One for longer odds. Selections:  Missalyssa (15),   Honeys Son (12),  Sunny Bill (5),    Tehoro Dazzle (9)   Race 5 Champagneandwine slightly unlucky last week when a horse galloped in front of her and she got forced wide.Winning claims here……Donegal Carrickfin drops back for this and runs have been ok. Can win at decent odds with manners……Sagano disappointing last start but well placed here. Stand start a concern but she will be right there with a clean getaway…..The Diva tidy win last start and this field no stronger. Can repeat with a similar run in transit. Selections:  Champagneandwine (4),   Donegal Carrickfin (2),   Sagano (9),    The Diva (8)   Race 6 American Viking looked to be going ok when he broke last start. One for longer odds here…..Princess Dakota she ran on well after a slow start last week and only needs to bring her manners to go close to winning…..Yuri has run a couple of good seconds this campaign. Winning claims here…..Funky Monkey from a top trotting stable and sure to be ready. Can win with the tote the guide. Selections:  American Viking (4),   Yuri (10),   Princess Dakota (5),    Funky Monkey (7)   Race 7 Conquer Me has a decent draw to contend with and has been ok in his previous runs. One to spice up the exotics…..Samarias Mach tidy third here last week. Can go one better with luck in the running…..Tara Bromac tough run last start and weaker field here. Winning claims…..Deja Blue nice finish for second last start but tricky draw. Can place with luck in the running. Selections:  Conquer Me (1),   Samarias Mach (2),   Tara Bromac (6),    Deja Blue (9)   Race 8 Fortunia easy winner last start with the stand the only worry. Will go close to winning with a clean beginning…..Arocknatthepark nice win last start and manners are good. Should lead and can win……Uber Express building a tidy formline and begins ok. Winning claims with luck in the running….Pats Dragon another with good form who has been stepping well. Place hopes again here. Selections:  Fortunia  (1),   Arocknatthepark (3),   Uber Express (10),    Pats Dragon (7)   Race 9 Bossmaro good second last start and top driver booked. Should go close to winning this….Mordecai unlucky last start after getting knocked over at the 600m. Can go close here with luck in the running….Bird Of Paradise bobs up now and then and draw is good. One for longer odds….Art Banker previous runs have been better than they look on paper. Not the worst at decent odds. Selections:  Bossmaro (1),   Mordecai (8),   Art Banker (5),    Bird Of Paradise (3)   Race 10 Midnight Assassin good win here last week and is improving. Winning claims again here…..Count Eyre has run some good races on the track and could be over the odds at $21.00. Can add some value……With Ice running on from well back last start. Only needs to land closer to them to be a winning chance....That's The Story building a good formline now and has place claims again here. Selections:  Midnight Assassin (14),   Count Eyre (15),   With Ice (17),    That's The Story (12)   Race 11 Adam Patron got back and ran on last start. Might be closer to the lead this week and good winning chance……Playboy Prince eyecatching finishes the last couple and good draw. Can be a major player here…..Madam Frost good run after getting back in the field at her last start. Well placed in this field and is at decent odds…..Loissonya could end up being a good draw and she is not the worst for a place bet in this field. Selections:  Adam Patron (5),   Madam Frost (7),   Loissonya (1),    Playboy Prince (3)     Harnesslink Media

“It felt like track work to be fair, trainer driver Brad Williamson said after Cracker Hill easily won his sixth race at Ascot Park today. He’s just getting better and better with every run.” The six length win was from the front without the ear plugs being pulled and the time was 0.6 off the New Zealand record of 2-43.0 held by Royal Aspirations. “He’s just got a high cruising speed. If I’d have guessed the time I would have said three minutes for 2200 but we went a Southland record.” The previous track and Southland record for three year olds was shortlived being recorded last Saturday by Ultimate Stride at 2-47.4. Williamson made the most of the front line draw today, and headed straight to the top. “When he draws the front line in a mobile he’s always pretty hard to beat because his gate speed is as good as any. Which makes it pretty easy.” Once again consistent mare Crusher Collins which trailed the leader, had to make do with second placing. Williamson says Cracker Hill takes everything in his stride and acts like an experienced race horse. “As you can see he’s like a sensible campaigner and just wants to be a really good race horse. I think in twelve months time he will be.” Some thought is now being given to an Australian campaign. “Nothing is set in stone but I’ve made a few plans to head to Australia with him to Brent Lilley’s but it’s not confirmed yet. I’d like to get over and contest the Victoria Derby. He’ll have a wee freshen up and whether I race him again before I go to Australia or not, I’m not sure.” Winning connections                                               --Bruce Stewart photo Cracker Hill is owned by Gary Preston, Sue Preston, Wayne Morris, Mike Arnold, Ray Scott, Joan Scott, Jenny Rhodes and Lex Williams. He’s by Muscle Hill out of the Majestic Son mare Juneamy Castleton which won four races for Canterbury trainer Mark Jones. The family goes back to quality trotters Castleton’s Pride which won the 1975 Interdominion Trotters Final and ten other races, and 1983 Rowe Cup winner Sir Castleton which won forty four races. The breed was developed by Mawson MacPherson. Juneamy Castleton is now owned by Brent Smith who lives in Otautau. The Love You yearling colt that Smith offered at this year’s sale was bought by Preston under All Things Harness Racing for $40,000.  Smith also has a Father Patrick weanling colt out of the mare.   Bruce Stewart

Those on course at Ascot Park today were treated to one of the most sensational runs seen in years by a pacer. At about the 600 diminutive Sweet Lou three year old Spirit Of St Louis looked to be in a hopeless position. After stepping nicely from the twenty metre mark driver Matthew Williamson settled the gelding last on the outside with Betterthanbrie making the pace. Half way down the back straight most horses were off the inside running line so Williamson decided to run Spirit Of St Louis up the inside. ‘It was looking good coming off the back because I thought I’d get on the back of Kirk (Kirk Larsen driving Maidonthebeach).” But that move soon looked flawed as horses began to move sharply round the outside and Maidonthebeach wasn’t progressing. “I got held up badly by the two Gray runners (Nota Bene Denario and Born To Boogie) coming round and I had to go behind them. I ended up giving up the ground I’d made back to them.” Williamson was still seven lengths off the leader turning in and wide on the track. Halfway down the straight Spirit Of St Louis was still only going to run second but he sustained his finish and nabbed a game Betterthanbrie right on the line, winning by a nose. “Coming round the last bend I could tell he was jogging. It really surprised me how well he let down. It was a phenomenal run just to get up.” Spirit Of St Louis ran his last 400 metres in 27.8. The overall time of 3-22.6 was 0.6 outside the track and Southland record of 3-22.0 held by Tas Man Bromac. After the run Williamson was full of praise for the horse. “He’s got good high speed and is a lovely natured horse. He’s such a laid back wee fella and pretty lazy. You don’t know how you’re going until you wake him up. Williamson also praised the horse’s Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson. “I don’t want to talk about him too much,  it’ll go to his head (laughter) but he’s done a great job with this horse. His runners are always ready.” So after today’s sensational effort how does Williamson rate Spirit Of St Louis? ‘I think he’s the best. With the run today to beat the older horses and to give them the ground he did was a hell of a good effort. With that one cold shot at them he’s at his best.” Spirit Of St Louis is owned by Trevor Casey, Anderson, Tony Gow, Steve Pulley, Ray Chaiklin, Pauline Gillan and Edwin and Kieran Corby.   Bruce Stewart

“It was good to get the monkey off the back,” was the comment from junior driver Tristan Larsen after he drove Duke Of Dundee to win at Ascot Park today. Trained by Larsen’s father Kirk at Branxholme the four year old gelding was given the perfect trip behind pacemaker Iwanadancewitsumbody. On straightening, Tristan drove Duke Of Dundee up the passing lane, beating Vin Scully by three and three quarter lengths. “It was pretty good to do it for Dad and long-time owner Gordon Smith who’s had a lot of horses with us, so it’s pretty cool.” Larsen has spent all of his life around horses but didn’t have plans to make it them his career. “Not early on. I was a typical boy and liked rugby and mates. Then I came of age, went to the races a bit more and got a love for it.” He drove in the Kidz Kartz programme for a season and then progressed to ‘big horses’ when he drove Auckland Cup winner Howard Bromac at home. “When he was a pacemaker Dad let me have a sit behind him so that was a pretty good start.” Tristan Larsen                                   --Bruce Stewart photo Larsen works for his father for two hours in the morning then heads to Brett Gray’s Ryal Bush stable before returning to his Dad’s stable to help feed up. “It’s really good to be attached to two stables driving wise as you get more opportunities.” Later in the programme Dad Kirk produced another winner when the royally bred Forsure beat favourite American Eryetime by half a length. The Art Major three year old is out of the eighteen win Washington VC mare Foreal and is owned by Shona and Syd Brown.   Bruce Stewart

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    The Diva will be vying to record back-to-back wins when she contests the Blue Star Taxis Pace (2000m) at Addington Raceway on Sunday. The daughter of Art Major ran away to a dominant 2-1/2 length victory over 2600m at the Christchurch track last Sunday, a performance trainer Jason Thomas was expecting in her previous run. “It was a good win,” he said. “I thought that was going to happen the first week, but she did run in around that last bend. “We just changed a bit of gear around and tried to drive more aggressively and get to the markers, which is what happened, and she won. “She is just a different horse when she can get down on the markers and get in front, or the trail. “We will be aiming to do the same again on Sunday.” Thomas took a lot of confidence out of her last start performance and is expecting a similar effort this weekend. “She has come into it pretty nicely, it is pretty much the same sort of race. She has been in pretty good form and has worked on pretty well since last week,” he said. “The 2000m is ideal for her seeming has she has raced three weeks in a row and last week was 2600m. She has drawn eight, but will come into seven, which will make a difference too. “I reckon she should put in a repeat performance, she just seems in a good space at the moment.” Thomas will hop in the cart himself to steer debutant trotter Martha Stewart in the Book Your Event At Addington & Be In To Win Trot (2600m). The three-year-old filly impressed her trainer with her 2400m trial victory last week and Thomas is cautiously optimistic heading into her debut run. “I have been driving her at the trials and Johnny (Dunn, driver) has got one in the race. She has been going not too bad for me, so I decided to stick with the ship,” he said. “She has been trialling really nice. She has had great manners so far at the trials and workouts. I think she is quite a nice filly.” Thomas has taken his time with the daughter of Superfast Stuart, who he said has had to overcome a few issues. “She did kick the jogger towards the end of last year and we were planning on going to the Oaks with her, but that didn’t work out. “We had a few other niggles with her after that, but we have given her a spell and she has come up really nice. “We are reasonably confident with her going into Sunday. Sometimes the first start for trotters can be a bit tricky, but she is a nice mannered filly and she really wants to do it. “There are a couple that she beat in her trial that she is racing on Sunday. They would have improved a bit as well, but she has too.” While Thomas is confident with the chances of The Diva and Martha Stewart in their respective races, he is less upbeat about the prospects of trotter Shpeedy. The nine-year-old mare disappointed when tailing the field home in her 1980m contest at Addington Raceway last Friday and Thomas said she will need to improve substantially in order to threaten her rivals in the New Trackside Dining Menu At Addington Trot (2600m). “She was quite disappointing the other night, she just didn’t feel like she wanted to be there,” Thomas said. “We will just change a bit of gear around. Her work was good this week but we are just trying to get her to switch on more on raceday. “When she does switch on she doesn’t go that bad, but at the moment it just seems like she is going through the motions a bit. “The blinds have gone on, so hopefully that will sharpen her up, but she will be looking for a lot of improvement.” Thomas has highlighted The Diva as his stable’s best winning chance on Sunday. “The Diva would be my pick, just because she has been out there doing it,” he said. “But Martha Stewart is a good chance.” – Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk

By Jonny Turner     Arden Messi kicked the first of what could be many winning goals when breaking his maiden at Addington on Friday night. The 3yr-old took his first step towards trying to emulate some of the impressive deeds of his New Zealand Cup winning full brother Arden Rooney when pouncing on the leaders to win race 2. They might have identical pedigrees, but there are some striking differences between Arden Messi and his big race winning brother, according to trainer Grant Payne. “Arden Rooney was up and running as a 2yr-old, but we ended up turning him out because he was getting on a knee.” “Arden Messi has taken a lot longer, he couldn’t even really pace when I first got him.” “But, he has just got better and better.” “He is a real nice horse, I like him.” Arden Messi’s continued improvement helped him progress from his solid fourth on debut, three weeks ago, to score on Friday night. The Bettor’s Delight pacer looked green when he was off the bit and going backward on the home turn before rallying in the straight in his first up effort. Thankfully for Payne, the pacer is rapidly improving his race smarts as well as developing his motor. “He is very green, but he is getting better.” “He just seems to improve every time I take him off the place.” Arden Messi’s West Otago breeder-owner John Stiven will soon get the chance to see his pacer close to home. An Ascot Park start is on the cards for the son of Walton Hanover mare, Tosca Hanover. “We will keep going with him through the winter,” Payne said. “John is quite keen to give him a race or two down south, so we will look at that.” Arden Messi is the first full sibling to Arden Rooney that Tosca Hanover has produced since she foaled the New Zealand Cup winner in 2009. Stiven has a 2yr-old full sister and a weanling full brother to Arden Rooney and Arden Messi. Tosca Hanover was served by superstar racehorse turned sire, Betting Line, last spring. Manners were the key to Eurokash taking out the highly anticipated clash of 2yr-old trotters at Addington on Friday night. The Greg and Nina Hope trained squaregaiter and his stablemate Franco Jorik were the only two horses not to make a mistake when filling the quinella in race 6. Eurokash was driven by national junior driver’s premiership hopeful Ben Hope, who also took out race 4 with Midnight Dash. Hope’s double took him to 27 wins for the season, two behind premiership co-leaders John Morrison and Sheree Tomlinson. Hope’s double also saw him move from $2.80 to $2.20 in the premiership market opened by the TAB on Friday. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Catching Otago’s star three-year-olds Cracker Hill and Spirit Of St Louis looks an almost impossible task for their opposition at Ascot Park on Saturday. Cracker Hill looks as closest thing to a racecourse certainty since lockdown ahead of his clash off level marks from behind the mobile in race 7. A 20m handicap looks far from enough to stop Spirit Of St Louis when he has his first run since March in race 8, the meeting’s feature handicap pace. Trainer-driver Brad Williamson has Cracker Hill ready to rumble following his epic homestraight duel with Matua Tana at Addington four weeks ago. Matua Tana has gone on to notch a hat-trick of wins making Cracker Hill’s three-wide effort look even better. “I gave him plenty of time to get over that, because it was a pretty hard run,” Williamson said. “Obviously the form has been franked with Matua Tana going on to bigger and better things.” “That was pleasing to see him do a super job after beating us.” Most of Cracker Hill’s rivals will have a race fitness edge on him, but that should be no match for the three-year-olds class. Their best hope of beating him is if the favourite gallops out of contention, which looks a faint hope at best. “His manners are pretty good and they should hold him in good stead throughout his whole career,” Williamson said. “If he brings his A-game on Saturday he should be pretty hard to beat.” Spirit Of St Louis showed he had lost none of his brilliant speed when reeling off a fast last 800m in his only public appearance leading in to race 8. The Graeme Anderson trained three-year-old ran a 56.2sec split at the Oamaru trials two weeks ago. Cracker Hill is not the only winning chance among Williamson’s ten drives at Saturday’s meeting. The reinsman will reunite with the Phil Williamson trained Day Dreamin in race 4. The 4yr-old who a well beaten second behind impressive winner Miss Crazed at Ascot Park last weekend. Day Dreamin faces a similar dilemma tomorrow, clashing with another of her stablemates in Springbank Mason. “She is a winning chance – take the winner out of it last week and she has beaten the rest nicely enough,” Williamson said. “Springbank Mason is a handy looking maiden and will be hard to beat.” “There are two or three in there with good winning chances and I think Day Dreamin is one of them.” Jacks N Jazz looks a strong winning chance for Williamson after his big effort to run third behind Payment Plan at Ascot Park last weekend. The Geoff and Jude Knight trained 6yr-old fought on strongly despite sitting parked throughout. “He seems to race really well in the wet that fella, he ploughed through it so easily, sitting parked didn’t seem to worry him.” “If it is a wet day on Saturday he will be hard to beat.” Rin Tin Tin in race 2 and Longueval in race 11 are also among Williamson’s winning chances. Rin Tin Tin ran a good third behind in a chaotic race won by Braeview Kelly last weekend. Barrier four on the second row of the mobile is Williamson’s main concern ahead of Saturday’s event. Longueval has an excellent draw in barrier 2 as he looks to bounce back from a shock failure against in hot maiden field in race 11. Williamson also drives Kagee VC in race 1, Coolhand Easton in race 4, The Peaky Blinder in race 5, Whata Razzle Dazzle in race 8 and Rake in race 10. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Our Spitfire might be lightyears away from some of the best trotters Frank “Snow” Weaver has been associated with, but her win over 2200m at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday was nonetheless satisfying for her owner. The Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett-trained mare broke badly in her previous outing at the Waikato track and a change of gear has worked wonders for the daughter of Majestic Son. “Two weeks ago when she broke, Bernie couldn’t hang on to her she was galloping that bad,” Weaver said. “It was her first time to the races (on Thursday) with half-hopples on. “She improved out of sight at the trials with the half-hopples and I thought she was a great chance on Thursday, and I told a few people to put a couple of dollars on her. “If she goes away and trots she is a hard horse to beat.” Our Spitfire is a half-sister to Weaver’s Group One performing trotter Mum’s Pride, who won the Gr.3 Greenlane Cup (2700m). Weaver was hoping Mum’s Pride would become his third world-class trotter after Petite Evander and Pride Of Petite. “I was looking for the third one and thought it could be Mum’s Pride, but it wasn’t,” Weaver said. Lightning rarely strikes twice in racing and Weaver is just thankful it happened to him with his two star mares. He remembers being inspired by the success of a couple of Kiwi trainers in the United States, which triggered his desire to campaign top-class trotter Petite Evander in the United States in the 1970’s. “I remember when I was living in the Waitakere’s and I said to Dad that I would like to go to America with her (Petite Evander) seeming as Charlie Hunter was doing so well and she was doing so well over here. “He said to go and he sent my brother with me to look after me and we went there for six months. “We met Eddie Dunnigan (trainer) and Jack Hughes, he is the man that everyone forgets but he is the one that jacked it all up for me. “He met me on the plane and took me to Eddie Dunnigan in California and I left the horse with Eddie instead of going on to another place where I was supposed to go. “It was the greatest experience of my life to travel to America. We went all over with that horse and then we went to Europe. We had a great time in Europe and even my Dad flew over there.” The pinnacle for Weaver was winning the Elitloppet Consolation in Sweden with Petite Evander. “They have stopped doing the consolation class races in Europe, but she went the same time (when winning the consolation) as the Elitloppet Final.” Weaver’s association with arguably the world’s biggest trotting race was not over, returning to Solvalla in 1996 with Petite Evander’s daughter Pride Of Petite, who acquitted herself well when qualifying for the final and finishing sixth. “We got a chance to go back again with Pride of Petite and (trainer-driver) Mark Purdon, that was great,” Weaver said. “When I look back on it I had a great time and the people in America and Europe were terrific.” While still on the search for his next top trotter, it won’t be one that he has bred, with Weaver stepping back from breeding, but he is looking forward to watching the family he developed live on through his stepson. “I have stopped breeding,” he said. “I sold two of my broodmares to Woodlands Stud. Peter, my step son, has formed a syndicate with one of the mares I had here, Our Petite Lady. “The syndicate decided to send her to Muscle Mass, but we lost the foal about a week ago. “Her mother (Petite Sunshine) is by Sundon, out of Pride Of Petite.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Invercargill again today with an eleven race program starting at 12:05pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Invercargill. Invercargill 27th June 2020 Race 1 Man I’m Good drawn well for a change and a good place chance if he can hold a prominent position early…..To Ri Caitlin in top form and will start favourite here. Include…..Star Ruler possibly the early leader and a chance to hold a place with no major attackers during the race…..Jimmy Richter another with ok form who has to be included here. Selections:  Man I’m Good (1),   To Ri Caitlin (5),   Jimmy Richter (3),    Star Ruler (4)   Race 2 Southern Belle Canterbury form was ok and she will probably lead here. Good winning claims…..Rockngoodtime he could find the trail behind the favourite and a place hope in that situation…..Racing Minister disappointing last start but can bounce back here. Place claims…..Wecandream has form in strong races and although drawn wide is a chance to get some money. Selections:  Southern Belle (2),   Rockngoodtime (9),   Wecandream (8),    Racing Minister (6)   Race 3 Springbank Mason from a strong stable and tote the guide. Can win…Day Dreamin improved performance last start and mobile will help. Will be right in the fight….Jannah Jaccka ok last week and is getting fitter.Place hopes again……Robo Trouble mobile should help his manners and a rough place hope here. Selections:  Springbank Mason (7),   Day Dreamin (3),   Robo Trouble (4),    Jannah Jaccka (11)   Race 4 Duke Of Dundee nice draw here and has ability. Good chance to run in the money here…..Iwanadancewitsumbody possibly the early leader and she is improving. Not the worst here and can place…..Magnetic Watch bobs up now and then but hard to predict when. Maybe today is the day……Vin Scully might get a cosy run on the fence and a rough place hope from there. Selections:  Duke Of Dundee (1),   Iwanadancewitsumbody (3),   Vin Scully (9),   Magnetic Watch (5)   Race 5 Afterburner comes out of a strong field and well placed here. Can win…..Tolkien better performance last start and had excuses. Place hope in this field….Windsor upset winner from a similar draw last start. Go again…..Horse Of Course in good form and he should be thereabouts in a similar field here. Selections:  Afterburner (7),   Tolkien (5),   Windsor  (1),    Horse Of Course (6)   Race 6 Ivana Legacy going well and draw suits. Should be close to winning this….Melton Mafia running home well last start and drawn a bit better here. Can place…..Rakabeach unlucky last start and has the services of Blair Orange again this week. Winning claims if he can clear traffic…..Jacks N Jazz good draw and the probable leader here. Can hold on for a place. Selections:  Ivana Legacy (3),   Melton Mafia (4),   Rakabeach (9),    Jacks N Jazz (2)   Race 7 Cracker Hill top 3yo who looks home in this field. Just wins…..Humble Lad ok last start and should be improved. Place hopes best…..Crusher Collins is in good form and mobile suits. Place hopes only…..Nottingham K Two ok last start and coming back to his best. Top four is on again. Selections:  Cracker Hill (7),   Humble Lad (6),   Nottingham K Two (3),    Crusher Collins (4)   Race 8 Spirit Of St Louis coming in fresh and off a 20m handicap. Should be hard to beat in this field…..Nota Bene Denario good finish for second last week and he should be thereabouts again…..Born To Boogie form is not too bad and well placed in this field. Can run top three…..Stinger Lindenny good stand start horse who will head for the front. Place hopes best. Selections:  Spirit Of St Louis (10),  Nota Bene Denario (3),   Born To Boogie (8),    Stinger Lindenny (9)   Race 9 American Eyretime has great form and gate speed. Top selection in this field…..Forsure should get a cosy run on the fence and a place chance if he can clear traffic…..Buck might trail here and his last run ok.One for value….Call Me Keith racing well but draw not too good. Place claims if he can get a cart into it before the turn. Selections:  American Eyretime (2),   Forsure (9),   Call Me Keith (7),    Buck (1)   Race 10 See Ya Write good win fresh and he can step up to this grade. Winning claims….The Maroon Marauder down from Canterbury where was racing well. Include in this field…..Amore Lancome Tricky draw but racing well can place again with luck in the running….Superstar Legend only battling but better draw here. One to spice up the multiples. Selections:  See Ya Write (7),   Superstar Legend (2),   The Maroon Marauder (9),    Amore Lancome (8)   Race 11  Flight Crew never got into the race last start but trials have been good. Winning claims with manners….Jawbreaker savaged in front last start but stuck on well. Can win if he can clear traffic….Dream Of Glory he stuck on for fourth last start and is at decent odds.One for value here….Longueval gets a good draw to work with here and has been ok in his races. Can place. Selections:  Flight Crew (13),   Jawbreaker (9),   Dream Of Glory (10),    Longueval (2)     Harnesslink Media

Champion European trotting sire Love You, whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ via Haras Des Trotteurs, sired five winners in the space of six days in New Zealand and Australia. The haul was highlighted by a winning double at Addington with the two-year-old Summer Lovin, who beat the older horses by 10 lengths at his second start, and Matua Tana, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to post his sixth lifetime success. Brilliant three-year-old Ultimate Stride, the reigning Breeders Crown and Redwood champion, made it seven wins from 11 starts and took his bankroll to $154,225 in easily accounting for older rivals at Invercargill. Love You was credited with a second ‘new’ winner in the NZ bred Kyvalley Surfrider, who ended a frustrating run of minor placings at Bendigo, while promising youngster Maestro outfinished his opposition to notch his second win from five attempts at Kilmore. Yabby Dam Farms, owned by Haras Des Trotters principal Pat Driscoll, bred three winners for the week.  Heading the lineup was Majestic Player, who won in 1:53 at Hoosier Park, Indiana and has now won seven of his eight starts on American soil. The five-year-old gelding holds a mark of 1:52.6 and a $US171,855 bankroll. Other recent Yabby Dam Farm-bred winners were Cash Lover, a four-year-old by Ready Cash and one of the second crop of the dual Prix d’Amerique winner, and Dream Over. Cash Lover won by 12 metres at Melton and has won three of his eight starts so far, while Dream Over notched win No. 3 at Stawell.   by Peter Wharton

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound   Grand Circuit prospect One of the most exciting Grand Circuit candidates in Australia, particularly among the youthful brigade is Ride High, who has proved himself in the top flight and has won his way back to the verge of Victoria Cup class with a string of Melton successes. His latest winning run over 1720 metres from the mobile was a terrific performance. He led from the outset to win decisively at a 1:51.6 rate including a 52.7 final 800 metres – the fastest last half ever put up at the Victorian headquarters track. Ride High                                                           – Stuart McCormick photo A brilliant sprinter, Ride High is a five-year-old entire, being by Art Major from All The Magic, dam also of the Vicbred and Breeders Crown winner Rocknroll Magic 1:54.5 ($466,183) and Always Fast (1:54.5). All The Magic was sired by Live Or Die from Celebrity Ball, by Presidential Ball from the Windshield Wiper mare Larrakeyah Lady. This was the family founded by the American-bred mare Fanny Fern. From the Larrakeyah Lady branch of it and to which Ride High belongs, others in Safe And Sound (1:57), winner of the Hunter Cup, the Derby winner Major Secret (1:55.1), Beauty Secret, Lovelist (1:53.2), The Good Times, Starburst Girl and Out To Play (1:53.3) - all Group 1 winners – also belong.   Governor Jujon top Queensland three-year-old There was never much doubt that Governor Jujon was Queensland’s top rating three-year-old as he was the previous season at two years, and he duly confirmed his class by winning the Group 3 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final. Governor Jujon                                             --Dan Costello photo Actually he was a class above his rivals, and, despite sitting parked throughout, he ran out the 1780 metres at a 1:55.2 rate. His sire, Cammibest, has now sired three Redcliffe Yearling Sale 3YO Classic winners – Leo’s Best (2016), Dapper Bessie (2018) and Governor Jujon. He also left four Redcliffe 2YO Classic winners in Cha Ching Chaching, Mathilda Diventa, Leo’s Best and Governor Jujon. Governor Jujon is out of Fifth And Broadway (1:56.7), by Western Terror from Broadway Gal (1:59.3), by Muckalee Strike (a son of Strike Out) from Neshia, by Adover Rainbow from Trixie Charles, by Young Charles. Broadway Gal, the dam of seven sub 2:00 winners including Broadway’s Best 1:52.4 ($643,091) and Broadway Playboy 1:52 ($215,700), won 20 races and was a top racemare in her own right.   Westbred Classic winner The $80,000 Allwood Stud Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Blue Chip Adda, and although Double Expresso, rated the top three-year-old of her year, failed to get into a place, this fact could not detract from the merit of Blue Chip Adda’s success. She came from eighth at the bell with a stomping finishing burst, running out the last 800 in 56.9 seconds. Blue Chip Adda                                          --Jodie Hallows photo   She has now won at her last three starts; Double Expresso has won five of her 12 starts this season. Blue Chip Adda, who was bred by the late Harry Capararo, of Adda Equine Stud, was knocked down for $16,000 at the 2018 Australian Pacing Gold Perth sale. She was a grand type of yearling and has developed into a beautiful three-year-old. Her sire, Heston Blue Chip, is one of the best performed sires to come to Australia, being by American Ideal, a grandson of Western Hanover. Heston Blue Chip had a record of 1:48 at three and was the leading American colt pacer of his year. His oldest stock in Australia are three-year-olds and include Eye Can Run (NSW Pink Bonnet), Celebrity Chef (SA Botra 2YO Filly Classic), Mustang Milly (1:55.7), Bring The Flave and others, and in America he sired 12 in 1:55 including Zero Tolerance 1:50.4 ($980,736). Adda Rising Star, the dam of Blue Adda, was a Rich And Spoilt mare from Starring Live NZ, by Live Or Die from Stardust, by Vance Hanover from Coma Berenices, a Group 3 winner by Smooth Fella. Adda Rising Star (1:58;1), who won 16 races and $184,608 in stakes, was a sister to Adda Shooting Star (2:01.2) and a half-sister to Rockinthebox (1:56), the winner of five races to date. The most distinguished members of this family were a top flight filly in Just Cala (1:55.4), winner of the Breeders Crown 3YO Final and Ian Daff Memorial, and the former classy NZ juvenile Sir Clive, whose successes included the Sapling Stakes and Kindergarten Stakes.   Mirragon on top Bought for $25,000 and now a winner of $112,620, Mirragon is rated one of the best three-year-olds in Victoria at present. Mirragon                                                    --Stuart McCormick photo By the Artsplace horse Art Major, Mirragon is out of the Mach Three mare The Waratah (1:57.9), and is her first produce to race. The Waratah was out of Waratah Way, by Tompkins Hanover (by Albatross) from Yankee Leanne, a Select Yankee mare from the prized Miss Tommy family. The Waratah was a half-sister to the former champion filly Lady Waratah 1:59.5 ($564,770), a dual Breeders Crown and Australian Pacing Gold winner and dam of The Baggy Green 1:57 ($10 8,700), the Tatlow Memorial winner Master Waratah 1:58.6 ($158,620) and to the Art Major mare Mattie Angel, dam of the Vicbred Platinum winner Gracie Angel (1:55.7). Their dam, Yankee Leanne, was a half-sister to a smart racemare in Wee Sister, winner of the NSW Challenge Stakes, Texas Ranger, Paul’s Chance and others. The Miss Tommy family had a terrific influence on Australian breeding through several branches.   Daughter of Mainland Banner A star racemare in New South Wales so far this season is Island Banner, who is raced by Wagga couple Scott and Kath Robertson and trained by Craig Cross. A mare by Rock N Roll Heaven, she is out of a champion mare in Mainland Banner 1:55.1 ($684,579) and one of four $100,000 earners thrown by her. She has won twice at Menangle recently – including a 1:51.4 effort - and looks a five-year-old with the potential one would expect of her breeding. Mainland Banner, winner of the NZ Cup and Oaks, is now being from by Yirribee Pacing Stud, and has a two-year-old filly by Warrawee Needy and a yearling colt and weanling colt by him and is carrying a positive test to Warrawee Needy.   Half-brother to Cash N Flow Two of NSW’s star pacers at present, and both sub 1:50 winners who promise to be a force in open class in the winter racing at Menangle, are the half-brothers Pitch Perfect and Cash N Flow. Both are out of the In The Pocket mare Karen Donna, the dam also of the former glamour filly Katy Perry 1:51.1 ($517,733). Pitch Perfect, who won in a fresh lifetime mark of 1:49.8 at Menangle last week and has won 11 of his 22 starts, is a four-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Delight. Cash N Flow (by Mach Three), who is rated by experienced judges as the best pacer in NSW, has won his last seven outings at Menangle including three at Group level and three inside 1:50. Karen Donna, who was unraced, was out of the former top racemare Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646), by Butler B G from the noted producer Aberfeldy, by Mark Lobell from Black Watch. This family has consistently produced a number of good winners over the years. They include the NZ Cup and Hunter Cup winner Arden Rooney, Rocknroll Lincoln, winner of the 2019 WA Pacing Cup, Keayang Cullen, Love Ina Chevy, Sovereign Hill, Reba Lord, and so on.   Firerockfireroll in form The most improved three-year-old in recent weeks is Firerockfireroll, from Emma Stewart’s Ballarat barn, and he is already being regarded as a strong candidate for the major summer classics. He has won at four of his last five appearances including two at Melton. He is a Courage Under Fire colt from a fine racemare in Rocknrolla 1:57.1 ($287,351), by Grinfromeartoear from Nightn Georgia (2:00.4), by Safely Kept from She’s Our Angel, by Classic Garry from the Glen Almahurst mare She’s Cool, a blind mare who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from Rocknrolla have been Somerocksomeroll (1:53.3), a Group 3 winner at Melton, and Bettorockbettoroll (1:56.1).   Zigzagzoo bred to be good trotter Zigzagzoo, an impressive winner at Melton last Saturday and who is now undefeated in two starts on Australian soil, is a three-year-old Majestic Son gelding from the same family as that which produced a champion NZ trotter in Vulcan. Zigzagzoo, who was bred by Alabar Bloodstock, was winless in eight attempts in his homeland, but he has shown up as a very useful trotter, and it was a handy field he beat at Melton. By Majestic Son, and one of the most successful crops of the Angus Hall horse, Zigzagzoo is out of the Pegasus Spur mare Letz Hope Tr 2:06 (6 NZ wins) and the first of her produce to race. Letz Hope is out of Early Surprise, by Earl from Hanover Whiz (Tr 2:05.8), a noted producer by Gee Whizz 11 from First Prize, by Jersey Hanover. Besides Early Surprise, Hanover Whiz was also the dam of Our Sunny Whiz Tr 2:02.7 ($348,781), a winner of 19 races including the Rowe Cup and dam of the top WA trotter Sunny’s Little Whiz Tr 1:57.4 ($150,140) and the Melton winner Sunny’s Little Jestic (Tr 1:58.8), and Minnie Whizdom, a NZ winner who left the promising, young square-gaiter Son Of A Whiz (Tr 1:58.8), who has won four races in Victoria this season.   First winner by Devilish Smile Devilish Smile, a well performed Grinfromeartoear horse from a top racemare in Counterfeit Girl, by Fake Left, and who is now at the stud in northern Victoria, was represented by his first winner when the three-year-old filly Lakey Lou was successful recently at Cranbourne. She had been placed on four occasions previously in the Gippsland region. Before going to Victoria, where his first crop are yearlings, Devilish Smile was only lightly used at the stud in Tasmania and he has had only a few starters. Lakey Lou, a sister-in-blood to the winner Return To Paris, is a well developed filly and promises to be a good stayer. Their dam, Hilton Dream (2:01.6), a Moonee Valley winner, was a Live Or Die mare from Estelle Bromac, by Caprock from Ester Bromac, by Surmo Hanover, is a member of the same family as Edna Bromac (Queen of the Pacific), Extra Bromac (Terang Cup), My Lucky Belle (1:51.8) and Eton Bromac.   Well related three-year-old The three-year-old Alta Blues, an impressive winner on debut at Pinjarra last Monday, is not short of rich relations. He is a gelding by the defunct Christian Cullen horse, Alta Christiano, from the Canadian-bred mare Child From The Sea (1:56.6), the best of whose several progeny has been Grande Anse 1:57.3 (7 wins). Child From The Sea ranks as a half-sister to a champion racehorse and sire in Somebeachsomewhere, being by Astreos from Where’s The Beach, by Beach Towel from Where’s Sarah, by Cam Fella. Child From the Sea was 14 when she left Alta Blues.   by Peter Wharton

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) today advised New Zealand racing codes of forecasted funding in 2020/21 of $139.6m which is the same level as was budgeted for the 2019/2020 season before the impacts of COVID19. This is despite fewer thoroughbred and harness races planned for the upcoming season. RITA Executive Chair Dean McKenzie said the business and the Codes had responded swiftly to the impact of COVID19 by taking decisive action to stabilise the industry and retain funding for next season at proposed 2019/20 levels. "Despite the significant impact of COVID19 on the TAB's business, major steps taken to reduce operating costs, the contributions from the repeal of the betting levy and the introduction of Betting Information User Charges, and crucially the Government's support to kick-start the resumption of racing provided confidence for the RITA Board to approve the organisation's budget and racing code funding for the forthcoming financial year at its meeting this week. "The changes made to the TAB's business, as well as the levers now passed into law through the passing of the Racing Industry Bill yesterday, will ensure the industry can start preparing for a new year of racing confident of positive stakes levels." The funding estimate remains subject to confirmation of the 2020/21 Dates Calendar. Further details of the organisation's budget will be provided in the organisation's Statement of Intent which will be developed following the establishment of TAB NZ on 1 August 2020.   The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA)

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