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$100,000 Pick 6 confirmed for Ashburton Ashburton’s Labour Monday meeting will feature a $100,000 guaranteed terminating Pick 6, a first for harness racing meetings in this country since lockdown. It will be on the last six races starting at 3.02pm, and includes the day’s two feature races, the Ashburton Flying Stakes (including Self Assured, Spankem and Copy That) and the Ashburton Flying Mile for the trotters (including Temporate, Majestic Man, One Apollo and Heavyweight Hero).   Sunday Double-Header A day before Ashburton’s big meeting on Labour Monday there’ll be a Sunday double-header for harness fans. The Tuapeka Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Forbury Park in Dunedin starts at 12 noon, while Cambridge will also host 10 races, starting at 3.57pm.   Dunn hits 300 American-based Kiwi Dexter Dunn has brought up another milestone in the USA, winning his 300th race in 2020. He is ninth overall for winners in the U.S. with Aaron Merriman leading the way with 548. But after a spectacular run of success Dunn is the leading stakes-earner, with $US7.917m (nearly $NZ12m) for the year. Tim Tetrick is second with $US7.15m.   Addington treble for Close Robbie Close has had his most successful night of the 2020-21 season, reining home three winners last Friday with Yorokobi (R1), That Alexander Guy (R3) and Doff Your Cap (R9). That takes him to eight for the season, including a double with Hells Shadow and Fast Ace on August 9 at Addington. His best tally was the 51 he achieved last season.   Memphis on the move Fittingly given his name Memphis Tennessee has headed south. Formerly with Terry Chmiel in Canterbury the five-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding is now with Brett Gray at Ryal Bush in Southland. Part of Wayne Higgs’ well-known Memphis family the horse has banked nearly $100,000, among his five wins was last year’s Group 2 Southern Supremacy Stakes final at Ascot Park.   HRNZ

A - Z New Zealand Cup : G It’s 20 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities with a new letter for each day. G = Grice Ben Grice was the breeder, owner and trainer of two time New Zealand Cup winner Haughty in 1942 and 1943. The 1943 race from a 36 yard (33m) handicap was particularly impressive, with Gold Bar clearing out to a big lead, only to be run down by Haughty who went on to win by two lengths. The crowd on the inside of the flock then surrounded the mare as she got a rousing reception. The horse finished with 18 wins from 74 from 1940-48 with Ossie Hooper driving her in both Cup triumphs. Coincidentally Haughty was later mated with Gold Bar to produce horses such as Whiz and Jaunty. Grice was part of a well known racing family. He died on New Year’s Day in 1982 aged 96 after falling from a sulky while training a young horse at Prebbleton, just outside Christchurch.   HRNZ

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk    Given the calibre of the field could the New Zealand record for a 2400 metre stand be under threat in Monday’s Ashburton Flying Stakes? The tradition New Zealand Cup lead-up race on Labour Day features “the big three” clashing for the first time - it’s Self Assured vs Spankem vs Copy That. The two All Stars stable-mates Self Assured and Methven Cup winner Spankem have been in dominant form of late and Copy That has been the stand-out northerner with five wins in his last 6 starts. The only blemish was a second to Mach Shard on Sept 25 at Auckland. After his recent dramas Self Assured will again start off the unruly, this race being a big test of his standing start manners three weeks out from the New Zealand Cup. Mach Shard will also front up on Monday for the Purdon/Phelan barn . As well as Copy That having his first race in the south this season, the Flying Stakes will also see the return of another classy Purdon-Rasmussen runner in Ashley Locaz. The son of Bettor’s Delight returns after two recent wins in Australia, while the field also includes Thefixer, Tango Tara, Vintage Cheddar, and Dadndave. As of now the national 2400 metre standing start record was set in this race in 2018 when Eamon Maguire (Natalie Rasmussen) led early, took the trail behind stable-mate Dream About Me and then cruised up the passing lane to win in 2:54.2. The previous record was Lazarus’ 2:54.3, set in Kaikoura in 2017. In last year’s Ashburton Flying Stakes Spankem beat Thefixer and Self Assured home in 2:57.7, while Lazarus’ winning times in 2016 and 2017 were 2:57.4 and 2:56.2. The only other horse besides Eamon Maguire to break 2:55 in the race was none other than three-time New Zealand Cup winner Terror to Love in 2013 (2:54.9). The All Stars have dominated the race since 2014, with Spankem, Eamon Maguire, Lazarus (twice), Smolda and Adore Me. Whoever wins on Monday will join some of the country’s all-time greats, including Christian Cullen (1998), Roydon Glen (1985), Noodlum (1975), Lordship (1962) and False Step (1960). The quality of the field suggests the race record (and the NZ record) could be lowered, but the forecast is not encouraging. While little wind is predicted weather forecasters are expecting some rain and just 16 degrees. Despite that the race, and especially the north vs south rivalry, is keenly anticipated, and a tasty appetizer for what lies ahead in three weeks.

Down Under Pacer in patch of top form. Stars Align A recorded his fourth consecutive harness racing victory on Saturday night at Dayton Raceway in Hollywood when he smashed a ten horse field for $16,000. The Art Major son was driven positively from his starting pole of 9 by driver Dan Noble and reached the first quarter in 26.1 and then onto the half in a sizzling 53.2. He then extended and kicked away from the field to win easily in 1:49.2 for trainer Christi Noble and new owner Joshua Graber. The fourth straight win was Stars Align A 32nd career win and took his stake earnings to over $460,000.    Down Under pacer wins yet again. Jacks Shadow N came up with another win at Chester’s race meeting on Sunday. The 6yo gelding just got overtop of another down under pacer in Itsrockandroll A to win the $14,400 pace in 1:50.3. Tim Tetrick was in the bike and Scott Di Domemico trains the son of Shadow Play. Jacks Shadow has been super consistent while racing in the US with this win being his 4th from his last 5 starts and he has won 17 races in North America.    Monday 12th October   Harrington Raceway DE Raptors Flight N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $7,500 Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $5,500   Plainridge Park MA Somesizesomestyle N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $6,000 Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $7,500   Western Fair Raceway CA Strong Enough N – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $6,800 Pembrook Legacy N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,200   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Aintnobettor A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000   Tuesday 13th October Harrington Raceway DE Shezallapples A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,000 Flashazz N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $4,500   Monticello Raceway NY Ohoka Johnny N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $8,600   Saratoga Harness NY Tenacious One A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $5,100 Bontz N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $9,350 Onspeed N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $4,700   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Djokovic N – Time: 1:59.1, Stake: $6,800   Yonkers Raceway NY Valloria N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $8,500 Dongal Rundlscrk N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,500   Flamboro Downs CA Belfast N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $7,000   Wednesday 14th October   Bangor Raceway ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:59.0, Stake: $4,050   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Pekeson N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $8,500   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Dream Out Loud A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $7,600 Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $11,600   Northfield Park OH Elrama N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $4,200   Thursday 15th October Plainridge Park MA Leonidas A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $17,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Rock Diamonds N, 3rd Paternity Suit A Kiwi Tintin N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $7,500 Naughty Maravu A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $10,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Bronze Over N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $10,000 The Charging Moa N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $10,000 Maczaffair N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $12,500 Lady Dela Renta N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $25,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Majestic Sunrise N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $17,000   Friday 16th October Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Hez A Dude N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,600 Statement Made N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $9,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Machiatto A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $8,500 Gunpowder N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,500   Saturday 17th October Batavia Downs NY Tullow N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $6,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $6,300   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Cyclone Kiwi N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $11,700 Stars Align A – Time: 1:49.2, Stake: $16,000   Meadowlands NJ Trojan Banner N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Change Stride N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $6,000 Anna Afreet N – Time: 1:49.0, Stake: $16,500   Northfield Park OH Rockstar Angel A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $8,800   Northville Downs MI Stening N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $6,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $11,200 Macheasy A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $10,000 Star Commander N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,800   Sunday 18th October Harrahs Philadelphia PA Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,800 Tiger Thompson N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $10,000 Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $14,400 Mitch Maguire N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $8,800 Robbie Burns N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Tact Tate N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $8,800   Flamboro Downs CA Premier Joy A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,500   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

The second of pacing’s glamour girls is out of the New Zealand Trotting Cup, raising the very real possibility there may be no mares in the great race this season. Trainer Barry Purdon has pulled multiple group one winner Belle Of Montana out of the $540,000 Cup at Addington three weeks today and will instead aim her at mares races. “I have actually given her a week off and will set her for the mares races at Alexandra Park in December,” said Purdon. “With the the good mares races she has coming up over the summer I decided she doesn’t need to be going down the NZ Cup path. “I takes a very good mare to win a race like that and she has plenty of good group one options remaining where she doesn’t have take on the boys over 3200m.” Belle Of Montana’s arch rival Princess Tiffany was pulled out of the Cup last month and has since headed to Victoria where she was stunning winning a major mare’s race on Saturday night, now finding herself favourite to win Melton’s Triple Crown. That leaves just one mare in New Zealand Cup reckoning, the much-improved Wild Excuse, who after her third in the Methven Cup last week sits 17th in the rankings. With doubts over a couple of those ranked above her she may make the final 15. One horse guaranteed to be in the race should his connections want is Ashley Locaz, who returned from an Australian campaign yesterday to bolster the All Stars numbers for the Cup. Alexandra Park hosts the next Cup lead-up this Friday night with the 2200m mobile there featuring On The Cards, who has snuck into the Cup field for now with Belle Of Montana’s withdrawal Two of the north’s leading Cup hopes will be missing though with both Copy That and Mach Shard heading to the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on Monday to take on Self Assured and Spankem. The Alexandra Park meeting is highlighted by the return clash of this exceptional four-year-old trotting crop, with Bolt For Brilliance trying to add the Sires’ Stakes to his Sales Series win from two starts ago but has again drawn outside key rival Cracker Hill.   by Michael Guerin

It’s been 13 years since Themightyquinn produced a remarkable finish to win the Sires Stakes Silver at the Ashburton Raceway. Now it’s been confirmed the final heat for the three-year-old colts and geldings is back and will be held on Labour Day, October 26, the same day as the Ashburton Flying Stakes. Ashburton will also host the first heat of the Dunstan Horsefeeds Sires Stakes series for the fillies over a mile on Thursday November 12 and on May 1 2021 will host the Lone Star Sires Stakes Prelude 2 for the two-year-old trotters, also over a mile. In November 2007 Themightyquinn, then trained by Peter Bagrie and driven by Ricky May, extricated his way out of a seemingly impossible position three back on the fence and unleashed a sprint that would become his trademark. He won the race in 1:55.9, ahead of Passion N Glory and Goldie Blue. Themightyquinn won five races as a three-year-old but went on to cement his status as one of the all-time greats with 58 wins from 111 starts, amassing more than $5.5m in the process.   HRNZ

It’s 21 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities with a new letter for each day. F = False Step  False Step is one of only three horses ever to have won the New Zealand three Cups (1958-59-60). The others are Indianapolis in1934-36 and Terror to Love in 2011-13. The horse beat Caduceus by a head in 1958, Gentry by eight lengths in 1959, and Sun Chief by a head for his hat-trick of wins. In all the great Cecil Devine, False Step’s driver, won the Cup six times from 1951 to 1979. The duo also won at Yonkers Raceway in the US, beating American champion Adios Butler along the way. Racing from a two-year-old till he was ten, False Step won 22 races including 15 from 44 starts at Addington.   HRNZ

Trotter of the year Winterfell has joined former New Zealand Cup champion Thefixer in moving from the All Stars stables to Regan Todd’s barn in North Canterbury. The Interdominion champion got his first look today at the Woodend beach which will now be his new home. Todd was approached by Winterfell’s breeder-owner Trevor Casey on Friday, and duly picked up the horse yesterday. Winterfell (13 wins from 33 starts) has struggled of late going the left- handed way at raceways like Addington. His last victory was in the National Trot at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve and if he doesn’t show improvement soon Todd says he may be headed north again. Winterfell’s next appearance will be at the Group 3 Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile on Labour Monday. Winterfell is the latest high profile  All Stars horse to join Todd’s barn, after 2018 New Zealand champion Thefixer moved there earlier this year after suffering from recurring foot problems. With the New Zealand Cup now just three weeks away Thefixer also heads to Ashburton on Monday for the Flying Stakes. Todd’s delighted to have two such high quality horses in his stables, together they have 25 races and nearly $1.5 million.   HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Junior driver Ben Hope’s winning trot continued at Oamaru yesterday with Easy Pickings. Easy Pickings nosed out runner-up She’s Allthe Craze to win race 9, the Oamaru meeting’s feature 2600m trot. After disappointing in his last start when forced to do mid-race work, Hope saved the Quite Easy trotter for one late run. Easy Pickings sustained a long sprint from the 700m to score by a head at the finish. “He has got a bit of speed and he has got a lot of gate speed too,” Hope said. “In this grade he is really competitive, but in the next one he has to take his turn until he drops back. “He would suit racing in Australia.” Hope’s win with Easy Pickings backed up his highly impressive victory at Addington with Muscle Mountain On Friday night. The four-year-old, trained by the driver’s mother and father, Greg and Nina Hope, produced an outstanding performance when beating top class trotters in his first attempt in free-for-all company despite sitting parked throughout. “We were rapt, he went super,” Hope said. “Majestic Man probably raced below where he usually can, but at the end of the day he still had to do it.” Hope reported Muscle Mountain has pulled up well after digging deep for his tough victory. “He is probably a bit tired, but he hasn’t shown any signs of it.” “We try to look after him between his races because he tries so hard and takes so much out of himself.” The Hope camp will be relying on a good boost to Muscle Mountain’s ranking for the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All from his Addington win. The 1980m group 1 feature is the trotter’s main spring aim. Muscle Mountain was ranked 20th, five spots out the field in the latest rankings for the event. The Hope stable are not planning to start their four-year-old before the New Zealand Cup day feature. If the horse does not leap frog others in to the race when the rankings are updated this week, Muscle Mountain could also gain a start when other horses ranked above him withdraw. The Hope team’s current plan would see their horse bypass the Ashburton Trotters Free-For-All and South Bay Trotters Cup at Kaikoura. “I would say he will have one trial before cup week and then go in to the free-for-all on Cup day,” Hope said. “He won’t go to Ashburton, he has been there three or four times and galloped every time.” “He has only raced there once, but he has also trialled there.” The Oamaru meeting’s feature pace, race 8, was taken out Under Wraps for trainer Graham Court and driver Blair Orange. Under Wraps dropped in to the 2600m mobile after clashes with smart types at Addington in his recent starts. Those efforts have helped to strengthen the Terror To Love four-year-old. “It was a good win – he is getting tougher all the time,” Court said. Under Wraps’ victory brought up a winning treble for Orange, who also won race 1 with Aristocrat and race 2 with Western Bliss.

IT was the moment Gary Hall Sr felt would never happen. In fact, Chicago Bull topping $2 million in stakemoney came almost two years to the day since a freakish accident in New Zealand almost ended his career. He became the 21st Australasian pacer to top $2 million in earnings and that’s despite effectively missing what would’ve been the prime 18 months of his career. Who knows what might have been. Chicago Bull’s effortless win in Friday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park took his earnings to $2,002,531. Watch the race replay click here! The rising eight-year-old has won a staggering 57 of his 86 starts with another 23 placings. Yes, Chicago Bull has only missed a place six times in his 86 starts, but it’s gets better. Four of his unplaced runs came in his seven NZ runs before joining Hall Sr’s stable. So in 79 starts for Hall Sr he’s only been unplaced twice … and both of those he ran fourth. “He’s amazing on so many levels,” Hall Sr said. “I never imagined he’d be here, doing this now, after what happened in Auckland. It’s really a miraculous comeback (from fractures in his spine). “We were devastated at the time. He was just going to the next level and had everything in front of him. “It was touch and go whether he’d ever make it back to the track. “Even when he did, we didn’t know what to expect. You couldn’t really think he’d get back to his best, but he really does seem as though he has. “People say he’s better than ever, but he’s not. They’re just forgetting how good he was when he got the injury.” Chicago Bull led easily from the pole with main danger Shockwave dropping in behind him and slick beginner Vampiro being snagged back from a wide draw (gate seven). The first 500m was a dawdle, then driver Gary Hall Jr put the foot down with a 27.7sec second spot. To Shockwave’s credit, driver Aiden de Campo came off the leader’s back to challenge for the last lap and they scorched a 26.6sec split from the 800-400m, while Chicago Bull still finished-off in 27.6sec to win 6.3m over a very gallant Shockwave. Vampiro grabbed the eye in third spot. Chicago Bull ran the last 1200m in a staggering 1min21.9sec. “He may back-up next week, we’ll wait and see how he comes through it. The Fremantle Cup is five weeks away, so I’d say he’ll have one, maybe two more runs before then,” Hall Sr said. Shockwave, who beat Chicago Bull narrowly first-up, has since run two fantastic seconds behind him. There looks to be very little between WA’S two best pacers and barrier draws are going to be crucial.   by Adam Hamilton

It’s 22 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities  with a new letter for each day. Steve Edge was a colourful and forthright long-time harness racing administrator who also won the New Zealand Cup as a trainer-driver. His victory came in 1961 with Invicta, a horse raced by his father-in-law Les Duff. At 11 Invicta was the veteran of the field  and this was his third attempt at the big race, after being unplaced in 1959 and then fourth in 1960. The combo was fourth on the home turn and hung on to beat a strong finish from Patchwork.  At 76 Steve Edge died in a house fire on his property on Banks Peninsula in 2007. The commentary of his 1961 triumph was played at his funeral.   HRNZ

It’s 23 days to the New Zealand Cup. From now to November 10 we will feature some of the great races, horses and personalities  with a new letter for each day. Robert Dunn had to be patient before he snared his first New Zealand Cup win. As a trainer-driver he got close with Master Musician, second in both 1994 and 1995 . He finally broke through with then four-year-old mare Mainland Banner who won  in 2005, one of seven new Zealand Cup winning drives for Ricky May. Last season he also won his first training premiership, after first starting out in the late 1970s.   HRNZ

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

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

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

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

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