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By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk     The racing career of the unbeaten Shut Up N Dance is over. The four year old mare, sensational in winning three from three, has been one of harness racing’s star performers in recent weeks. And she wasn’t just turning heads by winning she was destroying her opposition. She won her debut by more than 10 lengths, and again toyed with her rivals in her two subsequent starts, the latest at Addington just 10 days ago. But problems with her tendons means she will never feature on the racetrack again. “She had a hole in her tendon 18 months ago and she had cell treatment to potentially buy some time,” says breeder-owner Dayle Kinzett. The Art Major mare was also transferred north from Nathan Williamson to Regan Todd’s beach operation at Woodend to try and keep her sound though Kinzett knew the odds were against her. “We raced her sparingly and thought if we could get 2 or 3 more races, and the plan was to make it to the Jewels (in Cambridge in June) before retiring her.” “She certainly showed some freakish ability, “ says Kinzett, “The disappointment is that we are not going to get the chance to really see her let down, she was winning so easy.” Shut Up N Dance was named after the song of the same name, released by Walk the Moon in 2014 She was also the first horse Kinzett bred. “We bought her mother (Dance N Delight) at the yearling sales eight years ago … and Shut Up N Dance was the first to race in our colours.” While the mare’s racing career has been cruelly cut short Kinzett says he’s more philosophical than bitter. “We are thankful we got her to the races and showcased a bit of her ability. And we can’t thank Nathan & Regan and their teams enough for everything they did for her to get her as far as we did” And for Regan Todd it’s a blow to lose such a talent. “It is gutting ...to the naked eye she looked fine but when she was checked out the vet recommended her to stud.” “She was pretty exciting.” Shut Up N Dance was the first of three progeny for Dance N Delight (Bettor’s Delight – Hurricane Dancer) who is now a nine year old. There is also Get Up N Dance (Rock N Roll Heaven – Dance N Delight) who has qualified and been to trials for Nathan Williamson, and a yearling (Shut Up N Dance’s full brother) called Rise Up N Dance. Shut Up N dance will now head to the broodmare’s paddock and while no stallion’s been decided for her as yet Dayle Kinzett can only hope the next generations have the same spark that Shut Up N Dance had. “She was a special horse.”

Perfect is the only way to sum up the powerful harness racing victory Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) delivered in the Group Two $49,000 Vero Three-Year-Old Flying Stakes (1980m) at Addington on Friday night.  The Cran and Chrissie Dalgety-trained star showed how hard he is going to be to catch in the upcoming $200,000 Group One Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Derby (2600m) by producing a brilliant front-running display. Cran Dalgety was expecting a strong performance in Krug’s first race since he stunned harness racing fans with his jaw-dropping victory in the $192,000 Group One Woodlands Northern Derby (2700m) at Alexandra Park earlier this month. But the trainer admitted he was not expecting his star three-year-old to produce such an empathic display on Friday night. “I was expecting him to go a very good race but I didn’t think he would come out and win like he did.” “He is just in a great zone at the moment and we couldn’t be happier with him.” Krug was purchased by Kentuckiana Lodge for $155,000 at NZB Standardbred’s 2019 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch from Smolenski Stables’ draft. His victory continued an incredible ride for owners Chrissie Dalgety, Mike Hanning, Kevin McKerrow, Gary Merlo, Phil and Margaret Creighton, Grant Dickey and Ken Cummings. Reunited with regular driver Blair Orange, Krug went straight to the lead and never gave his rivals even a slight look in as he powered away to win by more than three lengths.  “We didn’t really get into talking about too many tactics before the race, I just said to Blair go out there and drive him on your instincts,” Dalgety said. “Blair summed up the race perfectly, like he always does.” “We have been fortunate enough to have a bit of success with this horse and Blair deserves a lot of credit for the way he has handled him.” New Zealand Derby lead-ups do not come much more perfect than the one Krug delivered on Friday night. Trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety will focus towards the $200,000 Group One Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Derby (2600m).  The Dalgety stable will now focus on priming the colt for his quest for a second Derby title in just his second attempt on 9 April.  “That run was exactly what we were looking for ahead of the Derby,” Dalgety said. “He ran in a super time and has had a good hit-out, we couldn’t have asked for much more, really.” “Now we have got two weeks to put the polish on him for the Derby and we can’t wait.” Krug stopped the clock in a sensational 2-20.6 time, producing a slick 1-54.2 mile rate. NZB Standardbred graduates dominated Friday night’s Vero Three-Year-Old Flying Stakes, with nine of the 11 runners purchased from the National Yearling Sale filling nine of the first ten placings. Vendor Smolenski Stables Purchaser Kentuckiana Lodge Breeding Bettor’s Delight – Champagne Princess Sale Lot 381, 2019 Christchurch National Yearling Sale, $155,000 Bred by Est J W Smolenski   NZB Standardbred

After three years of consultation and study Harness Racing New Zealand has issued draft breeding rules and regulations for final consultation. Important topics include: One mare, one foal, one season Foal born from its mum only one registered Transfer embryos, eggs and IVF permitted Clones, frozen embryos, imported embryos prohibited Artificial breeding requires approval View the full breeders update click here!   by Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Canterbury reinsman Ben Hope convinced his parents, trainers Greg and Nina Hope, to take Homebush Lad to Oamaru on Sunday and his judgment paid off. The seven-year-old gelding was the only representative from the Woodend Beach stable to attend the meeting and he gave them the perfect result when he won the Whitestone Livestock LTD Waimate Cup (3000m). The son of Mach Three was stuck five back the fence early on, and it wasn’t until the field turned for home and parted like the red sea that he looked a threat. Driver Ben Hope quickly found some clear running room and Homebush Lad’s superior staying ability was called upon to outlast his rivals and win by 1-1/2 lengths over No Nukes Skipper, with a further neck back to Dodgethebullet in third. “We were rapt with him,” Nina Hope said. “He sat on the fence and he’s best not to be used during the running. “A lot of those good ones off the back mark were ahead of him (early on), so that was going to make it hard for him, but as it worked out it was the best thing (to be five back on the fence). “There were a few tired ones around him. He has been running in all of those cup races so his fitness is right up there.” Hope was pleased with Homebush Lad heading into the race and said she was delighted he was finally able to get a Cup win for his connections. “He has been pretty unlucky in his last few starts to be running into some nice horses, so it was really nice to see him get that win today,” she said. “He had a few nice placings to some handy horses in the local country cups. Ben gave him a great drive. He was the one who was really keen to take him down.” While pleased with the win, Hope said she is unsure of what the future holds for Homebush Lad and may leave that planning up to her son. “It gets pretty tough now with the points system,” she said. “He now has to race the top ones and there is nothing really for him. It is great to see him win, but it is hard now. “I am not too sure where we will go from here. It is really tough in that grade. Ben might have a plan, he likes to plan where they go from there.” View the Waimate results click here!

When Stephen Swain approached part-time Canterbury trainer Murray Alfeld and asked him to train a horse for him Alfeld had an obvious question. “Why me?” Alfeld asked. Swain’s cartage company does the baleage work for Alfeld, who has mixed training and farrier work for many years but these days only trains three horses. So to have Swain ask him to buy him a horse and train it at the sales was a shock for the now 62-year-old. “Stephen just asked me to buy him and the family a horse at the yearling sales one day and train it,” explains Alfeld. “I told him I would help and find a horse and break it in and then he could send it to any trainer he wanted but he said no, we have done a lot of work with you and we want you to train it. “He is a good guy like that, hard working, loves his rugby and wanted to do the right thing.” So Alfeld went to the sales and found a filly Swain paid $22,000 for and at Addington on Friday that filly, Aldebaran Floss won the $50,000 What The Hill NZ Trotting Oaks. In doing so she beat some of the country’s biggest trotting stables, helped in no small way by a typical Colin De Filippi drive and the ace draw. “That all helped and Colin has always been a big help to me so it is a massive thrill to win an Oaks. “It is the biggest win I have had. I have had good horses in the past like Clover Don, who won on Cup Day and had some good wins for Colin and even Robbie Holmes when they trained him because I was moving and setting up a new property. “But to win a race like this for Stephen after he was so loyal was a real thrill.” Aldebaran Floss is now qualified for the Jewels so Alfeld and Swain have a chip in the big game and a filly with speed and some breeding value. She wasn’t the only three-year-old filly to upset the punters at Addington on Friday after Life’s A Beach downed hot favourite Bettor Twist in the Nevele R Fillies heat at 61-1. Trained by Tony Barron and driven by John Morrison, Life’s A Beach was recorded her second win in 11 starts for the Woodlands Stud syndicate which also comprises elite athletes Andy Ellis, Dave Hewett, Kieran Read and Dick Tayler and she is already worth big money as a future broodmare. She is from broodmare gem Beach Parade, making her a sister to Jewels winner Partyon and dual Derby winner Line Up.   By Michael Guerin

Kiwi trainer-driver Jack Trainor made it three Group 1 wins in a month when he teamed with brilliant filly Anntonia for a breathtaking Gold Bracelet final at Bathurst last night. Anntonia must be rivalling Stylish Memphis as the most “special” horse in Trainor’s career after adding the Bathurst victory to her sparkling NSW Oaks late last month. In contrast to the Oaks where she stormed home to win, this time Trainor blasted her out to lead easily from the pole and never looked in danger. “She felt amazing tonight. I thought she’d have the speed to lead if I wanted and tonight was the night to try it from the pole,” Trainor said. “She did it so well in front and still felt really strong on the line.” It was a stunning win with Anntonia clearing out to score by 15.6m and breaking the all-aged track record with her 1min52.1sec mile rate for 1730m. Watch the race replay click here! It was back on February 27 at Menangle when Trainor broke through for his first Group 1 win on Stylish Memphis in the Ladyship Mile and made it a huge night by winning the Oaks on Anntonia. In the three-year-old colts and geldings feature, the Group 1 Gold Chalice final, Victorian raider Idyllic broke through for a richly deserved maiden Group 1 win. He’d finished second in the Vicbred 2YO final and third in last year’s Bathurst Gold final previously. Luke McCarthy took the drive for Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart and whizzed him to the front from gate six before copping plenty of midrace pressure from NSW’s best 3YO Tasty Delight, who raced roughly at times while working hard. The son of Somebeachsomewhere kept finding plenty and fended off a late dash along the inside from Kashed Up to score by a head in a brisk 1min52.9sec mile rate for 1730m. Idyllic is raced by some Victorian heavyhitters like Country Racing Victoria CEO Scott Whiteman, leviathan punter Tom Hogan, major owner Fred Crews and ex-AFL star and renowned form guru Mark Hunter. He’s raced just 18 times for eight wins, seven placings and $159,890 in stakemoney. ________________________________________________________________________ Temora’s rich harness heritage added another chapter last night. Best known as the former home of the great Paleface Adios, aka the Temora Terror, it is also home to Bathurst Gold Crown winner Mister Rea. The son Of Pet Rock, now unbeaten in four runs, is trained by the hugely respected Temora horseman Ray Walker and driven by Daryll Perrot. Simply, winning the Bathurst Gold Crown was their version of winning a Melbourne Cup. Perrot used the pole to hold the lead on Mister Rea and was happy to keep “clicking him up” and rolling along in front before finding plenty in a 1min54.3sec mile rate to beat a gallant Masquerading by 2.3m with another 22.4m away to third-placed Better Than Lexy. Respected NSW horseman Rickie Alchin summed-up the thoughts of many straight after the win. “Ray and Jane (Walker) have mentored a lot of people in the Riverina, including myself, and nobody deserves this more. (Mister Rea is) named after a very close friend of Ray’s who passed (away) too early. (It is) a great story … Temora will be buzzing tonight,” he said. Mister Rea first stamped his potential when he blazed a much quicker first half than King Of Swing on Miracle Mile night and still kept going to win the Group 2 Sapling Stakes in a 1min52.1sec mile. ________________________________________________________________________ Respected Victorian horseman Russell Jack won his second Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara final a remarkable 26 years after his first. It was way back in 1995 when Yeronga Songbird, still arguably the best pacer has been involved with, won a strong Tiara final. Nine years later in 2004 he won the colts and geldings version, the Group 1 Gold Crown, with Albert Terrill. Jack had the numbers with three Tiara finalists and made the most of it by not just winning, but also snaring the quinella. The regally-bred Just Hope led throughout to win easily for driver Zac Phillips in a 1min54.1sec mile rate for 1730m. She’s by Bettors Delight out of former Australian Gold 2YO winning filly Queen Of Pop. Captains Queen, driven by Amanda Turnbull, came out of the one-one trail to grab second spot.   Adam Hamilton

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Waimate today with an eleven race program starting at 12:02pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Waimate selections 28th March 2021 Best Bet:  R4 Luminite Best Value:  R3 Spirit Of Arden   Race 1 Sense Of Occasion  (5) Senorita Margarita  (11) Edge Sheeran  (10) Paul's Verdict  (3)   Race 2 Jay Bee And Lou  (9) Toobusy Being Famous  (4) Go Marg  (5) Majestic Upstart  (11)   Race 3 Spirit Of Arden  (6) Adhara  (8) Maximilian  (2) Flying Heathers One  (15)   Race 4 Luminite  (2) Mark Dunnett  (3) Iron Woman  (9) Motor Mouth  (8)   Race 5 Essence Of Easton  (1) Kansas City Jim  (10) Lincoln Skipper  (12) Honour Scroll  (7)   Race 6 Maui  (12) Prince Ranier  (3) Line A Love  (5) Majestic Rollon  (7)    Race 7 Burlington  (12) Homebush Lad  (2) She's Tough  (7) Gilligans Island  (11)   Race 8 Classy Kid  (2) Lovesomewhere  (14) Wolfenstein  (8) Ultimate Sassenach  (1)   Race 9 Archman  (4) The Falcon  (11) Stick Man  (6) Punt Away  (2)   Race 10 Girls Let Loose  (9) BJ Lindenny  (8) Boyz Invasion  (10) Sundons Flyer  (7)   Race 11 Bettor Beontoit  (2) Am I Dreaming  (10) Dennis Denuto  (9) Glen Elgin Tomson  (11)   Harnesslink Media

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Cup queen She’s Tough will be vying for her third consecutive cup victory when she tackles the Whitestone Livestock Ltd Waimate Cup (3000m) on Sunday. The four-year-old mare has won the Hororata Cup and Waikouaiti Cup in her last two starts, both over 3000m, and trainer Brad Mowbray is hoping for a repeat result this weekend. “She seems to have found her niche with her good standing start manners and following the speed, she is quite happy,” Mowbray said. “We were thrilled to get a couple of cups in a couple of weeks. She got good trips both times, but she was good enough on the day. We were rapt with her.” With a month between runs, She’s Tough heads into Sunday in somewhat of a fresh state and Mowbray has been pleased with her work in the lead-up. “It is a month between runs, but she has been working well at home,” he said. “I think it is a slightly stronger field than she has been up against, and is back 10m, but she shouldn’t be without a show.” The spelling paddock is beckoning She’s Tough, but Mowbray said they will wait until after Sunday before making any plans. “We will play it by ear and see how she comes through Sunday,” he said. “She has had a reasonable season now, so she is due a break at some point.” Mowbray will also line-up Spicy Girl Becqui in the Farmlands Waimate Mobile Pace (2000m) and Gypsy in the Cunningham Plumbing Mobile Pace (2000m). “Spicy Girl Becqui was pretty disappointing on Sunday, we are not really sure why,” Mowbray said. “She has got another reasonable draw (3), but you just have to take her on trust, you don’t know what you are going to get with her. “I was really pleased with Gypsy on Sunday (when running fourth), it was a huge run. “She has drawn one on the second row, so she won’t have to cover any extra ground, but will need a bit of luck from there. View the Waimate fields click here!

It would be so easy to suggest Tony Herlihy’s 1000th New Zealand training winner came an hour too soon. But not to the man himself who joined the exclusive club when Lord Verde won at Alexandra Park on Friday night. He becomes just the second New Zealander to have 1000 winners as both a driver and a trainer, joining brother-in-law Mark Purdon.  Yes, Alexandra Park is Herlihy’s home track so would seem a natural fit for his milestone win but an hour later he drove of the best horses he might ever potentially train in Bolt For Brilliance to a statement win in the main trot at Addington, a far bigger stage in the scheme of Friday night’s two meetings. Herlihy caught the end of Lord Verde’s maiden win at Alexandra Park in the hands of long-time stable No.2 driver Tony Cameron on TV and says that was fitting because so much of his success comes from his staff. “They all work so hard and Tony has been with me a long time and done a great job, as has all the staff I have had over the years,” said Herlihy. “So for the team up home to get that win it sums up how important they and others have been to me over the years.” Chief of the home team and the main reason Herlihy has trained any winners at all is wife Suzanne, who is the real reason The Iceman started training when the Purdon partnership he worked for dissolved and Mark moved south. “It was Suzanne who was the one who was adamant I should train,” says Herlihy. “I was kind of thinking about freelance driving but she really pushed me to do it and supported me right from the start. So I owe her a lot for that, and of course everything else.” Herlihy jokes that father-in-law and master trainer Roy Purdon would be the most surprised person that his jovial, carefree son-in-law had trained 1000 winners here but back when he started Purdon wouldn’t have been alone in the doubter’s camp. Back then Herlihy was always laughing and relaxed, incredibly talented in the sulky but didn’t need to be organised and structured like Barry and Mark. But when he bought his first set of black colours with the white star he dialled in, and he hasn’t stopped learning since. “I had that good grounding working for some great trainers and then you learn from experience, mistakes, travel and good horses. So while I knew it was coming I am still proud to get there.” Herlihy rates Ohoka Punter (pacer) and One Over Kenny (trotter) as two of his best while he trained Sly Flyin for a while and he was a top liner. “And Bella’s Boy was one of my favourites I have trained,” said Herlihy. “I owned him with a great mate in John Seaton and he won us a lot of money back when I had none,” he offers. Bolt For Brilliance could be Herlihy’s next top horse and looked back to his best with his crushing win at Addington. “It feels like the trip has really woken him up,” says Herlihy. “He hadn’t been concentrating that well up home but he felt a lot sharper tonight like he wanted to be there. “So I think the trip away will really do him some good but I won’t race him next week I will wait for the Trotting Champs the week.” In his early 60s now Herlihy might not train long enough to get to 2000 wins but in a rare moment of introspection he feels proud of what he, his family and team have achieved. “We haven’t had many bad years and have had pretty good numbers considering we usually only train around 30." “So we have done okay.”   by Michael Guerin

Derby trials do not come any better than the brilliant performance Krug delivered in the Group Two Flying Stakes at Addington on Friday night. The Kentuckiana Lodge star backed up his incredible Northern Derby victory by again thrashing the best of his age-group in the 1980m feature for driver Blair Orange. Cran Dalgety went into Friday night's feature expecting a strong performance from his star pacer. But the trainer admitted he was not expecting Krug to produce quite such a dominant display. “I was expecting him to go a very good race but I didn’t think he would come out and win like he did.” “He is just in a great zone at the moment and we couldn’t be happier with him.” Blair sent Krug straight to the lead and set a strong tempo throughout the Flying Stakes. If any of his fellow drivers were hoping Krug was going to come back to the field on the home turn they were left bitterly disappointed. When the reinsman said go at the top of the straight Krug exploded away from his rivals who were left to fight out the minor placings. “We didn’t really get into talking about too many tactics before the race, I just said to Blair go out there and drive him on your instincts,” Cran said. “Blair summed up the race perfectly, like he always does.” “We have been fortunate enough to have a bit of success with this horse and Blair deserves a lot of credit for the way he has handled him.” Despite being the dominant performer among his age-group over two seasons, Krug remarkably was not rated as the favourite for the New Zealand Derby before Friday night's race. Now there is absolutely no doubt that he is the horse to beat in the Group One feature, in two weeks. Krug's delighted owners celebrate his emphatic win in the Flying Stakes at Addington. The Dalgety stable's focus will now be on putting the finishing touches on Krug for his quest for a second derby title in just his second attempt. “That run was exactly what we were looking for ahead of the derby,” Cran said. “He has run super time and he has had a good hit-out, we couldn’t have asked for much more, really.” “Now we have got two weeks to put the polish on him for the derby and we can’t wait.” Krug stopped the clock in a sensational 2-20.6 time, producing a slick 1-54.2 mile rate. Friday night's victory continued an incredible ride for owners Mike Hanning, Kevin McKerrow, Gary Merlo, Phil and Margaret Creighton, Grant Dickey and Ken Cummings, who took shares in the star colt after Cran selected him at the 2019 National Yearling Sales.   by Jonny Turner

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.   Lavra Joe leading WA three-year-old When he won the $50,000 Western Gateway Pace last Friday Lavra Joe proved himself the top three-year-old in WA for the current season. It was his second Group success on end, and he soundly trounced the best three-year-olds in WA in the Western Gateway after being required to overcome a difficult barrier draw.  In 27 starts Lavra Joe has now won 15 and been seven times placed for $202,846 in stakes for cattle farmer Ray Jones, who part-owns the colt. Lavra Joe      --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Lavra Joe is by the Cam’s Card Shark horse Roll With Joe out of the Gloucester Park winner Lavra Florence (1:57.5), by Live Or Die from the In The Pocket mare Florentine Star (TT2:00.3), a half-sister to the Bendigo Cup and Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star 1:54.8 ($470,115). Lavra Joe is the first foal of his dam.    Classic winners from same family Two of Victoria’s star young trotters at present, and both winners of the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic at Melton, are Central Otago and Perfect Polly, both lightly raced and with very little between them. Both trace to the Grand Monarch mare Maori Miss, a top racemare in her own right and who founded the leading trotting family in Australia today. Bred by Pat Driscoll, Central Otago is a three-year-old colt by the French sire Love You out of the Inter Dominion Trotting champion Sumthingaboutmaori 2:00.9 ($461,499), by Pine Chip from Maori Princess, a Group 1 winner by Entrepreneur from Maori Trump, by Overtrick from Maori Miss. Perfect Polly, who was bred and is raced by Richard Matthews, is a filly by Muscle Hill from the unraced Dream Vacation mare Dream Interest, who produced others in Keayang Yankee (1:55.4) and Keayang Majestic. Dream Interest ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred trotting champion Master Maori and to the dams of the multiple Group 1 winners Spidergirl, Illawong Armstrong, Kinvara Sue and Pretty Majestic. The next dam, Maorimoon, was by Entrepreneur from Maori’s Glory, a triple Group 1 winner and by Red Coach Glory from the Kentucky mare Maori Mia, a half-sister to Maori Trump, the third dam of Central Otago. Central Otago and Perfect Polly promise to be a force in the major trotting classics later in the year.   Group success for Techy’s Angel Techy’s Angel, the convincing winner of the Group 3 Jodie’s Babe at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers. She has eight of her 18 starts and $66,070 in stakes. Techy’s Angel is a member of one of NZ’s most successful winning families, being a four-year-old Alta Christiano mare from a handy racemare in Venus Williams (1:55.3), a Washington VC mare who left an earlier winner in My Porsche (1:59.3). Venus Williams was out of Mighty Dear, a noted producer by Surmo Hanover from Donna Dear, by Sly Yankee from the Young Charles mare Donna Charles, the dam of eight winners. Mighty Dear produced two smart performers in Giddyupandgobaby (1:56), a winner of 11 races including the WA Golden Girls Mile, and the Gloucester Park winner Lavros Cam (1:56.7), who won 12. Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the Prince Imperial mare Red Diamond, were cup class pacers in Don Domingo (1:51.8) and Ok Ado, The Phantom (Vic. 4YO Bonanza), As Happy As Larry (WA Easter Cup) and Country Ways (Geelong Cup). Techy’s Angel was bred and is part-owned by Goulburn Valley breeder Mario Cirillo.   Top filly by Fly Like An Eagle A top two-year-old filly in WA this year – she has won twice with a second in four starts – is Extraordinary Mary, a close relative of the former top WA stayer Buck The Odds. Extraordinary Mary     --Daryl Hallows, Paceway Photos Extraordinary Mary is a filly by Fly Like An Eagle (a Mach Three horse out of the Falcon Seelster mare Three Eagles) from Has The Looks, by Major In Art from the Die Laughing mare Marilyn’s Might, who proved a successful broodmare. Others from Marilyn’s Might were the Melton and Gloucester Park winner Might Be Luck 1:55 ($150,674), Marilyn Said (1:57.3) and the Perth winner Mister Mach (1:59.4). Marilyn’s Might was a half-sister to the Inter Dominion heat winner Buck The Odds 1:55.6 ($307,547) and the WA Sales Classic winner Ultimate Consumer (1:57), being by Die Laughing from Marilyn Ann, by Hilarion from Desann, a half-sister by the dual-gaited Gerry Mir to the NZ Messenger winner Josias 1:58.2 ($153,650) and the cup class pacers Elias and Mathias. Extraordinary Mary ranks as a half-sister to the Pearl placegetter Bettor Look and last season’s two-year-old winner Kissed By A Rose.   Kanena Provlima’s breeding background Kanena Provlima, who posted his first success in Victoria since being shipped from NSW at Melton, has now won 13 races and is rated one of the brightest prospects in his class. He ranks as five-year-old half-brother by A Rocknroll Dance to a capable pacer in Aphorism 1:52.6 ($108,456). Aphorism has already won twice at Menangle this year. Mes Ti Tsepi, the dam of Kanena Provlima and Aphorism, was an In The Pocket mare from Kalypso (2:00.8), by Safely Kept from Willing Greek, has proved a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of So Ami I (1:59.2) and last year’s juvenile winner Delightful Me. Mes Ti Tespi was not of much account herself but she was a half-sister to the Victoria and SA Pacing Cup winner Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 ($1.1 million), now a successful sire), Protikori 1:59 ($212,109), the Caduceus Club 3YO Cup winner War Dan 1:50 ($195,673) and the Tasmanian Easter Cup victor Kalypson Kid 1:56.4 ($125,351). This has been one of the most successful branches of the Coon family, Kalypso being a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winners Grand Stride 1:52.4 ($324,658) and Sapphire Stride 1:52.2 ($134,115), the Tatlow Memorial winner Katasopos and the Moonee Valley winner and Group placegetter Arivee (1:59.3).   Leading sire dominates Bathurst Racing at the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival further emphasized the dominance of Captaintreacherous on this season’s two-year-old racing. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sired five winners on the first two nights including three heat winners of the Gold Crown in Nineteenth Man, Lightning Dan and Master Stride. The ‘Captain’ also produced the Gold Tiara heat winners Eye Can Fly and Captains Queen. Other Tiara heat winners were Martini Stride (by Somebeachsomewhere), Just Hope (by Bettor’s Delight) and Silk Cloud (by Shadow Play). Take Out (by Well Said), Im In Trouble (by Art Major) and Mister Rea (by Pet Rock) won the other Gold Crown divisions.   SA Sapling Stakes winner The Sapling Stakes, the first South Australian classic for two-year-olds and run at Globe Derby Park, was won easily by the debutant Major Lincoln. Major Lincoln was a SA Yearling Sale purchase in 2020, and is a gelding by the Artsplace horse Art Major from the capable racemare Lincoln Beach Girl (1:54.1), by Jenna’s Beach Boy from the Falcon Seelster mare Tell A Franco (1:59.4), dam of Tellmetoattack, who won the Bridgetown Cup the day after Major Lincoln won. Tell A Franco, who won five races in Victoria, was out of the El Patron mare Tango Franco, a half-sister to the champion pacer and Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger TT1:53.9 ($991,387). Major Lincoln was bred by former Harness Breeders Victoria president Shannon Nixon and his wife Meaghan.   Blue blooded filly Beach Memories, a stunning debut winner at Kilmore recently, is a filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Somebeachsomewhere, she is out of a fine racemare in Distant Memory 1:55.1 ($173,155), who won six races as a two-year-old including the Vicbred Final and Bathurst Gold Tiara and became the dam of the Group winning mare Hows The Memory 1:50.1 ($154,424) and Delightful Angel (1:55.5). Distant Memory was one of the many grand producing daughters of a champion sire in Troublemaker, being out of a noted producer in Macrandra, by Classic Garry from Melanie (2:00.5), a Listed winner by Nero’s B B. Macrandra was the dam of 13 individual winners, seven of whom took records of 2:00 or better including a smart racemare in Sahara Miss (1:54.4), who, in turn, proved a top broodmare being the dam of the Group winners Sahara Sirocco (1:53.8) and Starofsahara (1:56.2). Beach Memories was bred by Denis and Jo Howe, of Wagga.   First winner by Kvintet Avenger The Love You horse Kvintet Avenger, who was bred in Finland and won several cups in Australia and who is now at the stud in Victoria, was represented by his first winner when the two-year-old filly Stingofawasp was successful recently at Maryborough. Stingofawasp had been placed at one of his two previous starts. Raced and trained by his breeder, Brad Angove, who also trained Sundon’s Courage, Stingofawasp is out of the Pegasus Spur mare Just Spur Me On, whose dam, Seren Kate (by Chiola Hanover), was a sister or half-sister to the dams of the top flight NZ trotters Romper Stomper and Romper’s Monarchy.   by Peter Wharton

Challengers of the undisputed king of New Zealand trotting will need to bring their best game when Sundees Son continues his incredible season at Addington on Friday night. The Robert Dunn trained six-year-old returns to racing in the Group 3 Lamb & Hayward Trotters Classic after being freshened following his powerful victory in the National Trot at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve. On the surface Sundees Son may look a little vulnerable, racing first up on the back of just one quiet trial and having to give his main rivals Muscle Mountain (10m) and Bolt For Brilliance (10m) a headstart from his 20m back mark. But there are no concerns among the Dunn camp that their star trotter is not forward enough to run a huge race. “I am not saying he is going to need the run, but he will improve with it,” Robert Dunn said. “He is pretty sharp, that is for sure.” Sundees Son has done plenty of miles up and down Woodend Beach ahead of his return. And his work suggests he will be able to return in the same headspace that underpinned his brilliant spring and summer campaign. “He is well and he has done a lot of work, obviously,” Dunn said. “Johnny (Dunn) is pretty happy with where he is at and he trotted very nice down the beach this week.” “He is fresh, but he has got a pretty good fresh record.” “It is a pretty good field, but Johnny and Craig (Edmonds) can’t fault him.” “He tells us when he is 100% and he is trotting super at the minute.” Like at any premier meeting in New Zealand, the Dunn stable has a big team entered on Friday night. Dashing Major looks one of the hardest of the Diamond Racing runners to beat in race 4 when he starts alongside stablemates Mighty Looee and A Delightful Act. The three-year-old was just over a length behind leading three-year-olds Pace N Pride and Ragazzo Mach in last week’s Ian Dobson Classic. “It was a good run last week, it was behind two really smart horses,” Dunn said. “He has got a lot of speed and down in grade this week he should be hard to beat.” One Majic Kenny steps out in race 9 for Dunn after disappointing in his recent starts at Alexandra Park when missing away. The trainer is hopeful the talented trotter can show his true worth on Friday night. “He lost his confidence going away, recently.” “He had one bad trial when things went wrong and that has stuck in his mind.” “I bought him down (from Auckland) last Friday and I have been really impressed with how he has been enjoying working on the beach again.” “From 20m and on the unruly he should be able to walk up and trot away nicely.” Steel The Show steps out in race 10 after running fifth to Henry Hubert after being slow away from the tapes at Addington last week. The pacer appeared to be there to strike on the home turn but disappointed late. But Dunn thinks the race should best be forgotten. “The last run didn’t suit him because he was in chase mode after he was slow away.” “It doesn’t suit him at all, he is a horse that needs to get his rhythm.” “He is still learning his gait, he is not the greatest gaited horse in the world but he is getting better.” “I think we will put that race behind us, he should be able to get his rhythm going behind the mobile in that field on Friday night.” Dunn also starts Donegal Carrickfin (race 2), Off N Gone (race 3), Got You Covered (race 8), Passion And Power (race 11) and Surfers Delight (race 11) at Friday night’s premier meeting. View the Addington fields click here!   By Jonny Turner

Josh Dickie has a shot at a special 10 minutes tonight most young trainers could only dream of. But while he will have the best seat in the horse for the first leg of a special trotting double he might not even see the second leg. This is Dickie’s first season training is his own accord, even though father John is still around the stables to help out, and he has quickly established himself as one of the stars of harness racing’s future. So much so he is the new trainer of Winterfell, last season’s trotter of the year, who makes his debut from Dickie’s stable off a 50m backmark in race six at Alexandra Park tonight. Further confirming just how strong a team Dickie has compiled is the fact he also has Paramount King and Kay Cee off 30m in the same race. But even with three open class reps in the handicap trot Dickie may not even get to see it. Because he won’t be at Alexandra Park but Addington where he will partner Mexicana, owned by the same connections as Winterfell, in the $50,000 NZ Trotting Oaks, which starts just 10 minutes before the Alexandra Park race. So if Mexicana wins the Oaks and Dickie has to go via the winner’s circle he is going to be pushing it to see his three open classers at Alexandra. “It is a great position to be in, having horses like this racing at our two biggest tracks,” says Dickie. “I was thrilled to get Winterfell and while everybody knows he has had his issues with one thing and another he seems to be a really good space and has been trialing well,” says Dickie. “Maurice McKendry drove him for me at the workouts last weekend because he is driving him tonight and said he trotted home (last 400m) beautifully in 26.7 seconds. “So he will go a big race but off 50m that might mean running on well for fifth or something because it is so hard to win off a big mark fresh up. “Kay Cee will be an each way chance because he is so honest while we are really, really happy with Paramount King, who Dad has done much of the work on. “Being off 30m he is a winning chance but we are a still not getting too carried away because while he is very good he had a poor campaign last time.” Dickie says he would also love to be at Alexandra Park to partner The Honey Queen (R4, No.2) who he rates very highly and expects to win tonight. But the fact he is driving at Addington shows how much he thinks of Mexicana’s chances in the Oaks, in which only Wanna Play With Me and Time Up The Hill look real dangers. Mexicana flew home fresh-up in a good form race at Alexandra Park two weeks ago and Dickie expects her to improve but drawn wide on the front line she could face having a tough run either of the other two favourites have designs on the lead. “The top three there stand out so it might be the one out of us who gets the most luck, which is why our filly is only third favourite.” How to attack harness racing's huge double header 1: TAIPO (Alex Park, R7, No.6) Comes in well here and has the gate speed to go forward and get crucial tactical advantage over stablemate Kango. Both are open class pacers in the making but Taipo looks the one tonight. 2: THE HONEY QUEEN (Alex Park, R4, No.2): It took a very good filly in Bettor Twist to beat her in the Oaks last start and she showed gate speed there that could see her lead and control her own destiny in a far weaker field. 3: SHAN NOBLE (Addington, R2, No.5): Smart 3-y-o who trialed well last week and big drop in grade tonight. The $2.40 opening quote very fair for a horse who could dominate and looks a potential the multi anchor. 4: MEXICANA (Addington, R6, No.8) Not much between her and the two favoured southern fillies but at $5.50 the northerner makes great each way sense. A lot may depend on his much gate speed she can show from out wide compared with the other pair. 5: SELF ASSURED (Addington, R7, No.4): Has been beaten last two but that was after hard runs whereas tonight in a five-horse field he can probably lead if Mark Purdon chooses to get serious. Quite remarkable to think he was paying $2.80 this week as the New Zealand Cup winner and has so rarely been beaten at Addington. View the Addington fields click here! View the Auckland fields click here! by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Ray Faithful kept his reign as strike-rate king at Ascot Park on Thursday when winning the Book Now For Diamonds Day Mobile Pace (2200m) with Suzie Rocks. The local horseman has kept an impressive strike-rate over 30 years as a trainer, and it is something he is pretty proud of. “We have always been a pretty good strike-rate stable, it is something we like to pride ourselves on,” Faithful said. “We don’t like to go unless we think they are ready. But getting up is good. “I have never worked a really big team. I spent three seasons at Ben Calder’s where we had a dozen to 15 horses in work, but back out on my own, I have only trained a maximum of six horses at any one time.” While his stable has been small on numbers, the quality of the graduates has never waned. “We have had a lot of good horses over the years,” he said. “We have been pretty lucky. This filly is carrying on from that. We had English Elegance years ago and this is the same breed.” Suzie Rocks finished second first-up earlier this month behind Bettor Talk Art and Faithful said he took plenty of confidence out of that run. “It was a pretty nice horse that beat her and she was short going into that first go,” he said. “She took heaps of improvement out of it and lined-up a pretty fit horse today.” The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance took an earlier one-one position on Thursday before driver Shane Walkinshaw continued to roll forward with his charge and eventually wrestled the lead off Tac Mac after a speed duel. That proved to be the winning of the race, with Suzie Rocks maintaining her advantage over her rivals, winning by 1-1/4 lengths over Tac Mac, with 1-1/4 lengths back to Debutante Party in third. “She went super,” Faithful said. “It was a pretty tough run, but she is one of those horses that the harder they go the better it suits her.” Faithful was also full of praise for Walkinshaw. “Shane drove the horse well,” he said. “He did everything we asked and he is a really under-rated horseman.”

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Addington tonight with an eleven race program starting at 5:10pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a fantastic night of racing. Addington selections 26th March 2021 Best Bet:  R3 Bettor Twist Best Value:  R9 Missalyssa   Race 1 Outamyway (14) Missucci (15) Luminosity (7) Shandon Bells  (8)   Race 2 Shan Noble (5) Bettor Call Me (12) First Class (14) Last Of The Mohicans (16)   Race 3 Bettor Twist (2) La Rosa(1) Dream On Me (6) Lifes A Beach (10)   Race 4 Longview Lady (8) Dashing Major (2) Sweet Belle (3) A Delightful Act (13)   Race 5 Bolt For Brilliance (6) Muscle Mountain (8) Sundees Son (10) Midnight Dash (3)   Race 6 Time Up The Hill (6) Wanna Play With Me (5) Mexicana (8) La Reina Del Sur (3)   Race 7 Self Assured (4) Amazing Dream (2) Spankem (5) Watch Me Now (1)   Race 8 Krug (5) Ragazzo Mach (6) It's All About Faith (4) Luke John (3)   Race 9 Missalyssa (15) Andy Hall (16) B D Yasothon (11) Overzealous (12)   Race 10 Tango Tara (8) Italian Lad (2) Steel The Show (7) Ifyousayso (1)     Race 11 Folklore  (6) Franco Stefan (2) Passion And Power (8) Pembrook's Destiny (10)     Harnesslink Media

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Alexandra Park tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:18pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Alexandra Park selections 26th March 2021 Best Bet:  R4 The Honey Queen Best Value:  R6 Rain Mist And Muscle   Race 1 Saint Michel (9) The Big Bird (2) Alana (11) Liaison  (3)   Race 2 Settle Petal (4) Montana Jet (7) Harder Than Diamonds (10) Cashlodo Flybye (11)   Race 3 Montana Storm (3) Te Amo (7) Art Nouveau (8) Lieutenant Arden (4)   Race 4 The Honey Queen (2) Down The Hatch (12) Cya Art (6) Tartan Robyn (8)   Race 5 Mr Kaplan (3) Obsession (5) Miki Montana (8) Artisan (1)   Race 6 Rain Mist And Muscle (4) Kay Cee (11) Paramount King (10) She Reigns (9)   Race 7 American Dealer (8) Kango (9) Taipo (6) Dance Time (7)   Race 8 Spirit Of The Game (6) Cya Doit (3) Mitch (1) Arden's Horizon (2)   Race 9 Errol D (4) Aldebaran Flame (11) Debbie Lee Galleon (14) Constellation (6)   Race 10 Happy Place (9) Frankie Jones (6) Sweet Chariot (1) Pocket Book (5)       Harnesslink Media

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