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By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Tom Bagrie went home from Addington a happy man on Sunday after bagging a double. The Ohoka trainer tasted success on the first race on the card when Sheldon Murtha reined The Governor home to a three-quarter length victory, while stablemate Stealth Bomba broke maiden ranks when victorious in his 2600m contest for driver John Dunn. “Especially after COVID-19 it was good to get back on the board with a couple of winners,” Bagrie said. Bagrie took plenty of confidence out of The Governor’s last start runner-up performance and was expecting a good showing from the gelding on Sunday. “His run last week was really good,” Bagrie said. “He is a really good doer and with COVID-19 we gave all the horses a bit of time off and all of ours were just needing the race fitness to get back in.                                                                                                                     --HRNZ photo “We went into today (Sunday) thinking we had some good chances just because we do heart rates and we could see them progressing on after each race. “Sheldon always does a good job. He has got a great strike-rate with him. He has had a couple of wins and a couple of placings with him in the amateur races, so it was good that it worked out well.” While Bagrie was pleased with The Governor’s result, he was rapt his homebred Stealth Bomba got up for his first victory at the fifth time of asking. “He’s always been a funny horse because he doesn’t like the grit as much as some others,” Bagrie said. “He’s had some really good trials, but in his races he has had a few bad draws and a bit of bad luck where he has been back and things weren’t going his way. “We were starting to get a bit worried that he wasn’t going to front on raceday, so it was a bit of a relief to see him put in a performance like that. “We have put a bit of time into him. I bred him myself. He is four, turning five this year, so it is great to get something back finally.” Bagrie now has eight wins to his credit this term and he is hoping his team can surpass last season’s tally of 14. “The season has been a bit interrupted and things didn’t work out with a few of my other horses, so it was a bit of mixed bag this season,” Bagrie said. “I would have hoped to have had a few more wins, but it is not over yet. Hopefully we can beat last year’s mark.” Bagrie is currently working a team of a dozen, but there are two horses in particular he is looking forward to getting back to the track. “I have got two that get me out of bed,” he said. “Pressed For Time is a nice mare, it couldn’t have gone more wrong for her this season, but everything is looking really good with her. “Another one is Belmont Major. He is a nice horse who has done a good job from a small number of starts. I am hoping he can have a good four-year-old season. “They are both back in work and have just started to do some strong work and we are happy with them at the moment.” Meanwhile, Bagrie is excited about the prospects of Group One winner Bettor’s Heart this coming season, who is trained by his father Peter. “Dad has got Bettor’s Heart who has just come back after a really good season,” he said. “She won in Australia and had some great racing here and we are hoping she will be competitive in a few big races.” – Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk

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 a nine race program starting at 12:39pm, and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a super day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only.   Harnesslink Media

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Rangiora trainer Mitchell Kerr has weathered the COVID-19 storm and has been able to bring up a momentous milestone on the other side. The young horseman brought up his 100th training win at Addington on Friday night when the aptly named Storm ran away to a 2-1/4 length win over Majorca in her 1980m contest. Kerr was delighted to reach the milestone, but said he was completely oblivious he was nearing the mark. “It was really good, I didn’t know I was so close,” he said. “It’s a big thrill and I am just rapt to get there.” Kerr was particularly pleased to get the win with Storm, a filly he believes has a bright future. “I have got a lot of time for that filly,” he said. “She is a lovely horse and is a really good wee staying mare for the future. “She has always shown us quite a bit of ability, so it was good to see her perform like that after a couple of workouts. She did it really nice.” Kerr originally kicked-off his training career five years ago with his father Paul, for whom he remained in a training partnership for two seasons and recorded 24 victories. With the support of a core group of owners he elected to head out on his own and has amassed an individual tally of 76 wins. “I elected to make the shift and give it a crack,” he said. “I had a few owners around me and just steadily built things up. I have got a nice base out here at Rangiora Racecourse now and things are chipping away nicely.” Kerr said there have been a few highlights in his training career to date, but one stands out above the rest. “Getting the New Zealand record with The Dorchester down in Ashburton was great,” Kerr said. “That was an amazing performance that day and it gave me a big buzz.” Despite a few setbacks this season, Kerr has recorded 23 wins to date, just two shy of last season’s tally. “It’s a bit of a story of two halves this season,” he said. “We had a really good start to the season and everything was flying along. I gave a few of them a letup after Cup Week and the team I had here got really crook and the wheels fell off a wee bit. “We got over that and then the coronavirus hit just when we were about to hit back with all those horses again. “We had to go back to square one. It has been a bit of a niggly season, but also a good season at the same. “The numbers are ticking along nicely, so hopefully we can bridge that gap and get past that 25 win tally this season and then hopefully next year we get a few more.” Kerr is currently working a team of 20 and he said he is particularly looking forward to getting three-year-old gelding William Wallace and six-win gelding Matt Damon back to the races. “I am really keen to get William Wallace back on track. He’s a lovely horse going forward,” Kerr said. “I am also looking forward to getting Matt Damon back. He came a long way this season, he has won six races. He has now had that decent break and hopefully we can get him in a few of those bigger races leading up to Cup Week.” 

By Jonny Turner    Junior driver Sarah O’Reilly will be out to keep up her excellent form in the sulky at Addington on Sunday. The reinswoman has driven winners at the past three meetings at the Christchurch track and she has four chances to make it four in a row. Trainer Geoff Dunn’s has been running just as hot as O’Reilly post the COVID 19 lockdown. The pair are set to form a potent combination when Tiebreaker steps out in race 5. The 4yr-old comes in to Sunday’s 2600m standing start event for junior drivers after charging in to second behind Team Kiwi for O’Reilly last weekend. “He has been going some great races lately,” O’Reilly said. “He should be able to begin pretty smartly and go another good race.” Tiebreak was also runner up behind Ranger Bomb in his first post-lockdown run. The pacer, who has had four starts for a win and a placing behind the tapes, will revert to standing start racing on Sunday. Tiebreaker opened the $3.50 equal fixed odds favourite for Sunday’s race with Arocknatthepark. O’Reilly is hopeful Yea You hold up from barrier 1 behind the mobile in race 2. The trotter, trained by her father, Gerard, was second behind the promising Mighty Flying Rocker at Addington last Friday. “Hopefully, this week he will be able to take advantage of barrier 1,” O’Reilly said. “He begins pretty well, it is usually after 200m that he can go rough.” “He should be up there handy.” Yea You ran fourth, hitting the line nicely behind Makura, in his last start, two days after his second placing. “He did go two pretty good races last week, especially that mobile race,” O’Reilly said. Yea You opened the $3.80 fixed odds win favourite with first starter, Time Up The Hill. Magicol Ideal goes in to race 6 after an unlucky run at Addington last weekend. The Dean Taylor trained 5yr-old swung sideways and lost ground at the start before being pushed four wide before the turn and finishing sixth. “He went really well last week, we just got pushed out at the wrong time,” O’Reilly said. “There was a line of us there for third.” “He has been racing well, so if he can get in a good position he will be in the finish.” Magicol Ideal will revert to mobile racing on Sunday, starting from barrier 6. The pacer opened the $4.80 third favourite for race 6, behind Fun In The Dark and Kayla Maguire Where Buckskin lands in the running of race 8 for O’Reilly could dictate his winning chances. The Robert Davis trained 4yr-old is best driven for one run, so is unlikely to be seen looping the field. “He ran home really well here last weekend and he has been going some good races from bad draws.” “It just depends how far back he gets because he is a sit sprinter and has to be driven for one run.” Buckskin opened at a $4.60 fixed odds win price behind first starter, Mossdale Mac. O’Reilly did not just have her win behind Star Of Timpany at Addington on Friday night to celebrate this weekend. The reigning New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship winner has been confirmed as one of the 12 drivers that will contest the previously under threat 2020 competition, next month. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

In a bid to limit data used by offshore bookmakers, the New Zealand Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has proposed that changes be made to the charges imposed for using betting information. The Select Committee introduced more than 30 changes to the Racing Industry Bill when it submitted its report to the House of Parliament, with the legislation only set to be signed into law a month later than originally intended. The Committee outlined plans to work with the three racing codes-New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ)-to ensure that measures are placed in place to allow offshore bookmakers to pay for the use of New Zealand racing data. Once the law has been codified, the committee suggested that Racing NZ, consisting of the three codes, be established which could assume some of the functions of the codes. The group has also suggested a TAB NZ Board reshuffle. On the recommendation of the codes the TAB is proposed to have three out of seven members appointed. A selection panel was introduced, and the Board ‘s overall required skill set would typically remain consistent with what was previously in the Bill. In a statement, the Racing Industry’s Transition Agency (RITA) said: “There are over 30 areas where the Committee have recommended changes and it will take us some time to work through and understand each of the different proposals. “Our initial view of the Select Committee’s recommendations is that the overall direction and structure of the Bill remains the same as it was before the Committee and is still in line with the direction of the Messara Report. “The TAB will be established as a pure betting, broadcasting and gaming entity, and the Codes will have greater roles and responsibilities for developing and promoting their sport.” By John Stewart Reprinted with permission of Inkedin

Oamaru horseman Matty Williamson continued a fine family tradition when he scored his first win as a trainer at Ascot Park today with Flossie holding on to beat outsider Hans Ideal by a nose. “It doesn’t say it in the race book but I bred her as well. I’ve had her the whole time so it was very satisfying going through the whole process and getting the win,” Williamson said. The three year old Shadow Play filly is owned by Williamson’s Uncle and Auntie Lance and Sharon Doran, his mother Bev and his partner Charlotte Purvis. “Because I train her there’s been no pressure other than from the missus. She (Flossie) has raced well in two starts so I haven’t had too much critiquing yet.” Williamson took Flossie to the front and dictated the pace but there were some anxious moments at the end. “I thought she was holding, but having the full blinds on she didn’t see those other horses coming wide late and she knocked off a bit. In hindsight I probably should have taken a sit with her but she got the job done so I’m rapt.” Williamson says Flossie has been a pleasure to train all the way through but that she’s likely to be sold. “She’s very laid back and she’ll continued to improve. Time will be her friend and she’s now for sale to the right person.” Williamson has only two horses in work. He qualified an American Ideal gelding called Mufusa last week at Oamaru. “He’s a nice horse. I expect him to do a bit and he may race before the season is out if he’s not sold.” Mufusa is owned by Geoff and Jude Knight, Williamson and his partner Charlotte. Williamson’s racing colours of orange with a chequered sash were the colours used by the late Dick Prendergast. Matt’s father Phil worked for Prendergast in the mid 1970s. “It was great for Matt especially with my old boss’s colours. Dick offered him the colours. He was a great fella to work for and he would have had a great thrill out of the win today. It was a thrill for us too as I’ve won in those colours a few times,” said Phil Williamson. The winning connections                                                     --Bruce Stewart photo Phil’s first winner as a junior driver was Hajano for Prendergast at Timaru in December 1977.  He also had success with the Prendergast colours driving Kimrock and Thelma Hest. Other winners at Ascot Park today were; Matai Jetstar which capped off a consistent form line to win for Alex Milne, Call Me Keith which won at odds of 76-1 for it’s breeder, owner and trainer Hamish Hunter, Melton Mafia for Wyndham trainers Gordon and Colin Lee, Allandale for Omakau trainer Lionel Sinnamon, Reattore for Mid Canterbury trainer Brent White and Winton trained mare Pearl Harbour for Winton trainers Katrina and John Price.   Bruce Stewart

A trotting double isn’t rare for master trainer Phil Williamson but two long shot trotting winners on the same day is. That’s what the Oamaru trainer produced at Ascot Park today when Majestic Connies won at odds of 25-1 and then two races later Jimmy Carter won paying $14.40. Majestic Connies got the long shot double underway. He was back early but driver John Morrison sent him forward to sit parked with a lap to run. He got his head in front of leader Crusher Collins turning in and held off late charges from Rydgemont Son wide out and That’s The Story on the inside. The winning margin was a head with a nose back to third. Majestic Connies (6) holding on in a tight finish                       – Photo Bruce Stewart “He trialled like he’d be hard to beat before he raced last, and that run was a bit disappointing. He’s hard for the public to follow but on his day he can turn on a good performance and he’s got a reasonable amount of ability for that grade,” said trainer Phil Williamson. Later in the day Jimmy Carter accounted for a tidy field of square gaiters when he got up to win the Carpet Plus Willy’s Flooring Trot. He was in the one one for the last part of the race. Driver Brad Williamson came out inside the last 600 when second favourite Madrik improved. Leader Richard The Third and Jimmy Carter went head to head inside the last 400 metres. The Williamson trained trotter came away at the end, beating Richard The Third by a length and three quarters with Horse Of Course running home for third. “His last two starts were from a mobile and he didn’t take part. He won a trial from the stand in between and we thought that if he got away today he’d be pretty competitive. We had a team in that were all competitive but it’s just around the manners on the day. Brad got it right with Jimmy Carter and Johnny Morrison got Connies round.” Jimmy Carter trotting out to win                             – Photo Bruce Stewart And Williamson says he’s excited to be bringing class trotter Ultimate Stride south in the next fortnight. “It’ll be great to have him back at the races. He had a breakdown after he came back from Australia so he hasn’t raced for nearly a year but he’s a quality horse. He’s had a couple of trials. Will he need a run? I think his class should get him home but it’s never that easy.” After today’s racing the Williamson brothers had extended their collective tally of driving wins to 2002.  Matty currently sits on 860, Nathan 820 and Brad 322. Meanwhile the Des Baynes trained See Ya Write broke the 1700 metre mobile record for three year olds when he won the last race on the card pacing the distance in 2-03.0. The previous record of 2-04.3 was held by Karmic Way.   Bruce Stewart

My night on the couch watching the trots on TV didn’t start well. Friday nights in front of Trackside used to be a real highlight of the week and with the wee man Ricky May making his comeback after ‘dying’ in January, it promised to be good viewing. With the horses for race six out on the track at Addington, and only four minutes and 20 seconds until race start time, all I wanted to do was check out their preliminaries. But no, we’re whisked off to Kawasaki in Japan where five horses who have never faced the starter before are lining up for a 900 metre race, with the favourite paying $1 to win. The horses’ names are different but I’ve heard the commentary many times before - five horses in competition, three corners in play, a nice clean start by all the horses and down the stretch they come, yada yada. Read the full story click here Reprinted with permission of Barry Lichter Lincoln Farms

By Jonny Turner    The road less travel led to driver Jonny Cox plotting the perfect path to victory for open class star Nandolo at Addington on Friday night. Cox showed a skilled and cool hand to work John ‘Coaster’ Howe trained pacer to the lead from the second row, without a three-wide move, before the pair went on for a commanding four-length free-for-all victory. Cox has not just been trying to save his horses from covering extra ground, recently. The COVID19 lockdown has led to a mini reset to his driving career, which is clearly working. “The lockdown turned out to be a good chance to slow down for a bit,” Cox said. “I was travelling up and down the South Island all the time, which was starting to take its toll.” Cox has cut out travel to Southland since harness racing restarted, though he is not ruling out going south for the right reasons. “I haven’t been ringing up for drives down South, but it’s not to say I wouldn’t go down there if I had a few drives.” “But, with Addington racing Friday and Sunday I haven’t really need to go.” “I know Blair [Orange] and Johnny Morrison are doing it, but it does take its toll, especially if you have your own team to look after.” “So, I am pretty happy to keep ticking over at Addington.” Though his travelling commitments slowed down, there no rest for Cox during lockdown. He and fiancé, Kimberly Butt, whose wedding had to be postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic, used the time to work set up a new training property. Cox was quick to point out that his form in the sulky has been made possible by Howe’s team running hot. Nandolo’s win came after the pair also combined to win with Aladdin Sane. Nandolo bounced back to his best after having his hocks treated following his first up run for third at Addington two weeks ago. “He felt like a different horse,” Cox said. “I managed to get on the back of Matt Anderson’s horse [Change Is Good] early and he got a good run through after that.” “I think having horses around him helped too because he is a much better horse on the bit.” Once he found the front Nandolo reeled off a 56.5sec last 800m to win by four and a quarter lengths over Tango Tara. Aladdin Sane scored in the opposite circumstances, powering home from off the speed to win in rating 40-55 company. “It was a good effort, coming from the unruly can be like starting off 10m,” Cox said. “He came to the end of it the last 50m, but they were all flat out.” Though he could not bag a win, Ricky May’s return to driving at Addington on Friday night could only be judged as a raging success. May went close in several races, notching three third placings and a second. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the second video in 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 on Saturday with a 10 race program starting at 12:31pm, and in this video we highlight some value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a tough day of racing with even fields. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only.   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner Flying trainer Michael House hopes his southern team can sprout wings at Ascot Park on Saturday. Arguably New Zealand’s most enterprising trainer, House will start a big team of 15 horses over 10 races. Similarly to star jockeys James McDonald or Hugh Bowman before a big race, House jetted into Invercargill for trackwork on Thursday to put the finishing touches on his team before Saturday’s meeting. Many of House’s team have arrived in Invercargill after the cancellation of this season’s Central Districts circuit. That has House flying in and out of Invercargill from his base in Canterbury as he strives to make his new venture in Southland a success. "While in lockdown I found out about Invercargill’s stakes holding up, so I put two and two together and came up with 66 and got ahead of the game. "So I have a barn at the track, which is a massive asset for any trainer." "It is like American racing at the moment. The races are at the same track on the same day each week." House looks to have several strong winning chances among his Ascot Park team. But he is not expecting big results to come in the South just yet. "I am building and I have bought a couple of horses in the last couple of days and I have some better ones coming back." "It is like anything. You start an idea and then you have got to throw a bit water and a bit of fertiliser on it to make it grow." The sale of Nui Ba Den to North America will make Stinger Lindenny’s quest for back-to-back Ascot Park wins a little easier in race 9. Nui Ba Den has been scratched, allowing driver Blair Orange to reunite with Stinger Lindenny, who did not let working three-wide early stop him from winning two weeks ago. "Stinger Lindenny worked well this morning and he should back up nicely" House said yesterday. Jawbreaker did not impress racing first up from House’s new southern base, when he faded out after working hard three wide, two weeks ago. The 3yr-old has two emergencies inside him, which could mean he moves to barrier 4 from barrier 6 in race 3. "It is the first time in a while he has had a decent draw," House said. "He was overdriven for a horse that was first-up last time. He has also worked well." House has three runners in races 7 and 10. House rates My Mate Ben his best winning hope when the 5yr-old steps out alongside Absolut Russian and Ohoka Bandit in race 7. "My Mate Ben should go a good race. He went well in his last start at Addington, if you go back and analyse it." House gave Voodoo Prince the nod ahead of Rake and Superstar Legend in race 10. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk   The Banks Peninsula Trotting Club is hailing the area’s new cellphone tower as a game changer. “This may look boring but it means so much to us at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club,” said club secretary-manager Glenn Hames, “We now have full cellphone and broadband coverage on course.” In the past coverage at the Motukarara course has been patchy at best with a number of dead spots. The upgrade is a massive boost to the club, it is also timely as RITA (Racing Industry Transition Agency) drastically cuts costs across all areas of its business. “With the possibility that they are phasing out tote operators on course it means people can bet on their devices, and this will be huge for our turnover,” said Hames. The Gebbies Valley tower is the 100th new rural mobile tower. It’s all part of the Rural Broadband Initiative that the Government is carrying out in conjunction with the Rural Connectivity Group. Hames adding : “For the first time in the world, three providers are all using the same tower. So if you’re with Spark, Vodafone or 2 Degrees you will be able to use your devices at Motukarara Racecourse.” “COVID-19 has clearly shown us the importance of being digitally connected, and this new tower in Gebbies Valley means that more people are now able to connect to broadband, bringing social inclusion and allowing people to work and learn from home,” said Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi. “There are to be seven new mobile sites in the Christchurch City Council area – with five in Banks Peninsula. Once these sites are completed, 650 rural homes and businesses, which cannot currently access broadband, will have the opportunity to connect.” Hames says the changes will have a positive effect for everyone on course, with their next meeting at this stage scheduled for September 27.

TEAM Tritton formally start an exciting new chapter of their career in the US on Saturday morning (NZ time). Husband and wife, Shane and Lauren Tritton, moved to the US a couple of months back and have their first two starters at the famed Meadowlands track in New Jersey. Kiwi-bred pair My Ruebe Star and Gods Spirit fly the stable flag. There will be some familiar faces against them with Dexter Dunn and Aussie Andy McCarthy driving at the meeting. “We’ve got 18 in work, 12 we brought across from Australia and six we’ve picked-up over here,” Tritton said. “It’s great to be having our first runners, but we are taking is nice and steadily over here and think we’ll get better with time. “There are so many different viruses over here, you can’t go anywhere near as hard at the horses in training as we did back home, especially in their first few months here. “We’ve had quite a few qualify and they all get in quite well here under the stakemoney handicapping system.” Tritton expects solid showings from Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star. “Gods Spirit is probably the best up-and-comer we have here. He qualified well with a second to the star here, Wiggle It Jiggleit,” Tritton said. “Of the horses we’ve got, Gods Spirit is the up-and-comer, but the proven Group 1 horses from back home, headed by Flaming Flutter and Yayas Hot Spot, are working well and should do a good job when they start racing soon. “We’re also looking forward to racing Letsspendanitetogetha. He’s come up really well.” Lauren Tritton has been driving at the qualifiers and won two of them last weekend, but will watch from the sidelines for now. “Lauren’s all set to drive when the time is right, but wants to let the horses have a few runs and watch some of the racing before getting amongst it herself. It might be a few weeks I think,” Shane said. Jordan Stratton, a long-time stable driver for Shane’s father, Peter, will drive Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star this week. “We’re training from the farm Dad trained at, about a hour north of New York City, and Jordan’s had a long association with Dad. He’s especially good as knowing how to drive these former Down Under horses without gassing them too much in their early runs,” Shane said. Team Tritton will race mainly at the Meadowlands and Yonkers, when it re-opens for racing post-COVID on June 22. “It’s been a bit of a blessing the suspension of racing because of COVID for us. It’s given us extra time to get settled-in and find our way. Now we’re keen to get into it,” Shane said.   Adam Hamilton

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. Won Watts Memorial Pocket Of Terror, who won the Group 3 $30,600 J. D. Watts Memorial at Menangle, is a NSW bred gelding with an interesting and successful family background. Bred and raced by Kevin Hayes, Pocket Of Terror, who has now won 19 races and $167,945, is a five-year-old by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror, who shuttled between North America and Victoria and is now at the stud in Ohio. Western Terror has been most successful in Australia and New Zealand. His stock include the champion Terror To Love, winner of three NZ Cups, and the Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. Pocket Of Terror is out of a capable racemare in Onedin’s Pocketgirl, who took a record of 1:56, won eight races and $34,344 and became the dam of metropolitan winners in Sams The Master 1:52.4 ($233,591), Norm’s Desire (1:54.7) and two-year-old This Ones For You (1:56.8). Onedin’s Pocketgirl was a half-sister to a top ranking pacer in Iam Mr Brightside 1:50.8 ($445,007), the Harold Park winner The Spurs A Flyin 1:56.5 ($113,296) and Just Read My Mind (1:55.4). Their dam, Onedin Spur, was a Jaguar Spur mare from Miss Shona (2:00), by Majestic Chance from Shona Way, by Lordship. Besides Onedin Spur, Miss Shona, a winner of three, left a cup class pacer in Onedin Pick Pocket 1:52.2 ($235,582), the prolific Albion Park victor Onedin Commander (1:55.4) and the unraced Onedin Miss, dam of the double Gloucester Park winner Washington Seattle 1:59.8 ($96,474) and Miss McIvor (1:55.6). Up and coming youngsters Two of Western Australia’s star youngsters at present, and both recent winners at Gloucester Park who promise to be a force in the forthcoming classics, are the close relatives Carabao and Intheskyrocket. Both bred by Bryan Cousins are by American Ideal from daughters of the prolific Lordship broodmare Cerebrano. Carabao, who won a heat of the Pearl Classic, is out of the Western Terror mare Escovedo, who produced earlier winners in Galante (1:57), a double winner at Gloucester Park, and Oakhart (1:58). Intheskyrocket, who has won six races and holds a record of 1:55, is from Sienna (1:56.6), a sister to Escovedo, the dam of Carabao. Their dam, Cerebrano, a winner of four races, became the dam of eleven individual winners including four in 2:00 and really established the Topsy family to real purpose in WA. She was the dam of the glamour filly Innocent Eyes 1:57.6 ($421, 875), winner of the Victoria and Australian Oaks and Chariots of Fire, the WA Solid Gold Bracelet winner Lady Maryclaire and Valero (1:56.5) and the grand-dam of The Legends and Ballarat Cup winner Restrepo 1:52.4 ($527,118), Innocent Affair 1:55.5 (WA Bob Humphries Memorial) and the Northam Cup winner Major Rush 1:58.3 ($167,596). Ragnarr in top form One of the stars of the regional-based racing in Victoria is Ragnarr, a NZ bred four-year-old who has won three races in quick time and has graduated to a NR 68 mark. Ragnarr                                               --Stuart McCormick photo He is Bettor’s Delight entire from a handy racemare in Regret (1:59.6), by In The Pocket from Going Royce (2:00), by El Patron from Good Going, by Smooth Hanover from Goody Good, by Goodland from the U Scott mare Scotomy, who has founded an outstanding family of winners. Others from Regret have been the Tontine winner Mister Mundaka 1:54.1 ($160,284), Bedtime 1:56.5 (9 wins) and the trotter Natural (Tr 2:00.3).   Dancing With Mach is well bred The Mach Three mare Dancing With Mach, who won the $30,000 Westbred 4YO and 5YO Mares Classic at Gloucester Park, is a five-year-old half-sister to a cups winning mare in Bettor Party 1:53.5 ($317,007) and to a former top juvenile in Rocknroll Whitby 1:57.2 ($162,436). Dancing With Mach                                                          --Jodie Hallows photo They are out of a top racemare and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner in Party Date 1:56 ($256,003), by Panorama from Boom Or Bust, by Kawartha Robust from the Pure Steel mare Boom Boom Baby. Party Date had the rare distinction of having four of her stock racing on the same night in Dancing With Mach (1st), Pierre Whitby (2nd), Bettor Party (4th) and Rocknroll Whitby (10th). Other members of this family have been Red Hot Date 1:56.5 (WA Breeders Stakes), General Dodge (E. K. Bray Country Clubs Cup), Nomore Forusir 1:57.8 ($198,663), Play The Boys (WA Sales Classic 2YO), Rockin The Boys (1:50.2) and Hello Boys (1:57.5Z), dam of Gangbuster, a winner on the same card as Dancing With Mach.   A Star from Paintball A star two-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Holi Starzzz, who has won three races with a placing from four starts for $13,020. A filly by Four Starzzz Shark, she is out of a talented racemare in Paintball 1:54.4 ($100,508), who left earlier winners in The Pantheist (1:56) and Ballterra. Paintball ranks as a half-sister to the Vicbred 3YO champion  Out To Play 1:53.3 ($169,727), being by Presidential Ball from Secret Life, by Safely Kept from Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the noted producer Larrakeyah Lady. Holi Starzzz, who won twice at Bendigo in the space of nine days, looks a youngster with the potential one would expect of her breeding. Foundation winner by Sebastian K On Advice, who won the NSW Foundation Final for two-year-old trotters at Menangle, is a gelding by the Swedish bred Sebastian K, a world champion trotter who is slated to stand at Niota Bloodstock in Victoria this season. Bred and raced by Sydney identity John Starr, On Advice is out of the unraced Pegasus Spur mare Sunny Imperial, and the first of her produce to race. She ranks as a sister to Pegasus Elegance Tr 1:54.6 ($128,060), who numbered among her 15 successes the Bathurst Gold Coronet and the Foundation series in 2016. Sunny Imperial is out of a cup class trotter in Sunny Elegant Tr 1:57.2 ($102,330), a daughter of Sundon and the outstanding NZ racemare Merinai, a winner of 19 races including four at Group level and $244,155 in stakes. Besides Sunny Elegant, Merinai was also the dam of Miss Pegasus (9 wins and $86,391), Madam Spur (Tr 2:00.9), Wingsonghai (7 wins) and the Armbro Invasion mare Classic Armbro, dam of the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion Tailored Elegance (Tr 2:00.1), Sertorius Tr 1:58.6 ($111,378) and this season’s two-year-old winner I See Fire. Another two daughters of Merinai bred on with marked success. Sun Mist became the dam of the Melton winners Pretty Sunday Tr 1:57.4 ($175,182), Sonofanearl Tr, 2:00.6 ($117,798) and Rosemma Tr 1:59.9 ($82,994), while Sundon’s Babe left the Maori Legend winner Aldebaran Shelly.   Sixth on end Bernie Winkle, a seven-year-old New Zealand bred gelding, won his sixth race on end since transferring to the Sunraysia area in April. He is by the Rocknroll Hanover horse Rock N Roll Heaven, sire of the top racemare Rocknroll Magic. Bernie Winkle is out of Dolly McD, by Mach Three from the Panorama mare Panodoll, a half-sister to the Wyndham Cup winner Joyfulbelle (1:56.3), dam of the high class pacers Our Bettor Joy 1:50.8 ($567,680) and Joyfuljoy 1:51.6 ($480,442). Dolly McD also produced the Invercargill Summer Cup winner Statham 1:50.2 ($137,709) and is a member of the same family as the WA Diamond Classic Majorpride.   Smart filly by Follow The Stars A two-year-old to take high ranking in Western Australia is Black Jack Baby, one of the second crop of sired by former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, who is standing at Allwood Stud near Perth. Black Jack Baby                                                --Jodie Hallows photo She has won five two-year-old races with a placings from six starts for $37,222. She came from last to win at Gloucester Park last weekend and appears every bit as good as the Sandgropers rate her. She is the first foal of What A Card NZ (1:58.8), by McArdle from Lady Butler, by Butler B G from the Mark Lobell mare Deborah Lobell, a half-sister to Advance Debra, the dam of the champion Courage Under Fire.    Victorian trotter has strong bloodlines One of the most promising young trotters racing in Victoria at present is Araignee Flair, who has won twice at Ballarat recently. She has a wealth of blood to back up her claims to further promotion, being by the Muscles Yankee horse Yankee Spider out of the S J’s photo mare Petite Flair (Tr 2:04.1), the dam of the SA Hambletonian winner Mister Pepe and the useful racemare The Girls Gotflair. Petite Flair, bred in Victoria by Kevin and the late Faye Waller, was out of the Entrepreneur mare Fiona’s Flair (Tr 2:02.8), who won a string of races including the E. B. Cochran Cup and Kilmore Trotters Cup. At the stud Fiona’s Flair produced the Derby winners A Touch Of Flair Tr 1:52.6 ($569,197) and Son Of Flair Tr 1:56.2 ($257,909), the Vicbred champion Mighty Maori Tr 1:55.2 ($256,305) and the cups winner and successful sire Down Under Muscles Tr 2:01.1 ($216,925), all trotters of some worth. Other descendants of Fiona’s Flair have been Andover Sun (Tr 1:57.8), runner-up in last year’s Breeders Crown and Vicbred Finals, the dual Vicbred finalist Our Flash Girl and recent Terang winner The Summer Cat. Blue blooded filly Mostpeculiarmumma, who won the SA Ladyship Stakes at Globe Derby Park, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. One of the second crop sired by He’s Watching (1:46.8 son of American Ideal), she is out of the Armbro Operative mare Jane Crothers, whose dam Memories Galore, ranked as a sister to the SA Sires Stakes 2YO Final winner Tora Tora Rose and Smile Please (2:00.1), their dam, the Sires Stakes winner Smile On Me, being a half-sister to the Kapunda Derby victor With Or Without. Jane Crothers, the dam of Mostpeculiarmumma, had a record of 2:00.7 and won four races at Globe Derby Park.   Siblings win at Invercargill It was no mean feat for the siblings Rydgemont Milly and Rydgemont Son to win on the same card at Invercargill last weekend. Both bred by the Scott family are by Monarchy and Majestic Son respectively. Domination (Tr 2:04.1), the dam of Rydgemont Milly and Rydgemont Son, was by Sundon out of a capable trotter in Syndication who took a record of 2:05.6 over 3200 metres. Besides Domination, she was also the dam of the exported Duplication (Tr 1:59.4) and the Menangle and Albion Park winner Distribution.   by Peter Wharton

It's a formidable partnership on paper and the Emmett and Richard Brosnan team is hoping to build into a successful force out of their new base in Meredith. Richard, a semi-retired champion trainer/driver from New Zealand, moved to Australia to be closer to his children and taken up a co-licence with his son, who has gone alone after a decade-long grounding with Geoff Webster in Bannockburn. It's only a part-time venture at this stage for Emmett, who works full-time as an equine sports therapist, but it's one that has been enjoyable since moving to the new property at the start of the year. "It's really a two-way street. Dad's brought horses over and they wanted to scale down a little bit and I wanted to have a few extra ones so we took a partnership. It's been working really well," Emmett said. "We kind of met in the middle." Emmett said he had originally just trained some of his own horses out of Webster's stables, but had decided it was time to expand. "It basically just got to a point where I had to make a decision ... if I just kept one or two horses and had horses at Geoff's place and continued as I was going or whether I started growing it a little bit more, which, obviously at that point, you need your own space," he said. "I am pleased I made the move, but at the same time it's really early days. At the moment it's a really basic set-up and we are just working hard to get it to a point where it's fully operational. It's a pretty low-key set-up right at the moment, but the horses are still training good off the property." The team fancies its chances tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton with one of the few horses to have connections outside the family. That is Betta Bopper, who is raced by the Ballarat and District Trotting Club Standardbred Group. The daughter of Betterthancheddar has drawn the outside barrier in the small field of six, which will contest the Catanach's Jewellers Pace (1720m, mares NR 55-66). The Melton circuit is one that Betta Bopper enjoys, with two of her four career wins having come at the venue. "I actually think she's right in it," Emmett said. "She does race really good at Melton and does have good closing speed and finishes off her races well. If they do run it along, she'll be right there." Once again, it's a seven-race card at Victorian harness racing headquarters this evening, with the first event set to go at 5.37pm. ALKING TROTS ON SENTRACK: Hosts Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden have another big line-up for today's Talking Trots on SENTrack, which runs weekdays from 11am-1pm on 1377AM in Melbourne, 657AM in Perth and 1575AM in Wollongong. Click here to listen live and for links to download the SEN app. The good oil from the Vic trials circuit Tabcorp Park Melton, R2 N2, Majestic Dream CASH LOVER came out of the gate quickly and took cover behind MAJESTIC DREAM. That pair were able to dominate the trial thereafter with CASH LOVER running down MAJESTIC DREAM right on the line. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R2 N7, Success Counts Trailed the leader DOUG in a slowly run trial and sprinted sharply at the end to win comfortably in what was just a 200m dash up the straight. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R3 N1, Keayang Shady Hasn’t raced since a victory at St Arnaud in November and was able to defeat VETNESS by three metres. REPORT Tabcorp Park Melton, R6 N4, The Hervey Bay Raced without cover and was able slot onto the back of the leader FRIENDS at the mile marker. He came away from the inside on the home turn and got up to defeat FRIENDS in the run to the finish. REPORT   HRV - Tim O'Connor

Welcome to the first video in 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 on Friday with a 12 race program starting early at 4:25pm, and in this video we highlight some value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a tough night of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only.   Harnesslink Media

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