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A high class field of 3 year old fillies will assemble for harness racing's Group 1 $100,000 Canterbury Breeders New Zealand Oaks timed to race at 8.35pm this Friday (May 18) at Addington

Addington Raceway and Events Centre and The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) are pleased to announce the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders' Association (CSBA) as the new naming rights partner for harness racing's prestigious 2012 New Zealand Oaks on Friday 18 May.

The first New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association conference will be held in Christchurch on Friday 18th May 2012. A great line-up of harness racing industry leaders, personalities and successful breeders will speak at the day event prior to the New Zealand Oaks Premier race night being held at Addington Raceway.

There's seldom a premiere meeting go by when Rolleston harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Grant Payne aren't picking up Group 1, 2, or 3 spoils. And that trend continued tonight (Friday March 23) at Addington Raceway when Purdon steered Smolda and Escapee to easy Group 2 and 3 victories respectively.

Harness racing owner Robert Famularo was as surprised as anyone when Carabella was named Harness Horse of the Year last night, only the second time in 43 years that a three-year-old filly has taken the top award. On a vintage night in Christchurch, to end a vintage season, Famularo, his family and trainer Benny Hill wore a groove in the carpet up to the stage, accepting five awards.

It was a statement that made everyone snap to attention. Here was top harness racing driver Ricky May, the pilot of champions like Christian Cullen, and New Zealand Cup heroes Monkey King, Mainland Banner, Iraklis and Inky Lord, labelling Carabella as potentially the best horse he has driven.

Many harness racing fans were again left searching for superlatives to describe the brilliant Carabella as she won the $125,000 Group One New Zealand Oaks at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday May 20th).

Race goers will be treated to another huge night of harness racing at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Premier Meeting Addington Raceway tomorrow night (Friday May 21).

The final premier meeting for the 2009-2010 harness racing season at Addington Raceway this tomorrow night (Friday May 21) is packed with loads of talent both on and off the track.

The decade-long curse of the Northern Oaks has claimed another victim with the retirement of Lauraella. Last season's champion 3-year-old filly has become one of New Zealand's most commercial broodmares after her retirement this week because of injury.

This year's Interdominion Grand Final winner, Mr Feelgood will be back harness racing at Addington Raceway in just over a fortnight, according to a David BRUCE report in today's Otago Daily Times. The Tim Butt and Phil Anderson trained former American pacer is primed to make it an Interdominion-New Zealand Cup double - that is if he can keep out likely Cup favourite, Auckland Reactor.

David Butcher is one of New Zealand's best big-race drivers. He's eighth on New Zealand's all-time driving list with 1470 wins. He drove Elsu to win the 2005 Interdominion Grand Final. He won two Auckland Cups with the same horse in 2003 and 2004, and last November he won his first New Zealand Cup behind Changeover.

Yarndley Farms in Ohaupo continues to lead the way in harness racing breeding in New Zealand. Following the recent Auckland Cup Carnival at Alexandra Park 'The Farm' had bred both Group One winning 3-year-olds.

Dour staying mare Angela’s Dream again demonstrated her liking of grass tracks, especially the Banks Peninsula one, when she outstayed her rivals in the Motukarara 20,000 Classic (2810 metres) there today Friday 20 February. Angela’s Dream was a dashing winner at the track on 25 January and was also a creditable second there on 29 December.

The exponential growth of stakes in harness racing in New Zealand of recent seasons continued today when it was announced that $1.6 million is being injected into stakes for next season.

Kiwi Ingenuity unquestionably proved she was the best staying second season filly in the land when she responded magnificently to a bold and daring drive by trainer Robbie Holmes to run her rivals ragged in the Gr 1 $150,000 NZ Oaks (2600m, mobile) at Addington tonight Friday 16 May.

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