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Harness racing 3 year olds in the North Island always have a hard road to the Sires Stakes Final at Addington on Cup day with few suitable races to get them race hardened for the big day. Hence it is no surprise that on Friday night at Alexandra Park we find the three leading North island hopes lining up in a C2-C6 pace over 2200 metres. First and foremost is Hughie Green who has been in exceptional form this season and is rated the North's best hope of taking home the silverware on Cup day. However South Auckland trainer Ray Green has two 3 year olds that he thinks are more than capable of holding their own in the Sires Stakes Final in the Bettor's Delight colt, Strike The Gold and the Mach Three colt, Chachingchaching. The pair ran the quinella in the Sires Stakes heat at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago and did it in the style of horses who are right at the top of their game. Strike The Gold had a head to spare on that occasion over Chachingchaching as they cut out the 1700 metres in a very fast 2:02.3, a mile rate of 1:55.8 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.4 It was a performance that suggested that the duo will be very competitive come the Final on Cup day. Ray is happy with both of them heading into Friday night. "They are both well enough heading into Friday night but in saying that the run will help to tighten both of them up looking towards the final,"  Ray told Harnesslink today. "We are up against Hughie Green on Friday night  but there is no point in ducking him so I'm looking forward to the race actually," he said. Safely through Friday night, Ray's pair of top 3 year olds will not head south until late in the piece. " They can both have a run at the trials after Friday night just to top them off for Addington. "The plan at this stage is to fly them down a couple of days before the final,"  he said. Ray Green has fashioned a great record in the Sires Stakes final in the last five years, winning it with Sir Lincoln and running fourth with Besotted while Hawkeye Bromac was unplaced last year. Ray knows what it takes to takes to win the Sires Stakes Final and in Chachingchaching and Strike The Gold he has two 3 year olds capable of doing just that. Harnesslink Media  

A treble of wins for the All Stars team was highlighted by memorable results for Mickey Ward and the Patterson family and for Neil Pilcher who posted a win on his 77th birthday - as well as Matt Anderson posting his first win at Addington watched by his sponsor and family friend, Ray Coupland.  Mickey Ward has spent a good part of his life following or racing horses. His biggest moment was winning the Messenger with the Jack Smolenski -trained  OK Royal with Jack and Mickey racing him in partnership. Royal Mach raced out of All Stars for the Wards after Jack retired  but  The Royal Garden has tested his patience after a paddock accident sidelined him for a long time. Mickey wasn't travelling that well either with a serious bout of ill health which has put him in a wheelchair.  In typical humorous style Mickey loved the win but was a bit septic on the $1.50 win dividend ! "Pilch" has sold the smart Holy Grail this week but Alta Orlando who he races with Jim and Ann Gibbs won the 5th heat of the Sires Stakes anyway. Neil's record with the stock of Courage Under Fire  is outstanding and Alta Orlando, a big two year old winner last season, has proven a bargain. Heres a review of how the All Stars runners went: Stopandstare (2nd) Nathan) "Had to do a bit of work caught three wide and she fought on well (last quarter 27.9)  " - Nathan Alta Ronaldo (2nd) Natalie "He just missed away a little, not bad, but in those short races from a stand it never helps. He went good after that, fought on well. He just doesn't have that real sharp speed at this stage" - Natalie. Have Faith in Me (galloped in run up) Tim "The gate was going a bit slow for him and he started looking around and stargazing then bumped one outside him and that was that"  - Tim. (Forbury revisited !) Change Stride (4th) Mark "I wouldn't say he was disappointing. He got a good enough run but he wanted to hang and that made it hard for him. He is green yet. He will probably line up here again next Friday" -  Mark Alta Orlando (1st) Natalie "He didn't leave any excuses for them but he still does a few little things wrong. But he's tough and has the ability " - Natalie. Holy Grail (3rd) Matt "He went really good. He can sprint home and we had a good enough run but it was a good effort",- Matt. (Sold to Australia but likely to stay at Rolleston until after Sires Stakes finals) Hot Pants (1st) Matt "Yes that is my first win at Addington. Quite a thrill. We had to work a bit early but then we got a nice run and she did the rest"  The Royal Garden (1st) Tim "I thought we had got beaten. He kicks strongly though and that made the difference because he had to do a bit of work into the wind" -Tim. Courtesy Of All Stars Racing Stables - Check site here            

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 6, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Tuesday, August 6 as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best performance. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Always B Miki was able to overcome a miscue at the start to win by five and a half lengths in front of Next Thing Smoke’n and Tyler Smith. The 1:53.1 score was just one second shy of the Hoosier Park’s track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched his second win from three seasonal outings while sending his bankroll over the $20,000 mark for his connections. Doctor Carter followed suit in the second split of the Indiana Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and was piloted by Trace Tetrick to a 1:53.4 lifetime best score. Sired by Total Truth, Doctor Carter was able to take advantage of a pocket trip and hold off a late charge from Keiths Studio Art to notch his third victory of the season. As the public’s second choice, Doctor Carter returned $11.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Steve Carter, Doctor Carter has now won three of four lifetime outings while earning $25,000 lifetime. Indiana’s two-year-old pacing fillies were also out in full force and made a good showing through two $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied from well off the pace to score in the opening division in 1:54.3. Dismissed at 10-1, Always Dee One found her best strides late in the lane to win by two lengths over Victoria Ivy and Jason Dillander. Trained by Ron Burke, the rookie filly notched her maiden breaking win from three seasonal outings. Sired by Always A Virgin, Always Dee One has now earned over $19,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp, front running score to pull the upset in the final division of the sire stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Brian Brown, the daughter of Always A Virgin cruised around Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 1:54.4 to score her maiden breaking victory. Using a: 27.3 final panel, Color’s A Virgin held of a late charge from Tough Rose and Sam Widger to finish a length in front of her rivals. The rookie filly has now earned over $18,000 from two starts for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, August 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The second division for the two-year-old pacing colts will be the featured attraction on Wednesday, August 21. Both of the four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 7 with a 14-race card highlighted by one division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.  by Emily Gaskin  

They say that Mark Purdon is New Zealand’s best juvenile trainer, well I'll tell you what. His older brother Barry isn’t half bad either.

A magical 600m last weekend had harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety thinking Regulus could win tonight’s $180,000 Sires' Stakes Final - right up until he saw the barrier draw. Now Dalgety knows the leggy juvenile could be left facing mission impossible for the second time in six days.

No juvenile trotter has been more consistent this season than Daenerys Targaryen, which is why it was fitting that she took out today's harness racing $60,000 Group two Sires' Stakes 2YO Championship at Addington Raceway.

The draw proved the difference between winning and losing for Venus Serena in tonight's harness racing Group One $170,000 Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers at Alexandra Park.

For the first time in her near-perfect career Adore Me has given her trainer reason for concern. However, that disappeared quickly after Mark Purdon took the freakish filly for a spin at the Motukarara trials on Monday, suggesting it will be business as usual when she resumes at Addington tonight (Friday May 3).

That man Fred Fletcher has done it again. Thanks to a wonderful drive from his grandson Sam Smolenski Fletcher has claimed yet another Group Two harness racing event.

Punters who backed Mark Jones's 2yo son of Gotta Go Cullect called Offtocullect, were saying just that soon after he made his debut at tonight’s (Thursday March 7) harness racing meeting at Forbury Park.

Wow what a win! Adore Me confirmed yet again what an exceptional filly she is when winning the $170,000 GR1 Alabar Sires Stakes Final for the harness racing three year old fillies at Alexandra Park in a smart 1.58.8 mile rate over the 2200m mobile.

Franco Nelson has won New Zealand harness racing's most coveted 3-year-old pacing event - the $180,000 Group One Sires Stakes Final. The Christian Cullen colt won the 29th edition of the 1950m mobile by 1-1/2 lengths and 1-1/2 lengths from Arden Rooney (Grant Payne) and Mista Mara (David Butcher).

Tasmanian owned harness racing standardbreds made an impact in New Zealand and New South Wales last week to confirm the state as a producer of top quality pacers.

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They say that patience is rewarded in time, and that just may be the case with the Nigel McGrath trained Classiesistar, who was ultra impressive taking out tonight's (Friday October 26) sixth and final harness racing heat of the NRM Sires Stakes. The victory made it four wins from as many starts.

The Anthony Butt trained and Mark Jones driven, Greenburn Creek caused a major harness racing boil over in tonight's (Friday October 19) NRM Sires Stakes heat at Addington Raceway rolling home at odds of $61.20 the win and $11 the place.

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