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The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is deploying Promapp’s cloud-based business process management software to support its transformation to a more customer-led business. “Promapp will support our strategy to transform the business to be more customer-led to ensure our future products, channels and initiatives meet the needs of customers,” says Simon Bunt, head of programme management office at NZRB. Bunt says the Promapp deployment follows a comprehensive market review. NZRB directly employs 820 personnel. The organisation takes betting on more than 78,000 domestic and imported thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races each season, as well as on a rapidly growing number of domestic and international sporting events. In addition to selling racing and sports bets through more than 650 retail outlets, online and telephony channels, NZRB also films, produces and broadcasts racing and racing editorial content via their television, radio and digital channels. To support its growth in both channels and overall business, NZRB wanted to make it easier to facilitate the changes in process management required when new products are introduced. It also wanted all process information to be stored in a central repository in the cloud which would enable staff to access up-to-date processes, thereby supporting overall transactional compliance. “Having a solution like Promapp in the cloud is attractive owing to the number of outlets, and the diversity and skill sets of our staff working in customer-facing channels. You can login from anywhere with a password,” says Bunt, in a statement. “Our frontline staff need to verify customers according to the latest process. Promapp will ensure our users are responsible for their processes, further boosting compliance and accountability across the organisation. “Staff will be able to suggest process updates and quickly implement improvements, boosting overall efficiency and productivity,” says Bunt. Importantly, Promapp will also support transformation of the organisation’s Fixed Odds Betting (FOB) business following deployment this year of new technology which will enable it to meet ever-increasing customer demand and better compete with international wagering organisations. At the same time, a centrally-stored set of processes will enable the organisation to fully comply with its financial risk obligations like anti-money laundering legislation.  

The numbers make sense! That's our boy 'American Ideal'. A dominant dual hemisphere harness racing sire, the son of Western Ideal is a gun sire on both sides of the equator. With career progeny earnings nearing $90,000 million, American Ideal is easily one of the 'big boys' in the stallion shed. He leaves precocious juvenile speed, blue riband 3yo performers and grand circuit performers - the complete package! American Ideal is currently the leading dollar average sire in Australia for the 2017/18 season, he sits 3rd on the New Zealand Sires list and has been the best stallion in New York the past two seasons and was a dominant performer in the USA 2&3yo ranks in the 2017 season. He is the sire of ten millionaires - three of those in Australia - Bling It On, My Hard Copy and Soho Tribeca. Woodlands Stud is proud to offer 22 weanlings by 'American Ideal' on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual PGG Wrightson weanling sale. We have catalogued 12 colts and 10 fillies from some of New Zealand's leading families. Some very good judges have pin hooked weanlings from our draft in recent years and have gone on to good pay days at the yearling sales and on the race track. With Woodlands Stud bred and raised weanlings you have a very big head start. Our progeny are well reared and handled by a very good team led by stud master Tony Grayling. Information regarding the sale is available on our website. Go to for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes on 0451650707.  

There was the potential that Amber Lethaby could have been locking away criminals instead of stealing races as she did when driving two winners in one day at Rangiora recently. Now sitting on 90 career driving wins and with just over three months remaining in the racing season Lethaby can already celebrate another well-earned milestone. The hard working Canterbury based reinswoman recently piloted her eleventh winner for the season (from just 50 drives) when collecting victories behind Globe Trekker and Justamollyarcher, both trained by her father Ray Jenkins. In doing so she marked her most successful in the sulky in her 17 year driving career. And it very nearly didn’t happen. Just two years ago Lethaby almost gave harness racing away to become a Police Officer. “I went through the early stages of becoming a Cop, but the racing bug stuck out in the end,” explained Lethaby. Growing up in Southland, the harness racing influence is ingrained in her early memories. “I remember sitting on Dad’s knee driving a horse at the Southland farm at about the age of five or six,” said Lethaby. “Another great memory I have is of Dad having Tobago win the Dominion Handicap in 1989.” Her father Ray Jenkins she has been one of her biggest mentors, but she also paid tribute to Henry Skinner who had driven Tobago to success in the Dominion and also the Ordeal Trotting Cup (1990) an Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile (1989) and New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All (1989). “Anthony Butt I’ve also thought a lot of as a driver,” said Lethaby. After studying a diploma in Sport and Recreation at the Southern Institute of Technology when based in Southland, Lethaby made the decision as a junior driver to follow her driving career full time and move to Canterbury when her father purchased his stables in Christchurch. “It was a relevant move for me,” she said. Many of her successes have been for Ray Jenkins which adds another level of satisfaction. “It’s special because a lot of his horses are his own breed,” explained Lethaby. “Other than that the rest are all owned by family or very close friends that we have grown up with.” Highlights in her career so far include winning on Cup Day with Global Invasion in 2011 (the dam of Globe Trekker) and the UDR driving record she has recorded so far this season – currently at .2956. She’s also had hands on experience with two former Horse of the Year award recipients. “I previously worked for Horse Power Experience where we raced Lyell Creek and Take A Moment in dual sulkies for a commercial tourist business after they had retired.” The Flying Nun is another horse that stands out in her memory, the mare won just three races but made an impression. “She was the fastest trotter I have ever driven, but she was mad with it. We won in a New Zealand record at Winton once and then she was bought by Brian West as a broodmare.” Lethaby puts this season’s success down to the horsepower available to her and continued support from the industry. “The combination of Jason and Dad’s teams both being the best they have been in recent years contributes, and also having other drivers from the likes of Bruce Graham and Donald Feast also helps immensely.” When it comes to being a working mother in the racing industry she says support has been the key. “Having the support of family and friends which are involved in the game and understand the needs of the business really helps a lot.” Lethaby has been employed in Mark Jones’s team for the past seven years, and will voyage into new territory from next season. “This coming season we are combining both Ray and Jason’s teams into one which I will be running from Dad’s West Melton stables. We will train under the partnership of Jason and Amber Lethaby Stables.” “We hope to continue the success of both stables and expand to hopefully train new horses under new ownership.” If any owners are interested in becoming involved with the new partnership they are encouraged to contact Amber or Jason directly.   HRNZ Marketing  

Quite a busy weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the Group racing at Alexandra Park on Friday night. There are four meetings this week starting with the Timaru harness racing club at Addington tonight. Auckland race on Friday night with a premier night and the weekend harness racing heads to Ashburton on Saturday and Invercargill on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) when Laytons Lass won at Forbury on Thursday night  and paid $3.90 and $1.60 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Timaru at Addington on Thursday night Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Queen Bee Bardon should go close to winning at Addington in Race 5 John Morrison - John is going for Sea Rover as his best drive this week in Race 8   Alexandra Park on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Auckland Reactor gelding Revolver can remain unbeaten this week in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week would be Majestic Man at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks the Paynter trained Lemond can win Race 8   Ashburton on Saturday Bob Butt - Bob thinks his best chance this week is Carnegie Hall at Ashburton in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be Jake The Mus at Ashburton in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks that Tinker Tailor is a good chance of winning at Ashburton in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Gotta Future as his best drive this week in Race 6 Gavin Smith - Gavin says De Lancome would be his best drive this week in Race 10   Invercargill on Sunday Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive is Smoky Mac on Saturday at Invercargill in Race 1 Rory McIIwrick - Rory says that I'm Trouble would be his best drive at Ascot Park in Race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Dipendra as his best drive this week in Race 4 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz would be his best chance at Ascot Park in Race 5 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Mach's Back at Ascot Park in Race 8     Harnesslink Media  

A one-time superstar of the harness racing industry is calling time on his career and it set to leave Auckland for Australia within weeks. But Richard Brosnan says his semi-retirement has nothing to do with a recent cobalt positive that landed him with a hefty fine. Brosnan was one of the kings of harness racing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, training two champions in Bonnie’s Chance (NZ Cup) and No Response (1979 Interdom Trot Final) as well as a strong of open class stars. He was never the same force after moving north a decade later but still trained Dominion Handicap winner Pompallier and a host of good intermediate horses.  Now he says it is time for semi-retirement and a move to Australia to be nearer three of his four children.  “I’m 70 years old and have had a trainer’s licence since I was 21,” he says.  “This has been coming for a while. I don’t want to train full time for ever and I have been lucky but you don’t know if that will last forever.  “Emmett (son) is doing well in harness racing over there so I will take 4 or so of our young horses and train them in Victoria and I am not saying we will never come back.  “But we have sold our property and looking at this as at least a semi-permanent move.”  He says the other racehorses he has in his 12-strong team, many of them trotters, will go to other local trainers. Brosnan has long been admired in the industry for not only his achievements at the absolute highest level on the track but his leading role in administration, even though the latter came with its frustrations. Because Brosnan’s integrity has never been question there was plenty of confusion over his recent cobalt positive that ultimately saw him fined $19,000.  While he is adamant there was no wrong doing involved and he has his theories on what caused the positives, he says the incident has nothing to do with his decision to move on.  “This move has been coming for a while and while I wasn’t happy with the cobalt inquiry or the outcome it is not the reason I am taking a step away.  “I know some people will think it is but I am 70 now and if we don’t make a move we never will.  “But there will be some sadness in leaving fulltime training. It has provided me with some wonderful moments.” Brosnan is likely to have horses racing at Alexandra Park for the next two to three weeks before heading to Australia.   Michael Guerin

Unbeaten 2yo harness racing filly Princess Tiffany has been scratched from her upcoming race at Alexandra tomorrow night.  The scratching comes after Princess Tiffany suffered an infection after standing on a nail and puncturing her hoof during the race she won at Alexandra Park last Friday night. Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars Website, "I think we were always up against it with her because in our experience an infection almost always follows a nail in the foot and it was just a case of whether we might dodge a bullet. "Poi rang this morning (Wednesday) to say he wasn't happy with her so we were not going to risk the best filly around even if we could have. "How long she will be out is not certain," she said. Princess Tiffany was a red hot $1.18 fixed odds win favourite with the TAB for the $150,000 group one fillies Sires Stakes and now the race opens up considerably. The All Stars Stable mates Ruby Rose and Kayla Marie have both firmed into around $4.00 favourites in the race. Bordeaux is also a late scratching later in the programme. The classy trotter is suffering from tie-up issues and a minor laceration and is out of the (Gr1) $150,000 Rowe Cup.   Harnesslink Media

For the man who has won it almost all, there is one glaring gap in Chris Alford’s trophy cabinet. And if he can finally fill that at gap at Cambridge on June 2 he will be the first Australian reinsman to do so.  The Australian challenge for the Jewels went into over drive last night with group one winners Wobelee (three-year-old trot) and Carla’s Pixel (four-year-old pacing mares) invited. Both are high class and would sit near the top of any market, with Wobelee a juvenile sensation last season and Carla’s Pixel having downed a host of Kiwi big names in the Ladyship Mile at Menangle in February.  Alford’s wife Alison trains Wobelee but Alford will drive but he also looks likely to be offered the drive on Carla’s Pixel.  “That will be up to Dean (Braun, trainer) but the owners have said I will be driving it.  “It is exciting to head there with probably two good chances because as we all know no Aussie has won a Jewels.  “I’ve only driven in them once, behind Blitzemcalder, so to get back there will be great.” Last night’s two invites join four-year-old trotter Custodian on the invite list while it is looking almost certain NSW Oaks winner Shez All Rock will be at Cambridge. She is hot favourite for the Victoria Oaks this week and then joins the All Stars for the NZ Oaks, where she could either win her way into the Jewels or still be invited as the Australian for her division. That leaves the biggest invite of all the Australians still unconfirmed, with Miracle Mile runner-up Jilliby Kung Fu still being set for the Jewels but not invited yet. The home of the Jewels races tonight with a continuation of the strong juvenile trot numbers.  Unbeaten filly Tickle Me Pink resumes against fellow class act filly in She Reigns, who would be unbeaten but for a gallop last start.  The juvenile trotting fields in the south have been strong with the Phil Williamson-trained Oscar Bonenova catching the eye winning on debut at Rangiora. Michael Guerin

Brilliant Australian juvenile trotter Wobelee and Group One Ladyship Mile winner Carlas Pixel have been named as the most recent harness racing recipients of an Australian invite to the 2018 Harness Jewels Wobelee will wear the Australian silks in this year’s Three-Year-Old Ruby and joins fellow squaregaiter Custodian in the Aussie assault on New Zealand’s richest harness race day.  Trained by Alison Alford, Wobelee last year became the first two-year-old to be named Australian Trotter of the Year following his stellar debut season In just 12 starts he amassed 10 wins (four of which were at Group One level) and over $180,000 in stakes in just his two-year-old season. He collected the Redwood Classic, Vicbred Super Series Final, Vicbred Classic and Breeders Crown in his impressive resume during 2017.   Wobelee extended his winning streak to 12 in March by winning a heat and the final of the Group One Need For Speed Final at Melton.  His connections were thrilled to receive the invitation and cannot wait to unleash the son of Down Under Muscles on Jewels day.  Regular driver Chris Alford said it was great to be asked to bring a horse to a prestigious race day like the Jewels.  “Especially with one of our own horses. We only train a small team and we may never have another one good enough to get an invite, it will be a great experience. “I did get to drive Blitzthemcalder a few years back when it was held at Ashburton (2013) and unfortunately his manners let him down on the day, but to be able to bring a horse over there and compete at the highest level will be something different,” said Alford.  Despite the dizzy heights Wobelee has reached already, the horse didn’t indicate much before his first start about what lay ahead.  “He didn’t show us anything special at home. When we first trialed him we thought oh well that’s alright at least he’s going to make it to the races. Then he just got better and better.”  Outstanding Australian Four-Year-Old Pacing Mare Carlas Pixel is a recent Group One Ladyship Mile winner. She defeated Delishka in a scintillating 1.49.5 on that occasion. The daughter of Courage Under Fire is trained by Dean Braun and has won 14 of her 39 career starts with stakes edging close to $300,000.  In the start prior to her Ladyship win Carlas Pixel recorded an impressive Group Three victory over a mile in 1.51.7 in the Robin Dundee Stakes also at Menangle.  After attending the Jewels as a spectator four years ago, which was his first trip outside of Australia, her co-owner Shannon Nixon cannot wait to compete at the Jewels.  “I’m very excited and looking forward to it. To be honest, I only came into the ownership of the horse at the start of this season. I purchased her as a breeding proposition in the future so everything she has done this season she has just gone from strength to strength,” said Nixon.  “She’s versatile. In her last two starts she won when leading in her lead up to the Ladyship Mile and then she won the final from near last on the turn. So I think she has the versatility, and if conditions suit she certainly has the ability to run some special times. Once it appeared that an invitation could be on the cards Nixon and the connections were quick to make their bookings to ensure they were part of the action on Jewels day. They are excited to be representing Australia and experiencing racing a horse overseas on a prestigious race day.  “We’re looking forward to making it an occasion, and Pixie I’m sure will account herself well and make it a memorable one.”  To hear the full interviews with Chris Alford and Shannon Nixon please head to  Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

This week's edition of Club News, including the coverage on Trackside.   This Week on Trackside – please note this is subject to change Wednesday Cambridge (TS2) 9.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) The focus is well and truly on Alexandra Park as the Group racing continues. We analyse the Taylor Mile, ANZAC Cup amongst others plus look ahead to this weeks racing action. #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Addington (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Ashburton (TS2) Sunday Invercargill (TS1)   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness - Wednesday 25 April A ten race card starting at 5.20pm. Entry is free.   Timaru HRC – Thursday 26 April Join the Timaru HRC club at Addington Raceway for a night of racing and socialising. Its school holidays so bring the family up to Level 2 Silks Lounge for a meal and desert and watch the racing in comfort. The Mayfield Lions, Timaru South Cosmopolitan Club and the Wilson Family Group are joining us for the evening. Thursday 26 April First race starts at 5.26pm Free entry and free racebook, see you there!  Please see below also further information about our special Mother’s Day meeting on May 13.   100 Years of the Rowe Cup! - Reharvest Rowe Cup Night Friday 27th April Friday 27th April 2018 With $150,000 on the line this year the stakes have never been higher as we celebrate 100 years of the Reharvest Rowe Cup. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a fantastic view of the racing action. Top of the Park is the premier restaurant situated on the 5th floor at Alexandra Park. With floor to ceiling windows you will be amazed with the spectacular views over the track and towards Auckland City. Our tiered balconies give you the option of dining in either the prime or lounge viewing sections of the restaurant. If you want a night of exhilarating harness racing action while wining and dining in the best seats in the house, then Top of the Park restaurant is the right choice for you! PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $125 pp | Top level Viewing $115 pp PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $75 pp | Top level Viewing $65 pp   The Hobson Room Join us for the Reharvest Rowe Cup and enjoy one of our delicious all-you-can-eat buffets for only $50pp! The Hobson Room has floor to ceiling windows offering a fantastic view of the track. This room also features private balconies and everything you need is within the room; from betting facilities to a fully stocked bar. Bring along family, friends or colleagues and enjoy a night of first class harness racing at Alexandra Park. PARK BUFFET – ONLY $50pp (children under 12 are half price).   The Blues Clubhouse in the Alex Bar and Eatery Eatery in the only official Blues Clubhouse this season! The Our Official Blues Clubhouse is back in action, and we will have delicious Game Night dinner & drink specials (check the blackboard when you arrive for the week's offering!), spot prizes to be won, and best of our super-sized screen for your viewing pleasure. The team is in Japan at the moment with their game against the Sunwolves on Saturday 14th of April. Catch the game at the Alex Bar and Eatery at 15.05pm   The Alex Bar & Eatery Blues Quiz Night is on at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Thursday 26th April from 6.30pm - 9.30pm. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs on the night, (including signed Blues merchandise!) and the chance to meet and get a selfie or two with some of the boys in Blue. There's also the opportunity for you and 2 mates to WIN the chance to be on the Blues Quiz Team! Rub shoulders with some of your favourite players as you battle it out for Quiz Champions. All you have to do to enter is LIKE and SHARE the competition post (which can be found on our main FB page!), and then comment to TAG the 2 True Blue Buddies that would be on the team with you if you won. EASY! The competition will be drawn on Monday 23rd April. It's going to be a busy night, so make sure you book a table for your team if you want to enter the quiz - it's FREE! Call us on 09 630 9714 to book a team in!    Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Ashburton Trotting Club  – Saturday 28 April The Ashburton Trotting Club is racing this Saturday with the first race scheduled for 11.50am. It is our sponsor’s promotion day which is run each year. If any owners that are attending they are welcome to come to the race day office and get an owners ribbon which entitles them entry to the stand and stabling area. Plus they receive 20 percent discount on any refreshments.   Southern Harness Diamonds Day – 29 April One of the big days on the Southern Harness Racing calendar – Diamonds Day -  is set to shine again at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Sunday - 29 April. The event is the culmination of several of the major harness race series in the south with feature events including the finals of the Macca Lodge/Nevele R Stud Southland Oaks and the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, both races run over 2700m for a stake of $45,000. The bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cups Handicap Pace also over 2700m for a stake of $25,000 is another feature as is the Group 3 Diamond Creek Farm 2yo Classic raced for a stake of $45,000 over 2200m. Good fields abound throughout the day so this is the race meeting to be trackside for high class harness racing. On course patrons also have the opportunity to win in several competitions on course. Included among these is the Level One Restaurant & Bar Lucky Losing Ticket draw after Race 6 where a lucky losing ticket will win a $50 meal voucher from the sponsor, a horseshoe pitching competition and a quiz. The children are not left out as they will receive a free bag of lollies after Race 6. Eleven high quality harness races are programmed with the first scheduled for 11.30am. Admission to the course is free. Other dates for the Invercargill Harness Racing Club before the season ends include Saturday 5 May, 26 May and 9 June as well as Queens Birthday Monday 4 June.   Wairarapa Harness Racing Club – 1 May The Wairarapa Harness Racing Club would like to invite all owners to join their committee for some free hospitality throughout the afternoon of their meeting on Tuesday 1 May. An email will be sent to all owners with a horse in at the meeting to present on the day to gain their owners privileges.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters will be at Addington on Friday 11 May (5-star Race Meeting) Enjoy our Trackside Dining package, our ultimate race event experience with our guest speaker Rt Hon Winston Peters. This promises to be a fabulous night so make sure you secure your booking for this special event. Price $80 + GST per person and includes: Premium beverage package which includes wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Platters on arrival with gourmet buffet dinner. Allocated table seating. TAB facilities, trackside TV’s and racebooks.  Contact us on 03 338 9094, or email to reserve your spot for a fun and memorable night out at the races! MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit; Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 4, 11 & 18 MAY RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person (minimum numbers apply). Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Spectators is offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday, 4 May, 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email  ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 20 April. Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC  May 4 (4 Star Meeting)  May 11 (5 Star Meeting)  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) We look forward to hosting you soon. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email Take care and travel safe. From the Addington Team.   Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The Timaru HRC is thrilled to advise that the following female drivers will take part in their annual Mother’s Day female driver races on May 13: Kirstin Barclay, Kimberley Butt , Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young. Emergency: Glenys Chmiel The drivers contacted have been very excited about being involved, especially the young new horsewomen coming through the ranks. It is also pleasing to highlight our experienced women drivers who are having a good driving season e.g. Amber Lethaby, Katie Cox, Sam Ottley.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.  Trials are scheduled for Tuesday 24 April.  HRNZ Marketing

In commemoration of ANZAC Day we’re honouring the horses who played an important part in New Zealand’s armed forces history. During the Great War more than 10,000 horses were acquired by the New Zealand government to help equip our armed forces in combat. They served in Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front. Horses were tested for fitness by stock inspectors from the Department of Agriculture and on average owners were paid £17 (the equivalent of around $2500 today) for horses suitable for riding and £24 ($3500) for artillery and transport horses. Conditions in Gallipoli proved unsuitable for horses. Many horses who were sent to Gallipoli were evacuated and returned to Egypt. When the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade - infantrymen and horses - were sent to Gallipoli in May 1915, it was without their horses as the terrain proved to be inadequate. Many officers and horsemen missed being separated from their mounts. Colonel C.G. Powles describes how much his men anticipated seeing the horses again. “Great was the delight of the old hands when they found their horses in the pink of condition … and good indeed it was to see the shining happy face of many an ‘old hand’ as he wandered down the lines and recognised his own beloved horse.” Conditions on the Western Front and Middle East were often physically trying for the horses. Sometimes food, water or suitable shelter was in short supply. They suffered particularly in winter on the front because of the dampness and mud while in the Middle East, horses carried heavy loads of over 100kgs including their rider, weapons, ammunition, food, and water. At the end of the war only four horses made it back to New Zealand. Many horses were pooled with the British army horses and may have been sold on or killed at the end of the war. While we commemorate the service and immense sacrifices of our soldiers, let us also remember the contributions of their animal commorades. Lest we forget.   This ANZAC weekend spend time on-course with friends and family at these upcoming racedays: Wellington Races Autumn Family Raceday on Sunday 22 April. Come along and commemorate Trentham’s strong history of involvement with the New Zealand armed forces. ITM ANZAC Manawatu Raceday on Thursday 26 April.

Harness racing Bookmaker Richard Wilson with a weekly update of the major winning and losing bets from the past week. Wednesday – Cambridge Three Kisses was the best backed horse at Cambridge with bets of $2,000 @ $2.10 & $10,000 @ $2 coming unstuck.  Punters latched onto Caitlyn Clarke $1.65-$1.50 and Malibar Spur was well found @ $8.50-$8.  Christanna @ $4.20-$4.40 & Somewhereinbrooklyn @ $9.20-$5.50 were also good for punters. Thursday – Forbury Park A tough night for punters on Thursday night.  Not many large bets to report.  Brian Norman trained the first 3 winners with Dexter Dunn driving the latter two & all three were bad results for us.  Results in the middle of the programme fell our way though.  Fraud & McLaren were both well backed in R5 but both struggled, the Pat Campbell was strongly backed @ $4 in R6 but found one too good.  Punters struck back in the last with Honour the bet $10 into $7 salvaging the night for many. Friday – Addington Another night at Addington dominated by well backed commodities.  With Ice $7-$8.50 & Mystical Star $6.20-$6.50 were two winners that punters missed out on but all the others were well found.  Bettor Joy $1.85-$1.70 was the best backed runner on the night.  Friday – Auckland Group racing at Auckland & all winners were $7.50 or less with us.  The best bets were $500 Billy At Salsa @ $7 & $660 Lemond @ $5.50. A few $1,000 bets got home on Winterfell @ $2.40 & Habibi Inta was well backed around $3.40.  A bit of a plunge came unstuck in R2 with Double O Heaven $20-$7.50.  $400 @ $20, $600 @ $12 & $1,000 @ $9 the largest of a stack of bets there.  Enghien was strongly backed in R6 taking the sting out of Lemond's win.  Three horses dominated the Taylor Mile with Star Galleria attracting four $1,000 bets, two @ $2.60 & two @ $2.40.  There was $3,000 Let It Ride @ $3.50 & More The Better has a couple of $1,000 bets @ $4.60. Saturday – Invercargill A wet day & slushy track made for a bad day for hot favourites at Invercargill.  $600 Miss Bamboocha @ $7 was the best bet but Dachy @ $5-$4.60 & Duke Of Wellington @ $5.50 were well liked by punters.  Eastwood Chieftain provided a blowout @ $28-$41 scoring well in R2.  $2,500 bets on Feel The Money @ $1.80 & $1.75 missed the mark as did $2,800 Rockaball @ $1.70 & $2,800 Hail Christian @ $1.70. Sunday – Rangiora The best bet at Rangiora was $7,200 on Dexter Dunn tow win the Drivers Challenge @ $2.10.  Nervous times early on with no points after 3 races but he had it wrapped up with a couple to go.  The day kicked off with a decent plunge on Oscar Bonavena.  He was $4.80-$2.40 with bets of $500 @ $4.80, $4 & $3.50, $1.000 @ $3, $1,200 @ $2.60 & $1,300 @ $2.50 plus plenty of smaller bets along the way.  Koromiko Eyre was strongly backed but didn't deliver in R2.  $1,500 bets at both $2.30 & $2.20 & $2,000 @ $2 missed out as did $2,300 Arnold @ $1.70. Multi of the Week: $75 @ Friday Boxed all Top3 (9 out of 10) Homebush Tasha @ $2.70 Addington Greyhounds Sex On Fire @ $2.30 Auckland Gold Orchid @ $1.70 Auckland Miss Streisand @ $4.50 Auckland (Missed) Denstown @ $2.80 Addington Vera's Delight @ $2 Addington Natives Lasting Love @ $2.20 Addington Wait For Success @ $2.90 Addington Sounds Bettor @ $5 Addington His Royal Harness @ $2.05 Addington Returned $9,646.50   Richard Wilson (Tab)

The entire Alexandra Park track has scanned by a mental detector to avoid a recurrence of what could have been a group one disaster there last Friday. But Auckland Trotting Club officials are adamant a nail found driven into the hoof of exceptional juvenile pacing filly Princess Tiffany did not come from the construction sites alongside the track. Princess Tiffany was found to have a nail lodged in the frog, the triangle shaped  section on the bottom of a horse’s hoof, after her group one win in the Caducues Club Classic. Co-trainer and driver Natalie Rasmussen believes the filly could have stepped on the nail in her preliminary when she felt her take a misstep, with adrenalin helping her through the race before she showed signs of soreness upon cooling down. The nail drew blood and was removed when Princess Tiffany returned to the stabling area and she was then given antibiotic shots. “She seems to have come through the whole thing well and wasn’t sore this morning,” said co-trainer Mark Purdon. “So while it wasn’t a great thing to happen, we think she will be able to start this Friday. “The main thing is she seems all right and Dominique Dowding (ATC chief executive) rang to talk over the whole situation with us, which we appreciated.” Dowding says while the incident shocked the ATC they are confident the nail didn’t come from one of the two construction sites at Alexandra Park where two apartment buildings are being built. “While we can’t be certain we think that is very doubtful,” says Dowding.  “The construction sites are 8-9 metres back from the track and they are at a stage where nails aren’t being used, mainly metal and bolts. “The guys here who looked at the nail said it was very encrusted with track surface and we are thinking there is a chance it was in the surface material we put on the track last week.  “Either way, the safety of the horses and the drivers is paramount to us and the staff here have been right around the track with a metal detector three times today and found nothing else.”   Dowding says the float park area where the horses arrive and the stabling area will also be scanned.  “We can’t absolutely certain how it got there but we are confident now there is nothing else metal on the track.   “We will also have measures put in place when the construction sites move into a different phase which might involve nails. But as I said, they are a long way from the track.”  Princess Tiffany has a golden opportunity to remain unbeaten and claim another group one in the $150,000 Sires’ Stakes Final this Friday, drawing barrier three while her two stablemates and key rivals have drawn the second line over the 1700m. Winterfell will also be short odds in the $100,000 Northern Trotting Derby after he drew the ace but the $100,000 Messenger looks more spicy with a host of the big names drawing the front line.  Last Friday’s Taylor Mile winner A G’s White Socks has barrier two in the 2700m group one, More The Better (three), Eamon Maguire (four) and Star Galleria (barrier seven).  Speeding Spur has been the big win in the draws for the $150,000 Rowe Cup, drawing handy on the front line over 3200m whereas defending champion Temporale (eight) and Enghien (seven) are drawn wide and last Friday’s Anzac Cup winner Lemond will start from the second line.   Michael Guerin

When it came to getting involved with horses, Philippa Hanley really didn’t have a choice. It was literally inscribed into her life the day she was born. Whilst the Hanley name is well known and respected in the animal nutrition world, it is her first name that spelled out her future. Philippa literally means ‘lover of horses.’ “I’m so horse mad,” admits Hanley. “I have always loved horses and got the bug from my late father Paul Hanley. He always had a share in a galloper.” She was admittedly ‘thoroughbred mad’ as a teenager, but found the allure of Standardbreds ten years ago when she got involved with Cool Sandy, a Sands A Flying mare she would later breed from. “I now have a few young horses and two racehorses. They are Cool Changes, who I bred, and Back In Black who I bought at the yearling sales. I have been extremely rewarded with both horses winning two races each since December. They are both having a well-earned break and are trained by Stephen Boyd and his team,” said Hanley. Cool Changes is a six-year-old Changeover gelding Hanley bred from Cool Sandy and has won three races so far.  Whilst Back In Black is a lightly raced three-year-old with a record of two wins from just eight starts to date. Some of her personal highlights so far in ownership include overcoming adversity. “Cool Changes came back from two wind operations to win a trial and Motukarara and then his first race back. That was over the top amazing and Steve Boyd did a huge job to get him back,” explained Hanley. “And my first home bred horse, Betabecool went to Australia and the USA and won over 35 races. Beginners luck but you can’t go wrong with a Bettor’s Delight can you?” “Buying De Lovely’s filly, Porscha, at this year’s yearling sales was a highlight too. I love her so much.” While winning races is a huge thrill, it’s not what drives Hanley to own Standardbreds. “My favourite thing is to be involved with a horse who just loves to race,” Hanley said. “Cool Changes and Back In Black are not champions but they just love the whole race day ritual of getting ready and being involved. As I am so horse mad I really love being a team with a keen horse and all the Boyd racing crew.” Her animal nutrition business, Hanley Supplements, specializes in very high specification nutritional products for dogs, horses and farm animals. It allows her to follow her passion in life, but to also to give back to those who desperately need support. “I heal animals with food and it works well. Through my business I sponsor free food to New Zealand’s dog shelters, and give hundreds of bags of my Hanley Formula to horse shows and horse rescue operations.” The well-being of horses is never far from her mind either, sponsoring a Kaimanawa horse each muster and also supporting life after racing. “I put a lot of cash directly into Standardbred showing and racing in New Zealand,” explained Hanley. “I’m really excited about the Standardbred as a riding horse for after they finish racing, so I help where ever I am needed.” “For my own horses racing is only the first half of their life, it’s up to me to get them trained for a cool life after racing. This costs me but I factor this in when buying and breeding, and I will pay to have a horse saddle broken when it’s finished racing.” Hanley is humble about her generosity. “There are so many amazing people in this industry doing a lot more than me. I’m just a small help to a special breed of horses which I love so much.” If you’re considering ownership Hanley would recommend it strongly to those who want a fun experience. “Some people expect to win all the time and want cash back for their investment, these people are better off buying a rental property,” she laughs. “I would recommend it if you want to have fun or love horses. It’s addictive!” - If you are wanting to find out more on how you can get involved in harness racing ownership, email Jess Smith    HRNZ Marketing

The forgotten horse when the four year old harness racing season was being assessed in the media last week might just be the next New Zealand Cup winner. The $750,000 hallowed event in harness racing is the main aim of ULTIMATE MACHETE who is not far off resuming work at All Stars. A multi Group One winner in a season aborted by injury Mark is expecting he will be able to race again in September and it will be all go from there. "The Cup is the race we are aiming him for. He will come back during the winter for a quiet build up and he should be fine by the spring" Mark said.  Ultimate Machete was sidelined by a leg problem early in the year when looking to become a big star in Australia. But it was not nearly as bad as that which affected Vincent hence his earlier return. "We caught it early and were able to manage it whereas Vincent's injury was just one of those things out of the blue you can't do so much about" Mark said. Ultimate Machete's big win here was in the NZ Free For All in November before adding the four year odl Group One feature of the Perth Interdominion carnival.   Courtesy of All Stars Stables  

A year is a long time in harness racing. Just ask Cambridge horseman Ross Paynter. His richly talented trotter Lemond stood tall to claim his maiden Gr.1 success when successful in the $102,000 H R Fisken & Sons Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park, Auckland tonight (Friday). In the corresponding event last year, Lemond went agonisingly close to claiming the feature before going down by a half-head margin to star mare Habibti Ivy. It was an ecstasy to agony moment for connections. But upon reflection, it has only made the Love You gelding stronger. In his next 15 starts, Lemond has won 5 times including taking his first piece of major silverware and now joins the honour roll that includes I Can Doosit, Stent, Superbowlcheerleader, Sheemon, Monbet and Habibti Ivy. Lemond now becomes the first North Island trained trotter to claim the feature which was first staged back in 2012. Handled by regular reinsman Maurice McKendry, Lemond charged the gate and quickly led the 2200m mobile start feature while race favourite Enghien drifted back from gate two. As the field headed down the back straight on the first occasion, Lemond handed the lead over to Bordeaux which left him poised in a striking position. The lead time was covered in 43.1 seconds. Bordeaux was allowed to cruise in the lead role and strolled through the first quarter of the final mile in 32.3 seconds. Enghien was pulled three-wide entering the bell lap and quickly raced alongside of Bordeaux with 1000m remaining. The second quarter was covered in a leisurely 31.7 seconds. Entering the back straight, Bordeaux led the way from Enghien with Lemond perfectly positioned in the trail while the strongly fancied Temporale and Speeding Spur sat off the pace. Passing the 600m marker, Bordeaux rolled off the inside which presented a dream run for Lemond while Enghien was forced to cover extra ground. Temporale followed Enghien while Speeding Spur was wide and a long way back in the pack. The third quarter was covered in 28.5 seconds. In the home straight, Lemond fought tenaciously from Enghien who refused to quit with Harriet Of Mot making a spirited bid deeper off the track. At the finish, Lemond scored by 1 length from a brave Enghien with a further 1.75 lengths back to Harriet Of Mot in third. The final quarter was covered in 29.1 seconds. The race time was 2:44.8 with a winning mile rate of 2:00.5 – well outside of the race record set last year by Habibti Ivy. “He trotted great tonight and really deserved the victory after coming so close last season.” McKendry said. Lemond joins Amaretto Sun, Sparkling Success and Tornado Valley as winners of Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters events for the 2017/18 season. Next week, the Gr.1 $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup will complete the season. Again, the 3200m stand-start feature will be staged at Alexandra Park, Auckland. And the race to be crowned the ‘Trotting Master’ is still very much alive. It's going right down to the wire! Chris Barsby

Speedy pacer A G’s White Socks has caused a minor upset by taking out tonights Group One $100,000 Taylor Mile. Trained by Greg and Nina Hope, A G’s White Socks was given a perfect run in the trail for the majority of the race behind the Tim Butt trained Aussie raider Let It Ride. Driver Ricky May had been sitting quietly behind the leader while the pace was on, and only had to flick the reins at the Rock N Roll Heaven 4yo to get him home easily up the passing lane to beat a classy field of 4yo pacers. Ricky who won the Taylor Mile in 2006 with Mainland Banner and also in 2015 with Mossdale Connor, was surprised the time was so quick tonight, as the horse was travelling so well in the trail. "He has definitely got a big motor, I was surprised they went that quick, he was travelling so good all the way," he said after the race. A G’s White Socks paced the 1700m mobile in 2-00.3, which equated to a slick mile rate of 1-53.9. The last 800m was cut ot in 55.8 with the 400m in 27.4 seconds. Eamon Maguire charged home late down the outer to grab second off the TAB favourite Star Galleria on the line.   Harnesslink Media

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