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By Jonny Turner    John Morrison will take his junior driver’s premiership quest in to his own hands at Addington on Sunday. Morrison has the chance to extend his one win lead in the national competition with six drives, including two from his own stable. The trainer-driver will attempt a repeat of Standout’s impressive win in his first start from his West Melton barn. A slow beginning was not enough to stop the 4yr-old from powering home to win over 2000m, at Addington last month. Morrison is hopeful Standout can measure up when he steps up in both distance and class on Sunday in race 6. “It was a nice win last time, but this is quite a big step up in class.” “I think he can measure up to them, but it will depend on the kind of run he gets.” “He can’t afford to do too much work, because he is more of a sprinter.” Harrison will make his debut from Morrison’s stable in race 2. The 4yr-old comes in to the 2600m standing start after running third in an Ashburton qualifying trial, last month. Harrison’s lack of ring craft leading in to his debut is Morrison’s biggest concern. “He is a bit of a big, dumb bugger – he is probably six months away from his best.” “But, he is good enough to compete and if he gets away, which he seems to do, hopefully he can hit the line.” “I would say he is a top five chance.” Morrison will reunite will Champagneandwine following her narrow second to Sagano at Addington last weekend for trainer Malcolm Shinn. The standing start specialist steps up from 2000m to 2600m, which Morrison thinks will suit her even better. “The 2600m should suit her even better because she is a stayer, she is a nice mare that is better over the longer distances.” “Hopefully she can step well, which she usually does, and she can be thereabouts.” “She has been really consistent and hopefully she just holds that form.” “We have put blinds on her this week, too, so that should sharpen her up a bit, too.” Champagneandwine clashes with impressive debut winner American Sniper in race 5. Morrison combines with Sunnivue Philleah, who treks north after producing consistent form in Southland recently. Though the junior driver has not driven the mare, he has seen plenty of her recently. “I have driven in a lot of the races she has been in and she has being going nice.” “If we get a nice run somewhere – she is more of a one run type by the looks of her – she should be right there.” Time In A Bottle in race 1 and Gottagettabeer in race 8 look outside chances for Morrison. “Time In A Bottle has been looking for a short distance and she has finally got it.” “She can trot a bit, but you just don’t know which one is going to turn up.” “Gottagettabeer is probably one to watch when the grass tracks start up, I’d say.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner     Toliman Lodge proprietors Ken Barron and Blair Orange unveiled a trotter with a good future at Addington on Friday night in impressive debut winner, Cochy Malc. The Dream Vacation 3yr-old continued his dam Cochy Bondu’s perfect record when striding to an effortless win in race 1. Barron confirmed his stable has a decent opinion of the horse. “He is a lovely horse.” Cochy Malc became the fourth winner of four foals his four-win dam has had at the races. That breeding is part of the reason Barron can see his 3yr-old putting together a good record. “If he keeps improving the way he is, with his breeding, he should go up through the grades.” Cochy Malc is a half-brother to Over The Love, who rushed through to open class when winning six of his 19 starts for Barron and Orange. The talented Love You gelding has missed this entire season after being injured ahead of his last start third in the group 3 Southern Lights Trot at Ascot Park in March of last year. “He broke a splint bone on the float on the way down for the Southern Lights Trot and he still ran third,” Barron said. “When we got him home it took us quite a while to figure out why he was sore.” “He has just started fast working again now.” Cochy Malc will try to add to his family’s record while Over The Love progresses towards the races. Barron plans to give the 3yr-old a handful of starts during the winter before freshening him. Barron and Orange completed a winning double when Bettor Grunter took out race 5. The 3yr-old Bettor’s Delight gelding had made steady progress towards the winner’s circle, running second to Arden Messi leading in to the event. According to his trainer, it has been a lack of focus, rather than a lack of ability that has stopped Bettor Grunter from winning before Friday night. “He is one of those big, dumb horses that switches on and off in his races and that has been his problem.” It is hoped that more racing will help the 3yr-old develop his race smarts. Barron was not the only trainer at Friday night’s meeting to notch a winning double. Robert Dunn notched back-to-back victories when Hayden’s Meddle took out race 6 and Kensington Bill won race 7. Hayden’s Meddle held on to win race 6 by a head over Cast No Shadow in an exciting finish to Friday night’s feature pace. The 6yr-old made a sweeping run around the field before hanging tough in the home straight for driver John Dunn. Kensington came with a big finish wide on the track to win for stable junior driver Korban Newman. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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 12:40pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 5th July   Race 1 Kahress in good form and mobile suits should run first or second here……That’s The Story ok last start and can go a big race here……Girls Let Loose a question mark on the manners but is a chance if she can trot all the way…..Time In A Bottle nice draw but some of these here are better place at best. Selections:  Kahress  (2),   That’s The Story (4),   Girls Let Loose (3),    Time In A Bottle (1)   Race 2 Franco Nathan he broke and lost his chance last start but workouts prior were good,top selection……Ashes To Ashes nice draw and good third last start. One of the major players in this race…..Praire has run two good seconds and a nice chance to breakthrough for a win today……Suzie Reignmaker good workout win at Rangiora and top driver booked. Can win first up. Selections:  Franco Nathan (5),   Praire (7),   Ashes To Ashes (1),    Suzie Reignmaker (10)   Race 3 Stick Man he strikes a winnable race here and a good chance with the top driver taking the reins…..Vintage Beach normally a good beginner and should be thereabouts with a cosy run on the fence…….Flamboyant a bit one paced but has claims here if the pace is on all the way…..Chloe has not had the best of luck and a better draw here. Dangerous if left alone in front. Selections:  Stick Man  (3),   Vintage Beach (2),   Flamboyant (6),    Chloe (7)   Race 4 Justan’s Sister has the best from in the race and a chance to grab a win here in the junior drivers race…..With Ice mobile will suit and a good chance here with a mistake free run in transit……The Eye Of The Tiger getting better with racing and smaller field suits. Include……Idle Moose has been racing better fields recently and one for longer odds in this race. Selections:  Justan’s Sister  (6),   With Ice (8),   The Eye Of The Tiger (4),    Idle Moose (7)   Race 5 Arocknatthepark broke early last start but normally reliable. Should be hard to beat with a clean getaway…..Stealth Bomber stand suits and a danger to the favourite if he can get to the pegs early…..Pats Dragon has been racing well and is a good chance with luck in the running here…..Blue Chip Delight running on last start from back in the field. Place hopes if he can land closer to the pace. Selections:  Pats Dragon (8),   Arocknatthepark  (2),   Stealth Bomber (3),    Blue Chip Delight (9)   Race 6 Go Davey getting back in the running at his previous starts but has been finishing ok. Winning claims if he can get closer to them before the home turn....Elo Louise holding them before a late gallop at the recent trials. Will be tough to beat with manners….Fynn Frost has been racing well without a lot of luck. Smaller field here will suit and he can win…..Standout easy win fresh up and will be improved. Good place claims here. Selections:  Go Davey (7),   Fynn Frost  (6),   Elo Louise (9),   Standout (2)   Race 7 Jazelle good finish in a strong field on Friday. This looks hers for the taking with a clear run in transit…..Pauls Verdict better last start and he normally holds his form. Can place……Essence Of Easton running on late last start and better draw here. Top three player…..Szybka Lane drawn to get a run through early. Can finish into the placings. Selections:  Jazelle  (10),   Pauls Verdict (5),   Essence Of Easton (4),   Szybka Lane (11)   Race 8 Megarock gets the ace draw to work with and has been running nice races. Top selection……Conquer Me great second last start and only needs manners to be somewhere near winning this…..Kwik Sport good second three starts back. Winning claims with luck in transit…..Mongolian Marshal has been freshened for this. Might start favourite and can win. Selections:  Megarock  (1),   Conquer Me (5),   Kwik Sport (6),    Mongolian Marshal (3)   Race 9 Distinguished Taste better run last start and could be on the way up. Top selection here….. Kayla Maguire good run for second last start and possible leader early. Needed here…..Magical Matty has been running on in her races and draw suits. Good place chance in this…..Machs Mareta disappointing last start but puts in the odds strong performance. Winning chance with one run at them. Selections:  Distinguished Taste  (7),   Kayla Maguire (6),   Magical Matty (2),   Machs Mareta (5)   Best Bet : Jazelle                          Value Bet : Go Davey   Harnesslink Media

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    William Wallace kept his undefeated three-year-old record intact at Addington Raceway on Friday when easily accounting for his rivals in the Allied Security Mobile Pace (2600m). The son of Bettor’s Delight was pushed forward early by driver Matt Anderson to take the lead before handing up to last-start winner Bossmaro. William Wallace was given the perfect trip in the trail and cruised to the line to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Seamark, with a further 2-3/4 lengths back to Bossmaro in third. Trainer Mitchell Kerr was delighted with the win and was just happy to get the talented pacer back to the races after a near seven-month absence. “He is a lovely horse, I have got a lot of time for him and it’s just good to have him back on the track,” Kerr said. “He has been off the scene for a while, so it’s just good to see him do his thing and hopefully he carries on with it. “Matty (Anderson) was really happy with him, he just did it under his own steam like he can do. He just does what he has to that boy.” Runner-up in the Gr.2 Diamond Creek Farm 2YO Classic (2200m), William Wallace subsequently finished fifth and sixth in the Gr.1 Garrard’s 2YO Sires’ Stakes Series Final (1980m) as a juvenile before coming of age as a three-year-old. He won first-up this season at Addington Raceway in December and was being set for a tilt at some of the Derbys, however, COVID-19 put an end to those plans. While he wasn’t able to contest any stakes races as a three-year-old, Kerr believes William Wallace has the talent to make it through to the highest level. “I had him ready for the Derbys, but it was just a disaster that they got canned,” Kerr said. “I think he is a very serious horse and he is still learning all the time. He will only get better and better and I am pretty hopeful he should go through the grades.” Kerr had a number of other representatives on Friday and he believes both Change Is Good and Matt Damon, who finished fourth and fifth respectively in the HRS Construction Handicap Pace (2600m), will take a lot of benefit from the run. “Change Is Good went massive,” Kerr said. “She did a bit of work early, she is a tough old thing. She is just in a really hard grade at the moment with the way the races are panning out with the mares. “She is going well and her turn won’t be too far away. “Matt Damon, 20m fresh-up tonight and it was his first run back in a long time. He had a good blow and will improve 10-fold off that. “I am pretty sure he will bounce back next time.” Meanwhile, Kerr was disappointed with Storm’s run when finishing fifth in the Peek Exhibition Mobile Pace (1980m) and he said he will investigate further to see if there are any underlying issues. “Storm went okay, she’s just not going quite as good as what I hoped. Something is just not quite right with her, so we’ll take some blood tests and see what is going on with her. “She is a better filly than that. In saying that she has had a couple of tough runs, so we will go back to the drawing board with her and get her right again and hopefully she will bounce back.”

CHESTER, PA - Harrah's Philadelphia will be hosting one of its strongest non-stakes harness racing cards in quite some time this Sunday afternoon, with three $20,000 events for the fast-class older horses set to go, topped by an appearance from the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N. Now seven, Shartin N is a New Zealand import by Tintin In America, and she certainly has been a ruthless force at the very top of the older pacing female ranks in North America the last two years. She has won 43 of her 58 lifetime starts, and she has bankrolled $2,153,030, the vast majority of it for present owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. She is the fastest pacing mare of all-time by virtue of a 1:46.4 victory at The Meadowlands last year, and she also holds her division's track record at Philly, 1:48. Shartin N has been assigned the outside post in the field of eight - but she has shown he can handle tough starting assignments in the past. In fact, she showed that fact as recently as this past Tuesday, where she won from the eight post at Yonkers despite a grueling trip. Co-owner Tim Tetrick will again be guiding the champion for trainer Jim King Jr., the husband of another co-owner. Shartin N's race will be race ten on the fourteen race card. The first of the three $20,000 events, a handicap event for older male pacers in race three, will also find the favorite starting from post eight. His name is Dorsoduro Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere five-year-old gelding who has earned over $1.6 million, most of that during his three-year-old season, when he was named the top three-year-old pacing colt in North America. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke, with major opposition expected from the consistent Highalator and Shake That House, making his 2020 debut after a top campaign as a sophomore last year. The sixth race high-class trot finds a Canadian import, Run Director, accorded early favoritism. A son of Kadabra, Run Director comes to Philly from Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he has been triumphant in two of three seasonal races, including a 1:52.2 mile in his last start. To be driven by David Miller for trainer Andrew Harris, Run Director at his best would be right there with Eurobond, Muscle M Up, and other top contenders. The Sunday card at Philly Sunday is so good that Western Joe and Rock The Devil, both of whom have won in sub-1:50 this year, are part of the undercard! Post time for the first event is set for 12:40 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

The winning streak of young trotter Ultimate Stride continued at Ascot Park yesterday. The quality three year old was having only his second start back after injury forced him to miss most of his three year old season. Driver Matthew Williamson took the Love You colt back early before getting into the one one. With 600 metres to run he changed up a few gears, hooked out and speared Ultimate Stride to the top, easily opening a massive gap in the field. He went down to the line to win by seven lengths. “He got a perfect trip, so everything fell into place. He’s got great manners and he’s exciting,” said trainer Phil Williamson. The time for the 2700 metre stand of 3-27.4 established a new track and Southland record, erasing The Fiery Ginga 2010 record of 3-30.6. The time was just 0.2 seconds outside the New Zealand record of 3-27.2 held by Heavyweight Hero. So how does Williamson rate him? “Nicest colt probably I’ve had but in saying that we did have Oscar Bonavena. He’s (Ultimate Stride) probably the best I’ve gone on with because we didn’t have Oscar for very long. There’s a bit of class there alright.” Williamson says the short term plans are fairly simple. “Keep the hell away from Brad (Son Brad Williamsons trotter Cracker Hill). We’re just on our own paths at the moment. It’ll be an exciting clash. It’s hard to believe you can have two such nice horses on the same property. I’m not keen on having a dual with him and he’s not that keen on having one with me either. If its $100,000 race it’ll be gloves off and see how it goes. At this stage we’re not going head to head for 10k.” The two targets for both trotters will be the $85,000 PGG Wrightson Final at Alexandra Park on October 9th and the Haras des Trottuers Sires Stakes Championship at Addington on October 16th. Ultimate Stride is out of the millionaire trotting mare One Over Kenny which won thirty two races. Bred by Lex and Heather Williams, One Over Kenny has been an outstanding broodmare. All of her seven foals of racing age have qualified and six have collectively won forty seven races. Her seventh foal One Over All is qualified, but unraced. One Over Kenny’s best foal One Over Da Moon won twenty races.   Bruce Stewart

The Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis trained Love On The Rocks continued his good form when he won again at the Southern Harness meeting at Ascot Park yesterday. The three year old settled back early, where he stayed until the 600 when driver Kirstin Barclay followed Nota Bene Denario up three wide. Reined up, Love On The Rocks finished strongly down the middle of the track to beat Nota Bene Denario by a length and a quarter. “He’s got a really good turn of foot but he’s a funny wee horse. You don’t know how well he’s winning because you’ve got to tell him to go. He’s not one that hooks out and just goes. You have to drive him a bit but he seems to get to the line well within himself,” Barclay said. It was the Terror To Love gelding’s third win in row, having only qualified in December. “He’s coming through his races really well. We have no real plans. He pulled up so well we might give him one more race and then give him a bit of a break. It’s hard to turn them out when they’re going so well.” Love On The Rocks is one of a small handful of horses trained at the Barclay/Ellis stable at Tisbury. Most of their horses are trained at Oreti Beach. “He didn’t go that well out there. He’s just a bit lazy. For some reason he just didn’t fire at the beach but not all horses do.” Barclay and Ellis with 26 winners, sit one win behind Nathan Williamson in the race to win the Southland Trainers Premiership.   Bruce Stewart

Bluff photographer Monica Toretto started earlier this month as the Southland Harness racing on-course photographer, and is enjoying her new role. Born in Holland, Monica came to New Zealand as an eleven year old. She’s been a professional photographer for eighteen years and has been in Southland for twelve years. She has a strong connection with both standardbreds and thoroughbreds, owning her first standardbred when she was just sixteen. “I’ve grown up with them and I just love them. There’s something about them,” she said. Monica lived in Canada and America for a while and has worked in stables in New Zealand. “I used to work for Doug Gale and Colin Jillings. Right throughout everything I’ve done I’ve always taken photos. While I was in America I injured my back and a friend of mine gave me her old camera, and it was my first digital camera. I worked on a big training farm there and I just went around taking photos of horses training.” During her time with Gale in the early 1990s he had horses like Perfect Byrd and San Sabriel in his stable. Both won eight races. She’s also adopted a standardbred named Duffle Bag (Noodlum-Western Innocence) the winner of five races for Gale. “I bought the mare and bred a horse called Satchel, then sold her as a package.” Monica is also the official photographer for the Southland Shark Basketball franchise and she takes photos at rugby, wrestling and football events. Fashion is another interest. “I went back to SIT and did a degree in fashion. I now do fashion photography. We’ve set up a whole bunch of models and photographers and do a whole bunch of shoots.” She had entered the Hokonui Fashion Awards this year, but unfortunately the competition had to be called off due to Covid-19. Monica posts her photos on her website and she puts a smaller selection on her Facebook page. “I found in America they just sell the prints. Then people can organise their own frames, depending on what they like and on their decor.” Monica’s website is   Bruce Stewart

Two year old trotter Love N The Port created a good impression when he beat older horses on debut at Ascot Park yesterday. The Love You gelding driven by Matthew Williamson stepped nicely and trotted wide early before settling three back on the outside with stable mate Springbank Mason taking up the role of pacemaker. With 600 metres to run Williamson pulled the two year old out and moved him up to challenge Springbank Mason. The two went head to head until 50 metres from the finish line when Love N The Port proved too strong, going away to win by a length and a half. “He’s shown a bit at home and has been pretty impressive at the trials,” said trainer Phil Williamson who was confident of a strong showing. The time of 2-55.1 bettered the track and Southland record of 2-58.1 held by Majestic Connies. The New Zealand record of 2-52.7 is held by Russell Galleon. “He’ll go out now for a spell and come back and race at Christmas time. We’ll look at perhaps running in the Derby if all goes well. He’s got good stamina so there’s a chance he’ll be there if he’s that good a horse. We’re not getting too carried away, we want to see more but he is a quality horse.” Love N The Port is owned by Christchurch Architect Keith Ussher and wife Sylvia White who works at ARA (Christchurch Polytechnic) as an accountant. Keith says they’ve owned horses for over twenty years. “We haven’t had one as good as this one. He looks pretty promising but he’s still got to do it,” he said. Previous winners for the couple include Clovelly Beach (4) and Ace Of Hearts (3) and they currently race Arocknatthepark and The Flying Fijian from Mitchell Kerr’s stable. Keith doesn’t have any family connection with harness racing but Sylvia’s father Tom Roberts bred and raced horses including Lumumba (Light Brigade) which won five races for Broadfield trainer Jim Winter in the mid 1960s. Love N The Port is out of the four win Sundon mare Ngaire Margaret which won once for Brent Weaver and three times for Andrew Faulks. “She was a beautiful trotter but she had so many issues. She broke her leg early on. We ended up sending her south for beach training with Andrew.  We soon learned not to go down (to Forbury Park) – every time we went down she stuffed it up and when we didn’t go she won.” Usher says the journey with Love N The Port hasn’t always been plain sailing. “When we sent him down he was a colt and a bit of a handful. I think they almost considered sending him back at one stage. He was a bit of trouble but no worries now.” This is the first horse the couple have had with Williamson. “We can’t speak highly enough of him (Williamson). When this fella was young we could see he was a little beauty so we decided to send him to the best. The main person behind sending him south was Sylvia’s son Adam (well-known Canterbury farrier Adam White). Phil’s had him down there for about twelve months and he’s said all along that he’d never be a two year old because he was too big. He’s improved so much lately Phil thought he’d give him one race and then tip him out.” The win continued Williamson’s excellent form with trotters in the south. He’s won eight of the eighteen trotting races carded at Ascot Park post Covid19 and he looks set to once again achieve being New Zealands leading trainer of trotters by the end of the current season. He currently sits on thirty three wins, ten clear of Robert Dunn. Both his winners yesterday were by star trotting stallion Love You and Williamson has another promising type in Leaf Stride qualified and ready to go in the new season. “I backed off him because he’s a great big horse. He’s got good ability and is quite an exciting horse. He’s been a work in progress because there have been lot of issues through the early part of his career. We had a few concerns around his manners early on but we’ve worked hard on that with him.” Leaf Stride is out of a daughter of Merinai – Sun Mist, and Williamson says he’s looking at lining the horse up in September.   Bruce Stewart

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   Black Jack Baby is WA’s best When she won the $80,000 Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday, Black Jack Baby scored her seventh success, and she is entitled to be rated as this season’s top two-year-old filly in Western Australia. Earlier in the season, she won the Westsired 2YO Classic. From eight starts, she has won seven times and been once placed for $100,511 in stakes.  Black Jack Baby                                                               --Jodie Hallows photo   One of the second crop sired by the NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars (son of Art Major), Black Jack Baby is out of the McArdle mare What A Card NZ (1:58.8), a half-sister to the prolific Perth winners Dundee Three 1:55.1 ($246,018) and Scruncher 1:54.9 ($137,002) and the Menangle winner BG Three 1:56.1 ($163,639). Their dam, Lady Butler, was unraced but she produced nine winners. She was a Butler B G mare from Deborah Lobell, a half-sister to the glamour NZ filly Adios Dream 1:58.4 ($167,597) and the Victoria Oaks heat winner OK Deb (1:58.1), the grand-dam of this season’s standout three-year-old filly Stylish Memphis 1:53.8 ($228,778). Another half-sister, Advance Debra, a NZ Sires Stakes 2YO champion, was the dam of the mighty Courage Under Fire, Christian Fire and the cups winner Advance Attack, the sire of the 2017 Westbred Classic victor Cott Beach.   Redcliffe Sales Classic to Manila Playboy Manila Playboy, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in outstaying a handy field in the $100,750 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final, gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Manila Playboy                                                      --Dan Costello photo   Failing to reach the reserve when offered at the 2019 Redcliffe Yearling Sale, Manila Playboy is a well developed gelding by Pet Rock from the Paleface Adios Classic winner Bangkok Dancer (1:56.4), the dam also of the Albion Park winners Bangkok Bravado (1:55.5) and three-year-old Cheesandkisses (1:58). Their dam, Bangkok Dancer, is a P B Bullville mare from Killarney Beauty, by Caroldon Lehigh from Killarney Betty, by Stormyway. It is an interesting fact that there is a triple strain of Axworthy blood in Killarney Beauty (grand-dam of Manila Playboy), through both Caroldon Lehigh and Stormyway. Bangkok Dancer is a half-sister to Perfect Pegasus 1:55.7 ($150,702), the winner of 29 races including the Paleface Adios Classic, and the prolific Albion Park victor Courageous Cam 1:56 ($104,154). A top Brisbane free-for-aller from an earlier decade in Manila Lover Boy belongs to this family. He won 48 races including twelve at Albion Park and one at Harold Park.     They trace to the Bell Aurore family Give Us A Wave, the winner of the $80,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park, and Zennart NZ, who scored at Menangle and won his way back to a NR111 mark, are both members of the noted family founded by the Bellman mare Bell Aurore.  Give Us A Wave                                                     --Jodie Hallows photo Give Us A Wave, who defeated a useful field in the Westbred, could well train on to become one of next season’s top two-year-olds.  By Mach Three, Give Us A Wave ranks as a half-brother to the WA Sires Stakes champions Truckers Ruffnut 1:56 ($249,770) and Tuxedo Tour 1:53.9 ($194,596), being out of the Safely Kept mare Royal Tour. He is her eleventh foal and eighth winner. Royal Tour, who was unraced, was out of Zenagain, by Soky’s Atom from the grand producer Zenover (by Bachelor Hanover), the dam of NZ 2YO of the Year Motoring Magic 1:57.5 ($366,395), Interchange ($116,495) and top juvenile trotter in Zebec. Zennart, who has won 14 races to date and $156,132, is an eight-year-old Art Major entire from the Holmes Hanover mare Zena Hanover, who left others in Highview Ember 1:53.3 ($122,798) and Zena’s Art 1:55.8 ($100,298). Zena Hanover was a half-sister to six winners including the NSW Star Trek winner Zena Zara, being out Zentua, by Tuapeka Knight from the trotting mare Now And Zen, a half-sister to Zenagain, the second dam of Give Us A Wave.  Champion NZ pacer Elsu, Tintin In America (Harness Jewels 3YO and 4YO), Copper Beach, the dual Oaks winner De Lovely, Albert Jaccka, Revonez (NZ 2YO Ch’ship), Jack Farthing (1:50.6) and others all belong to Zenover’s branch of the family.   Won Frith Stakes The Camden mare Black Silhouette, who hoisted a fresh lifetime mark of 1:50.5 when she won the Group 3 Frith Stakes at Menangle, is a member of one of NZ’s top ranking standardbred families. Black Silhouette, who has won 15 races and $178,615 in stakes, is a five-year-old by the Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, who stood at Alabar Bloodstock in Victoria and has since returned to North America. Shadow Play has been most successful in Australia. His stock include the Victorian ‘Cups King’ Shadow Sax, a winner of three Group 1 races, Our Triple Play and Callmequeenbee. Black Silhouette is a half-sister to Ray’s Choice 1:50.5 ($123,929) and the Golden Easter Egg winner Our Antonio Rose, being out of The Coldstream, by Courage Under Fire from Lanoch, a NZ bred mare by New York Motoring from the Vance Hanover mare Heathland and tracing to the taproot Bright Alice. Lanoch was the dam of a top ranking pacer in Lanercost (1:52.5), a dual Derby winner of $509,121, Ballochbuuie 1:53.5 ($154,235), Ohoka Darcy 1:56.1 ($141,751), Get Outta Eyre 1:52 ($123,270) and the Sands A Flyin mare Hawthorne, dam of Our Missionary Man 1:53 ($214,978). At the last APG Sydney sale a gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from The Coldstream was purchased by Paul Fitzpatrick for $47,500.   Albion Park winners closely related The three-year-olds Good As It Gets and Signor Jujon – both by Mr Feelgood - and the two-year-old Frontliner (by Captaintreacherous), who all won on the same night at Albion Park recently, are members of the same family. All bred by Kevin and Kaye Seymour they trace back to the King Creed mare Browngate Girl, the dam of six individual winners and the founder of a great winning line of classic and cup winners. Good As It Gets, who has won his last three starts, is out the champion racemare Good Lookin Girl 1:53.7 ($361,445), by Perfect Art from the Oaks winner Goldrush Girl TT1:55.3 ($151,619), by Transport Chip from the Tempest Hanover mare Call Girl. The winner of three races to date, Signor Jujon is from the P B Bullville mare Red Red Robin whose dam, Red River Queen (by Riverboat King), is a grand-daughter of Call Girl. Frontliner, the winner of three of his seven starts, is out of French Charm, by Art Major from the noted producer Faith Prevails (1:58.1), a Fake Left mare from the multiple Group winner Girl From Ipanema (1:57.6), a half-sister to Good Lookin Girl, the dam of Good As It Gets.   A star from One Dream A star four-year-old in Queensland so far this season Sole Ambition, who was bred by Jill Smolenski and owned by Tumby Park. Sole Ambition                                                       --Dan Costello photo A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a champion racemare in One Dream 1:56.7 ($846,467) and the third of her produce to win. He won the Redcliffe Gold Cup last Saturday and looks a four-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding.   Brothers win at Launceston It was no mean feat for the full brothers Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz to win on the same night at the recent Launceston twilight meeting. Both are by the Bettor’s Delight horse Betterthancheddar (a promising sire of juveniles) and were bred and raced by Nathan and Sandra Bennett. Soho Summer, the dam of Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz, was out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a record of 1:59.9 and earned $94,998. Besides Soho Summer, she was also the dam of Soho Monroe (1:57.4), a Gloucester Park winner at 2 and 3, Portly Mach (1:57.8) and to the Western Terror mare Soho Bordeaux, dam of Australia’s fastest ever female pacer Soho Burning Love (1:48.8) and Persimmon (1:50.2). Lombo Portrait was out a Breeders Crown and Oaks winner in Lombo Adreamin, who had a record of 1:56.8 and won 10 races at Moonee Valley. She was a half-sister to eight winners including Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695) and Carbon Crest 1:59, who won 12.    Lost 50 metres – and won! Highlight of the Melton meeting last Saturday was turned on by the trotter Imsettogo, who broke soon after the start and gave the leaders 50 metres start. Imsettogo                                                                       --Stuart McCormick photo   With 1800 metres to run she was still 30 metres from the leaders, and her chance could have been written off. But Imsettogo joined the main body of the field, mounted a stomping run at the 600 metre mark to reach the front in the home straight and then careered away to win by 17 metres. Imsettogo’s performance was an amazing one in every respect. She is a daughter of the French bred horse Used To Me, a top trotter in his own right and who now stands at Haras Des Trotteurs, Ballarat (Vic.). Im Ready Set (Tr 1:56.6), the race-winning dam of Imsettogo, is a Monarchy mare out of Diedre’s Best (by Meadow Roydon), a half-sister to a fine straightout trotter in Diedre’s Pride. Other members of this family have been Conon Bridge and Hurricane Flyer, both Breeders Crown champions, the dual NZ Trotter of the Year Monbet, Sunny Ruby (Harness Jewels), Aldebaran Eve (Vicbred 3YO and 4YO Finals), Destiny Jones, Sunoflindenny and the successful sire Thanksgiving. Imsettogo ranks as a half-sister to last year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final winner Im Ready Jet Tr 1:55.6 ($100,940).    Broodmare double The Christian Cullen mare Czarina Katerina left winners in both hemispheres last week. Stormont Star, a six-year-old gelding by For A Reason, won in Hobart, while Stormont Czar (by Bettor’s Delight) won in 1:52.2 at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania. Stormont Czar holds a mark of 1:50.8. Czarina Katerina has left four sub 2:00 winners from five starters including Bronski Belle (1:51.8), a prolific winner at Menangle. She is being bred from by Romsey horseman Geoff Dodd.   by Peter Wharton

Three harness racing clubs, Manawatu, Timaru and Forbury, have been given a lifeline for the 2020-21 season. When Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) announced their proposed new season programme recently, all three clubs had been dropped from the schedule. However, following submissions from the clubs and amendments from HRNZ, RITA (Racing Industry Transition Agency) has decided to give the Forbury club 10 dates, Manawatu six and Timaru three. Phil Holden, Acting CEO for HRNZ, said that the board has been taken by surprise by RITA’s announcement, as it included major changes to the final programme that HRNZ submitted. “The board was impressed by the depth and quality of the submissions made by the clubs and the willingness of clubs, especially those in the Central Districts, led by Manawatu HRC, to engage positively and attempt to put forward a collaborative and revitalised approach”. “However, we believe our initial thoughts on Forbury Park and Timaru were correct and in our final submissions back to RITA we did not include them in next season’s programmes,” he said. From the proposed new season calendar released to the industry on 15 May, Invercargill will lose five meetings and Addington three to accommodate Forbury, and Addington will lose a further three to Timaru. The new calendar will race at 25 venues in the 2020-21 season, down from 31 in the current year, with the number of meetings dropping from 260 (originally programmed for this season) to 257. The venues missing from last season are Wyndham, Hawera, Taranaki, Stratford, Waimate and Geraldine. HRNZ’s proposed programme was aimed at improving wagering income by racing more often at the higher performing venues, better aligning meetings with the regional horse population and helping reduce servicing costs with the fewer number of venues. This new programme remains a work in progress and HRNZ is committed to working alongside RITA as this new era unfolds. “Every club will be under close scrutiny throughout the 2020-21 season and their performances will influence the following year’s programme. This new calendar will also give clubs time in which to develop their own regional development plans as requested by RITA,” he said. A summary of the changes in the programme confirmed by RITA include: Manawatu Harness Racing Club/Central Districts Racing Clubs To add six, 8-race programmes, plus four four-race dual code twilight meetings held in conjunction with the Palmerston North Greyhound Racing Club. HRNZ also supports having a 4-race programme as a dual code meeting with the Wairarapa RC at Tauherenikau and the Kapiti Coast HRC having a 4-race programme as a dual code meeting with the Otaki-Maori RC at Otaki. These dates will form part of an initial single season review package of meetings and trials for the Central Districts/Taranaki Clubs which will be rigorously reviewed. Forbury Park Forbury will hold 10 meetings, nine at Forbury and one at Wingatui. Timaru Harness Racing Club Timaru will hold three daylight meetings. Southland Harness Racing Clubs Wyndham – There will be no racing at the Wyndham Racecourse, with the meetings being reallocated.  The club retains its summer meeting on 6 January at Cromwell. Gore - Gore Harness Racing Club will race on December 27th on the grass at Gore. All other dates are reallocated. Roxburgh - Roxburgh TC will retain its meeting at the Roxburgh Racecourse on January 4. Westport and Reefton Trotting Clubs Westport TC (12 March twilight) and Reefton TC (14 March day) will retain their meetings. Nelson and Marlborough Harness Racing Clubs Marlborough HRC will retain its summer meetings on the 15 January twilight and 17 January day meetings while the June Winter dates for the Nelson HRC have not been reinstated but the summer dates of January 8 and 10 will continue. To read HRNZ's full submission click here To read RITA's dates release click here For more information, please contact: Ken Spicer, Chair, HRNZ                                                               Phil Holden, Acting Chief Executive, HRNZ 027 467 1670

By Jonny Turner    Powerful wins by three-year-olds Love On The Rocks and As Sweet As Honey at Ascot Park on Thursday came at just the right time. Love On The Rocks confirmed his status of Southland’s late season star when producing a sweeping finish to win race 10. For the second consecutive start the Terror To Love pacer made light work of stepping up from his previous win to race more seasoned opposition. Having the whole field in front of him at the 800m did not prove too much of a hindrance as co-trainer and driver Kirstin Barclay angled Love On The Rocks to the outside before the turn, where he unleashed a brilliant turn of speed. The victory gave the pacer Barclay co-trains with Paul ‘Tank’ Ellis a hat-trick of post-lockdown wins. Yesterday’s win came just days after the Southern Harness Racing organisation announced it would re-run its two and three-year-old features, which were put on hold during harness racing’s recent shut down. Though their revival has been confirmed, It has not yet been known when the Group 2 Southern Supremacy Stakes Final, Group 2 Southland Oaks and Group 3 two-year-old Classics will be held. Love On The Rocks was not the only pacer who looked like a serious challenger in those upcoming events yesterday. Canterbury filly As Sweet As Honey took her first step towards qualifying for the Southland Oaks final with her win in race 9. Driver Blair Orange took no chances with the favourite, getting her away from the inner from her barrier one on the second row draw, shortly after the start. Orange took the Mitchell Kerr trained pacer around the field with a lap to go, before she ran away from her rivals to score by two and a half lengths. Fellow Canterbury filly Savvy Bromac also put herself in Southland Oaks contention with her win in Race 5. The victory came after another three-year-old Longueval boosted his Southern Supremacy Stakes hopes with long awaited maiden victory in race 6. Arguably the most impressive victory at Ascot Park yesterday came from a trotter that could not contest one of Southland’s upcoming three-year-old feature races. Though his performance yesterday and the speed at which he burst away from his opposition suggested he would not disgrace himself if he ever lined up against pacers. Ultimate Stride produced a faultless and emphatic victory in race 11. Driver Matthew Williamson barely asked the blueblood three-year-old for an effort as he charged away from his older rivals to win race 11. Though Ultimate Stride does not have any Southern features on his radar, he has targets further north. The Phil Williamson trained three-year-old will be a serious contender in the Sales Series Final on October 9 and Sires Stakes Championship on October 23.       Both races will be held at Alexandra Park.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

More than 1,000 race meetings at 51 venues throughout New Zealand were confirmed today by the Dates Committee of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) for the forthcoming racing year. The racing calendar, which covers the period from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021, follows consultation with the three racing codes, clubs and other recognised racing organisations of a revised draft racing calendar that reflected the impact of Covid19 on the industry and the critical need for racing industry reform. The final programme of racing includes a number of changes from the draft calendar following careful consideration of 100 submissions which covered feedback on a range of topics from scheduling changes to the allocation of racing dates. The key changes in the final calendar are: Increased number of Thoroughbred meetings from 273 to 278 and Harness meetings from 246 to 257 (including dual meetings). Greyhound meetings increase from 459 to 478 with new six race programs at Forbury and Ascot Park Conditional reintroduction of five dates to Avondale Jockey Club and ten dates to Forbury Park contingent on the development of regional racing plans before 31 December 2020 Reintroduction of harness dates at Manawatu Raceway, Gore, Tauherenikau, Otaki, Roxburgh, Blenheim and Timaru venues Venues that were scheduled to have no racing in the draft but now will are; Avondale, Forbury, Blenheim and Roxburgh Marlborough (January) and West Coast (March) Harness dates reinstated RITA Dates Committee Chair, Edward Rennell said the final calendar was intended to maximise the benefit for the thousands of New Zealaders who rely on racing for their livelihoods. "The significant effort, attention and passion that went into the submissions enabled RITA to develop a final calendar which we believe meets the immediate needs of racing next year and provides scope for the industry to address the critical need for venue intensification. "Many of the submissions provided thoughtful and constructive feedback on specific issues in the original draft, however there was also general recognition that ongoing changes to the calendar were required. In several cases suggestions were put forward to develop solutions that are in the best interest of sustaining racing in regions," says Rennell. Licences allocated to the Avondale JC and Forbury Park TC are conditional on regional reviews of racing in the Auckland and Dunedin districts being completed by 31 December 2020. This will allow the recommended outcomes of these reviews to be considered prior to the allocation of dates for the 21/22 season. RITA will also engage with the codes to ensure greater alignment with their future venue plans, including encouraging regional reviews to be undertaken in the Tasman, Mid Canterbury to North Otago and Southland regions. The calendar is also based on delivering racing in an efficient manner to maximise returns to the industry. Changes to the draft calendar allow for increased dual race meetings, highlighted by the addition of Central Districts harness and Otago/Southland greyhound meetings. "The development of regional plans for domestic racing will not only provide certainty for clubs and venues, it will also help strengthen the viability of the industry in New Zealand's regions. The Committee strongly encourages all racing codes and clubs to have well-formed plans in place prior to the commencement of consultation later this year on the 2021/22 racing calendar," says Rennell. "In allocating dates for the year, the Committee's focus has been to deliver a schedule that maximises the benefit for the entire racing industry, while also reflecting the unprecedented and ongoing impact of Covid19." Venues which have not been allocated meeting dates in 2020/21 are; Gisborne, Orari, Stratford, Te Awamutu, Te Teko, Waikouaiti, Waimate, Waipukurau, Wairoa and Wyndham. The Dates Committee is required under the Racing Industry Act to set the racing calendar to comprise all of the dates in the subsequent racing year on which betting races will occur. Aspects relating to the ongoing use of venues is now subject to a clear legislative process as part of the Racing Industry Act 2020 and aligned with the intent of the new Code-led model established by the Act.   Racing Industry Transition Agency

After well over a decade of being mentored and working with some of the best, Kelly Stuart-Mitchell is about to launch her own harness racing career. The 31-year-old former Kiwi was granted a Victorian trainer's licence about five weeks ago. And she is wasting no time jumping in the deep end with her first starter going around at Cranbourne this Sunday night. Three-year-old bay gelding Hey Listen (Crazed-Catchya Maya (Yankee Spider) will make his debut in the $7000 Aldebaran Park Trot at 7.30 pm. The enthusiastic horsewoman has the pedigree for success, with her father Robert a former outstanding trainer, and her brother Todd a highly respected trainer-driver. "I grew up in a 'horsey' town, Cambridge, on the North Island," Kelly said. "There were always horses around when I was growing up because Dad had big teams in work and mum did the yearling preparations. I can clearly recall the first horse I ever got-it was given to me for my fifth birthday!" she said. "Dad enjoyed the square-gaiters and that may be rubbing off onto me a little because three of mine are trotters." Kelly has worked for some of the best along her journey, having had stints with legendary NZ Hall of Famer Barry Purdon for seven years and the formidable Victorian team, Andy and Kate Gath for five years. She also spent nine months with the highly-successful WA combination of Greg and Skye Bond. "They have all been a massive influence on me, not only as mentors, but as friends. As well I'm so grateful for all the help that Joe Pace is giving me. I'm working my horses out of his place at Melton and I just love it there," Kelly said. "I'm pretty excited to have my own starter after all this time. A win of course would be a fairytale, but I'm really just hoping that he does everything right," she said. "He didn't put a foot wrong in a recent trial and we were happy with the way he handled himself. There's quite a few owners in the horse, including my partner Darren Aitken, who along with my parents and family, is my greatest supporter." And while she's starting quietly, Kelly expects soon to build the stable to four, and eventually to get a good team together. "We have one in New Zealand that Todd is keeping ticking along while we're waiting for transportation to get it over here," she said. "I thoroughly love training them. I did drive in trials many years ago, but I'll leave that side of things to the experts!" Hoofnote: Robert Mitchell enjoyed success with Just An Excuse (Live Or Die-My Excuse (Smooth Fella) winner of two NZ Cups, the 2004 $75k Ballarat Pacing Cup and several other feature events. The gelding retired with 16 wins and eight placings from 27 starts for $877,000. Todd drove the superstar for his dad. Robert is now retired on a huge farm at Raglan, a small beachside town on the North Island of NZ, where he prepares yearlings for sale.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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 5:25pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 3rd July   Race 1 Cochy Malc workout winner who strikes a suitable race on debut. Tote will tell the story but he can win first up…..Alderbaran Belle not far away in her previous runs and draw a help. Include in this field…..Build A Bridge has been racing well and mobile suits can place again……Yea You manners the major concern with him but mobile might do the trick. Win hope on his best behaviour. Selections:  Cochy Malc  (4),   Alderbaran Belle (2),   Build A Bridge (8),    Yea You (6)   Race 2 Fast Ace can lead from the draw and make a race of it. Winning claims…..Beaudiene Hustler ace draw a plus and he should run top three here…..Alta Sensation top driver booked but was disappointing last start. Give another chance…..Scotlynn On The Beach wide draw a problem but he has a bit of ability. No surprise to see him figure here. Selections:  Fast Ace  (2),   Beaudiene Hustler (1),   Alta Sensation (5),    Scotlynn On The Beach (8)   Race 3 William Wallace looks to have back strong with his workout efforts. Top selection here……Seamark he ran some top races last campaign and ok at trials good chance in this field….Bossmaro he ran them off there feet last start but this is harder and wide draw. Can place with luck….Melody’s Mischief not far away from Taste Of Honey at workouts and that form stacks up with Taste Of Honey winning easily fresh up. Include. Selections:  William Wallace (8),  Seamark (6),   Melody’s Mischief (7),    Bossmaro (9)   Race 4 The Dominator good second last week and this field is easier. Looks the winner with manners…..The Player good from a stand and he looks the leader in this race. Can win if luck goes his way…..Phoebe Onyx usually a reliable beginner who should land close to the speed. Can win if the others make mistakes…..Clyde in good form and is a place chance again from the draw. Selections:  The Dominator  (9),   The Player (6),   Phoebe Onyx (2),    Clyde (1)   Race 5 Red Envy tidy win at the Rangiora trials and stable can get them winning first up. Top selection here…..Spirit Of Arden has been running home well in most of his trials and workouts and should get a decent run through from the draw. One for longer odds here…..Best Trio he has a sharp sprint when saved for one run at them. Needs a cart into it but not the worst with a run to suit…..Invaluable getting better with racing and form is pretty good the last couple. Wide draw a concern but he will probably go forward early. Selections:  Red Envy  (6),   Spirit Of Arden (11),   Best Trio (14),    Invaluable (8)   Race 6 Change Is Good getting fitter with racing and stand no problem. Can win….Overarm will step and find the markers. Place hopes here at good odds…..Matt Damon has been burning it up at trials and the 20m handicap should hold no fears for him. Will probably head forward at an early stage of the race and can win…..Mikey Maguire big run last start and he is a place hope with a repeat performance. Selections:  Change Is Good  (11),   Matt Damon (14),   Overarm (4),   Mikey Maguire (13)   Race 7 Ohoka Matty should lead early and find a good spot. Can win at nice money…..Storm disappointing last start but can bounce back here.Will start favourite……Carlos Bromac has been racing well this campaign and a chance to get a win on the board with luck in the running…..Anamajor racing well but his is a stepup. A place hope if she can find the pegs early. Selections:  Ohoka Matty  (1),  Storm (4),   Carlos Bromac (9),    Anamajor (2)   Race 8 Majestic Action easy workout win and stable can get them running fresh. Top selection here……Sioux Princess Racing well this time in and small field will help her style of racing. Winning claims…..Idle Stuartia last couple of runs have been good and draw suits. Win chance if the other favourites make mistakes…..Palisade comes up with a plum draw and racing well. Needed here. Selections:  Majestic Action  (10),   Sioux Princess (11),   Palisade (1),    Idle Stuartia (3)   Race 9 J R Bromac nice finish for second last week and a good chance to go one better here. Top selection…..Cheddar Valley racing well and a danger to the favourite with luck in the running…..Skippys Delight a fraction disappointing this campaign but gets a draw to punch through early. Winning claims……Mossdale Lottie terrible draw but a place hope if she can get a cart into the race before the turn. Selections:  J R Bromac (3),   Cheddar Valley (8),   Skippys Delight (11),    Mossdale Lottie (9)   Harnesslink Media

Friday night could be the calm before the open class storm for John Dunn. But just because he has to wait until next Wednesday to see his and father Robert’s stable stars back in public, doesn’t mean he can win a race or two beforehand. John is preparing to bring trotting superstar Sundees Son back to the workouts at Rangiora on Wednesday along with big-name pacers like Henry Hubert, Classie Brigade and Heroes Square. “It will be good to get them back and they are coming up well,” says Dunn. “I am really happy with Sundees Son and next Wednesday will only be a kick off point but I think if the right races are programmed we could have them all back racing in early August.” The Dunn horses have raced well since resuming after lockdown with eight wins in June as they count down toward Robert’s first premiership. “Obviously they haven’t been the best horses in the barn but almost all the horses we have taken to the races have raced well. “And that looks the case again this Friday.” One of the issues for the Dunn horses is anything but a win can seem disappointing because punter gravitate toward them, especially with no All Stars rivals. A point in case is The Player in race four tonight, who has had two placings in three starts since coming back. “He is actually racing well, he finished third to Matua Tana last start which is good form for this type of race,” explains John. “But his problem if he can over-race when he leads and that is where he likes to be. So hopefully he can settle better with a trail and would be a good chance.” Dunn opts for Cheddar Valley in race nine as perhaps his best of the weekend even though he meets a handy last-start runner-up in J R Bromac. “He has been racing well and came home (last 800m) in 55.4 seconds last start but something came off his back to beat him.” The stable has three even chances in race seven, with Dunn reluctant to choose between Anamajor, Kensington Bill and Carlos Bromac. “They could all win with the right run cause it looks a tricky little race.”   Michael Guerin

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