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Invercargill lawyer Lester Smith has a good chance of picking up a couple of categories at this season’s Southland Harness Awards. American Ideal gelding Duke Of Wellington was the province's leading stake earner and his dam Galleons Cheer looks like a strong candidate for Broodmare of the Year. Duke Of Wellington qualified at the end of October last year and in his first season of racing he started ten times and was in the money each time. He won five races, including his last four, ran second three times, and third and fourth once each. He ended his season with an impressive win in the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His seasons earnings were $54,280. His success is a credit to his trainer Lauren Pearson and his driver Brent Barclay who had him peaking at the right end of the season. In the Supremacy he raced in Smith’s name along with the Butterworth Racing Syndicate which had bought into the horse at that point. Merv and Meg Butterworth now own the horse outright and he’s currently spelling at Diane Cournane’s Grove Bush agistment farm. Venice Beach (renamed My Venice Beach), which Smith sold in March last year has also had a successful season for her dam Galleons Cheer.  The Somebeachsomewhere mare has won six races this season, $25,738 and lowered her winning mile time to 1-53.6. Another of Galleon Cheers' foals; Rise Above This, won her first start at Winton pacing a mile in 1-58.5. To cap off the season the mare's only other foal to race this season - Laszlo - (formally Dazed And Confused), also won once at Globe Derby Park. The four horses are the mare’s first four foals of racing age. Her next foal also by Somebeachsomewhere, is a yearling. The next best Southland trained stake earner was Somejoy. She won six races from ten starts and earned her connections $47,230.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Seaswift Joy could have easily been in North America instead of racing at Alexandra Park tonight and her rivals are probably going to wish she was. The open class mare has a huge rating points advantage over her five rivals and brings a strong last-start third in the Jewels to tonight’s main pace.  But trainer James Stormont says the four-year-old could easily have been gone by now. “She was in the late stages of a deal to be sold to North America but it fell through,” says Stormont.  “I think she will do a good job in the mares races here next season but she will soon be going back to Malcolm (Shinn) and he will train her for next season.”  Seaswift Joy is both tough and fast and while she has the outside barrier tonight it doesn’t look a particularly quick front line so it wouldn’t surprise to see her press forward at the start, maybe following a key rival like Max Phactor across to get handy.  But even if she gets back in the field, unless she is last on a slow pace, she is clearly the one to beat over the 1700m.  “She missed a very small bit of work when she was close to being sold but the way she worked on Wednesday she is ready,” said Stormont.  She could help Stormont to a good night because while he only has three drives the two others also look winning chances.  Stormont took over training Sunny Pegasus from Richard Brosnan when he moved to Australia and won fresh up with him. He goes up in grade tonight but it is not an intimidating jump and he looks at least as each way hope. And Stormont says How Great Thou Art (race four) shouldn’t be too disadvantaged by having a worse drawn that last Friday.  “He is still very green so I think the chance to settle him in the field won’t do him any harm and he has a good turn of speed.” MIchael Guerin

Southland based owners have had a big season albeit with horses that were generally trained outside the province. Leading the charge was Lochiel owner Pauline Gillan who shares in the ownership of New Zealand Derby winner Sheriff and New Zealand Messenger and Four Year Old Emerald winner Eamon Maguire. She also had a share in Thefixer. Horses she raced this season won a total of $378,457.00. Pat Kubala's name was also to the fore. The Gore based principal of Charlton Park Enterprises Limited owns Pat’s Delight which beat Sheriff in the Three Year Old Emerald on Harness Jewels Day at Cambridge. Sheriff won five races and $186,344 while Pat’s Delight won six races and $171, 313. Their clash in the New Zealand Derby was one of the highlights of the season. Sheriff beat Pat's Delight by a nose running the 2600 metre mobile in a new New Zealand Record of 3-05.4. The New Zealand Derby and Three Year Old record for this distance has been broken in each of the past three years. Last year Vincent ran 3-06.0.The year before that Lazarus broke the record running 3-08.5 and in 2015 Have Faith In Me recorded 3-09.2. Pauline Gillan (second from right) after Eamon Maguire's win in last seasons Supremacy - Photo Bruce Stewart. Normally both Pat's Delight and Sheriff would have been well in contention to be named New Zealand Three Year Old of the Year. However Chase Auckland which won eight of his nine races and banked $392,329 is likely the leading candidate. It’s also worth mentioning Gore Harness Racing Club President Kenny Baynes who had a share in a good number of winners this season. War Admiral, War Machine, Royal Bengal, Especial, Envious, Too Cool, Full Noise and Convair Hustler. Collectively they won seventeen races. All horses bar Royal Bengal, were trained in Southland. Baynes had three starters in this season's Harness Jewels while Pauline Gillan had two. Other Southland owners to have a good season were Lindsay and Ian Thomson and Neville Cleaver. The Thomson's own Six Diamonds (2), Vintage Cheddar (2), Ossessione (1), Kilowatt Kid (3), Lawrence (2) and Chilli Franco (1).  Cleaver's winners include Franco Santino (4), Sundon's Wish (4), Foo Fighter (2), Scarlett Lane (2) and Sheezamonarchy (1).  Bruce Stewart

Harness Racing Victoria today announced prizemoney for the 2018 Inter Dominion (ID) series of races.   For pacers, the prizemoney will be distributed across three rounds of three heats ($30,000 per heat), a $50,000 Consolation Final and a $500,000 Group 1 Grand Final, while for trotters there will be three rounds of two trotting heats ($20,000 a heat) and a $150,000 Group 1 Grand Final.   Harness Racing New South Wales and Harness Racing New Zealand confirmed the same prizemoney for Inter Dominion finals over the following two years.   The ID hosts acknowledged the importance of maintaining the Inter Dominion’s position as Australasia’s premier harness racing series, while also committing to a financially sustainable model that ensures its survival.   Speaking on behalf of the ID hosts, HRV CEO David Martin said: “By working together we have ensured the future for the Inter Dominion series at a level that the three jurisdictions can afford.   “The Inter Dominion brand and tradition is an essential part of the Australasian harness racing industry. Our collaboration means we can all continue to celebrate our champions and feature their battles to hold the illustrious title of Inter Dominion champion.   “From the first night of heats this year on 1 December through to the final on 15 December, HRV will deliver an event that re-engages past trots-lovers and attracts new fans to our international sport.”   For the first time in 10 years Victoria will host the Inter Dominion, with both trotters and pacers being featured.   Cody Winnell 

The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association welcomes the arrival of New Zealand Bloodstock into the harness racing community.   You read that right.   Last Thursday the New Zealand harness racing industry was delivered the news that New Zealand’s leading bloodstock company was entering the Standardbred market.   The feedback since has been overwhelmingly positive. Breeders, vendors, purchasers and horsemen and horsewomen have all been quick to rejoice.   This comes as no surprise given in recent years, many breeders had voiced concerns surrounding the direction and future of the only platform they had to sell young bloodstock in New Zealand.   Marketing of the sales, health & safety concerns, along with a declining buyer bench were some of the pertinent issues at hand for vendors.   The future is now a lot clearer, and that future looks to be with NZB Standardbred.   “We have plans to take this to a whole new level – it won’t just be business as usual,” said New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook this week.   “Sir Peter Vela (one of two brothers who established New Zealand Bloodstock in the mid-90s headquartered at the world-class Karaka Sales Centre) is really excited by the challenge and the opportunity to grow the company.”   With access to a range of proven bloodstock, finance, airfreight and insurance services, and increased promotion to domestic and international markets, the harness racing community is assured of a company working in their best interests on several fronts.   Seabrook says NZB prides itself on its lease-to-own scheme and its in-house finance division.   “All I know is our business got a huge shot in the arm in 1997 when, after being purchased by the Vela brothers, we opened up a credit arm and started financing both short and long-term.   “We see it as a pretty significant part of our thoroughbred business, giving people an opportunity to secure their future breeding stock, and it has been a very successful endeavor for us.   “For young trainers, especially, this will significantly change their approach to the sales,” commented Seabrook.   “After the 2017 Sales, breeders asked the NZBSA to advocate for changes with PGW,” said NZSBA Chairman John Mooney.   “The primary concerns were around the lack of marketing and the diminishing small buyers bench. We are confident that the NZB ‘machine’ will address these issues aggressively.   “They are a company whose sole focus is selling horses. Andrew Seabrook and his team have made it clear to ‘The Breeders’ that they will leave no stone unturned when supporting vendors.”   New Zealand Bloodstock has an illustrious track record of success as the source of New Zealand champions to the global thoroughbred market.   The New Zealand Standardbred is a world class equine athlete capable of dominating on the world stage.   The Australians know it, so too the North American industry.   NZB’s Andrew Seabrook is also aware of the dominance of the New Zealand Standardbred.   “Obviously, the thoroughbred breeding industry is much more aligned to international markets and the yearling sales rely heavily upon those buyers.   “But when one market dries up you have to try and develop other markets and we have people employed to do that.   “I think the New Zealand Standardbred has probably been more successful than the thoroughbreds in Australia in recent times and that’s something which should be promoted.   “The American market especially, looks to have been neglected in recent years.   “But with some good New Zealand-bred horses up there like Lazarus, we plan on making a splash in that market, too.   “We are quite excited about the future of this and are not going in to this lightly.”   Highlights   Yearling Sales: Yearlings will sell in their traditional February timeslot at both the Karaka and Christchurch venues. The entry fee will slightly increase by $50 (+GST) at each venue, however entries will be invoiced in January and deducted from the yearling sale proceeds.   There is a confirmed commitment to holding a Christchurch Sale.    Payments to vendors will be received within 30 days of sale.   Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale: A big change to the current market will be the ability to sell yearlings at the Christchurch Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale in late April – with all yearling stock going through each ring to be Sales Series eligible.   Breeders have been wanting this concept for years, and it can only be positive. Yearlings that need time or may suffer an injury close to February now have another opportunity to be sold for their vendors.   Two-Year-Old Sale: September 2019 will see a return of the Ready-to-Run format. This could potentially open a speculative buying market at both the Yearling and Weanling Sales. Particularly with NZB’s finance facilities such as pin hook funding.   Horsemen and horsewomen, and breeders have another platform to chance their arm on stock purchased or retained with a view to get them up and going for a sale at the 2YO Sale.   Finance Facilities: Through NZB’s own finance arm, pin hook funding and lease to purchase facilities on fillies and mares, purchasers will find life much easier to secure bloodstock at the Sales.   Marketing: The NZB marketing machine have already hit the ground running with digital media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram already in use with the Standardbred handle.   Sales Calendar   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale: Auckland Sale 17 & 18 February at Karaka Christchurch Sale 19 & 20 February at Canterbury Agricultural Park Entries Open: 01 July Entries Close: 01 August   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling, Weanling & All Age Sale: Christchurch Sale, 29 April   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Weanling & All Age Sale: Auckland Sale at Karaka, May - date tbc   2019 New Zealand National Standardbred 2YO Sale: Christchurch Sale, September - date tbc     Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association  

Four meetings are programmed in again this week, starting with the Forbury Park meeting in Dunedin tonight. Marlborough hold the first of a two day meeting tomorrow in Blenhiem and Auckland race tomorrow night. The weekend harness racing heads back to Marlborough for their second day on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Rory Mcllwrick who thought Machie Mach would go close to winning at Forbury last Friday night. Machie Mach did win and paid $9.20 and $2.30 on the tote.  The TAB have again injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Majestic Rose might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best drive this week might be Beaudine Gambler at Forbury in Race 5 John Morrison - John says that Neverneverland would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Born To Boogie would be his best drive this week in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says that Glens Of Tekoa would be his best drive this week also in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10 Geoff Knight - Geoff also thought Machie Mach  would be a good chance at Forbury in Race 10   Marlborough on Friday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that his best drive this week is Shamrock Bromac at Marlborough in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Nandolo would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Unico Legend as his best drive this week at Marlborough in Race 8 John Curtin - John thinks Wrangler would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 9   Alexandra Park on Friday night Scott Phelan - Scott is going for Realmein as his best drive at Alexandra Park on Friday night in Race 1 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive would probably be Trinity Bromac in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks that Whale Rider is a good chance this week at Auckland also in Race 2 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Lacey's Lad can go close to winning in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Forever Pearl would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 7 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Commando One as his best drive this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Starting this week, Alexandra Park’s Mid-winter Christmas parties are set to be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July with tickets still available. “Our popular annual Mid-winter Christmas parties are selling well and so if people want to secure a spot they really need to get moving,” says Alexandra Park Sales & Events Coordinator, Roxanne Visser. She says a lot of people have bought their tickets through Alexandra Park’s website with the parties appealing to groups of friends, colleagues, sports teams, and families keen to come in from the cold and have some fun in the middle of winter. “We’ve still got capacity across the four nights in the Rutherford Room where buffet tickets are just $68 per person, while the Tasman Room is filling up fast with packages from $100 per person. However, the Top of the Park packages have now completely sold out.” Described as exceptional value, the evenings include delicious all-you-can-eat carveries and buffets, spectacular harness racing under lights, and plenty of atmosphere with the rooms beautifully themed. Then after the last race there’ll be live entertainment featuring DJs Ronnie and Reggie from The Production Agency. For further information or to purchase Mid-winter Christmas tickets visit or telephone (09) 631-1165 or email Ms Visser says private rooms also remain available with both the President’s Suite and Hobson Room ideal for larger groups and showcasing excellent views of the track. General admission into Alexandra Park as well as car-parking and race books remain free on Friday night.   Cameron Brewer

New Zealand’s most successful ever horseman is finally over one of the worst injuries of his career. But don’t expect to see champion driver Tony Herlihy back at Alexandra Park tomorrow night or any time in the next month. Herlihy resumed driving fast work at his South Auckland training established this week, over five weeks after a race smash at Alexandra Park left him with ribs broken in a particularly nasty place. That ruled Herlihy — who has won more races than any other New Zealand-based driver or jockey —out of the Harness Jewels and a spectator at his own stables for much of the first month. “It took a while to get over, longer than last time I had a similar injury, but it is good to be back driving fast work,” he said. “But I am not going to rush back into race driving. I am going on holiday in a few weeks and I rather give the injured ribs that extra time to recover. “So I probably won’t be back driving on racenight for another three or even four weeks.” That will see his stable’s young reinsmen Tony Cameron and junior Luke Whittaker do the majority of his driving at what is admittedly a quieter time of the season. But Herlihy still has some major winter goals with juvenile trotter Tickle Me Pink, who is being set for an Australian campaign. The previously unbeaten filly broke for no apparent reason at the start of her Jewels final but is heading to Victoria in early August. “We are still keen to take her to the Breeders Crown, especially as there is a separate juvenile filly trotting section which she is eligible for. “So she might also go to the Redwood at Maryborough before that and could even contest her Breeders Crown heat over there in Victoria depending on how the timing works out.”  Herlihy’s stable star Temporale has also rejoined the stable after a huge season which saw him win the National Trot and finish second in two of Australia’s biggest races. That form plateaued toward the end of the season but Temporale raced like a horse still growing into his big frame and could be even better next season. “He looks like he has put a bit of muscle on and all going well we will give him a shot at Cup week in Christchurch this time in.” Michael Guerin

Forbury Park - Thursday 21 June  Forbury Park welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Marlborough - Friday 22 and Sunday 24 June  BACK TO BLENHEIM Good news, with the coast road now open 24/7 we are back racing at Waterlea for our upcoming two day winter meeting after last year holding one day at Addington ALL WEATHER TRACK RESURFACE Thank you to Trainers and Drivers who provided constructive feedback after our 2017 summer meeting regarding improvements needed to the track surface. We are pleased to advise that in March this year a total track resurface project was completed with the assistance of John Denton. Surplus material was removed from inside the pylon line to improve drainage, plus all of the old track surface material has been removed.  Approx 500 ton of washed crusher dust was spread on the track, this has provided consistent footing and a superior racing surface. TRAINERS VOUCHERS BACK FOR WINTER MEETING Kindly sponsored by The Grove Tavern the winning trainer of each race over our two day winter meeting will receive a $50 Grove Tavern voucher   Auckland Trotting Club - Friday 22 June  Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email   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   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone, $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  FRIDAY 13, 20 & 27 JULY! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES IS BACK FOR ALL JULY RACE MEETINGS!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit;, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. BE IN TO WIN …. LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. Dust off your heels, Ladies’ Night is back.  Bookings are essential due to such a great night out, PLUS BE IN TO WIN A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY; This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE NOW ON SALE!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit;  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on, or 021 0298 5972. FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY 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!   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 June 29 July 5 July 13 (Tentative) July 20 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Win with the Kurow Harness Racing Club - 19 August  We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

This week's Bookie Update thanks to Richard Wilson Thursday – Addington A lot of support for three Ken & Tony Barron trained runners on Thursday night.  Thankfully, 2 out of three winning avoided a disaster for us.  Bettorbeontoit was the first of them, opeing @ $2.40 into $1.95.  $3,200 @ $2.20 & $5,000 @ $2 were the largest of plenty of bets on him.  Over The Love was the other Barron winner @ $2.10 into $1.70.  $5,600 @ $1.75 the largest bet there after $1,800 @ $2.10. $2,000 @ $1.95 & $2,000 @ $1.90 had forced the price in.  Shezza GNP was the one that let us off the hook.  She was $2.10 into $1.75 with $2,000 bets @ $2 & $1.85.  Also missing the mark were $5,000 bets on Dexter Dunn in the Driver Challenge @ $1.42 and London Delight @ $3.70. Friday – Auckland Friday night a bit tougher for punters than Thursday.  The best bet was $1,000 on Sundees Sun @ $4.60.  English Rose @ $2.90 and Opoutama @ $2.60 hardly moved but maybe they should have come in as there were plenty of happy punters after their races.  The miss of the night was Classie Brigade.  He was backed as if unbeatable.  $4,400 @ $1.45, $10,000 @ $1.38 & $7,200 @ $1.35 the largest bets on him. Friday – Forbury Park $5,000 Debnita Rose @ $2.20 was the best bet @ Forbury.  She was strongly backed in from her opening $2.60 price as were the winners of the previous 2 races, Ohoka Johnny @ $2.80-$2.40 and Machs Mareta @ $4-$3.60.  A couple of big misses early in the programme where Kiwi Cusher was $4.80 into $3.40 & Motu Top Mach was very solid including a $4,000 bet @ $1.55. Sunday – Oamaru Punters finished the week with a flourish on Sunday.  Sikx of the eight winners were shorteners from their opening quotes.  The best bet was $5,000 Franco Santino @ $1.95 and a couple of $1,000 bets on Sweeney Todd @ $3.60 were pretty lucrative after some nervous moments midrace.  The biggest move of the day was the first-starter Naiya Franco $2.90 into $1.95.  Providing some relief for us was Race 5 where Aran Chief was a well backed favourite including $2,000 @ $2.90 and Red Hot Poker was $8.80 into $5.50 whilst the winner, Beond The Horizon @ $8.80 out to $10. Multi of the Week: $50 Boxed Multi on Friday night Massive Metro (7) @ $3.40 Sundees Son (U1) @ $4.20 How Great Thou Art (3) @ $2.40 (Missed) Bettor Step Aside (2) @ $3 Madison Jane (2)10 @ $3.90 (Missed) Dismara (2) @ $5.50 Machs Mareta (5) @ $4 Glenisthebettor (4) @ $3.20 (Top3) Aveross Ferrari (1) @ $3.50 (Top3) Returned $8,932.20 (even with 2 misses)   HRNZ Marketing

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today officially announced the return of the time-honoured Inter Dominion (ID) Trotting Championship.   The ID Trotting Championship was placed in a period of hiatus after the win of I Can Doosit at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2012, no longer forming part of the annual Inter Dominion carnival in following years in New South Wales and Western Australia.   However, the recent decision by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) to rescind a previous motion “preventing the use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship” paved the way for the current Inter Dominion hosts – HRV, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) – to reinstate the ID Trotting Championship.   “It is a wonderful outcome for the trotting gait, to have the Trotting Inter Dominion reinistated alongside the pacers’ Inter Dominion,” HRV CEO David Martin said.   “There has been significant growth in trotting in recent years and the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale produced strong results.   “The Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has a rich history and has been won by some famous horses, including Sundons Gift, who went back-to-back at Moonee Valley in 2009 and 2010, Lyell Creek, Pride Of Petite, True Roman and Scotch Notch.   “We’re proud to announce the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will feature as a key part of our ID18 line-up of races and we look forward to hosting the best trotters in Australasia as they target this illustrious series.”     Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) President Nick Youngson celebrated the decision.   “The promotion of the squaregaiter through the Inter Dominion series has always been enormously important and the VSTA wishes to thank HRA and the Inter Dominion hosts HRV, HRNSW and HRNZ for this action,” Mr Youngson said.   “We can’t wait to see the best trotters vying it out for the Inter Dominion trophy at Ballarat, Cranbourne and Tabcorp Park Melton later this year.”     CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

Woodlands Stud are opening their gates to the harness racing industry for an open day on Sunday, 30th September.   A rare opportunity for lovers of harness racing who wish to view the boutique breeding establishment and their imposing stallion roster.   Woodlands Stud is welcoming two new stallions, Downbytheseaside and What The Hill, to their already impressive stallion roster in the new season which makes it the perfect opportunity for potential breeders to inspect these stallions in the flesh.   Of course, it is also a chance to view World Class stallion Bettor’s Delight at his Southern Hemisphere home. An opportunity that can’t be missed!   The other stallions being paraded on the day will be Sweet Lou, the handsome stallion with plenty of recent hype, gun sire American Ideal who continues to stay amongst our top sires in Australasia and resident stallions Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur.   “Woodlands Stud are thrilled to be able to give the industry a chance to come and see our top-class operation. We see it as our way to thank the industry for their support over the years as well as giving visitors a chance to see some of the best stallions of our time,” said Stacey Markham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Woodlands Stud.   “We have made the date work in conjunction with Harness Racing New Zealand’s Conference and Annual Awards dinner which is being held at Alexandra Park the night before. We will put on a bus to and from Alexandra Park on Sunday for anyone who wishes to come out to the open day,” Markham said.   There will be a breakfast and drinks provided and at the time of the open day there will also be an abundance of foals on the ground for viewing.   Giveaways and prizes will be drawn throughout the event for those in attendance, including a free service to one of the stallions.   In Brief: Woodlands Stud Open Day Date: Sunday 30 th September 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Woodlands Stud, 460 North Road, RD2, Papakura   RSVP’s are a must for catering purposes, please contact Stacey Markham on or 021 595 492. Please note also that as there are quarantine areas on the farm there will be some restrictions in place on the day.   Stacey Markham

Robert Dunn knows his team are going to need to do it the hard way to win at Alexandra Park tonight. But he says that might actually suit a couple of them. Dunn is New Zealand's only true inter-island trainer, with a group in the north year-round while son John looks after a larger Canterbury team. The pair have been able to make something many have tried but few have perfected work, having run second on the premiership the last five years, only the All Stars standing in the way of them consistently being our leading stable. Dunn has only 10 horses at his northern base, having sent another 12 back to the South Island to recover from a virus. "We got hit hard by the viruses that have been hanging around up here this season so we sent a whole lot of horses home to be spelled," says Dunn. "Then they can train up down there and come back when the time is right. "It is not as easy winning races up here as some people might think, the racing is hard and because the fields are small it is easy for horses to get up in the grades quickly. "But I am happy with how the northern stable has gone and we have a foothold now before the stakes are set to go a lot higher next season so our long-term plan is coming together." Although Dunn is acutely aware the ability to race handy is often crucial at Alexandra Park, he says Woodstone (race five) and Sundees Son (race seven) are good enough to get back tonight and still win. Woodstone has been outstanding since coming north but will give his rivals a start in the $40,000 Uncut Gem Trot, a Jewels consolation. "I think he is a horse better not rushed early and able to get into a rhythm," says Dunn. "He was massive winning last week and while this is a good even field he can win again. "He really loves it right-handed, which is another big factor in picking which horses to bring north." Woodstone will have to beat four reps from the Michelle Wallis-Bernie Hackett stable, who won three trots at Alexandra Park last Friday and have been two of the biggest supporters and therefore beneficiaries of the ATC's emphasis on trotting races in the last two years. All 31 of their wins this season have been with trotters seeing them lead the national premiership for the gait. Sundees Son is way better than his formline indicates and with peak concentration he can beat the older horses. "He is good enough to win but he needs to be looked after early and not get into trouble, which he is pretty good at doing." The Dunns won't have to rely on such luck with Billy Badger in the $40,000 Uncut Gems for the male pacers, with the talented pacer likely to try to lead and make hot favourite Classic Brigade chase him, which could make them a solid quinella bet. Michael Guerin

Glamour three-year-old, Chase Auckland returned to the stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen on Monday, 11 June. He’s reported to be looking a picture and is ready start work to build towards his four-year-old season. The star son of Auckland Reactor last stepped on to a racetrack on the 9th of March when he scored an emphatic victory in the Group 1 Woodlands Northern Derby at Alexandra Park. He was then put aside due to curbing a hock. Even though his untimely minor injury meant he missed the NZ Derby and Harness Jewels, Chase Auckland will still be a short priced favourite to win the NZ Three-Year-Old of the Year title. Owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate he won 8 of 9 starts including other eye-catching victories in the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes Final (3yo colts and geldings) and, New Zealand’s richest race for three-year-olds, the NZ Yearling Sales Series Final. With $392,329 in stakes he was the second only to Lazarus as the highest stake earner in New Zealand for the season. The delight of the Alabar Racing Syndicate members was one of the feel-good stories of the harness racing season. No doubt the syndicate members, their supporters and harness racing followers in general will be counting down the days until his return. Even in the absence of his flag bearing son, Auckland Reactor has continued to build on his early siring success. With two new two-year-old winners in the last week, Auckland Reactor is now up to seven individual two year-old winners for the season – all of which are in Australia. These new winners were Heir To Zanzibar at Mildura and Watch Me React in 1:59.5 at Narrogin. They boost Auckland Reactor up to an impressive 41 individual winners to date in his burgeoning career. They include two Group 1 winners and one Group 1 placegetter. Three of his winners have won in sub-1:55 and 28 have won in sub-2:00.   Alabar Stud  

In a major move New Zealand Bloodstock, a leading thoroughbred auction sales, air freight and insurance company, announces plans to expand into the standardbred market offering a full complement of auction sales and ancillary services. It’s a significant development that will see the New Zealand Standardbred industry benefit from NZB’s existing business capabilities, world renowned brand, and top class service levels. To be run as a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, NZB Standardbred plans to deliver a comprehensive sales calendar, diverse range of complimentary services, and market-leadingpromotional activity in a welcomed move for the New Zealand Standardbred industry. “Over the last several months we have had numerous leading industry players suggesting and encouraging us to enter the Standardbred industry,” commented NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook. “It’s a big challenge and may take a little time, but I truly believe we can help take this industry to another level. The staff and I are really excited about being able to better service this market.” Standardbred vendors and buyers can expect to see a number of enhancements under the NZB umbrella including access to a range of bloodstock, finance, air freight and insurance services, along with increased promotion to domestic and international markets. Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman and Canterbury breeder, Ken Spicer, welcomed the news. “New players entering the harness racing industry can only be beneficial.” “New Zealand Bloodstock has a wealth of experience and a worldwide reputation as a leading bloodstock company. Their experience with other arms of their business, such as insurance, air freight and finance can only be of additional value." “I applaud their decision to spread their wings and enter the Standardbred industry.” The first standardbred sales to take place under the NZB Standardbred banner will be the 2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sales in February, with sale sessions to be held at both Christchurch and Karaka. About New Zealand Bloodstock New Zealand Bloodstock is a leader in bloodstock auctions, private sales and supporting services tothe thoroughbred market. Since 1995, New Zealand Bloodstock has provided auction sales, bloodstock, insurance, finance and airfreight services to customers worldwide. New Zealand Bloodstock is a privately-owned business based at Karaka with representation throughout New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. For more information contact us on +64 9 298 0055,, or visit us online at   

Winter is here but there are still four meetings programmed in again this week, starting with the NZ Metro meeting at Addington tonight. Auckland and Forbury race tomorrow night ,then the weekend harness racing heads to Oamaru on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Stephen Richardson who thought Mr Good And Evil would go close to winning at Auckland last Friday night. Mr Good And Evil did win and paid $4.30 and $2.40 on the tote.  The TAB have injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night which will be worth playing into as the four races have bigger than average fields with the chance of a big dividend. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   NZ Metro at Addington on Thursday night. Bob Butt - Bob is going for Prestonpans as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive this week is Miss You at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Sheza GNP as his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Zoned Scarlett as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Samskara can go close to winning in Race 6 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Izzy Dagg would be his best chance this week at Addington in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Bettor Babe would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 4 John Curtin - John thinks Miracle Rising would be a winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Brookes Belle as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Forbury on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Bono Hest might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent says that Diane Lorena would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Grey Power at Forbury in Race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Doubt Me Not as his best drive this week in Race 4 John Morrison - John says that Sea Rover would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Craig Ferguson - Craig says his best drive this week is No More Change at Forbury in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance this week at longer odds at Oamaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Some Excusesomewhere would be a good chance at Oamaru  in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff is going for Ferritts Sister as his best chance this week at Oamaru in Race 8 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Go Kiwi as his best drive this week at Oamaru also in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

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