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Woodlands dairy farmer and horse trainer Steve Baucke won his first race of the season when his Bettor's Delight mare Delight My Soul driven by Matty Williamson capitialised on a perfect trail to beat leader Ideal Conquest by a length. “Very good drive from Matty. He handed up to the right horse, no one came around so it was a good run for her." Baucke said. Delight My Soul has looked promising since she started racing as a three year old but probably needs the right run to use her strength as a sit and sprint horse. Baucke says she also had a few issues this time in. “We had a bit of a problem with her breathing early on. She races in a hutton (bit) now and her tongue is tied. It’s made a difference so now she’s good and hopefully can carry on from last season.” Delight My Soul is out of the In The Pocket mare Soleil D'or so is a member of the famous Black Watch family. Baucke bought the mare for $35,000 at the Auckland Autumn Weanling and All Age Sale. He then on-sold her in 2015. “She had five fillies in a row for me. I sold her and she had a colt.” Soleil D'or last foal for the Bauckes was Imallaboutthebase which is by Shadow Play. She qualified at two and ran in last season's Kindergarten Stakes. “She’s got real gate speed. She started off alright this season but has had a few back problems. We’re getting that sorted and she’s not too far away from getting onto the track again.” The Bauckes farm 320 cows on 300 acres. They currently have 13 horses on the property including five race horses, four broodmares and two yearling colts they're preparing for February's Christchurch yearling sales.  "I milk in the morning and work the horses at lunch time and do more farm work in the afternoon when my wife Christine milks the cows. One of the colts we've got is a three quarter blood brother to Arden Rooney. He’s out of a Art Major mare who's a half to Arden Rooney. He’s a real nice Bettor’s (Bettor's Delight) colt and we’ve also got a Rock N Roll Dance colt out of a half-sister to City Light.” Winning connections                                - Photo Bruce Stewart Baucke is originally from the North Island. His father Herbert trained horses in the 1980s and '90s. The Bauckes moved to Southland in 2000 and Steve rekindled his love for the game by taking out a training licence in 2010 after he became friends with Southern breeder Dave Kennedy.  “I moved next door to Kennedy and got the bug again.” Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Age proved no barrier at Ascot Park today. Previous Southland Harness Racing Secretary Peter Burns and his wife Rewa share in the ownership of Ever Ready with their daughter Julie Kilkelly and today the Falcon Seelster gelding rocked punters in the first race winning at odds of 52-1. From eight starts the horse's best placing prior to yesterday had been a fourth for Tisbury trainer Kirstin Barclay. The four year old is out of Abba Bromac which Julie raced with her husband Tom. Abba Bromac was bred by Bob McArdle of Bromac Lodge.   “Bob was a friend of Peter's from years ago and he came down and sold them Ever Ready. We raced his half-sister (Ashira Bromac). He’s a one speed type of horse and Kirstin did the job today. Peter was shaking (with excitement),” said Tom. Ever Ready and Kirstin Barclay beating a game Razcal Alley - Photo Bruce Stewart.  Later in the day Night March, a seven year old by Courage Under Fire, won his third race for veteran Gore trainer Maurice Kerr. It was the horse's seventy fifth start and he's been a consistent pacer all through his five seasons of racing.  “He’s been a good little horse. We bred him and he’s been here all his life. I do it just as a hobby now. I could have sold him but decided not to,“ said Kerr who drove the horse for three starts prior to retiring at the end of the 2014 season.  “I’ve always stuck to the local drivers like Robin Swain and Brent Barclay," he said. Night March (11) and Brad Williamson winning at Ascot Park today - Photo Bruce Stewart Kerr began driving in the late 1960s for his father Davey Kerr, then started training in his own right in 1978. He's trained over 200 winners in that time but has scaled down over the years.  “I’m working four horses. There’s a couple of three year olds that might be alright next year. They haven’t been off the place yet. It’s enough to keep me going.” Lyndon Bond, son of Jimmy Bond who was Maurice Kerr's old driving buddy, also produced a winner on the Invercargill card today when Martin McGuinness, another son of Falcon Seelster, won the second Invitation Drivers race in the hands of Sam Ottley. Bred by the Grice brothers, he's been a model of consistency throughout his sixty starts and todays win was his fifth. “He’s an awesome wee horse to have. He’s nothing brilliant but if he gets the right run he does the job," said Bond. The six year old is raced by a group of mates and their wives who go by the In Touch Syndicate. All are from Mataura where Bond trains. When asked who makes up the syndicate Bond said "Snow Swain - he’s the supervisor on the Mutton Slaughter chain. He’s a bit of a hard case and follows the horses everywhere. He’ll be at the Mataura pub – The Zoo. Others in the group are my wife, Peter Hazlemore and Mike Cain and their wives. The Cains were the only ones here today.” From barrier two on the second row Ottley placed Martin McGuinness fifth early as McKenzie Mara and Canardly Remember went to war up front. "They were going hard which was his go."  Martin McGuinness ended up five back on the inside. Ottley managed to get him off the running line before the 600 metres but had plenty of work to do with most of the field in front of her. He was starting to run on, got a nice drag into the run home on the back of Lorretta Franco before charging through late to beat Grace Burns by a neck.  Martin McGuinness and Sam Ottley - Photo Bruce Stewart. “It was penalty free today. He’s won five races so he’s been a neat wee horse for the syndicate.” The win capped off a great day for the Bond and Kerr families with both horses travelling to the track in the same truck. “Maurice and Dad were masters and they’ve been together all the way through. The horses travelled to the races together today. There were only two horses on the truck and they both won. My horse can get a bit cantankerous on the float and he’ll kick with another horse in beside him. Maurice will be smiling and Dad will be sitting at home with a grin and a half on.” Although not on track Lyndon said his father would be at home getting a thrill out of both horses winning. Bond retired from race driving in 2014 after a bad smash at Wyndham. “He has his ups and downs but he’s getting out of bed and bouncing around doing the yards in the morning and the jog team so he’s still full on. He does a great job.” Lyndon says Martin McGuinness's next start will be at Oamaru on the grass. "He loves the grass."  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm   Race 1 - Lovely Bundy $2.70 & Madam Spur $3.00 are joint leaders in multi betting.   Race 2 - Better Step Aside is the big win mover here $12.00 - $7.00 with early money also coming for The Big Cheese $5.50.   Race 3 - The Crown Jewels $5.20 - $4.60 is the only runner wanted early here.    Race 4 - Culpeka $2.50 is huge in win & multi betting.    Race 5 - The only two runners wanted early here are Sea Of Gold $5.00 - $4.00 & Caitlyn Clarke $4.40.   Race 6 - A quiet win & multi market early here with Bopper Jet $6.20 the best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 7 - Star Galleria $1.45 is easily the best backed in win & multi betting with the only other runner attracting some interest Step Up at $6.00.   Race 8 - Loveonthelawn $3.00 leads early win & multi betting.   Race 9 - Swinging $4.50 easily leads early multi betting.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Invercargill harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Betstars Blue Jean $2.70 easily leads win & multi betting over Bella Sara $4.00. Race 2 - Jennys Rose $2.50 leads multi betting with Kansas City Jim $17.00 - $13.00 leading win betting. Race 3 - Ellnbac $3.80 leads win & multi betting. Race 4 - Grace Burns at $15.00 is the early multi leader with Loretta Franco $9.80 - $9.00 leading win betting. Race 5 - Danielle Amore $3.30 leads multi betting over Moniburns $6.50. The win 'book' is quiet early. Race 6 - Triple VC $6.00 leads win & multi betting over Delight My Soul $5.50. Race 7 - Delishka $2.50 is best backed in win & multi betting over Shezacullengirl $6.50. Race 8 - Thatswhatisaid the $3.70 favourite leads win & multi betting.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

The man who stands between Lazarus and a winning start to his Inter Dominion career says the New Zealand Cup hero is going to have to be a freak to beat him tonight. West Australian trainer-driver Kim Prentice knows how to win an Inter Dominion, pulling off the 2003 series at Addington with Baltic Eagle after long-time favourite Young Rufus, trained by Lazarus's preparer Mark Purdon, was scratched on the eve of the series. Prentice knows the series which starts at Gloucester Park in Perth tonight will be much stronger than the one Baltic Eagle won but he says he has even more equine firepower this time in Soho Tribeca. He has drawn perfectly at barrier two in the opening 2130m heat just after midnight tonight (NZT), with Lazarus having to give him a huge start from barrier nine.   That almost certainly means Lazarus will have to sit parked and try to out-grind the hard-running local and Prentice doesn't think that will happen. "It's great we've drawn so well and I'd like to think we'll find the front without spending too much petrol," he says. "If that happens and Lazarus can come around and beat us, then I'll be the first to put my hands in the air and say he's a freak. "Knowing what I do about my horse and how good he is, I'll be stunned if Lazarus can do that." Prentice said Soho Tribeca showed he was "better than ever" with a sparkling solo workout at Gloucester Park last weekend. "I've never had him better. This is his moment on Friday. Baltic Eagle was a great horse and will always be my champion, but Soho Tribeca has a bit more to him. He's got more speed. He's sharper," Prentice said. "He's a bit scary this horse. I still don't know how good he could end up being." A fighting second would not be a disaster for Lazarus and Purdon but the champion trainer says he would like to win as he is fully aware of the public expectation on the two-time New Zealand Cup winner. "It looks like I will be parked and have to do it the hard way but the horse is well and I won't be gifting it to Soho Tribeca if he is in front. We will make him work," says Purdon. If Lazarus can sit parked and win, this is his series to lose. The other Kiwi in the series, Have Faith In Me, has a lot to prove on tighter Australian tracks and meets flying local Chicago Bull in tonight's last heat, while Lennytheshark dominates betting in the middle of the three heats. Last Friday's outstanding NZ Free-For-All winner Ultimate Machete has the ace draw in tonight's Four-Year-Old Classic and has opened a $1.08 favourite from the ace, with the only concern whether he gets crossed at the start. Meanwhile, tonight's Alexandra Park programme is highlighted by the return of last season's speedy three-year-old Star Galleria, who has been trialling well ahead of his comeback. Michael Guerin

Prodigal Seelster is now the sire of a couple of impressive harness racing qualifiers after a son and daughter both earned their tickets at Ashburton yesterday. Following on from his trial win at Motukarara 10 days earlier, Ive Already Told You lined up against four others of the same age and gender and thrilled his connections by running second. Settling with one behind them in the mile trial yesterday, Ive Already Told You and driver Jeremy Markham eased into the one-one around the final bend and got humped out three-wide, but the strapping Prodigal Seelster gelding never let it affect him and continued to run to the line strongly. Ive Already Told You wasn't pushed to finish just over a length in arrears of the winner, recording a personal time of 2:00.8 after the final sectionals went by in 58 flat and 27.7. Bred and raced by Tony Stewart and Angela Boyd, Ive Already Told You is trained by the latter's husband Stephen who says the 2-year-old has earned himself a brief let-up now. "He can go out for six weeks," Stephen said. "So it won't be long, but he'll be that much better for it once he comes back in. "He's going to make a nice horse, I quite like him." Prodigal Seelster didn't have to wait long for his second qualifier, as it eventuated in the very next Heat on the Ashburton programme. Vi Lee had just a couple of opposition in the 2-year-old fillies mobile mile, and after drawing between them she slotted straight onto the back of the leader from the outset and stayed there the whole way. At the finishing line she and driver Jeremy Markham were one and quarter lengths away, having paced the mile in 2:01.3 after sprinting home in 57.1 and 27.6. Also trained out of Stephen's Aylesbury barn, Vi Lee was bred and is raced by his father John and has a bright future ahead. "I just know how little I've done with her so far - and how much she's going to improve," Stephen said enthusiastically "Neither of these Prodigal Seelsters are anywhere near screwed down yet." Harnesslink Media

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Im sure many of us felt like this after Cup Week, so we got the scoops on the breeding news that matters. * Corporate Banner | 2017 Broodmare of Excellence Winner * Ken Ford | Amaretto Sun * Gavin Chin | Lazarus * Ted Edwards | Great Things Happen * Panspacificflight | 100 wins from first NZ Crop * Update from the NZSBA Executive & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/oQ8qZw Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:50am Race 1 - Santanna Mach $1.55 easily leads win & multi betting. The outsider Lincoln Sky $46.00 - $41.00 has taken some early win         money.   Race 2 - Master Merlin $8.50 - $6.00 is best backed over Commando One $11.00.   Race 3 - Born Again Delight $2.50 is huge in multi betting with little interest in the rest of the field.   Race 4 - Grey Skies $1.80 like the above favourite is the only runner wanted here.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $2.50 - $2.30 is easily the best backed runner in win betting and leads multi betting over Kamwood Kid $6.00.    Race 6 - Danke $8.00 leads win & multi betting over Sol Invictus $4.20.   Race 7 - Ivana Flybye $2.30 leads multi betting over Dream To Reality $4.00.   Race 8 - Rhythm N Blues $1.55 is racing away in multi betting with Lambros best backed in win betting.    Race 9 - Madiba $6.80 leads win betting over Willedu $9.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Cup week is over and now grass track harness racing gets cranked up in earnest. Both Canterbury grass track meetings this weekend have drawn big even fields and the weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday and Sunday.  It was another good week for the ringaround last week with several winners selected. Brad Williamson had the highest dividend when Two Ply won at Wyndham and paid $15.80 and $3.60 on the tote. This week there are five meetings with two in the north and three in the south.   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Santana Mach this week at Manawatu in Race 1 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks that R Gee Bee would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Captain Kirk as his best drive this week at Manawatu in Race 7   Invercargill on Friday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Bella Sara at Ascot Park in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Kansas City Jim as his best drive this week at Ascot Park in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance today could be Wayward Rock in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Foo Fighter at Ascot Park in Race 6 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best drive this week is Deliska at Invercargill in Race 7 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Rakarover as his best chance this week also in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Bettor Option at Invercargill in Race 8   For more tips for Invercargill click here!   Alexandra Park on Friday night Stephen Richardson - Steve thinks Lovely Bundy can win at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Sweet N Fast at Auckland in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Will Take Charge as his best chance this week also in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Culpeka will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Shandance as his best chance this week in Race 5   Geraldine on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks The Dominator can go close to winning at Geraldine in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Saving Grace as his best drive this week at Orari in Race 6 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best drive this week is Betterthanspraying in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Monty Python as his best drive this week in Race 10   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Cole Porter as his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 9 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn would be his best chance at Motukarara in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn is a good winning chance in Race 11 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Friend as his best chance this week at Motukarara also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media

Geraldine Cup bound Raukapuka Ruler had a quiet run around at the Rangiora workouts yesterday. Settling near last of the six horse field the Cran Dalgety trained Raukapuka Ruler was under no urgency to improve his position midrace, instead just cruising around at the back of the field while stable-mate Art Union set a fast tempo up front. Raukapuka Ruler sped up over his last 800m in around 57.5 seconds running home under his own steam with out being pushed by driver Dexter Dunn. The workout was won by the Tim Butt trained Lanikai who rated a very fast 1-56.8 mile rate over the mobile 2000m. Lanikai blasted over his last 800m in 55.8 seconds and won going away by more than 5lengths from stable-mate Lady Chatto. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The annual trans-tasman invited drivers series at Ascot Park will be an invited kiwis only affair, after timing and date issues ruled out any Australian participation this year. Instead the series will be a North of the Waitaki vs South of the Waitaki drivers challenge with the series being sponsored by Sweet Lou. The invited drivers will compete in five heats on the day with points allocated to the first five home on each occasion with 10 points for a win, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. Each driver receives the points they accumulate towards finding an individual champion while their points also go into their teams score to find the champion team. Spearheading the North of the Waitaki team are the current New Zealand top two drivers based on number of wins in Blair Orange and Dexter Dunn. They will be joined by Tim Williams, Samantha Ottley, Ricky May and Gavin Smith.   The south of the Waitaki line-up is led by the three Williamson brothers – Nathan, Matthew and Brad. Rory McIlwrick, Brent Barclay and Sheree Tomlinson make up the rest of a strong local team. Competition gets under way in Race 3 timed to start at 5:03pm on Friday 24th November.   Harnesslink Media      

Addington joins Auckland as one of the big winners in the confirmed Inter Dominion reshuffle. The great transtasman pacing series is returning to New Zealand three times in the next nine years, starting with Alexandra Park in 2019. The Inter Dominion council yesterday confirmed the news broken in the Herald six weeks ago that the series will now rotate between Victoria, New Zealand and New South Wales for the next nine years. Perth kicks off the latest series tomorrow, the last of their three-year cycle and did not bid to hold the series again. The tri-organisation bid from HRV, HRNZ and HRNSW was the only one tendered, leaving the Inter Dominion council to agree on the details and rubber stamp it. As suggested, Victoria will hold the series in December next season, with Alexandra Park the following year and Menangle in 2020. That cycle will then repeat with Addington taking the New Zealand-based slot in 2022 while it is expected it will return to Alexandra Park in 2025, although that is an awfully long way away just yet. While it was already known the series was coming back to Alexandra Park, its return to Addington will be warmly received as the track is still the spiritual home of harness racing in Australasia. The series is likely to be two rounds of heats a week apart with the initial A$500,000 final a week later in mid-December. The New Zealand-based series can only help both the New Zealand Cup carnival, which will run directly before the series and the Auckland Cup, which will be about two weeks after it. Not only should it ensure more Australian horses cross the Tasman it means the Kiwis who head to Victoria or New South Wales for the Inters will have shorter flights to get there or travel home for the Auckland Cup and the series won't be as taxing. Racing traditionalists will also be hoping the change of venues will prompt serious discussion over the return to the trotting series, which was scrapped for no good reason five years ago. On the subject of trotters the best one still in work in Australasia makes his long-awaited public return on Saturday when Speeding Spur heads to the workouts. The age group and Great Southern Star hero has had an enormously interrupted career over the last 16 months but has thrilled trainers John and Josh Dickie with his soundness this campaign. If he holds together he will return to racing at Alexandra Park next month at a time when the elite trotting ranks are shorn of his arch rival Monbet and there is no dominant force. Courtesy of The NZ Herald

Trainer Mark Purdon knows the public expectation on the series favourite. The early bird may catch the worm but more importantly he avoids he flies. Which is why Kiwi pacing hero Lazarus has been working in the dark this week. The two-time New Zealand Cup champ kicks off his Inter Dominion campaign in a very tricky opening heat at Gloucester Park in Perth around midnight (NZT) on Friday, drawing the worst possible barrier with hard-running local Soho Tribeca drawn to lead and burn over the 2100m mobile. Trainer Mark Purdon knows the public expectation on the series favourite and realises there can be no easy introduction to the series. Lazarus is probably going to have to work to sit parked and outmuscle Soho Tribeca, who has even opened favourite with Tabcorp. "He is a good horse Soho Tribeca, I saw him winning here last year and he will be hard to catch," said Purdon. "But we are there to win, we have to be with Laz's following. "So I guess we will probably circle them at some stage but it won't be easy, I can tell you that." While Purdon doesn't know what result to expect from Friday night's opening heat he is at least happy Lazarus and his three stablemates Have Faith In Me (Inter), Ultimate Machete (four-year-old races) and Piccadilly Princess (mares) handled the long haul to Perth well. "Ultimate Machete was the one who was tiredest but that is understandable considering he raced older horses and beat them in a fast time on Friday. But seeing Laz arrive in such great shape makes me happy we missed the free-for-all with him." The All Stars quartet at staying at the same Gary Elson stables from where Smolda won the Interdom last season and Purdon says lessons learned from that campaign have already been incredibly valuable. "Last season I was learning as I went along but I know the environment and a few more tricks now." Two of those tricks are avoiding flies and the heat, which means the alarm clock goes off a bit earlier. "Back home we would work Laz anywhere between 7 and 9.30am but here he is usually done by 5.30am. "Once the sun comes up it not only gets hot very quickly but the flies come out and they can be a real pain, even for the local horses but especially ours because they are not used to them. "If you work them when the flies start buzzing around the horses can kick out at them and potentially kick you out of the cart or get their legs over the hopples. "So we get their work over and done with before 6am and then they can go out in the paddock where they wear mesh rugs and covers for their necks and faces. "These are all things I learned last year and although the training track here is a little different from home it is not going to make a huge difference to how we work." If Lazarus can sit parked outside Soho Tribeca and beat him it will send shivers down the spines of rival connections but defeat would not be a disaster for Purdon. The brutal nature of the series and lack of depth in the heats means energy and legs conserved with a placing can pay dividends without jeopardising Grand Final hopes. Cases in point: both Lennytheshark and Smolda (twice) were beaten during the series before winning the last two Perth finals. Have Faith In Me meets local star Chicago Bull in the third heat on Friday in which a placing would be a good result while Lennytheshark will be unbackable in the second heat. Inter Dominions •First round heats: Friday Nov 24, three A$75,000 heats over 2130m at Gloucester Park, Perth •Second round: Tuesday Nov 28, three A$75,000 heats over 2100m at Donaldson Park, Bunbury •Third round: Friday December 1, three A$75,000 heats over 2536m at Gloucester Park, Perth •Grand Final: Friday December 8, A$1.1 million over 2936m mobile at Gloucester Park, Perth •Other Grand Final night highlights: A$200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget (Ultimate Machete); A$125,000 Westral Mares Classic (Piccadilly Princess) MIchael Guerin

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:40pm Race 1 - Dauntless $6.50 - $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with Sunny Bill $2.60 leading multi betting over Dauntless.      Race 2 - One Liner $6.00 - $5.00 leads win betting with Bettor Babe $1.90 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 3 - Lincoln Sky $27.00 & Marrera $18.00 - $15.00 are best backed runners on the win 'book' with Santanna Mach $1.50 easily leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Born Again Delight $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $1.95 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Madiba $61.00 - $17.00 is best backed in win betting with Rory McIlroy $6.00 leading multi betting over Lambros $2.70.   Race 7 - Dream To Reality $5.20 - $4.80 leads win betting over Cerberus $20.00 - $15.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Waingaro Mara $5.20.    Race 8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 9 - Lord Roydon $2.40 is best backed in multi betting over the stablemate Sol Invictus $3.10.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order:  R2 - Bettor Babe     $1.90  R8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 R5 - R Gee Bee      $1.95      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Things get serious from the very first heat of the Perth Inter Dominion. Barrier draws were always going to be important around the tight Gloucester Park track and Lazarus has copped a huge blow for Friday night. Lazarus landed gate nine – outside the front row – while one of the other big guns of the series, the much-improved Soho Tribeca, drew to stroll to the front from gate two. As amazing as it sounds, Lazarus may not even start favourite. The Aussie TAB opened Soho Tribeca at $1.90 and Lazarus at $2.10. Kiwis will find that hard to believe, but Soho Tribeca has been flying and the likelihood he find the lead over 2130m around Gloucester Park will see many Aussie punters line-up to back him to beat Lazarus. Tassie visitor Devendra, who led and won two heats of the 2015 Perth Inter Dominion, has the speed to hold the front from the pole, but you’d expect connection would be happy to take a trail on Soho Tribeca on opening night. He only other class factor is classy former Kiwi pacer Shandale, but he faces a big challenge from gate six. The upside for Lazarus is it looks like he will be able to keep working forward and find the spot outside the leader without having to spend too much petrol. But can he sit parked outside Soho Tribeca around Gloucester Park and beat him? If he does, Lazarus’ odds for the final will be slashed. It would be a hell of a statement. The other two heats will see raging hot favourites in 2015 Perth Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark (heat two) and reigning WA and Fremantle Cup champ Chicago Bull (heat three). Lennytheshark, sparkling in all three wins this season, is not only a class above his rivals, but also almost certain to ping straight to the lead from gate three. He opened a $1.20 favourite with the Aussie TAB. Chicago Bull has a bit more opposition, but his gate speed and barrier two should see him pounce on the front, dictate and win. He, too, will dominate the betting. The enigmatic All Stars’ pacer Have Faith In Me has gate five, while emerging Victorian San Carlo is out in barrier six. Chicago Bull opened $1.40 on the Aussie TAB from Have Faith In Me ($5.50) and San Carlo at $11. Adam Hamilton

All eyes were on Addington on Tuesday, 14 November, Cup Day. But over the Tasman at a lowly harness racing meeting in Victoria a former New Zealand pacer won a race that provided his sire Panspacificf​light with a remarkable milestone. Arden’s Concord’s win at Ararat was the 100th for the progeny of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop of only 23 horses. Nineteen of them qualified and 14 individual winners, now six-year-olds, have gone on to win 100 races between them in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Panspacificflight is based. That’s the kind of start that Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre could only dream about when he secured the frozen semen rights to The Panderosa stallion in 2010. And the outlook was even brighter when Arden’s Choice, from Panspacificflight’s second crop, was a Group 1 winner at two and went on to win $280,000 in stakes. But racetrack performance has not translated into broodmare bookings and Panspacificflight may serve only about a dozen mares this season. “It’s disappointing that he can’t get more mares because he deserves a better go,” Brent says. “He’s done a fantastic job when you consider how few foals he’s had on the ground.” Just last week another promising Panspacificflight emerged with three-year-old Naholo, on debut at Ashburton, coming from last at the 800 metres to win in 2:56.3 over 2400 metres. The best-performed horse from the first crop is Wick, who won five times for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported to the US last year. He has won nine races there, including several at Yonkers, and has taken a best mile time of 1:51.6. Southern Pursuit, the winner of seven, is another now racing in the US. Little Rascal, still owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, won eight races at Addington and Alexandra Park before joining the free-for-all ranks in Melbourne where he has won four times. He rated 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group 3 event in September. Among the other multiple winners from the crop are Glenisla (14 wins), Last Flight In (11), Wattlebank Flyer (10), Straight Thru Blue (eight), Sir Mac’s Man (seven) and Arden’s Concord (seven). Arden’s Concord won six races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson before the Butterworths bought him last year and took him to Victoria. Away from the racetrack for a year, he had three placings for Kerryn Manning before breaking through for his first Australian win at Ararat. And Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator, who was arguably the most promising of them all, may yet add to his four wins. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before he broke down as a four-year-old, he’s now back in the McIntyre barn at Macca Lodge and ran a promising third fresh-up at Invercargill last month before breaking at the start in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury. Click here for further details. Harnesslink Media

Sky Tower trained by Bruce Wallace at Chatton near Gore won his maiden trot at Wyndham today (Sunday). By Skyvalley out of the Shouldn't Do It, the six year old certainly has plenty of breeding. Shouldn't Do It is by Holmes Hanover out of Francis Jay Bee therefore a half-sister to millionaire trotter One Over Kenny (32 wins), One Kenny (19 wins) and One Under Kenny (11 wins). "He taken a bit to get going this horse but he's a half-brother to Ruby's Jewel which won five races. He's such a bloody clown because after a run you wouldn't think he'd had a race. You'd get him home and he'd be tearing round the paddock. He's caused himself an injury and also walks on his hind legs when you go to feed him," said Wallace.     Driven by Matty Williamson, Sky Tower began well. He initially trailed the leader before heading to the front with just over a lap to run and held on by a fast diminishing half a neck to beat Miss Moppet. Sky Tower and Matty Williamson holding out Miss Moppet and Matt Purvis   - Photo Bruce Stewart. "I might give him a weeks spell because he's had a few runs at the workouts and a few hard runs at the races. We might aim for the Christmas circuit. We'll have a bit of fun and then look at shipping him off to Australia I suppose."   Wallace says Ruby's Jewel is due to foal to Pegasus Spur and he's also working a nice two year old filly called Annie's Jewel. She is by Majestic Son out of Miss Afton. Miss Afton is a half-sister by Armbro Invasion to Frances Jay Bee.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

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