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By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Woodlea Beaver was originally purchased as a paddock mate by part-owner and trainer Thomas Twidle, but she has her opportunity to put her name up in lights when she contests the Gr.3 Downbytheseaside Leonard Memorial Stakes (2000m) at Addington on Sunday. Twidle travelled north to New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred’s All Aged Sale at Karaka two years ago to invest in a filly and while he got the horse he wanted, he decided to have a go at bringing Woodlea Beaver home as well after being impressed with her upon inspection at the South Auckland sales complex. “We went up to buy a really nice bred filly,” he said. “We bought a nice Sweet Lou filly out of Tricky Girl, which is a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to (Group One winner) Elusive Chick,” Twidle said. “We didn’t have to pay as much as we thought and we saw this filly (Woodlea Beaver) the day before and really liked her and the way she walked, so we thought we would try and buy her. “We had all older horses at home and wanted a paddock mate for the other filly and that is what she is, a paddock mate, and has turned out very well as a paddock mate.” While her more fancied stablemate has yet to make it to the track, Woodlea Beaver has had two starts for a fifth-placing on debut and was then runner-up over 1980m at Addington Raceway last start. “I have been absolutely rapt with her,” Twidle said. “She is a nice little filly and she has improved every time she has gone out onto the track.” Woodlea Beaver has drawn the ace barrier for Sunday’s contest, but Twidle admits to being wary of a few of his race rivals, namely Hayden Cullen’s debutants A Bettor You and Suntan. “I don’t think she has got the express speed perhaps of one or two of the others, but I think she will have the ticker to match them,” Twidle said. “It’s a nice batch of horses there, including two for All-Stars who are turning up on Sunday which I haven’t seen yet. I did watch their trial and even though they didn’t go a quick time, they looked like they were doing jog work. That’s a bit of a worry. “If we can finish in the first three I will be happy.” If she performs well on Sunday, a trip south to Invercargill six days later could be on the cards to contest the Gr.3 Caduceus Club Of Southland/Alabar Fillies Classic (2200m). “There is the Caduceus race at Invercargill next weekend and if she comes through it well, and she would have to perform pretty well on Sunday, I would look at going there, just to give her a trip away and a bit of experience.” A victory on Sunday would become one of the highlights of Twidle’s training career, however, Woodlea beaver isn’t the first promising juvenile filly in Twidle’s care. “Early on I had a filly called Woodlea Life and as a two-year-old she was winning trials down here and I ended up taking her up to Auckland for her first start in the Delightful Lady Classic. “It wasn’t a Group race then unfortunately, but it was still a big race, and we won that against Idancedallnight and Molly Darling, who were pretty useful animals. “That was a pretty big moment for us.” View the Addington fields click here!

Rangiora pacer Madame Frost bolted in at Addington on Friday night to seal her future as a broodmare. The Erin Crawford trained seven-year-old worked hard in the early stages on her 2600m assignment to hold the lead before shrugging off that extra effort at the top of the straight and going on to win by four lengths. Though she earned a nice winner’s cheque from Friday night’s $10,000 race, part-owner Greg Wright joked that the win might end up costing him and his fellow owners, wife Annette and Dawn McLaughlan, money. “Unfortunately the fourth win is going to cost me money because if she won four I promised my son in law I would breed from her.” “And he is going to hold me to that.” Madame Frost ran home smartly for fourth from a long way off the pace in her previous outing on her home track at Rangiora. Driver Kyle Cameron made sure she was never going to be too far out of her ground with an aggressive steer to hold the lead on Friday night. “She has been a bit unlucky in her last four or five starts, so it was good to see her get away nicely and keep on trucking,” Wright said. Madame Frost is continuing an association between the Wright family and the family of her dam Fulham Frost’s trainer, part-owner and breeder, the late Bill McLaughlan and his wife Dawn. “That horse and I go back 16 years, Bill McLaughlan and I bred her mother.” “Fulham Frost won her first race at Westport on the middle day, after Boxing Day, and she won exactly the same race 16 years later.” “She races in Bill’s colours because Dawn has got part-ownership of her.” “It is just a nice bit of family tradition, really.” Madame Frost will head back to the West Coast next week in search of more success. “She is off to Westport on Friday and then we will probably start looking at Rangiora.” Following her upcoming trip it is hoped Wright, who is president of the Rangiora Harness Racing Club, can enjoy a win at his home track. “Rangiora have got two meetings in April, so I would like to race her there.”   by Jonny Turner

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Addington today with a ten race program starting at 12.20pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Cheviot selections 7th March 2021 Best Bet:  R3 Hattie  Best Value:  R8 Greenbank Betty   Race 1 Galway Girl made up quite a bit of ground after a gallop last start. Can win with manners and top selection … KD Hawk big late finish last start. Can run top three here with a safe getaway and luck in the running…… Majestic Whisper ok late last start and has had a trainer change. Could upset at nice odds….. Gift Card disappointing run last start but has the motor. Manners not great but can win with no mistakes Selections:  Galway Girl (6),   Gift Card (8),   Majestic Whisper (14)   KD Hawk (10)   Race 2 Haiti Franco has the draw and opened way over the odds. Hard to beat here after her last start effort..……. Done Deal nice run here fresh up but terrible last time out. Good winning claims if he runs up to his first start second …… Cheapcheap could be considered unlucky his last couple. A good winning chance with a soft run in transit…… Ruby's A Delight well bred and a better run last start. One for longer odds Selections:  Haiti Franco (1),  Done Deal (5),   Cheapcheap (3),   Ruby's A Delight (6)   Race 3 Hattie racing well and should be hard to beat. Top selection in this race….. With Grace has been racing well and likely to get a good run on the pegs. Good winning claims at nice odds….. Lifes A Beach unlucky last start and drawn ok. Will be improved and can run top three….. See Me Now racing ok and good third in a strong field last start. Draw hurts but not the worst Selections:   Hattie (6),   Lifes A Beach (4),   With Grace (1)   See Me Now (7)   Race 4 Midnight Dash tricky handicap but class horse of the field. Should be winning if close enough turning for home….. Overzealous has raced well in stronger fields. Good chance if she gets a cart into the race ….. Prince Teka has raced well on the track in the past and drawn handy. Likely early leader who could stick on for a place.….. Phoebe Onyx disappointing last start but well suited to this race. Could surprise at nice odds Selections:   Midnight Dash (10),   Overzealous (9),   Phoebe Onyx (2)   Prince Teka (4)   Race 5 Miss Impression good draw and decent run last start. Definitely can win with a good run in transit and top junior on board. Needed.…...   Not Really Blonde disappointing last start but dangerous with a sit. Good chance here….. Jeremy Wells another who needs the right run to figure but good chance from the draw and could provide some value at big odds. Include..….. Bettor Believe It good beginner with a tidy formline. Should be thereabouts in this field Selections:   Miss Impression (1),   Not Really Blonde (4),   Bettor Believe It (11)   Jeremy Wells (2)   Race 6 Anna Love running good races and better draw here. One of the leading chances in the race.…. Woodlea Beaver good second last start but hardest test to date. Good winning claims with a good run in transit …… Suntan drawn to follow the possible leader here and trialled nicely leading into this. Include ..… A Bettor You coming in fresh but has trialled well. Will need luck from the draw but not the worst Selections:  Anna Love (6),   Woodlea Beaver (3),   A Bettor You (10), Suntan (8)   Race 7 Last Of The Mohicans from a stable who can get them ready and unlucky last start. Should be running first or second here if can find the front early….. Ivana Legacy stronger now and looks hard to beat in this. Should run close to the placings here….. Kiss The Girls races well on the track and stand the only concern. Include here….. Deus Ex tricky handicap but big at trials on Tuesday. Can go close if the fav makes a mistake Selections:   Last Of The Mohicans (2),   Ivana Legacy (3),   Deus Ex (10)  Kiss The Girls (4)   Race 8 Greenbank Betty has been breaking in her races but has the motor. Hard to beat at big odds if she trots all the way….. Royal Pride big run in a stronger field last start. Can win with no mistakes in the running….. Michelle good finish last start and a major player if she can get handy before the home turn. Include here….. Aldebaran Floss has been racing the top trotting fillies and drops back here. Good winning claims Selections:   Greenbank Betty (3),   Michelle (17),   Aldebaran Floss (5)  Royal Pride (12)   Race 9 Rocknroll Mama racing well and has been running time. One of the better chances in the race….. Sky Vale coming in fresh but has a decent reputation. Include here at nice odds……. Storm has speed and well suited here even from the bad draw. Winning claims and should be close to the placings…. Passion And Power badly drawn but will be running on late. Big chance if she can get handy midrace Selections:  Rocknroll Mama (6),  Storm (9),   Sky Vale (7)    Passion And Power (12)   Race 10 Archman racing well but cops a tricky draw here. Opened over the odds and can win….. Idealindreams drawn to lead early and form is good. Hard to beat in this field……. Better Fly has gate speed and will press forward early. Winning claims if she can find the front early…. Rocknsnap well drawn and dangerous with a soft run in transit. Nice winning chance Selections:  Idealindreams (2),  Archman (9),   Rocknsnap (1)    Better Fly (8)   Harnesslink Media

Going back-to-back in Australasia's greatest harness racing sprint race was never going to be easy. Yet King Of Swing made it look that way with another remarkable Group 1 success in tonight's $1m Garrards Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven superstar did everything he had to in surging to a two-and-a-half metre win over stablemate Expensive Ego (David Moran) and Wolf Stride (Anthony Butt). The predicted early fireworks never really eventuated as The Black Prince held the front from gate one before King Of Swing moved up to his outside and quickly worked past him to take the lead. Watch the race replay click here! To be honest the rest of them were never a chance to run down the superstar son of Rocknroll Hanover as he rated 1:49.1 to win virtually as he pleased. "He's such a smart horse . . . and he's a pleasure to drive," said Luke. "He's had a fairly easy week with plenty of swimming and a few canters and he was right on his game tonight." McCarthy explained that as a professional driver he had a job to do and like the other drivers had to keep his mind on the job and not let the pressure be a factor. "I have so much confidence in this horse . . . he's just a superstar," he said. "He has stamina, he has speed and is just so strong and we really haven't found the bottom of him yet. "Winning a race like this is just such a thrill. "I know it's hard to compare horses from different eras and I've driven some good ones. "But King Of Swing is close to being the best horse I have driven. "And he just keeps getting better; he's unreal." While the race is renowned for the speed it brings, King Of Swing didn't let the others into the race. After a 26.6s first split of the mile he was actually able to 'walk', by his standards in the second split, which was a leisurely 28.6s. That left plenty of fuel in the tank as McCarthy upped the ante with a 28.1 third split before zooming home in 25.9 to give nothing else a chance. Expensive Ego tried hard and lost no admirers with his plucky second while Wolf Stride was one of the few to make ground late for third, albeit four and a half metres behind the second horse. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

ALL week the harness racing experts have been lamenting his absence from the $1m Miracle Mile. And Mach Shard certainly added to that argument with a scintillating win in tonight's $100,000 Ainsworth Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The Belinda McCarthy-trained and Luke McCarthy-driven former Kiwi raced right up to expectations when he romped away from stablemate Star Galleria (Jack Callaghan) and Burnham Boy (Blake Fitzpatrick), rating 1:53.2 in a four-metre win which had class written all over it. Watch the race replay click here! It was a nice consolation success for the six-year-old and Luke later paid tribute to champion New Zealand trainer Barry Purdon for sending the horse across to their stable to chase some of the rich plums on offer here. "With a little bit of luck, he'd have been in the Miracle Mile but he didn't get a clear shot at them until too late last week," he said. "The way he was travelling I knew he would be in the finish and just needed a clear shot at them; he followed Bright Energy and had a lovely run into the race. "I knew he'd finish really well. "He's here to stay and hopefully he'll continue to improve, and we can chase some of the big races along the way. "He's just a lovely horse." McCarthy would agree he might be the perfect horse for next year's Miracle Mile. And the way he put this field of stars, with the race normally regarded as a Miracle Mile consolation race, no-one would argue his credentials. The speed went on early over the mile with One Change, Kowalski Analysis and Balraj jostling for the front and the early honours. While One Change (Shane Graham) held firm, Balraj settled third before coming one off and racing without cover for the rest of the journey. Stablemate Bright Energy landed a one-one trail and Mach Shard finished up with a charmed run in the box seat. From there he looked the winner a long way from home and had little problem rounding them up in the straight. Star Galleria ran home well for second spot with Burnham Boy coming from three back on the pegs t o grab third, just ahead of the fast-finishing Western Sonador. For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

HE came, he saw and he conquered. That was the simple equation when superstar New Zealand trotter Majestic Man put paid to Australia's harness racing best trotters with a stunning win in tonight's $50,000 Aquagait Equine Centre Trotters Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. And he did it easily. Majestic Man made it three Group 1 successes on this trip to Australia and even facing two weeks in quarantine when he heads home won't dent the joy of showing Australia what they are up against if they have any hope of heading over there later in the year to take on Majestic Man on his home turf. It was a race of changes and as usual it never went the way many expected when Arnold (Luke McCarthy) and Red Hot Tooth (Chris Alford) both missed away at the start while Majestic Man and Victorian visitor Pink Galahs did just the opposite. Pink Galahs forced Brad Williamson and Majestic Man to lower the handlebars probably earlier than they had expected - or wanted to - as the pair went straight into battle when the starter said go. Yet Majestic Man was on his best behavior and was able to hold the lead from barrier three and turned the race into a procession when he won with ridiculous ease, beating another Victorian Always Ready (Blake Fitzpatrick) by six metres, with Pink Galahs (Matthew Craven) a nose away in third place, in a 1:53.5 mile rate. Watch the race replay click here! Earlier Pink Galahs became unsettled in the parade ring and almost landed on her backside when she reared up before going on to the track. That resulted in a vet check with meant the race went a little later than expected. But really there were no excuses for the beaten brigade . . . Majestic Man was just too strong. "That was great and just the icing on the cake for our trip to Australia," said Williamson. "It's been a really nice trip for both of us. "It's never easy winning Group 1s and I must admit Mark Purdon has relegated me to second place in a few of the big ones back at home in New Zealand. "To come here and win a few is just so good and we're over the moon with the way the horse has gone since we've been here in Victoria and now in New South Wales." For Menangle racing results click here!   Mandy Madern Club Menangle

DAVID Moran came to Sydney planning to deny Team McCarthy tonight’s $1million Garrards Miracle Mile at Menangle — now he wants to win it for them.  Australasia’s richest harness race hasn’t panned out exactly how Victorian-based Moran hoped after he was forced to scratch his long-time favourite Lochinvar Art because of hoof trouble.  But Moran has been stabled at Belinda and Luke McCarthy’s property and got the surprising call from his frenemies to drive second favourite Expensive Ego in tonight’s great race.  “Sure, I’d love to be out there with Arty but he is actually still a a bit sore so we made the right decision pulling him out,” says Moran.  “And now I am on a really good chance thanks to Belinda and Luke and when I roll onto to the track I won’t be thinking about what could have been, I’ll be trying to win.” Expensive Ego was driven by Luke McCarthy to win the Chariots Of Fire two weeks ago and appeals as the greatest danger to stablemate and hot favourite King Of Swing tonight, sitting close to the speed and finishing hard.  For Moran the last few weeks have opened his eyes to just why Team McCarthy is so dominant.  “What they have build on this property is incredible,” explains Moran.  “They have a jog track on an incline, as well as a straight track on an incline, water walkers, normal walkers so the horses are rock hard fit but they get that way without too much pressure being put on their legs.  “So you can see why they are so successful, it is unlike anything else I have seen.” For all the usual pre-Miracle Mile tactics chat the reality is it will take something special to stop King Of Swing defending his title.  He has much higher gate speed than he is usually asked to show and he is likely to be in front after 400m in a race that appears to lack attackers. Even allowing for the class of the swoopers like Expensive Ego, Wolf Stride and Stylish Memphis the sectionals may play against them.  “All three of ours are exactly where they need to be but King is the clear one to beat. And I am confident he will get the lead,” says McCarthy.  The champion horseman rates Mach Shard (R5, No.3) is next best of the night while Moran can get further compensation in the $200,000 NSW Derby with Patsonthebeach (R6, No.8).   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    It was a case of mission accomplished for Plutonium Lady on Friday night when winning the Listed Magness Benrow NZSS Northern Mares Classic (2200m). She will head home to trainer Mark Jones’ Burnham property undefeated in her northern raid, after winning the Listed Charles Roberts NISBA Stakes (2200m) last week. While victorious on Friday night, Plutonium Lady didn’t have everything in her favour. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight was trapped three-wide after being caught in a speed duel from her wide barrier early on and driver Maurice McKendry elected to press forward with his charge to sit parked. Plutonium Lady found the back of leader Need You Now, courtesy of a tiring Adieu Flirt, in the closing stages and was able to take advantage of the passing lane and wear down Need You Now to win by 1-1/4 lengths. “She went good and Maurice drove her well,” Jones said. “They (Need You Now and Plutonium Lady) were the two class horses (of the field), and she (Plutonium Lady) had to do a bit of work and had to sit parked, so probably the better horse won on the night. “It was a good one to get and it’s mission accomplished up there.” Jones said Plutonium Lady took plenty of confidence from her win last week. “She seems pretty confident at the moment. Jeremy Young does a good job with her up there, so it has worked out well.” While the broodmare paddock is beckoning the regally-bred mare next season, she still has a number of stakes targets ahead of her this campaign. “There is a speed series down south in a couple of weeks, so she will go down for that, then get ready for the Jewels and then probably go in-foal next season,” Jones said. Later that the night Jones was disappointed when talented filly La Rosa broke in the early stages of the Gr.1 2021 Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks (2700m), costing her all chance in the northern Classic. “She picked a bad night to do it,” Jones said. “She has had a history of doing that and she picked two bad nights to do it on. “You have just got to turn the page and move on. It’s frustrating, but you can’t do much about it. “She will come home and get ready for the Nevele R and the Oaks down here.” Meanwhile, the Tony Herlihy-trained Mr Kaplan ran away to a comfortable victory in the Gr.2 Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Delightful Lady Classic (1700m). The Betterthancheddar filly was given a perfect trip in the trail by driver Joshua Dickie, who was able to navigate his way around the tiring Tick Tock Go with 400m to go. She hit the lead rounding the final bend and made light work of her opposition in the home straight, beating Dance Till Dawn by 3-1/2 lengths, with Chevrons Bypass a further neck back in third.

Harness racing favourites have dominated the feature races tonight at Alexandra Park with all the Group One events being won by the best backed runners in their respective races. Top filly Bettor Twist started the pain for the TAB bookmakers in the 2021 Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks.The classy filly got a very cushy time in front and won as she liked at very cramped odds for driver Zachary Butcher.  The Honey Queen held second at big money after managing to cross the favourite at the start and then getting a cart home in the trail. Second favourite Darling Me who raced three back on the fence ran home well for third. Bettor Twist (Bettor's Delight - Twist And Twirl)  ran the 2700m mobile distance in 3-23.7 and by winning, emulated the win of her mother Twist And Twirl who won the same race in 2012.  One race later Montana D J sat parked in the Group 1 Breckon Farms Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes and was too good for his opposition, giving driver Zachary Butcher two Group 1 races back to back. Montana D J (Captaintreacherous - One Dream) is trained by Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan and the win was Scott's first Group 1 win as a trainer. Classy Operator and Maurice McKendry held on for second after leading and Casino Action with Joshua Dickie ran into third after tracking the winner during the running.   Another hot favourite won the next event with Krug sensationally winning the 2021 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby after taking matters into his own hands by clearing out from the rest of the field midrace for driver Tony Herlihy. Michael Guerin was able to get these comments from Tony straight after the race.   “He just took off,” I tried to get him to come back to me but when he wouldn’t I just went with him so he wouldn’t choke down. Thank god he won. Imagine if he had got beaten after that”   Watch the race unfold in the replay below.     Krug (Bettor's Delight - Champagne Princess) ran the 2700m in a respectable 3-18.0 for trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety, beating a game Luke John who ran on for second and American Dealer who comfortably held third.   Earlier in the evening Plutonium Lady (Bettor's Delight - Timeless Perfection) showed some good staying qualities to down the favourite Need You Now in the listed Magness Benrow NZSS Northern Mares Classic for driver Maurice McKendry and trainer Mark Jones.       Mr Kaplan (Betterthanchedder - Time And Tide) provided a minor upset when she won the Group Two Crombie Lockwood BL'Stock Delightful Lady Classic for driver Joshua Dickie and trainer Tony Herlihy.     View the full results from Alexandra Park click here!     Harnesslink Media

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 Three-year-old world record  A fresh world 2400 metre record rating for a three-year-old filly was established by the Bettor’s Delight filly Anntonia of 1:52.9 – bettering the previous record of 1:56.7 held by La Machane – when she won the $200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle. Anntonia, who has now won five of her 10 starts – she finished second to Beach Music in her heat – is a member of the same family as Franco Hat Trick. Anntonia ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge winner Miss Halfpenny 1:55 ($234,540), being by Bettor’s Delight from the Christian Cullen mare Perfect Penny (1:58.8), whose dam, the Oaks winner, Threepence 1:57.3 ($253,306), was by Holmes Hanover from Have A Go Franco, by Ok Bye from Heather Franco, by Nero’s B B. Threepence was a sister to a fine racemare in Our Sixpence 1:51.3 ($613,977), who set an Australian mile record for mares winning the 2013 NSW Ladyship Mile. Their dam, Have A Go Franco, was a half-sister to two high class pacers in Franco Hat Trick 1:52 ($659,210) and Franco Heir 1:56.4 ($392,272), both NSW Derby winners. This is the family which produced such winners as Vandanta (1:50), Howard Hughes (1:53), recent winner of the Pinjarra 4YO Classic, Lady Luca (WA Diamond Classic), Magic Franco (1:54.2), Franco Harbourmaster and Silent Major (1:55), who captured the Village Kid Sprint at Northam on the same night as Anntonia won.   Pink Bonnet winner Silk Cloud, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $50,000 Pink Bonnet at Menangle, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Silk Cloud            --Club Menangle Photo   Bought for $13,000 at the 2020 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale, Silk Cloud is a well developed filly by Shadow Play from Modern Babe, the dam of an earlier winner in Ultra Bliss (2:00.5). Their dam, Modern Babe, was a Modern Art mare from Flawless Babe, by Windshield Wiper from Our Flawless, by Out To Win. It is an interesting fact that there is a double strain of Bye Bye Byrd in Flawless Babe (grand-dam of Silk Cloud), through both Windshield Wiper and Out To Win (sire of the dam of The Unicorn). Modern Babe is a half-sister to a capable pacer in Mirfak Prince, who took a record of 1:56.6, won 32 races and $128,936, Incorruptible 1:55.5 (who won 12) and to the Classic Garry mare Fearless Babe, dam of the Melton winner Fearless Courage (1:58.6). A top flight racemare in Torrent belongs to this family. She won 13 races including the NZ Easter Cup, Timaru Cup and Inter Dominion Consolation.  Amaze, winner of the NZ Derby, the triple NSW Sires Stakes champion Step Outside, Cavaliere Servente, Elite Angel and Jamestown are among many good winning members of Silk Cloud’s family.   Stylish Memphis in 1:49.2 Stylish Memphis, winner of then $200,000 NSW Ladyship Mile in 1:49.2, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the mares. She is a member of one of NZ’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from Memphis Melody (2:00.1), a Badlands Hanover mare who produced others in the Group winners Delightful Memphis 1:51.5 ($507,811) and Memphis Tennessee 1:58.5 ($113,015), Harley Earl 1:55.3 ($146,184) and Virginia Lightning (1:57.1). Memphis Melody was out of Ok Deb (1:58.1), a Victoria Oaks heat winner by Ok Bye from the Dundee Adios mare Deborah Dundee, dam of a fine racemare in Adios Dream 1:58.4 ($167,597) and the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final winner Advance Debra, who, in turn, of the mighty Courage Under Fire 1:54.2 ($1.4 million) and a top juvenile pacer in Advance Attack 1:57.2 ($406,094). Other members of this family, which was founded in NZ by the Bribery mare Entice, were Jesse Duke (NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final and Harness Jewels), the Breeders Crown champion Cyclone Kate (1:50.6), Passion Stride and last year’s outstanding WA youngster Black Jack Baby.   Siring feat to Fly Like An Eagle Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Mach Three horse Fly Like An Eagle at Gloucester Park last Friday, when he provided the quinella pair in the Group 1 APG 2YO Fillies Sales Classic Final. Valhalla Miss, a grand type of filly, led throughout to defeat Extraordinary Mary (second), and his third runner, Shes An Eagle, finished a respectable seventh. Fly Like An Eagle’s oldest stock are four-year-olds, and they include Chasing The Wind (a Group winner in NSW as a two-year-old), Dancelikeanangel, Dancinginthedark and Mondos Eagle. Fly Like An Eagle was the first son of Mach Three to stand stud in WA, and his early crops have been most impressive. Based at Allwood Stud, Fly Like An Eagle is closely related to the champion NZ pacer and now highly successful sire Changeover.    Well related three-year-old filly Just For Love, who won the $50,000 APG 3YO Fillies Sales Classic at Gloucester Park, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she finished second to Black Jack Baby in the Westbred Classic. She has opened her three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Just For Love is a filly by the Matt’s Scooter horse, Mach Three, from Harper Grace (1:55.5), the dam of the recent Sales Classic two-year-old heat winner Rock On Top (1:58). Harper Grace ranks as a half-sister to a smart juvenile and Australian Pacing Gold winner in Bus To Harland, being by Grinfromeartoear from Tiz Herself, by Exotic Earl from the noted producer Laurick’s Pride, by Dale’s Gift. Just For Love was bred by prominent Perth breeder Steve Johnson.   Star trotter by Father Patrick Have No Fear, a brilliant straightout trotter by the American sire Father Patrick from Without Fear (a member of the same maternal line as the Derby winner Stress Factor), advanced strong claims to being the best young trotter in the country when he won the Group 1 Need For Speed Prince Final at Melton. Have No Fear                     -- Stuart McCormick Photo   A three-year-old, Have No Fear is in his second season of racing, but from nine starts he has won five and been twice placed. He has a background of trotting blood second-to-none. Apart from being by Father Patrick, and one of his first frozen crop, Have No Fear is out of the Sundon mare Without Fear (6 wins), a sister to a top NZ filly trotter in Fear Factor, being out of Fickle, by Wide Acclaim from Frivolous, by Rodney Day from the Gay Piper mare Gay Helen, whose family today is one of the best in the NZ stud book. It includes Derby winners in Habibti and Stress Factor and other fine trotters in Our Renezmae (Breeders Crown 2YO), the Dominion Handicap winner Habibti Inta, Habibti Ivy (NZ Oaks), Saratoga and Prince Fearless (Central Victorian Championship).   WA Sales Classic winner Bought for $30,000 and now a winner of $61,925, Floewriter became the first two-year-old classic winner for the season when he won the $100,000 APG Sales Classic Final at Gloucester Park. By the Artsplace horse Sportswriter, Floewriter is out of Maddy White (1:56.9), by the Australian bred horse Lombo Mandingo. Maddy White left an earlier winner in Star Of Diamonds (1:58.4), who was twice placed in Group company. Maddy White, the winner of 11 races and $110,824 in stakes, was out of Benjor Maddy Lombo, by Perfect Art from Magic Maddy Lombo, by Classic Garry and tracing to the noted family founder in Bessie B. Maddy White was a half-sister to the WA Derby and Governor’s Cup winner Handsandwheels 1:53.2 ($666,379), the WA 3YO Sales Classic winner Rock Me Over 1:53.8 ($292,119) and the promising three-year-old Squinta (1:58.6). Their dam, Benjor Maddy Lombo, was a half-sister to two high class pacers in Suave Stuey Lombo 1:49.6 ($587,032) and Miss Trickin Lombo 1:53.3 ($230,312) and to the Panorama mare Sweet Maddy Lombo 1:59.5 ($106,588), a Group winning juvenile who became the dam of the Menangle winner Lombo Idle Belief (1:51.1). The Bessie B family had a terrific influence on NZ and Australian breeding through several branches.   First winners by Always B Miki Always B Miki (1:46), the equal fastest horse of all-time and who shuttles between North America and Alabar’s Victorian branch, was recently represented by his first Australian winner in the two-year-old gelding Uncle Miki.  He led most of the way and won by open lengths at Bathurst.  The gelding is the second foal from the Village Jasper mare Balcony (1:59.9). A second Always B Miki winner was the two-year-old filly Taking The Miki, who won at her second start at Northam. She is the first foal of All American Dream (1:58.7), a Bettor’s Delight mare.   Need For Speed to Queen Elida The $60,000 Need For Speed Princess, for three-year-old trotting fillies, one of the features of the Aurora Australis carnival at Melton, was won by Queen Elida, a well performed filly by Love You from Queen Kenny. Queen Elida      --Stuart McCormick Photo   Love You, a son of Cocktail Jet, has been one of Europe’s top sires of trotters for many years, and his frozen crops in New Zealand and Australia have produced a cavalcade of stars. He has sired such winners as dual NZ Trotter of the Year Monbet (1:55.2), Enghien (1:57.3), Habibti (1:56.5), Ultimate Stride, Il Pirata, Father Christmas and other top trotters. Love You had sired an earlier winner of the Need For Speed Princess in Amour De Frere. Queen Kenny, the Group winning dam of Queen Elida, was by Monarchy, who also distinguished himself as a sire of trotters, from Nice One Kenny, the dam of the Menangle winner Princess Kenny (1:55.3), Royal Kenny (2:00.5) and the promising Here Comes Kyvalley and the second dam of the ill-fated Im Jake The Mus (1:58.8). This has been a most successful family, as One Over Kenny, a sister to Nice One Kenny, was one of NZ’s greatest ever trotting mares and ranked as the dam of the top colt trotters One Over Da Moon, now at the stud in NZ, and Ultimate Stride. The latest Need For Speed Princess winner, Queen Elida, has certainly a wealth of successful trotting blood on both sides of her pedigree.   by Peter Wharton

The latest gavelhouse.com Standardbred harness racing auction is online now with six lots and all bar one unreserved. Buyers interested in bidding on and inspecting Lots should take into account the curent COVID-19 Alert Levels in the area the horse is located and respect each farm's safe practice measures.  VIEW FULL CATALOGUE Lot 5 - BLESS ME FATHER  A four-year-old maiden who has had three race starts for a fifth at Cambridge. By Rock N Roll Heaven, he is the first to race from the black-print winning Mach Three mare Annie Morva and is reported to have good manners. Stands at approximately 15.3hh. Photo and race replay on listing page. Sire: Rock N Roll Heaven Dam: Annie Morva Seller: scots1 Location: Papakura VIEW ONLINE Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse.  gavelhouse.com cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. gavelhouse.com staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email    info@gavelhouse.com during our online auction to help.   gavelhouse.com

No trainer will start more horses in more feature events at the premier night of harness racing at Alexandra Park on Friday than Robert Dunn. One of the biggest winning chances among Dunn’s bumper team comes in the Listed Northern Mares Classic with Need You Now. The trainer has been rapt with the four-year-old since her desperately unlucky third after receiving a chequered run up the straight behind race rival Plutonium Lady in last week’s Charles Roberts Stakes. “She has trained on really well, she is bright as a button,” Dunn said. “She had had three or four really hard runs behind Amazing Dream and Johnny [Dunn] was trying to look after her a little bit last week and things just went pear-shaped.” “It looked like she still could have won but it was just one of those things.” Dunn also starts both Woodstone and One Majic Kenny in the Group 3 Greenlane Cup. Woodstone looks a strong place chance following his fresh-up third to Bolt For Brilliance, who again looks hard to beat. “I was rapt with his run last week, he hadn’t had a trial or a workout or anything since Cup Week,” Dunn said. “He loves Auckland and always settles in really well up here and he looks a treat.” “Bolt For Brilliance will be hard to beat but he should be a good eachway chance.” One Majic Kenny got things wrong behind Bolt For Brilliance last week, but Dunn is hopeful the trotter can turn that around on Friday night. “He has been really unlucky, he missed away badly last time, but I can’t fault the way he is trotting.” “If he trots he can take advantage of being off the front line and he will go a good race.” Dunn starts Dance Til Dawn in the Group 2 Delightful Lady Classic for two-year-old fillies. The filly has trained on well since her debut second behind the favourite Artisan and the trainer is expecting another good performance. “She is a very handy type and she has trained on well.” “I have been happy with her.” “She has a lot of upside to her, right from the time Ross Houghton broke her in she has been a lovely filly.” “If she can get a nice run she will be right in it.” Dunn will also start Matt Damon in the Group 2 City Of Auckland Free-For-All. He expects another honest performance from the pacer, but he is wary of what impact Copy That will have on the race. “Matt Damon needs the speed on, he is a lovely horse and he has only had a handful of starts really,” Dunn said. “He is still learning his trade as far as open class goes.” “But he needs them to go hard and with Copy That in there it’s unlikely anything else will take him on too much.” “That won’t help us but he should still go another honest race.” The Dunn stable also has I’m Your Huckleberry in the Group One Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes. The trainer is expecting more from the two-year-old after he disappointed in his debut behind Montana D J in a heat of the series. “I was disappointed with his first run, but that race has really brought him on.” “I am expecting him to go much better.” Dunn also starts yet another horse in a feature event with Off N Gone in the Group One Northern Oaks The filly stuck on gamely after working hard in her last start behind race favourite Bettor Twist in the Peter Breckon Memorial Caduceus Club Stakes. Having had that right-handed run should be a big help in Friday night’s feature. “She ran in on the bends, last week, so we have worked on her steering this week,” Dunn said. “She probably did enough work when she was getting around them, they ran quite a fast quarter when she moved.” “So it wasn’t a bad run and I am expecting her to be better this week.” Dunn also starts Mighty Looee on Friday night’s undercard, in race 2. View the full Alexandra Park fields click here!   by Jonny Turner

Two rookies have the chance to upstage the established open class stars at Addington on Friday. Shut Up N Dance and Castelo De Vide both return after producing emphatic wins and signalling they are horses with exciting futures in their last visits to the track. Shut Up N Dance made the harness racing world stand up and take notice of her talent when she produced one of the most incredible debut performances seen at Addington in recent history. The Regan Todd trained mare exploded away from her rivals to score by a massive ten and a half lengths in her sensational 1980m effort. “I only run the rein over her rump when she went ran down the side in 27sec but it didn’t feel like we were going that fast,” driver Matthew Williamson said. “When I asked her to go properly she just exploded, it was incredible.” “She is a very fast horse.” Her incredible debut win suggests Shut Up N Dance will have no troubles stepping up in grade in race 10 on Friday. Williamson agreed and summed the situation up well. “She has just run less than two seconds outside the national record.” “I can’t see it being a problem.” “It’s not a bad field and you have to respect some of the other horses in it.” “But she is very smart and she has drawn well, so I would expect her to be pretty hard to beat.” Rock Legend (2), who starts inside Shut Up N Dance (3) looks the hardest horse for the favourite to beat. The Hayden Cullen trained three-year-old has been luckless in the first two starts of his new campaign. Trainer Darren Keast admitted he has had Castelo De Vide wrapped in cotton wool since his emphatic eight-length win in the Cup Day maiden during the New Zealand Cup Carnival. With the country’s leading three-year-olds at Alexandra Park to contest the Northern Derby and a New Zealand Derby start on the line in the Lazarus Stakes there seems no better time for Keast to bring his classy pacer back to the track. “I thought now is the best time, better than ever, because all of the good ones are up north for the Derby,” Keast said. “I am happy with him and a bit nervous at the same time.” Castelo De Vide has impressed with two trial wins ahead of his resumption in a quality line up of three-year-olds. And they have Keast hopeful of a bold return from the pacer. “I would like to think he is fit enough to win, but anything he does he will improve on.” “This is the pinnacle of this time in because the winner gets an automatic start in the Derby.” “So if he was to come out and win it would be a big sigh of relief.” Bettor Call Me, Pace N Pride and Dashing Major look the main dangers to Castelo De Vide in Friday’s 1980m feature. The open class feature on the Addington card sees the return of A G’s White Socks after his New Zealand Cup campaign ended because of a minor injury. The Greg and Nina Hope trained seven-year-old has had one Rangiora trial to prepare for his return, running second to Who Made Who. The Robert Dunn trained trio of Steel The Show, Henry Hubert and Classie Brigade are sure to give A G’s White Socks plenty to chase in Friday’s 2600m handicap. View the full Addington fields click here!   by Jonny Turner

Trevor Beaton is being remembered as a passionate supporter of harness racing who will be sorely missed.  He’s died in Christchurch aged 70 after a battle with cancer.  “For over 40 years he was involved in standardbreds,” says good friend Graeme Iggo, “what quickly comes to mind are his high ethical standards, his passion, his generosity, his sense of humour  and  his loyalty.”  He was a former president of the Canterbury branch of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association, vice president of the national body of the NZSBA, president of the Hororata Trotting Club  and for two years was a HRNZ Board member. He also worked part time for HRNZ educating and training cadets.   “He was such a positive and jovial guy who was totally immersed in the industry,” says former HRNZ Board member Allan Brown.    Education was a big part of Beaton’s life and he was awarded a Queen’s Silver Medal  (QSM) for services to education. He retired in 2011 after being the principal at Cobham Intermediate  in Christchurch for 15 years.  As a horse breeder he produced over 80 foals and was a highly respected preparer of yearlings for the sales,  having won Best Presented Yearling on several occasions.  “The first mare he bought and bred from was Samantha Scott in 1972 which he paid $2500 for,” says Iggo, “he often laughed about the fact that the horse was worth four times his only other asset at the time – his $600 car.”  Current HRNZ Board member Ken Spicer recalls a trip to the Kaikoura races just last November when Beaton’s health was not good.  “Four of us stayed on course and his horse Admirable won, it was his first win there and a good ending to the yearly pilgrimage,” said Spicer.   “Trevor was a very good mate and we will all miss him dearly” “He had made many friends  in harness  racing  throughout the country,” said Iggo,  “and he will be a significant loss, not only to these friends but to the industry itself.”  Funeral details to be advised.   HRNZ

With the Northern Oaks and the Northern Derby headlining a bumper night of racing at Alexandra Park we asked the trainers of the horses in the two feature Group Ones about their chances. Where a trainer was unavailable for comment we have used Trottech.  Race 5 – 2021 PASCOES THE JEWELLERS NORTHERN OAKS (GROUP 1) 1. Enjoy Me - She needed the run last week, will be better for this week and has a good draw to start from. (Telfer & Telfer) 2. Bettor Twist - Pulled up from her run last Friday night in great order. Bettor Twist has drawn a great alley for once. (H Cullen) 3. Darling Me - She has been racing well, finished off her race strongly last week and the extra distance shouldn't be a problem. (Telfer & Telfer) 4. Ruby Mach - very honest filly that will need a good trip against some of these fillies. (Telfer & Telfer) 5. Off N Gone – Didn’t go bad last week after making a mid-race move. She hung a little having her first look at The Park. Expect improvement. Will need luck but shouldn’t be too far away at the finish. (R Dunn) 6. The Honey Queen - Too tough from the draw last week but didn't disgrace herself. Place hope best. (Trottech) 7. Santa Maria - Continues to race well with 4th placing here last week. Stretched from marble. (Trottech) 8. La Rosa - draw has been cruel to us but she is racing good and 2700 should not be a concern but can't see us or anyone beating Bettor Twist from the draw (M Jones) 9. Shezadeal – She has worked super since her last run. Draw will suit her down to the ground. Can't see why with the right trip she can’t be in the first four in what is a strong field. (Hollis & Robertson) 10. Shes No Lady - Drawn to get a soft trip hopefully she's improved with last week’s run (Reid & McMullan)   Race 7 – 2020 WOODLANDS STUD NORTHERN DERBY (GROUP 1) 1. Raven Banner - Has done a good job in the grade races big step up for him but we think he's earnt his chance to start in this race! Good draw we think he's a decent place chance at least. (Purdon & Phelan) 2. Alta Sensation – Has earned his spot against the big boys here. Great draw in #2 to work with and can hum the gate. He is in a great zone at home and is improving everyday. Keep an eye on him. (Dalgety & Dalgety) 3. Luke John – rapt with his last run, timed at 54.8 three wide. His work since has been super. First four chance. (Hollis & Robertson) 4. Hot And Treacherous - Sound enough behind Krug last week but had every chance. Minors appear best. (Trottech) 5. Krug – Loved being driven aggressively last week and he will eat the 2700m for breakfast. Have the fire brigade on standby. (Dalgety & Dalgety) 6. Aladdin - good field, tricky draw, he’s very well hoping for a good position in the run. (Blanchard & Blanchard) 7. American Dealer – come through his run really well as he always does. Disappointing about the draw but sure he’ll give a good sight. 8. It’s All About Faith - Pulled up from his run last Friday night in great order. It's All About Faith has not had luck with the draw this week but couldn't be happier with him going into the derby, will just need a bit of luck from the gate. (H Cullen) 9. B D Joe - He's very well, has been training strongly and trialling well. He's fresh up but he runs his best races that way. (Telfer & Telfer) 10. Outlaw Man - With a economical run I'd like to think he we will see him running on well. (A Donnelly)   Harness Racing New Zealand

Kentuckiana Lodge colt Krug is perfectly poised ahead of his first classic race tilt in Friday night’s Northern Derby at Alexandra Park. Trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety go into the Group One feature after enjoying an ideal final lead up with their three-year-old. After two solid hit-outs to start his latest campaign Krug unleashed a powerful victory in the Northern Derby Prelude last week. And after enjoying a faultless week since, amid the chaos of a COVID interrupted night of premier racing, the Krug camp go into Friday night’s race full of confidence. “Everything has come together and we couldn’t be happier,” Cran Dalgety said. “95% of is just where we would want it to be and the other 5% is out of our hands and will depend on what happens on the night.” “The horse is fit and healthy and he has got a nice draw in 5.” “The driver has won more races than anyone else in the history of the country, so we couldn’t ask for too much more.” Tony Herlihy took Krug to the front for a strong final hit-out in last week’s Northern Derby Prelude. Well known as a good-doer, that run and this week’s training have the colt primed to be at his peak for Friday night’s Group One. “Tony summed it up nicely last week and it was just what the horse needed," Cran said.  “The three runs he has had in Auckland have brought him on each time and he is really match fit going into the big one.” “Now he just had to go out there and do battle.”  Few of the Northern Derby field have had a lot of experience over 2700m and Krug is a complete novice at 2700m.  But if any horse looks suited to the classic race trip it is the Kentuckiana Lodge colt. His ability to drop the bit and settle in any race scenario and pick up again with push-button speed makes him the ideal derby horse. “Of course it helps he is by Bettor’s Delight, so he has got plenty of staying power there.” “But you can drive him on a rein of cotton and stepping up to 2700m is actually a big advantage to him whereas it might not suit some of the others quite as much.” “There will be no excuses, put it that way.” Kentuckiana Lodge start a second Northern Derby contender in Alta Sensation from barrier 7 with Jay Abernethy in the sulky.  The three-year-old earned his spot in the field with a powerful win in the grades at Alexandra Park last week. While he may not be among the favourites, Alta Sensation has all the credentials he needs going into a derby. “He is a little bit unheralded compared to some of the big names, but he wouldn’t be there if we didn’t think he could run a big race," Cran said.  “He has got a nice draw (2) to work with and he has got gate speed.” “He is fit and well and we are hopeful can show he is up with the big boys.” “He certainly won’t disgrace himself, that is for sure.” Kentuckiana Lodge also starts Casino Action in the Group One Young Guns Final and Chevrons Bypass and Mitsi Gaynor in the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic on Friday night.  Casino Action has not been able to show his best in his last two after copping tough trips. But from barrier 3 it is hoped he can show his true potential and the kind of form that saw him beat many of his rivals in his outstanding debut win.  Both Kentuckiana Lodge fillies have copped tricky draws with Chevrons Bypass starting from barrier 7 and Misti Gaynor in barrier 1 on the second row. “The two-year-olds are all fit and well, they just need a bit of luck and they will be right there.” On a busy weekend for Kentuckiana Lodge, Twlight Bromac starts in race 1 at Addington on Friday night.    by Jonny Turner

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