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Progeny of former 2001 Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO filly champ Sparks A Flyin (1:52, US) won within hours on both sides of the Tasman on Friday night October 17, 2014. Smart colt Art Union took another stepping stone towards the $170,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on November 11 at Addington, while older half-brother Bettors Fire returned to winning form at Gloucester Park, Perth. The Cran Dalgety-trained Art Union justified his hot $1.40 favouritism in the C3-6 pace at Addington, but he didn’t dominate from the outset as many anticipated. Driver Dexter Dunn, from barrier three with the Art Major colt, elected not to race second favourite Mighty Major (ace) for the early lead, settling him into a perfect one-one trail. When a move from the back came a lap out, Dexter was on the move, letting Art Union stride past Mighty Major at the 900m. The favourite kept up another strong run to hold Mighty Major by a length in a 1:57 rate for the 1950m, quickening over his last 800m in 56.1s and final 400m in 26.8s. Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield’s home-bred stretched his record to seven wins from 12 starts for $83,403, and remains unbeaten in three 3YO appearances. Bettors Fire justified his $1.70 favouritism in the $17,500 Demon Adios Discretionary Handicap in Perth. The Cran Dalgety-trained Art Union justified his hot $1.40 favouritism in the C3-6 pace at Addington, but he didn’t dominate from the outset as many anticipated. Driver Dexter Dunn, from barrier three with the Art Major colt, elected not to race second favourite Mighty Major (ace) for the early lead, settling him into a perfect one-one trail. When a move from the back came a lap out, Dexter was on the move, letting Art Union stride past Mighty Major at the 900m. The favourite kept up another strong run to hold Mighty Major by a length in a 1:57 rate for the 1950m, quickening over his last 800m in 56.1s and final 400m in 26.8s. Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield’s home-bred stretched his record to seven wins from 12 starts for $83,403, and remains unbeaten in three 3YO appearances. Bettors Fire justified his $1.70 favouritism in the $17,500 Demon Adios Discretionary Handicap in Perth. Despite start off the 30m line in a Class D pace, Bettors Fire played the iron horse, moving up parked outside fellow ex-Kiwi Bartowski over the final lap for trainer-driver Kyle Harper. The 6YO Bettors Delight gelding was too strong from the home turn, holding out fellow NZ-breds, To Transcend and False Promise, in a 2:04 rate over the 2503m. He scored by 2.4 metres, the leaders running their last 800m in 56.6s and final 400m in 28.3. Bettors Fire, who lowered his best mile rate to 1:53.8 in Perth last term, lifted his career earnings past the $A244,000 mark with his 19th win from 45 starts. Safedra (1:56.3 mile rate, 1700m), a successful half-sister to Art Union and Bettors Fire, has returned to New Zealand after an Australian stint in recent months, where she added a further two wins to her tally. The 5YO daughter of Mach Three is to commence a breeding career this term. Safedra’s best racetrack efforts have been a second to Adore Me in the 2013 Group One New Zealand Oaks, and winner of the Group Two $40,000 Southland Oaks Final. She is the winner of eight and has been 13 times placed in 35 starts for $135,577. Safedra rated 1:56.3 in a 1700m heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series at Forbury, while she has rated 1:59.8 over 2600m to win at Addington, and 1:58.7 to win over 2400m at Ashburton. Sparks A Flyin’s first five foals have all been well above average. Earlier foals from the Sands A Flyin-Belle Glade mare were Diomedes (1:57.5, Aust), the winner of 12 in Australasia, and Empyrean (1:56.2), the winner of 10 and $121,302. Bungalow Bill, the first of two Cran Dalgety-trained winners at Addington on October 17, delivered narrowly but well to beat favourite Matty Groves by half a head in the Murney Family Trust & Mid Canty Catholic Parish Mobile Maiden Pace. Driver Dexter Dunn settled him handy on the outer, then was denied the front by Ask Me Mach when having a dash for the lead a lap out. Bungalow Bill, a 3YO Bettor’s Delight gelding and the first foal from four-win 1:58.6 mare Strawberry Fields (Presidential Ball-Penny Lane), lengthened out when asked inside the final 100m to stick his head out in a three-way finish, rating 1:58 (1950m). The leaders ran their last 800m in 59s and final 400m in 27.5s. Bungalow Bill is raced by Chrissie Dalgety with Small Car World principal Graham Beirne. Chrissie gained her second win of the weekend when Margarita led over the last 900m as a $1.40 favourite to win her C1-2 fillies & mares mile at Winton in 1:57.1. Margarita, a 3YO Bettor’s Delight-Holloway filly, was the sixth consecutive winning drive on the Wairio card on a wonderful day for catch driver Tim Williams. Tim was unable to make it seven in a row in the final race with Kentuckiana Lodge debutante Tenacious Bromac, but they did well to hold third after being pressured strongly mid-race for the front by favourite Lookofalegend in a 1:56.7 mile. Courtesy Cran Dalgety Racing Stables - Check site here  

In just his 3rd start for the stable, big American Ideal 4yr old Superintendent showed that he was progressing the right way with a narrow victory over a fast closing Franco Harrison. After missing away early on, he was allowed time to find his feet before being sent to the lead by John from the 1200m. Allowed to dictate things from there, he was forced to fight hard in the straight to just repulse a late challenge. Sold to Australia as a younger horse, he failed to realise his true ability from limited opportunities. As a last hope he was brought back to New Zealand and assigned to the tutelage of Robert and John, who quickly liked what they saw. A big rolling type, Superintendent appears well placed to add to this tally over the coming months.    In other races for the day, it was Graduate Under Fire that looked a next upper after being narrowly beaten after being denied a run in the straight. In a driving finish, Graduate Under Fire and Return To Sender were both narrowly held out by a game Tuxedo Max. Both will have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks. Meanwhile in the day's feature the Methven Cup, Pure Power closed the curtain on what has been a very successful career, running an honest race before heading to the retirement paddock. The race was won by a much improved Franco Ledger, over last year's winner Jimmy Johnstone. Courtesy of Robert Dunn Racing     Check site here  

When Tim Williams headed to the harness racing meeting at Wairio today with a confirmed book of seven drives even he wouldn't have thought he would drive six winners and run third with his other runner. But thats how it played out today as Tim gave a display of reinsmanship as good as it gets. We caught up with Tim after the last race and he gave us a quick rundown of the winners he drove today. Race 1 - Dark Dana A bit of a surprise actually. He has always had a bit of bottom to him but has had a few gait issues but he was good today and the big track was a help.   Race 2 - Oneover A lovely horse who lead easily and then trailed the horse I was worried about. He grabbed the lead up the passing lane very easily in the straight and won a lot more comfortably than it looked. He knocked off once he found the front and had plenty left in the tank.   Race 3 - Ode To Success He has got lovely manners and thats what won it for him. He got a lovely run and quite a few had a gallop so he did it fairly easily in the end.   Race 6 - Rockahula Arden She went super last week so I thought she would be tough. From barrier one I was always going to lead and she won like I thought she would. She did it very easily in the end.   Race 7 - Fly Like An Eagle He was here at Wairio for his confidence. On paper he looked a class above them and thats how it worked out. He did it very easily and he has come through the run great so hes on track for better things.   Race 8 - Margarita I spoke to Dexter during the week and he gave me a big wrap about her. He said she was good enough to make her own luck and thats how it worked out. Once I worked to the front I was very confident and she didn't disappoint.   As of this point of the season, Tim has had 18 drives for 10 wins and 6 placings.  In the future whenever Tim looks back on his driving career, todays effort in driving six winners from just seven drives will surely rate right up there as a career highlight. Harnesslink Media

One thing you never do in the harness racing game is dismiss the chances of a quality horse. As we all know, form is temporary and class is permanent. Franco Ledger reinforced that today when he sprung a minor surprise in the 3000 metres Methven Cup when he downed Jimmy Johnstone and hot favourite Smolda. Having just his third run this campaign, Franco Ledger was away quickly from his 30 metres handicap and settled five back on the inner in Indian file in the early stages. Eased out into the running line and onto the back of Lewy Risk after 800 metres by driver Colin De Filippi, Franco Ledger received a lovely run as first Jimmy Johnstone and then Smolda took up the pacemaking role. Eased out three wide on the point of the home straight, Franco Ledger quickly grabbed the leader Smolda and then fought off a determined finish on the inner from Jimmy Johnstone for a deserved victory. Bit Of A Legend produced one of the highlights of the race finishing a neck away in 4th after being badly checked at the start and settling ten lengths last. Franco Ledger paced the 3000 metres in a new track record of 3:51.8, a mile rate of 2:4.3 with closing sectionals of 58.9 and 29.2 It was the 20th career victory for the 7 year old son of Falcon Seelster and took his earnings to $408,962. Colin De Filippi was confident a long way out. "I was pretty confident going down the back that I would be hard to beat. "He has needed those first two runs and I knew he would be competitive today" he said  "Actually I had to come out a bit earlier than I wanted too but it worked out well. "He came to the end of it about 50 metres out but the other two had as well," he said In his previous two New Zealand Cup campaigns, Franco Ledger was up and running early but this year he has been a lot later to emerge into the spring races. Going by the result today, the change of program may see Franco Ledger make his third appearance in the New Zealand Cup his best. Harnesslink Media   

An old saying in harness racing is you never know where your next smart horse may come from. Last nights outstanding winner at Alexandra Park in Blinding Light fits that description to a tee. A son of the Christian Cullen sire Charles Brosnan, Blinding Light is owned by well known northern horseman and now transport operator, Les Purdon. Les was down at Graham Courts property in Canterbury when he was taken by the cut of several of the progeny of Charles Brosnan. "Graham had quite a few there and I was really taken by their type and appearance. "I thought they were as nice a bunch of yearlings as I had seen," Les told Harnesslink this morning. Fast forward a few months and Graham had sent one of the yearlings north to Les in appreciation for his help over a few transport matters. Already broken in when he arrived, Les liked him from the start. "He is a great looking horse, a real Christian Cullen type "Just  a nice horse to do anything with" he said. Placed with Steven Reid, Blinding Light just kept getting better the more they worked him. Qualifying in February, the then 2 year old Blinding Light lined up against the older horses in his debut in March at Cambridge and absolutely brained them. A smart third at his second start, Blinding Light went poorly at his next start due in the main to a bout of colic and was spelled straight after. Brought back up slowly, Blinding Light was working the house down at Reids but as he was getting ready for his season debut this week they were blindsided a touch when he was placed in the C1/C2 pace even though he was still a maiden. In the end it mattered little as Blinding Light give them all a start and a beating. Allowed to settle last from barrier five by driver Simon Lawson, Blinding Light was still last as they went past the 400 metres mark. Angled wider on the track as they turned for home, Blinding Light breezed on bye in the blink of an eye for an emphatic victory. He paced the 2200 metres in 2:44.4, a mile rate of 2:00.2 with closing sectionals off the front of 56.9 and 28.6 Blinding Light was privately timed to run his last 800 metres in 55.6 and 400 metres in 27.5 and seemed to do it with a bit in reserve. Les has taking a fair bit of ribbing from friends and associates about racing a Charles Brosnan but as he knows Blinding Light doesn't know what he is by. "Blinding Light doesn't  know who his sire is and he is from a half sister to Dream Out Loud 1:48.4 ($316,246) and the grand dam is a half to Defoe 1:53 ($262,895) so the family is strong. "The way Blinding Light goes I wouldn't mind another couple of Charles Bronsan's" he said. Blinding Light is yet another example of judging a horse on his performance and not what he is by. Harnesslink Media    

Harness racing legend Peter Jones and his son Mark Jones have had a week they would rather forget after falling foul of the TCO2 levels in separate hearings before the JCA this week. Peter's case revolved around an elevated TCO2 reading of 37.3 returned by J C Skipper who he trains with his wife Leonne at Lavros Lodge. The race in question was at Addington on August 22nd in which J C Skipper finished second when driven by Mark Jones. It is obvious from reading the hearing transcript that there is no suggestion that Peter and Leonne administered alkalizing agents to J C Skipper before the Addington race but the TCO2 level set at the time of 35 means that they are guilty of presenting a horse with a level in excess of 35. Peter when training on his own account had over 4000 starters with no integrity issues over all that time and since training in partnership with his wife Leonne had another 550 starters and this inquiry with J C Skipper is the first and only time they have ever been before the JCA. However as the rule stands of absolute liability, they were found guilty and were fined $2500 Mark's case revolves around the testing of Remiss at Forbury Park on the 5th of June 2014. Sent south by Mark who remained at his base in Canterbury, Remiss returned a TCO2 level of 36.2 in pre race testing and Mark was charged in accordance with the absolute liability provision. Again there was no suggestion from the counsel for the prosecution that any alkalizing agents had been administered by Mark or any of his staff. The TCO2 level of 35 has a threshold variance of 1 which means that Remiss was 0.2 over the limit which triggers a prosecution. Mark argued that the time of the testing which was two hours before Remiss was due to race meant it was highly likely that at the time of racing, Remiss was under the TCO2 level of 36 which triggers a prosecution. Two other occasions when Remiss was tested on raceday saw Remiss return levels of 35.6 at Forbury on June 27th and 34.6 at Addington on July 4th. Mark has two weeks to make submissions on penalty although he is still considering an appeal at this time. While everyone in the industry wants a level playing field and supports the Racing Integrity Unit's efforts in providing the same, it does appear that innocent people are being caught by the regulations through no fault or acts of their own. View P + L Jones decision here                                       View M Jones Article here Harnesslink Media

Well respected harness racing trainer/driver Ross Payne has parted ways with the All Star barn at Rolleston after just 14 months in the position of stable manager for New Zealand's leading stable. Ross is leaving the All Stars Stable to explore other racing opportunities which initially involves working with his brother Grant., himself a former foreman for the  All Stars team. Ross, whose appetite for working long hours is well known on both sides of the Tasman, came to the All Stars barn from Australia last year. He returned to his homeland after a long absence to replace his brother who decided it was time to go out on his own. Ross returned from Australia where he had carved out a niche as a trainer, driver and educator of young horses to take up the challenge as stable manager for the All Stars barn.  Ross has a lifetime of experience in the racing game, starting at home with his dad Ken when he was a child through to an early education with Ben Grice and then a number of private training positions on both sides of the Tasman "I've really enjoyed my time here and I like to think I have contributed to the great success the stable has had but my circumstances have changed " he said. Ross has got no regrets about coming back to New Zealand and has no desire to head back to Australia. He is looking forward to teaming up with his brother Grant "The bonus with helping Grant out is it will be an opportunity to get back into driving a lot more which I have really missed. Grant has got some really nice two year olds coming up and has taken over the talented All Star Man as well so things are looking up driving wise." he said. Ross should have little trouble re-establishing him again in the New Zealand scene with the outstanding record he has built up over the last 35 years as a Trainer/ Driver/ Educator. Harnesslink Media 

There’ll be a new spin on an old classic this year. One of the world’s greatest ever cricketers Shane Warne will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup in November to add further glamour to this country’s biggest race day. Despite already attracting regular crowds exceeding 22,000, the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) sought to take the event to new levels of entertainment by inviting a celebrity with huge appeal and a personality that would complement the occasion. “While Cup Day is a renowned showcase for the best harness horses in Australasia, it’s important to keep adding value to the day out for all those attending,” says NZMTC Marketing Manager Ged Mooar. “A colourful character like Shane who loves a punt and a good time will get people talking about Cup Day long before November 11 and long after.” Warne, the first bowler to capture 700 test wickets, was a dominant figure in international cricket for more than a decade and is widely regarded as the best spin bowler of all time. Outside of the picket fence, the ‘Sheik of Tweak’ continues to lead a high profile lifestyle that makes regular headlines. Warne is also known for his support of great causes notably through the Shane Warne Foundation that assists seriously ill and underprivileged children. “This seemed a great innovation by the club and I’m delighted to help out. It’s an event that has a terrific reputation this side of the Tasman and I’m very much looking forward to being part of it.” says Warne.  Apart from this international guest appearance, The Christchurch Casino NZ Cup Day will play host to an array of stars from the worlds of fashion and entertainment. While not forgetting the other superstar turn on the day - Terror To Love’s attempt to be the first horse to win four Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cups. NZMTC will be hosting a media conference for Shane Warne on Cup Day, 11 November. Ticketing and event information is available at www.addington.co.nz For further details or interview requests pertaining to Warne’s visit please contact: Ged Mooar, NZMTC on 0274 736 753

One of the notable withdrawals from the Holy Grail of harness racing, the  New Zealand Cup is the Steven Reid trained pacer, Easy On The Eye. Ranked ninth on the list for entry into the Addington feature in November, the connections of Easy On The Eye weren't that keen on a Cup start according to trainer Steven Reid. " He is not really a two miler and we weren't that serious about starting to be honest. We nominated him in case there was a high attrition rate amongst the top handful but that didn't happen so we took him out when the sustaining payment was due," he said. Easy On The Eye had his first start for the season in last weeks Holmes D G Pace at Alexandra Park and performed up to his trainers expectations. "He really needed the run so to finish third at this stage of his preparation after sitting parked is about right for where he is at this point of his campaign" Steven told Harnesslink this week. Even though Easy On The Eye is not heading south for the New Zealand Cup, he will still be at Addington for Cup Day. Steven plans on taking a two pronged attack to Addington for supporting races during Cup week and is confident they will be very competitive. "Easy On The Eye will race on Cup Day in the Junior Free For All and then then go into the New Zealand Free For All on Show Day. "The two mobile sprints are right up his alley and as he proved last year he can be very competitive over the sprint trips. We have had an offer for the horse so these plans may change," he said The other horse that is making the trip south is the stable star Gold Ace and Steven gives him a real chance of winning the New Zealand Free For All. "I won't start Gold Ace on Cup Day and will kick off his season in the Free For All on Show Day. "He goes super fresh and a lot of the Cup horses struggle to go as good on Friday after a hard run in Tuesday's Cup so I think we are a real chance" he said. Gold Ace has come back from Australia in great order and Reid is looking to trial him before his resumption. "The Cup trials before Cup Week is where we are aiming to start him prior to the Free For All if everything goes to plan" he said. Both of the Reid team excel over shorter distances and will attract solid support during their Cup Week engagements. Harnesslink Media

Last week we had usual suspects tipping out the winners with Blair Orange, Gerard O"Reilly, Ricky May, Clark Barron and Steve Richardson all being successful while eleven of our other tipsters were in the money headed by Robbie Holmes with Nicalea ($6.30) at Timaru. This week we have five meetings to cover and our tipsters have covered them all. Cambridge - Thursday night Todd Mitchell - Thinks Take Charge from barrier two is a big chance in race 4 Steve Richardson - Keen on Speak Up who has been racing with merit at Auckland in race 5 Peter Scaife - Confident of a big run from V C Dell, also in race 5 Sean McCaffrey - Bullish about Strawberry Courage from the front line in race 6    Auckland - Friday night Todd Macfarlane - Thinks Hudy Haxwell is due a change of luck in race 4 Scott Phelan - Thought Le Lua Invasion would be tough to roll in race 5 John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Bullish about My Kiwi Mate in race 6 Maurice McKendry - Confident that Hughie Green can take the step up in race 7 Tony Herlihy - Likes Mighty Regal to go one better than his last start second in race 9 Steven Reid - Rates Sirius Star as well overdue for a win and thinks it will come in race 9 as well   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel  - Thinks with last weeks run under her belt that Oh Nova is ready to win race 3 Blair Orange - Confident Mighty Flying Major will be too good in race 4 Ricky May - Very bullish on the chances of Matty Groves in race 5 Craig Thornley - Rates Johny Rock a big chance, even from barrier nine in race 7 Brad Williamson - Quietly confident about the chances of Al Raza in race 8   Methven - Sunday afternoon Gerard O'Reilly - Rates Give Me Strength a huge chance back on the grass in race 1  John Dunn - Confident Return To Sender is primed to win race 5 Jim Curtin - Thinks stable rep Star Of Dionysis is a big chance in the junior drivers event, race 10   Wairio - Sunday afternoon Matthew Williamson - Likes Springbank Ruby to atone for her Timaru effort and win race 3 Brendon McLellan - Thinks oldtimer Suncrusher can teach the young ones a thing or two, also in race 3 Nathan Williamson - Confident of a big showing from the classy Jag's Invasion in race 4 Robbie Holmes - Thinks Smiling Star can make a race of it with Fly Like An Eagle in race 7 Clark Barron - Quite bullish about Shezacheapy who comes in fresh in race 8  Shane Walkinshaw - Draw a killer but still likes Double Rainbow in race 9   Harnesslink Media

New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association (NZSBA) is pleased to announce that Equibreed NZ Ltd have signed up to become Gold Partners. Currently Equibreed have a successful sponsorship arrangement with the North Island Standardbred Breeders' Association, this has been enhanced by having a national presence via the Gold Partner status with NZSBA. Equibreed NZ Ltd are based in the rolling countryside of Te Awamutu. Headed by Dr Lee Morris a registered specialist in veterinary reproduction, Equibreed NZ has a wide range of services that are relevant to NZSBA members. Services they offer include infertility treatment, artificial insemination, low dose insemination, embryo transfer and embryo freezing, mare infertility treatments, management of difficult mares and control of oestrous during racing to name but a few. Dr Morris works with all of the major studs and stallion owners around New Zealand and can provide on-farm mare management during the breeding season. The practice boasts outstanding facilities including stallion handling barn, phantom mare, laboratory, separate mare facilities, crush and 80 acres of rolling pasture for them to enjoy. Dr Morris commented on the partnership with NZSBA: "We are excited to be involved with the NZSBA - it is a win-win as we have a lot of new technology to share with the industry which we know will improve the efficiency of breeding in NZ. This will be a great partnership that will facilitate the spread of knowledge to the breeders - watch this space!" NZSBA is looking forward to providing our members with up-to-date information on the latest breeding research and techniques. Please support our Gold Partners, their financial contribution allows the NZSBA to continue to grow and provide a range of membership benefits. Kiely Buttell Executive Manager

The New Zealand Racing Board has today announced a Net Profit increase of $137.0 million for the financial year ending 31 July 2014. NZRB Chief Executive Officer (Acting) Stewart McRobie says it has been a mixed year for the NZ Racing Board, but the core business is strong, underpinned by solid year on year growth. "The NZ Racing Board achieved record breaking turnover results surpassing the $2 billion mark for the first time in the organisation's history. This was on the back of a highly successful Football World Cup tournament that was the TAB's biggest ever betting event with turnover of $32.3m. "Year on year we achieved growth in Betting and Gaming turnover of 6.8% and 6.5% respectively. Turnover growth from domestic customers is running over three times higher than the compound average of the last four years - a long term negative trend that is beginning to reverse," says Mr McRobie. Mr McRobie says rising Operating Expenses and other factors have meant that while Net Profit was marginally above the prior year result, and a record, it did not meet budget. "Some very positive improvements have been offset by the significant appreciation of the New Zealand dollar against the Australian dollar. Our key initiative projects - broadcasting and the mobile app have also cost more and taken longer to execute, but we expect to see benefits from these projects come through in future results," says Mr McRobie. The three Racing Codes – New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand and Greyhound Racing New Zealand – and the racing industry, received $137.4 million from NZRB’s operations, while $5.0 million was paid or provided for distribution to National Sporting Organisations, and a record $2.3 million to other sporting bodies from gaming activities.   2013/14 2012/131 % change Turnover $2.088b $1.957b +6.7% Net profit $137.0m $136.7m +0.2% Total Group distribution made from current year profit $137.4m $134.9m +1.8% Note: All figures comprise TAB betting and Class 4 gaming The audited financial statements have been completed. The 2013/14 results exclude the gain realised from the sale of the NZ Racing Board Head Office in Petone, as this transaction was completed early in the 2014/15 financial year. The NZ Racing Board's Statement of Intent is available on the NZ Racing Board website. The annual report, including the financial statements, will be available at the Annual General Meeting on November 24, 2014. Kate Gourdie Manager, Media and Corporate Communications New Zealand Racing Board

Addington is pleased to report that in the seven harness race meetings in the 2014-15 season to date, combined turnovers of both on and off course are up on the corresponding time period last year. On course figures are up a significant 15% and combined figures for off course and fixed odds betting are up 4.4% on the seven harness meetings up to and including 10 October.  Total turnover is up 5% even though there have been five fewer races in the season to date.  A considerable contributor to the improved on course figures is the new Kiwi Punters Championship – (KPC) that was introduced on 5 September and has been run at five meetings through September and October to date.  This initiative has obviously attracted punters on course with substantial cash prizes up for grabs throughout the championship. With a total of seven KPC heats at Addington and the winners of each heat receiving $2,000 cash, team numbers taking part have been excellent as they punt to gain a spot in the KPC Final on Show Day, Friday 14 November where’s there’s $80,000 to be won.  Just last Friday there were 34 Teams taking part. Organiser Richard Bromley commented “numbers and turnover for the competition have been pleasing and with just three heats left to gain a spot in the final there’s sure to be good numbers competing.” Two heats remain at Addington and one at Alexandra Park before the final.  It’s just four weeks to go to Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and tickets are selling well. The 11th of the 11th could be a very special day as champion pacer Terror To Love shoots for his fourth consecutive Cup win and would write his name in the record books.  For Cup Week tickets and details on the KPC visit www.addington.co.nz GED MOOAR MARKETING AND COMMERCIAL MANAGER  

From today Kiwi racing punters will be able to bet into Hong Kong's multimillion dollar pools following an agreement between the TAB and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. New Zealand Racing Board Wagering Consultant Martin Saunders says the TAB has joined a select group of international agencies approved to commingle into Hong Kong pools. "Our intention has always been to give our customers in New Zealand the opportunity to bet into 'native', or home field, pools and this allows us to do that. "We'll be commingling into win, place and quinella pools initially, then into other pools including trifecta from next year and, in time, the huge dividend-bearing Triple Trio," says Mr Saunders. TAB customers will reap the rewards of the deal, says Saunders. "Most importantly, it will reduce the volatility that can occur in smaller pools, skewing win and place dividends." The arrangement with Hong Kong follows a taxation law change by the region's Legislative Council allowing commingling with overseas operators. "Longer term, the goal is to have Hong Kong customers betting into New Zealand, which will be a real boost to liquidity of our domestic pools," says Saunders. The TAB will be commingling directly into Hong Kong via a hub arrangement with international partner Tabcorp. In addition, the TAB will commingle First4 and Quaddie pools on Hong Kong racing directly with Tabcorp. Kate Gourdie Manager, Media and Corporate Communications New Zealand Racing Board

The outstanding son of Monarchy, Prime Power is due back at the workouts this weekend as he prepares for a season debut at Alexandra Park later in October or early November. The winner of eleven of twenty five starts to date, Prime Power has looked a real star in the making at times but after a brilliant start to his four year old season last year, his form fell away. Even though he ran a close third in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge in late May, Prime Power appeared to be short of his best. Trainer/driver Todd Mitchell is contented with his stable star as he prepares to take Prime Power to the workouts this weekend. " I am much happier with him than I was towards the end of his last campaign. He wasn't happy in himself and it showed on the track. A decent break and he has come back a much happier horse and much more like his old self" he said After the disappointing end to the last campaign, a decent break was what was needed but that meant that Prime Power was never going to be ready in time for Cup week at Addington. Todd thought he would have been cutting it really fine to have Prime Power ready for the Dominion Handicap.  " I could have tried to rush his preparation to get him ready but with such a big season in front of him  it made more sense to skip Cup week and set him for the Xmas carnival at Alexandra Park. He looks and feels a lot stronger this time in and his work leading into this week's workout has been super and I think he could be in for a big year" he said. A winner of the 3 year Harness Jewels in 1:56.5, Prime Power has the gate speed and manners to be a major player where ever he lines up this season on both sides of the Tasman. Harnesslink Media

The aptly-named Twice The Delight passed her first step toward a potential Southland Oaks target in the autumn with a tidy front-running debut win at Gore on Saturday, October 11. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Trelise (Holmes Hanover-Twice As Good) was sent out a dominating $1.60 favourite on the strength of an impressive recent Rangiora trial and was always in control. Overport Lodge trainer-driver Mark Jones, who brought up his sixth training win for the term, dictated the front end from the three gate. After having former stablemate Rockahula Arden for company over the last lap, was too good in the run home, winning by 1 1/4 lengths in a 2:00.4 rate (1700m). Mark was entrusted with Twice The Delight after she failed to attract a bid at the 2013 NZ Premier Yearling Sale. A cut to a leg a week from the sales distracted potential buyers. Southland breeders, Wyndham-based Bruce and Caroline Robertson, and Bathan and Jane Muir, of Edendale, decided to leave her with Mark and restructured her ownership. The Robertsons’ and the Muirs’, along with Bathan’s parents Ken and Jill, combined under the Matai Farms Limited banner. Other shares were taken by Bill and Pauline Bain, of Roxburgh; and Peter and Caroline Clulee, of Mosgiel. Twice The Delight, who continues to strengthen, has plenty going for her on breeding. She is a sister to three-win squaregaiter Bet Online, but hails from a big “black type” winning pacing family. Their four-win dam Trelise (1:58.7, 1700m) is a daughter of five-win Butler BG mare Twice As Good (1:56.5 m.r., 1700m). Trelise is a half-sister to the smart pacers, St Barts (1:57 m.r., 1950m, 15 wins & over $150,000), Waitfornoone (1:55.7 m.r., 1700m, 11 wins & $201,805), Fight Fire With Fire (1:56.7, seven wins & $151,656), Twice As Hot (1:59.6 m.r, 2200m, five wins & $50,537) and Mark Dennis (1:54.2, 25 wins & $A177,567). Two close relatives starred across the Tasman last weekend. Mark Dennis won first-up since transferring to the New South Wales team of Shane Tritton in the $A30,000 Group Three ffa at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday night, in a 1:57.4 rate over 2300m. Twice As Hot’s son Flaming Flutter (1:53.9, 15 wins & $A190,446) shone at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, on Friday night. The son of Bettor’s Delight and Twice As Hot was just outside Carribean Blaster’s Melton 2240m stand start track mark when taking out the Group Two $A50,505 City Of Melton Plate in a fast 1:57.6 rate. Twice The Delight’s third dam Princess Nandina (1:59.8) left top USA filly/mare Pacific (p2, 1:56.8 & p3, 1:53), the winner of 27 race for $871,550 including a Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies and Mistletoe Shalee Stakes Final. RUMERATION FOR LAST-PLACED GUGGENHEIM The connections of Gore maiden runnerup Rockahula Arden were ordered to pay  remuneration equivalent to the third-placed stake of $475 to the connections of last-placed Guggenheim under the discretion of new judicial rules. In a first-case scenario, it was established that Rockahula Arden (Dexter Dunn) had shifted out sharply when the removeable deafeners were released, despite the driver’s efforts to keep his horse straight, checking Guggenheim (Nathan Williamson, three wide). Trailing horses, Canasta and Neat N Petite, were also inconvenienced. The connections of Guggenheim sought a JCA ruling, which empowered the Judicial committee to order part, or all, of the stake monies payable if they were satisfied the interference denied the affected runner a chance to finish in a higher place. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing - Check site here    

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