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TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Addington Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Alexandra Park Friday. September - Harness First4 $6,000 Bonus First4 on a Race 4 Every Friday Night in Sept and on Race 4 at Addington on Thu 19 Sept. $40k Guaranteed Quaddie on Races 7-10 at Oamaru on Sunday   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Thursday 19 September Hello Everyone, It is all go at Addington!  We are pretty much racing every week up until Cup Week!  We have exciting racing ahead with the Road to the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup underway and the Road to the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot soon to commence! Below we have outlined all the fun areas for the week.  Be sure to read what is available and visit addington.co.nz to book your spot and to be part of the magic! CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ TROTTING CUP DAY – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! A big congratulations to Christchurch Casino, our naming rights sponsor and principal partner, on celebrating their 25th anniversary in November!  Please join Christchurch Casino and Addington Raceway as together we offer an exceptional range of places to toast their anniversary and enjoy Australasia’s biggest harness racing day. #letscelebrate #nzcup19 GENERAL ADMISSION You will be right in the heart of the action to view all races on the trackside grassed area or via big screens.  Venture into The Edge Public Village to have an epic experience in The Edge Activation Garden.  Thanks to The Edge, there will also be a phone charging station to keep you up to date with your social media and betting. The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition are now open and will be held in The Edge Public Village.  If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.  You will be at crossroads of what to do between races!  Make sure you check out the Speights Beer Garden with your mates as The Rock will be on course with their ‘Beat The Bar Activation Challenge’. Check out our crossroads signage in The Edge Public Village to choose a bet you won’t forget at one of our many totes.  For refreshing beverages and delicious treats, race over to our bars and some of Christchurch’s top international food providers. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on The Edge Public Village Stage will be ..…… avoid FOMO, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 2019 General Admission Ticket Prices: Earlybird (2 September to 31 October) – $25 per person + booking fee Standard (1 to 12 November) – $35 per person + booking fee At the gate (12 November) – $45 per person (cash only)   Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  There are only 100 tickets available in the public stand (uncovered), so be sure to get in quick!  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  LINDAUER LAWN You will be making a beeline to the sought after revamped Lindauer Lawn to watch spectacular racing, fashion finals and presentations from the lawn, or via an elevated view from the rooftop. But wait, what is Lindauer doing this year? For the first time, Lindauer are giving the first 100 people on course an elaborate glam gift.  Prior to entering the Lindauer Lawn be sure to stop, a complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing ready people! For delicious treats and thirst-quenching refreshments, make sure you trot over to one of our many bars and food offerings. To make a bet you won’t forget, race over to one of our tote operators who will be happy to assist. Addington is also raising the stakes!  Only those who purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket will be in to win!  But, to win what…watch this space! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Stage will be……??? All will be revealed about Addington’s prize and entertainment on the Lindauer Lawn & Rooftop via our social media pages!  Make sure you follow us to be the first to hear everything that will be on offer in this fabulous area. Please note this is an R18 Area. Guests will be age-verified. 2019 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Price: Lindauer Lawn (available 2 September until sold out) – $75 per person + booking fee Oops, you were after Corporate Hospitality as you wish to provide the ultimate hosting experience to thank valued clients, staff, and friends, and to network with business leaders who attend this iconic event every year? That’s fine, for further details or to book visit addington.co.nz. TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  Be in to win – book your spot! PLEASE NOTE This is an R18 Event Fully licensed venue and no food or alcohol is able to be brought on course SHOW DAY RACES – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone.  There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   So be sure to pop along and celebrate elite racing at its best on one of NZ’s richest race days. Racing highlights of the day are the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All and the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot.  The NZ Kidz Kartz Final is definitely a crowd pleaser for all ages. This year we will have again having a FREE kids’ entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo. There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Show Day Races headline act on the Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. Yay – children aged 14 years and under are FREE.  Be sure to get in quick as numbers are limited. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) Spectators will be open to everyone after the last race. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon! World first coming to Addington Raceway Addington Raceway, in conjunction with Catch Driver and Harness Racing New Zealand, are thrilled to announce that there will be a new feature present oncourse from this Friday. In a world first, the three parties have been working together on a live viewer function which allows those at the track to participate in 3D Catch Driver games on their smartphone in exclusive Addington race events, while the live race viewer footage is played out on the big screen oncourse. Recently relaunched with 3D graphics, the Catch Driver game allows the player to experience the thrill of harness race driving literally at their fingertips, while competing live against other players in a race scenario over one mile. The difference with the Addington events will be that the players must be oncourse to participate, creating a competitive atmosphere between the race rivals as they compete against each other on their own phone – with the whole course watching via the big screen and selected television screens around the complex. The live viewer function is still in its final stages of development and will be available for the Addington Catch Driver Championship on September 27, however HRNZ and Addington Raceway will be holding trial events to help test the software and game entry process.  Trial race events will be held at Addington Raceway during the first part of this month, culminating in the Addington Catch Driver Championship later this month. Ryan Clements is the founder of The Farm Ventures, the Canadian company behind the creation of Catch Driver, and has been working closely with HRNZ and Addington Raceway to present the world’s first Esports harness racing game. He first visited New Zealand last September when his good friend Anthony MacDonald held his ownership seminars, and was impressed with the youth initiatives in this country via the likes of Kidz Kartz, the Cadet scheme and Junior Driver races and events. Promoting harness racing to the next generation has been a huge part of the reason Ryan developed the game, and he has been a generous sponsor of the Kidz Kartz New Zealand Cup and this year’s Cadet of the Year competition. “We are excited to partner with Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway to bring the world’s first harness racing Esports event to New Zealand!” said Ryan. “We believe Esports represents an incredible opportunity to bring new fans to the sport we love, and New Zealand is leading the way - Addington is the first track in the world to host this type of event.” He also commented on how crucial it is to be forward thinking and for tracks to embrace new technology to attract people to attend their meetings. “Catch Driver’s players average age is 25, representing a significantly younger demographic than the average harness racing fan globally. This engagement of younger fans is how we believe we can reach a new generation to carry harness racing forward into the future.” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson was thrilled to be able to bring this cutting edge technology to the track. “We are absolutely thrilled to break new ground and see Catch Driver Esports events held at Addington Raceway,” he said. “To have this kind of technology available to us from the other side of the world is just fantastic, and we hope that it will provide a great entertainment option between races for not only harness racing fans, but those visiting the track on a casual basis.” “We are looking forward to getting this trial underway and utilising Catch Driver in future to keep our fans feeling like they are part of the action.” Harness Racing New Zealand’s marketing department have been a part of the initiative, utilising the relationship formed last year during Ryan’s visit to work as a united front to spread the harness racing virtual experience. “This is such an exciting initiative and one that we are sure will create a fun and entertaining atmosphere at Addington,” said Jess Smith of HRNZ Marketing. “Catch Driver is an innovative game and allows players to drive against their friends and their heroes, with top drivers from all around the world currently playing the game.“ “We are grateful for the support the Catch Driver team and Addington Raceway have given, and cannot wait to see Catch Driver and New Zealand featuring in a world first for the sport.” The Addington Catch Driver Championship will be held on Friday 27 September and will hold heats and a final on the same night with some great prizes on offer. The first trial races will be held this Friday at Addington Raceway, stay tuned for further updates to come around the Addington Catch Driver Championship. If you have a smart phone, make sure you download Catch Driver from your app store and start your own Championship training today! Or download by visiting http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Alexandra Park News – Friday 20 September TENDER: Auckland Trotting Club in Conjection with Alabar have a Service Fee for Tender to Ultimate Machete. All tenders to be received by 8.00pm on Friday 20 September. For more information or to lodge your tender, contact Karen Blanchard at karen.blanchard@alexandrapark.nz or call 027 808 3150 MEZZE: A Night of Sharing |  Friday 13 September from 5.30pm Inspired by the Mediterranean. Join us in Alexandra Park’s premier restaurant, Top of the Park for a night of sharing and harness racing action. Begin the night with a drink on arrival and an antipasto platter to your table followed by a grazing buffet filled with goodies and scrumptious desserts to finish the night. We have group discounts available with packages starting from $65pp. Please note; groups of less than 8 may be required to share a table. Embrace the family traditions of the Mediterranean and book today! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand     Invercargill HRC – Saturday 21 September SPECIAL DAY FOR OWNERS AT INVERCARGILL HARNESS MEETING  The first harness race meeting of the season in Invercargill hosted by the Invercargill Harness Racing Club takes place at Ascot Park Raceway on Saturday and will include some very special features. Harness Racing New Zealand and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club are combining to host an Owners Day on course while New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate will be on course to celebrate a significant milestone. Standardbred owners will be hosted in an Owners Area where they will enjoy food and beverage and prize draws with the major prize a 12 month insurance package up to the value of $40,000 from New Zealand Bloodstock. The event is for all owners and those interested in becoming owners. One lucky person will be drawn to become an owner of Elva Jaccka in Race 8 of the card. The winner will get to visit the horse in the stables area, meet and chat with the owners, trainers and breeders, get their photo taken with their starter, watch it race and enjoy some hospitality in the Presidents Room, a great package.  Meanwhile New Zealand’s oldest harness racing syndicate, the Setarip Syndicate, will be on course to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and will sponsor the feature race on the programme. The syndicate was formed on 19 September 1969 and still has two of the original members, Joe Wilson the Syndicate Manager and Clark Neil. The name Setarip is Pirates spelt backwards and is a nod to the rugby club that the original syndicate members came from. The syndicate uses the clubs black and gold colours. The syndicate has enjoyed 18 individual winners for a total of 25 wins, the first coming 11 years after the syndicate was formed. It was another 13 years before they enjoyed their second win. Nine races are scheduled for the day with the first race scheduled for 12.27pm while admission to the course is free! Invercargill HRC Stallion tenders The Invercargill Harness Racing Club has three stallion services from Woodlands Stud available for tender. The club has two What The Hill Services and one Downbytheseaside. The advertised service fee for What The Hill this season is $7000 plus gst while Downbytheseaside is advertised at $6000 plus gst for this season. The club welcomes tenders for the stallions and tenders can be sent to Stallion Tender, Invercargill Harness Racing Club, P.O. Box 96 Invercargill or to lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Subject – Stallion Tender. Inquiries can be made to Lindsay Beer, Promotions Officer, Southern Harness Racing – at either 021 351 499 or lindsay.beer@xtra.co.nz Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 September.  Southland Owners Day - 21 September Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park. The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day. It is free for all owners, not just those with horses competing at the race meeting. Guests are also encouraged to bring along friends and acquaintances who are interested in finding out more about becoming an owner themselves. Owners Day will run throughout the race meeting and will include competitions and draws, the chance for prospective owners to win phantom shares in a racehorse competing on the day and much more. An MC will interview various owners, trainers and drivers throughout the event and promote the various aspects of the sport and experiences of the winning connections. Potential owners can also meet with trainers and syndicators to learn about how they can become part of the action. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the day, with a small expo operating in the room. This event is part of a trial following on from previous functions at Alexandra Park and Addington that will explore multiple aspects which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. It is important that we canvas as many owners as possible to be able to provide accurate feedback so clubs can provide owners rewards in future. These events could be an annual event for clubs to thank those who have supported them by racing their horse with them, or they could be held on a more regular basis. Further information on the event will follow soon. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest. Space is limited so an RSVP is advised – jess@hrnz.co.nz    Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Tenders close 14 October, please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Southern Harness Website Southern Harness is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.  www.southernharness.co.nz   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Faulty Towers at The Races- October 3rd at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/faulty-towers-dinner-show/ INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/    Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4. Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners. Minimum stake on Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000. If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468 Kaikoura TC Stallion Tenders Thanks to ALABAR NZ, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender: One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000) One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000) Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 For enquiries and copy of Tender Form please contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351 615 or email on ger.stanbury@xtra.co.nz   2019 Woodlands Stud Canterbury Harness Awards Dinner - Saturday 21 September Silks Lounge - Addington Raceway, Addington 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start Tickets $60.00 incl. GST Drinks extra at individual's cost. Watch our for our stallion tender for Downbytheseaside and Pegasus Spur services which close on 02 September 2019. All enquiries to 021 969 969 or cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee - Stallion Services Purchase by Tender  The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner has two Woodlands Stud Services for purchase by Tender. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final Foaled in 2014 – Son of Somebeachsomewhere Banked $2,179,558 from 35 career starts Second year standing in New Zealand 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR ‘Trotting’s Mr Consistent’ Sire of 124 NZ bred and 35 Australian bred winners including: Maori Time – Australasia’s Fastest ever Trotter, t,1:51.5 Speeding Spur – winner of 17 Group 1’s including Prydes Great Southern Star - $1.1 million Paramount Gee Gee – 2yo Colt of The Year,  3yo Colt of The Year, 4yo Entire of The Year 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Conditions of Tender: All tenders submitted shall be plus GST. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee have the right to select any tender they so desire. They may decline all or any tender/s and their decision shall be final. The successful purchaser will be advised within 3 working days and will immediately be issued with a tax invoice for a deposit of $250.00+GST with payment required within 21 days. This deposit will be deducted from the amount tendered in the tender. This deposit will be refunded only if the mare fails to get in foal. The Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner Committee will invoice the purchaser for the remaining amount submitted and accepted as the tender amount once the mare has a 42 day positive test, and payment of this tax invoice is due within 21 days. The tender is for the ‘Service Fee’ only. All other farm charges apply and will be payable by the successful purchaser. The successful purchaser will be required to complete and sign a Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement. All the terms and conditions set out in this Stallion Service Agreement shall apply in full to the successful purchaser.  A live foal guarantee applies only if the conditions of the Woodlands Stud Stallion Service Agreement are complied with. Written tenders are to be posted to 7 Clare Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 or e-mailed to cantyawardsdinner@gmail.com .  The closing date for tenders is Tuesday 02 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.   by Harness Racing New Zealand

By Garrick Knight Wainui Creek joins Purdon Barry Purdon will roll out his stable’s newest acquisition at the Pukekohe workouts this coming Saturday. And it’s an adversary of his existing stable star, Belle Of Montana. Wainui Creek, twice Group 1 placed in three-year-old fillies’ features last season for Canterbury trainer Richard Aubrey, is now in the north’s most revered stable. “She’s been working great; a pretty decent mare,” said stable foreman Scott Phelan, deputising while Purdon is on holiday in Japan. “We’ll take her to the workouts this Saturday and map out a plan from there.” Also stepping out this weekend will be Purdon’s sole New Zealand Cup hope, Mach Shard. He hasn’t been in public since running third behind Spankem and Turn It Up in both the Taylor Mile and New Zealand Messenger back in April. On The Cards, who raced through until the Harness Jewels in June and won’t be going to the New Zealand Cup, has just started fast work, as has Belle Of Montana. “She looks amazing,” Phelan said of the latter. “She’s come back from her spell in great order. She’s been hoppling a couple of weeks now and is probably a month away from trialing.” Classy trotter retired Group 3 winner Majestic Ali has been retired to stud. Co-trainer Michelle Wallis confirmed the move, saying the now eight-year-old mare could no longer be placed to advantage. “She was a lovely mare, who would probably still be racing if there were mares’ trots. “But the handicapping is too hard on her now.” Majestic Ali, who will be served by Muscle Mass shortly, won eight races and over $117,000, her feature win coming in the 2018 $30,000 Northern Breeders Stakes.   Dominion winner returns Last season’s Dominion Trot winner, Marcoola, reappeared in public at the Ashburton workouts on Tuesday. In the hands of part-owner Clint Ford he defeated three inferior opponents off a 30-metre handicap to win by four lengths. According to Ford, the horse’s fitness is very advanced due to a long preparation. “We gave him a month off after the Rowe Cup and he came back in to work just after the Jewels. “He’s had plenty of work and could easily have raced by now if we wanted.” But it’s the Canterbury Park on October 4 that will be his likely starting point before a trip north. “We could look at Kaikoura with him. “Given the Ford family hails from Kaikoura, the South Bay Trotters Cup is a race I’ve always wanted to win.” A defense of his Dominion crown and a tilt at the Inter Dominions in Auckland are foremost in Ford’s thinking. “But it will be a big test. The good trotting races are really stacking up at present. “It’s great for the public and the punters - no doubt there will be plenty of great racing this season. “I can’t wait to be a part of it.”  Marcoola beating Stylish Duke at the Ashburton workouts

Hype pacer U May Cullect faces a tricky introduction to the big time of New Zealand pacing. Because the Southland star has drawn the ace for Sunday’s Hannon Memorial at Oamaru and while that sounds good, it almost certainly isn’t. The winner of seven of his eight starts, U May Cullect is one of the more exciting pacer to emerge away from the usual age group channels to open class in recent seasons. Even his last start third off a 50m handicap when resuming saw him pace sectionals that suggest he won’t be out of place in open class and he adds a fresh dynamic to a sometimes stale elite pacing scene. Sunday is his chance to prove he can run with the big boys, up against proven superstars like Miracle Mile winner Spankem but while the ace draw may sound ideal in a mobile start, it could be niggly in what is U May Cullect’s first full standing start. He has had two standing starts before and both have been off handicaps, where most horses tend to step well with plenty of room to move. But on Sunday he will have to come into line first and stand the longest with a full front line outside him. That can be annoying for even the most experienced horses and he is going to need to be very professional to hold his field position against many of the best pacers in the country. Driver Kirsten Barclay told Trackside TV yesterday the six-year-old pacer had come through his resumption well but admitted the standing start under full front line conditions concerns her. Spankem looks set to start a dominant favourite on Sunday after a huge second when resuming at Addington last Friday night but the Hannon has drawn the best field of the season so far, with Chase Auckland, Ultimate Stride and A G’s White Socks also entered. The latter’s trainer Greg Hope has decided to give both his open class trotters Monbet and Enghien this weekend off but has not given up on getting Monbet back to winning form. The former champion trotter has looked a shadow on himself in two starts this campaign, finishing 23m behind Sundees Son in the Ordeal Cup last Friday night. “He just isn’t fit enough and I think he might be looking after himself when he is getting back in the field,” admits Hope. “But he is sound so we are going to press on with him and up his work. “It is hard for him because he had almost three years away and it is like a rugby player not playing for three years and then coming back at All Black level, rather than playing at club then provincial level first. “So I’d like to see him get more handicapping relief so we can race him back into form.  “If he runs a few more races like that retirement might loom but for now we are heading toward Addington next week.”   by Michael Guerin

None Bettor A is flying in North America. Down Under bred and formerly raced harness racing pacer None Bettor is showing his class as he excels in the North American pacing ranks. He was seen winning the $100,000 Great Northeast Series Final in a time of 2:20.1 for the 2000m (mile rate of 1:51.6). A scorching time. He held of late challenges from Backstreet Shadow to be victorious by three quarters of a length. None Bettor was driven to victory by Geo. Napolitano Jr, and trained by Andrew Harris. He has had a faultless season so far winning 11 of his 15 starts, with 4 other placings. He is yet to be out of the money, so far earning just short of $320,000 this season. The son of Bettor's Delight was formerly trained and raced in Australia by Donny Smith, where he was the winner of 16 races and over $90,000 in stake money. None Bettor A winning the $100,000 Great Northeast Series Final   Down Under duo do it again. Bettor's Wish and Dexter Dunn win the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes 3yo Colts and Geldings final. The brilliant son of Bettor's Delight was too good for his field, as he successfully paced the mile in 1:48.1, with Dexter Dunn steering him home and Chris Ryder doing the training. Bettor's Wish and Dexter Dunn win the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final The Ryder/Dunn combination is proving a very successful pair as of late with the 3yo colt earning over $1.1m in 2019 and holding a seasons best time of 1:47.4. With his season consisting of 13 starts for 9 wins and 4 seconds. Simply faultless. Chris Ryder is having a good run of late as he is a co-owner (with the legendary Roy Purdon, MBE) in up and coming New Zealand trotter Oscar Bonavena. Auckland Reactor son on fire The Great Buzz continued his great run in North America. The son of Auckland Reactor won his sixth race from just the nine starts since arriving in North America in May this year. Formerly trained by Clark Barron, The Great Buzz showed plenty of promise having eight starts in New Zealand for five placings as a three-year-old. Still only a three-year-old in real terms, The Great Buzz has really excited his new connections  for his future by pacing a fast 1:53.1 mile on the half-mile Saratoga track.   Monday 9th September   Harrington Raceway DE Machamillion N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $11,000 Monticello Raceway NY Kamwood Laughter N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $5,500 Plainridge Park MA New World Order A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $7,500 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA None Bettor A – Time: 2:20.1 (1 ¼ Mile) , Stake: $100,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Shecandance N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $16,000 Black Chevron N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $20,000   Tuesday 10th September   Harrington Raceway DE Rollin Withholly A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,000 Monticello Raceway NY Northern Assassin N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $5,900 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Kotare Yarra N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $12,500 Sevens Hope A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $11,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500 My Rona Gold N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500 Soho Jackman A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $17,000 Catcha Lefty A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $12,500 Mister Daytona N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $17,000   Wednesday 11th September   Batavia Downs NY Media Queen N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $7,300   Thursday 12th September   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Montana Pablo A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $4,500 Monticello Raceway NY Back On Board N – Time: 1:58.2, Stake: $3,000 Saratoga Harness NY Bontz N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $15,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Mcclinchie N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,000 January A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $17,000   Friday 13th September   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Captain Dolmio N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $10,000 Harrah’s Philadelphia PA American Empress N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $11,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $20,000 Rockin The Boys A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Lady Dela Renta N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $27,000   Saturday 14th September   Freehold Raceway NJ Soho Lennon A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $9,000 Vapour N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $6,300 Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $8,500 Sanna Cruza A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $10,000 Northfield Park OH Copper Coast A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,500 He Can Fly N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $11,800 Saratoga Harness NY The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $7,760 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Anythingforlove A – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $17,500 Yonkers Raceway NY Gunpowder N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $17,000 Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $42,000 Louis Alberto N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000 Down Under First 4 – 2nd Lord Willoughby A, 3rd Macintosh N, 4th Kimani N Alluneedisfaith N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $27,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Mach Doro A, 3rd Military Master A   Sunday 15th September   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Sevens Hope A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500 Rosecroft Raceway MD Waikiki Beach A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,000   by Carter Dalgety   Previous weeks 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

By virtue of his win in the Avon City Ford Cup last Friday, Chase Auckland has booked his spot in the NZ Cup. The third place of Ultimate Sniper has solidified his position in the top 15 and a stylish win by Buster Brady in Melbourne over the weekend saw him move up a spot also to 10th place. Within the Dominion Rankings the movers were more numerous. Destiny Jones was just outside the top 15 before last week but her second place behind stunning winner, Sundees Son, has elevated her to 11th in the latest Rankings. With his third, Habibi Inta was another to improve his Ranking into the top 15. He moves to 13th from 18th. At the lower end of the Rankings spectrum Oscar Bonavena has commenced his inevitable march toward the top 15 with an effortless win at Addington last week in the mid-grade trot. He jumped from 41st to 34th. One of those to chase Oscar home was Sundons Flyer (3rd). Her effort was enough to move her from 40th to 37th. The action heats up further from here on in. Sunday's Hannon Memorial will provide further clarity to the Cup picture, while several leading Dominion prospects will peddle their wares in the feature handicap trot on the day. In the north this week we'll get to see Star Galleria step out for the first time in months, while the Brent Mangos pair of Bare Knuckle and The Devil's Own, along with Bettorstartdreaming will be looking to make life tough for the established star from in front of him in the handicaps. In the trotters' division, improved Arna Donnelly 6YO, CK Spur, will look to press his claims in the feature trot at Auckland on Friday night. View the full rankings here.   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

The man in charge of the New Zealand racing industry says he has chosen to resign and was not pushed because of a looming poor result for the TAB. John Allen has announced he will step down as the chief executive of the Racing Industry Transition Authority (RITA) in December after nearly five years in charge. RITA was previously known as the New Zealand Racing Board but most people know it better as the TAB, which is New Zealand’s only domestic betting operator for racing and sports. The racing industry has struggled in recent years as race stakes have remained stagnant while costs continue to rise, affecting the number of owners and horses being bred as well as seeing some of the leading young trainers head to the greener pastures in Australia. One of the greatest criticisms has been the former NZRB’s inability to significantly increase its returns from gambling to the racing industry so race stakes can increase, which has a trickle down effect through the industry.  Allen and his executive team have overseen the purchase and launch of a new Fixed Odds Betting platform, which while it should ultimately create more turnover, especially from sports bettors, has been more expensive that budgeted for. That has outraged some in the racing industry who are concerned about the ratio of returns to racing compared with the salaries and expenditure at the TAB, or RITA as it is now known. And that angst could increase in November when the Herald understands the TAB’s annual report will show a drop in profits. While Allen won’t be drawn on the exact numbers he admits there will be a reduced profit but says that is not the reason he has resigned and he was not pressured by the new RITA board. “This is my decision,” says Allen. “I have been here over four years and I only ever intended staying for five so the time is right.” While some in the racing industry will scoff at that statement it is in line with previous timelines Allen has given the Herald as to how long he intended to stay in the chief executive role. “I think the time is right because some of the key projects we have been working on are now in place, like the FOB and and a lot of the legislation recommended by the Messara report is close to being finalised. “So as we move into a new phase for New Zealand racing I think the time is right to look for a chief executive who has skills and experience in some of those areas.”Allen, 58, admits he is disappointed his organisation could not create better returns for the racing industry but says several of the key factors were out of their control. “We have had decreased turnover because of the disruption to punters when the new FOB platform came online but that is a one-off that won’t happen again and we had a tough period at the end of last year with margins, but they have since bounced back. “But I also think the racing industry hasn’t been helped by delays in securing the money we could have had from Race Fields legislation and some of the other extra revenue we expect to come online. “I am not criticising anybody for that because since we expected that money to become available we have had a change of Government and the other legislative changes don’t happen quickly. “But the racing industry could have really done with that money.”While he has spent 16 years as a chief executive in three different roles, Allen admits the intimate nature of the racing industry, in which he has met so many people personally, provides some unique challenges. Which is a nice way of saying, in racing, when you are the boss, you are going to cop a fair bit of personal abuse. “But that is part and parcel of being involved in an industry this size where people are so passionate in challenging times.” Allen believes the new RITA board, who now run the industry at the appointment of Minister for Racing Winston Peters, has a very good balance. “It is a very experienced, highly-skilled and diverse board with a lot of racing knowledge so I think the industry is in good hands. “And I am sure they will continue to investigate possibilities around joint ventures because we are a small operator in a very large, dynamic market.” Allen says he has no plans to look for another job until after he has enjoyed his summer break and joined a racing club. “I want to stay involved in racing so I will still be going to the races and I think one of the first thing I will do it become a member of the Wellington Racing Club.” by Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner Otago harness racing lost one of its most successful trainers and drivers when Ali Malcolmson died in Dunedin on Sunday, aged 80. The Tomahawk horseman was a high achiever in his home province and in big races on the national stage during his career of more than 50 years. Malcolmson gained his first win training and driving win at Ascot Park in 1968. He went on to 319 races as a trainer and 399 races as a driver.  101 of the horseman’s training victories came at Forbury Park. Malcolmson scored his first victory there with Treasure Girl in 1972. He was involved in the trialling of horses while lights were being established at the venue at that time. Malcolmson’s last victory on his home track came in 2017 with Mr Majestic. His last victory as a driver came at Forbury Park with French Desire in 2014. Forbury Park Trotting Club board member, Marty Denton, said Malcolmson had a made a massive impact on the club. Malcolmson was a highly talented and respected horseman and the pair had become friends during their involvement in the industry, Denton said. By 1978, Malcolmson had risen to competing on the national stage with open class trotter Our One. Three years later, Vita Man has the trainer-driver in the national limelight again. Vita Man won the 1981 Flying Stakes at Addington and ran second in the Great Northern Derby. That earned Malcolmson one of two trips he made campaigning horses in Australia. Malcolmson also produced Vita Man to win the Ashburton Flying Stakes, who beat that year's New Zealand Cup winner, Bonnie's Chance, by more than six lengths. Malcolmson also competed in some of New Zealand’s best races with Beau’s Delight, Stormy Fella and Matthew Lee. The horseman drove those horses and many others in group and listed events. Malcolmson combined with Forbury Park trainer, Kevin Court, to win the 1989 Sapling Stakes and the 1990 Southern Supremacy Stakes with Seafield Inca. He also won the 1991 Kindergarten Stakes with Rarest for trainers Henry Skinner and Alan Devery. Otago-Southland Trainers And Drivers Association president, Geoff Knight, said Malcolmson would be remembered as a talented and humble trainer. “He was an absolute legend of his time.” “He was a great man that achieved a lot in the industry and did a lot for racing in Otago and at Forbury Park.” “He prepared a lot of good horses in his time and he was a very good trainer.” Malcolmson was a fierce competitor on the track, but away from it he was highly respected. “He was an absolute gentleman off the track and had the respect of all of the local trainers and drivers,” Knight said.  Most recently, the trainer-driver had trained a small team of his own horses at his Tomahawk stable. Malcolmson’s funeral will be held in Dunedin on Friday. Reprinted with permission of Harness Racing New Zealand

By Jonny Turner Majestic Man was crowned Otago Horse Of The Year on Saturday night following his breakout season in the open trotting ranks. The Phil Williamson-trained squaregaiter was crowned 4yr-old male trotter of the year before claiming the top prize at the Otago Harness Racing Awards at Forbury Park. Williamson took home a boot-load of trophies, including trainer of the year. Liberty Stride, (3yr-old trotting filly), Kenny's Dream (4yr-old trotting mare), and Jen Jaccka (aged trotting mare) each won their categories for the Oamaru trainer. Williamson stables drivers and fiances, Matthew Williamson and Charlotte Purvis, won driver of the year and junior driver of the year, respectively. Williamson was denied another win by his son, Brad, when Cracker Hill edged out Ultimate Stride in the 2yr-old trotting category. Three stalwarts of the Otago harness racing industry were recognised with significant contribution awards on Saturday night. Graeme Mee was acknowledged for his lengthy service as clerk of the course at several of the province's harness tracks. North Taieri trainer-driver Craig Buchan also took home a significant contribution award for his nearly 40-year contribution to the Otago industry. Popular Central Otago horseman Bryan "Ginger" Woodhouse was recognised for his 60 years as a trainer, driver, owner, breeder and administrator. Ultimate Sniper beat out a star-studded line-up to win best Otago-owned horse of the year. The two-time Derby winner beat racetrack stars Eamon Maguire, Havtime, Majestic Man, Princess Tiffany and Speeding Spur. Foreal knocked off an equally impressive line-up to win the broodmare excellence award. The dam of Australasia's fastest ever pacer, Field Marshal, won the category over Bethany, Fleet's Pocket and One Over Kenny. Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight enjoyed a successful evening at Saturday night's awards. Their pacers The Ideal Touch (2yr-old male pacer), Candidasa (4yr-old male pacer) and Sounds Bettor (aged pacing mare) collected titles. One of the most popular victories of the night came when Waikouaiti warhorse Alexy won the aged male pacer of the year. Forbury Park trainer, Darryn Simpson, who trained Alexy to one of his three wins last season, was crowned Otago's strike rate trainer of the year. Other category winners included Motu Top Mach (3yr-old male pacer), Tango Dancer (3yr-old pacing filly) and Count Eyre (3yr-old male trotter). Thoroughbred training great Dave O'Sullivan was warmly received as the guest speaker at the awards evening. The 12-time national champion trainer gave Saturday night's crowd an insight into his own career and those of his sons, Paul and Lance. O'Sullivan also reminisced and spoke about the careers of former top line gallopers Horlicks, Mr Tiz and Waverly Star.   Full winners list  2yr-old male pacers The Ideal Touch.   2yr-old male trotters Cracker Hill   3yr-old male pacers Motu Top Mach   3yr-old pacing fillies Tango Dancer   3yr-old male trotters Count Eyre   3yr-old trotting fillies Liberty Stride   4yr-old male pacers Candidasa   4yr-old pacing mares Kotare Elite   4yr-old male trotters Majestic Man   4yr-old trotting mares Kenny's Dream   5yr-old and older male pacers Alexy   5yr-old and older pacing mares Sounds Bettor,.   5yr-old and older trotter. Monty Python   5yr-old and older trotting mares Jen Jaccka   Letty Ferguson Memorial Award for most improved mare Sounds Bettor    Best Otago Owned Horse Ultimate Sniper.   Broodmare Excellence Award Foreal.   Breeders Of The Year Lex and Heather Williams   Trainer of the year Phil Williamson   Strike rate trainer of the year Darryn Simpson   Driver of the year  Matthew Williamson   Junior driver of the year Charlotte Purvis   Significant contribution to Otago Harness Racing Graeme Mee Craig Buchan Ginger Woodhouse   Otago Horse Of The Year Majestic Man

By Garrick Knight The old adage that a change is as good as a holiday rung true at Ashburton on Sunday. It was there that former two-year-old Group 1 winner Renezmae made a return to the winner’s circle for the first time in 17 months. The pint-sized daughter of The Pres was having her first start for beach trainer Regan Todd, who admitted post-race to being a little surprised by the ease of her six-length win. “She went bloody good today, I thought. “I thought she’d race well but that definitely surprised us a bit. She really showed a bit of ‘lick’.” In the hands of Todd’s stable driver, Robbie Close, Renezmae sat last of the nine horses throughout before angling widest at the top of the straight and letting down with a superb sprint. Former trainer Jack Harrington sent Renezmae out to Todd at Woodend Beach after another disappointing effort, at Rangiora on August 11. “I’ve probably had her a month and we’ve just played around with her,” said Todd. “We started from scratch and gave her completely different training to what she was used to. “That sort of thing, with a change of scenery, can often pick them up. “Jack said she wasn’t half-pie going any good and he basically got to the end of the line with her. “He felt she was too good a horse not to try something with so that’s why he rung me.” It didn’t take Todd long to realise he had the basis of a nice horse to work with. “She’s gotten better and better since she arrived and the last few weeks has worked like a nice horse. “I took her down to the Geraldine trials last week thinking we were going to Methven today and she trialed well.” Renezmae is now a rating 69 and a return to Addington is most likely. “She’s up in the ratings a bit and I thought she was probably a bit hard done by being a 64 before today despite not winning for so long. “So, we can’t get too excited because now we’ll have to give her a go against the better ones.” Todd has made a typical impressive start to the season with five winners on the board already, including a double to Friday night winner Lets Hustle. “Things are going bloody good at the moment. “We’ve got 25 in work and some good clientele behind them so it’s exciting times.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight So what if the phone hasn’t been ringing with potential buyers? Steve Telfer and his sister, Mandy Tidswell, couldn’t care less. Because Court On The Edge, a winner at Alexandra Park on Friday night, has turned in to the best earner in their large stable. His win in the $20,000 R57-67 mile took his earnings for the year over the $50,000 mark and secured ‘equine ATM’ status. “Would you believe we’ve never had one call for him?” said Telfer. “I suppose it’s because he has the spreaders on, but he doesn’t even really need them. “We put them on for confidence on race night; most of the time at home he doesn’t even wear them.” Court On The Edge came north to Stonewall Stud last Christmas after winning a maiden for Cran Dalgety. “His owners, Brian and Lesley Court, sent him north. “We often stay with them when we take horses down south and it’s usually Mandy that’s down there with our horses. “So they offered Mandy a share in him and a deal was reached for him to race up here with us.” Court On The Edge’s trademark is his blistering gate speed, something which has proved invaluable given the myriad of mile races being held in Auckland this year. “We’ve been a bit lucky, I suppose,” said Telfer. “When that gate leaves, you’re just a passenger. He drops his bum and wants to really run. “With that much speed, you just go with him, because he will come back to and relax once he’s in front.” That was exactly the case on Friday with driver Benjamin Butcher eventually taking a trail behind the heavily-backed Nanelle Franco. He then surged Court On The Edge up the passing lane for a convincing 1.56.3 win. “It was great to see that,” said Telfer. “I actually think he’s better off a sit but he has been disappointing at times when driven in behind them “At home he will always come off the back of a horse and run past it.” With further mile nights programmed for September 27 and October 25, Court On The Edge has plenty more earning to do. “He’s done a great job for us and I’m hoping that will continue on with all the mile racing they have here now. _____________________________________________________________________ Milestone win for Mangos Brent Mangos recorded New Zealand driving win number 1500 when sneaking up the markers with Vespa to take out the night’s male maiden pace. It was kind of fitting that the milestone came aboard a horse trained by his longtime friend Tim Vince. “Thrilled to give Mango his 1500th winner, but I can’t say I was very confident,” Vince said post-race. “He’s been sick and needed a trial but there were none up here this week so we brought him to the races instead. “I thought he was a run short.” Accordingly, Mangos was more than content to take a trail behind second favourite Double Or Nothing and hope for the best up the passing lane. The horse’s natural speed and a passing lane paved with gold saw him record an overdue maiden win. “We’ve had a lot of issues with him,” said Vince. “A terrible time with minor problems; he’s been sick a couple of times, a stone bruise, it’s been setback after setback. “But he’s a nice little fella that would give you his heart.” _____________________________________________________________________ Solid Gold makes another statement Solid Gold backed up a super resuming win with another dominant display in the night’s $25,000 feature pace. In the hands of James Stormont, he zipped round to parked a lap out and out-muscled the leader, Bettor My Dreamz, down the straight. For a while it looked like Blazen River would reel him in but he dug deep to get the chocolates. “He’s always shown a lot but he’s really grown up this year,” said Stormont post-race. “And I think in another year again he’ll be even stronger, so he’s got a bright future ahead.” Next up is the Spring Cup in a fortnight, a standing start affair which does have co-trainers, Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins, worried. But Stormont saw something last week that gave him some confidence. “I was really happy with how he stepped at the Pukekohe trials last week. “So, he’s heading in the right direction.” _____________________________________________________________________ NZ record for Canterbury mare Sunny Glenis set a new New Zealand record when taking out the R45-76 standing start mile trot. Her time of 2.02.1 bettered the previous mark (2.03.4) set by Mortician on the same track nearly a year ago. “A record’s a record and that will look nice on her page when she becomes a broodmare,” said driver Scott Phelan. It was only Sunny Glenis’ second win in the north since joining Barry Purdon’s stable in May but, such is the earning potential with the good stakes at Alexandra Park, she has earned well over $40,000 in that time. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Chase Auckland announced himself as a New Zealand Cup contender when sprinting to victory in the New Brighton Cup at Addington on Friday night.   The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained 5yr-old put a frustrating past season behind him when scoring a front running victory in the group 3 feature. After being dogged by a muscle injury and a run of frustrating luck on the track last term, Chase Auckland could not have started his new season in more contrasting fashion. The Auckland Reactor gelding began brilliantly in his first standing start attempt, before taking the lead early for driver Tim Williams. Williams set a sedate tempo, that effectively won Chase Auckland the race with a lap to run. The 5yr-old gave his rivals little chance of making ground when sprinting his last 800m in 54.4sec and final 400m in 26.2sec to win. Spankem ran even faster sectional times when coming three wide on the home bend to run second.  The 5yr-old’s effort was good enough to see him maintain New Zealand Cup favouritism at $4.20 odds. Ultimate Sniper and A G’s Whitesocks trailed the quinella makers home. Hail Christian disappointed when running fifth. Classie Brigade took no part in the race when galloping badly at the start. Chase Auckland The road to the Dominion heated up when Sundees Son and Oscar Bonavena trotted to sizzling wins at Addington on Friday night. Sundees Son scorched away from his rivals when winning the group 3 Ordeal Trotting Cup by almost five lengths. The win was the Robert Dunn trained 5yr-old’s fifth consecutive victory and confirmed his Dominion favouritism. Driver John Dunn settled Sundees Son off a strong speed set up by Habibi Inta. Once Dunn asked his charge for a three wide bid at the 700m, the trotter charged around the field to score comprehensively. Destiny Jones ran home well out of the pack to grab second ahead of Habibi Inta, who held third. Sundees Son Earlier, Oscar Bonavena started his Dominion campaign in brilliant style when rattling off sizzling final sectionals to win. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained 4yr-old ran his last 800m in 56.4sec and final 400m in 27.5sec to win in intermediate company. The Purdon-Rasmussen stable forwent a tilt at the rich Australasian Breeders Crown with the trotter and that looks to have paid off with the way the horse returned from a short winter spell on Friday night. Oscar Bonavena Oscar Bonavena moved in to a $2.70 win price for the Dominion, following last night’s racing. Sundees Sun heads the market at $2.30.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight Tragedy struck early on Friday morning when highly-regarded broodmare, Zenterfold, died while foaling. The 19-year-old daughter of In The Pocket could not be saved by staff at Alabar Stud in South Auckland shortly after delivering a colt foal by Vincent. Zenterfold is best known as the dam of former Group 1-winning pacer-cum-sire Tintin In America, whose daughter, Shartin, is arguably the best pacing mare in the world given her North American domination over the past couple of years. Zenterfold also left the Group 1 place-getter The Blue Lotus and four other winners, including the 1.52 pacer, Destination Moon. While devastated, her Cambridge co-owner Bee Pears says she has many good memories of the mare, which she bred about-turn with Pukekohe’s Geoff and Aria Small. “She was a very much-loved mare who shuttled between our place in Cambridge, Geoff and Aria's place and Alabar often for foaling. Everyone loved her. “Character is the word you immediately think of with Zenterfold." “She loved people and attention, could be bossy with other horses, and was a super mum to her foals.” “I'm so grateful her daughters and granddaughters are in such good hands. Her legacy lives on in her offspring and theirs, and of course in the deeds of Tintin In America as a sire now.” Both Tintin In America and The Blue Lotus are now based in New South Wales at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Pears having sold The Blue Lotus to the Stud just a few months ago. And while Pears no longer has any female descendants of the family left in her ownership, more memories are still to be made as Zenterfold’s two previous foals, both colts, are in training and showing promise. Ideal Zen (American Ideal) is now three and in training for the Smalls while King Ottokar, which Pears sold to Graeme Rogerson for $30,000 at Karaka earlier this year, has just turned two. “The two colts are getting close to racing and hopefully so will this new boy by Vincent, which Kym Kearns will have. “So, there is lots of legacy but after 20 years of close friendship with this mare, we will all miss her heaps. “I'm so grateful for having known her and what she gave me.” While a healthy foal, the Vincent colt is in desperate need of a foster mum and Alabar Stud were aggressively seeking one as the day wore on. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli proudly announce that superstar harness racing colt trotter Greenshoe will retire to Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of his 3-year-old campaign to commence stallion duty at the world’s foremost nursery in 2020. Greenshoe burst onto the harness racing scene in early June of his freshman year, winning his first 2-year-old race in 1:55 with a last quarter of :27.3. He would go on to win his next four races at 2, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in 1:53.3. Greenshoe made his highly anticipated return to the races as a 3-year-old in May of this year and has once again electrified industry participants and fans alike with his unparalleled speed, stamina, and determination. Greenshoe has thus far won seven of his nine sophomore starts, including both the New Jersey Sire Stakes leg and the final, his Earl Beal elimination, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, his Hambletonian elimination, the Zweig Memorial and, most recently, a Kentucky Sire Stake leg in 1:50.4 with a last quarter of :26. Greenshoe has trotted sub-:27 final quarters in each of his last five starts. To date Greenshoe boasts a record of 1:50.1 and $843,223 in earnings. According to Sabine Kagebrandt, managing director of Courant Inc., Greenshoe is slated to appear in three more races this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes final on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 6 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 26 (eliminations the week before if necessary). It is possible that Greenshoe will also start in the TVG final at The Meadowlands on Nov. 23. A former $330,000 yearling purchase from breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, Greenshoe is from the first crop of the trotting stallion Father Patrick and the first foal out of Designed To Be 3,1:51.3f ($656,166), she by Donato Hanover. While sporting the most modern of bloodlines, Greenshoe’s pedigree still makes him accessible to mares by preeminent stallions Muscle Hill and Chapter Seven. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, has been an avid Greenshoe fan since the colt’s first 2-year-old race. Dr. Jablonsky says, “It is with much joy and satisfaction that I share this announcement with the harness racing world today. I fell in love with Greenshoe the first time I saw him race and could envision his spot in our stallion barn very early in his career. To me, he is the horse of a generation. He can do things that I haven’t seen other horses do. His acceleration is magical and his gait is a thing of beauty.” Courant’s Anders Ström says, “Greenshoe showed early talent in training during the spring as a 2-year-old and showed his capacity in his performances early on. He is, in my opinion, the most capable and technically most perfect gaited horse since Muscle Hill and there are perhaps only ten horses like this born in a century. With his ability, conformation and pedigree, I am looking forward to his career as a stallion and will of course be breeding my best mares to him.” Hanover President Russell Williams adds, “Over nearly a century, Hanover has built the greatest Standardbred broodmare band in existence, and we continue to add at the top. Potential stallions of Greenshoe’s caliber do not come along often, but when they do, they belong in our stallion roster. The Greenshoe yearlings of 2022 will begin a new page in trotting history.” The response to the syndication of Greenshoe is expected to be overwhelming. Although shares won’t be formally sold until after his fertility exam in December, we encourage all those who are interested in becoming a Greenshoe shareholder to contact Dr. Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to discuss the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Hail Christian’s arrogance may force a change of tactics that could greatly impact the first serious open class pace of the season at Addington tonight. Some of the big boys of the elite pacing scene return, headlined by Miracle Mile and Horse of the Year in waiting Spankem, who is joined by stablemates Chase Auckland and Ultimate Sniper. They will meet a trio of proper horses who clashed two weeks ago in Classie Brigade, A G’s White Socks and Hail Christian in tonight’s $30,000 Avon City Ford Cup, a 2600m standing start. With their fitness edge the latter trios best chances of beating the Purdon-Rasmussen favourites would seem to be to stay in front of them, with the small field suggesting half the race being run in single file and a quick last 800m. Under those circumstances almost any horse is beatable if trapped back in the field and while Spankem might be the best pacer in the country, especially with stablemate Turn It Up sidelined, he has been at his most potent when able to lead.  So surely Hail Christian, who stepped and led last time before being run down late, would want to stay in front of the returning stars? Well, maybe not. “To be honest I was a little disappointed when he led and was run down two weeks ago,” says trainer Paul Court. “I actually think he waited for the other horses and maybe he just isn’t as good in front. “He is quite an arrogant horse and knows he is good so when he gets a break on them he can pull up and wait. “So while nothing is definite, I think he is better with a trail.” But Court realises if he and fellow trainers keep handing up to the All Stars big names they will hardly ever beat them so he would like to see one of his last-start rivals in Classie Brigade or A G’s White Socks take the fight to them. “Somebody has to do it or they will just beat us all the time but I honestly don’t think it is the best way for my horse to be driven.” If Classie Brigade or A G’s White Socks are able to lead and run a fast last 800m then Spankem is beatable. But with potentially one less rival for the lead, the Miracle Mile winner deserves favouritism tonight. Tactics may be less important in the $30,000 Ordeal Trot because Sundees Son has been magnificent in his last four starts, three last season and his fresh-up win at Addington off a 25 handicap last Friday. He returns to a mobile tonight so is back on level marks and if his manners hold, and they have been fine at both the races and trials for quite some time now, he should win. Further north, Alexandra Park hosts another of its all-mile meetings, which have provided a great boost to usual Friday night turnovers because of the competitive racing and lack of red hot favourites. The feature brings together three last-start winners in The Moonshadow, Blazen River and Solid Gold and punters might lean toward The Moonshadow over stablemate Blazen River because trainer Tony Herlihy will drive him. “But to be honest there isn’t much between them and Tony (Cameron) has driven Blazen River to win before so he might even be our better hope,” explained Herlihy. But Solid Gold is a natural speedster so even drawn outside the other pair may be the one to beat.   Michael Guerin

By Garrick Knight The hottest favourite on mile night at Alexandra Park this evening is also Ray Green’s great, white hope for the season. In a climate where he and the Lincoln Farms top brass are sending a numerous horses to Australia, he’s looking forward to taking one to the races full of expectations. That horse is Line Up and despite a wide berth in the R52-55 event tonight, he will start an unbackable $1.15 favourite with bookies. “He’s got a lot of potential, this horse,” Green told HRNZ. “Potentially he could be a very serious racehorse, actually. “But we’ve been down this track before with plenty of horses so I’m not getting carried away just yet. “He’s right up there with anything else I’ve targeted the feature three-year-old races with though.” While he has only won one of four, recent trial efforts have confirmed the suspicions long-held by both Green and driver Zachary Butcher. “He’s inexperienced so we’ve been trying to school him at the trials. Making a racehorse out of him. “He had the full blinds on up until now, but the time has come for them to be removed.” Line Up had one start as a two-year-old for a stylish win back in February before being put aside, though the temptation was great for Green to push on. “I’d liked to have. “But he had a few a growing pains, then got sick and I guess we could have medicated and pressed on, but I thought better of it. “We had Perfect Stride and a few others racing at the time and I always knew he would be better at three.” Line Up was a $130,000 purchase at the Karaka yearling sale last year by Green and John Street, but in an interesting turn of events, he was sold to stable clients Emilio and Mary Rosati at the start of the year. “It’s fair to say it cost them a lot of money to buy him off us. “Emilio had purchased the full brother, Typhoon Stride, the year before.” Both horses are full brothers to former star mare, Partyon. As for tactics tonight, Green says that is purely and solely the responsibility of Butcher. “I don’t try and coerce Zac to do anything; the tactics he adopts are his own. “So, I’m not sure how he’ll play things.” With a lack of quality inside him over the short trip, it’s a solid bet Butcher will likely fancy his chances of putting Line Up in the race early and dominating from the top end. Green takes three others to ‘The Park tonight, the best of them being consistent mare The Empress ($3.50), who trialed well in the strongest heat of the day at Franklin Park last Saturday. She’s come up with what will be an advantageous draw at one the second line given the horse in front of her, Court On The Edge, has clearly the most gate speed of anything on the front line. “I’ve got a lot of time for her; she’s a very nice mare. “If she gets the trip behind Court On The Edge, she’ll be right there.” Double Or Nothing ($3.10) is quickly becoming the punters’ enemy, being beaten as the first or second favourite six times in his career to date. Still, he’s placed in eight of 11 runs so can’t be knocked for his consistency. “He’s won $20,000 without winning a race. One day the penny will drop and he will win them in a row, but I couldn’t tell you if that will be this week.” Rounding out the team is Bettor My Dreamz ($26) who, despite drawing the coveted ace under the race’s preferential conditions, find himself with the short end of the stick in the night’s feature race. “Don’t get me started on this subject,” says Green. “He shouldn’t be in that race; he’s won three and is against horses that have won nine or ten. “He’s a handy horse but he’s up against it in that field.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner The news for the connections of Spankem’s big race rivals is all bad ahead of the pacer’s season opener at Addington on Friday night. The Miracle Mile winner will take his first race day step towards the New Zealand Cup when lining up in the New Brighton Cup. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained 5yr-old returns following his stunning 4yr-old term, in which he went from total obscurity to Grand Circuit star in just a matter of months. The scary news for the connections of his New Zealand Cup and Interdominion rivals in that last season did not just establish Spankem as one of Australasia’s best open class pacers. Mark Purdon has declared that last term’s racing, which came after the horse went off the radar for ten months with an injury, has made Spankem a better horse. “He is thriving and I think last season made him,” Purdon said. “He seems a little bit stronger this time around.” Spankem returns in Friday night’s 2600m free-for-all standing start alongside his stablemates Ultimate Sniper and Chase Auckland. The trio had the only public prep run ahead of their return when they trialled at Ashburton, last week. Spankem dashed home to win impressively, with Ultimate Sniper running third after carting the winner around the home turn. Chase Auckland also trialled well when putting in an eye catching finish behind the leaders. Purdon said all three come in to tonight’s race in similar order. Though if he had to single out one as his best winning chance, it would be Spankem. “They are pretty much on a level playing field, but if I had to favour one it would be Spankem.” “He is a horse that has raced well fresh, so you would probably lean towards him.” Both Ultimate Sniper and Chase Auckland will have their first standing starts in the New Brighton Cup. They stepped safely in last week’s trial and are expected to handle lining up behind the tapes, on Friday.   Ultimate Sniper will start for the first time since having minor knee surgery after winning the New Zealand Derby in April. The horse has put the problem completely behind him since returning to work. “His preparation has been faultless and he has been no setbacks through it and everything has gone smoothly,” Purdon said. Ultimate Sniper had panels on his 3yr-old opponents, last season, and Purdon is expecting that form mean the horse will measure up in open company. “He was probably the best of the 3yr-old of his year and the best one can generally come out and foot it with the open company horses.” “And I think he has got everything he needs to be able to do it.” Chase Auckland returns to racing much earlier than he did last season. A muscle complaint and a mixed run of luck on the track and with draws when he finally made the races meant the 5yr-old did not get to realise his potential, last term.  Purdon said the pacer may need racing before he shows his best, this season.   “He is probably going to need the run a little bit.” "But, I am sure Chase Auckland will go a good race.” The Purdon-Rasmussen trio will clash with two of trainer Robert Dunn’s team in Classie Brigade and Henry Hubert. Henry Hubert has had two trials be readied for his 5yr-old season’s return. The Greg and Nina Hope trained A G’s White Socks and Paul Court’s Hail Christian also contest Friday night’s group 3 feature. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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