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Harness racing has one of its top trotters back in business after Master Lavros won at todays Rangiora workouts. Driven by trainer Mark Jones he led for the last 1000m and sprinted home too well for a tidy field of pacers to win by a neck.   His time for the 2000m mobile was 2.33.2 with a closing 800m in 58.2 and last 400m in 27.9 Master Lavros is around an $8.00 chance on the TAB fixed odds market in the National Trot at Alexandra Park on 31st December 2016. Eariler in the day trainer Geoff Dunn produced an exciting colt to win the 2yo pacers heat . Cole Porter before the start of the 2yo heat                                   Harnesslink Media The well bred Cole Porter zoomed straight to the front for driver Gerard O'Reilly and won easily with closing splits of  57.8 and 28.4. Cole Porter easily winning the 2yo heat                                        Harnesslink Media Cole Porter is by Bettors Delight out of the great racemare De Lovely who won 12 races from 24 starts for trainer Geoff Small, including a Jewels at Cambridge in 1:54.0   Harnesslink Media  

The 3-year-old trotting filly Zoey’s Gift qualified 15 sec under the required time at Oamaru on Saturday. Zoey’s Gift is trained at Oamaru by Phil Williamson for his wife Bev, the breeder. Zoey’s Gift is a filly by Muscles Yankee from Jasmyn’s Gift, who numbered the 2006 New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All among her 17 wins. The first foal of Jasmyn’s Gift, Le Lievre’s Gift (by The Pres) has won four races, the first from the Williamson stable and the other three for Jim Curtin. Zoey’s Gift is  the third foal of Jasmyn’s Gift. Zoey’s Gift ran the 2500m in 3.17 in her qualifying test and held out stablemate Davey Mac by a neck. Davey Mac, is a 4-year-old by Sundon from Little Contessa and thus a brother to Irish Whisper (11 wins) and Heard The Whisper (six). Geoff Knight, the Roxburgh trainer, will be appointed vice-president of the Forbury Park Trotting Club at the annual meeting. The position has been vacant since Daryl Trainor resigned. Gerald Cayford will return as president and Nick Wells is a newcomer to the committee. Knight has been a member of the committee of the Forbury Park club and representative on the board of management. He is vice-president of the Roxburgh club. Ken Dempster is standing down this month as accountant for the Forbury Park club. Lisa Butler, formerly with Gallop South, has been appointed finance manager.   Tayler Strong

Dennis Dunford would love to start his millionaire pacer Have Faith In Me in his home-town Cup on New Year’s Eve, but more than anything he wants a healthy horse first. And even though Dunford has all but given up hope on his pride and joy starting in the $250,000 Auckland Cup, there is a minuscule of hope that vets in the Waikato can get to the bottom of his problems and he could still by some miracle line up. “Vets in Canterbury have tried everything and he is now in Matamata where he is expected to be having a complete and thorough dye scan throughout his body starting yesterday (Monday) at 9.30am. “It will be a very extensive procedure. I’m just hoping they find something because he hasn’t been right this season. We have gone from hero to zero haven't we?” Dunford said. Dunford owns the 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight – Scuse Me gelding with his son Mark. They had their greatest racing joy on December 31 last year when Have Faith In me proved too smart for Hughie Green and Smolda in the 2015 Auckland Cup. “All we can do is hope that the vets up here find something. Something is definitely troubling him. They originally thought he might have had kidney stones. “He had tests for that two weeks ago but the vets could only view one kidney because the imaging on the left one was blocked by a moving colon,” said Dunford who is a real estate agent in Auckland. He said he had been told that a Prebbleton veterinarian had noticed that the gelding had been favouring his back leg. “That might be a reason why he jumped out of his gear during Cup Week, but at this stage no-one really knows,” Dunford said. “I think it is very unlikely now that he would start in the Cup. We want what’s best for the horse but we are always hopeful,” he added Meanwhile co-trainer Mark Purdon confirmed that Have Faith In me would under-go an extensive 48-hour examination. “To be honest the Auckland Cup does look unlikely now. We decided to move him to Matamata for a further stage in investigating what is troubling him. “There has been quite a thorough investigation in Canterbury by people who know what they are doing but they have not found anything significant. It was thought by everyone concerned that concentrating on a bone scan would be now worthwhile and the horse deserves that we do all we can to find out the cause of the problem” Purdon said. He said Noel Power (Hamilton Veterinary Services) was a vet of “wide experience” in several countries and Purdon said he had great faith in his work. “The next stage will be with Noel. It involves using a dye to isolate any bone problems and other irregularities. We are hoping it will help us solve the problem,” Purdon said. Have Faith In Me opened up a $3.80 favourite for the Auckland Cup before being withdrawn from the betting. The gifted bay has won 14 of his 26 starts and placed in five others for $1,407,449. Duane Ranger

Later this week four members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) will compete against their counters in a harness racing Friendship Competition in New Zealand. The NAADA team consisting of Peter Kleinhans, Joe Lee, Gerry Fielding and Dave Offenberg have already arrived and are taking in the wonders of the land Down Under. But beginning on Thursday, December 8 the battles will begin. Their host, Gavin Cook, has a wonderful agenda for the visiting Americans as well as some disclaimers unfortunately caused by mother nature. "As you may be aware Christchurch experienced a series of devastating earthquakes in late 2010 & early 2011. This effectively destroyed our central city and along with it went many of our four star plus hotels. Our city is slowly rebuilding but the caliber and quantity of suitable accommodation places is yet to catch up with demand", Cook explained to his visitors. "Compounding this problem is the recent earthquakes and the fact that we are experiencing a tourist boom as well, so finding suitable accommodations have been challenging. We arranged for the entire tour group to be accommodated at two separate but adjacent motel complexes in the Riccarton area which is in the heart of a busy retail and restaurant area. Because the motels do not have any suitable breakfast facilities we will take you to a variety of cafes for breakfast/brunch, fortunately Christchurch has a very vibrant cafe culture." But from early reports Cook's disclaimers are just a matter of fact and not of much concern to the American team whose members are already enjoying themselves. "This is a beautiful country and their people are wonderful," noted the USA's Gerry Fielding. "And perhaps the best part is that there is no language barrier." The following is the itinerary that Cook and his New Zealand amateurs have set for the visiting Americans. Wednesday 7th - Welcome Dinner (Lone Star Restaurant) Thursday 8th - Brunch at Drexels - Port Hills Gondola Ride - Visit Lyttelton - Race at Addington - Dine at Spectators Friday 9th - Work horses at the beach - Brunch at Pukeko Junction - Jet Boating on Waiau River - Relaxing at Hanmer Springs* - Dine at Harewood Tavern in Christchurch Saturday 10th - Visit Deans Bush Market - Walking tour of City - Race at Addington - Dine at Raceway Sunday 11th - Brunch at The Store - Race at Motukarara - Farewell dinner at Memory's *Hanmer Springs is a small mountain village that is famous for its thermal hot pools. As well as the pools the village also offers plenty of mountain biking or walking tracks or you may just decide to sit back and relax in the tranquil nature of the place. But according to the international amateur driver's mantra, 'it's not of the utmost importance who wins or loses; its just that amateur racing is a great vehicle for human relations'. By john manzi for NAADA

Defending champion Lennytheshark looks increasingly likely to take his place in Friday's Inter Dominion final after a chaotic weekend that has seen the market turned on its head. The superstar Victorian pacer plunged the Perth series into a spin when he was surprisingly beaten last Friday night and stewards advised immediately after the race he was sore in both front legs. Trainer David Aiken quickly refuted that and said Lennytheshark's below-par performance in his heat on Friday was because of a hoof abscess. He will now have to undergo a veterinary examination before being allowed to start, with fears for his soundness so serious initially that the Australian TAB listed him as "doubtful" in their markets. "Being an abscess is far better than anything structural in his legs so we are quite relieved," Aiken's son and right-hand man Josh told the Herald. "So we will know more as the week unfolds but Dad is confident he can get him there." The loss and subsequent speculation saw Lennytheshark drift from $3 before Friday's heat to a remarkable $7.50 for the final with some bookmakers. He was drawn in the field on Sunday and has secured barrier four, which is seemingly perfect for him, and would start considerably shorter if punters thought he was going to be back to his best for Friday night. His troubles had a huge impact on the market but so, too, did hot favourite Hectorjayjay being handed the worse possible draw, the outside of the front line for the final. After dominating his heats to come through the series unbeaten, Hectorjayjay got as short as $1.70 pre-draw but has bounced back out to $2.50 with Australian bookies. His draw suggests he has no chance of running to his favoured pacemaking role and luck will now come into play around a Gloucester Park track on which leaders thrive. Kiwi reps Smolda (barrier seven) and Franco Nelson (six) have awkward draws and both look likely to have to come wide in the last lap, although as New Zealand Cup runner-ups they will at least be suited by the step up to 2936m mobile. The big winner in the draw was former Kiwi pacer Run Oneover, who has shortened from $81 pre-series to $4 second favouritism after securing barrier two, with Bling It On perfectly placed on his back from the ace. Smolda's stablemates Piccadilly Princess and Mr Mojito could both start favourite in supporting group one races on Friday night. The drama for harness racing's elite horses hasn't just been confined to Perth though, with Have Faith In Me's Auckland Cup defence looking in tatters. The Miracle Mile winner is undergoing an intensive veterinary examination in Waikato this week to diagnose why he has been pacing roughly and racing below his best this season, with trainer Mark Purdon admitting a Cup start is now unlikely. New Zealand's two best trotters are also out for the summer, with both Monbet and Speeding Spur to miss the Christmas carnival at Alexandra Park and the Victorian summer. Monbet is set to undergo a bone chip operation this week and could even miss the rest of the season, while the connections of Speeding Spur have pulled the pin on defending their Great Southern Star title. "We don't want to rush him back so the Anzac Cup and Rowe Cup are now our main aims," says Speeding Spur's co-trainer Josh Dickie. That leaves the trotting group one's over the summer shorn of their biggest names and with Stent still troubled by injury, 4-year-old Marcoola is now the big gun of the ranks for upcoming features. He has opened favourite for the National Trot on December 31, in front of Master Lavros, who is back trialling and Australian visitor Kyvalley Blur, who has remained in New Zealand because of the weakened open class ranks. "He is handling open class well and will travel north on Wednesday and start in the Lyell Creek on the 16th on his way to the National," says Marcoola's trainer-driver Clint Ford. Inter Dominion chaos The A$1.1 million Inter Dominion Final is in Perth on Friday night. The market has been thrown into chaos by an injury to defending champion Lennytheshark and a terrible draw for Hectorjayjay. Franco Nelson and Smolda represent New Zealand in the great race. by Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Harness racing junior driver Robbie Close is still leading the way in the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship. After the second day of racing at Pinjarra yesterday, kiwis Matt Anderson and Kyle Marshall both walked away with wins, while Brad Williamson managed a pair of placings. Anderson started with favourite Im Rockaria in the first heat. He had the son of Rocknroll Hanover parked early before leading the rest of the way and winning easily. Ive Got It All driven by New South Wales representative Todd Mcarthy, was second and Brad Williamson running third behind Art Lover. Matt Anderson donated his driving fees to the Ronald McDonald House. Kyle Marshall won the second heat with Sir Slick from the second row and beat C C Chevron, who was driven by Nathan Dawson.  Brad Williamson again took a placing behind All The Torque. Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship Point Table: Robbie Close (NZ)            49 Todd McCarthy (NSW)   47 Matt Anderson (NZ)       40 Kyle Marshall (NZ)           38 Nathan Dawson (QLD)    36 Brad Williamson (NZ)     32 Jason Lee (VIC)  3 (9)       30 Jayson Finnis (SA)            24 Stuart McDonald (WA)   18 Wade Rattray (TAS)         16   Harnesslink Media

Auckland, look out, there’s a Marcoola coming your way and he means business. After some speculation early last week that a trip across the Cook Strait was unlikely, Auckland Trotting Club bosses got the news they wanted yesterday when connections of the outstanding squaregaiter confirmed that they would be making the trip. It came after the four-year-old made far too lighter work of winning the Methven Green Mile for the trotters in the hands of usual pilot, Clint Ford. Allowed to work the to the front at the 800 metre mark, it was curtains for everyone else from there as Marcoola ran along and cleared out to win by three and a quarter lengths in 1:59.7. “He did that pretty comfortably really,” Ford said. “We probably could have gone a wee bit quicker if we wanted to, but he was happy bowling along.” The performance wasn’t without it’s scary moments for Ford though. “He actually kind of slipped a couple of times out there. “Once going into the back straight and then when we straightened up to run home.” Marcoola will jump on the float on either Tuesday or Wednesday to head North. “I’m looking forward to getting back up there with him.” Tornado Valley, who is also Auckland bound, was a strong second in the Green Mile while Daryl Boko finished off strongly to run third. Half an hour later, Jessica Young captured her second consecutive Methven Green Mile for the pacers when guided Franco Texas to success in the $17,999 event. Young won the race last year with a bold front running drive on Quick As A Trick and it was a little ironic that it was the same horse who she followed throughout the one mile event before out-sprinting him up the straight this year. Trainer Dean Taylor was full of praise for the young horsewoman. “A very good drive from Jess, she summed it up perfectly. “I thought he could probably run a place, so to actually win is a really nice surprise.”  Franco Texas is owned by the Herie Ford Syndicate and has now won five of his 29 career starts with close to $45,000 in the bank. The win also took Taylor to 494 career training wins. Quick As A Trick was a brave second after working hard from the outside barrier before setting up a 1:57.6 mile while Chase The Dream, who got left in no man’s land at the back of the field before booming home for third. Matt Markham

The harness racing career of quality Southland owned mare Democrat Party is unfortunately over. “She had a training accident in the winter and got complications from that,” said Katrina Price who part owns the American Ideal mare with husband John. She won six races in three seasons, banking $254,688. for the Prices. “It’s nothing that will affect her long term. And to be fair racing her she may have picked up a couple of wins but her progeny are probably worth more,” said John. The daughter of American Ideal and Champagne Party qualified as a two year old at Ascot Park beating Pulp Fiction by four lengths in December 2013, and was then sent north for Barry Purdon to train. As a two year old she won the Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic, running the 1700 metre mobile in 2-02.7. It was as a three year old that she recorded her biggest win - in the Group One Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship Finals. She broke the New Zealand Three Year Old Fillies record by running the 2200 metre mobile in 2-37.7. That record was broken three times in less than three weeks during that season with The Orange Agent (2-38.7), Delightful Lana (2-38.6) and Democrat Party (2-37.7) claiming it. Finishing her racing career by running fourth in the 4 year old Diamond at The Harness Jewels at Cambridge when favourite, she ran the 1609 metres in 1-53.5 and was only a length away from the winner Rocker Band. She raced in very good company for most of her career running two thirds in Group One races, a third and a second in Group Two races and a third in a Group Three race. It was a disappointing end to a very good career but it was compensated by another horse the Price’s bred, Chicago Bull, which won the McInerney Ford Four Year Old Classic at Gloucester Park in Perth that same day. “It was good that Bull won because it was a bit of a dark day. We are getting her served doing ET so hopefully she’s in foal to Bettor’s Delight.” The mare is currently at Macca Lodge as is her dam Champagne Party who was recently bought by Brent McIntyre. The Prices have three fillies out of Champagne Party; a three year old named After Party (American Ideal), a two year old – Flash Party (American Ideal) and Party Major (Art Major) yearling. “We’ve probably been lucky. She (Democrat Party) broke that leg as a two year old so we got a bonus two seasons out of her,” said Katrina   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Harness racing star Matty Williamson has no doubts drivers like him are the ones punters should be following over coming months. And by drivers like him, he means skinny drivers. Williamson had a huge weekend in the sulky, reining four grass track winners, three at Oamaru on Saturday and one at Methven yesterday. But even his three at Oamaru were not enough to win the Brothers In Arms series with brother Nathan, that honour going to northern siblings Sailesh and Jay Abernethy. They won four of the six series races, Sailesh bagging three and Jay one, while only one of Williamson’s three winners of the day came in a heat of the series. But the 26-year-old Oamaru horseman says Saturday’s results are a blueprint for the busy grass track racing circuit over the summer. “I have do doubt the lighter drivers have an advantage on the grass tracks,” says Williamson. “Look at Saturday. I won three races and I weight about 65kgs, while I reckon Sailesh would be closer to 55kgs than 60kgs. Same with Jay. “I am sure on the grass tracks, because they aren’t as smooth, us lighter guys and the a lot of the girls have an advantage over some of the bigger boys. “You even see it with the sulkies a lot of trainers use on the grass tracks now. A lot of trainers, especially in the bigger stables where they have the resources, use their older carts on the grass rather than the new, heavier ones you use at Addington. “So maybe that is something for punters to watch out for.”Williamson says his father Phil qualified a couple of nice trotters over the weekend and the stable expect to have their usual strong summer on the Southland circuit. The lighter drivers theory also shone through in Saturday’s feature when Samantha Ottley lead almost throughout on Perissa to win the Changeover Handicap. The Mark Jones-trained mare recorded her ninth career win and her third for the season, matching her best return for an entire term two years ago.With her manners and love of the grass she shouldn’t be hard to place on the Country Cups circuit in coming months. The expensive failure of the race was hot favourite Alta Orlando, who never gave punters reason for confidence after taking an age to circle the field in the middle stages before being beaten before the turn, finishing fifth. Michael Guerin

The Abernethys dominated the brothers in arms drivers series at Oamaru on Saturday with Sailesh winning three of the six heats and Jay winning one.   The brothers, aged 31 (Sailesh) and Jay (33) ended the series with 19 points, three  more than nearest rivals, Nathan and Matthew Williamson with David and Philip Butcher in third place with 12 points. The Abernethys won the series on the grass track in 2014 when contesting it for the first time.    The Abernethys received a $1000 cash prize provided by Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant and a trophy sponsored by Ballantynes Showcase Jewellers.   The Abernethys who operate a stable at Papakura are on the move. They have bought a larger property at Hunua, 35 km away and plan to shift in before the winter.   “The new property is 70 acres against 20 at our present place. We will have straight line and oval tracks and transfer our hydro treadmill,’’ said Jay.   Last season was the most successful for the stable with 33 wins.   “We are building up a team again as most of our older horses have moved on.”   Sailesh won on Saturday with McLovin, Veneto and Nui Toc Tien. Veneto is unbeaten in three starts on grass and Nui Toc Tien has had his four wins on grass. Jay won with Soney Beatt, who made the pace and cleared out by five and three quarter lengths. Soney Beatt has gained four of his six wins on grass.   Trainer Ken Ford had left him in the care of the Williamson stable at Oamaru after he raced at Invercargill the previous Sunday.   Trainer Ray Jenkins produced the trotters McLovin and Justmollyarcher to win. McLovin has won twice from four starts. Justmollyarcher was having his fifth start when he cleared maiden ranks. Both 4-year-olds led over the last 1500m of 2000m.   McLovin is by Monarchy from Winfield Invasion, an Armbro Invasion mare who won four races. McLovin is raced by Jenkins with Terrence Kean, of Winton, Morrell Lake, of Melbourne, Shelley Jenkins (daughter of the trainer) and Neville McRae, of Hamilton. McLovin was bred by Daryl and Anne Trainor, of Sawyers Bay, who sold him in April when he was in work with Mark Jones. The Trainors have Say You Pres, a 3-year-old filly by The Pres from Winfield Invasion shaping well with Jones.   Invercargill owners Leo and Genevieve Curtin, who are attending the Interdominion in Perth, race Justamollyarcher. The Curtins  bought Justamollyarcher from Greg Payne as a 3-year-old 12 months ago.   “He has got heaps of ability but needs the ringcraft,’’ said Jenkins of the son of Angus Hall and Justa Kiwi Girl, who won nine races. The Curtins won seven races with Buddsun from the Jenkins stable.   Culley Backy made an immediate winning return for Christchurch owner Peter McDermott. He bought  5yr-old out of the stable of Michael Heenan and Culley Backy was transferred to Brent White at Temuka.   “I can’t take much of the credit I have only had him (Culley Backy) a week,’’ said White.   The Central Courage syndicate were out in force to see their 4-year-old mare Seduce Me clear maiden ranks. Members were urging her on by her stable name, Cindy, rather than attracting  strange looks by yelling her official name. Roxburgh trainer Geoff Knight bought Seduce Me (Ohoka Arizona – Lady Bo Heather) from Glenys Chmiel and Zenmach from Mark Smolenski for the syndicate about the same time in the winter of last year. Zenmach has since six races.   Tayler Strong

Two northern stables went on an emotional rollercoaster ride at Alexandra Park last Friday. Training partners John and Josh Dickie and emerging horseman Jeremy Young both started the day losing the services of the stable stars for the meantime, but finished it with Alexandra Park wins. And in Young’s case he completed a double, capping a great start to summer on the track. Off the track things weren’t so perfect for Young, with stable star Brydon Ideal forced out out of a five-horse race on Friday night with a leg problem on the morning of the race. To make matters worse, the way leader Strike The Gold spread the field out in the feature pace, if Brydon Ideal had sat in the trail as expected he would have been hugely hard to beat. Young, who only has six racehorses in work, got two helpings of compensation though as first American Empress and then Circus Boy won. “Things are going well and to get a double at The Park is great,” says Young. The Dickie stable won one of the better races on the night with Motown, who was odds-on after the withdrawal with injury of Star Galleria. That enabled Motown to the find the front and while he didn’t look razor sharp, he was still too good for Killer Queen by a head. Earlier though Josh Dickie revealed that Great Southern Star trotting hero Speeding Spur won’t be back to defend that title in February. “He has come up well but Dad has decided he doesn’t want to rush him,” explained Dickie. “He is still only five and we could rush him back to have him ready for Melbourne but that may not be the best thing for him. “So he will be aimed at the NZ Trotting Champs in April and then the Anzac Cup and the Rowe Cup. “He is a horse of a lifetime for us so we are taking the attitude if we look after him, he will look after us.” Michael Guerin

Methven harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45pm Race 1 - A huge mover in the first is Medusa $30 - $8.50 and she is easily the best backed over Time For Diamonds $3.50.   Race 2 - An even spread on the win 'book' here with Red Moon Rising $2.70 the best backed over Unico Enchantress $2.90.   Race 3 - It's all one way traffic here on the win 'book' and it's on Shards Halo $6.00 - $3.90 but best backed in multi betting is Dancing In The Dark $3.50 - $4.00.   Race 4 - Best backed is Sky City King $13 - $12 over Playingintheshadows $3.70. In multi betting the $2.30 favourite Mossdale Rose is racing away.     Race 5 - No More Change $10.50 - $8.00 is the best backed over Julia Lady $12 - $10. Emily Brunt $4.20 leads multi betting over Missinmemate $4.20.   Race 6 - Galleons Royale $7.60 is the best backed over BK Dawn $19.   Race 7 - Vincent $1.70 - $1.60 has been smashed in win & multi betting and judging by that early money this race is over.   Race 8 - Le Lievre's Gift $8.00 - $7.00 is best backed over Harrysul $9.60. In multi betting it's all one way traffic on Marcoola $1.40.   Race 9 - Run Boy Run $12 is best backed over the $2.40 favourite Augusta.    Race 10 - Mossdale Conner $10 is best backed over Franco Texas $12 but the $1.65 favourite Chase The Dream easily leads multi betting.    Race 11 - Motu Lightning Miss $17 is best backed over Benji Mara $13.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Two of the more quiet achievers of the Cup Week undercard look set to dominate separate grass track features today at Methven. Impressive four-year-old Chase The Dream will start a short priced favourite in the Methven Green Mile for the pacers off the back of his stunning fresh up victory on Show Day at Addington. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained pacer hasn’t been sighted since the performance but will strip a fit and ready horse when he walks out onto the green top this afternoon with Rasmussen in the bike. Despite having never raced on grass before, the striking individual opened up a warm order favourite in the one mile event ahead of Classie Brigade who will be out to go one better than his second last weekend at Orari. The Nigel McGrath trained pacer was a brave second and has the advantage of a good barrier draw to work forward early and make the others try and chase him. “He’s been brilliant this week,” McGrath said. “I’ve taken him out for a bowl on the beach a couple of times and he’s really impressed me with how he has felt.” Franco Texas will hold many keys to the race with his blistering gate speed as Jess Young looks to go back-to-back in the race after winning with Quick As A Trick last year. He’s back to defend his title too, but will start from the outside of the front line with John Dunn pressing the go button early a high possibility considering the gelding’s high cruising speed. The enigma of the race is without doubt, Mossdale Conner. A former winner of the race, he will be looking to bounce back to form over the shorter distance after disappointing last week. “He’s just not going like he can,” driver Ricky May said. “Hopefully the one mile will suit him and we can see the best of him.” Mossdale Conner starts from one on the second line. Earlier in the day, Marcoola, like Chase The Dream, will start a hot favourite in the trotting Green Mile. The progressive trotter was a brilliant second behind Monbet on Cup Day and comes into this week with the aid of having won a workout on the Methven track last weekend. He is one of three runners in the race for Ken Ford who will also line up Amaretto Sun and grass track toff, Zachary Binx. Super Selector – By Matt Markham Race 1: Time For Diamonds, China Express, Lola Leigh, Dragon’s Sister Race 2: Red Moon Rising, Unico Enchantress, Novak, All About Henry Race 3: Dancing In The Dark, Shards Halo, Curlimore, Mr Woodlea Race 4: Mossdale Sue, Playingintheshadows, Sky City King, Jay FM Race 5: Missinmemate, Julia Lady, Mrs Browns Boys, No More Change Race 6: Debaneyre, Jean Sebastien, All Star Angus, BK Dawn Race 7: Vincent, Franco Tristan, Bevan’s Cullen, Dana Duke Race 8: Marcoola, Amaretto Sun, Le Lievre’s Gift, Harrysul Race 9: Myidealson, Augusta, Run Boy Run, Magical Mitch Race 10: Classie Brigade, Chase The Dream, Mossdale Conner, Johnny Eyre Race 11: Cruzy Dude, Motu Lightning Lass, Regal Major, Crackabella Best Bet: Red Moon Rising (Race 2) Value: Motu Lightning Lass (Race 11)

Harness racing trainer Ken Ford holds a strong hand in todays Methven Trotters’ Green Mile, with three representatives in the dash for cash. The HARAS DES TROTTEURS TROTTERS GREEN MILE has a stake of $15,000 with a $2,000 bonus up for grabs if the national grass track record over one mile of 1:58.6. Stable star Marcoola is probably the stables best chance of winning the race having been set for the grass feature after almost beating Monbet at Addington on Cup day last month. The good looking Sundon 4yo horse will be driven in todays feature by Clint Ford who has driven the horse in all of his nine wins to date. Marcoola had a look at the Methven grass surface last Sunday at the workouts and won under a strangle hold after sitting parked for the last 1000m.     Marcoola winning at the Methven workouts last Sunday Ken's chances do not end there as he also has Amaretto Sun and Zachary Binx engaged and both have handy records on the grass surface. Later in the day the pacers also race over the short trip in the METHVEN FOUR SQUARE SUPERMARKET Green mile where the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen trained Chase The Dream is the red hot favorite to win. A $2000 Bonus will be added to the winning stake if the winner breaks the grass track Mile record of 1.56.5 in that race.   Harnesslink Methven Feature Selections Race 8        Marcoola, Ameretto Sun, Valmagne, Harrysul  Race10       Chase The Dream, Franco Texas, Quick As A Trick, Classie Brigade   Harnesslink Media  

If you backed last night’s (Friday) feature winner at Alexandra Park - Strike The Gold - to win the Auckland Cup at the same venue on December 31, then rip your ticket up now. The 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding opened up paying $201 to win the coveted Group One event when the ‘futures odds’ were made public on Friday. But trainer Franklin Ray Green said Strike The Gold and stablemate Killer Queen, who finished second in race four last night, will do their future racing in Sydney – but still under the Lincoln Farms ownership. “Even though I nominated Strike The Gold for the Auckland Cup it was a business decision in the end that will force us to withdrawhim from the big race. “I doubt if they will ever come back home because they are much better handicapped over there. I think Strike The Gold would be a C4 or C5 and Killer Queen a C2. It’s just not worth it racing against the good ones here any more. We would be lucky to get our expenses back,” Green said. Strike The Gold added another $8,024 to his bank account when winning the $13,000 Total Waterproofing Handicap for the R77 to R104 Pacers. In fact it was a brilliant front-running drive from David Butcher which ensured Strike The Gold’s one-and-a-quarter length victory over Better B Amazed (25m) and Tony Herlihy (MNZM). “That was a nice drive from David. He was on the only horse who started off the front and he set such a solid clip that back-markers couldn’t peg him back. “He’s a lovely horse who has rebounded very well from his problems,” Green said. There were only four starters in the 2700m standing start event. Strike The Gold was the only pacer off the front and stopped the clock in 3:21.1 (mile rate 1:59.9) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58.5 and 29.5. It was Strike The Gold’s sixth career win in 31 starts. He’s also placed six times and won $84,920 in stakes. He paid $6 to win. “He’s not bad for a horse who has six to eight screws in his legs. He’s recovered well from those fractures and has developed into a nice pacer. “It will be sad to see them both go but it’s a business decision and we want to do the best by their owners,” said Green. The duo will race in the Paul Fitzpatrick colours largely at Tabcorp Menangle. Green said there were no specific races that the owners were targeting. “They just want to win races with them over there and we are sure the Fitzpatricks will do a good job with them both,” Said Green. Strike The Gold is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D Cotterill, Mrs A Cotterill, and G Cotterill, while six-win pacer Killer Queen is owned by Lincoln Farms Ltd, D James, M J Brereton, K J Bell, S Beckett, I A Middleton, J R Dias, and B P Rabbitt. They were bred by D G Moore and Kelvin Home Holdings Limited respectively. Lincoln Farms paid $75,000 to Moore for Strike The Gold at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, and $30,000 the following year the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch. “It will be sad to see them go but we always have others to look forward too. Our two 3-year-olds Spring Campaign (third) and Alta Intrigue (seventh) returned from spells tonight and I’m really happy with where they are at. “They have some nice races ahead of them and I’m also excited about our 2-year-old crop, especially a Bettor's Delight - Castellina Lover (by McArdle) colt named Recco Lover,” Green said. Duane Ranger

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm   Race 1 - Best backed  early is Whatasista $8.00 - $6.00 over Red Hot Poker $9.20.    Race 2 - Toll Gate $2.90 - $2.60 holds the most win money early over Jimmy Nga $5.60 and Lorretta Franco $6.00.   Race 3 - Trouble Giero $3.50 has taken a $3,500 bet at $3.50 and is easily the best backed early.   Race 4 - Culley Backy $2.40 easily leads multi betting over Pat Campbell $4.80.   Race 5 - Gershwin $3.00 leads multi betting over Eyre I Come $3.20.   Race 6 - Alta Orlando $2.20 is all punter's want in multi betting.   Race 7 - Clasina Maria $2.40 - $2.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Nui Toc Tien $3.90 and Aymar $4.80 are equal in multi numbers with Nui Toc Tien holding more on the win 'book'.   Race 9 - Zimfandel $7.80 - $5.50 leads win & multi betting over Seduce Me $8.00 and Crystal Caprice $2.60.   Race 10 - Some solid early win support here for a longshot in Man I'm Good $17.   In the Drivers Challenge best backed early is Nathan Williamson $3.60.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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