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The sharp cutting edge of exciting Sires' Stakes harness racing will be evidenced in Dunedin on Thursday night 8 October when most of the Mainland's best 3 Year Old pacers will be on show in the third heat of the prestigious NRM backed series.

The Southland harness racing bred Beaudiene Christian, who outstayed favourite Miracle Mach in the third race at Motukarara today Sunday 4 October 2009, was bred by a former president of the National Council of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association David Kennedy, a stalwart of the industry in his home province.

A strong reminder that an exciting Sires' Stakes Series for three year old pacers will soon unfold was issued today Sunday 20 September at Timaru when Live Dangerously and Anvil's Best Ever fought out a stirring duel to the harness racing final event.

The distinguished Save Fuel producer Dudinka has clicked with super sire Christian Cullen and so have her progeny with established West Melton harness racing trainer Nigel McGrath. The ease with which Dudinka's Christian resumed on a winning note at Addington tonight was accompanied by hopes of more wins in the near future.

There is no escaping the fact that big purses and liberal opportunities have generated spirited and intense rivalry in two year old and three year old ranks that continue to produce some precocious and high class young stars in the modern harness racing era.

Successful West Melton trainer Nigel McGrath has had the misfortune to lose the services of his good trotter King Charlie who has been put aside for nine months with suspensory ligament problems. McGrath told Harnesslink today )Thursday) that trouble struck when he trotted a splendid second to One Over Kenny at Addington on 3 April.

On the face of it, Anvil's Best Ever might seem a relatively inexperienced 2 Year Old with only three starts behind him before the $300,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series Open Final (1950m) at Addington on Saturday but don't be fooled by that raw statistic.

West Melton trainer Nigel McGrath's purple patch of form was extended at Addington today when he produced the impressive first up trotting winner Ready Set for his established owner David Renwick.

South Island pacer Anvils Best Ever reaffirmed his reputation as New Zealand's leading 2-year-old when downing the North Island's best filly, Gotta Go Harmony in the Group Two $150,000 Euroglass Young Guns Final at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday).

Stig was beaten but certainly not disgraced when runner up to the talented King Charlie in the City Trot Mobile Free For All (2600 metres) at Addington tonight Thursday 19 February. Stig, who leaves for Auckland on Monday, tried to lead over the last 900 metres but was run down by early pacemaker King Charlie who then had the last say up the passing lane to score by half a neck.

West Melton trainer Nigel McGrath, whose team has recently been to the fore, was credited with his 16th success of the season when James Ryan upset he favourites in the $19,638 Amberley Trotting Club Golden Jubilee Cup (2600m) at Rangiora today (3 January).

Every new stallion needs a boost early in his siring career and Elsu certainly received just that on New Years Eve. One of New Zealand's greatest ever champions, Elsu retired to stud in 2005 with huge fanfare and expectations.

Stoutly bred 4 Year Old pacer Heart Space proved he was a horse of substance when he overpowered his rivals in the Avin City Ford Mobile Pace (2000 metres) at the Banks Peninsula meeting at Motukarara today.

Although he only finished fourth, trainer Nigel McGrath was thoroughly satisfied with Anvil's Best Ever's impressive trial over 2200 metres (mobile) at the Banks Peninsula trials at Motukarara today Tuesday 16 December.

Nigel McGrath, whose team is firing on all six cylinders, has got his talented young trotter King Charlie doing things right again and watch out for him when he treks to Auckland later in the month.

West Melton trainer and driver Nigel McGrath and one of his principal clients Paul Renwick were on fire and unbeatable with a 100 percent winning strike rate at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting at Addington tonight (Thursday 4 December).

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