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Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - The $2.10 favourite Jerry Garcia is the best backed runner in win betting over Leo's Gift $11.50. The only two runners wanted in multi betting are the favourites Jerry Garcia & Eden Creek $2.20.   Race 2 - The $2.00 favourite Admiral is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.    Race 3 - Zahara Zuri $6.50 - $5.00 is best backed in win betting over Classie Cullect $11.50.    Race 4 - The longshot Stylish Duke $20.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Feather Boyz $14.00.    Race 5 - This race has attracted some money on all runners with nothing standing out as a dominant win market leader early. Shards Halo $2.80 does lead multi betting over The Kaik $2.30.   Race 6 - Franco Nate $3.00 just leads multi betting over Rocknroll Nevin $2.90 with the former runner leading win betting.   Race 7 - Sarah Palin $23.00 - $21.00 leads win betting over Danielle Amore $3.80.    Race 8 - Speedy Mach $2.70 - $2.40 easily leads win & multi betting   Race 9 - Best backed on the win 'book' is Hannity $9.20 over the $1.80 favourite Mistacullect with that runner a clear leader in multi betting over Franco Tai $8.20.   Best backed in win betting on the card early race 8 Speedy Mach $2.40 & in multi betting race 2 Admiral $2.00 over Speedy Mach.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Shards Halo is ready to turn her form line around at Oamaru on Sunday on the strength of a trial win. She is among prospects for the Temuka stable of Brent White, who has enjoyed his best season with 28 wins. White has had his team based at the Timaru racecourse, 18km south of Temuka, the past 10 days due to the wet weather. He returned home on Friday.  “It was pretty wet at home,’’ he said. He scratched Shards Halo and Mistacullect at Rangiora last Sunday in the wake of the weather event. Shards Halo has only managed three minor placings in 11 starts this season. “She was tying up and had some hormonal problems. She really hit the line strongly in her trial win and her work has been good since,’’ said White. ”She has let me down before and I am hoping this is not the case again.’’ Shards Halo won the trial at Ashburton on July 11, by two lengths from Glenferrie Classic with a nose to her stablemate Pay Me Art. She ran her last 800m in 56.8. “I was pleased with Pay Me Art as he gave them a good start,’’ said White. Pay Me Art, a last start winner at Palmerston North on May 25, is in Race 9, along with Mistacullect, The latter has had a first up win at Forbury Park and a fourth at Ashburton in two starts. Pay Me Art is the back marker on 25m over 2600m. White is without stable reinsman Stephen McNally, who is on holiday in Australia. Craig Thornley and Ricky May are the substitutes. Thornley is on Shards Halo, Mistacullect, Christmas Toyboy and Petite’s Blue Chip. May has been engaged for Pay Me Art, Lindsay Castleton and Wobbegong. Lindsay Castleton has been at the beach in the care of Amber Hoffman at Waikouaiti since he last raced on June 29. “I suggested to his owners (Lex and Heather Williams) that he go to the beach for some straight line training. Amber has been happy with his work,’’ said White. Lindsay Castleton (Race 4) has been disappointing since he won at Oamaru and Addington (twice) in the spring.“Christmas Toyboy got off on the wrong foot last time after his good second first up (to Mikey Maguire at Timaru). I have got him on the unruly hoping he won’t charge out this time.’’ Wobbegong and Petite’s Blue Chip are rivals in Race 8. Wobbegong, a useful fourth at Addington last time out, won at Oamaru 12 months ago.   Tayler Strong

Torrid Bromac, who is awaiting a flight to the United States after a change of ownership last week, won for caretaker trainer Gavin Smith at Oamaru on Sunday. “I have only had him (Torrid Bromac) a week so I can’t take much of the credit,’’ said the Kaiapoi (north Canterbury) – based Smith. “I bought him for Mike Casalino in America. He asked me to keep the horse fit as there is not a flight out until June 30.” The New Jersey-based Casalino has purchased other New Zealand pacers recently in Sir Richie, Hezabluechipboy, Media Queen and Nerida Franco. Sir Richie won four races when trained by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins and latterly three for Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick. Hezabluechipboy won two for Jason and Megan Teaz; Media Queen three for Cran Dalgety and Nerida Franco three for Steven McRae. Casalino earlier bought Kotare Yael and Carrickmannon. Torrid Bromac, a 4-year-old entire by Courage Under Fire – Tanisa Bromac, won five races when trained by Steven McRae and later two for Regan Todd when raced by Max Taylor, of Halswell. Torrid Bromac set a track record of 3.11.8 (1.58.7 mile rate) for 2600m (mobile) at Oamaru in May last year. He ran 3.15.8 from a stand on Sunday and won by two and quarter lengths. He has rated 1.56.7 for 2000m (mobile) at Omakau. Torrid Bromac raced in the open for much of the way and out finished the favourite Ultimate Desire. Brad Mowbray, the trainer of Ultimate Desire, won with Gypsy’s Choice and Speedy Mach, taking his tally for the season to 19 wins. His previous best was nine in nine seasons as a public trainer. Gypsy’s Choice was having her second start for Mowbray after being leased two months ago by a group of owners. The 4-year-old Live Or Die mare had won from the stable of John Hay at Methven in September. Speedy Mach, who had not raced for four months, led for most of the way over 2000m. One Over Da Stars, a half-sister to One Over Da Moon, finished boldly to notch her first win as a trotter. She is a 3-year-old filly by Love You from two-time Rowe Cup winner One Over Kenny raced by Waimate breeders Lex and Heather Williams and their son, Brad, of Palmerston. One over Da Stars is the first horse raced by Brad. The filly is trained by Brent White. One Over Da Moon has won 22 races but he went off stride at Melton on Saturday night. Tijuana Taxi was impressive in her second win as a trotter. She came from tenth at the 400m to score by two and a half lengths. Tayler Strong  

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1 - She Aint No Angel $5.80 is best backed over Noble Gamble $13.00 & Svelt $6.50.   Race 2 - One For Granny $4.20 leads multi betting over Ideal Conquest $4.80.   Race 3 - Junkyard Mase $5.50 - $4.20 leads multi betting over the $2.90 favourite Reverse Psychology $2.90.   Race 4 - Majestic Moment $7.50 leads win betting over Jean Sebastian $4.50.   Race 5 - Woodlea Shawn $12.50 - $9.00 easily leads win betting over Dorie Delight $5.50 & Ollantaytambo $9.50. Son Of Brahma $4.80 leads multi betting over Gypsy's Choice $18.00 - $16.00 & Dorie Delight.   Race 6 - Donegal Bettorgretch $3.20 is best backed on the win 'book' over Red Hot Poker $8.20.   Race 7 - The only two wanted here are Petite's Blue Chip $7.50 - $6.00 & Earthquake $9.20 - $6.50. Eearthquake easily leads multi betting over Russian Express $4.80.   Race 8 - Ultimate Desire $2.50 easily leads multi betting with James Dean $10.50 - $9.00 leading win betting easily.   Race 9 - The big mover here is Zimfandel $12.50 - $8.00 with money also for Major Rocket $4.00, Kardesler $9.20 & Runaway Three $7.00. Major Rocket leads multi betting over Speedy mach $8.00.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Ruthless Kayla and Paravani qualified for the Harness Jewels at the eleventh hour with wins at Oamaru on Sunday. “The order of qualifiers (based on stake earnings in New Zealand this season for the Jewels has now been finalised and the owners of the top 20 horses in each category have been notified,’’ said Darrin Williams, Racing Manager at Harness Racing New Zealand. Acceptances close on Friday (May 26) at noon with confirmation of the final fields of a maximum of 13 horses for the meeting at Ashburton on Saturday, June 3. One Muscle Hill (2-year-old trotter)and Mr Mojito (4-year-old pacer) are the confirmed Australian invitees and an invitation is still out to Rockstar Angel (4-year-old pacing mare). The 3-year-old trotting filly Ruthless Kayla backed up from finishing third to Enghien and President Roydon in the New Zealand Yearling Sales Final at Addington on Friday, albeit a neck and nine lengths from the winner, who was not at his best on a hard surface. Ruthless Kayla won decisively against three-win horses at Oamaru, her second win. She raced handy and finished a length and a quarter clear of She’s Allthe Craze, who came from four back  on the inner with a neck to Red Hot Poker, whose effort was outstanding after leaving stride at the start and losing some 50m. He is in the 4-year-old section of the Harness Jewels. “She (Ruthless Kayla) just keeps getting better,’’ said Kevin Fairbairn, who trains Ruthless Kayla for Ross Simpson, of Karamea Farm, Leithfield (north Canterbury). Fairbairn bred Ruthless Kayla and sold her for $7000 to Simpson through the 2015 PGG Wrightson premier yearling sale. She is by Muscle Mass from Ruthless Jenny, a Britewell mare who won the listed Greenlane Cup at Alexandra Park in 2005 and finished third in a NZ Trotting Championship. It is the family of Tyrone Scottie, who won the NZ National Trot twice; Clover Don (24 wins) and Clover Mac, winner of the group three Coulter Crown at Melton on Saturday. Fairbairn gave Ruthless Jenny to Simpson in 2014 and the latter has bred a filly by Bacardi Lindy for whom Simpson is the NZ agent for frozen semen. Bacardi Lindy is the sire of Dark Horse, a HJ candidate in the the 4-year-old trotter section. Muscle Mass is the sire of five qualifiers for the 3-year-old trotter section. Fairbairn, who trained Whatsundermykilt (2006 Dominion Handicap), qualified Magical Mel for the 4yr-old pacing section of the Harness Jewels in 2012. Jim Curtin, who won the 4-year-old section of the Harness Jewels in 2012 with Franco Emirate, has  the 2-year-old gelding Paravani, a maiden winner at his third start, Paravani a gelded son of Christian Cullen and Enchanter Franco, was a $10,000 purchase by Curtin in the 2016 premier yearling sale when offered by Paul Renwick. Enchanter Franco is a half sister by Badlands Hanover to Elisit Franco (by Falcon Seelster), the dam of Franco Emirate, who was by Christian Cullen. Franco Emirate won his first eight races. Ewen Pycroft, who is among the eight owners of Paravani, drove trotter Stormy Morn in early wins at Greymouth and Addington in 1979 when a junior driver with the stable of Trevor Thomas. Stormy Morn won 32 races. Malik had his third win from six starts when he overcame the unruly position over 2600m (mobile) in a 13-horse field. The 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere – Slipinn colt is trained by Paul Court for breeders Graham Court, of West Melton, Les  Purdon, Ann-Maree Lund, her sister Jo Lund and Peter Lucas, all of Auckland. The Lunds took over horses after the death of their father, Bob in 2015. Malik is the fourth foal of Slipinn, the winner of four races. Her first two foals are Raffaello,a winner and Aquickone (five wins). Denham Maguire, the highly regarded 3-year-old in the Nathan Williamson stable, was scratched on Sunday due to a blood disorder. Astral Ruler was a late scratching due to showing signs of a cold. Tayler Strong    

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 10:45am Race 1 - Jerry Garcia $4.20 - $3.80 is best backed in win betting.   Race 2 - Bettor Chance $3.30 - $2.80 is easily the best backed runner with the largest bet $1,000 at $3.30.   Race 3 - Theboyslightup $4.00 is the best backed runner over Make it rain $4.20.  Largest bet on Theboyslightup $1,000 at $5.50.   Race 4 - Junkyard Mase $9.50 is best backed over Millwood Stefanie $11.50.   Race 5 - Martin McGuiness $8.00 leads early win betting over Game Changer $12.00.   Race 6 -Muscles Galore $3.00 is best backed in win & multi betting.    Race 7 - It's All Over Now $4.20 - $3.20 easily leads win betting over My Cash $12.00.   Race 8 - Troy Castleton $9.20 - $5.50 leads win betting over She's Allthe Craze $6.50.   Race 9 - Havinaravup $6.20 is best backed over Nearis Green $14.00- $11.00.   Race 10 - Alderbeck $3.00 leads multi betting over Sundons Flyer $4.50.   Race 11 - Ace High $3.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

She’s Allthe Craze could reward the patience of her connections with a fresh up win at Oamaru on Sunday.   The 4-year-old trotter in race eight is among several prospects at the meeting for Ryal Bush (Southland) trainer – driver Nathan Williamson, who is on the road early on Sunday after racing a team at Invercargill on Saturday.   She’s Allthe Craze had a first up second, a win at Roxburgh and a fourth from five starts as a 3-year-old. She was put aside to develop in March last year.   “She had a long break and was ready to race before Christmas when she had a minor injury. We decided to give her extra time and hopefully that will be repaid,’’ said Williamson.   She’s Allthe Craze won a workout at Wyndham on April 15 against Ambro Ameigo and stablemate Poppy Malda, who has won her two starts since resuming.   Williamson selected the race at Oamaru in preference to one closer to his home base.   “I didn’t want to put her in a race with a lot of better rated horses fresh up,’’ he said. Her assignment is for R52 –59 trotters.   Red Hot Poker and Astral Ruler are among her rivals.   Red Hot Poker who is eleventh in qualifying order for the 4-year-old trotter section of the Harness Jewels, won a maiden trot by five and three quarter lengths at Oamaru in January with Dexter Dunn the driver.   Red Hot Poker has since won at Rangiora and Addington. Dunn is back in sulky. Astral Ruler, striving for a berth in the HJ, won a trial at Oamaru on Wednesday.   The Williamson stable is also represented by Ash (race 1), Takenoprisoners (race 6) and McKenzie Mara (race 7).   Ash is a 3-year-old having his first start. Ash has been twice placed in workouts.Williamson has scratched another 3-year-old Denham Maguire, who has won two workouts at Winton in the past month.    “Denham Maguire is a lovely horse whom I have got a lot of time for. Ash may need race day experience,’’ said Nathan.   McKenzie Mara, who has not raced since January 2, won a workout at Winton on May 12. She will be driven by the stable junior driver Matt Purvis.   Takenoprisoners ran fourth at his last start at Winton on May 13.   “Takenoprisoners was running on well last time and McKenzie Mara has come up well this campaign,” said Nathan.   Nathan is also driving Mighty Flying Deal (race 9) and Jen Jaccka (race 10) for Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray.   Mighty Flying Deal is opposing Hannity, who  has won two of his four starts. Hannity has not raced since he won at Oamaru in fast time last July but he has won two trials there in the past month, the most recent on Wednesday.   Hopeful Harriet, who finished second to Hannity at Oamaru carried on to win three races. Hannity’s return to racing has been hindered by a virus.   “He (Hannity) was ready to race in November and he got the virus. He has had it three times,” said Colin Harrison, his Levels (South Canterbury) owner-trainer.   Harrison feels Hannity has been “hit hard” under the new rating system.   “He has a 64 rating and Mighty Flying Deal who has won four races is on 63.’’   Matthew Williamson, who drove Hannity in his last win, is staying with Idealistic Lass, who is 16th in qualifying order for the Harness Jewels. Brother Brad will drive Hannity.   Tayler Strong

One of the hottest favourites for the Harness Jewels is facing an increasingly difficult task to even make the $1.2million day. Defending champion Piccadilly Princess will have to place at least once, maybe twice, against some of New Zealand’s best pacers in the next 10 days to sneak into the four-year-old Diamond at Ashburton on June 3. And while those around her on the leader board can aim for easy money in lower grade races, Piccadilly Princess has to take on the likes of Heaven Rocks and Franco Nelson to try and qualify. The unusual situation has developed because last season’s three-year-old filly winner has raced almost exclusively in Australia this season, where she won in three states including the group one Ladyship Mile at Menangle. But Australian earnings don’t count toward Jewels qualification, which is based solely on New Zealand stake money won. Piccadilly Princess has only one second in five starts in New Zealand this season because all her racing has been at the elite level and with the Jewels deadline just 12 days away, she still needs at least another $1000 in earnings to qualify, but that number could easily change as those above her on the table could also win more money. The real problem for Piccadilly Princess is to earn any money she needs at least a top three placings, preferably two, at the next two Addington premier meetings and that means taking on potentially Heaven Rocks, Franco Nelson and Classie Brigade this Friday. And to make matters worse, because her rating is so high, under the preferential barrier draw conditions of Friday’s 1950m mobile event, Piccadilly Princess has to draw outside her open class male rivals. If she can’t secure at least $2000 in stake money this week, Piccadilly Princess has the $20,000 Winter Cup on Friday week but that will mean racing stablemate Waikiki Beach among others. A radical plan could even see trainer Mark Purdon nominate her for a lowly standing start race at Oamaru on Sunday week, the last day for Jewels qualifying, to give her  a last-ditch shot at making the $150,000 race. If Piccadilly Princess fails to make the Jewels the already jumbled market will go into complete chaos, after opening favourite Dream About Me was forced out by injury. Golden Goddess is the second favourite but races in Melbourne the next two weeks before a decision is made on whether she returns for the Jewels, which looks 50-50 at this stage. But her chances of returning would improve if Piccadilly Princess doesn’t make the cut. Next in the market is Auckland Cup placegetter Arden’s Choice, who is struggling for her best form but would be lengths better than the remaining mares in the weakened division should the two favourites pull out. Friday’s Addington meeting hosts the $200,000 Sales Series Pace for juvenile males and a rare clash between Partyon and Spanish Armada in the Nevele R Fillies Final.   Michael Guerin

Oamaru reinsman Matthew Williamson drove a personal best five winners and Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight had their most successful day with four winners at the Waimate meeting at Oamaru on Sunday. Williamson (26) had previously driven four winners on a programme. The Knight stable had twice previously had three wins. Williamson set the ball rolling with Whatasista and followed up with Silver Dale, Fiery Ferret and Skylla at his first four drives. Silver Dale, Fiery Ferret and Skylla are trained by the Knights. The same combination won later with Seduce Me. Skylla, a 3-year-old filly having her fourth start, is raced by Jude Knight, the breeder. Skylla is the first foal of Undue Risk, who won two races from the Knight stable when raced by Robin and Geraldine Wilson, of Rangiora. The Wilsons gifted Undue Risk to Mrs Knight when the half sister by Badlands Hanover to good winner Raglan had finished racing. The Wilsons were on hand to share the win on Sunday. Silver Dale, who cleared maiden ranks, had previously posted 10 placings in 20 starts for the Corner Boys syndicate, the Hunter Boys syndicate and Shane Carroll, of Perth. Silver Dale is a 4-year-old gelding by Klondike Kid from Ginny Dale, an unraced half sister by Make A Deal to Erle Dale (1.49.1), Marshal Dale, Mister Dale and Cordon Hops (15 wins in New Zealand). Whatasista, a half sister to  Armbro Demon, cleared  the ranks of maiden trotters at her sixth start. She is trained at Oamaru by Colin McLeod, who races her with Brian Minty. Ambro Demon won five of her 10 starts and the Armbro Invasion mare won over 3200m in  4.05.4 at Addington. She produced a colt by Majestic Son this season. Whatasista (by Sundon) is a sister to Sunny Demon, a winner and the only other registered foal of Hold Fast. “I have played a lot of sport but there is nothing like this. What a feeling,” said Blair Wilmott after driving his first winner, Jackalack Sue in the race for amateur drivers. Wilmott  began race driving 19 months ago and he was having his 24th drive. Wilmott (39) is a key account manager who assists Balcairn trainer Robbie Holmes. “I have  to thank Robbie  and Brent Weaver (trainer) a lot and trainer Mark Fuller for giving me the drive,” said Wilmott. Acolyte led for most of the way to win the Nevele R Stud Waimate Cup. He was in front early then gave way to Culley Backy before regaining the lead at the 2600m in the 3000m event. He lasted by a head from Highland Reign, who came fast along the inner. Johnny Eyre ran on well for third. The favourite Motu Premier was a battling fourth from a 40m handicap after improving from the rear to fourth at the 800m.  “He likes the grass tracks,’’ said trainer-driver Hamish Hunter, who prepares Acolyte for breeder Graham Cooney, of Tauranga. Cooney was raised in Waimate. Hunter drove at Invercargill the previous day and transported Acolyte and Groomsman from Ryal Bush to Oamaru on raceday, a trip of some five hours. Groomsman won the final race on the card in the ownership of Graham and Jill Cooney, Graham’s brother, Brendan and Vin Nally. The Waimate Trotting Club are confident of racing on their home track next season. “A tower has been erected for the judge and commentator and an administration building is in place at Waimate,” said Gareth Murfitt, the secretary of the club.  The course and facilities suffered damage in a storm and the WTC has raced at Oamaru for the past three years. Murfitt said the Waimate Racing Club was planning to race  at Waimate on June 11.   Tayler Strong

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Waimate today as at 12:00pm Race 1 - Living legend $9.50 is best backed over Jackalack Sue $5.80.    Race 2 - Jerry Garcia $4.20 - $3.80 the 8 win pacer making his trotting debut is easily the best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Lets Rock N Roll $2.20 leads multi betting but best backed in win betting is Playboy Prince $4.80.   Race 4 - Extreme Spark $6.50 - $5.50 is best backed in win betting and also leads multi betting.    Race 5 - Corena Lea $3.00 is easily best backed in win & multi betting.    Race 6 - The only runner wanted here is Come Dance With Me $2.40.   Race 7 - Titanium $3.40 is best backed in win betting and does lead multi betting over the $3.40 favourite Scotty's Image.   Race 8 - Classie Margaret $10.50 - $9.00 leads win betting over She'sa Tricky Bridge $5.50.   Race 9 - Franco Tristan $6.80 - $5.80 is easily the best backed runner in win betting.   Race 10 - Oona $4.00 leads multi betting with Ygritte $15 - $9.00 best backed on the win book.   Race 11 - Candarel $4.20 leads win & is a clear leader in multi betting.      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Jerry Garcia will be back in familiar surroundings to begin a new career as a trotter at the Waimate meeting at Oamaru on Sunday.   “He (Jerry Garcia)  trotted all the way to win a trial on the grass at Orari  (March 4) so we have decided to press on,’’ said Leo O’Reilly, his Rakaia trainer.   Jerry Garcia qualified as a trotter at Methven on February 11 when he won his 2400m test by 13 lengths in  3.18.6, 9.4sec inside the required time.   O’Reilly’s brother, Kerry, who drove Strietross to major success at both gaits, is farrier for Jerry Garcia.   “We have  changed his shoes three times with different weights to get him trotting,’’ said Leo.   Jerry Garcia gained four of his nine wins as a pacer at Oamaru, albeit on the all-weather track. His brace included the 2015 Kurow Cup. He is racing on grass on Sunday but he has proved equally capable on that surface with wins at Motukarara (twice), Orari, Waikouaiti and Waimate.    The Jereme’s Jet  - Smooth Leyenda gelding, now a 7-year-old, had his first win in April, 2012 at Motukarara. He won at Waimate the same year.    The Waimate Trotting Club has been back racing at Oamaru the past two years after storm damage ruled out racing on their home track.   Kerry drove Strietross in 18 of his 20 wins. The Macatross gelding, trained by part-owner, Hopa MacDonald won nine races as a pacer including the 1992 Wellington Cup at Hutt Park and Ashburton Cup.   He was switched to trotting as a 6-year-old and added another 11 wins, including the 1993 Dunedin Trotting Cup and 1996 Ordeal Cup at Addington.   Leon converted Golden Cee to trotting as a rising 6-year-old in 2002 after the Chiola Hanover had won four races as a pacer. Golden Cee won twice as a square gaiter. Playboy Prince enhanced his prospects for the Waimate meeting with a trial win at Oamaru on Wednesday.   Playboy Prince is now owned and trained at Oamaru by Eion Latimer. The 5-year-old Christian Cullen gelding has been minor placed in three of his five starts for Winton trainer Allan Beck. Bruce Young has been appointed judge for the Forbury Park Trotting Club for the season beginning August 1.   He will be the successor to Ken Dempster, who is retiring after 35 years in the position and five years as assistant judge.    Young, a Gore real estate agent, is judge to harness racing clubs in Southland covering 36 meetings. He has held that position since the 1996-97 season, some of the time in a sharing capacity with Brendon Burke. He was previously assistant judge for six seasons with Craig Todd. Living Legend has his first start from the Burnham stable of Bruce Negus at Oamaru on Sunday.    The 6–year-old is now in the ownership of Mike Stratford. Living Legend won four races for the Westview No 13 syndicate when trained by Robert Dunn.  Moa Bones is back in the Roxburgh stable of Geoff and Jude Knight.  The 7-yr-old mare has gained two of her four wins from the Knight stable.   She won for Tahakopa trainer Brian Norman at Ascot Park in January after a change of ownership two months earlier. Moa Bones had her maiden win when trained by Ben Waldron. Buster Brady has been scratched from his engagement at Addington on Friday night after feeling the effects of a trip to Invercargill last weekend when he finished sixth in the Northern Southland Cup.   “He didn’t eat up and is just not 100 per cent. I am getting a blood test,’’ said Kyle Austin, his Christchurch trainer. Motu Premier, the lone representative at the meeting for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and back marker on 40m, stands out in the Waimate Cup.   He won the Cheviot Cup at Addington in a swift 3.11.7 for 2600m at his last start and the Hororata Cup on grass at Methven at his previous start.    Boomer Bailey, winner of the Waikouaiti Cup on grass last month, is an Oamaru specialist  with five wins there, two on grass. Culley Backy indicated  he has trained on since his win at Addington on February 23 with a workout win at Motukarara last Saturday.   Tayler Strong

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:15pm Race 1- Ask Yourself $11 is the best backed on the win book but in multi betting easily the best backed is the $1.90 favourite Nearis Green over Time Traveller $2.30.   Race 2 - The big mover here is One Over Da Stars $7.80 - $3.80 with the largest early bet $1,500 at $6.60 and $2,000 at $4.40. Oner Over Da Stars just leads multi betting over She Aint No Angel $5.00 and Red Hot Poker $4.40.    Race 3 -  Speedy Mach $3.40 is best backed on the win book over Lanikai $4.50 and those two runners are best backed in multi betting.   Race 4 -  Tahlia Franco $2.30 is best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 5 -   Gucci Cavallo $13 is best backed on the win book with Culley Backy $2.50 easily leading multi betting over Crackabella $2.70.   Race 6 -   Monty Python $3.60 leads multi betting over Father Christmas $5.50.     Race 7 -   Cable Beach $1.45 burnt the book last start when winning easily after opening at $17 and even at the short odds today he totally dominates multi betting holding 96% of all tickets.     Race 8 -   Justamollyarcher $8.00 is best backed on the win book over Stellar Success $14 and those two runners easily lead multi betting.   Race 9 -   Pay Me Way $5.00 - $4.20 is easily the best runner in win betting but as expected the $1.45 favourite Eamon Maguire clearly leads multi betting.    Race 10 - Going To California $4.60 & Remiss $4.60 are the best backed runners in win betting with Expresso Martini $2.20 a clear leader in multi betting. Extreme Guest $5.80 was late scratched at 9:22am and any bets placed prior to that time will have 14% win and 13% place deductions applied. Best Defence $14 was late scratched at 10:41am and any bets placed prior to that time will have 6% win and 7% place deductions applied.       Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson  

The return to racing under claiming conditions has Expresso Martini a standout at the Oamaru Harness Racing Club meeting on Wednesday. Expresso Martini, the winner of nine races and assessed at C6 is competing against C1 to 3 horses in the mobile 2600m (race 10). He is in the field courtesy his $6000 price tag. The last time the Graeme Anderson-trained Expresso Martini raced under similar conditions was at Washdyke on November 19 when he won by five and a half lengths. His stablemate Eamon Maguire will be all the rage in race 9. The 3-year-old winner of three races and second in his two other starts, has had the chance to freshen since he was runner up at Forbury Park  on October 23. Cable Beach, a fresh up winner in a smart 2.55.6 for 2400m (mobile) at Ashburton on December 26, could step up a grade in race 7. A Somebeachsomewhere 5-year-old entire trained by Paul Court, Cable Beach was having his first race for seven months. He won at Addington from five starts last season. American Spirit, a good third last time out in the Roxburgh Cup, has been scratched from race 7. “He has just not come through his Roxburgh race as well as I would have liked so I will just back off him,’’ said his trainer Darryn Simpson. Jonny Cox has taken over the training Prestine, who is to race at  the Nelson meeting on Friday and Sunday. Bill Roberts, who has been training Prestine, fractured ribs in a training accident. Prestine won first up at a Nelson meeting in June, 2014 when trained by Tim Butt. Prestine has been placed in her last three starts. Mossdale  Conner, who returned to winning form in the Roxburgh Cup on January 4, has the Invercargill Cup next on his programme. The Greg and Nina Hope –trained Mossdale Conner will be handicapped on 30m for the $32,000 race over 3200m on January 28.He started from 40m in the Roxburgh Cup and added to his handicap at the start. Stablemate Quite A Moment, winner of the group one National Trot on December 31 is booked on a flight to Melbourne on January 25. She has the Dullard Cup at Melton three days later followed by the Great Southern Star. Quite A Moment has gained 10 or her 16 wins in Australia. She won the group three Lenin Free-For-All at Melton last February and finished third to Speeding Spur and Glenferrie Typhoon in the Great Southern Star. Tayler Strong

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

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

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