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By Garrick Knight An Oamaru twilight meeting presents as an unusual but interesting offering for punters on Thursday. Ben Hope will head down from Woodend Beach in North Canterbury to drive five of the team prepared by his parents, Greg and Nina. Among them is Baxter, a resuming four-year-old trotter that was deemed good enough by the Hopes to contest the Hambletonian Classic at just his second start last season. What’s more, the half-brother to former champion trotter Monbet ran third behind Lotamuscle in the Group 3 feature. He only had one further start before being turfed out and this week represents his first run since March. The junior Hope piloted the son of Muscle Hill in heavy weather at the Rangiora workouts last week and says he was happy enough with his third placing. But this week, in a junior drivers’ event, where a penalty-free win is in the offing, he isn’t exactly preparing his acceptance speech. “He’s a nice enough horse without being a star. “I was happy with his trial and, while he got a bit tired towards the end, he was entitled to first up on a heavy track. “He’s obviously going to be an each-way chance, but is no certainty. “To be fair, too, I think he would prefer a shorter distance than the 2600 metres.” Hope points to another relative of Monbet as probably his best chance on the day. Her name is Crazy N Love and she debuts in the first on the card, a maiden trotter. She’s been given plenty of time to learn the ropes at recent workouts and trials and has shown her trainers plenty. “I really rate her,” said Hope. “She is a lovely filly and is going to do a bloody good job in time. Whether that is this week or in a couple of years’ time, I’m not sure. “She’s not fool-proof and mentally is just not quite there yet. “I was really happy with her first trial this time, but in the second one she knuckled over on the bend. “It does look a pretty weak field and if she trots the whole way, she should go pretty close.” Rockntommy Rulz doesn’t have an overly inspiring record – just one placing in nine starts – but his two runs for fifth this time in have been better than they looked. He’s drawn well in gate three in a handy field of maiden pacers over the short course mile-and-a-quarter trip and Hope reckons he could surprise. “He can take advantage of that draw. “He’s actually improved a lot since last season and those first two runs have been ok, I thought. “Last season he kept going out as a favourite but I felt he was too physically weak to be very competitive, but he’s definitely grown up now.” Panda Girl is a daughter of former stable star Helena Jet, but doesn’t seem to have inherited much of her mother’s ability. “She’s really not showing a lot, but if she was ever going to win one, this is it. “I would have liked to have drawn the front line with her because she’s usually quite a good beginner. “It doesn’t seem an overly strong field and with an economical run I expect her to be at least a place chance.” Rounding out Hope’s book is stable newcomer Melody Pond, who showed glimpses of ability for former trainer Robert Anderson on the grass last season and has seemingly turned the corner in recent weeks. “The first few weeks we had her, she was pretty average, but has definitely improved. “Dad’s been doing most of the driving with her and he reckons she’s come on lately. “We’ll know more after the race but if she can settle handy from that good draw, she’s got to be a reasonably good chance.” Bookies have shown respect to Crazy N Love, opening her a $2.90 favourite while Melody Pond ($7.50), Rockntommy Rulz ($17), Panda Girl ($5.50) and Baxter ($4.20) all present varying degrees of each-way appeal. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

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

The Dominator has been in a happy place recently and that spells unhappy news for his opposition at Oamaru on Sunday. The 6yr-old goes in to the feature trot on Kurow Cup day after unleashing a brilliant 26.6sec final 400m at the Ashburton workouts on Tuesday. That blazing final sectional to round off a sedate 3:14.5 overall time for 2400m, was the latest showing in what looks to be the start of a bright campaign for The Dominator. The trotter has returned to racing with the kind of attitude that will allow him to capitalise on the potential he has shown in the past. And that is something trainer Donna Williamson hopes will continue. “He seems very bright and happy and on form at the moment,” the trainer said. “He is a lot happier and he seems to be doing things right - we are crossing our fingers, a wee bit, that he keeps that up.” “But even in his work at home at the moment he has worked it out.” Sunday’s 2600m handicap could set up as a tactical battle between the drivers of Anothersuperstar and The Dominator. Step and run tactics have seen Anothersuperstar cash in in her past two starts in lesser company at Forbury Park and Gore. Driver Matthew Williamson will almost certainly employ the same free-wheeling strategy on the Ricky Allen trained veteran, again. That scenario could be set up a stern test for the Dominator, who starts from the 35m mark for driver Craig Thornley. Another veteran, 12yr-old Trick Star, looks one of the toughest horses for The Dominator to beat. The pair filled the quinella in their last clash, when The Dominator won at Addington, last month. Trick Star gets a 25m head start on his main rival, after effectively meeting The Dominator off level marks from behind the mobile at Addington. Southland pacer Franco Santino looks to have a fitness edge on his main opposition going in to Sunday’s Kurow Cup. The Nathan Williamson trained 5yr-old has had the most recent racing of the three class horses of the 2600m handicap, who will start from the 10m back mark. Franco Santino won a Wyndham workout, this week, in preparation for his Kurow Cup tilt. His last race day hit out came late last month, with his good second placing behind Jay Tee Tyron in the Rangiora Winter Cup. Fellow backmarker Storm Prince has not been sighted publicly since his sixth placing at Addington, behind A Bettor Act in mid July. Trainer Paul Court admitted his 5yr-old’s lack of recent racing was a concern going in to Sunday’s race.   “His work has been good, without being outstanding, and if anything he will just need the run is all,” the trainer said. “He is just lacking a bit of race fitness.” Court hopes a pinpoint drive from champion reinsman Blair Orange could help Storm Prince conserve energy, so he can fight out the finish.  “Hopefully Blair can weave a bit of magic with him and look after him without being too aggressive on him and hopefully he can deliver the goods.” Fellow backmarker, The Tin Soldier, also lacks recent racing ahead of tomorrow’s event. However, the Brad Mowbray trained 6yr-old has looked ready to resume in his two recent Ashburton trials. In the latest of those, The Tin Soldier ran his last 800m in 56.0sec to win. The consistent Nimah Franco looks the hardest of the front markers to beat in the Kurow Cup. v   By Jonny Turner Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Owing to persistent rain and the prospect of more rain leaving the track underwater and unsafe, the Oamaru Harness Racing Club has made the early call to transfer their 'Brothers In Arms meeting' to the all-weather track, at the same venue. President, David Heffernan, reported to HRNZ on the current state of affairs. "We've had verging on record rainfalls for time of year. There is surface water on the track currently. The forecast is for further showers in coming days, which will offset any drying and we'll still be stuck at square one of that process. Of course safety concerns are paramount too. We have to provide a safe track for racing on and given we have the all-weather track the early decision was made." "We made the decision in consultation with HRNZ, NZRB and the RIU, pre-nominations. Making the early call allows it to be as fair as possible for all concerned." Heffernan confirmed the 'Brothers In Arms' Drivers Challenge will proceed as programmed. "It's disappointing obviously, as we wanted to run this meeting on the grass but the all-weather track gives us the back-up opportunity and we feel this was the most prudent course of action." A new approved programme has been posted online and can be found on the HRNZ website. The only changes have been to the distances run. Nominations for the meeting close Tuesday at noon.   Race meeting distances as follows: Race 1 *2600m Race 2 2000m Race 3 *2600m Race 4 2000m Race 5 2000m Race 6 *2600m Race 7-9 2000m Race 10 *2600m *Denotes distance change   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week so we are in the quietest stretch of the new season for harness racing in New Zealand. Several of our regular contributors are also away on holiday during this time so the ringaround page is a bit smaller than normal over this period.  Waikato Bay Of Plenty host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club hold their Mid August racenight at Addington Raceway on Friday night Kurow host their annual meeting at Oamaru on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Tony Herlihy who thought Red Reactor would be hard to beat last Friday night. Red Reactor did win and paid $6.20 and $2.30 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday night John Curtin - John thinks that Just Wing It would be a winning chance at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive would be Royal Lincoln at Cambridge in Race 5 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for The Hulk as his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 6 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive is probably Rise To Success at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Gran Chico can go close to winning Race 4 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Kingslayer at Addington in Race 6 Harnesslink Reporter - says Beau Vista can go close to winning at Addington in Race 8 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Robyn's Gem as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Rydgemont Son might be his best drive this week in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Change The Print as his best drive this week at Oamaru in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks that Fancy Schmancy is a good winning chance at Oamaru in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week could be Jen Jaccka in Race 6     Harnesslink Media

Another busy weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the premier meeting at Addington on Friday night. There are four meetings this week starting with the Waikato Bay Of Plenty harness racing meeting tonight. Addington has the premier meeting on Friday night and the weekend harness racing heads to Gore on Saturday and Oamaru on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Rory McIIwrick who thought I'm Trouble would go close to winning at Invercargill. I'm Trouble did win and paid $10.10 and $2.30 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Waikato Bay Of Plenty at Cambridge on Thursday night. Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Gold Rocks as his best drive tonight in Race 2 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks the Dickie trained Cullens Caviar can win Race 9 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Littlebitoflove as his best chance this week in Race 10 Todd Macfarlane - Todd thinks his best drive tonight would be Vatican Hill also in Race 10   Addington on Friday night John Morrison - John says that Ruthless Kayla would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week would be Miracle Rising also in Race 2 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Oscar Bonavena as his best drive this week in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Gold Orchid would be a place chance this week in the Oaks at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Enghien as his best drive this week at Addington in  Race 7 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks Funatthebeach is going to be the hardest to beat at Addington in Race 10   Gore on Saturday Blair Orange - Blair says his best drive this week would be Artstanding at Gore in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive this week is Allaboutdreams on Saturday at Gore also in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be My Blue Heaven at Gore in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Be Holme By Three at Gore in Race 4 Rory McIIwrick - Rory says that I'm Trouble would be his best drive again at Gore in Race 10 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Cullens Avenue as his best drive this week at Gore in Race 11   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance of winning at Oamaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Stars Tonight should go close to winning at Oamaru in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive this week could be Flyinova at Oamaru in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks that Bringitonhome can go close to winning again this week in Race 7   Harnesslink Media

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - BJ Lindenny $4.50 is best backed over Ardee Trouble $5.50.   Race 2 - Adieu Flirt $15.00 - $11.00 leads win betting over Bicton $16.00   Race 3 - Di Caprio $2.20 leads multi betting with London Delight $2.50 leading win betting.   Race 4 - The big mover here is Full Herbs $4.80 - $3.20.   Race 5 - Davey Mac $4.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Tiziano $17.00 - $12.00 leads win betting over Cool Changes $10.50.   Race 7 - Nearis Green $6.00 is best backed on the multi 'book' with Little Bad John $15.00 - $7.50 leading win betting.   Race 8 - Zsa Zoe $8.80 - $7.00 leads win betting.   Race 9 - Two Ply $3.60 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 10 - Don Domingo $3.10 leads multi betting over Run Boy Run $4.20.    Race 11 - Time For Diamonds $7.00 leads win betting.   Race 12 - Motu Hot Topic $19.00 - $14.00 leads win betting over Miss You $14.00 - $12.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - The Dream Maker $1.50 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & also leads win betting over Nicky Anew $7.50.    Race 2 - Horse Of Course $1.75 - $1.65 like the favourite above is the only runner wanted.    Race 3 - Scotlynn Justis $2.80 easily leads multi betting over Living Legend $3.30.   Race 4 - Glengarry Rose $3.80 leads win betting with Articulight $4.80 leading multi betting over Mogul $13.00.   Race 5 - Rebel Kibbybones $3.80 - $3.60 leads multi betting over Ruthless Success$8.00 with the best backed runners on the win 'book' early Beg For Chevron $7.50 - $6.50 & No Fears $5.50.   Race 6 - Tornado Valley $3.00 just leads Father Christmas $4.80 in multi betting. Father Christmas leads win betting over Miracle Rising $7.50.   Race 7 - Smooth Mara $1.85 easily leads multi betting with Just Ben $8.00 leading win betting over Nearis Green $5.20.    Race 8 - Beachbabebeauty $2.00 leads multi betting over Mighty Santana $3.10 who leads win betting over the favourite.    Race 9 - Homebush Lad $2.80 leads multi betting over Art Collector $3.60 & Cut Above $3.00. Art Collector leads early win betting.   Best backed runner in early win betting is in race 7 Just Ben over Mighty Santana in Race 8.   Best backed runner in early multi betting is in Race 1 The Dream Maker over Horse Of Course in Race 2.    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am   Race 1 - Red Harbour $14.00 - $9.00 leads win betting with Cuddly Trouble $3.50 leading multi betting.   Race 2 - The debut runner Manon The Run has attracted some early win support & is into $8.50 from his opening odds of $12.50. His Royal Harness $12.50 - $9.00 is also taking some early money. Easton Foxglove $3.890 leads multi betting over His Royal Highness.   Race 3 - A quiet win 'book' early but best backed in multi betting has been Man I'm Good $3.80 over Magic Four $3.50.   Race 4 - The only two runners wanted in early multi betting are Ruthless Success $3.60 & Rebel Kibbybones $3.80.   Race 5 -  Hundie the $2.30 favourite is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Groomsman $5.50 is best backed on the win 'book' with Calendar Girlz $3.70 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 7 - Trouble Giero attracted a $1,000 win bet at $11.00 with The Dominator $10.00 - $9.00 also taking some early win money. BD Khaosan $2.80 leads multi betting over The Dominator.   Race 8 - All About Henry was well backed as soon as the race meeting markets were opened & is into $5.00 from his opening odds of $7.80, he also leads multi betting over the $3.20 favourite Santanna's Rocket.     Race 9 - Clasina Maria opened up the 3rd favourite at $4.00 but leads multi betting over Hopes And Dreams $3.00.   Race 10 - Martin McGuinness $11.50 - $10.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Motu Hot Topic $6.00. The $2.60 favourite Bettor's Heart easily leads multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:20am Race 1    Winnie McGoogan is best backed on the FF win book and is leading multis over Still Eyre. There was some early money for Rebel Kibbybones $26.00 in to $18.00. Race 2    Every Option is leading both the FF win and Multi-betting from Supreme Banner. Race 3    Quiet market early here but Tjuana Taxi  is best backed in the FF win.  Danielle Amore leads multi-betting from The Dominator Race 4    Aveross Rustler $4.80 in to $4.40 is the best backed and he leads both multis and FF win betting from Smooth Mara Race 5    Another quiet market early but Dusky Eyre leads multis and FF win betting in this race. Race 6    Tuapeka Trick is best backed runner on the card and is in from $1.60 to $1.50. He also easily leads Multi betting and is really the only runner wanted in this race. Race 7    Best backed in both FF win and multi betting is Monty Python Race 8    Takitimu Express leads FF win and also leads multi-betting from Scarlett Banner Race 9    Seel The Deal $5.00 to $3.80 is best backed in the FF win market with Titian Banner leading multis. Race 10   Run Boy Run is best backed. No early money on the fav Boults On Fire drifting from $2.70 to $3.00 Race 11   Alta Shelby is best backed and leads multis from Miss Ethel Sunshine Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The field for todays PGG Wrightson Hannon Memorial at Oamaru has been reduced down to a field of seven, with the latest scratching of the Greg and Nina Hope trained Usain Colt, who has been sold to Australia.  Hope still has the current second favourite Seel The Deal engaged in the race. He is a big mover on the FF win fixed odds, caving in to $3.80 after opening longer than $5.00 on Thursday night. There is a lot of confidence in the Hope stable that Seel The Deal can go a cheeky race today, in preparation for the New Zealand Trotting Cup in November. Driver Ricky May is also quietly confident about the seven year old geldings chances and said "he could need the run without any racing, but I like him a lot in that race" Seel The Deal has been ticking along nicely at the trials and workouts. He ran slashing final sectionals at the Rangiora trials on the 13th September, running home in around 55 seconds for his last 800m in that Rangiora trial. Race rival Alta Orlando trained by Robert Dunn, zipped over his last 800m in a tick over 54 seconds in the same trial, also justifying his readiness for todays race.  The Graeme Anderson trained and Dexter Dunn driven Titian Banner is currently the warm favourite ($1.65 FF) to win the Hannon Memorial, after an easy win fresh up at Addington on the 1st September and then a good second placing to Have Faith In Me in last weekends New Brighton Cup. Seel The Deal and Alta Orlando in their latest trial   Robert Dunn also has the speedy Tuapeka Trick engaged today in Race 6 with John Dunn doing the driving. Tuapeka Trick was placed last season in the group three kindergarten stakes behind stable-mate The Brooklyn Brawler and has come back a stronger horse judging by his latest dominant win at the workouts. The well bred Bettor's Delight colt is raced by the Westview Racing Super17 Syndicate, many of whom are heading down to watch the race today.     Harnesslink Media

Southland driver Nathan Williamson won't be driving at Oamaru on Sunday. He was suspended for four racedays from Friday 8th September until Thursday 28th September after Stipendary Stewards charged him with excessive use of the whip on Tas Man Bromac when he won at Winton earlier this month. Williamson says he was surprised to be called into the Stipendary Stewards room two races later to hear the charge. He flew to Christchurch on Tuesday to appeal the ruling and was told today that the penalty stood. When spoken to he hadn't read the full transcript of the appeal decision. Williamson says he's extremely disappointed with the decision. The suspension has certain been hotly debated in harness racing circles, and he says he's been overwhelmed by the number of texts and calls he's had in support. "I've had hundreds of calls about it. I've spoken to Rob Lawson who is the head of the New Zealand Drivers Association and had an email from Gordon Lee the local head of the Association. He (Lee) thought that I should appeal it. He's also written to the stipes." Williamson who operates the largest racing team in Southland says the suspension has been costly.   "It cost me $600 to fly to Christchurch, $250 for the appeal and the cost of getting additional staff in while I was away. Something like this is a $4,000 hit for me. It's extremely frustrating but at the end of the day they're (Stipes) doing their job. The general feeling is that a suspension is harder than a fine because people just pay the fine and move on."  He says that after yesterday's hearing he has a better understanding of what the Stewards want. But he says the appeal was more about the length of the suspension. "They want you to break your actions up. Use the whip, then run the whip through the tails, flick the horse's backend, hit the dust sheet or shaft. I understand that. I was appealing the penalty only, not the decision." When this story was going on-line he hadn't decided on a replacement driver. "I'm a Southland man so I'd like to use a Southland driver if I could but I'll have to speak to the owners. I'll probably get the same driver for both of them (Tas Man Bromac and Poppymalda)." Williamson had thoughts of taking Poppymalda to Addington for the Ordeal Cup and Tas Man Bromac was a possibility to start up there as well. "If I hadn't been suspended I would have taken them both through to Addington. Then I thought, if I appeal the penalty I could just take her (Poppymalda) to Oamaru and drive her there. That's why she didn't go to the Ordeal Cup and she is in (at Oamaru) on Sunday." Williamson says the suspension has put both horses behind in their schedules but he knows he just has to move on from today's decision and continue to direct his training operation.    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Kurow harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:35am Race 1 -  Best backed in win betting is the $2.30 favourite Still Eyre but the big mover & only other runner wanted in the early market is Anna Kate $9.50 - $6.00. Still Eyre leads multi betting over Michelle $3.60 & Anna Kate.   Race 2 -  Benhope Rulz $1.40 is racing away in multi betting with Mega Watt $6.50 best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 3 - Denstown $2.40 leads win betting over God Only Knows $3.00 with that runner leading multi betting over the former.   Race 4 - The only runner wanted here in early multi betting is My Nikayla $1.90 with Motu Hot Topic $12.00 leading win betting over Lily Franco $12.00.   Race 5 - Danielle Amore $3.50 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - A very even win market early with a good spread of money early on 7 of the 10 runners with One Direction $8.20 leading over Hypervelocity $3.30, Regal Major $7.50, English Rose $5.50 & Hall Of fame $5.80.   Race 7 - Easily the best backed runner on the card early in multi betting is The Dorchester $1.50.   Race 8 - James Dean $2.60 easily leads win & multi betting with some win support also coming for Bite The Bullet $3.50.   Race 9 - Sonny Beat $8.20 leads multi betting over Blazing Under Fire $2.70 with the former also leading win betting.   Race 10 - Vera's Delight $6.80 leads win betting over Sounds Lika Gem $10.00 & Martin McGuinness $20.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

On the slowest week of harness racing for the year with only two meetings, last weeks ringaround produced some good results. Lance from Racechat had the best dividend when Bettor Backim flew up the inside at Rangiora to grab a win paying $21.80 and $5.90. There were several other winners and many placings as well last week. This week tthe racing picks up again and three meetings are programed.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Jay Abernethy - Jay says R G Bee is his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Ardent Lustre as his best drive tonight also in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Lovely Bundy is a good chance tonight in Race 7 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve agrees and thinks Lovely Bundy can win tonight in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Arthur Lowe in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks Living Legend is a chance at Addington also in Race 2 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Man Of Steel as his best chance also in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Joey Maguire as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best chance would be Tara Tutaia at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Van Laddie as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Alderbeck in Race 6 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Boomer at Addington as his best chance this week in Race 9 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Matau Gem also in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Daylight Robbery would be his best chance in Race 10   Kurow at Oamaru on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Benhope Rulz should win at Kurow in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - says Run Boy Run can go close to winning again at Oamaru in Race 10      

Alderbeck today became the first winner of the new harness racing season for quiet achievers Phil and Bev Williamson.  After accepting the award for "Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing" at the national awards last Thursday, it was business as usual for the duo at the Oamaru harness racing club this afternoon (Sunday). Alderbeck was Phil Williamson's 546th winner since he started training in 1993. 526 of those wins or 96% have come from trotters proving what a great trainer of trotters Phil is. Phil was fairly confident of a good showing today from Alderbeck, saying " I think she will go a good race but I would not be putting the house on it at the short odds she is at today."   He said "there are quite a few in that race that could win with the right run". Son Brad gave punters of the favorite no cause for concern, firstly sitting parked and then pulling away in the straight to win easily by more than two lengths at the line.  Alderbeck (Pegasus Spur - J D Pat) trotted the 2600m race in a quick 3:20.2, with a closing 800m in 58.4 seconds.  Earlier in the day Bite The Bullet (Mach Three - Pistol Packing Mama) blasted home from the 800m in 54.2 to beat stablemate Dreams To Reality by a head giving John Dunn his second win of the season. Young trainer Mitchell Kerr has started the 2017/2018 season with a bang as another 3yo colt he trains in Alta Shelby easily won the last race at todays meeting. Alta Shelby (Mach Three - La Joconde) led for the last lap for driver Matt Anderson and sprinted his last 400m in a quick 27.4 seconds winning with plenty of petrol left in the tank. Kerr has gone to the top of the leaderboard in the trainers premiership with 3 wins from 3 starters giving him a perfect UDR of 1.0000 from his three starts so far this season. Alderbeck winning her race.     Harnesslink Media

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45pm Race 1 - Still Eyre $7.00 just leads win betting over Scarlett Lane $2.20 and Leo's Gift $4.80 with Scarlett Lane a clear leader in multi betting over Still Eyre.   Race 2 - Bite The Bullet $2.20 is the only runner wanted in win betting with the largest bets $1,200 and $500 at the current odds.   Race 3 - Sands Of Love $4.20 leads win betting over To Ri Alby $7.50 and OK I'm Bad $5.20. In multi betting Sands Of Love leads over OK I'm Bad and Diamond Life $7.80.   Race 4 - The $2.40 favourite Alderbeck dominates multi betting with Stylish Duke $8.50 leading win betting over Zachary Binx $5.50 and Alderbeck.    Race 5 - Only two runners are wanted here early in win betting with Run Boy Run $2.80 just attracting slightly more support than Woodlea Shawn $4.20.   Race 6 - Say Your Pres $2.50 is the best backed runner on the card in win betting and easily leads multi betting over Sarah Palin $10.00 and Dusky Eyre $4.80.   Race 7 - Alta Shelby $1.65 is the best backed runner on the card in multi betting with God Only Knows best backed in this race on the win 'book'. Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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