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Harness racing trainer Steve Lock always has a small team around him, usually made up of other trainers castoffs and horses that appear to be on their mark. It doesn't stop him winning the odd race here and there but there can be a long break between drinks. One of Steve's horses that has been knocking on the door for a while now is the nine year old Grant Your Wishes gelding Snow Boy. Bred by well known Canterbury trainer ,Maurice O'Leary and his wife Shirley, Snow Boy started his career with Phil Anderson in Canterbury having his first start just one day short of his sixth birthday. After three unimpressive runs, Snow Boy was moved to the the Craig Laurenson barn at Edendale for whom he had twenty two starts for for just three placings. It was at that point that Snow Boy found his way into the Lock barn. Taking a while to find his feet in his new surroundings, Snow Boy has been knocking on the door for that elusive with his last fifteen starts netting six seconds and four thirds, mostly with junior driver Rory McIIwrick in the bike. In the Dunedin City Ford Trot at Forbury tonight ,New Zealands leading reinsman Dexter Dunn was in the bike for the first time. Away first in the 2200 meters stand, Snow Boy took a trail after 200 meters and was three back on the inner soon after that. Angling out into the parked position at the 1200 meters mark, he again received cover with 900 meters to go. Angled three wide by Dexter as they swung for home, Snow Boy took the length of the straight to get his head in front in the last five strides for a well overdue win. It was Snow Boys first win from 58 starts and along with his 17 placings took his stake earnings to $16,360. While it may have taken 58 starts for Snow Boy to win his first race, in his present form another win may not be that far away. Steve Lock then went on to combined with Dunn for a rare double when in form pacer Blazing Bracelet was successful in a later race. The win was just Lock's third win at Forbury Park in the last seven years. All three of them have come this season with two of them tonight. Harnesslink media

Life Sign stallion Peruvian Hanover registered his first South Island winner at today's New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meeting held at Addington Raceway. The Phil Anderson trained Nicky's Passion scored emphatically in the hands of the country's number one harness racing driver Dexter Dunn.

Tomorrow's (Monday Feb. 15) Australasian Classic Yearling Sale should be well patronised if today's annual Yearling Parade at the Karaka Sales Centre is any indication. A couple of hundred harness racing enthusiasts from all parts of the world attended the two-and-a-half hour exhibition.

The successful harness racing training partnership of Tim Butt and Phil Anderson is about to disband. By tomorrow (Friday January 22) Anderson will have packed his bags and said his goodbyes to a union that spans some 15 years.

Canterbury harness racing trainer Tim Butt is starting to think Mr Feelgood can successfully defend his Watpac Inter Dominion crown in Sydney. After a frustrating start to this season, Mr Feelgood has turned the corner over the past two weeks.

Mr Feelgood's defence of his BIG6 Hunter Cup and Watpac Inter Dominion crowns is back on track following victory in last night's $20,000 SEW-Eurodrive New Year Sprint at Melton's Tabcorp Park. The enigmatic Kiwi posted his first win since his Inter Dominion success last March when he cut down Sammy Maguire in the 1720-metre scamper.

The well bred Cullen's Creek continued his advance through the harness racing grades with a stylish win in the Central Otago Trotting Cup (2600m mob) yesterday (Saturday - December 02) on the Omakau grass track in Central Otago.

Harness racing's greatest southern invasion on record will be launched at Alexandra Park on Friday night ((November 27). Up to 50 South Island-trained horses are set to compete for northern riches in the next six weeks, starting with the Franklin Cup meeting in three days.

A recent addition to the stable of Tim Butt and Phil Anderson has provided instant success for a group of new, and not so new owners as 4yr old gelding Raglan scored a decisive victory in the final race of the day, as Harness Racing's biggest day of the year drew to a close.

Mr Feelgood might have run into a brick wall after setting a torrid New Zealand record pace and finishing fifth of eight in last Friday's 'Make A Wish Come True' Handicap Pace at Addington Raceway, but the former American pacer is still winning harness racing awards across the Tasman.

Well performed harness racing trotter Roydon Flash is charged with a vital responsibility early this season as he will be the sole flag bearer in the tightest classes for the high profile Premier Stable operation of master trotting trainer Tim Butt and his partner Phil Anderson.

World conquering pacer Mr Feelgood USA has added 2009 Australian Harness Horse of the Year to his already imposing record of achievement. Mr Feelood USA has taken the Australasian harness racing industry by storm since arriving from North America in 2008 following an inspired purchase by Kevin Seymour, Peter O'Shea and Clinton Payne.

It would hardly surprise you if a pair of 3 Year Old trotters out of former outstanding mares at the gait in Merinai and Inda Bank showed promise, especially if they were trained by harness racing giants Tim Butt and Phil Anderson, would it ?

Remember that Thunderclap Newman tune of yesteryear titled "There's Something in the Air"? Well, if that title could be transposed to New Zealand harness racing, then the Avon City Ford (New Brighton) Cup (2600 metres, mobile) at Addington tomorrow night (Friday 18 September) would fit the bill admirably.

World driving champions are more conservative and discerning than most and are not in the habit of talking up horses merely for the sake of it, especially if their name is Mark Jones, who is still of relatively tender years but a seasoned veteran in terms of harness racing experience and success.

Senior driver Anthony Butt said he was particularly happy with Hunter Cup and Interdominion champion Mr Feelgood (20 metres) after he paced his closing 800 post to post from back in the field in 54.2, the last 400 in 25.5, when an impressive second to Mr Molly (front) in the feature pace at the Ashburton harness racing trials today.

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