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Katie Cox got her first win as a trainer when Mad Lu Li won her first race with Katie doing the driving.  Mad Lu Li won narrowly by a neck but worked hard in the open for the last 1000m and it was a good effort to hold on, with the last 800m being run in 58.3 seconds. Seaswift Joy has taken out this years running of the Geraldine Cup yesterday at the Orari racecourse. The Malcolm Shinn trained 4yo mare was given a perfect run in the trail by driver John Morrison and she sprinted too well for the opposition in the straight winning by nearly a length. Favourite James Dean was brave in defeat after trying to lead all the way. He stuck well for second with Mongolian Hero and Blair Orange running home well for third. Seaswift Joy (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle) ran the 2850m stand in 3-37.6 with a final last 800m on the grass in a very quick 56.6 seconds. Later in the day Harriet Of Mot narrowly beat Dominion Handicap place getter Monty Python in a thrilling home stretch battle, with Harriet Of Mot getting the upper hand by a head. They were 12 lengths clear of Tornado Valley in third. The Phil Burrows trained Friend kept his unbeaten record intact when he impressively won his second race in as many starts. Diven by Gavin Smith the Changeover colt had to work hard mid-race to lead then left his rivals to it in the straight winning immpressively by more than six lengths.  Friend paced his last 800m in a slick 57.8 with a closing 400m in 27.8 seconds. First starter Saying Grace was also impressive winning by 5 lengths for trainers Greg and Nina Hope. After some impressive trial and workout form, Saying Grace (American Ideal - Move Heaven Andearth) was all the rage with the punters paying 1.50 to win on the tote. Driver Ricky May had the speedy gelding in front with 900m to go and nothing got near him as he careered away for an easy win. Seaswift Joy winning this years running of the Geraldine Cup   Harnesslink Media      

This Sunday will see the return of grass track racing, as the Methven Trotting Club hold their spring harness racing meeting at the Methven track. Last Saturday the Mt Hutt trials were run on the track and Friend,Dundee Lady and Bank Raider were all impressive winners who are all lining up again this Sunday at the races. Friend (Changeover - Rafiki) is trained by Phil Burrows at Rangiora and the 3yo colt was an impressive qualifier at Rangiora two weeks ago. At Saturdays Mt Hutt trials, Friend settled back on the outer early but powered home in the middle of the track to win untouched for driver Gavin Smith. He looks a big chance in a strong maiden field on the weekend and is well drawn at barrier two. Stablemate Dundee Lady was also impressive, leading all the way in her Saturday trial and winning easily. She is having her first start this weekend and is drawn barrier six  Bank Raider beat a good field in the last trial of the day, winning well from the front for trainer/driver Leo O'Reilly. A grass track specialist, Bank Raider would be a good chance at longer odds in Race 7 on Sunday. Rakaia trainer Warren Stapleton had a big team in at the trials last weekend and is looking to back most of them up again at the races on Sunday. Dean Stapleton who drove several of the Stapleton runners at the trials said of the Stapleton team, "they are all in need of a run and will definitely improve with the trial run under their belt". "Most of todays runners will be back on the track for the races on Sunday" "I think our team has been going ok lately", he said. "Classie Cullect was overdue a win at Kurow as he had been unlucky previously and Leading The Way has really improved, since we stepped up his workload at home" Dean thought the new handicapping system was a help to their stable runners, by allowing them to drop back into races they were competitive in. There is free admission and free race books at Methven this Sunday for the Clubs of Canterbury Spring race day. For more details click here. Often called a punters graveyard, the Methven track can produce some big dividends due to the large field sizes and often softer track conditions. Buriton Bailey winning in the snow in October 2010   Harnesslink Media  

Michelle Neilson has been appointed Stable Manager for the All Stars operation with her duties combing an administrative and liaison role which will help the stable function more efficiently in a number of areas. "I will be doing a lot of the day to day things that Mark or Natalie would have been doing such as bookings, nominations, notifications so they can concentrate more on what they do so well which is training and driving horses." "I will also have a role with owners contacting them when their horses are trialling and racing and advising them of their horse's progress." "I am looking forward to this as an extension of my previous experiences and I will still be available for practical help around the stables when required," Michelle said. Michelle is a long time friend of Natalie and followed her over to New Zealand working in the stables for a while before branching out to the Mark Jones stable and latterly Phil Burrows largely with the hope of greater driving opportunities. "I lost my Junior's licence this season and have found it hard going." "You just drop off the radar when that happens" Michelle noted. A successful driver in Australia before coming here, Michelle has had a good strike rate as a driver in this country and will have some opportunities in her new role. All Stars welcomes Michelle to her new role. Her contact number for liaison is 0279370206 David McCarthy All Stars Racing Stables   -   Check site here

Harness racing can be a great leveler at times and the $32,400 Futurity Final for C0-C5 horses at Addington today was another great example that races are run on the track and not in the bar. New Years Jay was a warm favourite on the back of some super performances over the last few months and Dana Duke was another to attract solid support after a string of smart runs in quality fields.   Juliette Bromac led early from barrier one and set up a hectic pace in front.   The first surprise came when Dana Duke broke after 400 metres and settled 10 lengths behind the bunch.   The three wide train led by Parramatta and Terry Chmiel took off with 1400 metres to run and grabbed the lead off Juliette Bromac.   Billies A Star driven by Gavin Smith followed up Parramatta and landed in the death seat before getting cover behind New Years Jay with 800 metres to run.   Passing the 600 metres New Years Jay went into a wild gallop after hanging in and striking the wheel of Parramatta and that put paid to her chances.   As they turned for home Parramatta lead but was quickly claimed by Billies A Star who shot clear for a 2 1/4 length win.   Juliette Bromac got up the passing lane for a game second in front of a fast finishing Lovemetwotimes.   The time for the 2600 metres from the mobile was a brilliant 3:10.6, a mile rate of 1:57.9 with closing sectionals of 57.6 and 28.9.   Trained by Phil Burrows at Fernside, Billies A Star is by American Ideal from a In The Pocket daughter of a full sister to the brilliant Starship 1:54.5 ($341,780).   Gavin Smith was full of praise for the trainer post race.   " Phil always has his horses ready to run"   " When he tells you they are ready, it gives you a lot of confidence,"he said.   A bit of a rogue early on, Billies A Star is getting better with each race and Gavin was sure where the credit lay.   "Phil has taken his time with this horse and is getting the rewards now," he said.   At his present rate of improvement it wouldn't be a surprise to see Billies A Star in some of the 4 year old classics later in the season.   Billies A Star Harnesslink media

One of the best things about spring in New Zealand from a harness racings fan's point of view is the emergence of the next wave of  harness racing stars on to the race tracks. Some of the maiden fields during winter had little depth or class but now that spring has arrived the smart early season 3 year olds are coming out of the woodwork. On Thursday night at Alexandra Park (September 4th) race two on the program is a C0 pace for 3 year olds over 2200 meters and if blood counts for anything it should be one hell of a race. Happy To Go is a first starter for the Telfer/Garlick barn who has drawn well at barrier four and has performed well at trials and workouts. She is by Bettors Delight and is the first foal from the former outstanding racemare Time To Fly 1:54.2 ($154,680) Hartofdixie from the Barry Purdon barn is another first starter who has drawn nicely at barrier five and she has also impressed track watchers with her runs at trials and workouts. A daughter of American Ideal, Hart Of Dixie is the third foal from Splendid Deal whose first two foals were Splendour 1:56.2 ($148,990) and Maxim 1:55.9 ($397,413) Courtney John from the Todd Mitchell barn is yet another first starter who has recently moved north from the Phil Burrows barn in Canterbury and will start from barrier two on the second line. She qualified in 2:00 neat back in February at Ashburton and has always looked above average. The McArdle filly is a half sister to the smart Seven Point One 1:56.1 from a daughter of the super broodmare Port Medley. The last of the first starters is Local Yokel for trainer/driver Tony Herlihy and he has also been performing well at trials and workouts and will start from three on the second line. A son of Elsu, Local Yokel is a half brother to the very smart duo of Presido 1:56 ($153,575) and Sound Of Thunder 1:57.4 ($134,841) The field is full of horses with good form with Christy Maguire from barrier two yet to finish out of the money in four starts while Percy Jones from barrier seven has also been placed in his three lifetime starts to date. Sirius Star from barrier eight has been placed in three of his last four starts while Culler Coded, Bettor Ace and Machulbeatchu have all looked above average in brief careers to date. It is a punters nightmare to predict but if we had to go for one it, we would probably lean towards Hart Of Dixie but without a lot of confidence. Who ever does come out on top will know they have really earned their first lifetime win. Harnesslink Media 

New Zealand's best junior reinsman - Zac Butcher - proved just how good a harness racing driver he really is when claiming his second New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday July 20). The 21-year-old Clevedon-based beat South Islanders Matty Williamson and Jack Trainor.

Somehow you just know that tonight's (Friday April 27) victory by Pacific Rapture in the listed $175,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Final for 2yo pacing fillies won't be the biggest achievement in Phil Burrows harness racing career for very long.

Phil Burrows is experiencing a new harness racing high. The North Canterbury trainer works a team of 20 at Fernside just out of Rangiora, but it's his two 2-year-old fillies that have him springing out of bed each morning.

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