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Another great week for the harness racing ringaround last week with several winners and a number of placings. The Gavin Smith and Craig Ferguson selections combined for a $45.00 quinella in the first race at Addington on Friday night, while Jay Abernethy had the best winning dividend, when Jude's Gem won at Auckland and paid $7.10 to win on the tote. There are four meetings this week with one in the North Island and three in the South. Island. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Winton on Thursday Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Jacks N Jazz at Winton in Race 1 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane thinks his best drive is Shawami Lass at Winton in Race 2 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Danielle Amore in Race 3 Craig Ferguson - Craig is going for Overcast as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Benio Ben in Race 4 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory says his best drive this week is Golden Gate at Winton in Race 5 Nathan Williamson - Nathan is going for Splash Cola as his best chance this week also in Race 5 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Tara Tutaia at Winton in Race 6   Cambridge on Thursday night Tony Herlihy - Tony likes the chances of Miss Keesha at Cambridge in Race 1 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for CD Express as his best drive in Race 3 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve thinks Double Twist can win this race for Trent Lethaby in Race 4 Jay Abernethy - Jay says Kate Jackson is his best drive this week at Cambridge in Race 6 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best chance this week is Aramis in Race 10   Addington on Friday John Curtin - John thinks Rum In The Sun is a good winning chance in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin says Shebang would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark thought that Mekong Princess would be a good winning chance Addington in Race 3 Cran Dalgety - Cran liked the chances of Regal Major at Addington on Friday in Race 8 Harnesslink Reporter - says Real Obsession can win the last leg of Pick Six in Race 9   Rangiora on Sunday Jim Curtin - Jim is going for Sheza Tricky Bridge as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Sheza Tricky Bridge is a good winning chance in Race 3 Ricky May - Ricky is opting for Diamond Life as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Hallowed Turf as his best chance this week in Race 4 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Glengarry Rose would be his best drive this week also in Race 4 Terry Chmiel - Terry is opting for Laytons Lass as his best chance at Rangiora in Race 8 Blair Orange - Blair thought Goodlookin Chick was a good chance this week also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

Former American trotter Aldabaran Eagle easily won his public debut appearance at the Rangiora harness racing trials today.  Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, the impressive looking son of Muscle Hill comfortably accounted for a tidy field of trotters in todays race including Group one winner Eyre I Come and eight race winner Belles Son.  Aldabaran Eagle (Muscle Hill - Letsjustalkaboutme) began well from his 40m handicap in todays trial and driver Mark Purdon got a drag up to the leaders with 900m to go. The acceleration was immediate when Mark hooked out on the turn and he reeled them in easily to win by more than a length at the line. Last 800m of the Aldabaran Eagle trial Later in the day the All Stars Stable pairing of Have Faith in Me and Dream About Me were narrowly upset by the Gavin Smith trained Imola.  Imola blasted to the lead early for driver Gavin Smith and then handed up to Have Faith In Me with 1800m left to go. In the home straight Imola managed to outsprint the Purdon/Rasmussen pair and get up to win by a neck in a quickly run race. Have Faith in Me and Dream About Me who are both embarking on New Zealand Cup campaigns, were not disgraced in todays trial. Imola paced the 2600m stand in a fast 3-19.7 with closing sectionals of 58.0 and 27.8, meaning the Purdon/Rasmussen pair went condsiderably quicker from their 40m handicaps. Imola upsetting the All Stars pair Earlier another All Stars runner Renske B looked ready for her upcoming races after rating a 1:58.9 MR for the 2000m mobile. Renske B was driven by Mark Purdon and led all the way winning untouched with closing splits of 57.2 and 29.4 Harnesslink Media

The fightback begins today for former pacing hero turned mystery mess Have Faith In Me. But trainer Mark Purdon admits he doesn’t totally understand what he is fighting. The now six-year-old pacer was rated one of the best in the world this time last season and opened as last year’s New Zealand Cup favourite, fair enough too as he was the Auckland Cup winner and the fastest ever Miracle Mile winner. But while stablemate Lazarus produced the near perfect season, Have Faith In Me only showed rare glimpses of anything approaching his best and became the punter’s enemy. The wayward tendencies he was supposed to grow out of got worse and it took extensive testing before a kidney complaint was the best the vets could pinpoint as the source of his problems. Whatever it was, or still is, it has seen Have Faith In Me careen down the pecking order of our best horses as he returns to the public domain at the Rangiora trials today. Purdon, just back from a luckless but enjoyable World Drivers Champs in Canada, is quietly hopeful whatever ailed Have Faith In Me won’t be as big an issue this season. “He seems good so far, but then again he did at this stage last season too,” says the training phenomenon. “He has had a decent spell, seems sound and happy and it is a case of treating him like there is nothing wrong with him any more until we find a reason to change our minds.” Have Faith In Me will be joined at today’s trials by fellow Auckland Cup winner stablemate Dream About Me, whose season was also curtailed by health issues but not before she suggested she is a very special mare.  “She looks big and round but we are very happy with her and because these two had earlier spells than the other top horses they will race sooner. “They are likely to kick off at Addington in two weeks.”The stable’s two New Zealand Cup favourites Lazarus and Heaven Rocks are a month away from the races, with Purdon saying Lazarus has put on muscle without getting any taller.  “I am very happy with him and while the others are very good, he is still clearly the one to beat for me.  “I think Heaven Rocks has as much ability but he doesn’t have the same manners and that could be crucial while Have Faith In Me would have to return right back to his Miracle Mile best of last year to get back to Laz’s level.” The quartet give the All Stars a unheard of dominance of the New Zealand Cup market, with Titan Banner still a chance to rejoin them from usual trainer Graeme Anderson, although he is set to race at Addington on Friday night in Anderson’s name.  “I haven’t heard exactly what they are planning to do with him so am not sure whether we are getting him back,” says Purdon of last season’s NZ Cup third placegetter. Also on show at the trials today will be former US trotter Aldebaran Eagle, good enough to trot 1:52 in North America. “He obviously has real talent but has had a few issues along the way. He will be up to the good trotters here at his best. Whether he is at Monbet’s level we will have to wait and see.”  While Purdon and partner Natalie Rasmussen’s early season focus will as usual be on the Cup meeting at Addington, the odds are shortening on Lazarus heading to Perth for the Inter Dominions shortly after the Addington carnival. “We have nominated both Laz and Have Faith In Me and the intention is to take Lazarus so he will be going unless there is a problem along the way.” Michael Guerin

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:35am Race 1 - Alexy $5.50 leads win betting over Zakspatrol the $4.50 favourite and Got A Beauty $10.00. Got A Beauty leads multi betting over Alexy and Zakspatrol.    Race 2 - Show Of Faith $7.50 leads win betting over Spurofthemoment $3.10. Thank U George $2.40 leads multi betting over Spurofthemoment.   Race 3 - Amazon Lily $6.00 is best backed in win betting over Ranfurly Rulz $9.00.   Race 4 - Glengarry Rose $4.80 is the best backed runner on the card in early win betting. In multi betting Turkish Trousers $1.85 is racing away.   Race 5 - Sam Galleon $3.10 is best backed in win betting over Zavchary Binx $6.00 with the $2.80 favourite Agatha Tyron $2.90 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Denstown $2.50 is best backed in win betting but in multi betting Supreme Banner $2.50 just leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Articulight $2.70 is best backed in win and multi betting over Man Of Steel $3.20.   Race 8 - Lundqvist $29.00 - $18.00 is best backed in win betting over Anna Kate $29.00 - $21.00. Lundqvist leads multi betting over Sarah Palin $9.20.   Race 9 - My Wee Man $3.70 is easily best backed in win betting over English Rose $4.00 with the best backed in multi betting being English Rose.    Harnesslink Ring A Round Tips:   Racechat - Lance thinks Bettor Backim is a chance at good value in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says her best drive this week would be Speedy Mach in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim is opting for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Bella Veloce as his best chance this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair thinks that Turkish Trousers is his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Sam Galleon would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - says Supreme Banner can go close to winning at Rangiora in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Redwood Invasion would be his best chance in Race 8 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Medusa also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Young harness racing trainer Mitchell Kerr is looking to extend his unbeaten run at Rangiora on Sunday. Mitchell has started the 2017/2018 season the best possible way with 3 wins from 3 starters giving him a perfect UDR of 1.0000 from his three starts so far this season. His winners in the last 11 days have been The Dorchester, Run Boy Run and Alta Shelby and he has two runners engaged on Sunday and both have realistic winning chances on the track where he trains his small team. Miss Patriot (American Ideal-Honey Ryder) has her first start for Kerr this season in race four on Sunday. She is rated a $4.50 chance on the fixed odds by the TAB bookies after winning two workouts in recent weeks on the Rangiora track, and must be a strong hope of winning with any luck in the running. His second starter is the well traveled Supreme Banner (Christian Cullen-Gretna’s Best) who has also been ok at recent trials on the track. Supreme Banner is a $2.70 chance on the fixed odds and would probably be the better chance of the two horses he has engaged. This is the second season 25 year old Kerr has been training on his own account, after firstly working for other trainers and then training in partnership with his father Paul Kerr for two seasons. The Dorchester and Alta Shelby are both potential Derby runners if they keep improving and waiting in the wings is another stable runner in Forgotten Highway. Forgotten Highway (Bettor’s Delight – Grace Way) is the current stable star winning four races last season and running a respectable 5th in the New Zealand Derby last April. All going well he will be prepared for the New Zealand Cup meeting in November and hopefully on to feature races in Auckland in December.   Harnesslink Media

Leithfield harness racing trainer Robbie Holmes has a big team engaged at the Rangiora races on Sunday. The Holmes stable is racing in good form with several of the team in with winning chances in their prospective races. Possibly their best chance of gaining a win is with a two pronged attack in Race 9 which is the “PHIL & BEV WILLIAMSON OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TROT”. Robbie has both Dragon Boy and Redwood Invasion in the race and has chosen to drive Dragon Boy. Dragon Boy (Thanksgiving – Sun Dragon) is on the up after winning his last race comfortably at Ashburton and would only need good manners to be a major chance again in the race. Stablemate Redwood Invasion is another in with a good chance if he does everything right. He is a bit of a flighty horse who can gallop when you least expect it but does have ability. Redwood Invasion (Sundon – Annsmenan) is a full brother to 5 race winner Donsmedad who is trained by Greg and Nina Hope. Driver Gerard O'Reilly thought Redwood Invasion was his best drive of the day if he trotted all the way. In the last race of the day, Robbie has last start winner The Kiwi Way (Mach Three – Kiwi Ingenuity) entered. Out of top mare Kiwi Ingenuity, The Kiwi Way has the draw to either lead or trail and he ran a good third at the Rangiora workouts on Tuesday. Other winning chances for the Holmes stable include Gabby’s Star in Race 3 and both Markim and As Kiwi As in Race 1 which is an Amateur Drivers race.   Harnesslink Media

It was a quiet week last week for the harness racing ringaround with three winners selected. Matthew Williamson had the best dividend last week when Alderbeck won at Oamaru on Sunday and paid $2.30 to win on the tote. More winter racing for the ringaround this week but the quietest week of the year with only two meetings programmed. Auckland Trotting Club hold their first meeting of the season at Alexandra Park on Friday night, as do Rangiora who are racing on Sunday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Auckland at Alexandra Park on Friday night. John Curtin - says Parker can win again at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - is going for Tehoro Hazel at Alexandra Park in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Marcy Runkle is his best drive tonight in Race 4 Jay Abernethy - Jay says He's Like The Wind is his best chance this week in Race 5 Kyle Marshall - Kyle thinks his best chance this week could be Danke also in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Ardent Lustre as his best drive tonight in Race 8 Todd Macfarlane -  Todd says Kaitlyn would be his best drive this week in Race 9   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Bettor Backim is a chance at good value in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says her best drive this week would be Speedy Mach in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim is opting for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Bella Veloce as his best chance this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair thinks that Turkish Trousers is his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Sam Galleon would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - says Supreme Banner can go close to winning at Rangiora in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Redwood Invasion would be his best chance in Race 8 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Medusa also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

Canterbury trainer Nigel McGrath is just 10 wins away from reaching the notable milestone of 500 career training wins and will soon launch an impressive spring racing team. Classie Brigade, the winner of 11 from 35 starts, is being aimed at the New Zealand Cup (3200m) on the second Tuesday of November at Addington. “He’s back in work and looking toward the New Zealand Cup,” McGrath said of the five-year-old Bettor’s Delight stallion, who has not raced since May.  He won six from 13 last season, including the 3200m Invercargill Cup in January in 3:53.5, after starting from 30m behind. Lazarus clocked 3:51.3 in winning the NZ Cup by 10 lengths. “Ears Burning [seven wins] will head in the same direction. It won’t be easy but both deserve the shot.” Also waiting in the wings until the weather turns are Aloka, Sherriff, Star Commander and Dizzy Miss Lizzy - all capable of doing very good things this season. “On what they all showed in their previous campaigns you would like to think that one or two of them will take the next step up. “Aloka showed how good he can be early on, while Sherriff and Star Commander both have a heap of potential. “Dizzy Miss Lizzy will be aimed towards the filly races which will see her come in a bit later on in the season. “They’ll all target the classic races.” But before the big guns start firing, McGrath has some useful firepower to help him edge towards the 500-win mark, after starting training in the year 2000. Two of them will step out at Sunday’s Rangiora meeting, with Turkish Trousers and My Wee Man both flying the stable flag. Both horses are fresh-up and will derive benefit from their races, but both are strong chances after trialling well. Turkish Trousers, second at Rangiora in January, was tidy at a recent workout and McGrath is expecting a good showing from the one draw on Sunday in race four, the first leg of a $25,000 Pick6. “She’s a nice enough mare who is more than capable of going close fresh-up. I wouldn’t say she’s a world beater, but she should do a nice enough job this time in. With her good gate speed I would expect her to settle handy to the speed. “I thought her workout last week was pretty good. She’ll improve with the run, but gets a good chance fresh-up.” My Wee Man is a horse who McGrath has always had plenty of time for. “We had issues with his gait last time, but the motor has always been there. I think he will do a good job this time in and gelding him really seems to have worked the oracle. Hopefully, he lives up to what I think he is capable off.” A four-year-old entire by Changeover, My Wee Man’s sole win in nine starts was at Rangiora. He takes on impressive Ashburton winner The Kiwi Way in race nine, who has drawn the ace for trainer-driver Robbie Holmes. NZ Harness News

Four Starzzz Shiraz has joined the Christchurch stable of Brad Mowbray after being claimed at Rangiora on Sunday. Four Starzzz Shiraz, who finished third to Alexy and Bevan’s Cullen, was claimed for $5000 and the rising seven-year-old will continue his racing career in the ownership of Mowbray and Christine Maynard. The winner of eight races, Four Starzzz Shiraz has been entered for the Addington meeting on Friday night. It was the third time Four Starzzz Shiraz has been claimed. He was claimed for $10,000 out of the stable of Graeme Anderson, after winning at Forbury Park in June last year, and won at his next start when trained by Brian Norman for Shane Forgie. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding was subsequently claimed for $7500 by Gerald Cayford, and transferred to Billy Heads and then Amber Hoffman. Mowbray has enjoyed his best season as a trainer with 20 wins. The three-year-old filly Delishka has won four; Ultimate Desire four and Tiger Thompson three. Delishka was spelled after finishing sixth in the Harness Jewels, and she is due back in work next week. Her West Melton co-breeder Ernie Knight, who raced her with Mowbray, his father-in-law, died last week. Delishka is the first foal to race out of Balishka, who won seven races for Knight and Mowbray. Knight bred Mister Zion (Red River Hanover – Cross Lady), who won at Group One level as a pacer (2010 South Australian Cup) and trotter (2013 Australian Trotting Championship Final). He had won two races as a pacer in New Zealand as Zion when trained by Jim Curtin. Ultimate Desire is back with her Blenheim part-owner Brent Weaver. “She is out spelling and I will bring her up for the Country Cups and then send her to Queensland,’’ said Weaver. Ultimate Desire (seven wins) was prepared initially by Weaver for two wins at Forbury Park and Ashburton. Mowbray said Tiger Thompson, winner of the listed $40,000 Sires’ Stakes Harness 5000 for three-year-olds at Addington in February, will remain in the spelling paddock until the end of August. Tayler Strong

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1  Fiery Comet is the only runner wanted at $1.22 Race 2 Boomer is best backed in win betting with Out Of Aces best backed in multis Race 3 Celebrity Easton is best backed on the win book. with Bevan's Cullen the leader in multis. Race 4 Spondulicks is best backed in both win and multi betting. There has been some early money for Donegal Lucy Anne in from $31.00 into $14.00 Race 5 She's A Tricky Bridge is best backed in both win and multi betting. Race 6 Run Boy Run has easily taken all the money here in both win and multi betting Race 7 James Dean and Alpha Rock are joint leaders in both win and multi betting. Race 8 Favorite Cuddly Jess is best backed in both win and multi betting with some early money for Speedy $5.50 Race 9 Easily best backed at the meeeting is Martin John in from $4.50 to $2.80 ...Opawa Mach has taken the biggest bet so far today with $1500 on at $10.50   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

They’ve both won two races at Rangiora this season, but only one of either Thisismylastflight or Rocki Warrior can make it three in the past 12 months in today’s Rangiora Winter Cup. The duo are two of only five horses who have won at Rangiora Harness Racing Club meetings this season and are joined by; Witheze, Donegal Carrickfin and Run To Hide - none of whom are racing at today’s final meeting for the season. Tackling the $12,000 event today, the pair both have strong each way chances. Rocki Warrior hasn’t been seen at the races since the end of January, but the Denise Ottley trained pacer looked ready to resume with a big run at his most recent trial where he incidentally beat, Thisismylastflight. Three quarters of a length separated the pair and the big Washington VC gelding has the added advantage of drawing on the front line which suits his usually quick stand start manners. The win would also give his driver, Sam Ottley a good chance to push for overall driving honours at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club meetings. She’s driven seven winners at the club’s meetings, a tally bettered only by Ricky May (9) and Dexter Dunn (8). Gavin Smith is the other in contention with his seven winners as well. The mother and daughter Ottley combination have a chance earlier in the day as well with OK I’m Bad who was third in that same trial won by Rocki Warrior. Thisismylastflight hasn’t been seen other than that trial since running fourth to James Dean at Timaru at the start of the month, but the Steven McRae trained pacer has done a wonderful job in his short career. The Panspacificflight gelding has a big motor and Craig Thornley may elect to unleash it today. James Dean is a big chance in the Winter Cup based on his Timaru win for Leo O’Reilly while Cran Dalgety and Dexter Dunn have a strong chance from Alpha Rock. Greg and Nina Hope and Robert Dunn, who both train out at Woodend Beach, head into the meeting with six winners from the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s season with Terry and Glenys Chmiel their closest opposition with four wins.   Matt Markham’s Rangiora Selections Race 1: Fiery Comet, Family Night, Sunrise Spur, Tehoro Nova Race 2: Boomer, Out Of Aces, Bicton, Vyndetta Race 3: Got A Beauty, Zakspatrol, Bevan’s Cullen, Northview Major Race 4: Tara Tuatia, Spondulicks, Admiral, Dance N Jewel Race 5: Shes’a Tricky Bridge, Eden Franco, Crackared, Sans Le Sou Race 6: Run Boy Run, OK I’m Bad, Takitimu Express, Den’s Legacy Race 7: James Dean, Alpha Rock, Rocki Warrior, Thisismlylastflight Race 8: Ygritte, Diana Harbour, Cuddly Jess, Rocknpop Race 9: Man Of Steel, Toll Gate, Take After Me, Ask Me Art   Best Bet: Fiery Comet (Race 1) Value: Ygritte (Race 8)

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:45am Race 1 - Don Pierre $3.50 is easily the best backed runner in win & multi betting with  As Kiwi As $10.00 also attracting some win money.   Race 2 - Fiery Comet $2.90 is racing away in win & multi betting but Laura Bush $7.80 is also taking some early win money.   Race 3 - Vyndetta $2.75 hasn't taken any serious win money early but easily leads multi betting over Tall Poppy $4.00 who is easily best backed in win betting.   Race 4 - All Settled Down $3.90 leads win betting with Carley Maguire $3.60 leading multi betting over Donsmedad $3.40.   Race 5 - All Nuts N Bolts $7.50 & Earthquake $4.00 are joint multi betting leaders in a quiet win 'book'.   Race 6 - Jean Sebastian $5.50 leads Another Chapter $3.20 in multi betting.   Race 7 - The debut runner Flyin Milly Mac $1.55 easily leads multi betting but the early win money is on Theboyslightup $4.00 - $3.75.   Race 8 - Red Moon Rising $2.70 is a clear leader early in win & multi betting with the next best backed runners Go Davey $11.00, One Direction $4.80 & Arizona Atom $13.00 - $7.50.   Race 9 - Franco Nate $2.70 is easily the best backed runner in multi betting over Beach Skipper $3.50. Jonty James $13.00 & Like A Prayer $21.00 - $16.00 lead early win betting.   The best backed runner at 11:45am on the win 'book' is Tall Poppy $4.00 in race 3.   The best backed runner in multi betting is Fiery Comet $2.90 (race 2) over Flyin Milly Mac $1.55 (race 7) & Red Moon Rising $2.70(race 8).   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Carl Markham is more hopeful than he is confident that he could have a decent day at Rangiora today. The Methven horseman will take two horses over the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers to the Sunday meeting and has hopes that both could be right in the action if things go their way. Still searching for his first winner this season, Markham will be hoping that either Midfrew Tarpediem or Jean Sebastien can get him that elusive win. “You think you might have a couple of good chances, but you still need things to go your way,” he said. “And that’s what we will need, I think both are capable enough. But you need the luck.” Midfrew Tarpediem looked set to be a player at Timaru last week before he locked wheels on the home bend and lost all momentum. Today he has drawn to do no extra work from one on the second line and with a good run behind Articulight, he might not be the worst. “He was travelling good last week but needs that momentum, this week should work out well for him. “He’s best suited to sneaking through gaps and not covering too much ground and that should happen today. “I think he can run a pretty big race.” Jean Sebastien is on the quick back up from Addington on Friday night where he was spotted storming home after an early gallop in the Darren DeFilippi Memorial. “I’m not quite sure what is going on with the galloping thing at the moment with him. “He’s never been the most fluent of trotters, but he showed on Friday night that the motor is still there because he made up so much ground. “I thought, looking at the field that he’s racing that if he did everything right and didn’t finish in the top three that I would be pretty disappointed. “At his best he would be very hard to beat.” Both horses will be driven today by Markham’s son, Jeremy. Meanwhile, Gavin Smith will welcome back one of his more promising prospects in Red Moon Rising. The three-year-old son of Artsplace hasn’t raced since finishing third to Motu Meteor at Alexandra Park back in December after being struck down by injury. He won his debut at Methven prior to the Auckland trip, impressively and has always been held in high regard. Smith has given the colt a slow, but solid build up towards a return to the track. He’s had two workouts and a trial, with tidy performances in each and looks ready for a strong resumption today. The standing start will provide arguably the most interesting part of his case today, but if he can safely navigate his way through that early challenge then he should be in a good space to become a major contender. Go Davey, One Direction, Bet On A Rascal and Arizona Atom make up some of his tougher opposition. Smith will also be looking for a double for the weekend with All Settled Down. The racehorse-cum-broodmare-cum-racehorse again was an impressive winner over Donsmedad at Addington on Friday night and will be out to repeat the dose in the first heat of the Joan Belcher Legacy Fillies and Mares Mobile Trot. Rangiora Selections Race 1: #14 Don Pierre, #3 Franco Caliph, #11 As Kiwi As, #8 Mr Midnight Race 2: #3 Fiery Comet, #13 Jerry Garcia, #10 Laura Bush, #7 Girls N Boyz Race 3: #7 Tall Poppy, #5 Vyndetta, #6 Corena Lea, #12 Junkyard Mase Race 4: #6 Donsmedad, #7 All Settled Down, #3 Rocknpop, #8 Sarah Palin Race 5: #1 Articulight, #5 Rocknroll Nevin, #10 Midfrew Tarpediem, #3 Leading The Way Race 6: #2 Jean Sebastien, #7 Another Chapter, #1 Monarchy Invasion, #11 Majestic Moment Race 7: #1 Fear Rockn, #2 Flyin Milly Mac, #5 Theboyslightup, #7 Got A Beauty Race 8: #5 Red Moon Rising, #7 Go Davey, #10 One Direction, #11 Bet On A RascaL Race 9: #11 Franco Nate, #1 Jonty James, #10 Beach Skipper, #2 Machjagger Best Bet: #11 Franco Nate (Race 9) Value Bet: #1 Fear Rockn (Race 7)   Matt Markham

It was an ok week last week for the harness racing ringaround with a few winners selected along with a number of placings as well. Ricky May had the best dividend last week when Unico Legend won at Addington on Friday night and paid a healthy $9.20 to win on the tote. More winter racing awaits this week for the ringaround and it possibly going to be a wet one at Alexandra Park on Friday night with rain forcast.  This week there is also a Forbury meeting on Thursday with Alexandra Park and Addington Friday. Rangiora is on Sunday.   Forbury on Thursday Night Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Jetenara as his best drive this week in Race 2 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - thinks Lindali is a good winning chance aslo in Race 2 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says Triple VC is her best chance at Forbury in Race 4 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Lausanne Lass also in Race 4 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Och Aye The Noo as his best drive at Forbury in Race 5 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking Okains Bay as his best chance this week in Race 7   Alexandra Park on Friday night Todd MacFarlane - Todd thinks Banner Of Art would be his best chance this week in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - says that Gotta Moment would be his best chance this week also in Race 3 John Curtin - John thinks Red Castleton is a good winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Donsmedad in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Black Art as his best drive this week in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week is He's Like The Wind at Addington in Race 5 Albion Park(Australia) on Saturday Night Mark Jones - Mark likes the chances of Bettorthanspecial at Albion Park in Race 5    Rangiora on Sunday Blair Orange - Blair is going for Tall Poppy as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Bronx Village is a good winning chance also in Race 3 Harnesslink reporter - thinks Go Davey would be a winning chance at Rangiora in Race 8     Harnesslink Media      

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am   Race 2 - Woodstone $9.50 - $7.50 is best backed over Jerry Garcia $8.20 - $7.50. Sea Rover $5.50 leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Spooky $4.50 is best backed over Don't tell Ange $6.00.   Race 4 - Rocknroll Magic $1.80 leads win & multi betting over I Am Your's $5.20 - $4.20 but there isn't much between either runners early.   Race 5 - Sundees Son $2.10- - $1.80 is the only runner wanted early with the largest bets $2,222 at $1.90 & $2,500 at $1.80.   Race 6 - Early betting here mirrors the previous race and punters are saying that this race is already over judging by the early support for the $2.20 - $1.70 favourite Star Commander with the largest bets $2,222 at $1.90 & $2,500 at $1.80.   Race 7 - The $8.50 shot Gabby's Star leads multi betting over Magical Mitch $3.60.   Race 8 - Pirate Bay $3.70 leads win betting with Sky City King $6.80 - $6.00 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Sarah Palin $12 - $11 leads early win betting over One Over Dover $13.    Race 10 - Thisismylastflight $3.00 - $2.50 leads win & muklti betting over Smithy $16 - $10.   Race 11 - Bird Of Paradise $3.30 easily leads win & multi betting over Bontz $3.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

What happens next for yesterday’s Rangiora Classic winner, Classie Brigade, remains up in the air. The brilliant Nigel McGrath trained pacer continued a grand season on the tracks with a big win in yesterday’s feature event at Rangiora, downing some highly credentialed pacers as he continues his rise up the pacing ranks of New Zealand. And the question now for McGrath and the four-year-old’s connections is, where to next? The absence of Lazarus from the Harness Jewels makes continuing on for a few more weeks quite enticing, but there’s also Waikiki Beach and Heaven Rocks waiting for that assignment too. So heading to the paddock now and aiming towards a New Zealand Trotting Cup campaign in the spring is also on the table. “I’m not sure what way we will go,” McGrath said. “I’ll have that discussion with the owners this week and we will lock in a plan.” What McGrath does know though is that whatever decision is made, he’s going to have a very nice open class pacer next season, whether he starts fresh or remains a Harness Jewels contender or not. “He’s had a great season and has really developed into a good stayer. “I thought his Invercargill Cup win, which was run in the second fastest time ever over two miles in New Zealand was a huge performance, but maybe that run yesterday was better considering what he was up against. “When you look at the field they have all done some really good things in their careers and we had a bit of bad luck coming off the back but were still able to get home over the top of them in a really quick time, it was a great performance especially after the early burn.” Classie Brigade reunited with Ricky May for yesterday’s feature after May was the man who piloted him through most of his three-year-old season. After igniting early to get down to the markers and engaging in battle with Field Marshal, May must have been concerned when the leader stopped in his lap at the 400 metre mark and cost him valuable lengths while his rivals surged clear. “It didn’t look good at that point,” McGrath said. “You don’t expect a good horse like Field Marshal to stop on you, but Ricky never panicked and once he found clear air he really drove to the line.” Classie Brigade has now had 11 starts this season for five wins and three placings with his stake earning now more than $200,00. Chase The Dream returned to form with a bold run for second while there was plenty of merit in the performances of both Franco Nelson and Piccadilly Princess who really put the speed on at rounding the final bend. May was in action earlier in the day too winning the three-year-old feature with Mongolian Hero for Paul Court.  Matt Markham

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