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Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Rangiora today with a ten race program starting at 1:07pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Rangiora selections 3rd January 2021 Best Bet:  R4 Rocknsnap Best Value:  R9 Midnight Assassin   Race 1  He's A Cassanova decent draw and good beginner. Good chance of running top three here….. Ilsas Son good second first start and has the draw to get a run through early. One of the leading chances….. Sheza Mighty Monarch  has promised plenty but prone to galloping. Trainer change here and can run top three at big odds with manners….. Break Free has been disappointing but last run better and getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   He's A Cassanova(3),   Ilsas Son (7),   Break Free (5)    Sheza Mighty Monarch (10)   Race 2 Shards In Manhattan better last start amd top driver booked. Has to be hard to beat….. Sportscam racing into form and has been unlucky in most of his runs. Winning claims and top  chance in this field….. Play By Ear running ok races and weaker field here. Good place chance….. Perfect Cut racing well but tricky draw. With a cart into it can run a place Selections:   Sportscam  (6),   Play By Ear t (11),   Perfect Cut (13)   Shards In Manhattan(12)   Race 3 Honeys Son coming in fresh with front row draw. Would be hard to beat if back in best from and should give a good sight at longer odds….. Steel Dust tidy win two starts ago and only need manners to figure here. Draw ok….. Kowhai Sundown tricky draw but has the ability to get into the race with no mistakes. Can win…... Orlando Magic good second two starts ago. One of the leading chances with manners and top driver on. Selections:   Kowhai Sundown (10),   Orlando Magic (11),   Honeys Son (9)   Steel Dust (3)   Race 4 Taurus Bromac looks the early leader in the race and track has front bias. Could be hard to catch with no attackers….. Opawa Louie disappointing fresh up but has trialled well on the track. Upset claims here….. Rocknsnap has promised plenty after some good trials and getting fitter. Big run last start and over the odds. Top selection here….. Classie Washington was disappointing last start but getting fitter. Draw hurts but one for longer odds Selections:   Rocknsnap (13),   Taurus Bromac (5),   Classie Washington (9)    Opawa Louie (7)   Race 5 Morano Chief quick beginner who will take some catching if he can land the front. Has to be hard to beat from the nice draw….. Twilight Bromac last start was better and he looks stronger now. Top selection in this field….. Radioactive Jaffa  massive run last start after getting back in the running. Unruly draw hurts but winning claims with a safe beginning….. Taumata VC racing well and drawn well. Should be close to the placings in this field Selections:   Twilight Bromac (9),   Radioactive Jaffa(18),   Taumata VC (5)   Morano Chief (2)   Race 6 Woodlea Explorer big run to win two starts ago and fitter now. Looks the leader in this field and could be hard to catch at good odds….. Gayle Force disappointing last start but prepared to give another chance. Has speed and good draw so has to be included….. Admirable has been fair in his races but drawn well and only needs to race close to the leaders to figure here. Good winning claims….. The Kaik tricky draw but has the ability to get into the race with no mistakes. Place chances look best Selections:   Woodlea Explorer (8),   The Kaik(12),   Admirable  (5)   Gayle Force (2)   Race 7 Idle Stuartia conditions suit and she raced well at Cup week. Good winning claims from the nice draw.…. Sonoma Tyron tricky draw but plenty of ability. One for the leading chances at good odds if he gets a safe start…… Excuse My French  easy win fresh and should go on with it. Has trialled well on the track and good chance to repeat..… No Fears nice draw but and a leading player if he could get around to the front at some stage. Chances hinge on him getting away from the stand quickly Selections:  Idle Stuartia (4),   Excuse My French (2),   No Fears (6),   Sonoma Tyron (12)   Race 8 Kiss The Girls building into some good form and quick off the gate. Should be close to the placings here…. Booraa ok last start and will get a good run from the draw. Would be no surprise to see her in the money here at good odds ….. Corravally Star has won his last couple and will go forward early. Good winning chance again here…. Buckskin forgive last start in hot field and drawn for a soft run on the fence. Could pick up a placing at good odds Selections:   Kiss The Girls (6),  Booraa (),   Corravally Star (7),  Buckskin   (10)   Race 9 The Player  good beginner who ran on late last start. Good winning chance here and hard to beat….. Midnight Assassin good last start in a nice field and better placed here. One of the leading chances from the draw and over the odds….. Majestic Hurricane tricky draw but very fast. Will be hard to beat if he could get around to the front at some stage….. Rebel Kibbybones getting better with racing and in good form. Should be thereabouts again here. Selections:   Midnight Assassin (1),   The Player (6),   Rebel Kibbybonesc (8)  Majestic Hurricane (9)   Race 10 Ava Adore  racing well and getting fitter. Should get a good run from the draw and is a winning chance.….. Smooth Debate out of form but good draw and will go forward. Should be hard to beat in front or trailing at good odds….. Takemybreathaway has the ability to beat a field like this and will be fitter after last start seventh. Winning claims at good odds ….. Saginaw hard to catch on a good day but very speedy. Will be running on late and could surprise Selections:  Takemybreathaway  (12),   Smooth Debate (3),   Ava Adore (2)    Saginaw  (8)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Some quick thinking from trainer-driver Kimberly Butt helped grass track specialist The Kaik bounce back to winning form at Rangiora on Sunday. The seven-year-old is almost exclusively driven to produce a sharp late sprint, but a slow pace in race 11 saw Butt switch to plan B. The Kaik rocketed around the field in the back straight before digging deep to notch career win 7 in his 87th start. “It surprised me that he stuck on and went to the line as strong as he did,” Butt said. “It was one of those races where they were really walking going into the back straight.” “When Johnny Morrison [driving Comfortably Numb] moved in front of me I thought bugger it.” “It had been very much a leader-dominated track and just about everything that won today was handy.” “So, I thought we are not going to get anything back here.” After making her quick move around the field, Butt was hopeful rather than confident her pacer would kick on and win. “I wasn’t sure at the top of the straight if he was going to get it.” “But he found another gear and was getting away from them at the end.” “I guess because he gets driven quietly all the time every now and then you can throw a tougher run at him and he handles it.” “He had dropped right back in grade too, so that always helps.” Sunday’s win notched The Kaik’s fifth win on a grass track. Butt will look for his sixth and career win number 8 by bypassing the horse’s usual trip to the West Coast Christmas circuit. “I think we might miss the Coast this year, which will be a change for him because he has gone the last three years.” “I think we will look at the Motukarara meeting on the 29th [of December].” Having first raced as a two-year-old in 2016, The Kaik seems to have been around for an age. As he approaches his 100th start the pacer is still feeling good and working well, as his victory would suggest. “He is seven now, but it feels like he has been around for a long time.” “He is just a lot of fun.” “He hardly ever goes a bad race, if he does you know he is ready for a break or something is bothering him.” “He is really easy to have around, he doesn’t take a lot of work and he doesn’t mind the racing either.” Butt works The Kaik around her commitments at Kentuckiana Lodge. The horsewoman recently transferred to the stable where The Kaik started his career after a stint with Brad Mowbray. “I have been at Chrissie Dalgety and Nathan Purdon’s for a couple of months now and I am really enjoying it.” “They were looking for staff, I didn’t have any intentions of leaving the Mowbrays but Chrissie came to me with the opportunity and I thought it was a good one.”

By Jonny Turner    Trainer Bruce Negus hopes Corravally Star can find clear air among the wide-open spaces of Rangiora’s grass track on Sunday. The quality three-year-old comes into race 10 after going to the line untested in his last start at Addington. With the seventh placegetter in the group 1 Sires Stakes Final on New Zealand Cup Day best driven for one run, driver Jessica Young-Grant’s tactics are unlikely to change in the 2600m special handicap. So, Negus is hoping this time, the breaks can go Corravally Star’s way. “He has just had no luck and he went super races in the big ones when he was driven cold,” the trainer said. “He has to be driven cold, he has got such a good sprint.” “If he gets a good run – he never got clear air the other day – I would imagine he would be in the first three for sure.” “I’m pretty happy with his work.” Corravally Star has a one-from-one record on grass after winning his maiden at Methven in September. The three-year-old is so effective on turf Negus plans to venture south to the Tancred Stakes at Gore on December 27 with the horse. “I am actually going to bring him down to Gore next week.” “He is very, very good on the grass and there is a three-year-old race worth $15,000.” Negus starts his day with two runners in race 2 in Perfect Cut and Play By Ear. Perfect Cut disappointed when seventh in his last run at Timaru, earlier this month. The performance was put down to the pacer not backing up eight days after he ran third at Addington. “I’m not so sure he backed up that well at Timaru,” Negus said. “He hadn’t raced for a wee while when he got third at Addington.” “It may have taken everything he had for the week.” “He has worked good since and whilst he hasn’t had a trial I would expect a forward showing.” Perfect Cut starts from barrier 1 with Play By Ear following him out from behind the mobile on the second row. Play By Ear has galloped in his last two starts, but those mistakes could be put down to circumstances. “Last time he galloped he had had a hard run and he was tired and he got chopped.” “He didn’t gallop free of interference, he got squeezed up.” “The start before was a stand and if he had gone away I am sure he would have run first or second.” “I am very happy with his work.” “He is following his stablemate out, who is actually a pretty good beginner and a likely leader.” “For what it is worth I think they can both run in the first four.” Negus also lines up two runners in race 11 in Dreaminsover and Highland Reign. Like Play By Ear, Dreaminsover also starts from barrier 1 on the second row. “He was really unlucky last start and the start before that he was only beaten half a length on the grass at Motukarara.” “So, I think he is probably our best upset runner of the day.” Highland Reign is coming to the end of her racing career and is running out of chances to add to her seven wins on grass. “We have been waiting for a wet track because she loves the wet.” “She is in foal to Always B Miki and she will only have a few more races if she doesn’t pick up.” “She went very good at Orari after she had a week of being trained on the beach, I can’t help but think that is where she will go back to.” “So, we will take her to Gore and leave her on the beach for a wee bit, for two or three starts, then we will retire her.”

By Jonny Turner    Junior driver Ben Hope delivered a tribute to his late grandfather Peter with his winning treble at Rangiora on Wednesday. Hope combined with his mother and father, Greg and Nina, for his three driving wins the day after his grandfather was laid to rest in Blenheim. Scoring his first winning treble in the sulky was a fitting nod to the 89-year-old, who had been one of his biggest supporters. “We drove home today [Wednesday] from Blenheim because the funeral was up there yesterday,” Hope said. “And it was good to get those wins as a bit of a tribute to him.” “He has been a huge supporter of mine, him and my nana, Mary.” Peter Hope trained 46 winners in a 30 year span as a licence holder. Many of those victories came with his son, Greg, in the sulky. Father and son combined to win the group 2 N Z Metropolitan Three-Year-Old Championship in 1982 with Braedoon. Hope senior drove the same horse to win group 2 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Hutt Park the next year. The trainer also produced Lock Rae to win the group 2 N Z Standardbred Sires' Produce Stakes Final and the group 2 E F Mercer Mile with Peter Jones in the sulky between 1981-82. Hope also shared in the ownership of the New Zealand Cup winning free-legged pacer, Robalan. Hope passed away last Friday, coinciding with Show Day at Addington, the scene of some of Robalan’s crowning achievements. The champion pacer, who Hope raced with his trainer-driver Denis Nyhan and another fellow trainer, the late Allan Devery, won the New Zealand Free-For-All three times. The Hope family’s winning treble at Wednesday’s meeting came via wins from Loyalist, Baxter and Krystal Delight. The Hopes capped a great day when Southernly Change ran second to Krystal Delight to fill a stable quinella. Baxter was a brilliantly consistent performer through much of last season, but that form had dropped away recently. A change in his work and dropping into a winnable race meant the five-year-old bounced back on Wednesday. “He is a horse that has been disappointing lately,” Hope said. “He would try pretty hard and he would be in the money most of his starts and he had a great wee record.” “For a while there he hadn’t been going that good and he didn’t seem to be trying that hard.” “So, we changed his work up and we were pretty confident he would go a pretty good race in that field.” Hope handed a Krystal Delight a perfect run in the trail and she relished running along a rain-soaked passing lane to win. “It worked out really well, getting the trail behind a nice horse.” “I think she probably appreciated the wet track, her best form has been on the grass.” “The rain taking a bit of the sting out of the track played a bit of a part, I think.” “In saying that, we had been really happy with her training and we were expecting a good run in that field.” Hope also gave Loyalist the same perfect trip and he broke through for a deserved maiden win. “He had been knocking on the door for a while, but he kept running into one or two better.” “But he got into the right field and get a good trip and he was too good.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Rangiora today with an eight race program starting at 3.07pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a nice day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Rangiora. Rangiora selections 18th November 2020 Best Bet: R3 Loyalist Best Value: R5 Bird Of Paradise   Race 1 Nirvana Beach goes ok on the track and coming in fresh. Winning chance here at decent odds.…… Linton Shard tricky draw but he has run some cheeky races in better fields. One for longer odds in this field..… Jenabella going ok but not sure the distance is ideal. Will be running on and can win…….. Four Starzzz Shiraz running ok races without a lot of luck and the amateur races suit. Hard to beat with a good run in transit. Selections:  Linton Shard (9),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (6),   Jenabella (5),    Nirvana Beach (4)   Race 2 Spot The Gamble racing into form and getting fitter. Can run top three here and top selection.……. Crown Range has ability and running on last start. Track will suit and winning claims here at big odds …… Muscle Bank disappointing last start but better than that. Drawn well and can run top three…… Break Free getting fitter with racing and has been racing better fields. Might get a soft run from the draw and has winning claims…… Selections:  Spot The Gamble (4),   Break Free (3),   Muscle Bank (5),   Crown Range (9)   Race 3 Loyalist  running good races and in top form and might be the early leader here. Good winning claims….. Mahia good staying type who gets a nice draw to work with. One of the leading chances in this field  ….. Taliesin fair run last week and mobile will help. Can run in the top three…. Le Tissier nice draw and stable has a good strike rate on the track. Winning claims here….  Selections:   Loyalist  (1),  Taliesin (9),   Le Tissier (5),  Mahia (4)   Race 4 Tequila Sunset good draw to work with and an easier field than last start. Winning claims at big odds ….. Majestic Sunset good draw and will go forward early. Can run top three over the shorter distance….. Crazy N Love has the game to beat a field like this and good second last start. Needed….. Quaestor coming in fresh but terrible draw. Not the worst and has to be included Selections:   Tequila Sunset (1),   Crazy N Love (6),   Quaestor (9),   Majestic Sunset (3)   Race 5 Bird Of Paradise conditions suit here and she is a major player in this field from the draw. Good winning claims at nice money.…. Shardan Suzie disappointing last start but give another chance. Should be thereabouts and at good odds…… Reflectionsofmylife tricky draw but looks to have the measure of most of this field. Can win and racing in good form… Flamboyant goes well on the track and racing well. Needed Selections:  Bird Of Paradise (1),   Shardan Suzie (10),   Reflectionsofmylife (8),   Flamboyant (7)   Race 6 Sweet Loress has been racing strong fields with merit. Should be a good winning chance in this lineup at nice odds . ……. Southerly Change tricky draw but plenty of ability and could start favourite. Include …… Madame Frost disappointing last start but better than that. One for longer odds in this field…… Katchalight good finisher who has gate speed and the driver to use it. One of the leading chances Selections:   Sweet Loress (8),   Southerly Change (7),   Madame Frost (12),   Katchalight (6)   Race 7 Tehoro Dazzle has been running ok races and getting fitter. Hard to beat in this field if she can find the front early….. Bright Glow running on ok last start and races well on the track. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Ali Lindenny  good draw and good beginner. Look for him to be in the trail and can run top three…. Medusa drops in class for this and form is ok. Can win….  Selections:   Tehoro Dazzle (2),  Medusa (9),   Bright Glow (3),  Ali Lindenny  (1)   Race 8 Star Watch drawn to head for the front and and will be very hard to beat if he can. Good winning chance at nice odds….. Off N Gone likes to race near the lead and has been racing well in 3yo races. Can run top three ….. Pay Me Visa has been disappointing recently but a big drop in class here. Can win…. Stick Man change of stable and likely to go forward early. Not the worst at good odds…..  Selections:   Star Watch (6),   Off N Gone (5),   Pay Me Visa(10),   Stick Man (2)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Jordan Simpson showed he is a good judge of horseflesh and a great judge of pace when training and driving his first winner at Rangiora on Friday with Will He Rock. The twenty-six-year-old notched his milestone victory in incredible circumstances, by taking a $500 unbroken horse he selected as a weanling and then developed for racing, and driving him perfectly to score a front-running win. Will He Rock’s performance on the track was as good as Simpson’s training and driving effort to break his maiden. And because of that, the rookie trainer-driver was still coming to terms with his first victory in the hours after the race.” “It was an amazing feeling,” Simpson said. “To be honest, I didn’t think he was going to do it that well.” “So, I am still a little bit overwhelmed.” Simpson’s first look at Will He Rock came when the horse caught his eye when he was browsing Facebook more than two years ago. “Reg Storer posted a photo of him on Facebook when he was a young horse saying he needed to move horses on and $500 would take him.” “I went out and had a look at them – there was another colt out there with him and a filly – and they just ran across the paddock together.” “I just liked his action, he was overstepping and he held his head high – he was a small little runt of a horse.” “Once I finally caught him, I had a look at his legs and his legs were perfectly straight.” “I was working for Jonny Cox at the time and asked him if I could have a horse in work.” “He said yes, so I brought him over and started breaking him in as a weanling.” It wasn’t long after Simpson began working with the son of Pinelea Farm, sire Johny Rock, that the trainer-driver thought he might have a good future. Simpson maintained that opinion and the three-year-old went on to have his first start at Methven, last month. After racing unkindly and weakening out of his debut, the trainer ironed out Will He Rock’s manners with the help of his employer, Darren Keast. “Ever since I have had him as a young horse he has shown ability.” “It was a shame that in his first start at Methven the occasion got to him.” “I am working for Darren Keast and he is a good trainer coming up, as everyone knows.” “He gave me a few pointers and I ended up putting a pole on him and took off the murphy blind.” “And now he is a different horse.” “The best thing is he is owned by my parents (Troy and Vicki Simpson) and hopefully they might share the kitty with me.” Simpson also credited someone special for helping get Will He Rock to the winner’s circle on Friday. “I couldn’t have done it without my partner, Xanthe Newman, she has been awesome and has pretty much been my co-trainer.” Simpson rated his charge perfectly in front after he blasted the gate in his 2000m victory. Rolling at an even tempo played to Will He Rock’s biggest strength – his staying power. “My whole plan was to lead because the horse is such a good stayer.” “When the mobile left he pretty much followed it out and when I was a few lengths clear I just tried anchoring him back to me.” “At about the 600m I had a look over my shoulder and saw Unfazed (the favourite).” “Then pretty much after that I pressed the go button and it just happened.” Simpson’s background in harness racing comes through his uncle, Craig Parsons. He who used to take his nephew in the training sulky behind grand former campaigner, One Kenny. “When I was younger my uncle used to put me on his lap and I would go around behind him.” “And ever since then, I caught the bug.” “Jamie Keast used to drive him and as it turned out I am now working for his son.” With his first win secured, Simpson does not have a specific path he wants to take his career down. He simply wants to do his best. “I don’t have my mindset on anything at the moment.” “All I want to do is do my best for anyone that gives me an opportunity whether they give me a go behind their horse or if it’s with my training.” “I just want to look after them and get the best out of them that I can.” Simpson’s first win came with the fifth starter from his stable and in his ninth career drive.

The riches-laden racing record of Princess Tiffany is set to be added to over the next month or so with the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained mare making her first appearance this time in at Rangiora trials on Tuesday. While the trial win (the daughter of Art Major won well in an overall time of 2.29.9 over the 2000m mobile) had its usual class about it more pressing matters will be foremost in her connections minds as they plot their way towards Group racing success in both New Zealand and Australia. Immediate racing options for Princess Tiffany would seem abundant but also come with a catch as the Group 1 Breeders Stakes at Addington on February the 14th, itself a fine race to compete in and potentially win, clashes ever-so-closely with two Ladyship Mile lead-in races on Australian turf with those races all but promising Ladyship Mile starts to those finishing within the top three. The Breeders Stakes offers that carrot only for the horse first across the line.. A betting man could offer a compromise of a bob-each-way with Princess Tiffany competing at Addington and, if missing out on that prize, flying the Tasman for a tilt at The Robin Dundee on the 22nd the following week although that would seem a stern examination of the horses ability to have three major races (if you include the then following Ladyship Mile) in a little over two weeks and would be highly dependent on logistics falling into place. As things are it would seem a bounty of sorts awaits whatever racing schedule is decided and with Princess Tiffany's NSW and Queensland Oaks wins no doubt fresh in the memory bank you couldn't blame connections demanding a continued assault on group racing features on Australian soil. Buyers at the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale can snare a little of the Princess Tiffany factor for themselves in the form of "Miki Diamonds" who is being offered by Breckon Farms. The colt ,lot 103 , is by Always B Miki and is a 1/2 brother to both Princess Tiffany and Rock Diamonds (22 wins) with first dam Dancing Diamonds being a NZ Yearling Sales Championship Final winner herself. The maternal line and wider family has produced wonderful racetrack results of late and include Sir Major Stride, 1.55.1 pacer Code Red and the Golden Slipper winner of 2010 in the form of Ohoka's Bondy. To say it's a family of winners would be understating it by some margin. by Ben Mcmillan, for Harnesslink    

By Jonny Turner    A busy Christmas and New Year racing period kicks off for trainers Greg and Nina Hope at Rangiora on Sunday. The husband and wife training partners line up eight horses, before stepping out two more at Ashburton on Tuesday and a further eight at Westport on Boxing Day. The Hope stable have a two pronged attack on Sunday’s feature race, the Rangiora Summer Cup. Both Kendra and Homebush Lad are both strong chances, but will need more luck than they have received in their recent racing to win.  Kendra was knocked over in the Pacers Green Mile at Methven, before being caught parked throughout her last start at Addington. Homebush Lad was unlucky in his last start when running out of room at the finish of Matt Damon’s Akaroa Cup.  Kendra is likely to be more favoured of the pair, but Homebush Lad should not be underrated, stable reinsman Ben Hope said. “I think Kendra is the better horse, but I was pretty impressed with Homebush Lad last time.” “Last week he felt like he was coming back to his best – like when he was second in the Kurow Cup – he feels like he is back to that form.” “Kendra is a better chance and if she gets as good of a run she will probably beat him, but I thought Homebush Lad might have a bit of a chance.” Hope drives Homebush Lad with Ricky May to steer Kendra. Hope drove one of the of the leading chances in the race, Franco Niven, to win two starts ago. Mossdale Rose resumes for the Hope stable alongside Spicy Girl Bequi in race 10.  The 4yr-old has a class edge over her rivals as a Southland Oaks placegetter. However, she will need to step up from her efforts in recent trials to win.  “Her trials have been nice enough, I have been happy with them, but she probably needs to improve a little bit,” Hope said. “But in saying that she has probably needed them.” “If she brings her top for she is definitely as good as anything in that field.” Hope drives Mossdale Art, with May to drive outside chance Spicy Girl Becqui. The Hope stable also have a two-pronged attack on race 7 with Southerly Change and Alyssa Delight.  Southerly Change has produced two head-scratching starts since her impressive debut at Kaikoura. The mare was caught wide at Ashburton and then battled after sitting parked at Addington. “We thought at Addington she probably over raced after she tried to go to the lead,” Hope said. “She is the type of filly that she goes nice, but she probably needs to get things her own way a little bit.” “She has definitely got ability.” May will drive Southerly Change from the 10m mark in Sunday’s standing start, with Hope to drive Alyssa Delight from the same mark.  Alyssa Delight has her first start since running fifth behind Yorkshire at Methven in October.  “She has got a bit of speed, hopefully we can step well enough to be handy and she will definitely be a chance,” Hope said.  Hope drives Krystal Delight, who starts from barrier 1 on the second row in race 4. “If she drew the front line I would have said she would have been one of my best drives.” “But, she is going to be relying on a bit of luck from the second row.” The junior reinsman also drives Ever So Bettor, who has trialled well in the lead up to race 2. The 5yr-old faces a big task to come from wide on the second row over 1950m.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight You’d forgive Ben Laughton for having one eye on next Tuesday when he steers two horses around at the Rangiora meeting today. The Canterbury junior driver pilots a couple of modest chances at the twilight meeting and it will be quite an upset if either wins. So, it’s understandable that he’s more thinking about making his New Zealand Cup Day debut at Addington next Tuesday. His boss, Dean Taylor, together with the owners, have entrusted him to continue his association with Go Davey in a $25,000 sprint. “I’m pretty excited. “It’s a few days away yet, but the nerves are already starting to kick in. “It’s definitely going to be a real thrill to go out there in front of 20,000 people, as well as all my family and friends. “And the best part is that it’s a couple of races before the Cup so it’s right when the day is at its peak rather than the first or last.” He’s been driving Go Davey in all his recent racing and says he’s immensely grateful to get the opportunity on such a big stage. “Dean left the decision up to the owners and they’ve been really good to me in that sense. When a senior horseman couldn’t drive him earlier in the year, they put me straight on and fortunately I’ve been with him ever since.” The pair have already won two races together and Laughton credits him as being “a consistent horse that always tries his best”. “It’s a bit different to what we’ve had recently, which is standing starts. This week it’s a mobile and he’s drawn to get a drag along. “Being Cup day, the speed should be on all the way and his staying ability should come in to it.” His best chance at Rangiora today is Glory Days in the junior drivers’ race, but her chances have been cruelled by a couple of scratchings, meaning she’s on the inside of the second line. “And the horse in front of her is a sit-sprinter that will be looking for cover, so we are going to be three or four back on the fence. “She’s not the worst in the field and looks a good place chance.” Another of Laughton’s regular drives is the veteran, Flamboyant, who he partners in the days’ feature pace. “He probably hasn’t come back as good from his break but I would forget his last start at Addington; he galloped going up to the gate and cut his quarter. “There was blood everywhere when we returned to the stable and that will explain why I couldn’t steer him in to the passing lane.” “He’s off 15 metres but does step really well, though I will be looking to drive him quietly.” Bookies opened both of his Rangiora drives at $41 and $8 yesterday afternoon. Even though he’s unlikely to record a winner in the next seven days, Laughton, with 17 wins to his name, is just grateful to be extended opportunities. “Every meeting where my name is in the race book is a positive. That’s the way I look at it. “The more times people see my name the better.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

What would usually be an irrelevant workout in the grand scheme of the season at Rangiora today could play a crucial role in the first clash of trotting’s new crop of superstars. Because the horses who dominate the markets for our richest trotting races are set to meet next week and going into today it won’t be a level playing field. Sundees Son has emerged as our best trotter after a stunning end to last season has been matched by a brilliant beginning to this one, with two effortless wins in as many starts at Addington. That has seen him leapfrog Marcoola as our most talented trotter and with Monbet struggling and Speeding Spur off trotting some impressive times in North America, Sundees Son is favourite for the Dominion (Addington) and Inter Dominion (Alexandra Park) later this year. But he would be a lot shorter if it wasn’t for the new season form of Oscar Bonavena, whose looks something special even though he hasn’t beaten rivals of Sundees Son class yet. The pair are both two from two and will meet for the first time in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup at Addington on Friday week. The mutual respect from their trainers is obvious. “Sundees Son has been very, very good and has gone to another level,” says Mark Purdon, who co-trains Oscar Bonavena. "It will be interesting when they clash because they both have very high speed for trotters.” John Dunn is the driver of Sundees Son and he takes a breath when asked about Oscar Bonavena. “He has looked really good,” says Dunn. “I don’t want to be giving him head starts in too many races because like my horse he can sprint like a pacer.” Which brings us to the R50 to R60 pacing trial at Rangiora today, which will include the Sundees Son trotting. Dunn has put him in the standing start heat against pacers to see how he handles starting among other horses on the front line, rather than starting on the unruly. Last season that could have been a disaster as Sundees Son manners didn’t match his motor but in his last six starts he has been faultless. “He has definitely grown up and strengthened up and I want to try him off the unruly in the workout to see whether we can take him off it for standing starts full time. “He is already back in the draw for mobiles and the way Oscar is trotting we don’t want to be giving him 10m, 20m or even 30m start, which is what can happen when you start on the unruly. “So if he handles the start well on Wednesday (today) we will try him back in the draw on Friday week.”The TAB has Sundees Son a $1.85 favourite in their new pre-nominations markets for the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup, with Oscar Bonavena rated a $2 chance. While the new pre-nom markets are a step in the right direction for TAB bookies, their percentages could do with some tinkering. The next two steps on the open class trotting path are this weekend when the best northerners like Lemond and Massive Metro resume at Alexandra Park on Friday while the southerners tackle the grass in the Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup on Sunday.   by Michael Guerin

Sky Vale a promising 3yo harness racing filly by Auckland Reactor has kept her unbeaten run intact by winning her second race in succession today at the early winter meeting at Rangiora. Trained at Rangiora by Glenn Gillard, Sky Vale (Auckland Reactor-Countess Vale) blasted straight to the lead in today’s race for leading driver Blair Orange, before handing up to Jazelle (John Dunn) and settling for a cozy ride home in the trail. Turning for home Sky Vale came off the back of the tiring leader and easily had the measure of the field cruising down to the line to win by more than 2 lengths at the line. Arocknatthepark (Gavin Smith) ran home well for second and Secret Bet (Terry Chmiel) finished on ok for third. The winning time in today’s race was a very quick 3-14.3 for the mobile 2600m. That represented a mile rate of 2-00.2 with a closing 800m in 58.4 and a final 400m in 28.2 seconds. Blair Orange moved well clear of his rivals in the New Zealand drivers premiership with the win on Sky Vale and he is currently sitting on 206 wins for the season, more than twice as many wins as his closest rival John Dunn who has driven 100 winners. Another of Auckland Reactor’s progeny Armed Reactor won his first race at his fourth start at Alexandra Park on Friday night. In the race Armed Reactor (Auckland Reactor - Pomis Arms) settled back in the field before making a sharp midrace move to sit parked with a lap  to go. Up the home straight Armed Reactor showed some of Auckland Reactor's toughness and dug deep to hold off his rivals for driver Peter Ferguson,  The 4yo gelding finally got to the line a half length clear of Vespa and Tony Herlihy, with the favourite Man Of Action a further head away in third. Auckland Reactor has sired over 100 winners in New Zealand and Australia with his oldest progeny now four-year olds. He also sired a winner in North America recently when The Great Buzz N won at Saratoga Raceway in 1:55.2   Harnesslink Media

The Greg and Nina Hope trained A G's White Socks got a desreved harness racing win in the Airpark Canterbury Gr3 Rangiora Classic yesterday, when he fired home late down the centre of the track to upset a brave Thefixer right on the line. Driven by Ricky May the underrated pacer had been the bridemaid in Group races on several occasions this season but yesterday his usual fast finishing burst was enough to see him home by a nose in the $27,000 race. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven will now be put out for a spell before preparing for a New Zealand Cup tilt in November. Thefixer was tough in second for Natalie Rasmussen after working around to lead with 1400m to go and then fighting hard and only getting beaten right on the line. He too is headed for a six week break while his third and fourth placed stablemates Chase Auckland and Ashley Locaz who both performed well fresh, are being aimed for the rich 4yo feature races the Taylor Mile and NZ Messenger in Auckland at the end of the month. A G's White Socks winning the Airpark Canterbury Gr3 Rangiora Classic   Harnesslink Media

AB Update Pick6 Harness this week: Thu 07 Feb $25k Guaranteed at Cambridge Night Harness -  jackpot $6,630.99 Fri 08 Feb $25k Guaranteed at Alexandra Park Night Harness   THIS WEEK ON TRACKSIDE - Harness: (February 4th - February 10th) Wednesday 8:30pm The Box Seat (TS1) Rangiora (TS2) Thursday 5:30am In The Gig (TS1) Cambridge (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Gore (TS2) Sunday Methven(TS1)   Amberley Trotting Club - Wednesday 6 February  Looking for something to do on Waitangi Day Feb 6th. Make your way out to Rangiora Racecourse and let the Amberley Trotting Club take care of that.A day of fun filled family activity is guaranteed , along with a full card of top class horse racing. The hard working Amberley committee aim to put on a fabulous days entertainment and this year will be no exception. Some of this years highlights include a chance for someone on course to become a honouree “part owner” for the day of the racehorse Airpark Flyer ,who will compete in the 2019 Rangiora Equine Services “Amberley Cup”,thanks to the generosity of owner, Graeme Harris and trainer, Trent Yesburg . To be in with a chance to win this wonderful prize ,all you have to do is, place any bet on course to the value of $10 or more, if you win fantastic ,cash it in ,if you don’t ,write your name and phone number on the back of your losing ticket,place it in the specially marked barrel in the birdcage before Race 6 and straight after Race 6 the winner will be drawn. The prize includes meet the owner ,trainer and horse pre race, you will recieve a $50 each way bet on “Airpark Flyer”, then watch the race with them in the members stand , have some post race photos taken with the horse and then enjoy some hospitality in our sponsors tent. Also on the day,Gabi Rennie and Macy Fraser,two of the star,s from the history making U17 Football Ferns who claimed the bronze medal in the 2018 Womens World Cup tournament in Uruguay will be on course to meet and greet and also there will be 6 signed footballs given away on the day. Once again this year we will be supporting the Womens Cancer Foundation. All female drivers on the day will be wearing a set of teal driving pants and should any of the female drivers win a race HRNZ will donate $100 to the foundation and Amberley Trotting Club will match it. HRNZ staff will also be selling merchandise on the day with all proceeds going to the foundation. The Amberley club have always embraced the ‘FAMILY ATMOSPHERE” on our racedays and once again there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained all day long , with giveaways, pony rides ,bouncy castle,childrens entertainer, lolly scramble and “Kids Go Racing “packs. Amberley Trotting Clubs objective is to run a raceday which gives back to the Owners ,Trainers and Breeders which is why we strive to keep the stake levels up for the owners, the $500 Breeders Bonus and for the trainers, International Animal Health Products & Garrads Horse & Hound will donate a prize pack for a randomly selected trainer in each race and all trainers will go into the draw for a Major Prize Pack drawn after Race 7. Airpark Canterbury have also donated a voucher of “up to 5 days parking at Airpark Canterbury and also includes a “business class wash” (approx. $150 value) and these will be presented to every winning trainer on the day. John Mc Cabe will also be oncourse ,entertaining the crowd with his wonderful variety of songs between races . So pack up the car , bring out the family and be prepared for a great day out. We still have some marquee packages and carpark packages available and they can be confirmed by contacting Warwick Duke on 03 313 6849 or More info on the day can be found by viewing the clubs website    Alexandra Park – Friday 8 February  Friday 8th February Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Alexandra Park Join us at Alexandra Park to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The sign known for their amazing personalities and great luck. Top of the Park will be beautifully decorated, there will be a delicious Chinese-style buffet and plenty of beverages to choose from. Plus we have a little something in-store to test your good fortune. Tickets from $70pp March Fundraising Race Nights Alexandra Park will be holding two special race nights in March to help raise funds for Ovarian and Prostate Cancer. March 1 is Oaks Night and will help raise funds for Team Teal and the fight against Ovarian Cancer. $5 from each ticket goes to the cause.  The night will also feature a celebrity Dual Sulky race featuring Dom Harvey, Melodie Robinson, Brooke Howard-Smith and Frank Bunce with two competitors to be named. March 8 is Derby night and $5 from each ticket sold there will also go to the fight against Prostate Cancer. Tickets are $65 per person, with elegantly crafted buffet dinner and desserts. Both nights consist of great prize giveaways. To book phone 09 631 1165 or visit 027 410 2420   Gore - Saturday 9 February  CLUB NEWS FOR GORE HARNESS RACING CLUB ANNUAL GRASS TRACK MEETING THIS SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY First race goes at 12.15 pm on Saturday for what is an action packed day of Grass Track racing for the Gore Harness Racing Club.  There is 11 races carded with the feature being the McDowall Painting & Decorating Gore Grass Cup which has attracted a good field of 11 runners. There is plenty of free entertainment on course for the children with Water Balls and Bouncy Castles.  The Olympic Watches ‘Punt For Gold’ competition will run on Race 8 where patrons need to pick the first 3 horses home in the correct order.  There is $500 worth of Olympic Watches to be won!  Entry forms will be in the race book and need to be placed in the barrel outside the Secretary’s Office prior to Race 8, you must be on course to win!  Palamountains Racing Supplements are on board again this year with two Trainers prizes valued at $250 each. The Club is also part of the ‘Team Teal’ Campaign raising funds for Ovarian Cancer.  You will be able to make donations to the cause at the race meeting.  Local Junior Driver ‘Ellie Barron’ is the Southern Ambassador for this campaign and already has a number of drives on the day.  For each winning drive by a female driver wearing the teal driving pants the club will donate $100 to the Women’s Cancer Foundation, this is in addition to donations made by HRNZ and Woodlands Stud for each winning drive by a female. Pack up the picnic and bring the family along to the Gore Racecourse for a great atmosphere and an up close experience of Grass Track Racing!   Hororata – Touch of Teal Fashion Competition To be held at Mt Harding Racecourse, Methven.  Racing Sunday -  The weather looks like it’s going to be fantastic! So bring your picnics and come to Methven and enjoy the racing. This is a Team Teal raceday – incorporating a Touch of Teal Fashion of the Field competition. Garrard’s Horse & Hound Hororata Cup. Nevele R Fillies Sires Stakes heat. Junior drivers race. Kidz Kartz. $500 trainers prize.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, Even though we have a week off racing, our team are excited that our first 5 star race night will be on Friday 15 February.  There are several Group/Listed Races on this evening with the Listed $150,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Fillies and Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes being the signature races on the night.  Good luck to everyone leading up to our 5 star race night. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course delicious buffet dinner. $54 + GST per person.  Cash bar available. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). IRT STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the IRT Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. TEAM TEAL CAMPAIGN IS HAPPENING AND WE ARE PROUD TO BE INVOLVED! The lovely HRNZ Team are out in force so please support the fabulous Team Teal Campaign.  Thanks in advance for getting behind such an amazing cause. This campaign runs from 1 February until 10 March. We are supporting this charity further on Friday 1 March, with 10% of every ticket sold will be given to them.  Further information about this is below   HRNZ Marketing

TAB Jackpots Pre-Christmas Bonuses on NZ Early Quaddies Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday between now and Christmas there will be a Bonus Early Quaddie on a NZ meeting: Thoroughbreds: $20k Bonus Early Quaddie every Saturday Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Friday night AND Sunday Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Thursday evening Bonus Pools Thu 13 Dec Addington Dogs: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie Fri 14 Dec Alexandra Park Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie Sat 15 Dec Te Rapa Races: $20k BONUS Early Quaddie Sun 16 Dec Rangiora AND Winton Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddies Pick Six  Thu 13 Dec $40k Guaranteed at Palmerston North Night Harness Fri 14 Dec $25k Guaranteed TURBO at Alex Park/Addington Night Harness Interdominions Interdominion Harness @Melton: A$110k BONUS Quaddie Races 5, 6, 7 & 8.   Manawatu Harness Racing Club - Thursday 13 December First race at 5.16pm. Features a $40,000 Pick Six.    Addington Raceway - Friday 14 December Hello Everyone, The countdown is on for Christmas.  Do you need to order Christmas Goodies, or organize a get together prior to the end of year.  If so, we can help!  ADDINGTON PANTRY ONLINE CATERING has Christmas Treats available to purchase!  Our Chefs have made delicious Christmas cakes, mince tarts and steam puddings for you to order online.  Please visit our website to make your life easy leading up to the big day.    As you could imagine Christmas at the Races is extremely popular.  If you are still looking for something, we have options available for Friday 14 and 21 December.  Friday 14 December Experience a Christmas Party like no other! Friday week we have a phenomenal festive atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment and of course great harness racing action on the track.  Options start from $75 per person.  End of Year Celebration ~ 21st December Races  Get your colleagues, friends and family together for one of the last working days of the year, and relax and unwind on the Lindauer Lawn from 2pm while watching the races.  Package includes: Christmas-themed BBQ buffet, allocated outdoor seating with umbrella, live entertainment between races and cash bar facilities. Only $38 per person. UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC - Friday 14 December - Friday 21 December (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.     Alexandra Park - Friday 14 December and Saturday 15 December  Christmas At The Races popular as ever Alexandra Park’s eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings set down for November and December are selling fast but there’s still time. “Our three November evenings are probably where we’ve got the best availability. However individuals, businesses and organisations need to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. The 2018 Christmas At The Races evenings will take place on Fridays 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 15 December. The incredibly popular nights are promoted as the perfect work Christmas party with a gourmet buffet, stunning décor, and great entertainment including a visit from Santa himself!. Holly packages remain available from $70 per person, as do the delightful Mistletoe packages at $115 with the option of track-view dining outside on the Epsom Balconies. Also, still available are the premium Pohutukawa packages in the Tasman Room from $140 which include a premium drinks package. However, Pohutukawa packages in Alexandra Park’s level five Top of the Park venue, priced from $165, are now limited but with some availability still on 21 December. Ms Visser says regardless of the hospitality package, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Christmas-style buffet. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email or visit Inter Dominions 2019 at Alexandra Park Dates confirmed are: Heats Friday 29th November Tuesday 3rd December Friday 6th December Final Saturday 14th December ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email: If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165   Winton HRC - Sunday 16 December WINTON THE FOCUS OF TROTTING FRATERNITY Central Southland Raceway in Winton is the focus for harness racing over the next few weeks with three of the four remaining meetings of 2018 held at the course. The Winton Harness Racing Club host meetings at the course on 16 and 31 December while the Wairio Trotting Club hold their annual Christmas meeting and Cup Day on Saturday 22 December. The first of the three meetings is the Winton Harness Racing Club Christmas Races at the course on Sunday 16 December. The club have a ten race programme from 12.20pm with the feature races, the AON Insurance Equine Stakes and the Ryal Bush Transport Mobile Pace. There is a great day of free entertainment for the kids with mini jeeps, a bouncy castle and a lolly scramble with Santa all part of the fun. On Saturday 22 December, the Wairio Trotting Club will hold their Christmas Races at the course from 12 noon. The feature race is the Otautau 4 Square Supermarket Wairio Cup while Santa Claus will pay another visit to the course and there will be a lolly scramble and other children’s entertainment including $2 mini jeep rides. After the Christmas rush is over relax in a picnic atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. Bring along a picnic, relax and enjoy a laid back afternoon with the Winton Harness Racing Club. The other meeting prior to the end of the year is a fun filled day for all at Gore on 27 December.   Cambridge Raceway - Club to mark Centenary in style A great night of summer racing with plenty of atmosphere promises to entertain racegoers attending Cambridge Raceway’s January 11 meeting next year, which will mark the centenary of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Incorporated racing club. Established in 1919, the club has become an integral part of the Cambridge community. Not only has it become the epicenter for racing in the region, its facilities have also been widely utilised, including as a training camp for the New Zealand military during World War II. To mark the milestone, the club plans to celebrate in style with the night taking on a 1920’s Great Gatsby and Peaky Blinders theme and racegoers are encouraged to dress-up accordingly. “We want to make a really big night of the centenary meeting,” Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch said. “It’s all going to be dress-up, the whole place will be decked out in a 1920’s theme. “We want to create a great atmosphere and pack the grass verge out along the front of the grandstand with hospitality, the Skyline Lounge will also be open, the Alf Walsh Lounge will take on a speakeasy vibe for the night and we will also have our Colts and Fillies Club to entertain the children. “We’re not only celebrating racing at Cambridge but also the past 100 years of the Cambridge township and we’re involving the Cambridge Community in the promotions and the race night. “There will be a 1920s themed window dressing competition in the lead up to the event.” The night will also offer a great card of racing, including the Gr.2 Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) and the Gr.3 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m), which have been specifically moved to mark the celebration. “Traditionally they have been on that earlier January meeting, but this will space it out a bit more from the Auckland (new year’s eve) meeting, so hopefully we will get a few of the better horses from the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m),” Branch said. The Waikato Flying Mile has been a key race for the club, with its inaugural running in 1966, and plenty of quality graduates have gone on to perform at elite level. “It’s always a race that has brought the crowds,” Branch said. “I remember Christian Cullen when he won the race, and going through the past winners it’s a pretty impressive roll of honour.” Other notable winners include champion pacers Young Quinn, Luxury Liner and Christopher Vance, while recent winners include race record holder Adore Me (1.51.6) and current world-beater Lazarus. Branch said there has been many highlights for the club in its 100 years, including the running of the Harness Jewels every second year since its inception, but the construction of the grandstand in the 1970s has been the club’s biggest achievement. “The Jewels has definitely been a highlight, but building the grandstand has been the biggest highlight for the club,” Branch said. “The Jewels this year has been the biggest highlight for myself as chief executive of the club and also retaining it for 2020. There has been a lot of learning from this year’s event, so we’re excited to see what we can offer in 2020. “We have got a fairly new team at the raceway and everybody is keen and wanting to move the place forward, which is fantastic.” The gates to Cambridge Raceway will open at 5pm on January 11, with racegoers encouraged to dress-up for the 1920’s theme. For more information visit this page – Cambridge Raceway   Central Otago Trotting Club News - 2 January The Central Otago Trotting Club is proud to announce two exciting competitions which will soon be live on their facebook page! Witches of Westview competition  Be in to win a share in a syndicate of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ courtesy of Nigel Armstrong & Central Otago Trotting Club. This is your opportunity to ‘own’ a share in your own racehorse from 2nd January 2019 through to ………………… You will not have to contribute any money at any stage to pay for the syndicate. This is an opportunity to be involved in racing up to 6 horses throughout New Zealand. At the end of it you may even receive a pay-out – if the horses do well enough, though we can’t guarantee that. This is a fantastic no risk opportunity for you to experience the thrill of racing as an owner. To enter you all you need to do is type Witches in the comments, tag a friend and share the Facebook page. On race day entries will be drawn against a horse (in a yet to be specified race) in a sweepstake manner. The winning and 2ndplace getting horses in that race will receive a share each. In the event of a dead heat for 2nd, the club will try to get an additional share, otherwise it would be decided by coin toss. Entries close 30 Dec 2018 Terms & Conditions of ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ Open only to females Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Must be on course at Omakau Racecourse, 2 January 2019 to pick up prize or will it will be redrawn. Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For full terms and conditions see ‘Witches of West View 2 Syndicate’ rules. ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ compliments of Kirk & Michelle Larsen This competition will give you a phantom share of a racehorse at Omakau on 2nd January 2019. The winner will receive complimentary admission and carpark tickets for 4 people. At the course once you have identified yourself at the secretary’s office you will receive 4 complimentary race books, you will be treated like an owner throughout the day. A COTC committee member will take you to meet the trainer and horse. You will be invited to watch the race from the owners & trainers stand. If the horse is a winner, then you will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with it. The club will put $50 each way on the horse for you – if you win the dividend is yours. After the race you will receive an invite to the president’s bar. To enter all you have to do is type Own the Moment in the comments, tag a mate and share the facebook page. Entries close on 24 Dec 12 noon If you are excited about owning a share in a syndicate, follow the link Terms & Conditions of ‘Own the Moment Syndicate’ Be 18yrs or over to enter Only one entry per person Enter on Facebook page ‘Omakau Trots 2019’ Will be drawn on 24 Dec 2018 Must be on course on the day to collect prize – 2nd Jan Photos & names may be used by the COTC or syndicate for future promotions. To have photo ID on the day All bona fide entries will go into a draw to be drawn on raceday. COTC committee members & partners are ineligible to enter. For all full terms and conditions see the Facebook Page.    Southern Harness News - Online Noms from 1 December The Southern Harness Racing Board has made a directive from 1st December ALL nominations must be made online. This will act as confirmation of your nominations. With Southern Harness Racing now preparing race fields for over 70 meetings this historical process of receiving manual nominations by phone is an inefficient use of staff resources.  With the workload, this manual process also increases the risk of errors being made. Note: This is for nominations only and all other communication will be as in the past. Nominations will need to be done through the Trainers Login Password on the HRNZ Website or by login on your phone by downloading the app.  Please watch the tutorial below: If trainers wish to have training on the use of online nominations please contact the Southern Harness office and this will be arranged for you. FINALS – NUGGET, LADYSHIP AND GOLD CHIP SERIES After a successful Nugget Series and culminating in a Super Nugget Final for a $20,000 stake, the Board has gone further and introduced a Ladyship Series for fillies and mares. All these series finals have a stake of $12,000 and Super Finals for $20,000. All winners of Finals gain automatic qualification for the Super Finals. Dates are: Super Nugget Final (Pacers) – 9th March 2019 (NSTC) Ladyship Stakes Final (Fillies & Mares) – 6th April 2019 (Invercargill HRC) Gold Chip Final (Trotters) – 13th April 2019 (Winton HRC) For full conditions of these series please refer to Raceday Programmes. STAKES INCREASE All Races programmed rated R60 & faster will be carrying a stake of $14,999 (irrespective of gait).  This is to reward the faster classes horses in the area and a continual increase in stakes in Southland to keep the horses locally and not offshore.   Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc Update Fantastic news Harness racing enthusiasts and participants. The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club can confirm that our 2019 Racing License has been recently granted by the NZ Racing Board for Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February to be held on the MAIN OUTSIDE TRACK of the Otaki Maori Race Course, Otaki. This is North Island GRASS TRACK harness racing at its very best. A successful galloping race meeting was held last Thursday on the Otaki Maori Race course and the track came through with ‘flying colours’ , after extensive drainage work and grass reseeding of the surface. By February 2019 we expect the grass track to offer a near “perfect” racing surface for all HARNESS participants.   The Club anticipates that stakes will be on a par with our 2018 meeting, being $9,000 per race , with the Wellington Trotting Cup run on the Friday with a stake of $12,000 and the Otaki Cup run on the Sunday for $12,000.[ These stakes were the highest of any North Island Grass track harness meeting in 2018]. There will be 10 races programmed each day.   The usual Kapiti hospitality will be on offer for all industry participants and owners. We welcome you all with open arms on the Kapiti Coast at Otaki Racecourse in early February 2019. Chris Craddock Vice President Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club Inc. 027 410 2420         Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill    HRNZ Marketing

There are just the three harness meetings programmed in this week so a quiet period 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 this week.  Auckland host a meeting tonight at Alexandra Park, while Gore harness racing Club hold the first southern meeting of the new season at Gore Raceway on Saturday. Rangiora host their 1st meeting of the 2018/2019 season on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to the Harnesslink reporter who thought Enchantee could win at Addingon last Friday night. Enchantee did win and paid $5.90 and $1.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Auckland at Alexandra Park on Friday night Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks The Lone Ranger can go close to winning Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Red Reactor will be the hardest to beat at Alex Park also in Race 5 Scott Phelan - Scott is going for Realmein as his best drive this week in Race 6 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Sol Invictus as his best chance this week also in Race 6   Gore on Saturday Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week could be Taimate Raffa in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Stickman as his best drive this week at Gore in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks that Dreaminsover would be his best drive at Gore in race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Franco Huntington as his best drive this week in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive will be Elva Jaccka at Gore in Race 7 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance would be Be Holme By Three in Race 8   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that The Cuckoos Nest is a good winning chance at Rangiora in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Franco Texas might be his best drive this week in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - says Nandolo can go close to winning at Rangiora in Race 4 John Morrison - John is going for I'ldoitmyway as his best drive this week at Rangiora in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks that Ket Reactor would be a chance at Rangiora in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

Trackside Listings Friday - Alex Park - Trackside 1 Saturday - Gore - Trackside 2 Sunday - Rangiora - Trackside 1 Saturday - Trackside 2 1.30pm Dan Patch from Hoosier Park featuring Lazarus    TAB Jackpots Friday night - $25,000 Pick Six at Auckland August and September - Every Sunday will have a $20,000 Guaranteed Quaddie on the last four races.   Alexandra Park – Friday 10 August  Friday 10th August - Owners Night This event is part of a trial that will explore multiple aspects on the night which will be used to present ideas to clubs for future events they may hold themselves. In the attempt to encourage owners to attend their race days, with options for all clubs covered. There is also the opportunity for businesses to showcase their products to owners on the night, with a small expo operating in the room. This will be free of charge.  We would like to offer the opportunity to all trainers or syndicators who are keen to talk to prospective owners to attend, and either have their own information available to present, or be interviewed on the night and allow for networking opportunities. This is also open to all drivers who wish to network for potential future driving opportunities, providing a great chance for juniors and trial drivers to introduce themselves to owners. Our aim to have new potential owners attend and talk to people already in the industry and hopefully sign up to a syndicate. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a trainer, syndicator or business who is keen to be present to promote yourself, please contact Jess Smith at Harness Racing New Zealand to register your interest Friday 14th of September - Thai Night. Thai night features an all you can eat Thai buffet, traditional entertainment, live harness racing and more! Book for your chance to win big with Thai airways! If you have any further questions or to book, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:   Gore Harness Racing Club – Saturday 11 August, Start of Spring Fling Bonus   The Gore Harness Racing Club will be paying a $1,000 Bonus (plus a cool down rug) to the highest points earner (filly/mare or colt/gelding) over the 3 days racing at the Club’s meetings on Saturday 11th August, Sunday 26th August and Saturday 13th October. Points will be awarded as follows; 1st – 10 pts, 2nd – 6 pts, 3rd – 3 pts, 4th – 2pts, 5th – 1pt.  In the event after the three days there is a tie a countback will determine the winner. This will be based on: 1. most wins,  2. most 2nds,  3. most 3rds,  4. most 4ths,  5. most 5ths.  If still equal on points the bonus will be divided evenly.   Rangiora Harness Racing Club – Sunday 12 August 8 race card, starting at 12.42pm at Rangiora Racecourse.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, BE IN QUICK, OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE SELLING FAST.  BLOSSOM LADY LOUNGE NOW SOLD OUT!  Only 97 days til Cup!  Be sure to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details on all the amazing options we offer on  Christchurch Casino NZ Cup Day, please visit;  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on, or 021 0298 5972. KIWI PUNTERS CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 2 IS THIS FRIDAY AT ALEXANDRA PARK AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR NEW ZEALAND’S BEST PUNTER We invite you to register online to compete for your slice of over $100,000 in local prizes and a trip for two to LAS VEGAS, where you’ll contend for US$2.5M at the National Horseplayers Championship Tour Final in February 2019. Important information to assist you becoming New Zealand’s best punter: § There is no entry fee payable. Receipt of $500 (per syndicate) betting funds validate entry. § For the first time this year, selected Fixed Odds Betting is available. § By finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in any Kiwi Punters Championship Heat, a contestant/syndicate gains qualification for the Kiwi Punters Championship Grand Final. § The heat prizes are different this year; 1st place  - receives $1,500 betting voucher and $500 contribution to towards entry to the Final. 2nd place – receives $500 contribution to towards entry to the Final. 3rd place – receives $250 contribution to towards entry to the Final. For the first time this year, 4th place – receives an invitation to the Final. § There are 12 heats/opportunities to gain entry into the Kiwi Punters Championship Grand Final that is being held at Addington Raceway on Friday 16 November. § Each location will be providing a tasty meal, so you can focus on placing your bets. § A friendly reminder to read the Terms and Conditions prior to registering online for the Championship! For information on heat dates, locations, terms and conditions and to register, Please visit; Good Luck Everyone & Happy Punting!! HEADING TO DISNEY ON ICE AT HORNCASTLE ARENA OR GAME OF THREE HALVES AT AMI STADIUM THIS WEEKEND? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the show at the Arena – JUST $30 for a delicious large pizza & 2 drinks.  Or amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 Burger and Beer Special  before the rugby matches.  Spectators has ample free parking as well, so that is definitely a winning formula! HEADING TO DISNEY ON ICE AT HORNCASTLE ARENA OR GAME OF THREE HALVES AT AMI STADIUM THIS WEEKEND? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the show at the Arena – JUST $30 for a delicious large pizza & 2 drinks.  Alternatively if you are heading to the rugby our amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 Burger and Beer Special are available.  Spectators has ample free parking as well, so that is definitely a winning formula! UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC  August 17  August 23 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Kurow Harness Racing Club – 19 August We have a brand new Facebook Page! We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting. Also all owners oncourse are invited into the Presidents Room and to enjoy our owners BBQ, hosted by Club President Gerald Cayford. Gerald will be providing a BBQ from his famous Bus on the day and welcomes all owners to come by and enjoy the owners’ privileges on the day.   North Island Awards – Saturday 1 September To be held in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park. Commencing at 5.30pm, three course dinner, beer, wine, spirits and juices and live band on the night. Tickets are $130 per head, with juniors and cadets full subsidized. Formal dress, jacket and tie. For tickets and more information contact Suzanne Herlihy 027 407 1057.   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner - Saturday 15 September 2018 6.30pm pre-dinner drinks - 7.15pm dinner and awards. Master of Ceremonies will be Mark McNamara – race caller extraordinaire! Tickets $55 each -Table of ten $550 Includes a superb buffet dinner, introductory drink and platters, interspersed with the presentation of awards. Numbers limited to 300 To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Noel Kennard 021 969 969, 347 9699, Email: HRNZ Marketing  

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