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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 duke.w@xtra.co.nz More info on the day can be found by viewing the clubs website www.amberleytrottingclub.co.nz    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 www.alexandrapark.co.nz 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 info@addington.co.nz $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.    https://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/    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 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/121432pg.htm - Friday 14 December https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/122132pg.htm - Friday 21 December (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz 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 dining@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz 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 www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz 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: https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/infohorse/hrnzapphowto.htm 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 jess@hrnz.co.nz 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 dining@alexandrapark.co.nz 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 www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   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; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, 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; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/kiwi-punters-championship/ 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 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/081732pg.htm  August 17 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/082332pg.htm  August 23 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz 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: noel@goharness.co.nz HRNZ Marketing  

Harness racing trainer Gavin Smith has been fined $750.00 for striking his own horse. Nothing wrong with that you say! Except the horse he hit with his whip was racing next to him and being driven by another driver. At the North Canterbury trials on the 9th May Gavin Smith was driving Bronx Village (a horse he trains) who was leading as the field turned for home with Reverse Phsychology, Smith’s other runner in the race who was being driven by Siv Diamant, in the trail. Reverse Phsychology improved to Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards he drew his whip and struck that horse on one occasion. Smith admitted he had acted in moment of stupidity and said that he had told Siv that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Siv was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Smith said Siv continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. The JCA submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty, but after taking all factors into account determined that a $750.00 fine was a more appropriate penalty in this case.   Full details below:   BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A10183 BETWEEN SHANE RENAULT Stipendiary Steward for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND GAVIN SMITH of Kaiapoi, Licensed Open Horseman Respondent Date of Hearing: 13 May 2018 Venue: Phar Lap Racecourse, Timaru Judicial Committee: S Ching (Chair) D Anderson (Committee Member) Present: S Renault, the Informant G Smith, the Respondent Date of Decision: 13 May 2018 PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No.A10183 alleges that: G Smith as the driver of BRONX VILLAGE used his whip to strike another runner namely REVERSE PSYCHLOGY, near the 200 metres. The Rules [2] Rule 869(2) reads as follows; 869 (2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board. Use of the Whip Regulation (g) reads as follows; (g) No horseman shall use their whip in such a way that it baulks, inconveniences, impedes or strikes another horse or horseman. The Plea [3] Mr Smith had signed the Information that the breach was admitted. Mr Smith confirmed this at the hearing. He also confirmed he understood the rule he was being charged with. Summary of Facts [4] On 9 May 2018 at the North Canterbury TOA trials meeting at Rangiora Racecourse, Open Horseman, Mr G Smith was the trainer and driver of BRONX VILLAGE in Race 12, a Non-winners Pace trial and was placed 3rd in the event. Mr Smith was also the trainer of REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, who was driven by Ms S Diamant, and was placed 2nd in the same event. [5] During the running and near the 200m, Mr Smith was observed to strike another runner, being REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY. [6] This incident was observed by the officiating Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault and recorded by the oncourse cameras. [7] Mr Renault made application pursuant to Rule 1103(4)(c) from the General Manager of the RIU, Mr M Godber, to lodge an information against Mr Smith for a breach of Rule 869(2)(g). This application was granted on 11 May 2018 and a letter was produced for the Judicial Committee. [8] Mr Smith was subsequently charged with a breach of Rule 869(2) in that he used his whip to strike another runner near the 200m. Informant’s Submissions [9] Mr Renault showed side on video footage of the incident to the Committee which showed Mr Smith driving BRONX VILLAGE leading as the field turned for home with REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, Mr Smith’s other runner in the race and driven by Ms S Diamant, in the trail. He said that REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY improved to Mr Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards Mr Smith drew his whip and struck REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY on one occasion. [10] Mr Renault stated that this was a deliberate action by Mr Smith who looked to his outside, saw his other horse there, drew the whip and struck the horse. Mr Smith, on the day, stated to Mr Renault, that he didn’t think his driver was hitting the horse or urging it on enough over the concluding stages. Mr Renault submitted that this was a safety issue as Mr Smith could not know what reaction the horse would take after being struck on the inside. He also stated that the Stewards take a dim view of Mr Smith’s actions and believe they are totally unacceptable. Mr Renault in answer to a question from the Committee, stated that Ms Diamant had informed him that the whip had struck the horse on the backside. Mr Renault said that even though it was only one strike, the perception to the betting public, was poor. Submissions of Respondent [11] Mr Smith stated that it was a “moment of stupidity”. He said that he owned REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY, that he was a “bludger” and hadn’t been anywhere in the past year. Mr Smith said that as he owns REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY and as he had a paying clients horse in the race, he had decided to drive BRONX VILLAGE. [12] Mr Smith said that he had told Ms Diamant that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Ms Diamant was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Mr Smith said Ms Diamant continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. He also said that as soon as he had done it, could not believe how stupid he had been. He also said it was a bad look, a dumb thing to do, and still doesn’t know why he let it happen. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [13] Mr Renault for the RIU stated that Mr Smith had a clear record in relation to this part of the rule. He said that a breach of this particular rule where another horse is struck, was very uncommon and as such here were no precedents to assist with penalty. Mr Renault stated that the JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point and only refers to penalty being “case by case on merits”. [14] Mr Renault submitted that an appropriate penalty in this case is a combined suspension and fine. He stated that this was a deliberate act which should not be accepted, and an appropriate penalty should be one that will send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. Mr Renault submitted that a fine of $500 as well as a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty. Respondent’s Submissions [15] Mr Smith stated that a suspension as well as a fine was incredibly harsh for one strike at a trials meeting. He said that he was already suspended, for careless driving, from after the Addington meeting on Friday 18 May up to and including 27 May 2018. He said a suspension would be excessive especially as the first day of suspension would be the Harness Jewels day on 2 June. Reasons for Penalty [16] In determining penalty, we carefully considered all factors in regard to this breach. In mitigation, Mr Smith’s frank admission of the breach, his genuine remorse and his clear record in relation to this part of the rule, are factors to be taken into account. [17] Mr Smith admitted to an act of stupidity and also conceded that it was not a good look for the industry. We agree with both points and determined that these were aggravating factors. We also agreed with Mr Renault who stated that there is a need to send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. [18] Mr Renault submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty in this case. The JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point for a breach of this rule but states that any penalty be on a “case by case on merits”. Charges under this section of the Whip Regulations with similar circumstances are so uncommon there are no historical precedents of penalty to assist us. After careful consideration this Committee determined that a combined penalty of a fine of $500 and a 3-day suspension would be disproportionate to the level of offending, especially in Mr Smith’s case where the first day of any suspension imposed would be the country’s premier meeting of the year, being the Harness Jewels meeting at Cambridge. [19] Taking all factors into account we determined that a fine was an appropriate penalty in this case. The level of this fine we set at $750. [20] Mr Smith is fined the sum of $750. S Ching CHAIR http://www.jca.org.nz/non-race-day-hearings/non-raceday-inquiry-riu-v-g-smith-decision-dated-13-may-2018-chair-mr-s-ching   Harnesslink Media

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 10:25am Race 1 - Dolly Jones $17.00 - $16.00 leads win betting over Lone Star Lad $10.50 & BJ Lindenny $3.20. Race 2 - Di Caprio $30.00 - $12.00 is the big mover in the race with the largest bet $500 at $25.00. The $2.00 favourite Son Of A Tiger easily leads multi betting. Race 3 - Highland Girl $3.50 is the only runner wanted in multi betting. It's A Deal $9.20 - $7.00 leads win betting over Highland Girl. Race 4 - Onedin Reign $1.95 & Immortal Change $4.50 are the only two runners wanted in multi betting. Race 5 - Denstown $2.40 just leads multi betting over Lets Hustle $4.50 & Shot In The dark $5.00. Race 6 - Geena's Girl $5.80 just leads multi betting over the other joint favourite Soney Beatt. Race 7 - Stompem $6.80 easily leads win betting over Motu Bettor Be Quick $12.00.  Race 8 - Diamonds N Cash $4.50 - $4.20 leads win betting over My Wee Man $4.50. Baileys Knight $4.20 leads multi betting. Race 9 - Bonnie Highlander $8.50 leads win betting over Lothario $8.00 & One Over Dover $4.20. Race 10 - The $14.00 chance Augusta leads win & multi betting over Bettor's Heart $4.50. Race 11 - The longshot Cool Changes $18.00 - $16.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over the $2.70 favourite Trailer Park Girl & De Lancome $11.50 - $10.00. Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - Sunny Glenis $6.50 - $5.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Mystical Star. Mystical Star  leads multibetting.   Race 2 - The Go To Man $5.00 - $4.80 is best backed on the win book and easily leads multi betting over Copperhead Rose.   Race 3 - Franco Saxon $1.85 - $1.80 is easily the best backed runner on the day and leads multi betting over Jay FM   Race 4 - Morven Lass $2.50 - $2.40 easily leads win betting in this race and also leads mutli betting over To Ri Else.   Race 5 - Cullens Joy $7.20 - $7.00 is the current win betting leader with Trendys Bad Girl $9.00 narrowly leading multi betting in a quiet market early.   Race 6 - Bright Glow is best backed early and Time For Daimonds leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Vinny Gambini $4.80 leads win & multi betting in a quiet market early.   Race 8 - Clasina Maria leads multi betting easily from Alta Orlando who has some good early support on the win book.   Race 9- Trouble Giero $4.80 leads win & multi betting over Monkeys Way.   Race 10 - Julia Lady leads win and multi betting from The Kaik and Western Delight.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of TAB  

Rangiora‚Äč harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1 - Eja Patron $3.90 leads multi betting over Living Legend $10.50 with that runner best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 2 - Mdina $2.10 easily leads multi betting with the outsider Red Harbour $25.00 & Speedy Command $25.00 taking some early win money.   Race 3 - It's A Deal $21.00 - $8.00 is the big win mover in the race with the next best backed Maninthemirror $9.00.   Race 4 - No Fears $2.05 is the only runner wanted in multi betting in what is a quiet win 'book' early.   Race 5 - Kensington Kate $3.80 & Dibaba $6.20 - $4.50 lead early win money with Maddi's Rebel $3.60 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Some early win money has come for Corena Lea $22.00 - $16.00.   Race 7 - Jerry Garcia $6.20 & Time For Diamonds $14.00 are best backed early in win betting.   Race 8 - Black Art $9.50 - $7.00 is easily the best backed runner in win betting over Bushido $4.80 & Vinny Gambini $3.90.   Race 9 - Paravani $4.20 leads multi betting over King Size $5.00.   Race 10 - Some Legend $3.00 - $2.80 is easily the best backed runner in both win & multi betting.   Race 11 - Sheez Good $16.00 - $10.00 is the big win mover in the race with money also coming for Samarias Falcon $3.90     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

It could be an advantage to Heaven Rocks for the first major clash of the harness racing season. The biggest names in pacing -- Lazarus, Heaven Rocks and Have Faith In Me --- trialled at Rangiora on Wednesday, as their final public lead-ups to Addington on Friday week. And the way Heaven Rocks dealt to his two superstar stablemates suggests he could start favourite for their season-opening clash. Heaven Rocks displayed perfect manners not only at the start of the 2600m standing start but also at near full speed over the last 800m in 55 seconds. That was enough to see him overcome his 40m handicap to beat Robbie Burns, who started off the front, with Lazarus (40m) not asked for his maximum effort in third. Have Faith In Me galloped badly early and was fourth. While it was only a trial and Lazarus was not asked for his best, the ease with which Heaven Rocks won, suggested he is more forward than the NZ Cup winner, which driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen was quick to confirm. “Lazarus has developed into a real stallion, very big and thick through the neck and the shoulder so he is taking a little longer to come up,” says Rasmussen. “And being a stallion, they often take a race or two to come to hand and get that fat out of them. “Whereas Heaven Rocks is a big, athletic horse, obviously not a stallion, and he is very forward. “His manners have been great this time in and I have done a lot of one on one work with him, which I think suits him because he is a very finicky horse. “So while we are very happy with them both, Heaven Rocks will probably be the more naturally forward of the two when they race next week. “Still, it will be hard to tip against Lazarus, because he always turns up on raceday.” The pair will makes their seasonal debuts in the $50,000 Canterbury Classic on Friday week, with Have Faith In Me certain to be among their rivals and Dream About Me also a possibility. That would make the race a serious early trial for the New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 14, with potentially only the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on October 23, likely to be as strong among the lead-up race. While nobody at the All Stars is panicking over Lazarus’s fitness, the consistently positive news about Heaven Rocks has seen him shorten into $2.60 with the NZ TAB for the Cup, while the defending champion is out to $2.30, suggesting they could be joint favourites in just over a week if Heaven Rocks resumes with a victory. Michael Guerin

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:20am Race 1     Best backed in both FF win and multis is As Kiwi As. Some early money for Eja Patron and Loydon Magic Race 2     Honey Son is the best backed from an  opening of $3.30 now in to $2.60.  First starter Fancy Woman has had some support early on. Race 3     Sheza Tricky Bridge is best backed on the FF win opening . She leads multi- betting as well with some support for Take After Me and Diamond Life early Race 4     Hallowed Turf  is best backed in this on the FF win. Multis leader is Sharnae over Crafty Cullen. Race 5     Lets Lustle $5.50 to $4.80 is best backed on the FF win while Chaat leads multis.  Still Of The Night is a big mover in from $71.00 to $17.00. Race 6     Man Of Steel is best backed in FF win. Leader in multis is The Kaik. Race 7     Best backed is Belmonts Greatest and he leads both FF win and multi-betting. Race 8     Goodlooking Chick is well backed in FF win but Gypsy's Choice leads multi-betting and has moved from $3.60 in to $3.20 . There has also been some early support for Sounds Like A Gem.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

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)

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