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

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Rangiora today as at 11:40am Race 1 - War Spirit $2.30 is best backed over Gin Rummy $7.50 - $6.50.   Race 2 - Bubble Gum $3.30 - $3.00 is best backed in win betting with Patanjai $3.60 leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Franco Saxon $4.50 leads win & multi betting over Bettor Vision $5.00.   Race 4 - Donegal Carrickan $3.60 leads win betting over Shillelagh $3.20.   Race 5 - Whittaker $1.55 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 6 - Sexy Rexy $7.50 - $6.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Piccadilly Princess $3.50 - $3.20 is the only runner wanted early in win betting.   Race 8 - Forgotten Highway $1.90 just leads multi betting over A G's White Sock's $2.20.   Race 9 - Missandei $4.50 leads win betting easily.   Race 10 - Debnita Rose $5.50 leads multi betting over Sweet Mary $6.00   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

He’s already grabbed a Group One winner this weekend, but Jonny Cox’s feature race weekend might not be over.  The talented horseman made the most of a pickup drive on classy two-year-old filly Elle Mac on Friday night at Alexandra Park in the Caduceus Club Classic for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.  It was Cox’s first Group One pacing victory having won a Dominion Handicap with the ill-fated Jaccka Justy and his first winning drive at Alexandra Park since 2007 when he drove Washakie to victory while based in the North Island.  Today, at Rangiora, Cox has another strong pickup drive for the All Stars stable in Piccadilly Princess in the Rangiora Classic, giving him the perfect opportunity to complete a unique treble for the harness racing weekend.  Having driven a winner at Forbury on Thursday night and then one at Auckland on Friday, Cox will be shooting for three from three meetings when he gets out on the track with Piccadilly Princess.  The classy mare was an eye-catching sixth in last weekend’s Easter Cup behind Heaven’s Rock after missing away from the stand start. The Bettor’s Delight four-year-old reverts to the mobile today but does have the outside barrier draw to contend with.  That will put the mare’s fate in the hands of Cox who will have to look to get into the race at some stage, especially with noted speedsters Franco Nelson  and Field Marshal likely to be handy to the speed from early on in proceedings.  The Rangiora Classic hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the All Stars in the past with Imagine That’s win back in 2005 the last time they tasted success. Purdon won the race as a driver in 2009 when he drove Fake Chance to victory for Stan Moore.  As well as Piccadilly Princess they have Chase The Dream in this year’s edition with Sam Ottley doing the driving. Classie Brigade, who was also very good in the Easter Cup, will give Nigel McGrath a chance at big race success as Blair Orange looks for his third win in the race having won with Pure Power (2011) and Belkmyster (2015).  Super Selector – By Matt Markham  Race 1: War Spirit, Red Hot Poker, Gin Rummy, Native’s Lasting Love Race 2: Patanjali, Honour The Bet, Bubble Gum, Playingintheshadows Race 3: Ohoka Jimmy, Rock N Roll Delight, Omar Sharif, Sails Race 4: Donegal Carrickfin, Celestial Arden, Shillelagh, Christopher Banner Race 5:  Whittaker, Mongolian Hero, Shineonyourcrazydiamond, Franco Hampton Race 6: Sexy Rexy, Daiquiri, Foreverman, Galleon’s Royale Race 7: Franco Nelson, Piccadilly Princess, Classie Brigade, Chase The Dream Race 8: A G’s White Socks, Forgotten Highway, Sparkling Delight, Torrid Bromac Race 9: Lavros Jack, Belle’s Son, Royal Shine, Destiny Jones Race 10: Sacred Angel, Debnita Rose, Sweet Mary, Classie Margaret Best Bet: Whittaker (Race 5) Value: Sexy Rexy (Race 6)

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Rangiora today as at 11:35am   Race 1 - Grand Princess $4.50 - $3.80 is best backed over Witheze $8.00 & Crusher Collins $5.80.   Race 2 - Asset Control $5.80 is best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Claus $3.50 leads multi betting over Sweet As $2.90.   Race 4 - Bushido $2.90 - $2.60 is easily the best backed runner.   Race 5 - Gin Rummy $9.50 - $8.50 is easily the best backed.   Race 6 - Sweet Mary $2.60 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 7 - All the win money is for Castlereagh $3.90 - $3.30 but Sundees Son $2.80 & One Muscle Hill $5.50 equally lead multi betting.    Race 8 - Russians Express $2.80 - $2.30 is all punters want to be on here.   Race 9 - Beter Vision $3.40 leads win betting over the long-shot Ohoka Jimmy $29.   Race 10 - The outsider Flamboyant $22 - $17 leads win betting and also multi betting.   Race 11 - Regal Love $1.75 - $1.65 is huge in multi & win betting.   Race 12 -  Cmeerock $3.50 - $3.00 is easily nest backed in win and multi betting but money is starting to also come for Clive $10.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

A new look racing surface at Rangiora will be unveiled for the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting on Sunday. Major remedial work has been undertaken on the track in recent weeks which has resulted in a brand new surface being laid and the expectation is that a surface that is better than has ever been offered at the track previously will be on show on Sunday. Harness Racing New Zealand’s Venue and Track Inspector, John Denton, who has overseen the process and has done similar at Addington, Forbury and Alexandra Park said the process has gone well. “I’m confident of what will be available to race on when Sunday comes around,” he said. “More than 300 tonnes of the old surface has been taken off the track and more than 320 tonnes of sand, which is sourced from Dunedin and is the same as what is used on the Addington track, has been put on the track.” Denton said that Sunday was going to be the ideal time to be racing on the track due to the fresh nature of the sand as opposed to it having been compacted down by horses going around on it. The issue with the old surface at Rangiora was to do with water following rain which wouldn’t drain away as it should. After inspecting the track, Denton advised the club that in his opinion the best way to go forward was to strip it back and lay a new surface which is the path the Rangiora Harness Racing Club elected to follow. This week’s inclement weather hasn’t helped the process but Denton said on Friday night that the track was ready to go for Sunday’s meeting.    Matt Markham

The stocks of young harness racing trainer Brad Mowbray continue to go from strength-to-strength. The Russley based horseman picked up three winners from three meetings over the weekend, culminating with the victory of Quite Ideal at Sunday’s Amberley meeting. That win followed up victories in the days before by Ultimate Deisre at Ashburton and Delishka at Forbury Park. “It’s been a good few days, I wish there were more like that,” Mowbray said. Truth be told, Mowbray is riding the crest of a wave in the early stages of 2017 with six winners coming from his stable in the first five weeks of the new year taking his tally for the season to 11 - and there is the promise of a whole lot more too. With a team of 12 racehorses in work, his small, but efficient stable is running like clockwork and the placement of his horses into races that give them the best possible chance of winning has been one of the key elements in his run of form. “It’s been a really good start to year, we’ve been lucky enough to have some good success. “And probably most satisfying is that a few of the wins have come from horses who were nice maidens, but have gone on and done the job up in grade too.” Sunday’s winner, Quite Ideal, is a good example of that. The American Ideal gelding was having his 12th start and picked up his second win after being given time to adjust to the C1 grade following his maiden win at Geraldine prior to Christmas. Ultimate Desire, who won on Saturday, is a different kettle of fish all together though. The dour mare paced her mile in 1:52 to enhance her credentials as a broodmare when the time comes, but she will get a chance to get some black-type too with some lofty assignments ahead. “We will head to the mares’ races with her now, she deserves a crack at those. “And with the best few mares not currently in the country it makes sense to go to them.” Ultimate Desire has split her time between Mowbray and Marlborough trainer Brent Weaver throughout her career - dependent on where her racing schedule lies. With her heading to Group One races, Mowbray could be forgiven for resting on his laurels a bit and just focussing on the task at hand with her, but there’s the enigmatic Tiger Thompson sitting in the wings ready to pounce back into action. “He trialed at Addington last week and I couldn’t have been happier with him. “He beat Ultimate Machete but the most exciting thing I think was the way he handled himself. “There was none of that usual stuff from him, he sprinted up really well and ran in a straight line with no problems. “I think that last preparation has really brought him on.” Tiger Thompson will return to the races at Addington next Friday night before turning his attention to the Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park in early March and then back down to Canterbury for the New Zealand Derby in April.  Matt Markham

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Rangiora today as at 10:00am Race 1 - Izmok $9.00 - $6.00 is the big mover early with the next best backed runner Gold Sovereign $3.10 who does lead multi betting.    Race 2 - Algranco Albyone $4.20 leads win and multi betting over Red Terror $3.50.   Race 3 - Joey Maguire is the big mover here $11.50 - $4.50 with Eastwood Chieftain $11 leading multi bets.   Race 4 - Calendar Girl $6.50 - $6.00 is easily the best backed runner on the win book over Maddisons Desire $6.00.   Race 5 - Take After Me $41 - $16 is a huge mover and easily leads win betting early over Hall Of Fame $2.00.    Race 6 - Trailer Park Girl $1.90 is racing away in multi betting with some early win money coming for Crystal Slipper $13.   Race 7 - Shadow Galleon $18 is best backed early on the win book but this market is quiet early.   Race 8 - English Rose $3.10 is easily the best backed in win and multi betting.   Race 9 - Ears Burning $5.50 easily leads win betting over Seel The Deal $12.50.   Race 10 - Arditi $14 - $12 is best backed on the win book with Gershwin $3.20 a clear leader in multi betting.    Race 11 - The Honey Badger $1.90 is the good thing of the day judging by the early win and multi support on him.   Race 12 - Mrs Brown's Boy $7.50 is best backed on the win book over Returntorocknroll $15.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Not having to chase his high-class stablemate for a change will be a welcome pleasure for Ears Burning today. The Nigel McGrath trained pacer will tackle this afternoon’s Amberley Cup, and for once this summer he won’t have to look around to see Classie Brigade stalking him or making him work that extra bit harder. The son of Grinfromeartoear has been beaten by his stablemate in four of his last five outings and three of them have been placings. “He hasn’t gone a bad race when you look at it.” McGrath said. “Just ignore the Invercargill run last time, he got a flat tyre early and was never in it. “But I’ve actually thought a couple of times he’s gone just as good as Classie Brigade has despite being beaten.” A relative newcomer at the start of the season to country circuit racing, Ears Burning has handled every hefty assignment McGrath has thrown his way and done it with some distinction too. This season alone he’s filled a placing in behind Classie Brigade, but also the brilliant Mr Mohito. “I’ve got a bit of time for him so haven’t been afraid to put him to the test. “And he’s handled it every time too, I’ve been really impressed with him and am looking forward to what he can do next year because he’s only going to get better.” While 12 months away might be the real future, McGrath is intent on making the most of the current run of form and that should hopefully continue in today’s grass track feature. Although he doesn’t have to line up against Classie Brigade, Ears Burning does still have some serious opposition to contend with in the Amberley Cup including Buster Brady, Mighty Flying Major and Seel The Deal. And he will do so having his first start on a grass track. “To be honest I’m not 100 per cent sure how he will go on the grass. “He has had a workout on one before, and he just went ok. But it looks like it’s going to be a pretty firm surface so he should be able to handle it. “That’s the only thing I’m worried about though, if he races up to the level he has been then he should be right in it you would think.” Off the 10 metre handicap today, a good beginning will be paramount in the $19,499 event with some of his rivals having the ability to jump and run quickly off the front if required. Ears Burning is just one of two runners McGrath has entered as he looks to continue his steady season. From 109 starters, he has produced 20 winners with a strike rate of just over one in five. Last season he trained 37 and with a good team of horses around him currently then that should be achievable again for the Weedons horseman. Stable star Classie Brigade will head to the Summer Cup at Addington later in the month before pointing toward’s the Group One Easter Cup. “We will go to the Easter Cup and then make a decision from there whether we head to Auckland or not.” McGrath’s other runner today is the handy My Wee Man.   Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Sunny CJ, Gold Sovereign, Di’z Luck, Izmok Race 2: Algranco Albyone, Titanium, Red Terror, Dying To See You Race 3: Rochard Le Fort, Franco Tmick, Jack Hammer, Living Legend Race 4: Cullen’s Joy, Cullenz Diamond, Rapid Flight, Calendar Girlz Race 5: Hall Of Fame, Torrid Bromac, Bite The Bullet, Righteous Brother Race 6: Trailer Park Girl, Crystal Slipper, Carter Michael, Lets Rock N Roll Race 7: Ella Abbe, We’ll Meet Again, Tehoro Dazzle, Time For Diamonds Race 8: English Rose, My Wee Man, All About Henry, Quite Ideal Race 9: Ears Burning, Buster Brady, Mighty Flying Major, Hopeful Harriet Race 10: Gerhswin, All Lit Up, Eyre I Come, All Settled Down Race 11: The Honey Badger, Missinmemate, Buckeye, Mac Toddy Race 12: Mrs Browns Boys, Our Quinn, Late Mail, Ellmers Image Best Bet: Hall Of Fame (Race 5) Value: Cullen’s Joy (Race 4)

Breaking droughts quickly became the modus operandi for grass track racing at Rangiora on Sunday. A number of winners throughout the day’s racing action were putting behind them long sequences without success and, in some cases, tasting success for the first time after numerous attempts. There was no more deserving winner on the programme however than maiden trotter, Native’s Brite Gem. Having start 46 for her career the daughter of Britewell finally dispersed off her maiden status when she led all the way to win the opening race of the day for Austin Thornton and Robbie Close. On seven previous occasions she’d finished second. Often looking the winner 100 metres from the post only to be run down in the dying stages, but there was none of that on Saturday as the free-wheeling mare began to clear away from her rivals inside the final 50 metres. Rusty I Am, a five-year-old son of Sundon and Awesome I Am was the next cab off the rank when he broke through for his first win in the second maiden trot of the day for co-trainer and driver, Pip Wakelin Wakelin, who trains in partnership with Steven Noble, put her charge into the race at the right time and he staved off the challenge of hot favourite, Ace Commander, to win at start 26 after looking more than likely on a number of occasions. Justin and Lynn Smith also found themselves in the winners’ circle when All Lit Up picked up the sixth win of his 54 start career later in the day having not saluted the judge for 24 starts. The wonderfully bred son of Sundon last won a race in August of 2015. The run of drought breaking continued when Caesar’s Quest, who had been side-lined with injury, caused the upset of the day when sneaking home ahead of Augusta at massive odds grabbing his first win since September of 2014. The John McDermott trained pacer had finished fifth in his previous start behind Kardesler at Motukarara but was never given a hope by punters on Sunday paying a massive $63.50 for the win. Another injury casualty, Nolan Sackett was the other returnee to the winners’ circle. The talented Roger Winter trained pacer put together an impressive record in his maiden season, winning twice and placing on four occasions from seven starts with his only miss a fourth at Addington at the end of his last campaign. The Badlands Hanover six-year-old ran a solid fourth behind Cable Beach at Ashburton but wasn’t to be denied on Sunday, finishing stylishly near the outside fence to win in the hands of Matty Williamson.    Matt Markham

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:15pm R1 - Natives Brite Gem $7.80 - $7.00 is best backed over Zoned Scarlett $3.20.   R2 - Sky City King $7.50 - $6.50 easily leading win betting over The New Man $11.    R3 - Ace Commander $1.60 is huge in multi betting with Tehoro Dazzle $6.00 best backed in win betting.    R4 - Living Glory $21 - $16 is the big mover here with money also coming for Pretty Janice $7.00.   R5 - The largest early bet today was $2,000 at $3.40 Gee Up Neddy now $3.00.   R6 - Runaway Three $6.00 - $5.50 is easily the best backed runner here over Boults On Fire $2.20.   R7 - Augusta $1.70 is huge in multi betting with the best backed runner in win betting Micky Gee $3.00.   R8 - Nolan Sackett $8.50 - $6.50 is the big mover early with strong support also coming for Goodlookin Chick $3.90 - $3.50.    R9 - Some solid support early for the longshot Precious Pet $51 - $26.   R10 - Curlimore $10 is best  backed over One Big Fella $4.50.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson

Harness racing fixed odds movers for Rangiora as at 12:00pm Race 1 - Shona Mary $7.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Izmok $4.60 with Idle Boys $3.50 best backed in multi betting.    Race 2 - Returntorocknroll $3.50 is leading multi betting over All Bling $6.60.   Race 3 - Micky Gee $5.20 and Kotare Mist $3.10 are best backed in win betting but the former easily leads multi betting.   Race 4 - Mach's Terminator $3.50 is huge in multi betting and judging by that early support he might start shorter on the win 'book' closer to post time.    Race 5 -  All About Henry $4.00 is easily best backed early in win betting here but Mac Toddy $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   Race 6 - Soney Beatt $3.90 leads multi betting over Galleons Royale $6.50.   Race 7 - Bevan's Cullen $2.90 leads win betting over Glenferrie Classic $2.40.   Race 8 - Mighty Flying Major $2.70 easily leads win and multi betting with some win support also for Imola $6.50.   Race 9 - Gershwin $2.10 leads multi betting over Royal Shine $4.60 with the former easily leading multi betting.   Race 10 - Regal Major $4.40 - $3.90 is all punter's want to be on early in win and multi betting..   Race 11- Bonnie Joan $2.80 is best backed on the win 'book'.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing filly Terracotta trained by Ken and Tony Barron has been disqualified from a race win at Rangiora on 25th September 2016 after a urine swab tested positive to the anaesthetic Ketamine. After an RIU investigation it was accepted by the RIU that Terracotta had been in a paddock containing Ketamine contaminated grass after a colt was castrated in it 10 days earlier.  Ken and Tony Barron have not been charged over this matter infuriating some trainers who have been charged with similar offences. Craig Edmonds and daughter Aimee were fined $9000 in April after being charged with presenting Harriet Of Mot to race not free of a prohibited substance and John Howe was fined $5000 in November last year after a horse he trained, Jackalack Sue, returned a positive swab to Dextrorphan, commonly found in cough medicines and cough suppressants. Read the full judicial hearing here   Harnesslink Media  

A look at some of the action from Thursday’s Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting. DUNN AND ORANGE CONTINUE TUSSLE There’s a battle brewing at the top of the national drivers’ premiership already. Good mates, and fierce rivals, Dexter Dunn and Blair Orange are in the midst of an early season battle for the top spot on the national premiership after the first three months of racing. Just three wins separate the pair with Dunn on 41 and Orange on 38 as both drive winners frequently from one end of the South Island to the other and everywhere in between. They both picked up one win a piece at Rangiora on Thursday with Orange saluting on Blade for Gavin Smith while Dunn saluted with Fratellino for long-time supporter, Kevin Townley. Both drivers are getting strong books of drives at most meetings and despite three quarters of the season remaining there is the potential for things to get really interesting, especially over the summer months when things really ramp up on the racing front.   WHITE COLLECTS HIS FIRST TRAINING QUINELLA South Canterbury horseman, Brent White, entered new territory on Thursday when he produced his first stable quinella in the opening race of the Rangiora programme. The underrated Run To Hide produced a strong, front-running, effort to hold on for the victory ahead of stablemate, Cullens Lady. Off the back of a solid season last term where he equalled his best ever season of 17 winners, White has kicked into gear strongly with seven wins already thanks to a strong racing team over the summer months. Driven forward by Stephen McNally, Run To Hide tossed away a few assumptions that he was a horse who only showed up off a soft run. Ricky May and Cullens Lady looked likely at the top of the straight but battled well to hold down second.   LOW BACK IN THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE After a quiet time of it recently, Raewyn Low got that winning feeling back on Monday. The Ashburton horsewoman produced Linda’s Cullen to produce a victory on Thursday that warranted the toughtline that it wouldn’t be the last time she’s in the circle this season. Low’s last winner was Ardwell’s Key two years ago. Owned by Ron and Dallas Patterson along with George Henderson, Linda’s Cullen has always looked capable of winning a maiden and after a canny drive from Gavin Smith she has now ticked that off the list. It also took Smith to within striking distance of 500 career driving wins with just five wins remaining.   PERSEVERANCE BEING REWARDED To say three win mare Morissette has been a success at stud might be a bit of an understatement - but she does have a perfect record for foals to the races. On 13 occasions the Soky’s Atom mare has been served an on only the one occasions has she produced a foal - a colt by Tinted Cloud who would later be named Burn Off. Clearly not the easiest mare to get in foal, the one result from nearly a decade of trying is doing a good job of making up for it. He notched up the fourth in of his career on Thursday when he came with a withering run for Rory McIlwrick in the final race of the day for trainers Greg and Nina Hope.   HRNZ

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:00pm Race 1- All the money on the win 'book' is for the $1.90 favourite Expresso Martini with the largest bets $500 and $400 at $1.90.   Race 2 - BD Khaosan $2.40 is huge in multi betting and while best backed also on the win 'book' we expect some big bets to come closer to post-time.   Race 3- Best backed early is Absolutely Delighted $7.40 but Sauchiehall $4.20 leads multi betting over Waihemo Art $4.80.   Race 4- The win 'book' is quiet but the multi betting on the race is well and truly alive with the $1.65 favourite taking all the action.   Race 5 - Linda's Cullen $8.40 is the best backed early over Playingintheshadows $2.10 - $1.90. Tayla Amore was late scratched and a 9% win and 10% place deduction applies to any bets placed prior to 9:03 raceday.   Race 6 - The big go here is Bettor To Be Tricky $3.10 - $2.90 with the largest bets taken $750 & $500 at $3.10.   Race 7 - A very even field here with a $4.00 favourite in Fire One but the best backed is Flashing Diamond $5.00.    Race 8 - All Star Angus $3.20 is the best backed on the win 'book' with only that runner & Fratellino $3.00 taking multi action.   Race 9 - Thisismylastflight $4.20 is the best backed but the favourite Nui Toc Tien $3.60 leads multi bettting. We did take some early money for Cmeerock $15.   Race 10 - The only two they have backed here are Rocki Warrior $2.40 & Kayteeoh Denario $2.80.   Race 11 - Easily the best backed early is Tact Rousey $8.80 - $7.00 over Milwood Daisy $2.90 - $3.10.   Best backed in multi betting (in order): R1 - Expresso Martini $1.80  R2 - BD Khaosan $2.40 R4 - Tachyon $1.65  R6 - Better To Be Tricky $2.90 . R5 - Playingintheshadows $1.90   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Locharburn’s Cup week campaign is back on again. And while trainer Kevin Chapman admits it is only a consolation after the big pacer was forced out of the great race on November 8, it is a pretty serious consolation. The Easter Cup winner fibrillated at Addington last start, dropping out and leaving Chapman with little choice but to pull him from the Cup. “You can’t take on those type of horses over 3200m after any setbacks like that,” he said. But Locharburn has bounced back to peak health and Chapman was more than pleased with his third at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday. “He looks great and Dexter (Dunn) as very happy with him so it is all go for Cup week.”  Locharburn will head to the junior free-for-all on Cup Day and all going well the New Zealand Free-For-All three days later. The latter is shaping as one of the races of the carnival, even if it does end up missing Have Faith In Me and Smolda should they end up going to Perth for the Inter Dominion. It could still have Lazarus, Christen Me, Dream About Me, defending champion Tiger Tara, last season’s placegetter Messini and now Locharburn. Michael Guerin

The weather is showery and the track is now rated as slushy at the Rangiora harness racing meeting today.   Race 1 - The early money has come for the first starter 'Another Chapter' $3.20 - $2.90 with the next best backed 'Shay Scott' $4.00.   Race 2 - The favourite 'Shineonucrazydiamond' $1.75 is best backed in win and multi betting with the next best backed on the win 'book' been 'Seaswift Joy' $6.40.   Race 3 - Only two runners wanted here in multi betting is 'Jonty James' $2.30 and 'Precious Sara' $2.60.   Jonty James' is going 2 -1 in multi bet numbers over 'Precious Sara',    Race 4 - Some big bets went on the Dexter Dunn driven 'Beautiful Mind' last start but she has opened the 2nd favourite at $2.40 over the first starter 'Beaudiene Delightful' $2.20 - $2.00.   In multi betting 'Beaudiene Delightful' is going 3 - 1 over 'Beautiful Mind'.   Race 5 - A very quiet market early with 'Floreta' the best backed $8.80 over 'Chief Kapai' $11.50.   Race 6 - Not much action early here but 'Hard Days Night' $5.80 - $5.50 is the best backed.   'Dalness Mac' $2.70 leads multi betting easily over 'Hard Days Night'.   Race 7 - This race has had the most action so far with 'Donegal Rundlescreek' leading the way over the $2.10 favourite 'Cullen Who' and 'Lis Rulz' $13 - $12.   Race 8 - 'Chapter One' is the best backed $8.00 - $7.00 with the outsider 'Boomer Bailey' $28 - $23 attracting some interest.   Race 9 - Punters are holding back here on any one runner as all in the market are attracting some money with 'Astrapi' the best backed $11 - $10.   Race 10 - The $2.40 favourite 'Millwood Charlie' is the best backed both on the win 'book' and in multi betting with 'She's A Flyin' getting some interest also $4.40 - $4.20.   Best backed in multi betting in order: R2 - Shineonucrazydiamond  R3 - Beaudiene Delighhtful  R3 - Jonty James  R7 - Cullen Who   The Drivers Challenge is Option 829 and there are only three selections: 1. Dexter Dunn        $1.15 - $1.18 2. Ricky May           $4.30 - $4.00 3. Any Other Driver   $41     Harnesslink media Courtesy of Stephen Richason

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