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Keith Moore was painting a roof when Miss V C, a mare he both races on lease and trains, won the $12,000 Southland Harness Awards Ladyship Final at Ascot Park on Saturday. The excitement of winning could have been enough to create a hazard but the Winton painter and decorator had taken the risk of a fall out the equation. “The people whose place it was called me just before the race and I got down and watched it,” Moore said, “it was very good, I thought she might have won one sooner than this.” He had trusted care of the race favourite to son Terry, a former junior driver, who helps his father prepare the daughter of Washington V C. “We both drive her in work,” said Terry, “we've got four on the go, it was overdue.” Miss V C's win was the first for Moore since Chief Thundercloud at Ascot Park in April 2014 and his 17th in total. Chief Thunderbird, Gillie's Gate and Bret's Bunny each contributed three. The race was the sixth Ladyship final for the season, catering for fillies and mares that had contested an event for non-winners since the previous final a fortnight earlier. The first two home in each heat are eligible for a $20,000 super final back at Ascot Park next Saturday and Moore will do his best to have Miss V C there. “You don't get too many opportunities to race for that sort of money,” he said Bred by Peter and Rolly Drummond of Winton, Miss V C has been leased from them for three years. Fellow Winton trainer Des Baynes backed up with a second win in consecutive weeks when Raffy Roo took the Southland Car & Commercial Painters Pace, following Slate's win on his home track. It was the six-year-old's third win and second in his past three starts. “He's come right,” said Baynes, pointing out that a number of niggles in the past, which required veterinary attention, appear to be behind him now. A gelding by Elsu, Raffy Roo is out of Holmezy who contested the opening race of the inaugural Jewels held in Ashburton in 2007. Trained by Hamish Hunter she ran sixth to GTH Aveross. Homezy's third foal is Alfie Romeo who won two from eight for Baynes. Sold to Australia and known now as Our Alfie Romeo, the Washington V C gelding has won 10 from 14 including the Group Three Lewis Fillies and Mares Final at Gloucester Park last month. His latest start was in a group three at Pinjarra last Monday and yielded a second placing. Eastern Southland owners Terry and Dawn McPherson enjoyed their first taste of winning when four-year-old Love The Blues took out the Magnum Automotive Group Pace in the hands of trainer Robin Swain. “I'd always been interested in racing but couldn't afford a horse until I sold my farm, to Kenny Baynes,” Terry McPherson said, “I'm semi-retired now, only got 15 acres but still help out on a dairy farm.” Their first venture was Pretty Pins, a half-sister to the big winner Carabella. The filly failed to make it to the races but has left a yearling colt by Captaintreacherous. At a later sale, the McPhersons acquired Bronte Lindenny but the mare has failed to place in 11 outings. At the same sale, they also bought Love The Blues by Auckland Reactor. “Love The Blues had a couple of starts as a three-year-old had trouble holding his condition,” McPherson revealed. Visiting Cantabrian but former local Jonny Cox had to wait until the second half of the day's programme before his first drive. Success wasn't immediate and it took until the last of the day before it finally arrived. The Doorman, trained and driven by Cox, led all the way and dominated the All Purpose Engineering & Southland Batteries Pace.   Mac Henry

Expensive yearling Honor and Glory recouped some of his $170,000 price tag when he impressively won his first race at Ascot Park today (Sunday). He was bred by local breeder Diane Cournane who shares in the ownership with her husband Noel and The Butterworth Racing Syndicate. Honor and Glory was originally assigned to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s Rolleston stable after his sale to Merv and Meg Butterworth but because of his size he was never going to race as a young horse. “I think he was just growing too fast for his body,” said trainer Lauren Pearson who's also a niece of the Cournanes. The gelding was also trained for a short period by Knapdale trainer Robin Swain. “He was at Robin's jogging up. He couldn’t get around his track and kept galloping. Thankfully for us Robin recommended that he come here so he could be trained on a big track. We’ve had no problem with him galloping here.” Honor and Glory winning easily on debut - Photo Bruce Stewart. Prior to today’s debut the four year old Art Major gelding had won two workouts and two trials, hence his $1.30 starting price. “The first time he went to the workouts he showed a bit of speed and has just got better and better.” Pearson and her partner Brent Barclay who drove Honor and Glory, were relatively confident of a good showing today but had question marks around how he would go on the smaller Invercargill track. “He worked really well with Duke Of Wellington on Tuesday but you can never be too confident. We were just worried about the track and the first bend.” Brent Barclay, Honor And Glory, Lauren Peason and Diane Cournane - Photo Bruce Stewart. Meanwhile Pearson is happy with the way Duke Of Wellington went at Friday’s workouts. He won his three horse heat in a good fashion and looks set for another very good season. “He went real well and we’ll take him back (to the Workouts) again. He’s pulled up well and was bucking and kicking which is not like him.”   Bruce Stewart

Alta Shelby looks to be getting back to the form he showed early in his three year old season when he comprehensively dealt to a field of R51 - R53s at Winton on Saturday. The Mach Three colt lead all the way and won easily by four and a half lengths running the 2400 metre mobile in a smart 2-56.0.  "He's just starting to come back into form which is pretty pleasing. I thought he would go really close today. We changed a bit of gear on him. He's a bit of a head shaker so I put a chinguard on him and it's made all the difference. He's starting to live up to his potential and what he showed early on," said trainer Mitch Kerr who's considering a start in the Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in a fortnight. The Winton Business's Cup was won by the Ken and Tony Barron trained Royal Bengal. The four year was originally trained in Southland by Robin Swain before heading to Canterbury. Owned by Baynes Racing Limited which is Kenny Baynes and his sister in-law Penny, he carries the colours made famous by Kenny's father the late Colin Baynes. The same colours were worn when Kamahl driven by Colin Baynes won this race in 1983. The winning margin today was a length and a quarter with Star Commander running second. Royal Bengal adding the Winton Cup to the Gore Cup he also won - Photo Bruce Stewart. The race was marred by the second favourite Aloka breaking at the 450 metre mark. He was pulled out of the race by driver Blair Orange and found to have fractured his left hind cannon bone. Unfortunately for all his connections he had to be euthanaised. Winton Cup winners last 10years Year Winner Age Sire Driver Trainer Distance Time 2008 Biella Star 4g Mattuity DJ Dunn RD Holmes 2400m 3-01.0 2009 Bettor's Strike 4g Bettor's Delight DJ Dunn CT Dalgety 2400m 2-58.8 2010 Lionels Meddle 4g Live Or Die JR Dunn RJ Dunn 3200m 4-04.6 2011 Van Washington Man 6g Washington VC RT May BA Waldron 3200m 4-06.5 2012 Texican 3g Bettor's Delight DJ Dunn CT Dalgety 3200m 4-05.5 2013 Jimmy Johnstone 4g P-Forty Seven JC Hay JC Hay 3200m 4-04.9 2014 Belkmyster 4g Mach Three DJ Dunn G Anderson 3200 metres 4-06.0 2015 That's Hunting Pink 5m Christian Cullen Terry Chmiel Dean Taylor 3200 metres 4-02.5 2015 Costa Del Magnifico 4h Mach Three Nathan Williamson Brent Shirley 3200 metres 3-59.8 2016 Democrat Party 4m American Ideal Nathan Williamson Katrina and John Price 2400 metre stand 3-01.2 2017 Delightful Memphis 3f Bettors Delight Blair Orange Mark Jones  2400 metre stand 2-55.5 2018 Royal Bengal 4g Bettors Delight Dexter Dunn Ken and Tony Barron 2400 metre stand 2-57.1   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing

The Geoff Gibson-Smith trained Chinook Winds was lucky to stay on her feet during the Arden Lodge Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace at Gore today(Wednesday). Driver Robin Swain had to take evasive action when favourite Liberty Rose ducked out in the run home. “I think she was lucky to stand up and for Robin to stay in the cart,” said Gibson-Smith. The Santanna Blue Chip mare in only her tenth start, recorded her first win and Gibson-Smith wasn’t overly confident with a second line draw. “Drawn twelve I thought that it might be hard enough but she got a beautiful run through. The driver made the difference.” The four year old is a ‘home bred’ and goes back to a breed that Bruce Stirling developed.  As a three year old Chinook Winds recorded a number of places but at the end of the season she was having problems tying up. “She’s always been nice. She ran a half in 55 (seconds) at the workouts one day. She’s been a nice pacer but I’ve had a few problems with her tying up last season so we turned her out. I’ve been mindful of that this year. I’ve been feeding her Vitamin E as much as I can. I’m normally a seller but the kids are in on her. We’ll see how she handles the next grade.” Chinook Winds is owned by Kent Gibson-Smith, Scott Gibson-Smith and his partner Charlotte Berry and Glen and Ange Gibson-Smith along with Geoff’s wife Jill. Action photos    -  Bruce Stewart Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Charlie and Ailsa Smaill have spent most of their adult life involved in harness racing. Both have been involved in administration of the industry with Ailsa being on the board of HRNZ for twelve years and Charlie serving as a director of Nevele R since 2009. They’ve owned and bred hundreds of horses. In fact an amazing 537 horses have their registered name ‘Jaccka’ as a prefix (colts and geldings) or as a suffix (fillies and mares) - 285 boys ranging from Jaccka Adobe to Jaccka Wizard and 252 girls from Alexandra Jaccka to Worthy Jaccka. Interestingly enough there is no Jaccka Charlie or Ailsa Jaccka!!! And right in the middle of the girl’s list is a mare that’s proved to be the best Jaccka of them all – Janine Jaccka. As a broodmare she’s produced a host of quality square gaiters and provided the Smaills with undoubtedly one of their many career highlights as owners – Jaccka Justy one of her sons winning the Dominion Handicap. But the story begins without a Jaccka in sight and a horse called Account. He was the first horse Charlie raced in partnership with his father Charlie H Smaill and trainer Phil Cross from Pyramid near Gore. He was by Majestic Chance out of Complete and was bred by Ascot Stud. He won his first start as a four year old at Gore in December 1983, driven by Robin Swain. In 1987 young Charlie bought with friend Archie Affleck, a filly called Keyali off Northern Southland breeder Neil Timms. She was by Gaines Minbar out of Keyanau who was by Key Club out of Lucky Surprise. Lucky Surprise left a handful of good mares – Orange Queen (Bachelor Hanover) who was the second dam of Lord Hillas, Queen’s Advocate, Carefree Princess and Noble Fella. Lucky Surprise also left Mini Clare who was the dam of Remote. The purchase of Keyali proved to be a masterstroke for the partnership. She not only won her first start for them and trainer Hori Lee but went on to win a total of seven races. “She’d run some pretty good quarters before we bought her. Archie had never been involved in horses at all. She started him off in the horse business. We had many a good day with her and a bit of fun,” said Charlie Smaill. As a broodmare Keyali’s first foal was Kute Jaccka which was by Holmes Hanover. She won four races. Smaill and Affleck raced Kute Jaccka early in her career but when she retired Affleck owned her outright and started to breed from the mare. Her first foal by In The Pocket was Mossdale Kara which is the dam of Mossdale Connor the winner of thirteen races. In the early days Smaill also raced Popsicle (Surmo Hanover – Classic Artist) which won ten races. He was good enough to finish second behind Honkin Vision in the 1989 New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes. At three he ran third in the New Zealand Derby. His best season was as a four year old when he won six races. He was also trained by Hori Lee at Wyndham. “Sometimes I wonder why I let him go. We had a lot of fun with him and he was such a nice horse to have around. He ended up in Canada in one of those heated barns. He was winning races right up until he was fourteen.” Popsicle ended up winning fifty five races overseas and with career earnings of $360, 806. His dam Classic Artist was by Knowing Bret out of Creation and was bred by Craig Legat. Popsicle was her first foal. She didn’t leave anything else of note although one of her last foals Champaign Jaccka bred by Smaill did leave the evergreen pacer Our Southern Man. Charlie did breed from one of Classic Artist’s daughters Cabsav Jaccka which left Tinted Cloud gelding Jaccka Clive which won thirty one races in Australia and $493,178. “It was a great family but it was boys only. You hardly ever saw a filly win a race. That was one of the reasons why I didn’t carry on breeding from that family.” Smaill has been a farmer most of his life, spending eight years at Clydevale from 1968 before moving to Glenlapa (in Northern Southland) in 1976 where he bred and reared sheep and cattle. From the early days he enjoyed being hands on. “Up at Glenlapa we put a track in and I was pre-training the odd one.” It was while they were at Glenlapa that they started to get a bit more serious about breeding. “When we were there we’d bought a property down the valley just next door to us. I met Bob McArdle when he bought Popsicle off us. He kept leaning on us to set up an AI centre. I had fifteen kilometres of deer fencing material on site. It was back in the days when you looked at diversifying your property the best you could. I sat down one day and looked into the economics of it and we decided to change direction. We set up an AI centre.” So Glenlapa became the first Jaccka Lodge in 1995. In 2002 Charlie and Ailsa leased Glenlapa to their son Charles and bought 600 acres, setting up the second home of Jaccka Lodge. So where did the Jaccka name originate from? “Once we started to breed a few we found it difficult to name them. It was an annual frustration. Ailsa and I put a prefix together using the initials of our names and our four kids – Kristine, Charles, Janine and Amanda.” After six years at Jaccka Lodge they decided to sell up and downscale. Brent and Sheree McIntyre bought the property in 2008 renaming it Macca Lodge. “It had become a seven day a week business. It really wasn’t the semi-retirement that it was set out to be and we’re very pleased that Brent and Sheree took it over.” They now have a 250 acre farm at Riversdale in Northern Southland.  “We breed about six to seven foals a year, we also fatten our son’s lambs.” Although they continue to breed pacers from a small number of mares their main focus is on trotters – particularly the stock of Sundon mare Janine Jaccka which Charlie bought as a weanling in 2002. “In those days we used to take a truck load of weanlings up to Christchurch. I was always on the lookout for a trotting mare. This filly walked into the ring as a weanling. I looked at her pedigree and it was pure trotting as far as you can see. There wasn’t a dual gaited sire in sight.” This unnamed weanling became Janine Jaccka. She was out of Spiritual Power a Pernod Eden mare out of an American bred mare Super Brenda (by Super Bowl). Super Brenda did a good job at stud leaving Real Force (Florida Pro) 11 wins, Chiola’s Luck (Chiola Hanover) 4 wins and Our Super Force (Pernod Eden) 10 wins. As the family is steeped in trotting blood Smaill is surprised the breed hasn’t been more successful in other branches. “I keep shaking my head and wondering why. I guess it’s the old adage – there are no rules in breeding. Everything we’ve had out of our mare has done well for us.”  For the first three seasons Janine Jaccka was sent to Continentalman. “He was sent down as a bit of a promotion when we first opened what is now Macca Lodge. I just liked the horse. He was lovely to handle. We had him around for a couple of weeks before he went back. Alex Milne broke the mother (Janine Jaccka) in and her foals. He said she was a bit slow. She was also a huge mare. We put her in foal as a two year old and got Jaccka Jack. No one was more surprised than Alex when Murray Gray turned up at the trial with Jack as a two year old. The breed’s a bit like that. Once you get them settled down and do a lot of ks with them, away they go. ” Smaill says most of Janine Jaccka’s foals have shown the same fiery trait. “I remember Jack, Justy and Jess – they were all wild foals. I can remember them squealing – they were difficult and weren’t easy.” But it’s a gait that he’s enjoyed the challenges of. “It’s something that has always interested me. It’s a different skill set to get them going. She’s (Janine Jaccka) not a friendly mare. The only time you can get near her is when she’s pregnant. They’ve all got that streak in them where they’ve been difficult to catch in the paddock.” Janine Jaccka is only fourteen and is still producing winners and good quality foals. “We’ve got an Andover Hall gelding. He’s been broken in and a bit like the first few. He wasn’t a real natural as a youngster but Alex keeps telling me that he (Jaccka Jeorge) will be a young horse. He’s just built like one. He’s the oldest of the Andover Halls and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on him.” Because she’s such a big mare breeding from Janine Jaccka hasn’t always been based on the right sized stallion match. “I would have gone to Love You but his foals are on the big side so I thought it wasn’t probably the right thing to do. I’ve never measured Janine Jaccka but the vet has to get up on a box to palpitate her.” As well as providing the Smaills with their biggest win in the industry, Jaccka Justy has also given Charlie as a small time trainer, his most satisfying moment. After being trained by Nathan Williamson for whom he won his first start in December 2010 Jaccka Justy then ran thirteenth in his next start. Smaill took him home to Riverdale and with plenty of patience and individual care he returned wearing his colours to Ascot Park in May 2011 where he provided Smaill with his first winner as a trainer. “It took me five months to get him back to the races. We just kept working away at him and tried to understand him a bit more. I’d been to a couple of workouts. If I’d have to pick a highlight in racing it’d be coming here (Ascot Park) and him winning his first start for me. It was Murray Gray that suggested that I keep him. I was actually looking for someone to give him to but Murray said why wouldn’t you keep going with him, and we did. He bolted in (that day) and I was staggered. I play that race so many times. Somehow we just clicked. It had a bit to do with the wind operation as well as it helped him relax.” Jaccka Justy was to win six more races under Smaill’s guidance. He ended up winning thirteen races and $235,467. His biggest win was in the 2014 Group One Hellers Dominion Handicap. He was driven by Jonny Cox and trained by him and Amber Hoffman. Of the six foals that have raced by Janine Jaccka - all have been winners. Jaccka Justy (13), Jaccka Jack (14), Jess Jaccka (5), Jocy Jaccka (3), Jen Jaccka (5) and Josh Jaccka (1). In all, her progeny have won forty one races and $462,322. Janine Jaccka from her seven named foals has left three fillies – two of which the Smaills are now breeding from - Jess Jaccka and Jocy Jaccka. “With Jess’s first foal (Jina Jaccka) we’ve had a frustrating time. Every time we’ve brought her in she’s been sore. We can’t seem to find out what it is.” And of all the Jacckas running around at the moment Smaill is most enthused about Jen Jaccka. “She’s starting to show that she may be competitive among the better grade horses.” Outside of Janine Jaccka he’s also breeding (on lease) from What Rose Trot the winner of five races for Graham Chalmers. She’s only left two named foals including the promising Pegarose which has won two of her three starts for Nathan Williamson. “Kevin Campbell our farrier was really keen on her. She’s in foal to Muscle Mass.” Although the Smaills have scaled down the number of pacing mares they are breeding from they still have some nicely bred mares to send to the breeding barn. Odette Jaccka, which won five, is in foal to A Rocknroll Dance and they’re also breeding from Badlands Hanover mare Expresso Jaccka. She’s left the promising Erin Jaccka the winner of two races and a former Winton track record holder for a mile in 1-53.9.  “We’ve given her (Erin Jaccka) a spell and we’re starting to do a bit of jogging with her now. Something went wrong with her, we just couldn’t put our finger on it. We’re just going to have a bit of a play with her ourselves and see where we end up.” Over the years, Charlie’s been looking to replicate in pacing what he’s achieved with trotting. And he did follow a line of success early on. “I’ve been looking for a pacing family like we have with the trotters but haven’t quite struck it yet. We did have a good one which we had a bit of luck with – a mare called The Other Woman (Falcon Seelster –Heirloom Hanover) but for some reason we’ve lost the family.” The Other Woman left a handful of foals including Jaccka Tana (Badlands Hanover) which won three races here and another nine in Australia and Jaccka Twain (Artsplace) which won three for trainers Geoff and Jude Knight and a further thirteen races in Australia. However Charlie says he given up that line of thought now. And after starting with pacers and breeding plenty of them, Charlie and Ailsa Smaill are now enjoying what Janine Jaccka is giving them and looking forward to racing the next generation of trotters from her daughters. “If this family goes into the next generation we’ll probably end up with predominantly this family. It wouldn’t worry me (just having trotters) because it’s the trotting side of it (the industry) that’s growing. The standards just got so much better and it’s great to be part of that.” Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Ambro Ameigo has been with a few trainers but none more patient than Knapdale horsewoman Kath O'Connor. She's had the Armbro Invasion gelding for three seasons now and everything went right yesterday at Ascot Park when the seven year old won his first race at start number sixteen.  "A couple of trainers had tried him, sacked him and he was going on the truck to Gore. My daughter Serenity works at Macca Lodge. She liked him and we thought that if he couldn't make it as a trotter he might make a nice hack," she said. So Kath rang the gelding's breeders Maurice Horton, Ray Paterson and Henry Ford to see whether she could take him on. "They were thrilled. Maurice still thanks me for saving him and we've become really good friends."  In yesterdays race Ambro Ameigo began well to lead early before Cuddly Trouble took over. At the 500 metres driver Robin Swain came away from the trail and was up challenging Cuddly Trouble. Ambro Ameigo trotted down to the line to beat a late finishing Our Budd by a length and a quarter.  "Rob (driver Robin Swain) drove him very positively. He stepped good and did everything right. Returning to the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart.  At his last start he got knocked over. The time before that at Invercargill be was a bit sore in the feet so we've put pads on. He's a super sensitive horse. We've had good weather down here and the tracks have been hard. That's what tripped him up last time so that's why we've gone back to the pads." O'Connor says that when she got the gelding, he lacked confidence. "He's a girls horse and loves his pats and kisses. That's what turned him round. It taken a long time just to win his trust." He's only the second horse O'Connor has trained. The first was Ronnoco which she won three races with (as a trainer). O'Connor's cousin, the late Brian O'Connor, trained horses in the Dunedin area for many years and Kath has taken over his colours. "I said to Brian when he was alive, one day I'll nab those colours and it's his cart that we use too. Brian loved his trotters so he will be thrilled."  O'Connor grew up going to the races at Forbury with her father and when she moved to Southland the late Colin Baynes was her neighbour at Knapdale. "I worked for him for twenty years. Robin (Swain) taught me how to drive and it went from there."    Ambro Ameigo is a very well related gelding. He's out of the Simon Roydon mare Princess Afton which is a half sister to Frances Jay Bee the winner of six races and the dam of One Kenny (19 wins), One Under Kenny (11 wins) and millionaire trotter One Over Kenny (32 wins and $1,098,007). Princess Afton is also a half-sister to Raymauwarrhen Sun the winner of twenty two races. Andrew Stuart has a three year old colt by Monkey Bones out of Princess Afton called Kenny Del and she's about to have a foal by Superfast Stuart.  Meanwhile Eye Candy became the first winner for Christian Cullen sire Stunin Cullen. The three year old filly trained by Paul Court held on to win by a neck to beat Delightful Deal. Returning with Blair Orange - Photo Bruce Stewart. Eye Candy has a strong Southland connection being out of Have A Look whose dam Private Encounter was bred by Brian Church and Betty Lee. Private Encounter is a half-sister to Pacific Playgirl which won two races here for Wyndham trainer Gordon Lee before winning a further 16 in Australia.  Stunin Cullen which stands at Pinelea Farm in Canterbury has 84 live foals and nine qualifiers. A handful of those qualifiers have recorded placings on race day.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing   Ambro Ameigo winning his race

Knapdale horsewoman Kathaleen O’Connor nailed her first training victory when Ronnoco was successful at Invercargill today. Driven beautifully by his former trainer Robin Swain, Ronnoco burst up the passing lane to win by 1 & ¾ lengths over The Witch Doctor and Vera’s Delight. For Ronnoco, who was bred, is owned, and is now trained by O’Connor, it was his third victory from 43 starts. O’Connor, who is in her first season of training, had lined up Ronnoco on eight occasions before his breakthrough win today. The six-year-old gelding is the only horse that the horsewoman has raced as a trainer. Kathaleen is the cousin of the late Brian O’Connor and has taken over his green and tartan colours. The following race was taken out by Westmelton Willie, who led all of the way to give Timaru’s Tracey Healey her first training success of the season and her driving success since 1999. But Healey wasn’t the only driver who made it to the winners circle after a long absence as Earl Swain, who was victorious aboard Kiwi Kex, enjoyed his first driving success since 2011 in an earlier race. Meanwhile, Clark Barron crept closer to joining the 1000 win club by driving a double on the eight race card. By Mitchell Robertson

Southland reinswoman Kirstin Barclay continued the run of milestones during the Central Otago circuit when bringing up her 200th career win aboard The Tisbury Terror at Cromwell. Barclay’s 200th success came just two days after Craig Thornley and Robin Swain joined the 500 win club at Roxburgh. “I didn’t think it was ever going to happen (200 wins), these last two wins seem to have taken forever,” said Barclay, who brought up her 200th career win in the colours of her Tisbury-based employer Tom Kilkelly. “Tom has been great to me over the years, so it was great to bring up the milestone in his colours,” said Barclay, who gave The Tisbury Terror a beautiful run in the trail. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Rory Mcilwrick enjoyed his biggest career win to date with Devil May Care, who came with a whirlwind finish down the outside to pip Captain Peacock in the Cromwell Cup. The Cromwell meeting also saw the conclusion of the Central Otago Trainers Bonus, which was won by Phil Williamson, who clung on to win the first prize of $4,000 after landing the Quinella in the fourth race on the card. Central Otago Trainers' Bonus Points allocated for wins and placings at the Cromwell, Roxburgh and Omakau harness meeting during the holidays: Prizemoney: First, $4000; second, $1500; third, $500. Winner: Phil Williamson (27 points). Second: Ken Barron (24). Third: Geoff and Jude Knight (20). By Mitchell Robertson

Former Group Two winner Here We Go Again reminded us of the ability she does possess when winning a C2-C6 mares race at Roxburgh on Sunday. The daughter of Mach Three and New Zealand Cup winning mare Kym’s Girl was taken back off the gate by driver Tim Williams, before moving forward to the parked position once the hot early tempo had eased. She then packed too much punch in the home straight, holding off Still Laughin to win in a scintillating time of 3-38.8. The time shaved a second off the previous 2200 metre mares’ record which was held by Breath Of Life and was just 0.6 of a second outside of Bogan Fella’s longstanding overall record of 2-38.2 The record was a case of ‘Here We Go Again’ for Burnham trainer Jamie Gameson, who earlier in the day set a track record for three-year-old fillies with Rachel Duckett, who slaughter her maiden rivals by 19 & ½ lenghts to win in a time of  2-43.9. Rachel Duckett was also driven by Tim Williams. Meanwhile, drivers Craig Thornely and Robin Swain both steered home their 500th winner on the Roxburgh card. Craig ‘Franco’ Thornley brought up his 500th success in the familiar Spreydon Lodge colours aboard the Steven McRae trained Franco Quixote, while Robin Swain was victorious for the 500th time when driving The Empires Sister, who is trained by Steven McRae’s father, Ken. By Mitchell Robertson

Want to watch one of the fastest ever pacing events in the history of New Zealand harness racing? Then Dunedin is the place to be this Friday night (December 13). Forbury Park General Manager, Zelda Jordan, has confirmed that more than 350 people have confirmed that they will be there for the ‘Christmas Party’ meeting. It’s also the Mitre-10 Dash-For-Cash night where two heats and a final will be competed over six furlongs, three quarters of a mile, or in today’s language a 1200m mobile. “This is a Forbury first and we are excited about this new concept. It allows for horses who are usually quick out of the gate and then struggle at the end of say a 2200m or 2700m race.” “There have been 1207m races before but this is the first I have heard of a 1200m mobile,” Jordan said. The Harness Racing New Zealand record books have no recognition of 1200m mobile races, therefore whoever wins the first heat on Friday will be the new national record holder. The two $6,000 Mitre 10 Dash-For-Cash heats will cater for the C1 four-year-and-older pacers. Then later in the evening the $8,000 final will be raced. “It will be a night of attrition with the fastest and fittest horse left the winner. Hopefully the night is a success and it this is something that we can stage again,” Jordan said. “Every horse that finishes from fourth to ninth will get $250,” she added. The concept is the brainchild of Jordan and the club’s president and vice president Peter Gillespie and Graeme Anderson, and chairman of the Board John Henderson. Forbury Park is a 1007m track, therefore the nine runners will start from the top of the straight and complete just one lap. Jordan said there would be seven across the front and two on the second row. “This is a good chance for horses that perhaps might not win another race to burn out of the gate and try and hang on all the way. “It’s a perfect series for quick starters and with the new drop back system there are a lot of C1 horses that are looking for opportunities,” Jordan said. She hoped the three races would win over both horsemen and the public. “It should be a great spectacle. We want to win over the punters so they will be back for more next year. Dash races in greyhounds have proved popular with gamblers and there’s no reason why it can’t be the same here,” Jordan said. On 15 September 2009 the Manukau Club ran sprint heats and a final on the same day as tote races. Officially the distance was 1188m as the Alexandra Park starting point did not allow for exactly 1200m. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harnes Racing New Zealand) *Due to lack of nominations the Dash For Cash in now bein run as a straight final. Below is the field. Race 6 [8:30pm] MITRE 10 DASH FOR CASH SPRINT MOBILE PACE  $8000, 4YO & OLDER C1, 1200m    Racebook    Gear     For C1 4yo-&-older pacers. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Class Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 364608 5 g     Mystery Boy   C1 1 Front Tim Williams J H Gameson   2 75767X 8 g     Seefeel Bluechip   C1 2 Front Kirstin Barclay T Kilkelly   3 90X071 4 h     One Dot Domino   C1 3 Front Jonny Cox D J Simpson   4 700580 10 g     Jaspers Blue Jean E2 C1 4 Front Steven Golding(J) E J Latimer   5 34575X 6 g     Ronnoco   C1 5 Front Robin Swain Mrs K M O'Connor   6 073559 4 g     Alexy   C1 6 Front Brad Williamson(J) B R Negus   7 826058 4 g     Kaylea Bolter E1 C1 7 Front   W D Keeler   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 8 935585 5 m     Infrequently   C1 8 Front Nathan Williamson G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight   9 755331 5 g     The Witch Doctor   C1 9 Front Andrew Armour G F Knight & Mrs J J Knight   10 740X39 4 m     Shard N Awe   C1 10 Front Ricky May G J Anderson   11 8475X4 6 m     Live Life Betta   C1 11 Front Jason Thomas(J) D W Paterson       Mitchell Robertson selects: Mystery Boy, Ronnoco, Infrequently

Ronnoco, the 9th foal of the Jefferson Lobell (USA) harness racing mare Deselle, gave now Queensland based sire Enrique NZ, his first race winner at Forbury Park, Dunedin last Thursday evening (May 5).

Roman Gladiator has been disqualified from first in last season's Country Cups final at Ascot Park after returning a positive swab to dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO). A lengthy inquiry was completed in Invercargill eight days ago and the Judicial Control Authority (JCA) released its decision on the wekend. Knapdale trainers Robin Swain and Colin Baynes received no penalty. However, the winning stake of $18,500 is to be refunded to Harness Racing New Zealand.

A decision will probably be made this week on the immediate racing plans of former pin-up pacer Roman Gladiator but the prospect of him starting in the New Zealand Cup has been ruled out.

Star Eastern Southland pacer Roman Gladiator is under orders to race at Addington on Saturday week, according to his Knapdale trainer Robin Swain whose wife Amanda is a part owner.

Eastern Southland 7 Year Old Roman Gladiator rounded off a TAB double for super stud Christian Cullen when he posted his 17th career success in the $20,000 time-honoured G J Barton Memorial Mobile Pace (2700 metres) at Forbury Park tonight Friday 9 February.

It was only a $15,000 Free-For-All but Robin Swain was delighted to get the win with his $300,000 plus stakes-earner Roman Gladiator at Ascot Park today (Friday 7 December).

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