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The All Star barn have had a great Cup Day the last couple of years and after Tuesday's six wins most pundits thought they would win as many if not more yesterday at Addington Raceway. One All Star runner expected to be hard to beat was Superfecta in the $32,000 Show Day Futurity. However Scott Phelan on Ashton K was determined that if he was going to be beaten, it wouldn't be through lack of trying. Scott and Ashton K flew out of the barrier from post seven and after balancing up Scott sent him to the front after 600 metres. Not long after Articulight and Mark Jones had a look for the front but Scott was having none of it and kicked up again. Going past the 600 metres he was joined by Superfecta but Scott kept him at bay and they turned for home together. Just when it looked like Superfecta would prevail, he went into a gallop and lost all chance leaving Ashton K clear for a hard earned victory. Scott was all smiles post race. “ It is good when a longterm plan comes off as it has here.” “ After a couple of burns during the race it was a good effort to stick on like he did.” “ I thought Superfecta may have had us at the top of the straight but my fella had fought back when Superfecta galloped,” Scott said. The 2600 metres was cut out in a very quick 3:10.8 so there was no place for the faint hearted in yesterdays final. Scott was unsure of where Ashton K would race next. “ He is much better the left handed way of going which is why we have brought him south so often but with the Auckland Cup meeting on our doorstep, we may have to give him his chance at Alexandra Park,” Scott said. Wherever he goes, Ashton K has shown he has what it takes to be competitive. Harnesslink Media   

American Flybye has created a really good impression in her short career todate but faces her biggest challenge so far when she lines up in race one at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park tonight. Trained by Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick, the daughter of Tintin In America has racked up three wins from her first three starts in the hands of stable driver Scott Phelan. Tonight she has had the misfortune to draw five on the second line but Scott has not written her off due to the draw. " She is a really nice filly and even from the draw I think she is a winning chance tonight." "She is going to need a bit of luck but if things went her way, she could roll over the top of them," Scott said. American Flybye has been part of the Telfer and Garlic barn since an early two year old and they have always had a bit of a wrap on the filly. " Like a lot of good fillies she can be a bit headstrong every now and again but in the main she is lovely to do anything with." " She shows real dash coming off a horses back but due to the good draws we have had so far, she has always led in her races." " We have always thought that she would be better coming off a horses back in her races so I guess we are going to find out if we were right in tonights race, Scott said. Regardless of what she does tonight, Scott thinks the best may be in front of her. " She continues to improve all the time." " We will just stick to grade racing at the moment but it wouldn't surprise me if she found her way into some of the better fillies races later on," Scott said.  The run of American Flybye certainly hasn't hurt her young sire Tintin In America, whose oldest crop are only three and are doing a good job on both sides of the Tasman. Harnesslink Media

Time is a great asset in harness racing but it is not something that happens that often any more with horses quickly discarded if they don't come up to the mark straight away. One horse who is showing the wisdom of being given a bit of time is the six year old son of Red River Hanover in Fiery Lustre who chalked up win number six last night at Alexandra Park in the manner of a horse that has a few more wins in store yet. Lightly raced at three by owner and breeder Ivan Court, Fiery Lustre was busy at four and five picking up a couple of wins and a lot of placings but it is as a six year old that Fiery Lustre has really come into his own. Four wins and seven placings have helped his bank balance no end and shown once again that patience can be rewarded. Last night driver Scott Phelan hunted Fiery Lustre forward from barrier seven and he grabbed the lead after 300 metres. Scott kept the tempo in front very solid and it was obvious a long way out that Fiery Lustre had them in trouble. Given a bit more rein at the 400 metres mark, Fiery Lustre quickly put paid to the competition and ran away and hid with the official winning margin being 7 1/4 lengths. Fiery Lustre paced the 2700 metres in a smart 3:22, a mile rate of 2:00.4 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.5. Driver Scott Phelan has a bit of time for Fiery Lustre. " He is a lovely old horse to do anything with." " He gives you 110% on racenight  and has a nice turn of speed so he is pretty versatile." " Last night I thought he was the best horse in the race so I drove him like that and it turned out I was right." " He has actually been on the market but I think the Red River Hanover scares people off him but he doesn't know what he is by." "He is more than a fair horse which his record shows," Scott said. Fiery Lustre is in career best form at the moment and if not sold would appear to have a few more wins in him yet. Harnesslink Media

Our harness racing tipsters are having a bit of the winter blues at the moment with less than inspiring results some weeks. Last week saw only two of our tipsters pick winners with Sean McCaffrey and Nathan Williamson doing the honours but we did have eight placegetters and some of those such as Shane Walkinshaw's pick, Takitimu Express paid good money ($4:20) This week we have four meetings in the country and we have picks for them all. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Spinyback was overdue and could win race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Thinks on his work this week, Jetsdream will win race 4 Craig Ferguson - Gives Mordecai a good chance of going back to back in race 6   Auckland  - Friday night Steven Reid - Reckons Concorde even from barrier 8 will be hard to beat in race 2 Scott Phelan - If Superimposed has any luck from his bad draw,he thinks he can win race 2  Todd Mitchell - Thinks the millionaire Vulcan can add to the bankroll in race 6 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thought Vice Consul from the front line could win race 7 Tony Herlihy -  Gives The Almighty Johnson a big chance of winning race 8 John Dunn - Rates Return To Sender as hard to roll in race 9 Mark Jones - Thought Rocker Band would be very hard to beat, also in race 9   Addington - Friday night Bob Butt - Quite bullish about the chances of the two year old Matatoki in race 1 Terry Chmiel - Thinks Maddison Hill can upset them in race 2 Tim Williams - Gives Bird Of Paradise a big show even from the second line in race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Reckons Zin Zan must win one shortly and thinks it will be in race 7 Ricky May - Thought the southern raider Tetrick would be hard to beat in race 8 Brendon McLellan - Agrees with Ricky that Tetrick will be hard to beat in race 8 Matthew Williamson - Reckons Springbank Eden can get the chocolates in race 9   Timaru - Sunday afternoon  Blair Orange - Thought the first starter My Cash would be hard to beat in race 3 Gavin Smith - Very bullish about the chances of Great Things Happen in race 4 Brad Williamson - Reckons Kylie Castleton can bounce back and win race 6 Jim Curtin - Gives Insignificant a chance to upset them at odds, also in race 6  John Curtin - Thought Naughty Maravu only needed some luck for a change to win race 8 Robbie Holmes - Thinks Contractual Issues will be hard to hold out in race 10   Harnesslink Media

Every week Harnesslink does a ringaround of 20-25 harness racing drivers throughout the country to get their best drives for the weekend for our readers. Someone who has been on board from the start of the ringaround is South Auckland reinsman Scott Phelan. We have noted before that Scott's weekly tips are never far away and he did the job again tonight on the American Ideal two year old colt, Ideal Roman. Scott has been telling us for a while that he has a bit of time for Ideal Roman and tonight you could see why. Scott sent Ideal Roman out of the gate in a hurry from barrier two but he couldn't head Bettor Love Me and Brent Mangos from barrier one and Scott eased Ideal Roman into the trail. " Mango" kept the tempo solid with Bettor Love Me and had them struggling across the top apart from Ideal Roman in the trail. As soon as the passing lane became available,Scott angled Ideal Roman into it and he shot away for a comfortable victory over a game Bettor Love Me with Apassionato and David Butcher finishing on into third. The 1700 metres was cut out in a very sharp 2:04.1, a mile rate of 1:57.5 with smart closing sectionals of 56.2 and 28.1. Scott was all smiles on returning to the birdcage. " He is a really nice wee horse and should do a good job over the next few months.": " Racing has really improved him and I don't think he has stopped winning yet." " it wouldn't surprise me if he strung a couple together now that he has won one," Scott said. We don't want to put the jinx on Scott but his ringaround selection each week is well worth following in our view. Harnesslink Media   

Last week was one of the better weeks overall for a while with our tipsters not far off all weekend. Six selected winners with Kyle Marshall leading the way with the $6 shot, JC Jock while Scott Phelan, Blair Orange, Tim Williams, Nathan Williamson and Ricky May also got the job done. What was so frustrating was the tipsters had eleven placegetters including ten second placings over the weekend. This week however we only have three meetings around the country and quite a few of our regulars are not in action this weekend but as usual it would pay to follow the tipsters selections on the first day at Blenheim on Friday to the second day on Sunday. Forbury Park - Thursday night Shane Walkinshaw - Thought Jetsdream just needed an ounce of luck to win race 2 Brendon McLellan - Thinks Mr Handleman is a chance at huge odds, also in race 2 Craig Ferguson - Rates Lamborne Road a big chance to bounce back and win race 5 Nathan Williamson - Thinks Betta Go Fernco can turn it around and win, also in race 5 Brad Williamson - Hopes to celebrate his 21st birthday with a win on Elusive Flight in race 7 Gavin Smith - Gives the two year old Late Mail a big chance of winning race 9 Matthew Williamson - Rates Springbank Eden a chance of upsetting them in race 11   Blenhiem - Friday afternoon Bob Butt - Quite keen on the chances of the first starter Dusky Eyre in race 1 Ricky May - Rates Delightful Jack as well overdue and thinks he will win race 2 John Dunn - Very bullish about the chances of stable runner Mr Meddle in race 6 Blair Orange - Gives Expresso Martini a big push to win race 7 Terry Chmiel - Thinks Art Exhibit is ready to strike and will win race 8     Franklin - Friday night Scott Phelan - Thinks Ideal Roman is a big chance from barrier two in race 1 Todd MacFarlane - Rates I Am The One a good each way prospect in race 4 John Curtin - Thought Bettormack second up from a break would win, also in race 4 Todd Mitchell - Reckons The Tracker can carry on his winning streak in race 5 Steven Reid - Gives Franco Nikau a chance of rolling them at big odds, also in race 5 Steven Richardson (TAB) - Rates Chosen Path fresh up a big chance of winning race 6 Kyle Marshall - Thought Kilkeel Lady from barrier two could upset them in race 10   Harnesslink Media

Tonights harness racing meeting at Addington was a bit of a low key affair but there was still plenty of classy horses involved. The Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick trained three year old filly Better B Amazed drew the outside of the mobile barrier in the C1-C2 fillies and mares pace over 1950 metres but the betting public still made the northern raider a warm favourite. And they would have been very happy with that selection after the first 150 metres when Better B Amazed and Scott Phelan burned the gate and lead easily. Allowed to get away with a couple of easier sectionals mid race, Scott turned the wick up from the 800 metres mark when he scooted the 400 metres down the back in 29.3 before letting her really run from the quarter where she dashed home in 27.5 to record an effortless win. It was the daughter of Bettors Delight sixth win at just her twelfth lifetime start and she has been placed five times as well. Better B Amazed paced the 1950 metres in 2:26.5, a mile rate of 2:00.8 with closing sectionals of 56.8 and 27.5 Scott was pretty confident prior to the race that Better B Amazed would be hard to beat. "She has been running against some of the best three year old fillies and has been competitive so dropping back to grade racing was a lot easier tonight." " You can use her early and she will still find at the business end," Scott said. Scott can look forward to a few more flights south in the next few weeks to drive the talented filly. " She is eligible for the Nevele R Fillies Final, the New Zealand Oaks, and the Harness Jewels so she has a big month in front of her," Scott said. Harnesslink Media  

Our harness racing tipsters had another so so week although to be fair they did have a lot of close second placings over the four meetings. There were five winners selected with Clark Barron continuing his hot run at the moment along with Bob Butt, Tony Herlihy, Shane Walkinshaw and Tim Williams and they also had seven placings as well, a lot of them at good odds. This week we have five meetings but none in the deep south which has affected our number of tipsters a bit. Forbury - Thursday night Nathan Williamson - Thought Chantrey back to his favourite track could upset them in race 3 Brendon McLellan - Gives new stable runner Continental Boy a good chance of winning race 5 Shane Walkinshaw - Likes the chances of smart 3 year old Robyn's Bad Boy winning race 6 Matthew Williamson - Rates Hezabluechipboy a big winning chance in race 8  Steve Richardson - Thought The Edge Of Reason could upset them at good odds in race 9   Auckland - Friday night  Maurice McKendry - Really quite keen on the chances of the out of form Sir Richie in race 1 Todd MacFarlane - Gives the 2 year old Cyclone Chief a good chance of winning race 2 Sean McCaffrey - Thinks Yagunnakissmeornot can bounce back to winning form in race 4 Todd Mitchell - Rates Charming Lavra a big chance of winning again, also in race 4 Steven Reid - Confident that Shedontloveme will go one better this week and win 6 John Dunn - Thought Barry was due a change of luck and could win race 8   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel - Reckons Saint Michel with the help of the mobile will win race 2 Bob Butt - With two runs under his belt, thought Any Old Way was ready to win, also in race 2  Brad Williamson - Looks like a trifecta as Brad thinks The Silver Fox will win race 2 Tim Williams - Rates the debutante Cash N Flow as very hard to beat in race 5 Jim Curtin - Thought One Over Da Moon on his Rowe Cup run would win race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks King Of Strathfield has been going great and could win, also in race 6 Scott Phelan - Rates Bettor B Amazed a big winning chance even from barrier 9 in race 7 Blair Orange - Gives Bracken Ridge a big show of turning his form around and winning race 9   Thames - Sunday afternoon Tony Herlihy - Very bullish about the chances of Mighty Regal in race 4   Ashburton - Sunday afternoon Ricky May - Rates the first starter Cable Beach very highly and thinks he will win race 4 John Curtin - Thought Gracious Star and Michelle Neilson would make it two in a row and win race 6   Harnesslink Media

Last weeks selections at the four harness racing meetings looked ok on paper but it turned into our worst performance since we started doing the ringaround. Todd MacFarlane has bragging rights this week because he was the only tipster to select a winner last week. We did have eleven placings but it is still hard to fathom how we only managed one winner from twenty odd selections. Still as Steve Hansen would say, "flush the dunny" and move on to this week. There are five meetings this week and we have selections for them all. Forbury Park - Thursday night Brad Williamson - Gives The Silver Fox a big chance of taking out race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Thought Astro Boy was a good each way chance in race 4 Terry Chmiel - Rates Parramatta very hard to beat, also in race 4   Alexandra Park - Friday night Todd Mitchell - Thinks the two year old filly Are You Ready Girl can win race 1 Tony Herlihy - Rates Rub Of The Green a good each way chance in race 4 Scott Phelan - Reckons Prince Of Pops will be very hard to beat,also in race 4 Todd MacFarlane - Gives Twoandahalf Tigers a good each way show in race 5 Steven Reid - Very bullish about the chances of Art Form, also in race 5 John Curtin (Harnesslink) Quite keen on the chances of Chachingchaching in race 7 Maurice McKendry - Thought Makarewa Jake was a big chance in race 8   Addington - Friday night Blair Orange - Rates Bracken Ridge a big winning chance in race 1 Bob Butt - Thrilled with Conon Bridge last week and thinks he will win race 4 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thinks Trouble Rieu will be too smart for them in race 5  Ricky May - Very bullish about the chances of Brilliant Strike in race 9   Motukarara - Sunday afternoon Gerard O'Reilly  - Gives Hit The Spot a good chance fresh up to win race 7 John Dunn - Thinks Geisha Girl can bounce back to her winning ways, also in race 7    Invercargill - Sunday afternoon Tim Williams - Can't see the very smart Lazarus being beaten in race 1 Clark Barron - Thinks he can bring up win number 1000 on Mass Invasion in race 3 Nathan Williamson - Thought Sue Me from barrier one would be hard to beat in race 5 Brendon McLellan - Reckons Leigh Major just needs a little bit of luck from her barrier to win race 11   Harnesslink Media

Last week was a mixed bag but two very wet tracks at both Ascot Park and Methven didn't help with the conditions hampering a lot of runners. We managed five winners with the best dividend going to Bob Butt at Methven with Ancient Moonlight while others to select winners were John Dunn, Tim Williams, Nathan Williamson and Scott Phelan and we also had five placings as well. This week there are only the four meetings and we cover them all. Manawatu - Thursday night Kyle Marshall - Gives Soul Hanover a great each way chance in race 2 Todd Mitchell - Thinks on his runs to date they can't beat Alta Leroy in race 8    Auckland - Friday night Tony Herlihy - Thought Uandmebabe would be hard to beat from her good draw in race 7 Scott Phelan - Very bullish about the chances of Bettor B Amazed, also in race 7 Maurice McKendry - Gives the two year old Shandale a big chance of winning race 8 Steven Reid - Rates Aquickone on her work this week as the one to beat in race 9   Addington - Friday night Terry Chmiel - Thought Danny Del Vito from barrier one could upset them in race 1 John Dunn - Gives Culinary Delight a big push to return to the winners list, also in race 1 Bob Butt - Looking for the trifecta in race one where Bob thinks Gracious Me will be hard to beat Robbie Holmes - Thought Aile Rouge could get a piece of it at good odds in race 2 Brad Williamson - Very bullish about the chances of the very smart Father Christmas, also in race 2 John Curtin (Harnesslink) Reckons Waikiki Beach will beat Chase The Dream and win race 4 Blair Orange - Thinks Habibti Ivy will match it with the boys in the Derby and win race 5 Gerard O'Reilly - Thought Tiger Tara would be improved this week and a each way chance in race 6 Matthew Williamson - Knows Alley Way is up against it this week but a great place chance in race 7 Tim Williams - Keeps giving out Have Faith In Me and he keeps winning, this week in race 8 Ricky May - Rapt with the run of Dalton Bromac last week and won't have him beaten in race 9   Invercargill - Sunday afternoon Brendon McLellan - Reckons Leigh Major must be due a change of luck and can win race1 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Really likes the chances of Denn Nee Nose Best in race 3 Clark Barron - Gave Real Raider a big chance to clear maidens in race 4 Nathan Williamson - Thought Franco Tyson would be a great each way chance at good odds in race 8   Harnesslink Media

Last week wasn't one of our best but the missing link was our southern tipsters who had a shocker at Winton last Saturday. Everybody else was thereabouts with their selections with Jim Curtin, Todd Mitchell, Maurice McKendry and Ricky May tipping us into winners and we had seven placegetters as well. This week there are only four meetings in the country and we have selections for them all. Taranaki - Thursday afternoon John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Gave Sheza Springfield a big chance of clearing maidens in race 3 Peter Scaife - Likes Prime Legal to improve on his first day run and win race 4 Scott Phelan - Rates Better B Amazed as very hard to beat in race 9 Sean McCaffrey - Thought Styx It To Em was right in the zone and would win race 10   Addington - Friday night John Dunn - Very bullish about the chances of Boom Gate in race 1 Blair Orange - Gives Goodness Gracious Me a big chance in race 2 Steve Richardson (TAB) - Thought Jaccka Justy would be hard to beat in race 3 Tony Herilhy - Thinks Hug The Wind will be very hard to beat from barrier 1 in race 6 Tim Williams - Very keen on the very smart Have Faith In Me, also in race 6 Todd Mitchell - Reckons Prime Power is at his best and will win race 8   Ascot Park - Saturday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Likes the chances of Geordie Sivad to make it two in a row in race 4 Brad Williamson - Thought Mokosun from the front line would be hard to beat in race 5 Brendon McLellan - Gives Leigh Major a big chance in race 7 Nathan Williamson - Very bullish about the chances of Statham in race 8 Clark Barron - Not sure if Bonnies Khaleesi can beat Statham but a great place bet, also in race 8   Methven - Sunday afternoon Matthew Williamson - Likes the chances of the first starter Toot Toot in race 1 Bob Butt - Quite bullish about the chances of Ancient Moonlight in race 3 Jim Curtin - Gives Trial Separation a big chance of leaving maidens in race 4 Terry Chmiel - Really keen on the chances of Another Delight, also in race 4 Ricky May - Thought Jack Hammer would be very hard to beat in race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks Break Dance is a big chance to make it two in a row in race 9   Harnesslink Media

Harness racing reinsman Scott Phelan has been having a quiet time recently by his own high standards but he made up for it yesterday with a couple of wins at the Harness Racing Waikato meeting at Cambridge. The first win came aboard the smart Mach Three two year old Mach Time who won a maiden race with a real degree of authority. Sent to the lead early by Scott from barrier two, Mach Time then took a trail behind the Neil Brady trained and driven Volente after 300 metres. When Volente began to tire with 600 metres to go, Scott angled him out into the running line and when he gave the two year old his head as they turned for home, Mach Time fair burst away from the field to record an easy victory by 2 3/4 lengths. Mach Time paced the 2200 metres in a smart 2:45.2, a mile rate of 2:00.8 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 28. Scott has a bit of time for the son of Mach Three. " His first two starts were against Chase The Dream at Auckland and he only had a couple of workouts prior to those runs so he is improving all the time with the racing." "I thought he would be a bit too smart for a maiden field yesterday so I was pretty confident." " He is a touch better than Harry Hoo who ran second to Lazarus in the Sires Stakes heat so we might have to look at a Sires Stakes heat with him next," said Scott. The second of Scott's winners on the day was the four year old Art Major mare Sweet Art who chalked up win number six when taking out the C2 and faster pace over 2200 metres from a stand. Away safely from the ten metres mark, Scott was caught in the open from the start as Styx it To Em set a solid pace in front. Working slowly up to the leaders wheel, Scott sent Sweet Art to the front with a little over a lap to go and from there he controlled the tempo. Keeping up a solid clip down the back straight, Scott shot her clear as they turned for home and Sweet Art had enough in the tank to hold out the challenge of Styx It To Em up the passing lane by 3/4 of a length. Sweet Art paced the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:47.9, a mile rate of 2:02.7 with closing sectionals of 58.8 and 28. Scott thinks they have found the key to the Art Major mare. " She is a lot better when you let her do her own thing during a race." " She is a lot happier that way when you let her find her own rhythm." " Time has been her best friend and Steve and Chris (trainers) have placed her well so I think there are a few more wins in her yet," Scott said. Those two wins yesterday took Scott to 30 for the season and judging by the team Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick have around them at the moment, he won't be long adding to that total in the near future. Harnesslink Media  

Last week was an improvement from the week before with our tipsters selecting six winners along with eight placegetters so not far away from a great result. Clark Barron, Todd Mitchell, Zac Butcher, John Curtin, Matthew Williamson and Maurice McKendry all got their selections home first to carry on the good strike rate that most of that group have. This week we are covering the four meetings with declared fields but we would suggest that anyone backing a horse at Westport on Friday follows their selection through to Reefton on Sunday. Forbury - Thursday night Terry Chmiel - Gives Moment Of Love a big chance of turning her form around and winning race 4 Brad Williamson - Very bullish about the chances of Mokosun in race 9   Westport - Friday afternoon Jim Curtin - Likes the chances of Insignificant even off 30 metres in race 2 Robbie Holmes - Thought As Kiwi As was due a change of luck and could win race 4 Gerard O'Reilly - Reckons Breakdance can turn her form around and win race 5 Steve Richardson (Tab) - Thought the durable Ideal Arden would be hard to beat in race 7 John Dunn - Rates Geisha Girl a huge chance to make it three in a row, also in race 7 Bob Butt - Gives Georgie Mach a big winning chance even from the unruly mark in race 8   Auckland - Friday night Maurice McKendry - Reckons Yagunnakissmeornot can carry on her winning way in race 2 Blair Orange - Thinks Barry with a drop back this week would be very hard to beat, also in race 2 John Curtin - Gives Chase The Dream a big chance of upsetting Lazarus in race 3  Scott Phelan - Thought First Home, even from barrier eight could upset them in race 4  Tim Williams - Rates Dream About Me a big chance to make it three from three in race 5 Todd Mitchell - Gives Prime Power a great chance of going back to back in race 7 Ricky May - Thinks Jason Rulz is a great place chance from barrier two in race 8 Tony Herlihy - Rates San Diego Love coming in fresh a big chance of winning race 9   Gore - Sunday afternoon Brendon McLellan - Gives Taranto a good chance on grass to win race 2 Matthew Williamson - Thought Falcon Asset would be hard to roll in race 6 Nathan Williamson - Reckons Statham has kept improving lately and will win race 7 Shane Walkinshaw - Thought with a drag into the race Viscountess could get some of it, also in race 7 Clark Barron - Gives Flight Deck a good chance of making a winning debut in race 10

Another one of those weeks where we were there abouts without getting the rub of the green, with a lot of the horses selected by our tipsters having little luck. Five managed to get home first but another five ran second which about sums up the luck at the moment. Blair Orange, Robbie Holmes, Tony Herlihy, Nathan Williamson and the boss John Curtin all picked winners and special mention for the boss who is going for three in a row this week. Our tipsters have gone near and far this week from Winton in the south to Tabcorp Park Melton in Melbourne. Winton - Thursday afternoon Brad Williamson - Rates Mokosun a big winning chance even off 20 metres in race 4 Clark Barron - Thinks Mass Invasion is overdue a change of luck and can win, also in race 4   Shane Walkinshaw - Thought Princess Arts from the draw could roll the hotpot On The Town in race 8 Brendon McLellan - Gives Repeat After Me a great chance of running in three in race 9     Manawatu - Thursday night Kyle Marshall - Reckons Unmissable is ready to win her second race at Manawatu in race 5 Peter Scaife - Rates Mach Cullen from barrier one a big chance to turn his form around and win race 7   Amberley - Friday afternoon Bob Butt - Rates last weeks impressive debutant Supershakes hard to beat in race 3 Robbie Holmes - Gives Bridget Blue Chip from her handy draw a chance to upset them in race 5 Gerard O"Reilly - Thought Always Yours would take all kinds of stopping in race 6 Jim Curtin - Rates Star Of Dionysis back to the grass a big chance to win race 8   Auckland - Friday night Steven Reid - Thought  Clarius could continue his good form and win race 1 Tony Herlihy - Likes Walkinshaw to improve on his debut run and win race 4 Maurice McKendry -  Thought his two year old Shandale would have a big show, also in race 4 John Curtin (Harnesslink) - Rates Our Dainty Lady very hard to beat in race 6 Scott Phelan - Thinks Better B Amazed will be awlfully hard to beat in race 9   Ashburton - Saturday afternoon Tim Williams - Rates Chase The Dream a big chance to win the Sapling Stakes on debut (Race 5) Blair Orange - Thought Goodness Gracious Me could top off a string of placings with a win in race 9   Tabcorp Park Melton - Saturday night Ricky May - Was rapt with "Terrors" run last week and thinks he can win the Hunter Cup   Wairarapa - Sunday Afternoon Todd Mitchell - Rates Te Kawau very difficult to beat in the Wairarapa Cup.   Waikouaiti - Sunday Afternoon Nathan Williamson - Rates Grey Power a big chance on the grass to win race 5 Matthew Williamson  - Thinks if Bet's Sun trots all the way he can beat his brother in race 5 Craig Thornley - Likes the chances of Dream Big to bounce back and win race 8.   Harnesslink Media

Harness racing returned to Alexandra Park for the first time this year and Scott Phelan quickly made his mark for the new year with a smart winning drive on Prince Of Pops. The three year old son of Changeover from the Telfer and Garlick barn has always shown plenty of potential, winning three races as a two year old late last season. Tonight he drew terribly at five on the second line in the 2200 metres mobile and settled seven back in the running line in the early running and Scott stayed put through the first 1200 metres. With just under 1000 metres to go Scott launched Prince Of Pops three wide around the field at full throttle and went from near last at the 950 metres mark to the front at the 600 metres mark. Allowed to steady for a furlong by Scott, Prince Of Pops was off again as they straightened for home and was never seriously challenged in the run to the line. At the finish Prince Of Pops still had 1 3/4 lengths to spare and seemed to still have a bit in reserve. What made the run even more impressive was Prince Of Pops cut out the 2200 metres in 2:42.1, a mile rate of 1:58.6 with closing sectionals of 56.7 and 28.4 Scott was not surprised by the performance of Prince Of Pops. " I have always liked him and on his work  I knew he would go good." "He is just a notch below the really good three year olds so he was always going to be hard to beat back in maiden grade," Scott said Scott thought while not up to the best three year olds at this stage, he may be in the Autumn " If he keeps taking the next step up then we may have consider that down the line," Scott said. The immediate plan with Prince Of Pops is to head to Addington next week for the $40,000 PGG Wrightson Pace for three year olds by a sire standing for less than $5,000. "That looks a great race for him and the trip will do him the world of good." "All we need now is a decent draw so if you could organize that it would be great," Scott joked to Harnesslink this evening. Going by his winning effort tonight Prince Of Pops will be a serious challenger next Friday night. Harnesslink Media   

Harness racing can be cruel at times as a lot of our tipsters found out last week when a lot of the selections had little luck on raceday. Both Playaway and Sweet Art had no luck on the first day at Otaki but both won on the second day so it does pay to not drop them in a hurry, Our best performer last week was Steven Reid who nailed Clarius at Otaki at $13:40 and he was unlucky not to make it a double for the weekend on the second day, again at good odds. Other selectors to pick winners were Ricky May, Peter Scaife,Scott Phelan, Blair Orange and Brad Williamson and we picked up three placings as well and a string of fourths. This week we have selections at Motukarara, Blenhiem, Auckland, and Invercargill and Gate Pa. Don't let the selections for Blenheim slip under your guard on Sunday if they miss on Friday. Motukarara - Thursday afternoon Robbie Holmes - Gave us two he couldn't separate. At the Mott it is Willie Shine in race 8 Ricky May - Thought Cullen Keefe could get back on track in race 10 Craig Thornley - Rates Franco Hammond highly and thought he could win again, also in race 10   Blenheim - Friday afternoon Jimmy Curtin - Likes the chances of the Brian O'Meara trained Mach Winger in race 2 Gerard O'Reilly - Thinks Royal Caroline is due a change of luck and can win race 3  Robbie Holmes - The second of his selections this week is the talented Cyclone Kiwi in race 9 Blair Orange - Rates Take After Me a big chance of making it two wins in a row in race 11   Auckland - Friday night Tony Herlihy - Gives Uandmebabe a big show even from the second line in race 2 Maurice McKendry - Rates Hanoverdakash a great each way bet in race 3 Scott Phelan - Thought that Prince Of Pops could bounce back after a brief break and win race 4 John Curtin (Harnesslink)- Thought Gamma Lady on her workout win last weekend would win race 5   Steve Richardson (TAB) - Rates Charleston Belle a big chance to take out race 9 Todd Macfarlane - Knows the draw is dead against him but still likes Simply Stunning, also in race 9    Invercargill - Saturday afternoon Nathan Williamson - Thought if Splash Cola could get around the first bend then she would win race 1 John Dunn - Gives Alta Las Vegas a big rap even from barrier eight in race 3 Clark Barron - Gives I'm Full Of Excuses a big chance of taking out race 4 Matthew Williamson - Thinks Alley Way on last weeks run should win race 5 Brad Williamson - Thought he might be able to upset big brother with Father Christmas, also in race 5 Shane Walkinshaw - Rates Acolyte off the mobile a big chance to turn his form around in race 8 Tim Williams - Thought Meticulous had trained on great this week and would win race 9   Gate Pa - Sunday afternoon Peter Scaife - Confident that a shoeing change will have recent import Winsome Luck winning race 2 Todd Mitchell - Thought Shardon's Pearl would carry on the good work and win, also in race 2 Sean McCaffrey - With no Gold Ace or Adore Me about, he thought Norvic Nightowl could win race 9     

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