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Pembrook absolutely loves racing at Alexandra Park. The 9-year-old son of Courage Under Fire won his 16th race on the tack when easily winning tonight’s Group Two $50,000 Auckland Co-op Taxis City Of Auckland Free-For-All. All up ‘Benny’ has now won 22 of his 90 starts and $867,982. Driven by Zac Butcher the bay gelding was always going to be a tough nit to crack after trailing last year’s race winner, Easy On The Eye. The Barry Purdon trained gelding paced the 2200m mobile in 2:40.60 with final 800m and 400m sectionals in 57.6 and 29.4. Mile rate: 1:57.4. Easy On The Eye (Peter Ferguson) and Besotted (Simon Lawson) finished second and third some two lengths and 1-1/4 lengths back. Butcher said he would be even stronger come next week’s Group One Auckland Cup. “He hasn’t done much since coming back from Australia and he did it real easy tonight. He can only be improved by the run. I’d love to win that race so much,” said Butcher. Pembrook Benny is owned by his trainer, Terry Henderson, J. C. Higgins, K. G. Parry, Dave Sixton, and former All Black coach John Hart. He was bred by W. D. Power and Mrs G. L. Power. The past winners (with drivers and times have been): 2013: Easy On The Eye (Peter Ferguson) 2:42.8. 2012: Sir Lincoln (Maurice McKendry) 2:40.3. 2011: Power Of Tara (Brent Mangos) 2:41.3. 2010: Big Dog (Scott Phelan) 2:45.7. 2009: Monkey King (Ricky May) 2:41.8. 2008: Classic Cullen (Mark Purdon) 2:43.1. 2007: Classic Cullen (Mark Purdon) 2:39.0. 2006: Mainland Banner (Ricky May) 2:44.7. 2005: Elsu (David Butcher) 2:40.4. 2004: Sly Flyin (Tony Herlihy) 2:43.0. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

This week’s ring-around is smaller than usual as many trainers and drivers have been busy during the week with the sales. However, I am sure the ring-around will, like always, throw out a few winners. Andrew Armour: Believes Macardo is a good bet in the third race at Wyndham on Saturday. Craig Thornley: Thinks Franco Harrington, who was desperately unlucky at Waikouaiti, can make amends in the ninth race at Methven on Sunday. David Butt: Expects Lothario to be hard to beat in the third race at Timaru on Sunday. Gavin Smith: Rates Vincennes as a good each-way chance in the fifth race at Methven on Friday. Jim Curtin: Thinks the consistent Vitali is overdue a winning turn – Timaru, race one. John Dunn: Expects Lovemetwotimes to be tough to toss in the sixth race at Timaru on Sunday. Jonny Cox: Thinks Simply Susational is a good each-way chance from his ace alley in seventh race at Timaru on Sunday. Scott Phelan: Is bullish about the chances of Rocknroll Lass in the sixth race at Manawatu tonight. Stephen McNally: Has opted for the talented Trouble Rieu as his bet of the week. He competes in the third race at Timaru on Sunday. Steve Richardson (T.A.B):  Has been impressed by No Doctor Needed at the trials. He makes his debut in the last race at Wyndham on Saturday. Simon Lawson: Will wait until Monday for his best bet – Bute Mach – Avondale, race ten. Tim Williams: Thinks smart last start winner Come On Jaccka can repeat the dose on Saturday – Wyndham, race ten. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink): Best bet – Franco Harrington –Methven, race nine. Each-way – Lovemetwotimes – Timaru, race six. Each-way - Tazzy's Devil - Alexandra Park, race eight. Value – Eyre I Come – Timaru, race three.

The ring-around was a bit quiet last week, producing just four winners. Those who did pick winners were Blair Orange, Nathan Williamson, Scott Phelan, and I. However, the ring-around rarely has two bad weeks in a row, so this could be the time to jump on the bandwagon. Good luck and happy punting! Andrew Armour: Thinks Double Impact can make up for his last start mishap in the first race at Invercargill on Sunday. Blair Orange: Rates the consistent Juneamy Castleton as a good each-way prospect in sixth race at Motukarara on Sunday.   Craig Thornely: Thinks North American import Johny Rock can make his presence felt in his New Zealand debut – Addington, race ten. David Butt: Has opted for the talented yet untrustworthy Mundaka. He will compete in the first race at Addington on Saturday. Gavin Smith: Thinks Vincennes will be very hard to beat provided she can overcome her tricky barrier draw. Motukarara– race ten. Jim Curtin: Hopes Damon Runyon can finally break his maiden status in the sixth race at Addington on Saturday. Jonny Cox: Rates Danny Cool as a good each-way prospect in race six at Invercargill on Sunday. Josh Dickie: Thinks Voluntad will give them something to chase for her ace alley in the eighth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Ken Barron: Expects the consistent Red Under Fire to be ‘there or thereabouts’ again in the fourth race at Motukarara on Friday. Mark Jones: Expects Superior Desire to be very hard to beat in the first race at Motukarara on Friday. Matty Williamson: Is bullish about the chances of Milligan from his handy gate in race four at Invercargill on Sunday. Ricky May: Said he couldn’t look past NZ Cup champion Terror To Love – Addington, race eight. Scott Phelan: Thinks the aptly named Big Ern will prove hard to beat in the fourth race at Stratford on Sunday. Simon Lawson:  Likes the chances of Art Major debutant Love Is My Drug – Alexandra Park, race seven. Stephen McNally: Has opted for Easy Empress in the third race at Motukarara on Friday. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Thinks Cyclone Prince will be tough to toss in the tenth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Todd Mitchell: Has opted for Mister Harris in the ninth race at Stratford on Sunday. Tim Williams: Thinks classy mare Here We Go Again will be very hard to beat in the ninth race at Invercargill on Sunday. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink) Best bet – Don’t Call Me Su – Motukarara, race four Each-way – Bootie Bromac – Invercargill, race four Value -  Playaway – Addington, race three                                                                                                                 

Last week the ring-around produced five winners, including both my best and each-way bet of the week. The best result was my each-way bet of the week in Mashika, who opened at a quote of $6.50 but was eventually backed into a $2.20 favourite. So, what’s winning this week? Anthony Butt: Thinks extremely talented two-year-old The Jazzman will be very hard to beat in Saturday’s Sapling Stakes at Ashburton. Blair Orange: Is bullish about the chances of Jay Dubb, who was an expensive purchase out of the barn of Mark Smolenski. The classy two-year-old is set to do battle in the first race at Winton on Friday. David Butt: Has opted for Eagles Nest, who looks a good each-way prospect in the Sapling Stakes on the back of some strong trial form. Gavin Smith: Thinks capable mare Vincennes will be hard to stop in the fifth race at Waikouaiti on Sunday. John Dunn: Thinks Princess Galleon only needs to trot to win the second race at Waikouaiti on Sunday. Jonny Cox: Rates the chances of the unpredictable but talented Chiola Belle. She competes in the tenth race at Waikouaiti on Sunday. Josh Dickie: Thinks Spanish Angel can break through for his maiden victory in the third race at Manawatu tonight. Mark Jones: Thinks stable newcomer Jaccka Len will prove very hard to beat in the twelfth race at Waikouaiti on Sunday. Matty Williamson: Likes the chances of capable three-year-old trotter Zhenya.  She goes around in the fourth race at Rangiora today. Nathan Williamson:  Rates Harry Mac as a good each-way prospect from his ace alley in race five at Waikouaiti on Sunday. Ricky May: Thinks Delightful Dash can go one better in the second race at Waikouaiti on Sunday. Scott Phelan: Likes the chances of Starry Delight in the second race at Manawatu tomorrow. Simon Lawson: Believes Ace Of Delight is his best drive of the week – Alexandra Park, race six. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Has opted for On A Promise in the eighth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Terry Chmiel: Thinks Rip Roaring should break his maiden status in the ninth race at Rangiora tomorrow. Tim Williams: Likes the chances of talented 3YO Bettor Buy It, who competes in the ninth race at Winton on Friday. Todd Mitchell: Expects Lost In Bangkok to be hard to beat in the fifth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink) Best bet – A Boy Named Rosie – Ashburton, race eight. Each-way – Smart Alex – Rangiora, race seven. Value – Hairy Maclary – Rangiora, race three.  

After a couple of weeks absence during the Christmas/New Year period, the ring-around is now back in action and ready to once again steer you in the direction of a winner or ten! Blair Orange: Thinks Bio Marinus will take all sorts of beating in the eleventh race at Blenheim on Friday. Craig Thornley & Terry Chmiel:  Think the consistent Thorn In My Side will be tough to roll from her frontline position in race seven at Blenheim on Friday Gavin Smith:  Has opted for four-win mare All Shook Up, who looks well placed in the ninth race at Oamaru today. Jim Curtin:  Is bullish about the chances of Star Of Dionysis. He competes in the sixth race at Blenheim on Friday. John Dunn: Has opted for stable newcomer Light Up Boss. He competes in the fourth race at Blenheim on Friday. Mark Jones: Just needs to stay in the cart to win aboard Sunoflindenny in the fifth race at Blenheim on Friday. Matthew Williamson: Thinks the consistent Scotty’s Image can break his maiden status at Oamaru today. Ricky May: Has opted for Live The Dream in race six at Oamaru today. Scott Phelan: Thinks Rocknroll Lass is a good each-way chance in race one at Cambridge on Friday. Simon Lawson: Has opted for the consistent Ace Of Delight who has a strong chance in the second race at Cambridge on Friday. Stephen McNally: Gives Culinary Delight a chance in the sixth race at Blenheim on Friday. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Might have found some value in the form of Westburn Courage. He competes in the Morrinsville Cup on Sunday. Todd Mitchell: Thinks classy three-year-old Cyclone Prince can atone in the Waikato Guineas at Cambridge on Friday. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink) Best Bet – Mixed Emotions – Oamaru, race ten. Each-way – Thorn In My Side – Blenheim, race seven Value – Somebeach N Clovelly – Cambridge, race five By Mitchell Robertson

Last week was possibly the best ever for the ring-around with a stunning 9 out of eighteen drivers tipping out winners. Those to tip out winners were: Anthony Butt, Craig Thornley, Jonny Cox, John Dunn, Ken Barron, Mark Jones, Nathan Williamson, Ricky May, and Terry Chmiel. The best result was Craig Thornley’s tip – Supreme Gem, who proved too strong at odds of $10.10 A hard act to follow, but let’s see what we can do: Andrew Armour: Isn’t driving Awesum Teddy this week, but he does expect him to win – Wairio – race eight. Anthony Butt: Thinks the consistent Astral Traveller is a good each-way chance in race five at Addington on Friday. Blair Orange: Has opted for the smart Vice Consul in race eight at Addington on Friday. Gavin Smith & Steve Richardson: Both think that Sleepy Tripp will return to winning form in race seven at Addington on Friday. John Dunn: Is bullish about the chances of Sheemon in race five at Addington on Friday. Jonny Cox: Likes the chances of stable newcomer Idle Eyre. He competes in the ninth race at Forbury tonight. Josh Dickie: Likes the chances of Voluntad, who was big in defeat on debut. She goes around in the fourth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Ken Barron: Has once again opted for the smart Pacquiao, who competes in race six at Addington on Friday. Mark Jones: Thinks Astrapi can repeat the dose in race three at Forbury Park. Mark Purdon: Thinks Whisper Jet is one to follow over the upcoming Auckland carnival - Alexandra Park. race four. Matthew Williamson: Rates the chances of The Shakey Mistress in race six at Forbury Park tonight. Nathan Williamson: Thinks Music will prove too strong in the last race at Forbury Park tonight. Ricky May: Thinks Vega Sicilia will be tough to roll in race four at Rangiora on Sunday. Sam Ottley: Has opted for Kid Galahad as her bet of the week – Addington, race nine. Scott Phelan: Thinks Cyamach can win the sixth race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Simon Lawson: Thinks Valencey is one to pencil down for the Christmas Eve meeting at Cambridge. Stephen McNally: Rates Ares as a good upset chance in race two at Addington on Friday. Todd Mitchell: Likes the chances of Harry Johnson in race ten at Alexandra Park. Tim Williams: Expects Bettor Buy It, an extremely impressive trialist, to be winning race eleven at Winton on Saturday. By Mitchell Robertson

*This week’s ring-around was delayed in order to include the New Zealand Cup meeting Last week was a good one for the ring-around with David Butt, John Dunn, Jonny Cox, Mark Jones, Nathan Williamson, and Scott Phelan all tipping out winners – So hopefully we can carry that sort of form into this week. All trainers-drivers were told that it was preferred that they tip a horse that is racing on Cup Day, but were given the option to tip at any other meeting.  So, let’s see what they came up with: Andrew Armour: Likes the chances of Sharpenuff in race two at Wyndham on Sunday. Anthony Butt: Thinks Peak has continued to go forward since his Ashburton Trotters’ Mile win, and expects him to be hard to beat in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All on Cup Day. Blair Orange & Mark Jones: Think the impressive Saveapatrol will prove very hard to beat in race eight on Cup Day. Craig Thornley: Has opted away from Cup Day, tipping out Givenchy Franco in race ten at Wyndham on Sunday. David Butt: Thinks last start winner Lothario is at least an each-way chance in race three on Cup Day. John Dunn: Rates the chance of Kotare Mahal who has been in brilliant form of late. He will compete in the Show Day Futurity on Show Day Ken Barron: Said that Pacquiao was his best chance on Cup Day, but that he rates Change Time at Ashburton on Thursday as his best of the week.  Matthew Williamson:  Believes Yankee One will take some beating in race eleven on Cup Day. Nathan Williamson: Has opted for talented trotter Springbank Sam. He competes in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All on Cup Day. Ricky May: Thinks Mossdale Connor will take improvement out of his fresh-up second, and therefore expects him to be very hard to beat in the last on Cup Day. Terry Chmiel: Rates the just of Hi Jinx, who was ultra impressive when winning two starts back. He competes in the last race on Cup Day Todd Mitchell: Believes the ace alley gives Cyclone Prince a great chance of claiming Group One glory in the Sires Stakes Final on Cup Day. Tim Williams: Is not driving on Cup Day – but he does like the chances of The Lutts in race two at Wyndham on Sunday. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark McNamara (Cup Day commentator): Thinks classy pacer Didjamakem Bolt will have four straight wins next to his name after the ninth race on Cup Day. Matt Markham ( The Press): Has opted for Harry Johnstone as his best bet of the day on Cup Day. The Northern raider looks well placed in race eleven on the card. Justin Le Lievre (The Informant): Like trainer Mark Jones and driver Blair Orange, thinks Saveapatrol will be very hard to roll in race eight on Cup Day. Mitchell Robertson (Harnesslink) Best bet: Arden Rooney – race five. Each-way: Elios – race twelve. Value: Sundown In Paris – race three. By Mitchell Robertson

Last week the ring-around produced just the four winners, so there were some slim pickings for ring-around followers. However, the ring-around rarely has two bad weeks in a row – so expect this one to be a good one. For the record, those who tipped out winners last week were: Blair Orange, Nathan Williamson, Steve Richardson (T.A.B), and Todd Mitchell. Blair Orange: Thinks smart trotter Notaboutthemoney will get the money in race three at Addington on Friday night. David Butt: Has also gone for a trotter in race three at Addington in Lothario. All things being equal, the pair should make up the quinella. Gavin Smith:  Thinks The Burning Question is a place chance at what should be lucrative odds in race eight at Addington on Friday. John Dunn: Has opted for Kotare Mahal as his best bet of the week. The smart pacer goes around in race six at Kaikoura on Monday. Jonny Cox: Thinks Smoke N Grin, on the back of a bold debut second, is a strong chance in race five at Ascot Park on Sunday. Ken Barron: Rates the chances of capable pacer Still Laughin. He resumes in race six at Kaikoura on Monday. Mark Jones: Thinks Major Sam is a strong each-way chance in race five at Addington. Matthew Williamson: Was impressed with Windermere Lad last start, and thinks he will take some stopping in the Riverton Cup on Sunday. Nathan Williamson: Has a strong book of drives at Ascot Park on Sunday, but rates Royal Squeeze as the best of them. She goes around in the first race on the card Ricky May:  Has a lot of time for Helena Jet and thinks she will take all sorts of beating in race eight at Addington. Scott Phelan: Rates the chances of speedy mare Pepper Pots.  She competes in the seventh race at Cambridge tonight. Simon Lawson: Is bullish about the chances of Valencay in race three at Cambridge tonight. Steve Richardson T.A.B:  Who has been in good tipping form of late, has this week opted for Mary Anastasia. She resumes in the sixth race at Cambridge tonight. Todd Mitchell:  Has opted for Continental Auto as his bet of the week. She looks well placed in race two at Cambridge tonight. By Mitchell Robertson

The Dunstan Speed Series has been completed and what a great series it was, with plenty of excitement, controversy and great racing. With the abandonment of the second heat of the Dunstan Trotters Speed Series the final got underway with the completion of heat one only, but it was a very close final. Too close in fact with a 'dead heat' being announced - "Be Seein Ya", driven by Todd MacFarlane and trained by David and Claire McGowan shared the win with "Continental Auto" driven and trained by Todd Mitchell. The Pacers final was always going to be keenly watched, with an impressive performance from "Pepper Pots", trained by Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick and driven by Scott Phelan in the first heat. Then an outstanding run from "Lincolns Megastar", trained by Ray Green and driven by Maurice McKendry in the second heat ensured it would be a hotly contested final. The final however went the way of "Saharazona", with elated connections joining the Dunstan Sponsors after the race. The team at Dunstan are very proud to sponsor the Series and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the connections of the wonderful horses that have featured throughout. Dunstan would like to extend a big "thank you" to the team at Alexandra Park, and to David Branch in particular for his contribution to the Dunstan Speed Series. Dunstan would also like to acknowledge the great support shown to them by Owners, Breeders and Trainers within the Harness Sector, and in return are committed to continuing to support their Industry. Gretel Webber m. 021 557 316 p. 07 8498160 f. 07 8492719 D U N S T A N NUTRITION LIMITED www.dunstan.co.nz  

Lets Elope is not paid up for the New Zealand Cup but Thursday’s (September 26) Te Awamutu Cup winner is still likely to be seen on Cup Day at Addington Raceway. His trainers Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins were delighted with the 5-year-old Real Desire gelding’s decisive two-length victory on at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. It was his second run back since finishing sixth behind Christen Me in the Jewels Final in June. “We were rapt with the run. He follows speed well and he’s improving towards Cup class nicely, but he’s not ready for the top company just yet. “He could be ready come Auckland Cup time but for now we will just ease him into it. He needs more tough racing,” Cooney said. Maurice McKendry had Lets Elope (30m) poised three back on the outside at the bell in Thursday’s $12,000 3-6 win pace. Then when they were in the one-one turning for home it was just a matter of how much Lets Elope would win by. At the end of the 2700m stand they had two lengths and three quarters of a length to spare over Bettor Romance (Zac Butcher) and Freespin (Scott Phelan). Winner’s time: 3:25.5. Mile rate: 2:02.4. Last 800m: 58.6. Last 400m: 28.3. He was the second favourite and paid $4.10 to win. Hopkins said it was vital that Lets Elope now kept improving and that meant he had to take on stronger fields. Therefore a trek south was now was the obvious move. “There’s not much up here in the North Island for him so we will most probably head south depending on what the owners say. There are a few possibilities but the Junior Free-For-All on Cup Day and the 3200m stand on Show Day appeal. “The Kaikoura Cup is also a possibility,” Hopkins said. Cooney said he would talk to Canterbury horseman Colin De Filippi this week about Lets Elope’s schedule and whether or not De Filippi was able to drive him. Lets Elope provided the Taupaki training duo with their first win at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. He has now won 10 of his 45 starts and placed 15 times for $273,662 in stakes. Lets Elope is owned by Anne Cooney, P.J. Haslam, and W.H. Outtrim. He was bred by Old Ridge Services Number 4 Ltd. He is the third of five foals out of the one-win Soky’s Atom mare Alta Vista. Meanwhile Cooney, who was almost killed in a driving accident at Alexandra Park in July last year, said he was still missing driving. “It’s something I really enjoyed. I saw the doctor a couple of months ago and it could still be six to 12 months if at all. That really frustrates me, but that’s the way life is,” Cooney said. He said he was just thankful to have Hopkins as his partner. “It’s very satisfying to know that when the horses go away, like they did to Cambridge last night, they are going to be looked after. Tate has been great. The partnership is going well,” Cooney said. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

After a two week absence, the New Zealand bet of the week ring-around is back! The last ring-around produced six winners, with Blair Orange, Craig Thornley, Jonny Cox, Simon Lawson, Steve Richardson and Todd Mitchell all selecting winners. The best result was a $23.70 quinella that was tipped out by Simon Lawson and Josh Dickie. Here are this week’s selections: Anthony Butt: Has gone for Choise Achiever as his best of the week. He starts his New Zealand Cup preparation in the Maurice Holmes Vase on Friday night – Addington, race eight. Blair Orange & Mark Jones:  Have both opted for the very inform Electric Ollie. He goes around in the Young At Heart Final and, after two heat wins, looks a very strong chance – Addington, race nine. Craig Thornley: Has a fair bit of time for U Dream, and thinks she can continue on her winning way, despite the rise in class – Addington, race ten. David Butt: Has opted for last year’s Trotter of the Year, Stig, as his bet of the week. He resumes in race five at Addington on Friday night. Jonny Cox: Has a handy book of drives this week, but rates Cracklin Rosie the best of them. She goes around in the eighth race at Winton on Sunday. John Dunn: Has gone for Comenche, who like Electric Ollie, will compete in the Young At Heart Final. Verdict: Take the quinella with Electric Ollie. Ken Barron: Rates Hannah Jaye as his best of the week. She was sensational when fresh-up last campaign, and looks the only horse who can issue a slight challenge to the very talented Locharburn. Verdict: Take the quinella. Matthew Williamson: Thinks Sonia Ellen will take all sorts of stopping over a mile at Winton on Sunday. She goes around in the tenth race. Nathan Williamson:  Has opted for Bet’s Best as his best bet this week (try say that aloud). She just seems to keep on winning and looks to be in a very suitable race at Winton on Sunday – Race five. Ricky May: Thinks most of his drives are place chances this week. But if there is a winner there he thinks it might be Locharanza Franco – Addington, race one. Scott Phelan: Has two very good drives tonight in Cyamach ($1.45) and Freespin ($2.10), however he slightly favours the latter – Alexandra Park, race nine. Simon Lawson: Who is one of the segments most successful tipsters, has opted for Sweet Jane just over Charge Forward. She goes around in the third race at Alexandra Park tonight. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Who also has a very good strike-rate, has found some real value for us this week in the form of Tafadhali – Alexandra Park, race six. Todd Mitchell: Has opted for Franco Nikau, who was an impressive debut winner last week. He goes around in the fifth race at Alexandra Park tonight. Zac Butcher: Has gone for Viking Girl as his best bet. She looks some real each-way value in race four at Alexandra Park tonight. By Mitchell Robertson  

On the 30th of August 2013 the Island Of Origin driver’s series will once again be held at Alexandra Park. The series, based on the State of Origin is now into its fourth year and sees New Zealand’s best Harness Racing Drivers competing on the track representing their island of birth. The coveted Island Of Origin trophy has belonged to the South Island for the past two years although a very strong line-up of North Island Drivers will be looking to turn the tables on August 30th The selected teams for 2013 are; North Island David Butcher (c) Zac Butcher Tony Herlihy Mark Purdon (TBC) Scott Phelan Simon Lawson Josh Dickie (reserve) South Island Anthony Butt (c) Dexter Dunn John Dunn Mathew Williamson Blair Orange Ricky May The series will be run over five races all of which will be penalty free and have a minimum stake of $10,000. The competing Drivers will wear racing caps in the colour of their respective teams (North-Blue, South- Red). As has been the case in previous years, Team Captains will select their ‘team’ of horses on an alternating basis. The Drivers from each team will then be randomly allocated to their respective horses. Any trainers with horses entered in the series will be required to drive their own stable runners. This year Alexandra Park is giving you the chance to show your support by dining in our Top of the Park restaurant which will be specially decked out in red and blue for the evening. Call the team at Alexandra Park on 09 630 5660 for more information and bookings. Team Captains (David Butcher and Anthony Butt) will wear specially designed Island Of Origin racing colours for their drives at Addington and Cambridge the week prior during the build-up to the event.The colours will also be used during the series and worn by the Driver of the horse most favoured by the team.  

The highly consistent Freespin notched up the biggest win of his career to date when taking out the $15,000 2013 Sir Lincoln Thames Cup at Alexandra Park last night (Friday June 21).

Eighteen years after his late father Bill trained Buster Hanover to victory in the 1995 Greenlane Trotting Cup, son Matthew has repeated the dose with Realmein at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday April 19).

Last Friday's (December 14) harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park saw the beginning of what every breeder, owner, trainer, stud and bloodstock agent looks forward to, juvenile racing. The first heat of the Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns was run and won on Friday night by the Steve Telfer & Chris Garlic trained Cilantro.

The Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick trained Cilantro won the first race of the 2012-2013 harness racing season when successful in the first heat of the Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns Series.

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