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The formline indicated a win was due and the Doug McLachlan trained Doubt Me Not duly did the business, winning at Winton today. The five year old gelding by Gotta Go Cullect was bred by Robin and Amanda Swain and is raced by McLachlan and his partner Sylvia Crighton along with a group of other owners which include former Wyndham trainer Megan Irvine. “Robin had a problem with the horse with his gait and sent him down originally for a bit of chiropractic work. I had a look at (him) and really quite liked him, offered Robin some money and the deal was done,” McLachlan said. The gelding was rated perfectly in front by stable reinsman Shane Walkinshaw and held on to beat Depend On Washie which ran home well up the passing lane. Doubt Me Not (2) and Shane Walkinshaw hanging on win         - Photo Bruce Stewart. McLachlan said he’s spent quite some time getting Doubt Me Not in the right condition to race, and it hasn’t been without it’s setbacks. “Early on he got quite crook and had a real cough to him. We’ve tried to get on top of that and he still can cough but it doesn’t affect him at the races. Seems like a kennel cough more than anything.” Doubt Me Not is a member of the famous First Water family that Robin Swain’s former employer and training partner the late Colin Baynes bred successfully from. The Swains bred Oneinamillion, a Son Of Afella gelding that won two of his four starts here before winning a further thirty two races in Australia. He ended his career in America where his best mile time was 1-49.6. Gentle Sir, the winner of eight races is also a member of this branch of the family. McLachlan says Poldark is another horse that’s came io the stable to be ironed out. He learned chiropractic skills from Roland Brensall, a close relative who worked in the Otago region and has been practicing for twenty five years. "I’ve always been interested in it and most nights I’m on the internet looking at things and new techniques.”   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Invercargill horseman Shane Walkinshaw doesn't train too many horses these days due to the fact that harness racing isn't his full-time employment. Today at Ascot Park the only horse he has in his stable - Glens Of Tekoa - easily won an MR 45-MR50 mobile 2200 metre race. From barrier five the Sir Lincoln gelding bobbled for a few steps before settling in the last three on the outside. With 1300 metres to run Walkinshaw sent the three year old forward when the speed was eased. He sat parked for a short period before Key Reactor which was three wide and hanging, finally gave him cover inside the last 600. With 300 metres to run Walkinshaw worked Glens Of Tekoa out three wide and he let down nicely to beat Bush Man by a length and a half.   "He was travelling super the whole way. We ended up getting a nice run so it all helped," Walkinshaw said. Glens Of Tekoa winning for trainer driver Shane Walkinshaw - Photo Bruce Stewart. He's out of a family that hasn't left too many winners recently but extends back in pedigree to good horses like Bachelor Star, Main Adios, Bionic Star and Main Star which were all bred and developed by Alister Kerslake.  "I've had him since he was two. I've always liked his attitude. He's got a great temprament and wants to race. If they've got the will to do it, you can't ask for much more. I had to wait on him but he's strengthened up nicely as a three year old. He'll be better next year too. I might give him one start at Forbury and then flick him out."  Walkinshaw, who trains his horses out of Mark and Debbie Shirley's barn trained his last winner, Give Me The Night at Ascot Park in December 2015.  He ended the day driving two other winners, Magnetic Watch and Franco Huntington and now sits on 297 driving wins. Meanwhile the Southland Drivers Premiership is going down to the wire with Brent Barclay on 40 winners, three ahead of last seasons premiership winner Nathan Williamson.    Bruce Stewart Soutland Harness Racing

Mighty Conqueror continued on his winning way when he won his second start at Winton today with the win impressing his regular pilot Shane Walkinshaw.  "He's got a bit going for him. He can roll along all day and he's got a bit of speed as well," he said. In the Winton Mitre 10 Nuggets Final the three year old was taken to the top by Walkinshaw.   "I've never asked him to go off the gate so it was a new thing for me and him but he did get off it real easy."  From that point horse and driver dictated all the terms, and the American Ideal gelding which is owned by his co-trainer Mark Shirley and good friend Malcolm Dewe won impressively by a length and three quarters from a brave Betterthanbrie.  Mighty Conqueror and Shane Walkinshaw winning at Winton - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He was travelling good all the way and did it all under his own steam." The win impressed his driver who's reined a few good three year olds in his fourteen seasons of driving.  "He's definitely up there. He's got the ability but he just needs to get the ringcraft. He just goes out there and  mucks around a bit. He's one of those racehorses that will relax for you and when you ask him to run he'll run." Walkinshaw doesn't work in the harness racing industry anymore, now working for On Gas during the week and driving at the races at the weekend.  "I'm loving the change with the work during the week and the horses at the weekend. It's great to be back and driving a nice horse like that." The win certainly highlights the success of the Nuggets Series and the bearing it now has on the Southern Supremacy Stakes Leaderboard. Eight of the nine Nuggets Finals including the Super Nuggets Final at the Northern Southland meeting have been won by three year olds; The Bus, Franco Santino, Nota Bene Denario, Ardtoo, Henry Hubert, Convair Hustler, Kilowatt Kid and now Mighty Conqueror. The $12,000 stake money offered in this races has certainly helped these horses up the leaderboard of the Supremacy, and two wins from only two starts in normal races doesn't guarantee you a start in the Group Two feature anymore. Nuggets appears to be the new pathway to the Supremacy. They have been like heats for the three year old colts and geldings.  Trainers Mark Shirley and his wife Debbie still have to decided whether Mighty Conqueror will line up in the Supremacy. 2017/2018 Nugget Final winners Meeting Horse Age/Sire Driver Trainer Track  Distance Time Northern Southland The Bus 3 c -Art Major Sam Ottley Mark Jones Ascot Park  2200m  2-43.4 Riverton  Franco Santino 3 g Christian Cullen Nathan Williamson Nathan Williamson Ascot Park  2200m  2-46.8 Invercargill Nota Bene Denario 3 c - Well Said Brent Barclay Terry and Glenise Chmiel Ascot Park  2200m  2-44.6 Winton Ardtoo 3 g - Auckland Reactor Craig Ferguson Russell Ferguson  Central Southland  2400m 2-59.1 Northern Southland Zealand Star 4 g - Washington VC Brent Barclay Brett Gray Ascot Park  2200m  2-43.6 Wyndham Henry Hubert 3 c - Bettor's Delight John Dunn Robert Dunn Young Quinn  2400m 2-58.8 Invercargill (Grass) Convair Hustler 3 g - Mach Three Dexter Dunn Brett Gray Ascot Park  2050m 2-37.6 Northern Southland Kilowatt Kid 3 g - American Ideal Blair Orange Alister Black Ascot Park  2200m  2-44.6 Winton Mighty Conqueror 3 g - American Ideal Shane Walkinshaw Mark and Debbie Shirley Central Southland  2400m 2-55.6   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing   Mighty Conqueror winning the final  

First starter Mighty Conqueror was very impressive when he won at Invercargill yesterday. The three year old gelding was bred by Mark Shirley and his best friend Malcolm Dewe and was broken in by Robbie Holmes. Shirley trains the American Ideal gelding with his wife Debbie. “He came down to me as a two year old. He’s just taken time to mature. He would have been racing before Christmas but he got kicked on the back leg so we put him aside. We’ve just been educating him at the workouts and trials. He’s a very nice horse with a big motor. He’s highly intelligent and he’s a supreme athlete - bottomless. I haven’t seen the bottom of him yet. We might have a bit of fun with this one,” he said. Shirley who's not getting too far ahead of himself, says the final of the latest Nuggets series next week at Winton will be the horse’s next start. “We’ll assess things after that,” he said when asked about starting in the Supremacy. The geldings winning time as an impressive 2-43.1 for the 2200 metre mobile. Mighty Conqueror winning on debut     - Photo Bruce Stewart. Shirley and Dewe have had horses together since they were teenagers including Dewy Boy (twenty one start maiden), Ochiltree Boy (trained by good mate Donny Morrison) and more recently Cullens Avenue (two wins). “To be fair, before we got into the Ballroom Babe family, we didn’t have a lot of luck. Malcolm does the breeding and we’re trying to get into the high end. We bought the mare off Mike O’Brien. Shane (driver Shane Walkinshaw) said he jogged it. The time was good. I don’t like to back them up that quick but I think he’ll be fine.” Mighty Conqueror is a three year old by American Ideal out of the Presidential Ball mare Ballroom Babe. She won seven races and has left Beckinsdale the winner of ten and the Brett Gray trained stayer Young Conqueror which has won five races.  Meanwhile seven year old trotter Splash Cola won her second race this season when she took out the main trotting feature of the day. She beat a game Its Elvis by a neck. It was the Sundon seven year old mares sixth win in just twenty seven starts.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing Mighty Conqueror winning his first start  

Invercargill harness driver Shane Walkinshaw is at home recuperating after a nasty accident at Ascot Park last Friday. The incident happened shortly after the horses left the mobile arm from the 2200 metre start point and headed into the first bend. Walkinshaw's drive Jennys Rose, went down on her nose and he was thrown onto the track. He suffered fractures to the skull, eye socket, cheek bone and a sinus fracture around the nose area.     "I don't remember when the mobile left, the crash or being in the ambulance. The next memory I've got is waking up in hospital," said Walkinshaw who was discharged from Kew Hospitial yesterday. He says the specialists are recommending at least a month off work.  "Definitely a month off work and a month off driving. I'm not too stressed about rushing back to it. Once you get a head injury it wakes you up a wee bit and you think about things a bit more. I did my spleen about ten years ago at Rangiora and I was meant to have six weeks off but I was back driving in four weeks. This is a wee bit different." Meanwhile Jennys Rose has been retired from racing.  "Wayne (trainer Wayne Adams) and the owner have pulled the pin on her now. I said to Wayne when he came into hospital 'did I chase her (out of the gate) or do something wrong?' He said no, she just slotted over good. You can see it on the video, she just dropped for no reason really. Apparently Blair Orange reckons she crossed her legs. When they start doing that they're pretty dangerous." The other two drivers caught up in the fallout - Craig Ferguson and Dexter Dunn were uninjured. Craig Ferguson going over the top, with Shane Walkinshaw underneath his own horse Number 6. Dexter Dunn holding on tight to his charge Number 10. Bruce Stewart Southern Harness Racing

Invercargill reinsman Shane Walkinshaw was knocked unconscious for a short time yesterday after a nasty race day accident in Race Two at Ascot Park. The race was initially put under a red light when Roman Rebel galloped. It was in the restart that Walkinshaw's drive Jennys Rose broke going into the first bend and went down on her nose, propelling Walkinshaw into the air. Ardtoo which was running behind Jenny's Rose went over the top Walkinshaw was left on the track unconscious but regained conscienceness while being attended to by ambulance staff and was then taken to Southland hospital.  "I was talking to Ellie (Ellie Barron one of the first on the scene) last night because I didn't know what had happened. She said he was out for about three to four minutes. He doesn't remember the crash and he doesn't remember dropping Tyler off at school yesterday morning. He just doesn't remember yesterday but knew what year it was," said Walkinshaw's partner Shana McClelland. She said he has a fractured eye socket, fractures around his sinus and that he also had a slight brain bled. "They thought yesterday when they saw him because of the brain bleed, that they would have to fly him to Dunedin but the surgical team up there had a look at it and thought it would be fine for him to stay down here. They're just going to do more tests and CT scans this morning."  McClelland wasn't on-course at the time but arrived a short time later. "Tyler had waterpolo and he was watching the race on my phone when we were driving."    Ryal Bush reinsman Peter Hunter was knocked unconscious on the same corner in April of this year.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Invercargill trainer Wayne Adams and stable driver Shane Walkinshaw had a good day at their local track (Sunday). They produced two smart qualifiers in Bella Sara and Jennys Rose and won with smart mare Argyle Beach. Jennys Rose is by Panspacificflight out of Zeonly Survivor and is a half-sister to Back On Board which won once in New Zealand from seven starts. He (Back On Board) was then exported to West Australia where he won a further nine races including the Group Three Alltools Four Year Old Championship at Gloucester Park. Another half brother Overboard Again (American Ideal), won twice for Wayne Adams before heading to Australia where he's won a further seven races. Jennys Rose (outside) and Duke of Wellington deadheading       - Photo Bruce Stewart Adams/Walkinshaw's second qualifier was the Tintin In America three year old filly Bella Sara which is a half sister to Lamborne Road. Later in the day Adams and Walkinshaw won with four year old Somebeachsomewhere mare Argyle Beach. Junior driver Chelsea Faithful won her second race today (Sunday) with Misty Memories. It was the first driving win for her employer Hamish Hunter. The four year old mare by Real Desire owned by Graham Cooney came down the outside of the track to beat Delight N Gold by a nose and was 33-1 in the betting.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing   Argyle Beach winning easily

One of the finds in the Southern Harness Racing scene last season - Lamborne Road, is still recovering after he was injured during his last raceday start at Addington at the end of March. In that race he was a game third behind Let It Ride and Gotta Go Ya Hu. After drawing barrier nine he was taken back to last before improving with 1000 metres to run. He ran on gamely with the leaders running their last 800 metres in a fast 54.7 seconds.   "He was lame in the hock when we went to wash him and he stayed up there for an operation. He's had a bit of bad luck as he got that bad lung infection (February last year) and that knocked him for a while," Adams said, adding that a vet will inspect and x-ray the gelding in October. The five year old gelding is currently spelling at the property of Nicky Keast - one of his part owners. "Nicky tells me he's tearing around the paddock." Nicky Keast shares ownership with her husband Stephen and Nicky's parents Joe and Rayleen Thompson.  Lamborne Road had only nine starts last season out of which he won three races and was placed five times. Adams produced him to win fresh up at the Wairio meeting in December after he'd been off the scene for ten months. He was also good enough to split Titan Banner and Costa Del Magnifico in the Wyndham Cup last season. Lamborne Road is out of The Gladiator mare Abararka which also left Storm Light the winner of eight races.  Adams has a three year old filly by Tintin In America out of Abararka named Bella Sara on the active list. And a two year old full brother to Lamborne Road named The Other Brother is ready to have a bit more done with him. The Findlay Road trainer currently has fourteen horses in work.   "Sportzstar is about four or five weeks away from the races. Mach's Back is just back and looking good. He should be a nice horse this year. Navajo Art has had about five weeks jogging."  Mach's Back                                                                Photo by Bruce Stewart Adams is also genuinely excited about A Rocknroll Dance filly he purchased from last years Christchurch sale. Named Dancingformoney the two year old is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Giesle Franco which is a full sister to Ohoka Dallas and Ohoka Sniper, both good winners. Dancingformoney's third dam is Gina Rosa and fourth dam Gina Marie so there are plenty of good females on her pedigree page. He purchased her for $10,000. "She's a beautiful pacer. Shane tells me she's the best one I've bought at the sales for a while."   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Lamborne Road went a long way to establishing himself as more than just a promising type with his second to Titan Banner in the Wyndham Cup. He gets his chance to confirm that new status when he lines up in the ILT Foundation Autumn Cup at Ascot Park on Saturday. On paper, getting beaten by Titan Banner at Wyndham was no big deal. Lamborne Road had a front row start and Titan Banner went from 50 metres behind.  The reality was that Lamborne Road took the first 200 metres of the race to settle into his gait and by then was stone-cold last. With 500 metres to run, he was still among the tailenders and entitled to call it quits. Instead, he launched a run three and four wide and in the straight was the only horse closing as Titan Banner stopped the clock at 3:58.9 for the 3200 metre trip. All season, Lamborne Road has looked a more than useful provincial pacer. The Wyndham Cup suggested he is more than that and in many ways his rocky start in the race was just a refection of his career. The five year old started off well enough, two wins in his first five starts, and then followed a year in which his Invercargill trainer Wayne Adams said he was training well and racing poorly. The son of Washington VC had a lung infection and was sent for a spell to the Myross Bush property of Niki and Stephen Keast, who race Lamborne Road with Joe and Raeleen Thompson. Niki Keast, a qualified nurse, said the horse began frothing at the nose and got very sick, and it was hard to get a diagnosis. She did though and found it was caused by e-coli and pseudomonas. Lamborne Road had six weeks of antibiotics and nursing and then was turned out to grow.  When the gelding returned to the track in December, he was well enough to clock 2:54.6 to win a mobile 2400 at Winton from 11 off the gate. Lamborne Road hasn't finished further back than fourth since then. Today's race is an R60 and faster discretionary pace and sees Lamborne Road and Shane Walkinshaw going from the unruly and 10 metres behind. There are 11 races on the card and Blair Orange, Dexter Dunn and Matthew Williamson, who drove about three quarters of the winners at Ascot Park last weekend, look well placed to repeat the week. Envious and Lilac Flash look the best of Dunn's chances while  Evangaline Franco, American Magic, King Cassidy and Sheezus also rate. Over The Love and Better B Chevron looks top hopes for Orange with  Manuka Valley, Rocking Robyn, Miss Fandango and Sheeza GNP all capable of finishing close-up. As usual, Williamson's best chances are trotters with Bet's Commando and Blazing Under Fire his drives this week. Among the pacers, both RnR Windermere and Rakarover can feature. Mac Henry

The locally trained Likethelook caused a major harness racing boilover when at odds of 84-1 he won the Alabar NZ/Caduceus Club of Southland Autumn Futurity Mobile Pace at Ascot Park on Saturday. The rank outsider was tucked away nicely by regular reinsman Shane Walkinshaw while second favourite Rakarover and Dexter Dunn set a torrid pace with favourite Young Conqueror sitting on the outside in close attendance. Just when it looked like the two hot shots would dominate the finish Likethelook who had used up little energy, shot up the inside to nab Young Conqueror by a neck. Rakarover was a further three quarters of a length back in third. Likethelook getting up on the inside to beat the two favourites - Photo Bruce Stewart. Likethelook's winning time of 3-21.5 was just outside the race record of 3-20.2 held by last year's winner Moonrock.  "In that sort of field I thought he was going to be well covered but I just buried him away back on the fence and the gaps just opened when they needed to. I thought the first two were off and gone but he did really well to drag them back in," said Walkinshaw. It was a great result for Invercargill trainer Brian Nichol who is helped out by follow trainer Sam Balloch. Nicol nominated both of his team, Likethelook and half brother Cast A Shadow for the Futurity. Walkinshaw says if he's on his game Likethelook has more wins in him.  "He's definitely got the ability but it's often the case of whether he shows it. Tucked away and saved for one last run he's usually pretty good. It's great for Brian to pick a race like this up. He deserves it."  Meanwhile Trendy Bromac continued on her winning way when she easily beat a field of C1 fillies and mares yesterday. Easy as - Trendy Bromac and Dexter Dunn                       - Photo Bruce Stewart After being wide early driver Dexter Dunn took the three year old filly to the top with a mile to run. She proved too good, winning by two and three quarter lengths. Trained by Michael House she looks like a strong chance in the Southland Oaks next month.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing Likethelook upsetting the favorites  

Invercargill trainer Wayne Adams and his stable driver Shane Walkinshaw won consecutive races with three year olds of each gender at Ascot Park on Monday. Enhancing the success for Adams was that he and partner Nancy Swain are the owners of Sportzstar, a three year old gelding by Sportswriter they purchased for $22,500 at the 2015 premier sale. Sportzstar, from the family of Tintin In America, became the fifth New Zealand-bred winner by Sportswriter. The big horse had run second in a couple of trials as a two year old but Adams didn't judge them good enough to race him. Sportzstar's debut was delayed until October, he finished fourth, with Monday's run only his second. “He got crook before Christmas, had a high white cell count,” Adams said. From two on the second line Sportzstar easily found a spot three-back on the inner from where launched his attack across the top the last time. “I got a dream run through at the start and got off when I wanted,” Walkinshaw said. Filly Argyle Beach was winning at her fifth start and Walkinshaw said leading into the head wind was his only worry. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and the Christian Cullen mare Summer Ale was bred and is raced by Tony Irwin of Dacre, Ian Stewart of Bluff and Maurice Stevenson Christchurch. Argyle Beach is the second foal of Summer Ale whose first, Summertime Lizzie, won twice for Adams in 2015. She was sold to Australia and won in 1:52.8 at Menangle. Only four drivers were successful on the eight-race programme. Dexter Dunn was top of the heap with three beginning with the claimers on C7 runner Expresso Martini. The son of Bettors Delight was claimed for $8000 by Wayne Pope. At the end of the day, Dunn won on Baileys Rock, another by Bettors Delight who was the only sire to strike twice. The three year old is trained by Cran Dalgety for Jim and Susan Wakefield. In between, Dunn scored on the trotter Moa Bones. The grey daughter of Monkey Bones is owned by Russell Nevill of Moa Creek and raced on lease by Keith and Tracey Norman, Tracey's sister Kelly Chittock and husband Andrew, along with Mike and Christine Farley. She is trained in the Catlins by Keith's brother Brian. It was the second time the Normans and Farleys had shared success following Percius at Forbury Park in March 2015. Dunn was also the winning driver then. Percius was sold to Butterworth Racing in May the same year. Moa Bones started her career in 2013 with Ben Waldron and was at Invercargill in March 2014 when she had her first win. Keith Norman said that even back then he liked Moa Bones for no other reason than he felt “she showed ability between gallops”. He tried to lease her then without success. Moa Bones won her next two races from the stable of Geoff and Jude Knight and finally, at the end of last season, Keith Norman was able get her. “We got a free lease, she will be returned for breeding,” he said. The seven year old has won more than $6000 since joining Brian Norman who finds her a no-issue addition to his team. Blair Orange was the second driver to grab a brace of wins, successful on the three year old colt Makers Mark from the stable of Nigel McGrath, and the Brent Shirley-trained Glenburn Joy. Brent Barclay was the other winning driver, taking the maiden trot on Smokey Mac. One of five three year olds to win on Monday, he is a colt by Thanksgiving and Uncatchable, raced by John and Pam MacLeod of Winton. Pam MacLeod said they purchased Uncatchable from Tania Hope and have had two foals from the mare. Both have now won, the first being The Badger in 2015. Smokey Mac is trained by Brett Gray who took the three year on about 12 months ago and said he always showed ability but in his first two goes on raceday, broke. On Saturday, two days ago, Gray took him to the Invercargill workouts. “I took all the gear off him and put an undercheck on, he won so I did the same today,” said Gray Mac Henry

Leading harness trainer Cran Dalgety says he will fight to defend his name after two of his stable returned positive swabs to cobalt. Dalgety was left feeling sick to his stomach after Fatima Siad at Timaru on November 19 and Raukapuka Ruler at Addington on December 16 returned unacceptably high levels of cobalt. Dalgety was informed of the positives on Tuesday and said while he is resigned to his two horses being disqualified from their wins, he will defend his reputation should any charges of administration be laid against him. “To be point blank honest about it, anybody who thinks I would give a horse something illegal to win a race at Timaru is crazy and I would be crazy to do it. “I wouldn’t jeopardize my career for a race where the trainer’s percentage would hardly buy by family a dinner out. That just ridiculous. “All I can put it down to is we have changed some of our feeds recently and they, like a lot of feeds, have trace elements of cobalt in them. “I am hoping the RIU investigations will show that but I won’t be getting into a big legal battle with them. “The facts are the facts and I know we never use anything inappropriate on the horses so I don’t want to get into a big legal stoush over it. “So hopefully the right things happen because if something like this ended up in me getting time that would be the end of my career, which would be ridiculous. “But while I am gutted at what has happened, my conscience is clear.” Southern trainer Shane Walkinshaw was found to have not committed any wrongdoing last year when a cobalt positive returned by one of his runners was found to have been caused by contaminated feed. Dalgety is a far bigger name in the racing industry, as not only a premiership winner but the trainer of $2.4million earner Christen Me. RIU boss Mike Godber told the Herald  his inspectors had taken samples of food and supplements from Dalgety’s stable and the analysis of those products would be crucial to the next step in the investigation. “Cran’s other horses had been returning higher than usual cobalt readings for a few weeks so we need to see if his change in feeding and supplements used was the cause of that. “That won’t be a quick process that but that is the next step in the investigation.” Michael Guerin

After a handful of placings in sixteen starts over two seasons, the Brian Nicol trained Likethelook finally cleared maiden class at Gore yesterday. The five year old Changeover gelding last started at the Riverton harness racing meeting at the end of October where he ran third but his condition didn't fully satisfy his trainer.  "When he came back this year he wasn't right in the coat so I put him out for two weeks and he's come back a lot better," he said. In the running yesterday, driver Shane Walkinshaw dropped in to get the trail behind leader Idealistic Lass. He then moved Likethelook out of the trail at the top of the straight but still had to make up three lengths on Idealistic Lass. He eventually got there by half a length. Likethelook beating Idealistic Lass                             - Photo Bruce Stewart "He hung a bit and Shane couldn't drive him out. He didn't know whether he was going to catch that horse in front. We'll probably have to get the chiropractor to him," said Nichol. Likethelook is out of the Sir Vancelot mare Chinooks Shadow which had three starts before breaking down. It was then Nichol decided to breed from her and Likethelook is her third foal. Another one of her progedy Cast A Shadow recently qualified.  Nichol has been training horses since 1984 and Likethelook is his thirteenth winner. Flash Of Fire is his biggest winner, winning four races between 2011 and 2012. "I used to take them into Ascot Park but I now have my own 700 metre track just done the road from Wayne Adams so I haven't taken a horse there for eighteen months. I like to give them plenty of long slow work."  Bruce Stewart Southland harness racing

Wayne Adams can certainly get his racehorses in the right order to win fresh up and his training skills were to the fore yesterday at the Wairio meeting when Lamborne Road won fresh up after being away from the racetrack for ten months.  "He got very crook with a lung infection. We brought him back and he's had two workouts. We were very pleased with his workouts. The only thing we thought today was that ten months off the scene might have been too much at this stage," said Adams. After initially settling four back on the inside driver Shane Walkinshaw was able to get the gelding off the running line as the early pace opened the field up. He ended up in the one one. When Man I'm Good moved forward with Erin Jaccka with a lap to run Walkinshaw spotted the move and hooked out in front of the two runners that were progressing. At the 400 he pushed off the outside line when Erin Jaccka weakened and made his challenge winning easily by a length and a half from leader Bakari. He's owned by Stephen and Nicky Keast and Nicky's parents Joe and Rayleen Thompson. He's a full brother to the handy mare Storm Light which won eight races.  "I think he's (Lamborne Road) got two or three more wins in him yet.  We just have to place him but he'll be competitive in any field he gets into." Meanwhile the handy Phil Williamson trained trotter Astral Ruler won his second race in the hands of junior driver Matt Anderson yesterday. He had a half a neck to spare over Spotlight The Valley. Astral Ruler winning at Winton                                    Photo Bruce Stewart   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

After a disappointing appearance on the harness racing big stage at Addington The Big Boss is back in winning form. The giant pacer doesn't seem to have taken any harm from his Addington experience where he nearly fell, shortly after leaving the mobile arm.  "When he left the gate the inside pin (hopple pin) came out. They were a bit thin and one came out so he had a long and a  short hopple but he was pacing alright. Shane pulled the other one and the short hopple went long and he lost all of his balance. We've gone back to the old rusty pins and everything is good," said Invercargill trainer Ray Faithful.   The pacer which raced without hopples for the early part of his career is now wearing a special set which helps his confidence.  "After he galloped at the Winton Workouts and lost 70 metres we put the hopples back on him and then he wouldn't go. So John Earl (Elite Racing Products) made us up a set that are 72 inches long and he hasn't looked back."  Today was only the second time The Big Boss has had a standing start on raceday. The only other time was his first visit to Addington in May when he galloped away losing all chance. In todays race he began well and led after 50 metres. With 1400 metres to run All Jokes Aside was taken to the front. From that point, with horses moving up on the outside, driver Shane Walkinshaw had to rely on All Jokes Aside to take him to the passing lane. He made the passing lane but was still a few lengths from the leaders and down on momentum. But Walkinshaw got him going, pulling the ear plug late. He came away at the end to win by two lengths from a late charging Robs Ideal.  Flying!  The Big Boss winning at Ascot Park                 Photo Bruce Stewart "The Wairio Cup is next, then the Gore Cup where we'll take on the Captain Dolmio crowd. He'll then have a week off and get ready of the Invercargill and Northern Southland Cup."     Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

It was a good day for Ascot Park trainer Wayne Adams and stable driver Shane Walkinshaw when they bagged a double on their home course. The roll started in Race Four when Panspacificflight four year old Milehigh Magic made the most of the passing lane to win easily for Walkinshaw beating Sketching by half a length. "He was a wee bit immature last season. He had a couple of starts as a three year old and he didn't finish them off but he's a different horse this year. He's strengthened up and grown in his ability too. He's gone good at home and at the workouts and we were expecting big things of him today. I think he'll be competitive in the C1 grade," Adams said.  The gelding is raced by Grant Stalker and his partner Margaret Kreger. Stalker, a dairy farmer formally of Canterbury had earlier raced Overboard Again from the Adams stable. Stalker now farms in Balclutha. Shane Walkinshaw, Milehigh Magic, Wayne Adams and Grant Stalker - Photo Bruce Stewart Milehigh Magic was purchased at the Sale of the Stars by Adams for $8,500 when offered by Macca Lodge. He was having his first start from a stand today.  "He's never even had a stand at the workouts. Shane worked him from the stand a couple of times during the week and he stepped so we were confident he'd go away." The Wayne Adams stalls gearing up to quinella Race Eight.   Later in the programme Adams quinelled Race Eight when the well bred Mach's Back beat stablemate Navajo Art by a length and a quarter.   Mach's Back prior to winning Mach's Back is by Mach Three out of Dream Angel which is a full sister to One Dream the winner of eighteen races and $889,487. He was bred by Invercargill lawyer Murray Little and driven by Shane Walkinshaw.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

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