The final installment of HRTV's Spring Feature suggests it's a longshot that New Zealand Harness Racing will be a viable industry 10 years from now,. Unless it learns from the international contraction underway in the northern hemisphere. "New Zealand's in danger of ending up where Canada is now if it doesn't get a business structure going quickly" says John Curtin. "No one said it was easy out there but the breeders are doing their bit as best we can" according to Alabar NZ's Graeme Henley. How does New Zealand Harness Racing start 'meeting the market' in time to stop it going bust? http://bcove.me/fu4elkjp Sheldon Murtha
If I'm a 'player' in the standardbred breeding 'game', I'm up for a small fortune at high risk before there's any prospect of financial return. That's been the 'equation' for years,but in these testing times for harness racing worldwide. HRTV asks does that have to change for the contraction of the sport to start easing? Is harness racing at a point where relying on long term market strategy and forces isn't going to save it but tip it over the edge? Is there a 'save' strategy and does it start with breeding costs and keeping close to home? John Curtin and Alabar NZ's Graeme Henley in Part two of HRTV's 'Meeting the Market' spring feature. http://bcove.me/cuy0e3k5
"I 've said to dad a few times,.It'd be great just to have a runner on NZ Cup day,.and now here we are with a horse in the big one!?..Awesome!" New Zealand's HRTV talks to the guy who bred and loves racing 'Four Starzz Flash',.who also happens to be one of the sexiest standardbreds you'll see! http://bcove.me/9s167y8j It's the home of 'Steam Punk' and the historic NZ Cup lead up race the 'Hannon Memorial'! A year ago this week,. Oamaru was the venue for the next bonafide Southlander to launch an ssault on New Zealand's iconic horse race,..with the backing of half the province to boot! http://bcove.me/b440p06j An exceptional line up of Europe's finest gather for the French Summer's finale in Paris. Ready Cash,Timoko,Commander Crowe and more sre the 'Masters du Trot'.. http://bcove.me/snpc3woc Sheldon Murtha
New Zealand based HRTV is outta the blocks this down under spring! Can New Zealand breeders 'Meet The Market' this season? HRTV's September Feature canvasses opinion from arguably Australasia's leading standardbred stud and the manager of champion racehorse 'Auckland Reactor' as he hits the stallion barn. http://bcove.me/ga8plaba How long's it been since a bonafide Southlander won it? Back Up the truck on the 'Road to the NZ Cup' to this week last year and remember New Zealand's greatest ever reinsman as well. http://bcove.me/18jciz6q An Australian NZ Cup contender was quickest out of the blocks as nominations and early betting markets are opened on down under's greatest harness race. http://bcove.me/1gltzfx2
The 2012 Franklin Cup won't be run at this Friday's Franklin meeting owing to the disappointing nominations.The club has replaced the race this Friday (November 23) with a Special Handicap over 2700m, putting the Franklin Cup back to December 7 should ensure a fuller field and race worthy of its Group 2 status.
When Kiwis think of harness racing's prestigious Meadowlands Pace the names Brett Pelling and Mark Harder quickly spring to mind.
Harness Racing TV's Sheldon Murtha spoke to Addington Raceway CEO Dean McKenzie recently and asks the difficult question, where are we all going to sit during the New Zealand Cup come November?
Sir Lincoln has now developed into one of New Zealand's best open class pacers from behind the mobile arm. In this video harness racing owner, Graeme Blackburn, of Lincoln Farms, is speechless after his Mach Three colt provided the career highlight on New Zealand Cup Day 2009.
Sheldon Murtha was once the face of New Zealand racing but on Saturday night (November 26) he will do something he rarely bothers to any more - watch a race live. He has plenty of motivation, though, having reached the mountaintop of harness racing as an owner with Franco Jamar running in the A$500,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle.
Harness racing and media personality Sheldon Murtha executed the perfect drive behind the Dave Gaffaney trained UK Connection to win the final race of the day at the Ashburton Trotting Club's meeting held yesterday (Tuesday) at Addington Raceway.
She was the darling of Alexandra Park last month and the big crowd went wild when Swedish harness racing mare Annicka won the Inter Dominion Trotter's Consolation. Now some three weeks later can she win the coveted Rowe Cup at the same venue this Friday night (May 6)?
Sheldon Murtha of Harness Racing TV talks to Chrissie Dalgety, the part-owner of New Zealand's top pacer at the 2011 Inter Dominion Pacing Championships - Smiling Shard. Dalgety reflects on Smiling Shard's rise to the top of Kiwi harness racing and what plans lie ahead for the talented 4-year-old.
As harness racing journalist Sheldon Murtha put it: 'a top bloke and his horse' won this year's 2011 Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final. Lance Justice, the trainer and driver of Friday's (April 8) champion Smoken Up, spoke on several points to Murtha's Harness Racing TV channel.