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A horse racing club has been left reeling and bewildered after its national authority revealed plans to stop racing at the Blenheim racecourse. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has described Waterlea Racecourse as "no longer required" from this year, and said the Marlborough Racing Club should race at Riccarton Park instead. The NZTR Venue Plan, released this week, revealed plans to stop racing at nearly half the country's courses by 2030, following Racing Minister Winston Peters' Messara report last August, which recommended selling off tracks across the country to save the "deeply distressed industry". Club president Eric Bowers said the news came as a shock, as the Messara report said the Waterlea Racecourse deserved a refurbishment. "It is a bit disappointing. We were one of the ones that was supposed to be staying open," Bowers said. "But it's all open to negotiation, and we will be making a submission against it. They're happy to visit us and have a look at things, so I'm sure we can put something together that might change their mind." The plan said Marlborough had a lack of horses and relied on North Island horses at its meetings. It did not mention the venue's condition or facilities, but said many venues suffered from a lack of investment in recent years, and struggled to comply with health and safety regulations. "We can sit and do nothing, but in 10 years' time, when racing has withered on the vine, we will all be culpable for its demise," the report said. "Competition and technology have combined to marginalise racing to the extent that it no longer holds the same position in the Kiwi psyche as it once did." Bowers said Waterlea Racecourse was "a great grass track" with "pretty good" stables and was due to celebrate its centenary next January. Members were currently fixing a leak in the grandstand roof but generally, repair jobs were "nothing major". The club owned 50 per cent of the land and buildings, shared with the Marlborough Harness Racing Club. The harness racing club was not affected by the report as it had its own national racing authority, but it was unclear what would happen to the venue if the other club sold its share. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett would not say if he believed the club should continue racing at the site, saying it was something for the club to decide. If the racecourse closed altogether, Leggett said he expected most of the land to become residential. "We've got plans to develop the residential area out toward the northwest, so it would be good to keep as many parks and green spaces as we can. But that is well down the track, and ultimately the land owners would have the final say." The Ministry of Education had unsuccessfully approached the clubs about buying half the racecourse for the co-location of Marlborough Girls' and Boys' Colleges in 2016. Ministry head of education infrastructure service Kim Shannon said the plan would not change the decision to build on McLauchlan St, announced in December. NZTR's final decision about Waterlea Racecourse was likely to take "some months", and the ministry would not delay the co-location project to see what happened, she said. "Planning has commenced on how to best deliver modern, and fit-for-purpose, facilities to support students in Marlborough." Submissions about the NZTR plan close on March 19. Waterlea Racecourse is half owned by the Marlborough Racing Club, and half by the Marlborough Harness Racing Club.     SCOTT HAMMOND / STUFF PHOTO Marlborough Harness Racing Club vice president Mike Rangi, left, and Marlborough Racing Club president Eric Bowers at Waterlea Racecourse.     SCOTT HAMMOND / STUFF PHOTO The clubs are currently fixing a leak in a grandstand roof. By Jennifer Eder Reprinted with permission of The Marlborough Express

NON-WIN (MR) RACES Following a meeting of the Southern Harness Programming Committee yesterday we would like to announce that effective today for the duration of the current season, all non-win (MR) races will carry a minimum stake of $10,000 (an increase from $8,000). This includes todays Wyndham Harness Racing Club Meeting which has three non-win (MR) races carded. The $1500 bonus paid by Harness Racing NZ will be added onto the $10,000 stake. This is something Southern Harness have been striving to achieve and we hope that this will give breeders, owners and trainers renewed confidence in the industry in the south.  Jason Broad General Manager Southern Harness Racing

There are plenty of great reasons to attend the Invercargill Harness Racing Club’s Cup Day meeting on Saturday 26 January. A seven night stay at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba plus $1000 towards your airfares courtesy of Beach Road Holiday Park is one of the big prizes on offer on the club’s premier day of the season. Best of all, that prize can be won by anyone on course and it is as easy as filling in a coupon and awaiting the lucky draw which will win someone accommodation valued at $2415 Australian dollars along with $1000 NZ of airfares. That same coupon will also give you the opportunity to win with The Bet’s In The Bag where four draws will be made throughout the day to win one of several betting vouchers of no less than $100 to use on the day. In addition two people can win a share of the Tricode Syndicate’s runner, Please Shuddup. The prize includes the opportunity to spend a day enjoying hospitality with syndicate members in their own corporate box, plus benefits such as a stable visit to see the horse being geared up and should it win, a photo as part of the syndicate in the birdcage after the race. The syndicate will also place a $100 win bet on Please Shuddup in its race and also a $10 bet on every other race throughout the day for the lucky prize winner. A losing ticket draw after Race 6 will win one previously unlucky punter a $50 meal voucher courtesy of Level One Restaurant & Bar. To win any of these great prizes you must be on course on the day and be 18 years of age and over. Entry details for all of these great competitions will appear in the Southland Express over the next two weeks.  Bruce Stewart

From a breeding perspective it couldn’t have been a better result for Malcolm, Sarndra and Murray Little. Their harness racing mare Shezacullengirl overcame a second row draw to win the thirty seventh running of the Equine Stakes sponsored this year again by AON Insurance. “Murray and Malcolm put a lot into the industry and are really big supporters of our stable. We use Murray’s beach property to train the horses. It’s great to get a good win for good owners like that,” said Kirstin Barclay who co-trains the Christian Cullen mare with Tank Ellis. In today’s mares feature she started from gate two on the second row. The early pace from the start was hot so that opened up some gaps and driver Brent Barclay was able to get a nice run through. But when Sadhana went to the lead Shezacullengirl was left parked. However cover arrived when Bridesdale Robyn improved to take the parked spot. Bridesdale Robyn hit the front early in the run home but Shezacullengirl was coming with a sustained run down the middle of the track and had to be driven hard to beat a late run along the passing lane from outsider Dachy. “He (Brent Barclay) said she was angry in the prelim but during the race she just drove perfect.” The winning margin was a head. Shezacullengirl (10) beating Dachy on the inside. Owners Sarndra (pink top) and Malcolm Little (black with blue stripes) can be seen to the left of the widest runner Bettor Enforce (6) - Photo Bruce Stewart. “Last start she hung in at the start and the trailing horse smoked her wheel so that came off the rim. She only went 100 metres and had to be pulled up. She did feel really good last week and we were expecting her to go good with a bit of luck.” It was the five year olds sixth win from twenty seven starts. Today’s time for the mile was 1-55.0. “Tank and I will have to look at a programme for her. I don’t think she’s eligible for the Southern Belle. A broodmare career is beckoning sooner rather than later I would imagine now that she’s got her mile time.”     Bruce Stewart

Branxholme trainer Nathan Williamson is hopeful that quality trotting mare Dark Horse will make it back to the race track but he also knows there are no guarantees. The Bacardi Lindy mare got injured in the paddock the day before she was due to race in the Southern Lights at the Northern Southland meeting in March last year. “I noticed a wee bit of swelling in the leg. I trotted her up and she was feeling it a bit. Brendon Bell (vet) came and he scanned it and she had an injury to her suspensory. We’re not really sure how it happened,” he said. She had two weeks off before having an operation and had stem cell treatment which helps the healing process. She was then boxed for a period of time. “We then began walking her, starting off slowly at five minutes a day. We ended up walking her an hour a day. With a suspensory it’s got to be stretched and walking is the only way to do that.” The walks were done by Williamson’s father-in-law Ross Jones. “Ross ended up building a special frame on his vehicle. She was so fresh and well being couped up in the box all day that she’d get away from you if you were leading her. She liked the routine of following the truck and walked for an hour every day.” A five minute jog was introduced to her routine and this was slowly lengthened. “She’s doing fast work now. She’s had a month of fast work but she’s still quite a wee way away. She’s carrying a lot of condition and she’s going to take a while to come up. I’m not going to put any undue pressure on her especially when she’s on the way up.” Williamson says the rehabilitation for a suspensory injury normally takes eleven months from when the injury occurred. “With the stem cell treatment Brendon said you may be able to trim a month off. I don’t think we need too. We’ll just let her tell us. She seems good to go now but we just need to take it quietly.” One thing you do notice with Dark Horse is that she is bigger in condition than she’s ever been in her career. Since the injury she’s been scanned three times. “The last time was before I started jogging her so that gave me the all clear. I’ll get Brendon to come and rescan before Christmas just to make sure everything is looking really good before I step her training up. You only get one chance to get her back so you have to make sure its right.” The six year old mare is raced on lease by the Griffin Syndicate and the Seafield Trotting Syndicate and from twenty starts she’s won nine races receiving $84,541 in stakes. “What I’ve heard from certain trainers is that if they make it back to a certain stage they’re right. If we can race through the winter then give her a break I think I could say the leg’s okay. But you never can be too sure.” Delightful Deal in the cart with Ollie Kite with Chinese Whisper (far side) and Dark Horse on the lead - Photo Bruce Stewart  “One good thing is that she’s put the condition on. If her leg holds strong it’ll be a good thing. As I increase her work load I’ll put solution on and wrap her leg just to keep everything nice and tight.” Williamson says the 2019 edition of the Southern Lights in March is her main target. “Last year there were good races for those higher graded trotters. If she can get a few races down here that’ll be vital. If she comes up as well as we hope there could be a trip to Addington or Auckland later in the season.” He says she may have to go into the Southern Lights fresh. ‘She’ll have to go to at least two workouts to get her match fit, carrying a bit more condition it may have to be more. In the past she’s been one of those horses you could just tick over and she’d produce on the day but this time she’s going to have to put in some hard training miles just to get that condition off.” Although cautious Williamson is also excited about getting the mare back onto the racetrack and has given her every chance to do that. “She definitely feels a lot more powerful and stronger than she did before.”   Bruce Stewart

The death occurred in early March, after a long illness, of D.R.  (Royce) Cleal. Royce trained and drove many horses in a long career notching up many winners from a limited number of drives each season. His first win was with Star Raider at the Hokitika races in 1955. He trained Intercede (Smokey Hanover-Caprice) for Digger Hartigan and Peter Phibbs. She was the winner of four races before being sold to America. Black Pan (Jerry Adios -Garrison Lady ) won four races as did  Braeburn (Brahman -Direct Approach.) He had a great day at Methven in February 1979 when he reined in two winners. The first was behind Greymouth’s Len and Rosie Goodall trained Karleda Maid (Port Boxer-Viva Lady) who paid $34 for a win. In the next leg of the treble he drove the Westport Wonder, Canny Tina (Canny Scott-New Tina) to victory. She was trained at Westport by Paddy O’Toole and paid $31.  Thurber’s Command won the last leg of the treble but there were no live tickets on him so the treble pool ($92,000) was shared by the two ticket holders on the second horse. One was Bob Dayne from Greymouth and the other was Royce’s brother-in-law, Max Walsh. Max and Royce headed to the Yearling sales with the winnings (well some of them) and purchased an H.T Luca –Sly Imp yearling filly they named Lady Luca. Royce trained and drove Lady Luca throughout her career for Max and wife Jeanette. She only had 32 starts for 3 wins, 7 seconds and three thirds. Lady Luca ran second in the 1982 Westport Cup to the well performed Ansett (her next start was in the NZ Breeders Cup in which she finished 5th to Bonnies Chance and Armalight.) The winning margin for Ansett was half a head with four lengths back to the third horse. Royce drove many horses for local trainers and among the ones he reined home first were: Stoney Cold for K.J. Beveridge, Omanu and Neveles Own for FP Higgins, King Turk for T.A. Craddock, Rosewood Lady for C.R. Woodcock, and Ailsa Hanover for W.N Forsyth. With limited opportunities he was chosen as a reserve for the Drivers’ Championship in 1980. The other reserve drivers were Pat O’Reilly, Kevin Townley and Trevor Thomas so he was in pretty good company. Royce drove well over seventy winners from limited opportunities with his final winner being at Nelson at the ripe old age of 69. Today his nephew, Trevor Walsh carries on the family tradition training at Patterson Park and driving on race days.   Courtesy of Dan Moloney Westport Trotting Club  

Southland celebrated another very good harness racing season last night with Southern Harness supporters celebrating the achievements of 2017-18 at Ascot Park Hotel. The big awards for the season went to Kenny Baynes, Duke Of Wellington and Joyfuljoy. Chatton farmer and horseman Kenny Baynes won the Achievement of the Year Award on the back of a stellar season as an owner. Kenny races horses in partnership with his wife Jo as well as Penny his sister-in-law under Baynes Racing Limited. Horses he owned won twenty one races, of which seventeen were trained in Southland. Three of his horses qualified for the Harness Jewels at Cambridge with young trotter Full Noise running second in the 2 year old Ruby. Baynes is also President of the Gore Harness Racing Club and a generous sponsor of harness racing in the province. It was a good night for Baynes, Full Noise won the Two Year Old of the Year - the first time a trotter has taken out this category. The Southland Horse of the Year this year sponsored by Elite Racing Products, was won by quality three year old Duke Of Wellington. He was also named Southland Three Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year. The strapping American Ideal gelding was bred by local lawyer Lester Smith who owned him up until he end of the season, when he was bought by Merv and Meg Butterworth. He faced the starter ten times for five wins and four placings, earning stakes of $54,280. He then capped off his season with a good win in the Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes over 2700 metres. Duke Of Wellington was trained by Lauren Pearson at Winton and he proved his versality by recording a 1.53.6 mile at Wairio in March. Road Machine mare Joyfulbelle won the prestigious Southland Broodmare of the Year. She’s owned by the Miracle Lodge Syndicate which consists of Eric Parr and Clark Barron. As a broodmare Joyfulbelle has produced eight named foals. These include; Joyfuljoy (11 NZ wins and 1-51.6 USA), Jumpforjoy (7 wins), Fullofjoy (1 win), Pride N Joy (Qualified 1-59.5), Bettor Joy (10 wins), and Somejoy (6 wins).    Pride N Joy is the dam of two winners this season; Gift Of Joy, and this year’s Group One winner in Australia Majorpride. Joyfulbelle's latest two foals are Vergeofgreatness (a Washington VC 3 year old colt) and Alexjoy (an Art Major two year old filly). Her breeding legacy now extends into her daughters who are also leaving quality race horses. Other awards:   Contribution Awards   Jason Broad Jason has held the position as Secretary of many different harness associations over the years, and include the Trainer & Drivers Association, Southland Standardbred Breeders, Caduceus Club, S.T.O.T.B, Invercargill Workouts, and NZ Racing Managers. He has also been raceday secretary for the Omakau Trotting Club since 2002 and the Nelson Trotting Club since 2006. He's currently a trustee of Kids Kartz, which he helped set up 2009. Jason was appointed General Manager of Southern Harness in 2016.    Ross Wilson Ross has been instrumental in helping junior drivers to get on the map.  Dexter Dunn drove the five Wilson winners in 2010, Adam Sanderson 12 wins, Craig Ferguson 19 as a junior and 11 since becoming an open driver and many others have had wins for the stable.  Outside training, Ross has been on the Gore Harness Racing Club for many years and the Gore Workouts Committee. Ross has held a icence to train since 1980.   Graeme Robertson QSM Graeme has made an extraordinary contribution to the Riverton Trotting Club, being elected to the Committee in 1961 and serving concurrently for the next fifty seven years. He served as Vice-President between 1972 and 1974 and was Club President 1974-1977. Since 1978 he’s been the Treasurer of the Club - forty years! He clearly remembers 1978 as the year the club was granted its first totalizator licence.  Graham was made a life member in 2002. He’s seen the club develop from a small on-course only club that raced on a Thursday to a fully licenced trotting club that punches above its weight.  Graeme was awarded the QSM for his Services to Sport in 2017.     Southern Standardbred Breeders Trophies (leading stake earners 2017-2018) Two Year Old Filly: Rise Above This - Owner: Lester Smith - Trainer: Lauren Pearson. Three Year Old Filly: Betterthanbrie - Owner: Murray Little - Trainer: Paul Ellis.  Aged Mare: Somejoy - Owner: Miracle Lodge Syndicate - Trainer: Clark Barron.    1-58.0 Pins Betterthanbrie - Murray Little - Wyndham 17.03/2018 1-56.2. Debnita Rose - Paul Hailes, Jonny Turner and Carl McIntyre - Oamaru 24/09/2017 1-57.4.  Franco Tai - Robert and Sharon Symon - NZ Metro 20/10/2017 1-57.0. Havtime - Murray Little and Malcolm and Sarndra Little - Auckland 11/05/2018 1-58.0. Mach's Back - Murray Little - Winton 14/04/2018 1-57.3. Mighty Conqueror - Mark Shirley and Malcolm Dewe - Winton 14/04/2018 1-57.7. Patanjali - Robert and Sharon Symon - Forbury Park 05/04/2018 1-58.0 Raksbet - Brendan Fahy - Ashburton 25/02/2018 1-55.1 and Wyndham 18/01/2018 1-56.5 Group Certificates  Bettor Joy - Breeder - Miracle Lodge Syndicate (Group Two Ladyship Stakes) Duke Of Wellington - Breeder - Lester Smith (Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes) Pat's Delight - Breeder - Charlton Park Enterprises (Pat Kubala) (Group One Three Year Old Emerald and Group Two Summer Cup). New Zealand Records Jen Jaccka - Charlie and Alisa Smaill - 2400 metre stand (trotting mares) 28/09/2017 - Winton - 3-00.9. Full Noise - Baynes Racing Limited 2700 metre stand (two year old trotting colts and geldings) 07/05/2018 -Ascot Park -3-35.2.  Southern Standardbred Breeders Fastest Mile Rate - Filly or mare 2017-2018 Somejoy 1-53.2 Wairio Trotting Club at Winton 24th March 2018 - Owner: Miracle Lodge Syndicate - Trainer: Clark Barron.  Southland Harness Awards - Two Year Old Colt or Gelding of the Year Full Noise - Owner: Baynes Racing Limited - Trainer: Brett Gray. Robin Dundee Club - Three Year Olds Of The Year  I'mallaboutthebase (filly) -Owners: Steve and Carol Baucke - Trainer: Steve Baucke. Duke of Wellington (colt/gelding) - Owner: Lester Smith - Trainer: Lauren Pearson.  Caduceus Club of Southland Trotter of the Year Grace O'Malley - Owner: Go Ziggy Go Limited - Trainer: Curly Thomas     Southland Trainers and Drivers Association 2018 Awards Trainer of the Year: Brett Gray (34) Driver of the Year: Nathan Williamson (42) Junior Driver of the Year: Sheree Tomlinson (30) Trotting Driver of the Year: Brent Barclay (12) Southland Harness Racing Award of Excellence Sheree Tomlinson - First woman driver to win the time honoured Dominion Handicap Trot Pat's Delight - Winner of the Group One Three Year Old Emerald. Havtime - Winner of the $146,250 Listed New Zealand Yearling Sales Fillies Final It's Ella was also honoured on the night. The Washington VC mare won sixteen races including the Group Two Caduceus Club Mares Championship in 2007 and 2008 as well as the 2007 Group One PGG Wrightson New Zealand Breeders Stakes.  Another excellent season for Harness Racing in Southland. Congratulations to all winners and to those who were nominated. We look forward to another successful season where Southland breeders, trainers and drivers put their names on the harness racing map. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The annual Southland Harness Awards Dinner will be held this year on Sunday 12th August at Ascot Park Hotel. Sponsored by Southern Harness the night will celebrate all the highlights of what’s been a busy season. Horse of the Year, Broodmare of the Year and the Achievement Award for the 2017-2018 season will be the  three most sought after prizes are. Perhaps the most intriguing, will be the Achievement Award for which there are four nominations; Brent Barclay, Brett Gray, Kenny Baynes and Sheree Tomlinson. Brent Barclay finished second in this season's Southland Drivers Premiership, just pipped at the post by Nathan Williamson's winning drive at Oamaru today. Barclay's primary source of winners came from the Brett Gary stable and his season highlights came in driving Full Noise in the $125,000 Group One Two Year Old Ruby at Cambridge for a second placing and in winning the Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes with Duke Of Wellington. His drives amassed $391,737 this season, a personal best since his driving career bagan in 1990.  Brent Barclay  Sheree Tomlinson became the first female driver to win the time honoured Dominion Handicap at Addington in November when she drove her Grandfather's horse Amaretto Sun to win. The then nineteen year old is also the youngest driver to win the race and just the second junior driver to win the Group One feature; the first being Anthony Butt who won in 1987 driving Simon Katz. Tomlinson is once again the province's leading junior driver with thirty wins – a personal best. She also finished third in the National Junior Drivers Premiership. Sheree Tomlinson Brett Gray is once again Southland’s leading trainer for the 2017-2018 season. With thirty four winners it's a personal best for the Ryal Bush trainer. He also trained a Group One place getter in Full Noise which established a Southland and New Zealand record for two year old trotters. Another trotter from his stable also broke a Southland and New Zealand record. Jen Jaccka’s 3-00.9 for the 2400 metre stand at Winton last September established the new mark for mares. The $328,628 in stakes the Gray stable won was another PB, and was $100,000 more than his stable won the previous year. Brett Gray Murray Brown become a part of a small number of Southland based trainers to train 500 races when Soapbox won at Gore in September. Brown has been training for thirty four years. His first ever win was with Mike Adios on 22nd September 1984. His most sucessful winner Beaudiene Bad Babe, won twenty two races including a Group Two Caduceus Club of Canterbury Premier Mares Championship twice. (2010 and 2011). She also won the 2010 Nevele R Stud Four Year Old Diamond at Cambridge and the 2009 Group Two Macca Lodge/Nevele R Southland Oaks Final. Other good winners for Brown include Freeway Don (11 wins), Awesum Teddy (10 wins), Highview Jude (9 wins), Rimesaut (8 wins) and Mister Dale (8 wins). Murray Brown Kenny Baynes, as part of Baynes Racing Limited and in partnership with his wife Jo owned horses that won nineteen races this season. The President of the Gore Harness Racing Club owned or had a share in War Admiral (3), War Machine (5), Royal Bengal (3), Mucho Macho Man (1), Especial (3), Envious (1), Too Cool (1), Full Noise (1) and Convair Hustler (1). All horses excepting Royal Bengal were trained in Southland. Baynes had three starters in this season's Harness Jewels; Royal Bengal, Full Noise and War Machine. Full Noise ran second in the $125,000 Two Year Old Ruby. Kenny Barnes   The Horse of the Year finalist are Duke Of Wellington, Smokey Mac, Somejoy and War Machine. Duke Of Wellington qualified at the end of October last year and in his first season of racing he started ten times and was in the money each time. He won five races, including his last four, ran second three times, and third and fourth once each. He ended his season with an impressive win in the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His season’s earnings were $54,280. Duke Of Wellington Somejoy was Southland’s leading mare for the season. She won six races from ten starts and earned her connections $47,230. She also broke a Southland mares record when she won at Winton in March, running a mile in 1-53.2. Somejoy Only ninety five dollars separated the two trotters in the final of Southland Horse of the Year. War Machine started fifteen times for five wins and earned $43,995 while Smokey Mac trained by Brett Gray faced the starter fourteen times for six wins and banked $43,900 for his owners. Smokey Mac War Machine The Broodmare of the Year finalists are Galleons Honour, Jumpforjoy and Righteous Franco. Galleons Honour owned by Invercargill Lawyer Lester Smith, produced four individual winners in the season under review. Duke of Wellington led the charge, winning five races, (including his last four), running second three times, and third and fourth once each. He ended his season with a flourish winning the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His season’s earnings were $54,280. Venice Beach (renamed My Venice Beach), which Smith sold in March last year has also had a successful season for her dam Galleons Honour.  The Somebeachsomewhere mare has won $25,738 for six races this season, and lowered her winning mile time to 1-53.6. Another of Galleon Honours' foals, Rise Above This won her first start at Winton pacing a mile in 1-58.5. To cap off the season the mare's only other foal to race this season - Laszlo - (formally Dazed And Confused), also won a race at Globe Derby Park. The four horses are the mare’s first four foals of racing age. Her next foal also by Somebeachsomewhere, is a yearling. Jumpforjoy's first foal Somejoy had a very good season. She won six races from ten starts and earned her connections $47,230. She also broke a Southland mares record when she won at Winton in March running a mile in 1-53.2. Righteous Franco owned by Gore breeder Pat Kubala is the final mare in the Southland Broodmare section of the Awards. Her big winner of the season was the Bettor's Delight colt Pat's Delight. Pat's Delight's biggest win was when he beat Sheriff in the Three Year Old Emeralds on Harness Jewels Day at Cambridge. He won six races and $171,313. His clash in the New Zealand Derby was one of the highlights of the season. Sheriff beat Pat's Delight by a nose running the 2600 metre mobile in a new New Zealand record of 3-05.4. The New Zealand Derby and Three Year Old record for this distance has been broken in each of the past three years. Another of Righteous Franco’s foals Lightning Mach, won two races in America in the 2018 season. The mare's next foal is an Art Major two year old named Prince Art which qualified at Rangiora in May. The Southland Harness Awards Dinner is a great celebration of Southland's successful harness racing industry. Tickets cost $75 per person, or $70 per person if paid online. If you would like to purchase tickets online, click on the following link and complete the form. Due to catering requirements there are no door sales. The last day to purchase tickets is Monday 6th August - don't miss a great night! The doors will open at 4:30pm. The dinner starts 6:00pm.   Bruce Stewart

Southland produced it best crop of three year old colts and geldings for some time this season with plenty to like about the top stakes winners in this group. Duke Of Wellington was the standout. He qualified at the end of October last year and started ten times, never running out of the money. He won five races and ended up winning in the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His season's earnings were $54,280, the highest stakes earner (any age or gait) to be trained in Southland. The next best three year old stakes wise was the Nathan Williamson trained Franco Santino which currently sits on four wins from eight starts and earnings of $29,220. Branxholme trainer Alister Black produced three nice three year olds as well with Kilowatt Kid leading the trio recording three wins from ten starts and earning his owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson $27,430. They also own Vintage Cheddar which won two of it's seven starts and $18,390. Lawrence, also owned by the Thomsons, was Black's other nice three year old. He won twice in ten starts and earned $17,320. Other handy three year olds in the south this season were: Mighty Conqueror which won three of his four starts and earned $20,000, Ardtoo which won twice and banked $13,400 and Convair Hustler which earned $13,160 including one win. Interestingly Franco Santino, Ardtoo, Convair Hustler, Kilowatt Kid and Mighty Conqueror all won a final of the Nugget Series run in Southland this season. The series was a new initiative with each of the ten finals carrying a stake of $12,000. The Northern Southland Trotting Club also held a $20,000 Super Nuggets Final which included all the early Nuggets winners. This was won by Kilowatt Kid. Three year olds won ten of the eleven Nuggets Finals (including the Super Nugget) with colts and geldings winning eight. Two three year old fillies Dunrobin and Born To Boogie, won the last two finals. The odd one out age wise was four year old Zealand Star which won it's final at Winton in February. The Nuggets proved a great stakes springboard for Southerners wanting to gain entry into the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes with nine of the twelve runners this year coming from the province. Entry to the Supremacy is gained through stakes won in Southland during the season. Wouldn't it be great if Southland was to put on a four year race next season to cater for these quality horses.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

As a cloud hangs over the future of Blenheim's colleges, a cloud has lifted over the town's racecourse, for now.  The Ministry of Education confirmed on Thursday it had concluded talks regarding its three preferred sites for the proposed co-located colleges; Waterlea Racecourse, an Alabama Rd vineyard and a property on Battys Rd. Marlborough Racing Club president Eric Bowers said they got an email from the ministry on Monday, saying the ministry was no longer interested in the 31-hectare racecourse. The same day, the community learnt the decision to co-locate Marlborough Boys' College and Girls' College was under review, with alternative options of refurbishing the existing schools or building a co-educational school back on the table. Bowers said the email made no difference to him, as the racecourse was never for sale. Public consultation about future options for the colleges started as Marlborough Girls' College has several old and leaky classrooms.   "They said they accepted our decision and they would look at alternative sites. But that didn't change anything for us, because we told them some months ago we weren't selling," Bowers said. The ministry was looking for a greenfield site of about 15ha for the $63m colleges, to be built side-by-side by 2021, as announced three years ago. It approached the joint owners of Blenheim's only racecourse, Marlborough Racing Club and Marlborough Harness Racing Club, more than two years ago, hoping to purchase about half the site. The Waterlea Racecourse, in Blenheim, is nearly 100-years-old.   But the clubs refused, saying in November 2016 they needed the space for galloping and thoroughbred racing. There were 60 horses living there permanently, with stabling at Waterlea Racecourse for 150 horses.  Stables, offices, jockeys' rooms and a grandstand would all have to be rebuilt or moved, if the colleges were built on the site, estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars. Rebuilding stables, offices, jockeys' rooms and a grandstand would have cost tens of millions of dollars.   The ministry identified Alabama Rd as its preferred site a month later, and then confirmed in August 2017 it was discussing the racecourse with NZ Racing. The discussion was to ensure "we fully understand all factors regarding the Waterlea Racecourse's current position", and better understand the organisational structure and operation of the racing codes and clubs, she said. Bowers said the discussions with NZ Racing were pointless. The Marlborough Harness Racing Club jointly owns Waterlea Racecourse with the Marlborough Racing Club.   "We were under a confidentiality agreement at the time. But the reality is, NZ Racing doesn't own the racecourse." Marlborough families made many sacrifices over the years to keep the 98-year-old racecourse going, Bowers said. "We've had the racecourse nearly 100 years now, it's one of the oldest in New Zealand. Many people in Marlborough donated thousands and thousands of hours to develop that course there. Marlborough Boys College principal Wayne Hegarty, left, and Marlborough Girls' College board chairman Bernie Rowe are waiting to hear if the co-location project will go ahead.   "During the Depression years, the clubs went broke and they had to sell the course. But after World War II one family actually mortgaged their homes to buy it back, and the clubs paid them off over some years through hard work at the races. So it's an asset we felt shouldn't just be sold off to the Government." And if racing did "disappear in time", Bowers hoped the property would stay owned by the community, he said. "But that won't be in the near future. The racing industry is very strong here." A 24ha vineyard on Alabama Rd was the ministry's "preferred option" in December 2016.   He felt the ministry should refurbish the colleges at their current sites, he said. "It would be a heck of a lot cheaper than building two new ones. But they are the experts." Shannon said the decision was made to review the business case for co-location in late February, due to increasing costs and difficulties finding the right site. Marlborough College was co-educational until 1962, when it changed its name to Marlborough Boys' College.   "We then completed the strategic planning, development and implementation processes for the review," Shannon said. "Next we contacted both college principals in March to talk them through the next steps. They were then free to share that information with the school community," she said. Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty​ said he waited until he had formal correspondence from the ministry before he informed students and parents. "They contacted us by phone and said there was going to be a review, so I asked them to put something on paper ... the first thing we saw on paper was the press release on Monday. "They said all options were open, but we wanted to be able to dig down to what that meant, and that's what we were waiting for." Shannon confirmed the ministry's negotiations with the owners of their top three sites had concluded. "We did enter talks with the owners of the Waterlea and Alabama Road sites but those discussions did not progress to a point where the ministry could be confident of a successful outcome," Shannon said. "We only pursue those that meet our criteria, present a preferred long-term addition to the school network and the best value for the Crown. Battys Road was included in our initial long-list but was not progressed to the next stage."  The owner of the Alabama Rd site, Montford Corporation director Haysley MacDonald, said the ministry never actually made an offer on his 24-ha site in east Blenheim. "We've never had negotiations as far as pricing goes. They've come and looked at it, they've done testing, but that's all that's happened," MacDonald said. MacDonald said he felt "totally messed around", but would still consider an offer if the ministry made one in the future. "Everything is negotiable. But they've never made that leap forward. There's no for sale sign on the gate, put it that way. And I've got a business to run, and that vineyard is an important part of it, growing grapes." Father-of-five MacDonald said he thought the co-location project should go ahead. "I went to Marlborough Boys' College myself, and it was a good school to go to, but the infrastructure was pretty tired and that was 20-odd years ago. "I'm all for a new school. I don't care where, but the current sites are already too small, and we do have a growing population to think of." By Jennifer Eder Reprinted with permission of The Marlborough Express

The Waimate Trotting Club will return to their home track this season. The meeting will be held on Sunday 25 March this year and will see racing action return to Waimate Racecourse Recreation Reserve for the first time since 2013. Following a severe wind storm that caused widespread damage that year the meeting was transferred to nearby Oamaru. Since then the grandstand has been demolished and a new administration block put in place to help with the race day amenities. Club President Lex Williams is thrilled with the move back home. “The club has been working really hard to get the meeting back home” said Williams. “The track has come back in great order, and we have had very good reports on it following inspection.” He noted that not only was it good for the committee but had far reaching positive effects. “We’ve had a lot of support from the community and some large businesses have stepped in to help us free of charge which we are very grateful for.” “It has also really helped us with finding sponsorship for our meeting by having the meeting at home. And we expect a large turnout on the day from the locals.” The feature race on the card will be the Waimate Cup and the race day is going to have an old fashioned sports day theme. “We’ll be having a huge range of contests from sack races for kids to gumboot throwing with some really great prizes on offer,” said Williams. “We encourage families and industry members to come along and enjoy the day and the new facilities oncourse.”   Jess Smith

Addington joins Auckland as one of the big winners in the confirmed Inter Dominion reshuffle. The great transtasman pacing series is returning to New Zealand three times in the next nine years, starting with Alexandra Park in 2019. The Inter Dominion council yesterday confirmed the news broken in the Herald six weeks ago that the series will now rotate between Victoria, New Zealand and New South Wales for the next nine years. Perth kicks off the latest series tomorrow, the last of their three-year cycle and did not bid to hold the series again. The tri-organisation bid from HRV, HRNZ and HRNSW was the only one tendered, leaving the Inter Dominion council to agree on the details and rubber stamp it. As suggested, Victoria will hold the series in December next season, with Alexandra Park the following year and Menangle in 2020. That cycle will then repeat with Addington taking the New Zealand-based slot in 2022 while it is expected it will return to Alexandra Park in 2025, although that is an awfully long way away just yet. While it was already known the series was coming back to Alexandra Park, its return to Addington will be warmly received as the track is still the spiritual home of harness racing in Australasia. The series is likely to be two rounds of heats a week apart with the initial A$500,000 final a week later in mid-December. The New Zealand-based series can only help both the New Zealand Cup carnival, which will run directly before the series and the Auckland Cup, which will be about two weeks after it. Not only should it ensure more Australian horses cross the Tasman it means the Kiwis who head to Victoria or New South Wales for the Inters will have shorter flights to get there or travel home for the Auckland Cup and the series won't be as taxing. Racing traditionalists will also be hoping the change of venues will prompt serious discussion over the return to the trotting series, which was scrapped for no good reason five years ago. On the subject of trotters the best one still in work in Australasia makes his long-awaited public return on Saturday when Speeding Spur heads to the workouts. The age group and Great Southern Star hero has had an enormously interrupted career over the last 16 months but has thrilled trainers John and Josh Dickie with his soundness this campaign. If he holds together he will return to racing at Alexandra Park next month at a time when the elite trotting ranks are shorn of his arch rival Monbet and there is no dominant force. Courtesy of The NZ Herald

The Kaikōura Trotting Club's two-day harness racing meet is back this weekend and is expected to be a big drawcard.  Last year was the first time the club had held a two-day meeting and thanks to good weather and the long weekend in Marlborough, visitors flocked to the South Bay race track.  Event manager Geraldine Stanbury said the Weekend of Racing on Sunday and Monday could be the biggest event Kaikōura has seen for a while. There will be two days of action-packed harness racing with a backdrop of rolling surf and snow-capped mountains. Milissa Ward, winner of the Rockgas Most Appropriately Dressed. (EMMA DANGERFIELD PHOTO) "It's an event not to be missed," she said. READ MORE: * Two consecutive days of racing at Kaikoura  * Kaikoura's first two-day race meet proves a hit with the punters  * Good crowds and weather for Kaikoura Race Day "The weekend represents all that is unique about harness racing with great horses, a great track and a great view."  Photo finish. (EMMA DANGERFIELD PHOTO) Glamour is back on with the Most Appropriately Dressed competition.  The Punters Club will again be on a roll. All ticket holders go into a draw to win seven nights accommodation at The Peninsular Resort in Mooloolaba. Traditionally Sunday is a family day and the six-race programme features junior and amateur driver races, with the first race starting at 2.52pm. Entry will be by gold coin donation with the proceeds going to the Mayoral Earthquake fund.  On Monday spectators need to be on the field by noon to see the first race set off at 12.09pm. New stables were put in over winter. There are now 22 new stables with gates for overnight stays, however, most horses are billeted out at local farms. Marlborough have been good supporters in the past and the event usually gets a few horses from the north. This year will be a bit different said Kaikōura Trotting Club president Willy Weaver. "Because the road is closed north to Picton we don't expect to see quite the same crowd from Blenheim." There were 112 horses entered last year, however, Weaver said entries don't close off until a few days before so it was hard to judge. "It's quite a fast track at the moment. "The wet weather would've made it a bit harder, and we've had the tractor on the track to condition it and it's still going fast."  By Pippa Brown Reprinted with permission of The Marlborough Express

An early front-runner for the site of Blenheim's new colleges is back in the race. The Ministry of Education has met with NZ Racing about buying part of Waterlea Racecourse, in Blenheim, despite the Marlborough clubs rebuffing earlier interest. Ministry education infrastructure service manager Kim Shannon said the meeting this week was to ensure "we fully understand all factors regarding the Waterlea Racecourse's current position". The ministry wanted to better understand the organisational structure and operation of the racing codes and clubs, Shannon said. Negotiations with Montford Corporation about a vineyard site on Alabama Rd, a preferred option at the end of last year, were on hold while the racecourse option was investigated further, Shannon said. The ministry is looking for about 15 hectares to build a $63 million campus for Marlborough Boys' College and Marlborough Girls' College. It approached the Marlborough Racing Club and the Marlborough Harness Racing Club over a year ago about buying half the 31-hectare racecourse, close to the Girls' College in Springlands. The clubs refused to sell, saying they needed the space for galloping and thoroughbred racing. Marlborough Racing Club president Eric Bowers declined to comment on the ministry's renewed interest, saying he had signed a new confidentiality agreement. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry​ confirmed representatives were in discussions with both the ministry and the club, but could not comment further. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing managed policies, funding and support for clubs that raced thoroughbreds. Shannon said the ministry was aware the racecourse owners had previously opposed the sale. "Our preference is to always acquire school sites by way of agreement and we are not considering the use of compulsory acquisition at this time to acquire the Waterlea Racecourse, or any other property in Blenheim," she said. The ministry was still evaluating "a number of potential options" for the colleges, and all options were still on the table, including a third site at Battys Rd, she said. "While this evaluation is ongoing, our discussions with Montford Corporation are on hold." The 24-hectare Alabama Rd site was in an area deemed not suitable for residential development as geotechnical investigations showed a risk of liquefaction. But the ministry had completed a variety of tests at the site, Shannon said. "We are satisfied that with the appropriate engineering responses, the Alabama Rd site is suitable for a school." The ministry had not done any on-site testing of the Battys Rd site, Shannon said. The new schools were scheduled to open in 2021. By Jennifer Eder Reprinted with permission of The Marlborough Express

Last night over $100k was raised in a sell-out event for the gorgeous Maddie Collins to help her get to America for her kidney transplant.  With Maddie having no kidneys and there being no matching donor in New Zealand, a whopping $750k is needed for her to make this trip. Addington would personally like to thank all our sponsors, companies and individuals who contributed to making this evening possible.  Absolutely everything including the delicious cuisine, extraordinary auction items to the elaborate theming were all gifted so every dollar raised could be given to Maddie. A big thank you to Gary McCormick, Shane Cortese, Blair Strang, Andrew Mehrtens and Mayor Tim Shadbolt for a fabulous night of entertainment.  To Richard Bromley, the auctioneer, without your help, we wouldn’t have raised nearly as much for Maddie. Key points from the night; The Lamar Charitable Trust presented Maddie with a $10k cheque on the night. There was a very last minute auction item added (at the end of the night), with a one of a kind pair of Maddie’s hand sewn pillowslips fetching $2k in the auction. Dinner with the RT Hon Winston Peters at Bellamy’s, Parliament House with air flights was auctioned and sold for $10k. Pre-dinner drinks with the Prime Minister and dinner with Hon Minister Amy Adams at Bellamy’s, Parliament House with $300 towards air flights was auctioned and sold for $10k. The Leopard Coachlines 20 piece Brass Band were playing as everyone arrived which set the scene for the night. Maddie stole the show and looked absolutely beautiful in a yellow evening dress. It would be hard to find a dry eye in the room after her heart felt speech. Maddie’s Facebook page - Give A Little page -

If there are racing gods, it appears they take multi bets. Because either that or a remarkable set of coincidences have seen many of the long-term favourites draw almost perfectly for next Saturday's Harness Jewels. And while there is often a twist in the last week heading into the Jewels, there could be as many as seven odds-on favourites at Ashburton’s $1.2million meeting. Of the six odds-on favourites before the draw, all have drawn the front row for their mobile mile assignments, with four of them to start from barrier three or inside. The two others, Enghien (barrier seven in three-year-old Ruby) and Spanish Armada (likely to start from six in the three-year-old Diamond) are not natural gate flyers so are probably better suited drawn wider on the front line. The huge winners from the draws were Piccadilly Princess, who gets the ace in the four-year-old mares’ pace while Spankem will be red hot in the juvenile boys pace from barrier two. Ultimate Machete is perfectly placed at barrier three in the three-year-old male pace while last-start disappointment Elle Mac will be odds-on again from barrier two in the juvenile female pace, especially with key rival Dizzy Miss Lizzy drawn the inside of the second line. That leaves probably two truly open punting contests in the two-year-old and four-year-old trots, where the more favoured runners have had mixed luck with the draws. The hardest horse of the entire meeting to price must have been Heaven Rocks in the four-year-old make pace even though he was always going to be starting from the unruly. While most horses conceding a start to near open class rivals around Ashburton over a mile would have no chance, he is a freakish talent and will still be first pick for many. He was as low as $1.50 in pre-draw markets and remained there but with stablemate Waikiki Beach drawn to try and lead from barrier six expect pressure to come on his $4.20 opening quote. Heaven Rocks will have his final public work at the Ashburton workouts today where he takes on nearly forgotten stablemate More The Better, who heads to the Jewels without a race start in nearly three months. But the most anticipated workout today will be the three and four-year-old trot, where Lemond and long-time Jewels favourite but dramatic last-start failure Marcoola clash in a field that also contains Habibti Inta, Chevron Express and Missandei. Wilma’s Mate will contest a handicap trot head while northern three-year-old trot entrant C K Spur will take on the pacers at tomorrow’s (Saturday) Pukekohe workouts. By Michael Guerin Here are the full fields for the Harness Jewels; Ashburton Trotting Club Inc         Saturday  3  June Radio    Meeting:   HARNESS JEWELS 2017 (Day 1) at Ashburton Raceway Chairperson of Stewards: Nick Ydgren Compressed Report TAB Minibook TAB Booklet Custom Racebook Runner Index Track Map Track Weather Radio Trackside   TAB details (Meeting 8): Doubles - Races 2 & 3; 4 & 5; 6 & 7; 8 & 9 Trebles - Races 1, 2 & 3; 4, 5 & 6; 7, 8 & 9 Terminating Pick6 - Races 4-9 inclusive guaranteed to $100,000 terminating Quaddie - Races 2-5 inclusive with a starting pool of $10,000; 6-9 inclusive First4 - Races 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9 all with a starting pool of $10,000          Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m  Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m  Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m  Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m  Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m  Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m  Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m  Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m  Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   Race 1 [11:47am] ASHBURTON GUARDIAN 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 610 2 f     Chevrons Reward   R53 1 Front Gavin Smith P B Burrows   2 11114 2 f     Elle Mac   R85 2 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 623285 2 f     Caitlyn Clarke   MR55 3 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   4 236558 2 f     A Lister   MR50 4 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 17732 2 f     New York Rain   R61 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 04641 2 f     Angel Of Harlem   R55 6 Front   R B Ward   7 210993 2 f     Bettor Joy   R59 7 Front Dexter Dunn C T Dalgety   8 314576 2 f     Purest Silk   R57 8 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   9 2327 2 f     Shenandoah   MR54 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 151 2 f     Dizzy Miss Lizzy   R68 10 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   11 112F4 2 f     Lady Chatto   R63 11 Front   T G Butt   12 5331 2 f     Repartee   R54 12 Front Nathan Williamson Mrs K V Price & F J Price   13 21354 2 f     Sweet Mary   R54 13 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   14 602050 2 f     Reklaw's Gem E1 MR45 U1 Front John Dunn R J Dunn            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Caitlyn Clarke to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, New York Rain to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach         Race 2 [12:22pm] NEUMANNS TYRES & THE TYRE GENERAL 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 2YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 323P0 2 c     Majestic Hurricane E1 MR51 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 12 2 g     Springbank Lachie   R60 2 Front   P M Williamson   3 110360 2 g     Sundees Son   R56 3 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   4 12 2 f     Aoraki   R56 4 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   5 31 2 g     Majestic Connies   R54 5 Front   P M Williamson   6 450670 2 g     Imperial Whiz   MR44 6 Front Alan Clark A L Clark   7 1121D5 2 g     Paramount King   R56 7 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   8 722552 2 g     BJ Lindenny   MR52 8 Front   D J Bennett   9 41 2 g     Marquis De Sade   R52 9 Front David Butt P C Nairn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 143410 2 c     One Muscle Hill   R63 10 Front Mark Purdon Mrs N C Molander   11 811827 2 g     Castlereagh   R56 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 46314 2 f     Renezmae   R55 12 Front Dexter Dunn J D Harrington   13 321223 2 g     More Shades Of Gold   R56 13 Front Todd Mitchell D W & Mrs C McGowan   14 1011 2 g     Majestic Man   R65 U1 Front   P M Williamson            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Paramount King to Bob Butt at Woodend Beach, One Muscle Hill to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, More Shades Of Gold to Brad Mowbray at Russley         Race 3 [12:57pm] WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 126452 4 m     Piccadilly Princess   R120 1 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   2 775490 4 m     Cullen Who   R75 2 Front Ken Barron K & T Barron   3 132452 4 m     Hopes And Dreams E1 R70 3 Front   G J Anderson   4 121380 4 m     Hard Days Night   R56 4 Front Kimberly Butt(J) Mrs L M Jones   5 240088 4 m     Bronze Over   R88 5 Front Bob Butt R J Butt   6 660565 4 m     Arden's Choice   R96 6 Front Zac Butcher B Purdon   7 572352 4 m     Queen Bee Bardon   R67 7 Front Craig Thornley B A Waldron   8 136416 4 m     Ultimate Desire   R81 8 Front Dexter Dunn B K Mowbray   9 253000 4 m     Cmeerock   R68 9 Front Tim Williams R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 911652 4 m     RR Sand Dollar   R74 10 Front Blair Orange P T Court   11 259320 4 m     Glenferrie Classic   R75 11 Front Samantha Ottley M P Jones   12 12P101 4 m     Rocknroll Princess   R73 12 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   13 122177 4 m     Kayteeoh Denario   R68 13 Front   R W Todd   14 802098 4 m     Hopeful Harriet   R64 14 Front   R W Todd            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Arden's Choice to Jeff Whittaker at Springston, Rocknroll Princess to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 4 [1:32pm] MID CANTERBURY TROTTING OWNERS ASSN 3YO DIAMOND (MOB PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES MOBILE, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 211222 3 f     Delightful Memphis   R101 1 Front   M P Jones   2 222116 3 f     Patanjali E1 R64 2 Front Stephen McNally T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   3 121557 3 f     Juice Brogden   R68 3 Front Nicky Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott   4 6X5302 3 f     Major Rocket   R62 4 Front   C T Dalgety   5 321611 3 f     Gotta Go Dali Queen   R84 5 Front Maurice McKendry F D Cooney & T R Hopkins   6 691149 3 f     Delishka   R71 6 Front Matthew Williamson B K Mowbray   7 131411 3 f     Spanish Armada   R110 7 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   8 231376 3 f     Seaswift Joy   R88 8 Front Jim Curtin M I Shinn   9 35X363 3 f     Utmost Delight   R69 9 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 317458 3 f     Step Up   R65 10 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   11 533485 3 f     American Empress   R62 11 Front Sailesh Abernethy J M Young   12 115144 3 f     Partyon   R110 12 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   13 111122 3 f     Bonnie Joan   R98 13 Front   C T Dalgety   14 334110 3 f     Shezza GNP   R73 14 Front   K & T Barron            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Juice Brogden to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Utmost Delight to Paul Court at West Melton, Step Up to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach, American Empress to Steven McRae at West Melton         Race 5 [2:07pm] CHRISTCHURCH CASINO 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 3YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 213975 3 c     War Machine   R58 1 Front Derek Balle D M Balle   2 732242 3 g     President Roydon   R62 2 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 921132 3 f     Chevron Express   R82 3 Front   C T Dalgety   4 480131 3 f     Ruthless Kayla   R60 4 Front Samantha Ottley K T Fairbairn   5 121543 3 g     C K Spur   R74 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 218690 3 f     Regal Love   R60 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 111111 3 g     Enghien   R110 7 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   8 51D 3 f     Kissmeimloaded   R58 8 Front Jack MacKinnon(J) J A MacKinnon   9 284310 3 g     War Spirit   R56 9 Front   K D Townley   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 153551 3 g     BD Khaosan   R58 10 Front Jonny Cox T D Bagrie   11 909272 3 c     Habibi Inta   R66 11 Front Blair Orange P C Nairn   12 354642 3 f     Needle   R70 12 Front Colin DeFilippi C J & J DeFilippi   13 528202 3 g     Muscles Galore   R52 13 Front John Dunn C D & Miss A D Edmonds   14 333201 3 f     One Bid Buys E1 R55 14 Front Megan Teaz J L & Mrs M A Teaz            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    War Machine to David & Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach, Kissmeimloaded to Robert Dunn at Woodend Beach         Race 6 [2:42pm] COMMODORE AIRPORT HOTEL 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 204 2 g     Bright Diamond   MR50 1 Front Gavin Smith G D Smith   2 211131 2 c     Spankem   R85 2 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 208X 2 c     Royal Tribute   MR49 3 Front   P T Court   4 8478 2 g     Bailey Major   MR48 4 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 310 2 c     Star Commander   R54 5 Front   N R McGrath   6 42 2 c     Liberal Arden E1 MR51 6 Front   T S & Mrs G S Chmiel   7 13327 2 g     The Black Prince   R57 7 Front Todd Macfarlane T A Macfarlane   8 42148 2 c     Aloka   R62 8 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath   9 131124 2 c     Alta Maestro   R85 9 Front   R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 128512 2 g     Ashley Locaz   R60 10 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   11 142362 2 c     Culpeka   R59 11 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   12 33633 2 c     Fizzing   MR52 12 Front   C T Dalgety   13 292355 2 c     All U Need Is Faith   R59 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 651213 2 c     The Devils Own   R75 14 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Royal Tribute: BL-Off    Legend      Horse Movements:    The Black Prince to Jamie Gameson at Burnham         Race 7 [3:17pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old pacing geldings & entires. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 306630 4 g     Don Domingo   R69 1 Front Blair Orange K & T Barron   2 1015X3 4 g     Mr Mojito   R107 2 Front Kerryn Manning Ms K E Manning   3 742212 4 g     Bettor Ops   R86 3 Front Kirk Larsen K N Larsen   4 617345 4 g     Eldolar   R72 4 Front Scott Phelan Miss A M Donnelly   5 869141 4 g     Buster Brady   R105 5 Front Dexter Dunn K J Austin   6 442223 4 g     Waikiki Beach   R128 6 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 254157 4 h     Ears Burning   R96 7 Front Nigel McGrath N R McGrath   8 222203 4 g     Mo Casino   R69 8 Front Zac Butcher S J Reid   9 512116 4 g     Cash N Flow   R100 9 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 213352 4 g     Sparkling Delight   R73 10 Front Gerard O'Reilly G D O'Reilly   11 723423 4 g     Crackamoa   R67 11 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   12 414516 4 h     Max Phactor   R82 12 Front David Butcher M G Berger   13 341019 4 g     Mighty American E1 R70 13 Front   K & T Barron   14 P11211 4 g     Heaven Rocks   R120 U1 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Mr Mojito: BL-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Buster Brady to Regan Todd at Woodend Beach         Race 8 [3:52pm] McMILLAN FEEDS 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1)  $100,000, 4YO, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 4-year-old trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 420429 4 m     Wilma's Mate   R104 1 Front David Butt P C Nairn   2 901524 4 g     Trouble Giero E1 R62 2 Front Stephen McNally B J White   3 213101 4 g     Gentleman Sir   R80 3 Front David Butcher L C Driver   4 1P1011 4 m     Dark Horse   R89 4 Front Nathan Williamson N P Williamson   5 062223 4 m     Sundons Flyer   R67 5 Front Blair Orange B R Negus   6 902121 4 g     McLovin   R71 6 Front Amber Lethaby R H Jenkins   7 4157X0 4 h     Marcoola   R115 7 Front Clint Ford K B Ford   8 212416 4 g     Temporale   R102 8 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   9 015836 4 g     Justamollyarcher   R55 9 Front Sheree Tomlinson(J) R H Jenkins   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 312664 4 g     Lemond   R89 10 Front Colin DeFilippi R O Paynter   11 972145 4 g     Beg Hall   R61 11 Front Kimberly Butt(J) T G Butt   12 502851 4 m     Missandei   R82 12 Front Samantha Ottley B R Negus   13 565411 4 g     Eagle Galleon   R53 13 Front Dexter Dunn R E Wilson   14 741103 4 g     Red Hot Poker   R60 14 Front John Dunn G C Telfer            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    McLovin to Mark Jones at Burnham, Temporale to Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen at Rolleston, Lemond to Colin & Julie DeFilippi at Broadfield         Race 9 [4:27pm] HANLEY FORMULA 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    Racebook    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History    Jewels Leader Board   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 833352 3 g     Rhythm N Blues   R71 1 Front David Butcher S G Telfer & C D Garlick   2 502236 3 c     Mongolian Storm   R76 2 Front   P T Court   3 132212 3 c     Ultimate Machete   R110 3 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   4 181X21 3 g     Thefixer   R85 4 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 232125 3 c     More The Better   R102 5 Front Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   6 869716 3 g     Jack's Legend   R83 6 Front Barry Purdon B Purdon   7 111167 3 g     Let It Ride   R84 7 Front Craig Thornley T G Butt   8 215123 3 g     Forgotten Highway   R80 8 Front Nathan Williamson M P Kerr   9 113312 3 g     Eamon Maguire   R100 9 Front Dexter Dunn G J Anderson   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 10 591101 3 c     Mongolian Hero   R91 10 Front   P T Court   11 622294 3 g     A G's White Socks E1 R77 11 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   12 121400 3 g     Tiger Thompson   R73 12 Front Jim Curtin B K Mowbray   13 809811 3 c     Stars Align   R95 13 Front   M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   14 184224 3 g     Shineonucrazydiamond   R72 14 Front Nathan Purdon(J) C T Dalgety            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Jack's Legend to Jeff Whittaker at Springston

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